Monthly Archives: October 2018

SEAN NA SAGART: HORROR CLASSIC IN WAITING

masc graveyard newBalladeer’s Blog’s month-long celebration of Halloween hurtles toward its finale next Wednesday night. This time around I’ll examine the tale of Sean na Sagart aka John of the Priests, who should have been the lead character in several horror films by this point.

Sean was born John Mullowney around 1690 AD in Derrew, Ireland. By his teens he was living beyond his means, often drinking and carousing. He financed his hard-partying lifestyle through multiple crimes, with various accounts claiming he was a masked Highwayman or a burglar or even a rustler and horse-thief.

It IS certain he was arrested for stealing horses and was sentenced to death by hanging in Castlebar, Ireland. Recognizing what an amoral creature was before them, the authorities offered Sean a very dirty job in exchange for escaping death on the gallows – becoming a Priest Hunter/ Killer.

The Penal Act of 1709 had decreed that Catholic Priests plus higher and lower clergymen must take the Oath of Abjuration and recognize Great Britain’s Protestant Queen Anne as the supreme religious authority in England AND Ireland. Refusing to do so merited summary execution.

Sean na Sagart's treeThus began the career and dark legend of Sean na Sagart. Sean spent roughly the next 17 years hunting, capturing and killing renegade Catholic Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals.

Since Catholic schools were forbidden, outlaw Hedge School Teachers were also fair game. Sean’s bounty varied according to the rank of his clergy member victims. If he ever backed out of this career as a Priest Hunter it was back to the gallows for him.  

WHY A HORROR STORY? For multiple reasons in a variety of storytelling approaches. First, if played strictly true-to-life it would make for a very ironic twist on the horror subgenre of Witchfinder General flicks, which always featured crazed, sadistic clergymen hunting and torturing confessions out of “witches.” And Continue reading

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TODAY THE #WALKAWAY MARCH ON WASHINGTON STARTS

#walkaway march on washingtonBalladeer’s Blog was like my own personal #WALKAWAY effort beginning in 2010. I became an Independent voter but many of the millions driven away by the Democrat Party’s increasing derangement have joined the Republicans.

The courageous Brandon Straka has made #WALKAWAY (from the Democrats) a national phenomenon. 

Brandon Straka“We are walking away from the lies, the hate, the violence, and vandalism. We are walking away from the vitriol, the name-calling, the censorship, the Fake News. We are walking away from the phony and crooked investigations, the divisiveness, the race-baiting. We are walking away from the attacks on our America. It is time to fight back with the greatest weapon at our disposal—the truth.

We walked away alone, but now we march together.” —Brandon Straka “#WalkAway March on Washington—October 26-28

“There are many people leaving the Democrat Party because they are sickened by the non-stop bullying, violence, censorship, and crudity displayed by so many on the Left. They are hip to the fact that the left-wing so-called anti-fascists, are in truth the very fascists that they claim to detest.”  (Balladeer: Or as I say, Antifa is really KLAN-tifa.)

***   The #WalkAway movement is holding a big rally, a march, during the weekend of October 26-28  Balladeer will be there.   ***

 

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THE NUDE VAMPIRE (1970): MOVIE REVIEW

masc graveyard newHalloween is celebrated all month long here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here’s my review of this Jean Rollin film. For even more reviews of horror films with a nudity theme click HERE  

And for my look at three more Jean Rollin movies click HERE and HERE

Nude Vampire

The Nude Vampire

5. THE NUDE VAMPIRE (1970) – France’s Jean Rollin is one of those love-them-or-hate-them directors. The snooty French often bashed his films for their devotion to style over all else. Don’t believe reviews which claim that his movies have no comprehensible storylines.

Personally I find him more straightforward than Lynch or Jodorowsky. At any rate the central figure of this arthouse Euro-horror is indeed a beautiful female vampire in skimpy outfits and less. Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN TALES OF IRVIN S COBB

Balladeer’s Blog’s month-long celebration of Halloween skedaddles along! Here’s a look at my favorite horror tales of the neglected American writer Irvin S Cobb.

GallowsmithTHE GALLOWSMITH (1918) – A traveling hangman really loves his work and has executed countless figures with no care regarding their guilt or innocence. If the court condemned them, he does his job.

An evil gunslinger called the Lone-Hand Kid has been condemned to death for a killing he didn’t actually commit. He berates the Gallowsmith so thoroughly while being hanged that our title character screws up, killing the Kid slowly and painfully instead of with one clean, neck-breaking drop.

