“Gefrorene Erde” via Sinister

Bughuul beckons. Do you know where your children are?

Over the weekend, my wife and I rented the largely forgettable Self/Less from Redbox. The movie was an okay action romp starring the overhyped Ryan Reynolds (whose best work is far behind him in Two Guys and a Girl) and the talented but underutilized Ben Kingsley. This post isn’t about that movie, though. During the trailers before the movie started, a preview for Sinister 2 reminded me that I still need to catch up on the adventures of child-snatchin’ Babylonian deity Bughuul. Remembering that Bughuul was pretty dang, uh, sinister, and that the villain’s appearance was influenced by black metal aesthetics, I decided to poke around online to see if any metal bands had christened themselves after the erstwhile boogieman. Sure, the first Sinister is still a relatively recent movie, but in a world where there are no less than five bands calling themselves Sadist, anything is possible. As fate would have it, there isn’t a single band using the moniker Bughuul (take note, aspiring black metal musicians), but there does happen to be a long-suffering German musician who calls himself by the ancient Babylonian deity’s name. It turns out that Herr Bughuul’s solo project BlutEck finally came to fruition last year in the form of Pest, Tod und Teufel. Does this old-school black metal assault match up to the insidious atmosphere of Sinister‘s ancient and relentless evil? Let’s find out.

Although I still have yet to see Sinister 2, I highly recommend the first entry in the series to horror buffs. Sure, there are some predictable jump scares and lackluster tropes (like the deadbeat dad putting his family’s life at risk) throughout the film, but Bughuul himself is a genuinely frightening villain, one whose arcane influence and malevolent intent is primarily revealed through a series of snuff film-esque home movies shot on Super 8 mm film that are interspersed with the regular footage. These grainy and graphic home movies, with such innocuous titles as Pool Party ’66, each feature some sort of depraved act of violence carried out against an unsuspecting family and are the primary medium for creating the horror in the film. Watching families be burned alive, drowned, and hanged is extremely unpleasant, but the grainy, personal nature of these miniature snuff films makes them each even more terrible than you might imagine. At some point in the film, we start to catch brief glimpses of Bughuul and his cult symbol in each of the films, but like any good director, Scott Derrickson uses these fleeting sightings to build tension for the climax of the film. The strategy pays off; Bughuul is a terrifying entity not for what he does in the present throughout the film, but for the immense threat of which he is capable. Of all the modern horror icons, Bughuul is easily one of the most imposing and would make an excellent source of inspiration for a horror-obsessed metal band.

I’d love to report to you that Bughuul’s namesake in the metal world delivers the same level of brooding, suffocating, terror, but the fact of the matter is that I just don’t know enough about BlutEck, or Bughuul’s previous work in Eck, to make that assessment. It would seem that Pest, Tod und Teufel’s late release (why do bands keep dropping albums in December) and limited production (500 independent copies) have the made excellently titled album (Pest, Tod und Teufel translates roughly to “Pestilence, Death, and the Devil”) extremely difficult to hear. What I can tell you, though, is that I expect the album to be pretty good based on the sole track available on Youtube.

Upon first listen, “Gefrorene Erde” sounds like a relatively standard black metal track offering up worship to the pagan fires of old that once scoured the bastions of holiness across the frozen tundra. A fitting tribute to Bughuul, then, as his in-film lore holds that the early church tried to eradicate his symbol from history in order to prevent more murders and kidnappings, but not a very novel one. Subsequent listens reveal a surprising depth, though. The percussion in the song has a hypnotic nature to it accented by a rhythmic “crrrack,” as if the serpent of old is weaving some sort of beguiling deceit while periodically striking at his foes. This hypnotic rhythm creates a Blut Aus Nord-esque spirit of revelry that accommodates the mid-paced riffs and rasped vocals. The real highlight though is the way the song uncoils like the wily serpent at around the 2:20 mark; the drums and guitar lurch to a crawl while holding the same note pattern, injecting the whole affair with a much needed dose of oppression. I was prepared to write this track off as just another stock black metal song, but I’m honestly hypnotized and want to hear more.

If you’re hankering for more BlutEck, you can find the band on Facebook. Send Bughuul an email and let him know you want to hear the album, dagnabbit. Also, don’t spoil Sinister 2 for me.

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  • That transition at 1:10 made the hair on my neck stand up.

  • Sinister was so dang good, y’all. The Boards of Canada soundtrack made it especially creepy. Still haven’t seen the sequel.

