Horror Movies to Watch This October

It’s hard for me to believe that it was a year ago today that — without fully realizing what I was doing — I started work on the Sci-Fi Romance October EP. For those not familiar, every October I watch as many classic horror movies as I can cram into my eyeballs, and last year, over ten days I watched six movies, wrote a song about each, and recorded them on a nearly 30-year-old analogue four-track cassette recorder. We’re gearing up for the release of our next full-length album, so I won’t be spontaneously writing and recording songs this year, but I will be doing all the horror-movie-eyeball-cramming.

I wanted to share my planned list of movies, in case anybody else wanted to celebrate the annual return of the best month, and wasn’t sure what to watch.

In no particular order:

  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Wicker Man (which I have in a collectible wicker box!)
  • The Tomb of Ligeia
  • The Haunted Palace (billed as an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, this is actually one of the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptations out there)
  • House of Wax
  • The Invisible Man
  • The House on Haunted Hill
  • Twice-Told Tales
  • Cat People
  • Curse of the Demon
  • Burn Witch, Burn
  • Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein/Young Frankenstein
  • Black Sunday
  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

That’s about one every other day. Between rehearsals and…you know, life…I may be able to keep that pace up.

My list is maybe a little Vincent Price-heavy, if there can be such a thing, but I’m…hopeful…I’ll survive. What are some of your favorites? What will you be watching?

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New EP Coming

I’ve had the next full-length Sci-Fi Romance album written for over a year, but as it happens, newborn twins slow down recording schedules. The itch to record and get new music out has been terribly strong.

Poe Mug

Hot tea for my voice in a thematically appropriate mug? Check!

And here we are in October. The best month. Every year at this time, my wife and I watch as many old horror movies as possible. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi, Roger Corman, Edgar Allan Poe, Val Lewton, and, in a concession to the still-living, Tim Burton. As we sat down to watch the first movie this year, I got an idea. It is undoubtedly a terrible idea, but God loves ugly children, too.

Here it is a week or so later, and I’ve written songs inspired by each of the first half-dozen movies we watched this year. Since the movies are classics, I’m recording the songs in the quickest, dirtiest way possible — on a 20-plus year-old four-track tape recorder I haven’t used since probably 1996. Everything is analogue, and with very few exceptions, each part is recorded in a single take. No computers. Just a few guitars, drums, an old Casio keyboard, some random things that go bang, and me.

Tascam PortaStudio 424.

This is serious lo-fi. The instructions are dated 1990.

Half of the songs are recorded and finished, and by next week the whole thing will be done and available as a free download.

I figure, I made a concept album, why not a concept EP?

Cassette tape and lyrics.

Remember these? Never opened until now.