Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly says: "I just did a deep dive on dark rides, and I thought you'd get a kick out of it. I go into how the first dark rides -- the 1920s Pretzel -- just relied on manual sound effects and its curvy track to freak people out. Later, they got soundtracks, electric eyes, pneumatics, all that. Most dark rides still don't have animatronics or Pepper's ghosts like Haunted Mansion.
Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us
Craig sez, "This is an unofficial music video for 'The Darlings of Lumberland' by They Might Be Giants, from their 16th album 'Nanobots' (2013). It was created using both famous and obscure silent horror films found on Archive.org, and photos from the vintage photo site Retronaut. TMBG is giving away a free MP3 of 'Darlings.'
TMBG - The Darlings of Lumberland (a Halloween music video) - from Nanobots (2013)
I love Jen's ukulele cover of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from Disney's Haunted Mansion -- she crushes the oft-neglected final chorus.
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Miss Cakehead writes, "A macbre preview of some 'treats' which will be sold in Miss Cakehead's infamous Eat Your Heart Out Halloween pop up cake shop in London - the theme for 2013 being 'Feed The Beast'. Undoubtably these rum filled chocolate body parts make the world's most disturbing liqueur chocolates, and there is much much worse to come!"
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Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory sez, "I hope someday your travels bring you to the Pacific Northwest around
Halloween time, because you will absolutely LOVE the Davis Graveyard.
It's an amateur yard display of near theme-park quality. And as a
bonus for you and me, they have LOTS of Haunted Mansion references --
a full-sized horse-drawn hearse, a skeleton trying to get out of a
coffin, a singing statue who briefly recites the Ghost Host's
narration, and a replica of the frightened gravedigger. And that's
just the icing on top of all the geeky pop-culture references on the
gravestones, the excellent projected ghosts, etc.
You would plotz."
I plotzed. Holy moly. The Davis family are the greatest human beings on the face of the earth. Why isn't there a Nobel Prize in Hauntology?
Jason and his wife made this totally kick-ass Pythor costume for their wee lad. It's beyond awesome. Also makes me feel like a bit of a bad parent for merely helping to assemble a(n admitted smashing) Wednesday Addams costume. But in a good way.
the making of pythor
Here's a Venom body-paint job that ups the ante on the two earlier versions posted here. This one was posted by a Redditor called Tapout189, who says it was found on Twitter. Anyone know who the original makeup artist and photographer were?
Awesome Venom Body Paint (imgur.com)
(via Super Punch)
Here's the audio from Disney's classic "Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion," narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft, starring a young -- Andy Griffith show era -- Ronnie Howard. I had this in the original Disneyland Little Long Playing Record edition, and played it to death, as you might expect.
Metafilter's Hippybear has included links to lots of supplementary material in a MeFi post, too.
There's also a beautiful CD reissue from Disney, with excellent liner notes and additional data-tracks with the visuals from the original Little Long-Playing Record.
The Story Of The Haunted Mansion
"Rot" is Erica Luke's stop-motion makeup animation showing a corpse's decay in a dark, enclosed space. It's beautifully, creepily well-done.
In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Laz Burke shares this awesome photo of a zombie baby breaking out of the womb.
Theoretical physicist and mathematician Benjamin K. Tippett has posted a paper called "Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific," which analyzes the account of Gustaf Johansen, the author of the manuscript embedded in HP Lovecraft's famous story The Call of Cthulhu, and tries to account for the weird geometries that hide "the corpse city of R'lyeh." It's got rendered diagrams and everything. Science!
We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause.
We propose a simplified example of such a geometry, and show using numerical computation that Johansen`s descriptions were, for the most part, not simply the ravings of a lunatic. Rather, they are the nontechnical observations of an intelligent man who did not understand how to describe what he was seeing. Conversely, it seems to us improbable that Johansen should have unwittingly given such a precise description of the consequences of spacetime curvature, if the details of this story were merely the dregs of some half remembered fever dream.
We calculate the type of matter which would be required to generate such exotic spacetime curvature. Unfortunately, we determine that the required matter is quite unphysical, and possess a nature which is entirely alien to all of the experiences of human science. Indeed, any civilization with mastery over such matter would be able to construct warp drives, cloaking devices, and other exotic geometries required to conveniently travel through the cosmos.
Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific
In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume
thread, Boing Boing reader Celeste says
We've made masks again this year. My husband Jacob is a plague doctor. I'm a spider (ironically, my least favourite animal but I loved working on the mask!). More pics and a bit of info on how they were made here.
In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume
thread, Boing Boing reader Shannon Stewart says
, "My husband and I went as Mars and the Curiosity Rover. Had a ton of fun making these babies and the costumes were a huge hit everywhere we went!"