Oh my god you guys, I am SO excited to listen to this record. While this is definitely more Halloween appropriate, the order of the records cannot be changed! And there is a crispness in the air tonight, and I did just buy some pumpkin donuts from the supermarket so the timing is close enough! I’m really excited that this “Most terrific collection of recorded sounds,” was put out by Disney in 1964, but look at this part written in bold on the back:
“This particular Disneyland record, CHILLING, THRILLING SOUNDS OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE is not intended for young, impressionable children from three to eight.”
This is going to be SO SCARY. Let’s put it on.
According to the back cover, side one contains ten stories in sound in which the narrator sets up the situation and the sound effects take over and tell the story. Side two is a collection of sound effects grouped by category. “These may be used to create your own stories in sound.”
It starts talking about a haunted house in the second person. “You decided to investigate, and you never return!” Oh god, there’s a spooky cat! And a creaking tree in the wind, oh no, now there’s howling and moaning. This house is definitely haunted. Now there is some very scary screaming. Yikes.
Okay, we’re on to the next story “The Very Long Fuse.” which tricks you into thinking a bomb will not explode, but then it does. Not that scary. The next one is called “The Dogs,” and tells the story (in second person) that I was attacked by a dog as a child and now I hate dogs? Then there are barking dogs and a yelling man.
Next! “Timber.” This time I’m a “handsome woodsman.” And then there is the sound of sawing for a very long time. I think I’m going to have a sawing accident, I can feel it. Yep. I fell out of the tree. More screaming.
Yes, I’m a “Cat Fancier” in “Your Pet Cat,” tell me something I didn’t know! But uh oh, is this cat going to turn on me? AH!! Screaming cats it’s the worst sound! And that’s it! On to “Shipwreck.” I don’t know if I consider the sound of a crashing ship scary, but it is a sound effect none the less. This next one does sound like an actual nightmare scenario, having to cross an unsafe bridge. Alex just said, “is this too scary for you?” Oh god, it’s crumbling. Of course it is. I bet there’s going to be a scream…there it is! And a splash into water! I wish I could see the person who did all of these screams while he was doing them in a studio.
Uh oh, this one is “Chinese Water Torture,” and it’s just the sound of dripping water. I’m waiting for the scream, I hope it doesn’t sound racist. Nope, it’s racist.
I found this really sweet website, talking about memories of listening to the record as a kid. I especially liked this part:
“Despite my love for the record, I never owned one myself. One of my neighborhood buddies had the record (the orange 1973 version) and I would go to his house often to sit in front of the wooden console stereo record player and listen to it over and over again. Sometimes we would act out the stories, pretending to be walking over the “Unsafe Bridge”, or being attacked by “The Martian Monster”.
My buddy’s dad was famous for his haunted house set up at Halloween, complete with a glowing, flying crank ghost, and the “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” blaring throughout the neighborhood. In the air was the smell of burning leaf piles, the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, my face, sweaty and cold under a cheap plastic mask; perfect Halloween memories!”
On to side two! This time it’s pure sound effects and we’re going to have to use our imagination to make up the story. Track one: “screams and groans.” Especially scary. Also, a little funny. This really would be great to play during a halloween party. Next we’re on to “Thunder, Lightening and Rain.” which can be scary if you let your imagination go wild and if there are howling dogs in the background. Wait. Or are they werewolves?? The next two are cats and dogs which are my least favorite sound effects on this, especially because the cat sounds are so horrible, and freaked Murdock out big time. But after that we have “A Collection of Creaks,” which is just the best title ever. Also, creaks are super scary. Although one of the creaks totally sounds like a fart. It’s pretty funny.
“Fuses and Explosions,” doesn’t really feel scary to me, but they are kind of good sounds, but then we have another collection with “A Collection of Crashes.” Another perfect name. The “Birds,” track sounds like monkeys, so don’t know what’s going on there. Then we’re back to the Chinese Water Torture theme with “Drips and Splashes.” I Love how “Drips and Splashes” is scary. I think this track is mainly for the sound effect part and nothing else. Hopefully this one won’t have fake Chinese in it. It doesn’t. And finally back to spooky space sounds to wrap it all up!
The best tracks on the album are the first on on side one and the first one on side two, but overall, this would be a pretty fun thing to play at a Halloween party. Happy O’Hollaween!