As he dies the Kid curses the hangman, bringing on a ghastly finale.   Continue reading

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THE GRIM GHOST (1975)

Halloween Month at Balladeer’s Blog continues with this look at the Grim Ghost, a Pre-Spawn horror figure from the VERY short-lived Atlas/ Seaboard Comics. FOR MANY MORE ATLAS/SEABOARD HEROES CLICK HERE 

Grim Ghost 1THE GRIM GHOST

Secret Identity: Matthew Dunsinane, Highwayman

Origin: In 1740s America, Matthew Dunsinane was the masked Highway Robber known only as the Grim Ghost. He successfully preyed upon the Carriage Trade for years. In 1743 the Grim Ghost robbed Lord and Lady Braddock in their coach.

Lady Sarah Braddock, beautiful but evil, pretended to be interested in a tumble with the daring outlaw who had committed the robbery. Our red-blooded hero fell into her trap, was unmasked, tried and hanged.

In Hell, Satan informed the Grim Ghost that in the 20th Century he was facing a rebellious demon called Brimstone, who wanted to overthrow him and rule Hell in his place. That diabolical figure was endowing various evil-doers with powers to survive their ordained deaths, depriving Satan of their souls, thus weakening him in power and prestige.

Grim Ghost 2Satan offered to release the Grim Ghost from Hell periodically to subdue those renegade evil-doers and send them to Hell for damnation.

God would not interfere with Dunsinane’s mission since Brimstone was defying Fate. Satan endowed the Grim Ghost with powers of his own to battle Brimstone’s legions on Earth.

First Appearance: The Grim Ghost #1 (January, 1975). His final appearance came in July of that same year.

Powers: The Grim Ghost was given a flying, coal-black horse by Satan as well as ghostly powers of intangibility plus a brace of supernatural pistols. Those pistols fired shots that could burn and blast their way through solid objects plus dispatch Brimstone’s minions to their rightful place in Hell.

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THE CREEPY LINE (2018)

Halloween Month continues with the most frightening documentary since the morbidly obese Michael Moore’s film titled Why Can’t I Find A Training Bra That Fits Me? 

Creepy LineTHE CREEPY LINE (2018) (AVAILABLE ON I-TUNES) – This is a terrific and highly-detailed look at the abuses involved in selective censorship on Social Media and other internet sites. The techno-fascists at Facebook, Google, Twitter and similar 21st Century Robber Baron domains are finally getting the kind of scrutiny that those privileged (and partisan) one percenters deserve.

The willingness of those corporate fascists to cooperate with totalitarian regimes and totalitarian political parties has become a danger to freedom of expression all around the world. Letting privileged white billionaires dictate acceptable language and ideas on the internet is like a real-life version of countless works of dystopian fiction.

Mark Zuckerberg dead inside

“I’M DEAD INSIDE.”

This situation also brings to mind Robert Ludlum’s espionage novel The Prometheus Deception in which Zuckerbergian techno-fascists are more than happy to help oppressive governments impose a global dictatorship. Such thoughts remain in the back of your mind the entire time you watch this riveting documentary.

Silicon Valley’s fondness for suppressing speech and undermining free elections makes this long-overdue expose very VERY relevant as social media sites are now often refusing even PAID ADVERTISEMENTS of candidates disliked by the one percenters in charge.

Data Harvesting and the way those same Robber Baron fiefdoms in Silicon Valley violate the privacy of users and then sell their most intimate information is explored as well. Overall The Creepy Line is as explosive and relevant as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was back in its day. Think of this documentary as a similar work updated for the internet age. 

The Jungle caused such an uproar that it led to the Pure Food and Drug Act as well as the Meat Inspection Act. Hopefully The Creepy Line will lead to similar policing of the flagrant abuses of Silicon Valley’s “Masters of the Universe.” 

FOR MORE ABOUT THE CREEPY LINE CLICK HERE  

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RANDOM HALLOWEEN WEIRDNESS

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MARILYN MANSON: SWEET DREAMS

Halloween Month continues here at Balladeer’s Blog with another seasonal song. This time it’s Marilyn Manson’s cover of Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics. 

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TRUMP CARDS: OCTOBER 22nd

Trump triPRESIDENT TRUMP IS MOZART, THE FASCISTS WHO HATE HIM ARE COLLECTIVELY SALIERE – Since I despise the Democrats and Republicans I have been thoroughly enjoying the way de facto Third Party President Donald Trump has been rocking the crooked boat of Washington, DC.

President Trump – whose wife Melania speaks more languages than both Obamas combined, by the way – has already nominated his SECOND openly gay judge for a Circuit Court position. Patrick Bumatay is his name and ALREADY the screeching mobs called Democrats have played into Trump’s hands. They disgustingly pretended that it’s “foul” for Trump to nominate gay judges since gay people are another group – like black people, the working class and the poor – that Democrat fascists think they OWN. Yeah, that approach will go over well, Democrats.

Trump’s wonderful work with African-Americans and gay people is part of the reason the repulsive George W Bush/ National Review faction of the Republican Party HATE him so much! And anyone hated by George W Bush is automatically worthwhile.

