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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Has Modern Life Killed the Werewolf?


Werewolves are among the top iconic monsters. They're not quite on the same tier as vampires, but they're high on the ladder. You'll see them everywhere all month, and you'll know them when you see them. So why don't they capture the imaginations of writers? Why don't we get waves of werewolf fiction like we get waves of vampires or waves of zombies? Why don't werewolves have anyone remotely near the status of Dracula?

Do we just not get werewolves? Or is there just nothing to get anymore?

Friday, October 3, 2014

State of the ‘Ween 2014


As the Halloween season gets underway, I like to catalog the trends in decorations for posterity.  Last year I visited a farmer’s market/nursery and found some amazing harvest decorations.  And two years ago I covered a lot of ground in my self-imposed sabbatical.

This year I must report of an alarming trend in the Halloween retail market: mountains of glitter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Info Zombie Podcast 84: Pre 'Ween

Brandon Early does some celebrating with me for the 2014 Pre 'Ween season! We discuss Halloween books, movies, songs, and stories.  Plus, Brandon shares how dedicated he is to the 31st of October!  Happy Pre 'Ween, Zombies!

On Blu-ray this week: Transformers Age of Extinction


Judging by the box office returns, you all probably saw this in theaters. It was a behemoth. As was expected, it's getting a huge assortment of Blu-ray releases. I've got your guide to them all after the break.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Halloween Viewing List



Here's my list of films for the movie viewing part of my Halloween celebration.  If you wish to join in, watch some and chat about them with me!  
 
Halloween 2014 Viewing List
Haunted Places
1. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
2. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
3. The Changeling (1980)
4. The Amityville Horror (1979)
5. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
6. The Innkeepers (2011)
7. Prince of Darkness (1987)
8. Fright Night (1985)
9. Night of the Creeps (1986)
10. Near Dark (1987)
11. House (1986)
12. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
13. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pre 'Ween Roll Call


Brandon Early at Movies at Dog Farm does a hell of a job coordinating a bunch of mooks and spooks to celebrate Halloween longer than just the day itself.  What follows is a list of this years phantoms and ghouls who will post some wonderfully haunting and chilling posts for the season.  Enjoy them all!


Cinematic Catharsis

Candy-Coated Razor Blades

Seven Doors Of Cinema
90s Horror Movies

The Vern's Video Vortex

Zombie Hall

Watching The Dead

Bloodsucking Geek

Midnight Cinephile