It wouldn’t feel like October if someone somewhere weren’t having a bomb squad called due to hyper realistic Halloween costumes. Thankfully, in San Mateo, California, that’s exactly what happened.
At 9:30am today, a man identified as Gilberto Masias was driving around town while wearing a gas mask with grenades hanging from his neck. This freaked out some of the locals, who immediately called the police.
The police called the sheriff’s department, which responded by sending out a bomb squad to find the guy. After evacuating about a half-block area, the bomb squad members detained Masias, where upon they discovered that he was wearing a Halloween costume.
But it gets better: bomb squad members also discovered an inert grenade in his car, according to UPI.com.
When asked about the gas mask and grenade, Masias claimed to be a costume shop worker wearing an early Halloween costume, so as to get into the mood for the month.
Now, let’s talk for a minute about this guy’s dedication to Halloween costumes. I understand wearing a costume around to get a feel for it, to get into the character, and so forth. But an inactive grenade? Where the hell does someone get an inactive grenade? And why would you carry it around?
Plus, the bomb squad claims to only have found one inactive grenade, yet locals claimed he wore a necklace of grenades. Did he purchase the necklace and accidentally end up receiving an actual grenade? If so, that’s awesome.
Well, maybe not too awesome, since Masias was cited for possession of an inactive grenade.
Regardless, this is definitely a sign of things to come, this month. It’s time to bust out those costumes, people, because Halloween is only 28 days away. Get those Halloween decorations up, finalize those costumes, and start preparing for the madness, because it’s only just begun.
Zombies may finally be a dying breed. According to the National Retail Federations annual list of popular Halloween costumes, the number of adult individuals wearing zombie costumes this year has fallen from 2011’s fourth place to 2012s fifth place, with only 3.6% of the adult population wearing them. Some could interpret this as a sign that zombies are losing their grip on the mainstream masses.
The costumes ranking higher than zombies are witches (ranking #1, with 9.5% of the adult population), vampires (#2, with 5.2%), pirates (#3, 4.6%), and Batman costumes (#4, 3.7%). The Batman costumes come as no surprise, what with The Dark Knight Rises releasing this year, but the fact that one film can carry such pull as to push down a whole genre is surprising. Then again, people may just be getting sick of the undead.
But before we go throwing around assumptions, let’s examine last year’s Halloween trends: Still in first place are witch costumes (with 13.4% of the surveyed adult population), followed by pirates (3.9%), vampires (3.7%), zombies (3%), and Batman costumes (2.2%).
According to rank, yes, zombie costumes have fallen in ranking popularity. But that doesn’t explain how zombie costumes came in at a lower rank while having a higher percentage than the year before. (In 2011, 3% of the adult population wore zombie costumes, while the 2012 survey lists 3.6% of individuals wearing zombie costumes.)
Here’s how it happened: Look no further than the number differences for the other categories. All of the costume genres ahead of zombie costumes fell in percentage between the 2011 and 2012 surveys. Basically, less total individuals were wearing zombie costumes, but more people were also wearing less of the costumes ranking higher than zombie costumes.
A bit complicated, but nothing too crazy.
So what’s the takeaway? Here’s what we think: Zombie costumes continue to be one of the go-to options for Halloween. Why? Well, they represent all of what Halloween has to offer – death, decay, fright, and a limitless ability to blend all of these elements with one’s own creativity. You want to be a burn victim zombie? Do it. Headless zombie? Go ahead.
Halloween is about wearing what you feel best accentuates your personality. If that’s a slobbering undead monstrosity, have a party, and screw what the data says about zombie costumes losing popularity.
Although the presidential election is still a month away, many costume companies believe the election has already been decided by the number of presidential-themed Halloween masks sold. To date, Obama masks are well in the lead over Romney masks.
The Huffington Post states, This year, Obama masks are outselling Romney masks by more than 30 percent… The site adds that numerous reputable Halloween retailers have monitored their presidential-themed mask sales over the years, with one company’s sales predicting the victor in the past three elections. If that’s true, it looks to be another term for Obama.
It makes sense: popular culture trends often dictate which Halloween costumes are In and which are Out. One can imagine seeing numerous superhero costumes come Halloween, especially those featured in recent successful full-length films, e.g. The Avengers and Batman. On the other side of this popularity coin, still using superheroes as an example, few individuals would walk the streets as, say, Black Bolt or the Thing. The lack of connection with mainstream audiences for the two previously mentioned examples can be seen by their lack of appearances on Halloween evening. The same goes for presidential candidates.
The presidential candidate that most connects with the mass public is reflected by the amount of masks sold by Halloween retailers. People want to wear the plastic face of a man they admire, not someone robotic and foreign.
Obviously, mask popularity is not universal. Some states prefer a specific individual’s face over another. For example, 100% of the GOP-themed Halloween masks sold in Alabama are of Paul Ryan, claims the Huffington Post, while Joe Biden leads the mask sales in North Carolina.
