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Thursday, December 31, 2015
I discovered this old Republic serial on Youtube of the Crimson Ghost. The Paramount Vault has posted a lot of their old movies and serials and such over there if interested. I ran across a Jerry Lewis movie, a couple of westerns, the SF movie, Masters of the Universe (1987) and they plan to update things as time goes along. So if interested you might check out their YT page. Here is a link to the movie. Paramount cleaned the movie up so it's a nice clear print.
I ran into another neat movie or 6-part TV BBC series during Christmas that I was unaware of and found it by chance. What's interesting is that the series takes place during Christmas too. It has Patrick Troughton in it, who played the second doctor in the Sci-Fi franchise Doctor Who. It is called The Box of Delights from 1984. It's based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story
follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn
into a world of magic and danger when he encounters an old Punch and
Judy man. There's magic in it, and the kids involved can shrink themselves down like the kids in Honey I Shrunk the Kids or Land of the Giants. It has a few eerie scenes in it that are the type that would probably creep kids out and give them nightmares at least back in the day. It has a similar low budget or maybe even less that the Dr. Who series, but it was still pretty interesting to watch. You can find all 6-parts on YT. I'll post the first episode here, and you should be able to find the rest pretty easy.