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It's HALLOWEEN !
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#38

My favorite Halloween commercial and the inspiration for my October Halloween avatar.



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#39



No matter what the movie topic is these guys do a good job of discussing it.

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#40

Guillermo del Toro directed the opening of the new Simpsons Halloween Special. So much good in there it hurts.



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#41

Wow that was impressive, probably the most entertainment I've gotten out of anything the simpons have done in the last 10+ years. Also I think that's the first reference I've seen anywhere to Phantom Of The Paradise! These super long intros do seem kind of self indulgent though.

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#42
AThat's the best thing Del Toro has directed since The Devils Backbone.
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#43
ADouble post
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#44

Speaking of Del Toro, my best Halloween costume ever,....




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#45
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Guillermo del Toro directed the opening of the new Simpsons Halloween Special. So much good in there it hurts.




The rest of the episode was pretty lame. The Freaks parody was the best but it would have been a lesser entry in TOH I-X. Does anyone played Tapped Out? The Halloween update is a blast with a lot of great references to the show in its prime. Ghost Maude Flanders and Ghost Frank Grimes were particularly inspired touches.

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#46

Speaking of Halloween costumes, here some of my favorites


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#47

One of my favorite albums on the yearly October playlist:



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Scream...and Die Screaming  (Studio by the Cemetery)



The whole album is available for a free download. Horror fans, especially those of the '80s regime, will absolutely love it.

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#48

I love that ' 50 cent charge if tape returned un-rewound' sticker.


I ran a couple ma/pa video stores for a decade and my customers would have revolted if I'd tried that.


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we used these, with the alarm sensor underneath...(shoosh, don't tell anybody...)


I actually had to start un-screwing every cassette and putting these inside cause


thieves would peel the sensors off the VHSs (mostly porn) and steal them.

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#49

It's nice to see a new animated Halloween special. It seems they don't make them as much as they used to.





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I love that ' 50 cent charge if tape returned un-rewound' sticker.


I ran a couple ma/pa video stores for a decade and my customers would have revolted if I'd tried that.


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we used these, with the alarm sensor underneath...(shoosh, don't tell anybody...)


I actually had to start un-screwing every cassette and putting these inside cause


thieves would peel the sensors off the VHSs (mostly porn) and steal them.



It would be an interesting poll: How many video store vendors actually collected on/enforced their "Rewind, or Pay in Kind" policy.



I would say that a majority of the video stores I rented from in the 80s (and beyond) had that policy in place, but I never returned a tape unwound because, well, how difficult was it to push a button and wait a minute or two?



I could see Ballbuster collecting on those rewinding fees, and people paying them too.

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#51

We never charged rewind fees and had a couple industrial strength rewinders that made quick work of that.


It's late fees people had problems with. Road rage in a vid shoppe.



I remember reading in the trades an interview with the Netflicks CEO with him saying his goal was to shut down


all brick & mortar stores, and the frakker did it, with the rare exceptions.



I kinda miss it but relieved to be out of it. My stores had a rather large XXXporn section, and the scum of the earth would go in there.


I've seen / caught people not only shoving smut down their trousers, but guys masturbating, couples making out.


Geez, glad to be shed of that lot..

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#52

Did anyone have Movie World in their area? They had a section called the Castle of Horror, which had a castle facade, complete with fake cobwebs and spiders. The walls were adorned with classic horror posters and they had just about anything you could ever ask for on those shelves.



It was a huge influence on me. I never looked back after I first walked into Movie World's horror section.

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My stores had a rather large XXXporn section, and the scum of the earth would go in there.


I've seen / caught people not only shoving smut down their trousers, but guys masturbating, couples making out.


Geez, glad to be shed of that lot..



Thank God for the internet.

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#54

And now, for your viewing enjoyment, I present: Zombie Goofy!




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#55

Does anyone know any good Halloween based online specials or podcasts?  The We Hate Movies guys are pretty funny, I suggest checking them out.

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#56

The We Hate Movies about Wes Craven's New Nightmare was good.

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#57

I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that I have lost my way. The good news is that I'm way ahead of schedule.
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#58

One of my more interesting jobs--Assistant manager of a Halloween Adventures store.


Good- getting to dress up in any costumes we sold while at work. Once I wore a premium grim reaper costume, full cloak, skeleton hand gloves, scythe (wood and foam rubber), mask was nicely done skull with black mesh behind eye & mouth holes (so they can't see 'you') lower jaw that latched under your chin so the skull mouth moved when you talked. I walked to the window of next-door Spencer's Gifts and there were a group of teeny-bopper girls, giggling and messing with stuff--I pointed directly at one who glanced up, and she freaked out, like Veronica Cartwright in Alien. Spasms, falling to her knees screaming, fetal position, I think she may have wee'd herself. I ducked away quickly so none of her mates saw me. I loved it.


Also good, the pay. Around $15 an hour early in the season and closer to $20. in October.


