Shew. July has just been too crazy. Too much work and not nearly enough fun!
But … there was some fun this past weekend! We got to go see Crawl and it was pretty much EVERYTHING I wanted in a killer alligator fright-fest.
Saturday, we went to …. Gatlinburg! Shocker. Needless to say, all four distilleries were visited. Where else can you have this much fun for $20 each?
Shew. I kinda hate summer because it’s just been too busy (mowing, freelance work, social obligations). I guess I shouldn’t complain too much as I could just be sitting around doing nothing. But the older I get, the better sitting around and doing nothing sounds.
The biggest excitement over the weekend (besides eating pizza) was getting to see Ari Aster’s Midsommar. I really, really dug this movie … so much so that I would love to go back and see it again on the big screen. It’s hallucinatory, strange, darkly funny, quite disturbing in spots, and impeccably designed, filmed and acted. Seriously. Florence Pugh is amazing in this movie! After getting home, I watched (probably) too many YouTube videos of people reviewing and discussing the movie. I was bit annoyed that a lot of folks kept trying to make direct comparisons between Midsommar and Hereditary (Aster’s first major film). They both tackle somewhat similar subjects matters (grief being the main one of them), but they are totally different tonally and stylistically. So I am not sure why people have the desire to try and tie them to each other. Anyhoo. If you get a chance to see this Midsommar at the movies, I say … “Go!”
Check out this upcoming new vinyl release of The Silence of the Lambs – Expanded Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP from Mondo! It’s snazzy … and also pre-ordered.
This expanded edition is produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Howard Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM. Featuring original artwork by Rich Kelly, liner notes by Tim Greiving comprised of all new interviews with composer Howard Shore and star Jodie Foster. Housed in a gold foil stamped gatefold jacket and pressed on 2x 180 Gram Moth Colored Vinyl (Yellow and Black Swirl with White Splatter). Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl.
Here are some things that happened this past weekend.
We saw Brightburn. I really liked it … and it’s surprisingly gore-filled. YES!
We went to Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park with some friends. It was a fun day even though some of the lines were ridiculously long and the lazy river was way more stressful than the title “lazy river” implies. I went all day with my shirt off in public which should be marked as some sort of accomplishment.
BTW … That’s a promo photo. None of us are that young and pretty.
We saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was okay. They took all the (unfounded) complaints about Godzilla (2014) and course corrected into a movie that is pretty much wall-to-wall CGI destruction. Fun to watch but there is not much else going on here.
I bought a new mower.
And … people really piss me off. Like, I have a headache right now I am so annoyed with people. I can’t figure out if I am being unreasonable or if being less tolerant of perceived bullshit is just what happens when you get older.
As you might have guess from postings over the last month, I LOVE PROM NIGHT!!! And, after almost 40 years, there is finally an official release of the soundtrack from the friendly folks at Perseverance Records. I love a good Canadian slasher film and Prom Night is totally aces in my book. How can you not love a disco-centric slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis?
I could go on at great length about my love for this movie. But, for right now, I will let the press release for the soundtrack do the talking …
“This soundtrack features four different aspects of the music. First it opens with a re-creation of the score as it appears in the film – or as close to it as it could be assembled from the separate elements. Next is the score that wasn’t used in the picture. Then come the disco songs in approximate order – but omitting the Blue Bazaar songs that were not featured in the movie and were used only as filler for the bootleg Japanese LP. The last portion of the album is dedicated to the songs that don’t appear in the picture yet are as intrinsic to the sound of Prom Night as the songs that made it.”
YES!!! So insanely happy to have this in my hands.
