Random Nonsense #14

Blog Poll: Hallowe'en: good or bad? 44% vote 'Good', 56% vote 'Bad'.In continuation of a topic touched upon in the chatroom yesterday, and seeing as it’s Hallowe’en, here’s another random one to complete what’s been a very random week.

Which are your favourite horror movies?

As usual, please try to spare us from absurdly lengthy lists, but by all means tell us what’s so good about them and why we might care to watch them this weekend.

If you can’t be bothered with that, maybe you’d like to share your thoughts on the various facets of Hallowe’en, astound us with some alternative uses for a pumpkin, reveal any scary places you’ve visited, or divulge your wicked ways of deterring noisy children from disturbing your evening with their flimsy plastic lanterns and hideous Scream masks. (Don’t they make their own costumes anymore?)

Until Monday…

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

98 thoughts on “Random Nonsense #14”

  1. Just to let anyone who is in a position to benefit know, the HMV in Newcastle has got at least four copies of 5-disc-Gdansk on the shelves.

    My list coming later when I’ve thought it over.

  2. I don’t open the door to kids when they come begging. I turn the lights off, LOL.

    Best horror movies:

    1. Halloween
    2. Nightmare on Elm Street
    3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    4. Dawn of the Dead
    5. 28 Days Later

    [Nice to see a modern, British film included (most British films are rubbish, let’s be honest). – FEd]

  3. The Wolfman
    Night of the Living Dead
    The Exorcist
    Aliens
    Shaun of the Dead (the part where the zombie father/father-in-law turns down the music in the car is bloody brilliant!)

    [Agreed. (Can you listen to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ without chuckling?) – FEd]

  4. i don’t watch many horror films as i don’t really enjoy them, but i did like 28 days later – my girlfriend who loves horror films hates it though, branded it ‘shit’. i think her favourite horror film is ‘the grudge’. well it scares the shit out of her so i class it as her favourite. 😛

    happy halloween.

    i am going to go back to trying to catch the mouse my cat brought in for us before it nests behind the kitchen units.

  5. Alien…pure horror film. The space setting was just the ultimate in the you-are-alone horror film genre.

    Seven…this one is too a horror movie. I’ve never been so frightened and I flinch every time I see Kevin Spacey.

    Kwaidan…angry ghosts are beyond bad. Like poor Hoichi deserved what happened to him.

    The Grudge… I honestly don’t care which version but it’s the angry ghost subgenre again. They’re relentless.

    Bride of Frankenstein…I love the classic era Universal films and this one is wrong on every level. Even the sets and lighting are wrong. Brilliant.

    Basically I like suspense with horror as opposed to oceans of gore. I think relying on the shock/gag reflex thing to scare people is cheating. Hitchcock would never have done. Probably because he was too busy scaring the actors.

  6. [Very creepy. – FEd]

    Personally, I don’t know if it’s as creepy as it is funny. (TMI) This probably seems strange, but I have fond memories of watching that movie with my parents. Let’s just say we always found the humor in everything. =)

    [Oh, I hear you. ‘The Fog’ cracks me up. – FEd]

  7. Does “From Justin to Kelly” count?

    It certainly does fit the horror criteria…

    [Only if I can include ‘Mamma Mia!’ in my list. – FEd]

  8. My favorite Horror Movies would have to be:

    – Evil Dead (The whole Evil Dead series is quite good)
    – The Exorcist
    – Deliverance (Maybe not a Horror movie but the banjo music sure scared me!)

    As fas as uses for a pumpkin my wife and I were away this past weekend to Frankenmuth, Michigan and where we were staying had a Trebuchet set up that would lob a Pumpkin 75 to 100 yards at a barrel for a $1 a shot.

    Did not come close to the barrel but had a good time.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend,
    Hoss

  9. Hi Ho All,

    Not sure I can say I have a fave horror movie … although Silence of Lambs is very good … because horror movies just give me a good laugh now. They all seem so silly. But I did/do enjoy Halloween, the movie, as a well made and scored, silly movie.

