NeverDeadTalon's Half-Halloween Visuals 2017

NeverDeadTalon gives us his list of 5 visuals that he's been digging this Half-Halloween!

Gantz: O

While it came out originally in October of last year, it wasn't until recently that I finally got to sit down and watch Gantz: O. The CGI Animated film is an interpretation that comes from a manga "Gantz" that had started its original run back in 2000. I read the first couple of volumes and dug 'em and their concepts, but I just couldn't get into the anime, and I surely did not even try to watch the live-action interpretation. This was mainly because of the misogyny that was just way to prevalent for me to feel comfortable in the manga and anime. While the CGI Animated version definitely had its moments, there was far less of it, and this really helped me enjoy the piece for what it was. The monster concepts are brilliant. It's a film that has a lot of action, but does not take away from the both metal and creepy character designs. Definitely watched a few times.

Necro - "Dead Body Disposal" Music Video

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Necro is one of my favorite grimy rappers. His "Death Rap" tracks mixed with horror-sampled boom-bap beats are so addicting. It's like the over-the-top B-Horror films kids were prevented from watching. I love love LOVE that Necro has been bringing older tracks (this one coming from his 2001 release of the album "Gory Days") and revitalizing them in new music videos. The music video for "Dead Body Disposal" plays like a "Tales From The Crypt" episode (don't get me started on how good that is), and features Peter Greene who is great in this. The other videos recently released are great too, but this really stuck out to me. I hope that there is more coming soon! It also makes me wonder if other horrorcore-styled rappers should revitalize their older tracks in this way.

Rings

Samara is back and looking for blood in the first trailer for Rings. Watch it. Share it. Try not to die. A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

I'll admit it. I went to the theater ready to bash what I thought would be a total disaster. I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually pretty good! It is a neat continuation of the series that expands upon its original material. There are definitely quarrels I have with it (Americanizing source material and film style, trying to play out the whole "internet" thing, and some other corniness), but I'm happy that I didn't walk out of the theater 100% angry or disappointed. It's worth giving at least one watch for sure.

Signs

From writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, comes the story of the Hess family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who wake up one morning to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family are told extraterrestrials are responsible for the sign in their field.

I could watch this movie over and over again, and I definitely do. Each time I re-watch I notice something different. A surprisingly dense film, Signs has these little details and tidbits that make this film very special. It's not just a frightening invasion film, it's a well-thought piece on faith, parenthood, grief, and more. The small-town setting is one that always made me love this movie more. The not-so-older days in the countryside recording over VHS tapes things on TV that seemed so distant, yet so eerily close in the middle-of-nowhere. I'll probably watch this again sometime this year for sure.

Get Out

Get Out - In Theaters This February http://www.getoutfilm.com In Universal Pictures' Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

I'm want to wait for #NeverDeadDani to watch this one before I do anything big on it, but I just HAVE to say - this movie made me cry. Seriously. I have been a fan of horror since a small boy. And as things are with most everything, there has been so much negative portrayal (or no portrayal) of not only Indigenous peoples, but of any people of color, period. When I saw Jordan Peele's masterpiece I cried, because at the end, it felt like we were all finally escaping that "dark place".

#NeverDeadDani's Half-Halloween Visuals 2017

NeverDeadDani gives us a list of 5 visuals she's been digging this Half-Halloween!

Coheed and Cambria - "Blood Red Summer"

Coheed and Cambria's official music video for 'Blood Red Summer'. Click to listen to Coheed and Cambria on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/CandCSpotify?IQid=CohCamBRS As featured on The Very Best of Coheed and Cambria.

I always loved the unique take they took on this zombie video. Not full of special effects, but the red eye contacts are still so creepy! Also the thought of your friends turning into zombies and having that conflict of living the end days alone is something many would fear. The video not outright horror but even a little humourous, reminds me of Shawn of the Dead.

What We Do In The Shadows

Some interviews with some vampires. Out now on disc and digital. Add it to your collection today - http://mad.mn/wwditsdisc Flatmates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they're just like anyone else - except they're immortal and must feast on human blood.

A mockumentary comedy horror film about vampires by the makers of Flight of the Conchords. Hilarious film and is going to be made into a spin off show, looking forward that and I highly recommend to any vampire fan like myself, looking for something light to watch.

Extraordinary Tales

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I recently just finished reading the complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. I have been reading it since last fall. A friend recommended this show and I watched it and I thought it was great. This animation visual def provides a new way of watching these stories and each story provides different stylistic aesthetic as well as different narrators. Would def recommend to any Poe fan!

Blink 182 - "Miss You"

Music video by blink-182 performing I Miss You. (C) 2003 Geffen Records

Blink 182 has been on my mind lately (I began writing this before the FYRE festival spectacle ensued!) and Ive been brainstorming to write an article.  When I think about my favorite tracks Miss You is def in the top list, and how fitting for halftime halloween? In the first verse of the song there are the lines: “The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley, We can live like Jack and Sally if we want. Where you can always find me. We'll have Halloween on Christmas, and in the night we'll wish this never ends, we'll wish this never ends.” Beyond the lyrics Ive always loved the music video, an aesthetic of a haunted house with a gothic 1920s style. The director of this video I found after researching, has also directed other videos from my faves like Pink and Lady Gaga!

