Mike Matei / October 22nd, 2015
October 22, 2015 at 3:29 am
October 22, 2015 at 3:31 am
Always great stuff. Long live Cinemassacre!
October 22, 2015 at 3:39 am
Great stuff as always, guys. Halloween is very special to me, and living in the west coast, far from where I was born, it’s sometimes very hard for me to get into the spirit. Monster Madness always takes me to another place and helps me remember why I love the holiday, and I thank you for that.
On a side note, do you recall that older Nickelodeon Halloween special with Marc Summers in it?
October 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Double Dare? That’s the only show I remember Marc Summers on.
This was a good episode but one thing I take exception is how Mike said something like “back then it was uncommon and people thought it was satanic, today halloween is everywhere”.
I could not disagree more. Halloween reigned SUPREME in the 80’s compared to today. Halloween is practically non existent now.
Nobody trick or treats, hardly anyone decorates their house. Halloween is dead today compared to the 80’s 90’s.
October 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm
As Toadroad said below you, it was Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour. It was awesome.
I gotta say I totally agree with you on the state of Halloween today. It’s sad. I never see anyone trick or treating, no decorations, etc. I’ve even heard that schools aren’t even allowed to call it “Halloween” anymore; as in no more Halloween parties. It’s now called a “Fall Festival.”
That said, there are some parts of the country where it seems to be alive and well. I grew up in Massachusetts, and in my homesickness I discovered a GREAT documentary that anyone who loves Halloween should check out. It’s called “The American Scream” and I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix. Definitely worth a watch.
October 25, 2015 at 7:11 am
What are you talking about?! EVery little kid I know trick or treats. Certain neighborhoods may no longer have it because the kids grow up but trust me it is alive and well. Do you really know little kids who don’t go trick or treating??
October 25, 2015 at 7:12 am
Not to mention, try going into a single store in the mall without seeing decorations
October 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm
Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour. I watched that last year and DAMN did it take me back.
October 22, 2015 at 3:41 am
Can’t wait to view this one. I’m still catching up on all the Back to the Future content I missed all day. (If anyone found “Doc Brown Saves the World” online, please let me know.)
October 22, 2015 at 3:44 am
You guys forgot the Star Trek TOS episode Catspaw, and even TNG, DSN and Voyager had ‘spooky’ episodes around halloween.
October 22, 2015 at 3:45 am
Im so sick of simpsons, Here they have broadcasted every season like atleast 5 times and early seasons probably 15 times and it still just keeps goin! Absolutely sick of it everytime you put the tv on its a god damn simpsons episode rerunning. Loved it once but im so sick of it i just feel like puking now.
October 22, 2015 at 8:06 am
Let alone how insanely bad the series has become. Like the last 6 season were SO AWFUL, that if one of the makers would have had a car accident and a branch sticks in his body and I’m supposed to call 911, I would grab into my pants, pull out my penis and PISS IN HIS OPEN WOUND INSTEAD!!
October 25, 2015 at 7:13 am
That’s not very nice
October 23, 2015 at 11:04 am
He who is tired of The Simpsons is tired of life.
October 30, 2015 at 8:23 am
I believe it’s OK to hate sometimes and that is one of those cases 🙂
October 22, 2015 at 4:09 am
MASH did a Halloween special. It’s was pretty tame though, they dressed up and told ghost stories but it counts haha.
Great as always. Halloween has been celebrated in a pretty widespread manner since the early twentieth century though
October 22, 2015 at 4:30 am
You should do a review on John Carpenter’s The Fog 1980
October 22, 2015 at 4:56 am
I say Fuck baseball. Halloween is KING baby
October 22, 2015 at 5:28 am
the halloween episodes of the simpsons are the only episodes worth watching these days.
October 22, 2015 at 5:37 am
in middle school, my math teacher showed the charlie brown holiday specials on thanksgiving,christmas, and Halloween every year
October 22, 2015 at 5:39 am
i still watch the peanuts specials every year.. hey Mike,are you and James going to see the new peanuts film?
October 22, 2015 at 6:12 am
The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and more movies like House of Wax and The Mummy from James Monster Madness reviews will be airing on TV starting Wednesday afternoon October 28th through the end of the month on TCM Turner Classic Movies. Your welcome
October 22, 2015 at 9:12 am
That’s a great marathon. TCM is great! But true to my word, they are NOT playing any of the Universal classics. The Mummy is the 1959 Hammer version, though that version is also excellent.
October 22, 2015 at 6:17 am
Halloween Specials were around in the 1960s. Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, Route 66, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, Star Trek, Accidental Family, but The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet is the oldest I can find, hailing from the early 50s.
