Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Curious Dr. Humpp

1969 **

I never actually owned an issue of Dynamite magazine, but I saw enough to remember the "bummers" on the back cover, little illustrated life foibles that all started with "Don't you hate..."  Well, don't you hate when you sit down to watch a nice horror movie and it turns out you're watching soft-core porn?  Me too!

Hi everybody, really sorry I've been such a ghost so far this month.  I finally got my computer back and blah blah boring.  If I'm going to bother making excuses, I should think of one for not guessing "Dr. Humpp" would be a doctor of mad sex-science, because that's what he is.

The movie surprised me right out of the gate for the combo of full-frontal nudity in black-and-white, and this just a few minutes in.  Saucy!  I soon realized what I'd wandered into, thanks to the subtle clue of a full fifteen minutes of dialogue-free scenes of tawdry people behaving in a tawdry manner, only to be menaced (and sort of off-screen kidnapped) by a hideous lurching creature with a silly mask, or maybe a silly face.

That little bump in the center of his forehead is a blinking light.  And why not?

This movie is brave enough to unflinchingly depict scene after scene of society's worst engaging in sex-like behavior.  I say sex-like because what happens is a lot of twisting and writhing and hands kind of nearing various naughty bits but never actually touching them. It's like minute after minute of first-stage foreplay, with a voice track of feminine moany noises and breathing.  Some kids making out in a car, a pair of lesbians, a quartet of stoned, orgy-having hippies, that woman in the top photo just having the same weird non-sex with herself -- everybody gets a visit from Mr. Lopsided Coconut Face and then we're onto the next scene of guttery action. For FIFTEEN MINUTES.

It took me three nights to watch this movie.  The same vibe that informed the opening cavalcade of yawn sex is felt throughout the movie, so for every boring quasi-sex scene there would be two scenes of Dr. Humpp's nurse ruthlessly measuring how long it takes to check things on a clipboard, prepare an injection, or put away stuff.

That's not to say the film is not completely without merit.  It's from the late sixties, when even an exploitation movie from Argentina could possess a certain stylish classiness.  And Dr. Humpp is a bona fide mad scientist, albeit not a very good one.  In addition to his big ugly monster, he has gang of mindless henchmen,

"Psst!  Hey dude, are you a statue or a guy?"

he takes his orders from an angry brain in a jar,

"No, I am not growing sea monkeys in there.  Stop asking."

and he maintains a colony of doped-out sex fiends so he can use the brain's vital sex-juices to keep him from succumbing to some awful deteriorating skin condition.

And the monster plays the lute!  Or whatever the heck that is.

He backs up these stylish trappings with the right attitude.  At one point the forgettable hero gets in his face and declares "You're a murderer!"

"So what." says Dr. Humpp.

Nevertheless this is one of those times in which the quirky vintage charm of the movie just doesn't make up for the Kmart clearance aisle quality.  I want to like Dr. Humpp's lecherous evil, but I don't want to spend three whole minutes watching him sit at his desk playing with flasks.

Trying to sum up this movie's dissatisfying vibe, I keep thinking of the many scenes in which people who are supposed to be on opposite sides of a room were clearly shot in different rooms on different days.  That disjointedness can get distracting.  The overall product isn't quite bad enough to be good.

For fun I like to pretend the cheapness of the production infused the narrative; that in the world of Mad Science, Dr. Humpp is considered third-rate, a hack.  Even his brain in a jar is crappy at being that, in the end it goes on an angry tirade and catches on fire.


Like many, many Horrorthon viewings past and future, I can't exactly recommend this, but it might be enjoyed with a friend or two, or some fireball whiskey, or all of those things.

The Amityville Terror

(2016) **

Todd, along with his wife Jessica and their petulant teenage daughter, Hailey, move into his sister’s sprawling home for temporary housing as the family copes with some recent upheaval. Hailey is unhappy to be there and constantly clashes with her free-spirited aunt. Her mood does not improve when she starts attending high school and runs into a clique of mean girls who attempt to annoy her at every turn. Meanwhile as the family juggles to adapt to their new life, otherworldly things begin to happen in the house. There are strange noises, smells, and Mike’s sister seems possessed. Befriending a local boy, Hailey begins to learn about her home’s dark history and it is a race with the clock to get her family out of the house.

