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Frankenstein Maddness!

HAPPY OCTOBER FRIGHT FANS!

We here at fright catalog are getting more and more excited for the best day of the year, HALLOWEEN! And as we buzz around the office, fulfilling orders, answering calls and basically being the Christmas elves of Halloween- a certain conversation topic keeps resurfacing. Halloween movies of course!

As we all know, around this time each year there are always a few new Halloween movies that come out in theater. This Friday in fact marks the opening of Tim Burtons newest film Frankenweenie! This is the story of a young boy who, like many of us, couldnt seem to get past the death of his pet. Burton took this relatable experience and used it to make a new lease on the oldie but goodie story line of Frankenstein.

Which made us wonder- how many retelling of Frankenstein are out there anyway? How many cinema classics has Marry Shellys work of literature inspired? We certainly have many Frankenstein products like this costume with a classic look.

Naturally- this sparked a very long winded discussion in the office through which we came up with what we think are the top three representations of Frankenstein.

Of course there is the classic 1931 FRANKENSTEIN film directed by James Whale. This film in particular has a long history with censorship. In 31 when it was first released, many state censorship boards cut out the scene where the monster throws a little girl in a lake and accidentally downs her.  This is a pivotal moment in the plot however as it marks the moment when the monster realizes its own mortality- many suggest that without this moment the story is degraded to monster film.

Second there is the 1994 version of Frankenstein, featuring the man the myth the legend- ROBERT DINERO!
Maybe not his best look!

And FINALLY! LAST BUT NOT LEAST! Our personal favorite:
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!
For any of the fright fans out there that have never seen this amazing, amazing piece of cinema, we HIGHLY SUGGEST IT! It has all the things you could ask for in film- great one liners, an epic dance number and the best of Gene Wilder!

SUBURBIA GETS SCARY

This Friday our favorite little tribute is taking back the big screen once again, but this time she’s rocking Hollywood as a blonde bomb shell! That is right people, Jennifer Lawrence is back! Friday marks the much anticipated release of director Mark Tonderai The House at the End of the Street.

The film features Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieroit and Elisabeth Shue and tells the story of a mother daughter pair who move to a new town looking for a new start. What they find is a terror that they never could have imagined….

But seriously guys, why is it always the last house on the street that has some ungodly horror residing within? We here at frightcatalog are trying to figure out what is behind Hollywood’s big obsession with the last house.  Think about all the movies that involve a house and being at the end of a street!

What about all the houses in the middle? Or the first house on the street? Or a house on a Cul De Sac?! Don’t any of people living in those houses get to have terrifying, dark histories?  We certainly think so! In fact, every Halloween it seems that those modest houses in America’s suburbs are always the ones that come up BIG with the decorations.

So this October Frightcatalog is initiating a call to arms! Let your FREAK FLAG FLY and let’s take back the scary! Let’s take back the morbid and the terrifying! No longer will we sit idly by and allow all of the last houses out there to corner the market on fear. We want you to give it all you got this year and decorate your house!

Post your pictures on our Facebook page or in the comment section! Let’s make suburbia get scary!
And don’t forget to check out frightcatalog.com for some awesome decorations. We offer hundreds of spooky skeletons, inflatable giants and haunting specters to polish off all Halloween tributes! Like this inflatable Staypuff marshmallow man! We Know Dan Aykroyd would approve!

Fright filled Festivities

BOO!


A workplace debate exploded today over what was the best and most exciting amusement park Halloween event in the US. Words were said, hair was pulled, blood was drawn and splattered against the walls. Finally a truce was called. Instead of ripping each other to shreds we decided to let you, the members of our extended Fright Family decide!
We are taking a poll here people! Which is your favorite? Post pictures of all your Halloween fun in our comment section. We’ll choose the best pics and post them on the frightcatalog facebook page!

Cedar Point: Sandusky OH
Starting this Friday the frightful fun begins in Ohio! A great part of celebrating Halloween at Cedar Point is that it is accessible for everyone. There is a day time parade for kids and mascots of their favorite cartoon characters are all over the park! Plus this ghoulish attraction boasts 10 Haunted houses and numerous nighttime attractions.

Bush Gardens: Williamsburg, Tampa, and San Antonio
Each location offers something devilishly different! If your headed down to Virginia you had better bring your running shoes. The park in Wiliamsburg offers scare zones, gruesome showcases and spooky specters that wander throughout the park. There is also an option for the younger thrill seekers- the Forest of Fun filled with Sesame Street characters!

