Friday, October 28, 2016
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare on My Street" (1988) is easily in my top five favorite Halloween-esque songs of ALL TIME. It's a perfect song. The concept of Prince meeting up with Freddy Krueger, the delivery of really telling a story and not just a bunch of metaphors. The story borrows heavily from "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2". Jeff's production is on point too, classic hip-hop beats and the inclusion of samples from the composer Charles Bernstein's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" score. All of the little callbacks to the movies are so much fun, including a guy doing a Freddy voice.
This track has some minor controversy around it as Prince and Jeff created it without New Line Cinema's permission, I believe in a hope to present it to them in the hopes of it being picked up for use in an upcoming Elm Street film. For some insane reason New Line turned them down and went at them legally for infringing on copyrighted material. Legend has it there was a fully produced video that Prince/Jeff were ordered to "destroy". A sad turn of events for such a fantastic song, but it give the song some type of legendary status
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
I was reading a review of the 1981 horror film The Evil Dead and that reminded me of the scene where the character Cheryl turns into a "deadite" and confronts her friends with the quote "Why have you disturbed our sleep; awakened us from our ancient slumber? You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you." It's a pretty excellent scene and that quote was used/sampled by Northern Calfornia rap music artist Brotha Lynch Hung on his track "Die". The quote appears at the beginning and serves as the "chorus". The song uses the sample very effectively as the whole track has a very sinister and spooky vibe. Below I have the scene and a song "Die" so you can compare and enjoy!
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Today's selection changes direction a little bit away from pop/rock music. I have for your listening pleasure the track "Inner Voices" from the soundtrack to the 1980 cult classic horror film Maniac starring Joe Spinell. The score was composed and performed by Jay Chattaway. It's a classic sounding 80s synth-score, but for the most part not an energetic piece of work. It's much more subtle and spooky as you'll here in a minute. This particular track is very minimal with some deep organs playing and some haunting higher elements moaning throughout. I choose this particular track because it features Joe Spinell in the role of Frank Zito, the titular maniac. The character is a mentally disturbed individual and he's carrying on a conversation with his victims in his head. It gives you some insight into the character in spooky fashion.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Do you love "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"? Hate it? Then I recommend you listen to the latest Nerd Lunch podcast. I was an invited guest that joined Paxton Holley, Rob Graham and John Vanover in a discussion of the film with very little restraint on my part on saying how much I love it. I even compare a scene to an episode of "Tales from the Darkside". Admittedly, the Nerd Lunch crew could make a case that I"m the Willie Scott of this episode.
Interested so far? Then I invite you to check out this extra helping episode. It is worth noting that this episode is a companion episode to the previous episode 247 where Temple of Doom was originally discussed.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Today's spooky musical selection has a most definite pop music sound. It's on the edge of you suspecting I'm recovering from some kind of head injury and I'm completely confused on why a song with this sound would be included on a Halloween playlist. I'll give you two reasons
- It was featured in the 2011 film Scream 4.
- The title of the song is called "Something to Die For."
- Case closed. My head is OK.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Did my previous post about "Scared To Death" get you interested in tracking down horror films from the 80s that don't seem to have wide acclaim, but are nevertheless fun and quirky? Well I've got another one for you. Here is the 1981 horror film "The Pit". It's a really odd flick about a loner young boy that discovers a hole, a pit as it were out in the woods that contain some weird humanoid beast creatures he call "Tralogs". They feel like some type of monsters that fell out of the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. The kid in the film is a very odd character. Kids his age don't seem to like him and the adults of the town don't like him either. His only friend is his babysitter that stays at his house while his parents are out of town. Because he has so few friends, these monsters are something he seems to become fond of in the same way kid would find a puppy want to take care of it. Sounds like a weird flick... why not check it out and make your own determination.
