Monday, October 26, 2015

Tales from the Darkside - “Main Theme”: 31 Days for Halloween Music


Tales From the Darkside was a fun horror themed TV show in the vein of Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. There were some great episodes that are classics among fans of the show. "The Closet", "The Circus" and "Anniversary Dinner" are among them.

I've read that George Romero originally wanted to do the show as a Creepshow, television show, but Warner Bros. had the rights to that name or something like that so they ended up doing it as "Darkside"

I’d bet there will be at least a couple of people at your Halloween party that will perk up when this track comes on.

Man lives in the sunlit world
of what he believes to be reality.
But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld,
a place that is just as real,
but not as brightly lit.....
A DARKSIDE.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wee Sing for Halloween - “Have You Seen the Ghost of John?”: 31 Days for Halloween Music


Today's track is called "Have You Seen the Ghost of John?" from the Wee Sing music catalog and their album called "Wee Sing for Halloween", which quite honestly has some real gems on it. It's definitely geared for young kids, but there are some really excellent tracks such as this one I absolutely love. The kids run through the songs lyrics twice as a group, then they go back through the song as individuals with each kid starting the song just a few lines after the kid before him. It's done so excellently and gives it an even more haunting vibe. The music is great too. Unfortunately I couldn't find it on youtube, so  I have a link below that will take you to a site that has a nice high quality version snippet to give you a small sense of the track. Enjoy!

Have You Seen the Ghost of John? audio snippet.

"Have you seen the ghost of John?
Long white bones with the skin all gone
Oooh, Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?"



Monday, October 19, 2015

The Elm Street Group Ft. Robert Englund - “Don’t Sleep”: 31 Days for Halloween Music


If it's not apparent by now I'm a huge Freddy Krueger fan as this is now the third song that is connected to him in some way. This particular track is exceptional as its from the album "Freddy's Greatest Hits" released in 1987. This albums existence is a testament as to how huge Freddy's popularity was at that time. (Not to say he's not popular now, but this was Freddy's heyday).

The album is credited to be by the Elm Street Group, who I have always believed was a group of very talented studio musicians and producers. I'm not digging for the info on this one, as I like this belief I concocted since I was a little kid and first got this album. There are a mix of cover songs and original stuff. The original tracks such as the one I have for you here are among my favorites. Best of all Robert Englund actually appears on the songs in his Freddy persona. He doesn't sing at all, but just add lines and laughter to the track but that's really all I want. It keeps the music on a more serious plane and works best. I think if Robert had been on there singing and carrying on it wouldn't have been good. This particular track his lines just add this classic Freddy spookiness to the music.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne- “Bark at the Moon”: 31 Days for Halloween Music



Now we take a trip back to the 80s, one of my favorite eras and where many of the songs I've been posting about originate. Here is Ozzy Osbourne on the title track from his 1983 album "Bark at the Moon". The song speaks to a man becoming a monster and wreaking havoc on some town. He's apparently killed, but rises from the grave as the creature. The video for the most part keeps this story going, but it seems to have a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde vibe going on, except instead of transforming into Hyde, Ozzy's character becomes the werewolf creature you see above. You don't need to know what Ozzy is saying... he says "Bark at the Moon" plenty of times for even the most casual listener to get werewolves on their brain.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Donny Lee - “Skunk Ape”: 31 Days of Halloween Music



Here is a weird track I came across in the summer of 2011, called "Skunk Ape" by an artist by the name of Donny Lee. This tune easily is in my top 20 favorites of my Halloween playlist. I love the vibe of the track and it's just so weird and interesting. . It was released in 1985 on record (vinyl) in what appears to be a single version. I don't know much about this artist or release. The song details the singer's true or made-up events of him learning about and experiencing a Skunk Ape situation. The Skunk Ape is believed to be a southern American Sasquatch type of creature. The name comes from what people claim is an awful smell it has. This song has just that right magic to easily have appeared in some bad 80s B-movie about an abominable creature.

