Saturday, June 29, 2013

Things I learned from HANNIBAL

Finally caught up with the season finale of Hannibal which ended with the inevitable. Poor Will Graham. The creator of Pushing Daisies and Heroes, merged his whimsical nature with innermost darkness, and created the most disturbing network show ever broadcast. The harrowing performances from Hugh Dancy (as Will) and Mads Mikkelsen (as Hannibal), the unnerving and ominous soundtrack, the nightmarish visions, and of course, the most brutal deaths combined in one horrific and unforgettable first season. (Thankfully, a last-minute second season renewal was announced after several other networks were interested in taking it over.)

Here are some of the things I learned by watching Hannibal:

1. Edible mushrooms can grow on a human as long as they are covered in a thin layer of manure.
2. Scully's still got it – why doesn't Gillian Anderson have her own show?
3. Violence is on TV is okay unless it's disturbing – then you get yanked from airing in Utah.
4. There are many culinary uses for organs, none of which look appetizing.
5. Lawrence Fishburne can be a good actor in scenes with incredibly talented co-stars.
6. Molly Shannon is downright scary (download the unaired episode 4: Ceuf).
7. Stretched cat guts are used to make stringed instruments.
8. Blackberry phones have incredible stand-by time.
9. If you can't draw a clock face, your brain might be swelling due to an auto-immune syndrome.
10. I finally understand the difference between "sympathy" and "empathy".
11. A Columbian necktie is the nastiest way to die.
12. Cotard's Syndrome is a rare mental disorder that makes you believe you are dead or a ghost.
13. Combing your hair at the wrong time & place can start a fireball.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cursed Egyptian Statue Caught on Film

Hard evidence of the paranormal is seldom found, so when a video as shocking as this one surfaces the assumption is that it's a hoax. In the time-lapse security video, the 4000-year-old statue of Neb-Senu appears to be slowly turning away from spectators from within it's closed case.

The ancient statue, housed at the Manchester Museum in England, was an offering to Osiris, the Egyptian god of death.

"In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit," said caretaker Campbell Price. (Read full article at Gawker.)

However, experts have quickly determined the moment was caused by repeated differential friction caused by the foot traffic or other vibrations from the street. Price refutes the theory citing that the statue had been on display without incident until now. The movement clearly continues even during the still of the night.



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Whodunnit?

ABC's Whodunnit is the most ridiculous thing you'll see on TV this summer. It's a reality competition where a dim-witted cast tries to figure out the clues and solve a weekly muuuurduur. The host and supporting players are hammy and heavy-handed (it worked great for Tim Curry in the 1985 Clue adaptation but here seems so out of place). Part of hosting a successful murder mystery party is having the right mix of guests who will get into the spirit of the game. Unfortunately, the casting here is terrible. As is the ambiance which is ruined by a brightly lit mansion where you'd expect Hugh Hefner to turn the corner at any moment. A dimly lit, gothic Victorian mansion would have been a much better setting. With no stakes or interesting players, the fun is completely drained out. This sort of makes you long for days of Harper's Island.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Super Moon

If the moon looks especially large this weekend, it's because its a lot closer to Earth – 26,465 miles closer to be exact. Take a look at this Huffington Post infographic:






















































Take a picture in the early evening while the moon closest to the horizon for the most dramatic pictures. Remember you will need a tripod, a good telephoto lens, and the ability to shoot in manual mode to adjust settings (such as these):

Canon EOS Rebel XSi: ISO 100, Aperture f/11, Shutter Speed 1/125
Nikon D90 DSLR: ISO 200, Aperture f/11, Shutter Speed 1/250

For more information visit PhotographyLife.com.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Termites Are Monsters

Monsters that eat you from within are the most terrifying because you can't see their handiwork until it's too late. And anyone who says that monsters don't exist clearly haven't dealt with termites. Terminex even has a horrific ad campaign "Termites are Monsters" sure to terrify homeowners – and children – alike. And to make matters worse, scientists recently discovered Cthulhu-like microbes residing inside the guts of termites! Seems like H.P. Lovecraft was right about monsters as well.




