Posts Tagged ‘The Munsters’

american gothicEvery once in a while, I do like to listen to my friends when it comes to suggestions on what films to watch and one that was brought up on many occasions was American Gothic. The only question was how was I going to find this hard to find film so that I could watch it for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, but then I found my answer in Youtube. American Gothic stars Sarah Torgov (Meatballs) as Cynthia, a woman who went through some mental trauma after her baby drowned in the bathtub. After spending some time in the hospital, she is released and her boyfriend plans to take her to the island where they had their honeymoon to get her mind off of things, but plans get derailed. The plane they were traveling in gets derailed on a strange island where they meet a strange family still stuck in the past, but will they survive? The film also stars Mark Erickson (DTLA) as Jeff, Caroline Barclay (Black Day Blue Night) as Terri, Mark Lindsay Chapman (Falcon Crest) as Rob, Fiona Hutchison (Guiding Light) as Lynn, Stephen Shellen (Gone In 60 Seconds) as Paul, Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night) as Pa, Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters) as Ma, Michael J. Pollard (Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland) as Woody,  Janet Wright (Kingdom Hospital) as Fanny, and the film was directed by John Hough (The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare).

agFor a little while, I was wondering where the film was going to go because it was a bunch of adults hanging on an island and then house, but things get interesting when Rod Steiger and Yvonne De Carlo show up. It’s a strange family dynamic that is happening on that house, but with the setting it certainly works. I definitely was a fan of some of the kills in the film like the swing set kill that comes and the murdering spree at the end of the film. De Carlo, Steiger, Pollard, and Wright were the highlights of the film with their twisted being, but there is a point in the film that gets really twisted. Apparently, there is a second brother and he likes to fondle dead women as you’ll see in one point of the film. That was probably the most uncomfortable the movie gets besides some of the bad acting that came from some of the girls. One person to keep an eye on is Cynthia who is already emotionally fragile and now she is heading to an island where they turn strangers into dolls for their 50 year old daughter. Yea that sounds like a very bad idea if you ask me, but nonetheless this was an very good film. The cinematography was excellent and the editing was on point at times. This is a really good watch that you should check out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

Pet-FutureOne of the greatest minds in horror has always been the one and only Stephen King who provided us with so many great novels like IT, The Shining, The Stand, and countless other stories and shorts that were turned into films as well. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t be a countdown to Halloween without a film that was based off of one of his books and that is why I chose Pet Sematary for today’s film. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family have decided to move away from the big city of Chicago in favor of the countryside in Maine. The only problem is that behind his backyard lies a deep and dark secret that may be the key to life and death, but one you do not mess with. Unfortunately that is put to the test when a tragic incident draws the power of that secret and becomes a full force. The film also stars Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as Jud,  Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rachel Creed, Miko Hughes (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) as Gage Creed, Blaze Berdahl (DC Super Friends) as Ellie Creed, Brad Greenquist (The Lone Ranger) as Victor Pascow, Michael Lombard (The Thomas Crown Affair) as Irwin, Susan Blommaert (Edward Scissorhands) as Missy Dandridge, and the film was directed by Mary Lambert (Madonna: Like A Prayer). 

PetSemataryBelieve it or not, this was one of those films that I had never finished watching cause I would get to the truck scene and that would be it for me. This time, I wanted to make a point to watch the whole entire film once and for all. One thing that is for certain is that the acting was really good from everyone including a young Miko who would have to get used to playing a role like this later on. The one thing I couldn’t get over is every time I saw Fred Gwynne on screen I thought of him as the judge from My Cousin Vinny. I love Fred and I thought he was fantastic, but his accent is a little out of place even for Maine. The makeup department did a pretty good job in this film especially with Victor Pascow who had to walk around most of the film with his brain exposed. My only question is when Gage gets hit by the truck, how is he in one piece and how can he put shoes on again? We see a shoe flying covered in blood, I would assume that met his foot was knocked off or something. Nevertheless, the cinematography was fantastic, I loved the overhead shot of the Indian burial ground which seemed to be a big thing in the 80’s with a lot of films. I do have to give Miko credit because that little bastard was creepy as hell towards the end of the film with his laugh. This film is definitely worth the watch especially if you are a fan of Stephen King and his stories, but I can imagine that the book is amazing too. With all that said, give it a shot because I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.

