31 Nights of Halloween: The Body (2018)

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The Body is the first installment of Hulu’s 12-part, horror anthology Into the Dark. I have to admit, I was expecting a lot more and was almost completely disappointed. I will even admit that I kept skipping parts because the plot was predictable and pointless scenes were drawn out to irritating lengths. The premise was not bad, a hit man hides his victim in plain sight by simply allowing people to think that it’s part of his Halloween costume. I loved this, I thought it was brilliant commentary on the naivety and ignorance of modern society. That being said, the best part only lasted about 25 minutes and the rest of it was just filler crap.

Wilkes, the hit man, proceeds to drag a body out into the city streets on Halloween. He runs into a group of people headed to a Halloween party who think his costume is awesome and convince him to attend the party with them. The shtick continues at the party with revelers taking photos with the corpse. Wilkes meets Maggie, a data analyst, hacker, personal assistant to the guy throwing the party and all around psychopath. She is enamored with Wilkes and offers to get him a ride to where he’s going. Things turn bad when there is a delay with getting a ride and Wilkes reveals that his ‘prop’ is actually a corpse. He kills one of the kids who took him to the party and the remaining three steal the body in retaliation. An absurd chase all over the city leads to Wilkes killing pretty much everyone and delivering the goods to whoever hired him. Wilkes is killed shortly thereafter by Maggie who we thought he left for dead.

It sucked, it was literally the worst. The whole Maggie character  becoming obsessed with Wilkes and collecting trophies from the dead bodies was really bizarre and I actually thought her being stabbed was well-deserved. There were too many gruesome for the sake of being gruesome scenes, the cast was mediocre, the whole thing just sucked. I’m not even sure that I will continue watching these as part of my 31 Nights of Halloween. Have you watched any of the series? Let me know what you thought, maybe they get better.

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31 Nights of Halloween: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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The highly-anticipated first glimpse into the wonderful world of Hogwarts did not disappoint and I still find it to be pure magic to this day. The acting from the kids wasn’t amazing but pretty adorable and the star-studded cast of seasoned actors definitely made up for it. This is probably my least favorite book in the saga but one of my most-watched adaptations. I love the aesthetic of this movie, from the cozy dorm scenes to the creepy Forbidden Forest, it’s the book come to life. These movies also seem timeless given the absence of technology and current events, it’s easy to get immersed in the fantasy. From the costumes to the special effects, I think this one is absolutely delightful.

I think everyone knows the story line, Harry Potter who was orphaned as a baby finds out he is a wizard and is whisked away from his miserable living situation among the muggles. He meets his best friends Ron and Hermione, arch rival Malfoy and even the wizard responsible for the death of his parents. Is it the best plot, not really but we do get to meet a ton of important characters and learn about more about Harry’s history. This one is definitely the most kid-friendly installment and it’s just a ton of fun all around. Harry Potter fanatic or not, I recommend.

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31 Nights of Halloween: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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Julie, Ray, Helen & Barry are heading home after a Fourth of July celebration when they hit and kill a man in the road. After a moment’s panic, they do what most teenagers would do and toss the body in the water. They’re almost caught red-handed when Julie’s friend Max drives by and stops to see if everything is alright. They convince him that everything is fine and everyone goes their separate ways. The friends fall out of touch after high school and we assume they got away with murder.

When they return home for the summer, the friends are soon being stalked by some geezer in a rain slicker, wielding a hook. Not knowing who could have possibly found them out, the friends blame Max and confront him. He has no idea what they are talking about but as is the fate of all nerds, he is the first to be hooked to death. The terrified group starts trying to figure who they killed that night. This is where the story gets weirder and more convoluted. It turns out that they ran over a grieving father who had just murdered the person who killed his daughter whom the teens thought they killed but didn’t. In fact, they didn’t kill anyone…?

I get that the director of this flick was trying to emulate the feel of the classic slasher flick but I just don’t love this one. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and has that cheesecake feel to it but the story goes in too many directions. There’s a point where Julie thinks that Ray is the killer and I think they should have gone with that story line. Having it turn out that they didn’t kill anyone was a little lame. I mean, that guy was out actually murdering someone, he should have died. Anyway, the cast is pure nostalgia and the fashion is so 90’s good but those are the high points. If you need something on in the background while you’re doing dishes, this is it.

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31 Nights of Halloween: Creepshow (1982)

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Admittedly, I didn’t know that the 2019 Creepshow series was based on this feature length anthology, written by Stephen King (who even stars in one of the stories). I thought that the series was really good but knew I had to check out the original and this Twilight Zone meets Tales from the Crypt mash-up did not disappoint.

The flick starts out where all good horror films do, a child seeking revenge on a dirtbag parent. In this case, Billy is furious with his father for tossing his Creepshow comic and while sitting in his room is visited by the main comic book character come to life. The Creep then takes us on a journey full of 5 sordid tales. From the revenge of a murdered father risen from the grave, to an alien parasite – this one has everything. The tone is definitely comedic while still being genuinely creepy. I think that my favorite stories were Father’s Day, (a bitter old man is offed by his scheming daughter who then manages to bring him back to life by accident. He kills the entire family and enjoys a delicious and terrifying Father’s Day cake) and The Crate (a crate containing an Arctic monster is found on a college campus. After killing a few people, one of the college professors uses his wife as bait to lure the monster back into its crate and yes, she dies).

Finally, in the  closing scene we see Billy finally getting revenge on his abusive father by means of a voodoo doll. I loved it, if you like the aesthetic of 80’s horror flicks then you’ll enjoy this. All of the stories are brilliant in their own right, they aren’t too short or too long and it’s an all around fun watch. If you haven’t checked out the reboot, I definitely recommend as well!

