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Markosun’s top 10 Horror movies   1 comment


This is a very subjective list as I am not a movie aficionado and there are dozens of great horror movies that I have not seen.  But here it is.

Number 1

The Exorcist

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I saw this movie when I was 14 years old.  Not a good idea.  I was an altar boy at the time and therefore still believed in Angels and Demons.  This movie so terrified me that I almost went to see a priest to discuss my possible possession by a demon.

This movie takes horror to a whole new level.  There is the blatant visceral demonic possession scenes, but at the same time subtle underlying terrifying messages that come at you from all angles.

Number 2

Hellraiser

The Cenobite Demons in this movie are radical.  The torture chambers and dark cenobite world is shocking.  Pinhead causes cold streams of angst to penetrate your very soul.  The Uncle Frank character is a classic.  Clive Barker creates a brand new world of horror like nothing that came before.

Number 3

The Shinning

Jack Nicholson at his creepy best.  What you don’t see in this movie is scarier than what you do see.  The Overlook Hotel is the perfect haunted mansion.  The horrific history of the hotel is something that the moviegoer will ponder for weeks after seeing this movie.

 

Number 4

Alien

Great monster, great spaceship, great planet scene, great story and great crew on the ship.  Enough said.

 

Number 5

Black Christmas

Very creepy psycho in the attic murdering sorority girls.  A young Andrea Martin is worth revisiting this classic.  The strange sounds and noises that the thing in the attic makes is enough to make your hair stand on end.

 

Number 6

Dawn of the Dead

Zombies run amuck in a shopping mall.  Lots of gore which is typical of Zombie movies.  After seeing this movie you will never look at a shopping mall the same way again.

 

Number 7

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974

Very disturbing hillbilly killers who also double as cannibals.  These gruesome psychos are on a mission from the Devil himself.  Sticking innocent victims on a meat hook is just one of their nefarious techniques.  The old grandpa killer is an island of hilarity in this dark tale.

 

Number 8

The Silence of the Lambs

The Antagonist in this movie is one of the best of all time.  Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter is a genius killer and cannibal.  His dispatch of the 2 policeman is done with such cunning and precision that it makes your head spin.  Great story combined with amazing characters.  A classic.

 

Number 9

The Thing 1982

One of the most innovative monsters in movie history.  This Thing can copy and replicate any biological form.  You never know who the enemy is.  Your best buddy or pet could be an evil alien life form that wants to eat you whole.  Set in the Antarctic on an isolated base this movie leaves you with a very cold chill indeed.

 

Number 10

The Hills Have Eyes

Grotesque mutants that prey on unsuspecting travellers.  This movie has enough blood, guck and gore to nauseate the toughest horror fan.  The mutants got this way from exposure to radiation from atomic bomb tests in the desert.  They are seeking revenge on the normal folk.  And pity the poor normal folk that wander into mutant territory.

 

Posted October 31, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Very fast Zombies and extremely slow Zombies   Leave a comment


 

Why is it that in some horror films the Zombies can run like olympic sprinters, while in other movies the Zombies are slower than a turtle on a beach?  I guess it depends on the plague that infected the humans and turned them into Zombies. 

In the 2002 film 28 Days Later the Zombies can really burn rubber.  It is almost impossible to outrun one of these Zombies.  In the 2004 Dawn Of The Dead the gruesome Zombies can keep up with trucks.  You would need a high-powered pick-up or car on a straightaway to get away from these things.  The plague in the latter movie must stimulate the adrenalin in the creatures legs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

On the other side of the spectrum there are movies that have Zombies that are slower than 96-year-old senior citizens.  In the 1968 Night of the Living Dead the Zombies are horrendously slow.  All a person has to do is use some semi-quick lateral motion and you can get around these ghouls.  Shaun of the Dead also has sluggish mutants.  Getting past these Zombies takes very little athletic coordination. 

The problem for humans in the slow Zombie movies is that they always get surrounded or trapped in a house.  The key here would be to stay in a big open area, like in the middle of a golf course or wheat field.  This way you could see them coming and high-tail it in the opposite direction.  And having a bicycle or roller blades at the ready would be a very good idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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There appears to be a new kind of Zombie that would be very difficult to keep a safe distance from.  Especially in extremely cold climates that have many large lakes and rivers that freeze over.  Ice skating Zombies that wear Winnipeg Jets uniforms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Posted October 27, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Flint, Michigan Contaminated Water Crisis is Causing Strange Behaviour in the Citizens   Leave a comment


The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan (United States), that started in April 2014.

After the change in source from treated Lake Huron water (via Detroit) to the Flint River, the city’s drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead and unknown virus contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead. A strange and unspecified virus from Flint Tech University’s Biological Anomaly Laboratory had been dumped in the Flint River since 2012 it was revealed.  As a result, between 6,000 and 12,000 residents had severely high levels of lead in the blood and experienced a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Zombie-like symptoms in the county that has killed dozens of people and affected scores more.  The outbreak seems to be spiralling out of control.

