32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 17: The Climax!

The Climax (1944)

Tonight we begin our 32 Days of Halloween mayhem with a band that I got to see live aeons ago, and have enjoyed ever since. It’s the Lovecraftian group known as The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Their devotion to songs about unspeakable horror and gibbering madness is inspiring. And they’re all quite good. But some of their songs just transcend and enter that sphere we call “Damn Good.” That’s the case with this, “Some Things Man Was Not Meant to Know.”

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 16: Night of Terror!

Night of Terror (1933)

Holy crap, these things fly by! We are halfway through our twelfth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Tonight we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay, a 1989 classic from The Ramones. It’s “Pet Sematary,” the theme (?) from the original movie adaptation. Apparently, King was a big fan of The Ramones, and rightly so. Are they the only band that are known for a horror movie theme song as well as a badass cover of an animated superhero series? Probably.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 15: The House of Mystery!

House of Mystery (1934)

Tonight we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay from the Canadian band A Spectre is Haunting Europe and their debut album Astonishing Tales of the Sea. I don’t know a great deal about them…the album is from 2004 and their third and most recent album was in 2008. Their official website appears to be kaput. Which is a shame, because “Fearless Vampire Killers” is a pretty great track. Enjoy.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 14: Dr. Blood’s Coffin!

Doctor Blood's Coffin

So first up, we go to our #TrackoftheDay, which is an old favorite of mine. It’s “Nature Trail to Hell” by your friend and mine, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and his 1984 album In 3-D. Having long been a fan of horror movies and also of Dr. Demento, how could I not adore this mashing together of two great things? It is a recording of epic, synthy proportions.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 12: Werewolf of London!

Werewolf of London (1935)

First up, we have our #TrackoftheDay selection, with a lovely tune by Zombina & The Skeletones out of the UK. This is “Nobody Likes You (When You’re Dead)” from their 2002 album fittingly entitled Taste the Blood of Zombina and the Skeletones. Take all the angst of being young and the angst of being dead and smash them together and, well, there you are.

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Headsup: Girls, Guns, and Genius

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Doom patrol season one“Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.” — from Warner Brothers

Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which include all fifteen episodes of Season One. Bonus features are limited to a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a “Come Visit Georgia” PSA (a shame since they could have done a lot with commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at costume and makeup, filming in Georgia, etc). The DVD and Blu-ray are both available on Amazon and are currently almost exactly the same price for a few cents under $20, so if you can, grab that Blu-ray while the price holds.

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Headsup: Vietnam, World War II, and Wall Street

elementary final seasonElementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Initially sober companion and client, Holmes and Watson’s relationship evolved into a symbiotic professional investigative partnership. Once the top homicide consultants for Captain Thomas Gregson, they worked regularly alongside Detective Marcus Bell before Holmes’ false confession to a murder he did not commit forced them to move to London. Holmes and Watson forge new careers in England as consultants for Scotland Yard until they receive news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ stateside legal trouble threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach waits on the horizon to test their limits.” — from CBS

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