Showing posts from November, 2015

Krampus is coming!

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 .

Crimson Peak: What Went Wrong

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

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