Posts Tagged ‘The Haunting’

zombieYesterday we talked about great Italian horror filmmakers as we checked out a film from one director and today I decided to do the same. Lucio Fulci is one of the most legendary Italian directors who directed films like The Black Cat, The Beyond, The House By The Cemetery, and so much more.  In 1979, he would go on to direct today’s film known as Luico Fulci’s Zombie here in the states, but it was originally entitled Zombi II. All Anne Bowles (Tisa Farrow) wants to know is what happened to her father after a ship that belonged to him shows up in New York’s harbor with no one in it other than a weird zombie like creature. With the help of a reporter by the name of Peter West (Ian McCulloch) they’ll head down to the Caribbean to find a mysterious island where her father was. The only problem is that when they get there, things are very bad and they have to figure out a way to get back to New York to warn the rest of the world. The film also stars Richard Johnson (The Haunting) as Dr. Menard, Al Cliver (The Beyond) as Brian Hull, Auretta Gay (The Good Thief) as Susan Barrett, Olga Karlatos (Purple Rain) as Mrs. Menard, Stefania D’Amario (Nightmare City) as Nurse Clara, and Ramón Bravo (License To Kill) as Underwater Zombie. 

bMuch to my surprise, I am certainly glad that I went out of my way to watch the film because this was very enjoyable. For the most part, you feel as if the main characters are walking into danger the closer they get to the island and that there is no hope for them unless they can get home. There is only one problem with that and that is that Fulci will crush your hopes and dreams in an instant. I loved that about the film because he reminds you of what happened in the beginning of the film and that it will come back to bite you in the you know what. I have to give Auretta Gay a lot of credit in this film because she goes scuba diving with a string thong and no bra and then has to battle a shark and an underwater zombie which was one of the coolest sequences of the film. I also want to give credit to Ramón Bravo for that scene because he has to go underwater for probably a while. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was crazy about the makeup and the way the zombies looked, but they have been living as corpses so their skin won’t be in great shape. The sets were great and the cinematography was excellent, but I have to give one department credit. That department that deserves credit is the screenwriters because I loved the idea of this doctor not believing in voodoo and rather trying to prove what is happening with science. It’s a classic case of religion vs science that we’ve seen plenty of times since 1979. Check out this classic for yourself, I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

Auretta Gay

Auretta Gay Goes Scuba Diving

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.