Tuesday, October 10, 2006
31 Days of Halloween - Day 10
AMC's Monsterfest turns 10 this year. Here's an ad from when monsterfest, and the channel that no longer deserves to call itself "American Movie Classics" were still great. Now that most of the movies are second rate, and like the stock at Blockbuster, are no older than the past several years, five minutes of commercials occur after every five minutes of movie, and the hosts are gone, it's unbearable to watch.
In the past I used to live for Monsterfest. The movies were great, and commercial free, and there were also plenty of cool original documentaries, as well as Monsterfest hosts like Roger Corman, and Tim Burton. A lot of planning went on so that I could tape the movies I didn't already own, and also capture the gems showing on Turner Classic Movies at the same time. Now, well I don't have any tv reception, so it's a moot point, but I always look to see what's showing, but AMC doesn't get more than a cursory glance.
This ad is from 1998. I remember that this same artwork, though reconfigured for a horizontal space, was also featured on a huge billboard on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
Here's what's playing this year on Monsterfest.
Here's what's showing this month on the still excellent Turner Classic Movies.