Archive for the ‘Horror.’ Category

A lot of you know that whenever a big “break” comes up – winter or summer – I go visit my family and friends in Arizona.  The upside to being an underpaid tutor is summer off!  Although, I can’t wait to get back to work because it is incredibly rewarding to watch students get that ‘aha’ moment and start to shine.

Just before leaving to come visit Arizona I went with Kristen to see Maleficent. See it. I freaking loved this adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and I’ve seen a lot of versions.  The movie is amazing.

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Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favorite actresses and she really knows how to be the perfect villain.

So far vacation has only consisted of a little drinking, a bit of swimming, lots of being annoyed by my niece and nephew, and a little baking.

I totally forgot to take pictures, but so far this week we made homemade pizza, homemade bagels, and my sister made the best cookie bars ever.  Apparently the bagels rocked because all 12 were gone before 24 hours was up.  I’ll have to try different versions with this household as guinea pigs.

I keep trying to work on redoing my Alice site, but the kids bug me about each little thing I’m doing and “why is it taking so long?”  Hopefully, I’ll get a little free time this weekend so I can get things rolling.  I am hoping that my best friend’s little sister wants me to create her a site (she’s a fabulous artist) so that I have something to do this summer, because I miss coding all day!  Of course, come fall I’ll complain of coding too much when I go back to school for my Bachelors.

Crossing my fingers I can do something about our internet here at my sister’s tomorrow because it keeps eating shit whenever I want to stream a game or show.  Which makes me and my nephew super cranky.  Tried to watch Pacific Rim earlier so I could get my Charlie Hunnam fix and it died like 20 minutes in.  I’m losing it waiting for the next, and sadly last, season of Sons of Anarchy.  I am super excited to see who Marilyn Manson’s character is.

The upside and downside of being somewhat emotionally stable is boredom.  I don’t really care and I don’t really feel like doing things, but want to do things at the same time.  How do ‘normal’ people handle this all the time?  At least when I’m being all bipolar things are interesting.

Another project I’m going to work on this summer is recreating a paper I wrote years ago on the evolution of vampires in our culture.  It’s sad that they are no longer scary.  I much prefer the blood and guts versions.  It is interesting to see how we progressed to sparkling vampires and I hope I can find some of the same references I had.  I still can’t believe I lost both the written paper and the file on my flash drive.  Probably threw it away in some manic cleaning phase. Oh well.

So as most of us know vampires are nothing new.

They have been around for centuries. In fact, they are prehistoric. All throughout history there are signs of them. There have been many, many incarnations of them and no one ever seems to agree about them – except for what they feed on – life force (blood). In the past there were many steps taken to assure one did not rise as a vampire. Staking the heart in a coffin, putting millet or sand at the grave site (I guess vamps had to count it), and holy objects in the coffin. In Albanian folklore it was said that if a lugat (vampire) slept with his wife and she gets pregnant she will sire a dhampir. This dhampir could apparently tell who was a vampire and was the only one that could kill them.

There were a lot of weird rituals to discern if someone was undead. A virgin boy on a virgin stallion led through a courtyard – the horse would balk at a vampires grave. Holes in the earth above the grave meant vampirism. And of course, the corpse would not look decomposed. Apparently, villagers would occasionally dig up a grave and find fresh blood on the vampires face. This was done if there were deaths of animals, relatives, or neighbors.

Just as there are many versions of the vampire there are many things that are said to ward them off. Garlic. A branch of wild rose and hawthorn plant. Sprinkling mustard seeds on the roof of your house. Plus, they can’t walk on consecrated ground, enter your house without permission, or go into the sunlight (well some- more on that later). It was even said they couldn’t cross running water. And depending on the country a vampire would or would not have a shadow or show a reflection in a mirror – in Greece they had both.

Now, to kill a vampire you must stake them in the heart. Or burn them. Or cut off their head. “Vampire hunters” would carry kits to deal with them.

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And don’t forget, vampire is a relatively new term in history. While vampires are seen or heard of in most cultures they were not referred to as such.

In India they were vetālas.

In Ancient Babylonia and Assyria there was Lilitu which gave rise to Lilith.

In Ancient Greece and Rome there was Empusae, the Lamia, and the striges.

