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There was a time not that long ago when soundtracks in horror movies actually played an important role and were treated like major characters. Each score had its own distinct personality and complemented all of the onscreen action. In slasher films usually, a series of well-placed sound cues from an orchestra or a pulsating synth rhythm would signal the killer is close by, or that the victim is about to triumph over his or her attacker. What you saw on screen and heard both worked together to create the desired thrills and chills. But sadly, not the same can be said about the majority of soulless “film scores” being churned out today. The current crop of horror composers aim for cheap scares by using loud, random noises to get a reaction out of the audience. There isn’t any kind of build-up to create tension or a feeling of dread in horror films of the new millennium, just musical punch lines that arrive way too soon and don’t end up paying off for the audience. Instead of having memorable themes like “The Shape Stalks” from “Halloween” or the “Main Title” from “Jaws” that made your heart race the first time you heard them, “music” in recent horror movies has been replaced by generic, headache-inducing distractions that totally take you out of the movie experience.

But don’t worry, Ghouls and Ghoulettes. We have put together a list of classic horror soundtracks from different eras (when movie music still mattered) that are guaranteed to make your Halloween party festive and extra creepy this year.


1. Trick ‘r Treat

Douglas Pipes (“Monster House“) delivers a surprisingly creepy film score that, along with the film, perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween. At times his composing style will remind you of the late composers, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. The whole soundtrack is overflowing with eerie goodness, but standout tracks are “Main Titles”, “To The Quarry”, and “Pumpkin Shooter/Meet Sam.”





2. Damien: Omen II

This soundtrack can easily be considered one of composer Jerry Goldsmith’s masterpieces. With each track you can hear the forthcoming sense of doom that is simmering just beneath the surface. His mixture of dark mass chants and startling electronic sound effects would make even Jason Voorhees cry for his mommy.





3. Creepshow

As far as horror movie anthologies are concerned, “Creepshow” is one on the best. And John Harrison’s spooky film score has one of the best opening tracks that I’ve ever heard on a horror soundtrack. Listening to each track will make you feel like you are watching the movie all over again. The CD features previously unreleased music from “Mansions of the Moon“, “Shoobie Doobie Moon“, as well as some music from the “Tales from the Darkside” TV show.





4. Psycho (1960)

Another personal favorite soundtrack of mine. Bernard Herrmann composed this iconic score which has sent a collective shiver down the spines of fans spanning many generations. The stabbing string section on the track “Prelude” still cuts just as deep today, even though the music is almost 50 years old. Now let me go, because I think I hear “Mother” calling me.





5. Hellraiser

Christopher Young’s spine-tingling masterwork is the perfect compliment to Clive Barker’s nightmarish directorial debut. Young has created a score that features some of the most hauntingly beautiful music that I’ve ever heard in a horror movie. I couldn’t imagine watching “Hellraiser” without hearing his music.





6. Tenebre

You can’t have a top ten horror soundtrack list without including Italian Prog Rock band, Goblin, which has consistently composed some of the most unique sounding and memorable music for horror movies. At the request of director Dario Argento, three of the four original members from Goblin reunited to create a hypnotic and energetic score filled with enough up-tempo tracks that will surely have any wallflowers at your party cutting a rug.





7. Phantasm

This is another movie that just wouldn’t have the same impact if it had different music. Composing duo Fred Myrow and Malcom Seagrave collaborated to create my all-time favorite movie soundtrack that perfectly frames Reggie’s and Mike’s life-or-death struggle against the evil Tall Man.





8. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Goblin creates another wildly inventive score using a variety of instruments and sound effects for Romero’s fan favorite zombie film. When you hear the tortured moans of the undead on track 2, “Zombi”, you’ll want to quickly lock all of your doors and board up every window to protect yourself from the coming zombie invasion.





9. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Nominated for an Academy Award, master composer Lao Shiffrin’s soundtrack is the scariest part of the movie. Without his pulse-pounding music, “Amityville Horror” would’ve been even more of a snoozer.




