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That Random Car In the Title of ‘Tales From the Darkside’

One of my fondest memories from childhood was staying up late and watching the many glorious horror-themed shows late-night TV had to offer us back in the 80’s. My mom was pretty cool about that back then. I was no more than five and I still recall the greats I spent many nights watching. Twilight Zone, The Hitchhiker, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Unsolved Mysteries – just to name a few, and their themes still ring loud and clear in the shadowy halls of my memory.

One thing these spooktacular shows all shared was a riveting opening title accompanied by a haunting score. You all know what I’m talking about. The Twilight Zone sports a pivotal theme that remains timeless to this day. And who can deny the impact Danny Elfman’s immortal theme from Tales From the Crypt had on our generation? Remarkable!

All of that is to bring us to the subject at hand revolving around one of my favorite creepy shows, Tales From the Darkside!

From horror maestro himself, George Romero came this grizzly collection featuring beloved short horror tales from the mind of Clive Barker and other renowned writers of horror, Tales From the Darkside brought scary stories to life in various comeuppance morality tales.

The opening always gave me the chills as a kid. That eery as Hell music playing over visions of lovely fields, a country farmstead, a rippling brook and a covered bridge. Sights that should convey a welcoming sense of warmth and meditation, something the dark mind of Paw Paw Romero intentionally planned just so he could pull the rug out from underneath our feet. The sights change as the title is revealed and all of a sudden the pleasant world we have been introduced to is malformed into a sinister realm of shadows and dread, just like the genuine dark world which awaits behind the placid world we live in. Darkness is always just only one bad day away.

Right before the title shows, and I mean like a second or so before, we see in the bottom left corner a car that gets swallowed up in the Darkside. It never was anything I gave much of a thought to until an ex of mine mentioned the car was a blooper. Like it was a mistake and wasn’t supposed to be caught on film. Like while the studio was filming the opening shots some random car photobombed the process.

Funny, because I never once got that impression. I told her that too and explained how I always assumed the car was meant to be there. As if whatever family was in that car had just suddenly been sucked into the void. The idea startled her, because that’s how Hell works, right? One moment you’re out enjoying a lovely drive out in the countryside and the next the Darkside consumes you, your day, and possibly you’re entire life.

A flat tire lands you stranded in the middle of the shadowy woods where you can hear a distant banjo playing.

You’re out by yourself hoping to get some sun by the lake when local rapists come zooming by with oogly eyes all over your body.

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You get a puzzle box and suddenly awaken the wonders of Hell.

You have a nightmare that lures the dream demon to your helpless state of mind.

That’s what horror has always been about! The normal and everyday world being consumed by the Darkside. That little car in the opening credits epitomizes what we love about horror. I don’t know who was in that car – and that’s part of the charm, it could be anyone of us in it – but I thank them for providing such a wonderful (but underrated) visual for us.

Ok my Nasties, this has been your good pal, Manic Exorcism once again. I’ll be back later to over-analyze even more things no one in their right mind would give a second thought to. But hey, that’s what we do here.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment below? Was it a simple photobomb, or perhaps there was something more sinister afoot?

 

 

 

For the First Time Ever, We’re Getting an AWESOME “Unsolved Mysteries” Vinyl From Terror Vision

I can say with absolute certainty no other announcement you’ll see on this momentous day that one day someone will write a song about, (or Hell, year even) is more important and glorious as this one. LP soundtrack and VHS converter specialist company Terror Vision is releasing an OFFICIAL soundtrack from the national treasure program THAT IS Unsolved Mysteries.

Upon learning this, I had to take a minute to get my shit together so I could help spread the wonderful gospel…

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Yes, friends and fans of the nightmare-inducing late 80’s and 90’s weekly program full of ghosts, murders, and tales of good ole’ Nessie. Ryan Graveface (of Graveface Records) has made all of our horror soundtracks dreams come true with never before released tracks from the show! In collaboration with UM creator John Cosgrove, Graveface has put together an LP that any die-hard fan will treasure for years to come. Complete with five (5) Unsolved Mysteries theme songs/closing credits, ghost-related cue music and missing/wanted scores! It’s important to note this soundtrack has NEVER had a release before in any format. And now, we not only get to relive the soundtrack and themes that were, and still are, the stuff of pure nightmares, but a special bundle including a kick-ass tee shirt and enamel pin are being offered as well with an Unsolved LP single!

