Sunday, October 31, 2021

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS

Fred Walton
USA, 1979


I think the Halloween tradition is now 22 years old.


"Don't come in, Mom ...."

Artist: Mr. Lovenstein

MRLOVENSTEIN.com

[Artist unknown to me.]

THE OMEN (1976)
Screenplay by David Seltzer
____________________

When the Jews return to Zion, and a comet rips the sky, 
and the Holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die.
From the eternal sea he rises, creating armies on either shore,
turning man against his brother, till man exists no more.

The Book of Revelations predicted it all. I'm not here to listen to a sermon.
DELMIRA AGUSTINI
"The Vampire"

In the bosom of the sad evening
I called upon your sorrow… Feeling it was
Feeling your heart as well. You were pale
Even your voice, your waxen eyelids,

Lowered… and remained silent… You seemed
To hear death passing by… I who had opened
Your wound bit on it—did you feel me?—
As into the gold of a honeycomb I bit!

I squeezed even more treacherously, sweetly
Your heart mortally wounded,
By the cruel dagger, rare and exquisite,
Of a nameless illness, until making it bleed in sobs!
And the thousand mouths of my damned thirst
I offered to that open fountain in your suffering. 
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

Why was I your vampire of bitterness?
Am I a flower or a breed of an obscure species
That devours sores and gulps tears?


Translated by Alejandro Cáceras 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

THE EXORCIST III

William Peter Blatty
USA, 1990

[Artist unknown to me.]

CATHERINE FISHER
Sapphique
____________________

Walls have ears.
Doors have eyes.
Trees have voices.
Beasts tell lies.
Beware the rain.
Beware the snow.
Beware the man
You think you know.

Friday, October 29, 2021

BURNT OFFERINGS

Dan Curtis
USA, 1976

[Artist unknown to me.]

FREDRIC BROWN
"Knock"
____________________

The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.


Thursday, October 28, 2021

[Photographer unknown.]

NOSFERATU
THE VAMPYRE

Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1979

[Photographer unknown to me.]
 

SHIRLEY JACKSON
The Haunting of Hill House
____________________

I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

DRACULA
(Spanish Language Version)

George Melford
USA/Argentina, 1931

DRACULA

Tod Browning
USA, 1931

 

Artist: bloodyspirit on DeviantArt
 

ROBERT BLOCH
____________________

Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DRACULA

John Badham
UK, 1979

[Photographer unknown to me.]

DANTE
Inferno
____________________

Hope not ever to see Heaven. I have come to lead you to the other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

THE BRIDES OF DRACULA 

Terence Fisher
UK, 1960

 

DRACULA
(Retitled in US as HORROR OF DRACULA)

Terence Fisher

UK, 1958

RALPH WALDO EMERSON
____________________

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

[Photographer unknown to me.]

Sunday, October 24, 2021

BLUE VELVET

David Lynch
USA, 1986

[Artist unknown to me.]

H. P. LOVECRAFT
____________________

At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

READY OR NOT

Matt Bettinelli-Olphim and Tyler Gillett
USA, 2019

 

Ravi Shankar
CHANTS OF INDIA


Motherfucker and traitor is going back to prison. 

Suck Trump's cock, find out what happens.
 

[Artist unknown.]

PABLO NERUDA
"Melancholy Inside Families"
____________________

I keep a blue bottle.
Inside it an ear and a portrait.
When the night dominates
the feathers of the owl,
when the hoarse cherry tree
rips out its lips and makes menacing gestures
with rinds which the ocean wind often perforates—
then I know that there are immense expanses hidden from us,
quartz in slugs,
ooze,
blue waters for a battle,
much silence, many ore-veins
of withdrawals and camphor,
fallen things, medallions, kindnesses,
parachutes, kisses.

