In keeping with the theme of today, it is after all Presidential Debate #1 day, I wanted to round up a bunch of Halloween-esque political ads and I think I found some good ones.
1. Who can forget the Demon Sheep advertisement. It was totally funny and frightening. I loved the red glowing eyes and the video ended up being talked about for weeks. The ad went viral and helped Carly Fiorina clinch the Republican Primary from opponents Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore.
2. In a way that must have been hellish for Ms. Fiorina, the California Democratic Party made a parody ad against her for the general election. I’m not sure the ad had anything to do with it, but I’d like to think that it did, for the sake of horror fans all over, have something to do with her not winning her election bid against California Senator Barbara Boxer.
3. The final video I found, also from California, was the Night of the Living Pelosi ad by John Dennis, who is running against Pelosi for her congress seat. This one is absolute perfection and if I were a citizen of Pelosi’s district I’d cast my vote for John Dennis based on this ad alone. it’s too funny and too hilarious, tho the issues he presents are serious.
You’ve got about 1 hour to get ready to watch the Presidential Debates and while I do have a person that I’m rooting for, I want to say that I don’t care whom you vote for in 2012 as long as you are an informed voter, so go out there and watch the debates and really think about what principles you want to vote for.
Additionally, if you go over to the Facebook page, I am playing fallacy bingo and if someone beats me I’ll give away an Amazon gift card, see the Facebook page for more details.
Every October, I get into the spirit of the devilishly delightful holiday by watching copious amounts of Halloween programing and this year will be no different. There are so many shows out there this year for us Halloweenites to watch.
This year the Travel Channel will have a very spectacular lineup of shows. They actually started their Halloween programing during September and tonight they continue their head start on October with the season premiere of Making Monsters. Making Monsters chronicles the work of Ed Edmunds and his company, Distortions Unlimited as they make some of the most innovative animatronics and masks in the industry. The channel will present two back-to-back episodes weekly on Sundays starting at 8pm, so get that DVR ready.
On Monday, October 1, Sci-Fi (or Syfy if you must) starts its own 31 Days of Halloween event. It starts with the Midseason finale of Warehouse 13 at 9pm, which I admit I have never seen. On Tuesday, Face-Off, a reality TV makeup artist challenge, starts at 9pm followed by the extreme design challenge series Hot-Set at 10pm from executive Producers Michael Agbabian, Dwight Smith, and Aliyah Silverstein, who are also responsible for Face-Off. They round out the week with Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness, Haven, Queen of the Damned and Primal.
Never to be outdone, the Disney Channel and Disney Junior are holding October Halloween Events. They are calling their event Monstober over at DisneyChannel.com. Starting on October 1, there will be hours of excellent programing. They will screen Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts out on Monday at 8:30pm. There is a My Babysitter is a Vampire marathon on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The Halloween themed season premiere of Austin and Ally on Sunday, October 7 follows the great lineup that started the week. Later in the month they’ll be premiering Girl vs. Monster. Over on Disney Junior they will have Boo for You Fridays with Halloween themed episodes and movies every Friday on Disney Jr.
Every day at 6pm from Monday October 1 to Thursday October 4th, Hub, in it’s Haunted Hub Halloween event and contest, will play a creepy episode of one of R.L. Stein’s Haunting Hour or Goosebumps. Over at FEARnet, which is Halloween central, Will play a 2 hour block of Tales from the Crypt, every Friday during October starting on Friday, October 5 at 10 pm.
There will be more frightening programming to come next week, so I bid you, Happy Hauntings until next time.
This is the third Friday the 13th, or July 13, 2012. It is the Third and last Friday the 13th for this year, the next one won’t be until September 2013, which seems spooky and very cursed to me. The origin of Friday the 13th being unlucky is not solidified; however, due to Norse Myth, The Canterbury Tales and The Last Supper it has become an unlucky day.
and on a Friday fell all this misfortune
Due to that, There are a number of interesting movies and clips that capitalize on this superstition.
Friday the Thirteenth, 1933
Before Mrs. Voorhees or her son Jason went around killing horny camp counselors, there was this 1933 movie about a group of strangers and a bus crash on the eponymous Friday the 13th.
