Friday, October 28, 2022

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap


The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon

Welcome to Day One of the Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon! My superb co-host Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly are proud to present this three-day event, celebrating versatile, enigmatic character actor Donald Pleasence. We have a bumper crop of posts for your perusal, featuring select film and television reviews (and even a recipe!).  

Donald Pleasence - Alone in the Dark

If you’ve signed up, but your post isn’t quite ready for prime time, don’t panic. We’ll post your link on Day Two or Three (and a little bird told me there could be a bonus fourth day as well). Latecomers are also welcome (as my cohort mentioned in her post, the Halloween movies still haven’t been claimed). Post a comment below, email me at, or reach me on Twitter (@barry_cinematic). You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post, through her blog’s Contact Me page, or on Twitter (@realweegiemidge).

Escape from New York

Here are Day 1’s submissions below, and remember to tune in Saturday and Sunday for recaps of Days Two and Three!


Cul-de-Sac Poster

Greg Wilcox from Destroy All Fanboys! invites us to take a ride down to the the Cul-de-Sac (1966). 


The Adventures of Robin Hood

Join Terence Towles Canote from A Shroud of Thoughts as he looks at Mr. Pleasence’s role on TV’s The Adventures of Robin Hood (1956-1958). 


Dracula 1979 Poster

Andrew Wickliffe from The Stop Button sinks his fangs into Dracula (1979).  

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home

Listen. Do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell (with profound apologies to Lennon & McCartney)? Angelman tells all in his review of The DarkSecret of Harvest Home (1978). 

Columbo - Any Old Port in a Storm

Hey good lookin’, find out what’s cookin’ with Jenny from Silver Screen Suppers as she serves a heaping helping of Donald Pleasence's "No-Name Curry," along with a look at his appearance in the Columbo episode, “Any Old Port in a Storm” (1973). 


Twilight Zone - Changing of the Guard

With a little help from Rod Serling, Mitchell Hadley from It’s About TV takes you on a journey to a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop, a look at the Twilight Zone episode “Changing of the Guard.” (1962) 

Alone in the Dark Poster

Brian Schuck from Films Beyond the Time Barrier will keep you company with his review of Alone in the Dark (1982). 

The Flesh and the Fiends Poster

It would be truly fiendish if you missed Michael Denney’s (from Maniacs and Monsters) review of The Flesh and the Fiends (1962). 


Telefon Poster

Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews answers the call to write about Telefon (1977).



  1. Why did I not think of that Telefon pun? Thanks for joining me and looking forward to reading all those great entries...

    1. Thanks for being such an excellent co-host, Gill! Lots of reading ahead...

  2. Hello! My post is now live:

    1. Terrific! Thanks again for joining the blogathon, Debbie. I'll make sure your link is posted with tonight's update.

  3. What a great way to celebrate such a legend!

  4. One of my favorite Beatles songs, Barry! Thanks for the awesome intro.