Friday, October 18, 2013

What Halloween Means To Me '13 Day 18: Cameron Scott

If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, you know how much I dig JABB Pictures and the whole Collective family.  They've introdused me to a lot of killer filmmakers, and Cameron Scott and Quattro Venti Scott Productions have been a big part of that family since the beginning.  One thing I dig about watching the Collectives from Vol. 1 on is seeing a artist's style develop, and Cameron is no exception.  He plays dead very well too.  He recently completed his first feature, Post Mortem America 2021, which has been getting rave reviews and selling like Avenged Sevenfold CDs at a frathouse. I can’t wait to see it myself.  You can but it and his other flicks HERE.  In addition to his filmmaking, he hosts a podcast called The Road To Midian where he flies the flag of independent horror.  There is no more worthy cause.  Go listen to it.  I can personally attest that he’s a cool sumbitch too.  I had a blast hanging with him and Hoover at Days of the Dead last year.  Come to think of it, he’s only the second participant on the countdown that’s been at one of my birthday parties.  Hmmm.  So Cameron, what does Halloween mean to you?

"Halloween, Hallowe'en, All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, All Soul's Day, or All Saint's goes by many names. And whichever name or religious aspect of the day that draws you into the festivities, it's a colorful day of the fall season indeed. Jack'o'lanterns, makeup and costumes that turns us into a multitude of characters, games, parties and celebrations that round out the holiday. The headlining practice of Halloween has become trick or treating or 'guising' as it was called in the olden days. Children and sometimes adults alike dressing up in costumes and going door to door and filling their bags with sugary goodies. 
What it means to an individual varies, as well it should. Halloween didn't even migrate it's way to North America until the late 1800's and is still considered relatively fresh in this part of the world. What it means to this individual is this, a celebration of the strange...the bizarre...the macabre. It's that time of year when people who are (in my opinion) entitled to that one good scare, or twelve. 
The real allure of Halloween though has to be the haunted attractions, corn mazes, hayrides and decorations. What other time of the year can you drive down the avenue and see decorations to the like of tombstones, ghosts, goblins, murderous psychopaths, bloody crime scenes, and more jack'o'lanterns? It does this old heart good to see the practice has not been lost in recent years but has actually flourished.  The future of Halloween is uncertain as all things are, but I foresee that it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.  It shall be around for years to come and for generations to enjoy. If I may offer a bit of philosophy to those wanting to join in on the carnival of chaos it is this: Grab a mask, hide in the shadows and wait for that perfect moment to leap out and scare someone out of their skin. I know I will be. 

 13 days ‘til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.  13 days ‘til Halloween, Silver Shamrock.

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