80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Night of the Vampire 🧛‍♂️

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

We are kicking this series off with a favorite song by a favorite band of mine, Grim Reaper. From the album Rock You to Hell, here’s “Night of the Vampire”. (Because what’s a band that goes by the name Grim Reaper gonna sing about? Unicorns and rainbows?!? I think not.)

If you think you’re safe at midnight
That’s the last thing you could do
He’ll be looking for that nighttime bite
He could be coming after you

See the full moon rising high up in the sky
The mist surrounds you and you know you’re gonna die

Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire
Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire

Look away from his hypnotic eyes
Or he will put you in a spell
No one hears your last pathetic cries
Now you live eternal hell

See the full moon rising high up in the sky
The mist surrounds you and you know you’re gonna die

Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire
Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire

Beware, beware

See the full moon rising high up in the sky
The mist surrounds you and you know you’re gonna die

Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire
Night of the vampire, he’s only looking for your life
Night of the vampire

(Goddess, I love Grimmett’s hair in that video…)

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Just In Time (for Halloween 2021)

As if I don’t have enough movies in my collection already – let alone horror films – the postman delivered these today:

The Wolfman Complete Legacy Collection contains movies made from 1935-1948: Werewolf of London (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946, starring Lassie‘s own June Lockhart), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948); and a number of Bonus Features (Monster by Moonlight documentary, The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth, Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man Archives, Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters, and more).

From the back cover:

The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the tragic monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Wolf Man to this day.

Last week I received an excellent werewolf movie I ordered
which I had reviewed back in 2018:

Time to settle in with a good horror flick,
some popcorn, and my sidekick.

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Halloween 2020 ~ Part 3

Yeah, I know. I’m a bit late with this last Post in the series. (I got side-tracked.) But – better late than never!

In Part 2, I promised you a tour of my living spaces. So here goes.

I’m going to do a backwards round-up beginning with the communal living area downstairs. Although the place is still in a bit of a shamble (due to boxes still sitting around waiting to be unpacked and cool stuff waiting to be hung on the walls), I did snap a few photos.

(Once we get this area straightened up and decorated properly, I’ll post more pictures.)

Now let’s go upstairs to my “ensuite” bathroom/bedroom.

ensuite
adj. (of a bathroom) immediately adjoining a bedroom and forming part
of the same set of rooms
n. a bathroom that immediately adjoins a bedroom and forms
part of the same set of rooms

Bathroom

Bedroom

I even strung some purple lights around the window. (I loved these so much I waited until this week to take them down!)

Well, that’s a wrap, and remember:  There’s never a wrong time (or place) to celebrate SPOOKINESS. Bwahahaha…

Halloween 2020 ~ Part 1
Halloween 2020 ~ Part 2

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Scary Caturday! (10.31.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

This special Halloweem editiom is all about black cats, because whem you thimk of Halloweem you picture ravem-furred beasties, right? Right?!? Well, I’m here to tell you there’s more to us tham ridimg om broomsticks or crossimg your path. There’s mo truth to the rumor that we cause bad luck AMD we take meow-velous selfies (Ramses and I are still working on this. He just cannot sit still long enough for me to capture a shot of us together. – M).

But first, let’s hear what SHE has to say about today’s Full “Blue” Moom.

The second Full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon. The Full Moon on October 31, 2020 is also a Hunter’s Moon – which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon – AND is conjunct Lilith. Damn.

Rare Halloween ‘Blue Moon’ is a spooky treat for us all
“The moon will be full this Halloween night across the entire United States. This is a truly special confluence of spookiness; a Halloween full moon visible for all time zones on Earth hasn’t happened since 1944… [and] It won’t happen again until 2039.”
Full Moon October 31, 2020 – Rebellion
“The October 31 blue moon is extremely close to Uranus [in Taurus], the planet of change and revolution. So unexpected change and uncertainty may cause anxiety, impatience, and an inability to relax…Civil unrest, violence, and rebellion are possible. […] The October 31 full moon in the Sign of Taurus aligns with the brightest star in the Constellation of Aries.”
The Spiritual Meaning of the Halloween Blue Full Moon 2020 is Surprising
“…Samhain was celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 as a way of welcoming in the harvest, and the darker half of the year. The Celtics believe it’s the only day in the year where the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world can be dissolved…Full moons are powerful on their own, so when you integrate the rarity of it also being a blue moon, on the eeriest night of the year, it means something.”

Astrologically, Full Moons sit directly opposite the Sun. Today’s Full Moon is in Taurus (the Earth) while the Sun resides in Scorpio (the Underworld). As above, so below. The lunar properties of the moon will shine a light on that which is hidden. It will bring the mysterious out into the open. This is a moon of change and transformation.

Indeed. There is electricity in the air and you can feel the power of its magickal energies. Spooky. The perfect time to cast a spell or two.

Now, let’s get on with this post! (Take it away, Ramses!)

A black cat crossing your path
signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

– Groucho Marx

Black cats were considered good luck on ships – this despite the fact that ALL cats are great hunters and kept rodents at bay during long voyages. The wives of English mariners kept black cats as TALISMANS to ensure their husbands’ safe return. In Britain, Japan, and Ireland having a black cat cross your path is a sign of GOOD luck. Single women in Japan who own black cats are said to attract more suitors; and in parts of the U.K., a black cat is the ideal wedding gift.

Black Cats Matter.
Because there are more “cats of color” than any other
– with one all-black purebred breed: the Bombay.

Hey, this cat looks just like me! – Ramses

Because of superstitious ignorance, black cats are the least-adoptable among their shelter-mates; and because they are the target of cruel and sometimes fatal attacks during Halloween, shelters will no longer adopt them out during the month of October.

Why you should adopt a Black Cat.

  • We tend to be healthier than cats of other colors. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genetic mutations that cause cats to have black coats may offer them some protection from diseases.
  • If you wear a lot of black (Like SHE does.) you don’t have to worry about cat hair on your clothes.
  • Like the proverbial little black dress, we go with EVERYTHING – and holding us will make you look slimmer.
  • We are RARE (the black color of our coats is associated with the X chromosome, which often skips a generation).
  • Having a black cat is like living with a miniature-size panther.

Black cats were created to give everyone
the opportunity to be owned by a mini-panther.

– Unknown

Famous Black Cats

For ways on how you (and your kitty) can fully celebrate Samhain,
check out “The Magic of Cats“.

Happy Halloweem

Oh no! Here comes Ramses-O!
Go, Go, Mouse-zilla!!!!

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Halloween 2020 ~ Part 2

As I said, my love for the horror genre continues to this day. I still collect horror-themed items – especially relating to vampires – but have become more selective during my adult life. I thought it might be fun to dig up some memorabilia I had stashed away.

In Part 1, I mentioned having my picture in one issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland. When I was around 12 or 13 I got to talk to the editor, Forrest J. Ackerman. (My Dad set-up the phone call.) What a treat that was! I found correspondence from “Forry” in my stash:

Over the last 20+ years I have stockpiled a few dolls that will be housed in a fancy display case (whenever I get around to buying one).

Given I’m particularly fond of vampires, it will come as no surprise that I was a huge fan of Kindred: The Embraced when it aired in 1996. I have it on VHS, but the complete series has finally been released as a set of DVD’s.

Speaking of DVD’s, I’ve got a modest collection of horror-related flicks.

In Part 3, I’ll take you on a tour of my living space(s)
where my most cherished items are displayed year-round.

(Black cats, skulls, gargoyles, and vampires abound…)

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