AMC's FearFest 2021 Schedule

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

AMC is home to some of the best holiday movies, and this year's FearFest is sure to be a set of Halloween's cinema classics!  

Check back here frequently to make sure you don't miss any of your favorite movies.  Also, please use the links on the right side of the home page to find other marathons and Halloween programming blocks!

Remember, the schedule is subject to change.  AMC is known for changing its schedule frequently from the original postings so double check your DVR.  

Times are Eastern.

Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween FULL SCHEDULE

Long-time readers of this site know that I love a good television marathon or themed programming block.  FreeForm is quickly becoming the holiday destination for themed programming and with their annual Halloween-themed block of programming, the "31 Nights of Halloween," this year is no exception!

This year's lineup has some great Halloween themed movies, although I'll admit I'm not sure why Mrs. Doubtfire is even on the list, let alone so many times.  A few of the movies are a bit of a stretch, but I suppose the mutants in X-Men are "monsters"...

Last year, one of my favorite Halloween movies, Beetlejuice was a staple of this marathon but this year you can find it on CMT and several streaming services.  I'll try to add a list of other Halloween staples found elsewhere in another post but no promises.

Check out the schedule below and use the link I've added on the right side of the home page to keep checking back during the month of October.  
Schedule subject to change, of course.

Streaming Service Halloween Movie Lists

Here's a list of movies I've found that are available to stream "On Demand" on several of the most popular streaming services.    

As a disclaimer, it's all subject to change, of course.  Also, most of these are paid streaming services but I'm sure with some creativity you could find them online.  Not that I'd ever suggest doing that.

Kicking Off Halloween with Elvira, Universal Monsters, and Monster Mash Retro Cereal!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Let's get this Halloween party started!  If you are deep into this nostalgia culture of ours, you'll know probably only second to the Christmas season, Halloween is pretty important.  The remembrances of old decorations, candy, TV specials, and yes... even cereal!  We'll get to the cereal later...

I've got some fun stuff in store this year for Halloween that I hope you'll enjoy.  Like last year's "The Holidays on Home Improvement" series, I'll be kicking off this year's series with "Halloween on ROSEANNE!"  Besides "Home Improvement," there was nobody who did holidays quite like Roseanne during the 90s, and Halloween was no exception.  If you missed last year's "Home Improvement" series, please click HERE to go read it.

Ten Sitcom Characters That Just Disappeared

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Growing up during the (late) 80s and 90s, I was a big sitcom fan.  

Back then, the theme song would hit, and we'd all sing along as we knew that good, albeit predictable, laughs, stories, and life lessons would be coming our way.  A safe, family-friendly half-hour of entertainment made for the comfort food of television as we grew up.  

I'll admit, these days, I don't really watch sitcoms.  I find today's offerings to be bland and boring.  Maybe I'm older and a little more cynical now, or network television has become too... safe?  You certainly can't imagine a show like "All in the Family" or even "Seinfeld" being produced today. 

One of the biggest differences I find in today's sitcoms is you'd be hard-pressed to find one today that in 20 or 30 years would be considered a classic.  Take sitcoms of the 80s and 90s with shows like "The Golden Girls," "Seinfeld," or "Friends."  Today's shows can't hold a candle to them in terms of longevity or rewatchability. If you go back even further, there is an endless stream of classics like "I Love Lucy," "Taxi," or "Newhart" that established the genre and set the bar quite high.  These shows were groundbreaking in their day and still have very active fan bases, in some cases 60 years later.

As a real youngster, my Dad got me hooked on Nick-at-Nite.  You can read about that HERE.  As I got older, programming blocks like ABC's "TGIF," NBC's "Must See TV," and ABC's programming like Home Improvement or Roseanne became mainstays on my television.

Over the years, I began to notice characters that came and went.  Sometimes, the characters have disappeared without a trace. 

Here are ten of the most memorable instances of sitcom characters that just disappeared. Did you miss any of these characters when they left? Did you even notice? 

Here's a list of ten, in no particular order.

Trivia Tuesday #3

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 Another week, another round of Trivia!  Here we go:

1)  Who claimed to have "built this city on rock and roll"?

2)  In the 90s, what was commonly attached to a wallet?

3)  Who played Bobby Ewing on "Dallas"?

4)  What city does "The Simpsons" take place?

Answers after the jump!

Commercials of YesterYear: Motel 6 "We'll Leave the Light on For You"

Friday, September 10, 2021

Here's a fun little one for you as we make yet another entry into the "Commercials of YesterYear" series.

"I'm Tom Bodett, and we'll leave the light on for you."  

I'm sure you've heard that before, especially those of us born before the Y2K "virus" was going to ruin every computer on the planet.  Even people who don't travel often can likely say they know that the aforementioned slogan is from a series of very popular commercials during the 80s and 90s for Motel 6.  The campaign was so popular that in 1996 it won a CLIO Award, the advertising industry's highest honor.

