Is this a review? Yes and no. I’m sort of tired of writing a typical review, so I’ll do this one a little differently. Have you heard of the movie The Dark And The Wicked? No?? Hmmmm. Do you have Shudder? Oh, you do?? Well…..get your happy ass on over there and watch the movie! That was a bit rude. My apologies.
Ok, so the movie is The Dark And The Wicked. Written and directed by Bryan Bertino, who also wrote and directed The Strangers (a personal favorite of mine btw). So what does this movie have going for it: Good acting? Check. Creepy atmosphere? Check. Jump scares? Yeah, a minimal check. A woman slicing off her fingers thinking that they’re carrots? Super check!
The Dark And The Wicked doesn’t exactly reinvent anything horror-wise, but aside from the ending – it doesn’t really fuck anything up. The story is fairly straight forward: Two siblings (Marin Ireland and Michael Abbott Jr.) return home to be with their dying father and distraught mother. While there, strange things start happening – disturbing images pop up – and blood is shed. Not all exactly in that order. There’s a sense of sorrow and dread throughout the whole movie, and it definitely plays on general grief and emotion that a family goes through when someone either passes away, or is about to.
This is one of those movies that I had low expectations with, and ended up liking it more because of that. While not perfect, The Dark And The Wicked did its job with me…..which is basically making me squirm a few times and maybe even giving in to the ‘jump scare’ attempts. It’s on Shudder now, so goooooooo watch it!
Ahoy! It’s time to set sail on the spoooooky and haunted (yeah – it’s said to be really haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for their 10th anniversary of Dark Harbor! I was lucky enough to go on opening night, and it was the perfect way to kick off my Halloween season.
From the opening moment when The Captain bellows to his fellow monsters to open the gate – you’re immersed into a world where you can walk by a snarling Scary Mary (my fav), before getting spooked by a 10-foot-tall creepy clown. The atmosphere is top notch here (something that Universal Horror Nights is lacking), and Dark Harbor not only brings it in terms of that atmosphere – but also with the mazes.
With a total of 6 mazes in all, Dark Harbor has unleashed Rogue this year as it’s newest addition and it lived up to the hype. My personal favorites Lullaby and Circus are back, with a few new twists that attendees from previous years will appreciate. The scare actors really go for it in all of the mazes, which makes the interactions with them all the more fun (and terrifying).
Once again, Dark Harbor satisfied all of my haunt needs this year and did itself proud for its 10 year anniversary! If you find yourself in the Long Beach area or are looking for something to satisfy your own haunt needs this Halloween season, then go HERE for more info on the schedule and ticketing for The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor experience! Scare ya, later!
If I could be any animal or reptile, I would be an alligator. I’m sure my readers just had their minds blown by that statement, but it’s true. Always fascinated with them growing up, I’ve never actually seen one in the wild – and I’ve never been in a hurricane either. Why did I just mention a hurricane? Oh – because the new movie Crawl is based on alligators running amuck during a hurricane in Florida. And guess what? I loved this movie! Continue reading →
Can I get my crow barbecued, please? Yeah – I’m eating crow now because I poo-pooed the new remake/reboot of Child’s Play before it opened this past weekend. Actually, I kind of dug the first trailer and had an open mind. And when Mark Hamill was announced as the voice of Chucky (aka Buddi), my mind was even more open. Then the second trailer dropped and I had doubts, at which point the poo-pooing began. Next were the ads of Chucky destroying various Toy Story characters (that movie opened the same weekend), which seemed like ‘desperation time’ for me. But…..low and behold – Child’s Play was actually (gulp) GOOD. Continue reading →
There’s nothing creepier than going through a haunt on something that is actually said to be haunted. Such is the case on the legendary Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California. You can go on real ‘haunted’ tours year-round, but around Halloween……things get kicked up a notch with Dark Harbor! (said in super scary voice) Continue reading →
Ok. Now I’m officially ready for the Halloween season. And why, you ask? Because the latest Son Of Monsterpalooza convention got me in the mood (insert sexy horror music here). I was lucky enough to be there most of the weekend, and once again – this convention didn’t disappoint!
The thing that I love about Son Of Monsterpalooza (and it’s father, Monsterpalooza) – is that it focuses on the literal art of makeup FX. You can see numerous booths set up with actual live makeup and prosthetics being applied to models as you walk around the convention, adding to the overall atmosphere. Aside from that, celebrities were in attendance as well (Kathy Najimy, Piper Laurie, Lance Henriksen, etc) – and it’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane while you have them sign some of your favorite memorabilia. Did I mention that Tony Todd was among the celebs there doing a free poster signing for his new movie, Hell Fest??
Probably my favorite part of this year’s Son Of Monsterpalooza were the Son Of Conjoined rooms that were filled with some amazing art and sculptures (not to mention it was super cool in there if you needed relief from the heat). I found myself going through each more than once, with a nice touch at the end of one of the rooms being a creepy display for The Nun (with a little live actor surprise involved). All in all, Son Of Monsterpalooza once again delivered in every way possible. Now, bring on Monsterpalooza early next year!
Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. And in the case of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, it’s definitely true! Oh how I’ve missed seeing little puppets slice and dice up unsuspecting and suspecting victims on the small screen (and big screen if you’re lucky to catch this one). But wait – a twist comes with this reboot of sorts of the Full Moon/Charles Band helmed Puppet Master franchise. Instead of the puppets killing Nazis in previous movies…….they ARE the Nazis in this new incarnation (or at least Nazi sympathizers)! And boy – they really don’t have a tolerance for much. Continue reading →
Yessssss! It’s finally time for the Halloween convention season, and what better way to kick it off this year than with a trip to the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival in downtown Long Beach, California!
This was my third year going to Midsummer Scream, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. And unfortunately more crowded. It’s a gift and a curse. But yes, everything that made last year’s convention stand out was back this year: The Hall Of Shadows (individual mini haunted houses in a darkly lit massive area), The Black Cat Lounge (where you can pet and play with a bunch of adorable kittens in a creepy circus environment), and of course……all of the creepy costume-goers who roam about the area eagerly awaiting your arrival to give you a good fright. Oh my god – here comes one now!
Nothing gets me more into the ‘spirit’ of Halloween than a good convention, and specifically Midsummer Scream. Focusing on the haunts and everything that is Halloween – there were also tons of vendors selling their ghoulish goodies, a picture and meet & greet opportunity with Elvira herself (Cassandra Peterson), and you could even get a hot pretzel with cheese sauce! Ok, the last thing was not impressive – but everything else this year was. Except the aforementioned size of the crowd, which keeps getting bigger each go around. If they can find a way to make it a little less claustrophobic in the vending aisles, then I feel that would make a big difference.
Other than that one little negative, Midsummer Scream was frightfully good this year and they’ve already announced next year’s dates of August 3rd & 4th! Plenty of time to think and prepare a good costume and plenty of time to think about an escape plan if you get too scared in The Hall Of Shadows. Spooooooooky. Thanks again to Midsummer Scream for another BOOtiful convention!
Coulrophobia. I can say that I somewhat suffer from it. And no, it’s not a fear of mayonnaise (although that is a crippling fear for me). Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. It’s not uncommon. And with the triumphant return of Pennywise the Clown last year in the IT remake, clowns are even more the rage now. But while Pennywise relies vocally to get his point across, my good friend Art the Clown from the new throwback gore-fest Terrifier relies heavy on facial expressions and sawing bodies in half to get HIS across. Continue reading →