Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

It's kinda mandatory for all horror bloggers to make a generic Happy Halloween post on Halloween, so here's mine! Halloween day is both an awesome and sad day - awesome of course because it's Halloween and yet sad because it's all coming to an end. Fortunately, I try to live my life as if every day is Halloween, but the October anticipation for the holiday - where EVERYONE embraces horror - is something special and I always miss it when it's gone. But remember folks, just because Halloween will be over tommorow doesn't mean the fun is over just yet! Head out to your local Halloween shops and take advantage of their 50% off sales! Much like last year, i'll make a post next week about all the stuff I snag on clearance.

I leave you with perhaps the most godawful Halloween mask of all time - and it's shockingly officially licensed. Check out the "Saw Jonathan (yes, Jonathan) Kramer Tobin Mask" from Spirit Halloween, who have been having a 50% off online sale for the past couple days!



The fine folks at Spirit would like you to know that the awesome black shirt is not included. Well damn, that's a deal breaker for me!

Happy Halloween! Leave a comment with your plans for the day, as i'd love to hear 'em! Believe it or not, I really don't have any concrete plans other than to have some fun with the trick or treaters and watch a couple horror movies. My plans to be The Leprechaun or Michael Myers for Halloween fell through, due to a lack of money, so i'll have to slap a costume together to hand out candy. Maybe i'll even hit up Chiller Theatre later tonight? Hmmmm......

Oh one last thing! If you want to check out some awesome Halloween related content from my fellow horror bloggers, head over to both Countdown To Halloween and the Freddy In Space Hit List on the sidebar to your right, which will be updating throughout the day with some awesome linkage. Also, don't forget to enter my Week 4 Halloween giveaway, where you can win pretty much any horror dvd of your choice! Contest runs through today. Ok, now get off the computer and go hand out some candy, drink some pumpkin beer, and make the most of this very special day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trick 'r Treat For UNICEF Reminder!



3 more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, 3 more days till Halloween, SILVER SHAMROCK!

There are only three days left until Halloween and that means there are also only three days left to donate to the first annual Freddy In Space Trick 'r Treat For UNICEF fund - where you can save the lives of children in third world countries and even earn yourself some fancy Trick 'r Treat swag! The campaign has already raised over $250, enough to vaccinate over 150 children from life threatening illness. HUGE thanks to all who have donated so generously thus far but I can't but feel like we can make even more of a difference if we all band together here. If you're reading this right now and you're feeling giving this Halloween, please please please click the Sam button below and donate anything you can. Even if it's a single quarter, or less, it will help make a huge difference in the lives of children who so desperately need it. If every one of you guys reading this right now donated mere pocket change, we would be well on our way to saving even more lives. Please consider it. The check will be sent out to UNICEF next week, so be sure to get your donation in before then.

Click here for all the details and click the button below to donate! Happy Halloween!





Finding a Masculine Halloween Costume For Your Effeminate Son

I tossed this on the Hit List yesterday but I decided it was way too funny to not give the post treatment. Enjoy this faux news report on bringing out your girly son's masculine side this Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vintage Halloween Part 3 : The Final Chapter

I thought I had tapped out all of my vintage Halloween resources with parts 1 & 2, but my dad has been cleaning out the attic lately and he stumbled upon a school diary of sorts from all the way back in 1994 that provides a few more Halloween gems from the past. So lets head into the time machine once more for the third and final installment of Vintage Halloween!

First up, we have a very eloquent story that I wrote on Halloween day of 1994....



"Once upon a time there was a witch that came out every Halloweeen. She hung a man from a tree and he died. One year 3 trick or treaters went to her house and when she opened the door the 3 trick or treaters screamed and ran away."

Beautiful. Just....beautiful.

And then we have my little recap of Halloween, written one day post Halloween on November 1st of 1994 :



"Yesterday I went to a lot of peoples houses trick or treating and got a lot of candy."

What more needs to be said? I believe that drawing is depicting me in the Scream ghost face mask, which I am proud to have donned well before Wes Craven made it cool to do so.

So what has changed since 1994? This same journal has an entry where I state that I watched Jason Goes To Hell with my family, at the tender age of 8 years old, so not so much has really changed. I still love horror movies and I still love Halloween - about the only things that have changed from then to now is that my handwriting is a lot worse and i've perhaps gotten a little bit better when it comes to recapping events! The more things change, the more they stay the same....

The Pumpkins Have Been Carved!

At a closeout sale of a mere 25 cents per pound, Jen and I couldn't resist stocking up on pumpkins this past weekend and taking the knives to them. I'll admit that I have absolutely no skill when it comes to carving pumpkins, as you will soon see, but it's a tradition i'd like to never go a year without - Halloween season just aint Halloween season until you carve some pumpkins! Without further adieu, check out the four ghastly creations we whipped up!



I would love to tell you that my retarded cousin carved this here pumpkin but alas, I do not have a retarded cousin to place the blame on. Besides, if I did, his pumpkin would probably look a lot better than this. Believe it or not, this actually started as an attempt to make a Freddy Krueger pumpkin. I taped a fairly simple Krueger shadow image to the pumpkin and traced it out by making little score marks, but I gave up when I realized I didn't go deep enough with the cuts and could barely see what I had spent a half hour tracing. So this is essentially what resulted from extreme anger, frustration, and a sharp blade. Give me a break, will ya!



Up next we have Jen's Sam-O-Lantern, and as you can tell she's got a hell of a lot more skill with a knife than I do. He may look more like a cross between Sam and a gingerbread man (sorry!) , but I think she did a kickass job.





For my second pumpkin, realizing that I have no talent for this, I decided I would just go to town on the thing how I know best - with a hammer and a bunch of fake blood. This doesn't require much skill but damn if it doesn't look badass! Shortly after this picture was taken, I hammered several nails through the poor litttle guy, making him look like a sort of battle damaged Pinhead pumpkin. I figure the hoodlums in this town can't smash a pumpkin that they can't pick up!



And finally we have Jen's second carving - another Trick 'r Treat inspired design. This is one of the pumpkins that appears towards the end of the film, on fire in Kreeg's house. This is probably my favorite of all the ones we did and looks the most like the traditional Jack-O-Lantern, which is still my favorite kind of carved pumpkin. I've got nothing against the incredibly detailed art pieces that people are carving up these days, but nothing will ever top a classic Jack-O-Lantern. Who's with me?!



