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


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blog Anniversary

I went to the Roswell UFO Festival in 2013, and it inspired me to start this blog. Four years and more than 400 posts later, I'm still having fun with it, and I'm thankful to everyone who's been reading it. To celebrate the blog's anniversary, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts. : )

 Movie Spotlight: Ghost Shark

 Encounters: U.F.O. Experience

Review: Carrie the Musical at City Stage Co.

Movie Spotlight: What We Do in the Shadows

Visiting the UFO Watchtower

Review: Evil Dead the Musical at the Knight Theater

My Favorite Bad Movie: Hobgoblins

And the one that started it all:
Roswell...finally!

Also, my book Paranormal Jokes and Haiku is free through July 19th. : )

https://www.amazon.com/Paranormal-Jokes-Haiku-Crystal-Smith-Connelly-ebook/dp/B00U1SPTZM/


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Exciting News!

In a month or so, you might notice that I'm not posting as often as usual, so I wanted to tell you why: In early August, I'm moving to L.A. to finally try to follow my dream of being a TV writer! I still plan on posting here as much as I can, but since I'll have to work a lot to be able to afford an apartment, it might be hard for me to post once a week or more like I do now. My first weekend there, I'll be attending a Halloween convention called ScareLA though, and of course I'm going to write about that and share some pictures. ScareLA sounds really cool, and I'm excited to wear my '80s Ghostbuster costume again. For more info on ScareLA, check out their website, and if any of you will be there, let me know. : )

http://scarela.com

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Roswell UFO Festival

It's almost time for the Roswell UFO Festival again! The festival starts on June 29th, and this year is the 70th anniversary of the famous UFO crash, so you should go if you get the chance. I went in 2013, and it was so much fun! The festival offers lots of interesting lectures by UFO experts, and you can see who the guests will be here:

http://www.ufofestivalroswell.com/ufo-festival-guest-speakers/

Check out the UFO Festival's website to see what fun stuff will be going on! : )

http://www.ufofestivalroswell.com/

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


Monday, May 15, 2017

Ghostly Pets

I've heard many stories about pets coming back to visit their owners after death, and I wish my Layla (my dog who passed away in 2013) would come visit me, but she never has. Here are some stories from people who have been visited by their dearly departed pets, and if you've ever experienced it for yourself, feel free to leave your story in the comments. : )

http://www.destinationamerica.com/thehauntist/7-stories-of-ghost-pets-that-came-back-to-see-their-owners/

http://www.true-ghost-stories.com/GhostPets.html

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Rings

Rings is a 2017 movie starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D'Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, and Bonnie Morgan. It's the third movie in The Ring series, following 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two. Julia (Matilda Lutz) is worried about her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) when he researches a videotape that kills anyone who watches it. She watches the video in order to prevent Holt's death and soon discovers that there's a movie within the videotape that has never been seen before.

When I first saw The Ring, I thought it was the scariest movie I'd ever seen (it has since been replaced by Red State as the movie that terrifies me the most)...the part where Samara comes out of the TV freaked me out so much that I covered my TV with a blanket before I went to bed that night. Rings is a decent movie, but I didn't think it was scary, and it wasn't as good as its predecessors. I did think the actors were great though, and I liked the ending.

My rating: 6/10


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Sale

Give Hell a Chance: A Book of Plays (my fifth book) will be on sale for 99¢ May 5th-11th! : )

https://www.amazon.com/Give-Hell-Chance-Book-Plays-ebook/dp/B01L68QK3A/

Give Hell a Chance: A Book of Plays contains nine plays about Satan...and you've never seen him like this! Join Satan as he meets his long-lost son, deals with his teenage daughter's desire to start dating, and tries to work through his issues with God in therapy.

