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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Alex North – Music from The Bad Seed

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2013 by goregirl

I rented Mervyn LeRoy’s 1956 film The Bad Seed from the library with the express purpose of grabbing screenshots for slideshows. I have been determined to add more North American soundtracks to my collection and Alex North was one of the first composers I seeked out. I enjoyed the hell out of Alex North’s music for Shanks which I posted during The William Castle Blogathon. The Bad Seed is the first of a handful of film music composed by Alex North that I will be posting over the next couple of months. I’ve got an Alex North double shot for you with the tracks Box of Kisses and The Bad Seed. Box of Kisses features stills from the film and The Bad Seed focuses on Patty McCormack’s character Rhoda Penmark.

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Snips and Entrails and Puppy Dog Tails: Children in Horror Films

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by goregirl

pet-sematary-gageWhen done correctly, children in horror films can be extremely effective. They are the ultimate symbol of innocence. Even a child can be made so evil and unlikeable that the audience cannot wait for them to die. Rhoda, the icy little pig-tailed girl in “The Bad Seed” and Damien, the spawn of Satan in “The Omen” are a couple good examples of when this works. What child who ever had to gag down brussel sprouts or be home when the street lights came on didn’t dream of a parent free world? In “Children of the Corn” the kids successfully massacre every adult in town. You have your tykes with special abilities like Charlie in “Firestarter”. Before Cole was seeing dead people in “The Sixth Sense”, Danny was seeing dead twins, naked women in baths and torrents of blood streaming out of elevators in “The Shining”. The child as a spectre may be one of the more used themes. The Japanese in particular love their black haired patty-mccormack-bad-seed1white-faced ghost kids in films like Ju-on, Dark Water and Ringu. In the Canadian film “The Changeling”, the spirit of a dead child confined to his wheel chair haunts the home where his father drowned him. Sometimes kids die and don’t come back as ghosts but something far more menacing. In “Near Dark”, “Interview with the Vampire”, and “Let the Right One In” the kids come back as vampires hungry for human blood. Little Gage’s dad is so traumatized by his son’s sudden death by truck that he decides to bury him in the old “Pet Sematary”. Let’s not leave out the enfant crowd. In the remake of “Dawn of the Dead” a woman gives birth to a zombie baby. The zombie baby in “Dead Alive” adds considerable comic relief to a walk in the park. Another proud mom chews through the birth sack to unleash one of her angry, vicious and deformed babies in “The Brood”. In “It’s Alive” a mutated new born goes on a bloody rampage. In “inside” we see a baby’s trauma inside the womb while mom thesixthsensefights for her life. Finally, the “3…Extremes” segment “Dumplings” suggests babies are not only innocent, they are also delicious! You can’t talk about children in horror films without talking about “The Village of the Damned”. Several of the town’s women become pregnant after a peculiar incident where the entire population is rendered unconscious. The children born are similar in appearance with blond hair and glowing eyes. They have the ability to “will” people to do their bidding. No film has put their child through more than “The Exorcist”. Young Regan goes through possession hell with 360 degrees of head turning, cursing, vomiting and crucifixing. I have touched on just a few of the great horror films that feature children. The very thing that makes children in horror films taboo is the same things that make them so damn effective. It is the innocence that slaps you in the face and spits in your eye. On my list to see is the 2008 film “The Children” and the 2009 film “The Unborn”. Reviews pending!
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