Sorry about the lack of updates to the blog so far this week, I've been so busy working on a variety of articles that I haven't even had a chance to make a new post here. The good news is that one of the articles I've been writing is probably one of the longest Halloween movie reviews I've done in quite a while. Can you guess what movie it is? Well, you won't have to wait much longer as I expect to be finished with it by early next week. Oh the anticipation!
So today I would like to talk about two random Halloween novelty that I feel deserve some attention: Zombabies and the Crawling Brain. First up, Zombabies...
Meet Scratch. He's one of the characters in the new Zombaby collection over at Fright Catalog that are just dying for you to adopt them. I like to think of them as Cabbage Patch Kids for horror fans. While Shivers is probably my favorite character in the collection (he's a skeleton who's wearing a bony jumpsuit, how can you top that?), Scratch isn't too shabby either. First off, check out his eyes. His left eye is just pure yellow with no iris. Granted, I think that's just because of a weak paint job on that part, but it gives his character a more crazed look if you ask me. Furthermore he died his eyebrows blue. How many people do you know that just dye their eyebrows blue? I'd wager not too many. But that's not the best part...
He may be an infant, but that didn't stop him from getting his nipples pierced. Excellent. I bet if you could take off his diaper, you'd find something else pierced as well. This baby... er... zombaby is clearly ready to rock, especially with that giant wobbly head of his. And with that in mind, I filmed a little video of him engaging in some zombietastic headbanging. Click here to watch it!
Next up is Crawling Brain...
Crawling Brain is easily one of the greatest Halloween novelties this planet has ever seen. It's so simple, yet so completely random and awesome. It reminds me of the animatronic genius of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. You see... it doesn't just crawl...
It HUNGERS! That's right, it rolls around on the floor and then the frontal lobe opens up to reveal a mouth filled with sharp teeth as it growls at you. And here's the kicker; before it does all this? It hums a happy little tune. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes and neither will you. Here's a quick video I took of the crawling brain in action: Click here to watch it!
So whaddaya think about these two spooky novelties? Perhaps some day in the future I'll have Zombaby, Crawling Brain and other Halloween novelties go on some kind of epic adventure together. Only time will tell I suppose.
Well anyway, tonight I'm headed off to what's supposedly one of the largest, most amusing Halloween attractions in the country - Knott's Scary Farm! You can expect a full, detailed report on it in the next week! And this now leads us to our random survey of the day...
Random survey: What Halloween attractions are you going to check out this year? Are there any spookhouses, graveyard ghost hunts or things like that around where you live? If so, share the details with us! (and pics if you've got 'em)
the boy (Guest) on 10/12/2006 3:26 pm
The brain = fucking bizarre, and its "humming tune" or whatever is the best part, clearly. Nice.
As for the headbanging Zombaby? Dude... In Flames? Come on, how could you NOT go with some good ol' fashioned Slayer!?
Raven (Guest) on 10/12/2006 3:27 pm
In my old town, some kids put on a rediculously awesome haunted house every year. I would go, but I don't live there anymore. I've been hunting around, but so far it's all for naught. :(
Oh, and First Post (I think).
Raven (Guest) on 10/12/2006 3:28 pm
Oh, fine, second post. Sorry. :(
Ninjawolf (Guest) on 10/12/2006 4:08 pm
Not sure which yet, but it seems like I'm going to end up going to either a haunted house a few towns away. If I don't go there though I'll probably go to Fright Farm in southern PA. My brother went there one or two years ago and said it was awesome.
Devin (Guest) on 10/12/2006 4:59 pm
Hi -RoG- Next thursday im going to The Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride in Ulser Park In New York
A Horror Hayride,Murder Corn Maze, 3 Haunted House,Haunted Gardens, 5 gift shops, and 3 Food Caf'es.
Love the new blog. please Make a Count Pop episode 3
WatcherPrime (Guest) on 10/12/2006 5:16 pm
There are a few places in Naptown (indianapolis) I would recommend.
The Necropolis (aka Dark Armies Paintball). For 11 months out of the year, Dark Armies is the largest indoor paintball arena in the city. Come halloween though, they stop the paintball gun from firing and use the black light to thier every advantage, inclueding a 3-D painted Freak show in one of the old warehouses.
Verison Wireless (why couldn't they leave it as Deer Creek?) Music Center's Stage Fright. As a last bash of sorts to the one half decent outdoor concert hall near town, they certain put more effort in scaring people more than they stop underaged drinking.