    For a Floyd reference, the wedding scene in The Wall is pretty scary … frightening fashion sense.

    As for Halloween the festival, well for us it’s in April (southern hemisphere) so as I type, it is dawning on Beltane (Maypole dancing and the festival of Spring etc) as we welcome Spring in full.

    The best use for pumpkins right now is sowing their seeds. But come harvest time I’m always partial to soup with a sprinkle of black pepper and a twist of cream.

    Cheers
    Christopher

  10. First – how to scare those little ones…

    My best friend lives outside of Orlando, FL and he does his house up like you wouldn’t believe for Halloween…multiple fog machines, tomb stones, black lights – everything. I’ve been down there to “help” a few times.

    On Halloween night he dresses up like the Predator and sits completely still in a chair like a manikin. Then after the kids pass him to get to the door he starts up the chainsaw (without the blade of course) that’s hidden under his chair and then he chases them down the block…

    The screams are hysterical and usually the kids parents (standing at the end of his driveway) are laughing too…or running away with their kids LOL – true story!

    My movie list to follow…

    [Hilarious, Rob. – FEd]

  11. I watched The Exorcist once. Once only. It gave me the heebie jeebies for months. Never been able to watch it since.

    Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is among my favourite horror spoofs.

    With reference to kiddies out guising, I welcome them and give an apple (poisoned and highly polished of course, cackle cackle cackle. . . ) or an orange.

    I have a witches cloak on, black painted nails, and a candle when answering the door to the little monsters.

    ash X

  12. “Mark of the Devil” came out around 1970. This movie was set in medieval days, and had the most awful (or fun depending on your point of view) torture devices. I was ten or something when I saw it and it still sticks in my mind.

    Oh, and yes some kids DO make their own costumes.

  13. Okay – here go my favorite Halloween/Horror movies:

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – I couldn’t eat vegetables for years!
    Psycho – I just caught myself watching that the other day…true classic, and Janet Leigh was phenomenal
    The Birds – I guess I like Hitchcock…who said British films are rubbish 🙂
    Dawn of the Dead (the original) – I used to watch that one all the time back in high school…
    Hellraiser – anybody know where I can find a pin..?
    The Blob – I had to stop playing with slime after that
    Pet Sematary – now that was a cat!
    The Shining – “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya.“
    Phantasm – who could ever forget the “Tall Man”…

    [‘Pet Sematary’ troubled me back in the day (and not just the spelling). – FEd]

  14. I will confess to having put a large heaping handful of dry uncooked macaroni in a kids plastic pumpkin once. I was set to be proud of my deed, but as I dropped it in, I realized that his plastic pumpkin candy receptacle was empty. The noise was deafening.

    BTW, I was 16 at the time so I hope by now that Karma and I are straight on that.

  15. I just love the old classics…

    Frankenstein
    Dracula
    The Wolf man

    The newer stuff is not bad either…

    The Exorcist
    Alien, & Aliens
    Nightmare On Elm Street

    Have a Blessed Samhain, FEd!

    Penny

    [The same to you, Penny. – FEd]

  16. Having just moved to Canada, I’m gobsmacked at the obsession here with Halloween. IMHO, and of others judging by the latest poll, it’s a load of commercialised old bollocks. The ‘candy’ companies and dentists obviously enjoy this time of year!

    Whilst I’m not a big fan of horror films, one of my favourite films of all time is The Hitcher.

    [With Rutger Hauer. Loved that one. – FEd]

  17. The Blair Witch Project gets my vote every time.

    Anyone into video games? Condemned (on 360 and others) is a fright a minute.

    [I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about with ‘The Blair Witch Project’ – more terrifying than ‘The Exorcist’ and all that – but I’m with you on video games. ‘Silent Hill’? Enjoyed the film, too. – FEd]

  18. Deterrent sign: GARY GLITTER LIVES HERE! (removed very quickly the next morning).

    I’m not quite sure what to suggest for other uses for a pumpkin.

    American Werewolf in London is one of my faves. Arsenal V Spurs on Wednesday is another.

