Halloween is finally here, and I hope you're all celebrating it in style! Yes, I know it's on a Monday this year, but that's no excuse not to indulge in the festivities. Whether it's going trick-or-treating, dressing up in costume for a Halloween party, handing out candies, visiting haunted attractions, or simply watching a horror movie marathon - I just hope you're doing something to celebrate our favorite holiday!
Now, before I get into the meat of this post, you should know that there's a big surprise waiting for you at the very end of it. Don't go skipping ahead, because we have a lot to cover first. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
Re and I spent our Halloweekend / Halloweeniversary by taking a trip up into the San Bernadino mountains in search of fall leaves. We found fall leaves galore up there, plus a nice little Halloween festival, a wagon full of pumpkins, some truly spooky fog, and more. As if that wasn't enough, we stayed in a tiny cabin in the woods in a little town that may sound familiar to some of you...
That's right, we stumbled on a town called Twin Peaks. Amazing. I mean, how could we not stay in a town called Twin Peaks on a Halloween weekend? It was just too fitting. Damn good coffee... damn good weekend!
Also, in case you missed it (since I posted four new articles over the weekend), I shot my first Halloween yelling video ever! Take a look:
Thanks again to all of you who stuck around for I-Mockery's 2016 "Two Months of Halloween" celebration! Writing so many lengthy articles for the site during that time is always exhausting, but it's also an absolute blast knowing that it's a part of your annual Halloween traditions. As always, I like to share a recap of the many updates that were posted to the site between September 1st and October 31st in case you missed any of it. November is usually a slow month anyway, so what better time to catch up on some good reading? Here's a handy recap of some of the highlights you may have missed:
-We revisited the classic Spooky World VHS tape, and felt like we were taken back to a simpler time of haunted attractions.
-We conducted a taste test of the Black Garlic Pepper Halloween Doritos from Japan and immediately craved more.
-We paid homage to The Lair of the White Worm, one of the most amazing and bizarre horror films that deserves to be appreciated by a much larger audience.
-We saw the Monsters Meet Pepsiman, and learned that Japan really knew how to create a killer Halloween promotion for Pepsi.
-We watched the 1990 Horror Hall of Fame awards show and were convinced that Gremlins should be in every awards show audience.
-We were overjoyed to see more Delbert McClintock in Arachnophobia: The Video Game.
-We fell in love with another batch of Horror Video Game Box Art.
-We visited the actual church from John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and saw a screening of the film inside it.
-We were invited to the ScareLA Los Angeles Halloween Convention and had an awesome time.
-We were also invited to the new Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival and absolutely loved it.
-We remember just how cheesy The Lawnmower Man was with those 90s era CGI graphics.
-We ain't afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we love these vintage Real Ghostbusters Ghost Toys from Kenner.
-My eyes started bleeding pure cane sugar after another massive Halloween Candy Taste Test.
-We listened to more tunes on the Jack-O-Juke - our Halloween music jukebox with over 215 spooky songs and counting!
-We wished Bubba survived From Beyond, but it wasn't meant to be.
-We saw the glorious return of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, and hope it will come back every Halloween from now on.
-We visited the impressive Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns event, and marveled at the artistry that goes into all those carved pumpkins.
-We watched Pumpkinhead do what he does best: put smiles on our faces.
-We saw a determined elderly man continue to get tortured throughout his quest in The Immortal video game.
-We witnessed more glorious monstrosities at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena.
-We gazed upon even more Pinball Machines of Horror, with absolutely gorgeous backglass and playfield designs.
-We sold out of our Halloween Club Packs once again, so huge thanks to all of you who purchased one!
-We examined some classic Video Game Graveyards and realized they're some of our all-time favorite levels.
-We peeled back the layers of a horrific scene from the Lovecraftian tale, Dagon.
-We joined in on some spooktacular new Screen Junkies Halloween Episodes.
-We saw Boo Berry and the other monster nominees running a Monster Cereal Election.
-We remembered just how weird Videodrome really is.
-We played with some new Halloween Toys that every horror toy fan should have in their collection.
-And lastly, we took an in-depth look at the Halloween Scenes in The Karate Kid and discovered some amazing things in the background!
