Horror Flick of the Week: The Shrine (2010)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by ranranami

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I feel like horror is one of the few genres that tends to truly suffer if you reveal the ending of a story. That, and obviously mysteries or thrillers. The Shrine is a movie you should watch first, without any sort of spoilers, if you really want to see the story in its entirety and get the most out of it. Because…well, I can’t say much. What I will say is this: when you are traveling, if the people in a village don’t want you to be there…go away. Don’t explore. Don’t stick around. Don’t argue. Just leave.

That, in essence, is one of the establishing factors in The Shrine that really helps set the mood. It’s not merely a mystery, but a supernatural thriller. The best kind. Also, of course, best enjoyed in the dark at night…possibly alone, unless you absolutely need someone to cling to. On another watch, I realized this one still held strong, and that made it even better for the kind of story it is. Nice, creepy, and a sort of moral story (which all good horror should be, if you follow the premise any good, dark Grimm faerie tale.)

Please, do yourself a favor, and watch this movie. It’s on Netflix…it’s waiting for you. Also…maybe avoid the forest for awhile. Just in case.

 

Vintage Comics – Midnight, Issue #1: Bedeviled Puppet, Eternal Struggle, There’s a Will and There’s a Way (Cover-Pg. 14)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2016 by ranranami

What? I’m alive? You bet your sweet ass I am. And just to let you guys know, when I disappear for several months at a time, I’m probably not dead…undead at best, but I’m sure we all knew something like that was going to happen to me at one point or another. The sacrificial altar in my bedroom and haunted cemetery in the backyard don’t help much, really.

In all honesty, I’ve just been writing a lot of short stories (even completed a few personal novels I will very likely never publish.) The result is of course maybe a little less blog-time, but fear not! October is around the corner, and as always I will be taking part in the horror blog-a-thon as I do every year. So if you’ve been desperately starved for more vintage comics, possible Hallowholic podcast episodes, trailer compilations, playlists, pretty pictures, and gruesome historical facts…they’ll all be flying right at you on October 1st.

Anyway, I thought I’d start up a post this week with a little bit of vintage comics. The first thing that struck me about this one was actually the cover. The richness of the robe against that green backdrop…I can only imagine how incredible this must have looked crisp and new on the shelf.

The first story plays on one of my favorite tropes. Evil dolls/puppets. But…it really does explain every single action. I got the impression the writer for this one hadn’t really acquainted himself with the practice of showing rather than telling. It promises something dark, but stops just short as a moral story…sort of…I guess. The second one is again, a moral story. But I did enjoy the little ‘twist.’ Imagine Final Destination if death pretty much lost in the end, and you get the picture. The third and final story of the entry…could have used more blood, but I doubt they could’ve gotten away with it at the time. Ultimately, this was one of those ‘oh…I promise this is a scary comic’ issues, that was really general adventure/moral lessons in disguise.

The cover promised a lot for this comic, and sadly did not deliver, but the art is still worth appreciating on its own.

 

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Horror Flick of the Week: The Boy (2016)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2016 by ranranami

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I’m the kind of person who basically watches a film trying to figure out exactly how it’s going to end, based on tropes and character traits that get laid out with traditional story-writing techniques. Basically, first time around, I always over-analyze. Sometimes it takes a lot of the fun out of a horror film. But…well, The Boy threw me for a complete loop. It was the first time in a very…very long time…that I’ve actually watched a horror flick beginning to end not know where the hell it was going to end up. I haven’t felt this way about a movie since the first time I watched ‘The Sixth Sense.’ And I loved every second of it.

Walk in with low or no expectations, even high ones. It doesn’t matter. The Boy is brilliant, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to. Because I promise, it’s going to turn out to be one of the best horror classics of our decade.

Horror Flick of the Week: Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2016 by ranranami

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Filmed in Dallas. Absolutely…bizarre. Because it’s hard to tell whether the filmmakers were trying to make something scary…or something just…awful. Then at times the comedy comes through, and at other times…are they trying to be scary again? Yes? No? I’m not really sure….At any rate, I feel like everyone who likes a good bad horror movie needs to watch ‘Bloodsuckers from Outer Space’ at least once in their lives.

