Archive for category: TV

Our Favorite and Weirdest Instances of Vampires in Popular Culture

Vampires are weird, let’s face it. Here are our picks for the best in pop culture history! Vampira You gotta start at the source of awesome pop culture vampires: Maila Nurmi’s “Vampira” character. Everyone knows Elvira of Movie Macabre fame, but not everyone realizes Elvira is essentially the Part II of Vampira – the original vampiress TV show host. Vampira’s...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Scary Books and Stuff

This time on the Pop Rewind Podcast, Linz and Lee reminisce about how much Goosebumps and Unsolved Mysteries scared them as children… and adults. We also call on R.L. Stine to answer a 27 year-old mystery: what “Weird Al” album did Pete buy Melissa in the book Haunted?! Heck, it’s even on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher! Mentioned in this...

Rick Springfield is a Vampire

A 1980s pop singer, vampires, Erica Kane’s ex-husband, and a made-for-TV movie from 1989. These are all things Linz loves, so it’s no wonder that when given the opportunity to purchase a $9 DVD containing those four elements she’d jump on it. Nick Knight stars Rick Springfield as a vampire detective working the night shift. His arch nemesis LaCroix, played...

Ritz Crackers and the New Kids on the Block: An Existential Crisis

There’s a point in everyone’s life where they realize they’re old. I’ve had brushes with this in the past– hearing Billy Joel on the “oldies” station, attempting to purchase Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun album on CD in 2014 only to have Target employees ask me: “CD, like for a computer?”, and trying to explain what Crystal Pepsi was to 7-11...

SCTV’s Poochare All Meat Dog Food vs. Bonjour Jeans

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a huge SCTV fan. One of my favorite sketches is a commercial for the fictional Poocharee dog food, led by Eugene Levy: I mean, how can you not love this. It’s so bizarre– the images of Eugene Levy strutting his stuff in his new wave fashions, browsing the supermarket for dog food...

Weird Al Hosts ALTV

At Pop Rewind, we pride ourselves in saving great nostalgia from being totally lost to time.  If ever we had a post that fits that bill, this is it.  We’re taking a look back at some obscure television. Weird Al is known for his funny records, but he essentially has a second career in television.  Heck, even his movie was...

Retro Recipe: Awful Waffle

Who didn’t want to spend a summer with Donkey Lips at Camp Anawana?  Salute Your Shorts was a TV show that served as a voice for awkward kids everywhere.  The show did a perfect job depicting what happens when a hodgepodge of kids are stuck at camp, which I realize as an adult is not that different from work. If...

Gremlins and ALF… The Ride???

I’m sorry.  Truly, I am.  I’m sorry that for eight years, there was a running Gremlins ride hosted by ALF and I never told you about it. A Gremlins ride showed up at Warner Bros. theme parks in both Australia and Germany.  The German version, however, received an upgrade in the form of one Gordon Shumway. Photo by: Screammachine.net ALF...

90s Moments You Forgot: Do The Bartman!

All these years later, with even the hardcore fans feeling like the show has way beyond run its course, it’s hard to imagine the original hype surrounding The Simpsons. You would have thought the Sprinfield family was leading the second British Invasion. Simpsons merchandise was everywhere, video games were being cranked out, and they even had a record. Wait, a...

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie: Based on the Game: Well, Sort Of

It was one of those videos I kept spotting in the discount bin at K-Mart.  Every time I stopped by the electronics section, there would be four or five copies marked down, ready for someone to give a loving home to these tapes.  At some point, the price dropped a dollar and I decided to take a risk on a...