Demons Of The Mind (1972 United Kingdom)

An interesting cast grace this pretty stylish horror flick. One person stands out compared to the rest however: the ever theatrical Robert Hardy as the crazed patriarch, Baron Zorn. His madness forms part of a potent clash between Victorian era psychoanalysis and superstition. The plot revolves around a “sins of the father” motif, with Zorn’s pasty–faced children literally imprisoned by the older generation and poisoned by their neurosis. Don’t nod off. This is a cerebral shocker requiring a high degree of mental alertness from the viewer. [Read more…]

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The Travelling Vampire Show (Richard Laymon)

It is hot, the summer of 1963, and three teenagers, Dwight, Rusty, and Slim, are anxious to see the one-night-only performance of The Traveling Vampire Show, which claims to have the only living vampire in captivity, Valeria, at the legendary Janks Field. OK, this novel sounds like a typical coming-of-age story Stephen King likes to indulge in. This is no surprise because the late Richard Laymon (like King, he was also born in 1947) could be King’s perverted twin. [Read more…]

The Lost Horizon (James Hilton)

In the early 1930s four people, two British political officials, a British missionary woman and an American financier, escape the political unrest in Baskul, China by boarding a plane, bound for Peshawar. The plane, however, has been hijacked and eventually crash lands deep in the far reaches of the Tibetan Himalayas. Seeking shelter, the group soon finds themselves in the valley of the blue moon, guests at a lamasery, a place named…Shangri-La! This classic novel clips along in eleven short chapters making it pleasingly easy to read and absorb.
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The House On The Borderland (William Hope Hodgson)

Writing as he did at the beginning of the 20th century, Hodgson’s creativity in the realm of supernatural horror is impressive given what few authors preceded him in the genre. He actually broke new ground in horror fiction. Moving beyond the ghost stories which had, for the most part, made up the genre before him, he created landscapes and creatures that are gigantic in their physical and temporal dimensions. His universe is far older and larger than human and earth-centered histories allow, and subject to forces and intelligence completely removed from human concerns or anthropomorphized deity. H P Lovecraft was an admirer and its probable that his infamous Cthulu mythos creations were based on Hodgson’s ideas.
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“This is your theme song…”

Banned In San Francisco (and Brighton)

Why? Because just one listen has been known to melt soyboys on the spot while boosting testosterone levels by 500% for everyone else. This here is the real McCoy. The sort of music that makes you wish Dan Blocker was still alive, the sort of music that makes you wanna name your son Hoss, the sort of music that makes you wanna kick illegal immigrants where they really hurt… then do some real weird totally random sh*t like riding off into the sunset!

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Raise Your Frequency

No time for a new review…

So what about musik? (Plus more vids to gradually change the blog’s front page from showing the same old stuff) And what’s better than revisiting an ELO tune while strange women jiggle around? Nothing. Exactly. Even Homer Simpson wouldn’t kick this one off his ipod…

The Shadow Of The Cat (United Kingdom 1961)

A Hammer horror in all but name (Hammer removed its name from the credits due to legal quota reasons) which supported The Curse Of The Werewolf on a double bill. It is masterfully directed by John Gilling, who succeeds in wringing suspense and tension from a not very believable plot. If the film has any flaws it is because giggles do occasionally set in when the actors go over the top in their hysterical reaction to puss. The police inspector rather neatly sums it all up: “Things really come to pass when a cat terrorizes a house full of adults.” [Read more…]

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