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Christmas Horror Movies that Will Scare Your Chestnuts Off!

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Amazon, Christmas, christmas horror movies, Controversial Films, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, frightening, holidays, Horror, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, Independent Horror, movie discussion, movie review, movies, new horror movies on December 22, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

Near the end of November, I posted on social media for a list of Christmas themed, family friendly horror movies. For the most part, I received adult related titles, which wasn’t what I was looking for.

For those who might feel uncertain as to what movies are classified as family friendly, I would consider nothing worse than a PG-13 rating. In a chestnut shell, movies that don’t exploit nudity/sex, gore, drugs, or explicit language.

Because of the misconception my post received, I’m going to knock out two turtle doves with one stone. Not only will I focus on suggesting horror themed Christmas movies, but I will categorize ‘Family Friendly’ and ‘Adult Only’ titles.

Family Friendly (PG or PG-13):

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For starters, it’s not Christmas without ‘Gremlins’.  The reasons I love ‘Gremlins’ is because the creators (Chris Columbus, Joe Dante, and Steven Spielberg) were not afraid to deliver chills and laughs throughout.

In a tongue and cheek style, they apply suggestive humor to intense scenes, which creates a deeper level of fear.  The most superb example of this tactic is the attic scene when Mrs. Peltzer first realizes something is wrong.  As the house grows silent, a feeling of suspense captivates the audience.  Although expecting a scream to jolt us from our seats, the downstairs record player starts blaring ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ when it was in an off position.  This scene is the perfect example of timing, humor, irony, and dread all rolled into one.  To this day, I can’t listen to the Johnny Mathis classic without thinking about this iconic movie.

Fun Facts:

  1. At first, ‘Gremlins’ pushed an R rating with its original script. This included Mrs. Peltzer getting beheaded and the gremlins murdering the family dog.  Due to wanting to keep the movie tame, these scenes were rewritten.
  1. At first, Stripe didn’t exist. Gizmo was supposed to become evil and lead the pack, but, Spielberg felt that keeping Gizmo cuddly would be the wiser choice.

 

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‘Krampus’ is a contemporary classic bound to stand the test of time. While staying true to German folklore, it provides enough originality that it becomes a cornucopia of horrors. Similar to Michael Dougherty’s prior movie ‘Trick R’ Treat’, where Dougherty provides almost all holiday subjects screen time.  Villains include: snowmen, gingerbread men, killer toys, and Krampus himself.  While full of intense moments, there is enough comedy to relieve the tension.

With jumps and humor aside, ‘Krampus’ presents a contemporary Dickens morality, and a wholesome conclusion for the family black sheep.  Overall, by the character development, pacing, and plot, ‘Krampus’ is a movie that isn’t afraid to gift a stocking full of humor, horror, and heart with its overall message.

Fun Fact:

The final design of Krampus was inspired by various illustrations and postcards depicting the iconic Christmas devil.

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‘Scrooged’ is a dark comedy with horror elements.  Examples of these elements can be seen in characters such as Lew Hayward and the Ghost of Christmas Future.  Even the Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen) has his own devilish persona in this modern day take. To top it off, Bill Murray endures a live cremation.

Despite the horror elements, ‘Scrooged’ has a certain wholesome, yet humorous, charisma that only director Richard Donner can provide.  Overall, it feels like the holiday answer to the original Ghostbusters in regards to its combination of horror and humor, as Carol Kane, Bill Murray, and Bobcat Goldthwait deliver comedic one liners throughout.

Fun Fact:

Bill Murray complained to Roger Ebert about ‘Scrooged’.  Murray insinuated that he and Donner didn’t get along, and Donner dismissed almost all of Murray’s suggestions for the movie.

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I remember when ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ was released and its controversy. Back then, my hometown theater didn’t receive it in their auditorium and quite a few audiences called it ‘sacrilegious’. Although I missed the opportunity to enjoy it in on the big screen, my mom was cool enough to let me rent it on VHS.

From this list, this is perhaps the only title suitable for preteens. However, the love for this holiday mash up, which has sparked arguments between if it’s a Halloween movie, a Christmas movie, or both, is enjoyable for all ages.

In 2006, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ was re-released in theaters in a 3D format.  For the first time, it was under the Walt Disney banner, instead of the Touchstone Pictures banner, where it lived since 1993.

