Link Tank: Celebrating 55 Years of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

An animated Halloween special turns 55 years old, two horror legends duke it out, the best scary movies from Japan, and more in Link Tank!

It’s been 55 years since the release of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Here are some surprising facts you might not know about the animated special.

“Lee Mendelson hadn’t planned on a career in animation. But when television sponsors saw the filmmaker’s documentary about cartoonist Charles Schulz, they asked if the two could team up to produce a Christmas special based on Schulz’s Peanuts strip. The result, A Charlie Brown Christmas, was seen by roughly half of all households watching television during its premiere on CBS on December 9, 1965. Mendelson went on to produce other Peanuts primetime specials, but 1966’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown remains one of the most endearing.”

Read more at Mental Floss

Halloween or A Nightmare On Elm Street? Which slasher horror movie franchise is the greatest of all time?

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“Having triumphed in the first, second, third, and fourth rounds, two franchises remain. Here, in the finals, the madman stalker of the ’70s takes on the quipping, deformed nightmare terrorizer of the ’80s. Who will take it home: the killer who never says a word or the one who never shuts up? Keep reading to see which of these long-running series we name the winner of our Ultimate Slasher Franchise Tournament. And then scroll past those results to the reader’s poll, where you, the fans, have a chance to name a different winner.”

Read more at The A.V. Club

Check out Audition, Cure, and more of the greatest Japanese horror movies ever made.

“It’s nearly Halloween, so there’s a good chance you’re in the mood for some horror. Might I tempt you with some from Japan? Below are some—certainly not all—of Japan’s bloodiest and creepiest horror films. You might have seen some of these, but hopefully, there will be something new here to check out. You may have seen none, and if you like horror, consider these an introduction to the world of J-horror.”

Read more at Kotaku

Could Marvel’s Secret Invasion Disney+ series introduce the X-Men to the MCU?

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“Based on the comic book storyline of the same name, the Disney+ series is set to focus on the conflict that breaks out when it is discovered that a legion of Skrulls has begun secretly invading Earth by posing as various superheroes, politicians, and other powerful figures. Secret Invasion is also set to introduce some high-profile actors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, and Kingsley Ben-Adir, though, it’s still unclear who any of those actors will be playing in the series.”

Read more at Inverse

Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and an absolutely unrecognizable Jared Leto shine in the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci.

“Growing up with an Italian mother meant that things like House of Gucci really get me excited about my Sicilian roots. In a new trailer detailing the downfall of the Gucci family and the murder of Maurizio Gucci by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, we get to see more of this cast of Academy Award winners and nominees shine. Honestly, Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani is something I probably would have dreamt for as a kid, and lucky me, Ridley Scott just gave it to me with no questions asked.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

Discover the most compelling reason to pay a lot of money to upgrade your Nintendo Switch to the new OLED Pro.

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“It’s not uncommon for console makers to release refreshed hardware late into a gaming machine’s life cycle: the countless iterations of the Nintendo GBA, DS, and 3DS are all proof of that. So with the Nintendo Switch well into its fifth year, and rumors of an upgraded pro version still just rumors, Nintendo is clearly aiming to rekindle hardware sales for the holiday season with the Switch OLED. It’s not a complete overhaul, but if you’re mostly a handheld Switch gamer that upgraded screen is a genuine treat for the eyes that’s going to be hard to resist.”

Read more at Gizmodo