Dino Drac After Dark

30 Minutes of Christmas Commercials!

It’s after 1AM right now, which isn’t exactly an ideal time to update After Dark. Oh well, this thread is meant to last a few days, anyway.

Hello! It’s been too long!

I come bearing gifts. Here’s a mega-sized compilation of Christmassy TV commercials from the ‘80s and ‘90s. They’re mostly ones I’ve already covered on the site, but I think I snuck a few new gems in there, too. It’s a solid mix of beloved classics and total unknowns, and should make for great background noise while you, I dunno, plan whatever mutant crowdless Thanksgiving you’ve got going this year.

On that note: We’re staying home. I don’t mind too much. One of my favorite Thanksgivings was just a few years ago, when we both got sick and decided to skip both sides’ parties. I always have fun at Thanksgiving, but it’s an *extremely* long day, so it was nice to spend one kicking back on the couch with holiday sitcom reruns and Black Friday circulars. I could go for that again.

We’re still going to make all of the traditional foods, though I’ll miss leaving a big party with my beloved tray of oily leftovers. Here’s a photo of last year’s doggy bag:

Mmmm. Disgusting and delicious.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, the next Purple Stuff Podcast drops on the early side of next week, and if you’ve been following our pattern, you can probably guess what it’s about.

I also have a few “exciting” articles in the works — in quotes because my idea of “exciting” is super weird, and I can only get away with that adjective here on the secret late night part of the site, where there is no judgment.

Hope you’re all doing okay in this endlessly insane year we’re having!

Halloween 2020 Free-For-All Thread!

Okay, I know I’ve missed some of the due updates here on After Dark, but I didn’t wanna leave y’all without a HALLOWEEN FREE-FOR-ALL THREAD, at least!

It’s early Friday evening as I write this. I was hoping to end Dino Drac’s Halloween Countdown with a bigger bang, but unfortunately, real life intervened: One of our older cats had to be hospitalized today. We won’t really know what we’re up against until tomorrow, and in the meantime all we can do is wait and hope.

The timing couldn’t be worse, but I know I missed the mark this year even before this happened. Didn’t do as much as I’d wanted, especially on the video front. Apologies for that, but I still hope Dino Drac managed to lift your Halloween spirit a few times over these last few months!

This is your HALLOWEEN FREE-FOR-ALL THREAD. Talk about whatever, but if you’re doing anything cool tonight or tomorrow, we obviously wanna hear about it!

Frightening Free-For-All Thread! (#8)

Hey gang, sorry about this week’s run of After Dark posts being so late! Blitzed through the Funpack shipping over the weekend, because with the USPS shipping times being so unpredictable these past few months, I really needed to send those out as quickly as I could. (And I did, whew.)

We’re recording this month’s Purple Stuff this week and that’ll be another blitz to get done as soon as possible, so between that and some other ~secret~ things, don’t be concerned if I don’t seem as present this week — I’m just working!

This is your Frightening Free-For-All Thread. Talk about whatever ya want! When you’re done here, check out this week’s Sinister Survey, Chilling Challenge and Macabre Movies of the Week.

Sinister Survey! (#8)

For this week’s Sinister Survey, I wanna to hear about your Halloween costumes!

In the comments, name three characters (or THINGS) that you’ve dressed up as for Halloween. Could be from childhood, could be from last year.

I’ll start:

1) ALF’s cousin MALPH. There’s a long story attached to that one.

2) The Joker, in 1989 or 1990. (Yes, that’s me in the pic!) I often wore Joker makeup when it wasn’t Halloween, but on at least one of those years, I went for it on October 31st, too.

3) Fruity Yummy Mummy, which was just last year at a friend’s Halloween party. Kind of a crummy version — I just covered half my head in rainbow bandages, wore red contacts and went heavy on the eyeliner. Nobody knew who I was.

Your turn! Name three of your past Halloween costumes, in the comments!