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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 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 [...]

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 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 [...]