October 22, 2015 at 6:24 am
Football took over Thanksgiving so I guess they figure Halloween was a good a place as any to stick Baseball… lol. Eventually every holiday will have some sport stuck to it at this rate. It’s like… don’t care about the actual holiday itself? Here’s an optional sports holiday we’ve arbitrary attached to this day for commercial reasons! Enjoy!
October 22, 2015 at 6:33 am
dude, you’re right! There’s NBA basketball on Christmas now. And its like 5 games one after the other all day. And New Year’s Day is all about College Football as well.
October 22, 2015 at 6:40 am
Halloween = MLB Baseball (Playoffs/World Series)
Thanksgiving = NFL Football (Thanksgiving Bowls)
Christmas = NBA Basketball (Close Matchups)
New Years Day = College Football (Bowl Games)
I never realized almost every major sport has its own holiday broadcast of games
October 22, 2015 at 6:57 am
I love halloween specials. I especially love the AVGN halloween episodes. So much production value on the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. episodes, I never get tired of watching them.
The Simpsons treehouse of horror episodes are typically very good too and they rank among my favorite Simpsons episodes ever.
October 22, 2015 at 7:14 am
(Snorts with disgust)
People who refuse to watch black & white movies or old cartoons really cheese me off. It’s just laziness and most people with that attitude only have it because someone told them it wasn’t ‘cool’ of whatever, I dare anyone to ask someone why they have this attitude and get a well thought out proper answer.
And don’t even get me started on people who refuse to watch foreign films…
October 22, 2015 at 7:15 am
I loved this video but I was curious since you didn’t bring it up and so few people seem to know about it. You brought up the Grinch Christmas special (Which everyone loves) but do you know of the Grinch Halloween special? “Halloween is Grinch Night”
October 22, 2015 at 7:22 am
As a foreigner I’m completely baffled by the American attitude to sports.
I’m assuming that most of you here watching ‘Monster Madness’ are either minor sports fans or not at all (There may be a couple die-hard sports people here, If you are here then feel free to call me out for engaging in a stereotype) so I want to know;
How do you put up with it?
October 22, 2015 at 9:43 am
I usually don’t comment, but here goes.
As a die hard sports fan (I watch baseball, American football, basketball, and soccer/futbol), I make sports a part of the holiday. I have tickets for the Kentucky-Tennessee football game and my girlfriend and I are dressing up as Mario & Luigi and going to the game and after we’re going to go to a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at a theater on campus. Even before that, we’re going to get some breakfast and watch Halloween before we leave to tailgate.
I will admit though, whenever I try to do my 31 movies in 31 days for October, sports get in the way. I’m currently 5 movies behind because I want to watch sporting events and I need to catch up.
October 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm
Sports ruin everything. Big games cause traffic jams, our taxes pay for stadiums, half the restaurants have gigantic screens playing sports while obnoxious fans bellow and scream, and sports fans throw the occasional riot if their team loses… or wins. If you have no interest in sports, you’re going to be affected by it anyway, there’s no getting away from it. We put up with it because there’s no other option.
October 22, 2015 at 9:10 am
The Simpsons is rubbish now, don’t waste your time.
It is now nothing more than what was once a classic sitcom that got hi-jacked a long time ago, and now does nothing but push government propaganda in cartoon form onto a dumbed down population of tv addicts.
October 22, 2015 at 9:25 am
Another great episode! A few of my favorite Halloween TV episodes were from the mid-80’s. Night Court had a good Halloween episode, and The Cosby Show had a few really good ones (unfortunately they probably won’t be aired any time soon). There was also a great Happy Days episode from the early season, maybe season 2? Also, there is an official Vince Guaraldi CD release called The Lost Cues, Volumes 1&2. It is the official studio outtakes of a lot of the Charlie Brown holiday specials (not including Christmas). Not sure how much of Halloween is on there, but a lot of the Thanksgiving episode is definitely included.
October 22, 2015 at 9:29 am
You need to dedicate an entire Monster Madness to the Treehouse of Horror specials one year. It’d be great
October 22, 2015 at 9:40 am
Scooby Doo had a few Halloween specials I always watch this time of year along with Simpsons and Fresh Prince halloween eps.
October 22, 2015 at 9:54 am
The Simpsons did a spoof of the Charlie Brown Halloween Special not that long ago. Actually, I would say that more (young) people are more familiar with that version than with the original. It kinda make you think…
October 22, 2015 at 10:18 am
Great video guys. I was wondering if you would ever do Halloween tv specials. Any chance you will review some of the horror anthology tv shows? Such as tales from the crypt, monsters, tales from the dark side, fear itself, masters of horror, Freddy’s nightmares or Friday the 13th the series?
