Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Vincent Price, one of horror’s greatest icons. Not only did he have a wealth of horror movies under his belt, he possessed a charisma, a charming, engaging presence that few actors since have held. He also had one of the most recognizable voices in entertainment history. When he spoke, it was impossible to not listen. And what he could do with just his voice was nothing shy of incredible, his range of emotion seemingly endless.
Price was born in St. Louis, MO in 1911 and began acting in 1938, when he starred in Rowland V. Lee’s Service de Luxe. His first foray into horror came in 1939, when he starred in Lee’s Tower of London, opposite Boris Karloff. He was most popular in the horror genre in the 50′s and 60′s, starring in such films as The Fly, Tingler, House ON Hanted Hill, just to name a few. Price was also widely used in many film adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe, including House Of Usher, The Masque Of Red Death, The Raven, The Pit And The Pendulum, and more. Price’s last film role was in Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. He passed away in 1993 in Los Angeles, CA.
Below are two videos that I feel represent Price. The first is Price reading Poe’s “The Raven”, which I feel shows his love of literature, horror, and the power of his voice. The second is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, which features a monologue and a fantastically creepy laugh from Price, showing how his work touched those even beyond the silver screen.
R.I.P Mr. Price. Your work will live in infamy and your voice still resounds after all these years. READ MORE
It’s impossible to deny the impact that Michael Jackson, the true king of pop (suck it, Kanye), had on the music world. The man put out “Thriller”! Is that not enough reason to respect and appreciate the hell out of him?
And it’s because of “Thriller” that several prominent metal musicians have come together to record Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson! The album features appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament), Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), and many more! Head on below to see the full track list and head on over to Amazon to pick up your copy! READ MORE
Three decades ago, Queen singer Freddie Mercury and King Of Pop Michael Jackson entered Jackson’s home studio and collaborated on several tracks. This collaboration ceased when the pair had a falling out. This occurred in 1983. In 2011, the Jackson estate released the tapes to Queen guitarist Brian May, who has since been tweaking, mixing, and layering the demos with additional material. And, according to May, this Fall we’ll finally be able to hear these tracks.
May has stated “There are a few items in progress. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.” He continues, stating that the project is, “…exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”
According to the official Brian May website, “The tracks are likely to include new guitar solos from Brian May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.” READ MORE
At the May 24th show in the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA, Limp Bizkit was joined onstage by two guests: Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys) who did a dance and rendition of Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” followed by David Arquette (the Scream series) who participated in “Eat You Alive”. Photos and video footage can be seen below. READ MORE
Well, it was bound to happen, right? There is now a horror comedy about the resurrection of Michael Jackson. Entitled Return Of The Moonwalker, the film premiered February 27th, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The movie looks completely insane and absurdly random, which is why I figured it had a place here!
The synopsis reads, “Michael Jackson’s hand has been stolen from his crypt in LA!! The culprits: two love-struck leather dwarves, acting on the orders of Dr. Cagliostro, a time-traveling sorcerer posing as the manager of a “punk circus” in Berlin. The mysterious mystic’s mad plan: use the risen Michael to rouse the masses and ignite a global revolution!
“Realizing something strange is afoot, two lesbian ghost hunter girls and three horny college dudes team up to infiltrate Cagliostro’s circus. Things come to a head when the rapidly decaying Jacko-Zombie Messiah takes over the circus and starts his own “Rainbow Revolution” one that quickly descends into chaos. Can the kids stop Doomsday before it’s too late?”
The new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories is perhaps one of the most anticipated upcoming albums amongst many of my friends. After all, it’s been eight years since their last album, 2005′s Human After All. With the release of their new single “Get Lucky”, which features Pharrell Williams, I’ve seen my social networks blow up and the song posted what feels like every five minutes. Admittedly it’s a really catchy song, so I can’t really complain.
However, YouTube user Maim Ixed found out something a little interesting. By pitch shifting the song up, adding in some “Shamonas”, “Hee-hee’s”, and more, the song sounds like it could’ve been a brand new Michael Jackson single. It’s actually a really convincing edit. Head on below to hear the original as well as the Michael Jackson-remix. READ MORE
Modern classic hard rock band Heaven & Earth have released an official music video for “No Money, No Love”. Directed by photographer Glen Wexler (Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson), the video is a visual smorgasbord of midgets, magicians, prostitutes, and more, all within an old Hotel.
Heaven & Earth’s debut album, Dig, will be released April 23rd. It was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
Discussing Dig, founder Stuart Smith states, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, has teamed up with Canadian duo Zed’s Dead for their official “Demons” music video. The video is an homage to Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”. You can watch it below.
The song comes from their Hot Sauce EP, which you can purchase on Beatport. READ MORE
The weekend is upon us and it’s time to get twisted! But you know what? I’m feeling a little frisky. I kinda want to get out there and dance a bit. So that’s why I’m kicking off this weekend with Lindsey Stirling as our Twisted Music Video Of The Week! Below you can watch “Moon Trance”, which comes off her self-titled album (iTunes). The video could easily be likened to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in premise and presentation. So, if you’re a fan of that video, definitely give this a chance.
Stirling is an internet sensation who combines violin with electronic music all while performing modern dance. She will be embarking on a N. American tour beginning in February. All tour dates are below. READ MORE
2Cellos, the guys responsible for that awesome cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal”, have released an official video for the cover of Muse‘s “Supermassive Black Hole”, which you can check out below. The video features Naya Rivera, who is probably best known from the TV show Glee.