Assuming everyone has seen this fairytale about star crossed lovers, I won’t go into plot detail.  But, I will say, if the opportunity presents itself for you to see the 3D version in theaters, do not pass it by.  The experience returns adults to their childhood, and it gives newcomers something to “talk about for years to come”.

Fun Fact:

To complete this movie, it took three years and a group of around 100 people.  Just for a second of footage, up to 12 stop motion movements had to be performed.

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‘Curse of the Cat People’ isn’t a full-on Christmas movie, yet a good portion of it does surround Christmas.  Despite ‘Curse’ being suitable for all ages, it is complex in a psychological sense by symbolism and verbiage. So, although the feature is safe for preteens, they might not understand its subject matter. To give an example of the movie’s depth, it has been noted that in the past, psychology professors have shown ‘Curse’ to their students.

For those unfamiliar with ‘Curse’ it is a sequel to the famous ‘Cat People’, directed by visionary master Val Lewton.  Although ‘Cat People’ isn’t Christmas based, it provides important character development that is somewhat crucial for viewers entering the sequel.

‘Curse of the Cat People’ takes place years later after its predecessor.  Our subject in this installment is Oliver’s young, friendless daughter, Amy.  Over the passing of autumn turning to winter, we get the impression that Amy is teetering on the edge of sanity.  During this time, she befriends a retired actress and a ghost.  By meeting these two characters, Amy receives solace and transforms into a stronger person.  Although ‘Curse’ presents spooky elements, it is technically a fantasy movie that focuses on maturing, forgiving, and acceptance.

Fun Fact:

The poem quoted by Miss Callahan in ‘Curse’ is ‘The Unseen Playmate’ by Robert Louis Stevenson from ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.  For me, this poem sets the mood for the entire movie.

Adults Only (R Rated):

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As we advance into the ‘Adults Only’ category, I have decided to begin with the star upon the tree, ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’.  This is an infamous cult classic that stirred such controversy by poster art, and prime time advertising, that TriStar Pictures dropped it.  Going a step further, Siskel and Ebert took a moment to list those involved with SNDN’s production, saying, “Shame,” after speaking each name.

For those unaware of this hidden gem, you might be interested to know that it spawned 4 sequels.  Unlike the Halloween franchise, which wanted to expand into an anthology series, the SNDN films achieve the anthology expansion.

The subject of Pt 1 is Billy, who at younger age saw his parents murdered by a criminal dressed as Santa.  Later, he and his younger sibling, Ricky, are thrown into an orphanage.  Here, an abusive Mother Superior warps Billy through a decade of psychological and physical torment.  After snapping, Billy goes on a killing spree, where he uses a variety of weapons, which include: Christmas lights, a boxcutter, an axe, a bow and arrow, and my personal favorite, reindeer antlers.

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Pt 2 continues a decade after the first movie. Ricky has grown into an adult and has picked up the ‘slay’ reins his brother dropped.  For those who missed Pt 1, don’t worry, the sequel recaps its predecessor in flashbacks.  

As a follow up, this installment doesn’t present anything new.  Although, it does make a stronger comment on PTSD, and it comes off feeling like a warning movie for those who have yet to receive the therapeutic help they require.   

When mentioning Pt 2, the psychological aspects of PTSD are never discussed. Yet, the spree killing scene dubbed as “Garbage Day”, has captivated cult audiences for decades. 

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In Pt 3, the series starts to trail away from the killer Santa scenario.  Even though this sequel’s villain is Ricky, he isn’t the primary focus.  Instead, our subject is a blind woman who has undergone a series of testing for her psychic abilities.  Although the acting in Pt 3 is better than Pt 2, Ricky now sports a dome top, which looks cool, but in addition becomes problematic.  My gripe was, other characters acted so nonchalant to his headgear, it felt bizarre and out of place.  Had the dome top not been a part of Ricky’s character, I probably would have enjoyed this installment more.

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From the sequels, Pt 4 is my favorite.  Directed and co-written by Brian Yuzna, who created cult hits such as: Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Necronomicon, The Dentist, and Return of the Living Dead 3, this installment is slimy and grotesque.

With a deeper plot than the prior two sequels, Pt 4 is full of occultism, mutated bugs and worms, and a bizarre sex scene featuring Clint Howard.  Also, here’s a fun side note, Clint Howard’s character name is Ricky.  Perhaps he is the Ricky from the prior films who has now joined a coven?

