Author Archive for: Walter Beck

Here’s Little Richard • Little Richard

Released March 1957
Little Richard is the Godfather of Queercore. Here’s Little Richard was the wildest LP cut during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.

Here’s Little Richard is ground zero for those in the LGBTQ community who wanted to pick up a guitar and rock harder and meaner than anyone else.”

Walter’s Top 5 Slashers: #1 Halloween

Cert: 18 • US: 84 min • United Film Distribution • November 18, 1983

Halloween is THE slasher film. It is suspenseful, and full of horror rather than gore.

“Using odd angle shots and dark lighting, Carpenter created a truly haunting atmosphere not seen since the days of Alfred Hitchcock. The truly frightening parts of the film aren’t those that necessarily involve the killings, but those parts which focus on the cold way in which Michael stalks his victims.”

Walter’s Top 5 Slashers: #2 Sleepaway Camp

Cert: 18 • US: 84 min • United Film Distribution • November 18, 1983

Sleepaway Camp is a grainy, realistic slasher movie with strong dialogue and understated, believable gore.

Sleepaway Camp remains a legendary film amongst slasher buffs for its gory effects, grainy film style, haunting soundtrack, and one of the most surprising endings in the genre. “

Walter’s Top 5 Slashers: #3 Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Cert: 18 • US: 120 min • Bryanston Pictures • 1974

Tobe Hooper’s stark, gritty vision remains a landmark amongst slasher films, establishing many trademarks of the genre.

“Sitting through the film, you think you’ve just witnessed a blood bath, but in reality, there is very little on-screen gore. Hooper used atmosphere to create the illusion of blood.”

Walter’s Top 5 Slashers: #4 Scream

Cert: 18 • US: 111 min • Dimension Films • 1996

Scream remains a landmark in the history of American gore. It revitalized a horror genre that the public thought was dead and buried.

“Working in a post-1980’s atmosphere, Craven knew that the traditional-style slasher film had been done to death. After strings of sequels and direct-to-video releases, the American public was bored and the slasher genre looked to be a thing of the past.”

Against All Odds • A World Apart

Released September 6, 2013
Against All Odds is a contemporary wall of sound, mixing melodic vocals with strains of the hardest and heaviest metal.

“This demo is a strong introduction to A World Apart. The band stands above the rest of the sludge of contemporary sounding metal and manages to make the mix of melody and aggression work.”

Equal Hoosiers on the Street: A Rallying Cry Against Indiana House Joint Resolution 6

Equal Marriage Rights.

Walter Beck takes a stand for equal marriage on National Coming Out Day. And he gets the crowds fired up.

“I gathered three of my flags – my Rainbow flag, my Bisexual flag, and my Trans* flag. The Trans* Colors were the only ones that hadn’t seen the street, so I thought it was time they were baptized in the sacred concrete of the picket line.”

One of the Last Originals: An Interview with Genesis P-Orridge

Talking To A Real Elder.

Genesis P-Orridge talks about the creation of industrial music, William S. Burroughs, and the photographic biography Genesis P-Orridge.

“Burroughs showed Genesis his notebooks and cut-ups. And then proceeded to tell Genesis h/er mission in life: ‘Your job, Gen, is how to short-circuit control’.”

Walter’s Top 5 Slashers: #5 Silent Night, Deadly Night

Cert: 18 • US: 79 min • TriStar Pictures • 1984

Silent Night, Deadly Night is a slasher flick in which the killer has a real backstory.

“Knowing the trauma that has soaked most of his life, we empathise with him. Do we justify his violent rampage? Not at all, but we do understand why he has become what he is.”

Sliver • Nirvana

Released April 1, 1990
Sliver is the song that saw Nirvana moving towards the melodic hard-edged punk-soaked grunge that would make them famous.

“‘Sliver’ is a thumping melodic rocker, featuring the soft/hard dynamic that became a signature of the band’s sound.”