Ten Years of the Madness, Week TWO

Ten Years of the Madness, Week TWO

I didn’t follow my own advice to keep up with my summary all week and have suffered for it. Plus, I hit the week two slump, so I’m pretty sure we have a new leader… but that’s what makes this interesting, right?

Better Watch Out opening weekend – 10 points

I watched Sunday so it’s on this week’s summary:

Better Watch Out
2017
Time:
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: What an evil little shit. I know the ending was good, but I would have like to see the moment the little shit was busted.
8.5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Evil Genius Challenge: 2 + 8 point bonus = 10 points

For some reason I thought we had to do two movies, then realized it was a bonus only for one.

Nightmare on Elm Street
1984
Time: 104 minutes
Points: 2
Bonuses:
Summary: I’m not really afraid of any movies, but this one scared the shit out of me the first time I watched it, and is stilscary despite the bad acting that adds humor. High rating for the scare factor and giving the world Johnny Depp
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Audition
1999
Time: 115 minutes
Points: 8
Bonuses: Evil Genius
Summary: Yeah, I know you need to build up characters but a lot of dead time for most of the movie. At first, I was like “acupuncture needles? really?” then she went for the eyes and the whole cutting string thing.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Friday the 13th Viewing Party – 25 points

Friday the 13th bonus – 6 points

Watching Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th
1980
Time: 95 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Friday the 13th bonus
Summary: This is a classic… what else can you say? I love Kevin Bacon.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

American Horror Story binge – 6X4= 24 points

I finally decided to get caught up on the current season. I didn’t write a review with each episode as a I watched, so I confess the details from episode to episode are a little fuzzy here.

AHS: Cult Ep 1
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: This is plenty scary enough even before you introduce the crazy cult murderers. Hell, the opening credits with the Trump mask terrifies me.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 2
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: AHS tends to start strong then go too campy for my taste, but so far so good. They are keeping it scary for the most part.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 3
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: Not only is the story staying scary, but obviously, the parallel to reality is just a little too close for comfort.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 4
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: I know there is a scary clowns theme with the cult masks, but not getting the connection of the homicidal clown from Freakshow in this season.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 5
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: Another shining example of what conniving assholes people can be. Specifically, Sarah’s wife.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 6
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: I suppose I wll go back at some point and watch the on-demand unedited version, but the episode doesn’t seem to need it to move the story along. What the hell were you thinking Sarah Paulson?
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

2017 Release Movies 4X6 = 24 points

The Axe Murders of Villisca
12/2016
Time: 78 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 12/2016-2017 release
Summary: Being an actual paranormal junkie, I hate these movies where stupid paranormal investigators go to investigate a haunting and get in over their heads. Cliche. Just all die already.
3 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Alien: Covenant
2017
Time: 123 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: Am I the only one who thinks the actress playing the heroine is sort of a Jennifer Lawrence substitute? LIke they gave her a crappy haircut and no makeup to show how smart and heroic she is.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Death Note
2017
Time: 101 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: Teen revenge indulgence film. Who hasn’t wished they could write the name of a high school jackass in a notebook and they die? But nice twist on the using it to kill baddies all over the world.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Bye-Bye Man
2017
Time: 101 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: I thought this was a pretty good movie and fairly original. I wish we would get more creepy, unusal horror films like this
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Video Nasties 2X6 = 12 points

The Evil Dead
1981
Time: 85 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: This is ranked as a video nasty? Seriously? Oh well, I’ll take the sweet ATB for a movie I was going to watch anyway.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

The Last House on the Left
1972
Time: 84 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: Wes Craven wasn’t just about big horror franchises, but got his hands dirty with this explpoitation shocker. NOt my cup of tea, but effective.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

TV – Ghost Adventures/Kindred Spirits 2X4= 8 points

I almost forgot my Saturday night ritual of Ghost Adventures and my screener for Kindred Spirits

Ghost Adventures
2017
Time:  60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current Season
Summary: Newest episode in Vicksburg, MS, which is where I used to live. And yes, my house was haunted. See full recap  
here.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

KIndred Spirits
2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season
Summary: I love Amy and Adam but this episode was a bit slow… as one would expect with real pararnormal investigators with integrity.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF MADNESS

 

Ten Years of the Madness! Week ONE

Ten Years of the Madness! Week ONE

Secret Movie Bonuses

Last year, when I rolled the dice and posted the first week early to try to get all of the secret bonuses, Newt beat me to it and got most of them. After that, I knew I’d never catch her and any chance of back-to-back wins was lost forever.

