Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

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Twist-a-Rama 2!

October 20, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Hey, here we go with my second MixCloud collection of Halloween novelty tunes: The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama Volume 2! Twenty-eight tracks mainly focusing on instrumentals with some rockabilly, garage and even doo wop thrown in for good measure!

Once again I’m having difficulty sharing the MixCloud player on WordPress (jeez, one year and it’s still not solved, guys?), so check it out at http://www.mixcloud.com/sellergrendesign/the-haunted-house-of-horrors-horrific-halloween-twist-a-rama-volume-2/ and this coming week I’ll add it on YouTube as well.

TRACKLIST:

01 CHARLES FOX Green Slime Theme Song
02 GEORGE BARNES Spooky
03 CHARLES SHEFFIELD It’s Your Voodoo Working
04 DICK DIXON Caterpillar Crawl
05 BOBBY “BORIS” PICKETT & THE CRYPT-KICKERS Graveyard Shift
06 THE POETS Dead
07 THE CASTLE KINGS You Can Get Him Frankenstein
08 THE DEADLY ONES There’s a Creature in the Surfer’s Lagoon
09 THE PHANTOM FIVE Graveyard
10 RENE HALL Night Fright
11 CARLOS CASAL, JR Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein
12 THE TED TAYLOR FOUR Cat’s Eyes
13 JOHNNY CALE Shock Hop
14 JOE JOHNSON The Gila Monster
15 BENT BOLT AND THE NUTS Mechanical Man
16 MILTON DeLUGG The Creep
17 JACK AND JIM Midnight Monsters Hop
18 LOS SHAINS El Monstruo
19 REX GARVIN Strange Happenings
20 THE ABSTRACTS Nightmare
21 THE ESSEX Cemetery Stomp
22 THE TARANTULAS Like Spellbound
23 THE NIGHTMARES Horrors of the Black Museum
24 JOE SOUTH The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor
25 BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES Ghost Guitars
26 THE EXECUTIONERS Guillotine
27 THE FIENDS Thank You, Thing
28 THE TOMKOS The Spook

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Jack-o-Lantern!

October 12, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Here we go: The latest addition to my page on Society 6, Jack-o-Lantern! Pretty fitting considering the season and so far the response has been great! Available as art prints, t-shirts, iPhone skins etc., plus stickers via my page on Red Bubble. Check ‘em out, keep in mind there’s still free shipping worldwide up until October 13th and join up on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign.

Speaking of which, Call Me Greenhorn‘s latest EP The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef is still available. It’s a $2 download so check it out here and give it a spin below.

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Art Treats!

October 9, 2013
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copyright Danita Art 2013!

Well, with me working double time to add some new, cool Halloween-themed designs to my page on Society 6, I’ve also had the time to browse and see what other artists are coming up with.

Visiting the page and searching “Halloween” generates some 50+ pages, and here are just some of the cool stuff I’ve found. Check them out:

copyright Danita Art 2013!

copyright Danita Art 2013!

The Black Cat and The Jack-o-Lantern by Danita Art. All of her work is just gorgeous. Well worth a look!

copyright Object Unknown 2013!

copyright Object Unknown 2013!

Fans of cult classic Return of the Living Dead should get themselves Tarman by Object Unknown. Cool stuff!

copyright Tyler Wintermute 2013!

copyright Tyler Wintermute 2013!

Black Cat by Tyler Wintermute. He’s got tons more via his official website (link available on Society 6).

copyright Rob Zangrillo 2013!

copyright Rob Zangrillo 2013!

Franken-pieces by Rob Zangrillo.

copyright Vintage Cuteness 2013!

copyright Vintage Cuteness 2013!

Halloween by toy collector/photographer Marian/Vintage Cuteness.

copyright Exit Man 2013!

copyright Exit Man 2013!

Devil Cat by Exit Man.

I’m adding artwork on a weekly basis, and again, best way to keep track is joining me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign. You’ll find my prints on Society 6 at http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign (and if you use this link you’ll get free shipping worldwide up until October 13th!). Cheers!

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Bun-o-Ween

October 4, 2013

Well, here’s something that’s both funny and cute: Union Pool‘s series Bunnies. Created and produced by Jennifer Shiman, these animated shorts re-enacts various films in one minute or less – with an all bunny cast.

There’s tons of bite-size toons to be enjoyed – all available via their official YouTube channel – but considering the season I chose to focus on the more (classic) Halloween side of things. Check out Evil Dead II, Alien, The Wolfman, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (although I’m a bit miffed they chose the remake), The Shining, and George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead.

How ’bout one more to sink your teeth into?

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October!

October 2, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, I’m probably not anywhere near as stoked about October being here as Eva Halloween, but I’m pretty giddy about my favorite month finally arriving. Mostly because now’s the time when you don’t have to feel bad if you spend a Friday evening lying on the couch watching a few select horror movies – something that’s just perfect with the dark and the cold slowly creeping in.

This month will see me adding a nice chunk of Halloween-themed artwork to both my Society 6 as well as Red Bubble (I love the sticker format!), and I decided that instead of spamming this blog every two seconds – which lately’s got me feeling like a one trick pony – I’d advise you to join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign to keep track of what’s happening as I’ll post news a couple of times each week. That way I can finally get back to posting other stuff here.

Speaking of which; The top image was the first out of a batch of classic skulls inspired by Impko!, if anyone remembers those. Entitled Skull 01 (yeah, I know, not the world’s most imaginative title) it was mainly intended as a sticker, but then I thought “what the hey?” so it’s also available in the usual formats such as art prints, t-shirts, iPhone skins etc. Again, join up on my Facebook page to get the latest news. And now for The Misfits‘ classic:

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Call Me Greenhorn – The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef

September 30, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, fall’s here and with some 30 days left ’til Halloween I thought it was time to release this lil’ baby: Call Me Greenhorn‘s The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef! Three tracks in total mixing Halloween novelty music with spaghetti western tunage – all honoring cinema’s proverbial bad guy.

