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Have Yourself a Scary Christmas!

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Scary Movies for the Holidays

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As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, many of you will be exhausted from long days of shopping, decorating or other yuletide shenanigans. It's time to kick back and watch a holiday-themed scary movie! Many of the holiday horror movies came from the 80s when serial killers and bad taste were in fashion. Some films veered towards the sleazy (1984's  Don't Open Until Christmas ), or unwatchable (1980's Christmas Evil ) but they're were meant to offer counter programming for the excessive cheer and goodwill. Below is a list notable (but not necessarily great) scary movies for the holidays. Some are family-friendly fare, while some really should only be seen by hardcore horror enthusiasts. Watch at your own risk. 1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)  – This Finnish film is probably the single best holiday-horror hybrid. It tells the story of the "real" Santa and his demon elves. It's also a strangely touching coming-of-age story an

A Celebration of Friday the 13th

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Tomorrow marks the last Friday the 13th of 2013. We had only two hexed days this year and next year we only have 1 (in June)! For horror enthusiasts, this calendar day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Jason Voorhees (and his mother... and his impostor... and his body possessing soul?) with a Friday the 13th movie marathon. (The first two are the best but if you need a viewer's guide to the series  read this post at Bloody-Disgusting .) The Blu-ray Box Set Warner Bros. released  Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection  on blu-ray this fall, which includes all 10 movies in the series plus  Freddy vs. Jason,  and the 2009 reboot.  The set also includes a "Killer Extras" bonus DVD and a 40 page booklet excerpted from the 2006 hardcover book,  Crystal Lake Memories.  (Editor's note: Amazon suspended sales of the box set due to production problems that scratched several of the discs. If giving this set as a gift make sure you the store has a decent return poli

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple

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The Boston Beer Company (the people behind Samuel Adams) likes their seasonal beers. And this year, their hard cider line Angry Orchard put out a seasonal flavor called Cinnful Apple . It's a perfect spicy blend for the holidays and it also features their scary tree artwork with a bloody red background. It's semi-sweet with an almost candy apple-like flavor with a subtle cinnamon kick that doesn't overpower the tart apple.  At a party last weekend, a kid kept staring at the bottle and asked me why I was drinking Halloween beer at Christmas. I'm not sure I understand the marketing angle of this cider, but it's scary, so that alone is a reason to love it.  (Make sure to check out their site for hard cider cocktail recipes!)

Scary Cookies II: The Recipe to Die For

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Yesterday I posted about making scary cookies. Today, Britta, Webmistress of the Dark has shared her favorite recipe for a dark, delicious (and deadly addictive) Pepperkakor, a Swedish ginger cookie thats much more tender than traditional American brick-like gingerbread. I first encountered this cookie at IKEA since they sell Anna's Ginger Thins at the checkout counter. Oddly, many recipes for Pepparkakor call for black pepper so add 1/4 –1/2 tsp if you feel the need to scare the taste buds. Britta writes: Below is the recipe I used for the gingerbread I just made. I went conservative with the flour because sometimes the weather changes the moisture, and I've had times when too much flour made the dough too crumbly to roll. I think it needed up to 1/2 cup more flour to roll without sticking. Below are some additional tips: Roll directly onto silicone baking mat , then scoot the mat onto the baking sheet before putting in the oven. (You can use parchment paper but that s

Scary Cookies

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One day I will no longer be invited to holiday cookie swap parties, but until then, I will be bringing scary cookies to unsuspecting merrymakers. I know the season is all about tinsel and jolly reindeer, but is it wrong to include cookies with sparkly blood? Gravefully, Fred & Friends  agrees with me and makes some great cookie cutters. You can use standard gingerbread man cookie cutter and simply use a knife to cut off arms and heads, or form bites. If you are making a lot of cookies, you might want to get Fred's ABC Gingerbread Cookie Cutters , since it will go a lot faster with a pre-made mold. This is a perfect use for sparkly red blood gel icing. Festive and grisly! These  Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutters  make the job easier by employing the cut-n-stamp action – you cut out the shape with one side and stamp the design into the cookie with the other. If you are not great at frosting cookies, these are also much easier to decorate. You make a runny icing