Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FACT's 100 Greatest Horror Soundtracks

http://www.factmag.com/2014/10/28/the-100-greatest-horror-soundtracks/ 

Boys and ghouls I came across a fairly thorough/expansive list at FactMag.com where they listed the 100 greatest horror soundtracks of all-time. I originally misread the link when I saw it in my Twitter feed and thought it was a top 10. If you know anything about me and what this blog was originally about, it was soundtracks. 

When I hear a top 10 list being thrown out there, I immediately get skeptical. I expect it to be too mainstream (not that there's anything wrong with some of the big guns out there),  that there are so many excellent scores that your average horror movie viewer doesn't know about that no list can be dead on. However, this is 100... a HUNDRED so they are able to really pull in a great selection of soundtracks. Of course you won't/don't love them all, but I think you'll be pleased at what they put together. It honestly turned me onto a few scores I wasn't all that familiar with. So give it a read, especially fans of this blog that liked it more back in the good 'ol days. 

http://www.factmag.com/2014/10/28/the-100-greatest-horror-soundtracks/




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Teaser Trailer (2014)

As I'm sure you all know Marvel Studios released the trailer to next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and from what it shows, it looks pretty cool. I've been looking forward to this one since I heard that Ultron was going to be the villain. From the things I recall of the character in the comic books, he was a nearly unstoppable force that multiple heroes had trouble dealing with. I'm expecting the flick to be very enjoyable and they'll probably do their best to give all the various characters their screen time, but honestly would love to see an hour straight of Ultron crippling, crushing and smashing the Avengers into dust. Also, someone brought to my attention a version of the song "I've Got No Strings" from Disney's Pinocchio movie was used in the trailer. That works surprisingly well here, especially when we are shown a bit of an evolution of Ultron. When I heard James Spader would be the voice of Ultron I thought that seemed like a great choice, but there was a part of me that wondered if it would work. Well, after seeing this I'm sold on him in the role. Also it's worth noting this might be the first time 27 yrs that Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader are squaring off against each other. The last time was in the drug addict drama Less Than Zero.

I imagine down the road we'll see a longer trailer, but this is pretty fun for right now. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in May 2015.

 


 “I’m going to show you something beautiful. Everyone screaming… for mercy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Siskel & Ebert Review
Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning


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

The Plague from Hobo with a Shotgun


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

Tales from the Crypt
Lower Berth


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

The Retroist
Saturday Frights Podcast

http://www.retroist.com/saturday-frights/ 

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

Wolfmen of Mars - A Light in the Corner of Your Eye
Brand New Album


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!