Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Favorite Films I Watched In 2017

Hi there. Here are all of my favorite first time watches for Twenty Dang Seventeener! As usual, I'm playing catch-up with my movie watching. It seems like I'm always a year (or 30) behind so a lot of my faves from this year came out last year or even earlier. Unlike 2016, I didn't keep track of the movies I watched this year so putting this together was even more difficult than usual. My plan for 2018 is to track all of my movie watching again to make this easier. And I decided to expand my Honorable Mentions to three categories just for funsies. I also included the stupidest thing I watched this year. Boy howdy, it was bad and yet, I want to watch it again. Thanks for reading, y'all.

My Top 10:

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Wolf Guy (1975)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Tag (2015)
Trick or Treat (1986)
Trick or Treats (1982)
The Babysitter (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Honorable mentions:

The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
Horror House on Highway 5 (1985)
Iced (1988)
Phoenix Forgotten (2017)
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
Happy Death Day (2017)
One Dark Night (1982)
La La Land (2016)
A Cure for Wellness (2016)
Paganini Horror (1989)
Train to Busan (2016)
The Dreaming (1988)
It (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Arrival (2016)
Split (2016)
Don't Breathe (2016)
It Comes at Night (2017)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Netflix streaming dumpster diving (but in a good way):

Beyond the Gates (2016)
The Void (2016)
Honeymoon (2014)
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Last Shift (2014)
The Devil's Candy (2015)
They Look Like People (2015)
Antibirth (2016)
The Pact (2012)
The Midnight After (2014)
The Hallow (2015)
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)
III - The Ritual (2015)
The Similars (2015)

Stupidest and best bullshit movie:

American Poltergeist (2015)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hallowed Friends

So my band, GYROJETS, put out an EP in time for Halloween this year and I wanted to talk about it just a little bit on the old bloogerino. It's called Hallowed Friends and you can listen to it, download it, or buy the CD. Are you still here? Phew, now that those very subtle links are out of the way, I can get down to the heart of the matter, even if, even if you don't love me anymore. I might be misquoting those lyrics.

We started recording this badboy in September and rushed it just a little to have it up on the Bandcamp page on October 30th. Some of these songs will be rerecorded again in the future, especially one of the tracks because we're still writing the song -but I'll get to that momentarily. As usual, my wife LeEtta played the part of our in-house artist and drew some fantastic art for this thing. We told her a few of our ideas and she did her thing. We did the recording ourselves as usual with Sam's drums being squished into a mono channel due to the limitations of my Tascam DP-006. I'm happy with the results but one of these days, we need to get some studio time.

Okay, let's run through the songs! First up is "Laurie Strode", our ode to Miss Strode, as played by Scout Taylor-Compton in Rob Zombie's Halloween II. I probably think about that movie too much. Anything Michael Myers-related makes me happy. We were still writing this one right up until we recorded it. Next up is the instrumental "Why Can't We Be Wraiths?". Sam and I jam a lot just so we can get into that pretentious zone where you mind-meld with your fellow artist. You can't spell artisanal without anal. Wait what? Sam and our pal Ryan Hoge made a bunch of synth sounds that I layered throughout this nearly 8 minute thing.

"Kari Frankenstein" was a birthday present for our bud in our sister band, The Prople. We wrote it the night before her birthday show and then performed it. This was the easiest song to record once we stopped trying to do it all fancy and stuff. You can hear Sam saying, "Yeah, 'cause it's fucking me up..." Then we nailed it the very next take. "We Are [Nearly] Dead" is an unfinished song. Sam wrote the lyrics and does the speaking part. I was flirting with this cool riff for this song forever, then I forgot how to play it. So we made this instead. My guitar is running through a fuzz pedal that my friend Wavley at Eccohollow built for me a while back. The last song is "Gay Werewolves"! I cannibalized some old riffs from a song we don't play anymore and then we wrote this LGBTQ-friendly song. I wrote a line or two while Sam wrote the rest and sings nearly the entire song. This song is so fun to play and hopefully makes everyone feel good. Or hairy.

Well, thanks for reading this and thanks for listening if you clinked those links. I hope you will play "Why Can't We Be Wraiths?" at the next haunted house you build. The secret of GYROJETS is something I will reveal here. It's all a ploy for me to get to hang out with Sam as much as possible. Awww, bless your heart, Richard.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Horror Shelfie!

New vlog series where I talk about my horror movie collection. Here's what it's all about:

(I'm not happy with the audio/video quality of the intro. :/ It gets better in episode 1.)

And the first episode:

Friday, October 13, 2017

How I Met Jason Voorhees

Let me set the scene:

It was 1986, I was 9 years old, I was in the hospital, and it was nighttime. In the morning, surgeons would remove my appendix -a procedure which I would wake up in the middle of and flail my arms around like a lunatic- but for the time being, I was watching television while tucked in my bed. Nurses came in repeatedly to check on me, make sure I wasn't eating or drinking anything, and constantly reminding me that I needed to go to sleep soon. For the life of me, I cannot remember what channel or what show I was watching but it may have been MTV or possibly USA's "Night Flight". Suddenly, they announced that there was a new Friday the 13th film in theaters and began to play a music video with clips from the movie.

The song was "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" by Alice Cooper. How much I knew of either Cooper or Jason Voorhees at that time was negligible at best. I hadn't yet had my brain happily poisoned with the first or second Friday the 13th films but their time was coming. So for now I just had this rad and wildly catchy song and rather intriguing clips from the fifth sequel of a franchise that so far -due to my young age- had escaped me. The memory of being tucked under a pile of blankets in an ice cold hospital room and seeing these two monsters for the first time is one that I cherish to this day.

And here is that music video:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Season Playlist 2017

Here's to being overachievers!

The Worst Witch
Halloween 2 (Rob Zombie)
Slumber Party Massacre
Trick or Treats
Hocus Pocus
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Paul Lynde Halloween Special
Trick R Treat
Sleepy Hollow
Ginger Snaps
Idle Hands
Arsenic & Old Lace
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead (Remake)
The Addams Family
Corpse Bride
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
Lawrence Welk Halloween Episode 1978
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
The Halloween Tree
Once Bitten
The Innkeepers
House of the Devil
Halloween is Grinch Night
Witch’s Night Out
Mad Monster Party
Spookiest Halloween Episodes DVD
Halloweentown High
Scary Godmother
Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy
Haunted History of Halloween
Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (Various)
Mad Mad Monsters
The Howling
The Fog
Practical Magic
Teen Witch
Cemetery of Terror
Angry Beavers Halloween
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Return to Halloweentown
Martha’s Halloween Special
Poirot Halloween Episode
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Animated Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Crow
Dracula 2000
Trick or Techrat (Jem)
Cowboy Bebop
Dylan Dog
Cemetery Man
Lost Boys
Elvira Mistress of the Dark
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 6
The Bride of Frankenstein
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Freaky Farley
The Brides of Dracula