Give Hell a Chance: Satan sneaks into Heaven and tries to convince the angels to come to Hell.
Just Like Old Times: Satan is reunited with someone from his past.
The Replacement: Satan is ready to retire and must choose someone new to run Hell.
For Better or For Worse: God and Satan work through their issues in therapy.
Little Angels: Tired of being surrounded by evil, Satan tries working with children.
Satan Knows Best: Satan deals with his teenage daughter's desire to start dating.
Maybe We Should've Gone With Abortion: Satan meets the son he gave up for adoption.
The Evilest of Them All: Satan, Adolf Hitler, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer argue over which of them is the evilest.
Never Trust an Angel: Satan finds out that his wife has been keeping a huge secret from him.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Happy National Paranormal Day!

Some of us celebrate the paranormal on a regular basis, but for those of you who only want to celebrate it once a year, today is National Paranormal Day! If you need some help deciding what to do for Paranormal Day, here are some ideas:

https://www.ilovehalloween.com/2016-national-paranormal-day/

A word of advice: maybe don't celebrate by using a Ouija board...sure, nothing bad might happen, but have you ever heard of any good coming from using a Ouija board? ; )

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

America's Most Haunted Grocery Store

Stories about haunted houses and hotels are pretty common, but you rarely hear about haunted grocery stores. A California town called Chowchilla is believed to be home to the most haunted grocery store in America: the Save Mart on Robertson Boulevard (which closed in 2008). The ghost of a man with claw marks on his face was spotted in the frozen food section several times, and a former store employee says he came face-to-face with the spirit and that on the store's security camera footage, it looked like the employee was screaming and running away from nothing.

http://backpackerverse.com/chowchilla-home-to-the-most-haunted-grocery-store-in-america/

I found this story on Backpackerverse, but I did a little research and found a few more websites that talk about the haunted Save Mart:

http://www.weirdfresno.com/2010/04/was-old-save-mart-in-chowchilla-haunted.html

http://forgottenusa.com/haunts/CA/2625/Save-Mart%20Supermarkets/

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 MUFON Symposium

MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) is holding this year's symposium July 21st-23rd at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. This year's theme is "The Case for a Secret Space Program" and panel topics include "The US Navy's Secret Space Program and Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance," "A Case for Underwater Alien Bases: What Deep Water  Secrets are the Oceans Hiding?," and "The Fluxliner, or Alien Reproduction Vehicle, Theory of Operation." Attendees can also learn how to be MUFON Field Investigators or take an Area 51 tour. I would love to go to this, but I won't be able to, so if any of you guys go and would like to write a guest post about it, let me know.  : )


https://www.mufonsymposium.com/

Friday, April 14, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Incarnate

Incarnate is a 2016 movie starring Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Keir O'Donnell, Matt Nable, and John Pirruccello. Scientist Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) removes demons from the possessed by entering their subconscious, but when he tries this with 11-year-old Cameron (David Mazouz), he must fight for his life against a demon he has encountered in the past.

Movies about possession have the potential to be kind of cheesy, but Incarnate is a well-made movie with fine performances from everyone (the standout being David Mazouz as young possessed Cameron). I didn't like Incarnate as much as some other possession movies, but it's a new take on this type of movie, so if you like movies about demons and possessions, give Incarnate a shot. : )

My rating: 6.5/10

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Haunts Jaunts on ParaMania Radio

I've mentioned Haunt Jaunts many times on this blog, so I wanted to share the news that there's a Haunt Jaunts radio show now! It airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central and is hosted by Courtney Mroch, and if you can't listen then, you can download each episode after it airs. You can check it out on the ParaMania Radio website. : )

http://paramaniaradio.com/SHOW.php?showid=101

Monday, April 3, 2017

Penny Lane, Paranormal Investigator: The Ouija Board Mystery

I recently found out about a book called Penny Lane, Paranormal Investigator: The Ouija Board Mystery, and I thought some of you might be interested, so of course I had to share the info here. : ) The book is by David J. Cooper, and here's the description:

