Speed of the Living Dead

Arguments about whether “fast” zombies or the traditional shambling undead are scarier usually bring up the same few points. Proponents of running zombies often note how slow zombies would be easy to evade once the initial shock of seeing wore off. Traditionalists will then point out how you can’t run forever and the dead will eventually get you. The subject of today’s post offers a humorous new wrinkle to the ongoing debate. Philip Pugh’s horror short Speed of the Living Dead can be found online thanks to Hammer:

Yes, that’s the same Hammer behind numerous classic horror movies starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They’re hosting this, along with many other films that were submitted to the London Short Film 2017 “90 Second Horror Challenge.” Here’s hoping we see more great shorts from those parties in the years to come!

Friends Productions’ Haunted Woods

Location: 430 Salem St, Wilmington, MA 01887 (Directions)
Dates/Times: Oct 19, 20, 26, 27 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm (Dates/Times and prices subject to change as years go by)
Admission: $7 per student, $10 per adult
Phone: (978) 933-1066
Website:
http://www.friendshauntedproductions.com/

The Harnden Tavern in Wilmington, Massachusetts is home to many things. Having been in place since the 18th century gives it plenty of history and rustic charm. A museum devoted to local history is housed within it walls and every October its woods become a haunted attraction. Well, it houses several attractions according to the haunt’s website, but I’m counting it as a single haunt since those attractions are just themed individual segments of the haunted woods. Keep in mind how the Friends Productions website actually discusses the theme of each segment, so only visit that part of the site if you don’t mind spoilers. But I’m getting off topic…

Friends Productions was founded in 2009 by Stephen Valenti. Stephen, along with his parents and friends, had always enjoyed visiting haunted attractions and it should come as no surprise this led to him wanting to do one of his own. He launched the first annual Haunted Woods that year (albeit at a different location) His friends and parents have been with him from the beginning (his father even helps with the construction and lighting) and the event is supported by the Wilmington Town curator, Wilmington Historical Commission and Wilmington Minutemen! There’s also plenty of student volunteers from the local middle and high school and the proceeds are used to help with the upkeep of the tavern and its museum.

I visited in 2017 on their second night of operation. My visit was later in the evening than I had originally planned on, which might explain a few things I’ll be noting later in the review. It was very dark on the road to the tavern and I was getting concerned my GPS wasn’t working properly, so it was a huge relief to see a sign and partitions explaining you can’t park in that area and where to go for free parking. The realistic Jason Voorhees dummy was a great touch and being able to see some projected lighting effects on one of the buildings helped increase my anticipation. I was directed into to a grassy area by a traffic guard and old men in colonial gear. Screams and a chainsaw could be heard in the forest nearby and only a little light could be made out among the dense foliage. This was a very promising sign of things to come. As I passed by the historic tavern, I noticed the door was open and people were inside. Looking back, I wish I had tried going in since it looked really cool in there. But since there wasn’t anything haunt-related in there, I pressed on to the waiting area. There was a food tent to the right of the ticket table, but the really interesting stuff was near the stairs on the side of the old black building. Not only was one of those red and green “light show” devices you often see in December aimed at the building, but there was also a projection of bloody messages appearing on white area (complete with sound effects)! Sadly the projector was out in the open on a table. Hopefully they’ll come up with a cool enclosure for it next time. What wasn’t so noticeable was the evil butler prop peering out a window. Despite it being lit by a dim strobe light, the effect was very subtle and those who aren’t paying attention might miss it. The wait in line wasn’t too long, but I did appreciate the other distractions. A red spotlight was pointed at the rules and it was nice to see a haunt actually have their no photography rule out in open for a change. But the two performers who occasionally came out of the entrance to interact with people weren’t the only live entertainment. Sometimes masked evil mimes would go on the stairs and do creepy little performances!

