Unless the ground cracks open to spit fire, deadÂ birds fall from the sky for no reason, rabid dogs ravage the countryside, or any other last minute tragedy or drawbackÂ occurs, you will be seeing Earles and Jensen Present: Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 & 2 released on Matador Records in the very early part of 2008. Two CDâ€™s and a 50+ page book(let)â€¦.(I thinkâ€¦.Iâ€™ve lost track of its growing size) in an old-school, doublewide plastic CD case (think about the first CD issues of Miles Davisâ€™ early 70â€™s work, Coltraneâ€™s Ascension, or The Hampton Grease Bandâ€™s Music To Eatâ€¦â€¦.a much better album than the ones listed before it).
On with the goodsâ€¦.itâ€™s Halloween, thus time for my annual list of entertaining horror.
Day of the Dead (1985) – Donâ€™t expect thisÂ one to be remade with Hot Topic-approved jump cuts and bad nu-metal (the otherwise good Dawn of the Dead remake)Â or a GodspeedÂ YouÂ Black Emperor! soundtrack (28 Days Laterâ€¦.a horror movie for foot-shuffling hipster manwafers unfamiliar with the genre). The entire film takes placeÂ in an underground bunker, with impressive scene-chewing from all of the never-to-go-anywhere actors involved.Â This, the third in Romeroâ€™s trilogy, was even more of a â€œsocial statementâ€ thanÂ the original Dawn of the DeadÂ (1978), which can be credited as a fairly early attack on mall culture. Day of the Dead was obviously HEAVILY influenced by John Carpenterâ€™s amazing remake of The Thing (1982), a must for even those that donâ€™t care for horror.Â Later, the overratedÂ 28 Days LaterÂ would liftÂ the â€œletâ€™s do humanizing experiments onÂ the zombie in the name of science!â€ subplot from Day of the Dead. All of the (over)acting is amazing, apparently executed by actors that assumed this movie would be aÂ hit. It wasnâ€™t.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 1 & 2 (1984, 1987) – Â These come together on a double-sided DVD. Donâ€™t let that confuse you, itâ€™s not that common in DVD reissues. Kudos to the first one for a genuine attemptÂ a making aÂ somewhat, eh, I donâ€™t know, â€œdifferentâ€ slasher flick, especially in 1984.Â I understand why this filmed was temporarily banned upon release (man in Santa suit killing and sexually assaulting a coupleÂ while their young son watches, etc), though the depravity plays tame compared to what qualifies as an R-ratedÂ film these days. Watch for the absurd sequence about a half hour in, when the main character (aforementioned young boy flashed forward ten years, following a long stay in a Catholic orphanage for the requisite mindfuck brutal nuns and childhood trauma)Â tries to become acclimated to life working in a toy store. Death by taxidermied deer head? Check! I have yet to watch part 2.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – I mention it every year. Please rent it. Itâ€™s perhaps the ultimateÂ WHAT-THE-F**K?!?! moment inÂ post-1970 horror.
The Fog (1980) – The only case in which the PG-13 remake (recent) is possibly better than the original. So boring. Carpenter would bounce back HARD with The Thing remake,Â later settling in as the ugliest man on earth.
Closing list of recommendationsÂ for your movie night: Alone in the Dark (1982), the original When A Stranger Calls (1979), Session 9 (2001), Wacko! (1981â€¦early spoof), Driller Killer (1979â€¦.early Abel Ferrara), and Martin (1977)