Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Halloween Roundup

Happy All Saints Day and Day of the Dead, Everyone.

This weekend I took my ♥GF♥ and some friends of ours to see a theatrical performance of Night of the Living Dead. It was pretty good! They had the farm house's living room as the set, with the basement off to the side. The field surrounding the house was the audience's seating area, so there were more and more zombies walking up and down the aisles as the performance progressed. There were some elementary-school-aged zombies who looked as though they were having the time of their lives when they got to emotively consume the freshly roasted guts after the gas tank exploded. The producers took a couple of liberties with the movie script, but were mostly pretty faithful. They had the dead body (who was kind of cute, by the way... where have I seen her before?) from the stairs try to grab at Barbara, and at the end the sheriff and his deputy were eaten by the zombies after they shot the black guy. Also, the black guy was played by a white guy. But, if it's OK for Othello...

I suspect they were able to do all that because of this screw-up that has kept NOTLD in public domain basically ever since it was released. (Ever notice that it's one of those movies you always find in the cheapo bin, like It's a Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians? This is not because of how good or bad the content is, but because they have fallen into public domain.)

Unlocked Wordhoard hypothesizes that the average child's Halloween experience has parallels in Bocaccio's Decameron. Excerpt: When you are seven years old, you might intellectually understand that monsters aren't real, but deep down in your heart you know that they are not only real, but lurk in the shadowy corners of your house. Children can take control of these fears through Halloween. They can transform themselves into scary creatures, and be surrounded by scary creature all bound to the same quest for candy. Cookie Monster's desire to gobble cookies and the neighbor kid/ghost's desire to gobble candy turn children's fear's into something familiar, comfortable, and even a little fun.

Here's the trailer for West Side Story as a zombie film, and here's the Zombie Scenario Survival Test.

Great post at The Shelf on ITGPCB and other Halloween specials.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, let me just point out that those stupid pilgrims were no true friends of liberty; They were just as religiously tyrannical as those they fled. If we really want to celebrate freedom of religion in the United States, how about commemorating the birthday of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, or something like that? And as for this fourth Thursday stuff? A gift from FDR to Depression-era retailers. (Who says he never encouraged market forces?)


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