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Creator of ‘Halloween’ Film Franchise Discusses Why We Love Horror PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:47
Before Jason, Freddy & Other Genre Staples,
Producer Relied on ‘Theater of the Mind’

Why do we pay to watch scary movies?

Irwin Yablans, creator of the “Halloween” films that forever changed the genre, says the answer’s easy.

“When done right, a horror movie evokes an involuntary response involving fear, excitement, repulsion and fascination,” says Yablans, (www.irwinyablans.com),
author of the new memoir, The Man Who Created Halloween. In it, he details his rise as a successful independent producer, sales chief for Paramount Pictures and head of Orion Pictures. His masked creepster Michael Myers, who debuted in 1978, spawned a wave of iconic horror characters, and a new way to do business in Hollywood.

“Too many commentators focus on the cost of making a film, and how much the lead actors were paid,” he says. “But, from a producer’s point of view, the most important money question is: Is our movie worth the $10 ticket price?”

Yablans shares his views on why we love to be horrified:

• Universal appeal: Horror will always tantalize the masses because it touches a visceral emotional response within everyone – unlike other genres. Not everyone finds the same things funny, for example, but just about everyone finds the same things scary, he says. “Horror connects on that most fundamental level. A truly frightening boogieman, a likeable protagonist and sympathetic victims puts audiences right in the shoes of the characters being chased,” he says.

• The difference between horror and horrible, and fan loyalty: As a boy, Yablans grew up in a poor tenement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, listening to radio shows that relied on “theater of the mind” narratives, which captured the imaginations of listeners. He used this approach with the Halloween film series. “Too many of today’s horror films rely on blood and guts to coax gross-out responses from audiences,” Yablans says.“ ‘Halloween’ was successful, in large part, because it played more on the mind, where fear lives.” Horror fans tend to give new movies the benefit of the doubt, and if the first one is good, then they’ll return for parts 2 and 3, he says.

• Cost-effective: Most of the greatest horror film franchises began with modest budgets, including “Night of the Living Dead,” $114,000; the first “Halloween,” $320,000; “The Blair Witch Project,” $35,000. Each of those movies were wildly successful, grossing millions. The “Friday the 13th” series, inspired from the success of “Halloween,” has earned a worldwide total of $465 million. “There have been many failures, but the genre is one of the best bets in the film industry,” he says.

• Great marketing: Yablans’ legendary horror series appropriated a children’s holiday, Halloween, and made it exciting for adults. “Everyone wants to be young again – at least sometimes,” he says. Other successful horror franchises – “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Scary Movie” copied Yablans’ branded approach: recognizable titles, costumes or makeup and theme music.

About Irwin Yablans

Irwin Yablans is the executive producer and creator of the “Halloween” film series, which forever changed the horror genre and the old studio system. His new autobiography, “The Man Who Created Halloween,” details a true rags-to-riches tale of a boy who grew up in a roach-invested tenement in Brooklyn to become the man who transformed society’s view of a children’s holiday. Yablans’ influence in Hollywood includes setting the standard for a new breed of independent producers and filmmakers, the discovery of famed director John Carpenter and advocating for studio support of one of the most acclaimed films in history, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”

 
MVBS presents Studebaker John on Sunday Sept. 16 as part of East West Riverfest PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:07

2012 MVBS Fun Run Wraps Up East West Riverfest by Presenting Studebaker John and the Hawks—Sunday, September 16

As part of the East West Riverfest, the Mississippi Valley presents Studebaker John and the Hawks on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 at Martinis on the Rock (34th Street and Blackhawk Road, Rock Island).  Studebaker John played on the Bandshell stage at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival , and now comes the opportunity to see him and his band, the Hawks, at Martini's on the Rock  September 16.   Admission is $5 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $8 for non-members (membership applications will be available at the door), or FREE for all participants in the September 16 Bikes and Blues Fun Run.

September 16 is the last chance to participate in the 2012 Bikes and Blues Fun Run presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The Fun Run will start at Ducky's Lagoon (Andalusia, IL) and wrap up at Martini's on the Rock (Rock Island, IL) with stops at Buelahs (New Boston, IL), The Pub (Oquawka, IL), and Beer Belly's (Aledo, IL) in between.  Cost is $5 per rider entry and will include admission to see Studebaker John and the Hawks at Martinis.   All entrants will get a chance to win $100 with winning poker hand and door prizes.   Entry to Fun Run starts with check-in between 10:30 am - noon (last bike out at noon) at Ducky's Lagoon in Andalusia, IL.  Last bike must be in at 5:00 p.m. at Martini's on the Rock in Rock Island, IL to be eligible for card drawings and door prizes.  All vehicles welcome!

