Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Horror DVD Releases Today

"Texas Killing Fields" is out on DVD release today.

Inspired by true events, this tense and haunting thriller follows Detective Souder (Sam Worthington), a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call ''The Killing Fields.''

Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

"Dead Hooker In a Trunk"

Set in beautiful Vancouver, four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk. Lead by a sexy, impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping, Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic, rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body before they're next. Thrown into their own personal purgatory, they face off against persistent police, a sleazy motel manager, chainsaw wielding triads, and a brutal serial killer. All the while they are followed by a mysterious Cowboy Pimp who wants to claim the corpse for his own. Will they uncover the truth behind the body and be able to stand up to their demons?

"The Thing"

At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.(Prequel to the other versions)

Dead For 17 Hours!

(**Do not miss the post earlier this morning--an amazing giveaway**)

Doctors worked furiously on the dead woman's body. Suffering two heart attacks, she showed no brainwaves at all. No heartbeat.

"Calling the time of death 0130." The doctor stepped back from the patient.

The techs remained to disconnect the elderly woman from all lines and monitors.

"Her directives have her listed as an organ donor." The doctor nodded to the nurse who made sure the respirator continued to pump oxygen into the body and keep the organs prepared for transplant when recipients were matched. He began the protocol to cool down her body.

The doctor left the room and found the family huddled together in the waiting room where he proceeded to tell them the outcome of his vigorous efforts to save their loved one. The family went in to say their goodbyes as lines were removed.

Inside the room, the body remained, rigor mortis setting in, fingers curling in, skin tightening, and all the usual signs of the finality of death. More than 17 hours went by when the woman woke up and spoke, startling the nurse nearby.

This is not fiction. 

This happened to a 59-year-old woman in West Virginia. She was transferred to a larger medical center, but doctors found no ill effects.  

True life is creepier than fiction, isn't it?

Giveaway Syfy Flipcam! & Other Giveaway

Syfy is the channel this blog supports fully. I adore it, quirks and all. I was thrilled when they offered a Flipcam for a giveaway to the devoted readers.

Here's a sample of what you can do with a flipcam (below)--I ADORE MINE! I even wore out my first one and had to get another. In under 3 minutes you can put together a movie, add music if you want, and upload it to YouTube and be ready to view online or send by email to someone. The software is in the camera. You just plug its onboard jack into the USB and click and drag scenes. You can even take still shots from frames. So simple!

Here's some shows to look forward to on Syfy

"Face Off" (makeup artists compete in horror movie makeup on Wednesdays)
"Ghost Hunters" (the original ghost hunting show on Wednesdays)
"Being Human" (Syfy original show on Mondays
1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Live in the 48 contiguous states
3. Comment below by telling me which of those three shows you like best) and do this by 11 pm this evening (EST)

Tomorrow morning, I will announce the winner--good luck you lucky readers!
Haven't had enough? I have another giveaway going on at Julie and I's Zombie Housewives blog!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Awesome Giveaway Tomorrow!

I am running an amazing giveaway tomorrow morning so do not miss it!
If you enjoy my videos on my blog--you can make your own if you win this prize (happy grin)

"God Bless America" Movie

Did you like "Falling Down"?

There's a new movie with that feel coming out in May -

Lawyer Makes Case For Afterlife

(Is it just me or does his voice sound like the voice on the record played in "Legend of Hell House?" Go to the 12-minute mark and compare--
Lawyer, Victor Zammit makes a case for proving the afterlife on his interesting website.

His site includes afterlife voice samples, psychics and medium, afterlife investigations, psychic detectives, near-death experiences, and remote viewing. He places all the evidence in the form of sound files, interviews, videos and more on his site. This is a really exciting concept and I like the way this guy thinks.

You can also purchase his book based on the evidence for $10 on the site and for free get on a mailing list to receive a weekly newsletter about new reports in proof of afterlife

Take some time and check out his site and see where it takes you. I like this claim, "The afterlife: The objective evidence for the afterlife has nothing to do with religion or personal belief."

"Finding Bigfoot" Reviewed

This episode of F'ing Bigfoot was in Ohio. I have to admit to being skeptical about BF activity in the Ohio area. I suppose closer to WV, it could be possible. I absolutely believe it exists in WV, where I had an amazing encounter at nighttime in 2005 at a protected area where hunters weren't allowed and wildlife was so plentiful, it was like the Garden of Eden, as well the entire landscape riddled with more caves than anyone could explore in a lifetime. If Ohio has similar conditions, I could see it being possible. I just think population density around there would make a state park a very small habitat for breeding.

Luckily on the squatch count, this episode was strangely less "squatch" and much much more "Bigfoot." glad I don't take a drink for every BF or squatch. I'd have to call into work the next day. Squatch count was 33.

It wasn't a horribly eventful episode, but I love to see how they tackle each situation. What I appreciate so much about the team is that they aren't like TAPS on ghost hunts. There is no routine. They bring in new techniques, new ways of tackling each case depending on the witness statements.

