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Countdown to Halloween, Day 27: The Three Faces of Morticia

October 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

In the last of our Halloween tributes to sexy dead girls, we take a look at the deathly ravishing Morticia Addams, TV’s OTHER great Monster Mom (I was going to say Monster MILF again, but then I found out that’s actually a thing; sometimes, Urban Dictionary is as much a curse as a blessing). Morticia (Tish to her devoted Gomez) was perhaps best-defined by her creator, Charles Addams: But she really came to life for most people in the person of Carolyn Jones, who played her on the [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 26: The Ghosts of New Orleans

October 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Tonight’s topic: GHOSTS! Picture #1: Funnybook ghost! Picture #2: A fine piece of 19th century trick photography– I mean… An amazing ghost picture from the early days of the photographic arts. Because of course it’s real! Can’t you see how terrified that man is?! Picture #3: Every bit as real as the last one! Disney technician– I mean, Ghost Wrangler– Yale Gracey tests out the Hatbox Ghost in the Haunted Mansion ride to make sure the ghost head [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 25: This is My Last Song About Satan

October 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Much as we love all the various ghouls and ghosts of the Halloween season, let’s face it: the holiday’s real king-daddy, the man with the evil plan… is Satan. Yes, the fundamentalists were right: beneath all the candy and mischief and innocent spooky fun, Halloween is all about the devil. Old Scratch himself. The Great Deceiver.  Corrupter of virgin flesh… …leader of strange rituals… …and all-around source of everything that makes Halloween [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 23: Skullcrusher Mountain

October 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Halloween Mix-Tape! Day 23! Mad Science! And love! Pretorius! Who was all about the love that cannot be named! Frankenstein! Who created life without the benefit of love! And of course my personal favorite… Phibes! Who lived, died, and killed for love! In as many bizarre ways as possible! Oh, and lest we forget… Coulton! Whose song “Skullcrusher Mountain” was the unofficial song of my best friend’s wedding, and just happens to be tonight’s entry in our [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 22: Creep(er)

October 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

On the list of all-time greatest horror movie icons, the name Rondo Hatton probably ranks pretty high. He was never a star the caliber of Karloff, Lugosi, or Vincent Price; in fact, he ultimately made only a handful of seldom-seen B pictures, typically playing some variation of a character called The Creeper. But Rondo had one thing going for him that those pretty boys couldn’t claim: he didn’t need makeup. It wasn’t always that way, though: Hatton was actually voted [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 21: Day of the Dead

October 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Yes, yes. I know that the Day of the Dead  is an entirely separate holiday from Halloween, celebrated in fact on the day after Halloween (because they just can’t get enough of the dead down in Mexico). But, come on! Any holiday that involves beautiful decorative skulls made out of sugar (calaveras de azucar)… …elegant skull-faced ladies (calaveras catrinas)… …and dressing up to look like elegant skull-faced ladies with sugar skulls for heads… …seems [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 20: Little Demon

October 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Did I say that Screaming Lord Sutch was the only musician who could serve as his own photographic accompaniment? Silly me! Because Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (from whom Sutch took his name) is more than capable of doing that, as well: Rock & Roll’s original voodoo man, Screamin’ Jay is most famous for his hit song “I Put a Spell On You.” But you know… You get that on every bargain bin Halloween CD ever made, and this guy recorded a million great Halloweenie [...]

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 [...]