Tampa boasts several terrifying haunted houses including: Circus of Superstition, Blood Asylum, and the Zombie Mortuary.
Last but not least the Howl-O-Scream that takes place in San Antonio is one that will delight the whole family. Child friendly shows make the day an easy, fun filled adventure while ghoulish creatures haunt the park past 6 pm.

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England:
All of New England should be heading out to CT this October to check out the newest Fright Fest spectacular! The day is filled with activities for all the family! These include a Ghoulish Game show, a Trick or Treat Trail and a Midnight Mansion Slightly Spooky Daytime Tour! The adult fun begins at 6 pm when the park is overrun with creatures from the darkest corner of our imagination!

Universal Studios- Orlando Florida
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights promises to be one of the scariest yet with the addition of several new Haunted houses including AMC’s The Walking Dead: Dead inside. There is also a selection of several spooky shows like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. Finally to top off the terrifying experience there are legions of creatures crawling all over the park.

Don’t forget to post your pictures in our comment section!!! The people who have the scariest, happiest, or funniest pictures will be featured on our sight.

And don’t forget to check out frigthcatalog and all the awesome costumes we have available, like this terrifying clown costume!


Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

Attention! Attention! It is OFFICIALLY 47 days until Halloween! That means that within the coming month the leaves will be falling, the air will be chilling and apples and pumpkins will be getting picked for juicy pies and scary jack-o-lanterns.

Now, to be a member of the fright catalog family a love of all things Halloween is a must! We try to incorporate an element of the spooky, ghoulish and terrifying into every aspect of our lives, including our diets!

And what is the ultimate Halloween treat? PUMPKIN SEEDS OF COURSE

Here are a few of our favorite Pumpkin seeds recipes. They are fun, easy to follow and best of all CHEAP!

1.  Sweet and Spicy Seeds!

1 egg white
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

To begin, preheat the oven to 375.
Then mix the cane sugar, egg white, cayenne pepper
and sea salt a mixing bowl.
Add seeds and toss so that they are coated
thoroughly.
Put in the oven on a baking tray for 12 min
or until golden brown.

THE BEST PART OF THIS RECIPE IS THAT THE DIRECTIONS ARE THE APPLY TO THE NEXT TWO SNACKS AS WELL! for the following two just repeat the steps above, exchanging the ingredients.

2. Curried Pumpkin Seeds
1 egg white
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

3. Original Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup of fresh pumpkin seeds
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt

We hope these goodies get you into the holiday mood, and remember if you are looking to carve pumpkins and make some delicious pumpkin seed treats, check out some of our great pumpkin products! Like these scary pumpkin teeth!

 And remember:
Happy Haunting!

 

 

Zombie Free, Residential

Friday Friday Friday! In just two days, Retribution, the fifth installment of the EPIC Resident Evil series hits US theaters!

Which got us to thinking about the upcoming apocalypse scheduled for December of this year. What if our demise is something like the T-virus? What would be a good way to survive a zombie infestation?

Surly movies offer a great deal of education on the subject.
For example, there is always the example of going to a military compound set by those brilliant characters in 28 Days Later. Then again, who wants to hang out with a bunch of stiff army types when they can just go to their favorite bar? The thirstier people out there might take a note out of Shawn of the Dead instead. But this begs the question- where is the best place to whether a zombie invasion?

Our top five places are:

1. An uninhabited island- preferably not of the desert variety, but instead one where it would be possible to grow and harvest crops.

2. A tree top cabin- This solution could work in any climate. An approach like this offers protection from the skies- you will be able to see your attackers before they see you! Plus, depending on the volume of zombies in your immediate area, a tree fort will allow for occasional scavenging, hunting and water collecting.

3. A boat- Clearly, the most logical vessel to choose if you decided to take to the ocean would be a wind powered boat. Although cruising under power can be a lot more convenient and faster, you wouldn’t want to risk infection while you’re pumping diesel at the marina. Add in some fishing poles and a sea water purifier and sailing should be smooth.

4. An Oil Rig- The good thing about an oil rig that a boat doesn’t offer is the opportunity to stay put in one place. However when food runs low or if a mutation allows the undead to take to the water- mobility wins out.

5. An Empty Prison- Think about it- for all the security there is to keep people in, there is also an equal amount of protection to keep people (or zombies) out. Turn the prison yard into a little garden and you’ll be all set.

Then again Bill Murray might have just had the best idea, if you can’t beat em, join em! That’s what his character did in Zombieland!

If you decided to take the Murray approach, check out some of the awesome Zombie costumes and masks we have a fright catalog! Like this Zombie Costume