Thursday, March 25, 2010

wilsonblogclassic® Originally posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cheese Television - Celebrating underachievements in TV!

From my own personal archives!

Cheesy (che'-ze) - adjective
1) containing or resembling cheese
2) of or like cheese: a cheesy aroma; a cheesy taste
3) slang - inferior or cheap; chintzy

"EXCLUSIVE TO YOU IN YOUR CITY -- Mary McDonough (left) and Melissa Sue Anderson star as two high school girls endowed with the power of witchcraft -- Mary for good, Melissa Sue for evil -- in 'The Burning', 'The ABC Friday Night Movie' presentation, FRIDAY, FEB. 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m., EST) on the ABC Television Network." 2/3/81

There must have been a last minute name change as this movie originally aired as Midnight Offerings. I still remember it to this day, who could forget it! One of The Waltons girls vs. the blind older sister from Little House on the Prairie! Both were witches in the same high school and fighting over, you guessed it, a boy. Queen Bee-itch Melissa Sue rules over her school and everything is wonderful until nicey-nice Walton girl witch comes along and ruins everything. Goody-good is aided by the Yoda-like ponderings of another older, more experienced good witch, Happy Days Mom Marion Ross. While Gordon Jump (bumbling Arthur Carlson from WKRP in Cincinnati) plays Baddy-bad's father, completely oblivious to his daughter's black magic shenanigans occurring upstairs in his very own house (although you would think the satanic shrine in her bedroom might give him a clue). This is some of the best overacting that I have ever seen! Especially by Melissa Sue Anderson who has a veritable smörgåsbord of scenery chewing moments throughout the film. And you thought your high school had drama? Obviously you've never seen two teen-age witches having a telekinetic duel to the death in shop class. Whoever said that a movie had to have acting, writing or directing to be entertaining?

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