Halloween: 5 to watch on Netflix

Resident Evil poster

I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely knackered! I took the ‘Happy Halloween’ stickers off the window early so that Him Indoors could get a bit of peace from the steady stream of trick-or-treaters (cute little moppets in creepy costumes – just the way it should be). It’s cold and my eyes sting where I can hardly keep them open. He’s asleep already, so I’m going to curl up in bed with my mobile phone and make good use of the Netflix app. So …what to watch?

1. Resident Evil

A surprisingly enjoyable piece of zombie fluff that works both as trashy horror and video game celebration. But then you know this, since they’ve made six RE films and statistically you’ve already seen at least one of them. Zombie-kills aside, this is chiefly fun to spot the rising cast before they were really famous.

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It was a dark and stormy night! Scary movies and freak weather

Frankenstein poster 1931

Now that at least everyone I know seems to have checked in safe and well, I wasn’t sure whether to do a Halloween post or a post-Frankenstorm gratitude post, so I figured I’d combine the two. Here’s a handful of fun movies that were set when the weather was less than balmy.  Continue reading

40 awesome behind the scenes photos from horror movies

And we’re back! The computer was dangerously fragmented, which surprised me, because I’d had it set to auto-defrag every week. That obviously didn’t do the trick, and Defraggler has just spent the last day-and-a-half trying to fix it from the brink of total failure. I had to uninstall Morrowind and Oblivion to free up space in the nearly-full hard drive, which brought a tear to my eye. Anyway, back, fixed and apparently working … and back to the reinspiration.

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#musicmonday : Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi’s Dead / Lydia Lunch – Spooky

Undead! Undead! Undead! Gaaah! So I’ve had this post cued for a week but Collapse Board chose this as one of its 10 Songs for Halloween. Brilliant minds think alike, eh?

Bela Lugosi’s Dead was the first single by Bauhaus, released in August 1979. You could hold it responsible for gothic rock, but unlike its fey and foppish cousins, there’s something a little unnerving about this genre-setter. Continue reading

Songs for Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas (covers)

Brian Hugh Warner has made an awfully big career for someone with slightly less talent than Madonna. Still, he does at least have a distinctive voice, which is generally put to best use as a kind of reverse Rockabye Baby – making pleasingly unpleasant versions of popular tunes. Marilyn Manson’s version of Gary Numan’s Down In The Park was fun, and his I Put A Spell On You worked in the context of a David Lynch soundtrack. So surely a Danny Elfman cover should be a no-brainer, right?

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Songs for Halloween: Rosetta Stone – The Witch

Rosetta Stone by Mick Mercer

I was surprised when my mother claimed to know this song when it was a UK top 40 hit in 1992. Rosetta Stone’s The Witch turned out to be a cover of a song by The Rattles from 1970, when it had sold over a million copies globally. It’s rather catchy in a Mission-meets-Sisters sort of way, which is probably why they ended up supporting The Mission on tour and thus coming to prominence at the height of gothic rock’s chart popularity.

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