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Podcast, Episode 18 – Demons

Posted in Media, podcast with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2018 by ranranami

In this episode, Corey and Maddy make an ill-advised attempt to deal with the devil and immediately regret it. We bid good-bye to David from the podcast for the time being, and discuss demon movies, including Demon Knight and Night of the Demons.

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Odd Monsters

Posted in Around the World, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2016 by ranranami

Bored with the bogeyman? Not finding the clown thing too funny anymore? Are vampires in your nightmares just sucking you dry? Well, not to worry, there’s plenty of ‘wonderful’ creatures out there to ensure that your psyche stays freshly traumatized for years to come. Keeping the Japanese one to just one, because their mythology is so broad with yokai and spirits, that you can’t possibly cover them all in one go.

 

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Katawaguruma/Katawa Guruma

Origin: Japanese

The female counterpart to the Wa nyūdō, this creature appears in the shape of a woman (usually naked) burning in eternal torment with the lower portions, or attached to, an ox cart wheel. The causes bad luck, ill fortune, and misery to those who encounter her, what’s more…the bad luck doesn’t just stop at one person, it can spread through the entire community associated with anyone who has met her. She also harvests the souls of the ‘impure’, the cruel, the sinful, etcetera, etcetera.

 

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Likhoradka/Tryasavitsa

Origin: Slavic

Embodying a tall woman with black, messy hair, Likhoradka will spread  horrible calamities and plague wherever she goes, and to whomever she encounters. She can also possess anyone she chooses.

 

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Black Annis/Agnes

Origin: British

Save your jokes, this lady is not someone you want to mess with. Absolutely hideous creature, a wizened crone with gnarly black claws, sharp teeth, one eye, and mottled blue skin. Some say her claws are made of iron, some say they’re just…particularly strong, I suppose. Residing around Leicestershire, Agnes spends most of her free time tearing travelers to pieces, redecorating her cave with the flayed skin of small children, and generally just being a terrible neighbor. Meg Mucklebones, anyone?

 

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Kanontsistonties

Origin: Iriquois

Say what you will about Native American mythology, it seems to me that they really take the cake for the creepiest monsters out there. As much as I adore the Windigo, I felt like maybe delving into something a little less popular. Varying in size from miniscule to massive, the Kanontsistonties are essentially flying skulls with bat wings and a desperate craving for…you guessed it…human flesh. They are the product of two possibilities, victims of murder by beheading, or…they used to be cannibals in life, and decided they just couldn’t kick the habit in death either. They can’t stop, as they have no stomachs, so they’re pretty much doomed to eternal hunger.

 

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Cheval Mallet

Origin: French

Horses. You can’t trust them. I had a horse step on my foot once. I didn’t like it. So when I learned of the Cheval Mallet, it came as no surprise that it turned out to be an evil horse. Well, that and the fact that I took French in high school, so the connection wasn’t too hard to make. Essentially, it appears at night as a beautiful horse, tricks you into riding it…and that’s it, for the rest of your life (and onwards), you’re trapped for eternity riding a beautiful horse. A beautiful evil horse. Or it drowns you. They like doing that, too.

Horror Flick of the Week: Pet Sematary (1989)

Posted in Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by ranranami

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Sometimes this one gets a bad wrap. Mostly from people who expect 90% of good cinema doesn’t date itself, which is just silly. One thing I love about this movie, is that it’s just about the closest adaptation of a Stephen King book I’ve ever seen (from the ones I’ve read, that is.) Not to mention the child actor who played Gage (Miko Hughes) was incredibly disturbing as he transitioned from the role of an innocent baby to basically a demonically-possessed corpse. It’s also deliciously campy in a way modern horror directors tend to forget can be a good thing when done right.

This movie is a collection of great moments. The concept alone makes for a pretty spooky story:
– An old burial ground that resurrects whatever is buried there, in a manner of speaking, and sends them on soul-less rampages to destroy whoever the living person might have cherished.
– A wise old man with dark knowledge of the Pet Sematary’s past, played by none other than Fred Gwynne (otherwise famous for his role as Herman Munster).
– An evil cat.
– An even more evil child.
– The compulsion to return to this forbidden place and try your luck again, knowing full well nothing good can come of it.
– And also a daughter conveniently forgotten who apparently has visions of the future.

I mean, Pet Sematary has a lot going for it, if you’re looking for something to watch alone or with friends on a stormy night. And that’s why it’s the horror flick of the week.

80s Horror Posters

Posted in Media, Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by ranranami

Today I decided to share some pretty graphics, and what better decade for interesting horror posters and movie covers than the golden age of camp? The 80s!

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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.

Book(s) of the Week: “The Screwtape Letters”

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by ranranami

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For those of you familiar with the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’, but nothing else of C.S. Lewis…you are missing out. This particular work is of a much darker fare than a Jesus Allegory. Quite an interesting little read you can probably get through in less than a day if you’re in a reading mood, this book is…something that has stuck with me for many years.

It’s the story (or really the letters) written by an older demon to his nephew advising him how best to corrupt a man and lead the soul to hell. Not to reveal the end, but it’s quite an interesting little perspective on the concept of demons and human damnation. A little dark, but not so heavy-handed that it would give one nightmares. A good read or perhaps…initiation into the world of horror or epistolary works.

Vintage Comics – Adventures Into Darkness, Issue 5: Murder Mansion & Drury’s Dream (Pg Cover – PG. 9)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by ranranami

We venture into yet another vintage comic series this week, Adventures Into Darkness. This one was from the end of the ‘golden age of comics’, and the company who did this little series was mostly known for pulp stories, which…honestly is pretty obvious from page 1. There’s something with pulp detective stories, kind of like a common trope, where you always have to have at least one visible garish statue within the first five minutes. This comic managed it within the first five panels. Conveniently enough, the statue also happens to be the monster in the first story too.

I can’t help but wonder when they were putting the story together whether the writer was an old man saying to himself ‘yes, a monster…and some kind of spooky house. That’s what kids like nowadays, right? Daggummit Mortimer Chacahoochie, you done it again!’ Because it really does kind of read like a half-lucid summary of a longer ghost story, vaguely remembered by a person who wasn’t really fond of it in the first place. I think my favorite aspect of this comic is the eyes, though they’re mainly dots…the eyebrows are nicely expressive.

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