32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 5: The Devil-Doll (1936)!

Devil-Doll (1936)

Right out of the starting gate, one of my favorite live albums for Halloween graces us for the #TrackoftheDay. It’s Oingo Boingo’s final concert, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater. Danny Elfman retired the band because he wanted to focus on film scores but, as I understand it, because he was worried about losing his hearing. I was in a rock band for a brief spell, and even with that small bit under my belt, I get where he’s coming from. That being said, I freaking love Oingo Boingo. So I’d be perfectly willing to support a GoFundMe to buy Elfman some bionic ears. I’m just…putting that idea out in the universe.

That was back in 1995. The album is out of print, but is still readily available (and the CD is much cheaper than the MP3 version). The DVD, however, is out print and completely AWOL. More proof that there is no God.

Next, we have another trailer…this time it’s from the people who previously have exposed great, forgotten disasters in New York City history. They put up memorials to them so they won’t be overlooked any longer. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster, The Brooklyn Bridge Elephant Stampede, and now, here’s a trailer for their upcoming documentary about the NYC UFO Tugboat Abduction. It’s amazing stuff.

You can find out information about their efforts–plus an amazing gift shop–here.

Now we come to our feature presentation for this first Friday of 32 Days this year. It’s The Devil-Doll from 1936! (Remember how last year I said there were multiple films with that name? Well, here you go.) Directed by Tod Browning, it ties together crossdressing, revenge, and shrinking people. Just what you’ve always wanted.

Also, do yourself a favor and go to Australia’s Project Gutenberg where they have a number of covers from the book this film is based on, Burn Witch Burn. Scroll all the way to the bottom to make sure you get them all.

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