Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday Ad

Here is an ad that I made for Holiday Spirit. Feel free to post it on your pages or blogs or wherever you like. Also, here is the direct link to the page to donate and download: http://theghostandthegrace.com/post/2009/nov/26/holiday-spirit-vol-1-ghost-and-grace/

Imperial Bedrooms

My favorite author, Bret Easton Ellis, is finally in the first stages of releasing his next book, Imperial Bedrooms. It is a sequel to his first novel, Less Than Zero. Bret is also the genius behind The Rules Of Attraction, Glamorama, and American Psycho.



A few days ago, the international cover art for Imperial Bedrooms was released. Not sure if this is going to be the US version as well, but it looks pretty cool. The publisher, Random House, has also finally released a synopsis:

"Twenty-five years have passed since the events chronicled in Less Than Zero, and Clay Easton, now a successful screenwriter, has returned from a brief stint in New York City to Los Angeles, where he's helping to cast his newest movie, The Listeners. But the more things have changed, the more they stay the same, and Clay is soon drifting around in his familiar old circle. There's his vulnerable former girlfriend, Blair, and her husband, Trent, now a high-powered agent but still a bisexual philanderer; and the parties they host at their Beverly Hills mansion are filled with Hollywood types of various levels of fame and fortune and power. There's his childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict running an ultra-discreet, high-class escort service, and their old dealer Rip Millar, reconstructed and face-lifted nearly beyond recognition, who nowadays is involved in activities far more sinister than those of his notorious past.

But Clay has demons of his own, and they threaten to destroy him once he becomes involved with Rain Turner, a gorgeous, much younger actress whom he has promised a role in his movie, exploiting her as best he can until he grows emotionally attached. Before long he realizes she has mysterious connections to not only Julian and Rip but also Kelly Montrose, a producer whose gruesomely violent death is suddenly very much the talk of the town. And as Clay's life spirals out of control, he is forced to plumb the dark recesses of his character and fully come to terms with his capacity for betrayal.

As bleak and stylish as the era-defining Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms will be the book of the season for Bret's devoted fans and should also win him a whole new generation of readers."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

What A Special Time Of Year

Holiday Spirit Vol. 1 by The Ghost And The Grace

1. The Mall
2. The Tree Is On Fire
3. Snow Keeps Pouring Down

Happy Black Friday to you all! The holidays are a time for giving, and in that spirit we here at The Ghost And The Grace have decided to release Holiday Spirit Vol. 1 in a very special fashion.

First, you can pay whatever you would like for the 3 song EP, just click below like you would any other item in our store, and choose your price. If you would like the EP for free, then take it, if you would like to give $10 to support the music, then be our guest. Our suggested price is $3.

Secondly, we are donating a portion of all of the money that we receive to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Click on the link to find out more. If you would like to donate on your own we would highly encourage it.

DOWNLOAD AND DONATE HERE

I also want to give a big thank you to Chip Westerfield, Paul Turpin and Chris Newton. Chip Westerfield was the co-producer, Paul Turpin did mastering, and Chris Newton did the drums on The Mall.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

This is my new favorite video. I can't stop watching. Poor Ricky.



"I may have been dating Jess... I didn't love her, and you knew that... use your fucking mind."

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Altitude Trailer

So by now I have managed to check out three of the 10 upcoming films that I wanted to see below, and I wasn't disappointed by a single one. I actually think that Antichrist is not only one of the most disturbing movies that I have ever seen, but one of the best. Unfortunately, it's so extreme I would feel slightly irresponsible recommending it to anyone. I also thought that The Box and The Fourth Kind were both much better than the reviews would have one believe.

(Brief side-note: Universal was just sued by the Alaska Press Club over The Fourth Kind, for fabricating news articles about alien abduction in Nome. They payed 20 grand.)

I just caught another new trailer and this movie looks like a lot of fun. I am a sucker for monster flicks and the concept of this one is pretty damn original. It's like Cthulu, but instead of hanging out underwater this thing lives in the sky. It should also be noted that I am a sucker for all things even remotely Lovecraft.

Here is what the Bloody Disgusting synopsis says about Altitude:

Lost in a mysterious cloudbank, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends must contend with a freak mechanical failure that first sends their small plane climbing to an impossible height, and then plummeting through endless mist.

After regaining control, the survivors are confronted with a horrifying realization - the very ground beneath them has vanished and a malevolent force lurking in the clouds wants them dead.


Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Prudie Good

Just watch.



Thanks to Chris Newton for reminding me how rad this guy is. Chris has been laying down drums for The Ghost And The Grace, check out his blog here.

Holiday Spirit Vol. 1

Coming Black Friday, The Ghost And The Grace presents Holiday Spirit Vol. 1. A collection of some of the most bitter and, most importantly, 100% original Christmas songs that the world has ever heard! Only available online! More details to come!



The Ghost And The Grace - Holiday Spirit Vol. 1

1. The Mall
2. Black Ice
3. The Tree Is One Fire
4. Old Lost Toys
5. Snow Keeps Pouring Down

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ghostly Drum Sessions

Drum sessions for The Ghost And The Grace Christmas EP and upcoming full length album. Featuring Chip Westerfield, Ian Imhof, and Chris Newton.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Idiot Pilot Single Coming Soon

The new Idiot Pilot single will be available VERY SOON, directly from us for 1.23 € via Soundcloud. Interested? You should be. But if you want to see the cover art early then you are going to have to help with a little project...

