Your Halloween Music….

Add these to your Halloween party list for a “killer” good time.

1. Ozzy Osbourne-Bark at the Moon
A list like this would not be complete without the awesomeness which is Ozzy Osbourne! This track is from the Bark at the Moon Album recorded in 1983. Ozzy is, of course, most famous for being the lead singer of Black Sabbath and it would be seriously wrong not to include him on this list.
2. Charlie Daniels Band-The Devil Went Down To Georgia
This song definitely rates as a classic Halloween party song perfect to get people moving about and dancing. It contains brilliant violin playing by Charlie Daniels and even the most anti-country music people should enjoy it.
3. The Alan Parsons Project-The Raven
Granted it isn’t the most horrifying song, but it is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and provides a nice alternative to some of the heavier music on this list. This is probably the best song to play as your party is nearing an end – when people are either too drunk to care what you play, or sober enough to appreciate the lyrics which are taken directly from the Poe poem of the same title.
4. White Zombie-I’m Your Boogie Man
It is definitely going to rank high for those of our readers planning a more hardcore party than the others. Also, for those of you who are planning to spread humbug this Halloween, you can play this at a very loud volume and you will frighten all the kids and parents who are trick or treating – save on candy costs!
5. Creedence Clearwater Revival-Bad Moon Rising
This is a great hit from the ’60s which went to number one in the UK. While it is not a particularly scary track, it is, for many people listening, likely to bring back many memories of Halloween parties of the past.
6. Vic Mizzy, Dave Kahn, and Ted Cassidy-The Addams Family Theme Song
The Addams Family was a 1964 hit series based on cartoons by Charles Addams. The theme will be familiar to most people either through the original series of the much more recently made movie. This is a great quirky hit for your party – a definite must-play.
7. Alice Cooper-Welcome To My Nightmare
This song is from the album of the same name by Alice Cooper. It is a concept album in which each track progressively details the passage of a nightmare. This is the opening track and what could be more perfect for a loud Halloween Party.
8. Marilyn Mason-This Is Halloween
Not the original soundtrack version of the song. This is the Marilyn Manson version which I like it much more and think it has a better Halloween “feel” about it. I also love the Panic at the Disco version, but there is no doubt that the Manson version is the spookiest. The song is, of course, the title track of the brilliant Tim Burton film “The Nightmare before Christmas”.
9. Carl Orff-O Fortuna
Everyone knows this song – it has been used in hundreds of horror movies. While the song sounds very eerie, the translation of the Latin original is not quite so spooky – it actually means “O Fortune, you wax and wane like the moon”. Hardly frightening stuff, but most people don’t know what it means and it will chill everyone that hears it to the bone! A definite must-have for Halloween. Oh – and it is from the cantata called Carmina Burana.
10. Mike Oldfield-Tubular Bells
Anyone who has seen the Exorcist will appreciate the eeriness of this soundtrack. It plays at the start of the film as the main actress walks home from a day filming. The scene is full of moody shots of Washington in fall with children trick or treating. It lulls you in to a false sense of security before all hell breaks loose (literally) in the form of possessed girl Regan. This song will always be my favorite Halloween theme.
11. J S Bach-Toccata and Fugue in D Minor 
Of this most famous piece of classical music, Wikipedia says: The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music commonly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, composed sometime between 1703 and 1707. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, to video games, to rock music, to cellphone ringtones and used for the autumn holiday Halloween. I doubt a single person here will not know it. Props to Bach for writing music so cool that even non-classical lovers still listen to it – 300 years later!
12. The Misfits-Halloween
The Misfits kick off our Halloween music countdown with a punk roar from the netherworld.

More Halloween Tuneage

When you’ve pretty much worn out the Monster Mash and Thriller songs at your Halloween party, you could try playing a few of these for a little change.

1. Stevie Wonder – Superstition

2. Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers The Ghoul’s “Be True To Your Ghoul (an oddly violent Beach Boys parody)

3. John Zacherle-“Dinner With Drac, Part 1

4. Bing Crosby – Headless Horseman (from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

5. The Black Keys- “Howlin’ For You

6. Howlin’ Wolf-“Howlin’ for my Baby” and “Moanin’ at Midnight”

7. The Clovers/The Searchers – Love Potion #9

8. Johnny Otis & Marci Lee-“Castin’ My Spell” 

9. Frantics – Werewolf

10. Bat For Lashes-“What’s A Girl To Do?

11. Cults-“Bad Things” NOTE: Listen to # 9, 10, and 11 together and you got a story about a love-sick werewolf, a moody vampire, and the girl caught in the middle.  That’s right, you just listened to Twilight.

12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – “Time Warp”

13. Kanye West’s dark, twisted “Monster

14. The citizens of Halloween Town – This Is Halloween (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)

15.  Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (Beetlejuice favorite)

16. Harry Belafonte –“Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back) (Beetlejuice)

17. Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer

18. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster

19. The Cramps- “Zombie Dance

20. 45 Grave- “Riboflavin.”

21. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Music

So your going to have a Halloween party? Costumes, food, scary movies. But what about music? Music is essential to throwing a great Halloween party. So to help you out, here is a list of some of the best Halloween-ish songs.

