Showing posts from October, 2014

Happy Halloween! Haunted Hotel Room - Real Footage

A buddy of mine sent this to me awhile back.  He stayed in a hotel room he claimed was haunted, so he gave me video evidence to support his claim.  I can, however, attest that he was alone in the room the entire time.

Just in time for Halloween, too!

Stalking STALKER: S01E05 - "The Haunting"

Every since the episode lineup for STALKER was revealed, I've been waiting for the Halloween episode.  Call me a hobbyist, but I'm a sucker for all things Halloween.  So I was eager to check out the episode "The Haunting".

Stalker -- S01E05 -- "The Haunting" You guessed it, another cold opening.  This time, we meet Laurie (an obvious nod to the John Carpenter classic HALLOWEEN), who is trying on costumes in a Halloween store when she's confronted by an unknown assailant wearing a clown outfit. This, however, turns out to just be a simple prank.

The real fun starts when we discover that Laurie and her roommate Annie (another nod to HALLOWEEN) have recently moved into a house with a dark past (ring, ring...HALLOWEEN again).  The house is supposedly haunted and the "spirit" is warning Laurie and Annie to "GET OUT" in dripping blood letters.

The usual lineup of suspects arise and are quickly eliminated from suspicion as haunting acts are…

MTV SCREAM Hotline Message

"Do you like scary TV?"  That's the first line uttered when you call the promotional hotline for the MTV SCREAM TV series that will debuting in October 2015.  So it's officially a year away now.  It seems like this project has been gestating forever.  So it's kind of nice to see a little bit of movement on the MTV front.

The official Twitter has also finally been jumpstarted, and a lot of cryptic tweets are spewing out of the account (@mtvscream).

The hotline can be reached by calling (310) 461-4299.

Face It, BLAIR WITCH 2 Wasn't That Bad

Back in 1999, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT became a worldwide phenomenon, cementing its place in pop-culture lore. And in 2000, a follow-up was released to the world -- and that world was not kind to the sequel.

BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 was not welcomed with open arms. And you know what? That's a damn shame.

What's sad is that most critics and moviegoers were expecting more of the same, another found-footage witch-hunt. They were most likely let down when they realized it wasn't that. I think what they failed to realize is that the movie was about them.

It was about fanatics who are obsessed with the first movie and partake in a tour of the filming locations of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and some weird stuff begins to happen.

Supernatural side of things aside, BLAIR WITCH 2 was more grounded in reality than the first movie. It dealt more with real-life views and ideals on the subject matter.

Yeah, so BLAIR WITCH 2 ditched the found-footage angle and focused more on a straig…

Natasha Lyonne In BEETLEJUICE 2...Sort Of

Well, if you're looking for a BEETLEJUICE 2 fix, then look no further.  Funny or Die has a new parody out starring Natasha Lyonne as "the ghost with the most".  I dig it, and you might, too.  Enjoy.

Beetlejuice 2 with Natasha Lyonne from Natasha Lyonne

Modern Monster Mash, Worth A Listen

Ha, now this is funny.  YouTube channel Key of Awesome have released a modernized version of the classic song Monster Mash.  As you can probably guess, this one involves a lot of the modern movie monsters like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Jigsaw and many others.

In hindsight, it almost makes you feel bad for the classic Universal monsters...

They also shared a behind the scenes video of the project.

But nothing will ever beat this...

Baby Announcement: We're Having Another Child

I posted some pretty exciting news over the weekend on Facebook.  Me and my girlfriend, Katherine, are expecting another baby on April 1, 2015!  We'll find out the sex in a couple weeks, but here's how we broke the news.

So, needless to say, we're both pretty excited and a whole new chapter in both of our lives is soon to begin.


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Stalking STALKER: S01E04 - "Phobia"

A couple days late, but I did manage to peep the newest episode of STALKER, this one titled "Phobia".  The stalker in this episode is a slightly different kind of stalker -- he stalks his prey, figuring out what their deepest fear is, and then acts on it.  Not usually the kind of thing in my ballpark, but I liked it.

Stalker -- S01E04 -- "Phobia"
Like the previous three episodes, this one starts off with the typical cold opening (which I love, by the way).  It focuses on a lady who just gets home from a bad blind date, she takes a shower, gets out...and the lights go out.  Darkness, her biggest fear.  An unknown assailant steps out of the shadows equipped with a pair of night-vision goggles -- reminded me of Buffalo Bill from THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS -- and gets his kicks by watching the lady freak out, running into things and crying.

The main difference in this episode if that the stalker's main objective isn't too kill the victims, just to scare them usin…

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014) Is Pure Awesomeness

Let me start off by admitting that I am a huge fan of the original 1976 THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN.  I'll also admit that I had never even heard of the movie -- or the real-life case, for the matter -- until it was referenced in the 1996 film SCREAM.  I can remember rushing to my nearest Blockbuster Video and tracking down a VHS copy of the film.  I took it home and rest is history.

Flash forward to 2013.  I caught wind of a remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN was in the works from the people associated with TV's AMERICAN HORROR STORY and GLEE.  Despite that, I was excited.  Plenty of time passed and I heard nothing on the film.  And then a couple months ago the first images and trailer was released.  And my interest was immediately spiked.