It is only the passage from one day to another,
a single bottle moving over the seas,
and a dining room where roses arrive,
a dining room deserted
as a fish-bone: I am speaking of
a smashed cup, a curtain, at the end
of a deserted room through which a river passes
dragging along the stones. It is a house
set on the foundations of the rain,
a house of two floors with the required number of windows,
and climbing vines faithful in every particular.

I walk through afternoons, I arrive
full of mud and death,
dragging along the earth and its roots,
and its indistinct stomach in which corpses
are sleeping with wheat,
metals, and pushed-over elephants.

But above all there is a terrifying,
a terrifying deserted dining room,
with its broken olive oil cruets,
and vinegar running under its chairs,
one ray of moonlight tied down,
something dark, and I look
for a comparison inside myself:
perhaps it is a grocery store surrounded by the sea
and torn clothing from which sea water is dripping.
It is only a deserted dining room,
and around it there are expanses,
sunken factories, pieces of timber
which I alone know
because I am sad, and because I travel,
and I know the earth, and I am sad.
 

Translated by James Wright and Robert Bly

Friday, October 22, 2021


 

SANTO Y BLUE DEMON CONTRA DRÁCULA Y EL HOMBRE LOBO

Miguel M. Delgado
Mexico, 1973


 

MARK TWAIN
____________________

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.


 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

DEATHDREAM

Bob Clark
USA, 1973


BERNARD HAITINK
(1929-2021)

RACHEL COHN
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
_____________________

I decided if I were ever to get into booze and women, my line would be, "Excuse me, madam, but I would really love to bed and muss you. Are you perchance free this evening?"

 

[Photographer unknown.]

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

LAMB (DÝRIÐ)

Valdimar Jóhannsson 
Iceland, 2021

 

BERTRAND RUSSELL
In Praise of Idleness
____________________

How pleasant a world would be in which no man was allowed to operate on the Stock Exchange unless he could pass an examination in economics and Greek poetry, and in which politicians were obliged to have a competent knowledge of world history and modern novels.

[Photographer unknown.]

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney (uncredited), Ernst Laemmle (uncredited)
USA, 1925



CONFUCIUS
____________________

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. 

[Artist unknown.]

 

[Photographer unknown to me.]


DakhaBrakha from Free Ukraine

PORTA World Music Festival, Latvia
June 11, 2015

NINA GARENETSKA
Vokals, cello, bass drum

MARKO HALANEVYCH
Vokals, darbuka, tabla, didjeridoo, accordion, trombone

IRYNA KOVALENKO
Vokals, djembe, bass drums, accordion, percussion, bugay, zgaleyka, piano

OLENA TSYBULSKA
Vokals, bass drums, percussion, garmoshka

Monday, October 18, 2021

NOSFERATU

F.W. Murnau
Germany, 1922
ANAÏS NIN
"Risk"
____________________

And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.

[Artist unknown.]

Sunday, October 17, 2021

VAMPYR

Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark, 1932

KATIE RIFE, AV Club

Just because the film takes itself too seriously doesn't mean the viewer has to.

[Photographer unknown.]

 H. P. LOVECRAFT
____________________

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

Erle C. Kenton
USA, 1932

 

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE

Victor Sjöström
Sweden, 1921
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
Nausea
____________________

The atmosphere of the restaurant has changed since the arrival of the young couple. The two red-faced men are silent; they are nonchalantly detailing the young lady’s charms. The distinguished-looking gentleman has put down his paper and is watching the couple with kindness, almost complicity. He thinks that old age is wise and youth is beautiful, he nods his head with a certain coquetry: he knows quite well that he is still handsome, well preserved, that with his dark complexion and his slender figure he is still attractive. He plays at feeling paternal. The waitress’ feelings appear simpler: she is standing in front of the young people staring at them open-mouthed.

James McBryde

Illustration from M.R. James’ Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904)

Friday, October 15, 2021

THE DEVIL BAT

Jean Yarborough
USA, 1940

 

THE BLACK CAT

Edgar G. Ulmer (USA, 1934)