Fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street series are probably going to want to pay attention to this. Varèse Sarabande will be releasing an incredible 8-CD box set next month that will feature not only the original scores for the first 8 films in the series, but there will be close to 3 hours of bonus tracks, which puts this release at over 8 hours of nightmarish music! Yes, the price is a bit steep at $99.98, but if you really consider what you’re getting, that isn’t a bad deal at all, considering some scores run you $15 to $20 each. Here you’re getting 8 scores with tons of bonus tracks. So well worth the investment.
The composers represented here in the box set are Charles Bernstein (Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street), Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Angelo Badalamenti (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Craig Safan (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Jay Ferguson (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Brian May (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), J. Peter Robinson (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), and Graeme Revell (Freddy Vs. Jason)
A little late in the day, but after a busy weekend, we’re just getting to it now. But it is still Monday, so it still counts! Our last photo was from the cult classic film Deranged, with Roberts Blossom appearing as the crazy Ezra Cobb, based on the true life killer Ed Gein. Congrats to the following that sent in the correct answer: Scott Bradley, Matt Moore, Troy Howarth, Kristin Wicks, and Greg Wojick.
Now let’s take a look at our latest photo. This is a good old black and white classic that I just had hanging around! But see if you can recognize which feature this shot is from. Good luck.
Just remember to send me an email with your guess, at email@example.com. Please remember, do not post your answer here in the comment section. That makes it too easy for everyone else!
Let’s face it…I spend a lot of money on books. With over 800 titles in my personal library, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look upon my bookshelves and admire the beauty laid out upon the shelves. Like with any library, there many titles that I could easily pull out and get lost for an hour just paging through them, reading bits and pieces, taking in the glorious photos and illustrations. I’ve always considered that to be one of the joys of having a book collection. It’s like an open doorway to who knows where.
Most of the titles I have in my library are just standard reference books, filled with the knowledge that I know the author(s) spent a lot of time doing research and planning, even before they actually started putting pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard. I give a lot of credit to most authors that take the time and effort to go through all this work. I say “most authors” because I’ve run across a few other the years that need to double check some of their facts. But that is for another rant.
But there are some titles out there where the authors and publishers have gone far beyond being just a collection of opinions, facts, and photos, making it truly a work of art. Editions that can suck you in, even if it is just admiring the craftsmanship put into the book. From the design to the layout, it is an incredible journey you take once you pull it off your shelf. This physical medium is still a very important one, and one where I feel some of the beauty and charm of an actual book would be lost in the digital format. Especially the ones that seem to go above and beyond just publishing a book. They really do create a piece of art.
So I wanted to take a moment of your time to cover a few titles that I think fit into this category. I will say that some of these titles were a bit pricy when they first came out, and some go for even a higher price now. But there were a few of these that were pretty reasonably priced and are still accessible. Sure, they can still be a bit expensive, but we are talking about art here, right? And usually, at least in my experience, these kind of books never lose their value, In fact, the value tends to rise over the years. So if when you’re trying to justify the cost, think of it of an investment…that you can actually learn something from!
Thank you to the publishers for taking the time, the chance, the effort, and the money to put out such incredible books.
Sure, it might be a holiday today, but its still a Monday, so that means a new Mystery Photo, right?
Of course, our last photo was from the film Scream, featuring a little cameo from director Wes Craven. I have to say it was so nice to see all the different tributes come out after his passing. Really shows the talent this made had as well as the impact he made on the genre. Here are the ones that sent in the correct answer: Jennifer Francis, Richard Garcia, David Greenwood, Doug Lamoreux, Erick Martin, Kevin Matthews, Dustin Moravich, Ashley Polnow, Richard Schellbach, Gavin Schmitt, Jason Siegel, Wayne Teeter, Kristin Wicks, Wiliam Wilson, and Greg Wojick. Well done, people.
So let’s get to this week’s photo. Definitely another classic. Make sure you think a bit before sending in your answer, since it might not be the one that immediately comes to mind. Or is it?
Remember, don’t post your answer here in the reply section, but send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
“I would write that Paul Naschy had at least done his best and that he cared about what he was doing. I was capable of mistakes – to do it well or to do it poorly – but I assure you is that I did it with feeling and affection. I love the fantastic cinema.”
Paul Naschy on himself
Today would have been Naschy’s 81st birthday, had he not passed away almost six years ago. Kind of hard to believe that we lost him that long ago. But when you think about it, he is still alive and well and continues doing what he strived to do with his career that spanned for more than four decades. Because of his movies that he left us, his memories will not only live on, but he will still be entertaining horror fans for years to come. And to those new to the fantastic cinema of Paul Naschy, they will get to discover him for the first time, and have countless hours of excitement just waiting for them to discover.
t’s been two years since the release of an album from Nox Arcana, but the wait is now over. Next month, they will be releasing their latest creation, entitlted simply Gothic. We’ve been enjoying their work ever since they put out their first release, way back in 2003. With each of their releases, they create an amazingly dark and moody soundscape that is just the perfect thing to enhance your exploits of the evening….even if that just sitting at your computer working.
Here is what the band says about their latest effort: Nox Arcana invites you to spend the night in a gothic mansion with a haunted and sinister history. Eerie sounds echo through the cobwebbed halls of Grimstone Manor, beckoning you deeper into the shadows. Venture forth to explore the estate’s hidden realms and discover the dark secrets buried long ago.
It is due out this Halloween. For more information about this one and the band itself, as well as all their other releases, check out their website HERE.
I know I pretty much say it with every passing of someone from the horror genre, that because of the work they did and the fans that refused to let their work and their memories die, but for a filmmaker like Wes Craven, that statement really is true. Not everything Craven directed was a masterpiece. Far from it. Then again, it would be pretty tough to do that when you work in the business for over four decades. But how many filmmakers can say that they made quite an impact in the genre, not just once, or twice, but at least three times in their career? Not too many. And the funny thing is that those three groundbreaking features and so different from each other. Of course, I’m talking about Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.