1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

“Thriller,” which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1984, is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (It’s also Jackson’s best-selling download, ahead of runner-up “Billie Jean,” which has sold 2.7 million).

2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

Though it’s been decades since this kitschy, creepy faux-Frankenstein party tune scared up a No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 in 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” has been on Halloween party playlists ever since.

3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.

When October rolls around, the clear answer to the lyrical question, “Who ya gonna call?,” is Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which topped the Hot 100 in 1984.

4. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon

A perfect Halloween entry from the (late, great) Warren Zevon, who also famously sang “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” is this howling Me Generation rocker that rose to No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 1978.

5. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC

Pitch-black metal from down under, AC/DC drove “Highway” to No. 47 on the Hot 100 in 1979.

6. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult

This mid-tempo rocker, which hit No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1976 for Blue Oyster Cult, isn’t spooky at all until you consider the lyrics told from the point of view of some death-friendly dude trying to induce his gal to join him and not “fear the reaper.”

7. “Runnin’ With the Devil” – Van Halen

Mixing lyrics about living wild with hard rock was a winning combo for Van Halen, who ran this song to No. 84 on the Hot 100 in 1978.

8. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

Paranoid much? This big 80’s pop wonder about constantly looking over one’s shoulder sounds Michael Jackson-y because MJ literally lent a hand. Having the King of Pop sing backup certainly seems to have helped Rockwell watch “Somebody” shoot to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1984.

9. “A Nightmare on My Street” – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka, Will Smith) brought hip-hop into the Halloween game in 1988 when they took their tune about “Nightmare on Elm Street” villain Freddy Krueger all the way to No. 15 on the Hot 100.

10. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie

Who better than Rob Zombie, one of the spookiest musicians ever, to complete a Halloween-time soundtrack. The black-clad, fright-haired Zombie, also acclaimed as a horror film director, rode this pastiche of driving beats, hard riffage and growling lyrics about death and witches onto the rock charts in 1998.

 

 

For the Gore Addicted…

Even though I don’t have the stomach for these next five movies, a lot of people like them. To each their own I say. So, if you like this type of movie, here are some choice ones for you.

1. Saw

Saw

I only watched a little bit of this movie and I just couldn’t watch anymore. These movies are waay too realistic and gruesome for me. there are several movies in this series but like I said, I didn’t get past the first one. But they all have one thing in common-tortuous, bloody, painful scenes.

Two men wake up at opposite sides of a dirty, disused bathroom, chained by their ankles to pipes. Between them lies a dead man loosely clutching a hand-held tape player and a handgun. Each finds a tape the perfect fit for the player in their back pocket. They play the tapes. One is threatened, the other isn’t. But they have a task: One must kill the other by 6:00, or his wife and daughter will die. They find hacksaws in a toilet, and try to cut the chains, but it doesn’t work. They are the two newest victims of the Jigsaw Killer. In a flashback, we learn of Amanda, a girl who falls victim to the Jigsaw Killer. On her head is a mask, which is hooked into her lower jaw. There is a timer on it. Only one key will unlock it, and that key is in the digestive tract of her cell mate who lies paralyzed on the opposite side of the room. If she doesn’t unlock the mask in time, her lower jaw will be ripped wide open. She survives, but her cell mate doesn’t. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn of more victims, and of the nearly-successful capture of the Jigsaw Killer, who doesn’t actually kill his victims. Instead, he finds ways to make them kill either themselves, or each other, and he thinks the entire ‘game’ out perfectly, with no other ways out. Or so it would seem.

2. HOSTEL

Hostel

I have never personally watched this one but I have seen bits and pieces, and trust me, for my weak stomach, that was more than enough…..

The American pals Paxton and Josh meets with the Islander Oli in Paris and the three backpackers travel together to Switzerland, Belgium and Amsterdam having Barcelona as final destination, looking for sex, drugs and booze. While in Amsterdam, they meet Alex, who shows pictures of gorgeous women in gang bang, and suggests the trio to visit the hostel in Bratislava, Slovakia, a place crowded of hot, promiscuous and sexy girls. When they arrive, they meet three delicious girls in the hostel and they believe they have found the lost paradise of sex on Earth. But sooner they find that they have been sold to a sadistic group of the Elite Hunting, and their dream becomes their worst nightmare.

3. THE HILLS HAVE EYES

The Hills Have Eyes

Nuclear testing turned so wrong……

Wes Craven produces this remake of his 1977 classic of the same name, about the Carters, an idyllic American family travelling through the great American southwest. But their trip takes a detour into an area closed off from the public, but more importantly from society. An area originally used by the U.S. Government for nuclear testing that was intended to be empty…or so they thought? When the Carter’s car breaks down at the old site, they’re stranded…or are they? As the Carters may soon realize that what seemed like a car casually breaking down, might actually be a trap. This trap might be perpetrated by the inhabitants of the site who aren’t pulling a prank, but are out to set up a gruesome massacre.

4. THE STRANGERS

The Strangers

While it was terryifying, this movie also made me feel sad and depressed.

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.

