With the Halloween season upon us you may already be thinking of what to wear this Halloween. Well lucky for you I have a solution! Now available free as charge in the downloads section are two brand new Teenage Love Zombies Halloween masks! You can choose from either the zombie from Vanalstynes lab or the undead pumpkin. Just click on the one you want below and follow the instructions and you are ready for Halloween!
Also this weekend me and some other talented local artists will be setting up shop at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. We will be selling some ghoulish delights, doing sketches and scaring children so if you are in the Denver area come on down, see some awesome indy horror movies and get yourself some horror art!
This is a somewhat new seasonal favorite of mine and they have been rapidly growing into one of my favorite bands. While they are not keeping with the horror trend I have set up here, Wolves music is generally about about our relationship with nature and the fall and Halloween season makes that more obvious. Their music is rooted in black metal though I am sure they wouldn’t classify themselves as such. The music is atmospheric, encompassing and mythic and the perfect sound track to have on with a window cracked a little to let the chilled autumn air in.
Blitzkid are very much in the same vein as The Misfits. The play a poppy breed of horror punk suited for the Halloween season. After The Misfits broke up for the 3rd or 4th time and were left an empty shell of what they once were, Blitzkid filled that hole in my heart. Using two lead singers with distinct voices and writing catchy songs Blitzkid have taken the reigns of horror punk and ran with it. Their newest album Apparitional, may be their best one yet and again finds Blitzkid doing what they do best, playing some catchy as all get out horror punk rock.
We can all agree that the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a masterpiece of filmmaking and I movie I love dearly but for me, the one that I like better and a staple of my Halloween season is Part 2. For those of you who may not have seen it, Part 2 is a drastic departure from part 1. Sure some of the characters are maintained but it is tonally and visually a completely different movie. This is why I am so fond of this movie. Tobe Hooper knew he couldn’t out do the first one or even attempt to recapture the magic so he just went down another road altogether. It is almost a slapstick comedy full of over the top characters and one of the oddest “romantic” scenes ever. Not to mention, a chainsaw show down.
Dennis Hopper is at his insane best playing a Texas cop trying to track down the killers of his nephew Franklin while enlisting the help of a local radio DJ who accidentally recorded one of the families killings during her program. Added to the family this time around is Bill Mosely playing the wonderfully deranged Chop Top, the sufferer of a massive head injury in the war, who hasn’t quite let it heal and has a penchant for rock and roll.
Leatherface switches actors this time around and masks and dons a black suit and tie, a look I think is more insane than his classic butcher smock and helps make the whole proceeding just that much more ridiculous.
So if you are looking for a bit of insanity and humor this Halloween season, check out Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, but do yourself a favor if you haven’t seen the first one and watch it first.
Day 1 of Halloween fun at Teenage Love Zombies starts off with a bang. In my mind, you can’t have Halloween without the Misfits. The legendary horror punk originators that spawned countless classic songs and launched Danzig. If you aren’t familiar with the Misfits I suggest you buy everything they have ever done right this second and take a day and listen to it all on repeat. I can’t think of a single bigger influence on Teenage Love Zombies and my work than the Misfits. Here is there classic song Halloween:
Their classic years ended in the 80′s but they reemerged minus Glenn Danzing in the 90′s with new lead singer Michale Graves. This is where the fan base is torn but for me this generation of the Misfits is almost as great as the Danzig era. The new Misfits wrote some wonderfully catchy songs and gave birth to an entire new generation of horror punk bands that have come close to the greatness of the Misfits but not quite. Here is one of my favorite songs from the Graves era Misfits and the video is even directed by the master George Romero:
The Misfits are still pushing on these days albeit with only one remaining member left, Jerry Only. While the current incarnation doesn’t even hold a candle to the classic stuff it still has it place in their catalog. I think of the Misfits nowadays as a Batman or Superman comic. They will always be there and I find that comforting in some way.
Halloween is my favorite time of year. The weather cools down, the leaves are changing and there is a distinct smell in the air that things are changing and Halloween is soon approaching. There are horror movies on all the time and ghoulish treats and costumes in all the stores.
Halloween is a special time for TLZ and this year I will be celebrating the season every day on the blog. Every day in October I will be posting some of my all time favorite horror related media from music, comics, films and books plus a couple new favorites. So if you are looking for some horror goodness this season check out the website for the things that get me in the spirit for Halloween.
In next weeks update I will have a special Halloween treat for all you dear readers.