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...

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Halloween31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 3 - After my co-writer Ben Brezinski and I regained our freedom at the end of 2007, we set out to go a different route with the DWTS project, penning an all-new comic book prequel that was set a few years before the first screenplay, setting up the events of the MASSIVE world we'd created. Some were even calling it "the STAR WARS of horror," and in many ways, that was probably an unconscious (or conscious) template. Now, we'd never done comics before, and since neither of us were artists, we had to hire a crew for the costly job of making our stories into reality, and we wound up with a team that included Guilherme Balbi (Dark Horse Comics' PREDATORS, DC Comics' SUPERBOY), Kurt Hathway (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Javier Tartaglia (ETERNAL DESCENT, Marvel's FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS), and Milen Parvanov (RESIDENT EVIL, GRIMM FAIRY TALES) among others.  All said and done, DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #0 was released to much fanfare at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con in 2008, with a Wizard-exclusive variant cover by Mark Kidwell (BUMP, '68) and ended up being named "a must-have variant" by Comics Buyer's Guide.  We released one more issue (the Halloween issue) before the publisher ceased operations. Talk about luck. One cool thing that the DWTS comics did have? A great theme song by Australian rapper KidCrusher. Grab it as a FREE DOWNLOAD below and add it to your 2014 Halloween Music Playlist...

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Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 2 - A lot of people don't realize how far into things we really were in the days when DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) was one of the most buzzed-about projects lighting up the 'net. As the screenplay for the first in a series of three planned films was completed in 2004, there were things evolving as the other scripts were being worked on and development and pre-production was underway. Depending on what we were being told at the time, filming was always supposed to be taking place "soon," with dates and locations constantly being pushed for one reason or another. Much of the intended look of the films was coming from Gregory Hill (IMDB | Official Site), a fantastic artist from the east coast who was then-known particularly for his art department work on NBC's LAW & ORDER series', along with feature stints including NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Greg was instrumental in designing everything from logos and costuming to key art, storyboards and sets. The images below represent pre-build concepts from 2006-2007. Since that time, Greg has been extremely busy, working on recent films such as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Should the elements ever properly align in the future, I'd love to call Mr. Hill back into action.

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"The Godfather of Shock Rock," ALICE COOPER is a legend - and one whose career has spanned six decades. In fact, Cooper and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and way back in 1978, the man who allegedly took his name from a Ouija Board made his way to THE MUPPET SHOW, on which he revealed himself as an Agent of The Devil, offering THE MUPPETS "fabulous riches and Worldwide fame" in exchange for their felt-covered souls. While he may not have succeeded in snatching the heart of Kermit, Cooper did manage to break out memorable performances of "Welcome to My Nightmare," "You and Me," and "School's Out," all while backed by Muppets and Monsters alike. ALICE COOPER's 1978 appearance on THE MUPPET SHOW lands at Day 2 on 31 Days of Halloween 2014, a special "Throwback Thursday" edition. Watch the full episode below.

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Halloween 2014While my annual 31 Days of Halloween feature returns this year on the "normal" side of THE ROCK FATHER site, I'm doing something a little bit different here in the "grownups" section - shining a spotlight on my undying epic from a past life. In 2004, I quit my job to chase some creative pursuits, one of which became the (somewhat infamous) transmedia crime/horror property known as DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). While most of the public didn't learn of the project until around February of 2005, it was in 2004 that it was written, and on December 30, officially set into the world as the first incarnation of the official DWTS website went live. The tagline was simple: VAMPIRES. DEMONS. ZOMBIES. WEREWOLVES. THE MOB. Over the next month, I will be sharing with all of you a look at what was, what could've been, and what may still be from a project that was supposed to be a movie... then a trilogy of films... followed by an enthusiastic group of loyal supporters who watched it crash and burn, then spawned comic books and repeated emergence from the shadows.

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Halloween 2014After playing host to numerous haunted attractions during every Halloween season for the past couple of decades, the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois has been given a cinematic overhaul for 2014 as the new location of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. After making it's debut in California last year, 2014 finds the Great American Nightmare (GAN) taking on two cities, with Scottsdale, Arizona joining Chicagoland for the newly-annual celebration of macabre entertainment with a rock and roll flair. THE ROCK FATHER was invited to check out the opening night festivities - complete with a full-blown Rob Zombie concert at the Odeum, and a trip through all three haunted houses, each based on one of Zombie's feature films: HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE LORDS OF SALEM and THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. Here's some thoughts...

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