    • Dubs

      Out of Sinister and Insidious, Sinister is the better film, but the best scare goes to Insidious. Too bad the last 30 minute or so of that movie kind of petered out.

      • I thought Insidious kinda sucked. Insidious 2 was somehow better for me.

        • Dubs
        • Scrimm

          Backed

          • Dubs

            It probably helped that I watched Insidious and the Exorcist (my first time seeing it) back to back.

          • Scrimm

            Toilet confession: Not that fond of The Exorcist.

          • Dubs

            That kinda surprises me.

          • Scrimm

            Don’t really dislike it, and thought Linda Blair did a pretty damn good job, but it kinda bores me tbh

          • It’s because the pacing of the story? Or it is because the content of the movie?

            I liek that movie.

          • Scrimm

            A little of both I think. The content is a little “Quieter” and that type of horror moves a little slower

          • From what I’ve read, the author of the novel made a very christian oriented thematic behind the horror content. To him, the story wasn’t made to scare, it was to show the struggles of the faith road.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Indeed, William Peter Blatty is a devout Catholic and the book gets a lot more into those struggles. The film does as good a job as any film could of condensing it all, though inevitably some of the thematic impact is lost because of the overwhelming power of the scare sequences on screen.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The movie can be a little slow, I think.

          • Scrimm

            A little. You won’t hear me knock it and I have all the respect in the world for what it did for the genre, Just doesn’t hit me as hard.

          • I mean it did win two Oscar’s so it has to be some what boring.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Boom.

          • InfinityOfThoughts

            Shot fired

          • I don’t think Oscars are a good measure to percieve a movie as good or bad, though.

          • It was more of a joke than anything. I for one love this movie.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            The fact that Rob Schneider hasn’t won any is proof of that!

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Well handled shocks, good characters and its cool to see ultimate evil portrayed in a more Biblical than Miltonian manner but the whole “puberty is literally of the Devil” subtext is pretty odious.

          • Boss the Ross

            A recent acuisition of mine. Not as cool as your bust, but noteworthy.

          • Boss the Ross

            The figure’s head actually rotates 360, my wife doesn’t enjoy that aspect as much as i do.

          • I’m mesmerized by this GIF.

          • Boss the Ross

            I watched it for a solid 2 minutes.

          • Awww, I like those thingys.

            I always wanted the Hobbit collection 😛

          • Boss the Ross

            I only have a handful, most of them look really awkward.

          • Scrimm

            It will be interesting to see how much a set of those is worth down the road.

          • Boss the Ross

            Definitely, they caught on rather well and there is a set for damn near every franchise.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            I’ve never even watched it.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Dude, it’s a perfect film

          • Scrimm

            Not for me

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          I’ve not seen Insidious 2 but I concur with Insidious being less than good. I thought its much criticised final block was the best part, most of the earlier jolts I just found irritating.

      • I saw those movies and I stil don’t know which one is which, jajajaja.

        #OldHalfElvesProblems

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    That pool party clip was fucking rad. Sporting major fucking murderous wood.

    • Black Fucking Murderous Wood.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueT33HhBB_o

    • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime
    • Dagon

      That reminded me of a scene in A Serbian Film where the protagonist does some wicked shit with a boner.

      Thinking about it, Chris Rock predicted that scene in a bit about rap music.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I still need to see that movie.

        • Dagon

          Honestly, I think it’s pretentious. To say that it is a “political commentary” of sorts, I mean.

          The film is very disturbing and enjoyable depending on where you’re coming from.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            From what I’ve read of goings on after the break up of Yugoslavia, the film does have at least shades of real commentary. But I think the people suggesting it might have serious socio-political insights are just lying to themselves to keep from admitting to enjoying a depraved exploitation shocker.

  • I am absolutely terrified of this movie

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41RZT9KPWFL.jpg

    • Looks like something from “First Person Shooter”.

      • Dubs

        I remember seeing previews for it and thinking, “Wow, that looks just awful.”

        • It’s often considered one of the worst hollywood movies ever made

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s really bad. Not as bad as Interstellar, Gigli, Suckerpunch, or 12 Ronan, but it’s up there when it comes to bad movies with a big budget.

          • Interstellar? The only people I’ve heard or seen criticize that movie are the kind of people who don’t really read books or enjoy sci fi at all

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’ve not seen it so have no comment myself, but I’ve read scorn for it from mainstream newspaper critics and hard sci fi enthusiasts on the internet alike for being simple minded and corny and whatnot.

