Lint is glad it’s Friday

•November 16, 2007 • Leave a Comment


I am very “psyched” as you people in America say. “Psyched” about Facebook, which I’m sure you already know about, and Flock, a web browser I recently stumbled across. Flock puts a more personal spin on your web browsing by adding social networking, photo sharing, and blogging to the up-front controls of your browser. (Normally, these tasks are divided between separate programs.) In my case, this has made blogging much easier. I thought iLife would accomplish that, but, while the iLife suite does provide blogging tools in iWeb, the search engine visibility of your iWeb-produced/dotMac hosted site leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. I am still trying to get http://www.christianhalloweenfan.com to show up on Google. And that after providing a sitemap, etc. Once I created an official Christian Halloween Fan weblog, however, (https://christianhalloweenfan.wordpress.com ) several references/links to the blog immediately began popping up here and there (brought to my attention by Google Alerts).

So I suppose I shall have to promote the blog as a doorway into the site — until I get the Google question figured out. (In fairness to iWeb/dotMac, the CHF domain name does “redirect” to content on the dotMac server, so that may be part of the problem.)

Anyhow, the means to this end turns out to be Flock. Because Flock has built-in blogging tools, I can post both to the Christian Halloween Fan blog and its sister blog/podcast, excuse me, ghidorah?, with a minimum of fuss. (I searched in vain for any Mac OSX free/shareware that allowed multiple blog postings.) It’s these little advancements that push me toward actually posting at least once a week.

I challenge myself to post several times a week — probably Monday and Thursday. So there, I toss down the gauntlet at my very own feet! I frog myself upon the arm! I strike a martial arts pose with hand extended forward and do that little “come on, then” thing with my fingers — at myself no less!

A brief pop-cultural recommendation:  Give John Morehead’s excellent blog, TheoFantastique, a try. He provides a more cohesive, academic approach to the relationship between imagination and faith than I will ever accomplish, plus lots of interviews with interesting folks — most of whom will never show up as an interviewee in Fangoria or Rue Morgue. It’s the sort of blog you might expect from the sci-fi/fantasy/horror corner of McFarland publishing. Very highly recommended.

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Make Mine Mexican

•November 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment


I am a man of many obsessions. Fortunately, they typically occur one at a time. Currently, I have become fascinated with Mexican horror films and the timing could not be better. Such films are usually to be found in a video cheapbin and with print quality leaving much to be desired. In other words, crappy. Now, however, a DVD company by the name of CasaNegra Entertainment is providing quality editions of such films as El Vampiro, El Ataud Del Vampiro (that is, The Vampire and The Vampire’s Coffin), El Baron Del Terror (aka Brainiac), and Misterios De Ultratumba (The Black Pit of Dr. M) with generous dvd extras and wonderful attention to detail. One of my favorite features is a strange sheet of mini cards that comes with each dvd. They have the look of Tarot cards, but they’re not. Rather, they are various characters from the films in the CasaNegra vault and all of them illustrated in a lush, Latin painterly style. Very monsteriffic, if you know what I mean. I have found CasaNegra dvds in used condition at very reasonable prices on Amazon. Otherwise, you can visit the CasaNegra website.

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Wal-Mart Dracula Alert

•November 15, 2007 • 1 Comment

Currently (as of 11-14), Wal-Mart has a selection of Warner Brothers films (that they made or that they distributed) gathered into 4 film collections. What I mean is, you get 4 movies on 2 discs. The horror fan will be pleased to know that one of these sets contains 4 Hammer Dracula films all of which star Christopher Lee and two of which feature Peter Cushing. The set is only around $10! So get out there and grab one before they are all gone!

The films include Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Taste The Blood Of Dracula (yuck!), and Dracula A.D. 1972. The first is a must-see classic — one of the best horror films ever made and a real tribute to Terence Fisher’s skill and imagination as a director. Also, to his Christian faith which is very plain throughout — especially in the Christian heroics of Dr. Van Helsing. See Paul Leggett’s excellent book, Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion, for more. – Lint

Halloween Ups & Downs

•November 13, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Ju-on, American StyleWell, Fall weather is finally creeping in around the edges down here in middle Georgia — now that it is November.