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Posted January 29, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The ‘Banned Trailer’ from The Exorcist   Leave a comment


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In my humble opinion the The Exorcist is the most frightening horror movie ever made.  Nothing ever created before or since contains the chilling notions and graphic images put forward in that film.  The Hellraiser movies get honourable mention.

The Exorcist will scare the meanest, nastiest and badest hombres out there.

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William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist, was a landmark in horror cinema, a cultural phenomenon, and (if adjusting for inflation) the ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

The film makes minimal use of music—a stylistic choice which gives the film an air of stark realism despite the supernatural events depicted onscreen. Of the minimal music used in the film, most famous is Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” which went on to become a smash so huge that it essentially birthed the Virgin empire.

Before Friedkin settled on Oldfield’s prog masterpiece, he had originally commissioned a score from Lalo Schifrin, who had famously done soundtrack work for Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry, and the instantly recognizable Mission Impossible TV show theme.

Schifrin’s atonal Exorcist score was very much in the vein of Krzysztof Penderecki (whose “Cello Concerto No. 1” of Polymorphia was used in the film’s final edit) with the addition of Bernard Herrmann-esque “fright stabs.”

This score was used in an advanced trailer which some have called the “banned trailer.” As the stories go, this trailer literally made audiences sick when it was shown. It’s unclear if the sounds and images were simply upsetting or if the flashing images actually caused seizures in some viewers.

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Below the banned trailer and a short film showing audience reaction to the movie.

Posted January 27, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Two-Sentence Horror Stories that are Very Scary!   Leave a comment


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Posted December 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Nazis UFOs are coming!!   Leave a comment


In Ufology, conspiracy theory, science fiction, and comic book stories, claims or stories have circulated linking UFOs to Nazi Germany. The German UFO theories describe supposedly successful attempts to develop advanced aircraft or spacecraft prior to and during World War II, and further assert the post-war survival of these craft in secret underground bases in Antarctica, South America, the United States or the Moon, along with their creators. According to these theories and fictional stories, various potential code-names or sub-classifications of Nazi UFO craft such as Rundflugzeug, Feuerball, Diskus, Haunebu, Hauneburg-Gerät, V7, Vril, Kugelblitz (not related to the self-propelled anti-aircraft gun of the same name), Andromeda-Gerät, Flugkreisel, Kugelwaffe, and Reichsflugscheibe have all been referenced.

Some UFO sightings during World War II, particularly those known as foo fighters, were thought by the Allies to be prototype enemy aircraft designed to harass Allied aircraft through electromagnetic disruption; a technology similar to today’s electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon.

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Posted November 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Werewolf Songs that will make you tap your claws   Leave a comment


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Warren Zevon , Werewolves of London

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising

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Five Man Electrical Band, Werewolf

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Alvin and the Chipmunks, Monster Out in You

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The Misfits, Some Kinda Hate

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Throw in a movie trailer here.  Biker werewolves

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Posted November 8, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Haunted Heat Surfing Contest   Leave a comment


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Haunted Heat surfing contest in Santa Monica, California.  Crazy Californians having fun in the sun.

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Surfers compete in ZJ Boarding HouseÕs 4rth Annual Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Surfers compete in ZJ Boarding House’s 4rth Annual Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

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Noah and the Ark.

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Posted November 7, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Shining’s Hotel Is Hoping To Build Its Own Horror Museum   Leave a comment


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Stephen King was famously inspired by the Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado, and now, the hotel is looking to add on to their heritage as a horror destination: by adding on a museum dedicated to horror. The hotel was the inspiration for the Outlook Hotel in the novel, “The Shining.”

According to the LA Times, the hotel has issued plans to build a horror museum onto the premise, which would bring in traveling exhibits, and add on an auditorium and sound stage. The founding board for the museum includes some celebrities, such as Elijah Woods (Lord of the Rings) and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead / Star Trek).

Before this happens, the state of Colorado must first grant the hotel $11.5 million from its tourism funds to help with the construction of the facility, which is expected to cost upwards of $24 million. The museum will operate as a nonprofit public-private partnership.

King stayed in room 217 in 1974, which helped to inspire him to write his famous novel The Shining, and serves as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel. The novel and subsequent movie adaptation have helped transform the hotel in to a tourist destination for horror fans. The hotel offers tours and hosts horror writers for workshops.

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Ghost hunters trying to scare themselves in the Stanley Hotel.

According to King in later interviews, the Stanley served as his model for the Overlook Hotel, the ominous setting of The Shining, his third major work after Salem’s Lot (1975) and Carrie (1974). The hotel in King’s book is an evil entity haunted by its many victims. The main characters – Jack and Wendy Torrence and their young son Danny – are employed as winter caretakers. As the winter wears on, the hotel begins to exert its influence upon Jack, urging him to murder his family. Danny’s clairvoyant abilities – referred to in the novel as “the shine” – lend the book its title.

In 1980, the novel became the basis for an iconic film adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick’s vision for the movie differed from King’s significantly in many ways, including the portrayal of the Overlook Hotel. The exteriors of Kubrick’s Overlook were supplied by the Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood in