Sorry for the tardiness, last week we were in the process of becoming new parents to Smidgen the kitten and I forgot to post this blog...
Haunted Video Review Thursday (from last week)
REALLY REALLY cheesy!!!
THE CHEESIEST OF ALL!!!
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
Starring Paul Lynde, Tim Conway, Billy Barty, Florence Henderson, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Hayes & KISS (yes, that KISS, their first televised prime time appearance)
Year: 1976 (that means disco is in it too!)
Paul Lynde (beloved practical joking Uncle Arthur of Bewitched) hosts this prime time Halloween special from the golden days of prime time television. Before I get too far, you should go get your credit card and buy this video. Go on, I'll wait, minimize this screen and go to Amazon and pick it up.
Now that you've bought it, you'll thank me later. I was in the 6th grade when this came out, it was the Bicentennial and I vaguely remember this special coming on TV (we got 3 channels, 4 on a clear day). Paul Lynde was the same scathingly sarcastic smarta$$ that he was on Hollywood Squares but this time in his own Halloween special. Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West) stars with him and wears the wicked witch dress the only other time since the Wizard of Oz. Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo of H. R. Pufnstuf and just about every other Sid and Marty Krofft kid's show made) is her over-the-top self while Florence Henderson is just so out of place amidst the antics of Tim Conway, Billy Barty (famed little person actor), and the vocal stylings of KISS, it's pathetic. The whole show is corny, cheesy and downright fun; it reminded me of the days before VCR's and Tivo when you rushed home to turn on the right channel at the right time to watch a holiday special.
This is sheer nostalgic pleasure!