Let's kick part two of our vinyl revival off with a bang! Who doesn't love the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Well now you can have his adorable face adorn your vinyl record collection! Head over to the official Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary site to pre-order this collectible item. The Ghostbusters: Stay Puft Edition Super Deluxe Vinyl features both Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. & the Ghostbusters rap by Run-DMC! As far as packaging and goodies go, the vinyl album itself is white with both tracks on side A and a smooth side B and also features the famous Ghostbusters logo in the center of the album. The gatefold jacket is puffy to simulate the feel of marshmallow and is also marshmallow scented! The inner packaging features a collage of the the Stay Puft Marshmallow man marching through New York City in photographs from the film. Also included with purchase are two 12" x 12" Stay Puft lenticular images from the film, one 12" x 12" Stay Puft motion lenticular image from the film, a complete set of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man facial expressions on unbound transparencies (with clear packaging), a 6 inch Stay Puft figurine, a certificate of authenticity. All of the items listed above make this package a steal at $58.98, especially for hardcore Ghostbusters fanatics. Head over to the Ghostbusters site by clicking here or the picture below and pre-order your vinyl Stay Puft Super Deluxe set, which ships on or before October 21st.
I just realized in the middle of grabbing that pic that the official Ghostbusters site has another sweet vinyl for sale. The Ghostbusters Glow-in-the-Dark vinyl retails at 16.98 and includes Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. and some different dance mixes of the song as well.
Arguably the most iconic if not the most recognizable horror theme is the "Halloween Theme" composed by The Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra a.k.a. John Carpenter haha. This classic has been released on a vinyl 45 along with "Laurie Knows" as the B side by the Jack-O-Lantern Music Co. Head on over to the Halloween movies store and cough up your hard earned bucks to the tune of $14.99 and this baby will be shipped to your front door! By the way these are hand numbered orange translucent vinyl and are limited to 500 copies.
And finally, we have the Queen of Halloween herself making an appearance in our vinyl revival! Elvira has released two new songs titled 2 Big Pumpkins & 13 Nights of Halloween both of which will be featured on this vinyl record. The songs were written by songwriter Fred Schneider of the B-52s, so expect them to be super kooky and fun! As far as ordering goes, head over to Thirdman Records, which is the company supplying this 7" (45) on pugnacious purple vinyl as they're calling it. The packaging will also feature thermally active paint for a special surprise when warmed! For $8.00 you can own this piece of Halloween memorabilia however I would order sooner rather than later as everyone loves themselves some of Elvira's pumpkins so I expect these to go quick! Check out the packaging below and a video for a demo of the thermally active packaging.
The vinyl music industry has had somewhat of a revival the last decade or so, although many will say it never died in the first place! As I was scouring the internet for new Halloween collectibles to write about I happened to come across not one but four collectible vinyl albums all having either been recently released or are soon to be released. While not all of these albums are directly tied to Halloween, I think you'll agree that they still fit nicely in a Halloween countdown feature! Two vinyl LPs from WaxWork Records will be featured here in Vinyl Revival (Part 1) and three more surprise vinyl albums will be featured later tonight in Vinyl Revival (Part 2).
First up we have the Friday the 13th LP. For $27.00 you can own one of these amazing versions of the Friday the 13th vinyl from WaxWork Records! Something to keep in mind for collectors is that this is the first time the complete original film score has been released on vinyl! Below you can see two of the variants of the vinyl itself which include the Woodland Green w/ Bloodspatter version & The Crystal Lake Murky Green version. There is also a split version and a version that includes blood filled vinyl, however those were limited to 100 and I'm not sure if they are still available. Below the two pictures of the records themselves are the front cover art and the back cover art which comprise the full gatefold jacket. Also included with the record are exclusive liner notes from Sean Cunningham and Harry Manfredini. Click the back cover art to see a full track listing and click the front cover art to be taken to WaxWork Records order page!
Next up is the vinyl release of the Trick 'R Treat score, and similar to the Friday the 13th vinyl is the first time that those tracks have been released on vinyl! The Trick 'R Treat release features liner notes from director Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes and will available in four different versions (some of which are featured below). The album also comes with an 11" by 22" poster and an exclusive bonus spooky sound FX album! Yes, you read that correctly, WaxWork Records has acquired some of the original sounds and sound effects from the film and have compiled them into a sound FX album similar to the ones you used to buy at your local pharmacy on cassette tape back in the day! Click here to be taken to WaxWork's soundcloud page to preview three tracks from the album and one track from the sound FX bonus. The four variants of the album will feature a candy corn splatter vinyl, a black and orange swirl vinyl, and orange vinyl, and a picture disc vinyl. I couldn't find a price listed for this one, but the pre-order date is listed as October 14th. Click the cover art to be taken to WaxWork Records website to check out the info including a complete track listing and add it to your bookmarks so you can pre-order on October 14th!
