32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 24: Homicidal!

Homicidal (1961)

First, we go to the band Baroness and their excellent double album, Yellow & Green. It’s “Board Up the House.” And working on a massive Halloween playlist over in Spotify has brought something important to light: just because a song has something Halloweeny-sounding in its title, doesn’t mean it’s a very Halloweeny song. So check the lyrics. For example, Matt Pond PA has a song called “Halloween.” It’s not very Halloween-y. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a damn good song.

So somebody might say the same about “Board Up the House.” It’s not overtly Halloweeny, no. But once you read the lyrics, there’s just this sinister undercurrent that gives me the heebie jeebies. Something’s going on in there, and it ain’t good. But the song sure is.

Before we move on, let’s take a look at an early Peter Cushing appearance, from a public information film from 1946. This was posted by the Peter Cushing Appreciation Society, which honestly, since everyone should appreciate Cushing, I guess includes all of humanity as members. Cushing appears at 1:45 in.

To truly understand our feature presentation, you need to see the trailer. You see, we’re going to show you William Castle’s Homicidal. And Castle was the king of the cinematic gimmicks. In this trailer (which is amazing in its own right), he will explain all.

(BTW, did you catch Paul Frees’ voice in that?). So if you are too terrified to continue, you get the nothing you paid to enter this website refunded to you.

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