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Halloween Cross Stitching

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by ranranami

Gosh, my crafts section sure looks pretty empty. How about we spruce some things up this month with a few crafts? This year, our method of choice isn’t going to be your traditional pumpkins and knives, but needles, scissors, magnifiers, lights, fabric, and grids.

Alright, alright, so maybe it’s not as simple as most crafts. In fact, the patterns I drew up today aren’t terribly simple either, and may not be for the faint of heart. BUT they sure are fun to look at! Don’t worry, guys, if you’r not a cross stitcher there will still be plenty of fun stuff to do this month. Junk for the kids, cocktail ideas for the adults, movies, comics…etcetera. Hey, it’s October! That’s what this blog is all about!

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Halloween Playlist 2016

Posted in Halloween Junk, Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2016 by ranranami

This year I’m going to try something a little different for the Halloween party playlist. Instead of music, I decided to bring you all back to your childhoods, or perhaps give the kids something to pass the time after their late night trick-or-treating festivities are over, and they’re far too tired to sort their candy out before bed. This list contains cartoons, classic tv shows, and even commercials that I’ve gleaned from Youtube.

Alas and alack, they may eventually be taken down, but certainly not before this year’s Spooky celebrations. So, without further ado, I give you…My Halloween 2016 Party Playlist!

Some of the videos may not play on the blog, but don’t worry. You can find the direct playlist here!

Horror flick of the Week: Madhouse (1974)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2015 by ranranami

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Some time ago, Madhouse was briefly referenced in a Netflix instant watch list. So now I suppose it’s time to tell you guys my verdict: I absolutely love this movie. As a die-hard Vincent Price fan, how could I not? Its an extremely campy film made during his later period, and pretty much gives Price constant screen-time.

I’m recommending this one, because it’s not one of his more commonly-watched movies. In fact, it had taken me ages just to discover Madhouse. Probably because it doesn’t really stand on it’s own, but because of Price’s history. A tongue-in-cheek kind of horror film that references several of Prices older and (at the time) even more recent works. Madhouse is a great movie to finish up a Vincent binge, but it’s also a great movie to start it with if you’re already familiar with him. If you’ve been avoiding Madhouse based on the cover, or perhaps simply because you haven’t heard of it, I urge to watch this one as soon as possible.

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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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Book(s) of the Week: “A Treasury of Great Recipes”

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by ranranami

It’s the Price fan in me that makes me think of this book for the week. Known for his stage, screen, and radio work…Mister Price was a renaissance man. He had an excellent art collection to boot, he was a connoisseur of the finer things in life too.

 

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True, there’s nothing horrific about this book. It’s a cookbook. But it’s a very good one. You won’t find any recipes featuring human heads, however I doubt there’s much meat on them anyway.

 

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Horror Flick of the Week: Masque of the Read Death (1964)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by ranranami

It’s a tough go for me to say I like Roger Corman movies. I should, I mean…he’s (arguably) the true king of low budget horror and even just low budget movies in general. His skills at creating a ‘decent’ film with relatively little money in an incredibly short amount of time are legendary. Thanks to him, many people got their launch in the industry. This all sounds great…but I’ve hardly seen many of his movies that left me astounded. I also read a pretty inflammatory book of interviews about him once which kind of put me off Corman for awhile. But I digress, because I’m not here to talk about his faults today. I’m here to mention one of my favorite Corman (and Price) films which itself stands as a pretty good example of the incredible movies he was capable of when he actually tried.

Some day Mister Corman will receive a very good post from me, but I don’t want to spend all of this entry focusing on him. I want to focus on my flick of the week, ‘Masque of the Red Death’. Loosely based on the Poe story of the same name, and I say loosely because the movie adds a thousand more details. Good ones, which managed to flesh out an otherwise decent but not outstanding Poe story.

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I can’t help but wonder if Corman went on a Bava binge before undertaking the explosion of color this film turned out to be. Everywhere you look, the lighting and the costumes match the setting just so. I really can’t stress enough how absolutely stunning this picture was.

 

Everyone in this movie is at their best. Vincent Price. Hazel Court. Roger Corman himself, directing of course. I might even go so far as to say that I think this is his best movie. It also goes incredibly with a good bottle of red wine, to match the mood.

There is a lot of dialogue and presentation in the whole film, very minimal action. But when the action does take place, it is very gruesome. Especially Hazel’s scene wherein she marries the devil and soon…’joins him in their nuptial rights’. Masque is a very good introduction piece before delving into a heavier cinematic work, like ‘Kill Baby…Kill’ or ‘Black Sunday’, both excellent…but very long movies.

In short, I highly recommend this ‘Masque of the Red Death’ for anybody who loves a good bit of color and period clothing…with a little bit of blood thrown in for good measure. But you can also take your pick of the other colors of death, if you like too…

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Old Time Radio: An Interview with Vincent Price

Posted in Media, radio with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by ranranami

I’ve made you guys aware of my fangirl obsession with Vincent Price several times, and the following is one of my favorite interviews of his focusing on radio. He makes some excellent points on why radio drama and horror has been and will always be absolutely incredible.

I don’t think it surprising that such an incredible actor with such a stupendous voice dabbled in a lot of radio, and I recommend ‘The Saint’ if you really want to listen to one of the more entertaining audio shows he’s been involved with.