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Horrorlust Radio Episode #004

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by bluefall8

Creator of the Chop Shop and horror hound, Steve, served as co-host for episode #004 of Horrorlust Radio.

In the fourth episode of Horrorlust Radio, Steve and I discuss horror films, the role of sequels and the often blasphemous practice of remakes. We also talk at length about Steve’s childhood and teenage recollections of Halloween which include his involvement in a basement home haunt and a harrowing encounter with a woodland lunatic.

This episode of Horrorlust Radio also features two fresh segments — Cauldron Questions and Pop Horror. In Cauldron Questions my co-host and I answer three burning questions and then in Pop Horror we discuss all things horror in the land of film and television such as The Walking Dead and an independent film titled The Houses October Built. 

Steve and I also explore the the history of his spooky but likable alter-ego, Uncle Dead Guy. And unsurprisingly, we have some fun with speculation regarding potential haunted house visits.

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HORRORLUST RADIO: EPISODE 004

SHOW NOTES

The book I referenced on several occasions during the podcast is called Shock Value and was written by Jason Zinoman (Penguin Press, 2011).

Required reading...seriously , go and read it.

Required reading…seriously, go and read it.

Steve and I also discussed a number of old horror comic books which included EC Comics’ most popular title, Tales From the Crypt. In addition to Tales From the Crypt, EC Comics also published The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear and a slew of other non-horror related comics. The company published this style of comic from the 1940’s until the mid-1950’s when it began to focus on the well-known humor magazine, MAD.

In addition to EC Comics’ line of titles we also discussed a pair of titles that Steve was more familiar with from his youth, Creepy and Eerie by Warren PublishingThe former originally had an 18 year run from late 1964 until publication ceased in February 1983; Creepy was resurrected in 2009 and is currently published by New Comic Company LLC in partnership with Dark Horse Comics. Eerie was launched in 1966 and it too ceased publication in February 1983.

For your pleasure, I’ve included a few examples of cover art below.

Tales From the Crypt would later become a hit HBO series from 1989-1996.

Tales From the Crypt would later become a hit HBO series from 1989-1996.

 

Creepy, undoubtedly inspired by its EC Comics forerunners.

Creepy, undoubtedly inspired by its EC Comics forerunners.

 

Eerie, the sister publication to Creepy.

Eerie, the sister publication to Creepy.

The songs and audio clips featured in this episode are listed below in chronological order:

1. “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Cow Finger & Mosquito Pie, 1956)

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Theatrical Trailer, 1974

3. “Boogie Man” by Mad Sin (Burn & Rise, 2010)

4. Kirk meets Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974

5. “Out of the Dark” by Mad Sin (A Ticket Into Underworld, 1993)

AHS: Season 4, Darksyde Acres Website Update

Posted in News, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by bluefall8

Details are scant on American Horror Story season four but most of the latest reports seem to agree that the setting in the next chapter of the FX hit is a carnival. The news was confirmed by series writer and co-executive producer Douglas Petrie during a recent Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast.

American Horror Story has always provided fans with sleek visuals, a fun mixture of gore and sexuality, and great ensemble casts. If I have one hope, it is that the writing staff can tighten up the plot because a carnival theme has the potential to lend itself brilliantly to this brand of storytelling.

Thus far series stars Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson have reportedly signed on for the project although some publications have suggested that this will be the last go around for the talented Lange.

The new season is set to return to FX in October.

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DARKSYDE REDESIGNED

The indomitable Darksyde Acres has revamped its’ website. The design has been simplified and the end result is a much more user friendly experience. Various social media sites are well integrated and visible on each page. Hell, they’ve even updated their calendar of events for 2014! Far too many attractions neglect to do this basic maintenance until as late as August or September. Kudos to the staff at Darksyde for being ahead of the pack.

Check out the site right here: Darksyde Acres Haunted House

If you’d like to read my past reviews of Darksyde Acres click the link in the right sidebar that reads “Darksyde Acres” located  beneath the Categories section.