It's a 80s country sounding tune, which is not something I'd normally listen to, but for this track it's a perfect genre to perform a weird tune like this. If you are into weird monster themed songs I highly recommend this gem.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Bad Moon Rising
31 Days of Halloween Music


Today's track has been a favorite and long time member of my Halloween playlist. "Bad Moon Rising" a hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival was expertly used in the 1981 horror film An American Werewolf in London. The track gets a good amount of playtime in the film as it plays over a montage of the character David hanging around Alex's apartment. He's very restless and can't really understand why. We the viewer know to a degree what's up with him. The lyrics fit the film for the most part about the moon rising and something bad coming.

An American Werewolf in London - Bad Moon Rising Scene - Video Dailymotion


Monday, October 12, 2015

Dokken - “Dream Warriors" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Here is yet another of those favorites of mine. A song written for and based on a specific horror film. In this case it's Dokken's song "Dream Warriors" from the 1987 film "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors". This is the same year we saw and heard the Alice Cooper track "He's Back" from "Friday the 13th part VI". It was a an excellent year for horror films and the music they spawned, kids! Dokken was from the genre of 80s metal/hair metal bands. Where they hardcore, hell I don't know? Bigger connoisseurs of the genre can debate that one. What I do know is this is a bad ass Freddy centric track. The video shows Dokken performing and clips are cut in from the film which I always enjoy. The stage sets Dokken appears on are reminiscent of locations we see in the film which is visually pretty cool and helps to bridge the gap between Dokken's footage and the film footage. There is some minor original footage of Robert Englund as Freddy at the end of the video which is cool. Give it a listen, chances are that chorus will stick with you long into the night.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Monsters - "Monsters Go Disco" (song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Here is a weird little track the General Mills company put out to promote their Monster Cereals brand. It's a hip-hop remix of a video they put out in 1979. This new version has a hip-hop dance beat and samples musical elements and voices from that 1979 production in a very successful way. It's not a masterpiece of music, but it's catchy as hell. You'll see after listening to it, that chorus will be stuck in your head. The song features the big three characters, Boo Berry, Frankeberry and Count Chocula.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Addict - "Monsterside" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Today's musical selection comes from the 1998 "teen" horror/sci-fi film Disturbing Behavior. The song is called "Monster Side" by the band Addict. It has a very 90s alternative rock type of sound as was popular with the kids in that day. Admittedly I haven't seen the movie. I've been meaning to watch it going on damn near 20 yrs. Upon researching the song and movie a little more the movie looks more interesting than I had originally thought. I think knowing Katie Holmes was in it, I was worried it would be a little too Dawson's Creek-esque, but the trailer does make it look like it could be an interesting tale. The track itself with the chorus of "I just can't hide my monster side" fits nicely into the Halloween mix. The track speaks to the films story, but it plays even more generic for anyone that might become some other kind of creature of the night. Also, will also give you a decent sounding 90s rock track to the mix.


Here is the original trailer from 1998 for the flick.

Rachel: "Gavin thinks some sinister force has taken over the Cradle Bay meatheads."
Steve: "A sinister force?"
Rachel: "You know, evil. Nowhere to turn, no one to trust, altogether ooky."

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Advantage - “Castlevania Intro & Stage 1(Song)”
31 Days of Halloween Music


Today's track is a cover of the Intro and Stage 1 music from the classic NES video game Castlevania. This game was one of my favorites from the NES video game era. A warrior, Simon Belmont, battling through various areas of Dracula's castle fighting all manner of monsters. Konami scored a huge hit with this one. The game, graphics, and music were spectacular for the time. Now of course the game looks dated, but the music I don't feel is dated, it's as awesome as ever. This track I have for you is from the band The Advantage who do covers of old NES video game music. They have a very rough garage band sound to them, but that's a good thing. I really enjoy this cover they've done putting a rock spin on the game's awesome Stage 1 theme.

"Beyond the twisted iron gates of Castlevania there lurks an unearthly terror who stalks the night in search of revenge... and blood."



