I watched The Bride of Frankenstein for the first time last year. After watching the original, with the throwing the child in the water scene, the father carrying that same child through the streets, the performances of Dr. Frankenstein and The Monster, I was disappointed in the sequel. Elsa Lanchester’s Bride only appears in the film for 3 minutes, but they are the best part of the whole film. If only more time had been given to her character. She went through a lot to bring the character to life; her body was wrapped so tight in bandages, she had to be fed through a straw by her dresser.
Most the information that I found online about Louis Massis was in French. 1957 must have been a big year for him as he appeared in three movies: Crazy in the Noodle, Love Is at Stake, and O.S.S. 117 n’est pas mort. He also made many comedy albums, one featuring “Frankenstein”.
This sample is from the 1990 TV mini-series of It. Like many TV adaptations of Stephen King, it is not very good, save for Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise The Clown, which is no surprise since Tim Curry is always amazing.
“Dead” is taken from a 45 that is the only release by a high school doo-wop group called The Poets from 1958. The five members went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, which many consider to be the birthplace of do-wop. The group didn’t last long, but one member, Roy Ayers, went on to be a famous jazz musician, playing the vibraphone.
The Masque of the Red Death, starring Vincent Price, was a move made by Roger Corman released in 1964, based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe as well as Poe’s “Hop-Frog” for a subplot It had very bright technicolor palette, which gives it a surreal feel.
Melbourne, Australia’s Graveyard Train started in 2008 and are a self described country-folk-punk-psychedelic-vocal harmony band and even use a hammer and chain as a part of their percussion. They started Black Hat Rackets, a record company shining a light on Melborn bands. They have three albums, and just finished a tour of Europe.
There are scenes in Mario Bava’s Black Sunday that still are shocking today. It starts as a witch is being put to death and she vows to take revenge against the families of those killing her. Mario Bava has influenced so many film directors with his ability to create amazingly atmospheric compositions. This was his directorial debut and it really holds up, a must for any horror fan.
Bluejay are my favorite new discovery from this years mix and I plan on buying some of their albums soon. They describe themselves as an electroacoustic trio from Miami, Florida. Members are Jojo Sunshine on drums and synthesizer, her brother Jay Thomas on guitar and vocals, and his boyfriend Oscar Quesada on cello and beats. This song is the tale of a witch escaping the witch trials of that year. That guys voice is so dreamy and tranquil, every time I play this song for someone they get lost in the moment.
The Haunting(1963) is based on The Haunting of Hill House, a novel by Shirley Jackson. Paranormal investigator, Dr. John Markway is experimenting at a supposed haunted house with volunteers Theodora, a psychic; Eleanor, who experienced the supernatural as a child; and Luke, who is set to inherit the house and doesn’t believe. The horror is based mostly in the reactions by the actors to off screen terrors. The 1999 update uses CGI to show everything. It dosen’t hold up.
Captain Blood is a horror punk band from Denver, Colorado. Members are singer Markula the Late, bassist Travis Blood, drummer RoBoT, guitarist Human Steve. All of their songs are a mix of punk and horror movies.
Many consider White Zombie to be the first zombie movie and Bela Lugosi’s, who plays antagonist Murder Legendre, best role. The zombies of the film are not the rotting corpse, George Romero variety; these are more the product of Voodoo.
Roscoe Holcomb was discovered performing on his porch in Daisy, Kentucky by musician and photographer John Cohen in 1959. He had worked in a coalmine, sawmill, and in construction. He had never considered a career as a musician, only ever performing at his church. He recorded for Folkways Records and became an influential figure on Bob Dylan and the Stanley Brothers.
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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for fifteen years.
All songs by Professor D are by me. There will be a document that has the song list included. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think. Feel free to share and pass on the link. If you want more, check out the previous year’s mixes links at the bottom of this post.
- Call of the Freaks-King Oliver
- Halloween 2016-Professor D
- Scream (Misfits Cover)-Professor D
- You Should Be Dead By Now-Anders Manga
- Here Lies Love-Mr. Undertaker
- On Halloween-The Taters
- This Is Not A Dream-John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
- The Cold Night Air-Saturnalia
- I’m Living In A Grave-Billy Childish
- Basket Case-Radio Ad
- Scream-Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors
- Ghost of Stephen Foster-Squirrel Nut Zippers
- The Shining-Michale Graves
- Mr. Ghost Goes to Town-The 5 Jones Boys
- 20th Century Vampire-Screaming Dead
- World Of Darkness-Electric Prunes
- Creep in the Cellar (Butthole Surfers Cover)-Professor D
- The Night Before Halloween-Bill Buchanan
- Ghoulnight-The Spookshow
- Satanic Verses-The Flatlinerz
- Mr. Jaws-Goodman & Buchanan
- Nosferatu-Nadsat Rebel
- Don’t Answer the Phone-Radio Ad
- The Creeper-Unnatural Axe
- Dawn of the Dead-Radio Ad
- Back From The Dead-Spinal Tap
- The Brain That Wouldn’t Die-Excerpt
- Count Macabre-The Connoissurs
- Posesion Zombie-Naughty Zombies
- Spooktacular Finale-Spike Jones