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Fear For Your Ears IX

William Meikle has a wonderful selection of audio book adaptations of his short stories available on his website. Similarly, Tales from the Potts House lets you stream readings of various works by William Hope Hodgson. Speaking of Mr. Hodgson, the Wikipedia entry for his short story “A Voice in the Night” also has a free audio book available to stream or download. Fans of classic horror should appreciate Quicksilver Radio Theater’s audio drama version of Frankenstein. The Overcast features tons of great story readings, including one of “The Hymn of Ordeal, No. 23” by Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein. Death, Dying, and Other Things describes itself as a podcast specializing in “scare, spook, and unsettle” and has a new episode on the first Thursday of the month and the Old Gray Goose has a tale of “Memories From The Graveyard.” Film critic Scott Foy has an unsettling experience of his own when his attempt to review the Asylum’s bid to cash in on Cloverfield resulted in the first “found footage” review that’s also an audio drama of sorts! The Lovecraft Covenant is a gripping series about a serial killer whose crimes are connected to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

We’ll get back to Providence’s favorite son later on, but I want to focus on Edgar Allan Poe for now. Demon Man has a chilling reading of “The Masque of the Red Death,” Psyche Corporation has their own take on Poe’s classic “Annabel Lee.” and 4dio offers readings of both “A Dream Within a Dream” and “The Tell​-​Tale Heart” Although their name is the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, the HPLHS gang has created a free audio drama version of “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” for their Dark Adventure Radio Theatre line. However, they sometimes give away free Lovecraft installments from the series on their official Facebook page. Finally, Storytime With Miss Vallene has another reading of “The Tell​-​Tale Heart” along with one of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Horrid Lore has several readings of classic horror tales (along with ones of the narrator’s original stories). Those who prefer classic fare will also enjoy HorrorBabble’s take on The Shadow Over Innsmouth, JSmith Reads: Horror Short Stories and Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers line. That’s right, you can year scary stories narrated by Pinhead himself!

The Factory: Recording 741 finds a detective tasked with finding a missing person, only to wind up in something much more complicated…and terrifying. The Beast of the Western Wilds is a lengthy work of dark fantasy about a witch hunter and Vultures Over Low Doves can be downloaded for free! The Night Keep combines a radio play with a concept album while the lengthy sample chapter of Thomas Zimmerman’s Nine Rooms Deep is an intense and disturbing ride.

Now comes the annual Doctor Who audio selection. Big Finish Productions has uploaded an astonishing number of complete stories from their Doctor Who and Dark Shadows lines onto Spotify! This is huge news for those who previously only had access to the samples and trailers on Big Finish’s Dark Shadows SoundCloud page and the 15 minute preview segments scattered across the Big Finish podcast on their primary SoundCloud account.

Not only do the Moon-Rays have a performance of the old ghost story “Till Martin Comes Home” but they also have the classic that is “The Raven (for Beatniks).” While we’re on YouTube, let’s look at some official uploads of old kiddie monster story albums! Godzilla: King of Monsters is split into “Godzilla vs. Amphibion” and “Godzilla vs. The Alien Invasion.” Similarly, Famous Monsters Speak is divided into “Frankenstein Speaks” and “Dracula Rises.” I also found Baron Dixon’s poem “The Thing That Lives in the Toilet.”

Speaking of creepy poems, SoundCloud is the home of Mike Galsworthy’s “She Will Be My Witch.” Don’t let its name fool you, the Thrilling Adventure Hour has plenty of horror material. This is also true for Twelve Chimes It’s Midnight.

Before we wrap things up, let’s stop by iTunes and check out The White Vault, Station Blue and Limetown.

Astrophobia is an upcoming “Lovecraftian Space Opera” and you’d better bookmark that link so you don’t miss it! Finally, let’s not forget last year’s Six Foot Plus Halloween special.

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading or streaming from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Some downloads may not work in certain regions. Blah blah blah…

What’s In A Name?

As I noted in the most recent installment of the “Horror Trivia” series, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was originally going to be called “The Brain of Frankenstein.” It’s hard to imagine audiences going to a film with such a title and expecting a comedy. I imagine many would write it off as yet another entry in the franchise and it wouldn’t have been the smash hit which revitalized interest in the Universal monsters. A title can make or break a movie. Can you imagine as many people would have been interested in checking out Shriek of the Mutilated if it didn’t have such a striking title? That’s why I’m convinced the generic titles many of the classic Gamera movies were saddled with for their American release helped make the character more obscure in America than he was in Japan at the time. This is also true for novels, as Bram Stoker had gone through several proposed titles before settling on Dracula. It seems unlikely the character would have been as popular if Stoker had gone with The Dead Un-Dead” or “The Un-Dead as the title of his novel, especially if he had used his original name for the character: “Count Wampyr.”