This is the 13th Amityville film of the (almost) 40 year franchise, who knew? I thought I had kept up with the series but a sip of coffee and a quick Google search shamed me. Let’s face it; The Amityville films have never been good. Seriously, have you watched the original recently? It’s terrible and scare-free. Still, there is something fun about the whole idea of a house that fucks with you. Like the Hellraiser film series, the Amityville films have been direct-to-video for years now which means extra gore and at least two boobs. “The Amityville Terror” is really no better/no worse than any of the films in the series and it’s somewhat of a return to form given that a lot of the other installments focus on other things such possessed lamps or dollhouses rather than the mean house. Fun schlock.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and RHPS:LDTTWA

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) ****
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) *

When I first saw Rocky Horror I was eighteen years old and I was put off by the musical numbers and homoeroticism. I dismissed it as a freak show for social outcasts and that was the end of that. I didn’t revisit it until many years later when Crystal brought me to a midnight showing in El Cerrito. It was still a freak show for social outcasts except I realized that it was a glorious freak show that should be celebrated. My favorite things about California* have always been the progressive mindset and the celebration of cultural diversity and whatever sexual preferences one might have. As you can imagine seeing Rocky Horror in the Bay Area was quite the spectacle and it gave me a whole new appreciation for it. If I'm not mistaken it was the very first "cult classic". I love the infinite possibilities of hilarious shout-outs that can be made by the audience, many of which Crystal had already explored.

I also grew to appreciate the campiness, the low budget 70’s grittiness and the constant sexual innuendos. And what’s not to love about Meat Loaf on a motorcycle? It’s no coincidence that RHPS has developed such a strong following over the years because I cannot think of any other film of its time even remotely like it.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again removes all traces of everything that was fun, clever, scary and sexually deviant about the original and replaces it with a soulless sanitized American Idol inspired musical shit show. Where’s the sleaze? I don’t need to describe it because it is exactly what you would expect from the High School Musical director. It fails on every level except maybe the costumes.

No, this is not Zoolander you stupid idiot.

The decision to present it as a movie within a movie was particularly insulting and irritating. I can’t even.

In conclusion, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that RHPS: LDTWA might one day become a midnight movie of its own but if it does it will be for all the wrong reasons.

*Aside from the weather, wine, food, beaches and wilderness

Monday, October 24, 2016


aka: Eega

Nani, a very pleasant and enthusiastic young man is in love with Bindhu a micro artist. Though she continually thwarts his efforts we can see by her hidden smiles that she is just playing hard to get. Their adorable game of cat and mouse is interrupted by Sudeep, a wealthy narcissistic man who is quite boastful about how he can have any woman he wants because he's so rich and powerful and charming (sound familiar). Sudeep spots the beautiful Bindhu and knows he must have her so he donates a large sum of money to her charity and asks her to lunch. Bindhu accepts his invitation, as Sudeep orders he explains that the dish he has asked for is a lovers meal to be shared by two, she is to feed him a spoon and he is to feed her a spoon signifying that their relationship will go beyond friendship but Bindhu isn't listening to him she is watching the nearby Nani who is flirting from a distance in his usual way. When the meal comes she begins to eat without feeding Sudeep, he realizes she is focused on Nani and not him and becomes inwardly enraged. That evening Nani professes his love to Bindhu, yes it's done in song but not Bollywood style, and Binhu finally breaks down and tells Nani she loves him too. She runs up to her apartment to finish an art piece that Nani inspired and as she is running down to show him Nani is kidnapped by Sudeep. Sudeep beats him to death and with his dying words Nani pledges to kill him. This is where the story gets strange, Nani is resurrected as a fly, he is able to reveal his identity to Bindhu who uses her micro skills to erect fly armor and the two set out to put an end to Sudeep. This leads to the most satisfying PITA(pipe in the ass) torturous revenge that I've seen in awhile.

More of a comedy but the revenge is quite sweet. Who would think a fly could get the best of a man but the progression is genius. Nani buzzes in and out of his ears preventing Sudeep from getting any sleep which breaks down his sanity. His henchmen all think he's lost his mind babbling about a fly so they lose respect for him. He blows a huge deal with some colleagues as Nani lands on the investor's head and Sudeep goes in for the kill. I was quite apprehensive about diving into another Indian horror/thriller for these past experience reasons:

a) The language and subtitles are infuriating. Not only do they talk fast and frequent causing you to speed read but they constantly jump from english to hindi and when the english starts the subtitles stop not giving your brain enough time to adjust to listening instead of reading. It's a total mind fuck!

b) Bollywood, enough said.

