Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Evil Alien Conquerors

Evil Alien Conquerors is a 2003 movie starring Michael Weston, Chris Parnell, Diedrich Bader, Tyler Labine, Elden Henson, Phil LaMarr, and Beth Grant. Two evil aliens, My-ik (Diedrich Bader) and Du-ug (Chris Parnell), from a planet called Kabijj are sent to Earth with a mission: to behead all humans within two days and take over the world. Will they be able to accomplish this seemingly impossible task, or will they keep getting too distracted by women and Smirnoff Ice to destroy mankind?

I watched Evil Alien Conquerors a few years ago, and I really liked it, so I decided to watch it again and write about it on my blog. I love Chris Parnell, and he's great in this, as is Diedrich Bader. Evil Alien Conquerors is silly, entertaining, and original, so give it a chance if that's the kind of thing you like. : )

My rating:7.5/10


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Join the Haunt Jaunts Facebook group...if you dare!

Since this blog's readers are interested in the paranormal, I wanted to let you guys know about a new Facebook group you might like. I've featured Haunt Jaunts on my blog a bunch of times, and now there's a Haunt Jaunts Facebook group, so if you're interested in haunted locations and things like that, check it out! : )

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HauntJauntsGroup/

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Ghostbusters Day!

June 8th is Ghostbusters Day, and since I've done quite a few blog posts about Ghostbusters, this seems like a good time to share a bunch of them in one place. But first...pictures! : )

Bret and Slimer


Bret and Peter Venkman

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

AtomaCon 2014

AtomaCon 2014

Finally seeing Ghostbusters on the big screen
Birthday cake for my '80s party

Halloween 2016 ('80s Ghostbuster)

Halloween 2016


Ghostbusters: The Best Quotes: http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2014/02/ghostbusters-best-quotes_27.html

My thoughts on the upcoming Ghostbusters movie: http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-thoughts-on-upcoming-ghostbusters.html

Ghostbusters: The LEGO Edition: http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/06/ghostbusters-lego-edition.html

Movie Spotlight: Ghostbusters (2016): http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/07/movie-spotlight-ghostbusters-2016.html

Book Review: Ghosts from Our Past by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with Andrew Shaffer: http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/10/book-review-ghosts-from-our-past-by.html  





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Conventions for Beginners

Since the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is coming up, now seems like a great time to share some tips for people attending their first convention. Conventions are so much fun, but they can be overwhelming, so here are some things you can do to ensure that you have the best time possible.

1. Don't procrastinate. If you're coming from out of town, book your hotel as early as you can. If you wait too long, it might be difficult to get a room at your preferred hotel, and the rates might be too high. Also, get your convention tickets as soon as they go on sale; some conventions offer much lower ticket prices when they first go on sale, and the prices usually go up closer to the date of the convention.

2. Research, research, research! If you're interested in attending panels, lectures, meet and greets, etc., decide what you want to see before you get there. I always go to the convention website and read the descriptions of everything that's going on, and I print out a schedule as soon as it's posted and highlight everything I'm interested in; that way there's no confusion once I get to the convention, and I can even plan in advance what time I can take breaks for lunch and dinner. I can get pretty cranky when I'm hungry, so this benefits everyone. ; ) If you're not going to have much time for meals and the convention doesn't offer food on-site, find out what restaurants are nearby before you get to the convention. If you only have an hour or so, you don't want to waste time trying to decide where to eat; you want to get your food quickly, eat, and get back to the convention with time to spare.

3. Bring a good camera. I know everyone has cameras on their cell phones, but the quality of the pictures I take with my digital camera are so much better than the quality of cell phones pictures, so if the convention allows cameras, bring one. You're going to want good-quality photos since conventions are full of great picture-taking opportunities...like this one from AtomaCon in North Charleston, SC:


4. Bring a battery-operated phone charger. You don't want your phone to die, and these are pretty inexpensive. (I got mine for $5 at Five Below.)

5. Start working on your costume as early as possible. You wouldn't want to realize a day before the convention that you're missing something you need or that some part of your costume is going to be harder to finish than you thought it would be, so if you're planning on entering a costume contest, start working on your costume way ahead of time in order to avoid unnecessary stress. Also, check the convention website for contest rules so you know what criteria your costume will be judged on, what percentage of your costume must be handmade or altered, what props aren't allowed, etc.