Have I learned my lesson? Hell, NO! Pedal to the metal muthafuckers… go big or go home!

Night of the Living Dead
1968
Time: 97 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Secret film bonus and Romero, baby

Summary: Romero’s commentary on society is no secret in films like this and Dawn of the Dead, but it hits home a bit more these days, unfortunately, such as Barbara’s initial reaction to being saved by a black man and the shooting at the end make me cringe just a little more in 2017.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Tourist Trap
1979
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Doc Terror’s list of ATB awesomeness and this secret film bonus

Summary: I LOVE this freakin’ movie, and love it hard. Chuck Connors preys on some tourists for his mannequin collection and this is some creepy shit. Of course, the one time I saw it in a theater for Exhumed Films, jackasses kept laughing and ruining it. This shit ain’t funny, it’s scary, y’all. I especially love how Chuckie torments one of his victims. Sadistic!
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Maximum Overdrive
1986
Time: 98 minutes
Points: 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: Secret film and Stephen King wildcard, not that it’s out of genre

Summary: You can never go wrong with a Stephen King inspired movie and better yet, King cameos. I hadn’t seen this one since it was new I think. Campy and over the top, of course, with cheesy dialogue like “You make love like a hero.” Gag.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Hardware
1990
Time: 94 minutes
Points 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: There should be an Iggy Pop bonus but there isn’t

Summary: The red filter at the beginning reminds me of the eclipse footage in Gerald’s Game. The best part of this? Iggy Pop as Angry Bob. And you thought his film debut was in the Crow sequel. Feels like this might have inspired Johnny Mnemonic in part? Weird “sexy” shower scene with mechanical hand. WTF? Maybe that’s what they mean by “hard”ware, along with some very dirty talk and an ass kickin’ soundtrack.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

May
2002
Points: 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: Anna Faris wildcard

Summary: Jesus, Angela Bettis is one big bucket of creepy and crazy as HAY-ELL. I’ve always loved Jeremy Sisto for some reason. Anna Faris is old enough to have played an adult in this movie? Seriously?
Time: 95 minutes
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Cell
2016
Time: 98 minutes
Points: 10 (or 3)
Bonuses: based on a Stephen King story, 2007-2017 release

Summary: It’s apparent Stephen King feels the same way I do about cell phones. I hate them, but this is stretching things a bit far, at least in the movie. (I strongly suspect the book is far superior despite King’s hand in the screenplay.) Obviously there is some kind of intelligence causing all of this, but to what end? I don’t buy the “evolution” thing here. Even fantastical elements have to make sense. But hey, John Cusack and Samuel Jackson for the win.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
2016
Time: 99 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: 12/16 release date ATB

Summary: From the first shot of this movie, the gorgeous cinematography tells you this filmmaker cares about making a good movie, not just splashing tits and gore on the screen (Although plenty of the former — what a role, playing a naked dead woman.) Then throw in Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch? HELL, yeah. I watched it for free since I had no idea what to expect, but would have been very happy if I had bought the dvd. This is some creepy shit, y’all.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Girl with all of the Gifts
2017
Time: 111 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Gemma Arterton, 2017 and child zombie protagonist release ATB

Summary: Yowza. Still absorbing this one. Twist ending I sure as hell didn’t see coming. Glenn Close tells you this isn’t the typical genre fare. Moving and disturbing.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

A Cure for Wellness
2017
Time: 146 minutes
Points: 10 (or 7.5)
Bonuses: 2017 release ATB

