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Horror Summer Musicals

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Summer is dead and buried, and I've been reflecting on a great summer, which included two horror-centric musicals. I am a bonafide (and BA-degreed) theater geek, so I seek out horror musicals wherever they are. My favorites include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , Little Shop of Horrors, and The Rocky Horror Show . (I have yet to see Evil Dead: The Musical , Carrie: The Musical , American Psycho: The Musical , or Silence! The Musical) .  The Toxic Avenger: The Musical  is based on Troma's legendary 1980 film of the same name. However, this show does not simply try to recreate the movie and instead becomes a love letter to all B-Horror movies and wrapped up in a hilarious, campy tunes. I witnessed The Stage 's production in San Jose, California and it was absolutely fantastic. The reviews did not lie, this is a seriously entertaining show with a "comically overblown ’80s rock style, the songs are marvelously clever." Meanwhile

Stephen King's Sleeping Beauties ~ Now Available!

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Just in time for Autumn's chilly dark nights is a new book by Stephen King called Sleeping Beauties , co-written with his son, Owen King. The story is set in a women's prison as a sudden epidemic sweeps the neighboring town causing all the women to fall asleep and start growing tendrils. Meanwhile, the men run amok, naturally, while trying to find a cure. Stephen King's other son is also a writer. Joe Hill has published four books including 2013's outrageous, hilarious and horrifying NOS4A2 (a perfect horror read for Christmastime!) as well as Horns , and last year's The Fireman . This October will bring a four-novella collection called Strange Weather.  I wouldn't buy a book solely by the cover but this cover is stunning!

mother! ~ Review

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SPOILER-FREE SHORT REVIEW It’s impossible to review mother! without divulging some of its greater mysteries, so here is the short review: a mind-numbing head trip that will prove frustrating to most audiences. For those few brave enough to endure the unrelenting terror and anxiety of an experience with an undetermined destination this film will be unique, absorbing, and utterly riveting feast for the senses and brain. *** SPOILERS AHEAD *** *** SPOILERS AHEAD ***   *** SPOILERS AHEAD ***  FULL REVIEW mother! is a riveting fever dream with no end or beginning that you cannot escape. It is obtuse, undecipherable and often vile but exhilarating and terrifying. Movies this unique follow no formula, give you no clues where they are going, and force you to experience them rather than understand them. This means most audiences will disregard this as fanciful, excessive artistry over substance, and write it off as nonsensical (“Stupid!” as one audience member shouted.) Quite

Halloween Village Preview

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My Halloween village this year is shockingly small but potent this year. It's based entirely on the Department 56's Nightmare Before Christmas pieces released this year. Here's a sneak peak for Mandy and all Halloween villagemakers.

IT (2017) ~ First Impressions

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#ITMovie is the best and truest Stephen King movie adaptation ever. Yes, including The Shining , Misery , Carrie , and The Mist . Seriously outstanding. If you loved the book, you will love this emotionally resonant, often funny coming of age story, that keeps it's vicious underbelly and unsettling frightening sequences. This may be the first chance for a horror film to score an Oscar nomination since Silence of the Lambs, and easily the best horror film of 2017. Look for the free, limited edition poster available at theaters this weekend! (Photo coming soon.)

Snap Judgement ~ American Horror Story CULT

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American Horror Story: Cult is an extremely unsavory, cynical and pointless political satire rehash – and the first time in the history of the series that I’ve completely checked out 20 minutes in. The wonderful Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters where both made incredibly unlikeable caricatures, the clown thing was so uninspired considering a true scary clown ( Stephen King's IT ) is coming to theaters in the same week, Twisty's appearance was the ultimate bait-and-switch, and of course, we got to relive the 2016 election night. Again. America is rich with actual horror stories and even "cult" stories that seem more compelling for a horror series that this political posturing and absolute nihilism. Don't we get enough of that? Is it too much to ask to escape the terrible realities of every day life for one hour, be entertained and maybe even scared? Like every single other Ryan Murphy project ( Nip/Tuck, Glee, Scream Queens ), well into the run of the series (now i

Spirit Halloween 20% Off

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SPIRIT HALLOWEEN is throwing open the doors this Labor Day with it's annual 20% off your entire purchase coupon, good on Monday September 4 and Tuesday September 5. Click here for the coupon.