Now, let’s look back at some previous elections and their mask sales:
Bill Clinton outsold Bob Dole by 71% to 29%
George W. Bush outsold Al Gore by 57% to 43%
Bush outsold John Kerry by 65% to 35%
Obama outsold John McCain by 60% to 40%
There’s still time to sway the current Halloween mask sales percentages. Maybe you would rather see Obama’s numbers drop, or see Romney’s go down even further. Either way, your purchase could help predict this November’s winner. Choose wisely.
Wondering how you could end up on an all-expenses-paid trip to The Walking Dead‘s filming set? Read on, we’ll tell you. But if you win, you better be equipped with some The Walking Dead costumes.
Season three of The Walking Dead returns on October 14, just in time to satiate one’s pre-Halloween zombie desires. Fans of the original comic will be relieved to know that finally finally the television show has made its way to the iconic prison, where character Michonne and The Governor are expected to join the story.
However, even though the third season has yet to hit mainstream television, AMC has announced that fans can expect a fourth season to follow, with an unannounced release date.
As promoted on the official The Walking Dead website, AMC joined forces with the American Red Cross, creating an event titled The American Red Cross Zombie Blood Drive. The event claims that giving blood can help save lives during the zombie apocalypse. (A na¯ve statement, as giving blood could increase exposure to the zombie infection, e.g. a pre-outbreak infected individual gives blood, thus passing on the infection to someone who has not received a bite, causing the unbitten to become a zombie. Panic and hysteria ensues.)
Regardless, while giving blood is a great cause, it is clear that AMC’s intentions are not merely to have the mass public suddenly feel overwhelmed with generosity for giving blood to strangers. No, this public media attention grab also serves to showcase their The Walking Dead sweepstakes, which is free and open to everyone over age 21, even those individuals unwilling to donate blood.
The sweepstakes offers one lucky fan a chance to win a grand prize opportunity for a three day/two night trip to The Walking Dead fourth season filming set. The trip includes round-trip airfare for two yes, two people, hotel accommodations, ground transportation to and from the filming set, ground transportation around the city located near the filming set, and $500 spending money.
On October 1, 1968, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead premiered in Pittsburgh, with a total budget of only $114,000. Although the film originally received mixed reviews from film critics, it eventually was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation within the National Film Registry as a film deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.
After more than forty years of re-releases and international sales, the film has grossed approximately $256,147,434, making it one of the most successful horror films ever created. Since you’re reading this blog, I’m to assume that you 1) have seen this film and 2) absolutely love the hell out of it. Every self-respecting Halloween fan loves it, that’s a universal fact. It’s why we carry so many zombie costumes.
Now, a couple indie filmmakers and screenwriters are looking to turn this iconic classic into a theatrical play, though the idea is currently looking for funding via IndieGoGo.com, a site similar to Kickstarter. The theatrical re-imagining is titled Night of the Living Dead Live, and here’s what the creators have to say about the project:
Night of the Living Dead Live will captivate audiences as they experience this classic told in the intimate setting of a live theater. This will bring the viewer closer to the story than ever before, as they are literally sitting in the house with the characters as they fight and kill their way through the marauding ghouls. At the end of the show everyone in the room will know what it feels like to experience a night with the living dead!
In addition, to ensure the original film’s essence is not lost in translation, the theatrical play will be presented entirely in black and white, from the set design right to the actors. Here’s a short video of the creators discussing their passion for the project:
If the reader is wondering how an indie group found the rights to recreating Romero’s original, the film’s original distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, did not place a copyright indication on the prints. Back in 1968, United States copyright law required proper notice to maintain a copyright, and this never happened. Allegedly, Romero was given the opportunity to rename the film, make a few creative edits, and place a new copyright on the film, ensuring it would remain his, but for whatever reason he never did it, so the film entered public domain status.
But that does not necessarily mean the theatrical play is going behind Romero’s back. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the indie team lists George A. Romero as part of the team, titled an Executive Producer. One may interpret this as his official approval of the theatrical play’s production.
The play is being directed by Christopher Bond, the co-creator and co-director of the play Evil Dead The Musical. If you want to see the theatrical play come to life, chip in at the play’s IndieGoGo page.
On September 21, 1947, Stephen King was born, going on to create books that became symbols within the world of horror and Halloween costumes.
Now known as one of the godfather’s of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, King’s books have sold more than 350 million copies. In total, King has published 50 novels, with seven penned under the name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books.
In addition, he has written about two hundred short stories, many gathered in nine collections of short fiction. One would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of Stephen King.
Still, even with so many stories already published, King shows no sign of slowing down. The man lives, breathes, and loves writing horror novels, and now is as good as any time to look at what one can expect from King’s future.
Stephen King’s sequel to his horror novel The Shining is to be released on 24 September 2013, 36 years after the original was published, states BBC. The new novel, titled Doctor Sleep, follows Danny Torrance, the young boy in The Shining, who has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.