Ranae's favorite saying, "I just don't know."
Cliff's favorite saying, "I'm stoked."
BoBo's favorite saying, "I'm stoked."
Matt's favorite saying, "I'm stoked."
(I think that sums up their attitudes every episode)

Man, I love this show! Animal Planet, please pick it up for another few seasons right away! Best things on the episode: Stover's eyewitness description of BF was chillingly real, totally authentic. I like that they are willing to let one guy remain and campout (well, not totally alone, there's a crew there), but the concept is a cool one. With 4 people, tons of land to cover and witnesses to interview, it's not an easy task. I like that they're willing to try new techniques and mix it up. Good for them! Not on my top favorite episodes because I never had a "that was a squatch" feeling moment, but hey I get to see my favorite 4 hit the woods and say squatch way too much.

Be sure to check out Cliff's blog where he will be sharing the insights about the show that you didn't get in the episode--this guy is awesome for doing this!  Read the live blogging I did (my smartass commentary) on Bigfoot Evidence.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Finding Bigfoot" Tonight on Animal Planet

Tonight is "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet. They're heading to Ohio.

Y'all know that I do live blogging at 11 pm MST (1 am EST) on "Bigfoot Evidence" blog. Shawn, the host of the blog, gives the blow by blow description and I provide the MST3000 commentary and one sip of beer for every "squatch." The last two weeks, 41 and 49 squatches. I think Matt might be the biggest culprit saying "SAH-squatch" all the time.

You must keep a watch on Cliff Barackman's blog, Northern American Bigfoot where he gives great video commentary about what went down that we didn't see in the show. He is total awesomeness!

Tonight's snack is simple and naughty. I was in the mood for sweets, so I'm giving you the secret to the most decadent treat in the world.  

Reese's Brownies 1 box brownie mix made as directed. Remove from oven when done cooking and while still hot, press mini Reese's cups into the dough about 1" apart. then, let cool and cut between the peanut butter cups. (This recipe can be done with Hershey's Kisses, Mini Mounds, mini Snicker or Milky Ways, but seriously the Reese's are the best).

Abandoned Businesses

I showed photos on yesterday's post of abandoned homes on Julie and I's recent road trip. Today, I shows businesses....

Nature Energy

I took some pics of things that moved me when I saw them on our road trip. I kid around a LOT on the road, but I also stop and just soak up nature and beauty. I love to photograph and I love to paint and draw and use places as locations in my writing. Sometimes, I just want to get in tune spiritually with the land and the feel. Each place has a different spiritual harmonic frequency (that sounds very New Age for a Virgo logic-minded person), but some time sit by the ocean or sit in a snow filled field and notice the different energy that your body and mind feel. It is unique for each locale. Here are photos of some of the "energies" I felt on the recent road trip....

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why "Finding Bigfoot" Works For Viewers

This picture (above) is why "F'ing Bigfoot" works. A team of 4 characters; a skeptical scientist, a life-long BF hunter, BF's best future buddy, and a child-like enthusiast who wonders at nature.

I hear people bellyache about the show, "it's not real Bigfoot hunting," "I can't believe they thought that was a squatch," "that witness was totally bogus."

Here's what those viewers need to know: This is a show. A show is a way to present information in a way that is expedient and entertaining. We wouldn't watch grass grow on TV. We would not expect a cure for cancer while filming a lab.

Let's use the musical as an example....

We don't believe that people break out into song while chopping wood. That's preposterous and it loses credibility if we take it literally. It's actually representing the process going on in the character's psyches and emotions for us to get inside their heads.

F'ing Bigfoot represents the process of Bigfoot hunting. They are not likely to yield actual groundbreaking results. They are filming a show in the woods with a crew and hitting it in different states over short periods of time. Most BF hunters are in their own state, know their territory, watch it for years on end.

When F'ing Bigfoot hits the ground running with crew in tow, they are there to represent the field researchers, to show us the interviews with witnesses, to go into the woods and show us what a hunt is like.

The show serves its purpose brilliantly and most especially because the team of 4 quite individual enthusiasts. We come to care for the characters as much as their incredible journeys.

F'ing Bigfoot works. And, I hope it works for a helluva lot more seasons. If you can't tote your ass out into the woods to hunt--enjoy the show on Sunday nights on Animal Planet.
You can join me in my Sunday night "squatch" drinking game and take a sip of beer for every "squatch" spoken--if you dare. I will be live blogging again on Bigfoot Evidence, making my MST3000 commentary on this team that I so adore.

Abandoned Desert Drive & Graveyard

I always enjoy putting things together to give you the feel for what it's like on a long road trip in the desert to these creepy and abandoned and out of the way places Julie and I visit. Here's a good one that captures the many sights and the feel and mood of it.

We stopped off at the cemetery near Vulture Mine and I filmed it. It is about the loneliest place in the world to be buried and forgotten.

