Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's going to be a Frozen Halloween.

What a wonderful month this as been. The weather has been perfect the fall colors unbelievable. Here is a look back at some of the things we did to celebrate the season. First up a few things that I found at the Burgoo in downtown Utica.

I just love this wish it was for sale.

So the artist that made this carried it into a theatre just to have Robert Engled sign it. It's very cool this picture does it no justice. 

I was shocked when my wife said I could take this home! Kind of wish I did. Next up our first Trick or Treating came in the form of a private block party.

Then this past weekend was the Pumpkin Patch and Trick or Treating downtown LaSalle. What a great day, perfect weather at 70 degrees.

And nothing like a surprise treat in your lunch bag all week

So tomorrow brings Trunk or Treat at school. A Halloween Party and of course bundling up for the coldest Halloween my kids have witnessed so far for trick or treating.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween TV is here!

The big week is apon us! A full list of Trick's and Treats for us this week!

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon – Oct. 26 beginning at 12pm on FXX. FXX airs all 24 Treehouse of Horror Halloween special episodes of The Simpsons in a marathon today, featuring plenty of The Twilight Zone parodies, and lots of alien invasions by Kang and Kodos. Themed Treehouse of Horror mini-marathons will air from 8pm-11pm Oct. 27-30 on FXX.

The Dorm – Oct. 26 at 8pm on MTV. The Dorm is an original horror movie that centers on Vivian, an awkward college freshman who undergoes a transformation into a flawless, seductive beauty at the hands of her new dorm mates. When she begins questioning her friends’ motives, Vivian uncovers an unimaginable evil lurking in the halls. Alexis Knapp, Cassie Steele, Max Lloyd Jones, Jake Crocker and Rami Kahlo star.

Beastly Nights – Oct. 26-30 on Animal Planet. Animal Planet’s first-ever “Beastly Nights” programming stunt features five nights of cryptic creatures, near-death tales and never-before-seen footage. Notable premieres include Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain (Oct. 26, 9pm), The Hunt for Hogzilla (Oct. 27, 8pm) and Blood Lake: The Lost Footage (Oct. 30, 11pm).

Halloween Wars: “Haunted Carnival” – Oct. 26 at 9pm on Food Network. Horror actor Lew Temple (The Walking Dead) guest-judges tonight’s Halloween Wars finale, in which the two remaining teams of food-centric artists must create displays that capture the terrifying fun of a haunted carnival.

Curious George: “A Halloween Boo Fest” – Oct. 27 and 31 on PBS (check local listings for time). It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George’s quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth?

The Chew – Oct. 27-31 at 1pm on ABC. This week features Halloween-themed segments, including Carla hall and Clinton Kelly’s Haunted House experience; a visit to DeBrito Chocolate Factory in California, with their gourmet caramel apples; and the Secret Jack-O-Lantern is passed around, where the hosts will secretly assign each other the costumes they will wear on Oct. 31.

Kirby Buckets: “Flice of the Living Dead” – Oct. 27 at 7:30pm on Disney XD. Kirby and his friends are excited that they’re finally old enough to attend the annual “Forest Hills Ninth Annual Fright Night Film Festival.” However, when their biology teacher accidentally breaks open a container of Forest Hills Super Flice, the principal quarantines Kirby’s class within the school, ruining their chance to go. Meanwhile, Dawn and Belinda are psyched to be invited to a Halloween party at the house of one of the coolest boys in school, Evan.

Dancing With the Stars – Oct. 27 at 8pm on ABC. DWTS will treat viewers to an exciting Halloween-themed episode filled with thrilling performances from the remaining eight couples. Each pair will light up the ballroom floor with spectacular costumes vying for a wickedly perfect score.

Rewrapped: “Jelly Belly Candy Corn” – Oct. 27 at 8:30pm on Food Network. It’s Halloween’s favorite friend, the Candy Corn. In the first round, chefs must use all their culinary tricks to Recreate this spook-tacular treat. Those who survive the Recreate Round move on to the Innovate Round, where they must incorporate the Candy Corn in an original dish. Will their Innovations be ghoulish or de-lish?

Scorpion: “True Colors” – Oct. 27 at 9pm on CBS. Team Scorpion must pass a mandated psych evaluation or face being disbanded after they’re accused of destroying a priceless work of art in an attempt to protect an art exhibit. Meanwhile, Paige enlists the help of the team when Ralph is reluctant to go to his school’s Halloween party.

South Park: Goth Kids – Oct. 27 from 9:30pm-11pm on Comedy Central. Prepare for Halloween with the ones who know darkness best: the Goth Kids.

Duck Dynasty: “Quack O’Lanterns” – Oct. 27 at 11:32pm & Oct. 29 at 10:01pm on A&E. The Robertsons host a Halloween event at Duck Commander, where they all come together to transform the warehouse into a “scarehouse.” Everyone dresses up and Willie desperately tries to be the scariest, but none of the kids are afraid of him. The youngest grandkids help Kay make treats while Phil puts his own twist on Halloween decorating by making a jack-o-lantern with a shotgun.

General Hospital – Oct. 28 at 2pm/1pm PT on ABC. The kids in Port Charles celebrate Beggars Night, a regional holiday that falls on Halloween Eve.

Adventure Time: “Ghost Fly” – Oct. 28 at 6pm on Cartoon Network. Jake and the tree house are haunted by a vengeful specter.

Uncle Grandpa: “Haunted RV” – Oct. 28 at 6:15pm on Cartoon Network. Tiny Miracle allows the gang to take advantage of his generosity at the expense of his own health.

The Great Halloween Fright Fight – Oct. 28 at 8pm on ABC. Families showcase their impressive Halloween-decorated houses, or “haunts,” in hopes of winning a $50,000 prize. Designers Sabrina Soto and Michael Moloney serve as judges in this spinoff of The Great Christmas Light Fight.

NCIS: “Parental Guidance Suggested” – Oct. 28 at 8pm on CBS. The NCIS team must determine if the murder of a Navy commander’s wife is linked to her profession as a therapist or an act of terrorism after finding the commander’s name on a Jihadist target list. Meanwhile, the team discusses Halloween costumes and Tony’s recent dating habits.

Horror Anthologies – Oct. 28 at 8pm on TCM. TCM airs horror anthology films, including Dead of Night (1945) and Kwaidan (1965).

NCIS: New Orleans: “Master of Horror” – Oct. 28 at 9pm on CBS. With New Orleans decorated for Halloween, the NCIS team investigates the murder of a Naval Staff Judge Advocate found in a cemetery dressed in a Victorian costume with vampiric puncture wounds on her neck. Meanwhile, the team debates what Halloween night activity and costumes would be best.

Marry Me: “Scary Me” – Oct. 28 at 9pm on NBC. Annie and Jake plan a haunted house in their apartment for the kids in their building but their plans run afoul of a super-mom Julie (guest star Jessica St. Clair). Dennah plans to make a big splash at an exclusive party in a very skimpy costume. Meanwhile, Gil and Kay go trick-or-treating and use the opportunity to spy incognito on Gil’s ex-wife.

About a Boy: “About a Will-O-Ween” – Oct. 28 at 9:30pm on NBC. Will throws his annual Halloween bash, much to the dismay of Fiona and Marcus, who consider it one of their least favorite holidays. Despite the fact that Fiona believes Will has other motives for throwing the party, she ends up meeting Sean (guest star Humphrey Ker) there and reveals a whole new side of herself. After a few mishaps at the party, Will shows Marcus the joys of Halloween.

“Ozzmania” on The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands – Oct. 28 at 10pm on AXS TV. On a special Halloween-themed broadcast of “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” Ozzmania: a Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath takes the stage live to pay tribute to the music and horrified stylings of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jeepers! The creepers are after Bud and Lou!

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
1948 | B&W | 83 Minutes | 1.37.1 | PG | Horror | Mono | Universal

Director: Charles Barton

Writers: Robert Lees

Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
Lon Chaney Jr.
Bela Lugosi
Jane Randolph

The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.

“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” arrives on MeTV at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 pm central, or check for the correct time in your area in local listings. Chicago viewers get another look at the origin picture of one of tonight’s star monsters, “The Wolf Man”, at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU, the U!

This Friday will indeed be the official “Svengoolie/ Rich Koz Day” in Chicago and the State of Illinois- and, as a Halloween treat, yours truly will be popping up all day long on MeTV, bringing you special Halloween-flavored episodes of your favorite shows! I’ll also be posting on MeTV’s Facebook page- and on the MeTV website- ! - See more at:

Also make sure you stop my metv to get your svengoolie pumpkin stencil.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Footage has Been Found

Reel Evil
2012 | Color | 78 Minutes | Widescreen | NR | Horror | 5.1 Surround Sound | Full Moon Features

Director: Danny Draven

Producer: Charles Band

Writers: Shane Bitterling


Jessica Morris (Bloody Murder, Venom)
Kaiwi Lyman (Mega Python Vs Gatoroid)
Jeff Adler (Reel Evil)
Jamie Bernadette (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth)
Jim Tavare (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Struggling filmmakers - Kennedy, Cory and James - finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a 'behind-the-scenes' documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister doctor who once ran it. Trapped inside the hospital with no apparent way out, our crew is tormented by the evil, unspeakable fear.