10. The Thing

If after listening to this score you mistakenly thought John Carpenter did the music, don’t beat yourself up too much. Because just like how the parasitic alien in the movie was able to imitate other life forms, composer Enio Morricone masterfully emulated Carpenter’s distinct style when he created this bleak, minimalist soundtrack that will chill you to the bone.


Sep

posted by admin | September 25, 2010 | Interviews, Uncategorized

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We would like to thank Shannon Lark for doing this interview. Shannon can currently be seen in the movie, “Walking Distance” starring along side Reggie Bannister (Reggie from the Phantasm series) and Adrienne King (Friday the 13th).






LH: What director would you like to work with and why?

SL: Alejandro Jodorowsky. His work is phenomenal, surreal, and beautiful. If I could be lost forever in a Jodorowsky movie, it would be a lovely nightmare.

LH: In your opinion, what was Tim Burton’s last great film?

SL: I love all of Tim Burton’s work. Everything from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Alice.” In my perspective, he’s simply an artist who is learning and expressing himself through film. It’s been wonderful to see him grow and project himself through his characters.

LH: What is one B-movie or horror movie that was absolutely horrible to watch, but it had a great soundtrack?

SL: I’ve never seen a classic B-movie I didn’t like. However, the modern term for the “B” movie genre has seemed to create badly shot video, and has lost the glamor that the classic B-movies created. The worst modern B-movie I have ever seen was “The BTK Killer.” It was so bad I had to shut it off. I felt bad because I can hang with the worst, but the soundtrack was never going to save this film.

LH: Can you tell us more about the Viscera Film Festival that you created?

SL: Viscera is a Festival for women horror filmmakers. We screen, distribute, and promote short horror films made by women all over the world. Sponsors assist in the promotion process and critique the films, along with screening them in various geographical areas. The Festival is about getting exposure for the filmmakers, and assisting those filmmakers in growing in their craft. This year we had our first premiere in Los Angeles and showcased over 28 films with an award ceremony and special guests. Along with turning Viscera into a non profit organization, we are busy with launching our new submission phase, preparing a new website and the 2011 Festival.

LH: What is your favorite classic black and white horror or Sci-fi movie?

SL: I would have to say the Twilight Zone really does it for me. I grew up watching the show and would run and hide in the closet when the climax came.

LH: What are your thoughts about how both independent and major movie studios today are mainly using CGI to replace traditional, practical visual effects like latex and corn syrup with red food dye?

SL: If you’re talking FX, I’m a traditional kind of girl, sort of. When it’s used as an atmospheric setting and an entire world is being created from CGI (such as in “Pan’s Labyrinth”), I think it works great. But for horrific monsters and blood, practical FX should definitely be used. A huge budget is the only way CGI will look good, and using it will create a more fantasy-like experience, as opposed to a horrific one. Particularly in B-movies, I despise green screens/cgi unless it’s meant to look terrible and give a throwback to camp. Because it does.
However, the exception to the rule is “King Kong” by Peter Jackson. Kong looked wonderful in CGI, but he was supposed to be seen as a sweet ape, not a menacing or terrifying character. Also, they had a ridiculous amount of money to make him look good.

LH: You’ve been very successful as a writer, dancer, director, and actress, so what is the one thing you want to accomplish, but haven’t been able to do yet?

SL: I would like to direct and produce several feature films, with varying types of budgets.

LH: How was it seeing Adrienne King of “Friday the 13th, Part 2” fame back onscreen in the movie “Walking Distance”?

SL: It was exhilarating. Everyone on set could tell that she was very excited to be back in action. She is an absolutely wonderful person. It blows me away every time I think about it!

LH: Do you see yourself always being involved at some level in the horror genre?

SL: Most definitely. One of my personal heroes is Frances Bay, and she is in her 90’s and still working. That’s how I will be.

LH: Would you ever consider crossing over into mainstream movies, being that you are a huge supporter of the indie film scene?