October 22, 2015 at 10:35 am
Guys.. I mean… come on. While fun, Halloween is pretty much exclusively a “kids” holiday. You can’t expect the MLB to care about scheduling play offs or the world series during it.
October 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm
Exclusively a kids holiday? I disagree. Here in North America I think they’ve pretty much bottled up the kids element. Kids barely do anything for halloween anymore. It is more an excuse for adults to get dressed up and get drunk!
October 22, 2015 at 10:47 am
What about Paul Lyndes Halloween Special from the 70’s. Gotta see it for KISS alone !!!!
October 22, 2015 at 10:52 am
I Rymenber 😀 Halloween special “Life with louie”, olso give valuable lesson stealing from shop are bad thing.
October 22, 2015 at 10:58 am
Sorry but I prefer the short overview (mostly done great) of random horror films then those tiring conversations.
October 22, 2015 at 11:03 am
I’m surprised you guys didn’t mention the Star Trek Halloween episode Catspaw. It had a castle, a black cat and Shakespeare Witches.
October 22, 2015 at 11:59 am
I know you guys talked about Treehouse of Horror but could we for right now considered you reviewed it?
Also thanks for doing that one as so many people including myself requested that.
October 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm
Marc Summers – Mystery Magical Special on Nickelodeon. It was one of my favorite Halloween specials as a kid and I would watch it every year.
October 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Agreed. Loved that special.
I like a lot Halloween special of the Simpson’s and the great pumpkin of Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
October 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm
Every year the Halloween special is a tradition for me .
October 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm
These kind of chit chatting videos are way better than focusing on one individual movie. Talking about a broader topic seems to lead to a better conversation because there is more to talk about. Also, kind of a shame that South Park stopped doing annual Halloween episodes so early.
October 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm
The Garfield Halloween Special is one of the most terrifying things i can remember as a kid… Those final 5 minutes….
“There’s no escaping them! They know we’re here! They know WHO WE ARE!”
October 22, 2015 at 3:32 pm
I remember the Last Halloween, glad you did too! I had a Halloween mix on VHS labelled 1994 with that, the Simpsons, Disney’s Ichabod, and Nilus the Sandman: Monsters in My Closet.
October 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm
is it just me or does mike just rub people wrong? i dont get it he can be so friggan annoying.
October 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm
Also I seem to recall Disney airing “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in a couple of their Disney Halloween specials…The one hosted by Jonathan Winters, “Disney’s Halloween Hall’o’Fame” was one..I had that on VHS and watched it all the time.
October 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm
Punky Brewster made a SCARY-ASS Halloween episode. It was so friggin scary, I would NEVER watch another episode of that show ever again haha!
October 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Still waiting for Motel Hell review!
October 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm
James, I DO remember The Last Halloween. For the longest time I remembered it, and thought it must have been Spaced Invaders. Aliens eating candy danced through my mind. I finally found it again last year thanks to Cinemageddon. We are so in tune with each other, James. We grew up watching the same stuff!
October 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm
Great Video !! For me and my family we always watch Spaced Invaders 1990 THE BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIE EVER!!!!
October 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm
I’d like to point out that my two favorite TV shows had pre-Rosanne Halloween episodes which weren’t just spooky shows, but directly reference Halloween: M*A*S*H in their episode Trick or Treatment (1982), and back in the 1950s The Honeymooners in their episode Halloween Party.
October 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm
this is a good monster madness year
October 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm
There are literally people out there who won’t watch anything made before they were born because it’s “too old”. I can’t stand people who refuse to even try to appreciate things from other eras. Oh, a sitcom you didn’t mention is Night Court, which had several Halloween episodes.
October 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm
My favorite bit from the Roseanne specials was when Dad puts his hand in the garbage disposal to get the rice out and it turns on. Totally got me.
October 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm
You don’t really have to catch up with the Simpsons, guys, it kinda went downhill a long while ago. But their earlier TOH episodes were great, including the presidential election one. 😉
As for Charlie Brown, eh, if you don’t have any nostalgia or much knowledge of it I can get why some people might not ‘get’ it.
October 31, 2015 at 12:38 am
I would stop at around season 10 with The Simpsons.
October 22, 2015 at 7:56 pm
While at Malwart today getting BTTF Trilogy I picked up the Disney Sleepy Hallow Blu Ray and Its The Great Pumpkin bought so many blu rays this year.
October 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm
Don’t forget the Pete and Pete Halloween Special! It’s a classic.
