TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider recently spoke to CrowGrrl.com about his classical/rock music project, VAN HELSING'S CURSE. Asked if there will be a follow-up to the recently released debut, "Oculus Infernum", Snider responded, "Absolutely! This is going to be a long-range project for us as producers. Another reason to keep ourselves out of it is I don’t want it to live or die by me being there, or me being around even. My real goal is to provide a much needed musical element for the Halloween season, and to have it decades to come — be an integral part of Halloween. People are going to go trick-or-treating, have a Halloween party, go to a haunted house, and they’re going to go see VAN HELSING'S CURSE. I really want that to be a part of the Halloween experience.
"In order to be that part of Halloween, there need to be other installments, other volumes," Snider continued. "Right now we’re still working 'Oculus Infernum', and I think we’ll be working this one through 2005. But for 2006 we’re already planning the next installment; it will be another story with new music. It will be VAN HELSING'S CURSE, there will be another title, and we'll go there. There will be other installments. If you want it to be living for decades to come, then you've got to give people new ideas, new music to digest and enjoy."
With regards to the musical inspiration behind the VAN HELSING’S CURSE project, Snider said, "The truth is, a majority of the music is not ours. I took the idea from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA which is a rock orchestra, and they mixed timeless Christmas songs with original stuff. I said I really like this idea because people immediately identify with themes that they have a familiarity with, which is good. Then you introduce new themes that are your own, so it gives them their foot in the door, so to speak, then you bring your thoughts to them."
Read the rest of Dee Snider's interview with CrowGrrl.com at this location.