A storm that will swallow the children
And I will deliver them from the kingdom of pain
I will deliver the children back the their doorsteps
And send the monsters back to the underground
I'll send them back to a place where no-one else can see them
Except for me
Because I... am Donnie Darko."
I will not give away anything but just tell you that this movie is incredible. My friend Matt is frightened to death of the rabbit, Frank. I, however, think it makes an ingenious Halloween costume. There is a sequel to this movie S. Darko (2009) set around Donnie's sister (played by Daveigh Chase (Samara from The Ring). Seth Rogan is also in the film; he plays a bully named Ricky. Another interesting tidbit is that Katharine Ross plays Dr. Lillian Thurman, Donnie's psychiatrist. Ross played Joanna Eberhart in the 1975 (original and better) version of The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin's 1972 book of the same name. And Ira Levin also wrote Rosemary's Baby. So there are a lot of intrinsic connections within Donnie Darko's cast. I love this film and would show it for 24 hours on TBS, like they do with A Christmas Story (1983) from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.
The soundtrack for Donnie Darko is also haunting and perfect to listen to around this time of year. Most of the music is eerie and somber. It perfectly reflects the grey, cold weather. The movie takes place during 1988 so it has songs of the period like: 'Under the Milky Way' by The Church, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division, 'Notorious' by Duran Duran, 'The Killing Moon' by Echo and the Bunnymen, 'Head Over Heals' by Tears for Fears, and 'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS (in the director's cut only) to replace the beginning sequence song 'The Killing Moon' (which is moved to another scene). That's how much I love this movie; I can tell you the differences between the director's cut and regular version. I LOVE this movie!
With that aside, I will give you an unlikely soundtrack for Halloween. Yes, there are songs like 'Monster Mash' (1962), 'Thriller' (1983), and 'Time Warp' (1975). I will try to find off the beaten path songs which include alternate versions of hit Halloween tunes or possibly tunes you haven't heard before. So beware, you're in for a scare. Mwhahahah!
1) 'Joan Crawford' by Blue Öyster Cult (1981)
2) 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' by Bauhaus (1979)
Marilyn Manson's songs 'I Put a Spell on You' and 'Sweet Dreams are also great for Halloween!
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