Day 31: 31 Days of Halloween

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Happy Halloween!

The day has finally come to dress up however you wish, pass out candy and have a lot of fun!

My Plans: Today will be such a hectic day but when all is said and done it’ll be a blast. I plan on dressing up as my own imagination of a demon. I’ve been playing with latex molds and I hope the makeup will last the night. I have two parties to go to, one at the science museum and one called Nerdoween. Friday will be a challenging day to get through but it’ll be worth it for the fun to be had tonight.

No Halloween will ever be complete any longer without a viewing of Trick ‘r Treat. This film has become compulsory for me to watch on Halloween. It is one of my favorite horror anthologies and it’s such a shame that it never got a theatrical release. I was fortunate enough to see it premiere late night at SDCC one year and have been telling as many people I can about it. It absolutely makes me angry that this film didn’t get the recognition that it should have, but I am quite pleased the notoriety it has accrued over the years. By very definition, it has become a cult classic and has seen new life on DVD.

FYI: If you happen to have FearNet, they’re showing Trick ‘r Treat all day long, non-stop.

Day 30: 31 Days of Halloween

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A friend of mine is from Detroit and we were talking about her home town of Detriot. We both thought it was sad to see a once major American city slowly dying. During this conversation she mentioned Devil’s Night in Detroit, which is Halloween Eve. She said it was the night that people took to burning abandoned buildings in which there are a lot in Detroit. And then she mentioned The Crow and it clicked.  And then the engineer in me wondered what is the history behind such a night?

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Devil’s Night or Hell Night in Detroit took on it’s violent shape in the 1970s and saw it’s height in the 1990s, it was likened to the rest of the country/world’s celebration of Mischief Night except for one key thing, the serious nature of the criminal acts. Devil’s Night has been featured in movies like The Crow and on network TV shows like Criminal Minds. TIME magazine even has a short photo gallery entitled, Detroit Fights Devil’s Night. Today the arson and vandalism still happens but on a much smaller scale, that being said it’s still a bit horrifying to me. I prefer my horror to be fictional, not real.

A Brief History According to Wikipedia:

“Devil’s Nights dates from as early as the 1940s. Traditionally, city youths engaged in a night of criminal behavior, which usually consisted of acts of vandalism (such as egging, soaping or waxing windows and doors, leaving rotten vegetables or flaming bags of animal feces on front porch stoops, or toilet papering trees and shrubs). These were almost exclusively acts of petty vandalism, causing little to no property damage.

However, in the early 1970s, the vandalism escalated to more devastating acts, such as arson. This primarily took place in the inner city, but surrounding suburbs were often affected as well.

The crimes became more destructive in Detroit’s inner-city neighborhoods, and included hundreds of acts of arson and vandalism every year. The destruction reached a peak in the mid- to late-1980s, with more than 800 fires set in 1984, and 500 to 800 fires in the three days and nights before Halloween in a typical year.”

I guess I don’t understand why? Why continue to destroy your city? It’s dying…

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During my search I found an academic paper entitled, Halloween and Devil’s Night: the Linked Fates of Two Folk Festivals by Adam Brooke Davis at Truman State University. This paper explores speculative connections in history that may have advanced the development of Devil’s Night. It’s fairly academic but still an interesting read.

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If you’re interested in reading more about Detroit’s Devil night here’s a book I found in my search to understand the origins of Devil’s Night in Detroit.

“On the night before Halloween, Detroit explodes in flame. The local citizens call that evening Devil’s Night; tourists, sociologists and even some visiting firefighters gather to witness this outpouring of urban frustration when houses, abandoned buildings and unused factories burn to the ground in an orgy of arson.”       – synopsis taken from Goodreads

Day 28: 31 Days of Halloween

Day 2 of Time Out London’s 100 Best Horror Movies List:

There’s really no rhyme or reason of which films I’ve chosen to highlight. I realized yesterday that I can say something about nearly every film thus far so here’s more random picks for #50-#1.

