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eighties horror you might have missed

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I just received the shirt pictured above from Fright Rags and I love it. The print quality is sharp, the ink is thick, and the shirt fabric is soft; it evens come with a free prize. Just to clear up any confusion, the shirt art is a direct reference to They Live and is not part of Shepard Fairey's Obey brand. As you may already know...

There are few really good books on 80s horror and this is one of them. This is despite the fact that the only true 80s film it discusses is Friday the 13th (1980). Actually, Shock Value is more about the pre-80s period that recreated horror cinema, and caused an explosion of the genre in the early eighties...

I think we can all agree that synthesizers are an integral, defining element of late seventies and early eighties horror (so much so that vintage synths are being used in current films to reference that period). This alternative (or augment) to a traditional symphonic score offered a new palette of textures and at a cost that even modest sized productions could afford. As with all horror film music, these instruments were used to establish mood, heighten tension, and enhance the visceral impact of onscreen gore.

In 1977 Sequential Circuits (based in San Jose, CA) released the Prophet 5 synthesizer...

The score for Halloween III is my favorite John Carpenter (and Alan Howarth) soundtrack. If you've seen the film, you know that it has little to do with the rest of the Halloween franchise and trades Michael Myers for a more sci-fi-evil-mad-scientist approach; it was the first in the series not to be directed written by Carpenter. He did compose the soundtrack, however...