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To New Beginnings!

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Have a Scary Christmas!

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Yuletide Horror Movies

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At this time a year when things twinkle bright, fans of scary movies sit patiently awaiting a morsel of yuletide horror, a small but resilient sub-genre. Some films feature the darker side of Christmas (since many traditions do have questionable origins) and some use the holiday season as a backdrop since dark, cold desolate nights and raging snowstorms do cause blackouts and isolation. Here’s a recommended list to tide you over this abysmally cheerful season. Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Tim Burton’s holiday mash up gets a lot of attention at Halloween but is often overlooked as the Christmas classic that is is – and one you can see with most of the family. Krampus (2015) The director of Trick ‘r Treat takes on Christmas and the Alpine folklore beast that punishes those who are naughty instead of nice. Kooky and absurd with a very dubious ending! Rare Exports (2010) Who or rather what is the real Santa Clause is revealed in this coming-of-age Fi

Last-Minute Shopping

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If you are like me, you are starting to think about your holiday shopping. For the person on your list who likes scary stuff, here are a few recommendations. Shipping times this close to Christmas are dicey so upgrade that shipping! Krampus Nutcracker available from Dellamorteco Elvira Jewelry Collection from Sweet Romance Jewelry The Art fo COCO available on Amazon . Drawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World from Chris Kullstroem, MonstersandBooks.com Home Haunting for Mere Mortals book from Hayes Haunt . Krampus Funko Pop figure available on Amazon Retro Krampus Scarf from Archie McPhee John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 available on Amazon

Elvira Jewelry Collection

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While Santa’s helpers don their holiday best, we Creepmas lovers need something festive but frightening. There is no greater icon of Halloween style than Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. With Sweet Romance’s exclusive Elvira Jewelry Collection , you can channel mesmerizing magic and spooky beauty. Each comes in a collector’s Elvira box with an insert written to you from the Queen of Halloween. Elvira’s Magic Ruby Ring Hauntingly beautiful and possibly powerful, Elvira’s signature ruby ring is handmade by designer Shelley Cooper in the Sweet Romance Los Angeles studio. Cast in bronze and heavily clad in 14K gold, this ring features a gorgeous Swarovski ruby stone. Elvira’s Vampire Bat Bracelet Santa may be up all night on December 24th, but you can sport the real guardian of the night – the bat – on your wrist with Elvira’s Vampire Bat bracelet. These bracelets are meticulously detailed, from the lithe form of the bat to the tiny spiderweb charm added to the hook closure. Ma

Better Watch Out ~ Review

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Oh the holidays! A time to snuggle up with loved ones and watch Christmas horror movies. Yes, horror. Seems like scary movies keep invading the yuletide season as movie viewers seek a refuge from the ceaseless joy, merriment, and fruitcake. This year's best new offering is called Better Watch Out and while far from great, it is a very entertaining film. The teenager has the hots for his babysitter who is being stalked by a stranger during one unfortunate night. To reveal any more would spoil the absurdly implausible fun of this Home Alone redux with a real mean streak. The big reveal happens early in the film and the cat-and-mouse game is mostly a nonstarter (since said cat is tied up and gagged), but the premise is interesting enough to keep you invested through the end. Also interesting, the original title "Safe Neighborhood" was smartly changed to a much more holiday-centric title to delight general audiences – but not delightful enough to warrant a wide theatric

Beyond the Walls

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BEYOND THE WALLS is a French miniseries that proves horror on TV can be great (ahem, AHS). Find it on the very fun Shudder site/app.

Coco ~ Review

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COCO is beautifully realized, richly emotional storytelling, and a resonate love letter to Mexican traditions. It's Pixar's tried-and-true formula of a kid on mission but set against a dazzling Dia de Muertos backdrop. It also has an acute cultural perspective, checking off the many icons of Mexican life (pushy abuelas, abundant tamales, tequila, mariachis, and the dreaded "chancla") along with cultural phrases that were never translated or explained. Will it play to non-Mexican audiences as broadly as other Pixar films? For example, the music is wonderfully authentic and while I was joyfully tapping my toes, my movie companion seemed nonplussed at eschewing recognizable tunes ( The Book of Life's music is definitively pop). Yet there's more than enough ghoulish touches to satisfy the masses obsessed whimsical skeleton shenanigans. But skeletons are for Halloween right, not Thanksgiving. The release date seems puzzling but COCO soon reveals a tender core wit

American Horror Story: Cult ~ Season Review

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American Horror Story: Cult , the seventh installment of the anthology series, is thankfully behind us. It started by trudging through the misery of 2016's election night, followed by an uninspired stretch of roaming clowns, nasty murders, weird neighbors, and one cringe-worthy ugly cryer. Tedious does not cover it. But it did shift from a pointless political fever dream to an acerbic commentary on gender and power. There was a brilliant episode with an unhinged Lena Dunham as an extreme feminist/serial killer that showed some real promise. Yet from this high point the show teetered between relevancy and repetition through the bitter end. Ultimately, it didn't add much to the discussion and preferred to be perverse than provocative. As usual for AHS, the story veered towards the absurd (gather around for sleeping bag storytime cult henchmen) and implausible (my lesbian partner didn't vote for Hilary Clinton so I will drive her mad by exploiting her phobias and join a

Halloween Village 2017

For my 2017 Hauntsville Village, I featured the Nightmare Before Christmas pieces released this year  from Department 56. I kept it to a very small footprint which has its own set of challenges. What do you think? View below or find the album at myscaryhalloween.com/hauntsville2017

Halloween 2017 Post Mortem

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Halloween 2017 is dead and buried (in bins in my attic)! All Hallow's Eve was another frightfully fun night with a 306 tricksters begging for treats. To thank my many minions who helped me out, I made my annual Haunt Stew, an Irish beef and stout stew that's a nod to Halloween's origins. The recipe will be posted on my MyScaryHalloween.com soon. In the meantime,  view pictures of My Scary House ! This year my fiends and I had a lot of fun at Halloween attractions. October started with a trip to Fear Overload Scream Park in San Leandro, CA which featured two mazes including a pitch black maze you had to find your way through. It was a nice appetizer to what was to come. In Chicago, we attended the best haunted house in my life: 13th Floor . This is literally a living nightmare housed in a warehouse on the outskirts of Chicago. The walk through seems go on forever with fully realized, detailed scenes, the numerous actors in elaborate costumes, trap doors, excell

Day of the Dead Inspired Movie Artwork

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Has anyone else noticed the alternative artwork being used on the iTunes Movie Store? Many of the "classic" (ahem Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter ) films feature new covers that all seem to embody nuances of day of the dead flair with their focus on faces/skulls, swirly motifs, and vibrant colors. According to Bloody Disgusting the artwork was created by artist Orlando Arocena and used for reissues of 20th Century Fox & MGM Home Entertainment blu-rays in celebration of Halloween. iTunes then used the artwork in it's "Horror Through the Years" sale. I own several of these and the covers changed on my Apple TV. I wonder if they will change back after now that the season and sale are done.

Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

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Happy Day of the Dead!

Have a Scary Halloween!

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Noche de los Muertos #5

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #5 of 5. Collect them all!

Noche de los Muertos #4

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #4 of 5. Collect them all!