Sunday, December 5, 2021

Shadow Valley Cemetery 2021

Great video below of a terrific Home Haunt.  The footage was shot by a drone, and I found it to be quite hypnotic.

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Now Playing: Losar

By Joep Beving.

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Happy Krampusnacht.

Not feeling the holidays yet?  Not ready for the usual Christmas tunes?  Click below for some Darker stuff.

Thanks, Sarwyn!

Antique Mace

The horns of this thing once tore a hole in my pants when I was closing the blinds.  I felt like Moe Howard.  And I felt like it was deliberate.

And on one occasion, I woke to find the face turned completely towards the wall.  Though I'm certain I must have brushed up against it at some point during the day (definitely what totally must have happened).

Now Playing: Invitation To The Voyage

Some Sunday music.  By Julia Kent.

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Dark Hollow

Lots of great stuff here.

Haha...I didn't know Eric (Haunted Overload) was even sick!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Now Playing: Super Interlude Pt. 2

By Christine Vantzou.

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I Love Modern Trailers

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They Saved A Place For You

Image by inchsol.

Now Playing: Riot

By an old favorite Dance with the Dead.  Synthwave, of the harsher variety.

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Oh, 90s

I remember seeing Dracula when it opened in 1992:  A packed movie lobby with a line of ticket holders snaking around and filling every available and empty space (fire hazard).  So we had paid already and were now waiting for the theater to be cleared for us to enter.  Keep in mind this was back before tickets were for a specific seat in a theater.  And you were painfully aware of this Lord of the Flies situation unfolding.  And also keep in mind that over 70% of the waiting patrons were dressed in Victorian garb (lots of blood red and black and purple velour).  I missed the memo, thankfully, and left my stovepipe hat home (I don't really own one [but wouldn't mind if I did]).

So this giant intestine of patrons filling the lobby began to move, and it was bedlam.  No one respected the order of arrival:

Lots of pushing and polite shoving, with a dash of panic due to being in a giant mass of wall-to-wall human beings... and the Victorian garb made it feel like being in a blurry faded photograph in a history text... about The Great Theatre Fire of 1992.  

Thankfully, no fires erupted, and the film turned out to be pretty freaking great.  I still love the practical effects, and the score by Wojciech Kilar is in the top three film scores of all time.  It just IS.

Click below for the musical track that totally should have accompanied the moment the crowd began to move towards that theater door...

Dinner And A Movie

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Hemlock Hall

I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.

Mary Shelley

More images here.

Now Playing: Sleepy Hollow Main Titles

By Danny Elfman.

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Enchanted October Moon

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Now Playing: The City

By Stilz.   Some Friday music.

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Now Playing: Opening

By Philip Glass and Bruce Brubaker.

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Yum Yum Puker

Probably the singular greatest name and description of a Halloween prop ever.  Period.

Yum Yum Puker:  Green water pours out of the puker's mouth & into his victim's!

Click below for Morbid Monstrosities' Prop page.

We've all been there.

Southie Haunts

LOVE this facade.

Now Playing: Piano Movement 7

By Peter Andersson.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Screametery Cauldron

There are cauldrons, and then there are cauldrons.

Click below for the massive prop made by Screametery.

Haller Lake Haunt

There was at Auburn an old, abandoned cemetery. It was nearly in the heart of the town, yet by night it was as gruesome a place as the most dismal of human moods could crave. The railings about the plots were prostrate, decayed, or altogether gone. Many of the graves were sunken, from others grew sturdy pines, whose roots had committed unspeakable sin.

Ambrose Bierce

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Now Playing: Clandestine

By Apocryphos.

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Haunted Houses By The Sea

A while back I did a blog post about the haunted attraction Brigantine Castle at the Jersey shore (read it here).  As summer approached, the commercials on the local stations would play stuff like the below:

And to a young kid, this stuff felt very real and strange.  It seemed more like an opportunity to be in a horror movie than an actual haunted house.  And the commercials seemed like it wasn't a ride or amusement at all, but some place where you were literally attacked by monsters.  Important to note:  My parents never took us there.  As I would have loved to have been slapped in the face by that skeleton hand like Larry of the Three Stooges.

The below article is fantastic and talks about the Jersey shore during the Golden Age of Haunted Attractions.

Here's an excerpt:
From outside, the dull gray fortress of Brigantine was menacing—quite a contrast to blue skies, crashing waves, and tumbling beach balls. You could often see the castle’s demonic-looking cast hanging around the backdoor, and watch fathers daring their teens to enter, then cringe as they handed over their tickets, fear in their eyes. I had never gone in myself, but I knew the real frights were inside. Patrons found themselves in a darkened maze of approximately 30 rooms, each with its own blood-curdling storyline.

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Now Playing: Lux

By Loscil.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Of A Thousand Masks

Imagine creating one mask a day, every day, out of household items.  

I'd buckle after the first week (probably sooner).

The devotion to this art form is extremely impressive to me.  And I pray she keeps on going.  Though I honestly have no idea where all of her ideas come from, or her energy to execute them.  Absolutely love looking in on this instagram account.