32 Days of Halloween X Begins Here! (Holy Crap!)

Jason X

September 30th is upon us. And you thought it was dead. You thought the stake was in its heart, that you cut off its head and stuffed a Kenny G CD into its mouth…but you should know better. It cannot stay dead. And sooner or later, when you least expect it (despite the fact you own a calendar), it will rise again. Thus: 32 Days of Halloween X. Our tenth year celebrating the best goddamn holiday anywhere. Yes, even better than National Coffee Day. How is that possible, you ask? Because everyday is National Coffee Day. So coffee is a given. Like breathing. Which brings me back to where I started: the thing that should not be, and the thing that doesn’t need to breathe. Namely: this festival.

We begin in a random vein (ha!) with some Oingo Boingo, a band that just feels Halloweeny even when they’re not playing a strictly Halloweeny song…but they are playing it on Halloween. So it all works. Also, I think Danny Elfman is 65% water and 25% Halloween. Anyway, here’s “Clowns of Death” from their Farewell concert back in 1995.

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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 32: Night of the Living Dead! (Naturally)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Well, we’ve come to the end of another rollicking romp through the madness of First Halloween. Day 32, so you know what’s coming…but before we get to that, we go to some classic audio. First, 1944 for Vincent Price appearing with Ida Lupino in an episode of Suspense. Then…a more recent recording, that of Christopher Lee reading a tale of Ambrose Bierce.

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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 30: The Return of Dracula!

Return of Dracula

Okay, normally I don’t mention the feature film until after whatever short subject we’re doing–but–the Count really is fascinated by that woman’s ass, isn’t he?

Ahem. We open with the surreal and disturbing world of William S. “Uncle Bill” Burroughs. This is an animated short based on his readings from the album Dead City Radio…and I could have sworn we posted this before. But apparently not. It’s “Ah Pook is Here” and it’s marvelous.

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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 28: Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Kids today…I don’t think they appreciate how far we’ve come with Halloween costume technology. As you will see in what we have below, a Woolworth’s commercial from 1977, you weren’t so much going as the thing you wanted to go as…but more the idea of it. And in some cases, you weren’t even really going as it…notice the Superman costume has a cheap red mask involved. The Toys R Us commercial from 1985 isn’t much improvement.

So all you kids with your tiny muscle outfits and your molded plastic (that doesn’t slice your eyeballs) and such, watch these and appreciate living in the future.

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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 27: I Married a Monster From Outer Space!

I Married a Monster From Outer Space

To begin tonight’s festivities, we go to a very disturbed thing: a selection from Silence! The Musical, which we’ve praised before. The brainchild of Jon and Al Kaplan, it’s exactly what you think it is: a parody of Silence of the Lambs. From the original cast recording, please enjoy this NSFW selection, “Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:56+00:00 October 26th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments