Archive for October, 2014

Podcast, Ep. 8: Happy Halloween!

Posted in Media, podcast, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by ranranami

Joyous day of days, the time of year is upon us when the dead return from the graves to get drunk and eat candy. Yes, my friends. It is finally Halloween, and with Halloween (of course) comes the latest Hallowholics Anonymous podcast. This one was a doozy to get made, and unfortunately Julianne and Chris were unavailable this week. But where there’s a will, Maddy got her mom to join her for this special episode dedicated to the perfect Halloween marathon. A selection of 5 films to watch this Halloween, the topic of the marathon being campy classics. We also have a special introduction and conclusion with another future co-host, Jazlaan. So sit back, relax, and listen until your heart gives out. There are also some wig care and costume tips.

You can find Episode 08 here.

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Trick or Treat Safely

Posted in Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by ranranami

Tomorrow not only marks my grandmother’s birthday, but also that wonderful time of the year celebrating all that is horrific and spooky. Yes, my friends, tomorrow is finally…Halloween. It’s also a Friday, which could mean much more traffic and safety issues for those of you with little ones Trick -or-Treating. So the following list has been composed from CDC advice and a few other sources (as well as personal experience) so what should be a fun night doesn’t turn bad.

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1. If you aren’t walking your children door-to-door, try to at least keep them safely in sight from your vehicle or otherwise.

2. Bring the kids in before it gets too dark. If you decide it’s still safe to continue the candy crusade when the sun goes down, at least make sure there are proper reflectors on both costume and goody bucket. Bright orange and glow-in-the dark tape can be useful for this. Fridays are drinking days, and if you combine that with one of the biggest party nights of the year, you can’t be too cautious.

3. A flashlight can be both fun for a child, and serve as an extra way for them to make drivers aware of their presence when crossing the street.

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4. If possible, pick a well-lit neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating. These places are usually much safer.

5. Remind your kids that if they don’t know the person handing out their candy, they should stay safely outside on the doorstep or porch.

6. Make sure costumes aren’t too baggy or loose.

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7. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t ever do this, no matter what night it is. Even if you don’t have kids or family, it’s very selfish to endanger the lives of others just so you can have a buzz on the way home.

8. Most residential areas in the US require a max speed of 30 MPH when driving through them. On Halloween, be careful to drive slower. There is usually much higher pedestrian traffic, and kids can be unpredictable about their own safety crossing the street.

Horror Flick of the Week: Fido (2006)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by ranranami

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When this movie first came out in ’06, I saw plenty of people talking about it all over the net. 2 years after Shaun of the Dead, it seemed like there was finally going to be a new renaissance of horror comedy. There really wasn’t much of one, but that is an entirely different topic for another day. Fido kind of fell to the wayside after a bit, though, in the shadow of Shaun.

But you want to know something? It shouldn’t have. It’s really a great little film, worth it’s own merit. The only thing it shares in common with the more famous zombie comedy is the fact that it IS a zombie comedy, and they run with the idea of having the creatures as pets after we’ve managed to ‘tame them’.

Imagine if the 50s wasn’t about the fear of communism or nuclear war, but zombies. You pretty much have Fido, but there’s really more to it. The main character, Fido, has more behind the facade of a drooling and brain-crazy slave to his nuclear family. Billy Connolly is…incredible in this. I honestly didn’t even realize he was Billy Connolly at first, without the eccentric beard and long hair. Everyone is really amazing in this movie. I can’t express enough how great Fido is, as a horror comedy fan. If you take your horror too seriously, avoid it. IF you have a sense of humor, I’d definitely suggest ‘Fido’ for a Halloween viewing this year.

 

Halloween Playlist 2014

Posted in Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by ranranami

Digging in the digital closet for a few tunes to liven up an otherwise dead party? Well, don’t worry. The 2014 playlist is finally ready, with 13 tracks old and new. Spooky and fun enough to get the bones rattling.

 

Click Here For the Playlist

Book(s) of the Week: Ghost Mansion

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by ranranami

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Another little novel I found floating around at a library book sale, this story was an enjoyable read. Perhaps enjoyable isn’t the right word. It was a disturbing spiral leading the reader witness to an unstoppable descent into death and madness. So that’s why it’s the book of the week.

The especially intriguing part is how the ‘ghosts’ in this book are approached. Unique. Disturbing. Unlike anything I have personally read before, and shouldn’t think would be allowed on the modern theatrical screen (no matter how modern it gets.) I won’t go into any extra details about these gruesome specters, but suffice it to say I’d rather encounter Pezuzu on a bender before I stepped foot into this house. No matter how pretty the interiors are.

This is a book for a couple of quiet and lonely evenings with nothing but a small lamp (or perhaps candle) to illuminate the words. It’s a good thing, too, because you’re got 5 days until Halloween to go grab this little gem from an obscure backwoods book store.

Vintage Comics: Monster, Issue #1: The Monster, The Mirror (Cover – Pg. 14)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by ranranami

Don’t let the Burt Reynolds-esque Hulk on the cover deceive you. The monster in this comic looks nothing like that. In this first comic, I didn’t have so much fun with the actual story as just admiring the style. I love the heavy shadows and expressions the artist employs with all of the characters in this comic. The second story was equally impressive with it’s own flare of style and femme fatales. I honestly just wish the second one could have been a bit longer and the first a bit shorter.

 

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Good Kitty

Posted in Media, People with tags , , , on October 25, 2014 by ranranami

While I prepare for the podcast today, here’s some pictures of Peter Lorre and Vincent Price with cats.

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