Friday, October 14, 2016
One of my favorite stories around this time of the year to listen to is Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". It's been realized countless times in animation, old time radio and at least one instance live action film. The story is just a classic ghost story that always captures my imagination. It has thrills, chills, mystery and alleged murder. Today I have for you an old time radio broadcast of Favorite Story doing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The performances are good, the narration is great. It's a fun listen.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Today I bring to your attention a fairly forgotten horror film from 1980 called "Scared to Death". I wasn't aware of this film until 1994 during a time when I worked at a local "mom and pop" VHS rental store. When business was slow I'd just wander the store looking at VHS box art. I stumbled across "Scared to Death" in the horror section and was instantly drawn to the box art that appeared to have a knock-off Alien grabbing a woman to attack or kiss. The write up on the back didn't say a whole hell of a lot, but just enough to make it sound interesting. Oddly I never rented it until many years later. It's definitely low budget and it shows for the most part, whether it be the overall look of the production and actor's performances. It's not a train wreck, but just not as polished as other films of that time. The way I describe the film is "Alien"+"Halloween"+"Alligator". It has elements of those films concurrently going on in this picture. On paper, it sounds like a smash hit, in practice it's not the classic it could be with all those pieces there. The monster in the film is actually very cool looking and is an homage to the Alien design. Honestly, the monster is worth the price of admission on this one.
If your looking for an old 70s/80s horror film you have never seen before I suggest you queue this one up and waste about an hour and a half of your life.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
It's the Halloween season and few things are more iconic with Halloween than masks. That being said I wanted to share with you all a Youtube mask review channel I happened to stumble across. I was looking up information about any Meg Mucklebones related products and discovered the Maskwizard channel. After watching a couple I immediately subscribed and since that time have been going through his review archives. The reviews are done by Dr. Lady. He brings to his reviews very great detail about the mask, facts and trivia about the masks and the pop culture properties they are from. One of the things I like about the reviews is that Dr. Lady feels like a throwback to old horror hosts from the good ol days. I highly recommend you check out his videos. Who doesn't want to watch great monster mask reviews.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Here is an old 1980s horror movie marathon on Detroit Channel 50 WKBD. When I was growing up I would often visit family in the Detroit, Michigan area and they had Channel 50 that always seemed to have cool stuff playing that I never saw on the channels back home. When they showed horror movies I was always excited to be able to see them.
These promos are fun because of how corny they are and shows the good ol days when stations had various horror host personalities that would be around to make a horror film playing an even more fun event. The promo may just make you want to pull out all these movies to watch.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Fall is slowly creeping up and it's time to dig out those classic and generally fun horror films to watch. A lot of my early horror movie watching was done by watching the edited versions of the films on local TV stations. To me it was a real event when these would play. When possible I would record them onto long play VHS tapes for repeated viewing. Sure I was missing some of the "good stuff" from the film, but by in large they were great fun to me. Hell, I didn't know I was missing anything. Below I have a video of an old promo of "Halloween II" being shown on TV. The voice over guy is in rare form. He really sells it. How could you not be prepared to throw a frozen pizza in the oven and get ready to watch Michael Meyers' second rampage.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Now that Halloween is getting into full swing the mundane places like the grocery store are are seeing their shelves populated with Halloween branded food.
Walking past the frozen pizza section I spotted Tombstone Pizza's bold proclamation that they are the "official pizza of Halloween". I've always thought of the name "tombstone" to be more Wyatt Earp in my mind, but thinking about it Tombstone does fit if you look at the word from the graveyard perspective. It's not the worst of the frozen variety, but not the best either. The packaging isn't bad. The different toppings have different monsters. Hit up your local grocery store if you are interested.
Friday, September 16, 2016
As we get into that fall Halloween season I encourage you to go out and search for strange and spooky things to watch. A good ol standby of fun entertainment is the anthology tv show "Tales from the Darkside" which I've talked about a fair amount of time on here about.
