Have a great night!
Have a great night!
This isn’t a Halloween trick, just a TV treat: On Halloween night, at 9 p.m. ET, Sundance Channel presents the premiere of an eight-part miniseries that’s unusual and intelligent and interesting enough to deserve notice – even if it is subtitled, slow-moving and very, very subtle in revealing its secrets.
It’s called The Returned, and it’s an eight-part 2012 French miniseries shown on Canal Plus as Les Revenants. Sundance is showing it in prime time, subtitled, and Halloween is the perfect night to unveil it, for reasons I’m reluctant to reveal.
I’m reluctant because this is the type of moody, creepy, cerebral drama that is best enjoyed by those who come to it knowing as little as possible about what they’re about to say. So all I want to do, here, is to steer you in its direction. Every episode of The Returned haunted me long after I saw it – and I expect, and hope, it provides you with the same singular, lasting experience. It premieres Thursday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. ET on Sundance Channel.
— Fresh Air TV critic, David Bianculli
Happy Halloween from Fresh Scare, Hairy and Gross!
We asked the staff to tell us one of their favorite Halloween memories.
Executive producer Danny Miller:
My favorite costume was for a Halloween party which honored my friend Fred. Everyone had to wear a “Fred” themed costume. I went as Fredo, from The Godfather, with a cheap suit, and buttons which said “Mikey can kiss my ass,” “Moe Green can go to hell” and “I’m not stupid, I’m smart!” But I had to keep explaining to everyone at the party what the joke was. People thought it was just stupid…
Administrative Assistant Dorothy Ferebee:
My mother was a seamstress and every Halloween she would design an outfit for me. One Halloween she made me a red and gold quipao complete with a fan and a hat. I was about nine. I had slippers with red and gold embroidery and a red, black and gold bag. I was so happy. I had a potato in my bag in case I had to defend myself. That’s what we did on Halloween in South Philadelphia. We also carried hot potatoes to keep our hands warm on chilly Halloween evenings.
Associate Producer Heidi Saman:
My favorite costume as a kid was when I was a snork. I’m not sure if anyone remembers those, but they were the hydrophillic version of the smurfs. Here’s the theme song.
It was great. I got a lot of candy and I got to wear a mask…of a snork.
Assistant Producer of Online Media Molly Seavy-Nesper:
My first time trick-or-treating I was a ballerina with a big fluffy tutu. We lived on the South Side of Chicago right on the lake. There was a pretty nasty storm and the winds were insane and a gust of wind lifted little 3 year old me off the ground, taking my tutu right off and sending it into the frigid lake. Pretty traumatic!
One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and visit the real thing: Dead people. In a morgue.
David Sedaris reads one of my favorite essays (from When You Are Englufed in Flames) on This American Life where he visits a morgue on Halloween. His poem inspired by the photo of “extensive mold on the face of a recluse,” is not one to miss.
We’re having a virtual Halloween costume parade today in honor of the canceled/postponed and sorely missed Village Halloween Parade slated for this evening. Submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with identifying information + a description of your costume if it’s …. less clear.
Happy Halloween! Celebrate by joining WNYC’s virtual Halloween costume parade. Or at least, by checking out the pictures.
“It is a bit like painting with history,” Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse says of her project “Ghosts of History.”
She got the idea a few years ago when she found some old negatives at a flea market in Amsterdam, where she lives. “I was very curious about these mysterious photos and wanted to find out who took them and where. So I started to walk around Amsterdam and made photos in the same spot where the old photos were made and combined them on the computer.”
See more. [Images: Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, Unknown, Tom Timmermans]
In the countdown to Halloween, here’s another spooky installment.
Science has apparently discovered why three of my coworkers share a birthday today.
Happy Halloween! See you Monday, when Tom Waits is on!
wobbly #2 (by Melody Kramer)