John Carpenter Tribute
Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday
The Aztec Mummy
Welcome back! It’s 32 Days of Halloween once more! The most special time of the year! October is not enough to contain the mayhem and magic of the holiday, so it reaches out and claims September 30th as its own. And thus our festival begins. We have been doing this for a long time. We are now very, very old.
Since now I have a radio show on Louder Than War Radio, I’ve included it in the madness. The first of five Halloweeny shows I’m doing this year can be found here.
First up this year, we kick off with a metal tribute to one of the few director/composers out there: John Carpenter. This is another production of the maniacs at Two Minutes to Late Night.
So if you’ve been with us for any length of time, you’ll know that I am obsessed with…well, lots of things. But the Haunted Mansion and its various versions is up near the top of the list. You’re probably aware that Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland close down their Haunted Mansions for a bit and re-open them in mashup mode with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now here’s a ride-through of the Tokyo version. Fascinating to see the difference between this and the one in Anaheim. Also, I would have thought it would have been scarier, since we’ve discussed how Japanese voiceovers in horror trailers are freaking terrifying.
And the movie to kick us off is Mexico’s 1957 film The Aztec Mummy. Which was not their entry for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film…even though that was the first year Mexico submitted a film. The first in a trilogy and also one of many films to show the perils of past-life regression. Enjoy.