"When Alicia is injured in an accident, and then subsequently dies as a result, while she and her friends are fooling around during their school break, it leaves an entire community devastated.
Following her funeral, and intent on contacting her again, her friends foolishly obtain a Ouija board and conduct a séance.
It seems that they manage to make contact with Alicia, but it soon becomes apparent that they have, in fact, released an entity which is malevolent and which soon begins to threaten them with revenge for Alicia’s death.
Fearing for their lives and unable to stop the presence they seek the help of paranormal investigator, Penny Lane. She tells the girls that they must destroy it and gives them detailed instructions on how to do it.
But before they can even make a start the group are rocked by another death. And as the body count begins to rise, and several of Alicia’s friends are killed in mysterious circumstances, it becomes a race against time to destroy an evil before it kills them all."


I haven't read it yet, but it definitely sounds like something I'd enjoy...if you think you'd enjoy it too, here's the Amazon link:



Also, I wanted to note that a different book by the author (The Devil Knows) will be free April 3rd-5th, so here's the link in case any of you want to check it out. : )

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mid-South Paranormal Convention

The Mid-South Paranormal Convention is the brainchild of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society, and it takes place July 21st-23rd in Louisville, Kentucky. Guests slated to appear include medium Chip Coffey, "Scream Queen" Brinke Stevens, Bigfoot researcher/author Joedy Cook, as well as several paranormal investigators. I wish I could go since it sounds really cool, and if you want to go, you can find more info here:

http://msp.louisvilleghs.com/midsouth/2017/home.html

Tickets are $50 for a one-day pass or $65 for a weekend pass, and the convention will take place at the Ramada Plaza at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway. If you're planning on going and would like to write a guest post about it, please let me know (at crystalsmithconnelly@yahoo.com). : )

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Signs Your House Might Be Haunted

Have you had some strange experiences in your home and are worried your house might be haunted? Well, Destination America wants to help you figure it out, so here are seven signs that your house might be haunted:


http://www.destinationamerica.com/thehauntist/7-signs-your-house-might-be-haunted/

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Going to Hollywood

I'm taking a short break from the blog so I can go to L.A. for a few days to take part in a celebration of female playwrights. My short play "Playing Doctor" is being performed at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood as part of 2Cents Theatre's Acting Out INK Fest...it's about Zeus trying to get a job as an OB/GYN, and if you're in L.A., you can see it March 17th at 6:30 p.m. or March 18th at 3:30 p.m. I was lucky enough to be a part of this event in 2014, and I'm so excited to be included again this year! : ) If you want day, weekend, or VIP passes, you can buy tickets here:

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4626

Or if you just want to see my play (and the three others in that block), you can buy them thirty minutes before showtime at the Hudson Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Blvd.).

For more info, check out the 2Cents Theatre website:

http://www.2centstheatre.com/



Friday, March 10, 2017

Movie Spotlight: The Monster

The Monster is a 2016 movie starring Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine, Aaron Douglas, Christine Ebadi, and Chris Webb. Kathy (Zoe Kazan), and her 10-year-old daughter, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine), are involved in a car accident during a late-night trip to see Lizzy's father. Stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead car and no way to get help, they must try to survive a terrifying monster that isn't planning on letting them live.

I enjoyed The Monster, and Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine gave impressive performances as a troubled mother and resilient daughter. In many horror movies, the monster looks fake and ridiculous, but The Monster's villain looks pretty realistic. If you're interested in seeing a high-quality horror movie with great performances, give The Monster a chance. : )

My rating: 7/10


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a 2016 movie starring Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Parker Mack, and Henry Thomas. It's a prequel to 2014's Ouija (my review: http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2015/03/movie-spotlight-ouija.html). In Los Angeles in the late 1960s, widow/pretend medium Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) stages seances with the help of  her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson), and when she decides to incorporate a Ouija board, of course things go horribly wrong. Using a Ouija board is never a good idea, which Alice finds out when her youngest daughter ends up getting possessed.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is creepy, full of great performances, and better than its predecessor. Lulu Wilson is the standout as possessed daughter Doris; I was already a fan from her days on The Millers (where she proved to be a great comedic actress), and in this movie, she shows that she can master the horror genre as well. If you're in the mood for an entertaining, well-made horror movie, check out Ouija: Origin of Evil (even if you didn't like the first one). : )

