Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 96

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RIP WES CRAVEN

 

Last night I received the worst news any horror fan could get. The amazing, talented, and legendary writer and director Wes Craven passed away on August 30th of complications from brain cancer. He was 76 years old.

Wes gave us two of the scariest horror movies and entertaining horror films of the last 30 years. I cannot imagine where the horror genre would be without him as Scream single handedly revived horror when it was released in 1996.

Then there is Freddy Krueger. I watched this movie for the first time in my late teens it scared the shit out of me. I feel very lucky to have grown up with Wes’s films and devastated that this is the end if the road. In a tribute to all things Wes I have scoured the Internet (ED Note: internets) to find you some of the best trinkets, tees, hoodies, ect. to add to your collection.

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1. Redbubble is a terrific site where you can find clothing with popular horror designs with a twist. The designs are created by independent artists which gives you something fun & unique to wear to add to your horror clothing collection. I’ve chosen one Scream design and one Freddy design but there are many more to choose from.  Check them out here and here.

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2. You can never have too many tshirts but what are you going to wear on your feet? How about some Freddy sneakers available at Horror Merch Store.
The are a tad pricey but definitely a unique item to own and wear.

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3. If you already have enough horror tees what about a horror buddy? A horror buddy is a hand made pillow in the shape of Freddy Krueger. These come in two sizes mini 13 inches and a large at 22 inches. One to sleep on and one to display.

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4. I love horror themed drink and food recipes! Even though I’m not much of a cook I like collecting them and pretending I’ll make them someday. My next offering is totally free and fun. I found an  awesome list of horror movie themed recipes which includes one for Scream gourmet popcorn. Happy reading and cooking!

5. I stumbled upon an excellent interview with Wes Craven for Fangoria during my research for this blog. I’ve always enjoyed interviews with Wes. He was well spoken and very candid. I immediately watched it. It was worth the 45 minutes of my time. Check it out.

6. If you have ever wanted to know what Wes Craven ‘ s favorite horror movies are
now is your chance to find out. In an article from The Daily Beast from last October, Wes listed his top ten horror movies.

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7. Not too long ago I discovered a horror merchandise website that sells some pretty cool items some of which I hadn’t seen elsewhere. The House of Mysterious Secrets has plenty of unique and very affordable trinkets for the die hard horror fan. One of my personal favorites is the Freddy light switch cover. This is just one of many cool NOES items.

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8. Did you know there was a biography written about Wes Craven?  Wes Craven : The Man and his Nightmares was written by John Wooley and released in 2011. John Wooley was a horror film writer for Tulsa World for over 20 years and a regular contributer to Fangoria. This book is available in paperback on Amazon .

9. If you are into horror tees but prefer something simple check out wescraven.com
for some simple but very cool Freddy tees. Yes that’s right folks Wes was peddling his own merchandise and it’s awesome just like him.

10. The last item on this list is the IFC documentary An American Nightmare. This is quite possibly the best horror documentary I have ever seen. It has contributions from all of the great horror directors including Wes. This film is available for purchase on Amazon.

There you have it. I hope my list of cool Wes Craven stuff will help you through your grief. I know Wes and his movies and all of the merchandise will live on forever but I was always eager to see what he’d do next. Sadly there is no next.

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Episode 159: Children of the Corn 8 – Genesis

coc8If you thought we were ending The Children of the Corn franchise in Nebraska, obviously you haven’t been paying attention.  What happens when a young married couple stumble onto some sort of compound owned by a preacher and his mail order bride?  Alleged Children of the Corn shit.  Join Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they  put to the bed the last of the Children of the Corn movies while discussing female stereotypes, the appearance of half a nipple, the twist ending that only raises more questions than it answers, what to do when stranded in the middle of nowhere in the desert and your car breaks down, The Twilight Zone, the failings of Jones soda and even what kind of cereal Jessica has in her cabinet.

HORROR NEWS: Ecto-Cooler flavored beer, Halloween themed cereals, Rear Window on stage

 

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Episode 158: Children of the Corn 7 – Revelations

coc7Hey zombies!  After a brief delay we are here to bring you the best and greatest moments of Children of the Corn 7 – Revelations.  Just kidding — that would be a ten minute long podcast, so instead join Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they travel to Nebraska once again — this time Omaha — to seek out the adventures of the Children of the Corn.  Discussion about such topics as which of the cast members has been covered on the show before, Jessica’s hatred of handicapped individuals, proper etiquette for off the clock strippers, House of the Dead, CGI corn and much more are discussed in this episode!

HORROR NEWS: Crite action figures, Halloween Horror Nights, Friday the 13th TV series

Check out The Padded Room Podcast!  Seriously, check it out because we owe Darien one!

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Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 95

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GET YOUR GHOST ON!

