Mixing comedy and horror isn't the easiest thing in the world. Paul Lynde managed to do it with his legendarily infamous 1976 Halloween TV special. Name another TV Halloween special that combines Donny & Maris Osmond, Pinky Tuscadero and KISS? Covered over with a layer of Paul Lynde's patented and quite ahead-of-its-time winking gayness that reaches its height of weirdness in the painfully extended segment in which Lynde plays a great sheik lover.
When watching "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" you can't help but wonder if the participants knew when they were shooting it that it would go down in history as one of the greatest examples of camp and kitsch in TV history. Make no mistake: "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" is scary, scary stuff. It is the stuff of Halloween nightmares.
It should be the stuff of movies.
Studio executives in Hollywood have looked to everything from novels to toys for inspiration for their films. So why shouldn't they look to the behind the scenes goings-on during the making of "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" in order to create what could very well become the definitive horror comedy of our time?
You have to imagine that Johnny Depp would jump at the chance to play Paul Lynde. I mean here's a guy who has gone on record as wanting to play Carol Channing. Let's face it: there isn't much difference between Carol Channing and Paul Lynde. Can you imagine a film that explains how KISS managed to wind up on a show of exceeding campiness and kitschiness at the time in their career when they were being taken the most seriously as messengers of Satan? Watching KISS on "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" goes a long way toward explaining why Gene Simmons openly supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
The story behind the making of this Halloween disaster could not possibly fail to be funnier than any movie released in 2012. C'mon, Hollywood studio executive types. You've got a blockbuster idea staring you in the face. Let's see a big screen film that explains the thinking behind your predecessors who greenlighted "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special." At the very least, it would make your decision to greenlight "John Carter" look better by comparison.
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