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Episode #36

Originally aired September 24, 2022.

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VHS Franchise – Ranking all 20 Segments and 4 Films [Grimoire of Horror]

When looking at the found footage genre, there are many titles that people say were influential in bringing them into the fandom. Often, people point to films like The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, both of which became a sort of cultural phenomenon. Personally, where my love of the genre started was in the first V/H/S film, a production that felt exploitative, almost perverse, in its approach of peaking in on someone’s suffering through the lens of grainy VHS footage.

Now, a decade removed from the initial film, and with V/H/S/94 proving to be Shudder’s most in-demand title in the history of the platform, there are four films which have come to define the highs and lows of the anthology series. As such, I decided it was time to look back on all four films and really dig in to determine what my favorite shorts and series were – entries overdue for a revisit to make such claims.

Note: This is all my own personal opinion and while I am confident in my choices and final order, it is still a matter of preference. As a fan of the series, I believe all the shorts have legit reasons for people to pick them as their own personal favorites. Also, I am aware of another V/H/S project which exists online, but given the different format, I decided to skip including that particular ‘entry’ in the franchise as invalid for rating all the films.

https://www.grimoireofhorror.com/the-banshee/v-h-s-franchise-ranking/

Author Oakley Dean Baldwin [The Baldwin Stories]

Oakley Dean Baldwin, married to Doris Barber Baldwin. I am a non-fiction and fiction story teller / writer telling the stories of my life and those that came before me in my family tree. I have 16 books published with the 17th book on the way. All FREE to Kindle Unlimited.

I am a career law enforcement officer, professionally trained crime scene investigator and retired Military Intel Officer. I have a Degree from Marshall University in Applied Science. Thank you for your support in reading my books. Please don't forget to fill out the online review.

https://thebaldwinstories.wixsite.com/author-blog/bio

Hulu Previews This Year’s “Bite Size Halloween” Short Films with Full Image Gallery [Bloody Disgusting]

In celebration of Huluween, 20th Digital Studio’s series of spooky shorts Bite Size Halloween is back for a third season, Hulu had officially announced last week.

https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3733194/hulu-previews-this-years-bite-size-halloween-short-films-with-full-image-gallery/

Easy Costumes and Decorations for Halloween 2022 [Melody Jacob]

Most people are preparing for Halloween but are unsure of what decorations or costumes to wear. These are Easy costumes and decorations for Halloween 2022.

https://www.melodyjacob.com/2022/09/easy-costumes-and-decorations-for-halloween-2022.html

Vlad the Impaler [Wikipedia]

Vlad III, commonly known as Vlad the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Țepeș [ˈvlad ˈt͡sepeʃ]) or Vlad Dracula (/ˈdrækjələ/; Romanian: Vlad Drăculea [ˈdrəkule̯a]; 1428/31 – 1476/77), was Voivode of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death in 1476/77. He is often considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history and a national hero of Romania.

He was the second son of Vlad Dracul, who became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436. Vlad and his younger brother, Radu, were held as hostages in the Ottoman Empire in 1442 to secure their father's loyalty. Vlad's eldest brother Mircea and their father were murdered after John Hunyadi, regent-governor of Hungary, invaded Wallachia in 1447. Hunyadi installed Vlad's second cousin, Vladislav II, as the new voivode. Hunyadi launched a military campaign against the Ottomans in the autumn of 1448, and Vladislav accompanied him. Vlad broke into Wallachia with Ottoman support in October, but Vladislav returned and Vlad sought refuge in the Ottoman Empire before the end of the year. Vlad went to Moldavia in 1449 or 1450, and later to Hungary.

Relations between Hungary and Vladislav later deteriorated, and in 1456 Vlad invaded Wallachia with Hungarian support. Vladislav died fighting against him. Vlad began a purge among the Wallachian boyars to strengthen his position. He came into conflict with the Transylvanian Saxons, who supported his opponents, Dan and Basarab Laiotă (who were Vladislav's brothers), and Vlad's illegitimate half-brother, Vlad Călugărul. Vlad plundered the Saxon villages, taking the captured people to Wallachia where he had them impaled (which inspired his cognomen). Peace was restored in 1460.

The Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II, ordered Vlad to pay homage to him personally, but Vlad had the Sultan's two envoys captured and impaled. In February 1462, he attacked Ottoman territory, massacring tens of thousands of Turks and Bulgarians. Mehmed launched a campaign against Wallachia to replace Vlad with Vlad's younger brother, Radu. Vlad attempted to capture the sultan at Târgoviște during the night of 16–17 June 1462. The sultan and the main Ottoman army left Wallachia, but more and more Wallachians deserted to Radu. Vlad went to Transylvania to seek assistance from Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in late 1462, but Corvinus had him imprisoned.

Vlad was held in captivity in Visegrád from 1463 to 1475. During this period, anecdotes about his cruelty started to spread in Germany and Italy. He was released at the request of Stephen III of Moldavia in the summer of 1475. He fought in Corvinus's army against the Ottomans in Bosnia in early 1476. Hungarian and Moldavian troops helped him to force Basarab Laiotă (who had dethroned Vlad's brother, Radu) to flee from Wallachia in November. Basarab returned with Ottoman support before the end of the year. Vlad was killed in battle before 10 January 1477. Books describing Vlad's cruel acts were among the first bestsellers in the German-speaking territories. In Russia, popular stories suggested that Vlad was able to strengthen his central government only through applying brutal punishments, and a similar view was adopted by most Romanian historians in the 19th century. Vlad's patronymic inspired the name of Bram Stoker's literary vampire, Count Dracula.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler

ApronMountain [Etsy]

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ApronMountain?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1295948224

Transylvania [Wikipedia]

Transylvania (Romanian: Ardeal or Transilvania; Hungarian: Erdély; German: Siebenbürgen) is a historical region in central Romania. To the east and south its natural border is the Carpathian Mountains, and to the west the Apuseni Mountains. Broader definitions of Transylvania also encompass the western and northwestern Romanian regions of Crișana and Maramureș, and occasionally Banat.

Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. It also contains Romania's second-largest city, Cluj-Napoca, and other iconic cities and towns such as Brașov, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, Alba Iulia and Sighișoara. It is also the home of some of Romania's UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Villages with fortified churches, the Historic Centre of Sighișoara, the Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains and the Roșia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape.

It was under the rule Agathyrsi, part of the Dacian Kingdom (168 BC–106 AD), Roman Dacia (106–271), the Goths, the Hunnic Empire (4th–5th centuries), the Kingdom of the Gepids (5th–6th centuries), the Avar Khaganate (6th–9th centuries), the Slavs, and the 9th century First Bulgarian Empire. During the late 9th century, Transylvania was reached and conquered by the Hungarian conquerors, and Gyula's family from seven chieftains of the Hungarians ruled it in the 10th century. King Stephen I of Hungary asserted his claim to rule all lands dominated by Hungarian lords. He personally led his army against his maternal uncle Gyula III and Transylvania became part of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1002; it then belonged to the Lands of the Hungarian Crown until 1920.

After the Battle of Mohács in 1526 it belonged to the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom, from which the Principality of Transylvania emerged in 1570 by the Treaty of Speyer. During most of the 16th and 17th centuries, the principality was a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire; however, the principality had dual suzerainty (Ottoman and Habsburg).

In 1690, the Habsburg monarchy gained possession of Transylvania through the Hungarian crown. After the failure Rákóczi's War of Independence in 1711 Habsburg control of Transylvania was consolidated, and Hungarian Transylvanian princes were replaced with Habsburg imperial governors. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian government proclaimed union with Transylvania in the April Laws of 1848. After the failure of the revolution, the March Constitution of Austria decreed that the Principality of Transylvania be a separate crown land entirely independent of Hungary. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, the separate status of Transylvania ceased, it was incorporated again into the Kingdom of Hungary (Transleithania) as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I, Transylvania became part of Kingdom of Romania by the Treaty of Trianon in 1920. In 1940, Northern Transylvania reverted to Hungary as a result of the Second Vienna Award, but it was reclaimed by Romania after the end of World War II.

In popular culture, Transylvania is commonly associated with vampires because of the influence of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula and the many subsequent books and films that have been inspired by the tale.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transylvania

Halloween Activity Kit for Kids [I Create Art]

I Create Art has its roots in art education for over 14 years. Founded with a simple principle - empower kids with the finest art curriculum. With a team of dedicated instructors, I Create Art has amassed the largest kids art box collections. Each art box is curated using quality materials, time tested lesson plans and resourced with educational facts. The final touch to each art kit are instructional videos, where students are guided through each project with an instructor.