The series admittedly is hit or miss as I've seen. There are some great episodes and then some duds. That tends to be the case with any series. I have some favorites for sure. One of them is the episode called "The Milkman Cometh". This one has a strange little story about a man (Robert Forster) that is somewhat down on his luck and finds that the neighborhood milkman has the ability to make his wishes come true. For a while there seems to be only an upside to this relationship... but as we know this is the darkside so things can turn on him. This one has an intriguing story and I like that they don't go out of their way to explain to much and let your imagination run with it a bit. Robert Forster definitely helps in this one. His performance brings more to the role than some other less experienced actor. Check out the old 1984 commercial for the episode below. If you are intrigued I suggest you track the episode down.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Hello all. It's September and that can only mean one thing. We are getting that much closer to Halloween. Also, I feel at this point in the year things can begin to get more Halloween-centric. It's my intent to post more often on here with this season ramping up. I'm going to join up with the Halloween Countdown and group of bloggers kicking out fun content during October.
Brush the dust off your decorations and costumes and have fun!
Saturday, August 27, 2016
August is almost over and fall is right around the corner. It's time to set your mind on the spooky, creepy and ghoulish. For me getting geared up starts with listening to my Halloween music playlist in regular fashion. I've had an ongoing playlist for years that I'm always adding new music to. An artist that is always in the Halloween rotation is Wolfmen of Mars. Early this year they released a brand new album called "DANGER! Peril! Threat!". I was AWOL from the blog for a bit and didn't get a chance to report on it. Well there is no better time than now.
As you all begin dusting off your spooky tunes I always recommend looking into the Wolfmen's latest album. It's good stuff! I've been listening to it since it's initial release and there are some splendid tracks that instantly went into my playlist. "No Eye Contact" I love... it has this old 70s/80s horror feel to it. Another track I really dug is called "Moonhammer" and that features artist Disasterpeace, which was a welcome surprise. Disasterpeace did the score for the horror film "It Follows", which was a very solid score.
Listen to the album below. There is a link over to Wolfmen of Mars bandcamp page where you can pick up the album.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The "busyness" of life has kept me from posting on the blog as often as I dream. There are all sorts of posts floating around in my head. Getting them digitally realized is another matter altogether.
Since this blog started out as a blog focused on soundtrack music of the 70s, 80s and a bit of the 90s, you should know I love that synth soundtrack music from the 80s a hell of a lot. As I mentioned in a prior post, I discovered music artist Carpenter Brut and he's really tapped into that sound I really dig. Today I present for your musical and visual enjoyment the video for his track "Le Perv". The music and visuals are a great marriage here friends. The visuals are taken from a 1984 film called "Murder Rock". I actually had never heard of it and am only now aware of it due to this video. I HIGHLY recommend you check this out.
** WARNING... there is brief nudity, so this isn't a video safe for the workplace (depending on where you work). **
Thursday, April 07, 2016
I'd be pretty remiss to not acknowledge the new "Star Wars: Rogue One" trailer that was just released. I realize, officially it's being called "Rogue One: A Star Wars" story, but I prefer my title. That's about the only complaint, if you can call it that. The trailer looked great to me. I'm very interested in seeing this story. My only expectation is that it's fun. After seeing the "Force Awakens" and enjoying that I'm all set to check this flick out.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I've been exploring some new music artists over the course of the last year, by way of suggestion from the New Retro Wave youtube channel. The new retro wave music scene is highly influenced from the synth pop and soundtrack music from the 80s/90s. Which that style of music is totally my bag. These new artists doing this music has really captured my ear. One of the stand out artists in the genre is Carpenter Brut. I don't know much about him/them, but I suspect the "Carpenter" could be a reference to soundtrack composer John Carpenter.
One of the recently released tracks from Carpenter Brut is the song "Turbo Killer". The video for it is absolutely amazing. The music and visuals are a 100mph homage to the 80s movies and music I love. It has action, monsters, magic, fantasy, sci-fi... it has it all. I can't do the video justice with words. Click "play" below and check it out.