It might still be September, but signs of halloween are already in the air. Or, rather, at the butcher's
"What is a cult film? A cult film is one that has a passionate following, but does not appeal to everyone. James Bond movies are not cult films, but chainsaw movies are. Just because a film has become a cult movie does not automatically guarantee quality. Some are very bad; others are very, very good. Some make an awful lot of money at the box office; others make no money at all. Some are considered quality films; others are exploitation movies. One thing cult movies do have in common is that they are all genre films - for example gangster films or westerns. They also have a tendency to slosh over from one genre into another, so that a science fiction film might also be a detective movie, or vice versa. They share common themes as well, themes that are found in all drama: love, murder and greed."
- of the British TV film slots accompanied by an introduction perhaps the most celebrated
, running between 1988 and 2000 and presented first by Repo Man director Alex Cox
and then film critic Mark Cousins
. [more inside]
Did you find Heidi Klum's Halloween costume
hot? Then these muscle leggings
are right up your alley.
"The Thing on the Fourble Board"
is a nicely creepy episode of the fantasy/horror radio program "Quiet, Please". You can stream or download it from the link. Originally broadcast on August the 9th, 1948, it's widely considered one of the best episodes of the series. (Here's an archive.org MP3 mirror
, also.) [more inside]
You've probably all seen or read Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1 2 3
). But did you know about its Halloween sequel, Halloween Is Grinch Night
? The first Dr. Seuss special to feature music from Joe Raposo
, it has finally been released on DVD
. Or you can watch it on YouTube (1 2
At no point in Bela Lugosi's iconic role in the 1931 film Dracula
does he make the sound "Bleh!" So why is "Bleh!" so deeply associated with Dracula in popular culture?
Followup with more examples.
in 1994, Gary Larson's Far Side
came to life on television in the form of an animated Halloween special like no other. Tales From The Far Side
only aired once, and the television version differs from the not-easily-located DVD version. You can read more about this dark and hilarious animated classic courtesy of Vinnie Rattolle's
, and find a copy of the television version for your very own holiday viewing.
Just wait till we're alone together. Then I will tell you something new, something cold, something sleepy, something of cease and peace and the long bright curve of space. Go upstairs to your room. I will be waiting for you...
As a rare October blizzard drifts a blanket of white across the Northeast just before Halloween, what better time to settle in and read (or watch) Conrad Aiken's
most famous short story, "Silent Snow, Secret Snow."
About a small boy who increasingly slips into an ominous fantasy of isolation and endless snow, it could be viewed as a metaphor about autism, Asperger's syndrome, and even schizophrenia before such conditions even had names. In addition to the 1934 short story, the tale has also been adapted as a creepy
1966 black-and-white short film
(also at the Internet Archive
) and as a Night Gallery
) narrated by Orson Welles. Or for a more academic take, see the essay "The Delicious Progress"
examining Aiken's use of white as a symbol of psychological regression.
A week after Halloween in 1969, the great Rod Serling
debuted a new television program
. Night Gallery [more inside]
Dear Mountain Room Parents...
a tale for Day of the Dead / Halloween.
"For the last two weeks, people have been like, "talk about sluts on Halloween!" And at first I didn't even really want to make this video because you, my friend, are talking to a slut on Halloween. But because people kept bombarding my social media platforms with requests for me to do a video on sluts on Halloween, I'm gonna do a video on sluts on Halloween. But I'll tell you one thing right now: you're not gonna like it." [more inside]
(nsfw language, her avatar is a lingerie pic, plus it's a single-link vlog post)
Single Serving Tumblr of the Day: Halloween or Williamsburg?
"We're a culture, not a costume."
Noted... however, you are also now a meme
"The perishing of fabrics and the rotting of early rubber, due to chemical instabilities and damp conditions, create new and sinister, puzzling abnormalities. Time and repeated wear have caused a beautiful metamorphosis, never intended or imagined by the maker.
Haunted Air: "A glimpse of how the old, weird America celebrated All-Hallows Eve."
Halloween light show
complete with grinning pumpkins. Warning: LMFAO.
What's better than 90 pictures of Corgis? 90 pictures of Corgis in costume
12 Bottle Bar
, a site dedicated to classic cocktails for the home bartender, have transformed themselves in the run up to Halloween. Now they are... 13 Bottle Bar: Blood, Booze and Beyond
, in which they review classic horror and post terrifying cocktails inspired by it. [more inside]
Horror movie blog Arbogast on Film
is counting down the days of October with studies of 31 cinematic screams
. Considered thus far: shrieks from The Tingler
, The Pit and the Pendulum
, Two on a Guillotine
, Macchie Solari
, The Black Cat
, Monster House
, The Silence of the Lambs
, She Demons
, The Thing
, L'Amante del Vampiro
, The Nesting
, and Witchcraft
. [more inside]
Time for ridiculous animated Halloween music again? Why, yes, yes it is. But this time -- thanks to Youtube -- in MULTILANGUAGE. это Хэллоуин -- !
