Halloween Ends

Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham, is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all. (source: IMDB)

Once more, we don’t agree with the critics. I had read so many bad things about this movie that I was almost afraid to watch it. While it’s not perfect, it was a nice entry in the franchise and, most importantly, we had a great time watching it.

What we didn’t like: Definitely Jamie Lee Curtis. I know that Laurie vs Jason is pretty much the core of this new trilogy, so she had to be in its final episode, but it’s time that both the actress and the character take a break from the franchise, forever! She’s boring, heavy and kind of disruptive of a nice plot.

What we liked: The romance between Allyson and Corey. Both characters are great and their story is amazing. It was so good that it could have been a movie on its own.

In the end, the mix of the “Laurie & Jason” story with the “Allyson & Corey” romance gave a nice rhythm to the movie. It’s definitely not as good as the original, but it’s much better than Halloween kills. I’m glad that this trilogy could receive a proper ending.

It’s Fucking Halloween!

Being horror fans, Halloween has always been a special day for us. We decorate our table, we eat Sisqi’s infamous pumpkin pastas and we watch horror movies.

This year, we’ll spend our afternoon hunting Baa’l, World of Warcraft’s Secret Demonic Goat. Then, we’ll watch Halloween Ends (which is very scary, not because of the horror, but because of the extremely bad reviews), followed by the new Hellraiser.

When you celebrate Halloween in a country like Belgium, where barely anyone decorates his house and no trick or treating is going on in the streets, you can’t help but feel lonely. That’s why I’ll be playing Caroline Kornstar’s Lonely Halloween until our ears bleed, because something has to bleed on Halloween, right?!

Lego Haunted House

This is a timelapse of us building the LEGO Haunted House (10273). 

We wanted the house to be ready for Halloween but we didn’t think that it would be that big, so we’ve spent the entire 30th of October assembling it. We’ve watched the complete first season of Sulphur Springs on Disney+ (great show), Frankenweenie and Final Destination 3 during the build. 

Just as in the previous timelapse (Building the Falcon), I made the music and I still didn’t have the time to edit the track, I just bounced the loop with Logic Pro. 

The video ends on a picture of the completed house but it doesn’t looks as great as it does in real. Also, it kinda sucks that the video stops so abruptly, I’ll find a way to make it smoother in our next timelapse, which will probably be the new LEGO Christmas House (Santas’s Visit – 10293). I’ve almost spent more time creating the vignette with Affinity photo than making the video on Imovie.

As a side note, I’d like to give a big thumbs up to Affinity Photo which replaces nicely Photoshop. We didn’t renew our Creative Cloud subscription because we want to stay as far from Adobe and it’s subscription system as we can. I don’t really do any in depth photo editing, I mostly use the software to correct the levels and add a stroke around the text. At that level, I don’t have the feeling to have lost anything by leaving Photoshop.

The Wretched

“A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.” (source: IMDB)

The wretched was our main movie for Halloween eve and we’ve enjoyed it. It won’t become a classic in our collection but amidst nowadays drama garbage that poses as horror, The Wretched was a nice movie with a few scares and a good ambiance.

This is horror the way I like it: a b-movie with a creepy vibe that doesn’t pretend to do anything else but to keep us entertained on a Saturday evening. The effects were well done, especially when the monster enters or gets out of the human it uses as a host.

Extra points for the score in the first scene, I actually paused the movie to Shazam the title: Joypopp – Desire (Lueur Verte Remix). It’s always a good sign when a movie starts with a good song…

The Horseman’s Reins

After more than 10 years farming for The Horseman’s Reins, it finally dropped for me today, on Halloween!

Sisqi had hers on her first run, many years ago. This year, I killed the Headless Horseman with 5 different characters each day, and it’s on the last day that it dropped. It’s my RNG Halloween gift and I fucking love it!

Halloween 2020

As I am writing this post, Sof’ is preparing tonight’s pumpkin pasta dinner and we’re watching Frankenweenie on Disney+.

This is just another Halloween, yet it feels very different from the other years, not because of the second Belgian confinement that was announced yesterday (let’s face it, nerds are confined by nature), but because we didn’t take any days off for the occasion since we’re saving them to enjoy an entire month for Christmas and the release of Shadowlands.

However, we’ll still be celebrating this evening with decorations, pumpkin pastas (Sof’s special recipe) and 3 horror movies: Scare Package, The Wretched and The Mortuary Collection.

This morning, I stumbled on a very fitting video for a Halloween in confinement:

So, enjoy the creepiest night of the year, even if you’re celebrating alone.

Halloween 2019

This year for Halloween, I had prepared our traditional pumpkin oven pasta in the morning. We eat this dinner every year on Hallow’s Eve, the celebration wouldn’t be the same without. We had to skip on it last year since there weren’t any good pumpkins to be found due to the lingering drought after the summer heatwave. What blasphemy, but this year my secret recipe was back on the menu.

