An informal assembly of things relating to Horror and the Gothic. Horror and Gothic components reside in many places, as the boundaries dividing one category from another are incredibly porous. This blog meanders through the traces of Horror and the Gothic as found anywhere in Art, Culture, History and Nature.

Enjoy. If you have questions, feel free to ask. Let's have a conversation.

17th September 2014

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The march of time

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Beowulf reigns for fifty years and, with time moving continuously forward, he grows old.

Tagged: shitmystudentswriteBeowulfMarch of TimeHumor

16th September 2014

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Simone Simon in a publicity still for “Cat People”

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Simone Simon in a publicity still for “Cat People”

Tagged: Simone SimonCat PeopleRKO StudiosBlack and WhiteFilmMoviesHorrorHorror FilmHorror MoviesClassical Horror1940s1940s Movies1940s HorrorVal LewtonPublicity Photo1942American Gothic

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16th September 2014

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"Catastrofuk" — John Cale

From the EP Extra Playful [2011]

This video is a trip. And pretty marvelous.

Cale’s pose at the end. Perfect.

Tagged: John CaleCatastrofukExtra PlayfulEPRock MusicExperimental RockMusic VideoSpacemanSpaceFlipping Tables20112010sVimeo

16th September 2014

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That time Dallas, Texas, tried to slap an “R” rating on POLTERGEIST, 1982.

Tagged: PoltergeistTobe HooperSteven SpielbergRating SystemTexasMoviesFilmHorrorHorror MoviesHorror FilmModern Horror19821980sAmerican Gothic1980s Movies

16th September 2014

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Report: School Districts Are Receiving Free Military Gear From The Pentagon →

No, grenade launchers won’t make school assemblies cooler. It won’t encourage kids to bring their library books back on time. It doesn’t make schools and kids safer either. Red Dawn was a preposterous fiction, guys.

Also, what do you mean, “difficult to determine”???

Tagged: TPMTalking Point MemoPublic SchoolsMilitary Industrial ComplexSchool MilitarizationGrenade LauncherNews20142010sAmericaAmerican CultureDystopia

15th September 2014

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The Blob (1958)

Tagged: The BlobIrvin S. Yeaworth Jr.FilmMoviesSci-FiScience FictionSci-Fi Horror19581950s1950s MoviesHorrorHorror MoviesHorror FilmClassical HorrorAmerican Gothic

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15th September 2014

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Tagged: SkullFriendWhat you've been waiting for

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15th September 2014

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Music Video Monday:

"Same Old Madness" [1982] — Ministry

In honor of tomorrow’s release of the two-disc cd reissue of Ministry’s 1984 release Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984, here’s the vid for the never-officially-released, but oft-bootlegged track “Same Old Madness.” This track is basically the only new piece of material on this reissue, with most of the other material having been released on 2004’s Early Trax compilation.

The reissue business is often a shady one, preying on completists and collectors in ways that become brutally ironic with a band like Ministry who have long railed against the corrupting power of money, capitalism and commerce. Making a living is one thing, exploiting your devoted fan base is quite another. In that sense, “Same Old Madness” remains rather relevant after 32 years. Times may have changed, but only in the finer details of fashion and style, but the broader trends of cultural behavior and ideology have stayed the same.

It’s common knowledge that Uncle Al has railed against this early version of Ministry. Ministry’s (first) musical transition that began most obviously with Twitch and solidified on The Land of Rape and Honey showed a pretty blatant rejection of their early sound. I don’t mind the change, and am happy to follow the evolution of a band if that evolution remains interesting to me. With Ministry, I think they peaked with Psalm 69 and have been spotty ever since—From Beer to Eternity was a nice effort, but didn’t sound that different from the Bush trilogy, with much of its commentary feeling too on the nose to keep me interested. But With Sympathy isn’t really that great of a record either. I don’t, however, see the need to disown it, or poke fun at it. Your career has to start somewhere. I’d rather my debut album be With Sympathy than my most recent album be the wad of tosh U2 just forced on us.

