5 More Horrific Soundtracks

Posted in Videos and Clips, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by ranranami

This Halloween season has been pretty quiet. Oh, there’s plenty of screams to wake you up at night, along with those pesky bumps. Then, of course, you’ve got the cackling witches in your backyard (why they can’t get their own damned giant cauldron to chant Shakespeare quotes, I haven’t a clue), but where’s the music? The carols? The mood-setting tunes? They are, as always, in the movies. Bringing you back around once more for even more epic horror OST’s, and here’s hoping you have an awesome Halloween.

Oh, by the way, I did finally get around to watching Mephisto Waltz. It was good, but the score was better.

 

1. Suspiria

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It would be a crime to forget Goblin on another one of these OST horror lists, and an absolute tragedy to forget Suspiria. Chilling, beautiful, and packed with atmosphere. There could have been no artists to rival the beauty of the movie and pair so well with Argento’s masterpiece than Goblin.

2. Return of the Living Dead

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Maybe I’m in a metal mood. A punk mood. An 80s mood. Or, maybe, just maybe–Return of the Living Dead has not only one of the most epic title songs in cinematic history (well, maybe not traditionally epic, but definitely awesome), but it’s an arrangement of some of my absolute favorite music artists to boot.

3. Near Dark

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Tangerine dream. There’s just something about them. Even though synthesizers aren’t generally my style, they somehow manage to take the style and create something absolutely beautiful. Another excellent example of a band that paired so well with the atmosphere of the movie, I can’t imagine anyone else being quite so perfect.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street part 3: Dream Warriors

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Okay, so why didn’t I pick part 1? That’s where the original title song came from, isn’t it? Yes, however, part 1 didn’t have Dokken. Part 3 did. They have a lot more fun with rock in this one than the earlier two did, and it definitely shows in the somewhat ‘metal’ moments of the better character deaths.

5. 28 Days Later

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When this film came out, my mom immediately rushed out to buy the cd. Neither of us had heard anything like it before, or seen a film quite so groundbreaking. Yes, say what you will about 28 Days now, but there’s no denying that it transformed the genre of zombie films. I’d say maybe the same way Sam Peckinpah changed westerns. The music is jarring, gritty, and yet–absolutely beautiful, beginning to end.

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Halloween Bath Bomb Recipes

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by ranranami

There are two times you’ll find yourself routinely soaking in boiling water: when you’re in the process of becoming a delicious stew for your friendly neighborhood cannibals, and when you’re just in the mood for a nice bath. Me, personally, I like my baths hot enough to turn me lobster red. As far as being prepared for a meal goes, I’d like to at least thing I didn’t get the same kind of crustacean treatment, but you can’t always pick and choose. Cannibals probably don’t like the taste of bath salts, bombs, or soaps. Even if the smell is incredible. Then, when it comes to having an amazing soak in your bathtub, those things can get so darn expensive! 8-12 dollars just for a bath? Surely you want something more out of it than a half hour soak. That’s where these awesome crafty recipes come in, just in time for Halloween season….they may only last for a couple of minutes, but they sure are fun to make.

Be sure to check out the other amazing videos from these creators if you liked their spooky selections. They really are all pretty awesome.

 

Drive-in Trailers: Melt Movies

Posted in Media, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by ranranami

Back once more to the silver screen. Or perhaps the green screen. There’s a bit of yellow there, too…wait, what part of your body was yell–you know what? I don’t need to know. The point is, you’re a puddle of goop on the floor now with nowhere else to go but down.

Melt horror, probably one of the most obscure subgenres out there, I didn’t even know it existed until I got a little too much into a Street Trash streaming group the other night. Man, the 80s were jam-packed with some of the best physical effects. Melt horror is the goriest, grossest, and best of the lot, incorporating puppetry, fake slime, blood, you name it…all in the most gruesome, entertaining ways. So, without further ado, let’s pay tribute to these awful cult classics with a list of trailers (and maybe start off with a fake short film I think you’ll enjoy).

