Satanis: The Devil's Mass

The first documentary to make Futurechimp Movie of the Week status is this 1969 documentary on the Church of Satan. It focuses largely on Anton LaVey, who presents himself as articulate and affable, like always.

Bonus clip: Before assuming the role of the Devil's Pontiff, LaVey honed his bullshitting abilities while growing up as a carny. Besides his job as a mind reader, whereby he learned to manipulate the gullible (an essential skill for anyone looking for a career in religion), he taught himself to play the calliope. Years later, I like to picture him sitting at his organ, wearing his cape and devil horns, slogging through an evil dirge while a Satanic Mass is taking place, when he suddenly lapses into a carnival ditty:

Look at that dude's ears. I'm currently sculpting a bust of him, and I've already gone back several times to make the ears larger.


Slithis: First Slither

Slithis (formally LDS) is trying its first recording in a long time with a new approach, integrating unconventional concepts like "rhythm" and "melody" into their improvisations.

Wheras I consider the LDS songs to be finished pieces, these are more like quick sketches that might evolve later. Everything was recorded live, in the course of an hour or less, and I've done almost no editing.

It's often sloppy, but we were playing ambidextrously most of the time. Also, Clark's tracks recorded fine, but all of my instruments were going through the wrong pre-amp setting on the mixer, adding a lot of distortion and frequency cutoff. But it's a good session, and as a document of a creative process, I consider it to be worth listening to. You might not. Such is art.

Clark S. Nova is primarily playing his Arp Axxe, augmenting with Mattel Synsonics drum pads and twiddling his circuit-bent voice device and a weevil oscillator. I'm mostly on the Moog Source and accompanying with RibbonSynth, a laptop Minimoog emulator and a couple of drum loops in Reason.


Living Dolls

Thanks to kindertrauma.com for turning me on to this. It certainly tops Building Sites Bite and Fur Coat Club in creep-factor.

Somewhat related: another short film, linked from the youtube page for this one, which I'd also never seen before. The Dummy, made in the same era as Living Dolls and similarly picked up by the USA network to screen in between movies in the early 80's, is definitely worth seven minutes of your time.


Green Slime

The "Green Slime" single (also the eponymous track from the film) is heard here in its entirety, which is a rare and beautiful thing to behold. Frantic drumming, all-out screaming, sitar AND theremin. Rock on, you crazy space-hippies!


The Kink of the Carry

Youtube member 'Lord of the Carry' has uploaded 78 videos so far. All of them are clips from movies showing men carrying unconscious women. Here are some of my favorites. See the 74 others at his channel.