OK, so first, I know the ads that cover up the images are really annoying.We ain’t too thrilled with them either.
The deal with that is, Horror Boom applied over six months ago to be part of this new program (owned by WordPress). Since our site has sidebars, we never had a problem with ads being inserted. We pay extra for some premium WP services like customization, but no extra $ to keep the site ad-free. Since my gig of freelance writing jobs are hard to come by these days (well, ones that actually pay you. Plenty of places would be cool with me writing internet content for free) we’ve been looking for ways to monetize the site without turning into a huge whore with pop-ups everywhere, etc.
So we joined the program, and at first there’d just be some ad at the very end of the post. Then about…pfft… six weeks ago, ads by a service called ‘Luminate’ started covering up the bottom half of images. Since sometimes our pieces and posts are image-heavy, this looks tacky. You can sort of see through them and you can click the X to close them and see a normal view of the image, but that’s a tiny X. Funny co-incidence, about the same time our number of visitors per day got cut down by about 30%, according to our stats! I know from my years of working for Amazon.com that even one extra click can cost you a sale/reader. I’m not calling you guys lazy, but you get the idea. I finally got fed up when the previous post on The Green Inferno had a gallery that took a while for me to assemble, only for each of the dozen or more images to have an ad over it. Sheeeit.
I also, when I applied for the program, agreed not to advertise for ANYTHING else. That’s sort of a problem since I’ve been working on building up an Amazon store, a we’ve officially been Amazon Associates for over a year. We also can’t put up the shops connected to CafePress of Zazzle that feature shirts with horror-themed designs (mostly obscure references that only horror fans will get, a small niche, but we still worked hard in Photoshop constructing them).
So, we’re sorry. We’re looking at other options. Hey, if you have a site/blog yourself and have any suggestions or tips, great.
We’re still working on the FAQ, but in the meantime, we’d love some feedback. This is a site by horror fans for horror fans, and we want you to enjoy your visits to Horror Boom. So, there’s the poll below. If you want to contact us directly with feedback, email us as always via Gmail, user name horrorboom (not case-sensitive). We check for comments regularly too. Actually, more regularly than email.
The poll should take less than a minute. We’ll assume you want to see less invasive ads unless we hear otherwise. What do you want more of?
We left room for more than one answer, plus you can write your own answer. Hell, use the comment section if you want (I didn’t have room for ‘More spoilers’ for instance. Elaborate all you want, and there’s the email address, too.
Thanks for your time, and look for a ‘Scariest Short Horror Film Of The Week’ in a couple of days (of this writing)!
Yeah, yeah, we notice it too. The color scheme has gone from simple to what is probably a pain in the ass to read, and half the widgets are gone. So, we, what happened was, we saw a new theme and went to do a “live demo” on Word Press (which we’ve done many times before, whimsically and successfully), and hit the wrong button (“Activate”) by mistake. The system too this very seriously and changed the theme. When we changed it back, the color scheme, customization, and pretty much everything except the title and the posts were ALL GONE! We’ve been re-building it for hours, and it’s getting light out, so we’re gonna have to leave the colors like this for now, because that one is the biggest pain in the ass to restore. Oh, and we saw that the “countdown” boxes are completely black, too. Sorry. Thanks for bearing with us while we restore it.
Stay scared, and don’t forget the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad premiere tonight, August 11th! We know what’s in the cold open, and it’ll freak you the hell out, yo!
“My rewritten lyrics to Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” should have been the theme song for Barricade, easily one of my least favorite horror movie experiences of the past year. A tedious and muddled mess boasting an ending so lame it made me reconsider how hard I was on The Devil Inside.”
-from the Barricade Review by Foywonder on DreadCentral.com
So, Mrs. Horror Boom has been having a rough month (as you can see from the almost bare-minimum amount of posts/pieces the last few weeks)* and watching as much as possible when she can for the entertainment and escapism value. Today I saw The Day (2012), which I was expecting to be about a 5/10 tops, with what I’d heard was a couple unexpected turns and some good acting from Ashley Bell (AKA, the actress whose amazing acting performance was the best thing inThe Last Exorcism and the… OK, the only redeeming quality of The Last Exorcism 2). I admit, also heard there was at least one giant-sized, “HOAH!“** contained.
