Monday, September 30, 2013
Ok everybody it's time again to take the Horrorthon plunge! I want a good clean fight... scratch that - I want a nasty and bitter battle from everyone.
Once again the rules:
1) Watch as many horror movies as you can stomach from midnight October 1st through 11:59 PM October 31st.
2) Post reviews: a limit of 2 reviews per day are allowed through the month of October. Beginning November 1st until Thanksgiving you can post as many per day as you can. Rate the reviews on a scale of * to *****.
3) We're pretty lenient as to what constitutes "horror" but as a general rule of thumb the movie in question should be intended to scare the audience.
4) Have fun! Or don't! I couldn't care less! If I'm forgetting anything please say so in the comments.
That's right it's OCTOBER tomorrow and TOMORROW starts TONIGHT because none of us are KIDS and we can STAY UP. WHAT am I SAYING?
I'm saying HORRORTHON! That's what I'm saying. Now gather your garlic and wolfsbane and popcorn and imdb pages and google searches! Steaming YouTube dvd stack or crappy VHS copy you found in a dark buried box. DON'T LOOK AT IT. Except yes, TOTALLY LOOK AT IT.
Because maybe it's this good!
Let's be archaeologists of pop culture nightmare! Let's discover new and terrible snacks! Let's give some forgotten horrible actors a few more moments to shine! And also to
SCREEEEEEEAAAAAAM!!! SCREAM SCREAM SCREAM!!!
I wasn't talking about you, Ron, you were just great.
There will be moments of badness you will just have to share. Rubber costumes, red paint, weird synth music, horrible hallmarks of many decades, and maybe, just maybe... some chills.
CHILLLLSSSSS. That make you SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM!!!
Shirtless guys in bed SCREAM!
Compound bug-eye action SCREAM!
Creepy little girl's creepy giant head screaming and what the fuck is that anyway thanks Octo I won't be un-seeing that for a while SCREAM!
I've got five flicks arriving in the mail TODAY and I might check the fabulous VHS rental store Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee for something weird. Take five, Real Life! It's Horrorthon and I got some movies to watch.
You can't have Horrorthon without HORROR and you can't have Horror without SCREAMS and so now every one of you owes me a goddamn loud Horrorthon SCA-REEEEAAAAM!!!
SCREAM LIKE YOU MEAN IT!!! BECAUSE YOU GODDAMN DOOOO!!!
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SCREEEEEEEAAAAMMS!!!
And also boobs.
RIGHT. SURE. Best we not forget about that. *A-hem!*
But don't forget to SCREEEEEE---. Wait, hang on a second. Gotta find something for the ladies, too. Let's see here....
There ya go.
Welcome to Horrorthon 2013, my friends. It's scream time.
Sorry folks! I totally had this post page booted up ready to go all day and the day got away from me. Any moment* now Julie will emerge from putting Zack to bed and we'll go watch the final episode of Breaking Bad.
*Amazingly, Julie actually appeared at that exact moment adn now it's a couple of hours later. Whoah, Breaking Bad, huh? Good stuff.
So yeah, sorry. Sorry I started the countdown late and sorry I bailed on Day Two. I was looking at last year's Day Two and noticed I was announcing the winner of the Horrorthon Countdown Haiku Hump Day contest. What a great idea! I should've done that.
So in light of today and the weeks and the year that preceded it, I thought I'd catch you guys up on some of the seismic events that have been kicking around, that being 1) We bought a house and 2) Julie's 91-year-old grandfather lives with us and 3) Zack, who was diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic spectrum kid a year and a half ago, started kindergarten, which has illuminated a lot of ways he's not at the same level as the other kids. Which we're dealing with but it's a lot.
I don't want to start bitching, because there's a lot of good stuff in there too. Zack loves kindergarten and is still good at making friends, the house may need work but there's an awesome detached garage that I'm slooowly shaping into an awesome man cave (I keep saying I don't champion that term but it really can't be denied).
And what about you folks? How are ya? How are our new parents doing? Stan? Trev? You guys still tuning in? I feel like we've all got some Real Life kicking around this year, might be worthwhile to give it a nod.
That's if you even get this far... I'm gonna check out Spider-Man now and then it's time to HOLLA HOLLA HOLLA for day one. Fucking ONE. I got five dvds coming in the mail tomorrow...
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Check it out! I came across this while searching for random horror images. Better quality versions on the official site. The trailer keeps a lot of secrets but it's got some good scary music.
Is there a version of Rule 34 for horror movies? There should be.
Happy Saturday, friendlies! Welcome to the what can be the most useful of pep chats, the recommendations roundup. Take a glance at your own previous lineups at the Horrorthon score blog and choose a few standouts that you heartily endorse for a rich exchange of future cobloggery. That's a word cause I said.
