31 Days of Horror – Day 20: The Fog

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-20John Carpenter’s cinematic ghost story about vengeful spirits seeking revenge on the town that doomed them.

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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.

31 Days of Horror 2013 – Day 30

31 Days of Horror 2013 Day 30Prince of Darkness (1987)

The second installment of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, sandwiched between The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness.

 A dying priest leaves behind a mysterious key.  A colleague of the priest, Father Loomis (a nod to Halloween), played by the always wonderful Donald Plesance, comes into possession of the key.  He discovers that the key unlocks the basement of an abandoned church in downtown Los Angeles.  Found within the dank basement is an ancient canister with a strange green swirling liquid inside.  Father Loomis suspects that the canister has strong connection to a great and powerful evil.  He contacts a friend Prof. Howard Birack try and scientifically prove the evil within the canister.  Prof. Birack assembles a research team and goes to the church to investigate the canister and the secret sect of priests who had hidden it for centuries.  They soon discover that the liquid is the sentient essence of Satan himself and is int he process of bringing forth his father, the Anti-god.  One by one the researchers are possessed until only a scant few stand in the way of the destruction of all mankind.

The film plays around with a lot of religious and scientific theories that attempt to explain the origins of good and evil and how man plays into it and whether or not man even maters in the equation.  A well done and really creepy movie that leaves the viewer with a lot of questions afterwards

On a side note, Alice Cooper makes a memorable appearance in the film as a possessed and murderous homeless man.  He even recorded a song entitled “Prince of Darkness” for the soundtrack.  The song can be heard coming out of Etchinson’s headphones as he is being killed by… Alice Cooper!

Check out the song below:

FingerDownload the album “Raise Your Fist and Yell” which contains the song “Prince of Darkness”.

The Devil’s Groove – 8 Rap Songs That Sample The Halloween Theme

8SongsSince 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 – 8 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)

Tech N9ne – “Psycho Bitch”
Anghellic (2001)

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.

Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Damn you Anchor Bay!  How many times are you bastards going to make me buy this movie?!

This is Anchor Bay’s second Blu-ray treatment of John Carpenter’s seminal slasher masterpiece, Halloween.  Their first release back in October of 2007 was met with mixed reviews.  While most welcomed the new high-def transfer and 5.1 upgrade to the audio mix, there were huge issues with the color timing.  Sorely missed were the moody and spooky tones that director Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundey employed to make the shot in springtime California film feel like the midwest in the middle of the fall.  Instead, the 2007 transfer was overly bright with warm tones that made the colors seem to pop off the screen.
For this 35th Anniversary release, Anchor Bay used a Cundey approved remastered transfer.  Restored is the colder, more neutral feel of the film and long gone are the bright hues that gave Halloween that warmer tone.  For most, including myself this is the first time seeing the film on a home release as it was intended to be viewed by the filmmakers.

Attached to the remastered transfer is an all-new Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio track.

In addition to the usual Halloween supplements that get ported over to every incarnation of the film (trailers, shot for TV version scenes and TV and radio spots) there are two new features exclusive to this release.  The first is an all new audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis.  The second, a featurette entitled “The Night She Came Home”, a 60 minute documentary on star Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention.

The Blu-ray comes housed in a digi-book style case featuring new artwork.  Forgoing the classic Halloween jack o’lantern, Anchor Bay used an embossed water color style profile painting of Michael Myers.  In a nice touch, the title “Halloween” is also embossed.  The digi-book features a really well written essay by Stef Hutchinson on the films production, themes, symbolism and impact on the genre as well as on cinema in general.  The essay is accompanied by a collection of production and behind the scenes photos, a few I have never seen before.

All in all this (as of now) is THE definitive version of John Carpenter’s Halloween.  If you waited to buy Halloween on Blu-ray because of the 2007 releases color timing issues, now is the time to pull the trigger.  Or you can wait ’til 2018 and pick up the 40th Anniversary Edition that Anchor Bay will be sure to be releasing.

I’ll be there buying it too.

Antonio Bay Celebrates 100 Years!

Happy B-Day Antonio Bay!Our fair village is celebrating it’s 100th birthday today, April 21st! Be sure to join us later this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the park for the unveiling of the commemorative anniversary statue followed by a candlelight procession at 8:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

– Stevie Wayne KAB Radio 1340 AM

I’m Lovin’ Madness?

Picking up an iced coffee the other day I noticed something familiar and slightly disturbing about McDonald’s recent advertising campaign.

I'm Lovin' In The Mouth of Madness

Look familiar?

Better Representation

This is one of the first signs that you’re being taken over by “The Old Ones” from John Carpenter’s homage to Lovecraft, In the Mouth of Madness.  There’s no better way to enjoy your McNuggets than with a little light reading.  Do you read Sutter Cane?