Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
Here we are...at the end of my list.
I went back and forth between two movies for this #1 spot for the last couple of days and even went so far as to write up a list of pros and cons for each.
I decided that my #1 favorite horror movie is:
#1 - Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This is what kick-started my almost insatiable hunger for brains zombie culture. I have no problem telling you that I am a total sucker for the undead - books, comics, movies, television, song, candy - I dig it all...all thanks to this flick.
There is a point early on in the movie where Barbara is so shaken by what she is seeing that she is damn near catatonic when the heroic Ben fights his way into the ill-fated farmhouse that perfectly depicts abject fear and horror. This point is, to me, the perfect example of those feelings being shown on screen...with very little gore and almost zero special effect to drive it home.
This movie has fallen into the public domain and is watchable for free in about a billion places online so there is NO excuse for you having never seen it.
Fun Fact #1 - Bosco chocolate syrup was used to simulate the blood in the film.
Fun Fact #2 - The word "zombie" is never used. The most common euphemism used to describe the living dead is "those things," mostly by Cooper (The father in the basement).
Fun Fact #3 - NOTLD was the first movie filmed in Pittsburgh.
5 Hours They're coming to get you, Barbara Free