Troma certainly knows the marketing power of an interesting title. It goes all the way to back to when the decision was made to change the name of “The Health Club Horror” to The Toxic Avenger during the production of said film. This understanding is also why they changed the title of Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake to Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell and created A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell by some extra footage and narration onto “Dark Fortress.” Although it appears the film was only publicly released as A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell, not unlike how Roger Corman’s “Prehistoric World” was retitled as Teenage Caveman by the distributor.

Night of the Living Dead went through several proposed titles before settling on the one we all know and love. The earliest version was a horror comedy about aliens called “Monster Flick” but the comedy and aliens were eventually phased out in later drafts. A work print for the film bore the title “Night of Anubis” in reference to the Egyptian deity associated with embalming and death. This eventually became “Night of the Flesh Eaters” and was to have been the actual title for the film before the distributor decided to change the name.

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Taking Care of Masks

Odds are that anyone reading this website has at least one latex mask they want to preserve. Maybe it’s to wear again on future Halloweens (or haunts) or maybe you just want to display it. Whatever the rationale for this perfectly reasonable desire is, don’t store them on styrofoam wig heads! This might seem like an odd thing to say, given how costume and party stores often display masks on those, but it can potentially ruin your mask if used for long term storage. Don’t believe me? Perhaps you’ll be convinced by the following video from AJ Good / The House of Masks:

His suggestion for using bottles to display masks is better, but I’d personally avoid filling the bottles with water in order to prevent potential mold issues. In fact, I skip bottles entirely and stuff my masks with old shirts. Those curious about permanently filling masks with foam to display them will also appreciate AJ’s video on the matter:

6’+ Episode 238 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Do you dare listen to a show made completely of the MONSTER MASH? With versions by ZOMBINA & THE SKELETONES, BANANACONDAS, THE DUMB FOX, VINCENT PRICE and more. Plus, MONSTERMATT PATTERSON does the ‘Transylvania Twist.'”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tricks and Treats IX

If the above lantern strikes your fancy, you can learn how to make one in Volume 14 of School Arts magazine. While we’re on the subject of vintage reading material, let’s check out The Anchora of Delta Gamma to learn about a haunted attraction from 1968 called the “Mystic Mansion.”

The October 1985 issue of Boys’ Life has an interesting interview with Garfield (and Jim Davis) which foreshadows the events of Garfield’s Halloween Adventure without actually mentioning the special by name!

The name “Zioptis Foundation” might be familiar to those of you who read last year’s collection of links to haunted attraction review websites. But what you probably didn’t know is how that particular haunt reviewer has a free “Dial-A-Trip” phone number which gives bizarre messages to callers! You can learn more about the phone number’s long history at the Zioptis DeviantArt page.

Dr. TerrorEyes has loads of great stuff available on his Facebook page, with everything from informative lectures he’s given at haunted attraction conventions to prop ideas!

Danny Seo’s Upcycling Celebrations has some great instructions on how to turn burnt-out floodlight bulbs into potion bottles. This is a huge boon to haunters who use such lights in their displays. The only problem is how the online version doesn’t have any pictures. Thankfully Organized31 does!

Sew a Modern Halloween: Make 15 Spooky Projects for Your Home by Riel Nason shows how to make a fabric “Scrappy Jack block” which can be used to make festive quilts and pillows.

Melody Hall’s Ultimate Halloween has instructions for a “Batty Clothespin Bat Pin,” “Goofy Gourds Centerpiece Baskets” and decorating your cubicle at work for Halloween. People of all ages can enjoy making the “Paper Bag Pumpkin” from The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner.

Do you have any spare egg cartons? If so, How To Make Your Own Spooky Halloween Crafts by Jeannine Hill will show you how to make bats and spiders out of said cartons. She also discusses how to make ghosts using your choice of balloons or trash bags.

Speaking of ghosts, Mary Meinking’s Spooky Haunted House: DIY Cobwebs, Coffins, and More demonstrates how to make “Glowing Ghosts” you can hang from the ceiling and I Love Halloween shows how a tomato cage can be used to make a different kind of glowing ghost.

