Reznor and Ross covering John Carpenter's legendary score. Happy Halloween, everybody! Remember to check those candies for razor blades.
31 Days of Halloween:
10/1 - Trick 'r Treat
10/2 - Barbarian
10/3 - Hellraiser ('84)
10/4 - Phenomena
10/5 - Hellraiser (2022)
10/6 - The Dark Backward
10/7 - Sick/The Beyond
10/8 - Werewolf By Night
10/9 - Something in the Dirt
10/10 - Let the Right One In Episode 1/Lux Aeterna
10/11 - My Best Friend's Exorcism/Grimcutty
10/12 - Smile
10/13 - Monstrous/VHS (Amateur Night segment)
10/14 - Halloween Kills
10/16 - Spider Baby/101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments/Night's End/Behemoth
10/17 - Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
10/18 - Random Acts of Violence/Two Witches/Let the Right One In Episode 2
10/19 - Footprints on the Moon/976-EVIL
10/20 - Alison's Birthday/Tone Deaf
10/21 - Elviria's Haunted Hills/Popcorn
10/22 - Resolution
10/23 - The Endless
10/24 - VHS 99
10/25 - Tigers Are Not Afraid
10/26 - Bliss
10/27 - Deadstream/Host
10/28 - The Convent
10/29 - Lot 36 (GDT's CoC ep. 1)/George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead 3D/Return of the Living Dead
10/30 - Lords of Salem
After watching Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem for the third time last night, I'm pretty sure I consider it his masterpiece. I'll always love House and Rejects, but Lords is something else entirely. At first pass I didn't much care for it; then, a few years later I rewatched it and realized I was completely applying my frustrations with his other films to this one. I came around, and regularly described it in conversation (where I was often defending it) as, "It's Zombie doing Argento." There's certainly some truth to that, but to leave it there is a disservice to the film. Lords of Salem is the first completely serious, mature, elegant film he's made. Again, not that there aren't other movies by Mr. Zombie that I love (I dig most of them to one degree or another), but he has certain affectations that repeat throughout his oeuvre and sometimes prevent his films from being, first and foremost, Rob Zombie films. Lords of Salem shatters these restraints and becomes something else. The film is extremely visceral and, at times, downright unnerving in a pure psychological way. Its imagery is like nothing I've ever seen - even in Zombie's other films - and the mechanism by which the Horror in his story takes root and unfolds leans on folklore, myth, drawing a damning line between the pathos of modern humanity and our ancestors, proving we're not dissimilar enough to judge the past.
I'd had the itch to watch this one of late, and I'm glad I waited until Devil's Night to do so. Next up, 31!
One of the books I picked up within the last two weeks but only just got around to reading
I had no idea this was even coming out when I saw it on the shelf at Rick's Comic City. A few years ago, Butcher from The Horror Vision let me borrow the old FantaCo Night of the Living Dead prestige series, something I had never read. Now, American Mythology Comics has joined with Romero's Image Ten to release a series that seems as though it will re-tell and expand on the story from the film we all know and love. Of interesting note, the scene in the FantaCo that really made the series for me was having the tribulations Ben describes as preceding his arrival at the farmhouse actually brought to life. We see that again in this book, so despite being a bit of a repeat if you read those FantaCos, it still signals - to me at least - that we may be in for a fun ride here. We'll see.
✝✝✝ - Vivian (single)
✝✝✝ - Initiation/Protection
The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
Here Lies Lucy - Heaven or HLL EP
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth - Halloween III: Season of the Witch OST
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth - Prince of Darkness OST
From Jonathan Grimm's Bound Tarot, which you can buy HERE.
For every inspiration, multiple, digressive pathways branch out and weaken its fundamental strength. Remain true to the voice of the idea.
Directly referencing my current project once again. When I look back at previous posts that I made close to the completion of my other books, I notice the cards always begin to speak directly about the project of the moment. It's a good sign, these tools that allow my subconscious to speak directly to my oft-distracted conscious mind, reminding it how best to approach my craft when it nears completion and, thus, release into the world at large.
A final reminder, only a few hours left to back Grimm's Kickstarter for The Art of the Bound Tarot hardcover art book. Back the project HERE.