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Werewolf of Washington Square, Cup of Moonglow (Cover – Pg. 13)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by ranranami

Whew! Almost mid-October (happy Friday the 13th, and I hope you’re enjoying a bit of Jason slaughter today!) The posts are warming up, and so is my grad school homework. Still, I’ve found time to upload yet another vintage comic. This one is in far worse shape than the others I’ve managed to scrounge up, but the art is – – well, how should I put it? Cartoonier? A little more offbeat? Somehow, at the same time, certain elements of these stories are also pretty detailed towards realism. In fact, the werewolf face is remarkably similar to Dr. Hyde in the ’31 film. 21 years after the fact, I can’t help but wonder if the artist sourced a lobby card or old poster, perhaps?

Following on the tail-end of the glory days (pre-code horror comics), I sort of appreciate the pulp-ish inspiration they clearly drew from on the cover art. It’s also a victim of radio-style dialog, per usual for the earlier stuff, but there’s a certain charm to that too. The first story is…well…I mean it’s a basic werewolf plot. Incredbly basic. Bare bones down to the character name (Eric Lupin.) The second story proves yet another age-old fact. You can’t trust men. You can’t trust women. You definitely can’t trust gigantic Amazonian witch snakes.

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Book of the Week: Evil Ernie – Youth Gone Wild, by Brian Pulido

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2017 by ranranami

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It’s not pretty. It’s not happy. Hell, it’s not even cute, but you can’t deny this one simple fact: Evil Ernie rocks. For those of you familiar with The Mask series of comics, you know, the dark one, I’m sure your appetite for violence and animated gore is fairly intense. So why not give Evil Ernie a shot?

It’s not really about the plot. A young man driven mad by a combination of severe child abuse and a bizarre dream machine that links him to lady death (either death incarnate, or just a really crazy bitch who likes to wake up to a pile of corpses in the morning). One thing leads to another, and he gets killed with yet another experiment, only to come back with mental powers. Every person he kills becomes a bloodthirsty zombie, intent on helping Ernie create an army of ‘friends’.

That’s really all there is to the plot, to be honest, but it’s a fun ride there, and this issue only left me hungry for the rest of them.

Horror Flick of the Week: The Final Girls (2015)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by ranranami

I have a confession. I’m a movie snob. I’ve got a strict ‘no insult/putdown’ rule on this blog for movies, because no matter how bad the picture, a film always has a lot of work put into it, and there’s going to be an audience for just about everything. Still, I am a movie snob. It’s tough for me to put on a lot of new things, because I have this desperate fear I’ll waste ten or more minutes of my life on a film I may hate. Even after hearing rave reviews about this one, listening to an interview with the director, and adoring the description…the poster had me convinced I just wouldn’t like it…

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This movie, my friends, is why I have to remind myself NOT to judge anything by its cover. I loved it. Every shot, every second, every line. As a not-so-subtle tribute to everything camp slasher (literal summer camp slasher), and a clear nod to the Friday the 13th series, it was perfect. Do yourself a favor this week, and if not now, then definitely on this Friday the 13th…watch some F13…and then pop in The Final Girls. You will love it.

On another note, best striptease scene ever. EVER. Yes, my friends, even Dusk Till Dawn.

Vintage Halloween Postcards

Posted in Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2017 by ranranami

Do you smell the pumpkin spice? The perfumes of the melting wax? The crisp, clean folds of fresh envelopes? No? Well, it’s no wonder. Most of these pumpkins are far too old to smell, and whoever heard of putting a postcard in an envelope? Nevertheless, tis the season, and just in case you’d like to send a love one some carefully penned spells for ‘All Hallows Eve’, here are some fantastic old postcards to scrawl them on. Note that a vast majority of this art is by the very talented (late) Ellen Clapsaddle, one of the most magnificent postcard and greeting card artists of all time.

 

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