I'll be taking the next week or so off from blogging and come back with pictures of my haunt. I can't wait to see all of your stuff, too!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thought I'd share this with you-fun and charming animation!
One year, I'd love to go to Oaxaca to see this in person!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I have always loved this movie. It's truly one of those "be careful what you wish for" cautionary tales. The whole cast did a fantastic job, and I really can't see a single thing wrong with this movie!
I'll share a favorite bit with you-I think this is Jack Nicholson at his very best.
If you have time to rent this before Halloween, I'd recommend it.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
He's flying up from L.A. for the party and actually staying overnight, which is a big deal. Since my niece is coming, I've decided to have them carve some pumpkins together. Two of my young minions will be over on Friday to gut the pumpkins and watch Trick 'R' Treat. I'm so excited about it all!
Funny thing on Johnny-he sometimes used to drum in the Twilight Lords, an Irish band I used to manage. Crazy, huh?
Ahh, the days when all of Danny Elfman's stuff didn't sound exactly the same...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I debated with myself about the purchase, however. I have a Blu-Ray player at home-this movie is amazing to watch on Blu-Ray, BTW-but I like to take movies along when we travel and play them on my laptop. My laptop isn't equipped with Blu-Ray.
Blu-Ray or regular DVD? The debate raged for days. Finally, at the urging of my husband, I caved and bought the Blu-Ray.
I just opened it yesterday. Inside was an unexpected treat: A little flyer inside announced that I could download a free digital copy of Trick 'R Treat to my computer! Hooray for me! I now have both Blu-Ray and a copy to take on trips!
In addition, there's a $25 gift card inside from Sideshow Collectibles towards the purchase of a toy they have listed-sadly, not the 15" figure of Sam.
Because I am an absolute dork, I got the hardcover book delving into the four stories of the movie, apparently with input from Michael Dougherty, the writer and director of the film. It hasn't arrived, yet, but I should get it any day now. I also ordered the paperback graphic novel, and love, love, love the artwork! I may get the movie poster to hang my studio portion of the Garage of Doom, too. I've been playing the soundtrack for inspiration, too. Fun stuff!
Of course, I'll be referencing the photo below for pumpkin designs this year, just because.
Thanks, Michael, for making such a delightful and inspirational Halloween movie!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Also, check out Snopes for their take on the infamous "poisoned candy" b.s. Urban Legend. I know I've posted it before, but it bears repeating. Here is the lowdown on the "sharp objects hidden in candy" thing, too.
I like Johnny's safety tips best, though. Do you think the basement will be safer with flannel bunny jammies and fuzzy slippers instead of the negligee?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Yes, I know I've had a lot of vid content lately. I'm just busy with school and under pressure to finish props in time. So sue me.
I thought you'd like this, anyway, 'cause I know your sense of humor is as tweaked as mine.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This involved shoring up weak and torn parts with duct tape, then applying shop towels and carpet glue over the repair.
A quick paint touch-up, and he was out of the Garage like a kid on the last day of school.
I didn't even have a chance to get him dressed before he dashed out into the yard to scare the crap out of people. He does so love his job!My neighbor calls this "Creepy Beauty." I like it.
Oh, and you can see why this year, I named the haunt "The Witch of Rose Hill." I have a bunch of roses, live on a hill, and my stirring witch will be out in the yard on Halloween night. Ta-da! (I know. I'm such a freakin' genius!)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Perhaps he was a closet environmentalist, too.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Click on the hanging pumpkin pic in the upper-right corner of this page to see what's available now! Update: New hanging jacko is now listed!
Here's to hoping you don't decide to eat a bunch of baking soda with your Pop Rocks!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I wasn't discouraged. I loved the show and was an avid devotee until she seriously put me into ice skating, which conveniently happened at the same time the show aired each day. Accident? I think not.
Incidentally, I find it funny that many years later, my boss's wife (who became the mother of my heart) knew me well enough to gift me with Charles Addams book, My Crowd, which contained gobs of darkly humorous cartoons by Addams. What a delightful, and very apropos gift!
I find it interesting that this show has such staying-power, even today. After all, the original series had long been cancelled and gone into syndication (perhaps even the syndication had run out-I don't know) when the movies with Angelica Huston and Raul Julia were made. I think it proves there's a larger population of twisted thinkers than we previously thought. I also love how well written the characters are, how classy they are. Who wouldn't envy Morticia's pale beauty and graceful carriage? Or Gomez's snappy fashion sense. not to mention his money?
It's also such a kick to me that the Addams Family has become so evocative of Halloween, that M&M's made not one, but two Addams-themed commercials.
In researching for this post, I came across a behind-the-scenes series of videos on YouTube, which took the time to interview the folks who were part of the original t.v. series. I thought it was pretty cool.
Who doesn't envy and admire Gomez's passion for his lovely wife? And who wouldn't want to dance this well?
Let us not forget the cartoon it spawned, even though I never saw it while it was running.
I was gratified to find they did a Halloween special in 1977 with much of the original cast.
I love that they celebrate Halloween like Christmas!
All in all, I think most of us have to admit what a huge influence the Addams Family had on our subsequent needs to haunt. The sets, the acting-just everything-made us love the dark.
Now, where's my file? I need to sharpen my cemetery fence.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Please rent one of these for a great laugh and a touch of class and elegance.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
At the end of a long day of building, I like to boil my sore bones in the hottest bathtub I can manage. I don't seem to be able to light candles and sit for an hour. So I read. I don't like to read hardbacks in the tub, since they're a little heavy to support for a long time. Schoolbooks are out, since it's likely I'll drop them in the tub. So I read paperbacks.
Recently, I dug out Richard Matheson's story, Hell House. Old school horror fans will remember he also wrote I Am Legend, which was to be made into the movie "The Omega Man," before the more recent update starring Will Smith.
I hadn't read Hell House in ages. In fact, it's been so long, it's almost a new book. While I don't exactly know the chronology, it almost seems this story is the one that set the standard for the more modern haunted mansion stories. Stephen King's Rose Red, The Haunting of Hill House and its spawn, The Haunting, are all similar in premise, and they do capture the essence of the story: the group of psychics gathered by a scientist determined to prove there's no such thing as ghosts, or they are determined to cleanse the house by the means of science alone. Terror begins in a slow trickle, in instances small enough to be ignored, or swatted away like a fly. It builds, takes over each member of the team one by one, slowly driving the most logical insane.
I would have read it all in one sitting, but my bathwater got cold.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
A couple of Dia De Los Muertos pieces I've acquired.
The piece below was a gift for a friend who seems to need some space at home. It's o.k., I'll take good care of this one!A couple of Target finds, one from this year, one from last.I love this one. Bats, skulls and spiders in lace. So elegant!Since my niece and sister-in-law are coming for Halloween, I got my niece a treat bag. No pillow cases, plastic grocery bags or other lazy treat bag alternatives. If that got out, I'd be the laughing stock of the blogosphere!Skelanimal dog. Too cute to pass up. I'll put up more pics as days go by and things get unpacked!