Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Michael Damian - “Rock On” Video
Dream a Little Dream SDTK

Listening to old 80s/90s songs today in one of my more massive playlists the following song "Rock On" by Michael Damian came on. I have the "Dream a Little Dream" soundtrack from which the song appears. To the best of my knowledge, this was the biggest song on that soundtrack. I'd be hard-pressed to name another song on the soundtrack... which I own. The song is quite good by 1989 standards and listening to it know it's not a timeless classic. It's definitely of that era, but it's a good listen nevertheless.

If you aren't familiar with the film, it stared Corey Feldman and Corey Haim during their heyday, but honestly more near the tail end of said heyday. The young female star who I only know from this film, is Meredith Salenger. A quick glance at wikipedia, as I travel the the rabbit hole of "Dream a Little Dream" tells me she married comedian Patton Oswald in 2017. Not quite what I was expecting, but there you have it.  I'd talk about the film, but honestly I don't recall a whole hell of a lot of it. I keep wanting to re-visit it and see if it's a classic gem I overlooked. BONUS: this video features cameos from the three young stars.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
Method Actor

Recently I've been seeking old 1980s episodes from various anthology based TV series that I watched when I was a kid. There are some really enjoyable ones out there, Tales from the Darkside, Ray Bradbury Theater and Alfred Hitchcock Presents to name a few of the big guns.

Admittedly most of the episodes I don't remember or have a vague memory of. An episode that really stuck in my memory was from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents called "Method Actor".  It stars Martin Sheen and Marilu Henner. I only had a vague memory of the episode, but I do remember that Martin Sheen's performance was really intense and the way the story plays out really great right up until the end. 

I finally watched the episode after nearly 30 years and I wasn't disappointed. The whole production held up really well and was really enjoyable. The story is about an older actor (Martin Sheen) that was well respected for years, but now is aging and isn't at the top of his game anymore. He's going out for the role of his life, but things don't go as planned and that's only the beginning. I don't want to give away anything more, so I invite you to check it out. If you are in the mood of a classic episode with drama, thriller aspects and some gore then give it a shot. Martin Sheen's performance really makes the story great.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Teen Wolf (1985) - Transformation Scene

The first and most elaborate transformation scene from "Teen Wolf" (1985) was always a favorite werewolf transformation scene. Now it's by no means on the level of "The Howling" or "An American Werewolf in London", but that's ok. I always felt it was sort of a modern, for the time, throwback transformation process akin to the Universal Wolf Man movie. A little more of that with elements of the new stuff. Plus Miles Goodman's music absolutely elevates the scene to a greater level. It's just a spectacular piece of score my friends.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - “A Nightmare on My Street“ (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare on My Street" (1988) is easily in my top five favorite Halloween-esque songs of ALL TIME. It's a perfect song. The concept of Prince meeting up with Freddy Krueger, the delivery of really telling a story and not just a bunch of metaphors. The story borrows heavily from "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2". Jeff's production is on point too, classic hip-hop beats and the inclusion of samples from the composer Charles Bernstein's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" score. All of the little callbacks to the movies are so much fun, including a guy doing a Freddy voice.

This track has some minor controversy around it as Prince and Jeff created it without New Line Cinema's permission, I believe in a hope to present it to them in the hopes of it being picked up for use in an upcoming Elm Street film. For some insane reason New Line turned them down and went at them legally for infringing on copyrighted material. Legend has it there was a fully produced video that Prince/Jeff were ordered to "destroy". A sad turn of events for such a fantastic song, but it give the song some type of legendary status

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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, October 23, 2016

Jay Chattaway Ft. Joe Spinell - “Inner Voices“
31 Days of Halloween Music

Today's selection changes direction a little bit away from pop/rock music. I have for your listening pleasure the track "Inner Voices" from the soundtrack to the 1980 cult classic horror film Maniac starring Joe Spinell. The score was composed and performed by Jay Chattaway. It's a classic sounding 80s synth-score, but for the most part not an energetic piece of work. It's much more subtle and spooky as you'll here in a minute. This particular track is very minimal with some deep organs playing and some haunting higher elements moaning throughout. I choose this particular track because it features Joe Spinell in the role of Frank Zito, the titular maniac. The character is a mentally disturbed individual and he's carrying on a conversation with his victims in his head. It gives you some insight into the character in spooky fashion.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Guest Appearance on the Nerd Lunch Podcast Extra Helping: Temple of Doom

Do you love "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"? Hate it? Then I recommend you listen to the latest Nerd Lunch podcast. I was an invited guest that joined Paxton Holley, Rob Graham and John Vanover in a  discussion of the film with very little restraint on my part on saying how much I love it. I even compare a scene to an episode of "Tales from the Darkside". Admittedly, the Nerd Lunch crew could make a case that I"m the Willie Scott of this episode. 

Interested so far? Then I invite you to check out this extra helping episode. It is worth noting that this episode is a companion episode to the previous episode 247 where Temple of Doom was originally discussed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Sounds - “Something to Die For”: 31 Days for Halloween Music

Today's spooky musical selection has a most definite pop music sound. It's on the edge of you suspecting I'm recovering from some kind of head injury and I'm completely confused on why a song with this sound would be included on a Halloween playlist. I'll give you two reasons
  1. It was featured in the 2011 film Scream 4.
  2. The title of the song is called "Something to Die For."
  3. Case closed. My head is OK.
The song makes it's appearance during the title sequence for the film, and I find it quite fitting for the film. It really gives some nice upbeat energy to getting into the flick, especially after the interesting sequences before the titles come up. A track done for a horror film doesn't always have to sound spooky, sometimes a heavy pop infused song works just as well for me.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Pit (1981) - Full Movie

Did my previous post about "Scared To Death" get you interested in tracking down horror films from the 80s that don't seem to have wide acclaim, but are nevertheless fun and quirky? Well I've got another one for you. Here is the 1981 horror film "The Pit". It's a really odd flick about a loner young boy that discovers a hole, a pit as it were out in the woods that contain some weird humanoid beast creatures he call "Tralogs". They feel like some type of monsters that fell out of the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. The kid in the film is a very odd character. Kids his age don't seem to like him and the adults of the town don't like him either. His only friend is his babysitter that stays at his house while his parents are out of town. Because he has so few friends, these monsters are something he seems to become fond of in the same way  kid would find a puppy want to take care of it. Sounds like a weird flick... why not check it out and make your own determination.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Old Time Radio - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

One of my favorite stories around this time of the year to listen to is Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". It's been realized countless times in animation, old time radio and at least one instance live action film. The story is just a classic ghost story that always captures my imagination. It has thrills, chills, mystery and alleged murder. Today I have for you an old time radio broadcast of Favorite Story doing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The performances are good, the narration is great. It's a fun listen.