Thursday, October 08, 2015

Michel Rubini - "The Hitchhiker (main theme)" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


I've been posting a lot of pop/rock related tracks so I'm switching gears to pull up a classic soundtrack score piece here. As, was my goal with these posts is to suggest some great music that's not the more well known or remembered music. There have been many anthology tv series over the years and some like the Twilight Zone and it's theme are quite well known and I highly recommend it for a Halloween playlist, but I'm digging a little deeper with this one. Here is the main theme to the 1980s HBO mystery anthology series "The Hitchhiker". This song always had a real spooky mysterious sound to it along with the visuals of said Hitchhiker walking around out in some desolate desert highway.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

3-Speed - "Once Bitten" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Today I have for you the musical stylings of 80s pop band 3-Speed. They performed the title track to the 1985 horror/comedy film Once Bitten. The film stars Jim Carrey in what I believe is his first major/starring role. Lauren Hutton also stars as a vampire with her eyes set on Jim's character as he is a virgin and to continue her immortality she must have his blood. Now back to the music. 3-Speed's track is really enjoyable, especially by my 80s pop music standards. It's quite a catchy track and one that's been in my Halloween playlist for nearly 9 years. If you are looking for more upbeat tracks for your playlist, you can't lose with this one. Also, it might spark some party conversation about this at least to me more forgotten horror/comedy from the 80s. Check out the video below, it features 3-Speed performing and scenes from the motion picture.

Robin: "Mark doesn't want you because you're mean and evil. He wants me because I am nice and sweet and pure, so fuck off!"

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Alice Cooper - “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Here is one of my favorite tracks taken from/used for a specific horror film. This song was the theme song to the 1986 film "Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives". I love it because it's more than just a subtle reference to Jason or slasher films in general. It's specifically talking about Jason and the verses speak to familiar scenarios seen or to a degree what the public consciousness thought these films portrayed. It even includes an interpolation of Harry Manfredini's "ki ki ki ma ma ma" heard throughout the majority of the Friday films. Alice's brand of rock music, especially at that time really fit with the slasher horror film. This track was also Alice's lead single on his album "Constrictor" released the same year. The video is fun because it shows Alice doing his stage thing, but also cutting in clips from "Jason Lives" which back in 1986 was the only way I was seeing anything regarding the film outside of seeing it in the theater. I always had to wait for VHS release or edited for TV versions.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Misfits - "Dig Up Her Bones" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music

This track I really dig around the Halloween season, it has the right amount of rock, horror/spooky related lyrics.It's quite catchy. This song gets a lot of play from me during the month of October. Admittedly I'm not a big Misfits band fan. This is probably one of  two songs I like from them, the other being "Halloween". This song was released with the new band line-up after Danzig left and they reformed. Hell, let me just share with you the info I found on Wikipedia regarding this song. No need for me to re-invent the wheel with this trivia for you

"Dig Up Her Bones" is the seventh single by the horror punk band the Misfits. It was the first single released by the re-formed lineup of the band after the original incarnation broke up in 1983. It was the only single released from their 1997 album "American Psycho", and the accompanying music video was the first official Misfits music video ever released.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Cheap Trick - “Gonna Raise Hell” (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


Today's musical selection on the surface my not seem very fitting to the Halloween theme I'm running with. Sure the song title has "hell" in it, but upon first listen you may not see why I'm associating it with Halloween. It's inclusion to my playlist completely plays on it appearing in the Halloween episode of the "Freaks & Geeks" TV series. The episode is called "Tricks and Treats", the song makes it's appearance when the the "geeks" of the show are getting into their Halloween costumes. It's a great soundtrack inclusion to the scene. After hearing it there I completely associate this track with the Halloween season. Musically it's not spooky or anything, but they do keep saying "hell" over and over and it's association with this episode made it a great addition to my playlist. It's definitely going to add some classic rock to the mix which isn't a bad thing.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Etienne & Moi - “Shower with Norman Bates”
31 Days of Halloween Music


