Horror Boom Wishes You A Happy Haunted Mansion Halloween …With This Video!

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If you’re not quite feeling the Halloween spirit, this will do it for you… especially if you watched Disney‘s “Night On Bald Mountain” (from Fantasia), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (also the Disney version), or “The Skeleton Dance” (very old-school Disney cartoon) growing up. Oh, and if you could get in that Doom Buggy 100 times in a row and still be in heaven every time, you’ll dig this even more.

There’s lots of Disney’s Haunted Mansion compilation tributes up on You Tube with various clips, but this one is by far the best… plus you get a little peek at the Grand Ballroom, and this awesome room which is my sentimental favorite (even though there’s no projections, just animatronics. Every part of the ride is breath-taking, but this part? I’m strangely sentimental about “the Conservatory”:

Lemme outta here!

Lemme outta here!

Even had the “Sounds of the Haunted Mansion” LP on VINYL, which I greatly regret losing my original copy of (probably in the third grade or so).  Next time we go to Disneyland, I’m picking up that cool-ass “Haunted Mansion” poster (the original one advertising it, with the Hitch-Hiking Ghosts). Check out the Related Articles section at the bottom, it’s PACKED with awesome Haunted Mansion-related goodies to read!

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Halloween came and went so damn fast this year. Oh well, there’s always” room for one more”…

Hurry baaaaaack... Hurry baaaaack...

Hurry baaaaaack… Hurry baaaaack…

 Happy Halloween
…From Your Fiends At Horror Boom!

‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy on the latest ‘Coven’ and ‘the most shocking thing we’ve ever done’ — EXCLUSIVE

MAN, the American Horror Story team really steps up their game for Halloween! Plus, next week is part two… and I’ve got a pretty good idea of who gets burned at the stake!


See The Spooky Subliminal Image In The American Horror Story Coven E03 Preview For “The Replacements” Yet? (SPOILER)

We did see it …but it took us a couple of days to realize that it was in the preview only, and not the episode. Because I was lucky enough to hit “pause” at the exact right moment on the You Tube promo, the image (also above) doesn’t exactly look subtle at first glance:AHSCsubminalflashmadison.pngIt’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot, but if you’re looking for it, you can catch it in the You Tube promo below (at approximately 14 seconds in):

Okay, so pretty cool-looking, right? Here’s the thing: it’s not in the actual episode that aired on October 23rd. All you see is the curtains bursting into angry, spreading flames, and then this shot of Madison Montgomery:

Screen shot 2013-10-30 at 6.11.58 AMIf if you’ve seen the episode, you know what happens to Madison in the last 30 seconds of “The Replacements”: Fiona cuts her throat, and the movie-star witch (who may or may not have been the new Supreme to replace Fiona) crumples to the ground, landing on a rug (that now needs its own replacement), apparently dead. I say “apparently dead” because …well, if you’re an American Horror Story fan, you know people and things we were positive were dead–and some officially pronounced dead and awaiting burial–have a way or returning when and how you least expect it.

Just a fun little subliminal message, or a ‘Easter Egg‘, from Ryan Murphy and Co.? We’re sure it is. Will it be repeated in future previews to clue in careful watchers to an upcoming death? We’re pretty sure it won’t. I’m pretty sure at least one person is going to be killed in “Fearful Pranks Ensue”, the Halloween episode airing Wednesday the 30th, and there’s nothing even close to it in the preview for the new episode. No skulls, anyway.  We’ll sure as hell be keeping a sharp eye out, though!

By the way, we heard from someone who has seen the Halloween-themed upcoming episode (less than 24 hours away) and it is supposed to be f*cking EPIC even by American Horror Story standards!  We usually try not to get our hopes up when we hear things like this, but on this one? We’re not going to even bother trying, because we know it won’t be disappointing …in fact, we’re counting on it blowing us away! Even though E05 is titled, “Burn Witch Burn”, Ryan Murphy has referred to the next two episodes as a “Halloween two-parter.” Here’s the synopsis from NEXT week’s episode (and it does sound like a two-parter, I’m sure with various insane cliffhangers that make all of us scream in frustration)


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Burn, Witch. Burn!

