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The Devil Inside: Horror, or Horrible?

If you were one of the unlucky many to see The Devil Inside this weekend, I am so, so sorry. Although the film pulled approximately $34.5 million in the box office, it also managed a meager 7% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

To put that 7% into perspective, Twilight received a 49%, and that movie catches all kinds of flak. Someone must have sold their soul no pun intended – to get The Devil Inside to the #1 spot.

the devil inside

I admit that I did not see the movie this weekend, nor do I plan on seeing it anytime soon. Hell, not even Redboxs prices are low enough for this film. I watch a horror movie to be scared, not to have the horror come from actually sitting through the film.

But here’s the question: How did a movie this bad, this openly hated by critics, become the #1 seller in the box office? It had no 3-D elements, and there wasn’t a single blue alien fighting to save a tree.

Was it the nearly 4-minute red band trailer? Were people hoping the film would be like The Exorcist? Maybe it was the news of a filmgoer possessed during the premiere of the film. Whatever it was, this films box office results were clearly the product of masterful marking skills.

So now I want to hear from our audience members. Did anyone enjoy this film? Would you recommend that your friendly FrightCatalog.com blogger see the film and give an impression?

If enough people say yes, I’ll do it – I’ll watch a critically hated film, and then I’ll write about the experience.

The Munsters Are Getting A Reboot

We live in an era of remakes and reimaginings, and The Munsters, the 1960s American television show about a family of monsters, is the latest installment to get a swift boot back into mainstream media.

According to Fangoria.com, Bryan Fuller, one of the core writers behind the television series Pushing Daisies, is credited with coming up with the reboots story. While the original Munsters show focused on campy, wholesome comedy and family ties, The Munsters reboot has its roots in modern-day drama, action-packed suspense, and some goofball silliness. Also, the original was only 30 minutes long, while the reboot is expected to be an hour’s worth of entertainment for each show.

the munsters reboot

The reboot of The Munsters will see the story centered on Eddie Munster, the pre-teen werewolf with a heart of compassion, who is trying to come to terms with his werewolf transformations.

As for the other characters, Herman Munster is said to be more of a stud, who loves too much. Lily Munster, the perpetually beautiful matriarch of the family, works at a pet store, where she uses her magic to get the job done quickly. Grandpa Munster is a full-blown vampire, feasting on animals and struggling with a growing urge to consume human blood. Marilyn Munster, the only true human of the family, is the shows female sex appeal.

The show is expected to air sometime in 2012.

Evil Dead Remake: More Horror Than Humor?

Not every horror film is designed to make you cringe beneath a shower of blood and gore. Some simply want to make you laugh, while showering you with blood and gore. The Evil Dead series, the inspiration for so many Halloween props, is a perfect example of a horror comedy done right, and now the original Evil Dead is scheduled to see a remake.

Thats right Sam Raimis original Evil Dead film is set to see a remake well, actually, the movie officials are calling it a reimagining, not a remake.

Whats the difference?

A remake would mean an exact copy of the original film, just updated for modern audiences. But a reimagining means the directors / writers can alter the original story. In this case, the Evil Dead reimagining will have no Ash no Bruce Campbell. (A recent release of news states that Bruce Campbell will have a small cameo, not a major role, at the end of the film.)

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We’ll miss your crazy face, Ash.

Here’s the current cast of characters set for the reimagining:

David (Ash’s replacement) Hero, sibling to Mia, married to hot chick.

Mia David’s sister, fighting a drug addiction, suffers from death of her and David’s mother.

Eric David’s friend, cocky.

Plot synopsis: The characters travel to the infamous cabin in the woods from the original Evil Dead, when a storm forces them indoors. Eric finds the Necronomicon and convinces the others to read passages from it. Mia begins to go nuts. The other characters assume its just her suffering from drug withdrawals. But then something moves outside the cabin.

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The original cabin of death.

Director Federico Alvarez claims the film will focus more on the horror of the original Evil Dead, straying far away from the comedy of Army of Darkness and Evil Dead II. Part of this stray can be seen with the replacement of Ashs character. If fans of the original Evil Dead saw an Ash character, they might expect the humorous Ash they fell in love with from Army of Darkness. This new hero, David, allows for a focus on the horror. We’ll have to wait and see how this choice turns out.

The release date of the Evil Dead reimagining is scheduled for April 12, 2013.

Dead Island Trailer Too Much, or Enough?

There is no doubt about the onset of the zombie culture, but could the culture be taking its love of death and the undead too far? Dead Island, an upcoming horror action adventure game in development by Techland, released a sneak peak trailer some weeks ago. While the trailer is highly artistic and especially well designed, it is also subject to controversy and much debate about the zombie culture.

As a forewarning, if you are the parent of a young child, you may not want to watch this video. It is gory, it is violent, and it does involve the death of a young girl. If you are still intrigued and wish to watch it, you are more than welcome to experience the artistic vision of Techlands Dead Island.