Some “Bone Candlesticks” would be a great match for creepy homemade candles. Those who prefer to avoid open flames should enjoy creating an “EEK Wreath” or one of these other Halloween projects.

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It Came From Amazon X

The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by Robert E. Wronski Jr. looks like an amazing reference guide for the numerous crossovers and inside jokes in works of horror. It’s a shame he apparently also tries to argue they all take place in the same universe!

Jeff Rovin arguably had more success connecting various Universal monster movies in Return of the Wolf Man. I’ve heard the sequels by David Jacobs, The Devil’s Brood and The Devil’s Night, tried to carry over the references to other films and general atmosphere Rovin created. But then I’ve also heard the results were more “splatterpunk” than “classic horror.”

Wait, Larry Buchanan wrote an autobiography about the making of Curse of the Swamp Creature and other infamous low budget movies? Consider it added to my list of books I absolutely have to read one day.

The original cover for The Slime Beast ripped off the design of The She Creature. The first edition cover of Yellow Fog took things a step further using Germán Robles’ face as the model for its vampire!

The Werewolf vs. Vampire Woman is not a novelization of the famed Paul Naschy film. Yes, it was released to promote its US release and even uses a few aspects of the movie’s plot. But it’s mostly just an original comedic story! A gory novelization of X the Unknown was released a couple of years ago and I have no idea why. While we’re on the subject of British horror movie novelizations, Plasmid is a novelization for a film that never got made. Cameron’s Closet actually predates the cult 80’s horror movie of the same name. The same can also be said for The Monster Club. I remain convinced these plastic fang whistles would be marketed as “Shadmock Fangs” had that film been a smash successful.

I don’t know whether I love or hate the cover art on Flying Frog Productions games. It’s either awesomely low budget or painfully cheesy depending on when I look at it. I feel similarly about Funko’s line of horror figures with a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe twist.

Remember the “Silent Screamers” figure I discussed back in the first installment of “It Came From Amazon” back in 2010? I found another figure from the same toy line depicting “Graf Orlok” from Nosferatu, along with a comic book tie-in! The figure’s ability to turn purple when exposed to direct sunlight is an interesting touch. But given what happens to material that changes colors after a decade or so, they’ll all permanently turn purple at some point.

Who can forget those classic model kits from Aurora? Or their numerous reissues from Monogram, Polar Lights, Moebius and Dencomm and over the years? But how many of you knew of Polar Lights’ resculpted Godzilla model or completely original Headless Horseman kit? Did you know about Moebius’s Aurora-style Grim Reaper, Invisible Man, Martian, Creature from The Black Lagoon or “The Mighty Kogar” kits? Monarch also got into the Fauxrora game with a glowing Nosferatu kit. Sadly Amazon doesn’t have Dark Horse’s “Horrora” “Space Thing” available at this time.

Make Your Own Man-Eating Plant

The term “man-eating plant” is kind of misleading. Pop culture has shown time and time again how these fictional plants are more than happy to eat women. Come to think of it, they often snack on animals much larger than what your standard Venus Flytrap, sundew or pitcher plant could ever hope to digest. I guess that means calling them “carnivorous plants” would be misleading as well. The term “cannibal plant” has sometimes been used, but an actual cannibal plant would eat other plants. Whatever you want to call them, these vicious plants would be perfect for your next Halloween display or haunted attraction. Since not everyone has novelty banks or old toys they can reuse as static props, I decided to look up some handy tutorials.

Our first video on the subject comes from Hollywood Haunter:

However, you have to read the video’s description to get a list of materials and instructions. Thankfully this is not the case in our next video, which was created by tommy36597:

Those intimidated by the above should enjoy this more beginner-friendly tutorial from BirdBrain FX:

These all owe more than a little inspiration to Little Shop of Horrors, but don’t limit yourself to copying that movie! There’s no reason you can’t use the basic guidelines from these videos to make a prop plant of your own wholly unique design. If you do, please be sure to post a link to your creation (or tutorial) in the comments!

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Quick Makeup Tips and Costume Ideas IV

The above improvised pumpkin costume by Will Hart (better known as CthulhuWho1 in some circles) shows how one can create a great costume without spending a lot of time or money. Personally, I recommend wearing a green knit hat or headband with a “stem” attached rather than taping one directly onto your head.