5. SEE NO EVIL

See No Evil

When I first saw this movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Its not quite as gory as Saw but it is pretty graphic….

A ragtag group of juvenile delinquents assigned the task of cleaning up an abandoned hotel find out just how deadly community service can be when they are stalked by a monstrous, four-hundred-pound maniac with a grudge in director Gregory Dark‘s wrestling-infused survival horror flick. It was a mere four years ago that seven-foot menace Jacob Goodnight (WWE superstar Kane) was shot in the head and left for dead by a local police officer. But Jacob wasn’t going down that easy. With a steel plate subsequently attached to his skull and ten razor-sharp fingernails ready to scrape grey matter from the skulls of his victims, Jacob retreated to the abandoned Blackwell Hotel, where he resided in the darkened, rotting hallways while planning his ultimate revenge. As fate would have it, Jacob wouldn’t have to go far to satiate his raging bloodlust, though, and as the unsuspecting teens make their way through the crumbling corridors of the once-luxurious inn guided by the very same policeman who fired that misguided bullet years earlier, the notorious killer sharpens his nails, stalks his prey, and prepares for a little payback.

 

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Unnerving Halloween Movies

These next few are not the scariest movies of all time but they definitely have a gruesome, creep factor.

1. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

The Blair Witch Project

I know that this didn’t actually take place, not like the chainsaw massacre movie, but the way it is filmed certainly made a lot of people wonder.

Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard, student filmmakers, set out to shoot a documentary about a local legend, the Blair Witch. In the forests near Burkittsville, Maryland, many children have vanished in the 1940s and people still avoid going too deep into the woods. So, the party sets out to look for facts that prove the legend, equipped only with two cameras and a little hiking gear. First, they find little piles of stone that must have been arranged artificially, later, they have to admit to be lost in the woods. Eerie sounds at night and more piles of stones in places where they have not been before cause the already desperate group to panic. And one night, days after they should have been back home, Josh disappears completely. Only what has been recorded and filmed with the cameras is found a year later and shows what happened in the woods.

2. HOUSE OF A 1,000 CORPSES

This movie just completely weirds me out. I mean, serial killers are bad, real bad. But a family of serial killers, that’s downright horrific.

An empty fuel tank and a flat tire lead two couples down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. “House of 1000 Corpses” is at its core a story of family – a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab thru the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie.

3. The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil's Rejects (2005) Poster

This is a sequel to House of 1,000 corpses and it is just as twisted and demented.

Sequel to ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ is set some months later with the Texas State Police making a full-scale attack against the murderous Firefly family residence for the 1,000+ murders and disappearances of the past several years. But three of the family members escape, including Otis, Baby Firefly and Baby’s father Captain Spaulding. The evil trio go on a road trip, leaving dozens of mangled bodies in their wake. Evading a massive Texas Rangers dragnet as well as a group of equally murderous bounty hunters led by Ken Dwyer (the brother of a policeman Mamma Firefly killed in ‘House of…’) who’s obsessed with finding the deadly killers, the surviving Firefly clan gather at a run-down amusement park owned by Captain Spaulding’s half-brother, Charlie Altamont, whom offers them shelter and a new base of operations for their killing spree as Sheriff Dwyer, the Texas Rangers, the FBI and others slowly close in.

4. FRIDAY THE 13TH

There are several movies in this series and they are all creepy and scary.

Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that comprises twelve slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, and tie‑in merchandise. The franchise mainly focuses on the fictional character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the camp staff. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be “cursed” and is the setting for a series of mass murders. Jason is featured in all of the films, as either the killer or the motivation for the killings.

 

5. Puppetmaster

Puppet Master

How terrifying to have dolls, puppets, come to life only to be intent on killing you? Yikes!

André Toulon is a puppet maker and the best of the kind. One day he happens upon an old Egyptian formula able to create life, so he decides to give life to his puppets. The Nazis seek to use this knowledge to their advantage and in desperation, Toulon commits suicide. Some years later four psychics get on the trail of a former colleague who suddenly commits suicide, and they decide to investigate the mansion he killed himself in. Along with his widow, they uncover the secrets of the Puppet Master.

From left to right: Blade, Torch, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter, Leach Woman, Mephisto, Pinhead

Really Scary Halloween Movies

I am not really into gore. Meaning movies like Saw and Hostel. Those type of movies have gotten to be so realistic that I can really almost feel the pain that those poor souls go through. Its a little much for me. But these next few movies give me the creeps like no other, ESPECIALLY the first two.

1. THE GRUDGE

This movie totally scares me. Its not the necessarily the storyline or anything but its the horrible, wide eyed, malicious intent behind the ghosts in this movie. Especially the little boy-the cat boy. And that terrible, gutteral sound-aaaaaaaaaaaaa. I seriously can’t stand to look at that boy for very long. And it does give me nightmares. But hey, you might want to check it out…..

The Grudge describes a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse is an entity created where the person died. Those who encounter this evil supernatural force die and the curse is reborn repeatedly, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. The following events are explained in their actual order; the original film is presented in a non-linear narrative.

