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!

How To Safely Remove Stickers From Book Covers

Heads up book lovers! Today I'd like to share with you a way to remove those nasty price/store stickers from your precious book covers--WITHOUT DAMAGING THEM! 

I know, I know, I've done it too, plenty of times, and ruined an otherwise great looking cover all in the name of either impatience, ignorance or sheer stubbornness thinking I could remove it carefully without peeling a part of the cover picture overlay off. Well, no more of that I say...read on!

                                                       THE TOOLS:

1. Lighter fluid (yes, I know, it sounds terrifying, but TRUST ME). It works amazingly well, and it's CHEAP.

2. Exact-O Knife (or tweezers would work great too)

3. A soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel

4. Q-tips (optional)


STEP 1:
First off, you'll want to be doing this on a flat surface, with plenty of light to see the fluid/glue residue.




Saturate the sticker with lighter fluid CAREFULLY, it will come out of the spout very quickly--so watch it. Make sure you get the whole sticker thoroughly wet with fluid. The fluid will start to run/bleed quickly--don't panic, it's ok--wipe off excess with your cloth or paper towel. Fluid will immediately start to soak into the sticker, then begin to evaporate.





STEP 2:
When the fluid has nearly 'dried' (10-15 seconds), take your Exact-O knife (or tweezers, knife, fingernail) and gently pry up a corner or edge of the sticker to see if it will come off easily.

If it looks like the sticker won't come off cleanly or very easily--no worries--do step #1 again. Re-saturate, and wait for fluid to evaporate. Now sticker should come off really easily and cleanly. Repeat process again for extra stubborn stickers. 

STEP 3:
Depending on the type of glue, the kind of paper and what kind of cover you have (matte and textured or glossy) there may be a little glue left behind. This is where the Q-Tips come in handy. Put some fluid on either your cloth/towel or Q-tip and rub in a circular motion to remove any stubborn glue or bits of sticker left behind. Most all stickers I have found come off without this step, but I've added it here because there are so many variables; how the book was stored, how old the book/sticker is, paper and glue types, etc.

Now. If you see what looks like an 'oil spot' or residue from the fluid on the cover DON'T PANIC this WILL evaporate in a short time. Unlike alcohol, lighter fluid won't remove any color or texture from the paper. And unlike GooGone, it won't leave a nasty, smelly, oily residue that you'll be stuck with forever. Just let the cover sit for a bit, and it will return to it's original state.




                                                                                                                                There, now wasn't that slick and easy? Hope this helps, and now you won't be deterred from buying any books that have stickers all over them--you can restore them (and it's actually kind of fun!).

RELATED TIPS:

Sharpie/Permanent Ink: Alcohol works well for Sharpie marks and grease pencil, but be careful--as stated earlier, it can/will remove color from the cover if you rub too hard. Use a Q-tip and work small areas at a time.

Stubborn Stickers: So far, the only type of cover/sticker I have had trouble removing is on covers that are matte and old. Generally, only the top layer of the sticker seems to come off, despite several attempts of removal without damage. The result looks something like this:


I hope this tutorial has helped you, it's actually kind of fun to watch your sticker-laden covers become sticker-free! Also, this method works just as well for record album covers too. Huzzah!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #4 - Rock My World / Kill Your Friends / Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?

I love it when things come together unexpectedly, as did this installment of mini-reviews. As a self-professed Anglophile, I was stoked that two of the three films jumped right into my path. All three films feature distinctly British elements, but are very different indeed. And the best part of all is that each one revolves around music. So lend us an ear, darling, and prepare for another British Invasion!

ROCK MY WORLD AKA GLOBAL HERESY - 2002

Now before you roll your eyes at this one, I fully had ZERO expectations going into it. See, I watch a lot of movies while I work, so I just put this on knowing it would only be worth half my attention. WRONG. This may be a Canadian film, but it really feels like a British venture, full of sweetness and fabulously clever.

Obviously, you won't be impressed at Alicia Silverstone's performance as an accomplished session musician. But she does try, sorta, and the whole of the story itself is not too far-fetched. The highlights, for me, were Peter O'Toole and Joan Plowright, who clearly give the film its credibility.

Save it for a sick day, a Sunday afternoon or after a shitty day at the office, it will make you feel better. Promise. Oh, and be sure to watch thru the end credits, there are some funny outtakes. Rock on!


KILL YOUR FRIENDS - 2015

Normally, I try to review older movies here, but WOW. Three words: British American Psycho. Set during the explosion of Britpop in the 1990's, this one ticked allll the boxes on my Anglophile checklist. Boasting a killer soundtrack; fast paced, wickedly sharp wit, and jeezus, some truly startling gore. You'll want to give this one your full attention, as there's never a dull moment. Especially when the characters act just as surprised as you do. Great, great fun.

This one definitely warrants a second viewing, and just may make its way into my personal collection. It was an extra special treat to see James Corden, whom I adore, and he has some of the most hilarious scenes in the whole film. Flashy, brutal and deliciously demented. Brill.


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAROLD SMITH? 1999

Oh my stars, what a delight! Now I've had this film in my personal collection for quite some time, so it is not new to me, but it fit in so well with the other two films in this installment that I simply had to include it.

"When Punk meets Disco" is the tagline for the film, and it's got a wonderful supernatural element running through it as well...or does it? An odd mix you say? Perhaps. Which is exactly what I love about it. It's SO British, and makes me long for my home-away-from-home like nothing else. But I digress...

I will forever watch anything which features Lulu, but rest assured that each character will steal your heart. Particularly, our beloved Tom Courtenay, who plays Harold Smith so endearingly. Stephen Fry is charming and hilarious, as per usual. And once again James Corden sneaks in a wee role too. Family friendly, and a feel-good time for all. Highly recommended.

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This concludes another installment of mini-reviews, I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. This series has begun to get it's "legs" and I am now considering publishing a 'zine of them, with extended and extra reviews not included here on the blog. What do you think? If you'd be interested in something like that, let me know! Feel free to comment here on the blog, via email or thru my Instagram account. Until next time.... 

LaCreeperie Guest Hosted Episode of the DFC Podcast

Heck yeah! Once again, I don the headphones and try not to make an ass of myself as I play music for the masses, with the hopes of introducing you to something "new" and exciting. Tony of the Damn Fine Network graciously asked me to guest host an episode of the illustrious Damn Fine Cast, and I happily accepted the challenge.



This episode mostly focuses on songs from some of my favorite films, but with a few surprises too. When I embarked on this journey, I quickly became obsessed with finding vinyl singles on 45 (only with picture sleeves, cuz I'm that much of a snob) of film tracks of my youth. But I found more, much more, and began exploring titles I hadn't heard before, but felt compelled to include in the episode. To be sure, I took a few chances, but I think it came out all right in the end.

Speaking of the end...it may be the end of The Damn Fine Network if the Patreon campaign doesn't improve soon. The content provided well outweighs the $5 monthly commitment (the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte, come on guys!) and provides you with hours of listening pleasure. Be sure to sign up so we can keep the DFN on the air!

Writing and recording this episode had me toying with the idea of a special Halloween episode of A Shadowed Path Podcast. Whether that shows up via the Damn Fine Network, or a standalone episode here on the blog remains to be seen...

Stay tuned!