Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beware the Great Pumpkin!

“Last weekend, The New York Botanical Garden brought on master food sculptor Ray Villafane to carve zombies out of two giant pumpkins, one of which was the world’s heaviest pumpkin. He used the “pale flesh Brant and Eleanor Bordsen’s 1,693 pound pumpkin for the zombies” and the world record-holding 1818.5 pound pumpkin from Kelsey and Jim Bryson was used as the base.”

[via Laughing Squid]

Friday, October 28, 2011


If you have a Facebook account, you have to give this a try. This blog goes into more depth to explain it, but - trust me - it will truly freak you out. Click here to get started (Note: You must have a Facebook account.)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I don't know the name of the author. If you do, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due. Thanks!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I have to admit I had some trepidations about this one since #3 fizzled for me. Although it's not that bad, #4 has its problems as well.

Again we get some of the same old tropes: a bunch of twenty-somethings, out in the middle of nowhere in the freezing snow and cold, come across an "abandoned" nuthouse during a blizzard. Once more the phones don't work, but the place has all the luxuries of home. What they don't know is the intrepid inbred, cannibalistic threesome from the other three movies have managed to break out of their cells and eat the staff. Now with fresh warm bodies at their disposal, the inbreds have fresh meat for their table.

While I was watching this flick, questions kept popping up in my mind. Like, with the doctors and nurses no longer in charge, wouldn't somebody drive up to the place to find out why no one's answering the phone? What about the delivery people? And the mailman? What about new patients being brought in? If the inmates are running the place, wouldn't somebody on the outside get curious?

This movie is meant to be a prequel for "Wrong Turn" #1. And I admit there are some pretty gruesome moments. The blood is plentiful. There is sex and gore aplenty. A few of the kills are unique. But all the running around and screaming quickly became tedious. Plus there are a couple of TSTL moments that made me roll my eyes. (And you already know going in how this thing has to end.)

But overall this movie had decent acting and a couple of nifty scares, regardless of the serious need for suspension of belief. Which means my recommendation is that you

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Ultimate Halloween Resource Guide to Zombies

Thanks to Addison Martin and her sixth grade students, I was sent this link to the "Ultimate Halloween Resource Guide to Zombies".

It's too extensive to cut and paste here, but I've added it to my links below.

Happy reading!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Called Horsemaning

"It's more to do with Horsemaning.

Horsemanning was reportedly a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920s in which the illusion of a beheading was created. The horsemanning photo fad derives its name from the Headless Horseman, an evil character from Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Soon after its discovery, a series of horsemanning photos began trending on sites like Buzzfeed and people got inspired to recreate the original fad. Horsemanning began experiencing a revival in the mid 2011, along with other photo fads such as planking and owling."

Found and explained here.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Movie Review - CONTAGION

I was all set to see another major kick-ass story about a virus nearly destroying the world's population. I loved "Outbreak" and hoped this one was another edge-of-your-seat nail biter.

Contagion is none of this. But neither is it a bad movie.

It starts on Day 2, where an American woman re-enters the US after a business trip to Japan. She is ill, and everything she touches immediately becomes contaminated. The film continues forward one day at a time, two days, then a week. In the process we see how the virus spreads so rapidly, humanity can't cope. Violence breaks out, and millions upon millions of people die - including the stars. That fact alone blew me away. Six major A-list (and most of them Academy Award winners) in this flick, and some of them die in the movie. Wow.

If you're looking for gore or scary effects, you'll be disappointed. The film is slow, very slow. But the acting is superb. There is a lot of tension and suspense. There's a poignant happy ending. Oh, and all questions are neatly wrapped up in the final five minutes.

But because of its very slow yet methodical pace, my recommendation is that you

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Alien Wedding: Cake and Shoes Suggestion

<-- Here's the wedding cake,

and here are the shoes she can wear with the dress! -->

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cool Poster

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Movie Review - ZOMBIE DIARIES 2: World of the Dead

I haven't seen the first Zombie Diaries, but now I think I need to, just to put a prelude to what I've just watched. But, trust me, you can watch this one without feeling you've missed out on anything.

The story opens up where a couple is secluded in their house without electricity, and by their conversation you know some sort of catastrophe has happened. This movie is shot in cinema verite, meaning a guy is going around with a video camera, and you're seeing what he's shooting in "real time". It gives the viewer a "You Are There" feeling.

We then flip directly to a military establishment that is being decimated by zombies. A few troops manage to escape, and they head for the coast where they hope to catch the last boat out of the UK for Amsterdam, where survivors are gathering to wait out the infestation over the winter. Along the way the troops encounter survivalists who turn out to be more dangerous than the undead.

This film was a pleasant surprise. Plus the ending gave it a nice twist. The gore is plenty, although not as graphic as anything by Romero. But the threat felt real, and the story was entertaining. Which is why my recommendation is

Saturday, October 1, 2011