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Pt 5 is creative, but it was also when the creators realized, the reindeer are dead, let’s stop beating them.  The final chapter, focuses on a Pinocchio themed horror where a toy maker, Joe Petto and his son Pino, create murderous toys.  The only reason why anyone would want to see this installment is due to the blood and gore that is created by the toys.

Fun Facts:

  1. Lilyan Chauvin, who played Mother Superior in Pt 1, admitted it was a mistake for the film’s publicity campaign to center around Santa. She further explained, the advertising should have focused on Billy’s mental stability.
  1. Robert Brian Wilson, who played Billy at 18, said he felt so ashamed by the controversy he told friends and family not to see the film.
  1. Mickey Rooney, who had protested the release of SNDN 1, starred in SNDN 5 as the toymaker. Originally, the movie was called ‘The Toy Maker’, and it wasn’t associated with the franchise until its release.

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Although ‘Black Christmas’ never franchised out, it is perhaps the most well-known movie on the ‘Adults Only’ list.  Despite the reimagining’s negativity from audiences and critics, I liked the remake and the original, but for different reasons.

The original is creepy because the killer is never seen, we have no backstory on him, and the plot is simplistic and realistic.  I think one of the many reasons why ‘Black Christmas’ is so effective is because there is no reason why these murders are happening.  The movie is nothing more than a maniac living in the girl’s sorority house attic.  He harasses them by phone, then kills them one by one.

The reimaging, follows the same scenario, but it develops a background on the killer and why he is hiding in the sorority house.  Also, this version is more grotesque and explicit than its original, but, its comedic charm isn’t as strong.

Fun Facts:

Bob Clark, who directed the 1974 original, and later brought us ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Porkey’s’, provided what horror fans consider to be the pioneering slasher film.  ‘Black Christmas’ predates all similar movies like: Halloween, Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, When a Stranger Calls, etc.

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‘P2’ is a guilty pleasure of mine that is nothing more than an hour and a half’s worth of cat and mouse.  Written by Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur, and Franck Khalfoun, ‘P2’ stars Wes Bently and Rachel Nichols.  The concept is a business woman gets trapped inside of a parking garage on Christmas Eve and is held captive by an obsessive security guard.

This is the kind of movie where the viewer can leave their brain at the door.  Not much thought is needed for the movie to progress, as it lacks any deep subplot or twist.  Still, the acting is fairly solid, there aren’t any plot holes, and the fast pacing kept my eyes glued to the screen.

Fun Fact:

‘P2’ was shot in two months, at night, at a working Toronto parking garage.

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‘Christmas Evil’ centers around a boy named Harry, who becomes disenchanted upon seeing his mom and dad kissing.  Although, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, his dad is dressed like Santa.  By seeing this, Harry’s childlike wonder completely shatters.

Decades later, Harry is still unable to overcome his childhood shock, and has developed an unhealthy infatuation with Christmas and Santa.  During the day, he works in a toy factory, which is suitable due to his holiday obsession.  During his free time, his hobbies include spying on the neighborhood children, and categorizing them into a personal list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  Even though red flags indicate he is a few goodies short of a full stocking, nothing physically harmful has happened… yet.

At a Christmas Eve party, he learns of a children’s home that might not have enough presents for everyone.  When no one else will provide toys to the unwanted children, he runs home, and suits up as Santa.  All seems harmless, until he takes on the persona of Saint Nicholas.

As simple as what the concept sounds, ‘Christmas Evil’ is intriguing from a psychological aspect.  Such as Angela Bettis in ‘May’, Harry descends a similar Milky Way of madness as we witness his sanity deteriorate.  While not overusing the slasher aspect, ‘Christmas Evil’ has only two murder scenes.  But I assure you, the lack of blood doesn’t make this any less of a horror movie.

Fun Facts: (SPOILER)

At the end, Harry doesn’t fly away.  Actually, the conclusion is nothing more than Harry imagining a more pleasant scenario as he commits suicide.

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‘Silent Night, Bloody Night’ is perhaps the most underrated movie on this list.  Even though it is full of mystery, horror, and suspense, I believe its style of underground filmmaking is what sucked me in.  Because of its old-school fashion, SNBN feels like a Grindhouse movie, and it provides a gritty piece of holiday horror that causes the skin to crawl.

The movie opens when a homeowner returns to his property, and finds his house has been transformed into an insane asylum.  Without explanation, he is murdered.  Decades later, a lawyer and his secretary take refuge at the same property for an affair.  For a good portion of their onscreen time, their backgrounds allow us to identify with them as the lead characters.  While danger and isolation closes in on the unsuspecting couple, we have a good idea of what is instore.  But, things take a quick Hitchcockian turn.

Due to multiple spoilers, I can’t go into further detail.  All I can say is SNBN is filmed in the style of a good, old fashioned, whodunit with a plethora red herrings.  Near the end, the puzzle pieces fall into place through sepia toned flashbacks of incest, incarceration, and a vengeful grudge that can only be satisfied by bloodshed.
Fun Facts:

SNBN fell into public domain after it left the drive-in circuit. Until it appeared on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, it had been obscure. But, it slowly gained a cult following, which increased upon video rental.

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As I close on what is perhaps the lengthiest blog I have ever written, I hope everyone has enjoyed the read and now has a better understanding between adult and young adult related material. There were quite a few additional hidden gems that I wanted to include on this “Naughy or Nice” list, but I will save those for 2017.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Alexander S. Brown

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Lords of Salem Book/Movie Comparison

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, authors, Book Reviews, books, cult books, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, Fiction, frightening, holidays, Horror, Horror Authors, Horror Book, Horror Books, Horror Fans, Horror Fiction, horror literature, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, literature, movie discussion, movie review, movies, Read, readers, reading, Readings, Rob Zombie, scary, scary movies on November 26, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

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During October I decided to listen to something witchy.  Considering I’m a huge fan of the movie, The Lords of Salem, I gave the audiobook an opportunity. For those who don’t prefer audiobook, TLOS is also available in print.

Upon finishing TLOS, my immediate thoughts were: I should have read the book first, it seems Rob Zombie’s hands were tied regarding onscreen content, and the studio butchered the Hell out of the movie.  The book is a companion that addresses some of the random scenes featured in the film.  Also, the backstory of the main characters, especially Heidi, seems more developed.  Aside from offering more information, the book is 100% more brutal than what the studios released.

In comparison to the movie, the book doesn’t provide any new twists or scares, and it follows the same concept throughout. The major differences regard ritual sacrifice, the descendants hypnotized by the coven’s music, and the concert sequence.  Movie wise, these scenes were watered down.  Had the movie not utilized nudity, drugs, or explicit language, it could have been pg-13. However, if these very elements were removed from the book, the subject matter would still teeter between NC-17 and R, due to violence alone.

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With gore and character development aside, the book provides a brief reasoning for the delusions Heidi suffered, mostly giving insight to the humanoid creatures.  The way these delusions appear in the movie, makes the viewer feel like something frightening is placed at the most random spot for no reason. The book suggests these creatures are used to put Heidi in a low place mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Furthermore, they are given a brief origin, as the authors suggest these creatures were once human.  Thus allowing the reader to speculate that the entities are the results of damned human souls.

Although, it seems that if one reads the book, they should skip the movie, I assure you, this isn’t the case.  Despite the movie won’t provide the intensity found within the book, it introduces Rob Zombie’s ability to create a visually satisfying art house movie.  From start to end, Zombie unleashes hellish scenes, historic urban settings, and Kubrickian imagery.

However, the eye candy doesn’t end with the artistic angle alone, as the casting is favorable to cult icons.  I think what makes TLOS so frightening is not only the character Margret Morgan, but the way Meg Foster portrays her by image and vocals.  Character wise, Margret Morgan is one of the most frightening witches since The Black Queen in Dario Argento’s Susperia.  Actress wise, this role makes us remember why Meg Foster is an icon to start with.

Even though Sherri Moon Zombie is already iconic, her role as Heidi reinforces her cult status.  My supporting reasons include Heidi’s musical and wardrobe taste, her tangible personality, and her unsettling skull face.  Compared to Moon’s other roles, her portraying Heidi is a great contrast between her prior achievements, such as: Baby Firefly and Deborah Myers.

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Casting honorable mentions include: Bruce Davidson (Willard & The Crucible), Jeff Daniel Phillips (To Die for 2 & Halloween 2), Judy Geeson (Berserk & Goodbye Gemini), Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show & Shock Treatment), Dee Wallace (The Howling & Cujo), and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead & From Beyond).