Stjepan Hauser comments, “We love Naya’s sexy voice – it’s perfect for this song! We recreated Muse’s amazing guitar riff on the cello and by using different sound effects, we gave this traditionally classical instrument a more contemporary, rock sound.”
Luka Sulic adds, “We became friends with Naya last year on the set of Glee and this is a perfect follow up to our appearance on the Michael Jackson tribute episode.” READ MORE
You readers aren’t the only ones who are chomping at the bit for the upcoming horror thriller The Collection, the sequel to 2009′s The Collector. Turns out shock rocker Marilyn Manson is also excited for the film, which comes out this Friday, Nov. 30th.
In anticipation of this release, Manson has teamed up with VEVO to put together a playlist of several music videos that he thinks captures the feel and atmosphere of the film. Featuring his own cover of The Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams”, Rihanna‘s “Disturbia”, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”, Rockwell‘s “Someone’s Watching Me”, MGMT‘s “Kids”, and more, the playlist can be viewed below. Also, make sure to check out our review of his latest album Born Villain (iTunes).
“When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through thegruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena.”
The Collection, directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, stars Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream). READ MORE
Fearless Records has released the fifth volume of their Punk Goes Pop series. Included are artists such as Memphis May Fire, Upon This Dawning, Craig Owens, The Word Alive, and more doing covers of famous pop songs. You can check out the full track list below as well as a lyric video for Issues cover of Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend”.
You can snag your copy of Punk Goes Pop vol. 5 on iTunes. Also, now through Nov. 19th, all previous editions of Punk Goes… are on sale for $7.99.
Personally, and maybe I’m not understanding this idea, but doesn’t it seem like you should have, I don’t know, punk bands doing Punk Goes Pop? These seem more like screamo, metalcore, and bands that fall into those types of genres. Help me out here readers, am I wrong? READ MORE
While most of you were packing up for the holiday weekend, some monster entertainment news broke over at The Hollywood Reporter. The site reported that the estate of Michael Jackson has put the finishing touches on a deal with director John Landis and producer George Folsey Jr. that resolves litigation concerning net profits on the late singer’s “Thriller” video as well as a fight over a previously planned musical theater production of the hit song/video.
On Friday, the estate released a statement to THR indicating that the settlement had become firm: “The Estate of Michael Jackson, John Landis and George Folsey Jr. have reached an amicable settlement of the actions that were pending in the Los Angeles Superior Court relating to the legendary short motion picture Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the documentary “The Making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”" The settlement terms are confidential.”
Being that “Thriller” is my all-time favorite music video, and maybe even earliest horror inspiration, after reading this news I was completely scaled in goosebumps. I immediately obsessed over one thought: “Does this mean we’ll finally get a proper “Thriller” release?“ The answer? Read on for the scoop… READ MORE
Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, Beyond Dishonor is an unsigned five-piece metal band that is making big waves on the East Coast. Combining prog-metal, metalcore, and deathcore (so many genres!), these guys have been around for five years, have two albums under their belt, and are now gearing up to enter the studio this summer and record a new EP, tentatively titled This Is MADNESS. The band has also locked down several tour dates in Spring, which you can check below.
For a good laugh, I HIGHLY recommend you check out their video cover of Michael Jackson‘s Beat It below. It got more than one or two chuckles out of me.
On a quest to destroy all horsehair bows, 2Cellos has put out another badass video of them covering Guns N Roses‘ Welcome To The Jungle. I’ve gotta give thanks to Kevin Riepl for turning me on to this video, which is just far too badass to not post. Below is their cover of Michael Jackson‘s Smooth Criminal, so check after the jump for all the Welcome To The Jungle glory!
Let’s start this week with a pretty badass video, shall we? Below is a video (a very well made video, I might add) of two guys dueling it out on cellos by busting out Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’. The way they play off of each other is really incredible and you can tell that they just had crazy amounts of fun doing this.
Ill Nino have uploaded an album teaser onto YouTube for their upcoming album, ‘Dead New World’, which you can check after the jump. The album is slated for release on this upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 25th. There’s also still time to pre-order some deluxe packages HERE.
‘Dead New World’ is self-produced with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfists, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul). The album art was illustrated by Tim Butler of XIII Designs (Disturbed, Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Michael Jackson).
In a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons had a few things to say about the late Michael Jackson. Simmons is going out of his way to say that there is ‘no question’ Michael Jackson was a child molester. Read on to see what he had to say as well comment so I can get your opinions on this.
It was recently announced that for the first time in history, a music video is being named to the U.S. National Film Registry. In all fairness, it may as well be considered a film. Michael Jackson’s Thriller was not only played on tv, but was released theatrically on 35mm film. The video debuted on December 2nd, 1983 while “Thriller” wasn’t released to radio as a single until January 23rd, 1984. The album itself has sold over 100 million worldwide in the 26 years since its release. The video was helmed by An American Werewolf In London director John Landis, who also co-wrote the script for the video with Jackson. The effects in the video were created by Academy Award winning make up effects artist Rick Baker (who won for An American Werewolf In London). It also features a cameo by horror legend, Vincent Price.
“Thriller” was given this distinguished honor (being stored in a vault so when a Zombie apocalypse strikes, at least the next wave of inhabitants will know we had taste), for the fact that since its release it has been a pop cultural mainstay. The Library of Congress described the video as a lavish production that “revolutionized the music industry”. It also gave horror more mainstream appeal. There are other horror films entered in the registry; Frankenstein, Psycho and Freaks to name a few. The last time a horror film was chosen was John Carpenter’s Halloween in 2006. READ MORE