It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windscreen as his vehicle sails down an empty road. Suddenly, lightning strikes, and a vast crane above topples into the path of the oncoming bus… Then Big Ben begins to wind backwards. Time recedes. And we discover the lives of all the passengers and the events that brought them to that late-night bus journey, from the con-man with a hundred-pound cheque to the businessman’s distraught and elderly wife. Time flows on, inevitably, to the crash — and past it, as some live and some die.
It seems interesting enough and has 6 stars on the Internet Movie Database.You can watch the entire episode on YouTube. If you drop me a line on the Facebook page and you have an Xbox360 I wouldn’t be adverse to watching it in an XboxLive Party.
Friday the 13th, 1980
In 1980, Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller brought the story of horny negligent camp counselors and the seemingly cursed Camp Crystal Lake to the masses. The films events, featuring a young Kevin Bacon, take place on Friday the 13th which, we learn is Jason Voorhees’s birthday. Jason is the young boy who had drowned at the camp 20 years earlier when a bunch of teenagers decided that they’d rather have sex in the woods than be on lifeguard duty.
The film is a classic and eventually spawned a whole host of sequels with Jason Voorhees seeing more sites and living longer than he could ever have done if those kids had watched him, so maybe they did him a favor.
Here are some clips from the franchise of Jason killing everyone (Warning it’s a bit violent):
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987 -1990)
Following the success of the Jason movies, Frank Mancuso, Jr renamed his television show Friday the 13th: The Series from the Thirteenth Hour, to capitalize on the success of the movies. However, the series had nothing to do with Jason. As a child watching the show, I did; however, wonder when they would get to the episode with Jason but it never came. Although, later the author of the Camp Crystal Lake series, Eric Morse, did write a book to bring the series and the Jason films into one continuity.
As a child, that theme song haunted me, I watched every new episode and the reruns, and I am, occasionally, able to catch it on the Chiller television network. Don’t forget to check out a clip or two on YouTube.
Friday the 13th, 2008
I never was able to watch this installment and will undoubtedly do just that tonight. I had heard that it was panned universally and only received a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It has a different origin story, so that might be interesting having heard the story about him having drowned all those years ago ad nauseam.
Now, sexy Dean, from the Gilmore Girls is in it, so that is a bonus of sorts.
And if it isn’t haunting enough for you to know that I watched every single episode of the Gilmore girls, here’s some random pictures of Jason.
Now go out there and do something scary.
Did you get a chance to watch this years Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror? Check out the preview below, the full episode should be up on Hulu soon.
I love The Simpson’s and I love Halloween. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been watching these episodes. I don’t know if that makes me old or young, I’ll leave it up to you to decide for me.
These episodes have lately signaled the end of the Halloween season for me, but I usually try to hang on a little bit more.
Did you like this years episode?
This is my favorite scene from any of them.
What about you?
Getting excited for tonight’s Walking Dead Premier and the Talking Dead at 12:00 am tonight with Robert Kirkman.
Come tweet with me about the Walking Dead tonight. I’ll be tweeting with #wrw along with #walkingdead on Twitter using my account @invisawriter.
You can buy the entire comic series on Amazon.com here.
You can check out my attempt at a Zombie Story here. The Story is called a Quick Bite.
And don’t forget that the writing contest closes in 4 days, get your stories in!
I am anticipating an amazing second season of The Walking Dead. I enjoyed every moment of season 1 and cannot get enough. Over on the AMC Walking Dead website there are six webisodes available for review. In an effort to make my head explode from anticipation I am watching one each day. You can join me in this self imposed torture by viewing the first webisode here.
Below is the long form trailer for Season 2, everything in it is making me wish I had invented that forward only time machine.
American Horror Story Premiers tonight at 10 on the FX network. The show stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Taissa Farmiga as the Harmon Family who have moved from Boston to Los Angeles in the wake of an affair. Unknown to them the house that they move into is haunted.
I’m very hopeful for this series because It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia also airs on FX and is nearly as twisted as any horror story could be. According to Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly, “AHS is pretty much all scare, all the time: a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies.” The trailers seem to give the impression that this might be one of those “you might want to sleep with the lights on” horror shows. See the trailer below.