RECOMMENDING A FOLK HORROR TREAT WITH SOME UNUSUAL INSIGHTS INTO THE DARK DEEP RECESSES OF OUR MINDS…

OVERALL I DON’T USUALLY GET MUCH PLEASURE FROM APPRAISALS OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTICULAR NICHE HORROR GENRES. BUT I RECOMMEND MY FRIENDS BLOG AND THIS PIECE ON “FOLK HORROR”, AS THERE ARE INTERESTING OBSCURE POINTS MADE THAT OFFER SOME MORE UNIQUE INSIGHTS AND FILM / MUSIC RECOMMENDS IVE LOVED FOR YEARS AND A FEW THAT MIGHT BE LESS FAMILIAR FOR YOU OR I.

https://spiralstaircase.blog/2021/08/16/1033/

THE SUBJECT IS A KIND OF SUB GENRE OF HORROR (PERHAPS UNFAIRLY) CALLED “FOLK HORROR”. IT IS FOUND IN USUALLY EUROPEAN OR BRIT BASED EVOCATIVE ALMOST FABLE LIKE STORIES THAT CONNECT TO A DEEP FEARFUL PART OF OURSELVES OR PERHAPS THE UNEXPECTED TO BE FOUND IN BOTH OTHERS OR IN THE SOCIAL OR POLITICAL WORLD AROUND US. WHICHEVER FORM HORROR TAKES – WHETHER A FACEMASK AND A NEW WORLD ORDER – A CONFORMITY OF DAILY FEAR, OR THE HORROR OF SUFFERING ILLNESS OR PAIN EITHER PHYSICALLY OR OF THE PSYCHE. PERHAPS THOSE CHARMING VERY CHILLING REAL HORRORS HIDDEN WITHIN THOSE FILMS IN AN ANCIENT FABLE SENSE TOOK US TO A REAL UNDER COVERING OF WHAT FEAR AND HORROR IS IN AN UNIVERSAL SENSE. THIS IS CONNECTED WITH WHAT IS IN ORGANIZED RELIGION OR PAGAN TRADITION OR EVEN FROM OUR UPBRINGING, FAMILY OR EXPERIENCES IN FORMATIVE YEARS IN SCHOOL FOR INSTANCE. I FIND IT ALSO SLIGHTLY QUIRKILY DIFFERENT THAT HUSSAIN MAKES A GENTLE SWIPE AT A SACRED COW- SUCH AS OBSERVING THE SLIGHTLY OVERRATED WITCHFINDER GENERAL AS BEING EXACTLY THAT. BUT THEN ALSO LOOKING AT BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW WHICH PERHAPS MIGHT NOT GET THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES AS AN UNDERRATED CLASSIC. HE ALSO CONNECTS GENRES WELL TO LOTS OF UNUSUAL ARTISTIC AVENUES ON FOLK HORROR IN HISTORY AND ALSO SHEDS LIGHT ON WHERE IT IS GOING FOR THOSE PERHAPS STUCK IN A 1970’S TIME WARP LIKE ME! HE IS BLUNT ON HIS VIEWS ON AMERICAN HORROR, PERHAPS UNFAIRLY BUT ID AGREE WITH HIM. THE US HISTORY CAN HINT AT FOK HORROR RATHER LIKE JAZZ OR SKA BRASS MIGHT HINT AT 1890’S BRITISH MILITARY MUSIC… BUT THATS WHERE THE COMPARISON STOPS. IF YOU GO BEYOND A FEW HUNDRED YEARS AND HISTORY IT LOSES THE EDGE THAT AN OLDER THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD TRADITION OF HORROR BRINGS.. I AM SURE HOWEVER THAT THERE HAVE BEEN HORROR FILMS AT LEAST INSPIRED BY ANCIENT NATIVE INDIAN MYTHS. FOLK HORROR IS PRESENT IN MY FAVE POET COLERIDGE’S WORK SO ID BE TEMPTED TO MENTION SUCH THINGS AS THE VAMPIRE TALE “CHRISTABEL” BUT HUSSAIN KEEPS TO TOPIC WELL AND INSPIRES THE READER TO DELVE WITH REGARD TO UNUSUAL OBSCURE MOVIES. WICKER MAN IS SUCH AN INTERESTING STUDY INTO THE MIND PROCESSES OF THOSE WHO ARE MARGINALIZED OR MADE A VICTIM IN THE SENSE OF FIGURES IN RELIGION OR IN ONES OWN LIFE OR IN HISTORY. I PARTICULARLY ENJOY THIS IN A TIME OF ISOLATION BUBBLES AND BANNED ANTI VAXERS. WE ARE IN A NEW AGE OF THE LEPER SO PERHAPS WICKER MAN HAS NEVER BEEN SO RELEVANT FOR THE ALIENATED. THE FACT THAT THE WRITER IS NOT PUT OFF BY THE GHASTLY RATHER ODD LOW RATINGS OFTEN GIVEN BY BBC RADIO TIMES FOR EXAMPLE OF REALLY CLASSIC HORROR MOVIES (THEATRE OF BLOOD OR THE DR PHIBES MOVIES ODDLY GET MOW RATINGS SOMETIMES ) IS REFRESHING, USUALLY BECAUSE OF POLITICALLY CORRECT OR EVEN PHANTOM IMAGINED REASONS. ID SIGHT RECENT ARTICLES THAT TOTALLY MISSED