Makkhi has some of the above but the subtitles continue even when they slip into english, the dialog is at a normal pace and the singing is kept to a minimum without all the Bollywood flare. I rated it high for it's entertainment value and the sweet, sweet revenge. This film is currently streaming on Netflix.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Science Fiction, Double Feature

Rocky Horror Picture Show
(1975) *****
Combining elements of B-horror movies and science fiction, Richard O’Brien’s creation of The Rocky Horror Show quickly gained momentum as a stage play in London, 1973, before being made into the cult classic film we know and love today, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Following a wedding ceremony of mutual friends, protagonists Brad and Janet get engaged and are eager to share the good news with their former science teacher and friend, Dr. Scott. However, their car gets a flat in the middle of nowhere and they must seek help at a nearby castle. They are not suspecting a party hosted by a gender-bending “sweet transvestite” who is about to unleash his creation upon the world!

RHPS was made on a modest budget of $1.4 million, and it shows. An “anti-matter laser beam” (pictured above) used by Riff Raff is obviously a repurposed pitchfork. Costumes resemble thrift store finds and odds ‘n’ ends from the dressing room, and Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Curry were relative unknowns!

Personally this movie holds a lot of positive and entertaining memories for me. I recall watching it as a preteen and wanting to be as cute as Columbia, as edgy as Eddie, and as daring as Dr. Frank N Furter. I was the weird kid who listened to weird music and had a weird sense of humor in school but somehow got along well with most everyone. In college I would take anyone and everyone I knew for a midnight showing. Once, when I went on my birthday I got pelted so hard by a roll of toilet paper my glasses flew right off my face. Later that night we didn’t have enough room for everyone to fit in my car so a friend of mine offered to ride in the trunk.

For me, Rocky Horror Picture Show embraced freedom that came in the form of sexuality, song, and expression of self. “Don’t Dream It, Be It” was and still is an anthem for myself and many others to disregard the status quo of heteronormativity and get creative with our badass selves! To this day I still sing along and talk back to the screen even if I’m just watching at home with my two cats. They won’t judge me.

Before Re-Animator became a musical, Rocky Horror Picture Show was the truck stop at the intersection of Musical-Horror-Science Fiction. It wasn’t a very busy intersection for 1975 but it did pave the way for future eccentric tales to be told, and re-told as we saw last Thursday in Fox’s made for TV reboot of O’Brien’s creation.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again
(2016 TV movie) **

Remakes and reboots as we know them, serve no purpose unless they bring something new to the discussion. Was the soundtrack re-scored to fit a different genre? Are all the roles gender-swapped to raise awareness of double standards? Perhaps a modern retelling of a classic tale? Are there zombies and werewolves involved?


Well, then, what’s the point?!??
There's no point, you guys. Go home.
Kenny Ortega of High School Musical directing fame tackled the direction and production of this cult classic remake, failing bigly to compensate for any of its original charm, edginess, or abundant sexuality between the eccentric cast of characters. Ortega accomplished ruining this gem, firstly, by making it a made for TV movie, and secondly by turning every musical number into an over-the-top production with backup singers, dancers and a very busy set.

Does the movie take place at a castle or at a movie theatre? Turns out it is a little bit of both, as the film opens on Trixie, the “Usherette” going to work outside of a castle that is also a movie theater and guiding people to their seats. The appeal was supposed to be in the audience participation, which we see so little of it is almost irrelevant. Is it a stage show or a film the audience is watching? Set design suggests a hybrid of the two: Dr. Frank N Furter’s entrance occurs on a crane rolled in by a couple of stagehands; however, in earlier sequences we see Brad and Janet frolicking around a graveyard singing and dancing.

So, does this mean we are watching a film of an audience watching a film with scenes inside and outside, or are we watching a film of an audience watching a stage play that, for some unexplained reason, has outside shots?

Other redeemable qualities I found were exposure to a new generation of fans: preteens and young adults who somehow overlooked the movie and thought it might be fun to watch. My hope is that they will be saved someday when they view the original and see the greatness in its nuances and details, and know that not everything cool must come from multiple sparkly costume changes and layered vocals. I also liked seeing a multiculturally diverse cast. And although I griped about Dr. Frank N Furter’s entrance on a crane (rather than an elevator a la Tim Curry, 1975), it was a spectacle to behold. The final compliment I have for this film is towards the covers of “Dammit Janet” and “Planet Schmanet Janet.” They did the original film justice, and the rest of the songs were total garbage that should have been left on the Glee cutting room floor.
It's not easy having a good time: looks, glam and glitz can't save this remake.

