THE HALLOWEEN WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch. The covers by Bootsy Collins and Buckethead, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party. And here's the story behing the perennial graveyard smash.
THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!
JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."
KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.
"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.OVER FOUR HOURS of Creepy Horror Prog Mixes.
HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," Cat Power's "Werewolf," Guided by Voices' "Cut-Out Witch," Classics IV's "Spooky," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party." And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me. Monty Python makes much more sense when you know most of them once wrote for Frost.
WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner." BONUS: "Werewolves of London," by James Joyce.
THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?
HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.
THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.
AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.
GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.
"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.
IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is now only sorta viewable online. A free AppleTV+ trial would work better. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special.
15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that. AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.
GHOULS, GRIND, GOTHIC & GORE: A Halloween Movie Helper.
VIDEODROME: A Frenzy of Halloween Horror to Dement Your Harvest Nights.
THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.
THE 25 SCARIEST OPENING SCENES in horror-movie history, according to The A/V Club.
WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.
DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.
IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?
THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.
13 MUSICIANS recount paranormal experiences.
WAR of the WORLDS: All these decades years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.
THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.
31 CLASSIC HALLOWEEN TV EPISODES AND SPECIALS, according to Zap2It.
HOW TO CARVE YOUR PUMPKIN Using Power Tools.
HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.
THE WEEKLY SUBSTANDARD Halloween Candy Draft is a classic. (NSFW content included)
THE ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN CANDY POWER RANKING, according to FiveThirtyEight.
FAMOUS MOVIE MONSTERS & OTHER GHOULS Carrying Around Hot Chicks.
THE 13 BEST HORROR scores of the 2010s, according to Stereogum.
TEN KILLER TRACKS associated with horror movies, courtesy of NME.
THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.
THE 100 GREATEST HORROR FILMS, according to IndieWire.
THE 200 BEST HORROR MOVIES, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.
THE BEST HORROR FILMS OF THE PAST 20 YEARS, according to Variety.
THE BEST SCARY MOVIE for each year since 1960.
THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.
THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.
10 SUPERNATURAL FILMS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED, according to Flavorwire.
SCREAM: How Wes Craven permanently changed horror movies.
THE 10 BEST FOREIGN HORROR MOVIES, according to Reddit, which apparently doesn't have a long memory.
THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.
23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.
THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."
THE HORROR CENTURY: The scariest movies have always been a dark mirror on Americans' deepest fears and anxieties.
THE STATE OF HORROR TROPES: An Expert Roundtable.
17 OF THE WORST Sexy Amazon Halloween Costumes, Ranked.
END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.
TIPS FOR FEAR-FREE PETS on Halloween.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME ADVICE for pets.
THE MOST POPULAR HOWLOWEEN COSTUMES for pets.