[Many MLYT] [Previous Disney multilanguage dubs thread
] [more inside]
H'ween parent filter
Halloween is for little kids, but it's also for scares. I found this to be helpful in determining when it's appropriate for the twixt to meet.
has an infrequently updated but interesting blog featuring such gems as the Lava Lamp Centrifuge
, laptop storage advice
, a Google vs. Multivac comparison
, a synchronization algorithm improvement
, a Godwin incident
, and occasional holiday specials
. He also bailed out
, an LA kid arrested for video taping a police beating, who's now free
btw, and helped death row inmates
with their SEO optimization.
"Let's do those drive-in totals. We have: Nineteen dead bodies (plus fragments)
. Ten breasts (shame on you, TNT censors)
. Two zombie breasts. One-hundred twenty-five zombies. Mummy dogs. One-half zombie dog. Ten gallons blood. Brain-eating. Gratuitous embalming. Zombie fu. Nekkid punk-rocker fondue. Gratuitous midget zombie. Torso S&M. One motor vehicle chase (totalled by zombies)
. Pool cue fu. No aardvarking. Heads roll. Brains roll. Arms roll. Hands roll. Joe Bob says, Check It Out."
Only on MonsterVision
. [more inside]
"There was hookers, and hustlers, they filled up the room."
It's a Phish Halloween tradition
to play a costume set as another band. Last Sunday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, they paid tribute to Little Feat's
1978 live album Waiting for Columbus
. "Phish are repaying," David Fricke says in his Phishbill essay
[pdf] "a lifelong debt to the band that has inspired and influenced them above all others." [more inside]
The pumpkins are mouldering or smashed, candy wrappers are strewn about, and your costume is tossed aside. Keep the mood going for a bit longer with some Halloween mixtapes, from film composer Alan Howarth
), and three(tracklist) streaming mixes
from electronic/breakbeat producers Evil Nine
. If you are looking for more beats and rapping in your mixtapes, here are three volumes
of the Living Dead
(NSFW), from Cookin' Soul
(YT) is a disused graveyard in Southwark, London
. Lying outside the old city walls, it became the last resting place for 15,000 paupers and prostitutes (the latter known as the 'Winchester Geese' because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester). The history of Crossbones is being rediscovered by local playwright John Constable, and is becoming a place of pilgrimage to remember the outcasts in London society
(audio/slide). A ritual is held there every Halloween.
Broadcast on Halloween night 1992 Ghostwatch
- a live investigation into a haunted house - was one of the most controversial and terrifying programs the BBC has ever shown. [more inside]
It's the BED INTRUDER COSTUME!
The perfect last minute Halloween costume. Who is the brilliant inspiration behind the bed intruder? Antoine Dodson
A friendly Halloween warning: do not go trick or treating at this badass house
Low video quality, high Halloween value: the beautiful, original, Hermione
in a magical tale
. Her last line in the film is delightful.
Frustrated by the limited costume ideas
out there for women? Join in the increasingly loud backlash and ridicule
for the "sexy" Halloween costume, now a major stock in trade at party stores
. In a time when "Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone’s bed
" and "sexually active plaid children
" are celebrated cultural icons, projects like Take Back Halloween
are promoting costume ideas like Frida Kahlo
as alternatives to the "skank suit
." Bitch magazine chimes in with suggestions like Angela Davis and Peggy Hill
in the feminist blogosphere
are arguing for other approaches to the holiday that's all about alternate identity. Meanwhile, the Ms. blog wonders what sexy Halloween costumes for men
might look like, and Jezebel solicits photo submissions featuring your least sexy costumes
. Find and share more ideas via the Twitter hashtag #feministhalloween
Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz
published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s
. But most of the backlash
was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell
. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued
with new illustrations by Brett Helquist
, of A Series of Unfortunate Events
fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09
, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook
Too late for this Halloween, but some of these super high quality masks
are super realistic. So realistic, a robber
supposedly used one to commit several robberies last spring in Tampa, Florida (USA) before he was caught. (They also have a bunch of scary masks
Though the sets and music are pure golden-age horror, the villagers are coded as ’50s sitcom types, bland exemplars of suburban uptightitude. Their ranks include a young Mos Def, though he’s seldom called upon to do anything other than act scared of supernatural goings-on in a manner that would cause even Stepin Fetchit’s ghost to say “For God’s sake, man, show some dignity.”
Just in time for Halloween, the AV Club series My Year of Flops
unearths the Stephen King-written, Stan Winston-directed Michael Jackson's Ghosts
Annable, perpetrator of the previously popular "Space Wolf"
* animation, celebrates Halloween with some spooky, kooky, ooky** toons: in '07 it was the zombie-themed "Last Duet on Earth"
, in '08 "Joy to the Weird"
, last year we were introduced to "Principal Skeleton"
and this year "Performance"
(Spoiler: HE'S BACK). [more inside]
'Death' is different than a haunted house,
according to Michael Speece. "We don't have a safe word to give you an easy out. If you don't like the experience, tough".
For your All Hallows pleasure, The Geek Pumpkin Roundup
collects designs from Cylons to Star Wars, from silly to snappy.
Cosplaygate brings you the finest in inexplicable costumes narrowly evading trademark issues
, as well as Japanese-style fetish
and cosplay wear
(mostly SFW, actually). A banner promises "100% Off-World Shipping," while a live-chat bar reads "Need help? Jelly is online to help you." [more inside]