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31 Days of Halloween: Life is Better in Costume - THE BATROCKFATHER Rises to Prove It...

The Rock Father is a 2014 BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday Halloween Ambassador.

Some say that "Life is Better in Costume," and those who adhere to that mantra are, indeed, correct.  It's fun to play dress-up, and fostering imaginative play with my girls is something that I've spoken of often here on THE ROCK FATHER. But you don't have to be a kid to play dress-up, and the legions of cosplayers and casual fans that gear-up for comic-cons and special events year-round are a testament to that. And, so what if Halloween is still two weeks away? There's nothing that says a grown man can't hit the town dressed as Batman (just ask Ben Affleck, who's been roaming Detroit along with Henry Cavill shooting BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE), to the surprise, delight, and in some cases, confusion of those whom he may encounter. That's why this month, THE BATROCKFATHER BEGINS RISES.

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Giveaway: Win a Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Baby in The Rock Father's Lalalloween Extravaganza!

October has been Lalaloopsified - not just here at Rock Father HQ, but everywhere as the Lalaloopsy friends have been popping up everywhere from Nick Jr. to Netflix, in the toy aisles and beyond. In fact, Lalaloopsy is now the #1 collector brand for girls ages 2-11, and they recently announced that on November 15th they'll be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for The World's Largest Pajama Party in multiple locations (currently set at 34,000) and you can take part. My girls have caught the Lalaloopsy bug - recently getting decked-out in costumes based on Crumbs Sugar Cookie and Mittens Fluff N' Stuff from my friends at BuyCostumes (I'm one of their #OrangeTuesday Amassadors)... and they might have pulled me in, too. One of their most played-with toys these days is the Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Peanut Big Top... yes, the one that "Magically Poops" Charms. Want to win a Diaper Surprise Baby for your own little one(s)? Read on, friends, because MGA Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER have your chance!

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31 Days of Halloween: Product of Hate in THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR - Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Fest

There's a very slight chance that you might be having deja vu right now, as I did include the longform music video for PRODUCT OF HATE's THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR in last year's 31 Days of Halloween. Reason it's back? I directed and edited the video, and it just became an Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Festival, which means that those attending the Santa Fe Comic-Con next weekend will get a chance to see it on the big screen. When we filmed this, we'd always hoped that it would become something of a "perennial favorite" for each Halloween season, and that looks to be happening. After all, it's got some fairly horrific elements, and since I do run a family site, I wouldn't recommend this one for viewing around kids or at work (unless you work somewhere really cool).

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31 Days of Halloween: Common Shiner attend Wes Craven's Slasher High School in Chicago...

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Funny enough, I've been doing my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER for eighteen days now, and today of all days, I didn't have an entry scheduled. While I may have goofed, the internet Gods shined upon me this evening with an out-of-the-darkness email from a rep for Chicago band, COMMON SHINER, pointing me in the direction of their new music video, "Social Mediasochist." Imagine for a moment that the John Hughes-inspired world of NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE was placed in a blender with every slasher film from about 1980 'til now. See what the students of Wes Craven's Slasher High School are up to in the new video, directed by Zoran Gvojic of Lowcarbcomedy...

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31 Days of Halloween: TOY STORY of TERROR!

Last year, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY OF TERROR! found Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and a whole bunch of familiar friends from the TOY STORY movies in a new and precarious situation when it made it's debut on ABC. This year, TOY STORY OF TERROR! slides into 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER, thanks to a fantastic home release on Blu-Ray + Digital HD Combo Pack (and standalone DVD), making this modern Halloween tradition available year-round.

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31 Days of Halloween: JAZZY ASH - "Monsters"

Way back in February, I'd already locked-down an entry for 2014's 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER when I reviewed HOME, the latest album from JAZZY ASH. "Monsters" follows the New Orleans flavor of HOME, presenting a playful take on what exactly "monsters" are. Is that a zombie, or just a shadow? Is that some sinister creature in the corner, or just a pile of laundry? Is that the demon tree from POLTERGEIST outside? Nope, just your neighbor's weeping willow. Stream the track below, or grab it on iTunes as a fine addition to your 2014 Halloween Music Playlist!

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Ancient Times Part I - Asian Abaddon?

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 16: Back in August, as I sat in the back of a theatre watching TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (review here), a little bit of familiarity hit me from a weird place - some artifacts in the office of the man who would become THE SHREDDER. One mural depicting an ancient army really grabbed me as being akin to the work of Gregory Hill (told ya he multi-tasked), and for good reason: turns out, Greg worked on TMNT. And the art of the Far East? Yes, that played heavily into the development of DWTS, right down to a depiction of our Abaddon (more on him here) emerging in books from the distant past...

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31 Days of Halloween: DEMON HUNTER - "Heart of a Graveyard"

When I bestowed a perfect 5/5 rating upon DEMON HUNTER's phenomenal new record, EXTREMIST back in March, I pegged the album's closer as a potential new addition to my seasonal playlist for Fall - deeming "Heart of a Graveyard" a "poppy, yet spooky surprise." For Day 15 of 31 Days of Halloween, I'm making good on that, highlighting a song that probably wasn't written with the sinister season in mind, but one that just fits so well. Stream "Heart of a Graveyard" below, and be sure to grab EXTREMIST(Amazon | iTunes) - out now on Solid State Records. 

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: The Fourth Book?

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 15: The intention with the DWTS prequel comic book series was to have a seamless transition between the fourth book of the series (numbered as #3, since we started on a zero issue marked #0) and the start of the first film. Timing and continuity were a concern, right down to the hair of Michael Labou growing throughout. When we first meet him in the comics, he's fairly clean-cut - but by book four, his hair is getting longer and his inner rocker is starting to emerge. While the fourth book was not completed, the cover art was. Here it is...

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: When DWTS infiltrated BUFFY and ANGEL Magazine... twice

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 14: One of the strangest aspects of the DWTS project was the near-immediate acceptance by both interested fans, and the folks within genre media circles. Some gas got poured onto that fire when we'd started working with actor/musician Christian Kane, who had a connection to the supernatural stuff in his past... a little series called ANGEL, which was a spin-off of Joss Whedon's massive hit, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Funny thing is (and I'm not sure I've ever even mentioned this online), but while that fandom really, really embraced us - neither Ben nor myself were really into that world. In fact, I've still only seen maybe two episodes in their entirety. That said, being featured in not one - but two issues of Titan Magazines' "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER featuring ANGEL" magazine was pretty damn cool, and through that association, we met some GREAT people, and made some great friends, many of which we still speak with today.

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