From a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best, I would rate the book a 9 and the audio narration a 10.  Bringing my final decision to a 9 ½ total.  Movie, I would rate a 7 ½ .

I Have Lived to Tell About Psycho Path

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, ghosts, Halloween, Halloween Events, holidays, Horror, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Punks, Mississippi, Mississippi Events, october, paranormal, Psycho Path Haunted Attraction, Read, readers, reading, Readings, scary, south, Splatterpunk on October 23, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

 

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As Halloween approaches, I have decorated my house, gathered new horror movies, and downloaded the audiobook of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to enjoy on my back porch on Halloween Eve. Now, all I have to do is carve a few Jack O’ Lanterns, and I’ll be ready for the night when all things run amuck.  Although, I will spend my Halloween at home, I would like to share with my readers an opportunity that they will not want to miss.

Last night, I went to the haunted attraction known as Psycho Path in Ellisville, MS.  Their complete info, for those who want to visit is as follows:

Psycho Path

28 Buffalo Hill Road

Ellisville, MS 39437

Phone: 601-641-1757

Payment is cash only, no refunds.

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Myself and partner arrived early to avoid any lines, and we had the opportunity to speak with the ticket booth operator, a sweet woman by the name of Mamma Psycho.  In the time we were waiting, we learned fun facts about the path, such as how long it takes to set up and how frequently the owner changes the path, so it continues to surprise returning guests.

Before purchasing our tickets, we were warned that we could get blood, or dirt, on us.  Furthermore, Mamma Psycho stated, real weapons were used inside the path, and the actors/actresses were allowed to touch their guests, which could result in being pulled off the path.  By the way, if you visit in a large group, expect to be divided if your group is over 10 people.  The path can only take 10 people at a time, due to safety and small spaces, please respect this rule for your own safety and don’t hassle anyone about it.

When the time came to enter the path, we were led by a tour guide, who wore a bloody jumpsuit and a sack over his head.  Clutched in his right hand was a real meat hook.  His voice, guttural and menacing.  Behind us was his assistant, who was dressed as an erotic court jester from Hell.  While we followed our guide, and he spoke of the horrors that filled the woods, she took great care of us, as she informed when a dip down was coming, where roots were, holes, etc.  Because of them knowing the land that we walked upon, no one had any problems in exploration.

I won’t give away many spoliers, but I can’t describe the overall experience by keeping everything to myself.  The first scene we approached was interactive.  Our guide explained we had 30 seconds to make a choice, and the results could be to our favor, or not.  All I can say is, do it.  Open the door.

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As we ascended the path, we went through a maze that became disorienting.  This is when the actors/actresses took advantage of the darkness and came after those who are walking through.  Once past the darkest section of the path, we were brought to a grim scene dedicated to Mississippi witches.  At this stop, our guide provided a story of murder and mayhem.  Besides the typical witch burnings, or hangings, one might expect to hear about, the story he told was unique and chilling.

From this attraction to the next, we had more actors/actresses attack, until we came to a location that harbored a bedframe with a sinister history.  The story that our guide provided for this relic is sure to make one feel like they are staring the devil in the eye.

Next, we were presented with a school bus, which we were told to load upon and sit.  Here, we received a story that is perhaps one of the most unsettling tales I have ever heard in a tour, which also provides, names, location, ages, and accuracy on the horrors that had happened on this bus.  As I listened to the tragedy that befell one poor girl, I couldn’t help but feel myself growing anxious with vibes that urged I was partaking in something forbidden.

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After leaving the bus, if you haven’t already run for the hills, be sure your shoelaces are tied, because running will be important for the final scene.  After surviving the path, I was so excited about what I had experienced, I inquired with one of the actresses if the stories they told were true, or if they were just part of the show.  The actress confirmed, “Both, the stories are part of the show, but they are also true.”  Furthermore, she spoke about experiencing paranormal activity on the path, and how she lacked a rational explanation to debunk what had happened.

For the first time in a decade, I have experienced a truly frightening attraction, and I have no one else but the crew of Psycho Path to thank.  Prior to attending this haunt, I had no idea that not only would I receive scares, but I would explore a property that had collected haunted objects.  The overall experience made me feel like I had just walked through the Mississippi version of the infamous Warren’s Occult Museum.

