Review: The Cabin in the Woods

I’ll admit, this is one I’ve been slacking on for a while. I heard lots of good things when it was out in theaters, but finally got around to seeing it. I was trying to decide on something to watch this weekend, and as I scrolled through Amazon ended up finding “The Cabin in the Woods”.
I thought I had heard some spoilers, that there is someone controlling all the horrors happening to the kids out at the cabin. Instead, the movie makes that pretty clear from early on. There is clearly a group working from a bunker somewhere who have some control over the terrible events to come.
I enjoyed the way the movie flowed, looking like a true horror flick while at the cabin, but giving a different feel when the scenes would cut to the bunker. It felt like a slightly different movie, but you could still feel that they were connected.
There are hints to something bigger going on, and I won’t give that away right now, but the movie definitely had one of the most unique twists to it that I’ve seen in a long time. I really enjoyed the subtle clues leading up to the somewhat shocking ending.
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys the horror genre. The movie sort of pokes fun at some of the stereotypes, but in a way that is still respectful to the genre.

Check out “The Cabin In The Woods” on Blu-Ray

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The life of a zombie fan

Clearly I’m a big fan of zombies. Movies, games, shows, books…you name it. My friends know this and it’s cool. As it turns out a lot of my friends aren’t that into horror movies in general, so I think it’s a bit of a novelty for them that I watch primarily horror movies.
It is nice that they tend to come to me to get my opinion on lots of these related things, but the downside is the assumptions.
I was watching the one of the NFL playoff games with some friends, and one of the guys brought up this new “Warm Bodies” movie. He was surprised I hadn’t heard of it, and figured I would have seen it already. Well, the next day I did catch an ad for it…and I suddenly questioned if my friend hated me. I get that I’m the “zombie guy” among our group, but I do have taste.
Has anyone out there actually seen this movie? It looks like a zombiefied version of Twilight. Ugh.
I may need to find new friends.

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Red Ring of Death

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Well, that sucks

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Ghost Tour Photos

While I was in New Orleans, we went on a ghost tour in the French Quarter. The night was fun, we had a good time being shown around and especially getting the history of the area. I’ve been emailing with the guy who did the tour and he was noting lots of orbs in my pictures. I’m no expert in this area, but I thought it was pretty neat that I was able to get some pictures like this. Check them out and tell me what you think (you can click on the pictures for a larger version).

The doorway next to Muriel's Restaurant


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Beauregard-Keyes House


The Ursuline Convent



The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion


The LaLaurie Mansion

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New Orleans Ghost?

While we were in New Orleans we went on a ghost tour. This location, the Beauregard-Keyes House, was interesting. This is the only spot where I got all kinds of light spots from dust in the air. And strangely I would take one picture that was perfectly clear, then the next one a few seconds later would be full of the light spots. Very strange. But the other thing that was weird is what appears to be a face in this picture. About midway between the lower door and the left side of the image looks like a face (click the picture to see a bigger version). It’s kind of faint, but it’s there. What do you think?

This photo was taken in New Orleans' French Quarter. There is a face in the wall on the lower left hand side. Click the image for a larger version.

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Voodoo Death Mask

Another picture from out trip to Louisiana. This is an old voodoo death mask. According to our guide, it would be placed on a dead person before the rite is performed to raise the person. Apparently when they obtained the mask, they consulted several voodoo priests and they would not even enter the room because of this item. A fascinating item.

The old voodoo death mask

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Anne Rice’s Vampire Hunting Kit

I was in Louisiana recently, and as part of our trip we took a tour at an old plantation house. The guide was great, and they had lots of old antiques, as well as historical items. The picture here is a vampire hunting kit that was a gift from Anne Rice. In addition to the cross, there were lots of little bottles, including holy water. I just thought this was a pretty cool artifact and had to share the picture!

The old vampire hunting kit that belonged to Anne Rice (the zombies are a reflection from my tshirt)

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“The Walking Dead” Issue 90

I just finished up issue 90 of “The Walking Dead”. I was really looking forward to this one after the way 89 ended.

Just for the record, I had predicted what happened at the end 2 issues ago. And I totally ate that shit up! Loved it!!

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“The Walking Dead” Board Game

I just picked up “The Walking Dead” board game. Can’t wait to give it a play! I’ll post my thoughts here once I do!

Walking Dead Board Game

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“One Buck Zombies” Review

What a week for zombies! “The Walking Dead” novel, the return of the show, and of course the long-awaited all-zombie edition of “One Buck Horror,” “One Buck Zombies”!

One Buck Zombies

Once again, editors Christopher and Kris Hawkins bring you a great collection of clever, original short stories. This edition may be all zombies, but these stories are all very different. As with the best zombie stories, these tales are not just about the zombies, but about the people who are surviving.

“The Best Mother” by James Owens
After a tragic accident, a young boy finds out just how much his mother really loves him. Not a tale of a full scale zombie outbreak, this short gives you a peak into a world where maybe a mother’s love can overcome even the worst situations.

“The Levees of the Styx” by David Dunwoody
When a man meets a young girl during the zombie apocalypse, he has some tough choices to make about survival, but can he? A true character story. It’s easy to follow the hero around when he’s bashing in the brains of the undead, but if you were really there, could you make the hard choices? That’s a question I always love to see explored in the zombie world.

“Little Red Zombie Hood” by Alana I. Capria
This collection of quick snippets combining a classic tale and zombies was fun for me. There are so many different routes you could choose when pitting Red Riding Hood against zombies, and the author hits several of them.

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by James R. Tuck
One of the most original zombie stories I’ve ever read. Of course everyone knows that the worst thing you can do during the zombie apocalypse is think that love can overcome and of course your wife would never hurt you!! (See The Oatmeal’s classic comic). But what if you didn’t care? What if your love for your now dead spouse was stronger than your will to live in a hell on earth? This story explores this often overlooked side of the zombie apocalypse.

“Mother Sisyphus” by Robert Davies
I have to admit, this was a strange one. I’m still not sure exactly what was going on, but that’s the fun of a short story. You get this quick snippet, and then you get to ponder what has happened. An interesting tale of a zombie who has a special gift, you really need to read this story!

Get “One Buck Zombies” for your Kindle

That’s all of this month! We’ll be back with the next edition of “One Buck Horror”!

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