Sunday, December 5, 2010
Season's greetings, everyone! Christmas is quickly approaching and, depending on who you are, this can be a time of extreme child-like bliss or the worst case of suicide-inducing stress. With the madness that is shopping for gifts and the plague of out-of-towners making a simple drive to the grocery store a living nightmare from Hell manifested, we may lose our grip on the joys that the winter season has to bring with it. So, in an attempt to spread the happiness and warm-heartedness of the holidays, I have decided to dedicate all of Christmas week to the one man who can make anyone bust out in a cheery, rosy-cheeked smile: Mr. Tod Slaughter!
Who is this Slaughter bloke you say? For those of you who have yet to be initiated into the nefarious religion of Slaughterdom, Tod Slaughter was a British stage actor who rose to prominence starring in films made in the 30's and 40's. Mr. Slaughter's specialty (which his name so appropriately hints at) was playing the scummiest, most black-hearted, and treacherous villains to have stalked the halls of horror cinema. He performed each of his roles with such giddy relish and depraved enthusiasm that he has somewhat justifiably been compared to being a real live Dick Dastardly.
With a reputation such as that, how can the man not deserve a week-long appreciation in his name? As stated, the event will take place all of Christmas week, starting on Sunday the 19th and rolling all the way down to the momentous day itself on Saturday the 25th. Each day I'll be posting a review of one of Tod's most famous films, along with any other Slaughter-related goodies I can dig up to tickle your crooked spines.
Contributions from other blogs and sites are more than welcome, and I'll post links to any pieces that are published here on FBD each day I receive them for readers to peruse. Even if you don't have your own personal space here on the interwebs but still want to get in on the Slaughter love, contact me to make arrangements to have your tributes published here! This is my first time trying my hand at the whole blogathon schpiel, so I'm looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces turn out for the event in the spirit of the holiday and Tod Slaughter!
Your contributions can be in any format you choose, just as long as it concerns that nefarious British villain that we all love to hate! Films reviews, retrospectives, videos, biographies, original artwork, photo galleries, and just about anything in between can be used for the festivities! Just make sure that you post it sometime within the aforementioned time span and I'll be sure to post your pieces as soon as I can. All those interested can get in touch with me through these things:
Email: joemonster25 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Here I have some banners that I created for the occasion for all the participants to post on their own blogs. You can have them link to FBD's home page (www.frombeyonddepraved.blogspot.com) or this here page that contains all the blogathon details (http://frombeyonddepraved.blogspot.com/2010/12/come-celebrate-tod-slaughter-christmas.html). Even if you can't participate in the shenanigans, just grab one of the banners below to put up on your site and help spread the word!
The event's just two weeks away, so start scheming on whatever diabolical works you have planned to create in the name of Slaughter. In the meantime, be sure to lock your doors and tuck the children in tight, gang. Toddy's coming to town, and he's got a bag full of murder and mayhem for everyone. Especially the nice ones.