Monthly Archives: October 2012

Our Top 10 Favorite Pumpkin Carvings

Out of all the Halloween decorations people display, none match the artistic variety of carved pumpkins. Some make them simple “ two eyes, a nose, and a smile “ while others dig deep (no pun intended) into the pumpkins possibilities. These individuals use advanced techniques to bring out a specific image that makes onlookers stop and say, Wow, that awesome.

For those of us with little to no artistic ability, we can only stand back and admire the work of those willing to carve masterpieces out of pumpkin flesh. And today were looking at some of our favorite designs that have hit the Internet. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a whole lot of saying, Wow, thats awesome.

If anyone has a pumpkin carving design they want to show off, feel free to post it in the comments. We may even feature your work in a future blog.

Homemade Freddy Krueger Glove

Let’s talk for a minute about one’s dedication to Halloween costumes.

Obviously, here at FrightCatalog, we love us some costumes. The things are everywhere, and we’re practically swim in them. It’s ridiculous. And we love seeing individuals that have the passion and drive to create a homemade costume worth bragging about – costumes that are better than a white sheet with two holes cut out for the eyes. I mean, if that’s your costume this year, that’s great, I guess, but you better hope not to end up at the same Halloween party at this guy: aphatos, who earlier today posted step-by-step instructions on how he created a custom Freddy Krueger glove. (All captions are his directions on how the glove was created.)

Check it out:

the first thing i did was take apart one of the plastic gloves and trace the shapes for the fingers onto chipboard for a template (cardboard basically) to make sure the size was good, the smaller on if for the pinky.

i used a piece of 1 inch round bar and a dead-blow hammer to shape the metal. a dead-blow is a soft face hammer and wont mar the metal.

i did the same for the tips of the fingers, then used rapid rivets to make the hinges. you can't use pop rivets because they will lock the joints, and your fingers won't move...

again, i made a template for the blades from chipboard, then transferred the shape to the metal

i used a grinder and a flap disc to shape the blades

after i had the shape i wanted, i welded the blades to the fingers using low heat, its east to burn holes in the metal when you're welding sheet metal this thin

i used the same 1 inch bar to bend strips of sheet metal around to make the rings

after the rings were on, i joined the fingers to the back plate using rapid rivets again. i also used a torch to distress the metal at this point. that means i heated it almost red hot, then threw it into a bucket of water

the sheet metal will warp from the welding, so i had to open the joints up a little to make the fingers move freely.

Breaking News: Evil Dead Remake Trailer Leaked

I hope you got your Evil Ash mask ordered, because Evil Dead costumes are totally coming back. Why’s that? Well, as if summoned by yesterday’s blog post, the trailer for the Evil Dead remake has surfaced on the Internet.

And from the looks of it, this movie is going to be horrifying – and not in the jump-tactics kind of horrifying. No, this film looks to combine aesthetics with a tried-and-true story, revitalizing a classic for the modern era.

But enough chit-chat, watch the trailer, before it gets pulled for being leaked material.


Original Video- More videos at TinyPic

Evil Dead Halloween Costumes and The Film’s Remake

Created in the 1980s and early 1990s by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead remains a solid horror film series with a diehard fan following. For those that don’t know, the films revolve around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, a fictional text that wreaks havoc on all that read from its pages. The films have always starred Bruce Campbell as Ashley J. Ash Williams, who would spit witty one-liners while fighting back supernatural forces of evil.

Many fans will claim the series leans more toward comedic horror, though others will quickly argue that films began as horror (The Evil Dead) and evolved into comedy (Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness). Regardless of where the films fall, one cannot argue the cult popularity that the series has reached, spawning video games, Halloween costumes, comic books, toys, and a musical that opened in Toronto in 2003.

The iconic Evil Ash.

But that’s not all: the film has now reached the critical mass so many fans detest, the remake/re-imagining phase. On the surface, such an act appears delightful, as it exposes a new generation to what they otherwise may have considered dated or old. On the other hand, many of the minutiae that made the original series so great could be lost during the remake’s translation, thus altering the original film’s intent or artistic meaning.

Then again, the remake of The Evil Dead, which is expected to hit theaters on April 12 of 2013, lists Sam Raimi as one of the four contributing writers, which are three more than the original’s one writer, Sam Raimi, who also directed the original. The remake lists Fede Alvarez as the director, putting even more distance between Raimi and his original creation.

Is this good? Is this bad? It’s hard to say, really. High resolution photos, such as the one located below, are starting to hit the Internet, already showcasing the differences between the original and the remake:

 

The remake.

The original.