SL: Yes, I would. But I definitely wouldn’t stay there and walk away from independents. It’s been a hard road for me because I do not do nudity, so working exclusively in independent horror has brought some challenges that I’ve had to overcome. Roles have been continuously out of my reach for many years because of not wanting to disrobe. I have nothing against actresses who do nudity, but there should be a choice. To me, movies are movies. A filmmaker doesn’t need 40 million dollars to make a good movie, or alot of characters, or even FX. It’s the acting and pacing that’s important. These are the movies I seek, high budget or not.

LH: A lot of production companies and websites out there don’t have names that really grab your attention, so how did you come up with the memorable name “The Chainsaw Mafia”?

SL: I was talking to a friend about starting up a website to help filmmakers and potential filmmakers in getting together and creating. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of community online for the horror genre at the time, so the name just made perfect sense. I launched TCM a year later, in 2004. Since then the site has definitely taken off and promoted a lot of artists, which has been unbelievable, and a lot of work. Recently, I passed the CEO position over to the editor, Jamie Jenkins, so I can focus on my acting and directing.

LH: If you could be in a horror movie from the 80’s, which one would it be?

Hellraiser. The atmosphere is very, very well done. OR The Shining: I could see me losing myself in that hotel. Everything about the music, the characters, and the pacing is wonderful.

LH: In your opinion, what is the one horror movie that perfectly blends its social message(s) with the story, characters, and visual elements?

SL: I would have to say “American Psycho,” which is a perfect representation of the striving aspect of American society that is ruthless, hallucinatory, obsessive, and needs therapeutic attention. However, on the outside, Bateman is cool, calm, and collected to all of his important colleagues. His behavior towards women and to men (who, in his mind, have more than him) shows a sick, internal struggle within our society: the strive for perfection can be a killer.


If you haven’t already, check out Shannon’s Highway Hotties page.

Aug

posted by admin | August 15, 2010 | B-movies, Bad movie, Cult Film, Horror movies, Slasher, Slasher films, Uncategorized

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Comebacks usually aren’t a good thing. Just ask boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard, who stepped into the boxing ring after being retired for several years and got knocked out by Hector Macho Camacho before the first round ended. Well, for “legendary” director Robert Hiltz (How’d he get that title, anyway?) his return to the camera after being away for nearly 20 years is just as disastrous. Now, I’m not saying that the first three “Sleepaway Camp” films will ever earn a spot on the AFI (American Film Institute) 100 Best Movies of All Time, but the earlier movies, unlike this latest installment, were at least filled with funny dialogue, dark humor, cool death scenes, and plenty of hot chicks who never had a problem showing their goods.


“Return to Sleepaway Camp” (RTSC) is a direct sequel to the first “Sleepaway Camp” that ignores the two “Sleepaway Camp” installments in between (“SC 2: Unhappy Campers” and “SC 3: Teenage Wasteland”) much the same way that “Jason Goes to Hell” pretended that “Jason Takes Manhattan” didn’t exist. You know it always pisses me off when writers, directors, and movie studios pull this kind of crap with movie franchises. Just keep the series somewhat consistent and make a sequel that picks up where the last one left off. But believe it or not, this is the least of the movie’s problems. Anyway, let me get back to my review. So the “plot” for RTSC involves a “mysterious killer” who is offing campers and counselors in a variety of boring and uninspiring ways at yet another summer camp. Hiltzik tries to keep anyone left watching the movie guessing by having Angela, I mean the “mysterious killer”, wear a ridiculous disguise and use a voice decoder that sounds like a Speak ‘n’ Spell with dying batteries to conceal their real identity. But trust me, this isn’t “Clue’ Goes to Sleepaway Camp.” Felissa Rose, who played Angela in the original “Sleepaway Camp”, stars in this installment, so anyone with the intelligence level of an amoeba (sorry if I offended any amoebas out there) should know who’s doing the killing this time around. And while I’m on the subject of killing, “Sleepaway” films usually have memorable kills, right? Well not in this sequel. Thanks to some very bad directing and editing, everybody takes so freakin’ long to die. Any kind of suspense or “wow” factor from a death scene is ruined because the camera cuts back and forth to whatever object is getting ready to kill its next victim several times before a death actually occurs. It’s as if Hiltzik wanted to make sure he didn’t loose the audience. Wishful thinking on his part because hopefully anyone who made the mistake of renting this cinematic turd either turned it off before they wasted too much time, or got hammered after the film’s first death scene and passed out.