And there you have it! Trick 'r Treat carving patterns courtesy of Zombie Pumpkins - a must use site if you're into carving pumpkins. If you're wondering why Sam is lit up with a different color in each of the two pictures, that's thanks to one of those cheap little color changing Pumpkin light things. They're pretty cool, but flickering candlelight will always be king.

If any of you guys carved pumpkins this year, i'd love to see pictures, so upload 'em and leave a comment with the link!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Heads up - The 2009 Scream Awards Air Tommorow Night!



Just in case you forgot or for whatever reason weren't aware, the 2009 Scream Awards air on Spike TV at 10pm/9C tommorow (Tuesday) night with an encore at midnight. You can take a look at the awards up for grabs and see all the nominees, along with some other fun treats, by clicking HERE. If you can't wait and want to see a complete list of the winners, who were crowned last week, click on over to Bloody Disgusting.

Be sure to set your DVR's, because the Scream Awards are always a blast to watch. Knowing that I have them to look forward to tommorow night is gonna be the only thing getting me through tommorow's work day!

Hollywood may have the Oscars, but WE have the Scream Awards! Don't miss 'em!

Oh and it should also be noted that Friday The 13th Part 3 followed by Part 2 will air on Spike beginning at 9am/8C. There's nothing like watching classic horror on the tube around Halloween time!

The Halloween Stocking!



So Jen and I decided to start a new tradition this year for Halloween - the Halloween stocking. Taking a page out of Christmas' playbook, we decided we'd make each other Halloween themed stockings, filled of course with Halloween related goodies. Well Jen went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to making my stocking (seen above) and because she can never wait to give a gift, I got to crack into it this past weekend and i'm here to unbutton the back of Frank's head and share the contents! Speaking of Frankenstein....



First up we have a Frankenstein spatula, which I foresee flipping many a Halloween cookie in this next week. Maybe even a couple Sam cookies?



This Saw hat doubles as a mask, or vice versa depending on how ya look at it. I'd been eyeing this thing up for a few weeks at Spencer's, mostly with the intention of being the most badass dude on the mountain for this winter's snowboarding excursions, but it actually works pretty well as just a regular beanie too. This hat went on to become the highlight of my weekend, when a drunk Jen put it on and spouted lines from Saw to my friends and I on Saturday night. I wish I had video, but I sadly do not. It was a sight that I will not soon forget. "I want to play a game. You have drank many a beer and taken your life for granted...how much blood would you shed to stay alive?".



Fright Rags' Gate shirt! The Gate is one of my favorite horror movies from my childhood and i'm shocked it took this long to add this shirt to my collection. Now I just have to finally buy the Monstrous Special Edition and watch it before Halloween! Can't wait to introduce Jen to the flick.



Been dying to get my hands on this disc since it came out, mostly because of the special features that were not included with the standard DVD. Can't wait to check out the deleted scenes, in particular.



This baby is gonna look great next to my Mothman figure! I have an incredible interest in Cryptoids, so much so that I plan on getting a half tattoo sleeve of all my favorites. That is, whenever I can save up enough money for such a thing.



Glow in the dark Watermelon Halloween toothpaste! Will my teeth glow after I brush them with this stuff? Hmmmm....

And last but not least, the customary candy and a card - the coolest and most creative card i've ever been given.





Don't try to zoom in and read what it says, ya nosy fucker!

Needless to say, the bar has been raised for my creation of Jen's Halloween stocking - a stocking that she will not be able to open until Halloween. I can't divulge the contents since Jen will be reading this shortly, but I will tell one thing since I already spilled the beans about it to her. Suffice to say, Sideshow's 15" Sam will soon be ours, when it ships in December!

If you dig the idea of a Halloween stocking, make one for a loved one and lets get this tradition rolling!

Next step - getting a black tree and tossing presents under it come Halloween morning. Of course, we'll be telling our future children that it is Sam coming down the chimney to deliver the goods, not merely us....

(Yes, we are both unhealthily obsessed with Trick 'r Treat's little pumpkin boy, as you will soon realize if you haven't yet when I post pictures of the Sam O'Lanterns we carved last night. And yes, as soon as my little devil spawn is old enough to pull it off, he will be Sam for Halloween - whether he likes it or not!)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saw 6 - Breathing New Life Into The Franchise



I should start by saying that i've always been a fan of the Saw movies, from the very beginning. You always know what you're in store for and if you go in expecting nothing more than what they always deliver, ya really can't be dissapointed by them. With Saw 6, I expected more of the same. I expected to like it, but not love it. I expected to think it was acceptable, not exceptional - and acceptable would've been enough for me to walk out of the theatre feeling like I got my money's worth. But i'm happy to say that Saw 6 more than delivers the expected goods and then some. It's one of the best, smartest, and coolest Saw flicks yet and the fact that the writers/filmmakers continue to make these things work, long after Jigsaw took a circular saw to the throat, is incredibly impressive and is something that should be more appreciated by us horror fans. The way they tie the events of every film into one another is something I am continually in awe of and serious kudos must be given, whether you even dig the movies or not. For this reason, I think the franchise as a whole is very underrated, underestimated, and underappreciated. They may not all be the greatest movies ever made, but the fact that they're still entertaining and the fact that they still fit into the same story that was started five years ago is something to be commended. So get off its back, will ya?

I also feel the franchise is seen in the wrong light by the masses - most of whom probably haven't even seen a single frame of any of the movies. Granted, yes, they are 'torture porn' flicks on the surface, but they're so much more than that. They're smart, they get ya thinking, and they raise some real issues about the world and the people that inhabit it. When do real hot button issues like the health care system and the fucked up people that decide the fate of our lives ever get raised in gory horror movies? The answer is that they never do - only in the Saw movies. Sometimes it takes extreme torture and gore to get our attention and show us how fucked up the people in this world are and that's precisely what Saw does. It grabs you by the balls and demands you listen to its message. Without all the bloodshed, i'm afraid we'd simply never listen. As Spacey said in Seven, "When wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention." The Saw franchise picks that sledgehammer up and beats the shit out of us with it year after year, but it's not merely for the sake of mindlessly spilling copious amounts of plasma - like so many seem to think. These movies have a message and Saw 6, more than all of the previous movies, screwdrives that message deep into the brain and really gets ya thinking. If you watch it and find yourself siding with and rooting for Jigsaw and seeing him as the least reprehensible character in the entire movie, don't worry, you're not alone.....

