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Happy Halfway to Halloween

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April 30 is the official kick off for Halloween enthusiasts, Halloween purveyors, and yard haunters to start getting their wicked wheels turning on their 2018 season. I have my plans ready to go and now it's all about execution! My challenge this year seems easy but I'm working on a very large scale which I've never done. It even involves roof work. EEK! I'm eager to head to the garage and start making giant 2 foot teeth! Inspired by both the movie and Christine McConnell 's brilliant work, my theme this year is Monster House. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place last year (thanks AtmosFX) so I'm ready to do this!

Rotten Tomatoes Lists the Best Horror Movies

Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregate site you either love or hate, compiled it's list of the 100 Best Reviewed Horror Films . This is based on what they call an "Adjusted Score" on eligible titles which stipulates at least 40 reviews and the number of reviews skewing the list (using some statistics thing called a Bayesian formula). Some of these are my favorite films of all times (#2, 17, 18, 23, 34, 41, 45, 58, 73, 90) and others I'm surprised to see on this list (#32, 44-really?, 51, 71), and some I'd never heard of (#72, 84, 93, 94). Anyhoo, my spring/summer project is to watch the remaining 23 films (marked in dead skin blue) on this list that I haven't seen. 1 Get Out (2017) 2 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 3 Psycho (1960) 4 Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922) 5 King Kong (1933) 6 Repulsion (1965) 7 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 8 The Babadook (2014) 9 Rosemary's Baby (1968) 10 Frankenstein (1931) 11 It Follows

Quite the Quiet Place

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John Krasinski's directorial debut  A Quiet Place  is truly terrifying, tense and terrific. It's a creature feature that makes the genre feel fresh again, not by its plot contrivance (be quiet or be killed) but by the solid nearly wordless script, a cast that includes the ever-versatile Emily Blunt and the astounding work of Millicent Simmonds as her deaf daughter, and the pitch perfect direction that builds dread, releases havoc and reloads. There are no cheap startle scares. And it's also a smart, staying just ahead of the audience, and then a surprisingly moving film. The world we are dropped into has no clear explication and yet feels full realized, completed with lush swooping hills of the family's otherwise idyllic farm. The most mesmerizing thing about watching this film in a packed theater is how silent and attentive the audience was – no candy wrappers, no cell phones. I've never seen anything like it. This will likely be the year's best horror film