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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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October 31st is here!!! It’s our big day, and I hope yours is filled with frights and fun, or parties and costumes, or mischief and magic, or candy and roasted pumpkin seeds…any and every thing you love about the holiday.

Here are some spoooooky black and white gifs to set the mood. Happy haunting!!

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Gifs found on Tumblr.

Haunted Overload

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You guys. What if I told you there was an artistically crafted haunted attraction with large-scale, handmade exhibits like a 30-foot carved skull, rickety shacks, and a wooden train that has veered off elevated tracks? Not to mention costumed actors, perfect lighting, fog, and real carved and lit pumpkins? All set deep in a New Hampshire forest?

Well, that place exists, and it’s called Haunted Overload.

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To enter, you must walk into the mouth of an enormous rotted tree.

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Oh, just a clown that's three stories tall.

Oh, just a clown … that’s three stories tall.

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Behold my photos, which definitely don’t do the attraction justice. A camera phone can’t capture the breathtaking enormity of the installations, which tower overhead when you’re standing in front of them.

Astounding in its beauty and terrifying in its scares, Haunted Overload is truly one of a kind. And I just discovered (thanks to Bean!) that it won ABC’s competition “The Great Halloween Fright Fight.” The victory is well-deserved.

Almost Heeeeere

This week as our holiday fast approaches, I’ve been seeing a veritable zombie’s horde of Halloween-related funny images online. Here are a few to make you smile! Enjoy.

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Shop Til You Drop

And now for some abandoned shopping malls that both creep me out and remind me of everything I like about Romero’s Dawn of the Dead….

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I always thought malls were ugly places, but I guess I took their pristine cleanliness and constant maintenance for granted. Because looking at these images, I find it jarring to see these fantasy worlds just left to rot, and with their “perfect” veneer just crumbling from neglect.

All photos from the (aptly and cleverly named) “Black Friday” gallery; see the rest here.

Dream Director

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I think David Lynch would be the perfect director for a horror film. All his work (which, though definitely creepy and haunting, would be considered more “art film” than pure horror) is imbued with a sense of eerie dread that would be extremely effective in a scary movie.

Check out the short clips below and you’ll see what I mean.

The Black Lodge from Twin Peaks:

The videotape in Lost Highway:

The infamous “man at the party” scene from Lost Highway:

This bizarre Inland Empire “rabbit scene”:

Eraserhead (and, let’s be honest, the only thing that keeps this film from being straight-up horror is that it makes no real sense):

His movies are beautiful and full of atmosphere, but as narratives they can be frustratingly perplexing. (Or just very symbolic, depending on how much you want to trust his artistic vision.) Regardless, Lynch’s fever-dream style of directing would be incredible if applied to the horror genre.

Yes, I realize this is just wishful thinking on my part. But in related news, Lynch will be directing a Twin Peaks reboot next year! That’ll tide me over until he decides to take my advice.

Quiz Time

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I know, I know; they’re everywhere: “Which cookie are you?” “Which Jane Austen character are you?” “What is your spirit animal?” Online personality quizzes have taken over everybody’s Facebook pages.

Even though we’re all sick of ‘em, I just couldn’t resist. I’ve made a quiz just for you, the readers of this blog. Yes, you love Halloween, or you wouldn’t be reading this. But exactly how obsessed are you with the holiday?? Just answer these questions to find out!

 

GIF from the 2007 film Trick R Treat.

Robertson

While in Paris over the summer, we happened upon the following tomb in the well-known Pere Lachaise Cemetery. With its winged skulls, owls, and creepy bas-relief scene, it is one of the most unusual monuments I’ve ever seen.

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Upon later research, I discovered that this is the grave of the 18th-century Belgian showman Etienne-Gaspard Robert, who went by the stage name “Robertson.” He was a physics professor by day who used his academic knowledge to create shocking horror shows filled with terrifying illusions, long before scary movies and haunted houses ever existed.

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Robertson’s secret weapon was an early version of the slide projector. In fact, he invented a projection system called the Fantoscope: a magnified lantern that could display images of varying sizes from an unseen location.

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And he frightened the hell out of those early audiences. He used smoke to create an eerie atmosphere, screens made of gauze to make images translucent, audio effects simulating wind and thunder, and actors alongside his projections. People left his performances in terror, believing they had seen a ghost. The show was so popular that it toured the world.

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“I am only satisfied if my spectators, shivering and shuddering, raise their hands or cover their eyes out of fear of ghosts and devils dashing towards them.” –Robertson

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“Robertson immediately threw upon the brazier containing lighted coals, two glasses of blood, a bottle of vitriol, a few drops of aqua fortis and two numbers of the journal des Homme Litres and there instantly appeared in the midst of the smoke caused by the burning of these substances, a hideous livid phantom armed with a dagger.” –Audience member

The grave we saw that day was that of one of the most important predecessors to modern-day haunted houses, screen horror, and even cinema as we know it. I’ve often wondered where and when the “haunted attraction” originated, and Robertson may have truly been its source. Reposer en paix, monsieur.

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More information on the amazing Robertson here, here, and here.

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