So should you go see it? Since us horror fans seem to be pretty torn when it comes to the franchise - half of us love it, half of us hate it - all I can really say is that if you're into the franchise and what it's all about, you will love Saw 6 and you should definetly head out and see it. If you're not, don't even bother with it - you're just gonna end up hating on it. And if you liked the first few but weren't too impressed with the last couple (I wasn't either), definetly give the franchise another shot because Saw 6 proves that the series still has some juice left in its tank, despite the fact that Jigsaw and Amanda are long gone. The badass that is Hoffman more than makes up for their absence and don't worry, there's plenty of Jigsaw and Amanda flashbacks to satisfy your desires.

Bring on Saw 7! Halloween just isn't Halloween without Saw and I for one hope these things never come to an end!

Oh and one last thing. Tandera, the chick who won Scream Queens and thus won a role in this movie, totally rocked it. Her part wasn't huge but she had more screen time than I expected and she blended in seamlessly with the other actors. I was afraid she'd stick out like a sore thumb, but she most definetly did not. Huge props to her for that.

Halloween Giveaways - Week #4!

Last week's giveaway was for the uber sexy 2010 Nerdcore calendar, featuring 12 hot babes recreating scenes from horror movie favorites, and we must first find out the winner of that one before we can proceed to the next, and final, October Halloween giveaway. So let's do that right now! The winner is.....

JOE O'CONNOR

Congratulations, Joe! Your calendar will be shipped directly from Nerdcore within the coming days. Enjoy, but try not to enjoy too much!!

If you're name is not Joe O' Connor, you can head over to Nerdcore and pick up the calendar for $25, a small price to pay for all the blood and boobs that is packed into the greatest calendar of all time! Take my word for it fellas - you will not be dissapointed!



What am I giving away this week? Well, that's actually up to you to decide! It's the final week of the Halloween giveaways and YOU are picking the prize! The only guidelines are that it must a horror DVD/Blu-ray that is $15 or less on Amazon. Aside from that, which movie you win is entirely in your hands! All you gotta do is leave a comment below with your e-mail address and the DVD or Blu-ray you want and if you win, your wish will be granted! Contest is open to EVERYONE and will run through Halloween - October 31st. Good luck to all!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Sixth Birthday, Saw : Part 2!

It's the Saw franchises sixth birthday today and that means you guys get presents! Earlier today I gave away a Saw 6 mini-poster to the person quickest with their fingers and i've just dug up some more prizes to hand out! This time around, we've got up for grabs a Saw 6 syringe pen and lollipop!



Just like with the poster, the first person to drop me an e-mail with the subject 'Saw 6' and their address will be promptly sent the free swag when I hit the post office tommorow! Good luck and I hope you enjoy the movie! For that matter, I hope I enjoy the movie, which i'm headed off to see now! Come on back later for my thoughts!

*UPDATE* Congratulations to Michele DeBacker, who was quick enough to win these prizes!

Don't Be So Pig-Headed!



Continuing the Saw related fun for today's big release of the sixth installment in the franchise, which has been getting a lot of buzz as being one of the best yet, I want to play a little game with you guys. The pig mask seen above has become synonomous with the Saw franchise, being donned by several characters throughout the past five installments, but it's not the first time a pig mask has been used in a horror flick and it certaintly was not the last time either. Below you will find five images pulled from five different horror movies of characters wearing pig masks. Can you name all five movies?

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Leave a comment below with your guesses!

The Most Disturbing Thing I Think I've Ever Seen....

We're talking more disturbing than all the films on any top 10 list of most disturbing films watched in succession....

If you are at all queasy, if you're at work, if there is anyone under 21 within a mile of you, or if you are anything other than a sick fuck with a curious fascination for sick shit, please do not read ahead or click either of the two play buttons below. I WARNED YOU!

It's called Electric Fence and in just 19 short minutes it manages to do what few full length horror films have ever been able to do - disturb the holy hell out of me. Electric Fence won the 2008 best short horror film award at the 2008 Fantastic Fest and has just been made available on YouTube and although I struggled with the idea of whether or not to post it, i've ultimately decided to - any piece of work that manages to accomplish the herculean task of disturbing a desensitized horror veteran like myself deserves to be mentioned on here. This will surely be pulled off YouTube real soon so if you want to be disturbed and creeped out for a good long while, watch this thing as soon as possible.

Again, I warned you.
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ELECTRIC FENCE

"A shy bachelor loses his manhood to the jaws of an epileptic hooker and experiences disturbing new sexual urges with his freshly transplanted member."



Happy Sixth Birthday, Saw!



Proving that sometimes it pays to have no job and be a lazy little fucker, i'm gonna give those of you who are sitting on your asses at home right now an exclusive offer! I'm headed off to the post office in about 10 minutes to ship a few contest winnings and I noticed that I have a spare Saw 6 mini-poster lying around and wouldn't ya know it, Saw 6 just came out today! So to celebrate, i'm gonna ship this puppy out to one of you guys when I hit the post office in a couple minutes, but you're gonna have to act quickly!

The first person (from the United States) to send me an e-mail (mortis45@aol.com) with the subject "Saw 6" and their address in the body, will be sent the Saw 6 mini-poster right this instant! Hurry up, this is gonna go real quick!

*UPDATE* The poster has been claimed. Congratulations to Heather McGinnis!

I'm of course gonna go see Saw 6 later tonight and I will post my thoughts either late tonight or tommorow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Black Devil Doll, It's Alive ('09) & Wrong Turn 3 - Only One Is Worth a Shit...

Can you guess which one?

I'll give ya a hint - it's the one about a black militant puppet with a penchant for killing trashy broads and then fucking their corpses.

Give up?

It's Black Devil Doll, ya jive ass turkey!



An afro-American rapist/killer is sentenced to death, executed, and then returns to life in the form of a demonic puppet, all thanks to a bored slut with floppy tits and a Ouija board. Thus begins Black Devil Doll - an utterly amusing softcore porn filled look at what Child's Play would have been like had Brad Dourif been a one liner spouting black dude obsessed with white ass - lickin' it, killin' it, and lickin' it some more. If you like movies like The Gingerdead Man and just want to have some completely mindless and immature fun, this Black Devil Doll is precisely what the doctor prescribed. At just 72 minutes in length, BDD admittedly does get a tad bit tired and repetitive at times, but I had a hell of a lot of fun with it and i'm pretty sure Jen did too - although i'm not sure she'd admit it to me or to herself, for that matter. It's trashy (very trashy), it's bloody, it's a muthafuckin' sex crazed puppet on a rampage and I highly recommend this soon to be muthafuckin' cult favorite to anyone with a muthafuckin' similar sense of humor to my muthafuckin' own. Anyone else need not apply. Black Devil Doll hits DVD next Tuesday, the 27th. Pre-order it now, MUTHAFUCKA! If you need any more convincing, check out the trailer.



