Van Helsing's Curse Oculus Infernum (KOCH) Rating: NNN
I'm reviewing this now instead of the week of Halloween so you can go out and get it in time. Not only is this really fun, but it's from Dee Snider, making it even more fun. Oculus Infernum is a musical ghost story narrated by Snider with a soundtrack by a rock orchestra. You can put it on for Halloween while the kids come trick-or-treating. I'm not going to reveal too much about the story, but it's safe to tell you there's an evil "entity" and an orphaned boy who goes out seeking retribution. Among the tracks featured are Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. In a way it's so cheesy you could just pee, but at the same time we really need a Halloween rock opera complete with narrative, screeching, noodling guitars and symphonic arrangements. I can't wait for the stage production.