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Drive-in Trailers: Road Tripping

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2015 by ranranami

It’s been ages since we’ve had a drive-in trailer entry, so here goes. Next week (Halloween),
I’ll be road-tripping with a couple of friends to a convention in Galveston. In honor of said trip,
let’s explore the horrific events that might occur, if we take a detour, pick up a hitch-hiker, or decide to make a pit stop…

Note: The Manos one is a fan-made trailer…but it’s so perfect…I had to include it.

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Book(s) of the Week: The Monster at the End of this Book

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2015 by ranranami
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The Monster at the End of this Book, written by Jon Stone

I know sometimes it’s a little funny how I’ll go from discussing very adult films and books, and then diving in to suggest some children’s stories to my readers. Okay, now that I’ve addressed that, let’s move on to the very simple and yet very classic ‘The Monster at the End of this Book’.

Horror? Perhaps not to most of you, unless your parents read to you as kids. This book features as one of the favorite stories my mom pulled off the shelf every other night to read for me, not only because of her excellent voice skills (as you’ve no doubt heard in my podcast episode intro), but because this was a scary book. For a four-year-old.

It’s quite short. And based on how the adult reads to the child, can be either very fast…or very slow. The slower the better, because it’s a fantastic introduction for the little ones into the world of tension. Each page turned (of course) brings you closer to ‘the monster’ at the end of the book, hence the title. And each page, Grover, becomes more and more panicked. Did the premise need to be explained? I certainly hope not, because at this point my blog entry has become longer than the actual story.

So in summary, if you’re a mom or a dad, please do your kids a favor and read them ‘The Monster at the End of this Book’, before they’re too old to put 2 and 2 together before figuring out the monster’s identity by the end.

Spooky Board Games: Creepy Hand

Posted in Fun and Games, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by ranranami

I love movie magic. The ability of someone with a few camera angles and quick cuts to make something simple seem that much more intriguing. This is a UK game, so was never easily available to us over here in the states. However, the beauty of the internet makes things that once were impossible to get a hold of…quite easy.

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There really isn’t too much to say about Creepy Hand, because it’s a simple premise. A battery-operated hand crawls around and points a finger at the person who has to pick the card. Kind of like ‘Would You Rather’, with a bit of an Addams Family twist. Honestly, I think I would have preferred if they’d just had Thing in a box, have it spin around inside, and flip open to point at someone…

Oh well. It’s a cute Halloween game for kids. Not rocket science. Much like ‘Ask Zandar’, the main prop is still pretty cool, even if the game isn’t absolutely amazing. There’s only so much you can do with a board game.

Book(s) Of the Week: Monster Road

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by ranranami

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Back in the 90s, I was wild for books. I still am, but the point here is that I devoured every book fair that came to school. Especially when it came to book lights and horror stories. Monster Road was one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the cover that drew me to it, or the fact that I’d run out of Goosebumps books, but this one was pretty easy to miss tucked back at the bottom ‘L’ shelf.

Written by David Lubar, Monster Road tells the story of Kevin taking a road trip with his eccentric scientist Uncle. Eccentric and wildly naive, every single monster Kevin’s uncle meets on the trip strikes him as something absolutely mundane and non-supernatural in any way. What’s more, he seems to come up with a solution for most of their problems in the process.

My old copy I had of Monster Road sadly fell to pieces, but that’s the sign of a well-loved book. At least for a kid. Monster Road is a great little story to read with your kid, or to just let them read on their own, lying in the somewhat sketchy area of 2nd grade – 4th grade reading level.

Horror Flick of the Week: Nightbreed (1990)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by ranranami

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As Halloween approaches, I’m reminded of a film I watched all the time as a kid. Despite some massive butchering and very confusing cuts as a result, I always had plenty of fun watching all of the weird underground mutant people acting crazy as shit (as they tend to in any Clive Barker story.)

Imagine Hellraiser if the protagonist WANTED to become a Cenobyte, and if there wasn’t a puzzle box but instead a weird cult dynamic. That’s pretty much Nightbreed in the form that I’ve seen. Now on the 28th (6 days from now as I’m posting this little feature) Scream Factory is releasing a special Blu-ray/DVD with the cut we’re all familiar with AND a director’s cut. Apparently that one is incredible, and I personally can not wait to see it. But you’ve got to admire a movie that somehow manages to be entertaining, even if it loses a massive amount of relevant plot points after a massacre in the cutting room.

 

Grim and Surreal Shorts

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2014 by ranranami

I find that the most surreal and experimental films tend to carry some sense of dread, whether the storyline makes sense or not. Good horror can often go hand-in-hand with experimental cinema. It makes sense, when you think about it. You can’t really scare the same audience with the same trick twice. The following are a few classic shorts in the surreal genre I think every film buff (and especially horror fan) needs to watch at least once…if not dozens of times.

Horror Flick of the Week: Love Bites (1993)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2014 by ranranami

 

When I was about 4, I had a small blue trunk. I would prop the trunk up in my room and climb inside it, pretending I was a vampire. I’d spend several minutes inside preparing myself to rise from the dead in a proper fashion, but I could never do it just right. Being about a foot taller than the trunk didn’t help. I don’t remember when I stopped doing this, but I’m sure I kept playing the vampire trunk game well until climbing inside the ‘coffin’ made breathing difficult.

 

But what does this trip down memory lane have to do with this movie? Hardly anything at all, but I was doing just this on the day I first saw Love Bites on the Sci-fi channel. No…not Syfy. This was when it happened to be a legitimate station worth watching. I curse the day someone decided it should be commonplace to take vampires out of their coffins, because I don’t think anything is so satisfying as seeing a vampire ‘rise properly’ (from the coffin, you pervert.)

 

 

Adam Ant is not the world’s greatest actor, but he makes up for any lack of talent onscreen with charm and an awesome singing voice. He doesn’t sing in this movie though, so the charm is a double serving. The result is a pretty fun horror rom-com.

Before we proceed, I’d like to say this movie is easy to find. It’s not. I spent an embarrassing amount of money on a vhs copy about 6 years ago, and I still don’t tell people how much I paid for it. If you see a copy for less than 20 bucks, buy it immediately. I may or may not have found a streaming version available on photobucket, too, if you’re really interested in watching this.
Basically the story is about a vampire who over-sleeps, finds out his place has been not only renovated severely but that it’s rented out to a young woman with basic karate defense skills, and decides he wants to be human again to experience all the futuristic wonders of the early 90s. This is where it actually gets pretty unique, because in this world, vampires can become human again if they reset their digestive systems by eating real food and getting themselves on a regular night-time sleeping schedule.

For me, Love Bites is a Halloween tradition. I just have to watch it every October, or I haven’t done it right. Hopefully it can become your tradition too, if you manage to find it.