1979: The Paul Daniels Magic Show was a British magic show presented by entertainer and magician Paul Daniels that aired on BBC1 from 9 June 1979 to 18 June 1994. Daniels’ assistant throughout the series was Debbie McGee, whom he married in 1988. At its peak in the 1980s, the show regularly attracted viewing figures of 15 million and was sold to 43 countries. [Wikipedia]
“Friends Will Be Friends” is a song performed by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon, included on the album A Kind of Magic. It was the band’s 30th single in the UK upon its release, reaching number 14 in the UK.
“Friends Will Be Friends” was performed live on The Magic Tour. It is remarkable in that it was the first and only song that was sung at the end of concerts between “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” since the News of the World Tour in 1977. [Wikipedia]
Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.
“The night no one comes home.”
1983: Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film and the third installment in the Halloween film series. It is the first film to be written and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the creators of Halloween, returned as producers. Starring Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis, Stacey Nelkin as Ellie Grimbridge, and Dan O’Herlihy as Conal Cochran, the story focuses on an investigation by Challis and Grimbridge into the activities of Cochran, the mysterious owner of the Silver Shamrock Novelties company, in the week approaching Halloween night.
Halloween III is the only entry in the series that does not feature the series antagonist Michael Myers, nor does it include story elements from either Halloween (1978) or Halloween II (1981). It, in fact, treats the first film as a fictional film, as one of the characters watches a trailer for the original during the film. It also departs from the slasher genre which the first two installments were part of, instead featuring a “witchcraft” theme with science fiction aspects and parallels to old Celtic fairy tales. Carpenter and Hill believed that the Halloween series had the potential to branch into an anthology franchise of horror films that centered around the night of Halloween with each film containing its own characters, setting, and storyline. Director Wallace stated that there were many ideas for Halloween-themed films, some of which could have potentially created any number of their own sequels, and that Season of the Witch was meant to be the first of the anthology series. However, after the film’s disappointing critical reception and box-office gross, Michael Myers was brought back six years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
The frequency of graphic violence and gore is less than that of Halloween II, but the film’s death scenes remain intense. As with other films in the series, suspense and dramatic tension is a key theme. The dramatic element of violence against young children, something often taboo even for horror films, is explored. [Wikipedia]
Watch the trailer on the Forever Horror YouTube Channel.
“They’re Back To Save America From The ’90s.”
1995: The Brady Bunch Movie is an American comedy film based on the 1969–1974 television series The Brady Bunch. The film was directed by Betty Thomas, with a screenplay by Laurice Elehwany, Rick Copp, Bonnie and Terry Turner, and stars Shelley Long, Gary Cole and Michael McKean. The film places the original sitcom characters, with their 1970s fashion sense and 1970s sitcom family morality, in a contemporary 1990s setting, drawing humor from the resulting culture clash.
The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing over $54 million worldwide. A sequel titled A Very Brady Sequel was released in 1996. [Wikipedia]
Watch the trailer on the Paramount Movies YouTube Channel.
“ALL NEW!..ALL THRILLS!”
1944: The Invisible Man’s Revenge is a science fiction- horror film directed by Ford Beebe and written by Bertram Millhauser. The picture stars John Carradine as a mad scientist who tests his experiment on fugitive from the law, Jon Hall, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends. The supporting cast features Evelyn Ankers.
Revenge is the fifth film in the Invisible Man series, suggested by H. G. Wells’ novel The Invisible Man. [Wikipedia]
1947: Hue and Cry is a British film directed by Charles Crichton and starring Alastair Sim, Harry Fowler and Joan Dowling.
It is generally considered to be the first of the Ealing comedies, although it is better characterised as a thriller for children. Shot almost entirely on location, it is now a notable historic document due to its vivid portrait of a London still showing the damage of the Second World War. London forms the backdrop of a crime-gangster plot which revolves around a working class children’s street culture and children’s secret clubs. [Wikipedia]
A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip’s wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. [IMDB]
“When they reach out for each other…they touch every heart…with warmth, charm and laughter!”
1971: They Might Be Giants is a film based on the play of the same name (both written by James Goldman) starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward. Sometimes mistakenly described as a Broadway play, it never in fact opened in the USA. It was directed in London by Joan Littlewood in 1961, but Goldman believed he “never got the play right” and forbade further productions or publication of the script. To coincide with the film’s release, however, he did authorize an illustrated paperback tie-in edition of the screenplay, published by Lancer Books.
Justin Playfair (Scott) is a millionaire who retreats into fantasy after his wife’s death, imagining himself to be Sherlock Holmes, the legendary fictional detective. Complete with deerstalker hat, pipe and violin, he spends his days in a homemade criminal laboratory, constantly paranoid about plots hatched by his (Holmes’s) archenemy, Professor Moriarty.
When his brother tries to place Justin under observation in a mental institution so he can get power of attorney, Justin attracts the attention of Dr. Mildred Watson (Woodward), a psychiatrist who becomes fascinated by his case. Justin demonstrates a knack for what Holmes describes as “deduction” (technically better categorized as abductive reasoning) and walks out of the institution during the ensuing confusion. Watson comes to his home to attempt treatment. Playfair is initially dismissive of Watson’s attempts to psychoanalyze him, but when he hears her name, he enthusiastically incorporates her into his life as Doctor Watson to his Holmes.
The duo then begin an enigmatic quest for Moriarty, with Playfair/Holmes following all manner of bizarre and (to Watson) unintelligible clues, and the two growing closer to each other in the process. [Wikipedia]
Watch the trailer on the Video Detective YouTube Channel.
“The first time was only a warning.”
1978: Damien: Omen II is an American supernatural horror film directed by Don Taylor, starring William Holden, Lee Grant, and Jonathan Scott-Taylor. The film was the second installment in The Omen series, set seven years after the first film, and was followed by a third installment, Omen III: The Final Conflict, in 1981.
This was Lew Ayres‘ final film role and the film debut of Meshach Taylor. The official tagline of the film is “The First Time Was Only a Warning.” Leo McKern reprises his role as Carl Bugenhagen from the original film; he is the only cast member of the series to appear in more than one installment. [Wikipedia]
Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child’s true identity. [IMDB]
Watch the trailer on The Film Archives YouTube Channel.