“Let’s Get Weird” is a series written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Make sure to pick up their latest album Colorblind.
Call it an obsession, call it an infatuation, or frankly just call it a magnetic pull – but I am drawn to the vibe of the giallo era. “Vibe,” there isn’t a better word to describe it. From the hyper-stylized shots, to the ludicrous stories and chilling synth lines in the scores, gialli are more than just period pieces. In a great giallo everything lines up to create that perfect sense of mystery, murder, misery and, yes, vibe! However, there’s a charm to giallo that modern thrillers simply don’t capture. Perhaps the era has all to do with it. From beautiful countrysides to city grime, from haunting scores to ultraviolent Hitchcock-esque stories on acid that are peppered with all the flirtatious steaminess one can muster up. But of course not every film in the genre is solid gold. I’ll admit that some of the later pictures in this mold come across as vapid or dull. And the abundance of poor knockoffs and copycats just dilutes the pool of these clever, thought-out shockers. So for all the non-believers, I present proof you can strike gold in a silver mine. Director Sergio Martino gave us a debut that makes my top-five list of gialli, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a new series that is written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Be sure to pick up TTR’s new album Colorblind on iTunes.
It can be quite the chore looking for a film that is demented, bizarre and without a detour from the story path, just for the sake of shock value. An uncanny, natural flow is hard to maintain. How does it occur in a cluster-fuck of bold, brazen images that can cause epileptic seizures? You would also hope that somewhere out there, there is still something so bewildering that even the wildest dreamers wouldn’t be able to whip it up. So if you are yearning for something a little more to expand your visual palette, let’s take a trip across the Pacific for the ultimate kids-in-a-haunted house story.
Calling Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 landmark, House (not to be confused with the 1986 William Kat classic), a masterpiece would be an understatement. It is a visual spectacle you won’t believe until you experience it. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a new series that is written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics.
For those of you who don’t know me, I sing in Twitch The Ripper, and I’d like to welcome you the first installment of my new column, “Let’s Get Weird.” I had such a great time putting together some of my top-10 horror movies back in 2010, that the good editors of BD asked me to discuss my favorite films from my personal collection. These are movies that deserve more attention–from forgotten masterpieces and rare gialli to the trippy and offbeat.
Let’s get weird and dive right into my first pick. READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you not one, but TWO remixes of Twitch The Ripper‘s “Safe House”, which comes off their latest album Colorblind (Amazon). The first remix is done by Mat Devine of Kill Hannah while the second track is a remix by TTR themselves.
But here’s a Halloween treat for you: Not only are we streaming the songs but you can also download them for free! Head on below to get some free music and make sure to check out our review of Colorblind! READ MORE
It’s been almost two years since Twitch The Ripper brought their debut album Bodiless. In that time, a great deal has happened for duo Jon Dobyns and Lonn. They’ve gone on several national tours as well as signed to electronic record label Metropolis Records. All of this has combined in inspiring the band to create their sophomore album Colorblind. Heavily inspired by the glory days of 80’s electronic/synthpop, does this album work or simply leave my nostalgic taste buds disappointedly lacking? Check below for the full review! READ MORE
Connecticut-based synth band Twitch The Ripper are streaming “Strange Behavior”, a new song which comes from their upcoming album Colorblind (out August 14th via Metropolis Records). You can hear the song on their Official Facebook page. The band states that another song will be available for streaming in the next few weeks although they don’t say which one it will be.
Colorblind was produced by Mark Saunders (Siouxie and the Banshees, The Sounds, Shiny Toy Guns) and mastered by Ted Phelps of Imperative Reaction. You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE