Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Reasons Why You Need to be More Like Linus


For the 2014 reshowing of the 1966 classic It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, ratings averaged 6.28 million viewers (CNN.com).  With a demographic of 2.1 million viewers in the 18-49 age bracket, the broadcast beat shows such as Arrow and Hell’s Kitchen.  Since this is the forty-eight rebroadcast, garnering that amount of viewers shows the Peanuts Gang has yet to be irrelevant.  Consider also that the DVD of Great Pumpkin sells every Halloween and has been available to purchase via streaming services.

When I caught this year’s presentation (my fortieth), I realized that Linus deserves top billing over good ole Charlie Brown.  Now I am a pure fan of Charles Schulz’ comic strip Job.  My initials are the same, my hairline mimics Chuck’s, and we both share a commonality in the world constantly pulling away the football from us.

For all of the endearing qualities of the lovable loser Charlie Brown, I have to side with his best friend for the sake of the Halloween show.  Through It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I have discovered how the blanket wielding young man provides life lessons that will propel each one of us to be better people.  Here are five simple reasons why everyone needs to be more like Linus.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Info Zombie Podcast Episode 86: Jason DiGioia


Episode 86 brings the magnificent Jason DiGioia to the show to discuss Maine, Paranormal stuff, Halloween, and car tint memorials.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I'm watching this Halloween



Halloween would be the best day of the year to watch movies, if not for the countless kids coming to the door at unpredictable times, with no way to know when it's finally over. You'd think the total lack of decorations or lights outside my house would be a hint that there's no candy here, but I guess my house looks enough like a Halloween display as it is.

This year I'm only watching two movies, The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews. The two films are a natural fit for a double feature. Both were filmed back to back by the same director, Ray Kellogg, and both debuted on the same day. Neither is all that long, but together they make for a nice night.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Info Zombie Podcast 85: Mark Gibson


Mark Gibson joins me in person to discuss beer, werewolf movies, Halloween, video games, coffee, and more!

Why I Watch Horror Movies


When I was young(er), my mom needed to head off to work at 4:00 PM and did not return from her shift until midnight.  I secretly stayed up every night and waited to hear the relieving sound of the Sears garage door opener; the growl of the motor assured me that she got home safe.  My father had passed away in 1983, and my siblings had gone off to college.  For a little while I had my sister around, but on most occasions I was home alone at night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Where Have the Monsters Gone?



More than halfway through October, I've just realized how dismal the selection of horror movies has been this season. It's not just that the movies themselves have been bad. There's always going to be more bad than good. That's the nature of a genre that any amateur can jump into with little money. No, the problem this year is that there hasn't been that many. I'd expect at least a few terrible sequels to tired franchises and at least one terrible remake. Where are they?

Fortunately I have quite a library of classics to keep me occupied all month. But as I watch the classics, I get sad. I realize how few horror movies in my collection were made in the last 20 years. I think of the classic monsters of the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1980s. They seem to come in waves. I wonder, where are this generation's monsters? Will people not yet born one day seek out the handful of horror films we get today the way people today watch horror movies made before we were born?

I don't think so.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Pre ‘Ween Special Alert: Trick ‘R Trunking—A Threat to Halloween


When I was a wee tyke back many Octobers ago, I sat home watching movies one Sunday afternoon.  There came a knock on the door.  I opened it to find one of the neighborhood kids dressed as a mummy, clad head to toe in wraps a full four days before Halloween and at three o’clock in the sunny afternoon.  With a pained look of embarrassment, the kid opened a pillowcase (the preferred cache for Halloween treats) and rolled his eyes as he delivered a morose “Trick or Treat.”



“Dude, Halloween’s not for four days,” I pointed out the obvious.



“I know, man.  My parents are all weird and shit about Halloween being on a school night this year and told me that this was the only way I could go out.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Is Alien Isolation Actually Good?



I don't normally do this. Every week I have something to say, some opinion to give. But this week, I only have something to ask, and then I want our readers to do the talking.

Is Alien Isolation good? Like, actually properly good? Can the positive reception so far be believed?

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Dog Farm Descends From The Mount With The Ten Commandments Of Watching Horror Movies At Home


I panicked when Carl first proposed a Pre'Ween article swap between our sites.  After all, The Info Zombie boldly asserts that it feeds one's hunger for brainy stuff.  Movies At Dog Farm is mostly just my own personal internet drool cup.  What brain-tickling wisdom could I possibly have to impart?

     (crickets)

     Since you couldn't know this, let me tell you that I just stared blankly at an empty laptop screen for twenty minutes.  I know movies, though.   By extension, I know how to watch movies.  Now before you take offense at the implication that you don't, you should know I often have to consciously remind myself of several of these commandments, as well.  We know, but like children, we forget.  Anytime I don't enjoy a movie, I have to ask myself if I really gave it a fair shake.  If I broke two or three of these commandments while watching, I probably didn't.

     Roll with me, folks.  This is all I've got...

                   The Ten Commandments Of Watching Horror Movies At Home

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spiders Just Aren’t Halloween


In continuing with my Pre ‘Ween obligations, I need to admit that my Samhain festivities derailed due to an illness.  While I am fine and assure you that I will not be passing along anytime soon (much to the dismay of so many of you), my little pup Lola had to have a permanent tracheotomy.  As my wife said, we don’t need to get her a Halloween costume now because she has stitches in her neck and an open hole in her throat.

While she will be just fine, heck, she will be better than before, I do have to watch her quite closely.  Therefore, my Halloween observations will take a bit of a backseat.

I do have the time to make one point clear: Spiders aren’t Halloween.