Soundtrack Review: The Worthy

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The Worthy
Released by void recordings, 2018
16 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 43 min.
Music by Joseph Bishara

This one is a very different kind of score. It doesn’t have the usual instrument sounds that you can pick out right away. Not sure if it is some strings or maybe just a keyboard using some electronic devices. But no matter what Bishara is using, he is still able to create some nice atmosphere here. He brings a sense of dread, not overpowering, but more a little subdued.

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A Celebration of Slashers

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Next month, in their annual DePaul Pop Culture Conference, this year’s theme is A Celebration of Slashers, which will be taking place on April 28th, from 9am to 6pm, at the DePaul University Loop Campus, Daley Building (247 S. State Street, Chicago, IL). These events are to “host thoughtful discussions from fans, scholars, and media makers about popular culture and cult media. Each year’s event is themed for an important Pop Culture anniversary.”

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King Kong Celebrates 85 Years!

King KongThe granddaddy of all monster movies, the one and only original King Kong (1933), celebrates its 85 year anniversary this year. To help commemorate this event, the Park Ridge Library and the Pickwick Theatre are doing something special. At the library, they have a huge display of different items from or pertaining to this classic movie. These items are from the estate of director Ernest Schoedsack and his screenwriter wife, Ruth Rose. This collection is on public display for the first time.

Then on Thursday, March 15th, the Pickwick Theatre will be screening the original 1933 feature, once at 2pm and then again at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $6 for the matinee screening to $10 for the evening one. Advance tickets can be purchased for a little bit less.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this film in a theater, on a huge screen like it was originally intended, I can’t say enough what you’ve been missing. It really is amazing to see it like this. So make plans to stop by the Park Ridge Library, see the exhibit, then head over to the Pickwick for the screening. You won’t regret it. For more information, just click HERE.

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Movie Review: Cat O’ Nine Tails

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The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)
Directed Dario Argento
Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi, Horst Frank, Tino Carraro, Rada Rassimov, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero

This has always been my favorite of Argento’s Animal Trilogy. Even though the reveal at the end of the film doesn’t have the big “It’s You!” payoff that a good thriller might have, this is a giallo after all so it comes down to many other things. But having a blind puzzle maker as one of the main protagonists is something that I’ve always thought was a cool idea, and Malden does an excellent job here.

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Mystery Photo 2-19

Welcome to that wonderful time of the week again. Monday? No…I was referring to the Mystery Photo. Last week’s photo was from one from Hammer Studios, as they were desperately trying to stay afloat. The film was The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (also known as a few other titles as well). Sure, its not one of their better ones, but it still can be a little fun. Kudos to the following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Troy Howarth, & Bryan Ruff. Well done!

Now onto this week’s photo. See if you fair as well this time out. Maybe you’ll know this one. Maybe not. But give it a look and see what you can come up with. And as always, please remember not to post your answers here so others can have a chance at it. Good luck!

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Fango…Up from the Ashes

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There is no horror fan older that “grew up” in the genre in the ’80s and wasn’t thankful for Fangoria magazine. Since they were one of the few around that really covered all aspects of the genre and did it so well, we fans learned a lot. Granted, the last few years of their existence was pretty shaky and downright depressing. I had my subscription for close to 30 years, maybe longer, before I finally stopped since they just stopped delivering, not just the quality, but the issues themselves.

fangoria9But now, all that has changed and a new owner and Editor-in-Chief gives horror fans and Fango fans hope for a new start and a new regime. I, for one, wish them all the best and hope they can return it to its former glory. Because it is important to have a place for fans to be able to read about their favorite movies and the people behind them. Bringing back Michael Gingold to produce his own column is a great idea too. I hope them all the best.

Though…one little concern. Since it is now owned by Cinestate, which produces their own movies, I can only hope that there is not a conflict of interests. What I mean is, like some of these big horror news sites that are owned by a studio, you don’t think they can be totally honest about what they are reviewing or promoting, do you? So when a magazine is owned by a studio, does that mean we’re going to get a little less journalistic integrity, meaning they won’t cover certain movies, or at least not give their movies bad reviews but plenty of coverage instead?

I think a news site, magazine, or whatever, should have the freedom to be able to cover any subject of the genre and not be afraid that it’s going to upset their boss because they just gave a bad review of one of their movies. And if you tell me that they have that freedom, then I’d like to see a negative feature they posted about a product their owners invested in. Sure, I may sound a little cynical, but I’m sorry…just can’t help it. Journalistic integrity seems like a lost virtue these days, much like the truth in general. Plus, with the way the world is now anyway, it’s hard for me to put trust in anything or anyone.

But seriously…Good Luck to Fangoria and their staff. I look forward to what you can do.