Sunday, October 04, 2015

Cheap Trick - “Gonna Raise Hell” (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music

Today's musical selection on the surface my not seem very fitting to the Halloween theme I'm running with. Sure the song title has "hell" in it, but upon first listen you may not see why I'm associating it with Halloween. It's inclusion to my playlist completely plays on it appearing in the Halloween episode of the "Freaks & Geeks" TV series. The episode is called "Tricks and Treats", the song makes it's appearance when the the "geeks" of the show are getting into their Halloween costumes. It's a great soundtrack inclusion to the scene. After hearing it there I completely associate this track with the Halloween season. Musically it's not spooky or anything, but they do keep saying "hell" over and over and it's association with this episode made it a great addition to my playlist. It's definitely going to add some classic rock to the mix which isn't a bad thing.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Etienne & Moi - “Shower with Norman Bates”
31 Days of Halloween Music

Here is a song that clearly from the title begs to be among many a Halloween / horror pop music themed playlist. This song was in a fellow blogger, Vinnie Rattolle. It was on volume 1 of his “It’s Only a Movie” Halloween compilation he put for download 8 years ago or so. I’d give you more insight into the band, but oddly I couldn’t find too much about them online. Perhaps I wasn’t digging enough, nevertheless I recommend you check it out. Despite the title it’s not an overly gory or violent lyrically. It sounds more like a love song which I feel makes it a great addition to a playlist that spans all kinds of genres.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - "Lil' Red Riding Hood"
31 Days of Halloween Music

This song “Lil Red Riding Hood” I stumbled across about a year ago. It was released in 1966 by the group Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It’s definitely got the 60s pop music sound going on as you’ll hear. The topic is Little Red Riding Hood and Sam sings from the perspective of being the wolf. I don’t know if there is any deeper meaning beyond that, but I found it’s tone and sound fits in perfect with my Halloween mix. Give it a listen and get your mind into a spooky place and I will bet you’ll love it too.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Donovan - "Season of the Witch" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music

I thought the first track of my "31 Days of Halloween Music" posts should be this 1966 song, "Season of the Witch", by psychedelic rock artist Donovan. I feel like it captures a feeling of the season that I hope all the songs I post about have. I actually first heard it about 6 years ago or so on a podcast Kevin Smith did. He had it at the end or beginning of a pod where they talked about witches and warlocks. I thought it was an excellent track and it quickly was added to my ongoing Halloween playlist.

"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Evil Dead "You Will Die" Quote

I was reading a review of the 1981 horror film The Evil Dead and that reminded me of the scene where the character Cheryl turns into a "deadite" and confronts her friends with the quote "Why have you disturbed our sleep; awakened us from our ancient slumber? You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you." It's a pretty excellent scene and that quote was used/sampled by Northern Calfornia rap music artist Brotha Lynch Hung on his track "Die". The quote appears at the beginning and serves as the "chorus". The song uses the sample very effectively as the whole track has a very sinister and spooky vibe. Below I have the scene and a song "Die" so you can compare and enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Clock Tower - Video Game Music (1995)

I was recently listening to the "Purple Stuff Podcast" episode 6 "Creepy Q&A" and they were discussing their favorite spooky/creepy videos games. Jay of the "Sexy Armpit" fame mentioned the Playstation game "Clock Tower" as being spooky back when he played it as a teenager. I had never heard of it as my gaming experience is more from the 80s and early 90s era. I had some favorites on Playstation in the later 90s, but this one didn't hit my radar.  I looked up some walkthrough videos to get a sense of it. For the time it looks pretty cool, but what really struck me was the music. It's fantastic. It really has an awesome spooky, slasher sounding synth score. Check out the clip below. The music kicks in around the 1:54 mark.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Child's Play 2 - Promo Bumper Sticker

This is a weird little item that I've dug up for your viewing enjoyment. This is a scan of a promotional bumper sticker that was given out at a local video store when Child's Play 2 was released on VHS in 1990. It says  "Back of Jack, Chucky's Back... on videocassette."

Not sure if any of you horror collecting folk ever got one of these, if not you can look upon this image with jealous eyes.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Dr. Wolfula - Remake Reviews

Greetings boys and ghouls. Recently I came across a fellow blogger that posted the top 5 horror movie themed video accounts on Youtube. After looking through the list, one particular account really captured my interest. The Jack Stickman account has a fantastic character called "Dr. Wolfula" that reviews films. He's dressed up in a great costume and delivers some very enjoyable review inter cut with clips from the films he's reviewing/discussing. I'd like to bring your attention to three particular reviews
  1. Because they are of horror remakes and quite entertaining. 
  2. Because I've never seen the reamkes. After being burned by the TCM remake I quickly surmised any upcoming remake would be garbage. These reviews prove it to be true. This is the first time I've seen anything from them outside of the trailers. 
Well... enjoy!

Friday The 13th (2009) - Review

Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) - Review

Halloween (2007) - Review

Monday, August 10, 2015

It Follows (2014) UK Trailer

At long last I finally watched It Follows (2014) and I loved it. It hit all those things that I love in a horror film. Original story, great visuals, great performances and excellent soundtrack. When I would say "I'm sick of remakes, I want to see a good original, solid horror film. Something that could be a classic." This delivers on what I'm looking for.  I'm cooking up a spoiler-free review for this one as I don't think giving away too much on this film is a good idea. It's much more fun watching it cold without spoilers.

Hugh: "It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you."

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Deadpool (Official Trailer) 2015

Here is the official, red band, trailer for the 2016 film Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds. There has been quite a bit of anticipation and hype for this film and this trailer. I'm admittedly not versed well on Deadpool. I have always been aware of him, but never read the books so I don't know a whole lot about his story, so I can't speak to how accurate he appears. From fan reaction it seems that they've got the character's look, personality and look of action down pretty closely . The trailer makes the movie look like a lot of fun, and the most intriguing aspect of the movie is that it's going to be rated R as is evident in the trailer. That I think is really cool because all these superheros and villains do live in a violent world, but the movies for the most part keep it very family friendly, even with Chris Noland's Batman movies the violence never seems to take to "that place" and it appears this film will deliver on that.

Since I'm a big rap music fan, I do like the inclusion of Salt-N-Peppa's "Shoop" and DMX's "X Gon' Give It To Ya" in the trailer. It's not the first time DMX's music has been used in film, and here it fits great. X's songs tend to be high energy this track is very fitting. I''m going to embed that DMX track below too as this songs inclusion in the trailer really speaks to my soundtrack love where marriage of visual and music can really make something magical.

DMX - "X Gon' Give It To Ya" (Official Video)