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Halloween and the Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics is currently one of the hottest discussion topics. From Kenneth Branagh quoting Shakespeare at the Opening Ceremonies to an appearance by perhaps Britain’s most famous author of the 21st century (Harry Potter’s mastermind, J.K. Rowling!), the Games fill people’s minds with thoughts of Olympic glory.

Here at FrightCatalog, Halloween is our priority. Like the Olympic athletes who eat, drink, sleep, and breathe their sportsĀ thirty-six different sports in all are competing in London we live Halloween. So, in honor of the Olympics, we thought we’d compile a list of our Olympics-inspired costumes in honor of this summer’s most talked about event. These costumes are available on our website, www.frightcatalog.com

1. Olympic Goddess Adult Costume

2. Toga Male Adult Costume

3. Roman Goddess Plus Size Costume

4. Roman Warrior Plus Size Adult Costume

5. Gladiator Adult Costume

(The first documented Olympics is dated at 776 BC and was held in Olympia, in the western region of the Peloponnese.)

6. Old Tyme Baseball Player Adult Costume

7. Everlast Boxing Adult Costume

8. A League of Their Own Rockford Peaches Adult Costume

(Boxing and baseball are two of the more popular Olympic sports.)

9. Cheeseburger Adult Costume

10. Coca Cola Bottle Tunic Adult Costume

(The nearly universal burger-and-Coke combo is expected to be a top food item for Olympic spectators.)

As for FrightCatalog.com, we are too busy gearing up for Halloween to focus on anything other than Halloween. We would, however, appreciate a juicy burger and soft drink, preferably something similar to this:

New Prometheus Trailer Is Intense

Ridley Scotts Prometheus, the anticipated spinoff/prequel/whatever to the classic film Alien, saw a new trailer hit mainstream media over the weekend. The trailer premiered at WonderCon, an annual convention celebrating science fiction, comic books, and motion pictures, in Anaheim, California.

The film takes place in the same universe as Scotts Alien franchise, though it is unclear whether Prometheus takes place before or after the series. As you can see in the trailer, Noomi Rapace wears the mantle of lead ass-kicking brunette, while Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender act as her supporting team of space explorers.

As stated on MSN, Scott has been tight-lipped about the movie, but says a sequel should be in order should this one successfully scare the goo out of audiences.

Prometheus hits theaters on June 8, 2012, and we’re doing our best to create kickass corresponding Halloween costumes.

Prometheus

The Saint Valentines Day Massacre – And Bricks

While most know Valentines Day as the holiday of love and affection, some remember it for a different reason: the Saint Valentines Day massacre.

Back during the prohibition era, the streets of Chicago were torn between two rival gangs, Al Capones South Side Italian gang and Bugs Morans North Side Irish gang. On the morning of February 14, 1929, Valentines Day, five members from Bugs Morans gang and two local gang collaborators were lined up against the back wall of the garage at 2122 North Clark Street and executed. The executioners were gangsters hired from outside Chicago by Al Capone, who wanted the attack to be a complete surprise.

The executing gangsters were dressed in varying styles of clothing; two dressed as police offers, while the rest wore suits, ties, and general businessman attire – not the usual gangster costumes. Two of the shooters used Thompson sub-machine guns, one equipped with a 50-round drum and the other a 20-round box magazine. The shooters sprayed round after round into the seven gangsters lined along the wall, even continuing to shoot after the victims fell to the floor. The coroners report claims some of the executed gangsters were literally torn apart by the volley of bullets.

Valentine's Day Massacre

An artistic representation of the massacre.

After the shooting stopped, the two false police officers led the fellow conspiring gang members out by gunpoint, so as to look like an arrest was taking place. The gang members then fled the scene.

But a local neighbor, Mrs. Landesman, sensed something was not quite right, so she sent one of her tenants to go look at the scene. The tenant became sick at the sight of seven bodies bleeding all over the garages floor, and he called for an ambulance.

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Model scene of massacre.

Frank Gusenberg, one of the men gunned down, was still breathing, and emergency medical staff immediately rushed him to a local hospital. After the doctors stabilized Frank, police asked him to describe who shot him. He replied, Nobody shot me, even though his body had clearly sustained fourteen bullet wounds. He died three hours later.

This event drew mass attention to the gang activities within Chicago, and some attribute the event with the eventual downfall of Capones mob.

But heres an interesting question: What happened to the garage where the massacre took place?