I’ll elaborate with my review later, but I was pleasantly (if you can describe a bleak post-apocalyptic horror/thriller movie with that adverb) surprised. Ashley Bell’s acting was nothing short of amazing (she may well have stolen the movie) and even though she plays a very stoic, tough woman who doesn’t speak one word more than she needs to, and makes some possibly questionable choices to survive, I was rooting for her to survive the movie. When I was briefly skimming some reviews before putting it in my Netflix DVD queue, I happened across a spoiler that some inconsiderate bastard didn’t feel it was worth the extra three-second hassle it would have taken them to put a spoiler warning in front of, even though it happens at the climax of the movie. Fortunately, they mixed up the characters in question, so it was still a jaw-dropper… and a pretty fucking awesome one.
This is the well-reviewed movie, not to be confused with the terrible “Barricade”.
I’d give The Day 7/10, only taking it down from an 8/10 because it was one of those bleak/dark movies the film-makers decide to bleach nearly all the color out of (à la 30 Days of Night, I’m too tired right now to look up the technical name of the process) expect for one flashback scene and adding some slight color to a couple other scenes, which isn’t a favorite choice of mine. Though in the filmmaker’s defense, I’m pretty sure in this case it was no avoid an NC-17 rating, because it is a violent, bloody movie, most of the gore coming from two or more humans trying to kill (and in one nasty case, torture) one another to survive. None of it is exploitational or really unnecessary, it fits in the plot and is earned, rather than just gore for the sake of gore. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Grand Guignol, as long as there’s some sense of showmanship about it, done right.
OK, I’ll save a longer review for later, but I do recommend The Day, especially if you like the survivalist genre, realistically tough chicks, and a clever script where the choices characters make are ones you could see yourself making. ANYWAY! The DVD rental showed a decent-looking preview for the movie Barricade, and it actually looked like a potential decent rental with a couple creepy moments in the preview. Not a lot of plot background, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Turns out in this case, it does!
“Detailed” plot synopsis from the IMDB, which doesn’t exactly set you on fire to see the thing in the first place:
This movie is about the Shade family, a year after the death of the mother/wife Leah, the husband and father (Eric McCormack) and his two children go to a cabin retreat in the mountains. While there they are tormented by visions and happenings that start to scare them. But are these incidents real or in their minds? The father feels compelled to barricade them in the cabin in order to keep them safe. But will it work out?
No, no it probably won’t work out, for them or the audience. Oh, and the Parent’s Guide (contributed to by one of those neuters individuals that lists a man not wearing a shirt or a woman wearing a bikini, under “sex/nudity” …sigh) lists the following under ‘Violence/Gore’:
A younger man rough-houses an elderly man. There are sounds of someone in pain being heard frequently throughout the residence.
Oh, I don’t know if even us jaded horror buffs have the stomach to experience that! Inside (2007) and Hatchet 2 (2010) were one thing, but rough-housing is where I have to draw the line! Anyway, I had a dim memory that I may have been strongly warned against it, but since I could have confused it with a similarly-titled movie, I headed to trusty Dread Central (after seeing a 4.3 average on the IMDB) and discovered this hilarious review. Check it out below if you want a good laugh!
I don’t know, this looks like it might be a little bit too scary for us…
*Sorry for the skimpy content, an old friend had a very sudden, serious medical crisis last month and passed this week. Hard to focus much on anything and both all of us at Horror Boom appreciate your patience – and thanks to those of you who sent kinds words.
**We’ve also heard this described as a “Holy Fucking Shit Moment” (or HFS moment, depending how easily offended the person you’re discussing it with is) Moment. Once we figured out how to spell it phonetically to exactly reproduce it, though, we like to use it a lot more. Example- audience reaction to a bus/car/truck coming speeding into frame out of nowhere suddenly and mowing down a character, often when they have just finished (or are even in the middle of) a sentence, sometimes causing them to more or less explode on impact. “HOAH!”
