If you were a child in the 1980′s or up through the mid 90′s then you are familiar with the era of TV specials. Back then most folks didn’t have more than a handful of channels on their TV and the choices of what to watch were very limited. The “Movie of the week” where a major hollywood movie finally premiered on a network TV station, was a big deal. I remember watching many Big movies for the first time “edited for Television” on one of the three or four networks. During the holidays we got TV specials, like Halloween cartoons or some type of documentary about ghosts. They were usually pretty cheesy and rarely delivered any kind of real scare but they were all we had and we liked it!
Which brings us to the VHS Only release of the WNUF Halloween Special. It’s a “found footage” film by a collective of filmmakers. The tape is presented as a Halloween special from 1987 that aired on a small town news broadcast on October 31st. The first 30 minutes is the 11 O’clock nightly news with the two anchors dressed in costumes and reporting on Halloween related stories including a dentist that was paying a 1$ for every pound of candy a child brought in the day after trick or treating in an attempt to get kids not to eat too much. All during the news broadcast we’re told “Stay Tuned” for a Halloween special that would air immediately after. (more…)