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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