My rating: 8/10


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hollywood Ghost Stories and Urban Legends

I recently came across an article called "17 Creepy Hollywood Ghost Stories and Urban Legends" on Ranker, so I thought I'd share it here. The list includes the Black Dahlia, James Dean's cursed car, the ghosts that haunt the Queen Mary and the Hollywood sign, and many other interesting stories, so check it out if you're into that sort of thing (and if you're reading this blog, I'm guessing you are). : )

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Arrival

Arrival is a 2016 movie starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, and Mark O'Brien. When a dozen spacecrafts appear around the world, a linguistics professor (Amy Adams), an Army Colonel (Forest Whitaker), and a physicist (Jeremy Renner) team up to decipher the language of the extraterrestrials in order to find out what they want.

I usually don't enjoy Oscar-nominated movies (I'm more into comedies and horror movies), but Arrival is an exception, and it deserves all the critical acclaim it has received. The performances were excellent, and the aliens were some of the most realistic-looking aliens I've ever seen in a movie. If you're looking for a typical alien invasion movie (aliens being jerks and destroying everything), you might want to skip Arrival, but if you want to see a captivating, visually stunning sci-fi movie, Arrival is a great choice.

My rating: 8/10


Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Fearless Ghosthunter: Courtney Mroch

I've shared content from Haunt Jaunts many times on this blog, and recently Courtney Mroch, creator of the paranormal travel website and all-around cool person, was a guest on a paranormal radio show show called The Fearless Ghosthunter. Her conversation with host Scott Morrow was pretty interesting, so I thought I'd share it. : ) You can stream or download the show here:

http://paramaniaradio.com/On-Demand.php?ondemanddir=The+Fearless+Ghosthunter&fbfile=The+Fearless+Ghosthunter+-+Courtney+Lynn+Mroch+20170211.mp3

Also, check out Haunt Jaunts for all your paranormal travel needs:

http://www.hauntjaunts.com/

Monday, February 13, 2017

Haunted Dolls

Backpackerverse published a list called "10 Infamously Haunted Dolls That Will Murder You," and of course I had to share it here. You probably already know about Annabelle and Robert, but if you'd like to find out about eight other creepy dolls, check out this article. : )

http://backpackerverse.com/most-haunted-dolls-in-the-world/?utm_campaign=Backpackerverse&utm_content=Haunted+Stories%3A+Something%E2%80%99s+Coming+For+Me&utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Movie Spotlight: The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room is a 2016 movie starring Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido, Gerald McRaney, Lucas Till, Duncan Joiner, Michael Landes, and Ella Jones. After the death of their daughter, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) move into a new house with their young son (Duncan Joiner). When Dana finds a hidden room in the attic, she unknowingly unleashes evil spirits, and all hell breaks loose. (This is why I stay out of the attic.)

The Disappointments Room is a decent movie, but I had a hard time staying interested in it. All of the actors were great though, and that's often not the case when it comes to horror movies. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it either.

My rating: 5/10


Friday, February 3, 2017

The Town That Banned UFOs

Lucien Jeune, the mayor of a French town called Châteauneuf-du-Pape, banned UFOs from landing, flying over, or taking off in his town sixty-two years ago, and current mayor Claude Avril sees no reason to overturn the law. In the six decades the ban has been in effect, no flying saucers have been taken into custody, so the ban must be working. 😉👽

http://earthmysterynews.com/2017/01/28/no-ufos-allowed-french-mayor-refuses-to-overturn-towns-bizarre-extraterrestrial-ban/?utm_content=buffer6b2b9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Movie Spotlight: Blair Witch

Blair Witch is a 2016 found footage movie starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, and Valorie Curry. It's the third installment of the Blair Witch series, following The Blair Witch Project and Blair Witch: Book of Shadows. When James Donahue (James Allen McCune) finds a video he believes to be of his sister Heather, who disappeared twenty years earlier while investigating the Blair Witch, he convinces his friends to help him search for her in the Black Hills Forest.