Around 5 PM, we started watching Halloween 1978, the number one slasher classic of all time. The fact that it’s the best of its kind, and that it takes place on Halloween, makes this movie the perfect choice for a horror night opening.

After that, we watched some episodes of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. One while the pasta was in the oven, and the next while we were eating.

With our bellies full with pumpkin delight, we crashed in the couch to watch Annabelle Comes Home. As I expected, it was great, I’ve always been a fan of the movies inspired by Ed & Lorraine Warrens’ case files. I always wondered while watching The Conjuring, what would happen if some one would break into their room full of cursed and haunted objects. Well, it may not have been a burglary, but I think that I got my question answered.

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll – IMDb

Anyway, after the movie, both my husband and I noticed that the lights in our haunted houses display all went out simultaneously. You have to know that they all are on batteries and aren’t linked in any way. I know that there probably is a logical explanation, but it just added to the spooky factor.

We were kind of tired after all that, but couldn’t resist watching the season finale of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This must be one of my favourite tv-shows ever created. It’s eye-candy, the casting is fantastic (Miranda Otto, Michelle Gomez,…), they don’t hesitate to go dark where it’s supposed to be, and it’s about witches. I love witch themed movies (actually, everything), especially when they’re not afraid to go evil. The only thing that got me a little bit baffled was that weird singing scene at the end, but other than that the show was wicked!

This Halloween was one of the best celebrations we had so far, I absolutely loved it! Somehow I’m sad it’s over, but still 12 days of holidays left for me so, I’m leaving the deco up until then. Halloween isn’t over until I say it’s over, muahahahaha.

Annabelle Comes Home

What makes a celebration better some years than others? I have no idea but yesterday’s Halloween night was a great one.

Inge had spent her morning preparing her infamous Pumpkin Pastas, so we would just have to warm them up later… Not only is it the most Halloweenish meal possible but it is also a real delight!

We started our horror spree by watching Halloween (1978), which remains the best slasher ever made. I just love everything, the setting, the ambiance, the music and the actors. It’s the perfect movie to start a great Halloween night.

We then watched 2 episodes of last season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I won’t get too much in the details now because that TV Show is so incredibly good that it deserves its own blog post. Let’s just say that I’m becoming a great fan of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Our main movie for the night was Annabelle Comes Home and I loved it. While being more softcore than the usual Conjuring movies, Annabelle was great and gave us a few welcome jump scares on this scary night. I was happy to see an entire movie about the safe room of the Warrens, even if that room probably deserves more than a single movie. I was also very happy to see the couple Farmiga-Wilson, I kinda grew attached to them.

Something weird happen during the movie though… As we were watching Annabelle, the candle lights reached their ends one after another, which is normal since they had been burning for hours. What was not normal however, is that the lights inside of our electric decorations (see picture) were also all turned off. When we checked, the buttons were still on the “ON” positions. Also, the batteries were new, I had placed them myself. So, or we’ve been visited last night, or those electric decorations have a secret auto-off mode (which is not documented anywhere, I just checked).

Halloween 2019 was a great one and I’m already sad that it is over. We won’t remove the decorations before the end of our holidays (still 11 days, yeah!).

Anyway, when you’re a horror fan, it’s a bit Halloween all year.

Trick ‘r Treat

The time has finally come, Chris and I are at the beginning of our three weeks autumn holidays. We’ve been counting down to this moment for almost a year so, let the spooky time begin!

Last night we kicked off our favourite season with a re-run of Trick ‘r Treat. This movie is one of my favourite Halloween themed stories ever created. It may not be the most scary of all, but it captures the spirit of Halloween perfectly.

Instead of writing a review or something like that, here are some fun facts I’ve found about the movie:

  • Characters from each story are frequently seen in the background of stories they are not involved with. This is to help piece together the chronology of the movie.
  • Most of the Jack O’ Lanterns were made out of either foam or ceramic. An on-set joke was that no pumpkins were harmed during the making of this movie.
  • Little people were used to fill in for kids trick or treating, since this film was shot mainly at night and real kids could not work these hours.
  • Anna Paquin’s character “Laurie” is named after Laurie Strode from the 1978 Halloween film.

And, that’s it folks! Cheers to the most creepy and spooky 2019 Halloween holidays!

Halloween 2019

It’s holiday time! Every year, Inge and I wait for October before taking any day off. It’s a long wait but, when it finally starts, we get a few weeks around Halloween and nearly a month for Christmas.

We’re not fans of travels… Home is where it happens for us. We load our PCs and consoles with games, we keep the good TV shows, we prepare a list of movies (entirely horror around Halloween), and we get comic books. In short, we become geek hermits for a few weeks.

So, expect a lot of posts in the coming weeks because I’ll finally be doing my stuff without having to deal with that nightmare they call real life.

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