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American Horror Story: Season 6 Teasers

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The first teasers for American Horror Story: Season 6  arrived on Snapchat today. We have a desolate remote house, black smoke forming a 6(66?), a crib, and a demon baby hand. So maybe a follow-up to S1: Murder House's demon baby that Constance stole? See the teasers on Lady Gaga's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/gagamonster96/status/758339683013230593/video/1 Some on Twitter are also suggesting the image below spells out "PIG" which could be in reference to the Manson Family. After murdering some people they wrote PIG on the wall with the victim's blood. So could this season be about satanic cults? More clues here:  http://tinyurl.com/gscmftp (The guessing game is the usually the most fun part of this show.)

Disney's Tower of Terror to Close Down

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The only reason I've ever wanted to go to Disney California Adventure was the breathtaking and iconic Tower of Terror ride. With the Twilight Zone license lapsing and Disney's recent acquisition of Marvel, the Disney decided now would be a great time to convert the ride to a Galaxy of the Guardians -themed ride. It was officially announced on the Disney Parks Blog last Saturday after months of internet speculation. Tower of Terror is scheduled to close in January 2017, so at least we have some time to enjoy it the haunted goodness. The "new" ride with the Guardian makeover will open in the Summer of 2017 to coincide with the sequel.

Lights Out ~ Review

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Horror films are wily things. The most effective ones strike at the inner core of your psyche where irrational fears reside. Fear of the dark is one of those lingering tenants that nudge us whenever there's a dark alley, a musty unlit basement, or a long echoey walk in a desolate subterranean parking lot. The boogeyman is always out there waiting for you. Lights Out capitalizes on this precise fear with a lean, mean and satisfying narrative that culminates in a good little film. This is the first feature from writer and director David F. Sandberg and it's based on his 2013 short of the same name. Expanded from three minutes to 81 minutes, the film is slight but cleverly builds on its original concept giving us enough of an origin story without over explanation, well-drawn characters, and a definitive conclusion. Side note: The ending of the original short has given me nightmares to this day. Performances are solid. Teresa Palmer (from Warm Bodies ) is up to the emotional c

THE WOODS is actually BLAIR WITCH!

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One of the movies I've most looked forward to this year is The Woods which early reviews are calling one of the scariest films ever made. At ComicCon, distributor Lionsgate surprised everyone by revealing that The Woods is actually going to be called BLAIR WITCH and is a direct sequel to the 1999 film, The Blair Witch Project ! Whaaaa?! Instantly my excitement went to complete despair. WHYYY! In The Age of Sequels, Reboots and Reimaginings I hope studios take chances on new visions of horror and bring new stories to the screen. But I forget this is all about the money. Lionsgate could have kept the original title and viewers could have discovered the connection to The Blair Witch Project on their own inciting tremendous word of mouth but now, the movie is guaranteed to open big. For the sake of horror fans who don't like to be tricked, the movie better be amazing. The second "official" trailer for Blair Witch looks much less promising than the original trailer fo

Ghostbusters (2016) ~ Review

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Remakes, reboots and reimaginings get no love at all because they compete again nostalgia and, yes, very often slightly better filmmaking. It's easy to judge them harshly by comparison, but approaching them with an open mind is essential. Thankfully, the new Ghostbusters made clever decisions to avoid treading on scared ground by going in new directions like casting female protagonists and creating an original (if tepid) story. The tone is spot on. The effects are fun and colorful. And the cast is very funny even when the script fails them. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and the outstanding Kate McKinnon, who upstages the entire cast, work great together and if anything one wishes they were allowed to cut loose and let that PG-13 rating slip into R-rated territory (this freedom gave director Paul Feig's other films Bridesmaids , Spy , and Knocked Up a sharp comedic edge). It's clear this expensive production was aiming for a very wide summer audience despi

Method Pumpkin Clove

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METHOD fans be on the lookout for the new Pumpkin Clove collection on your next Target run. Autumn is coming home!

