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Netflix Stream TeamIt was just about a year ago when I first mentioned Super Monsters, a new series geared toward the preschool (and a bit older) set in which the children of monsters learn to navigate the social waters while coming to grips with their powers. Think Monster High, but in preschool - with a bit of that PJ Masks daytime/nighttime vibe, and you're on the right track. Now, just in-time for Halloween, the first season of Super Monsters has made it's debut as a Netflix Original Series, and straight out of the gate it's a good one. 

On October 20, 2017, Sacred Bones Records will release John Carpenter ANTHOLOGY (Movie Themes 1974-1998), a newly-recorded collection of the filmmaker/composer's iconic and minimalist soundtracks. As part of the ramp-up, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross have issued their take on the unforgettable theme to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. Stream the nearly eight-minute track below as part of THE ROCK FATHER's 31 Days of Halloween...

Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert has been rocking the comics world over the past few years, working as the horror illustrator & writer behind several award-winning titles through IDW Publishing (Crawl to Me, Killogy, Wire Hangers, The Shunned One). His breakout title, however, was actually a grownup coloring book - 2016's The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. The crew over at Nerdist hailed it as being "The World's Creepiest Adult Coloring Book" and it was IDW's #2 top-selling book last year. Now, Alan is back for seconds, giving his book what all great horror tales command... a sequel. For Halloween 2017, The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium - Another GOREgeous Coloring Book has hit the streets, and today it takes its place in our annual 31 Days of Halloween Countdown. Check out a preview...

Test driving a vehicle can be a lot of fun, but I've long-held the belief that nothing beats the opportunity to really use a new ride to get the full experience. That said, I was able to put the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD to good use during the midst of a long-awaited project here at Rock Father HQ - the tear-down and rebuild of our sizeable 27-year-old deck (more on  that project in a feature down the line). Now, we're not talking heavy hauling here, but for supply runs and tool rentals, the RAV4 was up to the task, in addition to being a really comfortable family ride. Let's take a look...

1997 was a pretty good year. It was the year I met (and was soon engaged to) the girl who would eventually become my wife, and it was also a big year for toys. I was actually working for Walmart at the time, and I remember the original Tamagotchi craze like it was yesterday. It came in an era when Tickle Me Elmo and Pokemon were also possible subjects to the infamous "Do you have _____?" that retail workers were getting slammed with on a daily basis. Now, in an era where toys like Hatchimals encourage kids to nurture electronic pets, the return of 1997's digital pet looms, with the 20th Anniversary Edition of the original Tamagotchi set for release on November 5, 2017 in limited quantities via Bandai America. But, like other recent retro comebacks (NES Classic and such), this Tamagotchi is a miniature version of the original device.

Despite being quite a fan of horror and the supernatural, I'm not well-versed in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Of course, I am familiar with the mighty Cthulhu, who first landed on my radar not by his legend, but via Metallica. Indeed, it was Metallica's instrumental "Call of Ktulu" from 1984's Ride the Lightning that was my first exposure to this mythical beast, and some three+ decades later it seems that Cthulhu's fame is greater than ever as the tentacled one has risen to become a household name. With that in mind, The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz CTHULHU figure! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Lovecraft's Great Old One, but which one will you get? Could it be the standard version, or the highly-limited Glow-in-the-Dark "Chase" version? The Master of R'Lyeh awaits!

I don't know if there's ever been a definitive study to determine why rockabilly surf punk fits so well with monsters and ghouls, but it most certainly does. Perhaps the most famous example is Jack Marshall's "Munsters Theme," but here we are fifty years later and the jams just keep on coming - and the vibe has gone far beyond the beach, with guitarslingers around the globe breaking out those twangy riffs atop bouncing beats and low-end grooves. On Friday the 13th of October, 2017, Russian rockers MESSER CHUPS will release their latest album, Taste the Blood of Guitaracula - a mostly-instrumental collection of 16 songs perfect for the Halloween season. Ahead of its release, here's a look at the official video for "Midnight Call," along with "Chupacabra vs. Batman." Crank it up!

“I always knew I wanted to make a record for kids,” says Josh Lovelace (best-known as a member of the GRAMMY-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE), who on November 17 will release his first-ever family music album, Young Folk. With a goal of making the music "folky and accessible, rather than annoying or watered down," Lovelace, a married fellow "Rock Father" of two, has crafted a collection of songs inspired by his love of folk and family music - a love passed down to him from his grandparents, who first shared with him the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Later he would discover the works of Sharon, Lois & Bram, and his path to becoming a performer would be set. Today, The Rock Father™ Magazine is happy to premiere the music video for "You're My Very Best Friend," the debut single from Josh Lovelace and Friends. See it below!

From Scholastic and author Laura Terry comes GRAVEYARD SHAKES, a new graphic novel that's hit bookshelves just in-time for Halloween! Light and spooky with a style that should play well for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman, Graveyard Shakes makes an appearance here in 31 Days of Halloween with a special 6-page preview below. Check it out!

If you're hoping to attend your first screening of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI completely 100% unspoiled this December, director Rian Johnson feels that you should probably avoid watching the full trailer that just made it's long-awaited debut. Still, he admits that like most of us (myself included), he watches all the trailers. Tickets are on-sale now (get 'em via my affiliate Fandango) for THE LAST JEDI along with several special events, including a opening night double-feature and an eight film episodic marathon. Check out the new trailer below, and share your thoughts! STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theaters everywhere December 15, 2017.

As I type this, we're mere minutes away from the long-awaited debut of the official trailer for Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. As if the hype weren't already at an insane level, the final theatrical poster for the film has arrived just ahead of the trailer release, and it's beautiful. Carrying the red-and-black motif seen in this summer's teaser (currently hanging in my home), we haven't really seen a Star Wars poster like this one before. The hallmarks are all there, but it's strikingly different with Luke Skywalker looming large. See it below!

This week, a bunch of my friends are in Los Angeles gearing-up for the red carpet premiere of THOR: RAGNAROK, and while the rest of us have a few more weeks to go before we get to experience the glory of a Thor/Hulk team-up, Marvel Studios is keeping those teasers coming, and the latest focuses on Hela - the Goddess of Death. See Cate Blanchett get "Hela Good" in the featurette below!

NOW That's What I Call Music! has been releasing holiday compilations for years, and now they've refreshed NOW That's What I Call Merry Christmas for 2017's holiday season. This new version features 20 evergreen holiday favorites spanning more than 60 years, and is available now on CD and Digital. Check out the tracklisting below...

Here's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING first hit theaters back in 1980, an iconic horror film that's also divisive based upon how accurately (or inaccurately) it served as an adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel. Nearly 40 years later, audiences still love it, and the film is a Halloween-season staple, which is why The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz THE SHINING Jack Torrance figure! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Jack Torrance - but which one will you get? Could it be the standard Jack, or the frozen "Chase" version?

It was nearly a month ago when a disturbance in The Force came from the twitter account of Luke Skywalker himself. It was in a since-deleted tweet that Mark Hamill said "Watch Monday Night Football on Monday October 9 - for no reason in particular." He later said "Disney will announce when ready," but the reality is that this follows the established pattern, and now it's official... the full trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will debut during halftime on ESPN's Monday Night Football, after which is will surface online. Tickets will go on-sale immediately following the trailer debut. Additionally, several special ticket offers have been revealed, from opening night double-features to eight-film marathons and theater-exclusive premiums. Here's the full details as announced by StarWars.com...

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