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The Curious Christine McConnell

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With only a few days before Halloween, you may be wondering what to binge this Halloween. The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell on Netflix is a wicked and mischievous delight. It's difficult to describe Ms. McConnell but I will start with stark raving mad genius. As a baker, seamstress, and stylist she creates delectable desserts that are beautiful and defiantly dark. Her six-episode show on Netflix is equally whimsical, funny, dark, and yes, even informative. You may never attempt any of these projects but it is entertaining to see them brought to life. The show dabbles somewhat into the process along with some tips and tricks but never really fully reveals a whole project from beginning to end. I appreciated that this magician didn't give away all her tricks and she fully understands the motto: always leave them wanting more. In this case, you can pick up a copy of her book, Deceptive Desserts and follow her on social media ( Instagram ). Craft and cooking shows ca

A Burger Guaranteed to Give You Nightmares (or Regret)!

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As marketing goes, this is brilliant. Burger King introduced a Halloween-themed burger called the Nightmare King which you can wash down with a Scary Black Cherry slushy. They conducted a 10-day study (a super Syentyfic  TM  study with controls and stuff, whatever) with 100 participants and they concluded the unnatural combination of chicken, beef and pork increased nightmares by 3.5 times. Maybe it was the icky green bun, the gross raw onions, or eating right before sleeping that did the trick. You can pick up these treats through November 1 but if your memory fails you, the HA1loween Whopper from a few years left a horrible aftermath in its wake. Beware!

Encyclopedia of HORROR

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Why do love to be scared? We can't help it, really. It's an inarguable fact that people enjoy being frightened, and then realizing it's all going to be okay. That's the power of horror, even when things don't work out in the end. Sometimes because of it, in fact. With Halloween coming up, Centennial Media wanted to explore what scares us, and why. Thus, the , which takes a deep dive into all things scary, sometimes dating back thousands of years to early cave drawings. Vampires, wolf creatures, mummies, zombies and reanimated monsters, aliens, creatures, and creeps, as well as the more human kinds of monsters, with names like Voorhees, Kruger, and Myers. We even take a look at the current world of horror, how it has changed, and how a modern horror movie could win a prize as prestigious as an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Any fan of horror will want to immerse themselves in this extensive look at one of pop culture's most popular genres. Availabl

A Killer Podcast about "Halloween"

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Loved the new HALLOWEEN movie? Take a deep dive into the legacy of John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Debra Hill and more with HALLOWEEN UNMASKED podcast. Amongst the riches to be heard are fascinating interviews with the cast and crew, and surprising perspectives on who/what Michael Meyers was with a psychologist who studies real serial killers. It's terror-rific! https://art19.com/shows/halloween-unmasked

This is the Halloween We've All Been Waiting For

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The latest Halloween is a love letter to fans of John Carpenter’s original that clears away the dead weight of all the previous sequels. It returns to Haddonfield for the aftermath of the original film, following many of the beats of the original film so it is somewhat of a remake as well. What stands out clearly is how genuine this all feels as we see familiar characters like the iconic Laurie Strode (a defiant Jamie Lee Curtis) deal with the consequences of being stalked by a madman 40 years earlier. Laurie is now a recluse living in the middle of the woods in a house built to keep out the boogeymen. Unfortunately, it's also made her a failure as a wife and a mother with her grown up daughter essentially disowning her. It’s all very sad – and genius move by writers. Evil makes monsters of us all. While the homages to the previous film (and Halloween III , a love-it-or-hate-it film that I love) keep stacking up so does the body count that by all standards is absolutely brut

My October TV Queue

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It's absolute madness how much fun TV there is to watch in the weeks leading up to Halloween. My DVR is packed, and I’m absolutely terrified that I won’t get through it all. So to calm my nerves I have to make a list. Many of these have already aired or seasons are underway so you might have to catch up with video on demand. SPECIALS The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIX (Fox) - 10/21 Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic (Freeform)  Eli Roth’s History of Horror (AMC) Halloween Cake-Off (Food Network) Trisha’s Halloween Spooktacular (Food Network) Ghost Adventures Live: The Las Vegas Haunted Museum (Travel Channel) - 10/31 Haunted Gingerbread Showdown (Food Network) A Very "Wicked" Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway (NBC) - 10/29 Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash (Freeform) - 10/20 Mysteries at the Museum Special: Zodiac Killer (Travel Channel) STREAMING The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (Netflix) The Haunting of H

It's ALIVE!!!

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My MONSTER HOUSE is finally complete! Work began in May and very slllloooowwwwllly came together. The eye is projected onto the front window (thanks AtmosFX), it breathes smoke, and I assembled a moaning, growling soundtrack after learning the basics of Adobe Audition in one sitting. More photos and video are coming soon (after I learn the basics of Premiere Rush) and after I can walk upright again – but hey, at least I didn't fall off the roof this year.