What’s your favorite sub genre of horror? If it is the paranormal, you are in luck this
week! I’ve been busy watching several of the new ghost films including Insidious 3The Gallows and Unfriended.  All three of these movies were produced by Jason Blum and had theatrical releases this year. The Gallows and Unfriended were both geared toward the teen audience but had R ratings. Insidious 3 was geared toward all ages with a PG 13 rating.

Unfriended

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Unfriended was surprisingly good. I had heard nothing good about this movie prior to watching it. The plot follows six teenagers and the consequences of their actions after posting an extremely embarrassing video of a classmate online. The young girl, Laura Barns, was a former friend of one of the six teens. After the video was posted, she shot herself in the head in front of her peers. The six kids responsible for the cruel act move on but a year later they are attacked online by someone claiming to be Laura Barns. The entire film takes place in one night over Skype. The friends are on a group call when a 7th person shows up. This profile has no photo and the kids are unable to hang up on this person. At the same time one of the kids begins receiving Facebook messages from the dead girl.

images-3One of the reasons I really liked this movie is that I have long been fascinated by the idea of the dead contacting the living via Facebook. The idea sends chills down my spine. What if someone you knew was dead started messaging you on Facebook? The thing about Facebook is it could be anyone, including a random hacker. However, if they knew things about you that a stranger couldn’t — well that is a horse of a different color. I think anyone could relate to this film as long as they understand social media. If you spend a lot of time online, have ever been a teenager, have lost someone you knew well, or trusted even one person with your secrets, pictures or videos this movie will make your skin crawl! One tip — this is not a movie you can look away from for even one second without missing something.

The Gallows

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I was looking forward to The Gallows although once again I had heard nothing positive. Unfortunately, this film was a total fail. I was disappointed and to some degree saddened by it. I loved the trailers with Nirvana cover and references to a few 80s horror movies. I was convinced I would get a creepy ghost story that would scare me with it’s atmosphere and storyline. Instead I got a boring, flat, badly acted mess. The film follows four kids trapped inside of their high school the night before the big play. The play is the same one  that a student was accidentally killed during his performance 20 years prior. One by one, the kids are murdered while trying to escape the killer whom they believe to be the ghost of the long dead student.

images-1The Gallows had multiple problems with the first being lighting. A good portion of the film was shot in the dark using night vision. This was a found footage film so not only was there shaky cam but adding the darkness to that made it virtually impossible to tell what was going on at times. I am all for atmosphere but not when it impedes the viewer’s ability to see what is going on. I didn’t like any of the characters nor did I care about their fate. The motivation for at least three of them sneaking around the school the night before the play was flimsy at best and made zero sense.

It is unfortunate The Gallows turned out so poorly because the story was there and with better actors and better lighting it would been generic but entertaining. Do not pay to see this movie! Lighting your money on fire would be a better idea!

Insidious 3

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Insidious 3 was written as a prequel to Insidious: Chapter 1. In this film, we follow 17-year-old Quinn, who lost her mother to cancer several years prior. She believes she has been communicating with her mom and goes to see a medium enter Lin Shaye’s character, Elise. In this film we get both the young girl’s story and the back story on how Elise got her start in the paranormal. We also get some personal background on Elise. As it turns out Quinn has not been in contact with her mom but instead a malevolent spirit of someone that used to live in the same apartment building as Quinn. Elise warns her that when you talk to the dead all of them can hear you. Of course her advice is ignored and eventually Quinn becomes her first case.

2015-08-17-13-12-16--624654143Insidious Chapter 3 had a bigger budget than Unfriended and The Gallows. It also had a better cast of quality, experienced actors. However, what it lacked was a good script. Even good actors cannot turn crap into quality. They did the best with what they had. The story itself was disjointed and predictable. The character’s decisions and reactions to situations often didn’t make much sense. This can be watched as a stand alone film for those who haven’t seen Chapters 1 and 2.  This film is watchable but adds nothing to the existing storylines of the first two movies. (Ed Note: I live in constant fear that this franchise will get another movie thus forcing me to watch them.  I watch enough bad horror as it is. So much that I’ve almost forgotten what good horror is like!)

There is no nudity in any of these movies. There is violence and murder but little gore.

LITTLE MISS HORROR NERD’S RATINGS:

Unfriended … 4 out of 5

The Gallows … 2 out of 5

Insidious Chapter 3 … 2 1/2 out of 5

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Episode 157: Children of the Corn 666 – Isaac Returns

coc6Remember the little kid from the first film that had the irritating voice and kept bossing around the other kids before they turned on him, literally crucified him and fed him to He Who Walks Behind the Rows? Yeah he’s back — and he wrote this one.  Make a return trip to Gatlin with Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they discuss Isaac’s return, horror movie tropes, the last ten minutes of the Children of the Corn films, Super Mario Brothers 2, the screwed up timeline of the film and whether or not killing someone with a machete makes you evil — and more!

HORROR NEWS: Re-remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street, Roddy Piper’s last film and the death of Terrance Evans

 

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