          • Hard sci fi enthusiasts are going to hate everything

          • Because hard sci fi isn’t fun or entertaining. It doesn’t make for good movies.

          • Maybe good low budget movies where a passionate and (hopefully) talented cast are able to capture the ideas and and concepts without the need for flashy special effects?

          • PRIMER

          • AND A MOST EPIC OF HIGH FIVES WAS GIVEN FOR READING MY MIND

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I want to see a hard sci fi film with the same aesthetic and made with as much conviction as Primer, but about something other than time travel, as I just don’t have the brain for complex time travel problems.

          • Boss the Ross

            Interstellar was phenomenal. Perfect cast and score.

          • It seems like a movie that only found a home in the hearts of a certain niche

          • Boss the Ross

            I will gladly be apart of that niche.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            I love sci-fi, but that film was all over the fucking place. That on top of Matthew McConaughey’s god awful acting, horrible plot, and slapped together plotline.

          • Interstellar’s main fault was that it tried to cater to both A) hard sci-fi fans and B) casual Nolan-ites. because of this dual identity, it fails on both accounts. not a horrible movie by any stretch of the word. now excuse me while i slap KJU…

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          It is indeed horrible, and not in a good MST3K sorta way.

    • Wasn’t that from a Game Boy Advance game?

    • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

      One of the few movies to get a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And yes, it’s very very awful.

  • Boss the Ross

    Excellent write up Dubs.i agree with what you said about Sinister.
    Semi-spoiler: My favorite scene is when the dad is walking around the house and the kids are running in and out of the shadows.

    • Dubs

      Thanks, Boss. Tracing how I discover certain songs/albums has been a fun process and shows how different things in my life can sill be linked. It’s fun for me, anyway.

      • Boss the Ross

        Most definitely. I like doing things of that sort. Such as looking at music purchases made at certain times of my life and what made me choose those particular albums/artists, etc.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      So dreamy.

    • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

      Meant to ask you earlier, but curious if you’ve heard Shearwater. Band I’ve been listening to a lot lately from Austin.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksfSDH2AXTs

      • I heard thier first or second album, can’t quite remember. The guy behind this used to be in a different Austin band I really dug. Didn’t quite get Shearwater.

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          Woah, I didn’t know they had another album. Definitely gonna check that out.

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          What was the other band, btw?

          • They’ve got a few albums. The band he used to be in is Okkervil River.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Oh, shit, that I didn’t know! I’ve heard quite a bit of their stuff, and my dad’s into them. They have a pretty big following back in Chicago.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      *ice clinking in brandy glass heard offscreen*

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Still one of my favourite horror movies. There’s just something about it…

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      On my most recent watch I think I finally got got what the mysterious something is. Behind the low budget “rawness” and the stark, unrelenting nature of the thing, its meticulously styled and the style is as much cinematic New Wave as drive in. The editing, camerawork, shot compositions, sound design, for many stretches its really finely tuned stuff.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        That movie also has tons and tons of atmosphere. It actually “feels” as if you’re in Texas. You can feel the burning sun, smell the slaughterhouses…
        I also actually liked the follow-up. The remake series was crap.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Its impressively immersive, for sure. For me all three of the sequels have their charms, though part III is too frustrating to really satisfy. One of my longed for workprint or festival screener appearances, no idea if either of those things still exist though.

          The prequel to the remake is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine for its gutter level mean spirited brutality, but I don’t really have any reasoned defence for it, and I found the initial remake eminently forgettable. Never saw the third effort.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The prequel to the remake does get quite gnarly, I kinda did appreciate that, seeing how tame I found the remake to be. The 2003 remake itself was just really bland in my opinion. The only memorable thing about it was Jessica Biel’s ass.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            The remake fell into the trap of trying to be more scary and suggestive than graphic, but largely lacking the talent to make that approach work. I recall a bit of fun R Lee Ermey business and better than expected photography (I didn’t realise until some time after that Daniel Pearl worked on the original), but yeah, mostly tame and bland.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Typical Nispel movie. Lots of flashy visuals, but no balls and atmosphere. Though R Lee Ermey was great as per usual.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            At least it was reasonably competently made, even with low expectations I thought his Friday the 13th update was just dire.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah his Friday the 13th was another snoozefest. Very few remakes do it right. Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes was a solid remake though.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            That was pretty groovy. Rather flawed if taken seriously, but Aja clearly loves his bloody mayhem and has a good knack for putting it across, with the mix of up to date visual intensity and good old fashioned visual coherence.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I think it was Aja’s last good movie as well. Shame, because he was such as promising director with High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake.
            I also found the Evil Dead remake to be quite watchable, though nowhere near as good as the original.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I ought to watch the Evil Dead remake some time. I’ve heard very mixed things, but I am generally pretty amused by supernatural grue and I did like the director’s short feature Panic Attack.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            It’s quite messy and bloody, and it does have some nice ideas. Not a masterpiece, but a fun watch if you don’t set your expectations too high.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            That sounds encouraging. Nice to hear praise for it from someone that isn’t putting down the original at the same time.

