Friday, November 01, 2019

Saturday 9

The Addams Family (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) One of TV's spookiest families was inspired by a series of New Yorker cartoons. What's the last magazine you flipped through? Allure. I was reading about the Two Faced line of mascara and considering the false eyelashes the editors endorse. I really need to update my look, but I'm a little leery of going too far. I want lush lashes, but I don't want to look like Rudolph's girlfriend.
Cute, but too much.

2) The Addams' butler, Lurch, was originally conceived as a mute. But then actor Ted Cassidy ad libbed the line, "You rang?" and Lurch had a voice, and a catchphrase. Can you think of another catchphrase connected to a TV character?

The Fonz, from Happy Days

3) Now here's the most important question of the week: Do you prefer The Addams Family or The Munsters? The Addams Family (though I think Herman Munster is very sweet).

4) What's the scariest movie you've ever seen? Psycho. There's so much about it that's fiendishly wonderful. Every time I see it -- and I've seen it a gazillion times -- I appreciate it a little more. Hitchcock was a consummate filmmaker who didn't have to rely on slaughterhouse gore to terrify us.


5) Thursday was Halloween.
What goodies did you give the trick or treaters? I didn't get any trick-or-treaters, which made me kinda sad because I was actually home in time to greet them had they stopped by. A combination of factors (snow, plus my village having a party for trick-or-treaters last weekend) kept them away from my door. Anyway, I
have Atomic Fireballs at the ready. Since the expiration date is 4/21, I'll just tuck them away for next year.

6) Are you attending/have you attended any Halloween parties this year? We had one at the office. I drank spiked cider, ate chicken fingers, and voted in the jack o'lantern contest. (I work in an ad agency, and art directors can take pumpkin dcarving very seriously.)

7) Did you carve a jack o'lantern this year? Nope

8) Do you eat candy corn all year around ... only at Halloween ... or never? Never

9) In 1964, when The Addams Family premiered, one of the most popular store-bought Halloween costumes was Bambi. It came with a plastic mask held on by a thin elastic band. Tell us about a memorable Halloween costume from your childhood. You know, nothing comes to mind. My mom chose the costumes for me and my sister, I didn't have any say, and besides, here in Chicagoland I was usually covered by my coat anyway. This is not to say I didn't enjoy Halloween festivities and the adventure of trick-or-treating, it's just that I guess my costume was irrelevant.


  1. Even though I don't horror movies, I have seen Psycho, but then it's more of a thriller. I wish today's film makers would realize that the suspense and what your mind thinks about while you're sitting on the edge your seat gets the adrenaline pumping way more than buckets of blood and gore. I'm pretty sure I chewed my nails off to the elbow the first time I was waiting to see what was in that chair in Norman's basement.

  2. The Fonz, how could I forget about him.
    Psycho was not one of my favorite movies, I like all the other Hichkcock movies especially North by Northwest

  3. Oh, I can't believe I didn't include Psycho and The Birds as scary movies!

  4. We picked different Hitchcock films. But it's proof he was THE master. When I had my chain (8) video stores each had a separate "Hitchcock Section". I found rare films you could only buy on line. People would watch his entire libray one film at a time.

  5. Irrelevant. That is the perfect word for the costumes I wore growing up.