A few of the original cast members who survived the first “Sleepaway Camp” return for this sequel, but even they can’t salvage this horrible movie because it’s twenty years later, and they still can’t act. Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, and Paul DeAngelo really should have taken at least a couple of warm-up acting gigs like commercials before signing on to do this movie. Their performances are so bad it makes the acting in “Troll 2” seem Shakespearean in comparison. If any of them want to show up for the next sequel they should avoid further embarrassment and just make cameos as newspaper clippings or framed photographs, like Sean Connery did in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.” The movie still had one last chance to redeem itself with a cool finale, but unfortunately what we get is a predictably lame “reveal” ending that is another huge disappointment in a movie full of disappointments, especially when compared to the gender-bender-ender of the original “Sleepaway Camp.”

For a film that was delayed more times than a Britney Spears comeback, this film sure did feel rushed and thrown-together. I read a whole laundry list of “reasons” why the film’s release date kept getting pushed back. First it was Hiltzik wanted to get the effects just right. Then re-shoots were needed. Next it was that there were problems with the CGI again, etc. Well I’ve seen the movie, and the visual effects really don’t look that bad. Movies of the Week shown on the Sy-Fy Channel have worst CGI in them. After watching the movie for about 2 mins. I found out the real reason for all of the delays, and it’s that the movie sucks, plain and simple. There’s just no other way to put it. Instead of worrying about the quality of the visual effects and whatever else, Hiltzik’s priority should’ve been to make a movie that was actually watchable.

I was really hoping that poor DVD sales for RTSC would close this camp for good. But I’ve recently read that Hiltzik unfortunately has another 3-D “Sleepaway” sequel in production, which is a real shame because it probably means that Michael Simpson who did “SC: 2” and “SC: 3” won’t get the opportunity to do his supernatural sequel called “Sleepaway Camp: Berserk” any time soon, or possibly ever. His idea sounds like it would be a fun movie to me. Click here for the movie’s brief plot synopsis.

If you want to visit a camp this summer, don’t return to Sleepaway Camp and go to Crystal Lake instead.

roadside attractions

  • Gratuitous use of the line “Your a$$ stinks.”
  • Fart-lighting 101
  • Killer wears a ridiculous disguise in between murders
  • Death by bed of nails
  • Wooden stake to the eye
  • Issac Hayes as Charlie The Chef
  • 1 Human Roman Candle
  • 1 Super-lame ending
totals

1

blood
BLOOD

About a gallon of the red stuff

2

beast
BEASTS

A gender-confused killer and a bully.

0

blood
BREASTS

None but there were plenty of nicely wrapped melons

1.25 OVERALL
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Check out the trailer for “Return to Sleepaway Camp”

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Jul

posted by admin | July 7, 2010 | Interviews, Uncategorized

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A very big thank you to Brooke Lewis who took time out of her insanely busy schedule to do an interview with us. Also, we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brooke for being awarded Best Scream Queen of 2009 by the B-movie Golden Cob 2010 Awards. Hope you enjoy her interview below.

LH: What is your best horror movie experience/memory?

BL: Creating MS. VAMPY and VAMP IT OUT from deep within my heart and soul; Working opposite “CANDYMAN” (Tony Todd) in iMURDERS and last, but not least, winning the B MOVIE GOLDEN COB AWARDS 2010 for BEST SCREAM of 2009 for SLIME CITY MASSACRE!!!

LH: How do you feel about the “horror” remakes that are being made today?

