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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.

You can find that album here. Digital only, as the CD appears to have gone the way of all flesh.

Okay, it’s going to seem like I meant that to be a segue, but it was unintentional. I was looking for something read by Vincent Price, couldn’t the specific thing I sought, but found his reading of “Ozymandias” by Shelley. And “the way of all flesh,” well, it doesn’t get much spookier than that, does it?

That’s available digitally as well–an entire album of Price reading Shelley plus Ralph Richardson reading Coleridge.

Then, to our feature film for tonight. From 1934, the film is The House of Mystery. An archaeologist who bailed on his sponsors resurfaces, and all the people he owes money to show up to try to get their cut. Trouble is…it’s cursed! I mean…all of it! Him, the ill-gotten gains, the killer ape who…oh, right, I forgot to mention the killer ape. Enjoy.