Here is a song that clearly from the title begs to be among many a Halloween / horror pop music themed playlist. This song was in a fellow blogger, Vinnie Rattolle mix of halloween/horror related pop music. It was on volume 1 of his “It’s Only a Movie” Halloween compilation he put for download 8 years ago or so. I’d give you more insight into the band, but oddly I couldn’t find too much about them online. Perhaps I wasn’t digging enough, nevertheless I recommend you check it out. Despite the title it’s not an overly gory or violent lyrically. It sounds more like a love song which I feel makes it a great addition to a playlist that spans all kinds of genres.



Friday, October 02, 2015

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - "Lil' Red Riding Hood"
31 Days of Halloween Music


This song “Lil Red Riding Hood” I stumbled across about a year ago. It was released in 1966 by the group Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It’s definitely got the 60s pop music sound going on as you’ll hear. The topic is Little Red Riding Hood and Sam sings from the perspective of being the wolf. I don’t know if there is any deeper meaning beyond that, but I found it’s tone and sound fits in perfect with my Halloween mix. Give it a listen and get your mind into a spooky place and I will bet you’ll love it too.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Donovan - "Season of the Witch" (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music


I thought the first track of my "31 Days of Halloween Music" posts should be this 1966 song, "Season of the Witch", by psychedelic rock artist Donovan. I feel like it captures a feeling of the season that I hope all the songs I post about have. I actually first heard it about 6 years ago or so on a podcast Kevin Smith did. He had it at the end or beginning of a pod where they talked about witches and warlocks. I thought it was an excellent track and it quickly was added to my ongoing Halloween playlist.

"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Clock Tower - Video Game Music (1995)


I was recently listening to the "Purple Stuff Podcast" episode 6 "Creepy Q&A" and they were discussing their favorite spooky/creepy videos games. Jay of the "Sexy Armpit" fame mentioned the Playstation game "Clock Tower" as being spooky back when he played it as a teenager. I had never heard of it as my gaming experience is more from the 80s and early 90s era. I had some favorites on Playstation in the later 90s, but this one didn't hit my radar.  I looked up some walkthrough videos to get a sense of it. For the time it looks pretty cool, but what really struck me was the music. It's fantastic. It really has an awesome spooky, slasher sounding synth score. Check out the clip below. The music kicks in around the 1:54 mark.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Child's Play 2 - Promo Bumper Sticker

This is a weird little item that I've dug up for your viewing enjoyment. This is a scan of a promotional bumper sticker that was given out at a local video store when Child's Play 2 was released on VHS in 1990. It says  "Back of Jack, Chucky's Back... on videocassette."

Not sure if any of you horror collecting folk ever got one of these, if not you can look upon this image with jealous eyes.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Dr. Wolfula - Remake Reviews


Greetings boys and ghouls. Recently I came across a fellow blogger that posted the top 5 horror movie themed video accounts on Youtube. After looking through the list, one particular account really captured my interest. The Jack Stickman account has a fantastic character called "Dr. Wolfula" that reviews films. He's dressed up in a great costume and delivers some very enjoyable review inter cut with clips from the films he's reviewing/discussing. I'd like to bring your attention to three particular reviews
  1. Because they are of horror remakes and quite entertaining. 
  2. Because I've never seen the reamkes. After being burned by the TCM remake I quickly surmised any upcoming remake would be garbage. These reviews prove it to be true. This is the first time I've seen anything from them outside of the trailers. 
Well... enjoy!


Friday The 13th (2009) - Review

Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) - Review

Halloween (2007) - Review

Monday, August 10, 2015

It Follows (2014) UK Trailer


At long last I finally watched It Follows (2014) and I loved it. It hit all those things that I love in a horror film. Original story, great visuals, great performances and excellent soundtrack. When I would say "I'm sick of remakes, I want to see a good original, solid horror film. Something that could be a classic." This delivers on what I'm looking for.  I'm cooking up a spoiler-free review for this one as I don't think giving away too much on this film is a good idea. It's much more fun watching it cold without spoilers.



