Thank you MJ for opening this blog with your classic ‘Thriller’ and now for the rest of the show.
Greetings to you my patrons of the macabre and grotesque. Once again we find ourselves willingly or kicking and screaming in to the Halloween season. A time of year where we delight in scares, monsters, daemons, and least we forget that kindly neighbor that lives in the dilapidated house where the constant screams of their devilish hell beasts drowns out the guttural sounds of cats sizing each other up for a good fight.
For centuries we have been inundated with pictures of hell, the danse macabre picture book, penny dreadfuls, and even the cinematic movie shows we enjoy today. There have even been wood cuts showing witches riding on brooms, practicing their dark rituals (including kissing the devils backside to prove their fealty to him), and eating dinner with the devil. To combat the witch menace the Malleus Maleficarum or ‘hammer of witches’ was written in 1486 by german catholic clergyman Heimlich Kramer as a treaties on witches and what one can do to garner a confession of sin.
A small excerpt in chapter one of this now infamous tome.
“There are three methods above all by which devils, through the agency of witches, subvert the innocent, and by which that perfidy is continually being increased. And the first is through weariness, through inflicting grievous losses in their temporal possessions. For, as S. Gregory says: The devil often tempts us to give way from very weariness. And it is to be understood that it is within the power of a man to resist such temptation; but that God permits it as a warning to us not to give way to sloth. And in this sense is Judges ii to be understood, where it says that God did not destroy those nations, that through them He might prove the people of Israel; and it speaks of the neighbouring nations of the Canaanites, Jebusites, and others. And in our time the Hussites and other Heretics are permitted, so that they cannot be destroyed. Devils, therefore, by means of witches, so afflict their innocent neighbours with temporal losses, that they are to beg the suffrages of witches, and at length to submit themselves to their counsels; as many experiences have taught us.
We know a stranger in the diocese of Augsburg, who before he was forty-four years old lost all his horses in succession through witchcraft. His wife, being afflicted with weariness by reason of this, consulted with witches, and after following their counsels, unwholesome as they were, all the horses which he bought after that (for he was a carrier) were preserved from witchcraft.”
Now our woodcut and pictures on full display for those brave enough to take a peek.
Many a paintings of hell and it’s torments were created from Dante’s divine comedy to keep the illiterate populace that was the majority in line. Many are far too gruesome even for here so for the tamed down versions open below.
Dante Alighieri (Italian: [ˈdante aliˈɡjɛːri]; c. 1265 – 14 September 1321), most likely baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri[note 1] and often referred to as Dante (English: /ˈdɑːnteɪ,ˈdænteɪ, ˈdænti/, US: /ˈdɑːnti/), was an Italian[a] poet, writer and philosopher. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa (modern Italian: Commedia) and later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio, is widely considered one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.
Of course we can’t discount John Milton with his Paradise Lost Mythos.
John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet and intellectual. His 1667 epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse and including over ten chapters, was written in a time of immense religious flux and political upheaval. It addressed the fall of man, including the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and God's expulsion of them from the Garden of Eden. Paradise Lost elevated Milton's reputation as one of history's greatest poets. He also served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of Englandunder its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell.
Paradise Lost, and the depiction of satan after his exile from heaven. Ya put up a good fight my man and now you’re an international salesman for eggs, painting accessories, and top selling video games like the Diablo franchise. Of course we couldn’t forget the satanic panic of the 80’s- 90’s though I would have fired they guy who convinced you to put all your finances in vinyl, kids these days don’t know what a record is, let alone how to spin them backwards to get riches and chicks. Am I right or what?
Oooooh very frightening for the people of the times. When the populace became more literate we got the invention of thePenny Dreadfuls.
Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the 19th century in the United Kingdom. The pejorativeterm is roughly interchangeable with penny horrible, penny awful, and penny blood. The term typically referred to a story published in weekly parts of 8 to 16 pages, each costing one penny. The subject matter of these stories was typically sensational, focusing on the exploits of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities. First published in the 1830s, penny dreadfuls featured characters such as Sweeney Todd, Dick Turpin, Varney the Vampire, and Spring-heeled Jack.