Hey! Here’s a little update, that I might not bother with if it wasn’t going to be such a busy and writing-intensive week. Grrr, shitty timing.
So I got up today (ironically looking forward to all the posts this week that would focus on Mama and American Horror Story), pretty much injured myself right out of the starting gate when I went to get the mail, turned around and saw, out of the blue, one of our more curious indoor cats sticking her head out the open door and getting that look cats get right before they make a really ambitious and possibly dangerous leap without sizing things up first (if you’ve ever owned a cat, especially a kitten, you know that exact intense, wild, I’m going for this and seeing what happens later-type of look). By instinct, I then did a clumsy sort of horizontal dive to get her back inside, next thing I know I’m (unintentionally) hitting at the indoor tile entryway and breaking my fall with my left hand, knees, and right foot. I swear that at one point before I hit, my entire body lost contact with the ground.* Banged up two fingers on my left hand– not badly enough to go to the doctor, but enough I had to ice my hand (and one of my knees) on and off all day and evening. Took some Aleve, enough for my hand not to bother me if I time it right and type in shorter bursts, but typing longer than 20 minutes doesn’t feel so great for now.
That’s my explanation to you about the usually American Horror Story Asylum post-episode piece (for the episode “Spilt Milk”) probably being late or last-minute this week (those always take the most time, and typing). I made it to Lana’s tense, then triumphant exit from Briarcliff, then OUUUCH. Hopefully it’ll just be had today and tomorrow, then improve, because we have a post-packed week…
Obviously my hand looks nothing like this (not the most realistic practical joke prop)
Good news is, I have a bunch of cool new Mama links and coverage I can pass on to everyone. Among the cool shit is a rare interview with Javier Botet (the very talented, tall and skinny actor who plays the title character in Mama and brought the all-too-memorable as The Medieros Girl –AKA the Attic Monster– in the scariest found-footage movie ever put to film to date, Spain’s [REC] , to life– if you can call it that), and the only formal review I’ve found after scouring online for one, that gives a bit more of the plot set-up …and yeah, it’s a great review) that won’t take a ton of typing.
So keep your eyes peeled for Mama coverage and a couple of polls, plus coverage of American Horror Story Asylum’s penultimate episode (sniffle) “Continuum” airing this week, and the finale next week, titled “Madness Ends”.
Lights! I’m off to find more Aleve. Thanks for being patient…
*I guess I’ve seen that Mama TV spot too many times and subconsciously forgot I can’t whoosh around like that thing does when someone tries to get between her and her kids, or if they’re in danger.
That… just… fucking …wow. We here at Horror Boom were so stunned (mostly by finding out the real reason the writers had Sister Jude refer to that spiral staircase in the main lobby of Briarcliff as “The Staircase to Heaven)” while taking notes on The Name Game (Episode 10, aired January 2nd at 10:00 PM on FX), that they didn’t come out looking too organized. Usually we’ll start by getting out our comically thick notebook and writing down the title of the episode, then under that, a list of 1-10 “Things We Learned” to fill in. This time it came out looking like the things Mrs. Horror Boom kept loudly telling the TV. Well, it was a toss-up whether I spent more of my time watching Episode Ten with A. my jaw agape (not unlike our cats do when they see a jumbo-sized bird out on the deck and just sit there indoors, ten feet away, wide-eyed and frozen like statues, so dazzled they keep forgetting to close their mouths) or B. exclaiming profanities loudly enough everyone in the house can hear.
So since that episode was just the slightest bit dark (other than the choreographed go-go dance and song number to, gee, what was the song again …The Name Game, which was hilarious and sure kept things interesting) with what, two BIG character deaths and something like five Raspers executed suddenly but efficiently by Dr. Nazi, we could use a giggle. So we took photos of my four pages of notes, and you may notice that my composure slipped just the tiniest bit…
Here’s #1 still starting out by taking notes i s traditional manner:
then it escalates FAST. P2 of notes:
Then I seriously forgot I was supposed to take notes, but did it on autopilot or something…
“Oh no oh no oh no” = Thredson pulling the reel, wrapped in a blanket, from the secret hiding space, “oh YES!” = “I don’t want to ruin it for you, but Spot jumps.”
and finally, when Dr.Nazi says goodbye and closes the door behind them…
How I managed to cheer and write at the same time, I still have no idea!