  19. Classic – Psycho
    Modern – 1408
    Funny – Young Frankenstein

    I read about one today in fact that was a project of Dee Snider’s from Twisted Sister called Strangeland. Can anyone comment on that one? Is it any good?

    As for costumes, I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years but traditionally always made my own costumes and won prizes for them as well. One of the most memorable, my wife and I went one year as Pen and Ink. I was the Ink Pen and my wife (who was pregnant at the time) was a jar of ink. We won first prize that year.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  20. The original ‘The Haunting’. Even more frightening when you can’t see who or what is making the noises. It’s a love/hate relationship with psychological thrillers.

    ‘The Omen’ is high on the list of favorites as well. Can’t stand to see any child that even remotely looks like him.

    The Changeling with George C Scott.

  21. Forgot one of my very favorites. A British horror with Peter Cushing of course, Island of Terror.

    Saw it when I was 6 or 7 and has stuck with me. Really more of a sci-fi/thriller.

  22. We had a pumpkin carving contest at work today, it was great fun, a good way to end the week.

    For some amazing pumpkin carvings click my name and look at the contest winners’ pages. Wow!

  23. Well, for Halloween, my best movie to be watched would be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show “!!

    Have a thrilling night!

  24. best horror film, i agree with mike – the shining.

    also been thoroughly enjoying “dead set” the big brother zombie thing on e4, top stuff.

  25. The Changeling (1980) is a very scary ghost story with George C. Scott.
    Night of the Living Dead
    Seven
    Hot Fuzz (funny but gory)

    On Tuesday night I got to see The Damned play in SF – great show. The next morning I was amazed to find we were staying at the same hotel as I saw some band members milling by the pool having breakfast. I had a nice chat with the guitarist, Captain Sensible.

    At the Syd Barrett tribute concert, he got to meet David Gilmour back stage. He said DG was a genuinely nice person and he was very glad to have the opportunity to meet him.

    Captain also shared that when he was a young lad walking to school, he heard ‘See Emily Play’ on his portable radio and that experience was literally the reason why he wanted to be a musician. Small musical world.

    Happy Halloween!

  26. Hello Everyone, got to go with Night of the Living Dead assisted by top grade hashish in a dumpy old theatre.

    George

  27. Hi FEd,

    here’s my Gdansk/Gilmour related picture.

    […]

    Have a nice weekend,
    Ernest

    [Interesting… Thanks. – FEd]

  28. G’day FEd,

    I HATE horror movies, I much prefer to switch on the HI-Fi.

    That said I do fall asleep in front of the TV and 9 times out of ten when I wake up there’s a horror film on, last night was no exception, I switched it off as quick as I could find the remote. The night before I was awoken by some very unusual music that did give me the chills, it was by Lisa Gerrard, I had a nightmare that lasted all night.

    In regards to Halloween, being from the land down under it doesn’t mean much down here but I did have a couple of groups of kids come to my front door last night, I didn’t even know what I was supposed to do.

    Cheers
    snow

  29. For me, “The Shining” is one of the best films ever, in any genre. The exterior shots were filmed at Timberline Lodge outside of Portland, Oregon.

    “The Exorcist” I haven’t seen in a long time, but if memory serves this is one scary flick.

    “Rosemary’s Baby” I saw a few years ago in a cinema in Portland, Oregon (which is probably just a co-incidence). This film was made in a building in New York called The Dakota, whose famous residents through the years have included John Lennon, Boris Karloff and Judy Garland. It’s been fixed up now, but at the time The Dakota was run-down and kinda creepy.

    “Silence of the Lambs” is another amazing film. I saw it years ago with a female friend who would up shivering in my arms. It truly scared her!

  30. The Exorcist scared the beejeesus outa me. Now I can laugh at my own expense.

    Anyone who watches Chain Saw or of the likes are truly insane. There is enough violence in the world.

    I can’t and won’t watch hideous slaughter of humans or animals. That’s just me.

  31. I have always enjoyed the classic Psycho. Good ole’ Norman Bates and his mother. You can’t get much creepier than that. Also the original Twilight Zone and Exorcist. Great horror movies.