After viewing the trailer, I realized that this was not a remake.  In fact, it was a sequel...of sorts.  It acknowledged that the first film is a movie, and a copycat killer is on the loose, reminding the town of Texarkana what happ…

My 2014 Halloween Costume: The Wolf From CRY_WOLF

Okay, so I've decided what I am going to wear this year as I take my son trick-or-treating.  Drum roll...The Wolf from CRY_WOLF.

As many of you know, CRY_WOLF is one of my all-time favorite teen slashers.  It's APRIL FOOLS DAY meets SCREAM.  The best of both worlds.

If you've never seen the movie, then shame on you.  You automatically lose 27 friend points.  It's the story of a group of high school kids you realize that they know each other too well, so they decide to play a prank on the entire, creating a serial killer based on a recent murder in the small town.

The killer they've created -- The Wolf -- comes to life as their fictitious murder spree they've invented is coming to life.  But a good slasher isn't complete without a few twists.  Cue my APRIL FOOLS DAY reference.  But wait!  There's more...yet another twist that brings the story full-circle.

The movie has been out since 2005, but I'm just now getting around to being the The Wolf.


THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT Is Nothing Short Of Phenomenal

Okay, so I caught a new movie a couple of days ago -- a little found footage flick called THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT.  I knew once I read what it was about that I absolutely had to watch it.

The synopsis from IMDb describes it as this:
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them... For those of you that know me, know that I worked at a haunted attraction here in Indianapolis for the better part of a decade, so THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT just felt like it was right up my alley.  And it was.

Although I'm growing numb of found footage horror movies, this one used the gimmick in an …

Stalking STALKER: S01E03 - "Manhunt"

Okay, I think I finally a good grasp on exactly what direction this show is taking.  I firmly believe that every week tells a new story, with an ongoing subplot to help push the story forward.  So less like THE FOLLOWING and a little more like CRIMINAL MINDS.

Stalker -- S01E03 -- "Manhunt"
This third episode probably takes the biggest departure so far from the pilot.  Instead of the usual stalk and slash set-up, the episode started off with an affluent wedding being interrupted by a sniper taking out the bride from an unknown locale.

The episode revolves around a disgruntled ex-cop who feels he was wronged and is seeking revenge by taking out all of his boss's closest friends and family.  Tired.  Been done to death.  And STALKER really didn't add anything new to the equation.

However, the subplot involving Jack's ex-wife and his son is starting to thicken a bit.  Turns out the guy at the office who's been giving Jack all sorts of shit for being the "new …

Sarah Connor Takes On Jason Voorhees In Slash Up Episode 1

A new web series has been launched called Slash Up, which will pit two iconic movies characters against each other.  Now before you jump to a conclusion, there are many low-grade versions of these "fight movies" available all throughout magical YouTube land.  But the fine folks at WTFLOL are doing it at a high quality and with an actual budget.

So without further ado, take a peak at the first episode released: SARAH CONNOR VS. JASON VOORHEES!

It's a beautiful thing!

Not to mention, Jason looks totally badass.

My Dino Drac Halloween Mood Table 2014

I was inspired to do something new this year by Matt over at Dino Drac.  Every year he puts together a Halloween mood table and he suggested that his readers try their hand at their very own.  Now, I do something similar to this, but since this is a mood table, I tried to confine it all in one area.

I'm actually using the top of our entertainment center as my mood table.  Funny thing, though, is this thing will not be complete probably until Halloween.  I keep adding to it almost daily, it seems.  But nevertheless, here it is: my 2014 Halloween Mood Table!

Sunday Funday At The Pumpkin Patch

So we spent Sunday at the pumpkin patch -- Anderson Orchard in Mooresville, Indiana to be specific -- and fun was to be had.  I want to say that I remember visiting this place as a kid on school field trips, but nothing felt familiar.  And it seemed small.  But don't the size of Anderson Orchard fool you, there are tons on the grounds.

I may be used to bigger places like The Apple Works in Trafalgar, Indiana or even Waterman's Family Farm in Indianapolis, but we had a blast at Anderson.

We picked pumpkins, ate apples and bought some cool shit from the gift shop -- okay, so we just bought some apple cider and honey sticks.  The pictures don't do them justice, the pumpkins we picked are huge!  My son, Chase, just had a blast climbing over all them.

Now time to start carvin'!

Must Watch: The Sexy Armpit's Halloween Special 2014

Every year, our good friends over at The Sexy Armpit put on a Halloween special.  And the 2014 special was released Friday -- and what can I say?  I fucking love it!

Everything from the dialogue homages to classic films and songs, to the cameos from some of our other pals on the interwebs.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the most entertaining 23 minutes and 54 seconds you'll experience all week!

Why All The Hate On Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II?

Perhaps it's something that I'll just never fully understand.  Scratch that, I get it.  I get why Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II receives all the flack that it does.  Besides completely going off the template the nine previous installments followed -- which was nice to see, by the way -- RZH2 also decided to not use the famous "Halloween Theme" by series creator John Carpenter.  So, yeah, I get it.