In Norse legend there was the draugr.
Vampires truly became folklore in the late 17th and 18th centuries in Eastern Europe. One of the earliest records was from Croatia in 1672! A peasant – Jure – died in 1656 and drank blood. He was staked, but that didn’t work, so they beheaded him. He became the first real case in history of a real person being described as a vampire. Of course, with news like this there was a rash of vampire sightings throughout Eastern Europe in the 18th century that resulted in lots of stakings and grave diggings. Funny how although this was the Age of Enlightenment vampire belief became widespread and caused mass hysteria.

It was started by attacks in East Prussia in 1721 and spread. Peter Plogojowitz and Arnold Paole from Serbia were the first two famous vampires, in fact, the first cases to be recorded officially. Serbia had another famous vampire, this time a woman, Sava Savanović. Apparently, she lived in a watermill and drank the blood of local millers. There was a book written using her later on and a movie “Leptirica” in 1973.

The Greek had vyrkolakas.

And the Roman strigoi.

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Africa also had it’s vampiric types. There were asanbosam, the Ewe people of the adze, impundulu, and ramanga. All which had attributes of vampirism.

Asia had the bhuta and the figure of Vetala. There was even a creature who had intestines on its head and a skull it drank blood from – the BrahmarākŞhasa.

In the Philippines there was the Tagalog mandurugo,and Visayan manananggal. One turned into a beautiful girl by day, but grew wings and a thread-like tongue at night. The latter was older, but still beautiful, had wings, and would feed on the fetus of pregnant women.

In Malaysia the Penanggalan used black magic and could detach its head to let it fly around at night to get blood. They also had the Pontianakb or Langsuir – a woman who died in childbirth and became undead.

The Balinese had the Leyak.

The Indonesian had the Kuntilanak(Matianak) – who were like the malaysian Langsuir.

The Chinese had Jiang Shi – created from a deceased body whos soul did not leave – mindless creatures.

The Aztecs had the Cihuateteo – spirits that died in childbirth and stole children.  It was also said they got men to commit adultery and the Cihuateteo were said to escort the sun at sunset.

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America. There was the Loogaroo – a mixture of French and AFrican voodoo beliefs. In the late 18th and 19th centuries people disinterred and removed the hearts of loved ones – dead ones – because they thought they were vampires and caused sickness and death in the family. They thought tuberculosis was caused by them.

There are many reasons that stories of vampires spread throughout – the black plague was thought to be brought on by vampiric creatures. And basically any other mysterious illness that spread rapidly. There was also porphyria – which is a rare blood disease. Those who were misinformed about this disease may have thought consuming large amounts of blood eased the symptoms. And of course rabies could have been a factor in some hysteria before it was known what it was.

Something to note – until the 16th century (when they were discovered) vampire bats had nothing to do with vampiric lore!

Okay. With all the folklore, legends, and superstition how did vampires turn into what we see today? (part 2 coming soon!)

So because I was too lazy to see if anything else was on after watching Grey’s Anatomy on Lifetime, I ended up with a marathon of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers!  I love this show, mostly because people never expect the shit they do from an old person.  But also, because this will be me and my friends when I’m old.  We have actually spent a lot of time (while drinking) thinking of the hilarious/horrible things we can do to people when we are old.  Some of them are quite extreme and outrageous, but hey why not!

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In other news, it is haunting season once more.  Last year we had flies (despite constant cleaning, spraying, and flytraps), odd noises, doors opening with no one there and computers acting up.  Today I was sitting in the living room watching TV and I’m hearing weird noises (which could have been due to wind) and then.. there’s a loud crash of something having fallen.. don’t see anything.. all the dogs are sitting with me, and didn’t find it later.  Hopefully, it won’t act up too much otherwise my friend Megan is never gonna come over again!

Since I was lucky enough to finally get a copy of American McGee’s Alice I thought I’d play it.  The only difficult thing is that since it was made in the 90’s the controls aren’t as good as newer games.  The graphics are pretty darn good for their time, I just have issues because I’m so used to the controls on Alice Madness Returns.  So I put the first one on the back burner and have started going thru Madness Returns again.  I’m almost to the Whalrus and the Carpenter, but I want so badly to get past that part without having to do it again!  I really wanna get to the dollhouse level! So for now I must suffer through.

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While I don’t usually go out of my way to listen to country music, it is always one of the kinds I turn to when commercials come on the radio.  And lately I’ve been kinda into turning it on more.  Love me some Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Taylor Swift.  Today is totally a country day.  Had to spend some time getting together a list of why my mother should buy what computer and cell phone because she is tech stupid lol.