I must warn you though, for some odd reason hot women in and near Indianapolis seem to mature quickly, quicker than what the law considers legal. If you pick up chicks near my town at Haunted Houses and the like, you might be end up tapping jailbait, if you know what I mean.
Rev. Dr. M. (Guest) on 10/12/2006 5:25 pm
Niiice. That Crawling Brain is right out of a good MST3K film--creepoid cheeziness in just the right amount. As for Hallowe'en attractions: free theatre adaptation of Lovecraft's 'The Colour Out Of Space'!
Richard (Guest) on 10/12/2006 5:43 pm
I might go to the Gaol (Jail) in my city, since its haunted and they have proof and you go in and look around and go on a tour and stuff. if your ever in Ottawa Ontario (In canada for the numb nuts out there) Check it out, even though you'll never be there, and if you are -RoG-, Oh, be on your guard. Or you shall be Raped!! twice.
Ryan (Guest) on 10/12/2006 5:44 pm
I once dyed ALL of my body hair blue. The only part that sucked was the speed bleach on the eyebrows and the nutsack. Crazy!
As far as Halloween happenins, West Hollywood usually throws an insane 3 mile long block party.
I haven't decided if I'm going to that or not. My friends and I are havin our own Halloween party the friday before.
Richard (Guest) on 10/12/2006 5:44 pm
I gave away my '92 Optimus Prime :(
nuffels (Guest) on 10/12/2006 7:25 pm
huanted hill. it's a sort of maze with movie killers that pop out at you around every corner. it's kickass, and me and some freiends are going FDRIDAY LE 13TH! (omg!)
sammypantsed (Guest) on 10/12/2006 11:17 pm
Aww, and here I thought you were announcing your pregnancy and subsequent spawning of demon bebe.
As sad as it is, I'll be checking out the Rocky Horror at the Princess Theatre. Midnight show.
J. Tithonus Pednaud (Guest) on 10/12/2006 11:44 pm
I'm opening my museum of oddities to the public during this Halloween season - in fact this year is extra special as I am also hosting an entire night of Freakshow and Sideshow feats in tandem with my collection of real freak animals, relics, human remains (real mummy parts and a real pickled punk) and old time pitch cards. And entire evening of swordswallowing, fire eating, ass dart and general 'don't do this at home' carziness - the works.
My home is Halloween all year round.
Jimbo (Guest) on 10/13/2006 4:28 pm
Today I'm going to the Haunted Trails in Balboa park, which should be fun.
Scythemantis (Guest) on 10/13/2006 7:19 pm
I was hoping more people would discover the crawling brain. It was the very first Halloween item I found this year (all the way back in the first week of August), and the first one I added on my Halloween Collecting-blog.
Since then I've tried to find something - anything - funnier and more interesting but to no avail.
I would love to see a real, live crawling brain successfully fool someone with that happy singing act before ripping their face off. If you're not afraid of a happy, singing brain crawling after you to begin with you're probably too stupid to live anyhow.
Angryhydralisk (Guest) on 10/13/2006 10:14 pm
Protoclown's article on never being too old to trick-or-treat really brought me to a downer. Except for this one house blaring the Michael Myers' theme and having a big coffin with said Michael Myers in it to scare kids, trick-or-treating was pretty uneventful in my state. By the time I was 15 or 16, it was all gone and about 4 or 5 houses in the ENTIRE neighborhood tops would be giving out candy. Oy...
But on the survey, I already got my plan. A little early, but on the 26th I'm seeing GWAR (For the third time, no less. I never thought I'd see them once!) in a fucking pirate costume. "Shiver me timbers, it's GWArrrrrrrrrrrrrr!".
Jesse B (Guest) on 10/13/2006 10:48 pm
-Rog-, I went on Wikipedia and looked up I-Mockery. After seeing it say you were on The Daily Show, I looked up the video on YouTube(©Google) and found it.(rather blured picture) I have one question that will haunt me until you answer it.
Whats it like to be called dull by Stephen Colbert?
Richard (Guest) on 10/14/2006 9:08 am
I bought an Evil Dead shirt. Its so sexy, its ridiculous. like, just make you blow a load because its so damn sexy.