    Pardon for this completely irrelevant question but, who’s idea was it to play in Pompeii? And was it at all difficult to get access?

  32. 1. Poltergeist
    2. Rosemary´s Baby
    3. The Exorcist
    4. The Thing (John Carpenter´s one)
    5. The “Nightmare at 2000 feet” segment on Twilight Zone, The Movie – John Lithgow is brilliant.

    To this day I always look for something outside when I fly at night…creepy!

  33. – The Descent
    – The Exorcist
    – The Thing
    – The Sixth Sense
    – Anything with Sly Stallone in because they’re all horrors!

    [Especially ‘Rocky Balboa’. (Why?) – FEd]

  34. [Nice to see a modern, British film included (most British films are rubbish, let’s be honest). – FEd]

    I agree with you, LOL!

  35. Red Dragon
    Silence of the Lambs
    Hannibal Lector
    Hannibal Rising

    I love his movies, can’t wait till the next one.

    Hope you have a nice weekend Fed and bloggers.

    Thanks to everyone for all the nice words about my dogs. I have 5 boxers and they are the most loving animals I’ve ever owned. I don’t like cats because they get on top of your kitchen table and cough up fur balls, yuck, and I have been attacked by one before.

    [Anthony Hopkins is a fine actor. Have you seen him in ‘Fracture’? – FEd]

  36. The Shining hands down. Doesn’t have to be gruesome to be a good horror film.

    [That’s true. – FEd]

  37. “Profondo Rosso” by Dario Argento, 1975.

    Killer soundtrack with great prog-jazz-rock Italian composers of the era! Check it out!

  38. Some good choices and agree with The Birds.

    Remember Abbott and Costello Meet Wolfman?

    Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee’s Draculas were classic too.

  39. hello fed, i’m Alejandro in case you still remember me,
    i just wanted to ask you which word would you use as a synonym of reunion, in spanish we use the word “reencuentro”.

    on the internet i found the word reunion but i was hoping to listen another option if there are, it’s for a song.

    thank you very much in advance and have a great weekend!

    [You could use any of the following: get-together, rejoining, reconciliation… – FEd]

  40. I can’t believe no-one has said this one already. The greatest, bestest, best horror movie of all time is without doubt and with no hesitation or un-necessary beating of the proverbial bush…….Shaun of the Dead.

    You’ve got red on you.

    [Someone did beat you to it. – FEd]

  41. Horror movie classics:

    Frankenstein, with Boris Karloff
    Dracula, with Bela Legosi
    The Haunting, the original with Julie Harris
    Psycho, the original with Anthony Perkins
    The Omen, still freaks me out
    Rosemary’s Baby (watched it Friday, first time in many years)

    Funny horror movie classics:

    Young Frankenstein, “vould you like some … Ovaltine?”
    An American Werewolf in London, love the songs!
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space, you’ll never eat cotton-candy again!

    FEd, Fracture is a damn good film, isn’t it? Anthony Hopkins plays the cold-blooded killer so well, even without the hockey mask, fava beans and Chianti!;^)

    Peace!
    Gabrielle

    [He was made for the role, I think. Glad you enjoyed it. – FEd]

  42. I’m not sure if its a horror movie but ‘Don’t Look Now’ with Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie would get my vote.

    I was young when I saw it first and I found it pretty scary. I only made it to Venice a couple of years ago the movie really had an effect on me. Lovely city Venice but I wouldn’t like to see anyone in a red rain coat …. shivers down my spine.

    Hi to all!

    Regards
    Tom B, Dublin

    [Children are scary, aren’t they? And clowns. – FEd]

  43. [Anthony Hopkins is a fine actor. Have you seen him in ‘Fracture’? – FEd]

    Fed, I never saw that one, I’ll have to check that one out. It’s on DVD right?

    [It is, released last year. Ryan Gosling plays the deputy DA trying to prove that Hopkins’ character killed his wife, which, for the viewer, is never in doubt. – FEd]

  44. Hi,

    I think my favourite horror movie is The Shining, it really frightened me the first time I saw it.

