Happy Halloween!!

 

It’s my favorite day of the year!  And my first step in celebrating is to cause a mass sugar overdose in the office:

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My new favorite thing lately is to play with candy molds.  If you happen to know where I could find Necronomicon candy molds I would gladly send you a batch of cookies in appreciation.  I saw them online in a photo as cupcake toppers and I have no idea where to obtain such awesomeness.

According to the news, the weather looks very anti-Halloween today.  It’s been a torrential downpour here all morning, so I foresee horror movie marathons in my near future…

Whatever the weather is like in your area, I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!!

 

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Severed hands and jack o’ lanterns

Since Halloween falls on a weeknight this year, this weekend was surely the busiest for Halloween celebrations.  I gathered with friends last night for pumpkin carving, horror movie watching, and food.  Best friend and I went with a Trick r Treat theme this year:

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For dinner I tried my hand (ha!) at a grotesque meatloaf.  Meatloaf doesn’t appeal to you?  Maybe this one will:

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I used the core of an onion for the bone protruding from the “hands” and would have used thin pieces of onion for nails, but as it was some guests aren’t so fond of onions.  You could also melt cheese on top in the last few minutes of baking for a skin type effect.  This turned out to be a hit, and I definitely want to experiment with more disgusting Halloween themed meal ideas.

Lastly, I’m not going to do a full review, but I recommend you don’t bother with the ABCs of Death.  It’s terrible.  But if you must, it’ll probably go down easier in a group viewing.  There were laughs, but mostly there was just mass confusion and mortification.  Of all 26 shorts, only a handful were enjoyable.  

How did you spend this past weekend?  What are your Halloween traditions?

Evil Dead the Musical

20131019_192502Currently playing at San Antonio’s Cameo Theater, Evil Dead the Musical is a must see for any fan of the series or any one looking for something new this Halloween season.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Evil Dead. The Musical.

Evil Dead the Musical sums up the films well; the first half covers the events of the first film, the second covers Evil Dead 2, and the final scene is essentially the epilogue of Army of Darkness.  Besides the ever so charming musical numbers such as, “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” What the Fuck was that?” and “Do the Necronomicon,” a lot of the humor breaks the fourth wall, bringing the audience in on the fun.  The actors are clearly having a blast in their roles.

As if that’s not enough to entice you, the first few rows come with a large sheet of plastic to share with your neighbors.  Why, you ask?  Because if you’re seated here, my friend, you’re in the Splatter Zone.  If seated in the Splatter Zone, prepare to be covered in fake blood by the time you leave.  Any time a demon possessed character is stabbed, maimed, or killed blood is thrown all over stage and audience.  Though you’re already a mess by the end of Act I, this is nothing compared to the complete massacre that occurs at the climax of the play.  Many of the “zombies” actually brought large water cooler jugs filled with fake blood to dump on the first few rows.  So if you don’t like to get messy, make sure you’re seated way in the back.  But where’s the fun in that?

Want to know what you’d look like at the end of Act I?

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This is nothing compared to the torrential downpour of blood in Act II.  If you choose seats in the Splatter Zone, which I hope you do, be prepared to get well acquainted with the bizarre, slightly fruit punch smell and taste of the blood.  It ended up in my mouth, up my nose, and in my eyes over the two hour running time.

This show was a blast.  If you’re in or near San Antonio, check out Cameo Theater for remaining showtimes.  If you’re not, check out Evil Dead the Musical’s website for current productions across the country.

Curse of Chucky Review

Curse-of-Chucky-CoverChucky is back, and this time he’s seeking his victims by priority mail.  Paraplegic Nica lives with her mother, though it becomes clear that it may actually be Nica (played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona) taking care of her medicated mother rather than the reverse.  An unexpected package arrives for her mother with no return address listed.  Inside, of course, is a newly made over Chucky.  Though the mother throws him away, Nica wakes in the middle of the night to a scream and finds her mother dead.

Nica’s sister, Barb, arrives soon after with her family and nanny in tow for the funeral and to settle affairs.  Naturally, the body count rises and Nica is the only one suspecting something may not be quite right with the Good Guy doll.

I was really stoked to hear this film was reverting back its horror roots, and the first half of Curse of Chucky met those expectations.  Nica’s house is large, old, and creepy.  Perfect for the sinister Chucky to disappear and reappear in unexpected places.  Curse of Chucky took its time building tension in the beginning; the family has no clue who Charles Lee Ray is or what they’re dealing with and he’s very patient in waiting for opportune moments to strike.  His new appearance was effectively creepy, and I’ll admit I was caught off guard the first moment he moved for Nica’s young niece.

The second half took a sharp decline, however, as the climax turned into a campy murder spree and Chucky’s appearance reverted back to something more familiar with the previous two entries.  I also have mixed feelings about the reveal of why Chucky chose this particular family to destroy.

A scene near the end features a cameo that will leave fans of the series smiling, and that grin will widen at the cameo featured after the end credits roll.

Overall, despite the weak climax, this was an enjoyable attempt to recapture the magic that was Child’s Play.

Fearshire Farms

If you’re in the Houston area and love haunted houses, I implore you to check out Fearshire Farms.  It’s a bit of a drive south of Houston, located in Angleton, TX, but for me it was worth it.  Maybe it is due to the location and still being a relatively young haunt, that Fearshire Farms lacked the overwhelming crowds that you find at more popular Houston haunts like Phobia or Screamworld.

There are three attractions at Fearshire Farms: Honkey’s Fun House, Dead End Corn Maze, and Fearsons Farm House.  There’s also a snack stand, a pavilion with picnic tables facing a large screen playing horror films, a bonfire to roast s’mores, and many actors (most with live snakes) interacting with guests.  So there’s plenty to do to keep you entertained in between attractions.

Another thing I absolutely loved about the place was the atmosphere.  The location gives it an isolated feel and the very dim lighting only contributed to the ambiance.  Once you walked past the pavilion you were in the dark as you moved from attraction to attraction.  Most of all, though, I loved the staff.  They were extremely personable, which you miss out on with the larger venues.  Everyone, aside from the actors who remained in character, were extremely helpful and friendly.  The Mad Hatter, who I suspect may be the mastermind behind Fearshire Farms, was often found moving from line to line inquiring if guests were having a good time.  The staff loves this place and it was contagious.

As for the attractions, each were well done but my favorite of the three by far was Fearsons Farm House.  This attraction is set in an actual farm house and each room was so unique with its own theme yet still cohesive to an overall theme.  The scares were varied; don’t expect to rely on the same scare tactic every time.  One of my favorite parts of this attraction was ending up in a creepy bedroom after pushing through a large closet full of hanging objects, and discover all doors are locked.  As you turn around to find your way out a creepy actor slithers out toward you.  The staff unlocks one of the doors to let you out right before the creature reaches you.  At one point I actually paused to marvel at a well done effect.  

This doesn’t diminish the fun of the other attractions, though, as both were well themed and a blast to walk through as well.  Each attraction managed to feel entirely unique and offer something that appeals to a wide range of phobias.  Does the thought of being chased by chainsaw wielding maniacs freak you out?  Are you claustrophobic?  How do you feel about clowns?  What about about a demented, dark farm in the middle of nowhere?

Then try out Fearshire Farms and let me know how you feel it compares to Houston’s other haunted attractions.

If you need a little more convincing, this place will be featured on the Travel Channel Oct 13th, on Halloween’s Craziest.