Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Title Sequence on Art of the Title

Hello boys and ghouls. I wanted to bring something to your attention. Over on the Art of the Title website they have a recent feature about the Halloween III: Season of the Witch title sequence. They did an interview with John Wash, the title sequence creator and touch on a bunch of interesting things about the sequence such as the hows, whys, and music. If you are a film buff and haven't been to the Art of the Title site I recommend checking them out. Their focus is to look in depth at title sequences of films and when possible interview the creators.

Halloween III is one of my favorite sequences, because it's just so different than most sequences from the time and certainly now. The marriage of visuals and Alan Howarth's music. It has this very odd and mysterious quality to it, but none of it's without reason. It ties in very closely to the film.

Art of the Title: Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Christmas Carol - Trailer (1938)

Here is the trailer for the 1938 "A Christmas Carol" starring Reginald Owen. As you can see trailers were vastly different than what we see in the 21st century. This trailer consists of Lionel Barrymore siting next to a fire puffing on a pipe and talking about the movie with a few clips peppered throughout. It's exciting stuff!! BAH Humbug!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Silly Symphony: The Night Before Christmas

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Disney and their movies, but I have to admit the short Silly Symphony films they made are actually kind of fun, especially for my kids. In the age of CGI animation that you see across the board, Disney included, these old flims have a great nostalgia and life to them. CGI feels devoid of that. It's kind of like looking at an old classic book VS say a Barbie book from 2012.

Since it's getting into the "Holidays" soon I thought I'd share this old short film called "The Night Before Christmas". Enjoy!

In a weird, but maybe not surprising thing I noticed was this obviously racist bit of this "blackface" visual. A small baby gets soot on his face and this is the look they give him, apparently for laughs.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FACT's 100 Greatest Horror Soundtracks 

Boys and ghouls I came across a fairly thorough/expansive list at 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.

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.