My final point has got to be the [mis]casting: Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N Furter, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, Adam Lambert as Eddie, and Reeve Carney as Riff Raff. I will start with Columbia and Eddie -- at no point in Let’s Do the Time Warp Again did they seem intimate or even more than buddies as Eddie forcibly belted out the verses to “Hot Patootie.” Now that I think of it, general sensuality and lustful glances are all amiss in this remake! WTF?? Anyway, I can deal with a better-looking Eddie than the original Meat Loaf, but this Eddie showed no awareness of Columbia or affection towards her. (In the original they could hardly keep their hands off each other and whipped out some cute dance moves.) Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia just flat out stinks as she delivers her lines with flatness in her voice and takes all talking and screaming cues half a beat late. If the desired effect was campiness, she surpassed it and went right into the realm of bad acting.

Carney and Cox’s performances of Riff Raff and Frank N Furter, respectively, have the same deficiencies that they were trying too hard to sound like their predecessors (Richard O’Brien and Tim Curry). Referring back to my introduction, what is the point of the remake if you are just going to regurgitate messy British pronunciations? Cox addressed our male protagonist as “Braid” and Carney painfully forced an “R” and the end of Magenta’s name to sound more like O’Brien. A performance where they weren’t trying to sound like previous actors would have been more authentic and sexy.

The plot remains the same, but the overall execution of the Rocky Horror remake has put nails in the coffin of ever re-envisioning this classic in film again. I think we can all agree the moral to this two-hour TV torturous special is just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. When the original genius behind the production you are creating will not give you his blessing, as Richard O'Brien did, it's a sign.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Richard III

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2016) ****1/2

Richard,  the hunchbacked youngest brother of the King is nostalgic for times of war and chaos.  He would also like the crown.  At his basest, he's a serial killer by proxy.  Richard is sixth in line for the succession of the crown, which he uses an excuse to commit five murders.

The first half of Richard III shows the manipulations and machinations Richard enjoys while murdering his way to the throne.  Not only does he dispatch with the five others ahead of him, but there are many other associates who don't support him that Richard has murdered as well.  Once Richard has the crown, his mental state spirals downward as he becomes paranoid with keeping the crown.
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Richard, here played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is wonderful.  Many talented actors have played Richard, and many have made him a wonderful villain.  Of Shakespeare's roles, this is one that most put off until they are much older.  Cumberbatch's youth and energy make this Richard so energetically maniacal that he is hard not to enjoy.

Certain elements of this production place it squarely in the horror realm, rather than the historical drama that most other adaptations do.  The opening scene show Richard, his shirt off, his spine, deformed and twisted, as the camera follows the spine up and around his shoulder like a snake, leading to its head, which happens to be Cumberbatch's dignified, yet sinister look, as he delivers the opening monologue.  Undoubtedly, this will be the Richard III that sets the standard for our generation.

Dark City (1998)- Not "horror" BUT Terrifying

In the opening scene, a man wakes in a room naked and confused.  He breaks a fish bowl containing a single gold fish..  THAT is the crux of the movie.  What a great movie it is too.

Mr. Murdoch exists in an experiment orchestrated by the Strangers and Dr. Shreber.  The Strangers are a race that is in decline and close to extinction.  They have learned to put humans to sleep and alter reality, they call it Tuning.  The scene where you see the city morph to something new is amazing.  Slowly, Mr. Murdoch begins to unravel the "fish bowl" and expose the Strangers (through Dr. Shreber's help).  This is a big movie, dark and glorious.

I cannot say enough about the movie.  It is a combination of film noir, Dr Who, Paranoia nightmare, 1984, and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer all rolled into one.  You can compare The Matrix with Dark City, and The Matrix comes up way short..  And Jennifer Connelly is MUCH hotter than Carrie-Anne Moss (aka, the chick who needs to eat a sandwich)

On duty tonight, so lots of movies to watch.. :-)

Toad Road (2012)

Toad Road is an old legend from near where I grew up.  Located in Lancaster, PA (some say York area), the Toad Road is the true entrance to Hell.  You pass through seven gates as you continue down the path.  Eventually, you will reach the final gate and enter Hell.  This is a legend I have explored with members of my paranormal team and I am still here.  I cannot decide if I like the movie or not.  It is a challenge to sit through, but the thoughts of the movie still linger after a few weeks.  Kinda like Taco Bell can linger for a few days.  Anyway..
  This drug induced film centers around the main character and his love interest.  They are heavy drug users and eventually the drugs lose their ability to entertain them.  That is the best way to put it.  She learns of the urban legend "The Toad Road".  As one walks the path, they pass each of the 7 gates of Hell they become disoriented and eventually lose themselves to Hell.  I will stop there, the synopsis will give too much away.
  The idea is fascinating because of my knowledge of the legend and the setting.  However, the movie is a challenge to watch.  Not because it is bad, but because it is very heavy.  You feel as if you are part of the path they follow.  The cinema-photography is rich, each level they pass brings a new visual element that can be subtle at times and less than at others.  As a side note, they actress who played Sarah died of a drug overdose after filming was complete.
Like I said, I am not sure if I liked the movie or not..  But it stuck with me.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stitches (2012)

