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Folk Horror TV

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In an earlier article I spoke about the elements that make up a folk horror and the films that best define the genre. Here I'm taking a look at the folk horror TV series, mostly British, that were made during the same period.

The Owl Service (1969)The Owl Service was a children's supernatural/fantasy series based on the book by Alan Garner. It follows Alison, who finds an old dinner service and makes paper owls from the traced patterns. Unbeknownst to her she unleashes a curse forcing those around her to re-enact the Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, a tale of betrayal and jealousy found in The Mabinogion, a medieval text of Celtic myth and folklore.

Robin Redbreast (1970)Robin Redbreast was part of the BBC series Play for Today. The story follows Norah Palmer who moves to a small village after breaking up with her longtime partner. The villagers appear a little strange and eccentric but things turn sinister when Norah becomes pregnant after a brief fling with local man Rob. Norah be…

Halloween Songs and Music

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Get in the mood for Halloween with these Halloween themed songs.

Halloween Theme – John Carpenter Trick or Treat - Paul Smith and His Orchestra Hallowe'en Dance - American Symphony Orchestra Tonight Is Halloween – The Drool Brothers Halloween – Betty Grable Trick or Treat – Otis Redding Every Day is Halloween – Ministry Happy and Strange Night of Samhain – Les Derniers Trouvères Halloween – Siouxsie & The Banshees Happy Halloween – John Zacherley 

The Halloween Song - Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff Night Before Halloween – Bill Buchanan Halloween – The Dream Syndicate This is HalloweenNightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, also recorded by Marilyn Manson. Keepin’ Halloween Alive – Alice Cooper Halloween Spooks- Lambert Hendricks and Ross Trick or Treat - Terry Randazzo Halloween – Kay Lande and Wade Denning Trick or Treat - Fastway

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Werewolf Music Playlist

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For all the lycanthropes out there here is a Werewolf themed music playlist.

Werewolf – The Frantics
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Werewolf – Southern Culture on the Skids
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Howlin' For My Darlin' - The Chesterfield Kings
Howl – Florence and the Machine
The Wolf is At Your Door - Howlin' Wolf
Werewolf - Michael Hurley
Blue Moon - Sam Cooke/The Marcels
The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen
I Was A Teenage Werewolf – The Cramps
Wolfman - Randy Fuller
Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

Bark At The Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys
Mr Werewolf – The Kac-Ties
She Wolf – Shakira
The Howl – Johnny Eager
Howlin’ at the Moon – Hank Williams
Howlin’ Wolf – John Lee Hooker
Moondance - Van Morrison
Wolf Pack – Kid Thomas
I’m the Wolfman – Round Robin
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Vampire Music Playlist

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For all the Creatures of the Night out there, here is a special Vampire music playlist for Halloween.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus, this song also appeared in the David Bowie vampire film The Hunger
Nosferatu – Blue Oyster Cult
Moon Over Bourbon Street - Sting, based on Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire
Dracula’s TangoToto Coelo
Closer – Kings of Leon
Bad Things – Jace Everett, the True Blood theme
Night of the Vampire – Roky Erickson
Daybreak – Harry Nilsson
Omens Of Nosferatu – Nosferatu Overture, original score from the 1922 silent film
Night of the Vampire – The Moontrekkers (instrumental)
Love Song For A Vampire – Annie Lennox, from the soundtrack to Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Dark Shadows Theme 
Dracula – Christine Pilzer
He’s a Vampire – Archie King
The Vampires - Archie King
Vampire’s Ball – Mann Drake
Draculena – Aaron McNeil
Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) – Concrete Blondes
Dracula’s Wedding – Outkast
Dracula’s Daughter – Screaming Lord Sutch
Dracula – The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Vampire – John …

Psycho Killer Playlist

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Here we have a list of tracks for a killer Halloween party
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
In Da Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly, from the movie Manhunter
Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood
Riders on the Storm – The Doors
Lotion – Greens Keepers, inspired by Silence of the Lambs
Psycho - Leon Payne, also recorded by Eddie Noack and Elvis Costello
Psychotic Girl – The Black Keys
Halloween Theme – John Carpenter
Children of the Corn Theme – Robert Walsh
Psycho Suite – Bernard Herrmann
The Ghost Who Walks – Karen Elson
In For The Kill – La Roux
Jenny Was A Friend of Mine - The Killers
Gail - Alice Cooper
Murder By Numbers – The Police
Every Breath You Take – The Police
The Beast in Me – Originally performed by Johnny Cash. However the Mark Lanegan version that appeared on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D soundtrack is a growlier and more sinister version.

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Hollywood Hag Horror (Part 3)

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Welcome to Part 3 of my exploration into the realms of Hollywood Hag Horror, featuring the former leading ladies who late in their careers, struggling to find roles for older women, found work in the horror and thriller genre. For more on Hag Horror see Part 1 and Part 2.
Gloria Swanson Whilst discussing the horror films of Bette Davis and her prominent role in the psycho-biddy sub-genre, I mentioned that an early incarnation of the character could be found in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950), in the character of Norma Desmond, played by the former silent movie star Gloria Swanson. In its setting, a decaying mansion, its character, a grotesque and delusional faded beauty, and in its violent outcome, Sunset Boulevard exhibits many of the hallmarks found in later hag horrors. The film would also serve to reinvigorate Swanson's career. However, unlike stars like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Shelley Winters, who became exemplars in this type of film, Swanson would only ap…