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Have a SCARY New Year!

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Ring in the new year (safely) and enjoy a whole new year of fear!

Preview of 2016's Scary Movies

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As we slam the lid on 2015's coffin, it's time to look ahead (and behind you!!!) at the year of scary movies. Here's some of the most interesting trailers: Midnight Special stars Adam Driver (of that Star Wars movie) and Kirsten Dunst and deals with a father who is on the run trying to protect his special son. Opens March 2016. The Boy is about a woman hires by a strange old couple to take care of their son which happens to be a creepy life-size doll. Opens January 22. The Witch is about a family in 1630s New England who faces the terror of witchcraft and black magic and looks positively gorgeous. The Forest is set in the infamous Aokigahara Forest in Japan where people go to commit suicide and is said to cursed with lonely souls. Anguish is an indie inspired by true events and follows a teen diagnosed with an identity disorder that may be channeling an spirit inside her. This movie is being called 2016's "It Follows".

Have Yourself a SCARY Christmas!

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Dear Fiends, Thank you for following MyScaryBlog.com and MyScaryHalloween.com through another frightful year! Have yourself a SCARY Christmas!! Scary Jerry Editor-in-Mischief

Scary-ish Christmas Movies

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Christmas is that time of year when Halloween fans patiently wait for the family to fall asleep, turn off Miracle on 34th Street , add some extra spirit into their eggnog, and relax with a yuletide scary movie. For me the perfect mix is something that isn't too bleak but still mischievous and entertaining. Perhaps I'm getting softer in my old age, or perhaps I enjoy Christmas more now. Anyhoo, serial killers are not my cup of bone tea and so many holiday horror films are instantly disqualified. Here are my absolutely favorites. 1. Krampus (2015) Yes, it's still in theaters but this instant classic is going into heavy holiday rotation. If you haven't seen it, get thee to a cinema immediately. 2. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) This Finnish film is one of the best holiday-horror hybrids. It tells the story of the "real" Santa and his demon elves. It's also a strangely touching coming-of-age story and feels like a lost early-S

Last Minute Shopping Guide

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If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet – and have  Amazon Prime  – don't worry! You still have a few more days to procrastinate. Your best bet is books or calendars at this point, and really, who doesn't like to go all retro with printed books in the digital age? I personally love books as holiday gifts because they are easy to wrap. Anyhoo, here is some suggestions for your last minute shopping. For the Paranormal Fan Sir Simon Marsden's stunning photography captures the beauty of seemingly haunted castles and buildings throughout Europe, while Lisa Morton's scholarly and entertaining look at ghosts in popular culture is sure to please the most ardent fan. For the Movie Fan The films Crimson Peak and Krampus both feature incredible art direction and these books take a closer look at the making of the visual alchemy created to bring these features to life. For the horror culture fan If you love Halloween, chances are you probab

Krampus ~ Review

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Holiday horror movies are a rare breed –– for good reason. Jolly and scary don't mix well, and the outcome is typically unenjoyable, awkward, or cynical. Holiday movies carry a certain amount of baggage with them, and the best horror movies are supposed to be fun on some level. Director Michael Dougherty understands this well and his movie KRAMPUS is the holiday gift that horror fans have been waiting for. It hits all the rights notes, and is equally funny and absurd, and it's wildly entertaining. From the opening montage, you immediately sense that the holiday is being skewered and there is some biting commentary on commercialism, family celebrations with obligatory joy, and the importance of believing in something good whether its Santa or just plain old hope in humanity. (It's the pervasive aroma of pessimism that calls Krampus into action.) The plot is fairly straight forward allowing the humor and characters to develop before the main assault. When the action sets

Krampus is coming!

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Christmas is getting a terrifying makeover with the new movie KRAMPUS , directed by Michael Dougherty (creator of the cult classic Trick 'r Treat ). Surprisingly this is the first major film featuring the hairy, cloven-hoofed creature with goat horns that hails from Alpine folklore. According to the legend, Krampus travels along with Santa Claus to punish the bad children who he whips, or stuffs into a bag and takes back to the underworld to eat. Will this be the next cult holiday film? Find out this Friday, December 4, and visit the Krampus Tumbler page for some great e-cards. "The Feast of St. Nicholas" celebrated throughout Europe on December 6 is often proceeded by "Krampus Night" on December 5 where people dressed as the scary creature run amuck on the streets. It's actually been banned by many cities because the merriment often turns to havoc! For more info on regional events, info, videos, and links visit Krampus.com .