DIY Halloween Costumes has a plethora of easy costume ideas like a “Mail Stripper” and “Lady Bug.” But those aren’t the only easy ideas on Facebook! The Cult of John Carpenter shows how the right coat and headband flashlight can help you recreate an iconic horror poster and I think my mom’s gone crazy has a unique soda pouring costume.

The October 1975 issue of Ebony Jr. has a great tutorial about creating a starch mask and Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U has instructions on how to dress up as “Mummy Dearest.”

Make Fun!: Create Your Own Toys, Games, and Amusements by Bob Knetzger features an amazing “Steampunk Safety Goggles” tutorial. Those goggles would be perfect with the “Mad Scientist” costume from Ed Morrow’s The Halloween Handbook, which also shows alternate ways to be a “Ladybug” or “Mummy.” Joanne O’Sullivan Halloween has instructions for costumes like “Sir Burlap,” “Yuki Ona” and many more!

A Ghostly Good Time: The Family Halloween Handbook by Woman’s Day might be familiar to those of you who read my idea about converting their “Wizard” costume into a “Cthulhu Cultist” costume. In addition to having found another inspiring cultist costume picture, I also have more selections from the book! These selections include the “Crow,” “Three-Headed Four-Armed Monster,” “Frankensteins,” “Swamp Girl,” “Bat Boy” and “Garden Fairy.” Although the “Swamp Girl” link also shows how to convert it into a “Witch” costume, the instructions on turning “Bat Boy” into a “Dragon” and “Garden Fairy” into a “Clown” are available separately. You can save time and money by getting multiple Halloweens out of a single costume!

Seeing as how makeup comes first in the article’s title, I should take a break from costumes. StyleCaster shows how eyeliner can be used to create countless Halloween makeup designs while StayGlam offers easy Halloween makeup ideas. Moving on to gory makeup, Taylor Haze Keller demonstrates how easy it is to create disturbing effects using scar wax and acrylic teeth. wikiHow has tutorials on making fake wounds, fake blood without food coloring and realistic fake blood using chocolate syrup!

Getting back to costumes, Instructables can show you how to make a “Kidnapped Mermaid” (or Merman) costume, articulated angel wings and numerous costumes made from cutting up old tee-shirts.

Accusations of one’s opponent being a conspiracy theorist has been an especially popular argument in American political discussions this year. I imagine this will make eHow’s guide to making a tinfoil hat very popular among members of all political parties, but I think it’s more interesting to use it for your homemade robot costume designs.

Dinosaur Dracula’s “Deadsites” series has resurrected Kellogg’s “Spooky Town” website from 2000, so be sure to visit if you want to learn how to dress up like a “Pirate” or “Mummy.” I swear the instructions aren’t the same as the ones for the other tutorials I shared on the matter.

Finally, iLoveToCreate Blog has many costume ideas and Balmore Leathercraft shows how layering your costume can lead to incredible results.

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Video Store Day Is Coming!

The eighth annual International Independent Video Store Day will soon be upon us. It’s a mere 10 days away, so set a reminder and spread the word! You can learn more about the it (and see if any stores nearby are participating) at the official Video Store Day website.

It Came From Wikipedia XI

Many think of countries like America, Britain, Japan and Italy when asked to name countries known for producing lots of horror movies. But there’s one other country which also deserves to be on that list: Cambodia. Not only is there an entire Wikipedia article about the sizable number of Cambodian horror movies, there’s also a Wikipedia category devoted to the subject and a portion the “Cinema of Cambodia” article that’s devoted to the subject!

Speaking of Asian cinema, fans of Japanese monster movies often refer to the Godzilla and Gamera films from the 50’s-70’s as being the “Shōwa films.” But where does the term come from? It turns out it’s a reference to the reign of the emperor at the time. If we go to the entry for “Shōwa period,” it turns out the emperor in question was…oh…wow. Um…I think I’ll start referring to films from that time as the “classic films” from now on…

Let’s move on to jolly old England! Lock Up Your Daughters is a lost British horror movie which might feature a special performance by Bela Lugosi. Or maybe it’s just a clip show movie. You’ll have to read the article to see what I mean. The Wikipedia entry for Ghostwatch has a lot of fascinating details about the infamous British television special. The clear shot of the makeup used for “Pipes” the ghost is a special treat, as is the list of Pipes’ complete appearances throughout the special.

