Friday, August 9, 2013

The Gill-Man? Didn't He Used to Have a Blog?

Well, crap…it’s been since FEBRUARY that I blogged! Sheesh! This year has been nothing but sheer chaos, as both my job and the wife’s have turned into a constant barrage of nonsense. I really need to win the lotto so I can start my own professional haunt. Of course, in order to do so, I would have to actually play the lotto.

Still, there have been some exciting goings-on for this Monster Kid. In my last post, I talked about being invited to the Halloween Expo by the fine folks at Trick or Treat Studios. Not long thereafter, I got to see three of my favorite bands, all sharing a bill here in Houston. Wednesday 13 Calabrese and Cold Blue Rebels brought the “Curse the Living Tour” to H-Town, and it was INCREDIBLE. Best of all, I got to spend time with all three of these bands, as they are all incredibly approachable. In the case of Wednesday and Calabrese, I’d previously met them at other shows, but this time I got to spend a lot more time with each of them. To be honest, I knew nothing of Cold Blue Rebels before this night, but I now include them amongst my favorite bands…yeah, they’re that good! All three of these bands have a horror theme, but they are fairly dramatically different musically. Sure, the influence of The Misfits and Alice Cooper can be found in all of them, but they execute it in very different ways. Wednesday 13 has more of a metal flair, Calabrese a hard rocking punk vibe, while CBR bring a psychobilly swing to the proceedings. All these bands are freakin’ great, and best of all they are really nice folks who appreciate their fans.

So what else is going on, besides work and hanging out with awesome bands? Well, I’m happy to report that I’ll be revisiting my role as Jason Voorhees at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Houston. Last year, the fine folks at the Alamo brought me on-board to liven up the proceedings at a Friday the 13th marathon, where they screened the first three films back-to-back. This year, they will be presenting the “Tommy Jarvis Trilogy” of Parts 4, 5 & 6 (my personal favorites of this series). If last year is any indicator, this event will be a total blast! For folks in Houston, or anyone making the pilgrimage, the event goes down on Friday, September 13th…naturally!

Speaking of the Drafthouse, to celebrate the debut of the most recent Evil Dead film, they brought out a local effects team called “Closed Casket Creations” to turn the patrons into Deadites! This is why I love the folks at the Alamo…they make movie-going into a complete experience! I can’t wait to see what events they have in store for October!
With any luck, I’ll find more time to blog in the near-future. While it is still in the high 90’s/low 100’s every day here in Houston, I find myself constantly in the Halloween frame of mind. In fact, I’ll go so far as to declare this the official pre-season! Yes, folks, if anyone dares to ask why you are pumping out horror scores and decorating your cubicle with jack-o-lanterns, just tell them that no less an authority than The Gill-Man has declared this to be the pre-season for Halloween. You may then fling paper clips at them when they give you vacant stares. What do they know? Bunch of unwashed philistines! Anyway, what I’m saying is that I truly HOPE to find the time here soon to blog about our favorite time of the year, and share in the buildup with you all!


Guillaume said...

Hey, glad to see you blogging (and commenting!) again. At least it's nice to see that you have been busy. I hope we will read from you soon.

The Gill-Man said...

I'm going to try to blog a bit more regularly, even if it's just a quick post to share a piece of art or what-not!