January 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bowie!

While you wouldn't necessarily link David Bowie with horror, he's not stranger to the macabre. Other than his unsettling-but-not-that-scary appearances in The Men Who Fell to Earth and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, he also took part in the 1983 art-house vampire flick called The Hunger, along Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. Kids raised in the late 1980s will also recognize Bowie as the supervillain Jarret, the Goblin King, from the Jim Henson vehicle Labyrinth, which still lingers on in my memory as one the scariest things I'd seen by the age of 10. Anyhoo, David Bowie is turning 62 today, and even though he is first and foremost one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, Danse Macabre is here to recognize the man's achievements in the genre film as well. So, happy birthday, Mr. Bowie, may all your wishes come true!

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