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Saturday, October 18 2014 18:35

31 Days of Halloween: Common Shiner attend Wes Craven's Slasher High School in Chicago...

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Funny enough, I've been doing my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER for eighteen days now, and today of all days, I didn't have an entry scheduled. While I may have goofed, the internet Gods shined upon me this evening with an out-of-the-darkness email from a rep for Chicago band, COMMON SHINER, pointing me in the direction of their new music video, "Social Mediasochist." Imagine for a moment that the John Hughes-inspired world of NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE was placed in a blender with every slasher film from about 1980 'til now. See what the students of Wes Craven's Slasher High School are up to in the new video, directed by Zoran Gvojic of Lowcarbcomedy...

This is a pretty fantastically-detailed video, with some great production design and nods to a ton of classic horror movies. So who (and what) all do we have here? Let's see how accurate my count is...

  • shineroppJason Voorhees of FRIDAY THE 13th and his entire family
  • Freddy Krueger of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
  • CARRIE
  • A pint of Larry Cohen's THE STUFF
  • Michael Myers from HALLOWEEN
  • Pinhead from HELLRAISER
  • The Book of the Dead from THE EVIL DEAD
  • Leslie Vernon from BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON
  • Ghostface from SCREAM
  • Billy the Puppet from SAW
  • The Pig from MOTEL HELL
  • FANGORIA Magazine (yes, I used to work for them)
  • A Chucky Doll from CHILD'S PLAY
  • The Leprechaun
  • A JASON X Mask
  • CANDY MAN
  • A Lifesize GREMLINS Prop Replica
  • Posters for DR. GIGGLES, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, MANIAC, MANIAC COP, RE-ANIMATOR, PHANTASM 2
  • Leatherface from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
  • Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's IT
  • The Fisherman from I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
  • The Winter Coat Guy from URBAN LEGENDS
  • Samara from THE RING
  • Norman Bates' Mother from PSYCHO
  • Some guys from THE STRANGERS
  • Killer Lamb from YOU'RE NEXT
  • Santa from SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
  • An ARMY OF DARKNESS Ash statue.

Did I miss anything?

For more from Common Shiner, check out their 2013 album, BEFORE THEY SOLD OUT: PART 2 over at Bandcamp.

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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