Per the site from Ryan Graveface:

Immediately after “inking the deal” with John Cosgrove (Unsolved Mysteries creator), I was sent several hundred DAT tapes of all the music for the show. So from February until a few weeks ago I would spend several hours a day making sense of everything. The single LP version features my personal favorite songs from the ghost related segments of Unsolved Mysteries whereas this triple LP set contains EVERYTHING written for the ghost segments. This version is very very limited as it’s really just meant for diehard fans.

The UNSOLVED MYSTERIES GHOSTS / HAUNTINGS / THE UNEXPLAINED 3XLP VERSION:

Triple LP version featuring 5 UM theme songs/closing credits, 120 (!!) ghost related cues and the missing/wanted music.

  • First time the score has been available on any format!
  • Audio pulled from original tapes / remastered
  • Triple Gatefold Stoughton packaging / 3 full-color inner sleeves
  • Liner notes from creator John Cosgrove, composer Gary Malkin & Ryan Graveface (me!)

Choose your vinyl colorway:

180 Gram Colored Wax

180 Gram Black as night

Also available with a Tee and enamel pin bundle package!

For the First Time Ever, We're Getting an AWESOME "Unsolved Mysteries" Vinyl From Terror Vision

 

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES: GHOSTS / HAUNTINGS / THE UNEXPLAINED SINGLE LP BUNDLE:

This bundle includes the single LP on your choice of black or colored vinyl, a tee with the “galaxy” logo and an enamel pin designed by Chloe Pinnock. The tee and pin will NOT be available outside of this bundle.

Single LP version featuring 3 UM theme songs, 29 ghost related cues and the missing/wanted music.

  • Audio pulled from original tapes / remastered

  • Gatefold packaging / full-color inner sleeve

Choose your vinyl colorway:

180 Gram retail/mailorder color (“Last Light” variant for those keeping track)

180 Gram Black as night

180 Gram Hand-Poured wax  (Terror Vision Subscribers only – join to receive)

 

As these are never-before-released tracks, I can only assume this will sell out fairly quickly. Join me, and click the links above to get your pre-order in with an expected arrival to your home date in July!

[Video] When Matthew McConaughey Made His Shirtless Debut on ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

Chances are if you’re over 30, you damn well know Unsolved Mysteries was the greatest and most terrifying thing you saw on prime-time TV. The weekly program about unexplained phenomena, strange murders, and sometimes featuring a beautifully grainy image of Bigfoot, did a fantastic job of making me think escaped murderers were lurking in my backyard late at night.

I fondly remember being the ripe ole age of five, when my stunning Nan (Grandmother) introduced me to that horrifying theme song followed by Robert Stack and his haunting tales of true terror and persuasive speculation on mysterious legends. We had just sat down in the living area after becoming near comatose after a heavy meal of pasta and meatballs. My dear sweet Nana ruled her house with a wooden spoon, usually dripping with tomato sauce. Even if it was against our will, we were going to sit down, shut the hell up, and witness the glorious splendor of Sir Stack grace that obnoxiously humongous floor television set. Although some of the programming most certainly gave me the skeevies at a young age and resulted in a few sleepless nights, over time it became one of my go-to series’ as a kid and into young adulthood.

Thank you Robert Stack for the countless night terrors.

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So now that you know about thine fondness for the Stack and the eerie show, I really couldn’t be more excited that the show is now FINALLY able to stream on Amazon for Prime members. So it goes without saying, I haven’t had much of a social life since the Stack episodes hit streaming. Given the program’s absence from streaming sites as long as these services have been available, watching Unsolved Mysteries now is like watching it for the first time. Minus a few fuzzy memories here and there when certain memorable clips arise from episodes. The music will send shivers down your spine, and the stunning reenactments paired with an abundance of ’80s mullet will give all the warm fuzzy feelers.

While I must confess the acting wasn’t always that stellar, did you know that a certain Oscar-winning actor made his screen debut on the series? The righteous Matthew McConaughey stepped on-screen for the first time in 1992 on the creepy crime program.

Alright, alright, alriiiiiiight.

McConaughey appeared as a murder victim in season five, episode twelve of the series portraying 26-year-old Larry Dickens- who was brutally murdered in front of his mother’s home back in 1978. Courtesy of Funny or Die, (I mean, I suppose it’s all in how you look it for this to even be up there?), watch the full video at the link below! Enjoy!

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