I don't know why I blind bought this movie, but I did and that's that. I knew it would suck, but I have an intense curiosity when it comes to remakes and I just had to buy it when I saw it sitting there on the shelf - I never had a choice in the matter. What a horrible piece of crap this is and it looks 100x worse following so closely after a similarly themed, and infinitely better, bloodthirsty baby movie - Grace. Good timing, guys, real good timing. Whereas Jordan Ladd was perfectly cast as a desperate and endlessly devoted mother in Grace, Bijou Phillips was so horribly miscast in this one and turns in an utterly dreadful performance - which doesn't do any favors for the film, being as she's essentially the focal point of the whole affair. The other focal point? A horrifically CG'ed baby that appears normal at times and then demonic at others, proving that continuity was paid no mind by the filmmakers. This is a perfect example of why so many people hate remakes and the current state of horror with such a passion. First Pumpkinhead goes CG and now the Davis baby - when will it end?!



Well it looks like the Wrong Turn franchise has officially nuked the head. What started with a pretty cool and gory intro totally came crashing down with an unbelievably bad CGI death scene at the end of said intro and only slipped further down from there. This movie left me with nothing more than a strong desire to pop in Wrong Turn 2 and let Rollins kick the ass of the memory of me watching it. Again, the movie is brought down several notches by horrible CGI - but it's pretty awful all around anyways. Everything good that WT2 had going for it - kickass practical effects, good acting, good character development, a competent director, entertainment up the arse, Rollins - was totally absent from this third installment and replaced by the polar opposites on all counts - terrible CGI effects, horrific acting, zero character development, a SyFy original pictures director, boredom, and generic criminal characters that will never be as badass as Henry Rollins, no matter how much they curse and no matter how many people they kill. The Wrong Turn formula lays the groundwork for some gory kills and mindless entertainment and needs nothing more than those two ingredients to satisfy me and yet WT3 could not even provide that. Epic fail. I'll take even the edited for TV WT2 over this shit any day of the week.

Fright Rags Unveils Four New Designs For October!



Before we check them all out, i'd just like to do a little follow up on the post I made about the Fright Rags Night of the Living Dead Limited Edition tee that I ordered for Jen a month or so back. I mentioned that they accidently sent me a men's medium instead of a women's but I just wanted to let everyone know that the situation was more than remedied and they not only sent me over a women's medium but they also let me keep the men's as an apology for their little flub. Don't want you guys to think their service is anything less than spectacular, so I just wanted to mention that!

And now, on to the four brand spankin new designs! These first two are available to order right now on the site, in both men's shirts and women's babydoll tees, and the last two will be made available sometime next week. In order to post the pictures of the shirts within this post, I would have to downsize them and that really wouldn't do them much justice (as you can tell by the image above), not to mention it would mess up some of the text on the shirts, so i'd rather you click the links below and check out high res photos!

Pennywise

Wicker Man

Sleepaway Camp 2

Puppet Master

As always, head on over to Fright Rags if you want to pick any of these up. As an added bonus, all orders placed in the month of October will come packaged with a free gift, as part of their Trick or Treat Spooktacular!

Oh and by the way, a special edition tee available only to members of the Fright Rags website was also released today, so sign up to become a member if you haven't yet so you can see and buy this exclusive new shirt!!

What do you think of the new designs? Leave a comment and let me know! As much as I love the OG Fright Rags Pennywise shirt, which I own, I can't help but feel that comparing the two side by side really showcases how far the company has come in these past couple years. They've always made top of the line awesome horror shirts, but they've really been busting out the big guns lately - wouldn't ya say?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Horror Comes Home - Tuesday, October 20th

After weeks upon weeks of huge horror release Tuesdays, I guess it was inevitable that things would slow down. But why are they slowing down on October 20th, the second to last new DVD day until Halloween!? As always, I am only going to be discussing the DVD releases from this week that I personally have interest in or have something to say about. If you want to see every single horror DVD that came out today, Amazon is the best place for that. Speaking of which, click any of the title links to be taken to the Amazon pages for each release, where you can learn more about them, read customer reviews, or pick up copies of your own!
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2009



Blood : The Last Vampire DVD & Blu-ray

Demons have infested Earth and only one warrior stands between the dark and the light : Saya, a half-human, half-vampire samurai who preys on those who feast on human blood. Joining forces with the shadowy society known as the Council, Saya is dispatched to an American military base, where an intense series of swordfights leads her to the deadliest vampire of all. And now after 400 years, Saya's greatest hunt is about to begin.

I've been intrigued by this movie ever since I saw the trailer many months back and was even almost moved enough to go check out a screening in the city, but I never got around to it. Looks totally BA and I can't wait to watch it. Hot Japanese chicks kicking ass = right up my alley. I bet this looks great on Blu, to boot.



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While growing up in rural Thailand, a young Orphan girl, Dau, is taught magic by her grandmother. But when her grandmother falls sick, Dau is lured to Bangkok to find work so that she can buy medicine. She finds herself working in a go-go bar, and her journey from naivete to maturity is swift. She uses the magical skills her grandmother taught her to her advantage, but in doing so makes enemies within the bar. As her magic gets darker, and the consequences equally terrifying, she gradually loses control, and something evil takes over.

Don't really have anything to say about this as I haven't watched it yet, but I wanted to give it a shout out because the fine folks over at Palisades Tartan were kind enough to send me a copy a couple weeks back. Much like The Last Vampire, i'll watch it soon and of course post my thoughts.



The William Castle Film Collection

Features the William Castle films 13 Frightened Girls, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Strait Jacket, The Old Dark House, Mr. Sardonicus, The Tingler, and Zotz!.

I admittedly have not seen any of these films, but I love everything Castle was about and i've been meaning to delve into his catalogue for a while now. Maybe now will finally be the time for that and what perfect viewing this collection would make for this time of the year. This set also includes the documentary 'Spine Tingler : The William Castle Story' - as if it weren't jam packed enough already. Hey, by the way, check out an old post I did last year about the many gimmicks Castle used over his career to make his movies fun and interactive!



