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!
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
26th February 2014: Two excited fans in Sideshow Cinema sweatshirts, amongst a crowd of fans in New York, at the news conference where it was revealed Sideshow Cinema has a Facebook fan page. Fans eventually kicked down the barriers and beat security in their excitement. They didn’t realize they could merely LIKE the page from their mobile devices.
Sideshow Cinema on Facebook
17th May 2014: A young fan lies crying on the stage of the Hammersmith Apollo, London, comforted by a friend, at a Sideshow Cinema soundtrack performance art stunt. A security guard stands behind ready to crack some skulls.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Hello friends. You most likely don't know this, but the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut is one of my all-time favorite movies. The reason is due to the fact that it just has so much going on in it. The biggest thing is mystery and weirdness, but there seems to be so much to it that nearly every viewing leaves me thinking about it well after the closing credits. It's that kind of thought provoking nature of the film that really elevates it to a classic level for me personally. Everything seems to come together in this flick for me, and as you SHOULD KNOW, I'm a big soundtrack fan. The music in the film is pretty great and by far my favorite track is "Migrations" by Jocelyn Pook. That track takes place during the scene where Dr. Bill is roaming the underground party masked and cloaked. The music is the soundtrack to the orgy that appears to be taking place in every room of the house. It has this sensual spookiness to it that really is perfect for the scene. I happened to stumble across this video of a live performance that the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble did of "Migrations" and it's pretty cool to watch. Check it out below!
“I don't think you realize the danger you're in now. You can’t fool them for much longer. You’ve got to get away before it’s too late.”
Friday, May 29, 2015
Here is a fan made video for the song "Looker" performed by the new wave band Sue Sadd. The song is from the 1981 sci-fi film of the same name. I didn't know about the film or song back in the 80s and only after reading about it on Kindertrauma I believe did I hear the song for the first time. The song immediately grabbed me. The production and vocals are exactly that 80s sound that I love so much. It's a haunting type of track. I really like that it was written for the film and not something tacked on in title only. The lyrics line up with the film's story pretty well. The film was written and directed by Michael Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park fame among many other books. If you love 80s soundtrack pop music then give this a spin.
“You probably think I'm beautiful, Dr. Roberts, but I'm not. I have lots of defects to fix. I have a list right here. My nose is .2 millimeters too narrow. And my cheekbones are .4 millimeters too high. And my chin has a little .1 bump here. And my areola distance is 5 millimeters. And I have a mole here on my ribs. So I need plastic surgery.”