Horror Song of the Day: Highway to Hell (by AC/DC)


Highway to Hell

We’ve finally reached the finish line. It’s now Halloween. Enjoy the sun while it out and about because when it goes down and the sky darken and turns to black, the ghouls and monsters come out to play.

Those inclined towards enjoying the darker aspects of life will dance and play throughout the night as they continue their way down the highway to hell.

“Highway to Hell”

Living easy, livin’ free
Season ticket, on a one – way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there too

I’m on the highway to hell
On the Highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell

No stop signs, speedin’ limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me ’round
Hey Satan! Paid my dues
Playin’ in a rockin’ band
Hey Mama! Look at me
I’m on my way to the promise land

I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell

Dont stop me!

I’m on the highway to hell!
I’m on the highway to hell!
I’m on the highway to hell!
I’m on the highway to hell!

And I’m goin down..all the way!
I’m on the highway to hell..

Horror Song of the Day: The Shape Returns “Halloween 2018” (by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies)


Halloween

Today we see the wide release of David Gordon-Green’s sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween. A film that’s a direct sequel to the horror classic, David Gordon-Green was able to bring in John Carpenter himself to compose the film’s score just as he did for the original film.

This time around, Carpenter is accompanied this time around by his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. So, we have three generations with the original Halloween in their DNA attempting to improve or, at the very least, not make the score to this official sequel sound like just a copy and paste of the original score.

I would say, after listening to the full score a couple times, that these trio have succeeded where others have failed in scoring the other films in the franchise. My favorite track from this new score has to be the one titled, “The Shape Returns.”

With more modern electronic and synthesizer equipment available for use, Carpenter and his helpers were able to take the main Halloween theme and give it a more modern, angrier and menacing (if that’s even possible) sound for “The Shape Returns.”

Horror Trailer: The Curse of La Llorona


The Curse of La Llorona

Every culture has it’s own folktales and scary stories to tell around the campfire in the dark. Coming from the Philippines I know of many scary folk stories and monsters that’s unique to my culture. As the world has become more modern these dark tales have morphed into urban legends new and old.

What all these dark folk tales and urban legends have in common is the theme of death and suffering. One such urban legend, or a dark folk story among the Latino community, is the tale of “La Llorona” or the Weeping Woman.

This April 2019, James Wan of The Conjuring fame will bring to the bigscreen an adaptation of the tale of the “La Llorona.” This should be of much interest not just to me but to fellow co-founder of the site, Lisa Marie, who has such a huge interest in the subject of the Weeping Woman.

The Curse of La Llorona arrives with its first official poster as seen above and it’s first trailer below.

Horror Review: “One for the Road” (by Stephen King)


OFTR

Stephen King is a name in horror literature that pretty much everyone has heard of. Some would say he’s the most important horror writer of the 20th-century. Others would say that his work has been a mixed bag with his earlier novels being his strongest run as an author and the second-half of his career being just ok.

One thing he cannot be accused of is taking his time between books early in his career. This man was as prolific a writer as George R.R. Martin is glacial with his own literary turn-out. Even before he was finally able to publish his first novel with Carrie, Stephen King had written hundreds of short stories with some of them being published under a pseudonym in men’s magazines of the time or later on in his career as the public clamored for more Stephen King tales.

One such short story would be included in Night Shift. This collection would be the first of many. It would be in this collection that he pens a very quick, but very frightening tale of events that occurred after the end of his second published novel, ‘Salem’s Lot (recently reviewed by our very own Lisa).

“One for the Road” occurs many years after a huge fire tore through the town of ‘Salem’s Lot, Maine. The short story is told by one of the elder fixtures of Falmouth, Maine. A town that straddles the town of Jerusalem’s Lot. While the surrounding and neighboring towns and it’s residents never outright say what continues to haunt and stalk the burnt and abandoned town of ‘Salem’s Lot, they silently acknowledge to themselves just what happened to it’s people.

The story’s told first-person through elder Falmouth native Booth as he sits in the local bar owned by his friend Herb Tookey. Set in the depths of a hard, New England winter, we see the third character in this narrative arrive near-to-death freezing in family man Gerald Lumley whose family car broke down some miles from the bar in the driving snow.

Soon enough Booth and Herb hear this family man’s sad tale of leaving his wife and daughter in the broke down car while he went for help. It’s only when Gerald Lumley mentions having his car break down near the outskirts of a town called Jerusalem’s Lot that the two elderly patron and proprietor reluctantly help the distraught father in trying to get back to his family.

The rest of the story is a master-class in Stephen King building up the tension and dread at what the two Falmouth natives think they might find once they get back to the Lumley car. King allows the mood and unspoken horrors that these locals know to drive the mounting danger both physical and spiritual that these men have awaiting them at the outskirts of what the locals call The Lot.

For his later predilection to being too focused on world building the settings of his later novels, King shows that he’s still a master at maximizing the limited time a short story format allows a writer to create an experience for the reader as rich and satisfying as his massive epic novels.

“One for the Road” is a terrifying quick tale that gives readers of his ‘Salem’s Lot novel to find out what happened to the area once that novel ended. While the protagonists of both the novel and this short story do end up doing the right thing when presented with evil it also shows that both stories buy into King pointing out that evil never goes away. One could only contain it and once in awhile it creeps out to stalk and frighten.

Horror Trailer: Glass


Glass

Yes, I think next year’s film from M. Night Shyamalan is a horror to a certain degree. It’s what one may call a horror-thriller with superhero aspects. It helps that one of the returning characters for the film is The Beast played by James McAvoy from M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016 psychological horror film Split.

With Glass still set for a January 19, 2019 release it’s time we got a new trailer that gives a bit of a look at the basic premise of the film’s story. From this trailer it looks like Mr. Glass will not just team-up with The Beast but do so in order to prove to the rest of the world that superheroes and supervillains do exist and that they’re not just a mental disorder.

There’s definitely some creepy beats in this trailer that hopefully will lend itself for some disturbing sequences in the film. It’s the horror aspect of Split that made it quite popular with audiences. Now time to see whether it’ll combine well with the superhero journey narrative of David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis).

Horror Trailer: Pet Sematary


Pet Sematary

It looks like one of the advantages of It being such a success in the box-office in 2017 was the return of Stephen King film adaptations. It’s not just in the theaters that we’ve seen this latest run in Stephen King films, but on streaming services like Netflix (Gerald’s Game and 1922) and Hulu (Castle Rock series).

Now we have the first trailer for the remake of the Stephen King cult classic film Pet Sematary set to come out early April 2019. The film will star Jason Clarke in the role of Louis Creed with John Lithgow playing the role of Jud Crandall (a role made famous by the late, great Fred Gwynne).

One thing that the trailer has shown me that I approve of is the fact they finally cast the correct cat in the role of the Creed family’s beloved cat Church. The original film a Russian Blue was picked for the role when in the book it was a Maine Coon. From a quick glimpse in the trailer it looks like we’re getting a pissed off Maine Coon in the role of Church.