31 Nights of Halloween: Friday the 13th (1980)

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Ch-ch-ch-kah-kah-kah. A group of sexy teenagers are hired to work at Camp Crystal Lake where a small boy drowned decades ago. What could possibly go wrong, except everything…

Spoiler: everybody dies, well most everybody. Jason Voorhees, while attending summer camp accidentally drowns and his mother blames the negligent camp counselors. In the years following the accident, a string of incidents leads to the camp shutting down amid rumors that it’s cursed. Under new ownership, the camp is set to reopen. The town crazy tries to warn the kids about the camp’s reputation but is unable to convince them that they may be in trouble. One by one, the teens are picked off by who we assume is Jason Voorhees who is somehow still haunting the camp. We soon find out that it’s actually Mrs. Voorhees killing everyone to avenge her son. We only catch a glimpse of Jason at the very end of the movie and really, he was scarier when we didn’t know what he looked like or if he was even alive. The isolated cabin setting, unseen killer, extreme weather event and teenage naivete all contribute to the creep factor of this classic slasher.

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31 Nights of Halloween: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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When in doubt, stick to the classics. I have watched this film countless times and still enjoy each viewing. It’s an intriguing story, one that’s been done to death nowadays but enlisting a psychopath to aid in the capture of a serial killer is a pretty fantastical concept. I mean, who knows the mind of a crazed killer better than an equally crazed killer? FBI trainee, Clarice Starling is enlisted to profile, Buffalo Bill, an active serial killer who is murdering women and taking pieces of their skin. Her director assigns her to interview Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist and face-eating serial killer to gather some insight into Buffalo Bill. Lecter is happy to oblige if Starling is willing to tell him personal details about her life. Which, seems like a terrible idea and probably the first thing they tell you not to do in Serial Killer Catching 101. Her desire to catch Bill obviously clouds Starling’s judgement and she engages in this creepy quid pro quo arrangement. Ultimately, Lecter does somewhat help solve the case in  really roundabout way that almost costs Starling her  life but Bill’s most recent, high-profile victim is found alive thanks to her persistence.

The more times that I see this film, the more I dislike Lecter. I mean, I don’t think that the audience is supposed to like a face-eating serial killer but at first glance, he’s this super smart, kind of charming doctor who just happened to get caught killing people. In reality, he really is an asshole. From implying that Starling was only chosen for the job because her boss wants to sleep with her to calling her a backwoods hussy, I think Lecter was a misogynist and I just don’t like him. By today’s standards, the film is surprisingly tame, while there are some shocking parts it never feels out of place or forced and it’s what you aren’t seeing that builds momentum. Anyway, it’s one of my all-time faves and it never ceases to be enjoyable.

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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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Spooky Tag P. III

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And here we are, as they say, all good things must come to an end!

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I would rather be trick-or-treating but I don’t think it’s socially acceptable at my age. Also, what is the trunk-or-treating about?! There were way less street lights when I was a kid and we went house to house. Kids are getting too soft.

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The choices are your cliche roles in most horror movies; final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one or the killer. I would definitely be the killer, it’s always the one that you least suspect.

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Not usually but I’ve also watched many horror movies a ridiculous amount of times and some of the shock value has probably worn off.

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The choices being; the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered or the person who falls asleep. Probably yelling or falling asleep, I’m unsure of how that works 😛

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Neither, I don’t like scaring people!

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The Shining is hands down the most terrifying book ever written. I honestly do not think that the film adaptation did it justice. Some of the most unsettling events aren’t even in the movie or were poorly done in comparison.

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Probably too young. Kids will never know the art and thrill of conning their grandparents into getting you horror movies from Blockbuster. You just showed them the one that didn’t have the original movie sleeve and they were none the wiser.

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The first one that I can remember was, you guessed it, a cat.

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I am feeling a bit uninspired after the time spent on my costume last year and am seriously considering busting out the cats ears. I’ll probably come up with something else but we’ll see.

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I already have my Halloween cats! I think I’m secretly a cat…

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That does it for this tag, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you a costume at work kinda person, let me know!

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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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Spooky Tag P. II

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Welcome back to spooky season on my blog! What are you doing to get into the spirit of the season? Do you have any decorations up, are you working on a costume? Let me know & let’s jump into to the second part of this Halloween themed tag!

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Absolutely, I truly believe that there are multiple dimensions that we are existing in concurrently to this one. There’s just too much that humans don’t understand about the space-time continuum to believe otherwise, I think it’s the foolhardiness of the human ego that prevents us from opening our minds to phenomenons outside of our own existence. Welcome to my TED Talk 😛 I think that the doppelganger occurrence is actually tears in the space-time continuum – debate me.

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Nothing comes to mind, I don’t think I would be a potion kind of bwitch – I just get this feeling that I would rely more heavily on incantations, curses, etc. Do you ever wonder what kind of witch you’d be? Are you watching that Salem show, I’m having a hard time getting into it – I find anything about the witch trials to be deeply saddening.

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Not usually, even though I tend to believe in things that I can’t see, I’m pretty skeptical. Someone could kick my front door in and I’d be like – are you sure?

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Yes, and it was very anti-climactic. For some reason, as a kid, I thought that the point of the game was to summon the Bloody Mary as in the Catholic queen who executed a ton of protestants. I just didn’t find it scary because I was Catholic, clearly I would be spared. I don’t think that’s what the point of the game is though…

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Eh, not necessarily. I think that pure evil does exist and demons, hell, the devil are just a way of trying to separate that evil from the human existence. Some people are just evil, it’s hard to understand but creating this fantasy won’t change that. I often say that there are many things that I would sell my soul for but I just don’t believe in the devil.

Spirit Halloween

Probably nothing, I can rationalize most anything and would talk myself out of hearing anything. That being said, I also live in a top floor apartment and might get more spooked alone in a house but I’m not sure.

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The Birds, I love how chic everyone in that movie is and at the end of the day, they are just birds. I feel that I would have a pretty good chance at surviving. Honestly, probably any Hitchcock movie, everyone just looked so dapper.

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Probably a cat, hear me out, it is a surprisingly versatile costume. It works for young and old alike, now I can wear leggings, pleather, a cute leotard and I can just dress up in some sweats and ears when I’m 80. It works on so many levels.

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Been there, done that. I find graveyards to be very peaceful unless you’re in the deep south where there are such beautiful graveyards but they feel different. Nothing against the south, many tragic events in US history have taken place there. The graveyards I’ve been to felt restless, they effected me differently. Did I mention that I like to visit graveyards, mostly for the historical value.

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Eh, hiding…? I have seen enough zombie movies to know that nothing works. I think I would just hide as far away from civilization as I could. Also, have you ever wondered how effective wild animals would be at taking out zombies? Like, maybe just acquire an army of bears as I don’t think they would be as susceptible to the zombie disease. Or would they be? Then your army of bears just turns on you…?

That wraps it up for par deux, I hope you enjoyed!

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