Octoberfest 13: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

As I was saying… Walt Disney used to make horror movies for kids. Something Wicked This Way Comes is possibly the most perfect October film ever made. Scary as hell for a kid and still pretty damn creepy no matter how old you think you are.

Octoberfest 12: “The Watcher in the Woods”

I was regaling a young friend with this fun fact recently, and it’s a good fit for my little October series of links and weirdness:

Back in the day, Disney used to make HORROR MOVIES for KIDS. Case in point: The Watcher in the Woods. Okay, it’s no Amityville or Poltergeist, but it’s a pretty weird movie for kids anyway. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Octoberfest 11: Neutral Milk Hotel, “Ghost”

Tonight I went to a Neutral Milk Hotel concert. Up until a couple years back, the idea of seeing Neutral Milk Hotel in concert seemed about as likely as going to see The Beatles in concert, or, for that matter, Franz Liszt. But yet, here they are, and somehow I got tickets.

They were unreal. Absofuckinglutely magic. The full gamut of brass, horn, trombones, trumpets, baritone, and, if my band-department braincells aren’t too dusty, a mellophone too, were heavy, tight, wild. Jeff loosened up as the show went on, swinging with his guitar in time to the music. The crowd, I’ve never been in such a joyful, reverent audience. Not a single phone in sight – a request usually ignored – and the silence between songs like a tense disbelief that this was all really happening. Heartfelt, all the way from the patched plaster ceiling to the worn wooden floorboards.

Where else to see a show like this than in a magical old church?





Octoberfest 10: John Waters on Vincent Price

John Waters discusses, with great warmth and his usual wry humor, his lifelong fondness for Vincent Price. I could listen to this over and over again (and have, thanks to a luckily timed DVR recording from TCM). I just love the way he talks anyway, but there’s such warmth and love in this! It’s really a delightful thing.

Octoberfest 9: The Seminary at Forest Glen

The Forest Glen Seminary was like Disneyland for spooky people. I first visited it ten years ago this month, and it has since been turned into condos. Cool condos! Expensive condos! And while I loved the place in all its exquisite crumbling beauty… I guess I came to a sort of peace about it being “preserved” the way it has been.

My original blog post about our first visit in October 2002.

Here’s the residential complex it has become.

It was a marvelous place to take pictures. This is a set of my favorites.

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forest glen seminary, a set on Flickr.