It is hard to not express this movie as an "I know what you did last summer" like movie.  The movie opens up with our clown having a little fun with a local trollop then is called to duty.  He arrives to the party and begins to do his best, he is not a very good clown.  The children make his life difficult and he dies.  Tragically...  Always ALWAYS close the dishwasher.  I think you can imagine the rest and you would not be wrong.  But then you might...

This movie is an Irish ghost flick that is fun.  It is gory, it uses old school makeup effects, minor uses of CGI to enhance (not take the stage), blood by the buckets, and even built a small mythos.  Where in the states it would be boobs and butts, nothing wrong with that, there is a sense of humor to this one.  The foul language used by Stitches in his Irish accent is pretty funny.

The ending is the kicker, the mythos is created.  A sequel is set up, but no idea if it has been made.  I enjoyed it for what it was, not serious, but creative.  Enjoy.  Oh yea, the trollop returns.. :-)

The Host

Wait, Bong Joon? Is that like Bongcheon-Dong and that ghost?

The Host (2006)**

Anyway, "The Host" is a Korean horror film about a mutated fish-monster that comes out of the Han River, mostly from that bad chemicals that was dumped in by a US military guy who is a complete douche. It gets a pretty big death count fairly quickly because no one notices anything and DOESN'T FUCKING RUN AWAY. The main character is a guy who trips over his own feet and, while he does help, he is pretty much perpetually looking around like an idiot and is not the brightest bulb. Also everyone suffers from the falling-over bug that plagues most horror films, and overall everyone is an idiot who doesn't hear CROWDS OF PEOPLE SCREAMING. Not to mention that a lot of people in the government are played off as incompetent, while the military, both the US and the Korean one, are shown as doing their best to hide how much they are to blame for this.

While mostly CGI, the creature design is pretty good. The monster is not just ugly, but also weird enough to be some monstrous thing that comes out of the river. In some ways, this is more a bit of a comedy than a horror, but I just can't get invested in the characters or in their struggle. The only fun parts are when the monster appears or attacks. The main characters are not all that interesting and spend most of their time yelling at each other or about how things are going, to the point that I don't like any of them and have almost no investment in their safety.

"The Host" is a fairly good horror movie, with good scares and an interesting, terrifying monster. The politics aside, most of which is focused in Korea, still give you the sense of dread as people try to deal with the monster. At the same time, I just...can't get invested in the movie or the characters, though the daughter is someone that I enjoyed following, since most of her screen time was also around the monster's lair or doing her best to escape it or hide from it. 

See, this is why I listen to stories about colorful talking ponies being horribly murdered.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Something Sweet to Bite

"...a similar, horrible fate, yet different in ways too terrible to image. For those children...would shortly die, unable to live on candy alone. But...with her heart so full of love for life, did not. She lived, and lived, and lived..."

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I am doing a "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" fanfiction audio reading. Why am I doing this instead of some movie or another tv series?

I just watched STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE for this blog, I'm allowed to listen to something where colorful ponies are put into the cannibal version of Saw with a Halloween Nightmare Night theme and a monster made of candy. And also something that actually scares me.

"Something Sweet to Bite" by Knackerman, and the two sequels plus one side story, can be found here on FIMFiction. (***1/2 for each story - yes, I've read them all)
"Something Sweet to Bite" fanfiction audio reading by Emogak can be started here on Youtube (five parts at about 30 minutes each). (***3/4) (only the first story has an audio reading so far)

Some quick notes before you go in: "Nightmare Night" is basically Halloween, but with some twists because of course there's twists. The story we hear in the episode it first appears in, "Luna Eclipsed" (s2e4), explains that in order to not get 'eaten' by a being called Nightmare Moon, the kids leave some candy before a statue of said being. Also said being is actually one of the princesses of the kingdom that our mane (get it?) six characters healed because the rainbow does that now, instead of causing explodey death like it did in the original show.

