Archive for August, 2011

Horrific Sounds of the Horrible, and Other Tales of Horror set to Music

Posted in Horror, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

This just scratches the surface of Horror in music. I know there are far too many artists to actually cover in this one post. In all honesty, I was not attempting to do a Horror in Rock 101 course. This could be viewed as a quick reference or cheat sheet.

When you think of music that contains themes of horror, which artist(s) pops in your head immediately? Is it Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Danzig, Samhain, The Misfits, Michale Graves, Alice Cooper, Blitzkid, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, I.C.P., or Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Personally, when I think of music that induces horror, images of: Beiber, Dixie Chicks, Pitbull, and John Mayer come to my mind. In all seriousness though, overtones of horror are present in many artists’ songs.

There are many bands that, while not using Horror as their image, have used elements of horror (both real life and fictional) in some of their songs. Serial Killers, Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Black Magic, and other staples of the horror genre have been focal points in some of the biggest musical talents’ songs. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft have all had their stories set to music at one time or another.

Anyone remember what albums are? Black Sabbath not only made music about dark subject matter, they also used it on their album covers. Check out the cover of their self titled debut. That picture is just haunting. The artwork for their fifth album Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath is another one that has very strong imagery.

Originally named Earth, the band began as a heavy blues rock group. Eventually they changed the name to Black Sabbath (taking the name of the 1963 Boris Karloff movie which was showing at the movie theater across the street from their rehearsal room) and incorporated horror and occult inspired lyrics with down tuned guitars.

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As Summer Expires and Autumn Slowly Seeps in Like Moisture into a Coffin, So are the Days of our Afterlives.

Posted in Horror, Movies, Opinion, Reviews, Sci Fi, Television with tags , , , , on August 14, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings Droogs (A Clockwork Orange anyone?),

The Scarecrow has returned to give you a quick heads up. First of all, I have not left you all out in the fields to bake and rot in the Summer sun. I have been busy lately in the non digital world working on some things. I just had a few things I wanted to put out there for the time being, to tide you over.

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You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Posted in Books, Horror, Reviews with tags , , on August 7, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Welcome friends, to The Scarecrow Blog.

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water”. That was the tagline for Jaws 2. In honor of it being Shark Week, let’s take a look at the “Original Summer Blockbuster,” Jaws. The 1975 film was based on the 1974 New York Times Best Selling novel of the same name, written by Peter Benchley.  Benchley’s story was inspired by the July 1916 real life shark attacks in New Jersey at Matawan Creek. Over the course of twelve days, the shark claimed five people as victims. Four of the victims died as a result of the attacks.

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For the Love of Money

Posted in Books, Horror, Movies, Opinion, Reviews, Sci Fi, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings and salutations, my friends. The following post was not what I had initially planned on, it’s just what flowed as I sat down to write while having a conversation with my cousin. Hopefully you enjoy it.

I used to think that the sequel was the death of creativity and integrity. Looking back and knowing what I know now, I was mistaken. The “reboot”or “remake” seems to be the true death of creativity and integrity. I have a hard time believing that there are no more original thoughts or concepts. Has our love of money exceeded our love of creative expression? At the very least sequels further a story and delve deeper into a character, while introducing new characters and situations. Remakes, are merely someone else’s interpretation on another person’s idea(s) just to cash in. They are all about the dollar signs on the bottom line.

There are of course some exceptions to the rule. Not every remake is bad or horrible, but in my opinion most are. Money seems to be the only motive Hollywood feels they need to remake a movie, or reboot a franchise. If the formula works, then update it and maybe put a slight spin on it. This way there is minimal marketing needed because it already has name recognition.

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Pilot

Posted in Books, Horror, Introduction, Movies, Music, Reviews, Sci Fi, Television with tags on August 3, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings readers, and welcome to my first post titled Pilot, like what they do with TV shows.

My love of the horror genre started at a young age.  It began on a Halloween night (when I was about five or six), after a day of trick or treating, followed by a Halloween party at the neighbor’s house, then a brief visit to my grandparent’s house (that seemed to have some eerie mystique to it).  When I got home my dad put the TV on and there was a movie on. I remember two girls walking down a sidewalk on their way home from school.  One was fishing through her purse, not paying attention while the other noticed a man staring at them far ahead from where they were. As they continued walking the other girl told her friend what was going on.  With that, the friend plowed ahead to investigate.  When she reached the hedges where the man had been, there was no sign of him. That first scene that I witnessed,  the mood of the movie just captivated me. The movie was Halloween, and I was hooked from that moment on.

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