Pop culture for horror junkies; all about the famous films, creepypasta tales, trends and tropes that bled from the fringes of fright into the macabre mainstream.
How Horror Nights Became Home
I'll admit, the first time I ever went to Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Hollywood, I was overwhelmed. I was fascinated by the mazes, the performers, and all the detail that went into everything, but I didn't go with the right people. They didn't have the patience for me and my needs and we didn't know we could get a disability access pass to help me. I fell in love that night, regardless, and hoped to go again in the future with the right people.
Parker's Blues (Part II of Alien and the Nemesis)
The mention of personality, which is not the same as talent, must not overrule one central fact of the film: the casting is excellent. One simple measurement of their talent can be found in the ability to see these actors in work beyond monster-hunting in space. Tom Skeritt would go on to do work in other films and on television (notably Nash Bridges); Harry Dean Stanton, who was already a veteran on the Hollywood scene, is still one of America’s best character actors (we look for him even as he disappears into his role); John Hurt and Ian Holm were bred and trained under the British system of acting and can be relied on to surprise and attract an audience in any role; And then there is Sigourney Weaver, our Ripley, in her first important film role (she had a brief out-of-focus cameo in Annie Hall). Nothing earlier in the film leads us to believe that she will be the one to avoid the alien’s appetite and survive three sequels. It was truly her breakout role. Yaphet Kotto was also a veteran of the Hollywood scene. At that point, he had appeared in Across 110th Street, Live and Let Die and numerous other films. He would also appear on television on Homicide: Life on the Streets, earning an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a police chief. In Alien, he is Parker, an engineer and a member of the repair crew responsible for keeping the ship running. He is also very self-involved and knows that he should be getting a better deal in regard to the “bonus situation”. This is the first sign - apart from the cigarettes - that this film has a cynical hole in its heart (Han Solo’s demands for payment is quickly resolved when he helps blow up the bad guys; Parker and Brett never get their fair share despite their work to get the ship running when the so-called skilled crew makes one of the worst ship landings in sci-fi film history). He speaks for all the working stiffs who help out behind the scenes when things are not going well; all guts and no glory.
The Curse of the Ouija board
It started off as a normal party at a cabin near the river, until all of our friends started going missing One by One. My name is Olivia Baker and I am one of the survivors of the cursed ouija board. The night started off as any other party night, loud music playing, people passed out on the couch or on the floor, even though this was my family's cabin I didn't really know my way around the place so I started to get lost until I saw my friend Luis Gaynor sitting on a bed. Luis was always not the type to go to parties but this time I made him go. I walked in the room and closed the door “Hey” I said “Hey”He said “Enjoying the party?” I said making my way to the chair next to the bed “Yeah im having such a good time with the care bears '' He said sarcastically. I laughed knowing he didn't really mean it, that's when i had the idea and said “Hey want to go down stairs and play a game I have a Ouija board “ No i'm good I heard they were cursed” He said “aww come on there no curse that's just a rumor to scare little kids” I said then i dragged him out of the bed and made my way down stairs. “ Hey everyone, want to play a game” I said as loudly as I could so people could hear my voice over the music. Some people said yes but some either ignored me or couldn't hear me. Me and the people that wanted to play formed a circle in the living room. We all put our hands on the planchette “so how do you play?” Lia said “ you put your hands on the planchette and ask the board some questions it's supposed to answer with yes or no or it spells it out,” I said “okay” Lia said, Lia was the first one to ask a question “am I going to be the prom queen this year?” she smirked thinking she already knew the answer. When the planchette suddenly moved , it said no “WHAT?!WHAT DOES IT MEAN NO”Lia said “there's no reason to shout, it's not that serious'' I suddenly regretted asking her to join,we played a little more, then suddenly the lights went out in the whole cabin. everyone started getting scared “what was that?” Luis asked, getting suspicious “nothing probably a shortage” I said. 3 minutes later the lights came on and Lia was gone ‘'where did Lia go ''? Katherine asked, getting scared “she probably didn't want to play anymore, it's okay” I said, trying to calm her. “Okay” She said worried about her best friend, when it was Katherine's turn she asked a question “am i going to pass the test on friday?” She asked, the planchette moved to yes ``yes!” She was happy about the answer. Then suddenly rain and thunder started coming down, but we ignored it for some time until it started getting worse and worse, but we still played “come on Luis it's your turn” I said “i still don't know about this, like what happened to Lia it might have been the Ouija boards fault she’s missing I heard once a girl played with her friends and they all were found dead the next morning” He said ”come on Lia isn't missing and even if she is its a dumb board games fault, now come and play with us” I said. “Fine but if you guys go missing just know I tried to warn you” He said “Can everyone just shut up and play? '' Mark said. Luis took his turn “where is Lia'' Luis said, the Ouija board started spelling the words out “C.H.E.C.K T.H.E. R.I.V.E.R ``'' it says check the river” I said. Mark went to go check the