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Book of the Week: Strangely Enough by C. B. Colby / Happy Halloween

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2019 by ranranami

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First of all, happy Halloween! Second, the book of the week is once more brought to you by nostalgia. One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to places like Goodwill or huge library book sales where you could pay 5-10 bucks for a large brown bag to fill with books to your heart’s content. This was one of many finds I had that was decommissioned after a long and honorable service (1959 actually). With most of the stories being fairly easy to read, generally no more than 2-3 pages, it’s such a great book to burn through and read to kids. Not to mention, it’s not so morbid or dark that you’d have to deal with too many nightmares afterwards.

Drive-In Trailers: Cracker Jacks

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2019 by ranranami

So just this afternoon (meaning yesterday by the time this is posted) I realized I hadn’t done any horror trailer compilations this year! Well, wait no more, my friends. This year, in no small part because I finally watched Fatal Attraction, the theme is all about the unbalanced, the insane, and the demented. Enjoy!

Horror Flick of the Week: Snow White (1987)

Posted in Media, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2019 by ranranami

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Before I saw Sarah Patterson in the brilliantly lush ‘Company of Wolves’, which will always be one of the most fantastic dark fairytale films, Snow White gave me nightmares. No, not the Disney one (though you can’t tell me it’s not seriously disturbing when she’s stumbling through those woods), but a lesser known 1980s version that also happens to feature Sarah. I’m not going to say it’s a big budget masterpiece, because it’s not, but it’s good. Even more surprising, it comes from Cannon pictures. You see, they had this series of kids films called ‘Cannon Movie Tales’ that I’m not ashamed to say I’ve devoured, despite the fact that one or two of them are painfully awkward and over the top. Snow White, however, is the best of the bunch.

But why am I featuring this in a horror blog? Because there is no mask or mirror that has ever been more traumatizing, and for that scene alone you absolutely need to see this movie.

Book of the Week: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Grave? (Ghosts of Fear Street #2) by R. L. Stine

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2019 by ranranami

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Fueled by fond library memories of my childhood perusing the shelves and grabbing the most intensely-shaded books with the brightest titles, I was thinking about the Ghosts of Fear Street series this morning. I read all of R. L. Stine’s stuff throughout my childhood, stopping with a Nightmare Room book before I finally felt I’d outgrown his stuff. Goosebumps, Fear Street, Ghosts of Fear Street – – I loved them all. Why? Because they were mostly kids books that rarely had a happy ending, and it just felt scarier that way.

Some day I might revisit all of his books, though it’d be a monumental task. Whether they’re easy 1-day reads or not, there are a lot of them. However, this one was one of my favorites. A kid has a creepy substitute teacher who has a particular fondness for him. Nostalgia is the main operator here, because I don’t remember much. Except the chills that ran down my spine whenever the substitute teacher was described, and when her true identity was revealed in all it’s – – gory. (Get it? Gory? Glory?)

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (50 – 63)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2019 by ranranami

Not much to say this issue except – I wonder how that voodoo snake ring works? It’s gotta be a good deal at only $1…unless they cut off right before ‘+ shipping and soul handling’.

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Movie Monster Cocktails

Posted in Food, Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2019 by ranranami

As I just love a fun themed cocktail and I spend a lot of time promising myself I will eventually use that chemistry cocktail set my friends gave me three years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder – – are there other horror fans out there who’ve already done the legwork for me so that when I pull out my Friday the 13th set or my Ash Vs. Evil dead collection I’ve already got a recipe?

That was a stupid question. Of course there are. Below are some videos I’ve found that seemed to fit the theme best, provided they didn’t use Falernum. I hate Falernum, sorry gang. Also, please be sure to check out the other videos these guys have made if you enjoyed them. They’ve got some pretty cool stuff. Incidentally, a note of advice about flavored whipped creams if you’re struggling to find them, use 1/2 – 1 tsp of a flavored extract and blend it with heavy whipping cream. It’ll save you the legwork. If you want it sweeter, use a coffee syrup instead. Torani and Da Vinci are two of my preferred brands thanks to their sugar free options.

Horror Flick of the Week: The Stranger Beside Me (2003)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2019 by ranranami

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Many of us in the last year are so have found ourselves gruesomely fascinated with serial killers. Just look at how many podcasts are thriving out there based solely on the subject. This isn’t a new phenomenon. It comes and goes from time to time, but ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’ seemed to revive interest in not only Ted Bundy, but serious concern with the celebrity of murderers. Frankly, I found the film a bit disappointing. I’d been incredibly excited to see it, but the structure just didn’t work for me. Anyone who thinks it sensationalized and idolized Bundy just because Zac Efron is pretty probably didn’t see it.

But I’m not here to tear apart a Netflix film that just didn’t work for me, I’m here to actually recommend another Bundy film based on a book by Ann Rule, who one might say was almost a friend of Ted’s. The Stranger Beside me is two stories, the side of Ann as she learns and comes to terms of Bundy’s monstrosity, and a montage of Ted’s more infamous killings that eventually led to his capture and ultimate demise. I really loved Billy Campbell’s performance in this, because he straddled the line of Bundy’s personality so well. On one side, this polished performer who could charm just about anyone with only a few words, and on the other side a seriously disturbed person compelled to commit horrible acts with overwhelming arrogance and belief that no matter what he’ll always get away with it.

It’s a tv movie that doesn’t really need the big budget flair you’d expect from such a ‘celebrity’ in the world of serial killers, and somehow it just really worked as a solid film despite this, or maybe even because of it.

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 31 – 49)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2019 by ranranami

Some like to say the printed word is dying (which I disagree with) and others say that magazines will be a thing of the past in the future. Honestly, that one’s harder to argue against. Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a three-pack at the store of Halloween-themed magazines I won’t name. I was so excited to get a bunch of fun recipes and pictures and craft ideas, but in actuality all I found were a bunch of ads for junk I’d never buy. That’s all magazines are now unless you’re paying premium prices. Look back to older publications like this, though, and the ads are few/far-between, and they certainly don’t dominate the whole thing. Ah well, rant over. Enjoy these awesome stills, pranks, and fun articles. Bonus points to the awesome ‘Mad Magician’ page about Vincent Price and his many colorful deaths.

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Book of the Week: The Mask (comic book series) by John Arcudie and Doug Mahnkie

Posted in Books, Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2019 by ranranami

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I’ve been wanting to talk about this one for awhile. I’m sure most of you reading probably grew up knowing the movie just as well as I did, and may have even watched the 90s cartoon. Wasn’t the 90s a great time for cartoon spin-offs? Killer Tomatoes was probably my favorite…

None of those spin-offs, and not even the movie were even remotely close to just how dark the comics they were based on turned out to be when I finally read it. The Mask doesn’t just imbue a person with cartoonish super powers and strip them of their inhibitions, it strips them of their sanity altogether as the ultimate cost. This series is just as wonderfully violent as Evil Ernie, with ample gore to satisfy the grimmest comic fans. Prior to the film and cartoons, the mask was called ‘Big Head’. Stanley is no hero. The Mask is more of a monkey’s paw than a gift, or maybe even a Jekyll and Hyde potion. It’s a fantastic series, and I can’t recommend it enough. Especially if you enjoy having your childhood memories shredded.

Horror Flick of the Week

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to preface this by saying this is not the greatest anthology film of all time, but it is one of the most iconic. Obligatory pretentious ‘every true horror fan’ (or at least the ones old enough to have grown up with video store memories) remembers the image of the vicious little tribal doll with his sharp teeth and endless torment of poor innocent Karen Black – – which, incidentally is one reason I’m featuring this movie for the week. Karen Black.

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She was memorable. A character actress who may not be absolutely infamous in the mainstream, but still left her mark in 70s tv movies and independent film. Directed by Dan Curtis, based on stories by Richard Matheson, trilogy of terror is a fun and cheesy exploration of Karen Black’s character acting skills. It’s junk food. It’s relatively tame by today’s horror standards. Yet some elements of the movie are still a little disturbing. They stick with you, and if you watch it once, chances are you’ll come back again for several re-watches of Trilogy of Terror.