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Countdown Completed! IT’S HALLOWEEN!!!

October 31, 2012 // 7 Comments

The big day is here, the Great Punkin is loose in the night, and here on the Dork Forty… I’m afraid our month-long celebration is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang. Due to some WordPress issues, I’m not able to post videos tonight. So our big Halloween mix-tape ends with last night’s Tom Waits marathon. But I’ve still got some pictures for you, so… Let the (somewhat subdued) Halloweenie celebrations begin! Aaaanndd… I can’t let the [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 30: An Evening with Mister Tom Waits

October 30, 2012 // 5 Comments

Earlier this month, I called Tom Waits the poet laureate of Halloween. That’s not a title I bestow lightly… …so tonight, I thought I’d get on the stick… …and give you a whole raft of spooky-ass Tom Waits songs, just to demonstrate how Halloweenie he really is. I mean, with the things that come out of this man’s head… …you’d think he was the Devil himself.   Our first song comes from the album Rain Dogs, and warms things up with [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 29: TV Sets and Other Crampy Delights

October 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’ve always thought of the Cramps as Halloween’s Own Punk Band. I mean, the Misfits are certainly devoted to horror rock, but the Cramps, man… They’ve got the whole Halloweenie package. They were the inventers of psychobilly, after all, embracing not only the monster movie flair… …but also the supernatural… …the edge-of-sanity weirdness… …and the down-and-dirty sleaze of it all. Plus, their first “greatest hits” album [...]

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 [...]