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#49 The Beyond – I have not seen this one but if the picture is representative of the film I think I’ll be seeing this soon.

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#47 Les Diaboliques I don’t think I’ve ever considered this a horror film but these ladies are not to be messed with.

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#45 Deep Red – This has been in my queue for far too long. It’s time to watch it.

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#39 The Descent – This is one of my favorite claustrophobic movies. I do prefer the UK ending but the US ending allowed for a sequel.

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#37 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Now it makes sense why the remake was #95. This version is far superior. Now, I wouldn’t mind if they dropped the remake off the list all together.

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#33 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – One, Two, Freddy’s Coming For You…

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#31 Martyrs – Another film from what I call The French Trilogy; the films are High Tension, Martyrs, and Inside. Two out of three have made the list thus far…

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#29 Cat People – I think this film is a riot. An absolute riot.

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#26 Bride of Frankenstein – I can’t believe this beat out #30 Frankenstein. Although, I do like this film more and I guess I’m not alone.

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#22 Nosferatu – The original Dracula-like character. Vampires.

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#18 Audition – I am a huge fan of Takashi Miike. He’s the man in Japanese horror.

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#13 Night of the Living Dead (1968) – As predicted, Romero is represented again with what we now know as the modern zombie.

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#10 Dawn of the Dead (1974) – Wow, I excpected this to be on the list but I didn’t expect it to be ranked higher than Night of the Living Dead. More Romero.

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#8 Halloween (1978) – The Queen of Scream, Jamie Lee Curtis in the original Michael Myers story

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#6 The Thing (1982) – This film reminds me why I love practical effects. Yea, a little cheesy but still hella creepy.

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#5 Alien – I was starting to get nervous; I just knew Alien or Aliens had to be on this list. Sigourney Weaver proving that a woman can be a bad ass and carry a film.

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#2 The Shining – “Redrum, redrum…” Jack Nicholson creeped me the heck out as a kid when I saw this. He plays crazy quite well.

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#1 The Exorcist – I’m not sure if I’d choose this as the number one movie but I can’t dispute this classic being one of the best horror films. I know it is still freaking people out to this day.

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Day 27: 31 Days of Halloween

I guess, I’ll just continue with the theme of lists with TimeOut London’s 100 Best Horror Movies List.

Let’s get this straight, I am not insane enough to go over this entire list; although, I kind of want to. I feel like the films I leave off will feel slighted because I didn’t mention them. After that internal struggle, I decided to share my immediate reactions. I’m sure there will be films I’ve never seen, but that just means I’ll be adding them to my long list of films to watch. So let’s get on with it shall we?

Today will be 100-51 and tomorrow will be 50-1.

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#99 Braindead – It made the list. Yaay!

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#89 Invasion of the Body Snatchers – It seems a little low but then again I have no idea where this list will take me

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#88 The Mist – Really?

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#82 Re-Animator – But of course it’s here

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#81 Day of the Dead – Possibly not the only Romero film on this list

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#80 Hellraiser – I love Pinhead. Love him.

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#76 The Orphanage – If you haven’t seen it. See it.

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#72 28 Days Later – At last a strong black female character

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#69 Eraserhead – David Lynch doing his thing

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#66 The Vanishing (1988) – *Shudder* watch the original…

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#65 The Devil’s Backbone – Guillermo del Toro is a modern master in my mind

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#59 The Silence of the Lambs – I’m not sure I look as this as a horror film?

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#58 Poltergeist – “Carol-Anne!” This film seemed to be a curse for the actors in real life. They all seemed to have it rough.

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#56 Kill Baby Kill – Streaming on Netflix. Creepy Little Girl. Bizarre 60s Flick.

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#54 [Rec] – Yes! Not the American remake Quarantine.

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#51 Switchblade Romance – I have never seen this? How have I never seen this? Oh wait. It’s Haute Tension aka High Tension.

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