Hello there and welcome to the 31-Days of Halloween! Over the next month I will be sharing Halloween songs with you via playlists on YouTube and Spotify. Each day will feature a new tune and many days will include spooky photos I've taken and other fun stuff.
Today is October 1st, a day that marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero horror classic, "Night Of The Living Dead." Shot on a budget of $114,000, the film would gross close to $15-million in the U.S. and $18-million internationally. Originally criticized for displaying a level of gore & violence previously unseen in the cinema, the movie has since been added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Another violent movie for its time celebrates its 44th-anniversary today: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This one cost $140,000 to make and would gross $30-million in the U.S. and Canada. It was banned in several countries for its level of violence, despite extensive editing by director Tobe Hooper to remove much of the original gore. Today the film is regarded as a classic that established many story & character elements common in slasher-movies that followed.
That's quite the double-feature right there and that provides us with a nice segue to our first song on the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. From the soundtrack to 1975 cult-classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," we open with Richard O'Brien's "Science Fiction Double Feature." Let the countdown to Halloween begin. Happy listening! -Kristen