October 4, 2015

Halloween Madness: Give Out The Best Trick-Or-Treat Bags This Halloween!

The countdown to Halloween Night has officially begun, meaning there are only a few weeks to buy candy and other goodies for the this year's trick-or-treaters.

Depending on the weather, there are between 120 to 145 trick-or-treaters that show up at my doorstep on Halloween Night. Instead of giving out a few pieces a candy to each kid, each and every year, I put together a little treat bags full of a variety of candies.

In the past, I bought a package of 40 paper treat bags around a $1, but it seems the bags have been discontinued as I can no longer find them anywhere. The only bags that I can find in the stores are in packages of 10 to 20 and costs between $2 to $4 per package. I don't care for the bags as they are way too tall and require twist ties.

Luckily for me, Oriental Trading has a big selection of goody bags to choose from, including the Mini Jack-O'-Lantern Drawstring Goody Bags. The 4-inch tall plastic bags retail for $11.99 per unit (144 bags), but is currently on sale for $7.78. The bags feature a printed Jack-O'-Lantern in the front, while the rest of the bag is see-through.

Now, you can't just give away an empty goody bag on Halloween Night or your house will be egged, so naturally I'm going to put several different sweets in it. I'm sure many of you have already seen gobs of Halloween candy in the stores. I don't just buy any candy as I want to make sure it has the right amount pieces (100 & up), so I'll have plenty to go into each treat bag.

Oriental Trading carries many bulk assortments of name brand candy. And I mean huge bags (1,000 pieces)! For this year, I was looking for something new that would standout to the trick-or-treaters and I found to different ones - Zombie PartyButtermints ($6.50 per unit/108 pieces) and Eyeball Sweet Creams ($6.50 per unit/108 pieces).

DVD Review: The Last Man On Earth: The Complete First Season

The Last Man On Earth:  The Complete First Season
Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Schaal
Studio: 20th Century Fox Entertainment
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Retail: $37.29
Running Time: 282 minutes
Buy Link: Amazon

Now available to own on DVD is Fox's hit comedy series The Last Man On Earth starring comedians Will Forte and Kristen Schaal. Special Features includes a Commentary on The Elephant in the Room, Commentary on Screw the Moon, Survival of the Funniest: Creating The Last Man on Earth, The Last Man On Earth Q&A Panel, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.

Set in the year 2020, one whole year after a deadly virus wiped out humanity, the last man on Earth is Phil Miller (played Will Forte), a man who spent months traveling across the USA, Canada and Mexico looking for survivors. Through his travels he left messages on road signs stating that he is alive in Tucson, Arizona, his hometown.

Phil finds a nice house in Tucson and moves in. He spends his days drinking tequila from a kiddie pool (which he also bathes in), setting things on fire and hanging out with his buddies, whom are all sports balls with faces painted on them.

Eventually the loneliness gets to him and he plans on committing suicide, but out of nowhere he finds the last woman on Earth - Carol Andrew Pilbasian (played by Kristen Schaal), a very annoying
woman from Delaware. She had saw the messages that Phil had left on the road signs and came to Tucson looking for him. She is determined that they should get married and repopulate the Earth. At first Phil nothing wants to do with Carol, even though she moves in next door to him, but eventually he agrees to marry her.
October 3, 2015

Top 5 Best Book Covers: Halloween Edition

Top 5 Best Book Covers

You may remember three Top 5 Best Book Covers from last year started my former co-blogger, Camelle. I thought it would be a fun idea to bring back the Top 5 Best Covers as a monthly meme. The meme will begin on the first Saturday of every month.

This month is slightly different. Instead of posting the Top 5 Best Book Covers of new releases this month, the October meme is to post your favorite top 5 new or upcoming releases with the scariest covers.

The meme's rules are simple:

  • Grab the Top 5 Best Book Covers button!
  • Post your 5 favorite books covers that are being released in the current month!
  • You can use a blurb or book synopsis in your post.
  • Put your blog URL in the Linky. 
  • Visit other blogs and comment on their 5 picks

Produce, direct and promote your own chilling horror film with real-world advice from award-winning, independent producer/director Danny Draven! 

From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for creating your own successful movie. Sharing his personal filmmaking experience, Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish. You'll not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips will help you avoid common filmmaking pitfalls, and extensive information on marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public.

Billy's Thoughts: I'm a huge horror movie fan, so I instantly liked this cover.

Set in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, "The Raping of Ava DeSantis" tells the story of a working class college student who is brutally attacked by three wealthy fraternity brothers, then confronted with the decision of a lifetime: accept money to stay quiet or seek justice with the police. What she does in response is the basis of this captivating woman’s revenge thriller story that will have readers talking for years to come. 

With brilliantly written characters, bone-chilling, fast-paced scenes and a double twist ending, "The Raping of Ava DeSantis" is the perfect blend of suspense, thriller and horror — guaranteed to entertain both female and male readers alike.

Billy's Thoughts: By reading the title and glancing at the cover, you know that this is going to be a chiling read. I'll be writing a review for this title later in the month.

Blu-ray Review: SPY

Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 120 minutes, 130 minutes (uncut)
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on Blu-ray and Digital HD is this summer's action-comedy SPY. Directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids), the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney.

