Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Now Playing: Halloween Theme - Film Version

Significantly different than the theme that appears on the official soundtrack release from 1978.  Previously mentioned on this blog, a "marching" beat was added for the release which doesn't appear in the film.  A beat which, to this Halloween purist, detracts greatly from the theme.  Both are amazing, of course, but I prefer the film version.

Click below to hear the film version...

And click here for the soundtrack version...

Hocus Pocus Halloween Pancake Cereal

I'm certain that a giant bowl of these sans the fruit would make me extremely happy for approximately four days.  Oh, how I wish you could just buy a box of them.  

I found myself spending way too much time tonight trying to mentally design the perfect Halloween Cereal (which led me to find these glorious-looking things).

My cereal would be orange and black spheres (shiny, not the dusty kind).  Purple and green marshmallows for sure in there.  And the milk would turn orange.  

I'd want the cereal to taste fruity, like a combination of Trix and Fruity Pebbles.  And it wouldn't hurt for an occasional Pop Rock-like object to make the milk crackle and fizz in spots.

I can already imagine the product recall and dumpsters filled with my new cereal.  Which we'll call 
H A L L O W E E N' s.

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Jester IV

Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere.

-William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Work by Joonas Ryynänen.

The Pascagoula Abduction

Still one of the most interesting UFO/abduction tales.

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In Nightly Quest Of His Head

An opening in the trees now cheered him with the hopes that the church bridge was at hand. The wavering reflection of a silver star in the bosom of the brook told him that he was not mistaken. He saw the walls of the church dimly glaring under the trees beyond. He recollected the place where Brom Bones’s ghostly competitor had disappeared. “If I can but reach that bridge,” thought Ichabod, “I am safe.” Just then he heard the black steed panting and blowing close behind him; he even fancied that he felt his hot breath. Another convulsive kick in the ribs, and old Gunpowder sprang upon the bridge; he thundered over the resounding planks; he gained the opposite side; and now Ichabod cast a look behind, to see if his pursuer should vanish, according to rule, in a flash of fire and brimstone.  Just then he saw the goblin rising in his stirrups, and in the very act of hurling his head at him. Ichabod endeavored to dodge the horrible missile, but too late. It encountered his cranium with a tremendous crash—he was tumbled headlong into the dust, and Gunpowder, the black steed, and the goblin rider, passed by like a whirlwind.

- Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


I really dug the first TERRIFIER film and the graphic Red Band trailer is below.  I resisted for the longest time thinking that it was going to be torture horror for the sake of torture horror, but I was wrong.  

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And click here for the TERRIFIER 2 trailer...

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Haddonfield Souvenir Mug

Two versions of the writing on this mug and I chose the dirty bird varietal.

Proud to own another cool product from the Twelve Months of October Etsy shop.

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Old Terracotta Pumpkin Lights

Love these ancient things.

Annual Pumpkin Ale Reviews

Annual pumpkin ale reviews from Sam Heimer and Fatherkrespi. Two Halloween enthusiasts trying everything so you don’t have to.

I recently mentioned this IG account and they have just started posting this season's ale reviews.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Now Playing: Dark Belts

By Duncan La Barre.

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Back To School

I looked out the window this morning and saw kids waiting for the bus on the corner.  Oh, how I loathed school.  In all of its many forms.  Sure, it meant cooler weather and Halloween, but what a cruel tradeoff.  

Speaking of school...

Behold the Dent Schoolhouse:

La Pisadeira

In Brazil, a tall, skinny woman with long yellow fingernails and red eyes creeps along the rooftops, and watches families inside of their homes. She watches them as they sit at the table for dinner. She watches them while they eat. 

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The Legend Of The Packing Tape Ghost

Man, these always look great.  Here's to the Ghost-Hangers out there who put these things up.  Whether it be plastic or fabric or some kind of old garment with a skull head, or no head, it's the best decoration to see on a windy day in the Fall.  But especially at night.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

The [Local] Haunted Mansion

I really loved this walk-through video (and Haunt).

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Remember Beekman's Diner?

A widespread investigation of reports from funeral homes, morgues & hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead are coming back to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to believe what we're reporting to you, but it does seem to be a fact.

Image by Sussan Farahani Photography.

Autumn Spirits

From Tamworth Distilling.

Our Beet Root vodka is a tribute to the fruits of the fall. We’ve blended sweet beets, tart New Hampshire cranberries, and cider-y apple pomace. The result is immediately striking for the beet’s rich, magenta color, which is backed up by the smooth, earthy taste that the roots are known for. The addition of tarragon, honey, and salt ties these fruit and vegetable components together, for a harmonious blend of savory and sweet. 

