A Nightmare On Elm Street was the one that cured me from getting scared – or worried at all – by horror films. The entire franchise, I mean. Not just the first film. But certainly the first four are the ones I adore. Well, number two is a bit shit (sorry!) But it gets a […]
When I was a kid a rather stupid movie had a deep impact on me. It’s called Alligator. It’s from about 1980 – and I reckon we saw it just a few years after that. And in it, a pet alligator gets flushed down the loo. It ends up in the sewer where the bodies […]
The Wellington Film Society is back tonight – after last weekend’s pause for Labour Weekend. Here we are now with Halloween almost at the doorstep, as it were. And so…to Daughters of Darkness. Re-released more than a decade after its 1971 debut, Daughters of Darkness has lost none of the eerie, subterranean fascination it held for its […]
Hush Director: Mike Flanagan Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions/Netflix Hush is being praised, and deservedly so, for being a trim, taut horror-thriller. There’s nothing new in the story – a stalker/home-invasion set-up with a remote location. But this doesn’t rely on being some overt homage either. There are nods – the film opens with a shot that […]
V/A, The Godfathers of Psychobilly (2012) You too can build your own Tarantino-esque soundtrack/comp with something like this – a pretty cool double album; a few things I know quite well already and a few I hadn’t heard – the perfect thing then. Played a few of these as part of my Halloween DJ set […]
Had a great night playing records at Motel Bar last night for a special Halloween theme. There were some great costumes, the bar staff were all dressed up as Rocky Horror Picture Show characters and the bar was decked out in cobwebs, spiders and the usual Halloween paraphernalia. It was a long set – seven […]
With Halloween around the corner I asked the good folk who visit the Blog On The Tracks Facebook page to help out with some suggestions for a playlist of Halloween-themed tunes. Ask and they shall provide… So here is the Halloween playlist. Enjoy.
Pino Donaggio, The Howling [OST] (1981) The music from The Howling has long been one of my favourites; it does what I want from a horror-film soundtrack – chiefly: scares the shit out of me. The film was one of a handful I was profoundly affected by as a youngster. I was traumatised by a […]