Some defendants of the remake point toward Raimi’s involvement as a sign that the film holds good intentions. But a remake is a remake, and the stated purpose may be to use updated filming techniques to achieve a better version of the original film, but the underlying purpose will always be money. Why else would someone reuse a franchise as popular as The Evil Dead, and not create their own scenario? Was Raimi really not able to capture greatness with the original series? Looking at the current success the franchise as seen, that would be hard to argue.

Anyway, the remake stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas, and Bruce Campbell (who is also producing the film). Here’s the film’s synopsis: Five Twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Expect the film on April 12 of 2013.

Munsters Remake Inspired by Burton and Hitchcock, Premieres 10/26

Along with the Halloween masks and costumes, October is rich with great television, and today’s news involves the iconic horror monster family of the 1960s, The Munsters.

Mockingbird Lane, the remake of The Munsters from creator Bryan Fuller (creator of Pushing Daisies), will premiere on NBC on October 26, just in time for Halloween.

But there’s some confusion as to whether this is a stand-alone reboot or the start of a series. According to the Los Angeles Times, the series reboot didn’t make it past the pilot stage, and NBC has been rumored to have already killed the project.

Hollywood Reporter, however, reports that Fuller tweeted news regarding NBC continuing the project.

I suppose we’ll simply have to watch the premiere episode to find out exactly what’s going on with this reboot. Regardless, of the show’s longevity, though, NBC has said that the reboot has a darker edge and tone.

We wanted this to look like if Hitchcock was directed a Harry Potter film, Fuller told Hollywood Reporter, claiming that he was inspired to retell the Munsters story after seeing Tim Burton’s art exhibit in New York.

This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud, said Fuller, who hopes to incorporate famed monsters from Universal Studio’s horror library.

Here’s the reboot’s trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDmHcG8vq6Q

The episode is currently scheduled to air on October 26 at 8pm Eastern and Pacific times, followed by a Halloween-themed episode of Grimm. We’ll be watching. Will you?

Happy National Costume Swap Day

Surprised that there’s a National Costume Swap Day? You’re not alone  I only just found out. According to the holiday’s Facebook page (holidays have Facebook pages?), swapping Halloween costumes can actually reduce waste and save money.

Basically, it’s the green movement invading the dark depths of Halloween, trying to push its zen hippie agenda. What’s next? National Reuse Christmas Wrapping Day?

Stated on the holiday’s website, Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Hallowen would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars!

Okay, even I have to admit that that’s a lot of wasted Halloween costumes, and it doesn’t even include pet or adult Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the official video of the holiday is…less than entertaining:

If you are actually interested in participating in National Costume Swap Day, here’s a list of towns and states that are holding swaps throughout October. And don’t fret “ all official swaps must have proper insurance and liability coverage, just in case some kids get rowdy over the same costume, I guess. =

And for my Canadian readers, you can always check out the Canadian version of National Costume Swap Day, which, I assume, involves maple syrup and hockey and all those other stereotypical qualities that make you guys such excellent attic neighbors.

Anyway, we are not only 18 days until the big dark day comes storming down city streets, so I hope you are making final preparations. Decide on which costume to wear, which candy to hand out, and which decorations go where, because Halloween will be here before you know it!

Alice Cooper Welcomes You to the Ship of Fear

So youve got all these Halloween costumes based off iconic horror characters (Jason, Freddy, Candyman, etc.) and you consider yourself the biggest fan of Halloween/horror, right? Well, what if I told you that next year, in 2013, you could spend Halloween night with the actors of your favorite horror icons?

Oh sorry  I forgot the best part: youd be spending this time on a cruise ship sailing from Miami, FL, on October 28 to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport, before returning back to Miami on November 2.

Thats right  Alice Cooper is welcoming you to join him and a bunch horror icons on the Ship of Fear, the largest house of horror on the high seas. For 5 days and 5 nights, you can enjoy the luxurious amenities of a Carnival Victory cruise while enjoying the company of your favorite horror icons.

Want to soak in the sun while asking Kane Hodder what it was like to play Jason? Have a question for Mary Lambert about what it was like to bring King’s Pet Cemetary to life? On this cruise, youll have more than enough opportunities to do just that.

Plus, the cruise features various activities, such as live music from Cooper and Snider, in-depth Q&A panels with cast members and filmmakers, a zombie prom, and a classic horror reunion that features many of the genres biggest names in front of and behind the camera.

List of expected cruise horror guests:

  • Alice Cooper
  • Dee Snider
  • Joe Dante (Director of Gremlins)
  • Don Coscarelli (Director of Phantasm series)
  • Mick Garris (Director of The Stand)
  • Mary Lambert (Director of Pet Cemetary)
  • Belinda Balaski (The Howling)
  • Reggie Bannister (Phantasm)
  • Zach Galligan
  • Ed Gale (Chucky)
  • Kane Hodder (Actor behind Jason)
  • R.A. Mihailoff (Actor behind Leatherface)
  • Tony Todd (Actor behind Candyman)
  • And more!