river, but he never came back “ everyone Marks been gone for a while now should we go check on him” Katherine said with a worried look on her face “okay” I said getting up “ no I’ll go I want to see Lia'' Katherine said “okay, be my guest” I said, it was only me and Luis left, “Shall we continue playing?” I said “what? !”No, you're crazy, our friends are out there probably dead’’ Luis exclaimed “shouldn't we go check on them” Luis said “Yeah you're right” I said feeling embarrassed. So we both got up and went outside. They were nowhere to be seen so we went to the river. That's when we saw the lifeless bodies of our friends floating away. ‘’They're Dead”!!! We both screamed . We ran back into the cabin and put up the Ouija board and called the police “911 whats your emergency” The lady on the phone said “yes we would like to report a somewhat murder” I said, Luis was next to me shaking with fear in his eyes. “Tell me what happened miss” She said “We were playing with a Ouija board and the lights went out and our friend Lia went missing so our other friend Mark went to check on her,but they didn't come back so our other friend Katherine volunteered to go get them. but she never came back. That's when me and my friend Luis went to go find them but when we found them, they were in the river floating with their lifeless dead bodies“ I said, stuttering a little out of fear. “Okay miss, can you give us an address?” The lady said “1335 east Canator ave '' I said “ Okay miss we will be right over '' The lady said. Once the police came they searched inside of the house and outside by the river they found nothing. They said the case will remain a mystery,and until this day the deaths of our friends still remain a mystery and still haunts me and Luis. Since that day I have never looked or even thought about a Ouija board.
The Black Phone - A Movie Review
If I’m going to get out of here, I’m going to have to outsmart him. The Black Phone is a 2022 film based on a short story written by Joe Hill. A 13-year-old boy is abducted by a child killer. Locked up in a soundproof basement, Finney receives calls on a disconnected phone. The killer’s previous victims give him advice.
Can’t find her
Can’t find me The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. This candle was a beacon calling a lost woman in the rain stranded with a flat tire.
Introduction to 666 This will hopefully be my 666th Vocal post. I asked friends if they had any suggestions and Pam Reeder suggested a piece on the history of the meaning of the number.
What Happened to These Characters in the Casteel Saga?
Although Virginia Andrews is one of my favourite guilty pleasure reads, there are some times I’ve been left to ponder what happened to certain characters - especially the ones who just walked out of the plot and we never heard from again.
The Monster Lives
Truth is subjective, especially on silver screens. Everyone is an actor with a role to play, a story to tell. Sitting in the theater chair yet another movie about the monstrous Dracula had been released, funny how my story has been told for decades and yet each adaptation is less truthful than the last. Honestly, the most faithful would have been the one released in 1992. The actor that portrayed me, I had to do a double-take and make sure I had not accidentally exposed myself on screen. But the story was ever still in more favor of the heroes rather than the villains. Surely, they cannot keep portraying Mina Harker as a damsel in distress – she was anything but that. She wanted to flee Jonathan for me, and yet the times would not allow it. Then there was Lucy Westenra, the film had it show that I appeared as a dog to her? No, farthest thing from the truth.
Who Was The True Villain of “Flowers in the Attic”?
I had the opportunity to sit in on an interview with Andrew Neiderman earlier this month discussing his biography, The Woman Beyond the Attic. I was able to ask a few questions regarding his classic and current V.C. Andrews books as the ghostwriter.
3 keys to deduce the final outcome of Stranger Things
Stranger Things, Netflix's iconic series, is coming to an end. The first part of the fourth season premiered on May 27 and the second part will be released on July 1. Stranger Things 4 is disturbing, terrifying and much darker than the previous seasons.
Has Horror Changed That Much?
Horror is defined as the intense feeling of fear. The main topic is about horror movies. Horror movies have changed over time and have reshaped what exactly horror is. The new horror has delved into using real life topics and being more atmospheric. A good example is the movie Get Out by Jordan Peele. He uses the movie to bring up racial topics between black and white people. For atmospheric we can look at the movie The Lodge. The Lodge is a slow build up into what is going on between the kids and the new girlfriend. The movie even delves into cult topics and seeing how mental toll of a mind can bring about drastic consequences. Talking more about horror let us take a step back and think about what the first horror movie you watched was. Take some time to think about it. Think about how that movie affected you when you first saw it. Was it scary? Was it a complete mind confusion? Was it something that stuck with you for a while? I can say my first horror movie was Child’s Play. After a afternoon of my mom telling me not to watch it, as soon as she went to sleep I did in fact watch it. I enjoyed the movie so much that I wanted to see what other movies I could watch. I have seen so many horror movies over time that my list is enourmous.
The Horrors Behind the Making of ´The Wizard of Oz´
An unusual friendship, a yellow brick road, and ruby red slippers were what it took to make the most influential film of all time. When it premiered in August of 1939, The Wizard of Oz brought magic in Technicolor to the cinemas across America. The enchanting story has captured millions of hearts since and serves as an eternal reminder that “there is no place like home.”