There are some pretty sincere fans of synth-pop Ministry, where industrial isn’t their thing. This is fine. But even by synth-pop standards I don’t think With Sympathy or the Twelve Inch Singles hold up very well. “Same Old Madness” actually stands apart from much of Ministry’s early stuff as a quality song. It shows promise, with its cynical bite and theatricality reminding me of Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. The dark pop Ministry dishes out here points to their eventual evolution in the same way “Revenge” does. But it makes sense that it didn’t make it onto With Sympathy—tonally it just doesn’t gel with most of that album’s cuts. Woulda made a killer b-side though (like Depeche Mode’s “Ice Machine” did). So I don’t understand why “Same Old Madness” never got a proper release when groaners like “Work for Love” exist. Makes me think that Uncle Al has always been a strangely uncertain artist, without realizing it. The period from Land of Rape and Honey through Psalm 69 he seemed to get it, having focus, vision, and drive. But after that things get weird and there’s as much confusion as there is coherence. The end looks oddly like the beginning.

Ministry’s importance is pretty obvious and irrefutable, but they are a chaotic mess of a band, with as many misses as hits. It makes for an intriguing story, and a puzzling listen, which is sometimes quite inspiring in the chaos. I admire bands who go for it the way Ministry has done, seeming to defy all common sense and remain painfully loyal to what interests them at the moment, even if that interest is something kinda dumb (Bush trilogy again—three albums is two too many; Bush ain’t worth it, Al!). Ministry never played it safe, which earned my respect, but didn’t make me a devout fan. It does, however, always make me happy knowing Uncle Al is out there, creating havoc. “Same Old Madness,” from a certain angle, works well as a summative observation of Ministry itself.

Tagged: MinistrySame Old MadnessSynthpopNew Wave19821980s1980s MusicMusic VideoTwelve Inch Singles 1981-1984ReissueMusic WritingWith SympathyMusicAl Jourgensen

13th September 2014

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Tagged: Skinny PuppygifIndustrial MusicIndustrial Gothicglitch

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13th September 2014

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Louise Brooks, silent and talking film actress, most famous for three racy films made in Europe around 1929, and whose career was unofficially blacklisted in Hollywood because of it. Louise went through a series of careers (and lovers) after that. She was famously a “sexually liberated” woman, unafraid to take photos in the nude and sleep with whomever took her fancy. Her films were re-discovered in Europe in the 1950s and she was proclaimed to surpass even Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo as a film icon, to Louise’s amusement. Since then she has remained a known icon though her star is fading with time.

historical-nonfiction:

Louise Brooks, silent and talking film actress, most famous for three racy films made in Europe around 1929, and whose career was unofficially blacklisted in Hollywood because of it. Louise went through a series of careers (and lovers) after that. She was famously a “sexually liberated” woman, unafraid to take photos in the nude and sleep with whomever took her fancy. Her films were re-discovered in Europe in the 1950s and she was proclaimed to surpass even Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo as a film icon, to Louise’s amusement. Since then she has remained a known icon though her star is fading with time.

Tagged: Louise BrooksActressBlack and WhiteGunsBadassLouise Brooks is the best always

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13th September 2014

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This has been a weird day.

This has been a weird day.

Tagged: Only God ForgivesMidnight MovieTobe HooperNicolas Winding RefnAlan GoldsherLiteratureMoviesFilmViolenceCrime FilmHorrorCrimeHorror Fiction20112010s2013

13th September 2014

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The Cold War: it’s good for business.

The Cold War: it’s good for business.

Tagged: The Cold WarBusinessInsuranceElmer G. LettermanPersonal Power Through Creative SellingCapitalismVinylVinyl RecordsOPLOrem Public Library20142010sAmericaAmerican CultureReal LifeHistory

13th September 2014

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1956-Forbidden Planet - http://flic.kr/p/nptpXp

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1956-Forbidden Planet - http://flic.kr/p/nptpXp

Tagged: Forbidden PlanetMoviesFilmSci-FiScience FictionRobot19561950s1950s MoviesAdvertisingPromo

13th September 2014

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Tagged: Gravity FallsDipper PinesAlex HirschNuclear ApocalypseChildhoodCartoonTVTelevisionKidsAmerican GothicHorrorGothic

13th September 2014

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John Cale and Liam Young, Barbican, review, 'demented joy' - Telegraph →

Wish I could have seen this. Cale is so sharp.

Tagged: John CaleThe TelegraphPerformance ReviewDronesLive PerformanceExperimental MusicMusicRock Music20142010s