I know another "found footage" movie right? Right but... somehow this one is different. When you talk about found footage we all think Blair Witch and how it makes you sick watching it. Well it's all that motion sickness you get from watching the jerky camera. Reel Evil finds fun and clever ways to address this issue. Sure they have the shaking going on but in a very minimal way.  When you have a strong plot and a good cast a movie like this is easy to watch. 

Sure its a bit of a slow burn but once they break off into the asylum it gets going pretty good. The eerie atmosphere draws you in and keeps you guessing all the way through. Danny Draven shines with this movie. Everything works the sound, editing and cast are all perfect and fit in well. It has noting new to offer but is every much worth your time this Halloween season. 

If your your into ghost's and things that bump in the night this movie is for you!

4 Bloody Brains out of 5

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who you gonna call... Box of Dread!

It's always family fun when your Box Of Dread hits the door step. With this being October we could not wait to dive in. I do want to point out that we thought that a CD was included but it turns out that we received a DVD. Box of Dread is a monthly subscription into horror goodness. Every month is another random surprise.

Make sure you are hitting the bloggers counting down to Halloween. And if you like the video please hit the like button.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Must see

I know another Brew Ha Ha is here and I'm just to sick to drink any beers. I hope to catch up completely this weekend and do one big post for next week. So in the mean time what are the movies you just have to watch before or on Halloween?

Here is my list

It's just not Halloween with out the Night of the Living Dead. I can still remember watching this at a very young age in my bedroom one late Halloween night! Pure magic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Watch The Puppet Master Franchise

I know it's Zombie Tuesday and I'm about to talk Puppet Master. But if you think about Zombies they originally came from cats andvoodoo. So it still fits. Way Puppet Master you ask? Well after watching the wonderful Elvira host PM on Hulu it was a wonderful trip down memory lane.

So this post today is really about the order that you should watch them in. There are 10 movies in total so it could get confusing.

Each installment is not created in chronological order, and the events of Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge are dated inaccurately. For instance, Puppet Master, first motion picture states that Toulon committed suicide in 1939 at the Bodega Bay Inn in Bodega Bay, California, while Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge takes place in 1941, and he is still very much alive, (possibly a mistake).

In an attempt to resolve the confusion, the installments are listed below in chronological order based on the plot summaries of each film.

Retro Puppet Master (1999)

It's 1892 and Sutekh is hopping mad. It seems a 3,000 year old Egyptian sorcerer has stolen one of the God's secrets of life - that of instilling the souls of the dying into inanimate things. Sutekh raises three mummified former high priests, led by the villainous "First Servant", and charges them with recovering both the Sorceror and his secret. There is no lack of victims for the 3 high-faluting, stylish villains as they pursue their prey to 19th century Paris, and the very young puppeteer, Andre Toulon. Toulon runs a puppet theatre in the heart of Paris, and meets the sorcerer (the mysterious Afzel) when he is found by the lovely Swiss Ambassador's daughter Ilsa, after being nearly killed. It is there and then that we find the seed of things to come, and the origin of the Puppetmaster series of tales.

Puppet Master 3 Toulon's Revenge (1991)

Set in Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will animate the dead, in order to use in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon's beautiful wife is murdered. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. This movie gives a new perspective on Toulon and his "friends".

Puppet Master: Axis of  Evil (2010)

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, directed by David DeCoteau, was released on video in 2010. Continuing his journey to the United States, Toulon takes shelter at the Bodega Bay Inn in Bodega Bay, California. The Gestapo, however, have traced his location and two soldiers are sent to the hotel to assassinate him. With the chest containing his puppets and secrets hidden inside a wall panel, Toulon commits suicide before the assassins can infiltrate his room. (This is all a replay of the prologue/flashback sequence from the original 1989 Puppetmaster, augmented with new material.) Bodega Bay employee Danny Coogan discovers Toulon's body, along with his trunk of puppets, and begins taking care of them, eventually their secret. Coogan becomes jealous when his girlfriend, who also knows the puppets are alive, flirts with a man Coogan recognizes as one of the Gestapo who had come hunting for Toulon. Coogan discovers the Gestapo are involved in a plan to bomb the United States, and with the puppets' help, Coogan resolves to stop them, and creates a new puppet "Ninja" to aid the others in battle.

