Hello again and welcome back to the 31-Days of Halloween. I hope you've been having fun so far! I've mentioned previously that I'll be featuring some spooky Halloween photos... Here is today's shot taken on a swamp-walk I like to frequent in Wenham:
Today is October 4th. "Donnie Darko," a Science Fiction film depicting a troubled teen who receives visits from a mysterious figure in a giant rabbit costume telling him the end of the world is near, debuted in theaters on this day in 2001. While the movie didn't fare well at the box office (mostly because of events at that time,) it was well received by critics and grossed over $10-million when it was released to home video. The soundtrack contains some excellent songs from Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Duran Duran, The Church, INXS, and an absolutely haunting piano cover of Tears For Fears' song "Mad World" performed by Gary Jules.
We have a couple of very big birthdays today including Rocky Horror Picture Show star Susan Sarandon, who turns 72 today. Don't forget she also had another big role in a Halloween-related film, appearing with Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jack Nicholson in 1987's Witches Of Eastwick!
There's also a big birthday for you vampire fans out there. Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice celebrates her 77th birthday today. Her 1976 novel "Interview with the Vampire," would eventually hit the big screen in 1994 with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and Kirstin Dunst. Eight years later, Rice's "Queen of the Damned" would also hit theaters (this time to less than stellar results.)
Let's stay on the Vampire vibe for today's musical selection. We turn to Concrete Blonde's 1990 "Bloodletting" album (the same one that contains their hit single "Joey") for the title track: "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song.)" It's waiting for you in the shadows now on the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening!