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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Horror Movie Survival Kit



Man Crates is a new company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he has to open with a crowbar! At Man Crates, it is their mission to end the difficulties that have long been associated with buying gifts for men. And what does Man Crates have to do with horror? Well, while they have a wide assortment of crates, they also have horror themed ones like their "Zombie Survival Crate." Someone at Man Crates asked me to create my own Horror Movie Survival Kit as part of their Halloween celebration so here we go!

Us horror fans know that is usually takes a lot to survive a horror film. A lot of it comes from the person's will to live, and a little luck. Obviously those things don't come in a crate, so lets start by thinking about the kind of horror movies we could end up in. We have zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, aliens, end of the world scenarios, and even sharknados! Even with a crate I'm not sure we could be totally prepared for all of those things, but lets give it a try.

Lets start with something simple like a pair of guns. With guns we must have ammo, so lets include regular bullets, wooden bullets, and a few silver ones. I'm not sure what's going to stop an alien, but lets think Star Trek and include a phaser. Ok, there might not by such a thing, but neither are zombies, vampires, and werewolves (supposedly).

Guns and phasers are good, but they won't last so lets include either a metal bat, or machete. They can be useful against many creatures, and humans that have gotten out of control (thank you Walking Dead). Everyone has a knife so throw that in there. How about something old school like brass knuckles? They just might come in handy if you’re in hand-to-hand combat. And how could I forget one of my favorites the chainsaw! Too bad that's probably too big for the kit.

Moving on from weapons, lets think of some other useful items. A cross necklace wouldn't hurt. Maybe even a bigger cross to carry just in case that powerful demon comes along. We can throw in some holy water with that. Here's one courtesy of Supernatural...some salt. Lets keep those demons out of the house! Oh and here's something useful... night vision! Although that hasn't always worked out for who ever is using it in recent movies.

All right, we can't over look food. I wouldn't get too carried anyway with it since most people in horror movies don't stop for snacks. However, if we were in the apocalypse or end of the world some food wouldn't hurt. Everyone has their own taste so since this is my kit I'll include some chips, peanuts, crackers, hard candy, water, and Dr. Pepper! Yes, my caffeine of choice since I can't take a Starbucks with me!

Hopefully this crate comes with some wheels because that is a lot of stuff to carry around. I didn't even include other things like stakes, matches, lighters, extra clothes, camping gear, handcuffs, a first aid kit, etc. Anyways, hopefully I have enough to survive at least a few days depending on which horror movie I end up in. So what would be in your kit?

  HorrO

You can check out Man Crates at www.mancrates.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "AVP - ALIEN VS PREDATOR" AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again. 


The first few pics are of the entrance to the house, or crashed spaceship in this case. Just as you get the feel for the spaceship atmosphere, you run into these guys…


In this house, the aliens like this guy were puppets. If you were at last year's HHN, these aliens were done similar to the werewolves in the "American Werewolf in London" house. The heads, and jaws would come out at you as you walked by.


In this room, there was a dead predator on the table. In the video you can see his wound. There's even a dead scientist on the floor.


Here you see a small alien in an awkward position. What you might not be able to tell is that it's actually behind a window, and comes flying up at it similar to what you see in the movie.


You might be wondering where are all the predators besides the dead one on the table. Well, the predators were all scare actors. Actually, we got to see some back stage, and they were very big and tall scare actors. Apparently during the first weekend they didn't show themselves that much, but in the weeks to follow they changed that. They made sure everyone would see the predators after that.


The aliens like that guy were just as cool. Don't be fooled by them just being puppets.


Speaking of cool, I enjoyed walking over the platform, and seeing the alien eggs. It just seemed right to have them included in the fun.


And if you have eggs, then you have to have humans caught in the alien web of nastiness. The humans in the video are obviously fake, but at night there's a real scare actor hiding in one. 


I also enjoyed the skinned guy hanging here!


Here they had some screens for you to look at. Of course, while you are looking at them, they were either aliens or predators waiting for you.


Overall, this was an awesome house. The alien puppets were just as cool as last year's werewolves. The predators were giants, and so real like. They did a great job of putting you right in the world of these two creatures. So that was a look at the "AVP: Aliens vs. Predators” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "ROANOKE - CANNIBAL COLONY" HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24




Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “Roanoke - Cannibal Colony” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again.


Several of the first pics are of the entrance to this cannibal colony. In the video you see a pic of a guy on the right hand side. He's in a lot of pain, and makes all kinds of noise at night. The two guys in this pic are as dead as they look, but at night there is someone hiding behind them to scare you.


There isn't much to explain about this house. It's based on the lost colony of Roanoke. HHN decided to make their own version of the story about cannibals. Therefore in the video you will notice this is a bloody house full of body parts. These cannibals were eating good as you can see!


I included the above pic simply because it reminds me of Daryl. Looks like he would be facing cannibals in both worlds.


How did the cannibals cook their food? On a barbecue pit of course! You will find a few of them in this house. At night, there's a scare actor laying in this one acting like he's being cooked.


Here's a nice pile of bones. In the video, you might notice there's a pic of a seat behind it. At night, there's a scare actor there to welcome you as you pass by. The cannibal scare actors were funny because many of them would say, "meat" as you passed by. I'm glad they didn't cook us!


