Category Archives: Halloween

No Guests Like Gnomes for the Holidays

I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone else who’s played the Sims games that they’re incredibly addictive and time-consuming. I’ll generally set goals for when I’ll take a break or at least switch households, but then I often find … Continue reading

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Bread Dead Redemption

Today is All Souls’ Day in the Catholic liturgical calendar, and the Day of the Dead in Mexico (which I think is actually two days; this is the second one). I never knew that much about either holiday, but I … Continue reading

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The Babysitter Murders

I don’t like to do two movie review posts in a row, but since Halloween is over now, I might as well get this out as soon as I can. There are spoilers for the whole Halloween series, but hopefully … Continue reading

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Creature Features

It’s time for this October’s round-up of horror movies. There are some spoilers within, although most of them are for movies from the eighties. The Dead Zone – Christopher Walken gets brain damage and gains psychic powers when he touches … Continue reading

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A Foray Into Animated Enchantresses

A few days ago, Tavie brought up how both Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons have witches named Witch Hazel, both voiced by June Foray, and said I should write a post about that. From the brief research I did, it … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Feed the Ghosts

Hungry ghosts are a Buddhist concept, but they’ve spread into other East Asian religious traditions as well. The Sanskrit term for this kind of spirit is preta, which basically means “departed.” The Chinese name for them, èguǐ, means “hungry ghost,” … Continue reading

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Month of Macabre Movies

My wife is a big fan of horror movies, and while we watch them throughout the year, she particularly likes to concentrate on them just before Halloween. So here are the horror and horror-adjacent films we saw this October: Bride … Continue reading

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