The single disc includes both the theatrical and the unrated versions of the film. Special Features includes 3 Redacted Scenes, 15 Classifed Alternate Scenes, 2 Top Secret Gag Reels, Cutting Room Floor Outtakes including Susan and Her Man, The Great Rick Ford, For Your Eyes Only: Jokes-A-Plenty, How SPY Was Made: 8 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes Commentary, Director of Intelligence Feig Makes the Cast Do His Bidding, Super Villain Rayna Can’t Keep it Together, Super Vermin, The Many Deaths of Anton, The Trouble With The Covers, The Handsy World of Spies, Speaking is an Art Form, Super Villains of the Animal World, Gallery and the The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia).

SPY centers on the CIA analyst Susan Cooper (played by McCarthy), who witness the presumed death of CIA Agent Bradley Fine (played by Jude Law), through the camera that is built into his contact lenses while he was on a mission in Varna. While Cooper has never been on a field mission before, she has been Fine's partner for years and she has developed a crush on him.

Fine's murderer is Rayna (played by Rose Byrne), the daughter of Tihomir Boyanov, and she knows the identities of all the CIA's top agents.

Wanting revenge, Cooper volunteers to go to Paris and track down Sergio De Luca (played by Bobby Cannavale). Her mission was to watch and report back to her boss Elaine Crocker (played by Allison Janney), but things don't go exactly as planned as CIA Agent Rick Ford (played by Jason Statham) is also on the hunt for De Luca and he bumps heads with Cooper.

Fall Reads: Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

Doctor Who: The Dorsten's Curse
by A.L. Kennedy
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: July 14, 2015
ISBN: 978-0553419443
Pages: 368
Buy Link: Amazon


I stumbled up on the first season of the Doctor Who reboot when it aired on the Scifi Channel (now known as Syfy) in 2006 and I quickly became a big fan. I later learned about the original the series that started in the 1960s to the 1980s and that the new seasons (well series in the Britain) are a continuation. Since then, I've watched a handful of episodes featuring the original incarnations of the Doctors on DVD.

Now available in paperback is Doctor Who: The Dorsten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy, which is an adventure featuring the 4th Doctor (whom was played by Tom Baker from 1974 to 1981). Set at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, the plot involves golfers disappearing into thin air and of course the Doctor is there in the nick of time to investigate it.

Once again the Doctor recruits two new companion, Bryony, a Fetch Brothers’ Junior Receptionist,  and alien named Putta Pattershaun, to help unravel the mystery behind why the golfers are vanishing. To make matters worse, the other people at the spa are acting weird, especially Mrs. Fetch and and the twin grandchildren; all of which seem to have the ability to read minds.

As most Doctor Who stories go, there is something alien-like that is causing all the chaos and the Doctor Bryony and his companions must stop it.

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Retail: $32.99
Running Time: 141 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD


Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is this summer's blockbuster Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader. Bonus Features on the Blu-ray includes From The Inside Out - Making Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Infinite Six, Global Adventure, Deleted & Extended Scenes, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon.

Taking place after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) has reformed the Avengers team - Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), so the can fight the evil Hydra. After destroying the Hydra science base where Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was experimenting with Loki's scepter, Stark and Banner use the scepter's gem to create an artificial intelligence for the Ultron global defense program.

Unfortunately, Ultron (voiced by James Spader) grows a conscious of his own and comes to the conclusion that the Avengers are a danger to the world. Ultron uses what resources that were left behind at Strucker's base to build himself a robotic body as well as an army or robotic minions. He recruits the twins Pietro/Quicksliver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) to help him kill the Avengers.
October 2, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition: October 2nd - 8th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome Ghouls and Goblins
to the
Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!
If you want schedule next week's thrilling question, click here to find the next prompt fright-fest. 
To submit a question, fill out this form.

How to participate in this week's creepy meme:

1. Post on your blog answering this haunt:

You're volunteering to read a book to a group of young children at a library. What scary themed book for kids would you read to them?

2. Enter the link to your terrifying tale in the haunting list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in a curse).


3. Visit other haunters in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new creeper.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Billy's Answer!

 I would go with an old classic, titled Morris & Borris Halloween by Bernard Wiseman.

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October 1, 2015

Halloween Madness: The Invoking 2 Review

It should be no surprise to anyone that knows me that I go a little crazy around Halloween, even on this blog. For the entire month, I will be posting 31 Halloween Madness posts!

A great way to kickoff the Halloween event is with a review of a new horror flick - The Invoking 2 (SRP: $27.97) from RLJ Entertainment. If you've never heard of the first film that was released in 2013, well, then you're not along as I've never seen the movie either.

The sequel is actually an anthology with six different supernatural tales - U-Turn, Insane, Alone, Do Not Disturb, Natal and Melissa.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf (Smoked), U-Turn centers on a man driving on Highway 116 in the early morning hours. Out of nowhere, he stumbles upon a young woman holding a baby on the side of the road and he offers them a ride. Little did he know that it would be the worst mistake of his life.

Directed by Adam O'Brien (Zombieworld), Insane takes place at Wavel Hill, WV, where a horror movie director is getting a tour of an abandoned hospital that is said to be haunted, but he soon realizes that he's in his very own horror flick as the evil spirits there have awaken.

Directed by Jay Holben (Back Tar Road), Alone is set in Killington, Vermont and centers on a paranoid young woman who believes that someone or something is in her home. Sadly, her suspicions come true and a supernatural force comes for her.

Directed by Patrick Rea (Nailbiter), Do Not Disturb is set in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and centers on a serial killer that is hiding out at a hotel while there is a manhunt for him. All he wants is some peace and quiet while he plan his next move, but a supernatural being has other plans for him.

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