Bates Motel

I heard last year that Rihanna was going to have a cameo on Bates Motel so I knew I had to watch. I could never get into Bates Motel initially because I felt like the whole psychology thing of the son obsessed with his mother was a little too cringey to bare. So admittedly. I only tuned into the final season. Perhaps that means I took a short cut, but I heard from others who had watched the full season I hadnt missed much. I had recently watched the original Psycho film in January so that def added to my interest in watching, because I could draw parallels to the original as well as have an idea of what events to expect. The season does put a twist on the iconic shower scene that while different, is enjoyable. As the season progressed tension escalated, and things got more interesting. I have to say Freddie Highmore’s performance was commendable and disproved my original skepticism of his role as Norman. Bates Motel and psycho are a different kind of creepy in a way that makes you feel cringey and uncomfortable with a tension that creeps up and jumps at you.

NeverDeadTalon's Half-Halloween Sounds 2017

Next up, #NeverDeadTalon gives us what he's been listening to in the spirit of our week-long Half-Halloween celebration!

Bring Me The Horizon - Sonic Area Remix (Can You Feel My Heart)

I really enjoy the abrasiveness met with such sudden dark harmonies and vibes brought in much of WitchHouse music, and this song exemplifies just that. The contrasting heavy beat and vocals with breakdowns really gets me here. And, feel free to call me emo, but I absolutely love the line “I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim.”! And on that note, how could you not fall in love with those organs? I feel like a creep listening to this, and I like that.

Akira Yamaoka & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - “O.R.T.”

Hands-down, in my opinion, best duo ever for erie music. Released on the Silent Hill Origins (or Silent Hill Zero) soundtrack, this is one of my favorites of the two. The title, “Oral Rehydration Therapy” is actually a technique used on burn victims in intensive care. Why is this important? Well, the lyrics speak of what is some father issue, which is relevant to the game plot. And in one of the beginning scenes, the main character saves someone from fire (this is his intro to Silent Hill). I could honestly keep making connections, but I think I’ve expressed my point. The levels to this song (along with its melancholic charm) is just too good.

Dry Cell - “Slip Away”

Anyone remember Freekstyle for the PS2? I do. When geeking out with #NeverDeadDani about the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, Dry Cell’s involvement in the soundtrack reminded me of this old gem. The progression of the song is something I love. Very cyclic in a good way and the breakdown is great too. Maybe it’s not the most “horror”esque song, but it’s heavy-dty attitude is great.

Daylyt - “Sweatshirt”

My favorite battle rapper Daylyt has been on a tear with great music lately. This one makes me want to stagger across the street and creep people out. His stream-of-conscious continuous rhymestyle that’s so multi-layered makes me think of a possessed entity trudging along in a zombie fashion. Really love this and can’t wait to hear more releases from Daylyt in the future.

Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith of The Cure - “Not In Love”

Maybe this identifies me as a poser, but I was introduced to not only Witch House by listening to SIdewalks & Skeletons, but so too was I introduced to Crystal Castles from him. Going through the rabbit hole that is Youtube, I came across this track that features Robert Smith. The synths on here are really cool and remind me of that “Return of the Living Dead” vibe.

Don't be shy! Let us know what you're listening to this Half-Halloween!

NeverDeadDani's Half-Halloween Sounds 2017

#NeverDeadDani gives us what she's been listening to in the spirit of our week-long Half-Halloween celebration!

Jay Gordon - "Slept So Long"

For no reason I got on a kick where I had to listen to this song. The instrumentals at the beginning give me visuals of a vamp creeping out of their crypt, blending into somber chords of lament, transitioning to a chorus of angst and femme fatale. (That's how I picture it anyway, given that Queen of The Damned narrative revolves around Akasha’s power) The line from the chorus “I see hell in your eyes” also reminds me of a particularly unnerving scene in the Ninth Gate. In general the whole idea of heaven and hell has been on my mind since I watched The Omen for the first time in January, so maybe thats apart of it too.

Tricky - "Excess"

A rhythmic track, initially on The Queen of The Damned soundtrack although I had never paid attention to it until I heard it in the Thirteen Ghost soundtrack. I just picture the scene from that film, foraging and researching against the dark forces. During a time of frequent existential conflict and apocalyptic outlooks on the state of the world, this song hits the mark. Interesting fact, I recently discovered Alanis Morissette does the back vocals on this track. The more you know!  

Birthday Massacre - "Kill The Lights"

One of the bands that I look back on with nostalgia, because they have a sound of their own. Also admittedly would be scared to play them for just anyone, (due to morbid nature of some of their music)  but for a platform like this I feel like they fit right in.  This song leaves me with a sense of optimism and whimsy wanting to explore like Alice through the looking glass. The right amount of cutesy horror for spring season.

Nine Inch Nails - "March of the Pigs"

A song that is creepy while also serving vibes of resistance. (My mind says pigs? Prison Industrial Complex!) But the breaks in the song that go from zero to one hundred can really get you hyped up as a listener. Pigs in general are just creepy whether we’re talking about American Horror Story or the incorporation of the pigs in the SAW films! Definitely a topic we’re going to delve into on a future episode of the podcast.

Kavinsky - "Nightcall"

The song is not from a horror film, although Ryan Gosling’s cold demeanor in the film gives you a bit of a chill and reminds one of his old days playing a sociopath in Murder by Numbers. How can you listen to the wolf howl in this track, the eerie vocals or the other musical instruments without picturing old school horror films? For one thing the synthesizers  (I think thats what that sound is?) take me back to film favorites like creep show, and the thought of manipulated vocals make me think of voice changers. “Whats your favorite scary movie Sidney?”  This song was one of my favorite tracks to listen to when walking back from classes on campus at night and just soaking in the ambiance.

Don't be shy! Tell us what you're listening to this Half-Halloween!