In 1967, the garage was demolished and is now a landscaped parking lot for a nursing home. As for the bricks that once comprised the wall where seven men were gunned down, those 414 bricks were purchased by George Patey, who painstakingly dismantled the wall, numbered the bricks, and then shipped them to his home in Canada.

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George Patey and the brick collection.

In 1971, Patey opened the Banjo Palace nightclub, where he installed the bricks in the mens restroom. Patey shielded the bricks with a Plexiglas shield, which he painted targets onto, so as to encourage men to use their urine to reenact the massacre. The nightclub closed in 1976.

In 1978, Time Magazine reported that Patey reassembled the wall and put it on display in a wax museum. The museum featured a scene of gangsters shooting each other in front of the wall. But the wax museum later went bankrupt.

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The wax museum scene.

The bricks were then placed in storage until 1997, when Patey tried to auction them off. A Las Vegas casino offered $175,000 for all of the bricks, but Patey refused. In 1999, Patey tried to sell off individual bricks and managed to get rid of approximately a hundred.

Patey passed away on December 26, 2004, with the brick collection going to his niece, who then sold the remaining bricks to a Las Vegas mob museum.

Paranormal Activity 4 is Green for Go

In a press release sent out yesterday morning, Paramount Pictures stated that Paranormal Activity 3 earned $108 million in the US film market.

In addition, the release said, In 2012, Paramounts release slate highlights include ‘World War Z,’ a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, and ‘The Dictator,’ starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind ‘Borat.

(Notice World War Z on is that listĀ excited!)

Paranormal Activity 3

The original Paranormal Activity film cost only $15,000, though it brought in some $193 million in the worldwide box office. Even with its cheap ghost costumes, people could not get enough. Then, the second film of the series saw its financial backing rise to $3 million, and it earned approximately $177.5 million at the worldwide box office.

Although the third film in the series brought in the least amount of return, there are still enough fans out there to justify a fourth film. The press release did not state when we should expect Paranormal Activity 4 to hit theaters.

Rumors Claim Bill Murray Shreds Ghostbusters 3 Script

According to the National Enquirer, Bill Murray shredded the latest revision of the Ghostbusters 3 script. Murray then mailed the shredded script confetti to former co-stars and co-writers Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd. An attached note from Murray read, No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.

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This new script was written by the minds behind the US version of The Office. Various news sources claim the script would tell the tale of the original Ghostbusters handing the business over to a younger generation, thus continuing the series with a new cast of ghost-hunting heroes.

Sony Pictures has already stated that they would feel uncomfortable creating Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray. In addition, Sigourney Weaver, one of the original cast members of the previous films, insists she will only join the cast of Ghostbusters 3 if Murray joins, too. Since Murray was originally given the privilege of final approval for the Ghostbusters 3 script, his denial of the script foreshadows the potential death of this sequel.

bill murray

However, Dan Ackroyd claims the film will be made with or without Bill Murray, whose character Peter Venkman has been hailed as the backbone of the original Ghostbusters films. Sadly, we may never again see Murray don his Ghostbusters costume.

Carnival Cruise Hosts First Horror Convention at Sea

Scheduled for April of 2012, Carnival Cruise is hosting the first horror convention at sea, the Tides of Torture cruise. The cruise will feature actors and stars from such slasher films as Hatchet 1 and 2, Zombies Halloween 1 and 2, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Machete.

The four-night cruise begins on April 12th, setting sail from Tampa, Florida, and features movie screenings, a scream queen contest, and a Dance of the Dead. Tickets start at $699 per person, and more details can be found at the Tides of Torture website.

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Current expected guest list:

  • Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
  • Tony Todd (Candyman; Final Destination 1, 3, 5; Hatchet 1 and 2)
  • Danielle Harris (Hatchet 2; Zombies Halloween 1 and 2; Halloween 4 and 5)
  • Kane Hodder (Hatchet 1 and 2; Friday the 13th 7, 8, 9, and 10)
  • Leslie Easterbrook (Zombies Halloween)
  • Brad Loree (Halloween Resurrection)
  • J LaRose (Insidious, Saw 3 and 4)
  • R.A. Mihailoff (Hatchet 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3)
  • Elise and Electra Avellan (Machete, Death Proof, Planet Terror)
  • Steve Dash (Nighthawks, Friday the 13th 2)
  • Ashley Williams (The Human Centipede)

If you love horror conventions, but are sick of standing in lines, surrounded by stale air and sweaty bodies, this convention is for you. Plus, where else can you grab some sun, spend time with prominent horror actors, and wear Halloween costumes, all for four whole days?