The Saeki family lived happily in suburban Tokyo, but housewife Kayako Saeki fell in love with her college professor, Peter Kirk, obsessively writing about him in her diary. However, her husband Takeo discovered the diary. Believing Kayako was having an affair, he becomes mentally disturbed and murders his wife by snapping her neck to a 90 degree angle, crushing her throat. He then drowned his young son Toshio in the bathtub to cover his tracks, along with the pet cat, Mar. Takeo hid the bodies in the attic and closet, before Kayako’s ghost murders him by hanging him with her hair in Toshio’s bedroom. Peter comes to the Saeki house to speak with Kayako after receiving a letter from her, only to find her corpse. Shocked, he flees the house, committing suicide the next day by falling over the balcony of a building in front of his wife. The family rise again as ghosts due to their rage and sorrow, notably Kayako, who appears as an onryō ghost, leaving the curse on the house.

2. THE RING

The thing that gets me about this movie is also not the storyline so much as the jerky movement in which the ghost moves. To be honest, watching the movement makes me feel quite sick to my stomach. There’s just something so wrong with it. I can tolerate this one better than The Grudge but not by much…

Rachel Keller is a journalist who decides to go undercover on the mysterious death of her niece and her three friends, who seemed to all died on the same day at the same time- 10:00 PM. After being told that her niece was found in a closet with a horrifying look on her face, she searches through her room and finds some pictures, pictures of the cabin where her niece and her friends had stayed a week before the deaths. Rachel finds the cabin and finds an unknown video there. She decides to watch it there, and now has only a limited time to live. She and her divorced husband, Noah, research about the video and find facts about Anna Morgan and her daughter, Samara Morgan, the maker of this video. With only a week left, Rachel and Noah discover the unknown secrets of the life of Samara Morgan, and, hopefully for them, a way to break the curse.

3. WRONG TURN

Wrong Turn

This movie is pretty darn scary. Think how many times people might take a ‘wrong turn’ and end up somewhere strange and remote. This fact combined with the pure craziness of the killers sends a chill down my spine…..

Wrong Turn is an American horror film series. The main plot follows various families of deformed cannibals who hunt a group of people in West Virginia, usually killing them all in horrific ways, using a mixture of traps and weaponry, for food.

4. JEEPERS CREEPERS

The bad guy, or thing, in this movie is so creepy and downright evil that it makes me look twice before going outside at night.

Siblings Trish and Darry are on their way home from their freshman year at college, When suddenly their trip starts to turn dangerous when they are nearly run off the road but a crazy driver. When they get going again they see a man in a trench coat and a hat that covers his face dumping something down a drain pipe. They then recognize him as the man who tried to run them off the road earlier and go see what he dumped after he leaves, but what they discover is too terrifying for them. They get help from a crazy woman who has too many cats and a psychic before they realize what’s been chasing them is an ancient demon known as the Creeper who eats people to regenerate his parts and he sees something in one of them that he wants for his snack.

5. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Original Version:                             2003 Version:

                     The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This movie is scary enough in its own right. What makes it worse is that is based on the TRUE story of Ed Gein, a real life psycho serial-killer. It was remade in 2003 so I am including both versions here.

ORIGINAL VERSION:

The year is 1974. A group of five close friends are heading through the back roads of Texas en route to their grandfather’s potentially vandalized grave. Among them are Sally Hardesty, and her invalid brother Franklin. They encounter an unpleasant hitchhiker (Neal) who slashes both himself & Franklin with a wicked-looking knife. The others manage to eject the hitchhiker from the vehicle, but shortly after wards, they are forced to stop & wander over to a small, sinister clapboard house nearby in hopes for gas. What none of them realize is that this house is the home of the ghoulish Leatherface (Hansen) and his evil, demented family of cannibalistic psychopaths. One at a time, the teens are murdered by the evil Leatherface in horrifying ways. Sally soon finds herself an involuntary guest at Leatherface’s home, and flees into the night to escape the demented cannibal and his loudly-buzzing chainsaw. Can she escape the grim fate that befell her friends & brother? Based on the terrifying true story of Ed Gein.

2003 VERSION:

A group of young adults are on their way to a Lynard Skynard concert in Dallas. They cross through a small, isolated town called Travis County. They pick up a disturbed woman who then shoots herself with a gun. Looking for the local authorities, the group travels through the town, meeting the locals. One by one, they are picked off by a strange man with a demented face. Realizing that they are in mortal danger, they must escape from the town from a family of cannibals and a chainsaw-wielding madman.

  

Top Halloween Movies 6-10

Here are 5 more top movies to watch on Halloween. Just remember, these are some my favorites. But there are plenty more out there that are totally awesome, depending on  your idea of a scary movie. In fact, in the following posts are a few that really freak me out…

6. Beetle Juice

Rated 15. It’s like Tim Burton has a monopoly on Halloween, or something. Two recently deceased ghosts hire a bio-exorcist in an attempt to remove the insufferable new owners of their house. Nothing could be more wonderfully objectionable or surreal than Michael Keeton playing Beetle Juice in this film. It was also a career-catapulting outing for Winona Ryder, who consequently stole the hearts of boys wearing black everywhere.

SCARY Factor
This one isn’t scary but it is more malevolent in tone than one would guess. Keeton’s Beetle Juice is a truly disgusting (deceased) human being.

SPOOKY Factor
It’s a Tim Burton film. Of course it’s spooky. And imaginative. The afterlife job centre is fearsome, and as for the otherly dimensions of hell…

SEXY Factor
Moody Winona Ryder wore black. This anti-sexy caught on like wildfire and kickstarted her A-list career.

SILLY HAIR Factor
There’s nothing silly about gothic backcombed hair. Nothing.

HALLOWEEN Factor
The dead rub shoulders with the living on Halloween and in Beetle Juice, making it the ultimate Halloween movie, albeit one that always gets ignored.

Beetle Juice Quotes

Lydia: [Lydia is writing a suicide note] I am alone.
[throws paper away and starts over]
Lydia: I am *utterly* alone.

Juno: What’s wrong?
Barbara: We’re very unhappy.
Juno: What did you expect? You’re dead.

7. Candyman

Rated R. Ahahah-ahaha-haha! I do apologise, but Candyman is most rofflesome. A terrifying man who’s sort of made of bees! Student Helen Lyle is writing a thesis on urban legends. She hears about this dude called the Candyman who’s got one arm and does bad things if you say his name five times in a mirror. Say it with us now – Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman.

SCARY Factor
Ummm, the film gets less scary and more related to fire and bees later on, but the first half has lots of jumps with gore and stabbings and misty bathroom mirrors that do weird things… Actually, I can’t entirely remember if it features a misty ghostly bathroom mirror. It is the sort of movie that probably might.

SPOOKY Factor
Ties into the old Halloween tradition of saying the Lord’s Prayer backwords three times in a mirror to see if your future husband appears before you – or Death himself.

SEXY Factor
Candyman would probably like to think it’s got a sexy factor. The main sex quotient is provided by Tony Todd wandering around looking dapper and scary/noble. Either the camera or the person behind the camera loves him.

SILLY HAIR Factor
It was made in 1992 so you can definitely enjoy some eighties-hangover hairstyles.

HALLOWEEN Factor
Urban legends are the modern ghost story. As such, urban legends are now synonymous with Halloween films.

Candyman Quotes

Candyman: They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What’s blood for, if not for shedding?

Candyman: Why do you want to live? If you would learn just a little from me, you would not beg to live. I am rumour. It is a blessed condition, believe me. To be whispered about at street corners. To live in other people’s dreams, but not to have to be. Do you understand?

8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rated 12. Brad and Janet’s car breaks down on a stormy night and they are forced to stay with the evil Doctor Frank’n’Furter. A camp and irreverent musical. Pefect for watching with friends on Halloween. Audience participation is a must, so google for a list of the traditional heckles and don’t forget your party props: Umbrellas for the storm, rice for the wedding and bras and garters for the rest of it.

SCARY Factor
Zilch. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not scary unless you’re a misplaced thong or garter.

SPOOKY Factor
Camp spookiness a-go-go. You have the evil genius doctor, the monster, the spooky henchman and all that’s needed for a good Hammer Horror film. They’re just not wearing much except for lipstick.

SEXY Factor
It’s up to you. Is high camp sexy? If so, this is very sexy indeed. So sleazy it comes out the other side into charming and wholesome.

SILLY HAIR Factor
Beyond silly and into iconic. Who hasn’t fallen into the old trap of backcombing their hair into a giant upturned cone and spraying stripes along it with whippy creme? ‘Tis an old trap indeed.

HALLOWEEN Factor
Perfect for a spooky, drink-riddled social gathering. And it has proto-goths in it. Ideal Halloween fare.

Rocky Horror Show Quotes

Frank: Do you have any tattoos?
Brad: [offended] Certainly not!

Frank: [singing] Whatever happened to Fay Wray / That delicate satin-draped frame / As it clung to her thigh / How I started to cry / ‘Cause I wanted to be dressed just the same.

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rated PG. Looky-here… Tim Burton sneaks onto the list again! Tim Burton’s genius was to create a stop-motion animated family film that works equally well at subverting/celebrating both Christmas and Halloween. Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, tries to take over the business of Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. One of those rare musicals where at least 70% of the songs are a joy to listen to.

SCARY Factor
Not so scary – you side with the anti-hero, after all. Kids might wriggle delightedly at the wormy old Oogie Boogie Man.

SPOOKY Factor
Most spooksome indeed. Tim Burton knows that spooky comes from out-of-context. Halloween running Christmas is as out of context as you get.

SEXY Factor
Jack Skellington is skellingtony eye candy for the girls. Sally is stitched-up eye candy for the boys. Win-win!

SILLY HAIR Factor
It’s not the hair that’s the issue. It’s the lack of skin covering the skulls.

HALLOWEEN Factor
Through the roof. All the trappings of Halloween – just done in a Christmassy way.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes

Lock, Shock, Barrel: [singing] Kidnap the Sandy Claws, / beat him with a stick, / lock him up for ninety years, / see what makes him tick.