-RoG- (Guest) on 10/14/2006 4:50 pm
the boy, haha, while they would be more appropriate with the whole "devil" theme of that Zombaby, I'm not gonna go dig through my unpacked boxes of CDs to find the one Slayer CD I currently own. Besides, In Flames' "Colony" will always be one of my all-time favorite metal albums.
Devin, heheh, don't worry... Count Pop will be making an appearance this season.
Ryan, yeah I've heard about the insane Halloween party in West Hollywood where they shut the streets down and there are more people in costumes than anywhere else. If I'm in town for Halloween, I'll definitely try to stop by and check it out.
J. Tithonus Pednaud, sounds pretty crazy, but - perhaps it's just me - but I would think having that stuff around me all year long would make Halloween less exciting each year. I know Ministry sang "Everyday is Halloween" but I'm not sure they meant for people to take it literally. o.O
Scythemantis, yeah the Crawling Brain is easily one of the best items to come out this Halloween season. I seriously can't get enough of that little song that it hums.
Angryhydralisk, if your neighborhood or state is dead for Halloween, there's one simple solution. Hop in your car and drive until you find a place that does and then go trick-or-treating. GWAR is always a good time too, but ya gotta do something on Halloween!
Jesse B, you can view better quality footage of my appearance on the Daily Show HERE (it's roughly 35megs). It also includes the intro footage that isn't on YouTube in which I unwrap the mystery about Frankenberry's sexuality. You'll even get to see me with blue hair. As for Stephen Colbert; he was nothing less than awesome in person. Very friendly and we had some good laughs and talked about the future of "Strangers With Candy" too. It's awesome how famous he's gotten, because it's hard to think of any comedian who is funnier or more talented than he is.
Richard, an Evil Dead shirt? Egads! You must be... the only person on the planet who owns one! Congrats!
Sean (Guest) on 10/14/2006 9:36 pm
As for me, I'm gonna be heading down to the Queen Mary haunted house, it's supposed to be one of the best in the nation. I went to Knott's last year, and was a bit disappointed. The rock 'n' roll high school...I mean, the DEAD rock 'n' roll high school maze was good though.
Ninjawolf (Guest) on 10/15/2006 10:05 am
By the way Rog, do you think a Freddy Kruegar costume would be any better if you used latex for the skin? Its just sort of with the stuff becomeing more and more common in costumes, I really wonder if it would work any better than some of the shitty ass masks they have out for him. On an almost completely unrelated note, if your tall enough or have high enough platform shoes you could use a bad freddy mask and go as Tiny Firefly from House of 1000 Corpses/The Devils Rejects
Jesse B (Guest) on 10/15/2006 6:48 pm
RoG, you need blue hair again. You looked 5 times more cooler than me. You already have 4x on me.
SnowWhite (Guest) on 10/16/2006 1:37 pm
Hey RoG, thought of you on saturday - while we were setting up at Universal I had to run out and get something from the car and passed a window display of a skeleton in a DJ booth. The voice coming from the booth rattles on ceaselessly - "hey, can I eat your brains? I want to eat your brains" and the like. My favorite part of the loop was when it got to "brains brains brains brains brains. Hey, guess what? Brains." Completely awesome.
i-mock-you (Guest) on 10/16/2006 1:50 pm
That brain is completely wicked. As for fun Halloween stuff, me and a couple friends are dressing up as an evil soceress, an evil witch, and a vampire hunting vampire to scare some small children come Halloween. I also might be going to a haunted corn maze and haunted feed mill if I get the chance.
-RoG- (Guest) on 10/16/2006 2:40 pm
Ninjawolf, it all depends on how good you are with the latex 'n makeup. If you have a professional make-up artist working on the latex, I'm sure it'd come out great. Otherwise, I'd suggest going for one of the masks. The best Freddy mask/costume I've seen would have to be the "Creature Reacher" one. Of course, it'll set you back a few hundred bucks, but you could probably make that back from your prize money winnings at local costume contests.
Jesse B, hehe thanks, but I found that dying my hair is a major pain in the ass. If I had blonde hair maybe it wouldn't be as big a deal, but I've got really dark hair and I had to actually bleach it first before I dyed it blue. Far too much of a hassle to keep on doing it all the time.
SnowWhite, heheh you can't go wrong with an endless loop of brains. I love the ending of the loop. "Hey, guess what? Brains." classic.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 09/20/2007 6:55 pm
Awrsome. That brain sounds like something from an old creepy Merrie Melodies or something. :D
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