Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952)
Rob Hodgson, Champignon
The Art Of Skiing, 1941
A 26 year old Tom Hanks on Taxi.
I’ve been watching a lot of Taxi lately.
I know I follow too many comedians on twitter because I can think of so many instances of people telling jokes about Wes Anderson as though he lives his day to day life in the same manner as a character in one of his films. It’s gotten to the point of hackiness.
People really hate on directors with super specific aesthetic styles, tastes or, um, voices (Anderson / Tim Burton / Baz Luhrmann, for example), as well as writers with strong voices (Diablo Cody) - even if I don’t enjoy a certain strong-voiced creator, I still appreciate them. It’s awesome to have things created by people with intense voices when so many things are incredibly, incredibly blah.
I’m using Halloween as an excuse to make a mix of scary songs. Scary songs that happen to be from movies.
Cover art = G’MORK! The most horrifying creature ever (from The Neverending Story).
1. “The Shining (Main Title)” by Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - my favorite scary movie / the movie that scares me the most.
2. “The Big Bad Clown” by Richard Bellis - the scariest clown ever.
3. “The Headless Horseman” by Bing Crosby - one of my very favorite Disney shorts.
4. “Late Night Double Feature Picture Show” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show - I remember renting this movie when I was in 6th grade or so and feeling like it wasn’t something my parents would necessarily approve of, so I watched it while they were at one of my sister’s basketball games. I was pretty unsettled by the opening credits. Imagine waking up in a dark room with the song playing and those lips projected on a huge blank wall. It would be frightening.
5. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler - after seeing Urban Legend it took a long time before I could listen to this song in a car without feeling like I was going to get axed.
6. “A Night on Bald/Bare Mountain” performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra - the most horrifying part of Fantasia.
7. “Main Titles” from Beetlejuice by Danny Elfman.
8. “The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis - after watching Girl, Interrupted, whenever I hear this song I feel like I’m going to find someone swinging from a noose.
9. “Another Brick in the Wall” by Class of ‘99 from The Faculty - I watched this movie about 100 times at sleepovers in middle school. Zeke. Stokely. Delilah. Marybeth Louise Hutchinson. Stan. Casey. Jon Stewart with a pencil in his eye.
10. “Always on My Mind” by Elvis Presley - I’m very fond of Practical Magic, so I’m not very fond of this song.
11. “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane from The Game - if you ever want to scare me, have this song blaring in my home before I get there (like what happens to Nicholas Van Orton in the movie).You wouldn’t even have to use the blacklight paint…. the song alone would be enough.
12. “Main Title Reprise” from Rosemary’s Baby by Krzysztof Komeda - hopefully Mia Farrow wasn’t quite this creepy when she sang her own children lullabies.
13. “Creep” cover performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers - I don’t think they actually used this song in the movie, but I loved the trailer for The Social Network so much (so much more than I loved the movie itself) & this song is the reason why.
14. “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” by Glenn Miller - when I was in 7th or 8th grade I asked my mom to rent me a scary movie at the video store, and she came home with In Dreams. This song has freaked me out ever since (although in the movie they use the version by The Andrews Sisters).
15. “Alone Again / ‘Twas Brillig / Lose Something” from Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland - Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum scare me, but not as much as the Cheshire Cat.
16. “There Will Be Blood” by Jonny Greenwood from There Will Be Blood - the whole score is as creepy (and great) as Daniel Day Lewis.
17. “Within You” by David Bowie from Labyrinth - I loved David Bowie as a kid (I’d dress up as Jareth all the time)… but he terrified me as well.
18. “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Walt Disney’s Dumbo - one of the most unsettling scenes in a Disney movie.
19. “Midnight, the Stars and You” by Ray Noble & His Orchestra from The Shining - the reason why a lot of old time-y 1930s-ish music scares me.
20. “The Moth” from Silence of the Lambs by Howard Shore - get out of there, Clarice.
21. “Cape Fear” performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra from (obviously) Cape Fear - I’ve seen both versions, but Robert De Niro is the scarier Max Cady.
22. “Aurora’s Return / Maleficent’s Evil Spell” from Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty - the earliest instance in my life of doing the whole shouting-at-the-tv-to-warn-a-character thing.
23. “G’mork” by Klaus Doldinger from The NeverEnding Story - that fucking wolf used to scare me so much. Sometimes I’d stop watching the movie before it got to this part.