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Countdown to Halloween, Day 19: Jack the Ripper

October 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

It’s not often that an artist can be both the subject of our daily Halloweenie picture… …and the latest addition to our virtual Halloween mix tape. But then, there’ve never been too many musicians like Screaming Lord Sutch. A fascinating British eccentric throughout his life, his career began at the height of the Monster Rock craze in the early 1960s, when Sutch made teenage girls scream all over his native England. Something you can see in the video below, an early [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 18: Zombie

October 18, 2012 // 4 Comments

So I have a confession to make: even though I’m a huge horror fan… I hate zombies. And not just recently, either. Their over-exposure is certainly good reason to hate them, but I’ve never liked the things. Or, actually… Let me clarify that. It’s not the zombies that I hate so much. It’s the zombie apocalypse that leaves me cold. I mean, I get it. The zombie apocalypse is really all about civilization’s fear of barbarism, of losing all our advancements [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 17: Psycho!

October 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Okay, so tonight’s picture and song combo is a little obvious…     …but I’m too distracted by Christopher Lee’s table-jumping Dracula on Turner Classics to come up with anything clever. Still, here’s some… BONUS PSYCHO!! Hitchcock’s ingenious six-minute teaser trailer for Psycho. [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 16: Graveyard

October 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Nothing says Halloween like a graveyard. Either in picture… …or song:   BONUS GRAVE! Here’s Neil Gaiman, reading the first chapter of his awesomely Halloweenie children’s novel, The Graveyard Book. Gaiman is sometimes a shade too clever (alright, cute) for his own good, but the sheer macabre inventiveness of this book wins me over. If it had existed when I was a kid, it would no doubt have been my favorite book ever. This first chapter doesn’t show its [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 15: The Curse of Millhaven

October 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

For tonight’s addition to the on-going Dork Forty virtual Halloween mix tape, we bring you Rhoda Penmark, the original Bad Seed…   …and her musical namesake, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with their own evil little girl: Lottie, the Curse of Millhaven.   BONUS BAD SEED! One of the more chilling examples of screen sociopathy, as little Rhoda explains herself. (A massively spoilery scene, I should [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 14: Delia’s Gone

October 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

Two bits of unfinished business tonight from yesterday’s Halloween mix tape: We took our cover this year from the first issue of Charlton Comics’ short-lived Haunted Love series. I didn’t know that book even existed until I went looking for cover pictures, and the very first Google image response for “Haunted Love” was the cover to the first issue. Perfect as that was, I kept digging to see if I could find an even better cover. And though I didn’t, I was [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 13: Haunted Love

October 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

For the lucky 13th day of Halloween, we thought we’d take a break from our virtual Halloween mix tape to bring you… our real Halloween mix tape! This is an annual tradition here on the nerd farm, a little something we put together every holiday season to give the nerd wranglers something to listen to while they sincere the punkin patches up. This year, we decided to put together a mix based around the theme of Halloween Love Songs. Love comes in all shapes and sizes, after all, [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day Twelve: She’s My Witch

October 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Dork Forty Halloween mix tape continues tonight with a coupla witchy wimmens. That is, of course, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Not traditional Halloween fare, I suppose, but hey: this witch and her freaky-ass flying monkeys scared me way more than any witch I ever saw at Halloween proper. I don’t think she’s the kind of witch that Kip Taylor’s singing about in our song for tonight, either. But imagining her in the titular role [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day Eleven: Goin’ Down to Dunwich

October 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

So! Eleven days in, and I think I’ve found the cover for our 2012 Halloween mix tape! That is, of course, a rather young Mr. Dean Stockwell in his starring role in the 1970 film adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Very true to its time period, the film drapes Lovecraft’s tale of Outer Gods and the metaphoric horrors of incest with the trappings of fashionable Satanism. It’s… not good. But it is an enormously fun period B movie that’s rather [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day Ten: Pictures of Lily (Munster, That Is)

October 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

Getting back to our Halloween salute to sexy dead girls, tonight we bring you everybody’s favorite Monster MILF (or MMILF, if you will), Mrs. Lily Munster. Hard to believe that’s somebody’s mama, but whatcha gonna do? In addition to her animal side, Lily’s also alluring… …mysterious… …playful… …and even a bit of a fashion plate. Hard to believe she’s married to this guy: But, again… Whatcha gonna do? Maybe she’s [...]