Our Sweet Potato vodka is a rich blend of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla notes from toasted white oak chips. The sweet potato pie-like qualities are derived from the addition of clove, maple syrup, and a touch of salt. Nearly all of the spirit’s sweetness is a function of the sweet potato itself.

Crab Trapper is made with a bourbon base steeped with a custom crab, corn and spice blend mixture, best likened to a Low Country Boil. The crab is present lightly on the nose, accompanied by coriander and bay to smooth out any high notes. The body carries hints of the maple and vanilla oak notes lent from the full-bodied base. The spirit finishes with heavier notes of clove, cinnamon, and allspice, leaving a light, pleasant spice on the palate.

The Sierra variety was picked for its balance of light molasses notes and bright, wildflower honey aromatics, and was sourced from a family farm in Madeira County, CA. The flavors were double-extracted into Tamworth’s house-made neutral spirit, and finished with rhubarb root and damiana leaf to amplify bitter cocoa and nut flavors as well as floral and fruit aromas, creating the impression of a full, intact fig.

Golden Spice is our first take on a true bitter liqueur. Although sweeter chamomile and agave notes are at the forefront of your palate, a bitter and slightly spicy turmeric flavor are at the core of this aperitif. Hints of grapefruit peel provide a juicy and luscious lift to those darker flavors before finishing with notes of clove and nutmeg. Perfect in a spritz or as a replacement for things like Aperol and Campari.

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And Sometimes Cats

"Yes," she sighed. "I'm one of an odd family. We sleep days and fly nights like black kites on the wind. If we want, we can sleep in moles through the winter, in the warm earth. I can live in anything at all - a pebble, a crocus, or a praying mantis. I can leave my plain, bony body behind and send my mind far out for adventure. Now!"

Into the air, over the valleys, under the stars, above a river, a pond, a road, flew Cecy. Invisible as new spring winds, fresh as the breath of clover rising from twilight fields, she flew. She soared in doves as soft as white ermine, stopped in trees and lived in blossoms, showering away in petals when the breeze blew. She perched in a limegreen frog, cool as mint by a shining pool. She trotted in a brambly dog and barked to hear echoes from the sides of distant barns. She lived in new April grasses, in sweet clear liquids rising from the musky earth.

-Ray Bradbury, The April Witch

Work by Christophe Chabouté.

House Of Horrors

Image by Nikita Nikitin.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Trailer: Holes In The Sky - The Sean Miller Story

On Demand in November.

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Now Playing: Some Friday Music

By AmBeam.

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The Creep

When you mention to your friend that you bought a new fog machine, and they suggest an inside test run with adjacent photo shoot...  preferably a photo shoot featuring glowing eyes.

Thanks again, Wren!  A fine idea.  And the fog machine works like a dream.

Don't Turn Around

Image by Steve Robbins.

Trailer: GHOSTOBER 2022: Urban Legend

"Urban Legend" is an all-new anthology series, under the creative guidance of Eli Roth, that showcases classic urban legends as you’ve never seen them before. The series will premiere Friday, October 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel and Streaming on discovery+. Based on widely shared “true” stories that happened to a friend of a friend … of a friend, each episode of "Urban Legend" is a mini-horror film cinematically crafted to deliver a hyper-suspenseful and tension-fueled experience. Featuring lurking psychopaths, murderous mysteries, creepy creatures, and twisting tales, these disturbing legends prey on our most deeply embedded fears to shock and terrify. (Eight one-hour episodes)

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Thanks, Wren!

Now Playing: The How Of It Sped

By Bing & Ruth.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Something's In The Shed

Beware The Pumpkin Ghost

Such an underutilized technique.  Rarely seen in Home Haunting.

Roger And The Root

In 1860, the people of Providence decided to create a suitable memorial to the founder of Rhode Island. Community leaders went in search of Williams's remains. When they dug up the spot where they believed the remains to be, they found only nails, teeth and bone fragments. They also found an apple tree root. 
The tree root looked as if it had taken on the form of Roger Williams. It had traveled the length of Williams's body, splitting at the hips, bending at the knees and turning up at the feet. Since 1860 the Rhode Island Historical Society has cared for this special tree root as representative of Rhode Island's founder, and has had it on display in the John Brown House since 2007.

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Thanks, Willow Cove!

Dr. Wolfenbergen

The art of Justin Moll.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Now Playing: Blade Runner 1982 (Enzo Margaglio Remix)

This is exceptionally primo.

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Trailer: All Eyes

I'm so on board.

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Lowe's Halloween 2022

Stopped into Lowe's and saw some nice Old School Halloween decor.  They had a ton of Freddy and Myers stuff.