My main complaint about The Blair Witch Project was that the shaky camerawork made me dizzy and nauseous, and the same goes for Blair Witch. I thought it was a decent movie, but I didn't like it as much as the other two (I seem to be alone in this, but Book of Shadows is my favorite of the series...it was less boring than the others, and I don't remember it ever making me nauseous), and I had a hard time giving it my full attention.
I do think the actors were great though, and since the first movie in the series was known for casting unknown actors in the lead roles, I was surprised to see an actress I recognized: Valorie Curry, who I really enjoyed on The Following and House of Lies.

My rating: 6/10


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New TV Show: Jeff & Some Aliens

Jeff & Some Aliens is an animated show that premiered on Comedy Central on January 11, 2017. It features the voices of Brett Gelman, Alessandro Minoli, Jon Daly, Richard Kind, Alicia Silverstone, and Tress MacNellie. Jeff (Brett Gelman) is an average guy...except for the fact that he shares his one-bedroom apartment with three aliens (Alessandro Minoli) who were sent to Earth to learn about the human race.

I'm always interested to see new shows and movies about aliens, especially when they're comedies, so of course I had to check out Jeff & Some Aliens. I've watched the first two episodes so far, and they were funny, weird, and inappropriate, which happen to be my three favorite qualities in a TV show. If you like shows about aliens, you should definitely give this one a chance. : )

New episodes air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., and you can check out the official website here:

http://www.cc.com/shows/jeff-and-some-aliens

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Horror Movie Villain

If you love horror movies as much as I do, you'll love these portraits by photographer Jason Shaltz. His project "Everyday Horrors" puts horror movie villains into situations that you would never expect to see them in...when Michael Myers isn't busy stalking his sister or killing people, sometimes he needs to go to the grocery store, right? In addition to Michael's grocery shopping, you can also see what Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, Pennywise, Leatherface, and Pinhead do on their days off. ; )

https://fstoppers.com/spotlight/photographer-explores-what-horror-icons-everyday-life-might-look-160482

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Movie Spotlight: WolfCop

WolfCop is a 2014 movie starring Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss, and Corinne Conley. After alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) turns into a werewolf, he uses his new powers to become a better cop, protecting his small town from devil worshipers and shape-shifters.

I'm always looking for weird paranormal movies, so of course there was no way I was skipping one called WolfCop. It's a fun movie and a fresh take on the cop genre (and it features one of the strangest sex scenes ever), and if Netflix gets the sequel when it's released later this year, I'll probably watch it. If you're into movies about werewolves, check this one out...and if you've ever wanted to see a werewolf penis, now's your chance. ; )

My rating: 6.5/10


Monday, January 9, 2017

Haunted California Amusement Parks

I'm not a fan of amusement parks (vertigo and amusement parks don't mix), but I know most people like them, so I thought I'd share this article about ten haunted California amusement parks. From the little girl ghost who tries to drown people at Raging Waters to the real spirits that have been spotted at The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, these are some interesting stories...and they might make you think twice about visiting these amusement parks.

http://backpackerverse.com/amusement-parks-in-california/

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Colma: The Town of the Dead

I always find interesting paranormal stuff on Backpackerverse, and I wanted to share this article  about a small town in California that's known for having more dead residents than live ones. Colma has around 1,700 living residents, and they're far outnumbered by the 1.5 million dead residents buried in their 17 cemeteries. Of course this city has had some strange paranormal activity, and you can read about it here:

http://backpackerverse.com/colma/

Also, this 2005 article about Colma is pretty interesting:

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2005/10/31/colma-where-the-living-haunt-the-dead/