Lastly, the Ship of Fear will celebrate Halloween with Screech On The Beach, an event that takes place at Half Moon Cay, Carnivals own private island, where you can party long into the evening with all the aforementioned horror icons.

Seriously, if you are in any way a horror fan, this is the way to celebrate your love for the genre. Plus, you can enter to win a free cabin“ right now! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog and go kick your name into the mix. I already put mine in.

Halloween Drinks: The Pumpkin Keg and Good Shots

Get a bunch of inebriated adults in Halloween costumes together and fun is sure to follow. At least, that’s how it is with my Halloween parties. Anyway, today we’re assuming that all of our readers are adults and capable of making rational, responsible decisions. Don’t drink and drive, you get the idea. So enough boring talk, let’s get right into the booze-making!


First up, we got the Grape Eyeball Punch, a recipe taken from The Washington Post:

Start to finish: 2 hours (15 minute active)

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups grape juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 3 one-inch slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cups green grapes, peeled or not
  • 3 12-ounce bottles ginger beer or ale, chilled
  • Alcohol of choice

Directions:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the grape juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and ginger. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature, at least 1 hour. Strain out and discard the seasonings, then transfer to a large pitcher or punch bowl and chill until cold. Once chilled, add the grapes and ginger beer or ale. Done add alcohol, and prepare for a wild ride. (Can be served as a non-alcoholic beverage, just negate addition of alcohol.)

 


Next, also from The Washington Post, we have the Orange Haze:

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce milk chocolate cream liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Orange zest, to garnish

Directions:

Pour the orange liqueur into a shot glass. Very slowly pour the chocolate liqueur down the side of the glass, then drizzle the honey over the top. Garnish with orange zest. It’s that easy.

 


Lastly, we got the most impressive creation from The Huffington Post, The Pumpkin Keg:

Start to finish: 30-45 minutes

Servings: N/A

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Carving knife
  • Spigot
  • Scooping spoon
  • Beer

Directions:

Carve the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the innards, as you would when preparing to create a jack-o-lantern. Cut a hole slightly small than the spigot near the bottom of the pumpkin. Then push the spigot into the hole, ensuring it’s tight and snug. Finally, fill the pumpkin with beer. (I know, I know this is blowing your mind. It blew mine, too.)

Halloween Candy: A Blessing or a Curse?

Disregarding Halloween masks and costumes for a minute, let’s talk candy:

Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Pieces, 3 Musketeers, Charleston Chews, York Peppermint Patties, M&M’s (of all bazillion varieties), Snickers, Krackel Bars, Mr. Goodbars, Jolly Rancher Chews, Nestle SweeTarts, Nerds, Blow Pops, Nestle Crunch, Twizzlers, Twix, Whoppers, WarHeads, 100 Grand Bars, Baby Ruths, Pop Rocks, Junior Mints, Dots, Mike & Ikes, Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Jelly Belly Beans (again, of all bazillion flavors), Ring Pops, Fun Dip, PayDays, Heath Bars, Milk Duds, Almond Joys, Cow Tales, Raisinets

No theater visit goes without one bag of these delicious morsels. And every friggin’ time I tell myself, “Eat them during the movie, not before.” Never happens.

The list goes on and on, and I’d bet that most readers know of or have eaten every single one of those candies. Hell, for many Halloween enthusiasts, wearing costumes and masks are only a means of receiving or handing out candy. These sweet morsels are the center in which all of the holiday’s activities revolve around, but there are many groups and organizations that feel this center on sugar is doing more harm than good. They have no problem with the masks or costumes, but this idea that candy must be essential for Halloween, they believe, should be changed.

As an example, a dental group in Illinois is trying to encourage kids to stop eating Halloween candy by offering money in exchange for unopened candy. In fact, they are paying as much as a buck a pound for unopened candy. All of this candy will then be shipped to the men and women serving our country overseas. Never mind the odd lesson being taught to children  e.g. that it’s okay for adults to eat candy, as long as they are serving their country  this kind of initiative is only one of many that hope to make Halloween a healthier holiday.

Be wary of the house handing out brownies. You may end up having a really, really good night.

Even the United States government has been pushing Halloween health tips that target the holiday’s consumption of candy. The most recent push came on October 6, in a press release that started, The really scary thing about Halloween can be the amount of candy that children get to eat.