Summary: I’m feeling some Shutter Island flashbacks here, but personally I think this film is better. The Hotel Califronia of “wellness” spas. Something in the water does not compute. The main character is a real dick so not too sympathetic to his plight. Gorgeous cinematography and creepy mood.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Would You Rather?
2012
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 15 (or 3)
Bonuses: 2007-2017 release

Summary: Disturbing psychological thriller exploring how far people will go for money and to survive. What’s sad about this movie is in our current climate, I could see rich people exploiting desperation for their personal amusement. But then, maybe things like this do go on and have been going on for some time. Who knows?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Pieces
1982 or 83 depending on source
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 15 (or 2)
Bonuses:

Summary: I remembered vaguely some dispute over the year of this film in the past, and then I remembered the t-shirt. Classic, and I had the hugest crush on Christopher George in The Rat Patrol when I was knee high. I didn’t realize he and his wife were in Mortuary and she is still alive. Sorry, side trip down nostalgia lane… “Remember, you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.”
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Grindhouse/Planet Terror
2007
Time: 191 minutes
Points: 15 (or 5)
Bonuses: 2007-2017 release, transformed into zombie/mutation

Summary: Is it wrong if I say one of my favorite parts of this is the vintage theater intro videos and fake trailers? Of the two films, as much as I love Tarantino, I gotta go with Planet Terror as the better of the two. That’s even before the gun leg schtick, which is the icing on the (cheese)cake. And the sprinkles are such gems as the Savini cameo, Josh Brolin being hot as fuck as usual, and killing Fergie. Grindhouse fav moment is predictably the slow motion carnage, although I admit I found a few moments in Grindhouse a bit tedious so I have to dock it a bit, but damn near perfection.
9.5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

I’m Dangerous Tonight
1990
Time: 100 minutes
Points: 20 (or 6)
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper ATB

Summary: Whatever happened to scream queen Madchen Amick? Here she is in a USA Network movie directed by Tobe Hooper which actually wasn’t so bad. Pretty damn good in fact by TV standards circa 1990, not that we wouldn’t expect some level of quality from the dearly departed Hooper. It’s been a damn tough couple of years for horror fans… But anyway, an old red cloak worn by Aztec priests for sacrificial rituals makes its way into the hands of little Miss Goody Two Shoes Amick. In everyone else it makes them homicidal, including ET’s mom. But it just makes Madchen into a dirty dancing vixen. DVD and VHS copies are rare and pricey, but watch the full movie here: http://putlocker.io/watch/eGLjjpvV-i-m-dangerous-tonight.html
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Gerald’s Game Bonus Weekend
US release date: 2017
Time: 103 minutes
Points: 8 for bonus weekend
Bonuses: see above
Summary: I was never intrigued by the premise of the book because I heavily favor supernatural horror, plus I thought it would be hard to translate the obvious psychological terror into a compelling book, much less a movie. Wrong! I knew with the talent involved it would be at least fairly good, but was surpised at how good it was and the creepiness of the Moonlight Man.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Personal Challenge (27 points)

I already posted my selfie eating a Buffalo Burger on the Jackalope at Wall Drug, but via text the Head Hauntress agreed to award a point for each Wall Drug sign photo also, which I had not processed till now. For every one I took, I have seen at least 5 I didn’t shoot. Yes, there are really that many.