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31 Nights of Halloween: Thinner (1996)

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This movie is not great, in fact, it’s probably one of the worst movies I have ever watched. The thing is, it’s based on one of my most-appreciated Stephen King books. It is such a fantastically creepy tale of karma meted out with old-world Gypsy magic and yet the film is just fat suits and cheap wigs. The special effects are so distractedly terrible that it’s hard to believe this was released as recently as 1996. Anyway, I still watch it most every year because I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Billy Halleck is an obnoxious, corrupt sleaze-ball lawyer who makes his scratch defending the dregs of the underworld and just happens to be obese. On the way home from celebrating a murder acquittal, he runs over a local Gypsy woman named Suzanne Lempke. While Billy does go to trial, his friends in the judicial system spare him any real punishment. Enter Tadzu, Suzanne’s father who refuses to let Billy get away with murder and curses him by simply whispering thinner. And you guessed it, Billy boy starts wasting away at an alarming rate (and for some reason starts looking reptilian). At first, he chalks it up to recent lifestyle changes but as he becomes increasingly gaunt, he knows the old man’s curse took. So, he does what any jerk trying to get away with murder does, he calls in the mob. The recently acquitted crime boss, Richie ‘The Hammer’ Ginelli goes with Billy to the gypsy camp to reason with Tadzu to no avail. Finally, Tadzu whips up a pie and tells Billy that if someone eats the pie, they will die and Billy will be spared. So he takes it home and feeds it to his wife who soon dies, unfortunately, his daughter also falls casualty to the tainted pie. Billy decides to eat the pie himself until his wife’s suspected lover shows up and we can assume from the closing shot that he ate the pie and Billy is spared.

What is the moral of this story, literally no idea. The guy killed numerous people, was still mostly an asshole by the end of the movie and overall it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth – like bloody, strawberry pie 😛 It’s poorly acted, the costumes are terrible, the script is clunky and a total disparagement of the book. Somehow, it’s just become a classic in its own terrible way. Should you watch it, yeah, it’s kind of a romp.

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Fall Tag & 31 Nights of Halloween Watch List

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Call me corny but I still love a good tag and figured it would be the perfect way to kick off all of the Halloween content to come. Summer apparently isn’t going out without a fight and we’re supposed to see a high of 84 today…but I’m not letting the unseasonable weather kill my vibe!

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I love warm scents as soon as the weather turns cool; vanilla, cinnamon, balsam, camp fires, coffee and yes, even leather. I’m still off the jar candles but if I had to choose any one candle that embodies fall for me, it has to be Nature’s Wick Bonfire Nights.

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I would have to say my preference is for pumpkin stuff, I don’t associate apples with fall. I love an apple crisp at any time of year but only start reaching for pumpkin when the weather turns. Also, I have to say that my drink of choice has been the Iced Pumpkin Pie latte from Caribou, they have hands down the best pumpkin flavoring!

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The fashion! I admittedly dress like a complete slob in the summer, linen pants, cotton tops, sandals – I just cannot be bothered but come fall, you’d think I’d undergone a Devil Wears Prada make over.

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I love an overcast fall day, I spend them reading, cooking, cleaning, taking a walk through the leaves. I actually enjoy being outside more in the fall and winter than I do the summer.

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Halloween, we didn’t really do the Thanksgiving thing when I was kid – the whole genocide issue…I just find Halloween to be less problematic although, I won’t pass on stuffing.

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There’s a lot of things that I do at this time of year but getting out the flannel bedding always feels very fall-esque. I changed all of the bedding this weekend and will probably pay for it later but it feels so cozy.

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Farms and graveyards. I live in an area where the rural areas are being developed into your standard, mundane, milquetoast, American neighborhoods completely lacking in authenticity and culture. It just makes me sad to see the people who built America sell their livelihoods to software developers. As the farms sit vacant and the old homesteads are gutted, they make for some sad but poignant photos. I signed up for Find a Grave this summer, people will post graves that they are looking for and people in the area can go take photos for them. It’s really interesting and there are some beautiful graveyards in the Twin Cities.

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Back to school! I tend to get a little melancholy this time of year knowing that I will probably never set foot on another campus as a student. My university does an alumni day right about this time of year though and I always go if I can, I just love that old campus.

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Turtlenecks! Call me crazy but I think turtlenecks are the most subtly seductive piece of clothing. Plus, there are so many prints and textures available now, these ain’t your grandma’s turtlenecks.

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It depends, we have days like today where everything feels damp but it doesn’t really rain. Some seasons we get nothing but rain and the leaves turn moldy and sometimes we have those perfect, crisp falls with stunning foliage. I am hoping for the latter with just a touch of rain this year but I’m game for snow on Halloween too!

What does fall mean to you, let me know if you do this tag – I’d love to read your answers. Now, for my 31 Nights of Horror Watch List. I have not prepared a list for past years, I thought it might help me stay more organized this time around. Now, if you have not read my posts from prior years, my reviews aren’t real deep and are really just a recap of the movie/show and what I enjoyed about it. If you want really in-depth, thought provoking reviews then keep looking.

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As you will see, I am doing a mash-up of classics, family friendly movies, 90’s cheese thrillers and television series marathons. I am watching a ton of my all-time favourites but thought I would throw a little variety in this year since I’ve watched those to death. I’m excited, I hope you’ll enjoy these posts! I will be posting about decor, beauty and lifestyle as well so stay tuned. What’s on deck for your horror watch list, let me know!

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