Friday, October 13, 2017

How I Met Jason Voorhees

Let me set the scene:

It was 1986, I was 9 years old, I was in the hospital, and it was nighttime. In the morning, surgeons would remove my appendix -a procedure which I would wake up in the middle of and flail my arms around like a lunatic- but for the time being, I was watching television while tucked in my bed. Nurses came in repeatedly to check on me, make sure I wasn't eating or drinking anything, and constantly reminding me that I needed to go to sleep soon. For the life of me, I cannot remember what channel or what show I was watching but it may have been MTV or possibly USA's "Night Flight". Suddenly, they announced that there was a new Friday the 13th film in theaters and began to play a music video with clips from the movie.

The song was "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" by Alice Cooper. How much I knew of either Cooper or Jason Voorhees at that time was negligible at best. I hadn't yet had my brain happily poisoned with the first or second Friday the 13th films but their time was coming. So for now I just had this rad and wildly catchy song and rather intriguing clips from the fifth sequel of a franchise that so far -due to my young age- had escaped me. The memory of being tucked under a pile of blankets in an ice cold hospital room and seeing these two monsters for the first time is one that I cherish to this day.

And here is that music video:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Season Playlist 2017

Here's to being overachievers!

The Worst Witch
Halloween 2 (Rob Zombie)
Slumber Party Massacre
Trick or Treats
Hocus Pocus
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Paul Lynde Halloween Special
Trick R Treat
Sleepy Hollow
Ginger Snaps
Idle Hands
Arsenic & Old Lace
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead (Remake)
The Addams Family
Corpse Bride
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
Lawrence Welk Halloween Episode 1978
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
The Halloween Tree
Once Bitten
The Innkeepers
House of the Devil
Halloween is Grinch Night
Witch’s Night Out
Mad Monster Party
Spookiest Halloween Episodes DVD
Halloweentown High
Scary Godmother
Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy
Haunted History of Halloween
Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (Various)
Mad Mad Monsters
The Howling
The Fog
Practical Magic
Teen Witch
Cemetery of Terror
Angry Beavers Halloween
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Return to Halloweentown
Martha’s Halloween Special
Poirot Halloween Episode
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Animated Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Crow
Dracula 2000
Trick or Techrat (Jem)
Cowboy Bebop
Dylan Dog
Cemetery Man
Lost Boys
Elvira Mistress of the Dark
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 6
The Bride of Frankenstein
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Freaky Farley
The Brides of Dracula