But aren't we suppose to embrace change?  Accept something new?  I have, so why can't you?  I don't believe Zombie "took a shit on the franchise" or anything like.  Hell, Carpenter told the man, "...make it your own."  So he did.

Let's look at some of the facts: Scout Taylor-Compton's version of Laurie Strode isn't nearly as annoying this time around.  So that's a plus.  But Malcolm McDowell's Dr. Loomis is ten times more annoying this time around, which I haven't seen before -- like, ever.

My only real complaint wi…

Mail Call: Dinosaur Dracula October '14 Funpack is here!

Let me just start by saying that I was already super excited for my October Fun Pack, courtesy of Dinosaur Dracula, but when I heard a knock at the door a peaked the mailman standing there with a white cardboard box in his hand, I knew exactly what it was.

I couldn't tear that box open fast enough.  Seriously.  My eyes lit up like a little kid who just got a glimpse of what's under the tree on Christmas morning.  A bunch of vintage and awesomeness infused goodies stared back at me.

I flipped through the items, moving from one to another, trying to take in as much as I could in the few seconds of attention I paid one object before moving to another.  Here's a rundown of all that was included (per the inventory sheet):

Vintage NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Sticker album, plus one pack of stickers to get you started!Vintage FREDDY'S DEAD 3D glasses -- the ones handed out in theaters in 1991!A deliciously monstrous MORDLE!  Everyone needs one of these little demons in their life…

Stalking STALKER: S01E02 - "Whatever Happened to Baby James?"

Just as planned, I'm going to continue my weekly thoughts on STALKER, the new drama on CBS, which is now being nicknamed "the scariest night on television".  Okay, I'll give it that, but it probably has FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY to thank for that (which is now in it's fourth season, subtitled FREAK SHOW).

Stalker -- S01E02 -- "Whatever Happened to Baby James?"
Like first episode, this one also starts off with a thrilling cold opening.  This one, though very SCREAM-ish, gave off a great Michael Myers/HALLOWEEN vibe as well.  A silhouetted assailant waiting in the shadows, slowly stalking their prey.  Although, no one was killed this time around.  At all.  Cue title sequence.

After the break, Jack and Beth are interviewing the girl who was attacked in the cold opening -- poking, prodding -- you know, the usual.  The girl claims that she's been stalked for the past couple weeks, blah, blah, blah.

Long story short, the girl was the never target in …

Halloween Must Watch List - For Me, Anyway

I'm assuming we all have our annual must-watch movies around Halloween time, am I right?  Who am I kidding, of course you do!  You've probably already drawn the conclusion that I do, too.  Surely the title of this post didn't give it away.

Let me be honest here for a second, I'm a sucker for just about anything Halloween related, especially movies.  Hell, the movie doesn't even have to be good.  As long as it conveys and evokes that Halloween spirit of mine, then I'm in!

Now I really only have two movies that I absolutely, under any circumstances, must watch on or around Halloween -- no questions asked.  And these two little gems are ERNEST SCARED STUPID (1991) and JACK-O (1995).

I was first introduced to the ERNEST movies at a very young age.  In fact, the first two I ever seen were ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS and ERNEST SCARED STUPID.  I had them both recorded on VHS tapes.  I remember my SCARED STUPID VHS was a Showtime recording, complete with before-the-featu…

Stalking STALKER: S01E01 - "Pilot"

I'm going to start something new here (I originally started this on Sequel Buzz).  I caught the first episode of STALKER on CBS the other day, and needless to say, I loved it.  Therefore, a new weekly column has been born, which is basically just my thoughts on the latest episode.  Let's get started, shall we?

Stalker -- S01E01 -- "Pilot"
In typical Kevin Williamson fashion, STALKER premiered with a cold opening similar to many of his teen slashers -- a helpless victim is hunted down and the attacker flees the seen, without a trace.  Now that's not a knock at all.  In fact, no has perfected that as much as Williamson.  So kuddos to keeping up the motif.

Much like the pilot episode for Williamson's other creation THE FOLLOWING, the first episode basically works as a open and shut case, which I'm assuming is a "just in case" type of deal if the show isn't picked up.

STALKER stars Dylan McDermott as Jack Larsen and Maggie Q as Beth Davis -- bot…

Welcome To A Piece Of My World

Welcome to, my personal setup.  Although most of my time is consumed by either being a father, writing something, running Sequel Buzz or visiting local haunted houses for Haunted House Indy, I'll try to be fruitful here as much as possible.

Excuse all the AdSense ads, running [now] three sites isn't free, you know.

I'm a movie junkie so expect a lot of movie-related posts and miscellaneous movie merchandise.  I also tend to catch some TV programs from time to time so I'll be sure to rant about those as well.

I've included a blurred picture of Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in FIGHT CLUB pointing to a cigarette burn up top for your pleasure (note: I also use that same picture for a lot of my backgrounds and/or cover photos).

Hope you find what I have to say entertaining, at the least -- but even if you don't, I'll post it anyway.

So, welcome to my personal blog!