Friday, September 23, 2016

Movie Spotlight: Zombeavers

Zombeavers is a 2014 horror comedy movie starring Rachel Melvin, Hutch Dano, Cortney Palm, Lexi Athins, Bill Burr, Jake Weary, and Peter Gilroy. A group of college students are attacked by zombie beavers while spending the weekend at a cabin in the woods. (Nothing good can come from staying at a cabin in the woods...haven't these people seen The Evil Dead? Or Friday the 13th? Or The Cabin in the Woods?)

Horror comedy is one of my favorite genres, so I'm glad I watched this movie (thanks, Netflix!). The cast was great, and I loved the ending. Zombeavers is bloody, funny, and ridiculous (in a good way), and it'll make you stay away from dams for the rest of your life. I love animals, but those beavers were real assholes. ; )

My rating: 7.5/10


Monday, September 19, 2016

A Tribute to Murray, the World's Cutest Hamster

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you've probably seen some pictures of Murray, the world's cutest hamster. I'm sorry to say that Murray passed away last night...he spent the last few hours of his life sleeping in my hand, and I was holding his tiny paw when he went. He died exactly two years after we brought him home, and I always did my best to make sure he knew how loved he was (by kissing him all the time and spoiling him rotten). He made me really happy, and I'm going to miss him so much. Here are some of my favorite paranormal/horror pictures of him.













Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Favorite Bad Movie: Hobgoblins

Hobgoblins is a 1988 movie written and directed by Rick Sloane and starring Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs, Kelley Palmer, Billy Frank, and Daran Norris (who you may have seen on Veronica Mars or iZombie or heard in Team America: World Police). When a group of alien/goblin creatures escape from a movie studio, a young security guard named Kevin (Tom Bartlett) must try to capture them before they kill his friends.  These hobgoblins somehow know where Kevin lives and are hellbent on making his friends' wildest fantasies come true right before slaughtering them.

I discovered Hobgoblins in high school when I saw it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was the worst movie I'd ever seen, but I felt like I really needed to own it, so I bought it on video and later bought the MST3K version when it was released on DVD. (I also bought Hobgoblins 2, but haven't felt the need to watch it more than once.) I'd much rather watch a terrible movie than a mediocre one, and Hobgoblins is glorious in its awfulness; it includes the worst fight scene ever seen on film (but it might be the best fight scene involving two guys sparring with garden tools), as well as the worst phone sex line and strip club ever. (Here's a good tip: If you come across a place called Club Scum that's managed by a guy named Roadrash, maybe don't go in.) When a hobgoblin attacks in one scene, it's obvious that someone just threw a stuffed animal from off-camera and the actress is holding it to her neck and rolling around with it (or as they said of the hobgoblin attacks on MST3K, "Someone's rubbing puppets on us!"). If you enjoy bad movies, Hobgoblins is a great one to watch. : )

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Free Book: Paranormal Jokes and Haiku

Paranormal Jokes and Haiku is free September 14th-18th! : )


Paranormal Jokes and Haiku explores the lighter side of the paranormal...you won't get scared reading these poems and corny jokes about ghosts, aliens, Bigfoot, and other creatures of the unknown! The book contains 49 haiku and 26 groan-inducing jokes from paranormal blogger Crystal Smith-Connelly (of the blog Why would you want to be normal when you could be paranormal?).

Why do they call him Bigfoot? Are they trying to Make him self-conscious?

What is a ghost's favorite instrument? The boo-kulele


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Halloween Decorations 2016

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you probably know that I'm obsessed with Halloween...so of course my Halloween decorations are already up (and have been since August 31st). I could only do a small Halloween display this year, but here are some pictures of what I've done so far.  : )







Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind by Nick Redfern

My brother gave me Nick Redfern's Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders, and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History for Christmas last year, and I'm glad he did because it's one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. I've been interested in aliens/UFOs since childhood, and I've read a lot of books on the subject, so of course this one was right up my alley. Here are a few interesting things the book covers:

-Joao Prestes Filho, who basically melted in front of doctors in June 1947
-James Forrestal, the first U.S. Secretary of Defense...he died after supposedly jumping from the 16th floor of Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1949, but some believe that he may have been pushed because he knew too much about UFOs
-Pont-Saint-Esprit (France), where hundreds of people had hallucinations of terrifying creatures in August 1951
-JFK and his connection to UFOs: He'd told William Holden of the Air Force that he wanted to tell the public what he knew about the UFO cover-up, and rumor has it that there's a CIA document stating that JFK knew the truth about the Roswell crash and told Marilyn Monroe about it.

If you're interested in UFOs, you should check out Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind; it's one of the most interesting books I've read on the topic, and I really enjoyed reading it. Nick Redfern has written several books, and I'm definitely going to read some more of them. : )

My rating: 8/10


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September: The Month of Bigfoot

I've never thought of September as Bigfoot Month, but according to Haunt Jaunts' calendar of paranormal/horror festivals, there are three Bigfoot festivals this month, so I guess September is the month to celebrate Bigfoot. First up is the International Bigfoot Conference in Kennewick, Washington, which takes place September 2nd-4th.

http://www.internationalbigfootconference.com/

That same weekend (on the 3rd), there's also the Bigfoot Celebration in Willow Creek, California.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3689

Minerva, Ohio's Minerva Monster Day takes place on September 23rd and 24th and will focus on Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Minerva Monster, and the Beast of Whitehall.

http://minervamonsterday.com/

Check out Haunt Jaunts for a list of all of the fun paranormal and horror festivals going on all year. : )

http://www.hauntjaunts.net/paracons-horror-fests/