Horrorgami

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by ranranami

Since I promised more craftiness this year, I think it’s about time I make good on my promise. None of these awesome origami designs are of my own creation, but they’re all pretty awesome anyway. Video or diagram, these patterns are sure to help you budget for some last minute decor and have a bit of spooky fun with your kids while you’re at it!

 

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Patterns listed above are, sadly, not of my own creation. I found them at youtube and these awesome sites. If you’re looking for less creepy patterns, definitely check them out: 

– Origami-Fun

– Origami Resource Center

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Popcorn Ball Recipes

Posted in Food, Halloween Junk, Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by ranranami

Leaving town this weekend, so I’ve got to get this one ready for you guys fast! Halloween is an epic time for all things sweet and/or spooky, but sometimes chocolate just doesn’t cut it. You want something more substantial, yet easy to transport without getting your fingers coated in delicious salty butter grease. So, why not try a couple of popcorn balls? It’s got the best of all the candy food groups: salty, sweet, compact, and classic! So, without further ado, check out some awesome recipes I found by amazing creators!

Featured Fear: Pedophobia (fear of children/childhood)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2017 by ranranami

There are those who love them. Then, there are those who hate them. Finally, there are those who fear them. Children. Often depicted in film as the epitome of innocence, and in some of the most disturbing horror you’ll find quite the opposite. The Bad Seed, The Good Son, Village of the Damned, Children of the Corn, Bloody Birthday, the list goes on. And on. And on. 

To quote Georgia Coiner (and maybe Wikipedia too), “children embarrass us because they point ever too cleverly and clearly to our denial of personal, material, and maternal history.” I’ll admit, I wasn’t exactly an angel myself, and this phobia in particular leaves me scratching my head, but it’s all too real. Some sources I’ve scanned seem to indicate that it’s not entirely the fear of children, but the fear of what children may do that really motivates this phobia. Children on the cusp of adulthood in particular, ranging from the ages of 12-14. After all, at that age, raging puberty can drive kids to do pretty crazy things.

With a lot of adults deciding to forego parenthood in western countries, too, they’re a little less exposed to kids in their daily lives, and generally may develop a general distrust that may eventually develop into pedophobia, but it’s not altogether likely to happen to most of us.

Then, there’s the fear of childhood itself, which is really more of a fear of thinking about it, stemming from general trauma as a kid (don’t all of these phobias seem to come from that?) The most common, and frankly easiest treatment advised for pedophobia is basic exposure therapy. In time, parent or not, almost anyone can overcome their fear if they try.

Now, with that being said, how about a short skit from College Humor to remind you exactly why you should reconsider getting over your fear?

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Wonderful Wizard, The Quivering Brain, The Witches Sabbath, etc. (Pg. 14 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by ranranami

With so many stories packed into so few pages, I was unable to fit them all in the title, so the additional two at the end of this comic are: ‘Charles Fort, The Supreme Doubter’ and ‘Crafton’s Curse’.The first story here seems to have far too much stuff packed into each page for the reader to follow the first time around, and there’s an additional character drawing eerily reminiscent of Peter Cushing (but just a little too early for that to be anything but a coincidence.) It’s actually the ‘true story’, albeit brief, of Daniel Dunglas Home, a man reputed to be able to fly, levitate objects, contact the dead, and predict the future. I can’t imagine what a show by that guy would’ve been like, and I definitely plan on doing a write-up of him in the future. I mean if you look up photos of him, the guy’s as magnificent as Oscar Wilde in his famous leaning portrait.

The next story gets points just for the title alone. THE QUIVERING BRAIN. You’re also required to always scream a title like that, announcer-style. It’s impossible not to. It’s a bit melodramatic, I’m not going to lie, but I think the concept alone makes it one of my favorite stories I’ve featured on this blog so far. Then we’re lead into a disturbing summary of what constitutes a proper witch’s sabbath, a summary of a historically influential skeptic named Charles Fort, and another story about a mobster getting his just desserts.

All-in-all, not an incredible issue, but some of the concepts are at least ripe for modern revisions.

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Drive-in Trailers: Hospital Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by ranranami

 

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to never need surgery, but I think a vast majority of us have had to make a few trips to the hospital for one reason or another, and it’s never fun. But imagine how much worse it would be if you were dealing with serial killers, ghosts, or just plain crazy demons with their own idea of ‘medicine’. This week I’d like to focus on hospital horror trailers, and if you find yourself sitting at home right now trying to fight a nasty case of the flu…please, get well soon.

Book of the Week: Pet Sematary, by Stephen King

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2017 by ranranami

It goes without saying that Pet Sematary (the movie) really did have some of the most chilling moments in 90s horror. This is a recommendation for the book, however, which I think may be one of the few I’ve read that was practically identical to the film in all the right ways. Except for the soldier scene, which I would’ve loved to see in the film, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish I might get into later.

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It’s very short, a simple but fun read, and probably one of the less–how should I put it? Colorful? Vulgar? It’s one of Stephen King’s less foul-mouthed works from the time. I don’t often walk down the King road these days, but Pet Sematary will always hold a place in my heart, with its incredibly dark themes, and the basic idea that there is no true return from death. No matter what. Doctor Frankenstein couldn’t seem to accept that, and neither does Doctor Louis Creed. Both of them learned the hard way. A beautifully grim lesson to anyone who decides to dabble with the forces of life and death.

Horror Flick of the Week: Popcorn (1991)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by ranranami

This one took more than one attempt to watch, because it opens with a trippy dream sequence. Narration and dream sequences are two film devices I tend to struggle with, as they are fairly lazy attempts to tell a story without properly showing it. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, I tried again. Why? Because just look at that poster! There’s no way in hell a movie could have a poster like this and not turn out to be awesome!

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This time I made it. After the dream sequence, which I can appreciate now is a clear not to Giallo, the movie got so much better. College students get one special night to take what could possibly be one of the most incredible movie theaters in history and host a horror film marathon. William Castle style. Gigantic props flying around, smell-o-vision, shockers in the seats, and everything in-between. Popcorn is a bit of a love story to classic horror, despite the main actress’s at times grating voice (despite this, Jill Schoelen was, and is, a lovely person). It doesn’t stop there, however, as strange memories plague her character throughout the film, and bizarre murders begin to take place. Madness? Ghosts? A killer stalking the night? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.