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Ghostbusters Christmas Carols

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Ghostbusters 2, Music
Today is Christmas Day - in the United States, at least - and some of you may enjoy singing Christmas carols today. While these may not be "Jingle Bells" or "O' Christmas Tree", us Ghostheads have our own special songs. I'm talking about the hit theme songs to both Ghostbusters films: "Ghostbusters" and "On Our Own". Now you can perform these treasured classics yourselves thanks to the official sheet music eBook PDFs I have to offer you today.

So, tune up that Steinway, put on your ugliest Christmas sweaters, and click on the covers below to download the sheet music for each song in PDF format. (The "On Our Own" images were cleaned by Matthew Jordan.)

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Reindeer Crossing

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

It's not very common that a comedy song itself gets parodied, but that's just what happened to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer". In 1997, Cledus T. Judd, country music's answer to Weird Al Yankovic, decided to switch up the Christmas classic by swapping the gender of the protagonist, and making a lawn mower the source of accident. Thus, "Grandpa Got Runned Over By A John Deere" was born.

Below are the download links of the original and the parody. Grandma comes from the Billboard's Greatest Christmas Hits: 1955-Present album, while Grandpa comes from Cludus' album I Stoled This Record.




For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.
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It's Hammer Time!

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

Since 2005, I have been posting unusual holiday songs for either Christmas or Hanukkah every year. Okay, it was a one-time-only thing in 2005, but has become a regular tradition since 2009. Normally, I just make one holiday post for Christmas or Hanukkah. Because I've grown tired of what I started, I've decided to make two posts a year until I've gone through all of the songs I've collected. This guarantees Hanukkah and Christmas posts this year and for the next two years, and two Christmas posts in 2017 to finish out the feature. Maybe it'll come back as a once-in-a-while thing after that - if I come across a really unusual holiday song that I feel the desire to share - but, generally, it'll end with Christmas 2017.

So, with the future of the Unusual Holiday Song feature here at Spook Central mapped out, let's get this mutha started... and who better to start this mutha than the baddest mother- since Shaft. I'm just talking about The Hebrew Hammer.

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Way back in 2003, Jonathan Kesselman wrote and directed a little blaxsploitation-spoof called - I bet you didn't see this coming - The Hebrew Hammer. Imagine Shaft, if done by Mel Brooks, and you'll have a pretty good idea what this film is like. If you still can't picture it, check out the trailer. Yeah, it definitely earns its R rating. If you can appreciate Mel Brooks films, Jewish humor, mature humor, spoofs, and buttkicking, then you'll like the film - though I know that it's not for everyone.

The film opens with a title song that is a clear spoof of Issac Hayes' "Shaft" theme, and it's pretty awesome. The MP3 of the song, performed by Bashir Salahuddin, was originally found on the movie's official site circa 2004 (a download link is below). There have been plans for years to bring Hammer back in a sequel tentatively titled The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, for (hopeful) release next year.




For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.
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Ghostbusters Denver Chronicles Comic Book

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM , Categories: Fans, Books
In 2004, Hank Braxtan made the Ghostbusters fan film Freddy Vs. Ghostbusters. It featured a battle between the "Denver Ghostbusters" and A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. Hank followed this up with Return Of The Ghostbusters in 2007, which was the first feature-length Ghostbusters fan film. To bridge the gap between the two films, Hank, and artist Bryan "The Sandman" Sanders, wrote a comic book entitled "Ghostbusters: The Denver Chronicles". The comic, which was released digitally on the Return of the Ghostbusters website one day prior to the film's release, also had a limited 50-copy print run. I own one of those copies. (I used to own two, but the autographed copy I had got destroyed by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.)

The comic finds Neil Anderson alone in Denver busting ghosts, and dealing with a few vandals who damaged the original Ecto truck from Freddy vs. Ghostbusters. Ed Spengler & Eugene O'Fitzpatrick are in London at the British Museum to answer a call that the "New York Chapter" (the original four Ghostbusters from the feature films) was too busy to handle. There, Eugene discovers a map inside an artifact to the lost city of Cynopolis. Janosz Poha, a character from Ghostbusters II (who has since moved to England to "get away from you guys"), takes this map to the sole financier of the Ancient Egypt exhibit, Klaus Konstantin (and his assistant, Pavel Karnov). Twenty-eight days later, Ed and Eugene are invited to the archaeological site they helped Konstantin discover. They drive through the desert in an undecorated white automobile, presumably the future Ectomobile featured in Return of the Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, they arrive to discover a cave-in where several crew members are injured, and Konstantin is crippled, explaining his paralysis in the film. The two Ghostbusters run to the rescue, only to have Ed incapacitated by a group of resurrected mummies, leaving Eugene to fight against them by himself.

It took Bryan a whole month to make the comic, and he finished it and had the last page done a mere 10 hours before he flew out to Denver for the Return Of The Ghostbusters premiere. Keep in mind that it was released one day before the premiere, so he really got it done just under the wire! Bryan told me that it was supposed to be much longer, but was cut due to time. Had he stuck to Hank's original script, it would have been a 3-issue comic. So, it was severely downsized to just the overall summary of the script. A few years ago, Bryan sold Hank's original comic script and all artwork for $10 on eBay.

Thanks to the generosity of Hank and Bryan, I have been allowed to share this comic book with all of you. As a bonus, Bryan has also given me the Ghost Busted Ghostbusters/Sonic The Hedgehog crossover comic book he wrote years ago. (More info on this after the covers) So, without further ado, click on the covers to download the PDF eBooks.

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Bryan filled me in on the originals of the Ghost Busted comic. Bryan was friends with several writers and creators of the 1993 Saturday morning Sonic cartoon and comic book, so he wrote a crossover featuring characters from both Sonic and Ghostbusters. It featured some Ghostbusters friends that he knew at the time, and Hank's Denver Ghostbusters. Bryan intended for it to be a 20 issue series, and you'll see if you read it, but he stopped after the first issue due to lack of interest and time. It was written way back in late 2004-2005 (before the Denver Chronicles comic). From working with Hank on this comic script, just using his characters, Bryan was able to become involved in the development of Return of the Ghostbusters. Outside of Hank and Tim Johnson, Bryan was one of the first people working on the film; working on props/art and script tweaks. A lot of his props were later featured in his short film Chucks New Job, which takes place after his Papercut 2 fan film, and features Kylie and Eduardo from Extreme Ghostbusters.
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