The press release then lists tips to ensure a safe and healthy Halloween for kids, which range from parents being the candy-hating role model by moderating their own intake of sweets, to trading a toy or allowance for a child’s candy. The former example could work, maybe, while the latter gives the child a twisted incentive for collecting candy and using it as a trade item for something else with equivalently perceived value. Wouldn’t this then reinforce a child’s belief that candy is valuable? Very odd.

The last tip this press release gives is one that this writer as a child hated more than anything: Think about giving out non-food treats such as stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, bubbles, small games or colored pencils. If you prefer to give out candy, choose bite-sized ones and hand out dark chocolate (it has antioxidants) or hard candy (it takes longer to eat).

Any love for Abba Zaba?

Look, I understand trying to re-imagine the idea of Halloween and its obsession with candy, but if the best thing you have to replace candy with is bubbles, then you have to try a bit harder. That’s like saying you don’t agree with giving gifts on Christmas, instead handing out high-fives and positive one-liners like You’re the man or Did you lose weight?

It’s nice, I guess, but in the end you’re just an asshole.

The Top 5 Adult Costumes for 2012

Its that time again: the annual roundup of this years most popular adult Halloween costumes options. Some of these come from statistical data released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), while others come from gut intuition; regardless, if you want a recognizable outfit that wont have people asking, So what are you, again? these are you ideal choices.


Number 5: Pirates/Zombies/Witches/Vampires

Kicking off the top-5 list are the generic costumes: pirates, zombies, witches and vampires. These no-name costumes provide an iconic image that seems to never die. Year after year, these four groups remain favorites with all Halloweeners, often only beaten by temporary trends popular for the year.

You can tell he’s a pirate by his beard.

Sure, sometimes one of the four groups will see a surge in popularity  The Walking Dead for zombie costumes, Twilight for vampires, or The Pirates of the Caribbean for pirates  but this surge is temporary. Still, even when one of these costumes fades out of mainstream attention, they never seem to go away. People love them. These are the outfits that our children may very well be wearing.

You can tell it’s a zombie because it’s a zombie.

If youre going as any one of these outfits, youre all set for a great Halloween evening. Unless someone lives under a rock, they wont be questioning your outfit.


Number 4: Elvis/Marilyn Monroe

I know, I know  youre wondering, What the hell do these two have to do with modern times? But thats exactly the point: popularity is cyclical. Things come in and out of style, just look at todays fashion. People want outfits that remind them of times long since gone past, and few individuals conjure up this sensation quite like Elvis or Marilyn Monroe, two of the hottest pop stars of all time.

It oozes sex appeal.

From individuals to couples, these two outfits are absolutely entertaining to wear. Each one comes with a personality that the wearer can replicate, which adds an extra layer of fun to the whole ordeal.

Boom – Marilyn.

Plus, both Elvis and Monroe had  how do I put this scandalous lifestyles that made mainstream headlines. Using these scandalous headlines, such as Elvis not being dead and Monroe messing around with a president, can add even more costume possibilities. Have fun with it.


Number 3: Nicki Manaj/Katy Perry/Psy

Did you hear that Psy recently held a free concert in South Korea? It attracted something like 50,000 people. The guys so hot right now that Im surprised hes not on fire.

I hear Katy Perry sweats rainbows and cries unicorns.

You know whos also hot, right now? Katy Perry and Nicki Manaj. These two pop divas are destroying the top-10 charts, much to this writers disappointment. Regardless, if women are looking for someone to emulate, these two are perfect. They have wacky fashion tastes, insane personalities, and a recognizable image that doesnt seem to be going away anytime soon. Also, both of them appear to be somewhat crazy, which is great fun for those Halloweeners that enjoy being in character of their costume.


Number 2: Bane/Batman/Catwoman

I dont have to tell you why these costumes are on this top-5 list, do I? Movie just came out. Christian Bale. The other actor with the face mask and the explosive nuclear device and the skin-tight outfit on Catwoman. Blah blah blah Batman.

Look at all that Batman.

Going as any one of these characters is a surefire way to skyrocket into mainstream popularity. People know Batman. People love Batman. The same goes for Bane and Catwoman.

I…I don’t know what she’s doing…but I like it.

Hell, you could go as a generic police office and just say youre from the movie, and people will still love your outfit. Batman = Halloween costume gold.


Number 1: Michael Myers

What, did you think Id let the whole list go without a single iconic horror character? Please, this is FrightCatalog, not some mainstream pop blog. Since Halloween is returning to theaters for this October, were expecting a massive surge in Michael Myers popularity. Those poor souls who have never experienced his horror now have a chance to see it on the silver screen.

The mask.

So thats it, Frighters, the top-5 list of costumes that we expect to be burning up and down the streets this Halloween. I expect plenty of angry email telling me that Im wrong. But thats fine. Because Im not.