Personally, I find the trailer to be absolutely astonishing, both artistically and visually. The point is, though, does this trailer overstep its bounds with the use of the young girl? Is it a ploy to draw attention, or is it used as an emotional tool?

I cannot remember the last time I saw a young child killed in a movie or movie trailer, never mind a video game trailer. But I want to hear from you. Do you feel that this trailer has taken it too far with the use of the young girl? Could you receive the same reaction with the use of an adult?

Dia De Los Muertos

La Calavera Catrina

Or, the Day of the Dead to us Americans. I first learned about this holiday when reading Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree” (which, if you haven’t read it, I suggest going out and getting a copy ASAP). Although we usually associate this holiday with Mexico, it actually is found throughout Latin America. It is closely tied with the Catholic holy day, All Soul’s Day, which falls on the day after Halloween, and is celebrated throughout the world (albeit, a little less awesomely, IMHO). Dia de los Muertos is centered around one idea- to honor the dead. This is done by giving presents to children and other living family members, as well as preparing special types of food, such as sugar skulls or pan de muerto (a sweet egg bread). It’s traditional to leave food out for the dead, either by offering them a literal place at the family table, or by leaving offerings of food on their graves. Figurines depicting skeletons (calaveras catrinas) in everyday situations are made and sold to be displayed in the home.

Instead of the same old Halloween party, try throwing a Day of the Dead celebration. Dress up like calaveras, make some delicious Mexican food, and raise a toast to those who have gone before us. However, be careful. You may get some visitors that you didn’t expect. ;)

Pan de Muerto (Thanks to Allrecipes)

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
  6. To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.

After Apple Picking

It’s finally fall, which means it’s about time for my favorite fall-related activity, apple picking. I know you are saying to yourself, “But Megan, you can buy apples in the grocery store. Why would you want to pick them yourself?” I’ll tell you- it rules. There is nothing like climbing up in a tree to pick fruit, dodging angry bees, and trying not to get pesticide in your face that makes you feel quite so human. Also, they charge you only for the apples that you bring after you’ve picked them, not the ones that you eat on the way out. So economical!

So what do you do with the 10 lbs of apples that you spend the day picking? Thankfully, apples are an extremely versatile fruit. Chop them up and put them in a salad, bake them whole, or just eat them raw. One of my favorite apple recipes is apple crisp, which I’ve decided to share with you all (this one is adapted from the Betty Crocker recipe, which is also delicious).

Apple Crisp

4 c. tart apples, sliced

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. flour

1/2 rolled oats

1/2 c. butter, softened

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. Spread apples in pan. Mix together oats, sugar, 1/3 c. butter, and spice in a medium bowl. Dot apples with small pieces of remaining butter and spread oat mixture over them. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Dress as Your Fave Current Event for Halloween

One of the most talked-about Halloween costumes of the season, the “Bad Planning” (get it?) “BP” Oil Spill costume is in stock on frightcatalog.com — what do you think?

“Bad Planning” – BP Oil Spill Costume

When the Oil Spill Halloween costume design was released publicly in August, it was pretty controversial. A month and change can be a lot of time as far as current events go; it’s still in bad taste (and let me be clear: by saying it’s in bad taste, I’m not saying I’m offended by it, nor am I saying that Halloween costumes should be in “good” taste), but it was a little more shocking when the oil was still gushing, I think. Still, if you want a costume that says “2010,” this is it.

Well, that, or this:

Classic Witch Costume

Plus a red “NO” symbol painted on it — Christine O’Donnell! (Take it however you want.)

This Weekend: Elvira’s Movie Macabre Returns

Elvira Deluxe Halloween Costume

Check your local listings for Elvira’s Movie Macabre, hosted by the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! The episode will feature the classic “Night of the Living Dead” and airs during the darkest hours on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday, depending on your market (most markets will air it twice). Here in the Philly area, it’s on WPHL 17 –

It really is time to bring back Midnight Movies, don’t you think?

I love Zombie Strippers. (nsfw…obv)

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ZOMBIE STRIPPERS TRAILER

How could you not love a hot undead zombie stripper giving you the lap dance of your life followed by eating your face off? Being eaten alive by a rediculously hot undead stripper zombie should be on a “Top 10 Most Awesome Ways To Die” list…. or Top 10 Things to Do Before You Die (literally)…..Maxim, get on that!

Let me introduce you to Jenna Jameson’s cult hit “Zombie Strippers” (2006). This is your perfect Halloween party flick. The movie starts out with a research experiment gone wrong. The government is at a loss of soldiers so they come up with a virus to reactivate the brains of the soldiers we’ve already lost. The experiment backfires. One soldier finds his way to an underground strip club where he bites one of the dancers. The dancers spread the virus to each other and gruesomely hot mayhem ensues.

I highly recommend this movie. There’s humor, horror, and topless dancing zombie girls. What more do you really need?

This article is my excuse to post hot pics of zombie chicks for my own personal enjoyment.

Give me my moment. Also, don’t forget to stock up on all your zombie goods at Frightcatalog.com