Hugh: "It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you."

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Deadpool (Official Trailer) 2015


Here is the official, red band, trailer for the 2016 film Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds. There has been quite a bit of anticipation and hype for this film and this trailer. I'm admittedly not versed well on Deadpool. I have always been aware of him, but never read the books so I don't know a whole lot about his story, so I can't speak to how accurate he appears. From fan reaction it seems that they've got the character's look, personality and look of action down pretty closely . The trailer makes the movie look like a lot of fun, and the most intriguing aspect of the movie is that it's going to be rated R as is evident in the trailer. That I think is really cool because all these superheros and villains do live in a violent world, but the movies for the most part keep it very family friendly, even with Chris Noland's Batman movies the violence never seems to take to "that place" and it appears this film will deliver on that.

Since I'm a big rap music fan, I do like the inclusion of Salt-N-Peppa's "Shoop" and DMX's "X Gon' Give It To Ya" in the trailer. It's not the first time DMX's music has been used in film, and here it fits great. X's songs tend to be high energy this track is very fitting. I''m going to embed that DMX track below too as this songs inclusion in the trailer really speaks to my soundtrack love where marriage of visual and music can really make something magical.




DMX - "X Gon' Give It To Ya" (Official Video)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Starry Eyes (2014)
Full Trailer


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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Official Trailer


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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Poster Art

One of the official posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Foo Fighters - "My Hero" Music Video
(1999) "Varsity Blues"


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

Living Dolls - Robert Fair


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.

Below I have the full short-film in it's entirety. I highly suggest checking it out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blanco & The Jacka Ft. Freeway - "Submit"
"They Live" homage video


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 song 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!




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Super Mario World (Game of Thrones title sequence)


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

Wolfmen of Mars - GAMISU


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

NEWS: Sideshow Cinema on Facebook!



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
https://www.facebook.com/sideshowtentacle/timeline


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

The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble con Orchestra Filarmonica - "Migrations" LIVE


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

Sue Sadd - "Looker" (1981)


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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jeepers Creepers inspired by Unsolved Mysteries.



I was looking for an old  Unsolved Mysteries TV episodes on Youtube that was a Wanted" story that I recall being very similar to the movie Jeepers Creepers. The video post claimed it inspired portions of the horror film Jeepers Creepers. Check it out and you'll see it indeed has major similarities. IMDB "confirmed" that eye witness reports on this real crime were inspiration. It's pretty interesting


Friday, April 24, 2015

John Carpenter - "Night" Official Video



Hello all, if you have been a long time visitor of this blog you should be very aware that I am a big movie soundtrack fan. I'm especially fond of the 70s and 80s stuff and a big artist from that era was John Carpenter. He has some truly classic score's he's done for his films. Probably not a week goes by were I don't listen to some of his audio delights. If you are soundtrack fan of that same era then chances are you heard about John releasing a new album called "Lost Themes" that at first I thought was cues from past films that he never used and ending up on the "cutting room" floor, but it appears this is not the case. It's some new stuff he's been working on, but the vibe has that vintage Carpenter feel no doubt. Of course news of the album isn't necessarily new, but the the release of an official music video to the track "Night" from the album is new. The visuals in this video and the track bring back that great feeling many fans had watching the his films. The score was always every bit as important as what you were seeing. I highly recommend checking it out and pick up the album too if you dig it.


John Carpenter's - "Lost Themes" on Sacred Bones Records.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Predator: Dark Ages (Trailer)



I just heard about a fan made film called Predator: Dark Ages. Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from. Check out the trailer below. it looks pretty cool. Production value looks nice on this. I think it's great to see people taking the Predator aliens and putting them in a different time period instead of modern times. Dark Horse Comics have explored this idea a bit in some of their books. To see it done in live action looks really fun.

The film stars Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.

Written and directed by James Bushe.
http://www.jamesbushe.co.uk/





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.