October 2010 archive

Halloween, Thor Style

Over the last two countdowns, I’ve been closing things out with a music-themed Youtube video that ties into Halloween in some way. I didn’t originally intend to do it each year and I have no clue how long I’ll keep it up. All I do know is that this video was the perfect closer to …

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Happy Halloween

From all of us here at Gravediggers Local 16, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween.

A bit early, but why not?

Though the American Thanksgiving is next month, I would like to take today to thank each and every one of the readers we’ve had in the past year. GdL16 keeps growing and we’re still not sure how this little experiment is going to turn out. Everyone’s continual support here, on the twitter feed and over …

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Big Scream TV: The Boo Tube

As noted in my last review of a video decor DVD, although the concept (and commercially available) existed in the age of VHS, it wasn’t until DVD technology entered the picture that Halloween video decor really took off. One of the biggest and most influential titles to take advantage of the technology was the Big …

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Burn: Out and Up.

I need to find an official ‘Gravediggers Local 16 Halloween Countdown Trophy’ and mail it to Weird Jon for this is the third consecutive year in a row that he’s maintained a straight countdown OR lasted longer than I have. The man is a machine. I wouldn’t say I burn out easily but that the …

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Music to Haunt By: Michael Hedstrom

Michael Hedstrom Official Site Midnight Circus, Hedstorm Productions 1999 Clive Manor, Hedstorm Productions 2001 Demagogue, Hedstorm Productions 2007 The haunted attraction/Halloween community is just as prone to fads and crazes as everyone else. Asylums, pirates and rednecks are only a few of the theme ideas (be it for a room or the entire haunt) that …

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Music to Haunt By: Hollywood Haunts

AAAAIIIIEEEE! ELECTRO-MUMMY!

Hollywood Haunts Official Site Monster Movie Haunts!, Introsound 2008 Those who browse through Halloween CDs each year may have noticed a mysterious newcomer to the field: Introsound. Initially debuting with the “Dr.Goodsound’s” line consisting of Twisted Circus of Horror Sounds, Creep Show and Halloween Haunt-O-Tron, Introsound’s newest line is Hollywood Haunts. Said line consists of …

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Ghoul Squad

Ghoul Squad on MySpace and Facebook Ain’t gonna front – I don’t know anything about this band except 1) They’re from Massachusetts 2) They’ve been in this game longer than most of the other death rock punk bands these days 3) they might be broken up and 4) the music is incredible.  Last March, they said …

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Music to Haunt By: Dronolan’s Tower

I'm still waiting to hear the coin hit the bottom...

Dronolan’s Tower Official Site Journeys in Darkness Vol. 1: Those Who Dwell Beneath, Forever Young Music 2008 Although initially surprised by the idea of CDs designed for use while playing tabletop RPGs, I must admit that it’s not a bad idea. Remember, the whole point of a role-playing game is to immerse yourself in another …

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The Meteors

Thirty years ago, three lads from the isle of England put together a band called The Meteors and from there, some say, the genre of psychobilly was born. Punk rock and rockabilly mixing together, with elements of horror mixed in with classic roots rock country. Thirty years as a band is pretty impressive, even more …

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Music to Haunt By: Buzz Works

Look at his shoulders. He is so doing the dance from "Thriller"

Buzz Works Official Site Zombie Influx, Monolith Graphics 2009 If you read yesterday’s installment about Nox Arcana, you might remember how I teased about another new release of sorts from them. That’s due to their involvement with Buzz Works… Buzz Works’ origins lie in an Ohio-based store of the same name that’s devoted to all …

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Dissecting “Alien Autopsy”

While going through some videos made by the company responsible for that King Kong-inspired birthday party that I used in my last article, I noticed that they had done a video inspired by the infamous Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction? TV special. Although the slightly gory video was done as a tongue-in-cheek promotion of their …

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Had a wife. Couldn’t feed her.

When I think to myself “I better go down to the basement. I have two that I need to take the knives to, today,” I realize it’s thoughts like those are why I wouldn’t be a good schoolteacher, but a great one.

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Music to Haunt By: Nox Arcana

You'd have to be crazy not to get this.

Nox Arcana Official Site Blackthorn Asylum, Monolith Graphics 2009 For years, I had thought the Midnight Syndicate was the only group out there doing spooky ambient albums based around a single theme. So as you can imagine, I was pretty blown away with I stumbled across the Wikipedia entry for Nox Arcana. Elated by the …

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The Trail of Terror

Photos by┬áJonathan Matthews, jon (at) krative.com. Located in Wallingford, Connecticut, The Trail of Terror (www.TrailofTerror.com) celebrates its 16th year of operation in 2010. Thankfully, haunt expert Bertram Bertram invited me to come visit and partake of the Trail’s spookiness. This year celebrates ‘Sweet 16,’ marking the anniversary of the Central Valley Hospital massacre that saw …

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Music to Haunt By: Midnight Syndicate

You see? They do matter!

Midnight Syndicate Official Site The 13th Hour, Entity Productions 2005 The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates, Entity Productions 2008 If you hang out in forums devoted to Halloween and/or haunted attractions, then you’ve probably heard of the Midnight Syndicate. Their music is held in very high regard and always comes up in discussions over what makes …

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