Happy Halloween! Today I wrap up the month of Halloween on TLZ. I hope you enjoyed all the posts and the masks! TLZ will be updating tomorrow so make sure to come back and check out the new page!
I leave you with one of my all time favorite horror films…Evil Dead 2. One of the main influences on TLZ mostly for being probably the original movie to do horror and comedy so well. A classic movie, character and actor I don’t know what to tell you if you haven’t seen this. Just watch it! Boo!
This comic series was awesome. At first I was a little concerned because it seemed so far fetched and so ridiculous, and it is which is why it is awesome. The Franken-Castle series from Marvel was written by Rick Remender with art by Tony Moore and Dan Brereton amongst others. They took Punisher, had Wolverine’s son chop him up and throw him in the sewer where all of Marvel’s classic monsters bring him back to life in this weird Frankenstein style way thus creating Franken-Castle. Morbius, Manphibian, Man-Thing and more help Franken-Castle take out a Nazi inside a life support robot suit that hates the Marvel Monsters. Yup, it is awesome.
These are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, at least Halloween part 1 – 6. After that, including the remakes, they aren’t really my cup of tea, but come on what movie is more perfect for the Halloween season than anything with Michael Myers in it. I don’t consider my Halloween season complete until I have watched bits and pieces of the series, edited on AMC even though I own all of them un edited on DVD. The first one is one of the movies I consider to be a perfect movie and the others are just plain fun. I even like the mythology they start to set up in 4, 5 and 6 with his niece and the weird cult that never saw through to completion. But for the Halloween holiday you got to watch at least one of these movies.
To be far Gwar is one of my favorite bands and they are awesome all year round. I have all the albums and know all the words to all the songs. I have seen them live probably in the double digits now and will be seeing them soon again. There reason they are on the Halloween favorite list is because every one of those times I have seen them has been in the fall (except for once on New Years Eve 1999). Instead of citing Gwar as putting me in the fall spirit I would say the fall puts me in the Gwar spirit. Gwar has been a big influence on me in my work from their music to their videos and the DYI spirits that makes all that possible. Gwar has been playing for over 20 years and on their terms, making all their costumes, videos, comics, stage shows and albums. Gwar could go on forever and I would be a fan the whole time.
This band used to be higher up on my list but over the years has sort of fallen down the ladder. Mostly due to their inactivity but their first album got played heavily. What they brought to the horror punk genre was a bit of Doo Wop which The Misfits dabbled with on Saturday Night. But the main reason they are on this list is because of one song, Send More Paramedics. Endlessly catchy and a direct reference to Return of the Living Dead. Try it on for size:
This one is tricky because on the surface it seems like it would be a great Halloween movie. I mean it is a great movie but is it a horror movie? Is it a comedy? There are definitely elements of both but it is also very dramatic. As dramatic as a movie about Elvis in a retirement home fighting a soul sucking mummy with JFK surgically altered to be a black man with a bag of sand for a brain. That sentence alone is why I love this movie. Bruce Campbell playing Elvis doesn’t hurt either. Often time these high concept stories are crushed under their own weight but this one pulls it off with wonderful affect. Good for a Halloween scare, maybe not but it definitely puts me in the mood for the season.