The Week in Horror: Joe Ruby, 61 Days of Halloween, Severin Films

Happy Monday, fiends!

Premiering in 1969, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? as well as every subsequent reboot and movie involving the talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving friends, was for many budding monster kids, their first run-in with horror. Sure, the monster was always unmasked in the end, but until the elaborate traps that would ultimately capture that episodes’ fiend (which was generally tripped by Shaggy and/or Scooby) we were treated to ghouls, skeletons, and ghosts. The show was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Sadly, Ruby passed away this week at 87. Ruby would go on to work on a number of other animated series, one of my favourites being Thundar the Barbarian, and also created the animated sequence for Child’s Play. Thanks for being a happy part of my childhood, Joe. Rest in Peace.

September kicks off 61 days of Halloween on Shudder and the horror streaming channel will be treating us to a kick-ass line up that includes Coppola’s Dracula, a slew of Vincent Price classics, seasons 1 and 2 of Holliston (how about a season 3, Shudder??), The Vampire Lovers, Glenn Danzig’s Verotika, and lots more running through October. And let’s not forget a Joe Bob Briggs Last Drive-In special (Halloween III, please?)

Fucking Severin Films, right? Their three-film September slate looks dope! Including Bruno Mattei’s Cruel Jaws aka Jaws 5 aka I’ve seen parts of the film, but other parts look completely new…never mind, its Mattei, Jack, just roll with it. Also, we’re getting blu-ray debuts of Massacre in Dinosaur Valley and Primitives from the director of Satan’s Slaves. All three look like a ton of fun, but Cruel Jaws is a slog if that is in fact the movie I saw and I think it might be. Originally, it was banned from playing in America for the way it blatantly plagiarized  Jaws, not to mention just straight up using its score.


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