First, a quick site update (more to come). So, the holidays came so fast our ‘Christmas/Holiday Countdown’ consisted of exactly two holiday-themed posts (one, if you don’t count the actual Christmas greeting that contained this commercial). We were planning a sorta “Twelve Days Of Christmas” countdown. Even had notes jotted down for this grandiose scheme. Example- On the first day of Christmas, Horror Boom gave to Me- The Collector’s Backstory! On the second day, two reasons to avoid escalators (clip from Terror Firmer, Final Destination 4 clip) etc. all the way up to “Ten Dr. West jokes” and “Twelve Romero Zombie Kills”. That turned out to be waaaaaay too ambitious. First problem, we came up with the idea ten days before Christmas, before we even wrote anything. OK, let’s see, we could retro-post a few of them, let’s get working on that, first we got to take care of holiday shopping, but now we can catch up and (blink) oh, hey! It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow! Shit, we gotta get started on our wrapping! (blink) Wow, we need to send thank-you notes for those cool gifts.
OK, on to that 2013 projects/movies list!
So, we were chatting with friends and started naming off our top five we were drooling to see. I went to jot them down, and realized there were ten movies we were all hopped up for. Mrs. Horror Boom here got an actual adrenaline rush just writing the complete list down and seeing all ten at once. OK, if you want to get technical, one item on the list are the final four episodes of a certain TV show (that will air starting January second), but we doubt we’ll get complaints on that, judging from the fact at least 50% of our traffic come from various American Horror Story Asylum-related searches (especially those tagged with “Pinhead Pepper”).
We couldn’t find a graceful way to include this in the title, but these are all coming out in the first half of 2013. Many will hit before Spring is officially here. After Memorial Day, we’ll probably do a list for the second half. Some of these all of us horror fans have been waiting for over 6 months (and almost a year on Inbred’s U.S. release). The ABCS os Death was supposed to be an early October release, for God’s sake.
There’s no way we’d get the list out in a timely manner if we attempted to rank them in order of excitement, so we decided to go with the release dates- first come, first written about.
Here’s the entire list- we’ll go back and add links to the pieces focusing on each one as they get published. Also, these are in no particular order; we’re having trouble hunting down the release dates on several. Until then, several have previously written pieces with trailers and/or other cool stuff. We’ll take those down when we put up the links to the new spotlight pieces on each one. So let’s get it on!
If you’re looking for air dates, you can peep them here. I highly doubt that we’re alone when we say we’re not ready to say goodbye yet to this cast of characters, and this story!
The final four episodes of American Horror Story Asylum are a great jumping off point for our list, and the first of the final four acts (The Name Game) is a matter of days away (January 2nd). So, read on about AHSA’s “final four” coming up next…
So, when we do our stats/analytics, I see a lot of search terms that bug me. Not because they’re lame questions, or lazy, or anything like that. I just want to blurt out the answer, since I’m extremely well-informed about American Horror Story (Season One, AKA “Murder House”, and Asylum, the current season. I was going to take every single question (OK, maybe just 20 or so) and answer them all in one post, but why don’t we try this first… I will also give up spoilers; sometimes I don’t always feel like it’s cool to toss them up on Horror Boom. You should have heard me last Saturday at a large Holiday Bash, one person started asking me about what happened to Shelley after “I Am Anne Frank – Part Two” and despite the amount of drinks in me, I was able to be very articulate, and in fact go into lengthy, vivid, and surprisingly accurate detail. A couple of friends turned out to watch the show, and at some point after the bands were finished but before “Last Call”, people were actually coming up to me to talk/speculate about it, some wanted spoilers, some wanted hints. For some reason, telling anyone anything spoiler-ish who asked me to was really fun.
I could still just put up a FAQ like I first thought, but here’s an idea to try first.
Your question gets sent to us via email. We don’t always have time to check Horror Boom’s G-mail account every day, so allow some time for a response – though if we get a lot of these, we will start checking more frequently.