Despite how intense this attraction is, it is family friendly.  However, if you have children who are inexperienced to horror, scares, or ghastly tales, I would suggest finding a babysitter.  Since this is a family friendly event, NO alcohol, bullying, or fighting is allowed on the premises.  Respect these rules and you will be able to experience the path in its full, adrenaline rushing glory.

Here are the links one can follow regarding Psycho Path:

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Dancing Devil Shot Recipe

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Amazon, authors, cult books, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, drink recipes, drinks, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, Fiction, Halloween, Halloween Books, halloween recipes, holidays, Horror, Horror Authors, Horror Book, Horror Books, Horror Fans, Horror Fiction, horror literature, Horror Lovers, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, Independent Horror, literature, Mississippi, mississippi authors, Mississippi Horror Author, Read, readers, reading, Readings, south, southern authors, The Night The Jack O Lantern Went Out, Uncategorized on October 8, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

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I created another shot recipe for my new bestselling book, The Night the Jack O’ Lantern Went Out. Because of the online shares I have received, here’s something devilish to make you dance.

Dancing Devil Shot:

1/2 tsp Fireball

Half Praline Liquor

Half Cherry Bourbon

Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.

Enjoy!

This shot was inspired by my short story, The Fire Watcher, which is featured in TNTJWO.

For those who are unfamiliar with TNTJWO, this book is a collection of 13 vintage Halloween stories that are themed around folklore, customs, and superstitions. On its release date, it was ranked in the top 100 under the 3 bestseller lists on http://www.Amazon.com.

Lists include:

Ebooks

#19 Horror Short Stories

#88 Genre Fiction/ Holidays

Books

#93 Holidays

TNTJWO is already on its way to becoming a holiday cult classic with young adults and adults.  Order your paperback or ebook by clicking HERE.

View a teaser trailer HERE.

Jack O’ Lantern Shot Recipe

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Amazon, authors, books, cult books, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, drink recipes, drinks, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, Fiction, frightening, Gay Horror Authors, Halloween, Halloween Books, halloween recipes, holidays, Horror, horror art, horror artist, Horror Authors, Horror Book, Horror Books, Horror Fans, Horror Fiction, horror literature, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, Independent Horror, interviews, investigation, literature, Literatures, Mississippi, mississippi art, mississippi authors, mississippi horror artists, Mississippi Horror Author, october, paranormal, Pro Se Press, Read, readers, reading, Readings, scarticia, scary, south, southern authors, spirits, The Night The Jack O Lantern Went Out, Uncategorized with tags on September 27, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

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Last night, I shared online that I concocted a secret shot recipe for my new book, The Night the Jack O’ Lantern Went Out.

I offered to reveal that recipe, if TNTJWO was shared over 13+ times. Due to everyone’s support and love, here is my secret recipe.

Jack O’ Lantern Shot

Rim shot glass with:

Maple Syrup & Brown Sugar

Fill shot glass with:

Half Pumpkin Vodka

Half Amaretto Liquor

Enjoy!

For those who are unfamiliar with TNTJWO, this book is a collection of 13 vintage Halloween stories that are themed around folklore, customs, and superstitions. On its release date, it was ranked in the top 100 under 3 bestseller lists on www.Amazon.com.

Lists include:

Ebooks

#19 Horror Short Stories

#88 Genre Fiction/ Holidays

Books

#93 Holidays

TNTJWO is already on its way to becoming a holiday cult classic with young adults and adults. Order your paperback or ebook by clicking HERE.

View a teaser trailer HERE.

 

 

Interview with Actress Sylvia Brown from The Acquired Taste

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the final interview from this dark comedy, I would like to welcome actress Sylvia Brown, so that she may elaborate on her part in The Acquired Taste and her life.

 

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

I wanted to help my son and see what it was like to act in a film.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

Everyone was nice and polite and had patience with me.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

A couple of school plays.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

Any that regard nudity, animal abuse, and child abuse.

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain. Why?

The villain.  I’d rather do it to someone else; rather than have it done to me.