Wrong Turn 3 : Left For Dead DVD & Blu-ray

Three Finger and his disturbed family of inbred cannibals are alive and well and the first course for the bloodthirsty family comes when a group of campers arrive, realizing only too late that ticks aren't the only things that bite in these dark backwoods. But when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape from a prison transport bus, Three Finger and the gang may have met their match. Will justice be served on the convicted murderers or upon the mutant killers?

Dug Wrong Turn, loved Wrong Turn 2, but I have a feeling this third sequel is gonna be a dud. That being said, the plot sounds pretty cool and I am actually excited about watching it, which i'm gonna be doing tonight. I will return tommorow with my thoughts.

Other notable releases this week include 100 Feet, Blood Ties, Last of the Living, and Ravage The Scream Queen.
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What releases are you guys gonna pick up/check out this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

The Freddy In Space 'Trick 'r Treat For UNICEF' Campaign



Ya ever feel like you wanna make a difference, at least in some small tiny little way? Well I feel that way today and I feel like I just might be in a position to do so. Most of us may be too old to Trick or Treat For UNICEF, but we're never too old to lend a helping hand to those who need it, so i've decided to launch the first annual Freddy In Space Trick 'r Treat For UNICEF campaign and I need YOUR help!

For those that aren't aware or aren't located in the United States, Trick or Treat For UNICEF was started in the 1950's as a way to raise money for children in third world countries - so that they can eat and generally live their lives in a happy and healthy manner. To this day, little orange boxes are handed out to those trick or treaters who want to help out and they ask for small monetary donations at each house they trick or treat at, which is then donated directly to UNICEF. Simple enough, eh?

So what is Trick 'r Treat For UNICEF? It's essentially the same thing, except i'm obviously too old to go door to door asking for money - that'd be just a little suspicious. So what i'm instead going to do is simply ask you guys to donate whatever you can muster up by clicking the Sam button at the bottom of this post and at the end of October, I will send all of that money over to UNICEF. You have my word and if you need any proof that I really am giving it to them, I can get that for you. I'm not trying to bribe you here, but there's something in it for you, other than the feeling that comes with making a difference, to show my appreciation for those who help out....

The top three donaters - that is, the three people who donate the most money to the cause - will be sent Trick 'r Treat goodie bags filled with TrT swag, as outlined below.

The person who donates the most will receive a bag filled with Trick 'r Treat on DVD, the Trick 'r Treat soundtrack CD, and a Trick 'r Treat lenticular coaster from Comic Con.

The second place donater will receive a bag with the soundtrack CD and coaster.

And the person who donates the third highest amount of money will receive the bag and coaster.

All bags will also be filled with various other swag.

Huge thanks to Matt Verboys from La-La Land Records, who was awesome enough to donate the CD's for this cause. As for the DVD, I purchased that out of my own pocket to give to one of you guys for helping out. Believe me, if I could, i'd give Trick 'r Treat swag to each and every person who donates but I unfortunately cannot afford that. This is the best I can do and besides, you shouldn't be donating simply because you want free swag anyway.

I know money is tight for us all and asking you to donate your hard earned dollars is kind of asking a lot, but if every one of my readers donated a single quarter a piece, or even less, we could really make a difference here. Jen and myself have already donated $10 a piece, so we're already off to a solid $20 start. Every penny helps - please consider it.

I ask that if you have a horror blog or website of your own, please repost this on there to help spread the word and increase the exposure. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, help in any way that you can. It would be very much appreciated. If you want the HTML for the button so you can post it on your blog, let me know.

Click on Sam to donate. No amount is too small. If you do donate, please leave a comment below with the name and e-mail address you donated under, so I may contact you if you're one of the top donaters and also so I can thank you in my follow up post at the end of the month.







You will find this Sam donate button on the sidebar to your right throughout the month of October, for easy access. Huge thanks in advance to all who lend a helping hand.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ghost Hunting With The Paranormal Adventurers



I mentioned at the end of my Big Apple Con recap that Jen took us on a little detour to a local haunt called Potters Field on the way home from the city, and I even provided a picture we took while there that night. Check that out if you haven't yet. We ended up going back there the next night, this past Saturday, and what ensued was something totally unexpected and amazing. No, we didn't see any ghosts, but we did see a few familiar faces! Before I get into that, I want to tell you a little bit about Potters Field, the apparently haunted little cemetery a mere 25 minutes from where I currently sit.

Potters Field is a small little open graveyard located just off the expressway that is filled with several rows of headstones. There are no names on these headstones, only numbers. The reason for this is because the dead that are buried there were from the nearby loony/poor house and had no relatives or friends to even identify them. Many have experienced paranormal activity here, ranging from the sounds of distant voices to strange white and red lights appearing in the nearby woods. I've lived here all my life and never knew this cemetery even existed, despite the fact that i've driven right past it thousands upon thousands of times.

We found out about this place through The Paranormal Adventurers, Long Island's most well known ghost hunting duo. They've been doing seminars every October for the last couple years at the local library and they just did one this past Wednesday, which is where I find out about Potters Field. Jen had already known about it and in fact knew exactly where it was, which is how we ended up there Friday night. Well Saturday night we headed back there around 11pm with a friend of mine after downing a couple beers and when we pulled off the expressway to park, hop the guardrail, and do some late night ghost hunting, we found that two cars were already parked there - and a group of people approached us asking if we were cops. Believe it or not, this group of people consisted of The Paranormal Adventurers themselves, Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, and some out of state folks who were tagging along for the hunt. We obviously had no idea that they were going to be there and this was quite the unexpected little treat for us - an impromptu ghost hunt with real life ghost hunters! It's funny because just this past Wednesday at the library seminar I said to Jen that we should talk to Joe & Diane about possibly coming along with them on an expedition, and here we were just a couple days later doing it. Strange how things work out sometimes.

By the way, before I go on any further, I just wanted to mention that Joseph Flammer read and loved the article I wrote last year about his and Diane's ghost hunting seminar and whenever he sees me, he excitedly says, "Freddy In Space!". Too cool. I also earned immediate brownie points with him because i'm a Squires, a distant relative of some of the founding fathers of my town, who they wrote about in their book. But back to Saturday night!

