It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Elvira do her thing. And by that, I mean host a video. But here you go! Just in time for Halloween.
Halloween is the second most popular holiday in the United States accounting for billions of dollars of sales in the candy, costume and decoration industries. In fact, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend more than $7 billion this Halloween! Amidst all of the costumes and trick-or-treating, the Halloween Industry Association (HIA) is offering safety tips to parents and caregivers to make sure families have as much fun as possible on this popular holiday!Preparations for Halloween include carving pumpkins, choosing costumes and selecting candy to hand out to the superheroes, witches and vampires that come knocking. While planning for Halloween festivities, the HIA suggests these important tips for costumer safety:• Choose a costume that is unique, bright and reflective and is short enough to prevent tripping• Select a flame-resistant costume• Only apply non-toxic make-up. If wearing a mask, ensure that it has holes big enough to see through• Make sure hats and headpieces fit properly and don’t cover a child’s eyes• Props should be small and have flexible, soft points• Make sure the costume is bathroom friendly to avoid accidents• Place emergency contact information somewhere on your child’s costumeOnce a safe costume has been finalized, it’s time for trick-or-treating! In order to stay safe while walking the streets at night, the HIA offers the following guidelines for a successful night of haunting:• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children in their trick-or-treating. If your children are going alone, confirm that they are traveling in a large group and have a route planned as well as a cell phone for emergencies.• Try to make your rounds in the late afternoon or early evening so there is still some sunlight.• Stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the road facing traffic.• Only go to homes with a lit porch light, and warn your children never to enter a car or a home for a treat.• Make sure your flashlight has working batteries.When your children arrive back to their haunted house, enjoy the time you get together while sorting through their stock of treats. Examine their items carefully to make sure there are no opened wrappers, off-color odors or pinholes in their goodies. Once you’ve taken these precautions, feel free to indulge in the frightfully delicious reward of walking the whole neighborhood! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
TVLine has confirmed exclusively that Harris and his real-life husband, David Burtka, are set to guest-star on FX’s anthology smash.
Harris will appear in Freak Show‘s 11th and 12th episodes as a chameleon salesman, while Burtka will turn up in the season finale (Episode 13) in what I’m told is a sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse.
Earlier this month, Horror Story puppetmaster Ryan Murphy — who invited AHSsuper-fan (and good friend) NPH on the show via Twitter back in August — told TVLine of Harris’ forthcoming Freak Show stint: “He had very specific ideas for what he wanted to do, and I had very specific ideas, so we’re working on melding those.”
Ebola, Ebola, Ebola. Enough already! There are far worse current medical threats out there. But I digress. When you look at Syfy’s upcoming series 12 Monkeys though, the word Ebloa definitely creeps into your mind. Is this show about Ebola? No. But take a look at the trailer for 12 Monkeys.
There’s good news for the following Syfy tv shows Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness. They’ll be returning for their 10th and fourth seasons in 2015. The news comes on the heels of the network’s renewal of freshman zombie drama Z Nation.
“We couldn’t be more excited about entering a brand-new decade of paranormal investigations with Jason Hawes, a refreshed TAPS [The Atlantic Paranormal Society] team and Ghost Hunters,” said Heather Olander, the network’s senior vp alternative series development and production.
Ghost Hunters last season averaged 1.7 million total viewers, and the 200th reunion episode that aired Oct. 22 was ranked the No. 1 unscripted show of the night with 1.3 million total viewers. As a part of Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming, the season finale of Ghost Hunters will feature a special Halloween investigation into the reported hauntings at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio.
Paranormal Witness was the network’s No. 3 most watched unscripted series this past year, delivering 1.47 million viewers. Olander adds: “We also eagerly anticipate the return of a revitalized and scarier than ever Paranormal Witness: True Terror, which features shocking firsthand accounts of truly frightening and skin-crawling supernatural experiences — including the real-life story of the hit movie The Conjuring.”
As the year draws to a close, gaming mags everywhere are listing their favorite games. Here are the games making the list from Recombu.
9. Knock-Knock (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)
It’s tough to describe Knock-Knock in a paragraph (so why not check out our full review) but this 2D platform-style game basically has you creeping around your ever-expanding house, turning on lights and running and hiding from nightmarish creatures until the blissful arrival of dawn. It’s a bit baffling at times, but the sinister soundtrack and unique gameplay make it worth a look.
8. Hellraid: The Escape (iOS/Android)
This horror adventure game has you escaping a trap-filled dungeon by solving puzzles and generally using your wits. The full 3D visuals are suitably grimy and the addition of evil beasties makes for some nicely tense moments.
7. Papa Sangre II (iOS/Android)
Imagination is a key part of horror (that’s why the best movies and games don’t just throw the monster at you straight away), and in survival horror game Papa Sangre II, the entire thing plays out in your head. With no real visuals to speak of, you instead have to stick in some earphones and rely on noise alone to guide you through each level. It’s an intriguing concept that works well, with plenty of tension as you negotiate a bizarre underworld, although it can get bloody tricky.