Abandoned Houses

On Julie and I's road trip, we ran into so many towns where many buildings were boarded up. We found a lot of abandoned businesses (post tomorrow). Today, here's just some of the houses that were once called "home."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Season of Shadows Blogger's Last Post

Please read this post.

John is the most beloved Blogger ever. I have known him all my blogging years. I have followed his blog and called him a very dear friend. There is no one like him in the world with his love of Halloween and his huge kind heart. Please read his final post.

Thank you.

Creepy Abandoned Building With Faces

In the town of Yarnell, AZ, Julie and I came across a crazy little abandoned building that looked like it was once owned by an eccentric artist.

The front door was fascinating.
While staring at the place, I looked at the vines on the window and startled and gasped when I saw a ghost-like face looking back (what whimsy!)
Then, as I studied it closer, I noticed that at the ends of the struts holding up the eaves were little wooden carved faces dried out and aged by the desert sun...
I've never had a reason to desire to live in an abandoned abode, but this would be the one I would choose. I can't explain how the place felt, except it called to me and I kept coming back and just wanting to stand there. Happy, creative energy and whimsy and a bit of spooky lingering mystery....  

Just my kind of place!

Seriously, They Sell These Things!

Leave it to clever Japanese to invent the gadget you never knew you needed --

Searching for that youthful look? Forget expensive surgery or dangerous therapies! Japan has the answer and it is as simple as it is, well, unusual. Just pop the colorful Pupeko gently into your mouth, clench your jaw and breath in and out. This will then start training and tightening your cheek and jaw muscles, helping to offset the signs of aging and bringing a fresher, youthful look back again to your cheeks!

I don't know about you, gals, but I'm thinking some smart Japanese men telling their ladies, "honey, you don't need this device. Why pay $40 bucks when we can do facial retraining for free and we both benefit from the experience?"

Road Trips With Me Are...Weird

So, gal pal road trips include haunted locales, stopping at every single absolutely terrifyingly creepy and abandoned place we can find. I think Julie and I beat our record this time with perhaps 50 abandoned sites we photographed. We stop anywhere and everywhere and always eat at a local diner.

When we were in Kirkland, I reached into my toiletries bag and dug the tip of my finger into a razor. Yeah, OW!!!! I was bleeding like crazy and the place had no Band-Aids. So, I did like I normally do, I rigged something. I tore a panty liner down the middle and wrapped it around my finger and to keep it on all night, I took a hair scrunchy and wrapped it around that a few times. It worked like a charm.
The next morning, we decided to go to Skull Valley...because it was there. We heard it was 7 miles down the road and when you have a place with that name, you must go investigate... We ended up finding that the town was much more organized than other towns we had passed through. It not only had a grocery, gas station and diner, but the citizens kept the place in flawless shape. It was the most charming find ever on a road trip. Oh, and the diner breakfast--SUPREME! (and the coffee was good too) Well, like every trip, we happened upon, well SQUATCH!!! Oh, and a giant frog (just a typical trip)....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Scary Place: Haunted Desert Location

Julie and I went to a wicked out-of-the-way historic locale for a little impromptu ghost hunt and urban exploration road trek.
We went to a location called Kirkland, AZ and a particular historic building called the Kirkland Bar and Steakhouse. (This is actually up for sale, folks)
This old site had the top floor burn down long ago. It was a bordello and a Well's Fargo stop. In fact, the safe is still inside a concrete room from 1880.
In one of the dining halls, the 18-20 foot high ceiling had finger prints and dragging finger marks show up on the ceiling.
A madam named Mary had her throat slit in 1916. She is seen in the dance floor area. Here's the charming and creepy story... The restaurant bought some wood from a chicken coup in nearby Skull Valley. It was put onto the walls of the dance floor area and over time, Mary's face showed up on the wood and gets darker and more prominent over time --
People have reported photographic anomalies. I got one myself. I take meticulous steps when photographing and I cannot explain it. I took the shot again just to be sure and it was gone.
We did some EVP sessions that I have yet to listen to -- so many photos and videos! One room supposedly had a man ghost seen there and even photographed. I didn't get anything, but we did hear music a few times during the night that we were warned about. Considering the place is in the middle of nowhere and there are no TVs or music in the rooms--very rustic, and we were the only guests--it was pretty impressive. The place was amazing and what a history and active feeling site. I hope to go back and do a full study there. It warrants further investigation.

At one point, I put some music on the jukebox -
I sat down on the sofa and talked to the bartender and Julie when I kept looking behind me. I had an image in my mind of a tall, slender, gaunt-looking cowboy, thumbs in his back pockets of his jeans, leaning forward, stoop shouldered, to listen to us talk. I could see in my mind a light gray hat, thick hair and mustache of a light color and sunken cheeks, weatherworn skin. I don't know why I got such a strong visual, but I kept looking to see if he was there. The place is double thumbs up for an amazing AZ historic haunted find.