To get you mega-hyped on Halloween (just a few days away!) the folks behind Louisville Is For Lovers have decided to re-release Babylon Louisville II, a Misfits tribute featuring a fantastic collection of covers from hometown bands that was originally released back in October of 2007. Bands featured include My Morning Jacket covering "Hollywood Babylon," David Pajo covering "Angelfuck," and a chilling Wax Fang rendition of... you guessed it: "Halloween".
The comp is set to be released as a digital download this Monday, October 31 (hell yeah!), and can be preordered right now for just $1.38 (go here). Treat yourself, man! That's like, totally affordable! This Friday (10/28) the comp will be streaming at the Louisville Free Public Library website via their Louisville Mix service. As for now, you can listen to it early in its entirety at LEO Weekly.
We all know John King as being one of the main orchestrators behind the long-running Louisville Is For Lovers series (and a truckload of other cool shit). We felt it would be only natural to reach out to our friend to ask if he'd be willing to talk about one of his favorite scary movies as part of our ongoing daily LOUISVILLE LOVES HORROR series. Thankfully, he was kind enough to respond with a retrospective on a somewhat forgotten horror comedy from the late 90's that he has a definite affection for...
Since Halloween is sharply heading our way there have been a lot of scary movies featured on sites like Netflix, and I have been keeping an eye out for some in particular. Some of my favorites seem to be impossible to find out there. I don't know if this speaks to my personality, but I have been obsessively looking for some in particular. One I have never seen but search for constantly is Lifeforce (1985). Something about gorgeous naked space vampires that turn Londoners into zombies leads me to believe it should be on regular rotation on TCM.
And maybe because I am in the middle of the submission process for the next Louisville Is For Lovers Valentine's comp (go here to submit your song!), I've been wanting to rewatch My Bloody Valentine (1981) the Canadian mine horror classic. Apparently the first version was so violent that Paramount cut out 10 minutes of the grossest parts, and never issued an 'uncut' version unfortunately (a reissue has some of the cut scenes added back in though). But the version that made it into theaters is worth watching. Even the 3D remake from 2009 is worth seeing.
But every Halloween I look for Idle Hands (1999) and can never find it. It was ahead of the curve on the gross-out comedy wave that followed shortly with films like Shaun Of The Dead (2004) and Return Of The Living Dead 5: Rave To The Grave (2005) when some rave kids make Ecstasy out of zombie juice and things get crazy.
Idle Hands didn't get a lot of attention but it did open doors for main actor, Devon Sawa, who saw fame a year later with Final Destination. It is a classic cautionary tale about how a lazy life of smoking weed and masturbating can have some serious consequences.
The full on gore is counterweighted by slapstick comedy.. Elden Henson carries his decapitated head around half the movie before he duct tapes it to his neck.. and then tries to eat a bean burrito unsuccessfully, while Seth Green's character has a beer bottle shoved into his brain but still tries to drink what's left inside.
Sawa's character is in love with a motorcycle riding Jessica Alba (no one can fault him for that) but he has to chop off his possessed hand right before the big dance. Needles to say hijinks does ensue. The hand takes off on a journey of its own to kill every half naked teen in town and four scrappy friends have to band together to save the town, and recently becoming undead won't stop them.