Speaking of ghosts, it turns out the original script for Ghostbusters was surprisingly similar to the Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon. Speaking of that cartoon, it turns out a episode recycled the character design and animation cycles for “Drac” from Groovie Goolies in an episode about Count Dracula! Getting back to the more famous movie, the entries on the proton packs and the “Ghost Blasters” dark ride are surprisingly lengthy.

For a brief time in the 90’s, horror movies inspired by fairy tales were a thing. Don’t believe me? Read up on Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio’s Revenge and Snow White: A Tale of Terror and prepare to be amazed. Just be careful of all the spoilers!

Speaking of the 90’s, that’s also when the urban legend about scientists drilling a hole into Hell was spread across the internet. Unsurprisingly, the story (and the audio recording of tortured souls) were a hoax. But the actual origin of the recording might surprise you! Speaking of urban legends, let’s read up on Bloody Mary next!

Have you ever wondered who owns the libraries for the various “Poverty Row” horror movies of yesteryear? You’ll have to look at the article about Republic Pictures (and its current owner) in order to find out!

Giantkiller was an awesome comic book miniseries which needs more love. I wouldn’t mind a live action or animated adaptation, either. Seriously, how can you not like a comic where watching episodes of Ultraman is considered proper training for battling giant monsters?

The list of all the various adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera is packed with information. It’s how I learned “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” was first played by the Phantom onscreen in the 1962 movie! Other interesting list on Wikipedia include the list of Sci Fi Pictures original films, the “Syfy original films” category and the list of numerous unrealized projects the channel has announced over the years.

Absolute Dice Halloween

I’ve only just recently dipped my toes back into the world of games and boy do I have some catching up to do! One of the things I missed out on was a line of games called “Absolute Dice.” Then again, that might also be because the game seems to be more popular in the UK than the US. But hopefully the subject of today’s review just might change that! The game’s popularity since it debuted in 2016 has spawned numerous variations: there’s a word version, a drinking version, a Christmas version and of course, a Halloween version.

In addition to the awesome orange velvet bag, the game comes with a total of ten dice. There’s a black number die, a black icon die, six orange icon dice, an orange silver icon die and an orange golden icon die. You don’t need a game board, although you might want to supply your own pencils and scrap paper depending on players’ memory skills. Let’s look at what you do get:

I tried to get a photograph of the nifty branded plastic bag the game came packaged in, but it defied all of my attempts to photograph it without the reflections coming off the clear plastic portions of the bag ruining the shot. The dice originally came in a resealable plastic bag packaged inside the velvet drawstring bag, but it’s really up to you if you want to keep using it.

The rules are simple: Players roll two black dice to determine what Halloween icons they need to collect and the number of turns they have to roll the orange scoring dice. For example, let’s say I roll a ghost and the number four. This means I have four turns to roll the dice to see if I get any ghosts. Each ghost I roll gives me one point. If I end up rolling a silver ghost, I get a point for that die and double points on all other ghosts I rolled for that turn. Rolling a golden ghost nets me triple points on all the ghosts I roll for the turn, in addition to a point for the golden icon itself. Something special happens when you roll both golden and silver icons, but you’ll have to get the game to find out! The game continues until one player scores one hundred and one points. But you’re welcome to make up your own house rules and the official Absolute Dice website includes some alternate rules as well. If you notice the black “Absolute Dice” tag in the above picture, that’s not just there for show. It’s actually a folded card which contains the rules! I had no trouble reading it, but you can print out a larger version from the game’s website if you so desire. Due to the size of the dice, this game is not suitable for children under the age of five. However, the only minimum number of players you need is two. That’s right, there’s no maximum number of people who can play!