    To be isolated for months in a big, empty building, trapped in the snow…it just gives me claustrophobia!

    Have a nice Sunday,
    Alessandra

  45. What about “Nightmare at Spurs”?

    [Don’t, please. I could vomit just thinking about it. – FEd]

  46. I am not a big fan of the horror genre I have to say, two films do stick out for me though:

    1) the grudge (2004 remake)…I remember disappearing into my seat.
    2) 28 days later, great film only the ending was a bit dull I thought.

    I used to read horror novels though (lots of lovecraft), or novels like bradbury’s martian chronicles (still love those!!)…

    all the best,
    bernhard

  47. Alien is my all time favourite horror film, remember that moment with John Hurt giving birth!!

  48. [Agreed. (Can you listen to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ without chuckling?) – FEd]

    Comic genius.

    I went to see my friend in (your favourite place FEd, London) yesterday. There was a party in his university halls, and I was incredibly amused by the people who chose Amy Winehouse as a Hallowe’en costume. You know you’re not doing yourself any favours when students are dressing as you to scare one another…

    My copy of Gdansk is in the post!!! This will be a very good week coming up now.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend FEd.

    [Finally. Enjoy. – FEd]

  49. The first two I ever saw are still two of my favorites:

    “Children of the Corn”
    “Christine”

    Stephen King is the master.

  50. It’s got to be the Exorcist – saw it at a University Film soc. Halloween special …. ooh back in 1983 … and it had me properly spooked … those eyes.

    I would recommend the book as well – it’s a fine novel and fills in the important “inner dialogue” as books tend to do.

    Oh by the way I’m in NYC for a few days and will probably pop by the Dakota as we’re on the Upper West side so I’ll say high to Rosemary’s baby and Strawberry Fields while I’m there.

    Right … Captain Howdy, where’s that Ouija board …

    [Yes, I much preferred the book. Enjoy NYC. – FEd]

  51. Psycho and The Haunting are a couple of the best in my book. But there are lots of good ones: Halloween, 28 Days Later, The Last Man on Earth. Night of the Demon was pretty good. I saw Black Sunday (AKA La Maschera del demonio) when I was a kid and it completely creeped me out! I love horror movies!

    I went to a fun Halloween party Friday night and my Gauze Zombie costume served me well, except that I broke my “glowing eyes” glasses before anyone got to see the full effect. SO very typical…..

    Sad that Halloween is over,
    Becky

  52. Halloween
    Dawn of the Dead
    The Lost Boys
    The Evil Dead
    Salem’s Lot
    The Hills Have Eyes
    An American Werewolf in London

    Halloween is the best though. 😀

  53. The original “Halloween” – it’s a classic!

    [Good soundtrack, too. – FEd]

  54. When I was small, “The Blob” used to scare me, LOL!

    But when “The Exorcist” came out; that one REALLY scared me!!

    I can’t watch the blood & guts stuff… but the ghost or devil stuff is truly scary to me.

    Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend!

    ~Susan

  55. The Shining is one of my favorites.

    The Exorcist, The Omen, The Amityville Horror, and Amityville 2: the possession, are also pretty good.

    Here is something strange and very eerie. Saturday morning, I read in the newspaper that a University of Rochester student committed suicide Friday night (Halloween). He went to Mt. Hope cemetery, poured gasoline on himself, and then lit himself on fire. When the police and firefighters got to him, his remains were burned beyond recognition.

    I guess, I just don’t know about this day and age.

    [Oh dear, that’s terrible. – FEd]

  56. 1) Hell House
    2) Constantine
    3) The Exorcism of Emily Rose
    4) I am Legend
    5) Any Faces of Death

    [I enjoyed ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’. Good to see that one listed. – FEd]

  57. I have only seen one: ‘Haute Tension’ de Alexandre Aja, and I didn’t enjoy, although I was told it was excellent.

    I just don’t feel like watching horror movies, I don’t really understand the fascination some have with serial killers, blood, terror, scary/gore things, etc….