We all had a pretty good Halloween. The Hatchers live on a big freakin’ five lane highway (two lanes either side, turn lane in the middle) which swarms with logging trucks and UPS vans at all hours (you get used to it), so we get zero trick-or-treaters and, of course, do not walk up and down the lane visiting the neighbors. So we scrambled across those five lanes and down the street of a neighborhood across the way, but no luck. Things were totally dead. And not in a good way.

So we went over to a sort of upper middle class neighborhood in Macon proper — where Sarah was trick-or-treating with a friend from school — and the place was just getting the spill-over from an adjoining street which, for some reason, has become the most popular street for folks indulging the “hop in the car and hit as many neighborhoods as possible” approach to trick-or-treating. Hundreds of cars make their way down Ridge Ave. with their lights on, intermittently parking along the edge of the street while kids run here and there in packs. Sort of a good thing. Sort of a bad thing. The headlights are blinding. And the benefits of revisiting your own neighborhood transformed by Halloween aren’t much there. But at least trick-or-treating hasn’t disappeared altogether — a distinct possibility around here as the number of local churches putting on H-alternative Fall Festivals has tripled since last year. (That may explain the dead neighborhood across the street.) A lot of folks go to the church festivals because of some faint residual suspicion that it is dangerous to trick-or-treat; at least they know their fellow church members at the festival, etc. Kind of an odd trade off. The church Fall Festivals aren’t very spooky in my experience. A tad contrived. Kind of like when public television decides to “celebrate Imagination”.

“Drive-by trick or treating” is probably worthy of some sociological inquiry. For one thing, Ridge Ave. is predominantly white (by far) and on Halloween all the kids from the poor neighborhoods – predominantly black – get their Moms to drive them over to Ridge. It’s an odd sort of candy-driven desegregation. Lots of older black kids galluping around with no costume and a pillowcase full of candy, lots of white folks afraid to say, “Where’s your costume?” Etc. Fortunately, the little kids are always decked out in some sort of costume and get most of the attention — which keeps things on a positive note. I wonder if this is a Southern thing or if similar situations occur across the country. Kind of like that “day of inversion” thing which used to be part of some Christian festivals — the fool becomes king, the poor receive a bounty of Butterfinger bars, etc.

What happened this Halloween with you guys?

Lint

P.S. Why the photo? I thought it provides a good example of why “Ju-on, the Grudge: American Style” just doesn’t work.

Hello world!

•November 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Let’s Try That Again, Shall We?

•September 24, 2007 • 1 Comment

Sorry, folks. My bad. Here’s the post again, with the correct links.

Movies that are “so bad they’re good” make their appearance on excuse me, ghidorah via part 2 of our kitsch survey. Fans of Grade Z horror, various exploitation films, plain old psychotronic, and whatever category Hillbillies in a Haunted House falls into will be pleased, I think, especially if they are Christians who have wondered why they love such unlovable films and why they harbor such a warm regard for film giants like Tor Johnson (a gen-yoo-wine film giant, if there ever was one).

There is, after all, a certain feeling which may be expressed as “What happens to me if the Lord returns and finds me sitting here watching Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory ?” There would appear to be no good reason to grant two hours of precious life to such a film. But then, why the delight? Why the sheer joy of discovery? Why the tender hearted fannish devotion to cult film stars? Hmmmm… Maybe I should run my mouth about this for about an hour and then upload it to iTunes so that others may listen to my ravings! And, in fact, I did just that.

I am hard at work on a new website which will act as an umbrella for various of my little projects including excuse me, ghidorah. It has been difficult to find whatever niche market exists for my book, The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky, and this new website will, I hope, do the trick. I can’t help believing there are thousands of people out there in the fundamentalist and/or evangelical subculture who are inundated with anti-Halloween theologizing, who feel that somehow dumping Halloween and Autumn is tantamount to dumping part of their soul, and who, therefore, go either one way or the other. Either they stick with their particular fortress mentality form of Christianity — because they love the Lord — and trash all their pop-cultural pursuits as “the devil’s bidness” or they stick with the symbols that speak to them — because they want to cling to what rings true whether they understand it or not — and turn their back on churchianity.