After settling into a New Hampshire town, where he uses his shining power to comfort the dying, Torrance meets Abra Stone, a 12-year-old who has the brightest shining ever seen. One can assume that things spiral out of control from there, as often is the case with King’s novels.
But that’s not all for 2013: King is also releasing a second novel, one that follows his love for paperback crime novels read during his childhood. The novel is titled Joyland, and it hits markets three months earlier, in June, than Doctor Sleep.
As stated on Shelf Life, Joyland takes place in a small-town North Carolina amusement park, where college student Devin Jones arrives at the park to work as a carny for the summer, but he ends up experiencing much more than he bargained for when he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.
I love crime, I love mysteries and I love ghosts, said Stephen King, in a press release. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.
If any other author denied e-publishing, their sales would tank. But this is Stephen King, the master of modern literary horror, and this kind of move only adds to his appeal.
While we’re still all excited about the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween, let’s look forward to the other films coming to theaters this October. (After all, we can’t all wear the same Halloween costumes we need a wide range of hot new ideas.) Unfortunately, besides the unique exception of Halloween‘s re-release, it appears that this year lacks the usual familiar faces of iconic horror – Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Leatherface, and so forth. Not exactly a bad thing, but something to note. Regardless, I hope you have some friends who love horror as much as you, because this year’s October film release line-up has some horror gems.
The Unleashed October 5
With a synopsis as large as this movie has, I don’t even need to say anything. It’s a horror, it’s coming out in October, and it features possession. Truthfully, it looks only okay. Nothing spectacular.
Synopsis: Madison Kennard, a troubled woman dealing with her dark past, must venture home after an 8 year absence following her mothers death. Almost instantly after her return, Madison must cope with the haunting memories of a childhood best forgotten. Lindsay, a childhood friend of Madisons with an adventurous nature, hears of Madison’s arrival and has every intention of reconnecting a friendship once had. Bizarre and unexplainable events occur within the house after old friends come together and dabble with the infamous Ouija board. Lindsay, being all too curious of the board and its undeniable power, gives into the persuasion of an unknown entity and allows it to possess her. Madison must overpower her deepest fears and find a way to release Lindsay and abolish the presence that haunts her.
Frankenweenie October 5
Although not a traditional horror film meaning an adult horror film Frankenweenie brings the tale of Frankenstein to mainstream theaters, using a child-like story to tell the tale. Maybe I’m getting too old, maybe I’ve lost my childhood whimsy, but this movie looks like an instantaneous pass. However, Tim Burton is both the director and one of the six yes, six writers behind the film, so I may be passing judgment too soon. (Before one claims that I dislike the film due to its childish art direction, I would like to point out that ParaNorman managed to tell a great child-like horror story using cartoonish graphics.)
Synopsis: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Sinister October 12
Sinister’sviral marketing has been popping up all over the Internet. From health warnings to new posters, someone is pushing this movie hard. Reading over the synopsis, though, I feel this film has a creative premise worthy of my money: found footage viewed not by the audience but by the characters, who then become haunted by supernatural horror. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.
Synopsis: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Paranormal Activity 4 October 19
According to IMDB, the plot for Paranormal Activity 4 is currently unreleased. Yeah, okay, like anyone who’s seen the previous films couldn’t guess the next plot. Let’s see. I’m guessing it involves camera footage, an invisible demon, maybe some kids, and a husband/wife team that ends up dissolving due to one of them not believing the other about the invisible demon, with the arguments leading to one of them becoming possessed and killing the other.
Synopsis: The plot is undisclosed at this time.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D October 26
While I disagree with the current 3D trend running deep in Hollywood’s veins, I’m interested in seeing how these visual elements play out in Silent Hill: Revelation.
Synopsis: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
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. Â 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? Â 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!
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!
Are you sitting down? You better be, because I have news that may just knock you off your feet. This October, John Carpenter’s Halloween, featuring the original mask that spawned so many other Michael Myers masks, is getting a nationwide theatrical re-release. That’s right – evil comes home, again.
This will be the biggest run the film has had since shocking audiences in 1978, and makes for the perfect early kick off to next year’s 35th Anniversary celebration [of the film], states ShockTilYouDrop.com.
In addition, Compass International Pictures, Trancas International Films, Screenvision, and HalloweenMovies.com collaborated to create a one sheet for this October’s U.S. theatrical re-release of John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece, Halloween, states HalloweenMovies.com. The poster, designed by artist Austin Hinderliter, presents the ultimate evil in shadow and autumnal oranges, perfect for the October season.
Starting today, a list of participating theaters can be found at HalloweenOnScreen. At the time of writing, no theaters are listed on the website, though one can expect theaters to be added throughout the day. Here’s to hoping one of those theaters is located near me.
With this kind of news, it’s definitely starting to feel like Halloween.