I just finished tenting and fumigating my house and although it was a serious pain in the arse, I was able to get some great images for a future Halloween circus theme.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

True Blood Drinks & Bites

Just in time for Sunday's premiere of True Blood, those crazy fangers are at it again with a second (!) volume of recipes from Bon Temps with True Blood Drinks & Bites. Like its predecessor, this is a lavish full-color, hardcover book (in digest size this time) featuring photos and quotes from the show – alongside cocktail and appetizer recipes that look pretty simple and crowd-pleasing. The cocktails feature hipster-approved booze like St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Campari, Lillet Red Vermouth, Chartreuse, Moonshine/Rye Whiskey and an array of bitters, yet there's enough sweetness to please any Southerner. I'm trying the Faerie Blood (a mix of sweet elderflower liqueur and rosé wine), Redhead Refresher (a hibiscus mint tea), and Lou Pine's Special (a ginger beer and blood orange juice concoction). As for the bites, there's some standard fare (Arti-choked-to-death Dip), some fun refinements (Friggin' Pigs in a Blanket), and everyone's favorite treat (Dead Red Cupcakes). As a cookbook its not exactly revolutionary, but I really appreciated the commitment to the concept. The writers have curated a fun, accessible and indispensable collectible for die-hard fans.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Haunting Melissa

Like ghost stories? If so, here's something different: Haunting Melissa is a new "movie" delivered via iPhone/iPad app, one episode at a time. After downloading the free app to your iDevice (sorry Android users) you get immediate access to the first chapter, and the option to purchase new chapters one at a time (99¢ – $1.99 each) or sign up for a season pass (for $14.99). There doesn't seem to be a definitive release schedule – episodes just mysteriously appear – but there will be about 11 episodes total.

Bloody Disgusting reports that this will be an interactive experience:
One of the cooler parts of this whole thing is that the installments change after you watch them. The software recognizes when you’ve seen an installment so the next time you watch it, the experience is different. While the storyline is linear with a beginning, middle and end – there’s a lot of material that fills in and expands the universe, similar to a sandbox video game. You can only play the main narrative, or you can go in for the side stories as well. 
The eerie story concerns Melissa whose recently departed mother may be haunting her after moving to, yes, a cabin in the woods... (well, technically a house in the woods). The production values are good and the actors seem quite invested, two things than can help a horror movie sink or swim. Whether this format will be successful in telling a story remains the biggest mystery.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. Scheduled to open in 2014, presumably in time for the summer crowds, the addition will feature a Leaky Cauldron restaurant, Gringotts Wizarding Bank indoor roller coaster, and shops, of course.

This comes of the heels of the April 23rd official announcement that Harry Potter is also coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. The California site is 1/2 the size of the Florida site, so the West Coast version is not expected to be as large (and will not feature the Dragon Challenge dueling coaster). The opening date remains a secret but estimates have it opening by 2016. Work begins late this summer and the original theme park took 2 1/2 years to build.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Scary Movies & TV: Summer Preview 2013

The summer heat is upon us and what a better way to avoid the fireball in the sky than watching something scary in air-conditined comfort. Take a look at this list of scary movies and TV shows coming this summer. The trend with horror movies continue to be Video On Demand (VOD) releases, and apocalyptic themes. Meanwhile on TV, ghostly paranormal shows are a mainstay.

















Movies
American Mary (VOD, May 30)
V/H/S 2 (VOD, June 6)
The Purge (June 7)
This is the End (June 12)
Hatchet III (VOD, June 14)
World War Z (June 21)
Maniac (VOD, June 21)
Byzantium (VOD, June 28)
Pacific Rim (July 12)
Evil Dead (DVD, July 16)
R.I.P.D. (July 19)
The Conjuring (July 19)
Grabbers (VOD, July 19)
Frankenstien's Army (VOD, July 26)
Europa Report (VOD, August 2)
The World's End (August 22)
The Colony (VOD, August 23)
You're Next (August 23)
Riddick (August 23)
Satanic (August 30)
Insidious 2 (September 6)
Machete Kills (September 13)

TV
Teen Wolf, Season 3 (MTV, premiered June 3)
Paranormal Witness, Season 3 (SyFy, premiered June 5)
Ghost Hunters, Season 9 Mid-Season (Syfy, premieres June 12)
True Blood, Season 6 (HBO, June 16)
Under the Dome, New Series (CBS, June 24)
Killer Contact (formerly Notorious Hauntings), New Series (SyFy, July16)
Haunted Highway, Season 2 (SyFy, July 24)
Face Off, Season 5 (SyFy, August 27)


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Paranormal Witness is back!

Paranormal Witness is arguably the best and most frightening TV show of its kind. Season 3 kicks off tomorrow, June 5th at 10/9C – set your DVR right now! Watch the preview below, find more info and watch full episodes on the SyFy website.