Wow, I’m going to really have to step up my game. Halloween is coming up sooner than I thought! I’m going to post every day, I know that. I’ve had lots of ideas for the month of October. Yeah, it took me a couple weeks to realize we were well into October—hey, every month is sorta Halloween when you’re a horror fan!* Then October shows up and kicks the fucking door open. I love all the horror releases this time of year. Plus, we’re seeing Sinister at some point over the weekend, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Trying not to get my hopes too high, I just want to see a decent horror movie in a full theater –especially one that earns a couple genuine screams.
Here’s how that came to happen. A friend comped us tickets for a Patton Oswalt show at a semi-local casino, which was already a great night. I played a nickel slot machine—oh yeah, I’m a REAL high roller when I’m broke. While we were waiting my for last comped drink, I told my husband (not for the first time this week, either), “GOD I want to see Sinister, it got really, really good reviews,” not really expecting him to go for it when money is so tight.
Him: Nope, we can’t.
Me: But it’s not found footage.
Him: It got two and a half stars in the Seattle Times.
Me: Yeah? Did [name of reviewer who I tend to dislike for reasons I’m not going to go into here, redacted] review it?
Him: (shakes head “no”)
Me: Because [redacted] hates horror movies. I don’t give a fuck what [redacted] says.
Him: Not going to happen.
Me: I can’t see it by myself, I know I’m going to scream a couple of times and that’s, like, really embarrassing when you’re sitting alone, even if you’re a chick.
Him: (I can’t remember, I’d had three comped lemon martinis and was feeling no pain, probably him patiently explaining to me again why we can’t).
Me: OK, not to jinx it, if I win enough to pay for the tickets for us? Then we’re going.
Full of confidence and comped drinks, I picked a slot machine called “Haunted House”. Yep, that’s where I’m sitting till I lose my money. Twenty minutes later, I won enough to go see Sinister. Woooo! I was waving my arms around like Kermit The Frog after he introduces a guest on The Muppet Show and hugging everyone I knew. My ecstatic reaction wasn’t due so much to the fact that it was the first time in my life I actually came out a little ahead on a slot machine (though they were probably thinking ‘that’s not a big enough win to get that excited about’) but because I wouldn’t have to wait for Sinister to show up on DVD in six months. OK, and those fine comped lemon martinis contributed some to that reaction, too.
Back to Halloween, I was thinking of posting one scary movie review a day, then one very scary short a day, but I’ve been searching around and saving all the most frightening horror shorts over the last couple months, and so far I’ve only got a dozen or so good enough and scary enough to post. I don’t want to use them all up in a row, then have the rest of the year be boring. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, and I’m hoping I can apply myself enough to write a recap/review of American Horror Story: Asylum every week. Oh, and Halloween weekend–or on Halloween if I can get the timing right– I’ll post the scariest J-horror short of the month, if not the year.
Also, I’m either going to put up a FAQ page or a Q&A page to the site. I look at the WordPress dashboard when I check my stats every day to see what Google search terms were used, and while some of them are really disturbing— “free snuff movie real blood” —is one of the ones that makes me glad I coughed up a little extra money to stay mostly anonymous on the blog— other are questions I instantly know the answers to. Here’s an example. Search term: who ripped off yokos jaw in grudge. Kayako Saeki, in the attic! Search term: what are some fuckedup scary movies from france Answer: Frontier/s, Martyrs, and Inside to start. Don’t watch them all in a row, or even on concurrent nights, though…
Anyway, if you want to see more of something, tell me. I’ll post a poll later. Thanks to every single person who has checked out the site when I told them about it, ANYONE who has left a comment, and you know what? Thanks to every single person who has been here (especially regularly –I hate to sound sappy, but it always makes me smile, even on a shitty day). Plus, if you have a question —pretty much ANY question— about a horror movie,** I’m your online go-to woman!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot the point of this post— Horror Boom is now on Facebook (under “Horror Boom”, with the explode-y vector that’s the featured image of this post, plus the monster-hand-in-the-popcorn-box photo below. You’ll know it when you see it. If you’re on Facebook and want to give Horror Boom a ‘like’, it’d be really cool of you and appreciated. Right now there’s three likes, and one is my brother (thanks bro, I know you’re not a horror fan). If you hate Facebook and don’t want anything to do with it, I totally understand and certainly would not even consider asking you to join just to like Horror Boom. Just saying, if you’re already there and have a minute, please check it out. Thanks to Andrew for the first like, by the way. All you guys rock!
Scariest Short Horror Movie of the Week will be posted soon…
*Especially these election year Halloweens!
**or horror-related book, or comic, or icon, or TV series, or …okay, you get the idea.
- Ethan Hawke Talks About Finally Making His Horror Movie Debut In Sinister (kroq.cbslocal.com)
- Top 10 Halloween Events (essentialtravel.co.uk)
- Halloween Horror Movie Month: Sinister (2012) (dtmmr.com)
- Inspiration: Horror Movies (gweberblog.wordpress.com)
haha your story was really funny made me laugh and congratulations for winning
enough money to go see Sinister!
I cant wait for halloween!
this is halloween this is halloween pumpkins scream in the dead of night this is
halloween this is halloween trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright!
plus, it’s a Dead Man’s Party. ;). We saw Sinister tonight and it while didn’t totally “fuck me up”, (I had a couple minor pet peeves) right now I don’t feel sleepy at all, scariest movie I’ve seen in a theater for a long time. It was frightening and I let four screams out that were so loud my throat hurts a little! Shit, I should get a job screaming, I sounded like that kid unfolding from the box having a night terror (from the trailer). I’m screamed pretty loud in movies before, but I when I screamed in this, at least twice my hands flew up around my face grabbing each side of my head, like a leading lady in an Alfred Hitchcock movie screaming when she finds a dead body or right before she gets stabbed. I didn’t do it on purpose, just happened. As we were leaving I semi-jokingly apologized to the other couples ‘sorry about the screaming, that was me, heh-heh’, and several of the GUYS said, “That’s OK, I didn’t hear it because I was screaming myself.” Scariest US horror release since Insidious (I’m only counting things I saw in a theater), though this one was way darker. I’d give it a B+ and don’t regret shelling out the $ to see it in the theater.