Doc Terror Tobe Hooper Binge

Body Bags
1993
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper segment, “Eye”
Summary: I love a good horror anthology, and really love horror cameos, and this antho has director John Carpenter stealing the show as the coroner hosting the three stories. Unfortunately, the Tobe cameo made me sad, but not as sad as the Wes Craven one, which caught me off guard. So many good cameos though, including Greg Nicotero and his flowing hair LOL.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1974
Time: 83 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: It’s freakin’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre…. what more can be said? One thing that has stuck with me is the fact that it doesn’t show as much gore as you think. Much of it is implied, such as you don’t see the meathook going into the girl. And of course, the final scene with the improvised chainsaw dance. Classic. RIP Tobe.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Salem’s Lot
1979
Time: 187 minutes
Points: 9
Bonuses: Stephen King and Tobe Hooper ATB
Summary: One of the best TV miniseries and Stephen King adaptations ever in my opinion, despite its age. David Soul (Starsky or Hutch?) in the lead role. Lance Henriksen as the horror loving aspiring writer in a buddy film pairing adolescent Stephen King with adult writer Stephen King. But the Glick boys vampire scene is still one of the creepeist things I have ever seen.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Poltergeist
1982
Time: 114 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper. Duh.
Summary: Yeah, the creepy clown doll scene is classic and scary as hell, but otherwise, I confess I always found this film kind of boring and overrated. (Sorry Tobe.) Sue me.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Invaders from Mars
1986
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Bud Cort? HELL yes! Thhis is just silly, which is the point. I prefer when Tobe goes full on scary, but it’s not bad.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Toolbox Murders
2004
Time: 95 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Pretty damn good remake by Tobe with Angela Bettis in a not-so-crazy role to cleanse my palate of her uber crazy turn in May. Sheri Moon Zombie gets a gig NOT from her husband, at least not directly. Definitely the apartment building from hell, with a killer hiding behind the walls.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Eaten Alive
1977
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Holy guacamole, I missed this one somehow. First, the “Buck” line borrowed by Tarantino, but Freddy Krueger? Rather gruesome evidence you should avoid Texas at all costs except Austin. Not that I didn’t know that already.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Others tv series, Souls on Board
2000
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: I loved this TV series, which was sadly cancelled after its first season. Mick Garris did one episode, Clive Barker made a cameo in one about Jack the Ripper… it’s about a band of psychics who deal with phenomenon but feel an impending evil threat coming. Since it ended after one season, they sadly succumbed to that evil. But this episode found them on a plane with parts from a flight that mysteriously crashed and voices were heard on the black box after the crash. I was lucky to find someone with bootleg copies of the series.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Funhouse
1981
Time: 96 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: ATB for Tobe Hooper on Doc Terror’s list
Summary: This is one of my all-time favorites… I am obsessed with carnivals and fortunetellers and love this movie so much it hurts. Major nostalgia watching them on rides like The Cobra from the fairs of my youth (is that still around?) and the bittersweetness of knowing their fun and happiness is about to be seriously cut short. I love everything Sylvia Miles does and you can see so many things “borrowed” or paid homage to in this movie by later filmmakers, most notably Rob Zombie, but also the crazy bag lady reminds me of one of the homeless people in Prince of Darkness and one of the incarnations of the killer in The First Power.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Video Nasties!

Absurd
1981
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: A movie where blood coagulating faster then normal is the monster quality, and apparently triggers homicidal tendencies. Baking someone’s head in the oven is pretty gruesome if that is possible with the door open? Love how they used an insulin syringe to administer IV push meds. Absurd, indeed.
2 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Anthropophagus
1981
Time: 91 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: Tourists on an island dsicover why there is hardly anyone there — a demented psycho of course. Another offering from Joe D’Amato. Better than absurd, but I’m just not feeling these.
3 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

 

 

 

 

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10 Most Haunted Buildings in the USA to Visit for Halloween

10 Most Haunted Buildings in the USA to Visit for Halloween

Many of us look for a good haunting all year round, but October is the month everyone is looking for a good scare. Whether you’re an armchair ghost hunter of a hardcore paranormal investigator, there’s no better time that October and Halloween season for planning a stay to any of these seven creepy locations. These are the seven of the most haunted locations in the United States.

Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia – This famous haunted build was in use for over 100 years and held some of the country’s move violent people. There were lots of deaths from hangings to the electric chair and even murder by other prisoners. Now during the tours many people have heard and even seen things.

Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri – While this building is currently a great Inn and Restaurant it’s past isn’t so pretty. Many members of the Lemp family committed suicide ore died here. Since then the guest have seen people or heard things in rooms that should have been empty. The Inn has embraced this and offers weekly ghost tours.

The Lalaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana – This building has an interesting but gruesome story. Madame Marie Lalaurie loved having guests who would came and dine and party all night with her, but upstairs she had a dark secret that was revealed one night after local authorities responded to a house fire. The local police found the bodies of several horribly mutilated slaves in her attic. When the locals found out they stormed her house causing her to flee the country. To this day people swear they hear the screams of the slaves from the attic.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – This is a gothic-style prison that was opened in 1829. The cells are made of stone and encouraged no human contact. Al Capone spent a year here. The prison was closed on 1971 and since then it’s rumored the spirits of past prisoners have taken over the building. They offer daily tours and even turn the building into the country scariest haunted house in the fall!

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California – While this ocean liner is currently retired it did sail the seas from 1936 to 1967 and carried every from Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn to Dwight D Eisenhower. In 1939 the ship was stripped of any luxury items and given a second life as a war ship during WWII. At the end of the war the luxury was added back for many more years of luxury sailing. This ship has since been open for tours and many have seen the ghosts of a sailor who was crushed to death by a ship door and a crewmate who was murdered on board. Want to read more? Ghosts of the Queen Mary (Haunted America)

Winchester House, San Jose, California – Otherwise known as the Winchester Mystery House, this house was built by Sarah Winchester after losing both her husband and daughter and inheriting the Winchester Rifle fortune. She started building this Rambling Victorian Mansion when some demanding spirits told her too. Supposedly the spirits directed the building of the house, every nook and cranny, every hidden passage, each of the 160 rooms, and 47 fireplaces. You can now tour the 24,000-square foot home the spirits built.

Lizzy Borden Bed and Breakfast, Falls River, Massachusetts – This is the house Lizzy Borden’s parents were found bludgeoned to death in. The prime suspect in the case was their youngest daughter Elizabeth Borden and this case became one of the first to unfold in the media. While she was acquitted due to lack of physical evidence, no one believed her to be innocent. This house is now believed to be haunted by her parent’s spirits. You can now visit the museum and bed and breakfast and even stay in one of the haunted rooms. Read more: The History and Haunting of Lizzie Borden

The Myrtle Plantation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The legend of Chloe the slave girl is famous and has made this house one of America’s most haunted buildings. You can read the accounts of the slave girl who haunts the place and even see picture on their website!

The New York State Capital, Albany, New York – This building is rumored to be haunted by the night watchman who died in a fire in 1911. There is also the ghost of an artist that has been seen and several others.

Carnton Mansion, Franklin, Tennessee – This building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and many soldiers died here. They were then buried in a mass grave. Since then many have seen ghost of civil war soldier walking around the building.

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Can Thomas House and its church turn a paranormal skeptic into a believer? You betcha!

Can Thomas House and its church turn a paranormal skeptic into a believer? You betcha!

While fascinated with the paranormal since watching Leonard Nimoy hosting In Search of… (Yeah, I’m old) I have always considered myself a skeptic. Even though I have had many strange, possibly paranormal experiences in nursing, and specifically in hospice doing private duty night shift, I kept telling myself there was some kind of logical, rational explanation… I just hadn’t figured it out yet.

I was definitely a Scully but really wanted to be a Mulder. And then I joined a paranormal investigation of Thomas House during a Ghost Hunt Weekends event. Nothing will turn a paranormal skeptic into a believer quicker than hearing that first disembodied voice live for the very first time. Or hearing a possible Class A EVP when you do your playback.

But we’ll come back to that in a bit.

Thomas House’s History Lends itself to Hauntings and Paranormal Activity

Thomas House has a crazy history from being a hotel to housing a strange cult, plus a murder (or at least one that is known) with the body buried on the property. It was featured in a classic episode of the paranormal series Ghost Hunters, where the whistling ghost very audibly made himself known to the TAPS team so clearly, even Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes couldn’t believe it.