10. Murder Party

Describing itself as “Napoleon Dynamite meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre“, Murder Party isn’t a popcorn, chocolate ‘n’ razorblades Halloween film like many on our list. This is a blacker-than-black comedy, an indie film full of situational dark humour that won awards at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. A perfectly nice traffic warden responds to an advert for a Halloween ‘murder party’, arranged by a bunch of asinine, pretentious artists who wish to capture a murder on film to score some grant funding. Murder Party is arguably better than anything Kevin Smith (Clerks) has done for a decade. Going one better: Most of the main characters in this movie have known each other since they were kids, when they spent their free time making movies with a VHS camera. Final seal of approval: Murder Party was distributed by Magnolia Films, who also brought us Severance.

SCARY Factor
There’s gore, but no more than you’d see in the average zombie film.

SPOOKY Factor
The dark situational humour creates an atmosphere all of its own.

SEXY Factor
Just watch it and see. But yes, there is a sexy factor.

SILLY HAIR Factor
Oh, for god’s sake. This is a proper film. We’re not going to refer to hair.

HALLOWEEN Factor – An invitation to a Halloween party leads to a plot with a premise and execution you’ve never seen before. If you and your friends fancy a bit of art scene bashing and are genuinely tired of shlocky horror and the usual teeth-rotting Halloween fare, this is the movie to watch.

Murder Party Quotes

Bill: F*ck the scene! Everyone dies!

 

Top Halloween Movies 1-5

A lot of people love scary movies, ESPECIALLY on Halloween. There are classics, modern, and totally new movies that try to give up that creepy vibe. Some of the movies are a little over the top is kookiness but they are worth checking out. In the next few posts, I will list some of the movies you might want to check out this holiday.

1. Scream

Rated R. Scream was the first movie to go meta and play with all the tired conventions of teen slasher flicks by working your expectations into the plot then deftly derailing them. Scream‘s deserved success spawned a million imitators. Like Wolverine, it’s still the best there is at what it does. The plot? Oh yeah. A psychopathic serial killer is stalking a group of teens… just like in the movies!

SCARY Factor
Jumps galore. Scream may be satirising slasher films but it still aims to deliver the same thrills.

SPOOKY Factor
Not that spooky, to be honest. It’s all quite modern and meta.

SEXY Factor
Scream plays up the sexy factor for genuinely amusing reasons.

SILLY HAIR Factor
Generic teenagers never have silly hair. They’re far too generic .

HALLOWEEN Factor
Not related to Halloween as such – but Scream is a great film for watching in company.

Scream Quotes

Sidney Prescott: You sick f*cks, you’ve seen one too many movies!
Billy: Now, Sid. Don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative.

2. Trick ‘R’ Treat

Rated R. Trick ‘R’ Treat is honestly one of the best Halloween movies out there for its charming almost-cleverness sidling alongside the silly, using the thrill of traditional scout camp ghost stories to turn slasher flick conventions on their head. The serial-killer high school principal, the college virgin who’s holding out for Mister Right, the teenagers who pull a mean prank and a woman who loathes the night… These four Halloween stories culminate in one intriguing little sweet-sour twist. It’s pure pumpkin froth – enjoy.

SCARY Factor
It works mostly on suspense, but there are plenty of eek-jump moments and some creepy elements of suspense. Introverted kids and children with big heads are always frightening.

SPOOKY Factor
Serial killers and misty marshes IN YOUR FACE.

SEXY Factor
It’s got the whole sexy cheerleaders pouting and screaming thing. Some of them are sex-mad hotties, some of them wear chastity rings… all of them aren’t quite as they seem.

SILLY HAIR Factor
It was made in 2007 so the hair will look quite modern and normal. Watch it in ten years’ time – then you’ll think it’s got silly hair.

HALLOWEEN Factor
Sky high. This was a movie made specifically to tie in with Halloween. You want scary pumpkins? You got scary pumpkins.

Trick ‘r Treat Quotes

Chip: You must really like Halloween.
Rhonda: You mean Samhain?
Chip: What?
Rhonda: Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.
[awkward silence]
Rhonda: I like your eye patch.

3. Fright Night

Rated 18. When a teenager discovers his next door neighbour is a vampire, no-one will believe him. Don’t be put off by the idea of a vampire movie created in the mid eighties. Don’t think “Urrr, it has a rhyming title, that bodes ill”. A splendid idea and a great cast, coupled with SFX ahead of their time (and not too many of them) make Fright Night a clever, cool Halloween film that even self-confessed pretentious lovers of foreign films will delight in. This is an offbeat and sexy eighties vampire film that will surprise you with its chutzpah.

SCARY Factor
The 18 rating should give you a clue. The comedy and romance are underpinned by fear. This is real Halloween horror.

SPOOKY Factor
Fright Night is held in renown for its spooky atmosphere. Again, don’t get fooled by the name.

SEXY Factor
Romance doesn’t weaken this film – it tempers it.

SILLY HAIR Factor
High. But isn’t that at least partially why people watch films from the eighties?

HALLOWEEN Factor
Fright Night is an ideal Halloween movie to watch with company, with a loved one or on your own. A lesser-known gem with great acting all round and an atmosphere to die for.