THE POINT IN THE HUMOUR OR THE IRONY OF LITTLE BRITAIN AS A COMEDY SHOW WHICH NOW FINDS ITSELF BANNED. THE HORROR IS NOT PREDICTABLE IN THESE TALES, ITS NOT ALWAYS GHOST FILMS ID BE TEMPTED TO PICK LIKE THE EXORCIST …ITS THE BBC’S CHILDREN OF THE STONES FOR EXAMPLE THAT GETS A MENTION AS DO ON THE MUSICAL SIDE CULPEPERS ORCHARD – A VERY OBSCURE DELIGHTFUL EURO PROG ROCK BAND WITH A REAL FOLKY EDGE. THE ROLE OF FAITH IN WHY WE HAVE THE IMAGERY WE DO IS A NICE AREA TO DELVE BUT MY FAVE ASPECT IS THE FACT THAN RATHER THAN DO THE TRIED AND TESTED “AND HERE IS A CLASSIC SOUNDTRACK” AS THE ONLY MUSIC MENTIONED (MAYBE MOOD MUSIC LIKE JOHN BARRY GETS A MENTION OR MIKE OLDFIELD FOR TUBULAR BELLS WHICH IN ITSELF AS MUSIC HAS FOLK CELTIC HORROR ELEMENTS – EVEN IF THE FILM IT WAS USED ON DOESNT ) HUSSAIN LOOKS AT TALKING ABOUT SOME REALLY INTERESTING BANDS OF THE SEVENTIES THAT COULD HAVE ACCOMPANIED ANY MOVIE IMAGERY IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE, LYRICS AND DIRECTION. NAS ALSO DELVES INTO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ROOTS AND PERHAPS WHY WE RELATE SO TO SUCH MIND PROBING MADNESS. MY RECOMMENDS? “ASYLUM” FROM THE EARLY 1970’S STARRING ROBERT POWELL AND “FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE ” WITH PETER CUSHING. MIND YOU I AM NOT SURE THEY QUALIFY AS FOLK HORROR THOUGH THE ODD SHORT STORY WITHIN MAY…I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THE TITLE OF HUSSAIN’S PIECE, SOMEWHAT TRITE AS IT MAY SOUND FOR ME TO SAY, MAKES ME PERK UP AND READ. ITS NICE AND ORIGINAL WITH ITS SHINY GREEN…ITS NICELY EVOCATIVE LIKE AN ALBUM TITLE AND THE IMAGE HE USES ALSO WOULD FIT AN BOOK/ALBUM COVER VERY NICELY. ID ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS WILL BE LEADING TO THE PUBLICATION OF A SOMEWHAT UNUSUAL MYSTERY AND ORIGINAL CONCEPT THAT MY OWN VRIL CODEX NOVELS ONLY HINTED AT DEAR READER. “MUNGUS FUNGUS” WHICH AGAIN AS THE TITLE SUGGESTS EDGES TOWARD THE QUIRKY ALMOST STEAMPUNK IMAGERY HUSSAIN ADORES WITH PERHAPS SHADES OF THE WICKER MAN. JUST AS I TRIED TO EVOKE HAMMER HORROR WITH MY VRIL BOOK. ID HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO INCLUDE REFERENCES TO THE GOTHIC MUSIC OF THE 80’S TOO PARTICULARLY THE MORE CELTIC FOLK IMAGERY OF THE BANCHEES OR BEFORE THAT THE CELTIC CHARM OF MARC BOLAN. BUT ID PERHAPS BE TAKING IT OFF TOPIC WHICH NAS NEVER DOES. THIS DOES WORK AS A TASTER AND COMPANION PIECE TO THE GENRE AND HIS FORTHCOMING BOOK RATHER NICELY. I LIKE TO WRITE THE ODD REVIEW FOR THE MORE HORROR LIKE PIECES HE WRITES AND I OCCASIONALLY DABBLE IN POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUERRILLA HUMOR WITH THE AUTHOR IN OUR SPARE TIME…THIS SOMEHOW HAS SURVIVED ON THE YOUTUBE AND TAKES PART INSPIRATION FROM THE GOONS AND DEREK AND CLIVE. NAS HAS GREAT COMEDY SKILLS BUT I DO LIKE HIS LOVE OF HORROR SO ITS GOOD TO SEE THIS WHICH I FIND FAR MORE OF ORIGINAL SUBSTANCE THAN SOME OF THE ARROGANT FILM SCHOOL PRETENDERS I REMEMBER FROM BOURNEMOUTH UNI!

https://spiralstaircase.blog/2021/08/16/1033/

ALWAYS LOVED THIS MYSELF SO DELIGHTED TO SEE A MENTION IN THE ARTICLE.

I AM ONLY INCLUDING THIS AS BOTH THIS AND THE OTHER DUMPED SYD FLOYD SINGLE “SCREAM THY LAST SCREAM” BOTH SEEM FROM A FOLK HORROR CHAPTER AND VEGETABLE MAN ALSO EVOKES SOME SORT OF ANCIENT “GREEN MAN” CONNECTED DEVIL OR HORROR.

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