Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Best Of 'Amazing Stories' : Mummy Daddy


Though i've seen several episodes throughout the years, i've always been kinda ashamed of myself that i've never delved too deep into Amazing Stories, the Spielberg created horror/sci-fi/fantasy anthology show that ran between 1985 and 1987. This probably has something to do with the fact that though season 1 got a DVD release a couple years back, season 2 has never been released here in the states (only in Japan & Germany), with no plans as of now of that changing. Not cool. Not cool at all.

Anyway, my buddy Chris Tanski was telling me about one of his favorite episodes last weekend at Monster Mania and I checked it out today and had to share it, just as I hope to share some of my other favorite episodes now that i've been given the proverbial kick in the pants that I needed to finally get around to watching more of the series.

The episode we're here to watch today is titled Mummy Daddy and it was episode 4 of the first season, with an original airdate of October 27th, 1985. Directed by Harry and the Hendersons' director William Dear with a story from the mind of Spielberg himself, Mummy Daddy sees the mummy actor of a horror movie rushing to the bedside of his pregnant wife, no time in between shooting and her giving birth to remove his makeup and costume. Naturally, hijinks ensue on the way to the hospital, with all the redneck locals mistaking the actor for a real life mummy. Sounds awesome? Well it is. And that's why i've included it in full below. Enjoy!

Not sure if it's true or not but there's a story within the horror business that has circulated for many years that Boris Karloff rushed from the set of Son of Frankenstein to the hospital when his daughter was born, still in full makeup and costume. This episode was reportedly based on that tale!

So, while we're here, what's your favorite episode of Amazing Stories?


mlw33 said...

I loved "Amazing Stories". I also lament the non-release of Season 2. My favorite episode was called "Mirror Mirror" (I think). It was about a horror writer who is tormented by a ghoul everytime he looks in a mirror. Super creepy! And I heard the ghoul was played by none other than Tim Robbins!

Steve Fletcherson said...

"The 21 inch Sun" starring Robert Townsend of Meteor man fame.

It's a goofy story, but most of them are in one way or another. It has a heart warming ending.

A few of my other favorite episodes.

Remote Control man (Plenty of good cameos in this one.)
Gather Ye Acorns (Starring Mark Hamil)
Miscalculation (Starring Jon Cryer)
Welcome to My Nightmare

David said...

Since you wrote this months ago, I wonder if you know you can now watch all of Amazing Stories on Netflix. I was watching Mummy, Daddy and googled and found your posting.

Johnny said...

Oooh thanks for the heads up, David! May head over to Netflix right now to check an episode or two out! =)