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Eerie Plants for Sinister Gardens

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Happy Hallowspring! If you're like me, it's time to dig out last year's victims, chuck them into the green bin, and try again. Here's a few scary plants to consider in your sinister garden. Purple plants with unusual shapes always draw questioning looks from your neighbors who only grow only pretty pink roses. The Heuchera Obsidian come in shades of violet with sharply contrasting green veins. Purple Majesty Millet looks almost like black corn leaves with long cattail flower spikes. Huechera Obsidian Purple Majesty  Millet For a more of ghostly pale coloring that looks great lurking in the darker corners of your landscape consider Dusty Miller with it's skeleton-like leaves, or Athyrium Ghost , a fern with silvery fronds that seem to glow. Dusty Miller Athyrium Ghost Fern For a more ghastly look, try planting Japanese Blood Grass , a clumping mass of tall 18" grass whose garnet tips look as if they were sprayed with blood. The

The Banshee Chapter: Review

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The Banshee Chapter is a micro-budget independent film that despite it’s shortcomings manages to be unsettling, thought-provoking, and ultimately a frightening experience. The first thing to know is while the core of the film is fictional, some of the events featured are bizarre and true. The first few minutes have actual media clips of President Clinton apologizing to the victims of secret government medical experiments. Then there’s references to “numbers stations,” mysterious shortwave radio broadcasts typically featuring female or children’s voices in a variety of languages reciting words, letters or songs. The sources of these strange broadcasts are still unknown but have been attributed to possible espionage... or perhaps otherworldly transmissions . The movie stars Katia Winter (from Fox’s Sleepy Hollow ) whose boyfriend acquires and takes the hallucinogenic drug (used in those secret medical experiments) and mysteriously disappears. She’s determined to find out what happ

20 Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories

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The following really short  horror stories were posted on Tickld . Although I'm not sure who wrote these, many congratulations on the killer writing! My favorites were #2, 5, 11, 18, and 15. #13 definitely gave me shivers, and #19 is a seriously macabre masterpiece. Thanks for sharing Britta!

Killer Legends on Chiller TV

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Cable subscribers with the Chiller TV channel should make sure to tune in for the new special, Killer Legends premiering this Sunday, March 16th. The 2-hour documentary is hosted and directed by Josh Zeman (director of the fascinating horror documentary  Cropsey ) and takes viewers on a dark ride into urban legends and the true crime stories behind them, including "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs" featured in the clip below. For more info, visit Chiller TV . YouTube link

Helix: By the Numbers

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When I first heard of the new Ronald D. Moore show, Helix , my eyes lit up with fervor and anticipation. I caught onto his previous series,  Battlestar Galactica, after much of the initial craze had died down (with a proper binge watch on Netflix). Being a Moore fan, and with the lack of “true sci-fi” on SyFy these days, I welcomed Helix with open arms. However, I soon discovered that Helix  was only being produced by Moore – not written or created by – a misleading fact in the show’s marketing spots. Unfortunately, that’s perhaps the show's biggest problem. The writing is clunky, downright corny, and sometimes painful. Many characters suffer from an overwhelming flatness that makes me cringe every time one of them appears on screen. Even Billy Campbell, who I loved from his stint on AMC's The Killing , can’t do much with a script that has him jumping from one plot point to another while delivering thick exposition along the way. Despite the many flaws, I’m still invested. P

"Drawn to the Dark" Travel Update

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Chris Kullstroem has been traveling and researching "dark-themed" events and celebrations around the world for her latest book project: Drawn to the Dark . She dropped My Scary Blog a line to share some fascinating stories and places she’s been to in the last few months. Read on for more. The journey began in September with New Orleans. For one month, I researched several themed tours based on Voodoo beliefs, vampire myths, local cemeteries and tales of the supernatural. I learned that two of the city's tourism companies donate a portion of their cemetery tour proceeds to restoration and preservation projects of the city's cemeteries. It was inspiring to see these tour owners understand the importance of maintaining these important aspects of the city's culture, lest they become deteriorated beyond repair over time. However, the most memorable experience in New Orleans actually took place outside the city. I met a guide, Jennifer, who gives vampire and gh

We Are What We Are (2013): Review

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Remakes of foreign films often fail to bring their gritty elements with them, and ultimately the horror gets lost in translation. The middling 2010 Mexican horror film We Are What We Are caused a stir with its frank depiction of cannibalism. This remake keeps only a few bare concepts from the original, creates an incredibly resonant  atmosphere, and manages to categorically improve upon its predecessor with very competent and engrossing filmmaking. After the death of their mother, the eldest daughter must continue the family ways under the oppressive control of their father. It’s not a highly original story, but it’s well told, cleverly framed, and doesn’t rely on any cheap gimmicks. But it requires patience with it’s a slow, lurid pace, and bleak, joyless tone. Ultimately, the ripe, gutsy, and sobering performances make this movie a compelling tragedy. This is only the third film from Jim Mickle (director of Stake Land and Mulberry Street ) and it screened at both the Sun