Inspiration


My all-time favourite film is the 1978 John Carpenter horror film, Halloween. I think I was 10 or 11 when I first saw it and I can remember the fear I felt as I watched psychopath Micheal Myers stalk the teenage babysitter Laurie Strode and her friends around Haddenfield on Halloween night.

Over the years, I've bought many editions of the film (and it's many sequals) on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray but I had never experienced it on the big screen. Last Wednesday it was shown at The Printworks in Manchester City centre and I finally got to see it as it was intended.

The film was introduced by a short 20 minute film where John Carpenter gave some background information on how it was filmed and a brief history of the film's legacy. I think this was from 2016 as Carpenter said it was Halloween's 28th anniversary (it was released 40 years ago this year!) The trailer for the new Halloween film was also shown.

The thing that I've always loved about Halloween is it's subtlety. It isn't a gory film, there is hardly an on-screen violence and the fear comes from a man in a mask simply playing trick or treat with some teenagers. The shots of Micheal Myers standing behind a bush or staring through a window are so simple but very unnerving.

Even though I've seen it hundreds of times, I still love this film. The music is such an important part of the experience. Hearing John Carpenter's score at full volume in surround sound was amazing and I managed to pick up many bits of dialogue and sound effects that home viewing doesn't capture. I kept imaging what it would have been like to watch Halloween in a cinema in 1978.

Seeing Halloween at the cinema, hearing every sound and seeing every shadow was a wonderful experience and I now feel I have experienced Halloween as it was intended. The new Halloween movie is released this week. I'll be writing a review once I have seen 




Alternate promo poster


Halloween promo poster from 1978


This being my favourite time of year, I've put together a playlist of tracks that help get me in the mood for some work. I love the colours of autumn, I can't wait to get out and take some shots of the trees and leaves this year. This playlist will be in my ears for the next few months.

Enjoy.

https://open.spotify.com/user/3121xperience/playlist/5DLKjvV5whRvoLMuZUE0yK?si=Drn0KoJRRs29IEEA4KzjUw

Ingrid Chavez
Touch of Love (Limited Edition CD review)

Ingrid Chavez was signed to Prince's Paisley Park Records in the early 1990s and starred in his 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge. She was also the co-writer of Madonna's 1990 hit 'Justify My Love.' After releasing her debut album May 19 1992 and the singles 'Elephant Box' and 'Hippy Blood' on Paisley Park, Ingrid married David Sylvian, of the group Japan, and left the industry to focus on home life.


 
In 2010 Ingrid returned to music with A Flutter And Some Words and went on to record an album under the name Black Eskimo with Marco Valentin.



Ingrid recently took part in the PRN Alumni event at Cafe de Paris in London where a limited edition CD Touch Of Love (only 100 hand-made copies were made) was sold, that served as a 'Best Of' before the release of her upcoming album, Memories of Flying.


Featuring songs from both of her solo albums and also her collaborations with David Sylvian and Black Eskimo, Touch Of Love also features previously unreleased recordings that Ingrid and Prince made in December 1987 at Paisley Park Studios after meeting at a Minneapolis nightclub. The original spoken word recordings feature Prince providing a musical backdrop to Ingrid's words.


Many of the tracks from this session were later released on May 19 1992 and provided much of the inspiration for Prince's decision to shelf the The Black Album a week before it's release and instead record and release Lovesexy in 1988.



The song 'You Gave Me Wings' was recorded after Prince's death in 2016 and chronicles their musical experiences together. Also included is a 2018 re-recording of 'Justify My Love' as well as a separate track, 'Undone,' in which Ingrid discusses her life and career in music so far.



The packaging is all hand-made by Ingrid and comes in a fold-out card that holds the disc in place along with two small art prints and is held in an envelope that is individually numbered. I have number 82.

 



I started learning Finnish almost a year ago, it's been tough but I'm picking up more words each time I visit there. I recently started watching Deadwind on Netflix and have found it is helping me to learn Finnish.



As the Twin Peaks-esque poster suggests, it's a Nordic noir crime thriller set in Helsinki which is great as I get to see my favourite city on TV! I watched the Icelandic show, Trapped, earlier this year, and Dead-end is a similar feel: Bleak, dark and very addictive!


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