You know there's no time I enjoy more than Halloween each year, and having so many of you making I-Mockery your virtual Halloween home truly makes it all the better. I really try to give you guys the best and widest variety of Halloween coverage you'll find anywhere online every season - from visiting haunts and reviewing movies, to taste testing candies and tracking down the most absurd & obscure novelties and more - I always try to make every season special and filled with surprises. Please continue to share the site with your friends, and I'll do my best to keep that tradition going strong for years to come. As always, I must thank Dr. Boogie his fantastic contributions to our Halloween celebration. I also gotta give Re major credit for letting me turn our home into a Halloween junkyard these past several months.
Of course, a huge thanks again to you for sticking with us during our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. It's a lot of work to put all this content together, but it's a lot of fun too, and your continued feedback definitely helps keep my energy up throughout the season. If you haven't already, please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram. This is a completely independent web site, and we rely entirely on people like YOU to spread the word about it, so please do so if you can... it helps more than you could imagine!
Please drop a comment below (whether you're logged in or not) and lemme know what you thought of the Halloween season and what your favorite articles were. Also, let me know what you did for Halloween and feel free to post photos of your costumes (if you dressed up), your decorations, or any other Halloweeny things you like!
Thanks again, and be sure to stick around, because I'll be updating the site with some new articles very soon. I'm also releasing our brand new pixel poster in November and considering doing a special limited edition Holiday Club Pack in December!
Oh, and I did promise you a big surprise at the end of this post, didn't I? Well, I'm a man of my word. Behold!
I'm happy to announce, that coming this November, we'll be releasing a brand new horror-themed video game that we've secretly been working on this year! I've been wanting to do a new horror game for ages, so I can't wait to unveil it to you. Full details about the game will be coming very soon, but I just waited to give you a little sneak peek with a screenshot from it. I hope you're all excited to play it, and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
This past week was pretty rough. I've been working on a big project that I'll be unveiling to you in the near future, but it came to a halt, as I was hit with the truly sad news that a friend of mine had passed away. Her name was Samantha Morris, and we met in one of my early improv comedy classes at UCB Theatre here in Los Angeles. She got along with everyone, made them laugh, and was simply delightful to talk to. We actually shot the interior scenes for the Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum intro at her house, and again, she made everyone feel absolutely welcome and at ease during the shoot. She appears in the intro as the woman on the left side of the couch.
Sadly, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and lost her battle with it this past week. Samantha was a beautiful, kind, generous, hilarious, brave, and loving person. Just thought you should all know a little bit about this wonderful person who was loved by a lot of people. Rest in peace, Sam. We'll miss you and your wonderful smile.
So, while I'm sure you can imagine it's been hard getting back into the swing of things this week, I actually wrote all the remaining Halloween content for I-Mockery in advance, so there won't be a lapse in articles for you to enjoy. I just posted my annual Ultimate Halloween Candy Guide the other day, along with a new piece about the 1990 Horror Hall of Fame awards, and there's still more to come. I hope you're all having a fun Halloweekend so far.
And speaking of Halloween fun, I'm on the new Screen Junkies (er... "Scream Junkies") Movie Fights Horror Halloween episode. This was definitely one of my favorites I've been on so far, particularly because it's all about horror movies, and we all had a lot of fun as you'll soon discover. You can check it out here:
I also recently appeared on the most recent Screen Junkies Show to help determine what the best horror franchise is. You can check it out here:
It was a great discussion that lasted for over an hour, and I don't envy the person who had to edit it down to a mere 16 minutes, but I think the video turned out nice.
In other news, I was recently sent an early screening of the complete six-episode first season of Wolf Creek: The Series that's now appearing on the Pop TV network, just in time for Halloween. Being a fan of the original film that the show is based on, I was excited to check it out. While many of you probably haven't heard of the Pop network, Schitt's Creek (which features Eugene Levy and Cathering O'Hara) is one of my favorite comedy series in recent years, and well worth checking out for that show alone. So did Wolf Creek prove to be another great addition to their line-up? Yes and no. Hit the jump and allow me to explain. (more...)
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