Spooky Goat day twenty-seven! SPOOKY SONGS THAT ARE ONLY SPOOKY IN CONTEXT, PLUS UNRELATED CHARACTER ACTOR CREEPINESS
SPOOKY SONGS THAT ARE ONLY SPOOKY IN CONTEXT, PLUS CHARACTER ACTOR CREEPINESS
I’ve been thinking about Tubular Bells since the last spooky music thread, and how I don’t believe it’s intrinsically spooky without the heavy weight of The Exorcist behind it. But it’s spooky now! And forever! It’s kind of like how I know John Cassavetes is an actor, who plays roles, and has been in approximately one million things other than Rosemary’s Baby, but every time I see him I think, JOHN CASSAVETES, DON’T SELL YOUR WIFE’S WOMB TO THE DEVIL. I can’t help it.
It’s funny, I can’t think of any other songs right now, although I’m sure there are a bunch, except for The Hurdy Gurdy Man in Zodiac. I haven’t seen Zodiac, in part because I read a comment somewhere about how the commenter couldn’t listen to Hurdy Gurdy Man in the same way anymore. And I was like, but I LOVE the Hurdy Gurdy Man! Better not watch Zodiac.
Here’s the scene:
I guess everything on The White Album counts if you think about the Manson Family (which I do).
I think the creepiest character actor (who was never limited to creepy parts) is Bruce Dern. I couldn’t watch him for YEARS because of his early tv work on the Alfred Hitchcock shows. But then eventually I saw his performance as a predatory prison homosexual in Bloody Mama and fell completely in love. But what a creepy freak! I still can’t watch his episode Lonely Place because I keep on thinking MR. HANEY FROM GREEN ACRES, DON’T LET BRUCE DERN SEXUALLY HARASS AND TERRORIZE YOUR WIFE JUST BECAUSE HE WORKS CHEAP.
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I can’t think of any songs/music at the moment, but your recent mention of Anthony Hopkins fits the creepy actor bill nicely. And one of my favorites has always been Michael Shannon. He’s the nicest, most easy-going guy in interviews, but put him in front of a camera & he goes full-on weirdo, no matter what the role calls for! I’d watch him in just about anything. “Take Shelter” & “Midnight Special” are two good examples.
Oh, yeah, and “Zodiac” reminds me, Jake Gyllenhaal can get pretty creepy when he wants to! “Donnie Darko” is one of my favorite movies of all time, & he was a real weirdo in “Nightcrawler” as a sociopathic TV news videographer.