Horror Films in 30 Seconds…with bunnies.

That’s right todays topic involves cartoon bunnies recreating your favorite films, all within a 30-second time-frame. The creator of these 30-second bunny films is Jennifer Shiman, who is the sole creative talent voices, art, animation, story-boarding, writing behind the short films. She even recreates the scary costumes the original actors wore during the film. Dedication meets art, mixed with bunnies.

While the bunnies got their start as a small solo project, they have exploded into an Internet phenomena, attracting more then 25,000 unique hits every day. All of this popularity caught the attention of Starz Entertainment Group, who purchased the films and moved the bunnies to mainstream media. (If you subscribe to Starz, you may have seen these 30-second segments every now and again.)

Here are some 30-second horror recreations using Jennifer’s bunnies:

Evil Dead II

Hellraiser

Halloween

The Shining

The Exorcist

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saw

Alien

Twilight: New Moon

While Jennifers bunnies have recreated countless popular films, we are only showcasing the horror recreations. If you want to find more 30-second bunny films, click here: Angry Alien.

This is how you do Halloween

With Halloween dropping next week, the ghoulish cheer is definitely in the air. People are showing off their Halloween costumes, decorating their homes, and getting their pets on display. To ensure that you stay up-to-date on the latest Halloween information, heres todays best Halloween pictures and videos:

Halloween Light Show – Party Rock Anthem:

Snooki Costume:

halloween snooki

Halloween Costume Illusions:

Including The Newborn Baby:

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Tank Dog Costume:

Firing The Tank Dog Cannon:

AT-AT Walker Costume:

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Time for those last minute Halloween costumes!

Halloween is only 10 days away, which means its time to start whipping together some homemade Halloween costumes. While we cannot provide you with the exact goods to create these costumes, we can give you the pop culture inspiration to create some unique outfits. So, lets stop talking and start watching some hilarious videos!

Fan dressed as referee:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NDhM_-GwwLI#!

Not only is this costume unique, easy to put together, and affordable, but it is also hilarious. Lets say youre attending a Halloween party. Sometime during the night, strip off your shirt, blow a whistle, and start some referee hand signals. Plus, this easily leads to a night of streaking, (which we cannot officially condone, but we would officially laugh at any video of you streaking).

The fan Beyonce made sing on national television:

Continuing the theme of fandom, this costume captures that awkward moment when you realize that youre now that girl. Carry around a microphone, or make your own, and frantically flail your arms at people passing by. When they turn toward you, shake a camera at them and say, OooooOOOOoooOOOOoOoOOOOoOoooo

Ringo, the Umbrella Player:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t8MeE8Ik4Y

Just watch Ringo during this video. He plays the hell out of that umbrella. Imagine all of the photo opportunities you can interrupt with this costume!

All right, Ringos too funny not to show another video. Here he is riding a stationary bicycle while the rest of the gang makes music: (Skip to 0:35)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpMs_R3P6U&wadsworth=1

80s Workout Woman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuYY8-hQ2as

I believe this was before the advent of Botox, so shes trying to exercise the wrinkles out of her face. But it looks like shes spitting demons out of her eyeballs. Either way, I want to see someone wearing this as a Halloween costume.

Women, would you be a sexy fruit?

Halloween gives women a chance to be as skanky, sexy, or slutty as they desire, but some Halloween costumes are absolutely strange. Sexy mustard is a perfect example. When I think sexy, I do not think mustard. If anything, I think fruits, because theyre sugary, soft, and easy to bite into, and the juices flowing out of the fruit mimic the blood flowing out of a freshly killed wom never mind.

So, I need to ask my audience:

Men, would you find a sexy fruit or condiment costume attractive?

sexy keg

The sexy keg costume, full of sexual innuendo.

sexy banana

The sexy banana.

Women, would you wear a sexy fruit or condiment costume?

sexy ketchup

The sexy ketchup, because it…goes…great…on meat?

sexy watermelon

The sexy watermelon.

There are so many sexy Halloween costumes on the market, but corporations are running out of ideas. Next year we’ll see sexy bedside tables, sexy Alaskan crabs, sexy plastic dinner plates, and so forth. If you’re like me, this lack of creativity is a Godsend. I’m looking forward to sexy bus stop bench, but only if it comes equipped with stale gum and homeless urine stench.