 

Don’t get me wrong, when I say this is awful. I don’t hate this movie at all. Because this was the first zombie film I ever watched. There is such an intense fondness in my heart for Bloodsuckers from Outer Space for that reason alone, that I can’t honestly say ‘don’t watch this. It’s terrible.’ My mom had this film on her shelf for years, and every time I’d look at the green and black VHS cover, I’d get chills up and down my spine remembering how awful it was watching a farmer vomit blood at the opening until he morphed into some sort of weird…blue…scarred…zombie thing. I didn’t notice the tube at the side of his mouth when I was 5.

Basically, this is like Diet Troma. A far more watchable movie than anything actually from Troma (Toxic Avenger aside, because I freaking love that one). And for the most part…family friendly. Kind of.

At any rate, Bloodsuckers tries to be a brilliant horror satire, and it fails. Killer Klowns ended up being much for successful in that regard. But…it’s still charming. And it’s a movie everyone needs to see once in their life, especially if they’re from Texas.

Pics from Terror Expo ’16

Posted in Media, People, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 23, 2016 by ranranami

Working on a podcast episode, will probably have it up within the next week. In the mean time, here’s some pictures with myself (the tall one in blue) and my best friend, Audra, who will also be a future co-host on the podcast as well. Enjoy! Yes, that is Robert Englund’s autograph on my torso tattoo.

 

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13 Cool Vintage Horror Board Games

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 by ranranami

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Here are some of the coolest vintage horror board games we’ve stumbled across over the years.   We can’t say they’re all necessarily fun to play, but we like their board designs or novelty value. Please comment and tell us about your favorite games from the past.

1.  Séance (1972)

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2. Mystic Skull (1964)

Mystic Skull - 1964

3.  A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Freddy Game (1989)

A Nightmare On Elm Street The Freddy Game (1989)

4. Voice of the Mummy (1971)

Voice of the Mummy (1971)

5.  Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

6. Alien (1979)

Alien (1979)

7. Shrieks and Creaks (1988).

Shrieks & Creaks (1988)

8.  Haunted Mansion (1972)

Haunted Mansion Game (1972)

9. Doorways to Horror:  The VCR Game (1986)

10.  Which Witch?  (1970)

Which Witch (1970)

11.  Superstition (1977)

Superstition 1977

12. Boris Karloff’s Monster Game (1965)

Boris Karloff's Monster Game (1965)

13.  Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1988)

Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1988)

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Horror Flick of the Week: Gremlins (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by ranranami

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Fresh from the theaters after giving Krampus a go, I was reminded why I liked Gremlins. First things first, I would like to say I did not hate Krampus at all. There may have been points where it seemed to drag, or I just didn’t like the choices made by the writers, it was definitely a visual feast with some awesome combinations of physical and digital effects…which is a very difficult line to straddle.

BUT…it didn’t capture what Gremlins did back in 84. I don’t really blame Krampus for this. I blame Gremlins…for being just that awesome. Gremlins captures the seasonal spirit of Christmas without becoming bitter. It has no message about families losing their sight of what really matters. It’s just a story about evil little creatures that terrorize a small, but charming town on Christmas. And…that’s kind of all I want to watch this year. I won’t be foregoing my traditional viewing of Black Christmas, but…I just love Gremlins so much. Even the sequel.

It’s got a great cast, a charming soundtrack, fantastic physical effects, and a sweet storyline…but it’s still creepy enough to be classified as a comedy horror. What’s more, it’s something you can actually enjoy with kids, rather than certain other Christmas classics such as ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’, or ‘Treevenge’.

If you somehow have managed to avoid seeing Gremlins, because television is a relatively new discovery in your region of the world, or if you just…avoided it…or even have seen it, but not in quite some time. Do yourself a favor. Give Gremlins a shot this month. And don’t feed them after midnight, trust me, I’m still cleaning up the green sludge in the kitchen.

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