October 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm
I do admit, these unscripted entries are lazy but this is a nice addition. And…baseball? The most boring sport in America, has taken over Halloween? Its a fucking skills game! Its a team of assholes trying to out hit the ball with the stick against the other team! Seriously, how the fuck is this shit not only popular, but taking over our holiday?
October 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm
I have some interesting insight into The Last Halloween for you. My father, growing up, worked at M and M Mars and was a pretty big executive. Well when ET came out they passed on the product placement. Originally the Reeses Pieces were meant to be M and M’s. Anyway the company thought the movie would bomb… and they thought wrong. So in a desperate attempt to make things right they put together the TV special The Last Halloween featuring all their products. Not quite as successful, though I remember enjoying it as a kid. Now admittedly it’s been nearly 20 years so I could have some facts wrong, but that’s the general gist of the story as to how that special got made. Hope you like it. Happy Halloween:
PS Watch my movie if you love halloween:
October 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm
One more comment: What I love about the “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” is how it ends with Charlie Brown goofing on Linus’s beliefs and Linus becoming resolved that everything will work out the next year. The reason I love this is that the episode starts with them goofing on him for believing in the Great Pumpkin for yet another year. So it unintentionally becomes this existentialist “Waiting For Godot” style animation where every year the same thing happens and the character’s can’t help but react the same way. I love pretending that every year the characters are reliving the experiences of the previous year. It definitely puts me in the Peanuts mindset.
October 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm
On the topic of Halloween decorations, it would be awesome to see some pics of how you’ve decorated your home over the years.
October 23, 2015 at 12:07 am
C’mon guys, like ten minutes on lame, boring ol’ Peanuts and under a minute dedicated to Garfield’s much better special?
And no love at all for the only-aired-once Gary Larson’s Tales From The Far Side Halloween Special? For shame.
October 23, 2015 at 12:29 am
James should really do some sort of overview with Mike before these videos or something. Its jarring whenever Mike interrupts, to the extent of interrupting James explaining his own thoughts…which Mike apparently felt he was better at explaining. No offense guys, I love the content, but Mike really needs some sort of direction.
October 23, 2015 at 12:50 am
I wouldn’t say the Halloween themed TV show episodes started in the 90’s. To be more accurate shows like the Brady Bunch and Happy Days and such had done the whole Halloween episode thing before. I think I know what you guys mean though. In the 90’s it became more of a tradition to do it every year and the Networks would call it Halloween TV Night or something like that.
October 23, 2015 at 1:13 am
I’m not sure if you’ve seen or reviewed it yet, but if you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend seeing the 1976 film Burnt Offerings (Oliver Reed, Karen Black). There aren’t a whole lot of movies that creeped me out as an adult, but Burnt Offerings certainly accomplished that feat. Even if you don’t review it, for someone who loves horror movies
I feel compelled to bring up the fact that Halloween episodes of various TV series precedes Rosanne and the Simpsons by quite a bit. Even if they weren’t an annual thing, The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Mork & Mindy, and MacGyver all had a couple of great.
Anyway, it’s just a suggestion. I’ve been following you and anjoying your videos for several years now, but I haven’t really made too many comments.
October 23, 2015 at 1:37 am
In my house “Perfect Strangers” was called “Cou-sin”.
October 23, 2015 at 1:48 am
Not sure about Halloween not being popular until the late 60’s. Trick or treating in the 30’s and 40’s was much bigger than it is today. There were costumes in the stores, candy, all the Halloween stuff. In fact, the holiday used to be much bigger. Now there are community trick or treating times that are usually before dark.
October 23, 2015 at 5:18 am
Why did Mike say the Simpsons has been going on for 25 years? It ended at season 9! :^)
October 23, 2015 at 5:42 am
What, are you a troll? Really? The simpsons are still on…
Unless you are being some kind of smartass, like someone left the writing team after nine years…
October 23, 2015 at 6:34 am
It’s a well established fact that the Simpsons is only worth watching seasons 1-9 as season 10 onwards is a dramatic drop in quality. Season 10-14 is probably the cut-off point of quality as there are still a few decent episodes here and there. Anything post season 14 is just complete garbage.
October 23, 2015 at 7:06 am
I’d say season 10 is worthwhile. It’s season 11 where the show jumped the shark. Yes, the entire season, with the apex of the jump being where they kill off Maude Flanders.
October 23, 2015 at 7:02 am
James, Mike, if you guys HAVE to watch The Simpsons, please don’t watch past season 10. If you see the episode where they show Ned Flanders’s dong, then you know you’ve gone too far.
i really don’t like home improvement,for me it’s all about married…with children.al bundy rocks!no halloween episodes though.
October 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm
Thoroughly enjoyed this episode, thanks for this.