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BAD- shoplifting like I'd never seen before. People would bring in empty shopping bags and stuff them and walk out. Unbelievable. Little we could do about it, mall cops are useless at best. I see the store chain have gone to a 'select from pictures on the wall, pay, then pickup costume at a secured section of the store'  type system, which is smart.


Also bad was the forced weekend indoctrination sessions, where they would send their managers to once a month, out of state to a central location store, complete with chants and group cheers and such activities (just short of singing Kumbaya) as well as useful info about the type of business and how to sell / accessorize. I wound up being fired for violating company policy of leaving no money in registers at night after closing, but putting it in the safe. Nevermind that I didn't know the disused register had money in it, and didn't have a key to open said register to check it or remove money.

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#59

The original goth babe


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Fergie and Josh Duhamel as Elvira & Riffraff
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#62

I saw that doc earlier this month in my desperate scavenge for Halloween content!  Highly recommended.

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#63

I went to Universal Halloween Horror Nights last night and it delivered. This was my third time and it seems to get better every year. The Terror Tram, somewhat lackluster in previous years, was at its best with a Walking Dead theme that had plenty to see. It's no longer just a photo op for the Psycho House.



In keeping with the Walking Dead theme of this year, its maze, known as No Safe Haven, utilized a prison setting (from the show I'm told) and was a blast. It's not my favorite of the night, though. Along with Black Sabbath and Insidious, it was the most popular with wait times up to 2 1/2 hours (!). My friend and I got lucky and went right away, so we endured no such absurdities.

Black Sabbath 13 was 3D, neon, garish and wonderful. And what's better than a demon on stilts jabbing a knife at you while War Pigs plays? Not a whole lot. That was my second favorite of the night.

My favorite by far was Insidious: Into The Further. It was spooky with all kinds of hidden compartments for actors to jump out at you. Tiptoe Through The Tulips, like in the film, was used to terrifying perfection here.

The remake may have been a bit of a letdown but Evil Dead's walk through haunted house wasn't. My favorite moment was getting spritzed with blood (water) when the demon is being chainsawed through the mouth.

El Cucuy (The Boogeyman), like La Llorona before it, was based on Mexican folklore. It was a lot of fun but nowhere near as effective as La Llorona. Danny Trejo did the freaky voice over. It was as delightful as you'd expect.

We capped the evening with Universal Monsters Remix Resurrection. This was the year-round haunted house re-done with techno music by Figure. It was great and an ideal way to end the night.

This year's Scare Zones included The Purge, Curse of Chucky (complete with Chucky who would appear at a window and yell insults at you), The Walking Dead (shocking), Cirque de Klownz and Scarecrowz. All what you'd expect and no less enjoyable. And Jurassic Park In The Dark still kicks ass.

All in all, even with the ridiculous crowds, this is a Los Angeles must if you're a fan of horror and Halloween.

The mazes were all gold but here's my list, in order from most to least favorite:

Insidious: Into The Further
Black Sabbath 13: 3D
Terror Tram (Invaded by the Walking Dead)
The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven
Evil Dead: Book of the Dead
El Cucuy
Universal Monsters Remix Resurrection

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#64
AI enjoyed Horror Nights this year as well. I had a Front of the Line Pass, so I breezed past all the poor bastards in the standby lines.

My favorite HHNs were the ones that had Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Texas Chain Saw Massacre mazes, but this year's mazes still had plenty of quality scares. Hell, "The Walking Dead" maze is way more frightening than the smelly show.
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I enjoyed Horror Nights this year as well. I had a Front of the Line Pass, so I breezed past all the poor bastards in the standby lines.

My favorite HHNs were the ones that had Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Texas Chain Saw Massacre mazes, but this year's mazes still had plenty of quality scares. Hell, "The Walking Dead" maze is way more frightening than the smelly show.


Can't get into the show but I thoroughly enjoyed the mazes. A Scare Zone, Terror Tram and a dedicated maze should feel like overkill, especially when it's a property I don't care for but it didn't bother me. The chainsaw-wielding SWAT zombies were aces.



I do hope they change it next year, though. You know what would be a bad-ass? A Dawn of the Dead mall setting. Or a Herbert West's lab, complete with talking heads.

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#66
AThis is pretty rad:


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Emjk8ZG68
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This is pretty rad:


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Emjk8ZG68

Cool artwork but who's that behind Joan Jett? The Terminator? Mad Max?

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If any of you, like me, have Spotify at work, they have several John Carpenter soundtracks that are perfect background music right now.  I am especially enjoying The Fog and Halloween 2.  Also, if you prefer the Italian horror music, there is quite a bit of Goblin on there as well.  Finally some dude made a playlist called Beyond the Black Rainbow, I'm sure based on the movie, that is loaded with tons of great, 70's horror inspired analog synth music.

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ADis creepy fookin song gahdam

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cLY0HNds_tE
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