  • Ziggy Sobotka was in this film.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    I totally read the name of this band as Bunghole.

  • Waynecro

    I actually saw Sinister 2 recently. It was OK. Thanks for this cool article.

    • from what i’ve heard, that’s pretty high praise for the film.
      it seems like all modern horror films have good parts but are just average. Sinister, Insidious, and The Conjuring were all just good, but cliche plot machinations prevent them from becoming great. the only recent horror film that wow’d me was the Evil Dead remake.

      • Dagon

        I find that going retro for horror is just better. You summed it up pretty well. Even the ones that my friends recommended to me these days fell short in my eyes (i.e. Babadook).

        • Waynecro

          Babadook was entertaining. Kind of reminded me of a really long episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark or something.

          • RAW UNCUT BLACKBEARD

            ot: triceps bfr was an outstanding success

          • Waynecro

            Hell yeah, man! That’s great. I guess you felt the burn and got the pump.

          • RAW UNCUT BLACKBEARD

            man, ill have to say it was kinda strange

          • Waynecro

            It feels totally unusual.

      • Waynecro

        I don’t often watch movies, but when I do, they’re usually horror movies. Most new horror movies are OK (they have a few cool parts or ideas), but they’re usually just meh. The last one I remember enjoying was It Follows. The Cabin in the Woods was cool too. I still need to see the Evil Dead remake.

        • you watch Evil Dead, i’ll watch It Follows. meet me up in that tree later, we’ll discuss

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          Newest horror film I can think of that I liked was ‘Winter Of The Dead”, which is a Finnish horror comedy. More comedy than horror though. Last straight up horror film I can think of that I liked was The Collector.

          • Waynecro

            I don’t think I saw either of those movies. I’m up to date with Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister, though. The VHS series was OK, too, I think.

          • Commandant Lassard

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6S9-cwUVQQ

            Hope you don’t reading subtitles.

          • Waynecro

            Thanks, dude! Subtitles are great. I usually have them on whatever I’m watching, because I’m better at reading than I am at hearing dialogue coming from my TV.

          • Commandant Lassard

            Lol, one the one end of films, I love idiotic comedy. and on the other end of my film collection, I love foreign dramas. Lol, I’m high as balls. :-p

          • Waynecro

            I’m with you, dude. I like a lot of really stupid shit, but I’m a total nerd for Kurosawa films that cost a goddamned fortune on DVD. Fucking Criterion Collection.

          • Commandant Lassard

            I have a ton of CC films I burnt to DVD. Mostly got them from the library back home. Oddly enough, the person who owns CC taught Michael Bay in film school.

          • Waynecro

            That’s an interesting factoid. Thanks!

          • Commandant Lassard

            I’ll toss this one over. One of my favorite foreign dramas (it’s a playlist, but it’s the whole movie), and I loooooooooooooove Salyu!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQjZKAtZbPo&list=PL2CD46A723982BDA7

          • Waynecro

            Thanks, man. I’ll have to check this out.

          • Commandant Lassard

            And here’s the soundtrack, plus one of Salyu’s (she did the soundtrack and the film is partly based around her) music videos.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7U1MzlYLg&list=PLxz3sPajaBn8XyVYiHm655ZPgXJnoEuyU

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqYz0I_14eY

          • Waynecro

            I can dig it. Thanks oodles, man!

          • Commandant Lassard

            De nada!

          • Commandant Lassard
          • Commandant Lassard

            I don’t watch much horror to begin with. Most of it’s pretty redundant and predictable, but I am a sucker for the weirder ones like Pantypool, Stakeland, Cemetery Man, and Death Note.

  • Dagon

    I need to watch this Sinister film.

    As always, a very good article. I think you is writer fine