  1. What got you into acting?

My son.  When he wrote the short story The Acquired Taste, he had me in mind as the mother.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Stripes, Haunted Honeymoon, Ghost Dad, Back to the Future, E.T., Carousel, Free Willie, Snow Day, Are We there Yet, Romeo and Juliet, What Dreams May Come, Encino Man, The Goonies, The Poseidon Adventure, and many more.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

Judy Garland, Michael J. Fox, and The Rock

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

Stephen Spielberg

  1. What future projects are you working on?

None, at the moment.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a homebody person for the most part.  My interests are family, animals, animal rights and activism, paranormal research, astrology, and music.

Connect with Sylvia Brown:

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Purchase a copy of Traumatized HERE!

Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film, PINKY SWEAR HERE!

 

Book Review for Under the Devil’s Wing: The Beast of Birmingham by T. S. Barnett

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This is my first time reading T.S. Barnett and the experience left me looking forward to the rest of her books.  With “Under the Devil’s Wing: The Beast of Birmingham” each chapter is dedicated to its own character.  As the book progresses, the point of views change, exploring the mind of each antagonist and protagonist.  To me, this method of storytelling was most intriguing as it introduces everyone individually, then skillfully brings them together for a tense conclusion.

“The Beast of Birmingham” starts with an opening that is both sexual and violent.  A bartender by the name of Lilah is seduced by Sam, then murdered once he changes into a werewolf.  Shortly after, we discover that Sam, AKA Scratch, has become infamous in online forums and hearsay regarding his brutality.  With exhausting his options of refuge, Sam visits David, his son by wolf bloodline.

David is the kind of werewolf who has learned how to control his urges, and by doing so, lives in harmony.  Even though he doesn’t want to welcome Sam into his home, as he knows Sam is a troublemaker, David feels obligated to provide this father figure with shelter.  During Sam’s visit, he entices David to transform with him and have a night out.  Against David’s better judgement, he gives into Sam’s instigation.

What begins as a fun, late night run, soon turns deadly.  As the two become separated, Sam gives into his animal instinct and attacks a woman named Marcy.  During the attack, David hears the dispute and runs to the rescue before Sam kills her.  David, being the peacemaker, takes Marcy to a private doctor who helps nurse her.

As the plot thickens, we learn about Alicia, who has survived a prior attack from Sam.  Alicia is an ex-marine, who is scorned and looking for vengeance.  After attending group therapy for her assault, she is abducted by a man named Reiniger, who takes her to a warehouse style prison.  Here, he assures Alicia that he means her no harm.  Furthermore, he explains that he can help her exact revenge upon Sam, if she joins their group of werewolf hunters known as Wolfjäger.  Of course, she accepts his proposal.

With the stage set, we redirect our focus to Marcy, who wakes up safe and healed in the private doctor’s office.  Upon her awakening, David explains the circumstance and offers her guidance.  Due to his caring heart, and feeling like she has nowhere else to turn now that she’s a werewolf, she feels that he is her best option.  After she joins them, David explains they should take refuge in a more secluded area with an experienced acquaintance named Nat.   By doing this, Marcy will be able to undergo her first transformation and adapt to her new lifestyle in peace while receiving female guidance.

Upon meeting Nat, we learn that Sam changed her into a werewolf decades ago, and she is a mother figure to David.  Such as David, she isn’t fond of Sam, yet she feels obligated to help the trio because of the bond she shares with David and the empathy she feels for Marcy.  After everyone settles in together, the subject of werewolf hunters come into play and how they, as werewolves, must tread carefully.  Although Sam dismisses their worries, as he claims werewolf hunters are only urban myth, he soon learns that werewolf hunters do indeed exist.  At this point forward, “Under the Devil’s Wing” becomes a game of cat and mouse.

By the book’s conclusion, very little is resolved between the werewolves and the werewolf hunters.  If anything, the ending opens up a whole new keg of nails, which is sure to keep the series strong for many volumes to come.

Overall, the style in which this book is written is peculiar.  Although it is packed with information and backstory, it is crafted in such a way that it is a fast read with little to no boring information.  Also, I applaud Barnett for being able to create such a diverse cast of characters while keeping them gray.  The way she brought me into their thought process and life, made me fear for each of them when they were in danger, this even included Sam.   I think that since none of the characters are completely good, or completely bad, it makes them feel more human, adding a deeper level of realism.

From a scale of 1 to 10.  1 being the worst and 10 being the best, I would rate this book an 8 ½.   It had likable characters, kept me in suspense, and kept me wanting more.

Visit T.S. Barnett’s Amazon page HERE!