Saturday, September 2, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Little Evil

Little Evil is a 2017 Netflix original movie starring Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas, Clancy Brown, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, Chris D'Elia, and Bridget Everett. When Gary (Adam Scott) moves in with his new wife (Evangeline Lilly), he tries to bond with his stepson (Owen Atlas), but when he sees Lucas exhibit some pretty strange behavior, he fears that he may be stepdad to a demon.

The Omen is my favorite horror movie, and I write plays (comedies, of course) about Satan, so Little Evil was right up my alley. This movie was written and directed by Eli Craig, who also wrote and directed Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (you can read my review here: Horror Movie Month: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), so I knew I was in for a treat. Little Evil is an entertaining movie with superb performances from everyone, and it's a fun addition to the horror-comedy genre. I was really excited to see it listed on Netflix last night, and if you like horror-comedy or movies about demonic children, Little Evil is one you won't want to miss. : )

My rating: 8/10

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Haunted Paintings

I came across an article titled "5 Haunted and Cursed Paintings You Should Never Hang in Your Home" on The Occult Museum website, and I thought it was pretty interesting, so of course I had to share it here. No matter how much you love art, you definitely don't want to own the following paintings:

1. The Anguished Man (artist unknown): This painting is super creepy, so I don't know why anyone would want to hang it on their wall, but when Sean Robinson inherited it from his grandmother (who kept it hidden in the basement), he did just that. He put up with the banging noises and fog that appeared in the house soon after, but when he saw a shadowy figure in his bedroom one night, that was the last straw, and he put the painting in the basement where it belongs.

2. The Crying Boy (Giovanni Bragolin): Prints of this painting of a crying orphan have been the only thing to survive in dozens of house fires.

3. Love Letters (Richard King): This painting can be found at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, and it is said to be haunted by Samantha Houston, a little girl who died at the hotel. Samantha's spirit has been seen playing with a ball (which is how she died) at the hotel, and people have reported feeling strange when they're near the painting.

4. The Dead Mother (Edvard Munch): People who have seen this painting of a child standing next to her mother's corpse have said that the little girl's eyes follow them and report hearing rustling bedsheets near the painting.

5. The Hands Resist Him (Bill Stoneham): A family who owned this unsettling painting of a boy and his doll said that their daughter saw the boy and the doll coming out of the painting several times in the middle of the night.

To find out more and see the paintings, check out The Occult Museum:

5 Haunted and Cursed Paintings you Should Never Hang in your Home

Friday, August 11, 2017

Disneyland is Haunted as Hell, and I'm Never Going There.

When I went to ScareLA last weekend, I attended a live podcast about haunted places in L.A. and Orange County (you can read my write up about it here: ScareLA: Haunted LA vs. Haunted OC), and after hearing about some of the creepy stuff that goes on Disneyland (like the fact that the dolls in It's a Small World sometimes keep moving after the ride has been shut off), I decided to do some research and find out about some more souls who never left "the happiest place on Earth." 

-"The Man with the Cane": In the 1940s, a pilot crashed his small plane in the area where Disneyland would eventually be built; he appears in The Haunted Mansion, usually after closing time, and he always has a cane.

-"The Man in the Tuxedo": A former employee kept seeing this well-dressed spirit in a mirror in The Haunted Mansion, and when he finally reached out and touched her, she quit her job and never set foot in Disneyland again (smart move).

-"Mr. One Way": Space Mountain is haunted by the ghost of a man who died on the ride four decades ago; he disappears before the ride is over and has also been spotted in the employee locker room.

-"Disco Debbie": Possibly a cast member who had an aneurysm and died at work, this glowing spirit likes to ride Space Mountain, materialize on the track, and roam around the building.

-Dolly Young: A woman named Dolly Young was thrown from the Matterhorn and run over in 1984; her ghost has been seen and heard there ever since.

-Deborah Gail Stone: A cast member was crushed to death in the America Sings attraction in 1974, and up until the attraction was eventually shut down, cast members would hear a female voice warning them to be careful.

For more on these lost souls and other Disneyland hauntings, check out A Spooky Tour Through Haunted Disneyland...there's a ton of information there and some other stuff about It's a Small World that will creep you out (the phrase "a pattering of small footsteps" in relation to It's a Small World just might give me nightmares). If you've experienced paranormal activity at Disneyland, please leave a comment and tell me all about it. I can't find out for myself if any of this is true because I'll be avoiding Disneyland for the rest of my life. ; )

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ScareLA: Haunted LA vs. Haunted OC

I was lucky enough to go to ScareLA this year, and while I was there, I attended Haunted LA vs. Haunted OC, a live version of the Collywobbles podcast. I wrote about it for Haunt Jaunts, and you can read about it here:

Scare LA: Haunted LA vs. Haunted OC

You can also watch the podcast, which I highly recommend because it was really entertaining. : )

Sunday, August 6, 2017

ScareLA

I moved to L.A. on August 2nd, and it's no coincidence that my move happened a few days before ScareLA, an awesome convention celebrating all things Halloween. There was so much to do there that I didn't get a chance to see as much as I would've liked, but I did get to check out all the vendors, attend the "Monstrous Spirits: Haunted LA vs. Haunted OC" podcast, see my favorite theatre group, 2Cents Theatre, perform scenes from Nilbog the Musical, and try to avoid dozens of creepy clowns. I took a ton of pictures, so feel free to live vicariously through me if you didn't get to go. ; )



A marquee for IT Presents Float: A Cinematic VR Experience

From the school bus featured in IT Presents Float: A Cinematic VR Experience

IT Presents Float: A Cinematic VR Experience


Frankenstein's monster, Hollywood Horror Museum booth

Regan MacNeil, Hollywood Horror Museum booth


A demonstration by EI School of Professional Makeup
Nope.

Triple nope.


Gremlins from Trick or Treat Studios

ScareLA's announcements were made by a familiar voice: John Kassir, the voice of  The Cryptkeeper.




Well, this is creepy...




Reign of Terror Haunted House booth

Reign of Terror Haunted House booth



2Cents Theatre performing a scene from Nilbog the Musical

More Nilbog

The cast of Nilbog the Musical




Me as the devil (photo credit: Juan Lozano)

I saw some cool things at ScareLA, so here are some links where you can find more information about them:



ScareLA


2Cents Theatre

Trick or Treat Studios

Hollywood Horror Museum

Reign of Terror Haunted House

Harlequin Costume

Scream For Me Inc.

Megan E. Risk, Freelance Artist

VFX

ScareLA was so much fun, and it was the perfect way to spend my first weekend as an L.A. resident. I can't wait to go again next year! : )

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything is a 2015 movie starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, and Joanna Lumley and featuring the voices of Robin Williams, Michael Palin, Terry Jones (who also directed the movie), Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, and Eric Idle. Schoolteacher Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg) is given the ability to do anything by a group of aliens who want to see if he will use his powers for good or evil (and if he chooses evil, Earth will be destroyed).

Absolutely Anything is a fun movie with an impressive cast, particularly Simon Pegg as a man learning that having powers can be more of a curse than a gift. Though all the humans in the film
were great, my favorite character was Neil's dog, Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams), because he was adorable, and dogs are the best. ; )

My rating: 7/10