Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ghostbusters pictures

I had a great time seeing Ghostbusters in the theater a few weeks ago, so I thought today I'd post some pictures of mine that are related to Ghostbusters. : )

Getting ready to see Ghostbusters!

Bret trying to eat Slimer

Ready to bust some ghosts with Peter Venkman

Bret is not at all interested in the Stay Puft marshmallow Man

R.I.P. Bret.  You were the cutest hamster in the world, and I miss you so much it hurts.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Movie Spotlight: The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones is a 2014 movie starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke.  In 1974, Oxford professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) recruits some students to help him prove that the supernatural isn't real.  They run experiments on Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), who thinks she's possessed, and they try to prove that her mind is responsible for manifesting the strange things that have been happening around her.  They keep her locked in a room, and her mental health declines the more they experiment on her (this sounds pretty illegal).

The Quiet Ones was a good movie, and all of the actors were great, but I don't understand why a movie called The Quiet Ones was so freaking loud.  It's one of those movies where the dialogue is really low, so you have to turn the volume up, and then there are occasional loud noises that will scare the shit out of you.  I know many scary movies do this, but the loud noises in this movie seemed to be ten times louder than the loud that we had to put our hamster in a different room because we were afraid the noises were so loud that they could cause him to have a stroke!  A word of advice: if you watch The Quiet Ones, watch it with the closed captioning on, so you won't have to turn the volume up too high.  The loud noises were really annoying, and I would've given the movie a higher rating without them.

My rating: 7/10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Movie Spotlight: Oculus

Oculus is a 2013 movie starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaite, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, and Garrett Ryan.  Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillan) suspects that an antique mirror her father (Rory Cochrane) bought in 2002 has caused terrible things to happen to her family.  Tim (Brenton Thwaite), Kaylie’s brother, is being released from a psychiatric hospital, and Kaylie enlists his help in proving that the mirror has supernatural powers.  Tim is skeptical, but Kaylie is sure that the mirror has killed forty-five people (maybe the movie should’ve been called Murder Mirror since no one knows what an oculus is…is that even a real word?).  Kaylie has a dog that she never bothered to name since she plans to use him as bait, and at one point she puts the dog in a crate next to the mirror in hopes that the mirror will make the dog sick or kill it, which would prove that she’s right about the mirror.  Of course this made me think that Kaylie is a terrible person who needs to die by the end of the movie. ; )

Oculus was better than many of the paranormal movies I’ve watched, and all of the actors were great.  I liked that the movie went back and forth between present day and 2002, so the audience could experience the initial events that Kaylie thought were caused by the mirror.

My rating: 8/10

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Goat Herpes and Other Problems on sale

I'm doing a Kindle Countdown Deal on Goat Herpes and Other Problems, so it's on sale for 99¢ for the next few days.  I hope you'll check it out...I'd love to make you laugh! : )

It's Willow's first day on the job at Godly Acres, the world's premier rehabilitation facility for gods and goddesses, and she might be in over her head. Sex addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, goat name it, there's a Greek god who has it. Will she be able to help these gods and goddesses work through their issues? Find out in Goat Herpes and Other Problems! (Goat Herpes and Other Problems contains the plays "Godly Acres," "Godly Acres: Bitch Session," and "Playing Doctor.")

Friday, September 5, 2014

Encounters: U.F.O. Experience

A few days ago I found out about something called Encounters: U.F.O. Experience in Myrtle Beach, and since it's only a two-hour drive from Charleston, my husband and I decided to take a road trip the next day to see it.

The building is easy to spot since there's a UFO coming out of it.  I so want to do that to my house. ; )

Encounters: U.F.O. Experience is full of information about UFO sightings and abductions throughout history, as well as replicas of a few extraterrestrials and an alien mothership.

Encounters: U.F.O. Experience is very interesting and informative, and I'm glad I found out about it before it closed.  I liked the gift shop too...everything in it was pretty inexpensive, and I bought one of almost everything in it.

The museum is located at Broadway at the Beach, and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, and free for children under four years old if you reserve or buy your tickets online before you go (tickets cost $14 for adults and seniors and $10 for children if you get them at the box office).  It's only open until September 21st, so if you're interested in all things extraterrestrial, get there soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator by Stephen Lancaster

True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator is a 2012 book by Stephen Lancaster.  He had his first paranormal experience as a child when he was attacked by "a violent and unseen force" (pg. 1); years later, his mother told him that the same thing happened to her when she was 10 years old, the same age Stephen was when he had his terrifying experience.  Stephen later assembled the P.I.T. (Paranormal Investigation Team) Crew and began producing a TV show (starring the P.I.T. Crew) called Monstervision TV the following year.  I don't want to give too much away about the book, but I will say that there's a chapter about a poltergeist that I probably shouldn't have read right before I went to bed...the case involved floating purses and Stephen being hit in the eye with a spool of thread that flew off of the dresser, and it was pretty creepy!  I really enjoyed the chapter about the Webb Memorial Library since I spent eight years working at a library... there was a ton of spooky stuff in that chapter, and if any of that had been happening at my library, I wouldn't have lasted eight minutes there, let alone eight years!  I also really liked the chapter called "The Music House," which was about a house that was haunted by a female child and an adult male who were most active when music was playing.  The owner thought it might have something to do with the home's antique piano, so Stephen tested this by playing it; while he was playing, all three of his video cameras turned off, then he heard a male voice, and a mist that he could not see in person turned up in pictures that were taken that night.

True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator is a fascinating read, and Stephen is a brave man.  I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in becoming a paranormal investigator or to people like me, who are interested in it, but are too chicken to ever do it themselves. ; )

My rating: 8/10

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Paranormal Show: Intruders

Intruders began airing on BBC America on Saturday, August 23rd, and it stars Mira Sorvino, John Simm, James Frain, Millie Brown, and Tory Kittles.  According to the show's website, it's about "a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others"...sounds interesting!

Intruders takes place in Washington and Oregon, and the primary characters are:

Jack Whelan (John Simm): A writer and former cop
Amy Whelan (Mira Sorvino): Jack's lawyer wife, who disappears in the first episode
Richard Shepherd (James Frain): An assassin who is in pursuit of a young girl
Madison (Millie Brown): A nine-year-old girl who is not what she seems
Gary Fischer (Tory Kettles): Jack's friend from high school, who asks Jack for help with a murder case

I enjoyed the first episode and will definitely watch the rest of them...I want to see where this goes.  : )  If you missed the first episode, you can watch it here: