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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.)

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.

London Opens Human Flesh Meat Market

While we continue to grow excited for showing off our Halloween costumes, there’s something strange brewing in the UK: Capcom, video game developer and publisher of the widely successful Resident Evil franchise, has opened an edible meat market in London. No big deal, right? Wrong. It’s a human flesh meat market. Take a look:

Reminds me of the human bakery, in Thailand. This stuff is straight out of someone’s nightmare.

To be fair, the meat is not, in fact, made from human flesh. It’s mammalian meat designed in the shape of human body parts, though it still gives the whole meat consumption thing an eery vibe.

Bomb Squad Called Due to Halloween Costume

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.

“Sir, I’mma have to ask you to tone down your costume’s awesomeness.”

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.

I wonder if the police would have reacted the same way if Masias were a woman.

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.

Happy Birthday, Stephen King

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.

Happy birthday, Stephen King.

Horror Films Releasing Before Halloween

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.

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 sports 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:

Horror Stationary

Today’s blog post has me thinking that Halloween costumes is the wrong kind of horror business. You see, I recently stumbled upon the work of a German-based designer named Jacques Pense, who created an award-winning series of horror stationary items. From envelopes to binder rings, Pense has brought the world of horror crashing down upon the humdrum corporate world.

But here’s the kicker: they’re amazing! I could actually see mainstream American offices using these things – as long as they don’t cost an arm or a leg. If the FrightCatalog gang can get in touch with Pense, we may even include some with this year’s Haunt Club kit (no promises). Imagine the satisfaction felt from tearing a zombie’s face open and pulling out its paper guts. Oh, I’m getting goosebumps.

Anyway, without any more rambling from me, let’s get on with the horrifying eye candy:

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The Hunger Games Breaks Hollywood Records

Audiences thirsted for teen death this past weekend and The Hunger Games satiated that thirst, pulling in approximately $155 million in US and Canadian box offices. Add on the global markets and the movies gain rounds out to around $214.3 million.

hunger games

Sound like a lot of money?

That’s because it is The Hunger Games now holds the record for third biggest opening weekend for a movie, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight. Even more incredible, though, is that the movie had a solid Saturday night showing, totaling $51 million in sales, which ranks second all-time behind Spider-Man 3 ($51.3 million).

As you can see, though, the two movies beating The Hunger Games for all-time best opening weekend are sequels. That means The Hunger Games now holds the record for highest grossing opening weekend for a non-sequel film, beating out the previous champion, Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million).

hunger games2

In addition, $10.6 million of the total sales came from people viewing the movie on an IMAX screen. As stated on Box Office Mojo, that’s a very impressive figure for a 2D movie that doesn’t include any footage shot in IMAX.

Plus, the film can still make money off toys, DVDs, Blue-ray discs, clothing, and royalty rights for Halloween costumes. For Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, this cash cow is set to be milked for many years to come, especially since this is only the first film of the trilogy.