Friday, July 24, 2015
Recently a friend told me to check out this movie Starry Eyes (2014). He knew I'm a horror fan and fan of the weird out-there type of movies. From his brief info, as I didn't ask too many details, it sounded like something I'd like to check out. He told me the soundtrack definitely I'd love as it's quite synth heavy. Kind of that retro synth sound that I've seen popping up in some "recent" horror films, which I absolutely love. The 70s/80s era of synth scores are my bread and butter. So I'm checking this flick out now and about 1/2 hr from the end. So far it's very interesting and strange I'm hoping it wraps up nicely at the end. So far so good.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
This is the full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 set for release theaterically in the U.S. in November.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
I was listening to some old songs today on my pop/rock music playlist and this track, "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters came on. I haven't heard it in quite a while, but listening to it again reminded me how much I liked it. I was never a big Foo Fighters fan, but they had some hits such as this that I liked. I actually liked it more because of it's inclusion in the soundtrack to Varsity Blues (1999). It just has a very fitting sounds for a late 90s sports centric film. I won't go into the film too much here, it has it's share of familiar faces and stars, perhaps more popular at that particular time. Overall forgettable, except for a some particular scenes... which saw parody in the Not Another Teen Movie film.
Police Officer: "These kids there just running around wild these days. Them kids last night they stole a cop car."
Bar Man: "NO?"
Police Officer: "Yes! And then they exposed theyselves!"
Bar Man: "Exposed theyselves?"
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Here is the main theme from the short 1980 horror/suspense film "Living Dolls". The film was written, directed and produced by then NYU film student Todd Coleman. it played on television back in the day on USA and HBO which is one of the places I caught it the first time. It's a nice little short film with a cool reveal climax that's worth checking out. It's only about 10 min long, so not a long flick. Definitely a short-film.
The score was done by Robert Fair which is what I have available here. I unfortunately had to pull it from the not so hot source of the Youtube video. Sometimes having a cue that has some roughness to it is better than no cue. If any of you have some nice sound editing skills feel free to clean this up even more. It's got a great 70s/80s creepy vibe to it. I created some album art for it, for those of you that like having artwork with your tracks. I just pulled some stuff from the title sequence and put something together.
Watching this now, it seems to have some small similarities to the cult favorite Maniac released in 1980. Those similarities being the mannequins and those "inner voices' that the main character hears. I don't know which of these came out first. Is it a case of art inspiring art or where they developer separate without either filmmaker's knowing about the others work.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Many of you probably aren't aware that I'm a big west coast rap music fan. I don't generally discuss that topic here since it's quite rare where my love of horror, science fiction and pop culture elements cross paths with my musical interests. Well my friends, I have for your listening and viewing pleasure one of those path crossing events. Rappers Blanco and The Jacka put out an album called "OBEY" that was an album with the movie They Live as the theme. The album artwork uses Frank Shepard Fairey's "OBEY Giant" artwork that was itself inspired by They Live. The album titles also are based on the words seen on posters, magazines, billboards and television when the character Nada has on the dark sunglasses in the film. The official video for the song "SUBMIT" splices in clips from They Live with the rappers, Blanco, The Jacka and Freeway performing. The footage with the rappers is done in black & white and has "subliminal" clips of words on black appearing throughout. I really love that they went all out on the video keeping the They Live theme going. Enjoy!
I saw on a fellow blogger's site that someone created a Super Mario World styled/themed title sequence in the vein of the Game of Thrones title sequence. It's really well done. The graphics and music are spot on for that video game era and the animation is really smooth looking.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Hello all! It's my pleasure to inform you all that the Wolfmen of Mars put out a brand new album this month (June 2015). The album it titled GAMISU. The albums sound and theme is described by the Wolfmen as "Chaotic kaiju music, transmitted from the great beyond". Which I probably couldn't have explained it better myself. I've spoken about the Wolfmen Of Music quite a bit over the years and the way I've always seen their music is this amalgamation of music that appeared to be influenced by 1960s, 70s and 80s horror and science-fiction films. The overall vibe and sound just has that feel to me. When I'm listening to their music there are so many elements that take my mind back to film and television from that time. It's a a soundtrack to my memories... my nostalgia.
This album is 11 tracks deep and I've been listening to it quite a bit and with any album there are songs that stand out to me more than others. The ones I really dug are "All Those Terrible Times", "Mouth Like Piranha", "Assault with a Perfect Weapon", "Electric Snakeskin and ”No English”. Check it out for yourself to see what tracks you are feeling. Below I have a player where you can preview all of the tracks... and below that I have a little video/audio mashup I did with some old footage from a Thundercats episode and the Wolfmen's song "Assault with a Perfect Weapon". I think this visualizes what I was talking about as far as their sound and my memories of TV and films of the past. Enjoy!