Puppet Master X Axis Rising (2012)

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising, directed by Charles Band, was released on video in 2012. Danny Coogan (played by Levi Feihler), the teenage handicapped boy who found Toulon's puppet's, goes to rescue the love of his life, Beth, from being kidnapped from Klaus, and kills two Japanese, and two Germans, but in the end, the puppets wind up helpless and stolen by the only survivor, Ozu. Leaving Blade, Pinhead, and new recruit, Ninja, with the soul of Don Coogan, (played by Taylor M. Graham), behind. They will need to get their old puppet friends back, and defeat a few new ones along the way, such as the leader, Blitzkreig, Bombshell, Weremecht, and the only Japanese puppet, (living with the other's as Nazis), is Kamikaze, but he is not able to go over sea's and fight against the Krauts, but he may just get his wish by doing his bit right in China Town, California, with the help of a newly rebuilt Six Shooter. Even if he is fighting with and against 12 inch tiny terrors!

Puppet Master (1989)

Puppet Master (first motion picture of the franchise), directed by David Schmoeller, was released on video in 1989. In 1989, four psychics each receive unsettling visions, which they assess have been sent by a former colleague, Neil Gallagher. The group meets at the Bodega Bay Inn where Gallagher has been staying, where before long they are introduced to Gallagher's wife, Megan. The psychics are skeptical that Gallagher had ever been wed, but this is forgotten when Megan reveals that he has recently commit suicide. Toulon's puppets, now out and about, proceed to murder everyone in the hotel before only the psychic Alex Whitaker, and Megan remain. It is here that Gallagher, alive, confronts the two survivors. Gallagher explains that while he did die, Toulon's formula was used to give himself eternal life. However, when Gallagher mistreats the puppet Jester, the others revolt against him, locking him in an elevator and mercilessly killing him. Whitaker returns home. Megan, now alone, is shown picking up Dana's taxidermic dog, and by the following scene, the dog becomes completely animate, indicating that she too has learned Toulon's method.

Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)

The Curse of the Puppet Master, directed by David DeCoteau, was released on video in 1998. After the incident, Toulon's trunk is soon placed into an auction by Megan, who believe as a revenge to get rid of the puppets for good, where they are obtained by Magrew, an honorary doctor who manages a sideshow in a small American community. Here, Magrew conducts experiments on transforming humans into puppets, in an attempt to primitively duplicate Andre Toulon's method of animation. When Magrew's daughter, Jane, returns from college, the two meet a gas station attendant named Robert "Tank" Winsley. Winsley's skill at carving wood is noticed by Magrew, and the boy is invited to stay with he and Jane if he agrees to carve a puppet for Magrew's experiment. As Winsley and Jane grow closer, Magrew tries to discourage Jane from seeing Winsley, so that in the event where the boy leaves, Jane will not be hurt. However, Jane assures her father that Winsley would not leave her. After carving the pieces for Magrew's puppet, Winsley becomes ill. Magrew calls for a doctor, and Jane is ordered to leave town to pick up a package for his sideshow. After learning that no package was sent, Jane races home, but makes a stop to inspect debris she had found burnt in a ditch shortly before. In it, she finds a grotesque fleshy puppet who knows her name, which she identifies as her father's former assistant; the role which Winsley has replaced. Winsley wakes restrained to a laboratory table, with Magrew nearby, brandishing a mechanical puppet of his own. Magrew transfers Winsley's soul into the machine, but before he can enjoy his success, Toulon's puppets become enraged by his disgusting experiments, and they attack him. When Jane returns home, she finds her bloodied father and the mechanical puppet, recognizing it as Winsley because his face appears on a visual display unit on the figure's head. Winsley then proceeds to electrocute Magrew to death.

Puppet Master 2 His Unholy Creation (1990)

Puppet Master 2, directed by Dave Allen, was released on video in 1991. After the puppets returned to Bodega Bay Inn, they visit the Shady Oaks cemetery where they recover Toulon's corpse and reanimate it using the last of the Egyptian's elixir. With Toulon alive, the puppets hope that he can brew a new elixir to continue keeping them sustained. Toulon humbly pursues the formula, but to do so, his puppets are required to continue killing, as blood and brain tissue are the key ingredient in the concoction. After slaying the Bodega Bay Inn's owner, Megan Gallagher, Toulon unofficially takes ownership of the hotel, to the confusion of a group of parapsychologists who come to investigate the rantings of Alex Whitaker, who has gone insane since his visit to the place. It is during this time that Toulon designs his last puppet, Torch. After seeing one of the investigators, Carolyn Bramwell, Toulon is reminded of his wife Elsa, who bears a striking resemblance to Bramwell, and uncharacteristically he abandons the plan to help his puppets in order to find a way of being united with who he believes is his reincarnated wife. Toulon, who has had two life-sized mannequins created to house the souls of both he and Bramwell, uses a combination of the elixir and a magic spell to place his soul into one mannequin. However before Bramwell's soul can be transferred into the other mannequin, her love interest, Michael Kenney, rescues her. The puppets, both angry and ashamed that their long loving master has abandoned them due to his mind being corrupted by formula he taken that made him nothing more but a shadow of his former self, opt to have him killed once again. They use the remaining elixir and mannequin to resurrect one of their victims, Michael's mother, Camille. However Camille takes on a sadistic personality and has the puppets locked away, with the exception of Torch, who shares her disgust for children. This is key in that Camille uses the puppets to terrorize institutionalized children. though this is only suggested and never shown on screen.