6. Bring water. There's so much to see and do at a convention, and you're going to miss a lot of it if you pass out from dehydration, so bring water with you or buy some at the convention if it's available.

7. Bring cash. The vendors will most likely accept credit cards, but if you're worried about going overboard buying merchandise, decide on the highest amount you're comfortable spending, bring that amount in cash, and don't buy anything else once the cash runs out.

8. Wear comfortable shoes. This might be difficult depending on your costume, but you're going to be doing a ton of walking and standing in line, so wear comfortable shoes if possible. I have some with memory foam in them, and my feet never hurt when I wear those.

9. Bring a notebook. If you're just going for fun, you don't need to worry about this, but if you're attending panels to learn about something you might want to pursue a career in or because you want to write about it (for a blog, website, newspaper, etc.), bring a notebook and something to write with. When I go to conventions and attend panels about anything paranormal, I take a ton of notes because as good as my memory is, I'm not going to remember half of what I heard by the time I actually sit down to write a blog post about it. Basically, if you think you're going to want to remember anything you hear in a panel or lecture, write it down. Sure, you could take notes on your phone, but it seems a little rude to have your phone out when someone is talking, and you also have to worry about your battery dying or your phone erasing all the notes you took (my phone erased all the pictures on my SD card, so I don't trust my phone for anything too important).

10. Have fun! Most importantly, enjoy yourself, and don't stress out too much. You're going to remember your first convention for the rest of your life, so make some amazing memories. : )

The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con takes place June 23rd-25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road). For more info, check out the website:

https://www.amazingcomiccon.com/amazing-las-vegas

If you're coming from out of town, Vegas.com has some great flight and hotel package deals. : )

Flight and hotel package deals

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Master of Whitehall by Rick H. Veal

I recently found out about a book series called The Master of Whitehall, and since it's paranormal, I thought I'd share the info here in case any of you are interested in reading it. The author is Rick H. Veal, and there are five books in the series so far. Here's the description of the first book from the author's website:

"After the brutal murder of her parents, Katelyn Corbin, a twenty-one year old college senior, must face the prospect of resuming her life. Soon after arriving in historic Charleston, SC, Katelyn meets James Dubois a handsome young widower and wealthy patron of her school. The chemistry is instantaneous between the two of them. James, living alone in the beautifully restored colonial plantation of Whitehall Manor, is a mysterious man, with an old world aristocratic bearing. But James is not the man Katelyn thinks, and as their love grows, she begins to have questions. Why does a perfect gentleman seem so different? Dark secrets begin to surface and Katelyn finds that old folklore and fairy-tales are real in a world where vampires live and exist side by side with humans. Will love overcome all? Can she give up all she knows and all she is to be with him? Can she make the right decision when it comes to James, the Master of Whitehall?"


For more info and descriptions of all five books, check out the author's website. : )

http://www.themasterofwhitehall.com/

You can get the first book for Kindle here:

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Who's Haunting Ted Bundy's Childhood Home?

Since September 2016, strange things have been going on in the house where serial killer Ted Bundy grew up...doors and cabinets opening on their own, furniture falling over, things like "help me" and "leave" showing up on windows and floors, etc. There were no reports of paranormal activity before last year, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that it started because the new owner was renovating the house and a ghostly resident didn't like it. I couldn't find any information on whether anyone has died in the home, so who's haunting the house? Could it be Ted Bundy? People have claimed to see his ghost at Florida State Prison (where he was executed) and Florida State University's Chi Omega house (where he killed two women in 1978), so why not his childhood home?

www.macon.com/news/nation-world/national/article149260219.html


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Movie Spotlight: The Bye Bye Man

The Bye Bye Man is a 2017 movie starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Jenna Kanell. When three friends (Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas) learn about the legend of the Bye Bye Man, they find out that the only way to make sure they don't fall victim to his curse is to avoid thinking it or saying it. Unfortunately for them, the Bye Bye Man is already in their heads and has the power to control their thoughts and force them to do horrific things.

The Bye Bye Man started out with a bang (literally) that got me interested immediately, but the rest of the movie didn''t live up to the beginning. Reviews of the movie were pretty negative, but I thought it was okay; The Bye Bye Man probably isn't a movie I'll remember for a long time, but I enjoyed it for what it was and didn't feel like watching it was a waste of time.

My rating: 6/10