    Isn’t there enough horror/violence in real life, everyday when we watch news on TV, for example?

    Dreams are better than nightmares, no?

    Michèle

    [Sometimes, but would you really want to watch a film about bunny rabbits skipping through daisy fields? Thinking of it, ‘Watership Down’ has scarred me far more deeply than any of the movies mentioned above. (And Becky, if you’re reading, I saw a terrific documentary about Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski the other night. Chilling. You’d have loved it. He’s at least a 20.) – FEd]

  58. Personally, I am not keen on horror movies, but there are a few that deserve mentioning.

    “The Others” by Nicole Kidman. Though not a fan of Nicole Kidman, I do find her acting in this movie outstanding. Nicole Kidman literally carried the movie. The plot was suspenseful and creepy.

    “Silence of the Lambs” won my vote also. It was nerve numbing (uncomfortably) and chilling; but NO, I dared not want to see the sequel: Hannibal.

    Psycho
    The Birds
    The Haunting (1963)
    Six Sense

    Now that I read the posts from many of the bloggers, I am tempted to see “The Shining” – hope it won’t pump up my blood pressure with this one.

    [“Are you mad? I am your daughter.” Children again, see? Scary little things. – FEd]

  59. My wife and I’s first date was going to the movies to see the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so I will go with that one.

    [Just think: there are men all over the world, right now, who are getting ready to take their girlfriends to see ‘Mamma Mia!’ for a first date. Couldn’t you just weep for them? – FEd]

  60. Oh man, I’m late to the party on this one… but I’ve got loads!

    In no particular order:

    1) The Exorcist (with the reinstituted “spider walk” scene)
    2) Prince of Darkness
    3) Dawn of the Dead
    4) Evil Dead 1 and 2 (though, to be fair, 2 is partially a re-do of 1)
    5) Phantasm
    6) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original version… newer versions are absolute shite, in my opinion)
    7) The Evil
    8) 28 Days Later
    9) Blair Witch Project –
    10) The Devils Rain
    11) The Audition (Japanese flick – if it doesn’t make you want to squirm out of your skin, check your pulse!)
    12) It’s Alive – baby with fangs! This one scared the hell out of me when I was a kid… had nightmares for weeks on end!

    I’m an absolute fan of 70s and 80s horror films. Coming back from a recent Chiller Theater convention in NJ a couple of weekends ago made me all the more juiced to catch up on horror films I had seen a million years ago!

    Great thread FEd!

    Darren

    [Love that list. Haven’t seen ‘The Audition’, so will look out for it. – FEd]

  61. G’day FEd,

    sorry this is not horror related.

    This came up on a local forum, is there any truth in the reply?

    Quote: I don’t know why David Gilmour didn’t come to our Island, maybe because the radio station down here don’t play his stuff.

    Reply: David Gilmour was gunna tour Oz last year (or was it earlier this year? I can’t remember) but Roger Waters was touring at the same time and the promoters didn’t think our wee market could handle two faux Pink Floyd tours at the same time.

    Cheers
    snow

    [“Two faux Pink Floyd tours”. Love that. – FEd]

  62. Dear FEd,

    I have been visiting the blog many times with great pleasure. Thank you for your great input!!

    Now it seems to be that the items you are putting in are so far from my interest. It has nothing to do with the quality where David Gilmour music stands for. Please be aware of that.

    Best wishes,

    Teun Thönissen

    [I am fully aware of that, Teun, don’t worry – and thank you for taking the time to write. Unfortunately, there is nothing to discuss of direct relevance to David and his music right now. If that changes, and if there’s still a blog then, I hope your interest will return. – FEd]

  63. Dear F.Ed., brrr…..I do not like horror films at all!

    The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Even (both “even” and “eve” are abbreviations of “evening,” but “Halloween” gets its “n” from “even”) as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day,” which is now also known as All Saints’ Day.

    In Italy the 1st Nov. is our All Saint’s Day, a religious holy day still observed (closed public and private offices, schools, stores, etc.) but really the phenomenon of Halloween is getting quite important, mostly among the young people, in these last 2 decades, due to the globalization.