The game is easy to understand and is great for people who just want to jump in and start playing. I tested the plastic dice and they didn’t seem to favor any particular side. The smooth edges of each engraved die means they will roll for awhile, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re playing at a small table. Especially given how fast and furious dice rolls can be when players get drawn into the game! So skip bobbing for apples and bring Absolute Dice Halloween to your next Halloween party. The bag easily fits in your pocket, even when filled with the dice, so bringing the game along on trips (or to a friend’s house) is not problem at all. It sure beats carrying a traditional board game around. Similarly, rolling festive dice with family and friends is much more fun than gargling their backwash while trying to bite an apple!

Special thanks to Absolute Dice for the review copy!

How To Make A Prop Chainsaw

Do you need a fake chainsaw for Halloween and require something with more heft than a papercraft version? Fear not! The Prop Master’s Handbook has posted a tutorial on YouTube which shows how you can make a fairly realistic one for very little money:

This also gave me a great idea for a haunted house room or Halloween window display. First, make a prop chainsaw according to the above video’s instructions. Once it’s finished and everything’s dried, put it on a table. Adding a few fake body parts is optional and if you can’t splash some fake blood around, lit the scene with a red light. Then print out and hang some appropriate warning signs in the background. That’s all you need for a simple window display, but you should probably include a surprise visit from a performer if you’re doing this at a haunted house. Since people would expect to be attacked by someone with a chainsaw, perhaps someone could sneak up on them and either scream “Get away from my saw” or attack with a different prop weapon? Or maybe the table the chainsaw is displayed on has some plastic covering which hides someone underneath? Whether they attack with another prop chainsaw (and appropriate sound effects) is up to you, as I doubt anyone would expect a chainsaw attack like that!

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Free Horror Movie Commentaries VI

I honestly thought my previous article about free commentary tracks for horror movies was going to be my last installment. So when a whole year went by and I came across a free commentary for Spookies and nothing else, I went back an slipped it into the article as a secret bonus. But one year after that and now I’m suddenly swimming in free commentaries. Some are filled with nothing but jokes and others are serious discussions about the film. Some are free downloads and others can only be streamed for free. But they’re all worth checking out!

VHS LIFE has done numerous downloadable commentaries, including one for Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead. Although I linked directly to a commentary for a non VHS source, the title of the podcast should clue you in as to the format to use when you watch the movies associated with their other commentary tracks.

The Podcast Under The Stairs also has its share of commentaries, like the ones prepared for the 80’s Invaders From Mars remake and Demons.

There’s an “unofficial” commentary track for Lights Out which was apparently uploaded onto SoundCloud by the film’s director!

The Kaijusaurus Podcast’s live discussion of Tristar’s infamous attempt at a Godzilla movie just barely qualifies as a commentary. You’ll understand once you hear it. However, ComicBookCast’s commentary track for the 2014 American Godzilla movie is a true blue commentary.

Fantom Publishing has a line of unofficial commentaries for various Doctor Who serials available for sale. In order to help promote them, they’ve released the one for the first installment of The Sea Devils for free! I’m afraid I don’t know how well it works with the NTSC release of that serial since it appears to have been recorded for use with the PAL release. greatestshowinthegalaxy has one for The Day of the Doctor as well.

Time travel fans might also appreciate the free fan commentary track for Primer despite it having nothing to do with the series noted above.

Searching around SoundCloud has also brought me tracks for District 9, My Bloody Valentine, the original Halloween II, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), Aliens, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. You can search for more using the “commentary track” and “movie commentary track” tags as well!

You can also search the “commentary” tag on Bandcamp, but I thought I should provide you with some direct links as well. Find The Computer Room has free downloads of commentaries for Cloverfield, the original Night of the Living Dead, the original Halloween II and Nosferatu. However, Drunken Zombie’s commentary for Insidious and the commentary for Scanners by Uncle Jerk’s Commentary Corner can only be streamed for free.

Here’s the complete list of past installments:

Free Horror Movie Commentaries!
More Free Horror Movie Commentaries
Even More Free Horror Movie Commentaries
Still More Free Horror Movie Commentaries
Yet More Free Horror Movie Commentaries

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

6’+ Episode 237 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“How about a second helping of the podcast that makes you get into the Halloween spirit? We double-down on the pumpkin spice with music from THE YOUNG WEREWOLVES, THE ROAD SODAS, SPEEDBALL JR., and more. Plus, the MONSTERMATT MINUTE and KILLER KUT!”

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