Monday, August 21, 2023

Relax - Creepshow's Back!!!

Rewatched Brian De Palma's Body Double last week in preparation for the deep-dive discussion we just did over on The Horror Vision Presents: Elements of Horror. Man, I love this film. Body Double has to be my favorite De Palma film, and one of the things I love about it is the use of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax, a song I've dug since I first heard it as a child. Went looking for the video today, wondering if it might match up with the scene that features it in the film, but somehow it's actually a lot weirder than that! I must have seen this at some point in the 80s, but I definitely didn't remember what an odd spectacle Director Bernard Rose (yes, THAT Bernard Rose!!!) creates for the song. 

You can listen to that Body Double discussion on Apple Podcasts HERE, Spotify HERE, or pretty much anywhere else you stream podcasts.


Shudder is bringing Creepshow back for a fourth season! Here's the new trailer:

I'll admit, I'm excited despite the fact that each of the seasons so far feel like exercises in diminishing returns. Season One is the strongest overall season, in my opinion, but three had the best episode (Public Television of the Dead and its wonderful, Bob Ross-meets-Evil-Dead feel). Regardless of perceived shortcomings, I very much root for Creepshow, and am glad to see it coming back after a nearly two-year hiatus.


Killing time Saturday afternoon in Chicago's south suburbs, I stopped in a Barnes and Noble for the first time in a long time. This particular store has been in Orland Park, Il, for years, and although my preferred big box bookstore environment was always the Borders that used to sit across the street, I've been in this B&N a handful of times. If you're familiar with the chain, you know that when you first walk inside most B&N stores, they have displays of their own publishing imprint, Fall River Press. These are normally public domain bargain books, but some of them are very nice. Case in point, this Hardcover H.P. Lovecraft edition that I picked up for $10:

This is by no means a 'complete' collection. What I've found with printed complete Lovecraft books is, they are so voluminous, the bindings are usually shite. This is a pretty smart-looking HC that collects six of HPL's more famous stories:

1) The Call of Cthulhu
2) The Colour Out of Space
3) The Haunter of the Dark
4) The Whisperer in Darkness
5) The Dunwich Horror
6) The Thing on the Doorstep

While I still consider the .99 "Everything" volume I have on Kindle (no bad bindings there, and it's really easy for cross-referencing between stories), it's nice to have six of the big ones on a slim, attractive bookshelf volume as well. 


The Replacements - Tim
Hollywood Babble-On Ep. 406
Real Ones w/ Jon Bernthal - Living A Double Life: Lou Valoze
Black Sabbath - Eponymous
bunsenburner - Rituals
Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
The Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Led Zeppelin - Presence
Ruby the Hatchet - Fear is a Cruel Master
Metallica - 72 Seasons
Baroness - Stone (pre-release singles)
Ministry - Goddamn White Trash (single)
GnR - Perhaps (single)
Steely Dan - Aja
Sigur Rós - Ágœtis Byrjun
The Blues Brothers - OST
Les Discarts - Prédateurs
Alice in Chains - Sap EP
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Crime Weekly: D.B. Cooper A Man with a Grudge (part 1)
The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
Crime Weekly: D.B. Cooper Mystery Money (part 2)
H6LLB6ND6R - Side A


From Jonathan Grimm's Bound Tarot, which you can buy HERE.

• 0: The Fool
• Three of Pentacles
• Ten of Pentacles

Lots of "Earthly" concerns, and that tracks; spent the weekend in Chicago for a wedding, however, a lot of the time was also spent thinking about moving my folks out of the house I grew up in and down by us. There's The Fool's new journey, Three's Growth and Ten's Endings/Closure all rolled into one!!!

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