    I live in the extreme north east of Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia region) and in our some areas there is still a tradition that has its origins in the ancient Celtic history, so that I still remember what my grandmother (she was born in 1910!) told me many years ago, that when she was a little girl there were the use to prepare carved pumpkins, lanterns, while the old people were telling the children fairy tales of witches and spirits.

    Moreover, yesterday, the 2nd November, was All Souls’ Day, to commemorate the faithful departed…

  64. …I’d like to send you a pumpkin bread recipe, that is quite similar to our local recipes.

    INGREDIENTS

    1 1/2 cups (210g) flour
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1 cup (200 g) sugar
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 cup (1/4 L) pumpkin purée*
    1/2 cup (1 dL) olive oil
    2 eggs, beaten
    1/4 cup water
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon allspice
    1/2 cup (1 dL) chopped walnuts

    * To make pumpkin purée, if you are working with pumpkin pieces, roast or boil them until tender, then remove and discard the skin.

    METHOD

    1 Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
    2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
    3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

    Makes one loaf. Can easily double the recipe.

    Bye/ciao Elisabetta

    [Thank you, Elisabetta. – FEd]

  65. I think that the best movies are those where fear is put into you for what you don’t see. “Horror” takes the stomach but fear crawls up your back spine.

    “The Others” comes to my mind as one of the best.

    [“Profondo Rosso” by Dario Argento, 1975. – GianLuca]

    A classic. Especially the soundtrack played by the group “Goblins”. Check that out.

    I would add, as an Italian, “La casa dalle finestre che ridono” (the house of the smiling windows) by Pupi Avati.

    And Special mention for “Careful with that Axe…Eugene” (Ummagumma version). A soundtrack for a horror movie. So powerful it doesn’t need the images to scare you. 🙂

  66. Hiya FEd, Bloggers,

    In no particular order :

    – The Thing
    – The Silence of the Lambs
    – The Hitcher
    – Duel (if I remember the title well, truck vs car, suspense from the first minute, had me sitting on the edge of my seat all through)
    – It

    Really hoping to get my hands on a 5-disc LIG this week. It is supposed to be available again according to EMI.

    Cheers,
    Ralph

  67. [Nice to see a modern, British film included (most British films are rubbish, let’s be honest). – FEd]

    C’mon….Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a classic. Not a horror movie but some horror type aspects in fun…Knight with no limbs, Bring out your dead, etc.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [Never liked it. Always thought it pretentious, middle-class dross (and as funny as gallstones). – FEd]

  68. [Children are scary, aren’t they? And clowns. – FEd]

    OOOh yes! Remember “Village of the Damned” (1960)? A group of four platinum blond children, never smiling, with white eyes…..driving people crazy.

    And Ronald McDonald? It makes me freak out…literally.

    [If I ever meet the boy from ‘The Ring’… – FEd]

  69. Some of my faves… Alien, Aliens, Creepshow, Psycho, Carrie, Poltergeist, The Birds, Children Of The Corn, House Of A 1000 Corpses, Christine, Friday 13… Can’t go wrong with these…

    Muhuhahahahahaha!!! ;^))

  70. I don´t very much like horror movies but I saw some and these are my favorites:

    Carrie
    The Others
    28 Days Later
    The Mothman Prophecies

    [I also enjoyed ‘The Mothman Prophecies’, particularly the extra documentary on the DVD. – FEd]

  71. i don’t think it counts as a horror but Dog Soldiers is a good one, bit creepy and quite funny.

    [Agreed. ‘Severance’, too. Have you seen it? – FEd]

  72. [Especially ‘Rocky Balboa’. (Why?) – FEd]

    Or when Sly sings to his wife in Rocky 3!!

    Pure horror, pure garbage!

