Music / Creature Feature

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Creature Feature is an eclectic band composed of two young men who seem a little... Demented. They have music which range in themes from Halloween-esquire to dark cabaret styles. The lead singer, Curtis RX, also has a solo career, and has released an album under the name Rufus Rex.

Discography:

  • The Greatest Show Unearthed (2007)
  • It Was A Dark And Stormy Night... (2011)
  • American Gothic (2015)

This band provides examples of:

  • Alien Invasion: "Look to the Skies", as an homage to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and "Fodder for the Elder Gods", detailing alien Eldritch Abominations descending from space to destroy humanity.
  • Amusement Park of Doom / Circus of Fear: "The Greatest Show Unearthed" is about one.
  • And I Must Scream: The narrator's fate in "One Foot in the Grave", in which he's stuck for eternity in an unnatural state between living and death after being Barred from the Afterlife.
    I've got one foot in the grave
    And in its shackles I'm enslaved
    But here I lie
    With opened eyes
    The pearly gates turned me away
    In this sarcophagus I lay
    No longer dead
    But I am void of breath
  • Bad Powers, Good People: The coven from Wake the Dead try to stop a Serial Killer by ressurecting his victims. It's implied to go poorly for them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: "The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth" is an homage to the movie Them!.
  • Black Comedy / Crosses the Line Twice: Both the song "A Gorey Demise" itself and the Youtube comments on this lyrical video, in which the commentators use the letters of the song for their name to spell out the various ways they die, often writing a sentence or two of commentary on their deaths after their list. True, the deaths are horrifying, but with the formats and comments its bound to provoke some giggles.
  • Bookends: From "American Gothic", "If there's nothing in the darkness, then why do you lie awake? Something in the shadows is keeping you from sleep."
    • "Buried Alive" begins and ends with a Heartbeat Soundtrack.
    • In "A Gorey Demise", the first thing you hear is a character's laughter. The last thing you hear in the song is also a character's laughter.
    • "Grave Robber at Large" begins and ends with a crow cawing and an Evil Laugh.
    • "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" begins and end with sound clips from Them!.
    • "The House of Myth" begins and ends with thunders and an hooting owl.
    • "Dem Bones" begins and ends with instruments played to sound like rattling bones.
    • "The Greatest Show Unearthed" begins with a record starting and ends with a Record Needle Scratch.
    • "A Corpse in My Bed" begins and ends with the audience cheering and the announcer speaking.
    • "Aim for the Head" begins and ends with clips from Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    • "Nearly Departed" begins and end with the zombies moaning.
  • Bound and Gagged: The song of the same name, detailing the story of a kidnapped daughter.
  • Burn the Witch!: "Here There Be Witches" is about the various tortures inflicted on "witches" during a massive witch hunt.
  • Buried Alive: "Such Horrible Things" has the narrator do this to his brother (who gets better), and "Buried Alive", where the narrator wants this to happen to him after reading too much Poe.
    • "A Gorey Demise", E is for Erik who was buried alive.
  • Creepy Circus Music: "The Greatest Show Unearthed" has this as a primary part of the tune.
  • Dem Bones: The song of the same name, about a person who collects a lot of Creepy Souvenirs, mainly sketelons.
  • Eldritch Abomination: "Fodder for the Elder Gods" is about the titular creatures coming down to earth to bring about the end of humanity.
  • Enfant Terrible /Villain Song/ Card-Carrying Villain: "Such Horrible Things". The narrator was a right terror from birth to 18, when he's finally tossed in the madhouse for the rest of his life.
    • "Bad Blood" is about a similar character who is pathologically driven to evil, although this guy is a bit more of an Anti-Villain, torn between trying to redeem himself and the comforting certainty of just being himself.
  • Eye Scream: "A Gorey Demise" lists the deaths of 26 people in alphabetical order, including F, for Frank who was stabbed through the eye.
    • The collector of "Dem Bones" thinks his new guest has got lovely eyes and wants them in a display jar.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: The song of the same name. While the trope is brought up, the song is more about how there are so many gruesome ways to die, but even then, it could be worse.
  • Flaying Alive: "Dem Bones" is about a madman with a collection of body parts doing this to the latest poor schmoe to end up in his Torture Cellar.
  • Genius Loci: "Mad House", which is about a house that's absorbed all the anger from its inhabitants and terrorizes them unless they feed it blood.
  • Grave Robbing: "Grave Robber At Large" is about this topic.
  • Goth
  • Gory Discretion Shot / Noodle Incident: In "Such Horrible Things", the singer mentions cryptically "that one time" when he was 14. This goes directly into a guitar interlude under which screaming can be heard and which ends with the singer chuckling happily, implying that the events of age 14 were too graphic to describe in words.
  • Haunted House: "The House of Myth"
  • I Love the Dead / Mummies at the Dinner Table: "A Corpse In My Bed".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: "How to Serve Man" is about cannibalism.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The song of the same name.
  • Insane Equals Violent: This appears to be the case in "Such Horrible Things".
  • Jack the Ripper: Though it's never specifically addressed, it's heavily implied the song 'Dr. Sawbones' is about Jack the Ripper.
  • Lesser Star: Erik X. Poor Erik.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of their stuff has a fun, bouncy beat.
  • Monster Mash: "A Gorey Demise" starts with an undead dinner party before the host begins singing "the annual obituaries".
  • The Necromancer: Wake the Dead describes a coven of witches attempting to resurrect the victims of a Serial Killer, hoping they can stop him.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: "Aim For the Head" uses the word "ghoul" instead. "If you kill the brain, then you kill the ghoul."
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: The beginning of "Mommy's Little Monsters".
    • Also prominently featured in the instrumental "Death of a Dollmaker".
  • Puppeteer Parasite: "Look to the Skies" is about aliens who have come to earth to take over the bodies of people while they sleep, and is heavily modeled on Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: "Aim for the Head"
    • "Bad Blood" has the demon singing, "Remove my head to make sure I don't get up!"
  • Shout-Out: See Whole Plot Reference, below.
    • Grave Robber at Large has the lyric "Death is my business, and business is good!," which is the title of a Megadeth song.
  • Song of Song Titles: As noted above, "Buried Alive" is mainly Shout Outs to Edgar Allan Poe, starting with A Dream Within a Dream, and ending with The Raven.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: "The Unearthly Ones" and "Mommy's Little Monsters".
  • Torches and Pitchforks: "The Unearthly Ones": "An army of pitchforks and torches"
  • We All Die Someday: A few songs bring this up, such as "A Fate Worse Than Death" ("No need to worry/We all meet our end someday."), "Six Foot Deep" ("Someday we all shall die.", "A Gorey Demise" ("One by one we bite the dust/We kick the bucket and begin to rust/Give up the ghost when your number's up/We all fall down"), and "Spill Your Guts" ("Why all the fuss?/We'll all be dust/And soon we'll spill your guts!").
  • The Witch Hunter: "Here There Be Witches" is about a witch hunt, with historically accurate tortures for whomever they decide it is (according to doctrine, the Bible doesn't tell us enough about what witchcraft actually is, therefore there's no such thing as a witch. "Witches" were really just people with some combination of extraneous nipple, pet cat, odd birthmark, and Loners Are Freaks.)
  • Whole Plot Reference /Filk Song:
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Aim for the Head" and "Nearly Departed"


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