1332491956_hellbilly-deluxeThe full album title is Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, but a lot of us just refer to the album as Hellbilly Deluxe. This album was my proper introduction to Rob Zombie because I know I had heard White Zombie before, but I never had paid attention till I had seen him at Ozzfest 99 when he was promoting this album. It was Rob Zombie’s first venture as a solo artist after he disbanded White Zombie and it featured much of the same sound as White Zombie, but it was more ferocious and in your face. It mixed sounds of rock, metal, and industrial into while combining the awesomeness of b-horror movie madness. On the record, Rob played with Riggs (Guitars), Blasko (Bass), and the album saw John Tempesta (Drums) come over from White Zombie and the album features additional work from Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Danny Lohner, and Mark Matcho. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and the album peaked at number 5 on The Billboard Top 200 charts while going 3 times platinum since in the US and 2 times platinum in Canada. The album features a 24 page booklet which includes the cover and has artwork designed by Marvel Comics artists Gene Colan and Dan Brereton. The robot posing with Rob Zombie is a replica robot from the 1939 movie The Phantom Creeps and was designed by Wayne Toth (he would later work with Rob on House Of 1000 Corpses) specifically for Rob. The album also features samples from old horror films like Lady Frankenstein, The Last House On The Left, The City Of The Dead, Mark Of The Devil, Daughters Of Darkness, and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula.

rob_zombie_-_hellbilly_deluxe_(1998)-back1. Call Of The Zombie– A creepy little intro that I believe that Sherri Moon Zombie is the one saying it. The sound clip at the end of it is from the Vincent Price film Madhouse. 4/5

2. Superbeast– This song is absolutely intense as it chugs away with the industrial madness behind it as it smashes your eardrums. If you were driving in a Camaro, this song would make you want to drive more than a 100 MPH. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record and it was an amazing way that Rob used to open his concerts with back in the day. 5/5

3. Dragula– This is probably one of the most famous tracks on the record with it’s crazy club industrial metal sound about the car that The Munsters had in the show. 5/5

4. Living Dead Girl– A song whose music I can only describe as seductive and mesmerizing with the line in the beginning of the track from the film Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is from The Last House On The Left Trailer while the line What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are is from the film Daughters Of Darkness. 5/5

5. Perversion 99– Another intro track that leaves you in a  trance as you wait for the next track because you can’t avoid it. 4/5

6. Demonoid Phenomenon– This track is an absolute sledgehammer as Riggs guitar sound melts your face combined with the industrial dance floor like metal. The lines “don’t lie to yourself, it gave you pleasure” and “enjoy the dead girl’s body” are from the Daughters Of Darkness film. 5/5

7. Spookshow Baby– This is an interesting song that is all industrial in nature before changing into a metal blitzkrieg for the choruses. 4/5

8. How To Make A Monster– Never one of my favorites on this record due to it’s low quality sound. I usually avoid this one. 1/5

9. Meet the Creeper– This is a step back in the right direction for the band as it’s another track on the record that is a freight train going out of control with the muted string/dropped d sound combined with more of the industrial beats. This is one of the tracks that features Tommy Lee on drums. 5/5

1180359262-inlay-cover10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore– This is techno madness at it’s best mixed with metal. This is the other track on the record that features Tommy Lee on drums. 4/5

11. What Lurks On Channel X?– This song isn’t bad on the record, but I have always said that it sounded better live. This is a another great example of the industrial techno metal sound where the samples are at the forefront of the track. 3/5

12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger– I love the organs mixed in the beginning of the track along with the techno metal. Mt favorite part of the song is the chorus, I just live all the elements that are mixed in with the song. It reminds me of the White Zombie track Blood, Milk, And Sky and I love that song. 4/5

13. The Beginning Of The End can be considered the outro, but it’s a bunch of industrial machine factory like noise which can essentially symbolize what a disastrous end would sound like. 2/5

My Final Thoughts: I became obsessed with Rob Zombie after I saw what an amazing live show he had and I have to say out of all the lineups he has had, this one is still my favorite. Riggs and Blasko brought another dimension into Zombie’s band that was amazing live. I still believe that the guys he has now are amazing, but it’s been hard to top these first two solo records in Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge which is my absolute favorite.  The album gets four stars out of five for a final grade. This is the last Halloween related post for the album of the week category. It has been a fun ride this year. Here is to next year.