Posts Tagged ‘Sharon Tate’

rosemary's babyWhen you think of director Roman Polanski, you may think of several unflattering things, but when I think of him I think of two things and that is Sharon Tate and Rosemary’s Baby. For today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film, we chose the Polanski classic Rosemary’s Baby which starred Mia Farrow as the title character Rosemary Woodhouse. In the film, Rosemary along with her husband Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) move into a new apartment with some pretty interesting characters in the building. After a while, it’s not only the neighbors that are a little weird, but strange occurrences start to happen in the building and Rosemary becomes mysteriously pregnant. Rosemary then starts to believe that her child is in danger as paranoia starts to sink in as she tries to protect her unborn child. The film also stars Ruth Gordon (Harold And Maude) as Minnie Castevet, Sidney Blackmer (Little Caesar) as Roman Castevet, Maurice Evans (Planet Of The Apes) as Hutch, Ralph Bellamy (His Girl Friday) as Dr. Sapirstein, Victoria Vetri (When Dinosaurs Rules The Earth) as Terry, Patsy Kelly (The Naked Kiss) as Laura-Louise, Charles Grodin (Midnight Run) as Dr. Hill, and Phil Leeds (Ghost) as Dr. Shand.

rosemarys babyThere is a reason why in the beginning you see the title card say Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby because she is truly the star of the film. She absolutely stole the show and she does such a fantastic job in this film especially when she conveys us to that world of paranoia that she is stuck in when she’s in that building. It is truly an iconic role for Mia Farrow and I’m glad she was the one that took on this risque role especially in a time where religion was still an important thing in society. There is a scene in the film where she is raped by the devious one himself Satan as she wonders if it’s real or a dream. Everyone by the way in this film are truly fantastic as the acting was superb and the cinematography was good as well. There’a a truly iconic moment towards the end where she is sort of feeling the post pardon depression because she knows she had an abomination, but then she is all of a sudden accepting of the child. She embraces the fact that he is the son of a devilish being towards the end of the film. The style of this film would go on to influence so many horror films in the future just with the aspect of the paranoia just unveiling itself over time in the film. Just think of the Johnny Depp film The Astronauts Wife which was sort of on the same premise (sorta). I am a huge fan of this film and I always say that this is an essential horror film that everyone should check out. Learn from the best, I always say which is why I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. It’s available on Netflix as we speak.

4969You can’t have Halloween without one of the most classic albums from one of the masters of horror metal in Rob Zombie as I present the last album he recorded with his former band White Zombie. The full album title is Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head, but for time purposes we just simply call it Asto-Creep: 2000. It was the first album to feature John Tempesta on drums while this was the second album to feature Rob Zombie (Vocals), Sean Yseult (Bass), and J. (Guitars) together. The album was a big step in a different direction for the band as they changed to a more industrial metal sound than the groove metal sounds of the first Geffen record. They also tuned down their guitars from the standard E tuning to a dropped C to give it a chugging and darker sound. When asked which of the two albums he prefers, Rob chose this one saying, “I was never that happy with it [La Sexorcisto]. In some respects, it was probably the best thing we could do at the time under the circumstances; and that this record was exactly what we wanted it to sound like.”

MI0002359052The first song on the record is Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony) which starts with the famous line of “Perhaps you had better start from the beginning” which is from The Curse Of Frankenstein. The before you know the chaos begins like a scene in a horror film where the music builds up when the killer is on the loose and then the song comes charging like a hot rod going 200 MPH. Super Charger Heaven is the next track and it begins with a line from The Haunting before the deep chugging sound kicks in that you feel deep in your gut while singing devil man along with Rob. Real Solution #9 has the famous lines of I’m Already Dead (which is the last words Sharon Tate said to her killers) and burn an X in your head which all came from one of the Manson girls during an interview from Primetime with Diane Sawyer. Then the industrial styled beats start to kick in before the guitars take over as J. slides his hand up and down the fretboard like he does in another track. Rob throughout the song sound slike he is singing through a megaphone or he could be sticking his hand in front of the mic. I love the palm muting style of Creature Of The Wheel that sounds like total sludge metal with the drums coming in like a machinegun. Electric Head Pt 2 (The Ecstasy) starts with a quote from Shaft and it’s one of the most badass harder than hell tracks on the record that’ll make you headbang till your head falls off. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains starts with a carnival like sounds before the rhythm section comes in harmony like thunder in the sky and then it gets calm before it starts right up again. I, Zombie is next in line and it’s just complete madness from beginning to end as it has that chaos feel to it like you were running away from zombies.

astro-creep-2000-songs-of-love-destruction-and-other-synthet-4f481cc27ec88More Human Than Human which just might be the most famous track on the album with it’s techno like beats before J. does that sliding the hand on the fretboard action again then the track for the most part is bass driven.  El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama is a complete metal driven juggernaut with an awesome funky riff through most of the track. Blur The Technicolor starts off with a very primal jungle beat before the guitars come in reminding a little of Black Sunshine where Rob’s punk influence is evident. Blood, Milk, And Sky is one of my favorite tracks on the record for how trippy it is and in the way that Rob sings it as well as the ominous sounds you hear during the song. The chugs of the guitar is what attracted me to the song because it’s so heavy. I feel that the hidden track Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Bug Parade Begins is just a reprise of the last track as it’s just an instrumental. I love this album and subsequently it’s the best selling White Zombie album to date. Unfortunately, it’s the last studio album we would get from them as Rob would go on to have a very successful solo career also including the film career. I am giving this album 4.5 stars out of five cause it kicks that much ass.