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s.

John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

Although John has clearly absorbed the many blues influences his native Chicago has to offer, he is no imitator. With his fat, ringing guitar tone and full, snake-like harp runs, he has managed to forge his own distinct sound while remaining true to the spirit of the Chicago blues giants.

“A triple threat on slide guitar, harp and vocals, Studebaker John clearly has what it takes to get a barroom jumping. This is hard-partying, tough, working-man’s blues,” Blues Revue Magazine.

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2012 Festival of Praise 7:00 PM Saturday, September 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:54

Le Claire Park in Davenport, Iowa

Free admission!

This year:

High Praise Unlimited brings to us worship from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, led by Justin Rizzo, Matt Gillman, and Anna Blanc.

International House of Prayer in Kansas City has established continuous 24/7 prayer with worship... Since September 19, 1999 from dawn to dusk, and through the watches of the night, prayer and worship continues - twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week...

Festival of Praise... since 1997…

Festival of Praise is a night of worship and a time for the community to come together to pray for the city leaders businesses and families and to give thanks and acknowledge God for all He has done.

See more information here:

http://www.qcfestivalofpraise.com/

 
MVBS Presents Debbie Davies Fri. Sept. 7 for East West Riverfest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:27

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Features Blues Guitarist

In Conjunction with East West Riverfest

As a participant in the East West Riverfest, a Quad Cities celebration of arts, culture, and heritage, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society will be presenting blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Debbie Davies at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA, on Friday, September 7. The show will start at 9:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $12 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $15 for non-members (membership applications will be available at the door). Coupons for $5 off the cost of admission will be available at the East West Riverfest Opening Ceremony held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the RiverCenter, 136 East 3rd Street, Davenport, IA 52801.

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In her amazing career Davies has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. She has been the featured guitarist in several female based bands including Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs (led by John Mayall’s wife) and Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfinger Revue (who opened for Jimmy Buffett during his 1991 tour). Besides her solo work, Davies is best known for her work with Albert Collins as a member of his band, the Icebreakers. Over the years she has collaborated with several well known artists such as Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton (a.k.a. rhythm section for Double Trouble), Coco Montoya, Jay Geils, and Duke Robillard.

This performance will be Davies'  debut of her new CD, After The Fall, which was released on M.C. Records on July 17. After The Fall is her 11th solo recording and is an all-original affair with Davies writing or co-writing six of the 11 songs. The year 2010 held some traumatic life experiences for Davies, and as she began to heal, she started writing and putting many of her experiences and feelings into songs. The result is 2012's After The Fall.

This performance is being presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in conjunction with the East West Riverfest and is made possible by the Riverboat Development Authority.

For more information on events presented by the The Mississippi Valley Blues Society visit: www.mvbs.org; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Lamoureux performing live at Rozz Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Mattoso   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:21

Justin Phillip Lamoureux (Midwest Dilemma) performing live Tuesday, September 4 @ The Rozz Tox in Rock Island, IL w/ Zach Sherman & Chris Colson

Justin Phillip Lamoureux has been performing live and sharing his stories of life in the Midwest under the name 'Midwest Dilemma' for nearly a decade. Now performing under his own name, Justin can now separate the band (which has grown into a 7 to 22 piece orchestral gypsy folk collective) vs his own solo work. Here is a video from a performance in Portland, OR with Run on Sentence, Pancake Breakfast (Mike Midlo), and Langhorne Slim -- http://youtu.be/t2zBKb_pBfA

Lamoureux has toured coast to coast in the USA, Canada and many parts of Europe and performed at festivals such as SXSW, NXNE and Walk the Line (UK). He has also shared the stage with Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes, Jake Bellows/Neva Dinova, These United States, Paleo, David Bazan, Blind Pilot, Kathleen Edwards, William Elliot Whitmore, Dave Rawlings Machine (Gillian Welch), and Counting Crows.

"Lamoureux is a stream, it doesn’t matter if for a time he is only trickling through rocks and soil, his conviction is the rainfall, pouring much needed force sustenance to the stream – it can’t be stopped. He will find his ocean; it’s inevitable." - Will Simons, CityWeekly 

Justin and Midwest Dilemma's debut release "Timelines & Tragedies" was awarded Album of the Year in Omaha, NE in 2008 which also charted CMJ Top 200. The song "Chicago and North Western" was featured on the PBS television series Roadtrip Nation.

 
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