This week’s playlist is a special one, as it’s the first playlist of the Halloween season, and while there are many more coming down the pipe, I wanted to start off with some authentic and energetic horror music. With this in mind, I’ve combed through AFI’s albums, and have picked out what I consider to be the best examples of horror music as performed by Davey Havok and company. They’ve got a bizzaro passion for this kind of stuff, but whereas the Misfits were cheesier (in a good way) and more early punk sounding, AFI brought the mid-nineties west coast punk/hardcore sound with a much more serious concept lyrically.
For a while at least, then the Misfits influence started to pass, and The Cure started working their way in more and more, while more modern group sounds started blending in, as well. But even on their latest album Burials, there are plenty of dark, brooding, and Halloween sounding songs throughout.
This playlist is a focus on AFI, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy this to kick off your Halloween season.
The Movie of the Night for this haunting season is House on Haunted Hill (1959) starring Vincent Price. If you’ve never seen this classic, it’s the tried and true formula of a bunch of strangers locked in a house overnight for a chance of winning a prize, in this case money. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout this movie, and the acting is fantastic, but all of the effects, looking back on them, are incredibly hilarious. See what I mean?
This movie is timeless, for the most part, but check it out in black and white because the color one is a big ol’ mess, so don’t even bother with that nonsense. You can view either one in all their glory on Hulu+ or a variety of other places, so check that jazz out.
This movie is a wonderful way to kick off your Halloween season with a late night spook fest. (more…)