What was really cool is that even though we were holding beers and probably reeked of alcohol, all of the guys welcomed us with open arms and even though they were busy doing ghost hunting stuff, they were more than happy to talk with us and make us a part of the fun. I was actually a little bummed out that we brought beers along because I didn't want these guys to get the impression that we were some drunk losers who were all about disrespecting the dead - pissing on graves, tossing beer bottles in the woods - and I didn't want them to think we were there to just mock and make fun of the whole thing. Believe me, that wasn't the case. It was just that it was Saturday night and we usually drink a few beers on a Saturday night. That and we probably wanted to cool our nerves a bit! So Joe, if you're reading this, I hope you didn't get the wrong idea about us and I hope we weren't disrespectful in any way by carrying beers around the cemetery. Just had to get that off my chest....

Anyway, Stefan (my friend - pictured on the left of the above photo), Jen, and I bummed around by ourselves for a while in the beginning of the night, taking pictures and being on the lookout for any kind of activity we could find. We found nothing in the sense that we never heard anything or saw anything visible to the naked eye, but Jen did snap some rather interesting photos that I have no explanation for and that Joseph didn't either. Check these out.

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There are a ton of orbs or specks or whatever you want to call them in the above photo, which you can only really see when it's made bigger.

This last picture I didn't notice anything strange about until just now. That's my friend Stefan standing in the woods. Jen kept saying she saw what looked like a face near him and that's when she snapped this photo.



Here's a closer look. Is this the face of a spirit in the classic 'thinker' pose?



Pretty freaky, eh? This could all just be mist, cold breath, and strange leaf formations, or it could be something more - I guess we'll never really know. The Paranormal Adventurers never claim to definitively know anything about ghosts, and that's what I really like about them. Joseph took a good half hour out of his time with his crew to come over and talk to us about various things, and he kept saying things to the effect of, "you guys probably know more about ghosts than I do". He's incredibly aware of the fact that every picture and every strange occurence is a total mystery, and may be totally explainable by less than paranormal events. He's just a dude with a hobby and doesn't claim to be anything more than that. If only the same could be said about all ghost hunters. Joseph even got on the good side of my totally skeptical friend who would normally probably laugh at ghost hunters, so that was pretty damn impressive. Really really cool guy. Thanks so much, Joseph, for taking the time to hang out with us. We really appreciated it and you really made this night something special for the three of us.

While we didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary, we did snap some cool pictures and had a really good time on what I guess you would call our first official ghost hunt. Hopefully there's a lot more of those to come, with or without The Paranormal Adventurers by our side. Hopefully with!

I'd like to end the post by mentioning something very strange that's been going on with Jen and her family lately - which relates to the whole topic of the paranormal. Jen's mom passed away about a month ago and since then, both Jen and other members of her immediate family have been finding dimes all over the place. The thing is, her mom for the last 10 years of her life collected dimes - dimes only that she found - and in fact she even claimed to be finding dimes all over the house in the weeks before her death, after she got really sick. She felt it was her husband, who had passed away years earlier, contacting her from the other side. Believe me when I say that Jen has been finding dimes all over the place since her mom passed away. Her uncle even had a joke with her mom about finding two nickels, and if that would equate to finding one dime, and he recently has been finding pairs of nickles lying around. To make matters even stranger, Jen has lately been finding two dimes in the same location, something that has just started happening. As Joseph Flammer pointed out, this could be a sign that her and her husband have been reunited in the afterlife and are letting everyone know that. Whether you believe in this kind of stuff or not, ya can't help but wonder....

The Achilles Heel's of Horror Bloggers

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I got an e-mail the other day from Robyn of the awesome website Horror Blips asking me what my one achilles heel was when it came to horror movies. In other words, what one thing/character/etc. always manages to scare me whenever it's seen in a horror movie. The reason she asked is because she was working on a post about the individual weaknesses of horror bloggers, as it pertains to the genre we all love and dedicate ourselves to. Well that post, which includes participation from yours truly and a few other fellow horror bloggers, has been completed and I thought i'd share it on here as it's a very interesting and fun little read. We might be all about horror, but we all have that one thing that reduces us to frightened little children! You can check out the list over at Horror Blips (with pictures) or read the entire post below.
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HORROR BLOGGERS REVEAL THEIR WEAKNESSES

While it might seem that true horror fans are unscareable, they all have their soft spot. Even Superman has Kryptonite right? For me, movies that feature ventriloquist dummies are off my tolerable scale. Something about the eyes, and the fact that they seem like they’re alive, when they aren’t, and then they do come to life...it gives me the creeps.

We wanted to know what horror bloggers claimed as their own personal Achilles heel. What makes them squirm or scream every time? Check out their answers below, you might be surprised to find out what it takes to freak out the un-freakable.

Mike Snoonian, All Things Horror :

If there’s a sure-fire type of fright flick that keeps me up into the wee hours of the night, it’s anything dealing with tightly claustrophobic settings and premature burial. There’s something about viewing someone trapped in a confined space, barely able to move or breathe that gets my heart racing and nerves twitchy. When watching a scene of this type, I put myself in the character’s place, pinned in a pine box or hole in the ground, the air growing staler and thinner until it finally runs out, leaving me gasping for my last breath alone in pitch blackness. That’s why “The Descent” remains one of the scariest theater experiences of my life. Even if the cave dwellers had never been introduced, the story of the women trapped and lost in pitch-blackness with the constant threat of the walls collapsing around them was more than enough to leave me sweating in my seat.

B-J C, Day of the Woman :

For some reason, I’ve always been really uneasy with dead children. My mother has run a daycare out of our home for years, so whenever Michael Myers chased down Jamie Lloyd, or when little Gage dies in “Pet Sematary,” it always really really bothered me. As far as something that I see constantly, I’m really bad with eye injuries. Eye gouging, stabbing, bleeding, anything of the sort always makes me squirm. The scene in “Opera” is pure torture for me as well as the “Zombi 2” infamous wood to the eye scene

Stacie Ponder, Final Girl :

I’m a total sucker for possession movies. It doesn't matter if it’s a low-budget 10th generation Exorcist rip-off, I’m gonna be creeped out. It’s not the religious angle that gets to me — I’m not a particularly religious person — it’s more of an aesthetic thing. Weird eyes, crusty skin, oozing liquids, barfed-up pea soup, and a deep demonic voice are all it takes for me to freak. I guess it’s just a visceral reaction, because the people who get possessed in these movies don’t ever do much except lay around in bed all day, stinkin’ up the joint and cussin’ up a storm. No matter! Even the lowest movies on the possession totem pole work for me.