Don't forget the wonderful Horrorthon Master List of reviews, so you can check out what's been said about a given movie. We are serious archaeologists, people! Dig deep!
I'll start the chatter in the comments (although I posted a hint above). I'll add more as I think of them. Remember, blog activity is generally light over the weekend so tune in often. The perfect item for your Netflix queue (if you still have one of those) may show up at any time.
Monday night at midnight, people! It's a comin'!
Friday, September 27, 2013
But... Mr. AC and I have a conflict for the day. A perfectly lovely and fun commitment that we cannot rebook. No way around the conflict. I am (probably unreasonably) heartbroken about this. I must be displacing emotions from some other realm in my life. The worst part is that they are showing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, one of my favorite cult movies ever. I haven't seen it on the big screen since it first came out, and I certainly didn't appreciate it that first time. So for consolation purposes Mr. AC and I will watch it at home and review it for Horrorthon, but it just ain't the same. Guess I should add to my bucket list, "Buckaroo Banzai on the big screen." And bonus if it's in October!
This summer I attended an open studio event in Somerville, MA where I visited the art studio of a former school mate, Bill Chisholm. Seeing what I do with photo manipulation, he thought to introduce me to the work of his his good friend Michael Bilotta. I became an instant fan. Michael is truly a master of the art of manipulation, his work is virtually flawless. Take a little time to peruse his website at michaelbilotta.com.
"A Magical place where storybook characters come to life."
That was the idea, at least. If you were a kid growing up in Rhode Island in the 1970s your parents no doubt took you to the Enchanted forest in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. The Enchanted Forest had no long lines in the broiling sun because the Enchanted Forest is actually in a forest, with huge trees looming over the remnants of the Old Woman's Shoe, the House that Jack Built, and Humpty Dumpty, along with an assortment of very old rides for very young kids. Adults were too big for most of these rides.
I happened to visit The Enchanted Forest over the summer to see if there was anything left and there was plenty! I haven't figured out how to send pictures with the new iPhone iOS7 yet so please excuse the borders of these shots,
Time for school
This was once a pirate ship!
Penelope hit the bed dreaming
How about a little mini-golf?
Time to express ourselves! We gotta generate some content soon and we need our blogging muscles flexed, oiled and ready.
I ask for little. A picture, some words, and for added bonus practice, put a nice hyperlink in there. Like this one:
And now's as good a time as any to acknowledge our new member Grahamdizer GO!!!! I honestly just noticed you were in there... welcome! I don't know if you need any coaching, but we'll be discussing any blogging hassles in the comments here.
Now boot up your photo-liking eyeballs and put on your blogging hats! I posted my answer to this challenge below so I didn't bury this post, but I want to see you guys bury this deep in the blog loam. I wanna see posts!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
My homies! That was a heartwarming turnout for yesterday's late Countdown post and it's good to hear from y'all! Speaking of remembering to support all things bloggerful, I never commented on this work of art here:
Good GOD I'll be lucky to see a movie half that scary this year.
This year I feel a bit like it's 8pm on Halloween and I just found out I'm going to a party and I don't have a costume. That is, I haven't really landed on any movie groupings to take on this year. And how about you, dear viewers? Hankering for some Italian? Flicks about bugs? Specialized murders involving only blenders? Or are you still thinking about it, like me? Sometimes these things just happen, you know.
So let's chat about it. I think I'll lay down an opening comment and then head over to Netflix and see what turns up...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Begging your pardon, my ghastly cronies, for getting my annual pep rally started late. I've been suffering from Free Lancer's Delimma, that being that I've been loaded with work but I have no time. That's almost literally true, as I haven't had a day off since Monday the 9th. Tomorrow will be my 17th straight day of work, which I think is a personal record. I should get a break after that.
But whatever, because HORRORTHOOOOON! It is time once again to celebrate our pals the Dark Demons of the Human Experience, to clasp their bloody, decaying claws as we enter the theater and hunker down in the best red velvety seat we find, down there in the dark.
Shake the dust off your rest-of-the-year eyes and work the kinks from your typing fingers, you'll need them strong and supple for when we grab pop culture by the throat and shake it!... then afterwards see what came loose.
It's time to watch some goddamn horror movies.
Our excercise today is meant as a simple bit of kindling. Did you see any movies over the summer? Catching up on any TV shows? Screen an old favorite? Well let's shout about it! Short and sweet, review bomb style. My first thought was to ask for posts, but let's do it in comments instead. Just follow my lead.
Also, what's been up with you cats? Chime in! The best month of the year is coming...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
According to an article in the Independant, there's a guy who dresses up like a clown and hangs out on the streets of Northampton -- not for any reason, other than just to freak people's shit out.
The tragic, untold part of this story is that 30 years from now, a group of kids is going to come back to Northampton to ritualistically kill this man in a sewer.