Idiot Pilot has 33,980 fans on Myspace and only 1,424 fans on Facebook. Seems kind of disproportionate right? Your job is to help us get the Facebook page at least up to 5,000. You can do this by sending your friends this link:

http://www.facebook.com/idiotpilot

and tell them to click on Become A Fan! Or just do it yourself if you haven't already!

Once we reach 5,000 Facebook fans we will be releasing the cover art everywhere online, and you'll all be that much closer to hearing what we've been cooking up!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Top Ten Upcoming Horror Films

It's been a while since I posted so I wanted to make sure and put something up here that was specifically blog oriented, no just a repost of some Ghost And The Grace or Idiot Pilot news.

Obviously, being such a huge fan of horror, I adore the Halloween season and sometimes I need a little pick me up once it's gone. Thankfully there have been a whole slew of upcoming films that have caught my attention, so what I wanted to do is make a list of the top ten soon-to-be-released, or just released, horror films that I haven't had the chance to see. These ain't recommendations, obviously, just ranked by my patented anticipation meter. Here we go.

#10 The Wolfman

This looks a lot more fun than frightening, as to be expected, but there is something about this clean, gothic, family-horror look that has a place in my heart. Of course, it has the possibility of veering very quickly into a bloodless PG-13 bore-fest, but it's rating has yet to be given and the cast looks promising.



#9 House Of The Devil

It's really hard to tell whither or not this will be good from the trailer. What it does have going for it, though, is that Ti West did an incredible job of making it look as legitimately vintage as possible. It looks like a spot on homage to early 80s horror.



#8 Splice


Based on what I have seen so far, Splice is the only movie on my list that is scoring any cute points. In fact, it is pretty hard to believe that this little guy could get all that scary, but apparently that is what happens. I suppose they said the same thing about Gizmo in Gremlins and then look what happened. This movie is also produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth.



#7 Shutter Island

Scorsese does a horror film. What else do I need to say?



#6 Trick R. Treat

I have been waiting to see this movie for an incredibly long time. In fact, I think that I first heard about it two years ago when it was doing the festival rounds, before then inexplicably disappeared. One might think this was due to a poor reception, but when you look at the reviews it's gotten, that is hard to believe. 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, especially for a horror movie, is shockingly good. It also doesn't hurt that Anna Paquin makes a gorgeous Little Red Riding Hood. This is one of the few on the list that I am sure if I tried I could have seen by now, so really it's nobodies fault but my own.



#5 The Crazies

Something about this trailer just thrills me every time I see it. I have never seen the original film, which was directed by George A. Romero, of Night Of The Living Dead fame (along with countless other "...Of The Living Dead" fames), but it is regarded as a cult favorite. As you may have noted from some of my earlier reviews, I am not one of the purists out there who hate every remake of a horror classic, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were people out there complaining about how different this looks than the original. Whatever. The opening scene alone looks intense enough for me to see this.



#4 The Human Centipede


Just hearing the concept of this film disturbed me so much that I almost feel bad for posting it here. It took about a week of me suddenly and uncontrollably getting grossed out before I could finally push it to be back of my mind, so much so that for a long time my general thoughts on the movie were, "Why would anyone in their right mind want to see that?" Somehow, after about a month and a half, I have come around, if nothing more than to test my gag reflex.

Case in point, three unsuspecting tourists somehow end up at the mercy of a crazy doctor. Not just any crazy doctor, but the leading surgeon in the field of Siamese twin separation, who has decided that the world would be a much better place if he started using his craft to go in the other direction. In other words, to put people together instead of taking them apart. That, unfortunately, is not the disturbing part. All I can say is that his method of connecting the three helpless tourists is through one long gastronomical tract. Use your imagination. Yep, what you think I am saying is what I am actually saying. Sounds like a laugh riot!



#3 Macabre

Aww, the old group-of-teenager's-on-a-road-trip,-car-breaks-down-and-they-have-to-stay-with-a-nutty-family-of-psychos gag. Apparently they haven't had enough of that in Indonesia and I for one am stoked. This is based on a short film that the director's did, which was well received enough to warrant a full feature. Apparently, the plot bears a lot of similarities to Inside, which is a favorite of mine. Let's hope it's more of an homage than a full on rip-off.



#2 The Fourth Kind

Alright, confession time. Aliens scare the fuck out of me. I cannot even begin to tell you how much my childhood nightmares were plaged by the though out waking up to a skinny grey guy with a big head kicking it at the foot of my bed. This leads to countless films where the general public seems to say, "meh", and I am left with the distinct impression that that was the scariest thing I have seen in my life (Fire In The Sky anyone?) Good god, even the way they pixelate that ladies face scares me.



#1 Antichrist

Remember how Dancer In The Dark was one of the most depressing things you could possibly subject yourself to? Well Lars Von Trier is at it again with Antichrist. Apparently it's nothing less than the directors usual shocking approach, put into a horror package. Add to that that the fact that a central axis of the movie is the idea that women are inherently evil, and you've got yourself a fairly controversial little piece of work. Maybe that is why some people are saying that it is "The most shocking film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival."