And so…the end is here. Rocktoberfest 2019, Daily Grindhouse’s month-long celebration of horror and music, came to end today. Yes, it’s technically November now—but it’s also All Saints’ Day and Día de Muertos, which are still festive, a bit spooky, and certainly have their own musical traditions. However, like every concert ever, we prolonged the applause far too long and came back for an encore to play the hits ONE! MORE! TIME! and also thank folks and find excuses to use GIFs that make us giggle way too much.
A ton of people put a lot of work into a bunch of features for Rocktoberfest 2019 to have something every day and a few special things every week. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed hearing from all of us nerds, geeks, wastoids, rockabillies, metalheads, battle rappers, hippies, beatniks, juggalos, b-boys, fly girls, rockstars, divas, punks, A/V dorks, and more. It would be awesome if you discovered a new movie, album, song, or useless bit of trivia that may very well save your life someday. And if you didn’t? We at least hope Rocktoberfest 2019 was a not too awful time (bar has never been set higher!!!).
In our humblest of opinions, Rocktoberfest 2019 produced some pretty great work by so many people from many different places with many different tastes in movies and music…yet who are all solely unified in the belief that Malört is both the best and worst thing ever, simultaneously. It’s Schrödinger’s flask.
That’s enough “ado,” so there will be no further ado. Instead, here’s a round-up of all of the posts tied in with Rocktoberfest 2019 just in case you missed them, or wanted to revisit, or need it to double as a bibliography on the incredibly weird-ass thesis you’re writing. In any case, thanks for checking out our site, we hope you leave with a song in your heart and a nightmare in your head, and wait until you see what the Winter Holidays will bring.
Actually, maybe you guys aren’t ready for that yet…but your kids are gonna love it.
Every morning in Rocktoberfest 2019 we featured a different music video with a horror theme from various decades and genres.
- Day 1 – “Nothing Is Safe”
- Day 2 – “Doing It All For My Baby”
- Day 3 – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
- Day 4 – “Living Dead Girl”
- Day 5 – “Heads Will Roll”
- Day 6 – “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”
- Day 7 – “Midnight City”
- Day 8 – “Flashing Lights”
- Day 9 – “Shame”
- Day 10 – “Dancing With Myself”
- Day 11 – “Dark All Day”
- Day 12 – “Long Hard Road Out Of Hell”
- Day 13 – “Yoo Hoo”
- Day 14 – “Son Of A Gun”
- Day 15 – “Torture”
- Day 16 – “Want To Believe”
- Day 17 – “Hell”
- Day 18 – “Blood Of The Fang”
- Day 19 – “Poison”
- Day 20 – “A Nightmare On My Street”
- Day 21 – “Social Mediasochist”
- Day 22 – “Social Mediasochist II: On and On”
- Day 23 – “This Corrosion”
- Day 24 – “Disturbia”
- Day 25 – “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”
- Day 26 – “Mad Hatter”
- Day 27 – “Turbo Killer”
- Day 28 – “Get Down Goblin”
- Day 29 – “Les vacances continuent”
- Day 30 – “What’s A Girl To Do?”
- Day 31 – “The Crypt Jam”
Rockin’ Horror Picture Shows
Daily Grindhouse contributors highlighted horror movies with a musical connection every day in Rocktoberfest 2019. Some good. Some awful. All highly and equally erotic.
- • NEON MANIACS by Jon Abrams
- • QUEEN OF THE DAMNED by Ale Gonzalez
- • VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS by Paul Freitag-Fey
- • BAD CHANNELS by Matt Wedge
- • PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE by John Reents
- • DEATHGASM by Justin Leon
- • HARD ROCK NIGHTMARE by Keef
- • BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS by Johnny Donaldson
- • SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II by Andrew Belonsky
- • STAGE FRIGHT: AQUARIUS by Anya Stanley
- • FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET by John Rieber
- • WILD ZERO by Jeremy Lowe
- • REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA by Samantha Schorsch
- • ROCKULA by James Greene, Jr.
- • SUCK by Mary Beth McAndrews
- • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Andrew Belonsky
- • KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK by Rich Love
- • SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK by Stephanie Crawford
- • THE GATE by Marisa Mirabal
- • THE LURE by Jedidiah Ayres
- • ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES by Samantha Schorsch
- • STRANGERS IN PARADISE by Paul Freitag-Fey
- • BURST CITY by Jeremy Lowe
- • ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE by Andrew Campbell
- • MURDEROCK by Stephanie Crawford
- • IDLE HANDS by Nathan Smith
- • THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS by John Rieber
- • BLACK ROSES by Keef
- • THE APPLE by Jon Abrams
- • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Matthew Anderson
- • MONSTER MASH: THE MOVIE by Paul Freitag-Fey
- • THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW by Mike Vanderbilt
- • TRICK OR TREAT by Greg Mucci
- • THE PERFECTION by Justin Yandell
- • ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE by Matt Wedge
- • JENNIFER’S BODY by Jon Abrams
- • DEAD ANT by Aundria Parker
- • BLOOD TRACKS by Eric Peacock
- • HOCUS POCUS by Samantha Schorsch
Every week in Rocktoberfest 2019, Daily Grindhouse contributors provided playlists for the perfect spooky musical accompaniment to any Halloween or horror gathering.
The Big Question
We asked our Daily Grindhouse contributors and friends of the site some horror + music questions and got some great responses. Check out what everyone had to say below!
Odds & Ends
We had some stuff that didn’t fit into any categories, but still kept the vibe going.
Mike Vanderbilt interviewed the singular and towering musical/cinematic talent that is Paul Williams about PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (and more).
Kevin Maher put the spotlight on a forgotten gem with Mama Cass’ “Different” from PUFNSTUF.
A fond look back at the short film BloodSpray: The Musical, made by Patrick O’Sullivan & Mike Vanderbilt as part of Chicago’s 48 Hour Film Project in 2016.
Shakyl Lambert covered the 10 (plus 2) Halloween rap music videos perfect for spooky season.
Mike Vanderbilt and Kevin Maher discussed the finest uses of Exit Music in Horror Films.
We had the festivities kickoff with an Opening Act Video (set to “The Howling” by Babel):
And we shut’em down with a Lock The Gates! video (set to “Thunder Busters” by Wax Audio):
Thank you again to everyone for contributing. PLEASE follow all of our contributors on social media—that way you get access to more of their great work and maybe a sexy selfie or two. Thanks to Erin Buckley for the Rocktoberfest logo redesigns (using fonts by Chad Savage’s Sinister Fonts).
And thank you all once more for coming to our site and reading our words. It truly means a lot to all of us whenever someone checks out our work. We hope in some small way we can help your day, if only a little bit.
If you’re still reading this far down the page, you’re a great person with excellent taste and/or you’re my parents praying this doesn’t turn into another manifesto. Now gimme your hands, cause you’re wonderful…