Monthly Archives: October 2013

Scary Flicks for Halloween

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It’s that time of year again when the leaves turn gold, the air gets cold, and the candy companies flood every corner and grocery store across America. Halloween comes back around every Autumn, coinciding with the start of the NFL, NBA and NHL seasons, which makes it one of the best times of the year! To capture the true feeling of this fun and historical holiday (Halloween is based on an ancient festival known as Samhain, celebrating the end of summer and those who have passed from the Earth), be sure to check out some classic horror movies that have made Halloween so enjoyable throughout the years.

1. Halloween, Halloween II (1978, 1981)

John Carpenter and Debra Hill made horror movie history when their low-budget horror film, simply entitled Halloween, broke box office records and made newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis an instant star. Donald Pleasance (1919-1995) starred in the lead role as psychiatrist Sam Loomis (taking the name from the characgter Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which also starred Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother Janet Leigh!), who pursues his escaped mental patient to his hometown in order to prevent a massive killing spree on Halloween night, only to find himself and the Haddonfield Police unable to cope with the evil that is Michael Myers. The film has gone on to have seven sequels and most recently a “revision” of the original films by director Rob Zombie, but none have ever been able to top the movie that’s become known as the first of the “slasher-movie genre.”

2. The Exorcist (1973)

Known as the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist set a new standard for the horror movie genre when it won four Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), and Best Screenplay (William Peter Blatty). Based on the novel by William Blatty, who would return in 1990 to write and direct Exorcist 3 based on his novel Legion, The Exorcist frightened audiences with its revolutionary sound effects, makeup art, and cinematography. Sound editors Robert Knudson and Christopher Newman also won the Academy Award for Best Sound, and the film has gone down in history as the definitive horror film, praying on the audiences’ inner demons and fear of the unknown. A definite must see if you never have before!

3. Frankenstein (1931)

Whether you’re a fan of scary movies or not, chances are you’ve seen some variation of Frankenstein. Boris Karloff, however, has always maintained the definitive look that everyone associates with the creature created by a mad scientist for his own ambitions. Although the story has gone on to have countless sequels and remakes, director James Whales’ original set a horror standard for its time, and helped Boris Karloff become one of the most famous faces the horror genre ever saw. After you watch the classic, check out Mel Brooks’ hilarious spin on the story, Young Frankenstein (1974).

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4. The Amityville Horror (1979, 2005)

Based on the book The Amityville Horror: A True Story by author Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is one of the iconic haunted house stories. Playing with both psychological thrill and jump-from-the-screen screams, Amityville has maintained a reputation as one of the most famous horror movies, partly in fact because it is based on actual events. Having more than four sequels, and a re-make staring Ryan Reynolds in 2005, Amityville definitely makes the list of classics!

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, 2003)

Another movie that has been revamped for new generations, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a great watch for the Halloween spirit. Based in part on the crimes of actual murderer Ed Gein, Chainsaw follows a group of friends as they travel through Texas and experience horrors beyond nightmares when they come across Leatherface and his family of cannibals and deep-country incest. The film has also had several sequels and a successful re-make in 2003 starring Jessica Biel. The story is pretty entertaining whether you watch the original or the new one, so knock yourself out.

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Other honorable mentions you should definitely check out include:
6. The Shining (1980)
7. Friday The 13th, Part I and II (1980, 1981)
8. Dracula (1931)
9. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
10. Psycho (1960)

Happy Halloween!!!

Entourage Cast Finally Ready For Movie

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The cast of Entourage was having some problems negotiating their new contracts for the big-screen adaptation of the hit show. Warner Bros. has finally given the HBO drama a go for the film now that lead actors Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara have closed a deal and agreed to their new contracts for the film. The movie will pick up where the series left off, turning much of the attention to Ari (Jeremy Piven) and his new production company. Production is said to begin early next year, but Warner Bros. has yet to secure a director for the project. Nevertheless, Entourage seems to be getting its big-screen break after all. Now we just play the waiting game.

The Cannaholics Present: Halloween Fright Night

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Location: 164 N Snelling Ave, St.Paul
When: Thursday, October 31st @ 9PM

Just when we started wondering what’s going on for Halloween it seems we’ve found just that. Bloomington spitters The Cannaholics will be hosting “Halloween Fright Night” at O’Gara’s Bar & Grill in St. Paul for anyone who is still looking for something to get into. The duo isn’t slated to hit the stage, but the night will feature performances from the likes of Niles Miller, Kids Like Us, 7Tre, Bobby Raps, Fre5h AiR & DJ Low; so you already know the music’s going to be bumpin. The event will also hold a costume contest with prizes for Most Original Costume, Sexiest Costume & Scariest Costume to go with some pretty good drink specials. Cover is only $5 and this one’s 21+ so it should be a good time, if you’re still looking for that last minute thing to do; look no further.

Brother Ali Hits TPT

When: October 31st @ 10pm

Brother Ali has a featured live performance special that will be aired on TPT this Thursday (Halloween). The TPT special will also include a sit down conversation with Dessa, whom will be the host. If you are busy on Halloween, they will also air the performance on November 3rd, at 10pm.

This show can also be seen online at mnoriginal.org

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 29

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British street artist Banksy seems to have taken a more classical approach to Day 29 of his month long “Better Out Than In” residency in New York City. Entitled “The Banality of The Banality of Evil”, Banksy is said to have bought the painting for $50 from a New York City thrift store and replaced it a couple days later. Initial reports are estimating that the newly painted piece will now fetch up to $1,000,000 and of course is no longer for sale to the general public. Stay tuned for more as Banksy wraps up “Better Out Than In” tomorrow.

Wide Eyes & Phillip Morris Release Album Art

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Wide Eyes & Phillip Morris recently took to Twitter to announce the release of their upcoming collaboration “The Sick & The Dead, and in preparation they’re giving us a sneak peak at the cover art. The artwork was done by Rogue Citizen’s Lizardman and the tape is due out on November 15th. Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the release date.

Old Man Gets Medicated For His First Time

The pipe whistles as he burns his finger, annnnnnnnnnd the old man thinks it is crack. Watch this clip from the Discovery Channel special, First Time Patient, as this guy tries to get medicated to help with his depression and ongoing pain. I’m actually surprised no one laughed or told him the correct way, way to go camera crew!

– I’ll try it the o’l pipe way! – 

Closed Sessions x Show You Suck: “First Blog Bro”

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As most of you already know, Chicago rapper Show You Suck is getting set to drop a new project entitled “Dude Bro” with the support of the good guys at Closed Sessions. In preparation they’ve decided to make an artist blog page for Show to give more insight into the project at hand. For instance, in the first post Show reveals that “Dude Bro” will hold an 80s theme throughout and was inspired by the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack. Keep an eye on Show’s new blog and stay tuned for more as he gets ready to release “Dude Bro”

Show You Suck x Closed Sessions: “First Blog Bro”