Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #6 - Halloween Edition: The Frighteners / Lightning Bug / Lady In White

Just passed the middle of our beloved month of October, with Halloween quickly approaching. Of course this installment of mini-reviews must be Halloween related, but not in the way you might think. If you've followed me or read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I like to do things differently, away from the masses. And so it is with this batch of films, which I might add, are not specifically about Halloween, but have the elements within them. Read on...

 THE FRIGHTENERS - 1996

Believe it or not, I had never seen this all the way through before now, and if you don't get a Halloween vibe from it, well I can't help you. I love that this is a Peter Jackson film. I love that the role was written for Michael J. Fox with no one else in mind. And I think it's a bittersweet farewell to his leading man film roles.

This film is just fun, and what a delightful surprise to see Dee Wallace, whose character is a fantastic change from her previous "cool Mom" roles. Lots of other cameos and friendly faces here, set in a deliciously Tim Burton-esque landscape. Don't be like me and wait 20 years to enjoy it!

FUN FACT: Danny Elfman loved Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures so much, he agreed to do the soundtrack for The Frighteners without previously viewing any footage, or even knowing what it was about. And of course, it's excellent.

                                                           
LIGHTNING BUG - 2004

Ok this movie appealed to me for so many reasons. First off, it's based on a true story about a kid who makes monster masks and creatures, which my hubby does, so already I was intrigued. I enjoyed this film so much, I watched it twice in as many days.

Featuring a breakout performance by Ashley Laurence of Hellraiser fame, she is heartbreaking real and raw as the broken down mother. And while Halloween does feature prominently in the film, we are reminded that monsters are real and they most often come in human form.

I found this gem while mindlessly scrolling through one of the streaming services, and it was the movie description that made me hit the play button. Having never heard of it before, it would have been a shame to have missed out on this one completely. And it makes me wonder how many other gems are out there waiting to be unearthed.

 LADY IN WHITE - 1988

My love for this film runs deep deep deep. There are precious few movies that have this much heart, and execute it without overdoing it and turning it into some twee mushfest. Likely, you have seen it and know what I'm talking about, but just on the off-chance it has escaped your viewing list AMEND THAT IMMEDIATELY.

I mean the darn thing begins on Halloween day! And, it captures the exact feeling and atmosphere of Halloween in grade school "back in my day" when we were not only allowed but encouraged to wear a costume, bring a pumpkin and/or treats for the class, and enjoy a fun-filled day of spooky stories, craft-making, many treats and at the end of it all, a Halloween--that's HALLOWEEN--not Harvest, Autumn, or Fall--Carnival in the gym after school. Sigh, those were the days...

Do not miss this delightful ghost story, oh and it's family friendly too!

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Ok kids, time to round up yer treat buckets and put the finishing touches on those costumes. I hope you've enjoyed this Halloween edition of Triple Movie Mini-Reviews, and will join me next week for a final (yeah, right) Halloween-entric post...whatever will it be about? Stay tuned!

Tales from the Darkside - Halloween Episodes


I was going to make this another installment of the Triple Movie Mini-Reviews, and I may still do that later this month featuring Halloween movies. But in my efforts to keep all posts Halloween related this month, I thought I'd get more specific, and just a little bit different...

Hence came the idea to feature a favorite show as nostalgic as big hair of the 80's, Tales From The Darkside - The Halloween Episodes. To my knowledge, there are three Halloween-centric episodes, and each is excellent and completely different from one another. Let's dig in, shall we?

 Season 1 - Episode 1: Trick Or Treat
 Frankly, it never really does get better than this. Beginning the series with an episode as good as this one, is extremely difficult to live up to. George really knocked it outta the park here, and you simply couldn't ask for a more Halloween atmosphere. Begin with this one, or save it til the end (yeah, right), it truly is the best of the bunch.

Season 2 Episode 5: Halloween Candy
This episode is special because Tom Savini not only had his hands in creating the creatures for it, but he directed this one as well. Creepy undertones abound here, and you know something is coming, but you're not quite sure until the first creature appears. This would not be the last episode Tom Savini directed, be sure to check out Inside The Closet (Season 1 - Episode 8) as well, his hands are definitely in the candy bowl there too.

Season 4 - Episode 14: The Cutty Black Sow
Now I don't know that anyone would consider tales from the Darkside really scary, but this episode is the only one of the entire four seasons to actually creep me out--for real. Maybe it's because it's one of the few that has an ending that is...well not quite as favorable as one would hope. But I LOVE it because for that reason, and because it is a genuinely scary premise, and full of Halloween trickery. Not to be missed!

HONORABLE MENTION: Another favorite episode of mine is In The Cards (from Season 1 - Episode 13) it's not Halloween related, but deals (ha) with Tarot Cards. Turn down the lights, snuggle up on the couch with your favorite treats, and have yourself a Tales From The Darkside Halloween fest! I'll be back next week with more Halloween goodies for you. Stay tuned!

Internet Radio Deadair.co - The Sound of Halloween 24/7 365

My goal this month is to feature posts that are all Halloween related for the whole of October. Kicking off this month's festivities is something I think you'll really dig, and is most appropriate to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Feast your eyes (and ears!) on DeadAir.co - The Sound of Halloween an internet radio site which features spooky cool music, film clips, radio spots and even TV commercials celebrating our beloved holiday ALL YEAR LONG.

For someone who always plays music, podcasts or movies while working, I could not ask for a better addition to my collection of favorites to play. You will literally hear a little bit of everything on this site, from silly, old-timey songs to classic bits and newer music in remixes from pop to hard rock. It is truly a ton of fun, and I really hope you'll check it out.

The site plays perfectly on desktop and mobile, and there's even running titles, so you'll always know what's playing or has just been played. It even has a Halloween day countdown!

Consider contributing to this fantastic cause, the site is run solely from listener donations. Anything that is ad -free in this day and age deserves enthusiastic support. I would imagine that even the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte would go a long way to help.

My thanks go to Miranda from the SpookyLittleHalloween Blog for the heads up on DeadAir.co, I felt it was my duty to pass along the info to you, my dear readers. Enjoy!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #5 - Season of the Witch / Necromancy / Witch Who Came From The Sea

This installment of mini-reviews was a delight to write. All three films are favorites of mine and feature a witchy theme, but maybe not in the ways you might expect. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice I post a lot of what I'm watching, which just happen to be films from the 70's, and feature witchcraft in all its varying forms. Well all three below have that, and much more. So put on your pointy hats and read a spell....ha.

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S SEASON OF THE WITCH - 1972

Most will likely know about this time-capsule gem, but I really wanted to feature it here because it has grown on me over the years like a fungus...in a good way. Now certainly, it is full of questionable editing, hilariously bad dialogue and a few plot holes, but let's face it, it's from our beloved GEORGE ROMERO, so all is forgiven and enjoyed.

What I perhaps like best about the film (aside from the fabulous 1970 clothes, makeup and hair) is that our heroine just up and decides to become a witch one day, goes to a witchy shop to buy all the necessary accoutrements and abracadabra, InstaWitch! Now I know enough to realize that it doesn't really work like that, but it's fun to play along.

Enjoy it for what it is, and I can almost guarantee that if you watch it more than once, you'll be under its spell.


         NECROMANCY - 1972

1972 must indeed be the year of the witch, as this gem was released the same year as the above Season of the Witch. The lovely Pamela Franklin stars in this seventies-centric, slow-burning occult venture, along with Michael Ontkean and Orson Welles as the mysterious Mr. Cato.

There is something fascinating and highly appealing about these late 60's to late 70's occult films. It was definitely a time of exploration and perhaps just a smidge of acceptance that the world had not quite opened up to previously. These are the films I actively search out and enjoy as often as I can.

Necromancy had a recent Blu-Ray release that is still pretty pricey, but worth every penny. Until then, at the time of this post, it is available on Amazon Prime, and last I checked, on YouTube as well. Highly recommended, go check it out!

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA - 1976

While this one might have the least to do with witchcraft, I fucking dig its weirdness, its batshit insanity and its controversial subject matter.

Millie Perkins is the true star here. Her performances in some of the film's most shocking scenes are jaw-droppingly impressive; bold, unafraid and chillingly real. Known best, of course, for her breakout role as Anne Frank in 1959, but this character could not be more different. She may well be practicing witchcraft on the viewer, as we are unable to take our eyes off her.

Despite some odd editing choices, there is a lot to take in and process with this film, but I highly encourage you to go along for the ride. It will be anything but boring.

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And so ends this installment of mini-reviews. As always, I hope you have enjoyed them and maybe have a few "new" films to watch. I've already been thinking about Halloween season, and what movies to watch and review. It will be a little tricky, as horror fans are mighty savvy, but I'll do my best. Stay tuned!

Re-Vamping the Etsy Shop With More Occult, Paranormal & Supernatural Books


It's certainly no new news that I am a devout horror fan, and that I started LaCreeperie because of my love of horror. But since things are changing with my business, and I'm still trying to get my foot in the door with a writing career, I thought I'd do some rearranging and finessing of the Etsy Shop.

As I've said previously, I will continue to keep the Etsy Shop open for the duration while I explore other income avenues. And since the lovely Adeline of L'Entresort acquired half of my inventory (nearly ALL the horror books) it was the perfect time to reassess what works and what could use some improvement within the Etsy Shop.

The biggest change you will see in the coming months is I will be growing the Occult/Metaphysical and Paranormal/Supernatural categories by A LOT. I have always had a great interest in these types of books, but was so focused on creating my niche in the Horror world, that I didn't give as much attention to these other categories in the shops. Also increasing will be the Non-Fiction section, as well as the Classics/Pop Culture category.

But never fear! I will always, always be on the lookout for choice Horror/Halloween Books for you, because really, how can I resist? I hope you will enjoy these few changes, and will find some titles to add to your own bookshelves. Sadly, I know I will lose some customers who, for whatever reason, do not want to shop on Etsy. Them's the breaks...but if you haven't previously bought anything via Etsy, you can always checkout as a guest, and they offer the same payment options as my website.

Lastly, I will be removing the Vinyl Records category at the end of the month FOR GOOD. The time for vinyl selling has passed for me, so I'm keeping the focus on books for the time being. This will not only give me more storage space, but will cut costs on shipping materials.

Thank you, as always to my devoted 5 or 6 readers here. You are the main reason I keep this blog going! Also because, you know, I'm trying to act like a writer. Until next week--oh, speaking of that--I have finally settled on the perfect blog schedule, once a week on Fridays. It seems to be a really good fit, and easy to keep up with for both you and me. Huzzah!