6. Home (iOS)
Waking up in an unfamiliar house is unsettling at the best of times (normally the result of too many shandies and an inadvisable pull) but even worse when you stumble across a dead body in an adjoining room. We won’t say much more: the less you read about Home before playing, the better. It’s a slow-burning experience, and we use that word because the gaming part of it is quite limited – you essentially guide your pixellated character left and right through the dark, brooding environments and occasionally solve a simple puzzle. But while gameplay is limited, the atmosphere and open-ended story make it worth a play through.
5. Slender (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)
There are now precisely five gazillion Slender games across all three platforms, so take your pick which one you want to play. They’re all much of a muchness, but you still can’t beat the sheer, pant-filling terror of turning around to find lanky ol’ creepy-drawers skulking in the corner.
4. The Wolf Among Us (iOS/Android)
Telltale Games is the king of the interactive movie adventure game, which is basically what The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead are. Based on a comic book, The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game spread over five episodes that focuses on a community of ‘fables’, fantastical creatures led by the Big Bad Wolf, who have taken up residence in New York and are living in disguise amongst us human folk. As long as you don’t mind constant quicktime events, the story is both dark and gripping enough to drive you through all five episodes back-to-back.
3. The Walking Dead (iOS/Android)
The Walking Dead has just finished its second season on iOS and Android, and while some episodes are better than others, there’s no denying it’s a tense and memorable affair. It’s also ridiculously bleak, just like the telly show, so don’t touch it if you’ve had a rubbish week and you’re feeling a little down in the dumps.
2. Resident Evil 4: Platinum (iOS)
Surely this game doesn’t need any description for horror fans? It may be packed full of action, but there are still plenty of truly horrific moments in the fourth Resident Evil, now available for iPhone and iPad. From being chased through creepy villages by chainsaw-wielding maniacs to skulking around in sinister laboratories, we probably had to change our pants a dozen times in all. And then there’s the most evil midget in videogame history…
1. Year Walk (iOS)
We still get chills when we think of Year Walk, an original and serious mind-f**k of a game. Again, try not to read too much before you play, as going in blind makes it an even more disturbing experience. However, some of the imagery – and a couple of unexpected jump scares – should stick with you long afterwards.
According to USA Today, Real estate website Trulia has mapped out the Worst cities for a zombie apocalypse.
Cities that are good for zombies (and bad for humans) follow this formula:
• Walkability: If it’s easy for humans to walk around, it’s easy for zombies to walk around, too.
• Lowest density of hardware stores: If hardware stores aren’t accessible, it’s hard for humans to grab items to protect themselves from zombies.
• Highest density of hospitals: Weak hospital patients are easy prey for zombies.
• Most congestion: Crowded cities make it hard for humans to run from zombies.
Honolulu is the worst place for humans to be, Trulia decided. Watch the video to see where else to avoid.
On last weeks episode of American Horror Story we met Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley). The two-face Mordrake is a cool concept, but it’s too bad he’s a ghost character. We learned about his past and being imprisoned in an asylum after his second face drove him mad.Apparently he hung himself after murdering a bunch of other freaks.But he’s where this character took an interesting turn. Ethel tells the rest of the crew that if they perform on Halloween, Mordrake is summoned and will take another life. (Yeah, I thought the same thing).
And there was the cool shared dream that Dot and Bette had.If you’ve been watching then you know about the growing tension between them.
On tonight’s episode titled “Edward Mordrake part 2″ Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown. Meanwhile, Elsa recalls her days in Germany. ‘Freakshow’ airs on FX at 10pm EST.
Wes craven best known for iconic horror films like Nightmare On Elm Street, and Scream, has taken his talents to print. He’s just launched his first comic book series, Coming of Rage.
The five-issue series were created and written by Craven and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Wake the Dead).
Per THR, The first three issues of the series have been released together as a special Halloween digital exclusive for Amazon’s Kindle. The comics are published by digital entertainment company Liquid Comics, which is also already working with Craven and producer Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises (Live Free or Die Hard) on developing a television adaptation of the series.
“About a year ago, I had the beginning of an unwritten joke come into my head: A Vampire, a Werewolf and a Zombie walk into a bar. Just that. What was the punchline? Who cares – I just liked the sound of it,” Craven said. “My imagination went crazy thinking about what could happen when three such impossibly different characters were thrown together.”
Craven added that when he met with Niles, “we hit it off, and decided to beat out the story of a very special young man’s coming of age, and the two unlikely friends who helped him to survive it. After a bit of hard, fun work, a series of comic books was born, telling not only the story of how these three ended up on the run together, but how the central character, Ritchie, lost his innocence and became one of the most powerful vampires in the world.” “Wes Craven is not only a great writer, producer and director, he is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve had the honor to work with,” added Niles. “I not only had fun working on Coming of Rage, I also learned a great deal.”