Besieged by Marie Laveau‘s army, Zoe unleashes a new power. Fiona and Myrtle clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts. (Airs November 6th)


So did you catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flash in the preview for ‘The Replacements’, or not notice it until we pointed it out?

Cult horror flick ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ gets a sequel: Michael Dougherty previews what’s next for Sam — EXCLUSIVE

oh HELL YES! Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat was robbed by not getting a theatrical release. I don’t see how any horror fan–especially one that grew up in the 80s–could not absolutely LOVE it. Even if the sequel doesn’t get a theatrical release, we’re just levitating at the fact a sequel may be happening.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ TV show boosts tourism in real Sleepy Hollow

COPYRIGHT FOR FEATURED IMAGE ABOVE: Francesco Francavilla, ©2010. Check out his awesome blog, Pulp Sunday, right here. If you’re the author and want the image removed, please contact us and the webmaster (me) will take it down. Also, your art is pretty goddamned cool and I’d buy a giant print of that Headless Horseman art if I had any disposable income.

ANYWHERE that says, “Halloween is our Christmas” gets our business. Maybe we’ll even check out the TV show.   I’ve got to watch the Tim Burton flick, but not unless it’s daylight out.

[Tim Burton rave/rant/geek-out ahead, warning.] Remember when any Tim Burton movie automatically would be worth standing in line in the rain to buy advance tickets or for a sneak preview (which we actually did for Batman in 1989–the one line that was closest to a campout , with my best friend at the time–Ed Wood, and Mars Attacks)?  Add up the number of times I’ve sat through all three, especially the latter two–mostly with the ‘other half’ of Horror Boom, my husband–all three of them and it’s over three figures. And I’m not apologizing for that, goddammit! Ever! Mars Attacks had me practically levitating in my theater seat! That’s got tons of the coolest fucking things I’ve ever seen! Ed Wood is genius, and may have tanked at the box office, but my husband and I, along with the rest of the crowd at the midnight showing we waited three hours standing in on-off drizzling rain, roared through the whole thing!  Some people who were big fans of Ed Wood Jr. shouted out lines of dialogue (“You see? Your stupid, stupid minds! Stupid!” and Lugosi’s “Bevare… take care… bevare” among others). Have you ever been to a movie premiere where no-one had seen even a clip from the movie and yelled out lines of dialogue correctly? Maybe a few who are as big of movie geeks  cinephiles as we are (who are reading this right now), but it’s something that hasn’t happened much with the general public!  I watched my copy of Mars Attacks! on the horrible historical afternoon of 9/11 just to get my mind off it for even five minutes, and it worked for the whole running time, which is even more of a compliment to the movie when you consider that it features scenes of famous landmarks being attacked …probably because a flying saucer with 50s-style Martians was much more cheerful and campy an attack! What, are some hipsters going to make fun of me? Fine! OK, I don’t even know who I’m yelling at anymore here, or why, that’s how pumped up those get me. Ever since the Planet of the Apes remake, it’s been hit-or-miss.  I tried to like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sitting there in the theater the Friday it opened, I really did, I didn’t even bother reading a review, thinking at the time Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, how could this possibly go wrong?  I barely, barely made it through Alice in Wonderland, and that was for free on premium cable. AND I  tried (unsuccessfully) not to reach for my device to play Angry Birds. Dark Shadows? CGI everywhere… I own a coffee table book on Mars Attacks! and back in the mid-90s, Burton wanted the Martians to be a combination of animatronics and stop-motion, but finally had to very grudgingly cave when the studio insisted on CGI.  He’s capable of being the Tim Burton everyone (of a certain age) fell in love with, but Frankenweenie seems like the exception, not the rule. Same with The Corpse Bride, the last Burton movie to give me a genuine smile. What the hell happened? [end of rant/rave regarding Tim Burton]

OK, I wandered a bit there, but it’s just such a drag you can’t count on him anymore. Instead I’ll enjoy the great movies over and over… starting with Sleepy Hollow.