Does anyone else ever find themselves struggling to find enough time to watch all of the Halloween themed movies/television/specials that you plan on watching? Of course there is the prerequisite viewing of Halloween, Trick 'r Treat, and The Great Pumpkin, but what else do you try to squeeze in before the 31st? Well I hate to say it, but here are two more specials to try to squeeze in before November. The first is a special that is the demon spawn of "The Great Christmas Light Fight," from last years Christmas season. "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" will be an ABC special airing on Tuesday, October 28th (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT). The special will feature different households showcasing their efforts to create the best Halloween home haunt displays. There will be a prize of $50,000 given to the "best" Halloween display, although what constitutes the "best" has yet to be announced. I'm curious as to whether or not gore, interactiveness, scariness, or what will be used to judge the displays. Here are some promotional pictures for the special......
The second Halloween special that I wanted to talk about features one of the sexiest Halloween regulars of all time, that's right Elvira! Hulu recently announced that they'd snagged the witty horror hostess to bring her brand of sexually infused, comedic commentary to their site for a mini series entitled: "13 Nights of Elvira". The series will run from October 19th through Halloween and will feature campy classics such as: Evil Bong, Seed People, Shrunken Heads, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, and premiering on Halloween night is the seminal classic Night of the Living Dead! I can't wait to see what Elvira comes up for some of these commentaries, especially Evil Bong. No word yet on what time each day the movies will pop up on Hulu but it might be to your advantage to use your free trial week somewhere between those days and check it out. You can never have too much Elvira during Halloween right? Click the promo pic below to be taken to Elvira's Movie Macabre on Hulu (they haven't posted an official 13 Nights of Elvira page yet)!
Just wanted to share a few Halloween treats with all my ghouls tonight! First off we have a freebie in the form of a kindle book! I found this one yesterday in the free kindle section on Amazon and I have to admit, it was quite a fun way to spend an hour or two. Death by Halloween (Adventures You Choose Book 1) by David Warkentin, is the kindle version those choose your own adventure books you remember from your childhood. The difference is that Warkentin arranged the book in such a way that the stories aren't necessarily set up as win/lose scenarios but rather story 1/story 2 outcomes based on your decisions. The different scenarios were quite thrilling with the backyard camping one being one of my favorites, but to reveal any more would spoil the fun. I did find one "happy" ending within the pages, but mostly they all ended quite gruesomely, which let's be honest, is what were all here for anyways right? As I said, the book is a lot of fun but if I had to constructively critique one aspect of the book it would be that some of the scenarios lose their Halloween themed flair along the way. They do however all stay within the horror realm, so once again this is quite a nitpick. The best part about the book is that the kindle version is FREE right now, and I believe will remain so for the next few days! Go download it and help the Mr. Warkentin break the top 100 for the kindle rankings. If you enjoy the book enough there is a paperback version available, and with it's amazing cover art would definitely warrant a slot in your Halloween book collection. Here is the cover art, with a shoutout from the author going to Spacesick who designed the cover. Click the book below to download the kindle version, currently for free, over at Amazon!
Our second freebie of the day is a Halloween music compilation and comes by way of Victor over at Halloween Hot Sauce and Daniel Starkey! Songs for Seance: Volume 4 was put together by Daniel Starkey a.k.a. Lazarus Grimes. Check out the track listing below, and click the cover art below to be taken to the free download page. While you are there, check out the Halloween Hot Sauce collection as well!
01 Nyturan Demontah (intro)
02 Thee Cormans - Open The Gates
03 Bill Buchanan - Beware
04 Rube Bloom - Mysterious Mose
05 Artie Shaw - Nightmare
06 Bing Crosby - The Headless Horseman
07 Todd Rollins - Boogie Man
08 Jon Brion - Zombie Attacks in the Eighties
09 Richard Delvecchio - Green Slime theme
10 Silver Scream Spookshow - DIgging Up Graves
11 Vincent Price - Monster Mash
12 Tormentor - Theme from Phantasm
13 Louis Armstrong - Skeleton in the Closet
14 Glen Gray - Boogie Woogie Man
15 Buddy Baker - Grim Grinning Ghosts
16 F.L. Wray - Graveyard (instrumental)
17 Bert Convy - The Monster Hop
18 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - The Haunted House
19 L'Orchestra Cinematique - Penny Dreadful theme
20 The Brian Sisters - Boogie-Woogie Boogie Man
21 Dave Gardner - Mad Witch
22 Charles Mintz - I'm A Ghost
23 Nina Simone - I Put Spell On You
24 Broadcast - The Equestrian Vortex
It's that time of year again! Halloween will be here before we know it, and sadly gone faster than we can enjoy it. Here at HalloweenOverkill I'll be celebrating the greatest holiday of the year by posting reviews of my favorite Halloween themed movies, books, music and more for the next month! Hopefully there will also be some other fun stuff such as giveaways! Check back here daily for Halloween goodness and don't forget to click on the Countdown to Halloween badge in the sidebar to be taken to the Countdown to Halloween blog and discover the many other blogs celebrating Halloween as well!