Fright Night Quotes

Charley Brewster: That bastard! Why didn’t he tell us there was going to be a pop quiz?
Evil Ed Thompson: That’s the point of a pop quiz, Brewster… to surprise you.

4. Halloween

Rated 18. How could we not include this 1978 indie Halloween classic? Psychotic murderer Tony Moran rampages after Jamie Lee Curtis wearing a scary white mask. Yes, it’s a slasher flick, but these are two actors who know what they’re doing. When Jamie Lee Curtis runs around screaming with her tits nearly falling out it’s not like some candyfloss-haired understudy doing it. You can feel those screams.

SCARY Factor
One of the earlier slasher films, this bad boy set a precedent. As a result, the jumps are more integral, more adrenalin-fuelled. The suspense is more harrowing. As slasher films go, Halloween is excellently done, and a real heart pounder.

SPOOKY Factor
Murderous Michael’s Halloween mask is really quite unpleasant.

SEXY Factor
Jamie Lee Curtis. Nuff said. Although that rather depends how much you like Jamie Lee Curtis.

SILLY HAIR Factor
The hairstyles are quite restrained. Subterranean laboratories dedicated to the creation of hairspray with extra shimmer did not get built until 1982. Even then, the government didn’t admit to it.

HALLOWEEN Factor
This is a Halloween film about Halloween that originally came out in time for people to watch it at Halloween. Clue: It’s not an Easter movie.

Halloween Quotes

Sheriff Leigh Brackett: It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

5. Nightmare On Elm Street (I’m personally a big fan of Freddy)

Rated 18. Oh, go on then. There’s a serial killer called Freddy Krueger who’s got holes in his jumper, and he was born of the seed of a million mass murderers, and he comes to kill you in your dreams. In this slasher film, the saddo teenagers who dream of him somehow manage to be more imaginitive than you’d initially give them credit for. Freddy Krueger has got slashy fingers and his jumper is stripy.

SCARY Factor
Shocks and not too dated grimness galore. Slashy slashy!

SPOOKY Factor
Plenty of suspense of the teenage horror kind. Also, little girls saying nursery rhymes in floaty white dresses. Nobody likes that.

SEXY Factor
Robert Englund is no Justin Timberlake.

SILLY HAIR Factor
Bedhead. ‘Tis why Krueger wore a hat.

HALLOWEEN Factor
An absolute classic of its kind that is nothing to do with Halloween whatsoever, but will still get you in the mood.

Nightmare on Elm Street Quotes

Children: One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, better stay awake. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.

Rod Lane: [to Tina] Guys can have nightmares too ya know. Ya ain’t got a corner on the market or somethin’.

Fred Krueger: I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.

Zombie Origins

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The origin of the concept of zombiism stems from Haitian Voodoo culture. The word zombie–in Haitian it is “zombi”–means “spirit of the dead.”

Of course, there are several “theories” on how you might become one of these nightmarish creatures….

WAYS TO BECOME A ZIMBIE:

 1. The earliest stories about zombies come from Haiti. In order to become a voodoo zombie, you must be revived by a voodoo sorcerer. Once you have arisen from the dead, you will have no will of your own, and will be under the complete control of the sorcerer. Voodoo zombies are considered relatively harmless, unless the sorcerer who controls them sends them on a vengeance mission. Voodoo folklore contends that Bokors, Voodoo priests that were concerned with the study and application of black magic, posessed the ability to ressurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padrecoup padre is a powder that is issued orally, the primary ingredient of which is tetrodoxin, the deadly substance of the notoriously poisonous fou-fou, or “porcupine fish.” According to lengend, “a zombie is someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person. They respond by hiring a Bokor..to turn them into a zombie.Once they had been issued the coup padre, the subjects being prepared for their descent into zombidom would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to a near stop, their breathing patterns would be greatly subdued and their body temperature would significantly decrease. The public, thinking that the person was dead, would bury him/ her as if they were a corpse. They would then be exhumed, still alive, by the Bokor and, although their physicality remained intact, their memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones. “Though still living, they remain under the Bokor’s power until the Bokor dies.”
2. During the Middle Ages, people believed that the spirits of the dead often returned to the earth to possess the living. They called these individuals revenants. It is likely that this is where the notion of zombies being a result of demonic possession originated.
3. The first zombies born from a mysterious space virus appeared in George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. These zombies were created by a virus that returned with a satellite to Earth and quickly brought the dead crawling from their graves.
4. The Solanum Virus has become one of today’s most popular forms of zombification. This virus invades the human brain and alters its functions so that the host no longer needs the basic requirements of food, water or air. Despite this, the infected are driven then by an intense hunger for human flesh, most particularly brains.
  • There are a number of ways you can contract a zombie virus:
  1. Being bitten by a zombie
  2. Transferal from an infected parasitic bug, like a mosquito
  3. Contact with infected blood or saliva

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TREATMENT:

  • There is no known treatment for viral zombie infections at this time. Occasionally, an infected limb may be amputated, but generally, the virus spreads quickly through the blood, resulting in infection. The only way to terminate an infection is to destroy the brain of the inhabitant.