Johnny, Freddy In Space :

My one Achilles heel when it comes to horror is without question Zelda from “Pet Sematary.” Movies don't scare me too often and it’s even rarer that characters themselves scare me, but Zelda always has and always will put the fear in me. Lock me in a room with Freddy Krueger, a zombie, a ghost, or the devil himself — I’ll calmly assess the situation and find a way out alive. Lock me in a room with Zelda and I will die of fright before she can ever even lay a finger on me!

BC, Horror Movie a Day :

Fish and other, smaller water creatures. Sharks are OK, but you put a snapper turtle or a piranha in a movie, you can guarantee that I'm going to get unsettled. Even if they aren't the “villains” of the film, if they just show a fish doing that pucker thing with his mouth in someone’s fish tank or whatever, I feel uneasy.

I also used to be afraid of clowns, but so many terrible killer clown horror movies have actually vaporized my fear.

Monster Scholar, Monster Land :

My horror Achilles heel would have to be disembowelment and/or vivisection. It’s been a hot button for me ever since I ate a bad yogurt parfait and had nightmares about someone cutting me open and removing my organs with toothpicks. This initial fear was only made worse by seeing “House of a Thousand Corpses” as a teenager and watching Dr. Satan perform gruesome surgery on his live victims. Yuck.

Becky Sayers, The Horror Effect :

Home invasion films get under my skin. Sometimes it takes the hard-hitting intensity of a movie like “Inside” to terrify me, but other times the simplest slasher can make me uncomfortable. Perhaps it roots back to my indoctrination into the horror genre with “Halloween.” I remember trying to sleep after watching John Carpenter’s masterpiece for the first time. My bed was situated against a wall, which I faced, leaving my back exposed to the empty room. I kept imagining that Michael Myers was standing behind me, his pallid mask hovering like a ghost in the darkness. However, my fear of the home invasion might be based on something more elementary. I grew up on 10-forested acres in a rural area of Washington state. There was no next-door neighbor. There were no paved roads for a mile. If someone were to prey on my childhood home, it might resemble scenes found in “The Strangers” or “Them.” Whatever the circumstance, it is horrifying to imagine that you are not safe in your own residence. Absolutely no one wants to wake up to the sound of unknown footsteps downstairs or to the sight of a shadowy figure leaning over the bedside.

Jeff, The Jaded Viewer :

That's a very interesting topic. I gotta admit, I get the uber shivers from creepy crawlies, swarms of bugs movies and killer parasites. You know the movies, like “Splinter,” “The Thaw,” “The Ruins,” “Slither” and don’t get me started about “Arachnophobia.” I love these movies but when I see a horde of bugs or parasites on the move, it gives me chills. I start squirming and I get the feeling these creepy crawlies are attacking me.
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Awesome job, Robyn, and thanks for inviting me to be a part of this!

Leave a comment with your own personal horror achilles heels!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Discussion of the Week - Nukin' The Head

With the sixth installment in the Saw franchise hitting theatres this coming Friday, and Wrong Turn 3 hitting DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, I thought it'd be appropriate to discuss franchise horror this week. But we're not gonna talk about the best or worst franchises, instead we're gonna take a look at the particular movies in popular franchises where things started to go downhill. In the world of pop culture, these are referred to as "jump the shark" moments, so named after Fonzie literally jumped a shark on water skis in a particularly lame episode of Happy Days. But the term "jump the shark" is typically reserved for documenting the precise moments in which television shows stopped being good, so i've taken it upon myself to coin my own term specifically for the world of horror movies....

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From this moment on, we will refer to those moments where horror movies stopped being good and started going downhill as 'Nuke The Head' moments, named of course after the horribly over the top ending scene to the otherwise awesome Last House on the Left remake. Tonight, we're gonna use that term to take a look at franchises in particular. So I wanna know....

Which installments in your favorite horror franchises do you personally feel nuked the head and spelled the end of your enjoyment of that particular franchise? In layman's terms, what are your fahkin least favorite flicks in your favorite franchises?

Feel free to discuss any franchises you'd like, not just the ones I give my two cents on. I can't really comment on some of the big franchises due to the fact that I haven't seen most of the movies in them, although i'd imagine Leprechaun going to 'da hood' was probably the nuke the head installment in that one....

Saw - I gotta be honest, although they've gone downhill quite a bit since the early beginnings, I still have fun with the Saw movies year after year and i'll keep coming back for more each and every Halloween. If I had to pinpoint the moment where they started to go south though, i'd have to go with number 4, as I really liked the first three the most. In my opinion, they got better and better until that one.

Halloween - Although I love the character of Michael Myers, I really never got too into the later installments. I love the first 3*, but honestly don't care all that much for the rest. So sorry Halloween 4, but I gotta pick you. Don't get me wrong though, I still enjoy watching all of the pre-Zombie Halloween's, if only cause I love Mikey.

Nightmare on Elm Street - I don't dislike the movie so much these days, now that i'm older, but New Nightmare is still my least favorite. I'm not gonna lie and claim that all of the Elm Street's are great movies, but I always have and always will love them and I just could never get into New Nightmare because it's too different and shed many of the aspects of the franchise that I loved. I can watch 1-6 over and over again, but very rarely do I feel the urge to revisit the leather pants wearing Krueger.

Friday The 13th - Although i'm kinda tempted to say Part 5, due obviously to the fact that the 'real' Jason isn't in it, I actually kinda dig that film - and I really like the sixth one too. So for me, it all starts to go downhill with The New Blood. I just don't like it, no matter how hard I try. Same goes for the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth installments - ironically all of the ones that Kane Hodder was in. Hodder did an awesome job with the role, he just happened to end up in all the worst installments in the franchise.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Next Generation, without question. It's got a special place in my heart, if only because it stars a young Matt McConaughey and Renee Zellweger, who both tried to stop the movie from getting released, but it is so so bad and not even in a good way. Although many people trash the third installment, i've always liked it. Foree vs Leatherface = gold.

The Exorcist - I admittedly have never seen the second, so maybe the franchise nuked the head already at that point, but if not, i'd say Charles Barkley and Fabio as angels spelled the end of The Exorcist's credibility. Oh, and Larry King. What the fuck was with all the weird cameos in this?!