Nope, I do NOT mind waiting several minutes for the fresh batch of popcorn. Really, no hurry at all…
Damn, not only is my ‘hit count’ improving drastically, but as of this writing, I’m at exactly 666 hits, which is a first! That’s pretty awesome, and– wait, did you guys hear that noise? Why did it get so hot in this room all of a sudden?
Yes, sadly Halloween has come and gone, but the scary goodies will be continuing, hopefully at the same pace they have been. Right now lots of horror fans are pretty excited about American Horror Story Asylum, so I’m adding more news and spoilers as I hear them (with spoiler warnings, of course). Hopefully I’ll get a news round-up with links to any new interviews at least once a week. I’ve noticed lately that the specific search terms that show up the most for the show* are variations on “American Horror Story who is the Pinhead.” I’m surprised a fan page for Naomi Grossman as Pepper hasn’t sprung up–wait, actually, I bet if I searched, there’d be a couple at this point.
I upgraded and added the option for adding sound and video files to my posts. I’ll keep slapping up the You Tube videos, of course, but now there’s other forms of media. I’m trying to use the “Press This” option (AKA re-blogging), too, so that you get some variety; I’m the only one writing this site, hearing fresh voices is probably nice. There’s room for every horror writer/blogger on here! Everyone has been super-cool and supportive lately, and I appreciate it. It was just a few months ago when I was averaging about 30 hits on a good day, which really was a drag.
If you want to check out Horror Boom on You Tube, I don’t have anything really spectacular right now, but I’m putting together playlists, especially of hard-to-find movies that are worth a watch.
Oh yeah- here’s a poll (below) that’s be cool if you could give your opinion on. Basically, what would you like to see more of here? If you have a favorite feature and just want it to keep going, that’s worth a vote. You can vote for up to five things you think would be groovy to see on Horror Boom, plus write in something if it’s not listed. Plus, I promise to actually pay attention and respond to what you’d be amped up to see on here. Thanks in advance for voting …and hopefully it’ll take your mind off the “Election 2012” 24/7 media jamboree that you’re really, really fucking sick of hearing about (and thinking about) by now. ENOUGH. We already sent in our ballots and are mostly watching horror DVDs when the TV is on, until Election Night. At this point I think many of us just want it to be OVER. Anyway, the feedback from y’all fellow horror fans would be great.
Image-wise, I just added ten more photos of Kayako to the recent Ju-On Gallery. They’re all PR photos (or very close– if they weren’t ones taken in a closed session with Takako Fuji posing and making her scariest facial expressions, they used shots on set as official PR photos) and I’m pretty sure, unless you have a weird Ju-On obsession like I do that includes buying the novel, tie-in Manga, and a copy of the Ju-On “Haunted House Simulator” game for Nintendo Wii even though I knew I’d probably be too much of a pussy to sit down and play, there’s several you haven’t seen yet. At least half of them were staged photo shoots, because if they were in a Ju-On movie scene, you would definitely remember the image/shot. Check out the latest growing Kayako gallery here. The first series of Grudge/Ju-On images I posted, let me think, right over here, and here’s the “Chills to Beat the Summer Heat” gallery I did second. More Ju-On goodies–OK, I don’t know if that sounds appropriate when referring to one of the Top Five most frightening females in horror history, let alone J-horror history. Uhhh, try that again. I mean more Ju-on/Grudge (relatively) rare footage, trivia, and of course, plenty of new photos are coming soon. Also I would again to state I am well aware I do not own the copyrights to any of the images, they’re here to entertain you; if anyone who DOES own the copyright wants me to take it down, I will. Just contact me …I’m not looking for any copyright trouble!
Meanwhile, genius that I am when I’m not getting enough sleep, I go rifling through Kayako content on the night we set our clocks back, after I spent several hours (before and after sundown) watching a bunch of J-Horror shorts back-to-back Friday and Saturday to build up a decent backlog of “Scariest Short Horror Film of The Week” entries like a moron. Hell, I’m watching a featurette right now onThe Grudge 2 (American sequel) boxed collector’s tin/set AFTER I sat through the last half of the movie; I think back and find no real justification whatsoever for this. Something tells me an Onyro might be making a surprise cameo in one of my dreams soon. Ooooh goodie!