  73. [Sometimes, but would you really want to watch a film about bunny rabbits skipping through daisy fields? – FEd]

    Ahah, FEd, you made me laugh, do you know ‘Wallace et Gromit, le mystère du lapin-garou (‘Ratatouille’!) de Nick Park? The first ‘vegetarian horror movie’, according to Nick Park himself…

    Please, see the link…

    Michèle

    [I’m sure it’s great. – FEd]

  74. I just remember these two movies from when I was a kid, they scared the heck out of me, and not in a gory, bloody, violent way, just eerie…..

    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
    Blood on Satan’s Claw

    The first is about a young couple who move to a town whose local people that they interact with daily, turn out to be dead.

    The second was weird, people in this old village start breaking out with patches of hair on their body, and it turns out that each patch of hair was a part of the devil beast that eventually is ‘created’ as the villagers are drawn together so the beast can take shape.

  75. [I saw a terrific documentary about Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski the other night. Chilling… – FED]

    Chilling? The guy lived in the next county from my home. If it is the HBO documentary, then I saw it as well years ago. The problem is that the horror he created was real. Killing was just a job for him. True scary stuff. He actually died a few years ago.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [It could well have been the HBO documentary, it certainly wasn’t a new one. The forensic psychiatrist asking the questions was Dr Park Dietz. – FEd]

  76. [Never liked it. Always thought it pretentious, middle-class dross (and as funny as gallstones). – FEd]

    And now for something completely different. . .

    ash X

  77. [And Becky, if you’re reading, I saw a terrific documentary about Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski the other night. Chilling. You’d have loved it. He’s at least a 20.) – FEd]

    I’ve seen it, FEd. Many times! And I do love it…. (What is WRONG with me????)

    [I was watching one about Charles Manson when I really should have been watching Neil Young on BBC4 last night. Did anyone see ‘Don’t Be Denied’? – FEd]

  78. [I’ve seen it, FEd. Many times! And I do love it…. (What is WRONG with me????) – Becky]

    Sounds to me like Becky likes to dabble with the Dark Side of the Force.

    Well, some would say that Star Wars is a horror flick as well. I know a few young kids that were scared by the flick.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  79. ONE MORE…

    This is falls into the category of “So weird, it’s scary”. I actually was a little sick to my stomach from its weirdness…

    Eraserhead – David Lynch.

    [Very odd, that. – FEd]

  80. My personal time begins very late in the evening and I have to tell you that it’s quite an experience reading some of the posts in this nature late at night.

    “Are you mad? I am your daughter.” I had goose bumps just thinking about that scene, thanks FEd.

  81. hey fed, hope ur well.

    Gone off horrors, they got too plastic for me, prefer comedies now but my list of favs:

    hellraiser (plastic yes, but really weird)
    exorcist
    the entity (a real unique film)
    xtro

    modern day horror that is not too bad is saw.

    the one with the cheesy music award and red screen goes to driller killer. god knows why was banned, maybe for being bad.

    Halloween, well, got sweets ready for kids..gave them sweets got.. was that it..they were older kids though.

    so told them that a thankyou would be preferable..never got anymore knocks…so not sure what kids after today, money perhaps??

    know when my son was into trick or treat..a whole bag of choc eyeballs would have been ok with him.

    Anyway thought stop by say quick hi to u.

    ju

    [I don’t remember ‘Driller Killer’. It’s probably for the best if it was as bad as you say it was. – FEd]

  82. me gustaria que venga david gilmour a la argentina seria un orgullo y un sueño, ya que nunca vino.

    me encantaria poder tener y a mucha gente mas la suerte de escuchar su musica hermosa, y maravillosa en vivo!!

    pd: te esperamos!!!

  83. [Did anyone see ‘Don’t Be Denied’? – FEd]

    FEd,

    I saw it. I thought it was very good, but Neil seemed so moody. He seems to have alienated a lot of people down the years (Crosby and Nash) and hid behind dark shades throughout.

    I wish David would be allowed to just talk like that without the same silly questions (Jools Holland) and other people (band, crew especially) butting in. I imagine he has many stories to tell and I’m always interested to listen.

    [I’ve seen it now, too. I liked his deadpan explanation of how his album of rockabilly songs came about. – FEd]

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