*You've just been Trick Rolled! Now go Trick Roll all your friends this Halloween season and take great pleasure in the fact that the Silver Shamrock jingle will not leave their head until long after Halloween has passed!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Big Apple Comic Con Recap

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As I mentioned a couple days ago, the Big Apple Comic Con is running through Sunday this weekend in New York City and Jen and I made the trek out there yesterday, mostly to see the Trick 'r Treat screening/Mike Dougherty Q&A at night. Although i'm not so much into comics, which is pretty much what 98% of this convention consists of, it was still an awesome time and in the end it was well worth the $35 charge to get in. Ya can't put a price on tons of free swag (most of which will go to you guys) and some awesome experiences! Couple things before we get into those experiences....

Wanna give a shoutout to Adam Barnick from Icons of Fright, who I finally got to meet up with before the con yesterday. We've tried to coordinate our schedules several times now to no avail but I finally got to meet him and he's a hell of a nice guy. He came over on a break from his job to give me some free DVD's for helping to promote Grace (believe me, I didn't do it for the DVD's) and say a quick hello, which was really awesome and nice of him. Adam directed most of the featurettes on the Grace DVD, which you should check out if you haven't yet (and he was even mentioned in the Jack Chop infomercial, which you REALLY must watch right this instant!). You rock, Barnick!

Two more quick shoutouts to the fellow bearded dude from Shocker Toys (leave me a comment with your name, I don't believe we ever formally met!) and Matt Manjourides from Troma, one of the guys I worked with during my brief internship. Seeing you guys made me feel at home, like I was a horror convention and not a comic book one!

Like I said, we mainly went to this convention to meet Michael Dougherty (which almost didn't even happen!) and see TrT on the big screen, but one of the highlights of the day was something I totally didn't expect. Shortly after we arrived in the building, Jen pointed to a guy and said "Don't we know him?". I looked up and after a moment of it registering, I realized it was Jason Kaplan, one of the dudes from the Howard Stern Show! I'm a huge Stern fan so this was pretty much the highlight of my day. He was there with a couple other guys from the show (Ralph Cirella, Jon Hein, and Steve Brandano) and I had a nice little conversation with him and Steve for a couple minutes, wherein I told him to ditch his plans of watching The Unborn with his girlfriend and instead watch Trick 'r Treat! Hopefully he heeds my advice. I wanted to get a picture with all the guys but they were kinda busy broadcasting a radio show of some sort whenever I walked past, so I never got the chance to get that picture. I'm not a big picture guy anyway as I prefer to experience such things in the moment, rather than worry about taking pictures so I can relive those moments later, so no sleep was lost over it. This little encounter was totally unexpected, as I had no idea they were gonna be there, and definetly made my day.

One of the other things that made my day was seeing Lee Donowitz himself, Saul Rubinek. I've only seen one episode of Warehouse 13 but I LOVE True Romance and Donowitz is one of my favorite movie characters of all time, so it was awesome to see him in the flesh. Didn't pay to meet him, but stalking from afar was enough for me.

I mentioned that meeting Michael Dougherty almost didn't happen, but it ended up happening in a much cooler way than paying 20 bucks for his autograph and a quick hello at a table, so all worked out well. We were looking for his table for the entire day and never found it, despite asking at least 6 different unhelpful volunteers where he was. To whoever runs this thing, your volunteers, especially the ones who were in charge of the Trick 'r Treat screening, were HORRIBLE. Please don't let them come help next time. Thanks. Anyway, we ended up catching Dougherty walking around later in the night and got to chat with him for a bit. He was even kind enough to sign our newly purchased NECA Sam figure, free of charge. I'm even more fond of the movie (if that's even possible) knowing that the dude who made it is such a cool and nice guy.

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"Always check your candy! Mike Dougherty"

And that brings us to the Trick 'r Treat screening, which was supposed to be preceded by a Halloween costume contest, which Dougherty himself was gonna judge. Unfortunately, only one dude showed up in costume, so it was called off. Boooo. I was expecting to see a ton of Sam's walking around, so this was fairly dissapointing. Huge props to that one guy who wore the black robe and skull mask for keeping the spirit alive - if only the rest of us were more like you! I was shocked to see that the screening as a whole had a very small turnout, despite all the buzz the movie has been getting. I figured that so many people would jump on the opportunity to see it on the big screen that every seat would be taken in a flash, but more than half the seats, which were adorned with Trick 'r Treat bags filled with goodies, were empty. Maybe because most people going there are more into comic books than horror movies? It made for a more intimate and personal experience nonetheless and it was really cool to see the movie on the silver screen, with incredible surround sound. Afterwards Doughtery did a brief Q&A for about a half hour, where he won over my heart even more by indirectly trashing Rob Zombie's Halloween and the current state of unoriginal horror as a whole. At one point someone brought up the Sam action figure and Dougherty mentioned that he met someone earlier who had it, which was Jen and I, and he asked me to bring it up to the table so he could show it off. Very cool. Jen got up and asked a question regarding something she was wondering about the movie (whether or not the Dracula kid on the bus counting the house numbers had any significance) and this again brings me to how horrible the volunteers at the con were....

Since the costume contest was cancelled, the prizes that were intended to be for that (books and CD's) were instead going to be given to anyone who came up and asked a question - this was determined by Dougherty himself. Jen got up, asked her question, and totally got shafted out of any swag. Why? Because the foul breathed fatso volunteer who was supposed to give her a TrT book instead gave that book to the person who asked a question after Jen, who just happened to be said fatso's boyfriend. When we confronted her about it, she came up with some bullshit excuse to cover her ass. This put a damper on Jen's night for a few minutes, not even so much because she got screwed out of free swag but moreso because of the principles of it all. Oh well, a minor low point in an otherwise awesome experience.

That about covers all the excitement of Big Apple Con for us. It was a MASSIVE convention, the biggest i've ever been to, that was absolutely chock full of merchandise - just not the kinda merch i'm too interested in (mostly comic books). For a comic book fan, this place must be heaven and I can only wish that there were a convention devoted 100% to horror of this size and scope out there. Although not really my bag of treats, Big Apple Con was still a hell of a good time and i'm glad I finally made it out to one. Seeing aged and haggard wrestlers and actors simply never gets old! Oh, by the way, I must mention that the swollen and red faced William Shatner was charging $75 for an autograph. Real classy, Shat, real classy.

On the way home, Jen took a surprise detour over to Potters Field, which is an apparently highly haunted little hidden graveyard about 30 minutes from where I live. We went to a ghost hunting seminar at the local library presented by The Paranormal Adventurers the other day, and that's where she got the idea to hit this place up. We didn't stay long but I did a snap a couple pictures, one of which has a strange little orb, which I leave you with!

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Hmmmm, could it be? Just might head back there tonight for some real investigation....