80's cartoons DOES NOT FUCK AROUND. 
And in Friendship is Magic, we get...


Because one character causes issues throughout the whole episode, another ends up a bit depressed, but in the end there is still fun times. It does still hang over Luna's head because she went Evil and that resulted in her becoming basically a Halloween Nightmare Night monster. 
The author of this fic, as a fan of horror films and older Halloween tales, wonders if there's a similar story for Equestria - as in why would they give their treats to Nightmare Moon? Why create a statue in a far-off and usually dangerous area of what should be a dangerous villain? 

Second definition is about the classification of the story - Grimdark is a title that comes from Warhammer 40k, and which basically describes "the grim darkness" of the work. In this case we can say that a grimdark fantasy would be A Song of Ice and Fire as compared to The Lord of the Rings. It's a type of story in fandom now, describing stories that tend to go for torture, death, and relatively no happy endings. Oddly I've seen most grimdarks for stuff in things like MLP, though already darker fandoms can have these, but with MLP, it always feels weird, even if there are enough 'dark' things for you to play with.

So we have a story based on something that results in no saving of people who die, about a scary time of year, and also magical and colorful ponies! MLP Grimdarks tend to be disturbing in their own way, with some being more notorious or well-liked than others due to not only keeping everyone in character for the most part, but also making the happy land feel more like a dangerous place, or at least more dangerous. In the case of this Halloween Nightmare Night horror, the audio reading is better because you not only get some great fanart for the different points (all free of gore, for the most part) but also hear the horrible sounds that the readings add in.

I said it was cannibalistic for a reason, they kill two ponies and eat one by the fifteen minute mark in this story. One is horribly burned and traumatized by the ten-minute mark. And they have the sound of someone being burned. This is before horrible death and candy murder. 

I'm not joking about that last one.

The only thing to cause some confusion is the flashbacks. The events basically take place over the week before Halloween Nightmare Night. One part that a few have issues with (as it's basically sequel-bait) comes in mid-part 2. It's a bit harder to justify it being in, though it's as scary as the rest of the parts, and overall the story doesn't suffer too badly for it, but it does feel out of place. The rest is fairly gore-filled and not only scary, but atmospheric, though I will also add that I don't believe (as some reviewers of this do) that it was the fault of 'non-belief' that resulted in the attacks, but rather that a) not all the candy had been collected, and b) the ones who made the candy weren't the ones who offered it. Old myths being reborn do have people failing to completely counter them because traditions are easily changed or lost, which tends to be why that trope exists and is normally very deadly in horror movies, books, or fiction. 

The audio reading is better in some cases than the original writing because of the soundtrack and vocal actors and actresses who add in their voices as narrators or as the characters. The sounds and music also do a great job of building up the atmosphere, enough that anytime I listen to this at night, I tend to get very easily scared by small sounds. It's a great story for Halloween, and equally great if you want to get into the wonderful and terrifying world of scary MLP fanfiction. Or go and listen to The Lost Narrator, she mostly does scary MLP readings or creepypasta stories. It's great, and she's responsible for the editing, music, and sound effects in this story. 

I love this audio reading. The whole thing is scary and makes you shiver all throughout, not to mention that the ending and some of the ways that others are killed never quite comes off the same. The stories are great for the same creep factor, but if you want the best result with this, I highly suggest the dark and creepy stories involving magical ponies. Because a lot of these are great.


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Holidays is a horror-anthology film with 8 – short films, one set around each of the following holidays:

Valentine’s *
St. Patrick’s *
Easter  *1/2
Mother’s Day 1/2
Father’s Day **
Halloween ****
Xmas ****
New Year’s ****

The quality of these films is widely varied, and thus, the non-commital 3 star rating overall, but I’ve provided a quick star-rating on each segment listed above.  Here’s a quick summary of each:
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Valentine’s:  Awkward student has crush on gym teacher who also happens to need a heart transplant.  Bet you can figure out how that one will end.

St. Patrick’s:  A Rosemary’s Baby rip-off, but with snakes! 
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Easter: A really f---ing creepy Jesus/Bunny/Chicken zombie comes to life. 

Mother’s Day: A 2nd Rosemary’s Baby rip-off!  2 of these in the first 4 shorts!

Father’s Day: Daddy departs for another dimension!  Very sci-fi.

Halloween: written and directed by Kevin Smith.  If you like his comedy, you’ll like this one.
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Xmas: Virtual Reality xmas present shows more than expected!

New Year’s: an online dating website matches two perfect mates.

I did enjoy the last three, but had to suffer through the first five.