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/