"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
Do you have a horse that you want to dress up in a costume but can't decide which
costume? Then check out the Horse Fancy Dress ideas blog
. [more inside]
Women from the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team
have a thing or two to say about women's costumes and the choice to be a sexy nurse or a mother-fucking monster
In celebration of Halloween, The Dissolve
has devoted three long posts to The Shining
: a keynote
examining the film and King's relationship to it, a staff discussion,
and a critical comparison
of the film with the 1997 TV miniseries
written by King. (Scrubbed the show from your brain? Let this episode of Nostalgia Critic
refresh your memory.)
A Month of Witches
Tennessee author Betsy Phillips (previously
) is back again with a month's worth of spooky stories.
Real Kitchen as Alinea
-- This Halloween, Chicago take-out cafe Real Kitchen
is dressing up as modernist Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea
Everyone's favorite prison simulator Prison Architect
wins Halloween with an awesome Easter egg
Out of Skin
, a new horror comic from Emily Carroll
). Warning: gore & body horror.
from Big Cat Rescue! [more inside]
) is quite the mad genius when it comes to making Halloween costumes
. This year's offering, perhaps inspired by his vacation
in April, is his most complexly detailed masterpiece
yet. Presenting: the making of The Happiest Costume On Earth
The ghostbots were created by man.
They hovered. They grooved to smooth jazz. They look and feel like ghosts. And they have a plan.
Looking to freshen up that old October playlist? Allow me to recommend Halloween Booootie
, three free, full-length compilations (2009, 2010 and 2012) of bootlegs and mashups all perfectly themed for your next graveyard smash.
But do you want some more?
Are you looking for, dare I say, the real wicked shit?
Then please, step this way... [more inside]
If you enjoy skeletons and terrible puns, this comic will meet your needs for today.
(SLTumblr, via Reddit
Josh Clark from the Stuff You Should Know Podcast, has put together two amazing galleries of old Halloween costumes. Really old, homemade costumes
, and Seventies and Eighties costumes
Here to remind you that Halloween is on its way.
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
China Miéville talks about Marxism and Halloween
in a 39 minute audio recording from the Socialism 2013
conference organized by the International Socialist Organization
. Miéville, Marxism, and the Fantastic previously
(and many more)
Last year, after Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel had parents troll their kids for cheap laughs by telling them that they had eaten all their candy. While many observers, including some Mefites
, felt that lying to your kids in this way was being willfully-mean, it garnered 34 million hits on YouTube, so naturally, he did it again.
Whether you think this is funny or not is definitely debatable; but if you're an old curmudgeon, like me, perhaps 3 year-old Madeline
might just restore your hope for humanity.
In 2010, 1st grader Katie Goldman was the bullied kid at her school for being a girl who was into Star Wars
(which is, of course, only for boys). Geeks and fans across the net rallied to give moral support to Katie
("The Littlest Jedi
") for standing up for who she wanted to be. Katie and her mother went on to lead an anti-bullying effort at Katie's school
(which now observes December 10th as "Proud To Be Me Day") and Katie became a symbol
of geek pride
and anti-bullying, standing up at a birthday party for a boy who wanted to have his nails painted like the girls were getting. The experience became the source of book Bullied
. In 2012, it was Katie's turn to show geek solidarity. The 501st Legion/"Vader's Fist"
, who had been so supportive when her story went viral, were now among those being taunted online for their cosplay geekery at a con
, and Katie wanted to be a stormtrooper for Halloween to show her support. When the troopers heard that, the 501st's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment
came together to raise the funds/materials/expertise and build a full-on custom-fitted set of proper stormtrooper armor ('77 movie specs and all)
, with just days to spare before Halloween, as a gift for the little girl whose courage inspired them so much. [more inside]
The New England Aquarium welcomes an unusual new guest
, just in time for Halloween. Last week in Massachusetts, lobster fisher Dana Duhaine caught the lobster, which is perfectly "split" down the middle in two colours: black and orange. Scientists attribute this type of colouring to a complete cellular split that happens upon fertilization of the lobster egg. Split lobsters are relatively rare; they are estimated to make up only one per every 50 to 100 million lobsters. Recently, American and Canadian lobster fishers have been reporting more of the unusually coloured creatures in their catches
, including blue lobsters
, calico lobsters
, and splits. National Geographic article about different colouration in lobsters.
You may have read np312
's wonderful Reverse Trick-Or-Treating
story in Ask Metafilter.
You may have seen Doctor Popular's comic
based on the same.
This year however, you can now enjoy a video
of the same concept. [via
Not-Hurricane Sandy turned over a hundred-year-old tree — that had grown through a body buried a hundred years before THAT.
" A homeless woman made a spooky Halloween’s eve discovery on the Upper Green: bones from a centuries-old human body unearthed by a giant oak tree toppled by Superstorm Sandy."
A Halloween doodle from Google.
Be sure to click around, and save the kitty for last.
The Guide to Trading Candy.
(SLYT) Buzzfeed gets into the Halloween spirit by scaring kids onto the fast track toward embittered adulthood.
The very talented Mark Gervais makes movies
for projection in the window on Halloween. Some examples have been
posted on Youtube, but the genuine article
is worth every penny.
Something Awful's Fashion SWAT returns to review sexy Halloween costumes
such as Sexy Grinch, Sexy Rooster, and Sexy Woolly Mammoth. (Previously
Neil Gaiman reads a story that scared people.
A new Neil Gaiman story is available from Audible. It's free, and every copy downloaded means a donation to DonorsChoose or BookTrust. (Neil does ask that you wait to listen to it until after dark.
In the spirit of Halloween and scary movies: a remix of Mr. Sandman set to a supercut of some of the spookiest scenes from horror cinema: Full-On Lovemaking
. Warning, NSFW. Further warnings for the squeamish below the jump. [more inside]
Scary stories for Halloween
Guardian books writers select their favourite seasonal chillers
A little Halloween inspiration: "Friendly, Upbeat,Youthful, Energized and Versatile" voiceover actress and puppeteer Serra Hirsch
) earned herself a spot in Coolest Homemade Costumes' Contest Winner Hall of Fame
-- and her very own page on the site
-- with such creations as Eggs and Bacon, Photo Booth Picture Strip, and Prisoner in a Visiting Booth. Now there's a short documentary
about her. She discusses some of the details of her costumes in this video interview
(dull intro section skipped).
Jill Harness from Neatorama curates a collection of photos of Over 40 Fantastic Animal Halloween Costumes
. [more inside]