Tuesday, October 21, 2014
When looking for a synopsis in video form for a horror movie the other day, I stumbled across Siskel and Ebert movie reviews from the 80s. I started looking up various movies that I dig and see what they had to say about. I went into watching the reviews expecting the duo to hate the movies and I wasn't disappointed as is the case with 1985's Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning. They call it trash and completely useless. To each his own, of course. I respect their position, but personally I count myself a fan. Siskel does dare to say he'll give away the twist/reveal of the film, but thankfully he doesn't do that for viewers back in 1985.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A friend of mine was talking to me about some modern music that has that 80s synth sound that I really dig. So as I explored music in that style that got me thinking about the song "Hunters" by Lazerhawk featured in the film Hobo with a Shotgun. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a remake/cover of the same song by the artist Power Glove. This scene in the film was probably the most memorable and just visually striking for me. The Plauge killers look was fantastic. They are really the type of weird characters I like and I wasn't expecting anything like this in the film so their appearance was great. They were just maniacs. They seem like robots, ninjas, cyborgs, monsters... the unexplained quality makes for something awesome.
I wrote a movie review for this flick when I saw it originally and looking back on that I talked about this scene then. It's quite striking.
Also, this has got me to thinking that about three years ago I "painstakingly" tracked down as many of the songs from this film that I could find and put together an unofficial soundtrack, but never released it due to things going on in the soundtrack blogging world at the time.
Check out the clip below where they show up at the hospital. Really cool stuff.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I've really been on an horror/mystery anthology television kick this Halloween season. As I've been digging into my own memory and Youtube I've come across some really classic episodes of television that I liked when I was younger. One of the great series was HBO's Tales from the Crypt which was a really strong series that put on the small screen some of E.C. comics' great stories as well as original work for the show.
One of my favorite Tales from the Crypt episodes is the one I present to you here, called "Lower Berth". The story takes place in what I believe is the 1940s at a traveling Sideshow that exhibits freaks and oddities. The sideshow owner/barker, Mr. Feeley has a man, Mr. Sickles that works behind the scenes for him because primarily he is the owner of a two-faced man named Enoch, that is the star of the sideshow. Sickles finds that he is a desperate position to keep his job because of some problems with Enoch. Thankfully Sickles meets up with a man that has an oddity he wants to offload for nothing more than a small cut of the profits his exhibit will bring in. It's an ancient Eyptian mummy. The introduction of this exhibit changes the lives of all connected to this. I won't spoil the episode for you, but to say that the final reveal twist is one of those things I absolutely love. Without further ado... ladies, gentleman, boys and girls... look upon the episode the Crypt Keeper affectionitely calls "Lower Berth".
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hello boys and ghouls since we are mid-way through October and I imagine many of you are out there seeking strange and spooky type of entertainment. I feel it's my duty to share with you that really cool stuff I see other websites/blogs are putting out there that seem to tap into my sensibilities.
The website The Retroist has been putting out a new podcast series called "Saturday Frights" hosted by Vic Sage and the mysterious character by the name of The Projectionist. They have nearly 20 episodes that are touching on film and television with an eye to the scary and creepy. They give a breakdown of the story and provide their ideas, insights and some cool trivia. On their latest episode they discuss the Tales from the Darkside story "Inside the Closest". I posted about that episode a couple of weeks ago on here, because I love it so much. I suggest you guys give them a listen. It's a great time and fun to hear people who are way into this stuff like we are.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Boys and ghouls, I'm digging this post back up from the grave, because we are into the Halloween season. I originally posted it in May, but I think it's deserving of your eyes and ears. Having aptly themed music for this time of year is important to me and Wolfmen of Mars bring that vibe in spades. So if you step forward, give them a listen and you may find it's just what you are looking for!
Hello all! l have some musical news hot off the digital presses. They always entertaining and musically prolific Wolfmen of Mars have a brand new album available today. The album is called "The Light in the Corner of Your Eye" and features their trademark sound of grinding, gritty guitars with heavy doses of synth, which I love. A lot of the music I love to listen to is old 70s and 80s synth heavy soundtracks and the Wolfmen's work harkens back to that era to me, but putting a modern twist on it. That's really what gravitated me to their music years back when I first heard it. As the Wolfmen put it, "It's an apocalypse party and we brought the sludgy disco."
If you are a fan of their work you'll definitely want to check this album out. If you haven't listened to the Wolfmen's work, check out the music samples below. Also I want to note that the artwork for this album is really awesome and very striking. It was done by Patrick Carson Sparrow. My personal favorite track on the album is "Technicolor Rd." That one really captures that vibe the Wolfmen of Mars bring on their albums. Really great stuff!
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Today I have a track that is a favorite of mine that I like to spin during the month of October. This is the Tim Curry song from the 1986 movie The Wost Witch starring Fairuza Balk. The special effects used during Curry's performance of this song could be the worst the 80s ever produced. They threw every effect including the kitchen sink into this sequence, but that song is so damn catchy. Curry, as always, is pretty entertaining even in this small role. He's not a major character here, but I'd imagine many fans of the film don't forget his performance. It's not Rocky Horror Picture Show legendary, but honestly, it's up there as one of my favorite roles he's done.
I highly recommend downloading this to add to your Halloween playlist. Below I have the video of the scene where he performs this track. I must admit the visual effects didn't quite age well, but that just adds to the charm and fun of watching it in the 21st century.
This flick is still really enjoyable and good fun to watch especially around the Halloween season. Enjoy the track!
"A true witch isn't always one who comes out on top of the tests. A true witch has witchcraft in her at all times, and this is what you have, Mildred Hubble.".
Download the track today!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
If you have been interested in my last few posts about anthology based TV shows, then I think you'll dig this offering I have today. Here is an episode from the Ray Bradbury Theater show that was on the air in the 1980s. It was very much like the Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Tales from the Darkside, but the stories here were based on Bradbury's writing. Here is a stand out story that really captured my imagination. It's called "The Man Upstairs", I didn't see this story when it originally aried, but came across it after listening to the radio play of the same name that was on the radio waves back in the day.
The story is about a young boy staying with his grandmother who has a boarding house that has a few people renting out rooms. A strange and mysterious man named Mr. Coburman comes to stay at the house for a while. He seems off a bit and the young boy, Douglsas, feels there is something more to Coburman than just being an eccentric guy. Douglass has a few odd encounters with Coburman that spooks him a bit. I'm not going to give anything else away and spoil the story, but I do recommend checking it out if you like a good yarn that has a mix of mystery, suspense and a touch of horror.