Media Update 10/15/20

We Summon the Darkness (2020)

I liked the poster for this one and this was actually the inspiration for this week’s theme. I liked the idea of mixing heavy metal with satanic cults in a comedy horror (especially after Satanic Panic). This was a really clever movie with some really interesting plot beats and characters. I do not want to give much away but the movie definitely surprised me in places. Alexandra Daddario (who also produced) plays a rich girl who, along with her friends, hit heavy metal shows. Amy Forsyth plays a nervous teen runaway who has fallen in with Daddario’s little gang of friends. Maddie Hason plays an impulsive and ditzy party girl who is part of the group. They meet up with Keean Johnson, Austin Swift, and Logan Miller who all play aspiring musicians and friends. The characters interact in great little ways that you really believe the friendships and things definitely get fun. The movie is really well shot and everything fits together so well. There was definitely enough horror, comedy, and action to keep me happy. I recommend this movie.

Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987)

This movie has some things in common with the first movie but it has some new elements that are batshit insane. It felt very much like Slumber Party Massacre mixed with The Nightmare on Elm Street and Bad Channels. It is a horror movie with honest to goodness musical numbers which look like music videos. Crystal Bernard plays a survivor from the first movie who is now trying to move on. Her sister, also a survivor, is played by Cindy Eilbacher who is now stuck in a mental hospital. She goes along with her bandmates, her friends, and her new boyfriend on a trip out to spend the weekend at a condo. Things start to get really weird and surreal and the rock and roll and death commences. The unnamed killer is played brilliantly by Atanas Ilitch who is so charismatic and goofy while still being threatening. He does his own singing as far as I can tell. The movie is full of great Rockabilly music and Eighties Rock. I recommend it.

Lords of Chaos (2019)

This movie is a loose dramatization of the story of the Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem and its sordid history. Seeking to create a new sort of Metal that was darker than Death or Speed Metal, Mayhem ended up being one of the driving forces to popularizing Black Metal. The band was co-founded by Euronymous, Necrobutcher, Manheim from Norway. A few years later they were joined by a man who simply called himself Dead from Sweden. The movie covers the troubled mental state of a suicidal and depressed Dead (Jack Kilmer) and his relationship with Euronymous (Rory Culkin). The latter part of the movie deals with Euronymous’ relationship with singer Varg (Emory Cohen) who develops a violent psychosis. While this is not really a “horror” movie per se, it definitely has a lot of realistic horror that stems from when young people let their fantasies get away from them. I recommend the movie but it is violent and explicit when it comes to suicide and violence.

Music of the Week:

Killer Dwarfs – Dirty Weapons

Hayley Kiyoko – Demons

Buck 65 – Zombie Delight

Aaron Fraser-Nash – Horror Characters Cypher

LUCIFER – California Son

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “The Horror of Rock”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Lovecraft Country Season 1
I started Elementary Season 3
I finished Harley Quinn Season 1
I finished Blacklist Season 7
I have watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube

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