I’ve decided to go dark background bright pop of flowers for my design assignment. I’m thinking a color pop similar to this:bluelips rainbowlips

I like the shine and the colors.. not sure how to do it, but i will figure it out damnit! Any hints would be appreciated!

 

Totally trying to think of some cupcakes to make for finals day for my multimedia class.  I want it to be something artistic and creepy.  Possibly spiders.  I’d have to do something more with them tho.  I could always make some Alice ones – a mix of Disney’s Alice and American McGee’s.

On another note, the lady I was tutoring on Dreamweaver is awesome and I can now dye my hair and go buy American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns for PS3 so that I can get the add-on for the original!  I’ve been dying to play the original for years now! Nothing like a new video game to stop productivity on school work! Luckily I like most of my school work so I’ll still do it.

I’m curious, any of you have anything you’d like to see me write about? I’m always up for a challenge!

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I can’t name this post Valentine’s Day.  I’m not a big fan of it.  Not because I don’t have a boyfriend or any of that (cuz I have plenty of friends n family who would be my valentines), but because I just don’t really like it.  I don’t need one day out of the year where I say “I Love You.” I say it everyday.  Plus, I would really rather look at the anti-valentines day stuff. Or the kinky stuff!

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Now this heart I can get behind.  Blood n handcuffs!  What better way to make me smile?

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And of course, Billy Madison.  Who can forget the creepiest, most sexual harrassingest (yes, i know it’s not really a word!) teacher EVER! This is always a favorite of mine to watch.

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Something I love.  I can’t get enough of this game.  I love everything about it.  If you know it then you know what I mean, and if you don’t .. check it out!!!

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2 of my favorite kids on Earth.  I love them soo much! And miss them =(

Now I have to leave you with something to think about.  I will give you my answer next post, and I hope some of you will comment about what you’d do.

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One of the reasons I was so excited to move to the east coast is all the history here.  There are tons of old cemeteries, abandoned buildings and hospitals, lots of things you can’t find back in Arizona.  While I haven’t made it to any of the great places out here, mostly cuz gas is skyhigh, I have done a little research.  One of the places I really want to go look at is Rosewood.  The hospital was opened as the Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded.  Then in 1912 it was the Rosewood State Training School.  And after that it was renamed Rosewood State Hospital in 1961.  The final name of it became Rosewood Center in 1969.  This large state hospital was actually open all the way up until June 30th, 2009.

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This is a pretty nice picture of the grounds.

It was originally opened for indigent children between the ages of 7-17, only white children.  In 1900 they tried to get a building erected for colored kids, but it didn’t happen.  I wasn’t successful in finding out if and when the hospital accepted more than just whites.  In the 40’s the institution finally accepted physically handicapped kids along with the mentally handicapped ones.  And it wasn’t until 1950 that the age restriction was lifted.  At it’s highest capacity Rosewood held 2,700 people.

Not only did patients live on the grounds, they went to school and worked there.  The hospital’s board really wanted to be self-sufficient so they had the boys farm and the girls sew and cook.  The third floor of the hospital was where those that took care of these children lived.  They each had their own room and there was a living room for them to relax.

Like all institutions of this nature over the years there were a lot of reports of abuse, neglect, etc. Especially because during its existence it was many times overcrowded and understaffed as well as lacking proper funds. It was actually referred to as “Maryland’s Shame.” In 2006 the main building, which wasn’t used, was burned down by an arsonist.  The grounds are also contaminated with asbestos, lead paint, and other chemicals.

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Somewhere on the property is a 100 year old cemetery from when there was a flu epidemic.  I mean if anyplace has the right to be haunted it is a place like this.  I can only imagine what went on in this institution back in the day.  During the years this place was open there were a lot of different ideas out there of how to treat the mentally ill, and not all of them were nice.

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Photos like these make me want to go just as much as the history.  I really like forlorn, decimated buildings.  Not sure why.  None of these photos are mine, but I hope to someday post some of my own here.