Crimson Peak: What Went Wrong

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If you enjoyed the grandeur of Guillermo del Toro's gothic haunted house film Crimson Peak , you were probably in the minority and will likely not see a film like this again. In my review, I called it a once in a generation type of film because a big budget opus with top tier cast in a Hollywood horror event film rarely comes along. Crimson Peak 's dismal box office literally put the last nail in the coffin. Budgeted at $55 million, it made just over $29 million in 4 weeks of release. An article at Forbes breaks down the further embarrassing details, including a list of cheap, forgettable movies that made more money on opening weekend: The Messengers, One Missed Call, The Eye, Darkness Falls, Stay Alive  and  The Rite. Yikes. So what when wrong? The article dissects the problems astutely: 1. A high concept film. Period films – that are not prestige Oscar bait – rarely do well with audiences. Add to that the gothic romance part that seems to discourage diehard horror movi

Halloween Post-Mortem 2015

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Another Halloween is dead and buried! As a purist, I teardown my front yard display before noon after Halloween. I'm hoping some of our neighbors will think, "Did that really happen or was it just a bad dream?" Although they are more likely thinking, "Thank goodness that house is normal again." Now to figure out how to store all that awesome stuff.  We had perfect weather for Halloween night and ended up with 366 trick 'r treaters ! Being on a Saturday I noticed the lil' ones had a late start around 7pm (usually they're at our front door by 5pm). Then the streets suddenly filled with hordes of walkers for two solid hours tapering off by 9:30pm. It's such a great way to meet neighbors and extended neighbors. This year, I brought out Hekate the three-headed witch, first featured in 2013 although I added a tall hunched body, new arms, cat claws, and a toothy sneer. You take the hat off a witch and she suddenly becomes much more si

Have a Scary Halloween!

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Don't forget the rules of Halloween! Rule #1 – Always wear a costume. Rule #2 – Always pass out treats. Rule #3 – Never blow out a jack-o-lantern. Rule #4 – Always check your candy. Now go watch Trick 'r Treat , carve a pumpkin, and have a scary Halloween!

Eerie Elegance's Day of the Dead

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Eerie Elegance with Britta, Webmistress of the Dark at the helm has done it again! She and her team have created one of the best Day of the Dead displays I've ever seen, drawing inspiration from the 2014 animated film The Book of Life . If you live in the Bay Area you still have a few opportunities to catch the "live" Mariachis de Muerte band as they play and tell you original stories of their ancestors. The animatronics used to bring this skeleton crew to life rivals what you've see at Disneyland considering this a group of passionate home haunters. Simply stunning! For more information visit Eerie Elegance's Day of the Dead page. For those who live outside of the area, a video and full posts are coming soon! For more information on how this spectacle was created like  Eerie Elegance on Facebook , or follow the in-depth blog Britta Blvd .

Exorcism: LIVE!

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I was raised Catholic and that means that I had a fear of the supernatural instilled in me at a very young age. Every thing that went bump in the night was undeniably a demon trying to devour my soul. Then at the age of seven, I watched The Exorcist  on primetime. Even though it was edited for TV, the horror of seeing those demons affected me profoundly. All this comes as a preface to Destination America's special, Exorcism: Live! , the first "live" televised exorcism of a house in the country's history. The event is scheduled for October 30 and is taking place in the original "Exorcist House" in St. Louis. It was in this house where several rites of exorcism where performed on a young boy in the late 1940s to free him from the clutches of demonic possession. This story served as inspiration for William Blatty's novel The Exorcist which subsequently became the notorious film. And now the crew of Ghost Asylum will join medium Chip Coffey to explore

Halloween By The Numbers and Why It Matters

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The Los Angeles Times recently published an article saying that consumers will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year (down from a peak of $8 billion in 2012 ). That spending encompasses a large sector of retail (with pop-up stores like Spirit Halloween), entertainment (haunted attractions) and even the farming industry (oh glorious pumpkins)! While it still trails behind other major holidays, it's also the only one that doesn't involve direct gift-giving (which bloats the numbers across the board). What was once considered a children's holiday now appeals to 18- to 34-year old millennials (the #1 target demographic for most business) and even older adults who let loose on one dark night in October. One of the major causes is considered to be social media, since sharing of pictures seems to be fueling the spread of cultural glee. (Read the full story here at  LATimes.com .) Why It Matters So there's all this data and you might be wondering wh

For Trick 'R Treat Fans

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One of the best movies about Halloween is Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat , the anthology horror film that defines what the holiday is about and why traditions are so important – your very life depends on them! The movie has yielded a frightfully fun following, and while Trick 'r Treat 2 has been announced, it has not yet gone into production. In the meantime here is some stuff to tide you over. I'm not an earnest comic book reader so my experience is fairly limited but I enjoyed Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead  and think it reads like a teaser to the upcoming sequel. Written by Dougherty and his cohorts, one wonders if this comic will be the basis for Trick 'r Treat 2 , especially since he mentions the sequel in the introduction. It's beautifully illustrated and definitely a must-have for fans. Available on Amazon . For discernible collectors, this limited edition Trick 'r Treat original film score  is a double LP pressing – on orange