If You’re Carving a Pumpkin, I Recommend ‘The Midnght Hour’.

A couple of posts ago, I made a vow that I wasn’t going to let Halloween pass me by. Well, it’s crunch time folks, cause we’re in the home stretch. We’re less than a week away from the big day.

It’s funny how every year, the season creeps up very slowly, bit by bit, and then suddenly, it exponentially crashes in on you in the span of a few days. I intend to make the most out of those few days.

Here’s a quickie to get this week started. MY 2014 PUMPKIN!

2014 punkin

I carve one every year, and every year is the same. Well, the pumpkin’s not the same. I change up the look of it every year, but this year I went with “scary grin and mismatched eyes”.

One tradition that hasn’t changed however is the act of carving itself. Every year, I get together with my cousin Larry, we go buy them, take them back to his house, and slice them up there. Since creating the proper mood is essential, we’ve developed two traditions regarding background noise over the years to go along with the deed itself, and they depend on where specifically we’re doing the carving.

If we do it out in the garage (as we did this year), we put on the same spooky sound effects CD that we’ve used for years. It’s one of those generic ones that you can buy in any decent store around this time of year, full of the sounds of evil scientist labs, howling wolves, bats, witches cackling, and screams. Lots and lots of screams. Seriously, this thing is like 85% screams. Shut up, already.

But the other tradition is the one I really want to talk about today. If we decide to do it in indoors, we have the same movie playing in the background every year – The Midnight Hour.

This thing is a LOT of fun and absolutely full on wackadoo. Both of us remember it coming on TV in 1985 and have been huge fans of it since. Larry actually taped it off TV at the time, and nearly every year, we pop that exact same VHS tape into the VCR and watch it.

Folks, if you haven’t seen this thing, seriously try to check it out before the season is up. It’s the type of thing that was common in the ’80’s, but just isn’t done anymore. By that, I mean, it’s an all-star collection of names that were big at the time thrown together for an hour and a half of sheer crazy.

Here’s your premise: A group of high school students, one of which is the direct descendent of the town’s most famous, dead witch, decide to enact a ritual to bring back said witch on Halloween night. Of course it’s all just fun and games and they’re not taking any of it seriously until shit actually does go down.

Surprising no one who has ever seen a motion picture before, the spell they recite actually does work and Lucinda the witch comes back and brings a horde of zombies, and one random werewolf for some reason (not that I’m complaining), with her.

For those of you who don’t remember 1985, one of the things I loved about that era is that people would just throw in anything they wanted to into a film and it didn’t really need to make too much sense at all. Apparently, prime-time made for TV movies during Samhain were excuses to just throw shit to a wall and see what stuck. Random werewolf while the dead rise from the grave? Sure, why not? And of course, being zombies, they’re all in one stage or another of decomposition, except for one — Sandy the cheerleader, who comes back as a…ghost…or something? I don’t know. Just go with it. I mean, she’s got a physical body and falls in love with one of the other characters, but although she died in the 1950’s, she seems to not be aware that she ever did. Yeah, it’s one of those deals.

sandy

I don’t know how well I’m selling this, but if you’re still waffling on it, there is only one thing you need to know. During the course of events, the witch Lucinda (who’s also sort of a…vampire…or something? just…whatever) essentially possesses Melissa, turning her evil and kind of horny. Some of the other teen friends also turn evil, and during a Halloween party, which has been crashed by the newly reanimated dead, THEY BREAK OUT INTO A MUSICAL NUMBER.

Guys, there is a musical number, with zombies, for no f*cking reason whatsoever, and it features LeVar Damn Burton. I’m going to post the vid with the entire movie down at the bottom, because after seeing THIS, there is no way that you will not want to watch the rest of this thing. Seriously, it’s full on batshit.

But, if you’re not all in just yet and you want a taste, check out this FANTASTIC ABC Movie Special Intro!

And because, well, you HAVE to see the rest of it now, here you go. I love it and you will too. Seriously though, guys. Stop jokingly reading spells on Halloween night. That has never, ever worked out well for anybody.

The Dark Entries: Goth Radio 2014 Spooky Fundraiser Soundscape Episode

As long as we’re trying desperately to catch up and not completely fail at Halloween this year, I’m giving you another quickie on top of the post I just put up.

I’m not going to spend too much time on this site peddling all the little things I’m in involved in (who am I kidding, I’m so going to do that), but today is an exception.

On my radio show, Dark Entries: Goth Radio, I try to be as prolific as I can and cover all the different facets of goth, darkwave, industrial, and just generally spooky music and horror. But, last night’s show was a little different. This week is WUSC’s Fundraiser Week and the theme we’re going for is “dressing up”. By that, I mean, we’ve decided to “dress up” our shows and play things we normally wouldn’t, all in the name of Samhain. Occasionally on the show, I’ll delve into just creating a little bit of a creepy, instrumental soundscape as a slight break from my usual lineup of early Batcave, punk-influenced stuff, but it’s something I just kind of touch on and don’t spend too much time doing.

So, I decided to make that the theme of last night’s show. I’m mentioning it here because we’re counting down to THE BIG DAY, and this particular episode turned out SUPER SPOOKY, you guys. I’m not one to brag on myself, but I gotta say, I pulled out some serious shit with this one. It may literally be one of the best shows I’ve done in 14 years of being on the air. It’s 2 hours of spooky, atmospheric crossfade featuring dashes of spoken word and samples and I’m 13 kinds of proud of it.

Oh, and next week is THE 2014 DARK ENTRIES: GOTH RADIO HALLOWEEN SHOW! Much more on that later. Until then, enjoy…

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE!

Dark Entries: Goth Radio airs Saturday nights 8-10 PM (eastern) on WUSC 90.5 FM in Columbia, SC with yours truly, DJ D.

Teaming up with Review the World for some Fentimans Cherrytree Cola

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Seriously, the threat is real. It’s October the damn 20th as I write this, over ONE MONTH since the last time I made a post here. A lot’s happened since then, most notably, half of October coming and going already. Since the last post though, something MAJORLY COOL went down. I got to spend a weekend with a few of the coolest bloggers ever.

In the last post, Bill from Veggie Macabre hosted me for a weekend and we made a little promo for this site (actually, we shot a lot more than that and hopefully the rest of it will see the light of day down the line), but THIS time, we had a whole gang of misfits.

Review the World is a seriously solid site and Brian is a top notch dude. I’ve known him in an internet way (did that sound weird?) for a while now, and it was loads of fun to finally meet him in person. No one does food reviews better. Seriously, check his site out.

Joining us was also Ben from The Juggernaut’s Cave. A stand up, seriously funny guy and it was a blast to hang out with him.

So, here it is. The first of hopefully several things that resulted from that weekend. You can credit Review the World for this one. It’s also my return from blogging exile and will hopefully kickoff what will be a decent Halloween Countdown for this year. You know, for the 11 days we have left. Good lord, I’m terrible.

Hang in till the end for some outtakes that have ruined any chance I ever had to run for public office.

CHECK THESE GUYS OUT!

REVIEW THE WORLD

VEGGIE MACABRE

THE JUGGERNAUTS CAVE on TWITTER — @Juggernauts Cave