This has got a pretty unique feel to it, and I haven’t listened to it in a while (this was written and recorded in June, which in my time was some 2,000 years ago, ha ha ha), and I think it holds up pretty nicely. The second track Time Out, Clint! especially, since it marks the time when I really started getting the hang of the organ and managed to get some serious noodling going on.

Available on Bandcamp here, you can give the title track a spin below and via my SoundCloud. Spread the word.

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The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef

June 12, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Yeah, well it might seem a bit premature with some 160+ days until Halloween (I’m not too sure exactly how many days that are left as it is more Eva Halloween‘s speciality), but I finished up the sleeve for Call Me Greenhorn‘s October release The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef last night and thought I’d share it with you.

A weird kinda blend of 1960’s Halloween novelty songs and the spaghetti western sounds of Ennio Morricone, the song is a tribute to one of the best bad guys of cinema – bar none. Being a big fan of Sergio Leone I had my initial introduction via the epic The Good The Bad The Ugly and have tried my best to check out his work based on that performance. Like the maestro himself once stated: His eyes pierce the screen.

The sleeve itself is a mutation of the poster for the 1967 Death Rides a Horse directed by Giulio Petroni (and also starring John ‘Danger: Diabolik’ Phillip Law) as it is in the public domain and therefore free for any use you might see fit. The two-track “single” – yeah yeah I still got issues with calling a digital release something that used to mean a physical object – is due to be released October 1st, but as always I’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, make sure to check out Petroni’s very Leone-esque film. You can download it for free (and legally!) via Archive.org or watch it in full on YouTube.

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Black Christmas!

December 20, 2012

Oh man, I was reminded of this via Eva Halloween‘s latest post (and I choose not to comment on the “death by Snowman butt-hurt” *ahem*): The original 1974 stalk-and-slash classic Black Christmas! Directed by Bob Clark this pre-dates John Carpenter‘s Halloween by at least three years, and even though it’s nowhere near as gory as today’s slasher films (or the slashers of the 80s) it’s one hella creepy flick, mostly thanks to the complete and utter nut job that’s stalking a dorm of sorority girls the night before X-Mas holidays. It may be anemic but it’ll scare the pants off you!

Funny anecdote when it comes to that whole “origin of the slasher film” – told by Clark himself in the audio commentary available on the great Tartan Grindhouse DVD release – he was actually approached by then-inexperienced director Carpenter who really wanted to see a follow-up to his film. Clark declined but Carpenter refused to take no for an answer. They communicated for a while on this subject, and when Carpenter finally realized Clark had no interest in doing a follow-up he asked him to at least toy with the idea. And Clark told him that for a sequel he’d start with the killer escaping from prison/mental hospital and return to the town where the killings took place to finish off the ones that escaped. And he’d set it in a different holiday like Halloween.

No matter what (there are some confirmations that Carpenter actually served as an apprentice for Clark) this is a killer movie (pun intended) and if you haven’t seen it – do!

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Audio! Video! Out Now!

November 2, 2012

Man, this week has been utterly insane. I thought I’d been intense before when it comes to output, but this has definitely been something else. And I’ve got the bloodshot, baggy eyes to prove it! But I am done. Finished. Allowed to just sit on my behind and spend the rest of the weekend getting into the second season of The Walking Dead. It’s a bit slower-paced than the first, and they sure do get a lil’ bit preachy in this one but it’s still – easily – one of the best tv-series I’ve seen in years.

Anyway, finishing up the final details for The Norliss Tapes It’s Halloween EP yesterday I decided to make a video for it on the spot. The song was great (Staffan had the verse finished, I wrote lyrics to the melody and he finished up with the chorus) and hearing the finished audio track I knew I just had to get going. And I totally lucked out choosing Herk Harvey‘s 1962 chiller classic Carnival of Souls as it has great tone, some beautiful photography and a truly great performance by lead-actress Candace Hilligoss. And lots of the edits in the video just came together so beautifully I can assure you it was such a fluid process it really didn’t feel like “work” at all. Easily one of my all-time favorite horror movies it was made for a ridiculously low amount of money and is considered by some to be an independent cinematic masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it! Considered to be in the public domain you can find it online at Archive.org.

I gotta say that with this EP the whole project sure took some strides forward. Me and Staffan were truly riffing off of each other and like I already stated what began as an idea of doing one seasonal song and give away for free we ended up with a five-track mammoth offering tons of variety. We’ve got some Carpenter, some Kraftwerk, some Beastie Boys influenced weirdness and cool samples from horror classics like Dracula starring Bela Lugosi and George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. Check it out on Bandcamp here and how about a tiny taste? Maybe you wanna sing along?

Bonfires light up the night, offering protection
As we slowly retreat to the warmth inside
Under the full moon’s light, somewhere in the cold
There’s a sudden howl, come closer child
It’s Halloween
It’s Halloween

Soon skeletons walk, they’re the dancing dead
Demons gather in shadows, they’re allowed to feed
And as lovers caress, clutch themselves for safety
They pass through the trees, shrieking with delight
It’s Halloween
It’s Halloween…

 
 
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Plug

October 31, 2012

Well, who says you can’t have a little sweetness on Halloween? I was thrilled to see that Troy of the Bigfoot Diaries blog posted this little plug on their Facebook page. It’s stuff like this that cheers me up. I appreciate it a lot and why don’t you follow his advice and join up on Facebook to support? I can do stuff all year ’round, even though I’ll admit my nerdy horror obsession shines through. You’ll find the group Sellergren Design – Art is the Enemy here.

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