Developed for all ages, the I Create Art Collection ranges from Young Artists (3 - 6 years) to Advanced Art (10 and older). The Homeschool Series has a curriculum dedicated to the homeschool student and the new Christian Art Box combines art with family values. Every box is carefully packed and inspected before delivery and orders are fulfilled the same day, if received by 1 pm EST.

Through the years and with its growth, the I Create Art staff has stayed true to its mission. As a family owned business, we strive in bringing the best art curriculum and curated art box to the public. Through our art education background and with a meticulous process, the curriculum we developed is unique and exclusive and has one purpose: A creative, educational & fun experience for all ages.

We appreciate all the support we have received over the years from our many

satisfied customers. We also thank all the dedicated employees who have over the years made us the successful art box I Create Art has become.

Thank You.

https://icreateartbox.com/products/halloween-art-box

30+ Best Horror Movies on HBO Max [Creepy Catalog]

Malignant

Nightmare Alley

Antlers

Halloween Kills

Last Night in Soho

Night House

Old

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Freaky

The Empty Man

It

The Lure

Tusk

The Conjuring

The Purge

The Ruins

House of 1000 Corpses

The Faculty

Funny Games

I Know What You Did Last Summer

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Poltergeist

The Shinning

The Exorcist

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Frankenstein 1970

https://creepycatalog.com/best-horror-movies-on-hbo-max/

TotallyNippy [Etsy]

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TotallyNippy?ref=search_shop_redirect

Clay McLeod Chapman’s GHOST EATERS is Now Available from Quirk Books [Daily Dead]

Watching Clay McLeod Chapman do an in-person reading from his 2019 book The Remaking at The Overlook Film Festival was one of the best live performances I've ever seen and made me an instant lifelong fan of his work, so I'm absolutely thrilled that his new novel, Ghost Eaters, is now available from Quirk Books!

https://dailydead.com/clay-mcleod-chapmans-ghost-eaters-is-now-available-from-quirk-books/

Crypt Monkey Studios [Gab]

We're a tabletop game and game room bling company. We also stream things like mini painting on Twitch.

https://gab.com/Crypt_Monkey_Studios

The 13 Best Werewolf Movies of All Time – Scary Lycanthrope Films [Horror Land]

The Howling (1981)

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Late Phases (2014)

Howl (2015)

The Company of Wolves (1984)

The Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

Wolfen (1981)

Ginger Snaps (2000)

The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

Bad Moon (1996)

An American Werewolf in London (1918)

https://www.horror.land/the-13-best-werewolf-movies-of-all-time-scary-lycanthrope-films/

The Top 25 Video Games to Play This Halloween [High Ground Gaming]

25. World of Horror

24. The Cat Lady

23. Stories Untold

22. The Room (Series)

21. System Shock 2

20. Pathologic

19. My Father’s Long, Long Legs

18. Observer

17. Blair Witch

16. SOMA

15. Dagon: by H.P. Lovecraft

14. Resident Evil 2

13. Poppy Playtime

12. Return of the Obra Dinn

11. Subnautica: Below Zero

10. DOOM: Eternal

9. Luigi’s Mansion 3

8. Bloodborne

7. Alien: Isolation

6. Visage

...

https://www.highgroundgaming.com/best-halloween-video-games/

A Quiet Place Is Reactionary Garbage [Horror Obsessive]

As a new writer at Horror Obsessive, I’m doing my best to make a good impression. So, what do I pitch when first given an opportunity to do so? A takedown of one of the most beloved film franchises on this site. I may be a fool, and I may be shooting myself in the foot, but I also know that I’m right: A Quiet Place sucks ass and John Krasinski is my personal enemy.

https://horrorobsessive.com/2022/09/20/a-quiet-place-is-reactionary-garbage/

Halloween Costumes [Halloween Costumes]

HalloweenCostumes.com is the largest online-only retailer of costumes in the world. With over 10,000 costumes and 3,500 exclusives, we have awesome products you won’t find anywhere else.

https://www.halloweencostumes.com/

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) [Internet Archive]

Seymour works in a skid row florist shop and is in love with his beautiful co-worker, Audrey. He creates a new plant that not only talks but cannot survive without human flesh and blood.

https://archive.org/details/TheLittleShopOfHorrors1960_765

 

 

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