I don’t want to claim anyone’s work so this is where I got my information and pictures!

http://ah.thomas-industriesinc.com/Location_Rosewood.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood_Center

http://www.stuartdahnephotography.com/Fine-Art/Rosewood-Souls-Trapped-in-Time/2638976_gDjQxW#!i=477779434&k=ERwh7

http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Rosewood_State_Hospital

http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/ghost-sightings-at-old-rosewood-hospital/

 

So I was starting to watch Madhouse last night when I last posted and true to the beginning of blood, crazies, and straight jackets it was pretty darn good.  The twist to the story was great, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who loves horror movies and is looking to watch a new one.  It is not a mainstream movie, it was never on the big screen, and those are EXACTLY the type of movies I recommend.  I mean yea of course I watch the big hits that come out, hell I own a ton of them, but I find some of the best movies I’ve ever seen are movies I randomly picked up in the resale pile at a bookstore, or randomly chose on Netflix.  For example, I bought The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, never having heard of it before, just because it has Asia Argento in it.  This movie is incredibly fucked up and you should only watch it if you have a stomach for it.  J.T. Leroy was the writer of the book the movie is based on and he originally peddled the story as his own memoir.  It turns out the whole thing was fiction, but it’s still great.  It’s a part of life that many don’t want to own up to.

Anyway, back to the movies. I also watched Dark House last night which I began to think was a bit like House on Haunted Hill only in a much smaller house and different background story.  While it had some similarities the twists at the end kind of make you go “oh, crap.”  However, I do recommend House on Haunted Hill 1 & 2 over this movie.  Today I got up and found nothing on t.v. so I decided to try another movie I had never heard of – John Carpenter’s The Ward.  I’ve said before I have a thing for mental institutions and I was thinking okay Girl, Interrupted with ghosts.  Which yea it basically is, until you get to the end and the whole story is told.  I love movies that kind of blow your mind at the end.  Totally makes it all worth it.

Now, to the reason this post is called “Good Fries Are Hard to Come by.”  When I was a kid my mother always watched E.R. She never missed an episode, so as I got older I gravitated towards doctor shows.  Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, HawthorNe, etc.  So I just watched the latest episode of Private Practice – which tragically is ending this season – and it really just talked to me.  This episode was mostly about Amelia (Caterina Scorcese – who I adore!) who is a neurosurgeon who is an alcoholic that used to do oxy.  Because I have my own drug issues (I no longer do them, but once an addict always an addict) I really love this character.  Plus, I like good fries.

If you have no idea who Caterina Scorcese is I suggest you look her up.  She was also in the movies Missing and Edge of Darkness.  My favorite role of her’s is (surprise!) as Alice in Syfy channel’s mini-series.  I really love that mini-series – and of course their Tin Man one.  I never got into the Neverland one they did.. didn’t even watch more than 15 minutes of it. I do like most things on syfy channel though.  Being Human, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Eureka (which is over sadly).  I can watch the channel all day long.  I love the crappy little movies they do too.

While I was on FB today I came across a post about a town in PA, Centralia.  This town is abandoned and there is an underground fire burning in the mine beneath – it’s been burning since 1962.  So I’m intrigued and I look it up.  Turns out there is this huge dispute about the land and houses.  Apparently, it’s not completely abandoned.  There are those that still live there despite the fact that it was condemned – and they refuse to give up their land.  They say that the fire has moved on, it isn’t an issue anymore, and that the whole thing was used to get the government the land.  If everyone leaves the land does go to the government and I guess there is so much anthracite coal underneath it could make someone very, very rich.  I feel bad for those people if that is true.  Hell I feel bad just that they lost their whole town.  i do still want to visit and look around – I like abandoned buildings.

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So as I edited my last blog to say, Netflix does not have Repo! The Genetic Opera available for streaming any longer.  It broke my black little heart.  So I was forced to scroll through and look for another movie to watch to pass the time.  I came along The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel.  Rated R, made in 2012, with an average of 3.5 stars.  Sounds like a horror movie when you read the blurb.  I was like hell yea.  Turns out it isn’t a horror movie, although you wouldn’t know by the first 1/3 of the movie.  However, it is a thrilling movie with twists and turns you don’t expect and I was very pleased after watching it.  Now I just have to find something else to watch now that it’s over. /sigh

So now I’ve come upon Madhouse, a horror movie from 2004.  As previously stated I love anything to do with mental institutions – yes I’m sick I know.  So this movie is set in one!  My hopes are high and I will be very upset if I’m disappointed.  I’m only in the opening credits at the moment, but so far so good.  Lots of fake blood, crazy people running around in straight jackets and losing their minds.  Let’s cross our fingers!

