Friday, October 11, 2013

Olde Halloween Relics

Actually, you could say that I'm an old Halloween relic!  But these pics are selected from a party in 1977 -- a few months before that wonderful event known as our wedding.

On the left is lovely Joyce, wearing my Groucho Marx suit.  She's watching as Jan Engleman watches her fiancĂ©, now-internationally famous composer and pianist Roger Price, lunge for an apple.  They're dressed as high-school jocks.  On the right is friend Robyn Brevard as a Funeral Home Honey, waiting her turn.

Proof that Joyce once showed a little whimsy!

Robyn gets her own chance at the apple, watched by her roommate Tina Melton, who's garbed as a highway accident victim.
Another view of the two, flanked by an international student from OCU at the time.

Yours truly, in getup as Luke Skywalker, photobombs friends Sara and Ed Oakley.  Sara is cast against character as a witch, while Ed Oakley is a zombie version of (big failure) Penn Square Bank's Bill Patterson.

Robyn looks very fetching in her bite of the apple.

Amongst the group of revelers is that high-tech entertainment device known as a television.  It's black-and-white ... it's got a dial ... it's got a single metal antenna ... it's high tech.
See you on Monday with another mad music al offering!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cheesy Tomatoes!

Here's a promo CD that came free with the purchase of a certain version of the film on DVD.  It came at a perfect time in my shopping life, since I only had the movie as an umpteenth-generation dub from HBO or something.

It's really a fun film, and it's a shame that only these tracks are on this "official" CD.  I don't remember for sure, but there was surely some background music of some kind.  It would be nice to hear that, even if it was "stock" music, as used in Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Anyway, here are the numbers:

1.   Main Theme from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (02:52)

2.   The Mindmaker Song (02:00)

3.   Tomato Stomp (01:46)

4.   Puberty Love (00:46)

5.   Love Theme (01:13)

6.   End Theme (00:51)

Yep, it's a short musical trip, campers.  Seems that these tracks were basically dubbed from the film's audio track.  For example, we don't get the original performance of "Puberty Love," only the snippets heard on radios or PA systems in the movie.  What a shame!

Anyway, I know I'm going to miss her; a tomato ate my sister!



Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Meet the Creepy Kid and Color Him

The mundane guy gallantly tries to make time with the mundane-seeming Marilyn Munster by walking her home.  Of course, we know that the Munsters live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

I think it's the bow tie that makes me think of Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen.

And who wouldn't take a step back and gulp, "Jeepers!" when this little terror tore around the corner?

I cleaned it up a little bit.  Print out this page and let your little monster color Eddie in his Coffin-Mobile!
See you tomorrow for more music.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Love of Monsters Is ... Universal!

In years past I've shared pages from this (carefully generic) Universal Monsters coloring book.  Here are some more unshown pages.

As you can see, the visual approach is, I think, dictated by Universal's legal rights department.  You see, the studio owns the characters of Frankenstein's Monster, Larry Talbot the Wolf Man, and such ...  The studio can use these characters as they wish ...

Except they can't use the monsters the way they looked in the Universal movies!  WHY?  Because the estates of the actors who played the roles -- Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and the rest -- would have to be paid a licensing fee!

I imagine it's a thin line to tread between a recognizable monster and a not-recognizable guy INSIDE the monster.

So, the lady shown above May or may NOT be Gwen Conliffe, but she is DEFINITELY NOT Evelyn Ankers!  However, her father MAY run a shop as told in the 1941 original, since there appear to be various commodities strewn about in the background.
This action tableau is pretty dramatic.  You can see the wolf head on the can held by the guy.  And even though the wolf's shape isn't exactly anatomically accurate -- the neck is too long and bent at a funny angle -- you could argue that this is a werewolf and therefore not exactly your run-of-the-moor wolf.
Stay tuned for when happens next to our tragic hero!

Monday, October 07, 2013

MA-07 - Howl-oween

This is my first Halloween compilation, full of fun songs and excerpts of creepy music from the Jonny Quest background music and sound snippets from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

1    Alice Cooper:       Welcome to My Nightmare
2    Sid Frank & James Dukas:       Holidays Halloween
3    Marilyn Manson:       This Is Halloween
4    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:       Rock 1
5    Dick Dale:      Riders in the Sky
6    Aqua:   Halloween
7    Donald Duck 1937: Trick or Treat
8 Jonny Quest: Underscore 1
9 Sheb Wooley: The Purple People Eater
10 Music for Monsters: Ghouls Glide
11 The Who: Boris the Spider
12 Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra: The Raven
13 CD Creepies: Frenzy #1
14 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Rock 2
15 Hap Palmer: Have a Good Time on Halloween Night
16 Nekromantix: Trick or Treat
17 Jonny Quest: Underscore 2
18 Stephen Lynch: Halloween
19 Spooky Music for Spooky Occasions: Part One
20 Henry Hall: Here Comes the Boogeyman
21 James Horner: Something Wicked This Way Comes Main Title
22 George McKelvey: My Radiation Baby (My Teenage Fallout Queen)
23 Jonny Quest: Underscore 3
24 Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hell
25 Ukulele: Five Little Pumpkins
26 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Rock 3
27 Jack Marshall: The Munsters Theme
28 Spooky Music for Spooky Occasions: Part Two
29 Zombina and the Skeletones: Nobody Likes You When You're Dead
30 Grateful Dead & Merl Saunders: The Twilight Zone '85 Main Title
31 Mickey Mouse 1929: The Haunted House
32 Manhattan Transfer: Twilight Tone
33 Music for Monsters: Skeleton Dance
34 Space Ghost: Main Title
35 Bloodrock: DOA

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