All Hallow's Eve
Tales of The Day of the Dead
(and Sugar Skulls!)
WE WANT YOUR SCARY STORIES!
By Tammie Parker
We know tons of you have your own scary stories. They be actually be real story or something you went through or even something you witnessed first hand. We want to hear about them, and we're going to publish them EVERY day between October 24th and Halloween. You will, of course, be credited. Each story will start with the title. Don't worry - if you can't think of a title, we will. Then your name, where you're from, and any other introductory information your story requires.
The deadline to submit your scary story is 15 October 2016 midnight all time zones. This allows us to process the entries and communicate with the authors.
All entrants will become automatic Friends of the House and will have their names and stories posted on our site. From the submissions, three winners will be chosen based on creepiness (of the story, not the entrant). Winners will receive horror mystery bags.
To enter, email your scary story to us at email@example.com, subject: Scary Story Contest.
We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to being creeped out by our fans! Winners to be announced on November 8, 2016.
By John Roisland
When someone asks you, "Who is the best horror band?", who do you automatically think of (or, even better, who SHOULD you always automatically think of)? To me, that's an easy question to answer: hands down it is The Misfits - the original in your face horror punk band that started the wave of horror music as we know it today.
Originally fronted by legendary vocalist Glenn Danzig, who, after leaving The Misfits, went on to form the highly acclaimed Samhain. While lyrically was similar to The Misfits, was a darker and much gloomier sound. He later went solo and started Danzig. While all three acts were very similar, they were all also worlds apart yet all had huge followings and were very influential in the music world. After The Misfits original members split up, there've been a lot of harsh words towards each other and hard feelings over the years amongst the members - including court cases over copyright issues.
The Misfits originally formed in 1977, and 39 years later The Misfits are still kicking ass and it seems like a dream will come true. They said it would never happen but, the almighty The Misfits will be making a return the end of 2016 at Riot Fest headlining the show with all original members - or so it was claimed. The original members have rumored that they will be using renowned drummer and former member of legendary heavy metal thrash gods Slayer the one and only Dave Lombardo. Now Dave has been rumored to be the skin smasher filling in on drums during these live performances that are being held in September.
As of now Dave's name has not officially been announced. As a matter of fact, it's actually just hearsay and speculation because band members of The Misfits have been hinting around that he is who the drummer will be. So by the process of elimination by hints given by Danzig and Jerry Only, Dave's name has surfaced and is now in the limelight.
I have been a fan of both Slayer and The Misfits since I was a young teen and continue to be one to this day. Hell, I even sported the black wrist bands like Glenn for a while. So combining the two bands for me personally would be like a demonic musical orgasm! Although the styles of both bands are very different, putting the two together will be incredible, especially in a live performance.
Could this possibly be the new line up for The Misfits? Could there be a new studio album in the future with the return of the original members plus Lombardo? One can only dream.
It's doubtful that I will be lucky enough to attend Riot Fest and get to witness the reunion of The Misfits , but if any of you readers out there are able to and if you think I'm a halfway decent guy, then help me out and get me a fucking t-shirt!
I don't have a clue on the future of The Misfits or the possibly joining of Dave Lombardo on drums to the band, but I do promise that I will keep you guys updated as the events unfold !
Keep It Evil.
31 days of Halloween:
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
My second selection for my required Halloween viewing is Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Okay, calm down, stop throwing shit at me! Halloween III is probably the most maligned film of the Halloween series. At least until Rob Zombie directed the sequel to his remake of the original Halloween. Upon released it was pretty much universally hated by Halloween fans, myself included.
How dare they do a Halloween III film without Michael Myers? It was sacrilegious! And it was definitely bad business sense for a profitable horror franchise. Michael didn't stay gone for long, returning in Halloween 4, and the popularity of the series returned with him.
But the once hated oddball of the Halloween III series how developed into a cult hit. It still isn't loved and adored by everyone, but a lot of one time haters have converted to fans. I'm glad to say I'm one of those fans and Halloween III is now one of my favorite Halloween horror films.
For those not familiar the plot concerns Dr. Dan Challis, played by living legend Tom Atkins investigating a series of strange deaths. The deaths seem to lead to the manufacture of the most popular Halloween mask on the planet, the Silver Shamrock. The masks are more sinister than we would guess and soon Dr. Dan discovers a plot to bring back the old ways of Samhain. If he can't stop it, Halloween will once again run red with the blood of children.
People may hate on me for including this on my list instead of the original, classic Halloween. I can understand that, the original is a classic in every sense. It is a great movie to watch during the Halloween season and I don’t want to take any thing from it. But Halloween III, like the original, perfectly exemplifies the Halloween season. Possibly as much or more than the original.
While it is easy to just see the original as a slasher set on Halloween, Season of the Witchlives and breathes the season. Halloween II, set on the days leading up to Halloween, and Halloween eve. Throughout the film we see kids happily getting ready for the big night. We also see and hear that Silver Shamrock commercial that gets stuck in out head.
Those sights and sounds, as well as the tales of what Halloween was, the blood rites and sacrifices of Samhain make this required watching. It's got horror of its own too. Every parent's fear about Halloween, candy laced with razor blades, gets a small but bloody showcase. People get their heads crushed by emotionless animated human like “toys” (or robots whatever), a woman dies by a “misfire” of Silver Shamrock mask.
In the most disturbing kill scene, a boy wearing a Halloween mask is brutally killed. We, and his terrified parents, watch him squirm on the floor and then shudder in terror as insects, worms, and even snakes crawl out of the mask. A mask that is much too deflated and small to contain a human head any longer. The end of the film keeps you on the edge of your seat in suspense as the hero desperately fights and manages to save the day. Or does he? We get a real sense that on this most spooky day the demons have won, and the land will once again run red with the blood of children.
So if you are one of those people who have heard the negatives, but never seen the film for yourself, check it out. If you didn’t like it when you first saw it, give it another shot. If you have never heard of it, what the fuck man? Get on it.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and stars Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelken, and Dan O'Herlihy.
By John Roisland
Coming from a true horror fan of the Trick 'r Treat movie, this little guy has been sweeping through the horror community like a plague. Sam has been expertly crafted to perfectly reflect the enigmatic character from the movie.
I so enjoy the great detail taken with Sam's burlap, face and even in his eyes. It just makes me smile. These pieces are becoming more and more rare and expensive. So what can I say? If you can get your hands on one, do so. It would make a great addition to any horror collection.
For the uninitiated, Trick 'r Treat is a clever little horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty and based on his 1996 animated short film Season's Greetings. Produced by Bryan Singer, Trick 'r Treat was not released until 2009 although it was previously scheduled for release in 2007 and 2008. Trick 'r Treat stars Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker with Quinn Lord as Sam. Trick 'r Treat was so well received that a sequel, Trick 'r Treat 2, is in the works. Trick 'r Treat 2 also will be written and directed by Michael Dougherty, but no other details are available at this time. IMDb lists the film as in production, and fans of the first film are eagerly waiting to see Sam in action again.
Made by Neca Toys. Trick 'r Treat Sam action figure collectible stands 3x2x7 inches and includes interchangeable heads, lollipop, candy bar, candy sack, display base, and two carved pumpkins.
Price is $160.00+ tax and well worth the investment. Trick 'r Treat Sam action figure collectible is worthy of being passed down through the years.