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Groovie Goolies DVDIf you grew up in the 70’s and were a monster fan, then you had to love the Groovie Goolies. This classic carton series about a group of wacky pop music playing monsters that reside in the castle known as Horrible Hall hasn’t been seen in years. Kept alive by a loyal fan base and bad bootleg VHS copies, the demand for a definitive collection has finally been heard. It’s time to throw away those bootlegs and get ready for the Goolies on DVD! Check out the press release below:


Los Angeles, CA – They were the grooviest, most eclectic array of animated monsters ever to hit the small screen in the early ‘70s. Now, thanks to BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, the latest series from the Filmation catalog will be available on DVD with the release of Groovie Goolies. The complete series, which aired in 1971, will be released on October 24th under BCI’s Ink & Paint brand, and from Media Company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc (ER), at a suggested retail price of $29.98.

“As evidenced by our previously announced lineup, Filmation released some of the most memorable animated series ever to hit television in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. “The Groovie Goolies were one of the most unique casts of characters on Saturday mornings, and we’re glad to offer this complete series not only to those of us that remember it on television, but to a whole new generation.”

Groovie Goolies features a cast of legendary monsters who get themselves in all sorts of wacky predicaments, as they joke, dance and sing their way through each episode. The hyper-colorful series stars the residents of Horrible Hall; Frankie, Wolfie, Drac, Mummy, Hagatha, Bella LaGhostley, Boneapart and a wealth of other animated tributes to classic monster movie icons. In each episode, the Goolies offer an abundance of goofy gags in “Weird Window Time,” a segment reminiscent of the classic Laugh-In series. Each episode ends with an original Groovie Goolies rock song presented in the form of a wildly animated music video. This show inspired many famous “Goolians” including Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and wealth of Hollywood’s top award winning costumers, writers and make-up artists.

Special features include The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy produced by horror aficionados Wally Wingert and Dan Roebuck.

As it has done with its previous award-winning animated boxed sets, BCI will include in the three-disc collection a series of dazzling special features. The deluxe set will be packaged in a ghoulishly-designed slipcase with slim cases, and feature 16 episodes, plus interstitial jokes and songs!

Special features for Groovie Goolies: The Saturday “Mourning” Collection include:

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy — Hosted by Wally Wingert (“Family Guy”/”Invader Zim”) and Dan Roebuck (Lost/The Fugitive) featuring interviews with Alice Cooper, Forrest J. Ackerman, Ron Chaney, Lou Scheimer, Oscar winning Make-Up artist Bill Corso, Goolie Head Writer Jack Mendelsohn, and more!.

•Full episode audio commentary tracks for two Groovie Goolies episodes with producer Lou Scheimer, Goolie head writer Jack Mendelsohn, Filmation historian Darrell McNeil, and Hollywood monster expert Bob Burns. Commentaries hosted by Wally Wingert.

•Image gallery of Groovie Goolies original model sheets, animation cels, storyboards, backgrounds, PSAs, and jokes used in the series.

•SING-A-LONG — Groovie-Get-Together – full-length version!

•Booklet and Trivia

•DVD-ROM Features – a selection of 16 complete scripts and the original Series Bible for Kookie Spookies (PDF format, PC/Mac readable)

•Digital restoration


I myself was fortunate enough to be asked by Dan Roebuck and Wally Wingert to help out on the documentary and even make a cameo appearance. My company Horror Shirts also made a small run of Groovie Goolies t-shirts that were worn by Dan and Wally throughout the documentary. There are still a few available on our site. Get ’em while they last, and check out exclusive pics from the making of the documentary below.

Also, if you plan on attending this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, make sure to catch Filmation founder Lou Scheimer as he talks about the upcoming Groovie Goolies DVD set on the Filmation panel on Friday, July 21st from 4:30–6:00 pm in Room 5AB.

Sean Clark

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy

The Definitive Groovie Goolies Docu-Comedy

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Watch This Weekly Podcast Episode 9: Party On!

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Another weekend and another round of picks to get you through it! What should you be watching to get your horror fix? Tune in, and find out!

Want a teaser? Included in this episode are the films Party Bus from Hell, Deep Blue Sea 2, and The Devil and Father Amorth.

On Watch This Weekly we’ll be giving you some brief recommendations regarding what horror flicks are on their way and what you should be watching! Couple that with everything that’s going on with Dread Central Presents and maybe a special guest here and there, and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy guide to set up your horror-watching week!

Make sure to subscribe to this podcast and all Dread Central podcasts on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

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It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in STARZ’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself.

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!” Williams wrote, attaching an image of himself as Ash with the message, “Ash has left the building.


Starring Campbell alongside Ray Santiago, Dan DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless, “Ash vs Evil Dead” followed the exploits of Ash Williams as he fought the Deadite hordes decades after his original encounters. Crass, violent, over-the-top, and an absolute blast, it’s a damn shame that the series is coming to an end, especially now that we’ve met Ash’s daughter, Brandy, and a fourth season may very well have allowed Raimi and Co. to pass the torch along to a new generation.

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IT: Chapter 2 Gets New Creative Team Behind the Scenes

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Looks like director Andy Muschietti is shaking things up behind the scenes of IT: Chapter 2 and replacing the original film’s production designer and cinematographer.

Yes, Collider reports that Oscar-winning The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry will join the sequel team, after Claude Paré (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) served as production designer on the first movie.

Also, Checco Varese (The Strain, Hulu’s Locke & Key) will be the new film’s cinematographer, taking over for the original flick’s DP Chung-hoon Chung (The Handmaiden, Oldboy).

All of this makes sense as the new film is set to take on a different feel when compared to the original’s which was more about the magic of childhood. The sequel (like the book) should feel scarier and darker and overall more, you know, adult.

Are you excited for this new creative team behind the scenes? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Production on the sequel begins this July with Jessica Chastain onboard to play Beverly, and Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing Richie and Bill. It hits theaters September 6, 2019.

Synopsis:

A group of young faces their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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