Just the phrase "we'll leave the light on for you" creates an image of safety and comfort.  It creates a nostalgic tie to when we were younger, and our parents or loved ones left the front porch light on for us when we came home late at night.  Perhaps it reminds you of a long hard day of traveling, and when you finally reach home, the lights are on welcoming you back.  

In this case, you weren't home.  You're at a roadside motel that has probably seen better days.

I can't honestly say if I've ever stayed in a Motel 6 before or not.  Perhaps I did once when I was very young at a cousin's wedding in Syracuse, New York.  I remember only snippets of it, and I must have been 4 or 5.  The only thing I really remember about the hotel was the stories family would tell in the morning about a disruption in the middle of the night that was similar to a shooting, stabbing, or one that involved the police anyway, at the very least.  I slept through the whole thing, as I did with most things as a kid.  These days, trying to sleep through any noise is a different story.

Not exactly the comforting image of home leaving the lights on for you, but I digress... 

In my line of work, we stay in hotels quite a lot.  I don't spend as many nights away from home as I used to, but I did the math and figured that I spent an average of 18 nights a month in a hotel for over a decade.  That's somewhere around 215 nights per year!  For many years, I used to sleep better in a hotel bed than my own, but now that I'm out of practice, I often sleep terribly in a bed, not at home.

These days, I'm lucky if I only have to spend 2 or 3 nights away from home per month.  I'm no expert, but I'd say that I'm still an aficionado about knowing what works (and what doesn't) in a hotel.

Every time I stand in the lobby waiting on my coworkers to check in with the company sign-in sheet, I often have the soft happy little tones of the Motel 6 theme song going through my head.  The soothing voice of Tom Bodett appears in my head as I walk towards my room, and as the door closes behind me,  I'll often say to myself, "We'll leave the light on for you!"

Join me as we take a deep dive into YesterYear as we look back at Motel 6 and its iconic advertising campaign!

Trivia Tuesday #2

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A) What British politician was known as "The Iron Lady"?

B) Captain Lou Albano played Cyndi Lauper's father in the music video for what famous tune?

C) What movie takes place on February 2nd again and again (and again...)?

D) What 90s basketball player, pro wrestler, and provocateur was known as "The Worm"?

Answers, after the jump!

Summer is Over. Get Ready for Fall and Halloween!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

I hope everyone had a happy Labor Day Weekend!  We made it!
It's been a fun, long summer, and it's hard to believe it's already over!  

The days are getting dark by 8 PM again and, around here, the kids are headed back to school.  Even some of the leaves have already begun to change color, and it's starting to get nice and chilly for the early morning rides into work.

It's about this time each year I begin to relax, with the busy season at work finally over, and I often have some vacation time in September or October for a nice little vacation with Mrs. YesterYear.  As Labor Day is the unofficial "end" of summer, it's time to take a reset after pumping out summer-related content all summer long.  

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with me this summer!  I hope you enjoyed the summer-themed stuff, whether it was articles, memories, or Retro Scans!  

Here at home, we'll be going on vacation sometime this month to go see Uncle Mickey and Aunt Minnie!  I hope to have some good stories out of that trip for you as well.  

It's not all rest and relaxation away from this blog, though!  I have some fun posts already in the works for September, like another entry into the "Commercials of YesterYear" series and perhaps some Ghostbusters content to get us excited about the new movie coming this fall!

So y'all come back now, ya hear?

Retro Scans: 1992 Marvel "The Uncanny X-Men" Trading Cards

Thursday, September 2, 2021

For our final Retro Scan of the summer, I found this neat little pack of 1992 Marvel's "The Uncanny X-Men" trading cards!  

In the early 90s, the X-Men saw a bit of a resurgence in popularity, fueled mainly by the animated series on Fox Kids appropriately called "X-Men:  The Animated Series."

The series debuted on October 31, 1992, and ran for 5 seasons with 76 episodes.  The cartoon featured X-Men similar in appearance to the early 1990s X-Men comic books drawn by Jim Lee.  The team was composed of characters like Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and an original character made for the show called Morph. 

You may be wondering by now what any of this has to do with summer and summertime memories...

Well, I specifically remember one summer morning, likely 1993, that my parents were at work, and I was spending the morning at Granny and Gramps' house next door.  That year in school, I had scored a "Where's Waldo" type book featuring the X-Men at one of the Scholastic Book Fairs.  Do they even still do those at schools?

That morning, I clearly remember laying upside down on their couch (as kids tend to do), searching the pages to find hidden X-Men.  I also remember running in circles in the living room as I imagined myself running through the different scenes in that book, all the while singing the iconic theme song to that cartoon at the top of my lungs.  

My favorite card here is the final image.  This hologram of Gambit was hard to scan properly while still showing the original image, but I think it came out well enough.  Gambit was always one of my favorites from the animated series.

While I'll admit, this set really isn't from the animated series, it is from the same era of early 90's Jim Lee drawn "X-Men."  Either way, these colorful cards remind some of a rainy summer day at Grandma and Grandpa's house.