1. Opening – 3:12
2. Killer’s Call List – 2:18
3. Tearing Up Yearbook – 1:00
4. Beach Flashback – 1:12
5. Prom Night Cello Theme – 1:48
6. Killer Tension – 1:11
7. Prom Night Suspense Theme – 1:18
8. Kid’s Piano Theme – 1:32
The Score Not Used in the Film
9. Hallway Chase – 1:03
10. Haunting Robin – 2:53
11. Calm Before the Storm – :45
12. Caught in the Web – :25
13. Eerie – 1:20
14. Escape – :36
15. Hunted – :59
16. Lurking – :37
17. Quivering – :28
18. Trapped – :23
19. Who’s There? – :42
20. Vertigo – :30
21. Waiting – :33
22. Mystery Build – :51
23. Dancin’ in the Moonlight – 3:03
24. Love Me Till I Die – 3:10
25. Tonight is Prom Night – 3:33
26. Changes – 4:15
27. Time to Turn Around – 4:20
28. Fade to Black (End Credits Song)– 4:12
The Songs Not Used in the Film
29. Prom Night – 3:07
30. Disco Out the Back Door – 3:37
31. You Can Be What You Want To Be – 3:52
32. Another Disco Funk Track – 3:07
33. Funk Dat Disco – 2:44
34. Burnin’ With Desire – 3:37
Here are some upcoming movies that I am super excited about!
I am pretty excited to have been able to grab the Prom Night Soundtrack in the Disco Acid Flashback and Bloody Disco Ball variants from 1984 Publishing! This release features art by “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin, has a gatefold cover, and also comes with a custom “tuxedo black” condom. This soundtrack has been on my “most wanted” list for a long time. Squee!!!
And … I am stupid excited to have landed a copy of the Blood on Black Wax (RSD Edition) with limited edition “Blood Red” Prom Night 7″ Single! I am bit Prom Night obsessed as it’s one of my favorites from the golden age of the slasher movie. I mean … c’mon. How can you not love a horror movie that has a Jamie Lee Curtis led disco dance sequence right in the middle of it?! I might have bought two copies of this because I am that obsessed. There’s one to open and play and one to keep sealed. Woot!
Oh yeah! It’s prom night and everything is alright.
So, yeah. This week. Too busy and not a great mental health week. Oh, well.
The weekend was pretty busy as well.
I bought a new string trimmer and spent all day Saturday mowing, trimming and cleaning up the yard. Yay, Spring is finally here. I also watched a crappy found footage horror movie (The Frankenstein Theory). I might have fallen asleep during it.
Sunday, Short Legs and I went and drank (and kiki-ed) at Noble Cider. We love this place!
Monday, several of us went and saw the new movie version of Pet Sematary. It does a better job of capturing the dark tone of the novel, but the the whole thing falls completely apart in the third act. Skip it. I don’t think there is ever going to be an adaptation that will do the novel justice. Grrrrrrrrrr.
Meanwhile, rampant consumerism is in effect (as always).
A visit to Charleston is imminent. It’s been too long.
[No links ’cause I am lazy.]
You should immediately go see this movie. It’s awesome.
What’s been happening, you might ask?
– Finally saw Captain Marvel. It was pretty good. Now I want a flurken.
– Celebrated David’s (33rd) birthday.
– Went to a St. Patrick’s Day bash and drank too much beer.
– Saw the 80th Anniversary screening of Gone With the Wind.
I have been keeping up with my daily exercise … maybe even obsessively so. So, it was thoroughly depressing to get on the scales this morning and see that I have gained back 10 of the 20lbs. that I lost last year. I could tell that I had put on some weight over the holidays but I didn’t imagine it was that bad. Ten fucking pounds! This make me feel like giving up and just becoming a fat slob again. Ugh. I guess I need to be better about snacks/fast food/eating out and cut down on the alcohol intake.
Spring is around the corner and I am itching to get out and hike. It’s been way too long since I have treked through the woods. Who wants to go along?
Meanwhile … this bad boy arrived yesterday. It’s Arrow Video‘s (now sold out) Limited Edition The Ring Collection featuring the original Japanese movie (Ringu) and all its sequels. You had me at “Limited Edition.” Plus, I do loves me some J-Horror.