Resistance SorosBATTLING BILLIONAIRES – As I’ve often said, if we absolutely HAVE to have a tycoon as President at least let it be a tycoon with a sense of noblesse oblige, like Democrats Franklin Roosevelt and John F Kennedy.

Donald Trump has thus far been in the mold of FDR and JFK. On the other end of the spectrum are oppressive corporate fascists like Mark Zuckerberg, the Koch Brothers, Tom Steyer, Jeff Bezos, the Bush Family … and George Soros.

Alleged human being Soros is LITERALLY a fugitive from assorted criminal charges in various countries for his soulless, conscienceless antics. Think of him as a much more vile version of Republican Richard Nixon’s alleged pal Robert Vesco, the man that the villainous Robert Denby was based on in The Gemini Man/ Riding With Death.

And the slimy Soros really HAS been “as elusive as Robert Denby.” (My fellow bad movie fans will get it.) 

asra-nomaniFEMALE JOURNALIST ASRA NOMANI HAS THE BEST BREAKDOWN ON GEORGE SOROS – I’ll just use an excerpt from Ms Nomani’s recent article on Soros and his front organizations. NOMANI LAYS THEM OUT LIKE THE GREAT IDA TARBELL NAILING STANDARD OIL LONG AGO!  

Here’s the excerpt. The link to the full article is below and the link to her spreadsheets about Soros’ Mafia-style front organizations is in the excerpt itself: 

“I am a liberal feminist whose views on abortion and same-sex marriage align with the Democratic Party’s.  Yet while most demonstrators are not paid for their efforts, the protests at the Capitol Saturday, and the ones that have included stalking lawmakers inside and outside their offices, are organized by groups of which Mr. Soros is an important patron.

“I started following the money for the “resistance” when it was born, hours after Election Day 2016.  I have organized my findings in a spreadsheet I have made public.  At least 50 of the largest organizations that participated as “partners” in the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March had received grants from Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations or similar funds in the “House of Soros,” as his philanthropic empire was once called internally.  The number of Soros-backed partners has grown to at least 80.  At least 20 of the largest groups that led the Saturday anti-Kavanaugh protests have been Open Society grantees. 

asra-nomani-2“On Saturday I also studied the fine print on the signs as protesters waved them defiantly at the Capitol and the high court.  They came from a familiar list of Democratic interest groups that have received millions from Mr. Soros: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Campaign and on and on.  MoveOn.org, a Democratic organizing and lobbying group founded with Soros money, sent its army of partisan followers regular missives that led them to a Google form to ask for train tickets and places to stay. …

“The agitators even have help with their handmade signs.  Across the street from the Supreme Court, a woman uses supplies provided by UltraViolet Action to write, in Spanish: “No more rapists in power.”

“Back on the Capitol lawn, people from Megaphone Strategies, a public-relations firm founded by former Obama adviser Van Jones, manage interview requests from USA Today and other news outlets. Women’s March lieutenants exchange T-shirts for completed “Legal Support Sheets” with information in case of arrest.

“Suddenly everyone stands to walk in unison to the Capitol steps.  When they arrive, the few Capitol Police officers on the scene silently watch them.  The protesters walk up the stairs – though they don’t “storm” them, as the leaders have claimed.  There are no barricades, no phalanx of armed police.

“Rethink Media created a “social media strategy sheet” back in August for anti-Kavanaugh protesters.  One talking point: “Kavanaugh was hand-picked by dark money groups and their billionaire backers.”  Rethink Media is itself a Soros grantee, and Saturday’s protests and unlawful disruptions were part of a well-funded, orchestrated network that books buses, hotel rooms and churches for such agitation … Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM OCTOBER 20th

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Cumberland Phoenix helmetTOPPLING NUMBER FOUR – Yesterday the NAIA’s CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY PHOENIX hosted the number 4 team in the nation – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS. The Phoenix put the Blue Raiders on Upset Alert with a 10-7 Halftime lead that became 17-13 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the end Cumberland U made it a happy Senior Day by holding on for a 24-21 triumph.

Western_ConnecticutMARATHON GAME OF THE DAY – Down in NCAA Division Three came Saturday’s longest game. The WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE COLONIALS faced the visiting BRIDGEWATER STATE BEARS and, though trailing 21-14 at the break, came back to force Overtime with a 28-28 tie. The 1st OT ended in a 34-34 deadlock, neither team scored in the 2nd and the 3rd ended at 42-42. In the FOURTH OVERTIME the Colonials won it 50-48.

MidAmerica_Nazarene_KSNUMBER SIX GETS DEEP-SIXED – Back in the NAIA the MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS took it on the road against the country’s 6th ranked EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS. The Pioneers were chasing the Crusaders 19-13 at the Half but in the 4th Quarter they outscored EU 20-7 for a stunning 33-26 Upset victory.   Continue reading

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