I wouldn’t want to end up like this guy!


Part of what's going on here besides the cooking is the colony burning down. Standing around this area at night are several scare actors that are still alive, and trying to escape the fire. Apparently they decided to burn everything down, as opposed to being eaten!


The final room of the house featured two scare actors on stilts coming out of the corners of the room to scare you. They were pretty intimidating especially if you are paying attention to things like this table of brains.


Overall not the scariest house, but certainly one of the bloodiest. It was awesome seeing all of the carnage the cannibals had created with their meals. I hope you watched the video to see all of that carnage! The scare actors were fun to listen too. This actually ended up being a good year for all of their original houses. So that was a look at the "Roanoke – Cannibal Colony” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "DOLLHOUSE OF THE DAMNED" HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “Dollhouse of the Damned” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again.


The first series of pics in the video are shots of the outside of the house. It's a wooden frame decorated with what other than baby doll parts. There are arms, legs, heads, and even some complete dolls too. On the roof there is a raven, which is something the designers add to each house every year. For those of us who know about it, it's always fun looking for.


The first scare in this house can be seen in the above pic. It doesn't look like much here, but at night there's a scare actor up there being very still. She will eventually move in an attempt to scare people passing by. She is just a warm up for the most disturbing thing about this house, which comes next. 


In the video you will see a couple of pics of large baby cribs. They are large because at night there are some large baby scare actors in them. When I say large, I really mean they have some giant heads. The heads look similar to the head on the wall you see at the end of the video.


These are some bad babies. They have made a mess of their cribs, and yes the walls. That is what you think it is on the walls!


Besides the scary babies, you might find some familiar faces. The above pic is a Teddy Rubskin bear split in half, and stuck on the wall. In the video, you might have also seen a Carebear on the wall as well


Then there is the big toy room filled with more dolls. They are all over the place to catch your attention while scare actors are trying to scare you. Here you see a familiar face in the doll from "Dead Silence." I look forward to finding him in a house ever year. In the video, you will see he appears in several places in the room.


And this guy needs no introduction. He was hard to find at night. 


Now here's a scare they have done before. In this pic it looks like just a stack of stuffed toys. However, if you look closely there's a trigger on top because at night a scare actor covered in toys becomes part of the stack of toys. Of course he jumps up to scare people as they walk by. There's another stack of toys in the room to distract you. You will also see in the video some creepy looking mummy like figures on the wall. They were freaky looking, yet funny because they were holding dolls.


The final room of the house was fun. There were lots of mirrors to catch your attention. In the center of the room were some ballerinas. As you might expect, at night one of them was actually a scare actor. Dance with her if you dare.


And here's a look at the aforementioned large baby heads. I thought it was funny how they had body parts in their mouths. Below is a bonus video of a few seconds of the house at night, and the people going into it.



Overall, this turned out to be a fun house to walk through. Like I said, the babies with the big heads were definitely disturbing. There was a lot to see in the house, so hopefully you went through it more than once to find all of the dolls. So that was a look at the "Dollhouse of the Damned” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Monday, October 20, 2014

ANNABELLE REVIEW



A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Starring: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard

Directed by: John R. Leonetti

Written by: Gary Dauberman

  While "The Conjuring" is a very good movie, one of the biggest things many people took away from it was the brief introduction they got to the doll Annabelle. Right away I came out of that movie saying that we needed to have a movie about that doll. I'm not sure what it was about her, but apparently I wasn't the only one who felt the same way. So now everyone who became instantly enamored with Annabelle, like myself, got what they wanted... "Annabelle" the movie.
  With that said, there are a lot of big expectations from those who wanted this movie to happen. Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect, but just knew I had to see it. If audiences didn't realize it in "The Conjuring" it might not have taken them long to realize Annabelle isn't a Chucky type doll. She isn't running around slicing up people while giving wise cracks. However, she does have something in common with Chucky, and that's how she’s possessed with evil. The beginning of the movie sets up exactly why Annabelle has become the doll that shows up when bad things are happening.
  What seems a little weird about her story is that she’s possessed not only by the woman who attacks the couple early on, but also the evil that woman is trying to conjure up. Either way, both produce some pretty scary scenes. One of those scenes starts with a little girl, and ends coming at the audience as her older self. The true creepiness comes from the demon. They do an excellent job of hiding it in the darkness, and having it pop up. The prime example of that is the basement scene.
  Besides the scares, it's also nice to see a horror movie set in a little older time. It gives the movie a different look as far as the setting, and visuals. However, the pace of the movie is very similar to what audiences have seen in "The Conjuring" and "Insidious." It's kind of slow, and the couple isn’t always that interesting to listen to. The acting is all right, but nothing like the performances in "The Conjuring."
  Again, I'm not sure what I expected to see in "Annabelle," but just knew I had to see it. While she isn't the one actually doing the scares, there’s just something about her. There’s just enough evil in her, which manages to produce just enough scares. Hopefully audiences will get to see her again in a sequel, or maybe even in "The Conjuring 2." I give this movie 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO
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