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So I have issues sleeping.. can’t fall asleep.. wake up randomly.. and other times I’m completely dead to the world.  So last night I can’t fall asleep.. and then in the early morning I think I was dead to the world since I didn’t hear my parents leave.  As I’m kind of waking up I suddenly think IT’S WEDNESDAY!  And go OH SHIT! I have an appointment at 1!!! And of course I had forgotten so I quick jump up n grab my phone to see what time it is… 12:35!!  I barely have time to get dressed and run out the door, thankfully the appointment was close by so I wasn’t late, but I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten.  I mean I see her every week!  So now I guess I need to write myself little notes and put them places I can see them so I don’t forget.  I feel very old at such a young age!

So after my appointment I get home and I’m like maybe I should eat something.  Well, as you know I have food issues lately so I had no idea what to eat.  I finally settled on french fries.  So I sit down to watch t.v. while the oven is preheating and there is nothing on.. so I check our DVR and see Wanderlust.  Never heard of it, but I like Jennifer Aniston so I figured I’d check it out.  Freaking HILARIOUS!  I was a little wary cuz I’m not all about the whole commune thing, but they did well.  I laughed pretty hard at some parts.  And of course the nudist in the commune wasn’t very good looking.. and you see his penis.  Glad I didn’t watch the movie with my parents cuz that would have been weird.

Since I bought my textbooks on amazon yesterday I got $5 free in MP3’s.   I was like hell yea!  Then of course I couldn’t think of anyone who’s music I actually wanted and settled on music from The Devil’s Carnival, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Emilie Autumn.  So now I’m all omg I have to watch those again!  Yay for my buddy Cole who has Netflix!  Now I can sit back and enjoy some cult classics! (Well, they aren’t old enough to be classics, but I think they will be some day!)  If you haven’t seen them I HIGHLY recommend you watch them.  Especially if you like Rocky Horror.  Apparently now they are doing shadowcasts of Repo! just like they do of Rocky!!! I seriously need to get myself to VA and see it.  If I had known this before I went to Arizona for Christmas I would have seen the one there since that is where I lost my Rocky virginity.

Anyway, the people that did Repo! also did The Devil’s Carnival.  While I was not lucky enough to see either of them while they were touring the country I am a huge fan!  When The Devil’s Carnival does their next installment I am all over that shit.  Creepy musicals with a crazy story line are totally me.  If I had the talent I’d write my own.  But since I don’t I will happily watch these over and over.  Terrance Zdunich is awesome.  A very, very talented artist.  Not only is his voice captivating, but he’s pretty damn hot.  This is one of my favorite songs of his from Repo!  

And of course I can’t forget to give you a clip of him from the Carnival. This is Terrance (the devil) and Jessica Lowndes.

And since I have a semi-obsession with Emilie Autumn here she is in The Devil’s Carnival as The Painted Doll.

If you decide you love this as much as I do go to TheDevilsCarnival.com and Repo-Opera.com.  You can learn more and buy stuffs of course!  And if you love Emilie there is EmilieAutumn.com – she is currently touring in the U.S.  I would kill to be able to go to her show.  But the closest to me are DC and Philly.. and I am broke just like everyone else nowadays.  Tragic I know.  I went to one of Emilie’s shows in Arizona during her last tour and it was amazing!  I have some pictures somewhere and I’ll be sure to post them when I find them. (I’ve had computer problems lately so I had to put everything onto discs and flash drives.)  Emilie even wrote an autobiography which is called “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.”  I have yet to read it because I never seem to have the cash for it (currently $60 plus shipping) and I haven’t found anywhere that has it local.  I need to make friends with someone who has it so I can borrow it.  Which sounds a bit mean, but it’s true!

My friend Erol was lucky enough to have moved to L.A. just before Emilie shot her last music video (Dec.).  He got to be in it!  He even hung out with Emilie and Captain Maggot.  Total jealousy on my part.  I can’t wait til the video comes out, I don’t even know what song it was she did.  I do hope that her book gets made into a musical.  It would be devastatingly amazing considering the  music on “Fight Like a Girl” (her latest album) was inspired by the book.  I’m such a plague rat!

 

Edit: STUPID NETFLIX!! You can no longer stream Repo! I have to settle for ONLY The Devil’s Carnival! Blasphemy!