ZOMBIES IN THE MEDIA:

They are commonly enacted as cannibalistic in nature. While zombie films generally fall into the horror genre, some cross over into other genres, such as comedy, science fiction, thriller, or romance. Distinct sub-genres have evolved, such as the “zombie comedy” or the “zombie apocalypse“.

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WOOOOOO…..THe History of Werewolves

Many people believe that the origin of the werewolf myth was a result of seeing someone with hypertrichosis, which causes excessive hair growth on humans. The hair often covers the entire body. Another possible source is that villages had been poisoned by Ergot, a mold that grew in food. This drug would cause people to act strangely and hallucinate. However, the werewolf myths were first mentioned by Ovid and have been passed down through several different cultures

Signs of a werewolf

If you have a friend that acts strangely during a full moon watch out for these signs of a werewolf.
1. If you happen to be in the same room as the suspect on the night of a full moon watch what they are doing if they start to pace and prowl about the room as the sun goes down be careful if they start to walk on all fours.
2. Werewolves know they are dangerous and try to get family and friends away if the suspect begs you to leave.
3. In the hours before they change werewolves gain acute hearing, animal strength, and a hightened sense of smell.
4. Look at the fingernails werewolves have reddish almond shaped nails and may have a nail as hard as the claw of a wolf on their left thumb.
5. Werewolves have very broad hands also look at the third finger if it is unusually long watch out!
6. Being a werewolf is exhasting so they are pale and tired looking the day after a full moon
7. Werewolves are also very thirsty after a full moon.
8. Werewolves have long swinging strides like that of a prowling wolf.
9. Finally a not very helpful russian tip- look under the tongue of the suspect to see if it has bristles

Ergot poisoning has been proposed to explain werewolf episodes in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries as both a cause of an individual believing that he or she is a werewolf and of a whole town believing that they had seen a werewolf.

Ergotism was known by a variety of names:

  • St. Anthony’s Fire, and – to the physicians of seventeenth-century England – ‘suffocation of the mother’.
  • The fungus ergot is sometimes known as Wolf or Wolfszahn (‘Wolf-tooth’).

Symptoms

Among the symptoms of this virulent, and often lethal, condition are: disruption of motor control functions, causing tremors and writhing, wry neck, convulsions, rolling eyes, and speechlessness; dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, panic attacks, and delusions; extreme thirst, uncontrollable appetite; feelings of extreme heat, or even cold, with itching and tingling, swelling and blistering of the skin.

During the period from 1520 to 1630 there were over 30,000 werewolf trials in France alone. Most of the people who were tried as being werewolves were poor, and came from lowlands with elevations less than 500 feet above sea level.

Rye bread was a staple for the poorer people of France, and after cold winters the rye developed the Ergot fungus, a widespread parasite of cereal grains. Dr. Mary Matossian, professor of history at the University of Maryland, derived a theory that the peasants were eating a rye bread that was contaminated by a fungus that acted as a powerful hallucinogenic.

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Becoming a Werewolf

There are a variety of ways that legend states you can become a werewolf.

In modern fiction the most common belief is that you must be bitten by a werewolf to become one, thus making the werewolf curse nothing more than a virus/contagion that is spread to the surviving victim. This is rare in legend as most werewolf attacks seldom left any remaining survivors.

In werewolf films it is not always clear whether the werewolf infects the victim with the disease or the person must be under some curse. Some claim that simply having food prepared by a Lycanthrope is enough to transfer the infection.

Old folk tales of a God’s curse mix with the modern disease of rabies. The situation states that a person is bitten by a mad dog or another animal and over time becomes mad and savage thus taking on the characteristics of a mad animal/beast. In the movies, this sort of transference is seen from the bite of a werewolf similar to that of the bite of a mad dog infected with rabies.

Another option is to dress in wolf skins on the night of a full moon. Some people believe that you must make a pact with the devil or eat another human being to turn into a werewolf. The one thing that the legends agree on is that the transformation process is horribly painful.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Werewolves are incredibly strong and can heal very quickly. They age more slowly than humans and many people believe that they are immortal. However, there are weaknesses as well. Werewolves can be killed with silver, either a knife or a bullet. Another weakness is that werewolves lose control of themselves when they change, especially during the full moon.

Strengths:

  • Super agility
  • Super senses
  • Super strength
  • Lightning quick
  • Razor sharpe claws and teeth
  • Can walk during the day and night

Weaknesses:

  • Silver
  • Have no control while in wolf form just an animal.

Werewolves in Various Cultures

Werewolves are predominately found in European cultures and legends. However, shape shifters are found in other cultures as well, but instead of a wolf, the animal the people change into varies. There have been werewolf legends reported within the United States, and in Portugal. The stories of the shape shifters in other cultures are very similar to the werewolf legends, and many consider them a slight variation of the same basis for the story.

The image of werewolves has changed much more than the origin. Some movies have them pinpointed as desperate, ravenous creatures that are only intent on death and blood….

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Others infuse comedy into the werewolf legend….

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While others offer a more human, compassionate side to these creatures….

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Fact or fiction? Pure evil, funny party animals, or emotional guardians? That’s all up for debate.