American Horror Story, Sleepy Hollow

Posted in Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by bluefall8

American Horror Story returned last night to FX for its third season. Seasons one and two were highlighted by strong casts, engrossing plots, and salacious imagery. However the hit show has not gone without some criticism — the writing staff has been guilty of spreading the story too thin, which I feel has laid the groundwork for less than stellar conclusions. Still — the gore, stylized composition and editing, and sexual tension will keep the show grossly entertaining. Hell, even the theme song is notable for its unsettling, perverse drone. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays on FX at 10 pm.

Fox has also jumped into the fray with Sleepy Hollow, a modern twist on Washington Irving’s 1820 classic that told the story of Ichabod Crane and the mysterious Headless Horseman. The series stars Tom Mison as Ichabod and he is excellent in the role as the out-of-time protagonist.  His female counterpart is Nicole Beharie as Lieutenant Abbie Mills who is unwittingly drug into supernatural occurrences by her own sordid past. Underutilized and under appreciated character actor Clancy Brown, of Pet Cemetery II and Carnivale fame, is used in cameo appearances. The show has become a quick hit with my wife and I and that should come as no surprise as it’s produced in part by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; the same tandem who served in a similar fashion on FringeSleepy Hollow airs Mondays on Fox at 9 pm.

Incredulously, I just recently discovered that Amy Lee of Evanescence did a haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful cover of “Sally’s Song” from A Nightmare Before Christmas. The song is part of Nightmare Revisited, a cover album released on September 30, 2008 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 1993 animated classic. Most notably it contains a harsh rendition of “This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson that has just as much spirit as Danny Elfman’s original score. 

Don’t Adjust the Channel

Posted in Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by bluefall8

As any reader of Horrorlust knows October brings with it an irrepressible army of the scary and macabre — from haunted attractions to spooky home decor, costume parties to Halloween itself — this month is a celebration of all things that go bump in the night. And if all of that isn’t enough for you, consider the killing fields that flicker across the boob tube this time of year. Many networks feature horror, haunt, or Halloween related programming during this, the season of the witch and with the popularity of the holiday at an all time high, there’s no doubt that viewers will be ensnared by a variety of spine tingling specials.

Among some of the best programming in my opinion is Fearfest on AMC which runs October 16-31. Fearfest debuted on AMC in 2008 and is precisely that, an around the clock horror marathon that lasts for sixteen calendar days. The event will kick off this year with the Season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead. ABC Family also features a block of seasonal programming entitled 13 Nights of Halloween which runs from October 19-31. As you may have guessed from the name of the network, the type of shows you can expect are family oriented — The Addams Family, The Goonies, Beetlejuice, and The Nightmare Before Christmas is what you’ll find here.

FX debuted a new show last night called American Horror Story. It was strange, perverse, and over the top — certainly not a classic but a fun, twisted watch. American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 pm.

Anybody around my age will certainly remember the Goosebumps phenomenon that took place during the 1990’s. Well, if you find yourself craving a fix of R.L. Stine’s particular brand of storytelling then I’d suggest The Haunting Hour which airs on the somewhat obscure Hub network. An episodic horror anthology in it’s own right The Haunting Hour is quite obviously steeped in the same storytelling that propelled Goosebumps to such staggering heights a generation ago. It airs on the Hub network, Saturdays at 8 pm.

If all of that isn’t enough to sate your seasonal yearnings then allow me to suggest a few of my personal favorites which include The Twilight Zone, Halloween, Return of the Living Dead, Paranormal State, A Haunting, and of course George A. Romero’s zombie classics. And I’d be grossly out of line if I didn’t mention another childhood favorite, Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

I came home from work yesterday and had one of those wonderfully relaxing October evenings which consisted of lying in bed watching spooky movies. I hadn’t caught 2001’s The Others before and despite the sometimes plodding narrative and the often criticized end twist I found myself enjoying it. Who knows, maybe I just like Nicole Kidman. Following that I watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose which I’m ashamed to say was the first I had ever viewed the film. This was an expertly produced horror film featuring truly frightening scenes, superb acting, compelling storytelling, and a great original score — a must for any horror fan especially those with a taste for realism, it certainly put me in mind of The Exorcist.