Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Horror Movies for the Thanksgiving Weekend

After the family is done celebrating turkey slaughter day and heads off to the mall, unbutton the pants, grab the pumpkin pie, and queue up a heap of horror movies available now OnDemand. The Babadook from Australia looks like it's this year's Insidious and has received tons of love on the festival circuit. Jessabelle was initially a wide-release film but is now in limited release (with a concurrent VOD release). Also on the radar are sequels to some great films: V/H/S: Viral follows up with some more freaky home videos,  The Pact 2 and Dead Snow 2 look like straight continuations of the original stories – which were both awesome (The Pact) and hilarious (Dead Snow). See the trailers for our top picks below. Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Babadook 
A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.

A young woman (Sarah Snook) returns to her childhood home to recuperate from a car accident and encounters a long-tormented spirit that refuses to let her escape.

VHS: Viral
A police chase through the streets of Los Angeles inspires dozens of fame-obsessed teens to try to capture the salacious footage, but they are unaware that they will face their own deaths as stars of the next video sensation.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Martin mistakenly thinks things could not get worse after he kills his girlfriend with an ax, cuts off his arm with a chainsaw, and watches his friends be devoured by Nazi zombies.

The Pact 2
A woman plagued by nightmares of a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.

More notable releases:

As Above, So Below
An archaeologist in search of a rare artifact heads underground to the Catacombs of Paris with a documentary crew in tow. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.

Malevolent aliens interrupt five collegians' vacation at a remote woodland cabin.

Stonehearst Asylum
A new employee at a mental hospital becomes attracted to one of his colleagues, but he is unaware of a recent, horrifying change in staff.

Night breed: Director’s Cut
Clive Barker’s original vision of his 1990 slasher/fantasy film (based on his bool Cabal) is finally available! Aaron Boone is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a city of monsters. He goes to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Decker (played by David Cronenberg!), for help. But what Boone doesn't know is that Decker is really a serial killer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The History of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the last few days to enjoy the sweet Pumpkin Spice Latte is upon us. Which may not be a bad thing since these sugary drinks are quite the nutritional nightmareFood Network Magazine recently illustrated the history of the PSL and showed us how you can make them at home. It's been just over a decade since the dessert-drink debuted and it single-handedly led the charge of pumpkin-flavored products.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Man Eaten Alive By Anaconda

Discovery Channel will air a special where a human will be eaten by a giant anaconda. Author and naturist Paul Rosolie is the man being swallowed alive in a special protective suit smeared with pig's blood. Whyyyyy? Who knows, but it doesn't seem like a science experiment and more like a stupid human trick. I'm rooting for the snake and hope it isn't harmed like PETA believes it will be. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is not the first time someone has tried this! A special last year titled Manaconda never made it to air presumably because someone or something was harmed.

Tune in this Sunday, December 7th and see who wins.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Wrap-Up

This was the soggiest Halloween EVER! California has been in a record-setting drought all year and our first rain day came to Northern California yesterday! Fate can be such a witch. Thankfully the heavy rain stopped around 4pm and stayed away for most of the evening allowing kids everywhere to celebrate Halloween! We're very fortunate to live in a family dense neighborhood and welcomed 293 trick 'r treaters to our haunted porch! I thought Halloween was ruined but The Great Pumpkin saved the night!

Here's our totals using one of our favorite Halloween apps: GoblinCount. You simply tap or swipe the screen to keep count of the trick 'r treaters – but you need someone who has a good attention to detail to maintain accurate records.