Cartoon Kubrick

Simpsons Kubrick
Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long. The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run and the intense creativity highlighted in these seasonal creep-fests.…

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Kiss This

Vampires Kiss
This scary October post recalls a subject many of you likely find terrifying: the career of Nicolas Cage. Cage has done a lot of cash cow trash since he won the Oscar for Leaving Lost Vegas. That said, he’s also brought the wild edge to films like Bad Lieutenant, reminding me of the strange brilliance that…

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Blind Faith: Revelation

Blind Faith
This year marks the the 45th anniversary of the debut of one the first supergroups: Blind Faith. The band boasted Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream, little Stevie Winwood from Traffic and Ric Grech, bass player for the progressive rock outfit Family and an jam session pal to both Clapton and Winwood. Blind…

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New Who

The Who
From The Who Archive at Trinifold While we’ll never settle the Beatles/Stones question it’s easy to forget the greatness that was The Who. Of course, the band is still putting out music, but, for me, something is missing — that something, of course, is Keith Moon and John Entwistle. That said, there are…

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I, Madman

I Madman
Another scary post for the month of October, this time I’m looking at horror flicks that were released on October 13. 13′s seem especially potent during this witchy month and, of course, October is always prime time for a horror flick to open in the theaters. Luckily I’m not the only person…

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Celebrating Ed Wood

Ed Wood
Continuing our string of spooky October posts, today we celebrate the birthday of filmmaker Ed Wood who was born on October 10, 1924. Wood died of a heart attack at the age of 54, but first he made a series of science fiction and monster films that weren’t so much scary as they were scary-bad. Wood also…

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The Kinks at 50

The Kinks
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks debut album and we’re not the only ones. The band themselves have announced a major reissue project to celebrate their five decade birthday, and given the group’s famous inability to get along this news is like getting a gift you never even hoped…

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Monster Maker

Dick Smith
Little Big Man, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, Scanners, Amadeus — the makeup and practical effects of master artist Dick Smith have made some of American cinema’s scenes, characters and stories come to life with thrilling realism and to chilling affect. Smith started out in TV, but his work in…

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Back to Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
Continuing with the scary October posts, and reveling in the announcement of the return of Twin Peaks, I found an example that distills the aesthetics of the original, providing a map back to the place where Laura Palmer and a beloved, bizarre television series were both killed. While the mind reels at what David…

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Goatman of Pope Lick

Goatman
Continuing our spooky posts for the month of October, here’s a story about a cryptoid monster who’s said to inhabit a location near Pope Lick, Kentucky — it’s almost too good to be true. Check out this take on the legend from this Impulcity post… Okay, to be fair, this place should…

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