Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Bloody Pit #30 - Halloween Music Mix 2015

It is October again and the countdown to Halloween has begun! Time to enjoy all the things we love about the Autumn season and the fantastic month leading to the most scary day of the year - Halloween! In the spirit of the festive creepiness we all know and love I present this year's music mix for your listening pleasure. It's a rollicking hour and twenty minutes of creepy, often funny songs sprinkled with trailers of classic (and not so classic) movies. I hope you get a kick out of it. 

1. Intro
2. Jackie Morningstar - Rockin' in the Graveyard
3. Trailer - House on Haunted Hill
4. Deep Purple - Vincent Price
5. Trailer- Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman
6. Round Robin - I'm a Wolfman
7. Bert Convy - Monster's Hop
8. Phantom Five- Graveyard
9. Trailer -Berzerk
10. Reverend Horton Heat - The Halloween Dance
11. Sweet - Hellraiser  
12. Trailers- Terror & Friday the 13th
13. The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampires
14. Trailer - The Leech Woman
15. Dave Gardner - Mad Witch
16. The Swingin' Neckbreakers - No Costume, No Candy
17. Trailer - The Chosen
18. Popcorn!
19. Tony's Monstrosities - Igor's Party
20. Teddy Durant - The Beast of Sunset Strip
21. Trailer - Atom Age Vampire
22. The Idols - The Prowler
23. Trailer - Tales From the Crypt
24. Ronnie Self- Go Go Cannibal
25. Southern Culture on the Skids & Zacherly - Sinister Purpose
26. Trailer -Frankenstein
27. Bobby Please  - The Monster
28. Chance Halliday - Bury Me Deep
29. Trailer - Humanoids From the Deep
30. The Dead Elvi - The Creature Stole My Surfboard
31. Jack and Jim - Midnight Monsters Hop
32. GMRX
33. Trailer- Plan Nine From Outer Space
34. The Bomboras -A Fistful of Terror
35. Trailer - Tales of Terror
36. Alice Cooper - Last Man on Earth


iTunes LINK 

Monday, October 05, 2015

TV Spot for THE SHINING (1980)

This television trailer is how I first learned that this film existed and it scared the hell out of me! This is expert trailer editing.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Headless Horseman art

At some point during October I try to watch at least one variation on the old tale of Ichabod Crane and the frightful Headless Horseman! 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

JASON X novel - Pricing Gone Insane!

That right there is the cover of the novelization of one of my favorite entries of the Friday the 13th film series. When JASON X came out in 2001 I was thrilled and loved every second of it. The film is actually partially responsible for my attitude toward the slasher genre changing from disdain to outright love. JASON X shows so much joy in the tropes of the genre and is buoyed by so much smart humor about audience expectations that I find it impossible to not grin from opening logo to end credits. It is so much fun! 

Years after the film came out I discovered that a series of novels had been written branching off from this odd F13 effort and decided to pick them up. Hoo boy! That has not been easy. To date I have only stumbled across two of them in local used bookstores and my patience seems to have landed me in one of those sad dead zones of the secondary book market. That is to say, I want a hard to find book and a lot of other people want the same book while the supply is very low. Or at least it appears to be low. I haven't been able to tell if there was a short print run on the series or if this is just a standard case of price manipulation by sellers. At least I haven't been able to tell until now. 

This morning I was looking over my Amazon Wish List to spot new price drops when I noticed an odd price hike. Namely I noticed that the lowest price for a copy of the Jason X novelization was $2,703.23!! What the fuck?!?! That is completely insane. I know this kind of thing happens in the secondary market because sellers who don't want to pay attention to their listings use computer programs to monitor other seller's prices and then automatically make an upward adjustment. This is how the various sellers end up with upward spiralling prices on books that that are never going to sell for these ridiculous amounts and it occurs all the time - not just on books, of course. But this made me laugh out loud today and I thought I'd share. If you doubt me click on the Amazon link below. Madness! 

Friday, October 02, 2015

Brief Thoughts -THE BABADOOK (2014)

To usher in the month long viewing of horror films I finally sat down with some friends to watch THE BABADOOK and this may well be the scariest movie about grief and depression I've ever seen. I had managed to keep myself fairly unaware of much about the film's story but I was aware of it causing some fans of the genre to complain that first time director Jennifer Kent merely cut and pasted scenes from classic horror films. Now that I've seen the picture I have to say that the critics have a point in that it is easy to spot lifts from a number of great movies of the past including some David Lynch visuals, a few EXORCIST moments and some interesting ideas from THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Of course, in the end (spoiler!!) the film can also be seen as a 21st century variation on Polanski's REPULSION (1965) with added guilt and family problems. But the viewers that reject THE BABADOOK because of these borrowings are being too clever by half because director Kent makes her lifts plain for all to see by showing us the film's characters watching several of the movies she then goes on to reference. Indeed, if as a knowledgeable horror fan, you cannot spot the obvious nods and clever reflections of the classic movies she weaves into her tale you are missing her point. It's a major plot point (and narrative clue) to the nature of the horror unfolding that the main character is aware of these films. By the time we witness a scene in which the main character is watching the 'Drop of Water' segment of Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH (1963) this should be clear and it presages a wrenching, chilling revelation. This is a good film that announces a new talent I'll be interested to follow in the future even as I feel that this movie shows that she might move out of horror and into straight dramas. I hope not. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

October is here!

It's that time of year again! Let the 31 days of Halloween begin.