The Devil’s Groove – 7 Rap Songs That Sample The Halloween Theme

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Just in time for your Halloween party mix!

This is an update on a post from 2013.  One of the songs in the original list had been cited for copyright infringement and the link to the folder containing the MP3s was broken.  That song has been removed from the mix and all is good to go.

Enjoy! – Jack (October 2015)

Since the early days of rap and hip hop DJs have been sampling the records of other artists, sound bites from movies, television and commercials and splicing them into their own songs to create new soundscapes, moods or beats.  The fun as a pop culture aficionado is to try and identify those samples and observe how they integrate into the artist’s work, adding new layers of meaning.

As a horror fan there is no more recognizable piece of music as the main title theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween.  Even non-fans of the genre are quick to attribute the song to the movie series and its namesake holiday.

Below is cross section (by no means a complete list) of some of the most well known and not so well known songs that have weaved John Carpenter’s eerie theme into their own work creating something new and dark.  More often than not these songs have a central theme of murder and death and the utilization of the Halloween title track is aptly fitting.

Submitted for your consideration, The Devil’s Groove – 7 Rap Songs That Sample The Halloween Theme:

Ice-T – “The Tower”
O.G. Original Gangster (1991)

The Notorious B.I.G – “I’m With Whateva” (feat. Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones)
Duets – The Final Chapter (2005)

Dr. Dre – “Murder Ink”
The Chronic 2001 (1999)

Snoop Dogg – “One Life to Live”
The Lost Sessions – Vol. 1 (2009)

Soulja Boy – “Trick or Treat Motherfucker”
Paranormal Activity Mixtape (2009)

Esham – “Devil’s Groove”
Boomin’ Words from Hell – 1989

Killaz Group – “Jestem Szejkiem” feat. Wall-E (K.A.S.T.A.)
Nokaut (2002)

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All of the songs featured above are available in MP3 format HERE.

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31 Days of Horror – Day 16: Manhunt (Playstation 2)

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-16Controversy abounds with this nasty little gem from Rockstar. In Manhunt you play as James Earl Cash, a death row inmate who on the night of his execution is kidnapped and forced to participate in a series of live “snuff” films. At it’s heart, Manhunt is a stealth game as you sneak through a series of decaying urban settings avoiding detection and ultimately death. Being outnumbered and out armed, Cash must hide in the shadows only emerging to kill an enemy until none remain. Patience and restraint is paid off with some of the most realistically depicted video game violence as Cash dispatches his enemies. The kills pushed the envelope when it came to on screen violence and the game was banned in several countries. Dark, gritty, and violent the game is scored with a superb, ominous synth soundtrack reminiscent of John Carpenter’s early work. The whole Manhunt experience comes across as a super violent interactive movie (especially when you kill someone and the screen goes all VHS and has tracking lines and “REC” in the upper corner).

31 Days of Horror – Day 15: The Zombie Survival Guide

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31 Days of Horror – Day 15: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

You can never be too prepared for when the undead rise.

This book will be your greatest ally.

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Dead Charlotte – Bootleg Resin Action Figure (Candy Corn Edition) 10.24.2015

DeadCharlotteCandyCornFinal3This release is a Halloween themed variant on our Vintage Line Dead Charlotte figure.
DeadCharlotteCandyCornFinal1The set features three (3) separate figures (yellow, orange and white) each of which have a slightly different head pose.
DeadCharlotteCandyCornFinal2Packaged in a resealable poly bag attached to a custom header card this Dead Charlotte Candy Corn Edition set is limited to ten (10) hand cast sets.DeadCharlotteCandyCornFinal4Dead Charlotte – Candy Corn Edition will be available in our STORE on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST for only $10.

31 Days of Horror – Day 14: The Last Broadcast

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-13From IMDb:  “Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion.”

31 Days of Horror – Day 12: The Nightmare

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-12Streaming on Netflix now. Pretty creepy documentary that focuses on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Detailing the stories of 8 individuals that had or do suffer from sleep paralysis, The Nightmare draws parallels between the sufferer’s experiences and the common observance of the “shadow man”. Told through a series of well done and quite scary re-enactments, the documentary focuses on the sufferer’s stories and attempts to explain their sleep paralysis and just briefly touches on more physiological and or spiritual/supernatural explanations.

31 Days of Horror – Day 11: Halloween 6 – Producer’s Cut

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-11Not too bad of a sequel. Daniel Farrands and company did their best in trying to sort out the “Thorn” cult nonsense touched upon in Halloween 5. But trying to explain Michael Myers’ motivation and tying it to an ancient Druidic cult, constellations, and bloodlines etc. made the movie a lot less scary, less about Michael and more about a weird cult that was tacked onto the end of part 5 with no real direction planned out. However, the Producer’s Cut did keep Jamie Loyd around a bit longer and had more Dr. Loomis. Plus it’s always fun watching a babyfaced Paul Rudd chew through scenes as an off-kilter, grown up Tommy Doyle. All in all, not the worst sequel (Resurrection) but far from the best (Part II).

31 Days of Horror – Day 9: The Junction Valley Railroad Halloween Spook Train

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-9Located just outside of Birch Run, the Junction Valley Railroad Halloween Spook Train has been chugging along now for 32 years.  The ride takes you on a “spooktacular” 2 mile, 22 minute jaunt though a plethora of Halloween scenes ranging from rather creepy to laugh out loud funny.  You’ll pass through cemeteries, over bridges, trestles and pass through an eerie 100 foot pitch black tunnel.  The “live” spooks range from demented dentists, leering clowns and chainsaw wielding madmen.

Afterwards there are donuts, hot chocolate and cider and popcorn as well as “I Survived The Junction Valley Railroad Halloween Spook Train” t-shirts.

The Halloween Spook Train has become a yearly tradition around Jack’s Attic and each year it seems to be getting better and better.  It is well worth the $9.75 admission fee and up to 40 minute wait to board the train.  Just make sure to bring cash and some warm clothes.

31 Days of Horror – Day 8: Angry Video Game Nerd – Halloween Episodes

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-831 Days of Horror – Day 8: Angry Video Game Nerd – Halloween Episodes. I watched a bunch of AVGN Halloween episodes (Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dracula, Frankenstein, Castlevania, Halloween, A Texas Chainsaw Massacre) tonight as I toiled away in the workshop.