While I’m on the subject, I’m still puzzled and sort of concerned over the amount of males who make comments on You Tube, and/or have websites, where they rhapsodize about how hot and sexy Kayako is. Not Takako Fuji, the actress who plays her, mind you, or even Fuji-San as Kayako before she was murdered, but Kayako in full-out terrifying, crawling or limping un-naturally right at you, dead white, eyes wide as saucers, bloody running down her face, croaking out the classic Grudge/Ju-On Death Rattle mode. Attraction is subjective, and I know she’s a beautiful actress, but I just don’t get it. One said the “kind of lustful, hungry look” she has on her face is “soooo HOT!” Fine, to each their own, but I do hope it’s not because the think only women who look very dead, have broken necks, with blood-smeared faces and a white dress so soaked with her own blood it actually could be mistaken for a red dress are sexually attractive. I’m not even close to a judgemental person, yet I am not altogether comfortable with that piece of information…
Anyway, thanks for reading, and Happy November. Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend, and even if you hate less daylight (I do), look on the bright side– hey, that’s time for an extra episode of American Horror Story, time for watching/re-watching a Masters of Horror episode (may I recommend Dance of the Dead, Imprint , or The Damned Thing ?) or two back-to-back Tales From The Crypt episodes you can enjoy.
Hey, it beats more election coverage…
Stay Scared, Mrs. Horror Boom
*after variations on “Evan Peters naked”, “Evan Peters getting spanked”, and “Evan Peters butt,” that is.
As the moon climbs high o’er the dead oak tree, Spooks arrive for the midnight spree. Creepy creeps with eerie eyes, Start to shriek and harmonize. Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!
I can’t believe this FIRST aired in 2003 (according to this great Disney Wikia); it looks so old-school –AND SO COOL! “House Ghosts” was the 50th episode of House of Mouse, originally aired on Toon Disney‘s New For You! Show on October 10, 2003. Plot: It’s Halloween, and Pete unleashes some grim grinning ghosts onto the club to try to scare everyone away. This is definitely the highlight of the episode! OK, I haven’t seen the entire epiode, just this, but I find it hard to believe anything could top this show-stopper. Oh, and I forgot all about the Disney character “Pete” until I saw this. Among others, look for an appearance from Constance, AKA the Ghost Bride, who resides in the attic section of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. She had a fun back story; a “black widow” who had chopped off, I think, her last six husband’s heads!
Maybe this is a tribute to the rare “Hatbox Ghost” from the attic. The mid-60s-looking Herman’s Hermits/Brian Jones shag hairstyle threw me off.
Yep, I think that’s him. Either way, both these guys are beyond cool-looking!
OK, I actually stumbled on the whole 8-minute “House Ghosts” episode, and it had so many great references, including appearances by James Woods Hades (and his demo reel), the Devil in Night on Bald Mountain, and …more than I can count. Worth watching just to see the cameo by Mr. T alone! Nope, I am not making that up. Check it out below!
Well, it’s getting closer to Halloween, so I figured I’d toss in a bonus scary short film (since I can’t really say there are TWO “Scariest Short Horror Films of the Week”). This was in my private stash I save for future Scariest Shorts; I like to have a few lined up in advance for security, plus I set the bar kind of high and now it can take me sitting and sifting through a dozen of them until I find one that’s nightmare-worthy. Shit, I’d post one a day up until Halloween if I wasn’t worried about running out.
This bonus film is also from the old Daywalt Fear Factory, and it’s called Suicide Girl. No, not the trashy kind who looks like she fell down a flight of stairs carrying an open tackle box (sorry, not a fan), the kind who is just sad and had all she could take. It’s also always nice to see someone in one of those shorts get what he or she deserves… turn the lights off, the sound up, and check this out…
This is not only creepy and scary as hell, but could also work as a nice anti-bullying public service message! This was written and directed by Drew Daywalt. I need to start checking out his ongoing web series, Camera Obscura.