Cinema brought us classics like Nosferatu, and to some extend the future dystopian movie (robot). Scary movies today are a multi million dollar industry. So what scares us in the first quarter of the 21st century? Nuclear War (carry over from 20th century), Trypophobia (the fear of hole patterns), Spiders, darkness/night, heights, death, and even clowns. Okay so many are carry overs from the last century, if it’s scary it sticks to the bones. Just ask Jeffery Dahmer, but back to the clowns.
Terrifying clowns include Pennywise from Stephen Kings novel ‘It’ which includes movie adaptations, the alien clowns from the movie “Killer Klowns from outer space’. Captain Spailding in the Rob Zombie movies House of 1,000 corpses and The Devils rejects, the father who puts on a cursed clown suit for his sons b-day party and becomes a demonic clown in the movie named ‘clown’, or even Lon Chaney’s depiction of the masochistic clown in the 1924 silent movie ‘He who gets slapped’.
The clown that sends shivers down my decrepit and soulless body is John Wayne Gacy’s and his alter ego pogo the clown.
John Wayne Gacy
1978 booking photo of Gacy
March 17, 1942|
May 10, 1994 (aged 52)|
Cause of death|
Execution by lethal injection|
The Killer Clown|
5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
John Stanley Gacy Marion Elaine Robison
Murder (33 counts)
Indecent liberties with a child
Deviate sexual assault
Span of crimes
December 21, 1978|
Menard Correctional Center|
And now our movie recommendations following the family friendly events. If scary movies are not your thing then perhaps a murder mystery for dinner parties. Here is a link to some free ones if time and money to purchase one is an issue.
murder mysteries here ———> https://www.thespruce.com/free-murder-mystery-games-1357635
Here’s some other family friendly events one could embark on.
Pumpkin Patch: pick out your favorite gourd to carve in to. Check local listings as some places may offer horse drawn hay rides, cider and other treats as well.
Corn Maze: another outdoor adventure for the family. Check listings for corn mazes that may have Halloween decor that might be too gruesome for the little ones. Some might even have a pumpkin patch for that two for one.
Haunted Houses: some may begin running in mid September so check local listings. Recommended for teens on up and see if the haunted house site is touch/no touch scares. One might have to request no touch.
Mall/church trick or treating: depending on the church and how they feel about halloween they may have a safe environment for kids to get candy. Check with the church to see if they allow outsiders and whether or not they teach children that this holiday is evil. Some malls may have a trick or treat for kids with some sort of sighn to show which stores are participating.
Haunted Tours: your area might have haunted tours where you get to see and sometimes enter a haunted establishment, at the very least you might just learn some history about the township you live in.
Kid friendly movies and shows include: Haunted Mansion, The Monster House, Corpse Bride, Coraline, Spiderwick, Frankenweenie, It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown, and Paranorman.
Foreign and Indy horror trailers for adults are next. Watch at your own risk.
Here’s a Taiwanese film in the hidden dooblydoo. Viewer discretion advised.
The normal Halloween recommendations for adults will follow: (with the exception of pick 66, all other recommendations are pre 70’s classics.)
1) House on Haunted Hill (1959)
2) Cat People (1942)
3) The Haunting (1963)
4) The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)
5) The Seventh Victim (1943)
6) The Uninvited (1944)
66) see what I did there? I will put the trailer down below for ‘The Popes Exorcist’ starring Russel Crow.
7) Them (1934)
😎 Eyes Without A Face (1960)
9) Carnival Of Souls (1962)
This years spooky cryptid is: the ningen
The legend surrounding the Ningen began in 2002 on a forum post on the Japanese online forum website, 2Channel, which claims that the members of a whale research ship witnessed the creature as it surfaced near their ship off the Antarctic coast. Originally thinking it was a submarine, the crew went to take a closer look, but the "submarine" vanished into the waves.
Bonus movie: The Crawling Eye (1958) - removed due to no longer being available
Broken peach did such a wonderful job closing us out last year I invited them back to close out this years post. Toodles
Have a safe and fun halloween holiday my fine creeps and creepettes, I hope your looking forward to this years ghost summonings in the next blog.
Edited by newbloodmoon