Ghost Hunters (TAPS) [VO] – S08E04 – Dead… by Spider392

Take Me to (the Haunted) Church

After watching this Ghost Hunters episode while we enjoyed a dinner of southern cooking by our hosts, we split up into groups to do some ghost hunting not only the house, but also in the church across the street where a preacher allegedly hung himself. Because many town records have been lost, there is no way to verify this, but the church was hoppin’ the night I was there and yielded much of the evidence obtained by me in the form of EVPs. Plus EMF meters were going wild, which is pretty compelling since there is no electric in the church.

Chad Morin, the owner of Ghost Hunt Weekends, had also captured video earlier of orbs that hovered then split into three different orbs in the video — as a diehard “orbs are bullshit because they are dust or insects” skeptic, that one was just a bit hard to explain.

Unlike other areas in the house, I heard live disembodied voices in the church while listening live for EVPs, as did other attendees and members of the Ghost Hunt Weekends crew. The first EVP audio sample has a low growl at the end, which is a bit hard to hear in the clip.

The next EVP sample has a response to the question, but it is whispered so softly it’s unintelligible.

Then there are several growls while we were in the church, some hard to hear and some quite clear (the first and fourth are clearest):

A Class A EVP in Thomas House?

In Thomas House itself, I did some investigating before the official start of the event, and while I was in a sitting room dubbed the “funeral room” as it had been used for that in the past and even has some curtains from a funeral home, I experimented with my spirit box and didn’t think I had gotten any responses, but in the EVP below, it sounds like “Kevin” was trying to communicate with me.

But the most compelling EVP I captured during the Thomas House paranormal investigation is either contamination or a full sentence, class A EVP. Full disclosure: this was done before the event started and there were people in the hotel who could have been talking. But the EVP is a direct response to my question, and I heard no chatter before or after the response in the audio, and don’t recall hearing any of this exchange while I was recording and listening live. So judge for yourself:

The skeptic in me wants to think it was contamination, but that was pretty compelling.

I also stayed up after everyone else went to bed, sitting in the TV room alone in the dark, which gave me a healthy new respect for paranormal investigators. You know how you laugh at them when they are scared and you’re like, “Pfft. There are people nearby and nothing will hurt you.” Yeah…. remember that when you are the last one still up at 4:30 am sitting in the dark alone (ALL lights out as we had the whole hotel) in the sitting room where the deceased lady of the house frequents, as manifested in audio and full apparition by previous investigators, and after you have been hearing shit all night with your own ears.

That’s when shit gets real, y’all.

PS. I took my nifty new full spectrum video camera, but neglected to explore the settings to turn the sudio on. DUH. Next time…

Horror Classics Come to DVD for Halloween with Custom Cover Art

Horror Classics Come to DVD for Halloween with Custom Cover Art

You know how you go to Walmart around Halloween time and start browsing the DVD section for some discount horror movies? Well, this year you better come with the full wallet because there’s a new set of great classics and cult horror films with brand spanking new custom art on the covers, and, if you buy them at Walmart, you get youra bonus horror movie coloring book… for the win.

Bring on the Halloween season!

Treat yourself to hours of frightful fun with this exclusive Halloween Collection of 19 thrilling, chilling films with limited-edition art packaging by renowned artist/illustrator Orlando Arocena. Utilizing vibrant colors and a fervent imagination, Arocena’s striking cover art creations add the perfect touch of terror to these haunting horror titles. Choose your favorite Halloween hits, featuring Hollywood’s biggest stars, and start planning a killer movie night that’s sure to be a scream. It’s an eye-popping, spine-tingling collection to die for!

Fans who purchase any of the films at Walmart will also receive an exclusive coloring book featuring all 19 of Arocena’s designs.

Films available in the exclusive Halloween collection include:

  • 28 Days Later
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Black Swan
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Child’s Play
  • Devil’s Due
  • The Fly (1986)
  • From Hell
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Jennifer’s Body
  • Joy Ride
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • The Other Side of the Door
  • Poltergeist (2015)
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • Victor Frankenstein
  • Wrong Turn
  • Young Frankenstein

The films are set to hit Walmart’s on September 12 so be ready to rush out and grab your copies because these are limited editions and once they’re gone, you’ll be shit outta luck, capeche?

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