Puppet Master 4 The Demon (1993)

Puppet Master 4, directed by Jeff Burr, was released on video in 1993. Some time after Camille takes Toulon's puppets on the road, they are returned to the Bodega Bay Inn, where they are not discovered until one summer while a youth scientist named Rick Myers serves as caretaker for the hotel. It is at this time that the god Sutekh makes a second attempt to suppress the secret of animation. Sutekh has three tribal puppets, spiritually linked to demonic minions of his own, called Totems sent to Earth to hunt down key personnel in the Omega Project, an organization also attempting to create life in inanimate objects. Myers' girlfriend, Susie, pays a visit to the Bodega Bay Inn, along with her friends Cameron and Lauren. Unknown to Susie, both Myers and Cameron have been previously acquainted, and they are both members of the Omega Project. Lauren, a clairvoyant, leads the group to the chest containing Toulon's puppets, and from the puppeteer's notes, Myers learns to inject the puppets with elixir to reanimate them. The puppets befriend the group, and protect them when the Totems arrive to kill Myers and his friends. Toulon's spirit, at ease since his puppets slew him over his treachery, returns to guide the puppets, advising them to activate his unfinished figure, Decapitron. The puppets set up an electric current which is used to animate Decapitron, who uses its interchangeable heads to communicate with the group and attack Totems.

Puppet Master 5 The Final Chapter (1994)

Puppet Master 5, directed by Jeff Burr, was released on video in 1994. Following the events of Puppet Master 4, shortly after the attack, Myers is arrested under suspicion for having caused the murders committed by the Totems. His boss, Jennings, has Myers bailed because he believes he is innocent, and Myers tells Jennings about his experience with Toulon's puppets, all-the-while expecting Jennings not to believe him. However Jennings is interested in Myers' story, and he organizes a group of thugs to break into the Bodega Bay Inn and steal the puppets. Myers has a disturbing premonition and decides to return to the hotel with Blade to check on the puppets which were left behind when he was taken into custody. Meanwhile, Sutekh activates another Totem, which he proceeds to transfer his soul into. In the midst of their search for the puppets, Sutekh ambushes Jennings' thugs at the Bodega Bay Inn, before confronting Myers, who has recently arrived at the hotel, and Toulon's puppets. A battle between Sutekh and the puppets ensues, resulting in Sutekh attempting to retreat. However the spirit of Andre Toulon, piloting Decapitron, is able to destroy him, inadvertently damaging all of the puppets in the process.

Puppet Master The Legacy (2003)

Puppet Master: The Legacy, directed by Charles Band, was released on video in 2003. After Rick is murdered by rogue agent Maclain (off screen), The puppets were abdopted by Peter Hertz, adopted son of Toulon (Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge), who is now held hostage by rogue agent Maclain who is hired by the original puppets to learn how to reverse the spell of animation in order to end their suffering. Beforehand Maclain murders Rick Myers (Puppet Master 4 and Puppet Master 5) in order to obtain the Toulon’s journal; however, the text fails to mention de-animation, which brings him to the Inn. Hertz is not aware of how to reverse animation himself, so he plays several taped recordings of Andre Toulon that chronicles his life, but the secret is absent from these recordings as well. In the end, Hertz and Blade attack Maclain before they are ambushed by an unseen character.

So there it is in a nut shell. The way to watch the series in order. Charles Band has hinted at a Puppet Master Series later next year. After the success of Trohoy Heads.  I can see the plans moving forward as the legions of fan's will embrace the franchise as it heads into a new direction.

Now if you find yourself interested in the series there is a cheap way to catch up. Mills Creek has put the first 9 movies in one DVD set that you can easily find in the big dump bins. Remember to pack in that many movies the quality is going to suffer. But nevertheless still a good way to start.

If that is not enough is another great place to start.

Source for this article wikkipedia and IMDB  as well as Full Moon Horror.

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