Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Miscellanea

The Halloween Countdown, Day 26

Let's get this out of the way first: Twilight fans (for us old fogies, that's the obscenely successful vampire/fantasy/romance young adult series sweeping the nation)? LISTEN UP!

We clear on this?

Okay, on to other things.

First up, should there be any skull aficionados out there (you already know about my fetish), you might want to take a look at this:

That's a cast bronze skull from Art Skulls ("skulls for the discerning collector") at around $1200, not that you can whip out the plastic and buy one--it has to be commissioned.

Next, if you're going to spend Halloween watching movies while passing out treats to the kiddies, you could do a lot worse than picking up recently released The William Castle Film Collection (review here). It's pricey--$77.99 on you get "{e}ight tales of tongue-in-cheek terror from one of the movies' masters of ballyhoo..."

I confess to having a deep, abiding love for Castle's films, partly because they were an integral part of my demented childhood and partly because they're a lot of fun even now. Obsessive types might also enjoy reading Castle's memoirs, Step Right Up! I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America (1976).

And speaking of ballyhoo, add this link to your favorite web browser: Scared Silly: Classic Hollywood Horror-Comedies. Starting Oct. 31, author Paul Castiglia will start blogging about, well, classic Hollywood horror-comedies. It's the companion piece to his as yet unpublished book of the same name (he's hoping to build a large enough fan base to entice a publisher).

That's enough for now; my friends JSam and Erica reminded me yesterday that Re-Animator is darn close to the perfect Halloween Comedy/Gore-Fest and I want to watch it now!

Cat-lovers take heed.

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