The Creepy Merryville Brothers (on SNL) Wish You a Happy Halloween–Again!

Here’s a re-blog of one of our favorite pieces. As we sat earlier, watching the lackluster Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live, I remembered how, a year ago, one of the funniest sketches of the last few years aired. Naturally, at the time I had to put it up. Damn, The Maryville Brothers hold up to repeated viewings! Having a shitty day? Not quite into the Halloween spirit yet? This’ll turn things around for you! Do yourself a favor and check it out–it’s worth the extra mouse click.

Oh, and Thursday night, NBC is running a prime-time Halloween special that includes the sketch –we’ll be there!


Unfortunately I can’t embed this, but it’s worth watching. If you haven’t seen the “Merryville Brothers” skits on Saturday Night LiveScreencrush.com describes them pretty well in their story about Tom Hanks making a surprise cameo on SNL last Saturday (their Halloween episode):

The sketch begins with the welcome return of the creepy/hilarious animatronic figures known as the “Merryville Brothers” and initially follows the format of their previous appearance in almost every way. A couple  finds themselves stranded in an amusement park haunted house, right next to the those creepy robots who grow increasingly threatening every time they’re activated. Even without its big celebrity cameo, the entire scene is still fantastic — we could watch the terrible/amazing pantomiming of the Merryville Brothers all day.

Yes! I agree. I cracked up the first time I saw them (could have sworn this was the third time they appeared, not the second)…

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TVLine’s Performer of the Week: Jessica Lange

SInce Mrs. Horror Boom here is still writing the piece on episode 23, “The Replacements”, here’s an awesome piece to hold you over by TVLine about Jessica Lange‘s standout performance (as usual) this week on American Horror Coven. Supreme.

Review: We Are What We Are will leave your stomach in knots

We trust Ryan (and Jim Mickles, the director of this well-reviewed remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name). Check this baby out!

It’s another remake but it’s a brilliant one. Jim Mickle’s patience with We Are What We Are turns the film into a slow-burning nightmare that makes up in its lack of scares with a jaw-dropping final act that will leave you speechless. The film centers around the Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

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‘American Horror Story:’ Ryan Murphy on the latest ‘Coven,’ minotaur sex and next week’s introduction of…zombies! — EXCLUSIVE

EW: What can you say about next week’s episode?
Episode four is called “Fearful Pranks Ensue.” Kathy Bates is very confused about Halloween and when she finds out its Halloween she wants to go out and burn a bonfire in the front yard to keep the evil spirits away. We’re doing a real Marie Laveau/white zombie tribute. I recently watched again that movie I Walked with a Zombie. I always loved that movie and the voodoo zombies are very different from The Walking Dead zombies. It’s a very gripping two-parter.   -From the EW.com piece

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There’s old-school Romero zombies, and then there’s the original REALLY old-school voodoo zombies. We cannot freaking WAIT! Stay tuned for more! Oh, and those of us who read the Ryan Murphy post-episode interviews have learned the hard way that he should give his OWN spoiler alerts for upcoming episodes; he told us last week (maybe earlier) that Fiona was going to kill one of the students whose powers exceeded hers. As soon as she started being friendly to Madison, we–and probably everyone else who read it–knew. Oh well, it was still an amazing episode. Plus, the American Horror Story Halloween episode NEVER fails to blow us away and put us in the Halloween spirit (even if we thought our spirit couldn’t get any more enthusiastic). And wow, tonight’s episode was SICK! I mean, really sick. I’m glad I skipped the Jiffy Pop snack while watching…

‘American Horror Story’: Was [SPOILER] really killed off on the latest ‘Coven?!’

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Forget Madison (though she is entertaining to watch), I’m seriously concerned about Queenie!