Now, how many books do you know which would help somebody out in such a situation? Brother, there ain’t any! Except for my own little ink and paper attempt to point out the fallacies of the fundamentalist/evangelical cultural mindset while, at the same time, totally affirming orthodox, historic, supernatural Christianity. It doesn’t have to be “God or Godzilla”. Brother, it can be “God and Godzilla”! In fact, our pop-cultural symbols speak to us because they bring the moral imagination to life — and the moral imagination enriches our sense of what is at stake as powers and principalities duke it out in our lives. “God and Godzilla” is simply better, because faith enriched by imagination is better.

If you see what I mean.

So, anyhow, the new website is ChristianHalloweenFan.com. It will be up sometime around the first of October.

Of course, my book is always available at Amazon and other fine internet booksellers. Though I recommend purchasing it directly from lulu.com — it gets printed by a different printing company in that case and I think the quality is better.

Lastly, I do apologize for a faint hissing which pops in and out during the podcast. I am experimenting with my microphone. I will endeavor to correct that problem and upload a revamped version of the same podcast. But don’t let that keep you from listening to it ASAP. It’s not that noticeable. Right click or control click the title to this post (above) to download the podcast or head over to iTunes which should be updated to include this addition pretty soon.

NEW EPISODE – Kitsch Part Deux

•September 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment


Movies that are “so bad they’re good” make their appearance on excuse me, ghidorah via part 2 of our kitsch survey. Fans of Grade Z horror, various exploitation films, plain old psychotronic, and whatever category Hillbillies in a Haunted House falls into will be pleased, I think, especially if they are Christians who have wondered why they love such unlovable films and why they harbor such a warm regard for film giants like Tor Johnson (a gen-yoo-wine film giant, if there ever was one).

There is, after all, a certain feeling which may be expressed as “What happens to me if the Lord returns and finds me sitting here watching Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory ?” There would appear to be no good reason to grant two hours of precious life to such a film. But then, why the delight? Why the sheer joy of discovery? Why the tender hearted fannish devotion to cult film stars? Hmmmm… Maybe I should run my mouth about this for about an hour and then upload it to iTunes so that others may listen to my ravings! And, in fact, I did just that.

I am hard at work on a new website which will act as an umbrella for various of my little projects including excuse me, ghidorah. It has been difficult to find whatever niche market exists for my book, The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky, and this new website will, I hope, do the trick. I can’t help believing there are thousands of people out there in the fundamentalist and/or evangelical subculture who are inundated with anti-Halloween theologizing, who feel that somehow dumping Halloween and Autumn is tantamount to dumping part of their soul, and who, therefore, go either one way or the other. Either they stick with their particular fortress mentality form of Christianity — because they love the Lord — and trash all their pop-cultural pursuits as “the devil’s bidness” or they stick with the symbols that speak to them — because they want to cling to what rings true whether they understand it or not — and turn their back on churchianity.

Now, how many books do you know which would help somebody out in such a situation? Brother, there ain’t any! Except for my own little ink and paper attempt to point out the fallacies of the fundamentalist/evangelical cultural mindset while, at the same time, totally affirming orthodox, historic, supernatural Christianity. It doesn’t have to be “God or Godzilla”. Brother, it can be “God and Godzilla”! In fact, our pop-cultural symbols speak to us because they bring the moral imagination to life — and the moral imagination enriches our sense of what is at stake as powers and principalities duke it out in our lives. “God and Godzilla” is simply better, because faith enriched by imagination is better.

If you see what I mean.

So, anyhow, the new website is ChristianHalloweenFan.com. It will be up sometime around the first of October.

Of course, my book is always available at Amazon and other fine internet booksellers. Though I recommend purchasing it directly from lulu.com — it gets printed by a different printing company in that case and I think the quality is better.

Lastly, I do apologize for a faint hissing which pops in and out during the podcast. I am experimenting with my microphone. I will endeavor to correct that problem and upload a revamped version of the same podcast. But don’t let that keep you from listening to it ASAP. It’s not that noticeable. Right click or control click the title to this post (above) to download the podcast or head over to iTunes which should be updated to include this addition pretty soon.