BL: I am soooo over it! 9 times out of 10, the remake can’t touch the original! But, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t act in one…ya hear that, Rob Zombie??? 😉

LH: In your opinion, what elements make for a great horror film?

BL: A smart script; a story that sends chills down your spine; strong roles for women!

LH: Have your friends/family been supportive of your career as an actress and model?

BL: Beyond belief…I don’t know how they put up with me! My family and friends have supported me through all the “ups and downs” in this crazy business and I am forever grateful!

LH: When you’re not producing movies, acting or doing photo shoots, what hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?

BL: I’m sorry…spare time? What the hell is that??? 🙂 I’m not even kidding, but on that rare occasion when I take a break, I watch horror films; TWILIGHT; TRUE BLOOD; AMERICAN IDOL; Do charity work; Listen to 80s music; Wine tasting; Astrology; Anything romantic; I love kissing…

LH: What is your favorite movie soundtrack?

BL: FAME; GOODFELLAS; RENT

LH: In a blind taste test, could you tell the difference between a Geno’s and a Pat’s Philly cheese steak?

BL: Absofreakinlutely! When you grow up in Philly or Jersey, it becomes a skill. After going to clubs or parties, we always ended up at Geno’s or Pat’s Steaks after hours…that’s how I got my big booty 😉

LH: As an actress/artist which medium do you prefer: theatre, TV, or movies?

BL: I’ve done it all and I prefer TV…we shoot, it airs a month later and the paycheck and residuals are sweeeet! 🙂

LH: What does the future hold for Philly Chick Pictures?

BL: Philly Chick Pictures has a bloody bright future! I am proud to announce that we are in the development stage of creating a feature film for Ms. Vampy. I am blessed to have a co-production deal with Illusion Industries, in which I will star and produce, Todd Tucker will direct, Jim Pacitti will star and produce and Tamar Halpern, Todd, Jim and I have written based on my original story. The feature is a Halloween Family Comedy titled VAMP IT OUT and will be in the vain of THE NANNY meets ELVIRA meets HOUSE BUNNY. I am following my heart and soul with this piece and my goal is to inspire teenage girls and women to embrace their inner beauty, follow their dreams and when faced with fear, dig deep inside, find their inner vamp and VAMP IT OUT!!!

LH: Do you have any desire to return to the stage/theatre?

BL: Not at this time. I started in theatre and toured and did Off-Broadway shows for years in New York and after performing in TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING Off-Broadway for almost 3 years, 7 shows a week, I burned out a bit. I choose projects that feel right to my soul and, at this time, it doesn’t feel right. When it does again, one day, and my soul is screaming for the stage, I will be there with a big smile!

LH: How did you become involved with the sequel to “Slime City”, “Slime City Massacre?”

BL: SLIME CITY MASSACRE is a gem of a lil indie horror/scifi/action flick! Greg Lamberson, the writer/director/producer, put his life into this project! He contacted me directly, after Wil Keiper recommended me, as both an actress and producer. Everyone pulled together to create something wonderful and artistic with a very low budget. For all the original SLIME CITY fans, Greg really stepped it up with the sequel! I play Nicole, a prostitute in the 1959 flashback scenes. I really enjoyed preparing for this character and I hope horror fans enjoy my work in this one. This was a project I chose solely based on the script, my role and Greg’s passion to make the film and it turned out to be quite a gift. I am forever grateful to Greg and the cast and crew of SLIME CITY MASSACRE, as I won the B MOVIE GOLDEN COB AWARD!

LH: Tell us one thing that your fans don’t know about you.

BL: I am rarely alone, but I am often lonely…

LH: What do you think was the best B-movie/horror film from 2009?

Released in 2009: iMURDERS; Filmed in 2009: SLIME CITY MASSACRE…DUH! 🙂

Thank you to LOST HIGHWAY and your readers…here’s to a horrific year! Love & Horror, XO Brooke Lewis

If you haven’t already, check out Brooke’s Highway Hotties page.

Mar

posted by admin | March 31, 2010 | Uncategorized

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