Monday, October 31, 2022

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Final Recap


The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon

As George Harrison once wrote, all things must pass, and so it goes with the Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon. On behalf of Gill Jabob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly, we’d like to give a hearty thanks to everyone who took part, as well as our dear readers!

Donald Pleasence - The Flesh and the Fiends

I’d also like to thank Gill for suggesting this blogathon topic. It’s wonderful to see Mr. Pleasence receive his due, and I believe the blog posts did just that, covering a wide range of film and television roles (Plus a recipe!). Today’s final four offerings are no exception. I’m woefully behind, but look forward to reading and commenting on everyone’s posts in the next few days.

Donald Pleasence - The Mutations

On a slightly different note, I’m reminding everyone to stay tuned for announcements in 2023, with two more blogathons in the pipeline. Trust me, you won’t want to miss ‘em. Until then, happy Halloween!


Be sure to visit the recaps from days One, Two and Three:


Day 1  

Day 2  

Day 3 


Now, onto the submissions:

Prince of Darkness Poster

Eric Binford from Diary of a Movie Maniac shines a light on Prince of Darkness (1987).


The Devil Within Her Poster

Amber from Camp and Circumstance proves it’s what’s inside that counts in her review of The Devil Within Her (aka: I Don’t Want to Be Born) (1975).

Hell is a City Poster

Erica from Poppity Talks Classic film shows us that Hell is a City (1960).


The Corsican Brothers Poster

Sally Silverscreen from 18 Cinema Lane spends some quality time with The Corsican Brothers (1985).




  1. Thanks for joining me in co hosting the blogathon as always, always love discovering some great entries to those topics. Looking forward to next years double bill with YOUR great choice... (got my review choices already)

    1. My pleasure, Gill! You're an awesome co-host. :) I can't wait to see everyone's choices for next year.

  2. (Shared from RealWeegie's comment section at her behest...)

    So…here’s the “Halloween” movie story I promised.

    Mrs. J-Dub is a monstrous fan of the “Halloween” movies She spent most of her childhood in Indiana, which is a short stone’s throw from Illinois, the home state of the fictional town of Haddonfield (for those of you not familiar with the American heartland).

    However, she was always puzzled by the school in the original film. She couldn’t figure out where it the Midwest there would be a school with outdoor hallways. Luckily, she married somebody who grew up in California…which means I happen to know lots of stuff you see in TV and movies isn’t what you think it is, thanks to the magic of Hollywood. This just happened to be the first time she discovered that.

    I could give you countless examples, but specific to this case, there was a dead give-away that the school in “Haddonfield” was actually in Sherman Oaks, California. As I explained to Mrs. J-Dub, a child of Southern California of the 1970s would now that all schools in California were built with immediate access to spaces not under a roof for those pesky earthquakes.

    But the real key comes from the streets in front of the school, and can be seen throughout the film. Address numbers can clearly be seen painted on the curbs, which was done in California in the 70s to assist emergency responders to find the correct house in a hurry. The Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks had curbs with address numbers, but in many spaces the streets had not yet been paved. Take a close look in the original, there are several times in which you can see dirt streets in “Haddonfield.”

    1. Thanks for sharing! My wife and I grew up in that corner of L.A., so we also laughed at the "Illinois" neighborhood. Proof that John Carpenter can fool some of the people some of the time, but not ex-Angelinos. :)

  3. And he had that pleasant soothing voice

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