October 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm
full house had his halloween when jessy, joy and danny dressed up as the three stooges 🙂
October 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm
Loved this episode of Monster Madness, James and Mike! For anyone who wants some old Disney Halloween nostalgia, I have the full TV special, “A Disney Halloween” uploaded on my YouTube channel. It’s a 90-minute special from the ’80s and ’90s that ran on Disney Channel and ABC, I believe. Check it out: https://youtu.be/CrY7Zx1ILSw
October 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm
WHYYY is the video-player so bad? Every single video takes a ridiculous time to load!
October 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm
i was pretty young when the Garfield halloween special was on, but the part with old man scared the shit outta me so bad i had to watch it through a crack in the door from the other room. haha. thanks for the memories
October 24, 2015 at 8:41 am
great video guys, one movie you need to check out is the Halloween Tree. It is a great animated movie with Leonard Nimoy as the narrator, it has a cool story and is an all around great Halloween movie check it out James and Mike!!!!!!
October 24, 2015 at 9:47 am
I believe Night Court had halloween episodes before Roseanne.
October 25, 2015 at 4:34 am
Great vid..I always loved the Halloween specials because my home/neighborhood never did a lot for the holiday. And I love Roseanne….lol
October 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm
what kinda jackasses would have something against Charlie Brown? me and my crew still watch the great pumpkin on halloween together, sometimes even with our parents, James must have some weird friends..
October 26, 2015 at 12:41 am
Great episode guys. You are totally right about Halloween getting pushed aside for NON holiday events. And don’t get me started about Tick-or-Treating being a week early or only from 3 to 5 o’clock. So sad.
October 26, 2015 at 12:43 am
i think night court did a couple Halloween eps before roaeanne
October 27, 2015 at 12:14 am
I remember that alien special! I try to look it up on Youtube every year, but no luck so far. All I can remember is that it was some tie-in with Mars candy, and involved a candy factory somehow? I think?
October 27, 2015 at 12:16 am
The creator of Roseanne and Home Improvement are the same person; He’s from Evansville, IN. He started as a writer on the Cosby Show but we won’t get in to that now days.
Anyways, that’s why they were so similar, cause he did a lot of the writing.
There’s some trivia for you.
Plus he’s from Evansville, IN, where the Roseanne house was shot on the outside scenes.
It’s close to the 3’rd oldest ball park in the USA, Bosse Field. Where A League of Their Own was shot.
October 27, 2015 at 2:17 am
Love Halloween, and your Halloween specific game and TV/movie commentary
October 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm
SIMPSONS DID IT! (Just had to after Mike’s rant)
October 28, 2015 at 5:12 am
As much as I was a little miffed with the whole “Is It Horror” video(I’m half Jewish and you asked if Schindler’s List was horror <_<), I find myself as enamored of this one. I can relate to literally everything about this era having come up it in myself. As for appreciation for the Peanuts, it's kind of like being a wine connoisseur. It's an acquired taste that takes time(as well as good taste which is something SORELY lacking in recent generations).
October 28, 2015 at 9:32 am
Love you guys!!! And the reviews!! <3
October 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm
SKIP the Mr. Toad half? By golly, do I disagree with that attitude!
October 31, 2015 at 1:20 am
For several years The Simpsons’ Halloween specials would get delayed until November due to sports. That’s stopped, but it doesn’t matter anymore since The Simpsons stopped being good sometime around season 10.
When you watch any animated holiday specials, watch them on DVD or Blu-Ray, not on TV. When shown on TV now, several minutes are cut out to make room for more commercials.
November 1, 2015 at 1:33 am
Gotta love Halloween specials. They just played Great Pumpkin on TV the other day. Charlie Brown can be soothing. That’s a good way of putting it. Back in the Simpsons good seasons, I always enjoyed the Treehouse of Horror specials.
May 25, 2016 at 3:58 pm
I always liked the Halloween specials that Disney put on back then
June 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm
I’ve always loved Charlie Brown, especially The Great Pumpkin. I also enjoy the artwork, notice the color of the sky, it’s awesome! You can find “The Great Pumpkin Waltz,” and other Peanuts/Vince Guaraldi songs on Spotify. You can find some CDs on Amazon. You guys definitely take me back to childhood, thank you!
October 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm
My favorite Halloween special has always been Hilloween, the episode of King of the Hill where Hank has to deal with the psycho overzealous Christian woman forcing Arlen to cancel Halloween.
October 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm
Charlie Brown does not look appealing at all to me. I don’t like the style, it seems boring and I don’t know, it feels childish.
January 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm
It started way before 80s! The earliest ones i know of are the ones in Bewitched that started in the 60s.
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