This Week In Animatronics

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Say what you will about Spirit Halloween, but year after year, they keep knocking it out of the park when it comes to animatronics, those life-size figures that have some sort of repetitive motion. The kids (and adults) absolutely love them when they come to the door on Halloween. As with most "off-the-rack" animatronics, a little love is needed in dressing up the scant fabrics, and padding out the flimsy wire frames to give definition to arms and legs. I've used big bubble wrap, popping sections of bubbles at folding points like elbows, and used masking tape to hold in place. I also temporarily tape the joints of the metal frames so that it all holds together well. Add some bricks at the base to hold the frame in place since trick 'r treaters like to grab at the figures or throw arms around them for a selfie. Finally, these animatronics all have motion sensors that typically require a change of light (shadow passing in front) to activate them. Some are sound activa

Halloween is Arriving at Pottery Barn

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I don't know about you but I love Pottery Barn's Halloween offerings. Their stuff is so sophisticated, classy and stately – just what every Halloween enthusiast needs! They have such a knack for taking a 19-cent light string, adding some admittedly detailed plastic covers, and then charge $34 for something you could get at Target for $8. But I quibble. I mean The Barn really goes for it when making oversized metal sculptures that weigh 65 lbs. and then ship it in a cardboard box that could fit my washer and dryer. That's the kind of permanence that can be passed down generations and outlive us all on planet Earth. That's what I'm looking for in a Halloween decoration. And I want to remortgage the house to get a skull on a base thingy or get that " Ball and Claw Object ". No kidding–their marketing team is so inexperienced with Halloween that the best name they could come up with is "object" – not a gazing globe or crystal ball (for goodness sak

Yankee Candle Halloween Preview 2016

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Those who love Halloween, the Boney Bunch, and candles, of course, will want to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27 @ 10am . This is the annual Yankee Candle Halloween Preview Sale and usually the only 20 minutes to get a full selection of their yearly offerings. They'll be offering a Black Magic candle for $15.  Their new Autumn candles include the Autumn Gathering (apple, pear, patchouli and sandalwood), Crisp Fall Night (bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, cedar), and Caramel Apple Cake . And for Halloween, they've dressed up their overly intense Black Magic candle in cool bats! Good lord, I'm starting to sound like that candle vlogger from Scream Queens . As a graphic designer, I'll also compelled to mention their new logo and label which is more modern, whimsical, and streamlined. Good job whoever moved YC from the late 80s!

American Horror Story: Season 6

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Very little is know about and so far the only teaser is the one below, according to Variety . In many ways, this will help quell the high expectations that have plagued the last few seasons. I had imagined Coven would be a gritty take on modern witches with haggardly beasts, witchcraft, and satanic overtones. Instead we got a boarding house/girl drama with little actual darkness. I had imagined  Freakshow in my head as a dark carnival that swoops into town salvaging communities and recruiting souls (ahem, Something Wicked This Way Comes ). Instead we got a depressing period drama about a German diva keeping a circus/stardom dream alive. Hotel was pretty much what I expected but with vampires. Filming is underway on Season 6 with Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Cheyenne Jackson, Finn Wittrock, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett, and Denis O'Hare all returning, and will premiere in October. UPDATE: FX has set the premiere date: Wednesday, September 14 at 10/9c.

Penny Dreadful ~ Season 3 Review

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This week brought the surprise series finale of Showtime's ambitious  Penny Dreadful . The gothic horror show got through three seasons with classic characters like Frankenstein's monster and his unhinged bride, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll, and the wolf man, fused together with an original story of the very troubled Vanessa Ives. After a brilliant second season where the group banded together to fight an evil witch, the third season sent our characters spiraling in different directions – and continents – which is typically a misstep but not so here. Sharp shooter Ethan Chandler (the wolf man) was extradited to the wild west where he spent the majority of the season. John Clare (the monster) spent the season finding himself, and Ms. Ives meanwhile found a new love interest while being pursued by the greatest monster of all. The show's nebulous plot, English accents, and darkly lit moodiness lends itself well to late-night binge watching, especially since the murky storytell