Monday, 24 January 2011

randomness : january (same place, different time)

I had one of those weeks of good things coming out of nowhere, like happening across a wicca-themed episode of The Simpsons with Lisa becoming a witch and the townspeople out to persecute them, complete with placards - "More spelling bees, less spells on bees". Thanks also to the wonderful things magazine for tipping us. Hattie on BBC4 did end up being good, and though it was particularly weird to see Aidan Turner as an early 60s lothario, he was back in vampire-guise as Mitchell in the new series of Being Human by last night, so that was a swift bit of time-travelling in a way. 

Being Human came closest to the dark humour of John Landis's An American Werewolf In London (a subtle nod throughout the first two series) in the defining scene of this series' opening episode, where Lia was introducing Mitchell to his victims, still hanging around in the railway carriage where he slaughtered them. Hopefully there'll be more of that crossover of gruesomeness and very black comedy. Their tiki-themed 70s-decorated b&b hideaway in Barry also continues the nod to late 60s and early 70s film compilations of horror tales. I keep thinking of Roy Castle in the jazz club, pinching the voodoo ritual tune for his band with horrific results, in Dr Terror's House Of Horrors. Likewise, there were guest stars all over the place, like a latter-day Tales From The Crypt, with Paul Kaye a Joker-like vampire baddie, EastEnders' Lacey Turner as Mitchell's purgatory guide and an unexpectedly impressive Robson Green as a tough werewolf.

Meantime, while being distracted by stories of pear-shaped UFOs in East Kilbride or coffin guitar cases, I've just booked a place on one of the walks in April through the London of Victorian horror writer Arthur Machen (via the wonderland that is A Bad Witch's Blog) that's part of the Museum Of London's Urban Myths season, kind of the crossroads where psychogeography and horror fiction meet. But with pubs.

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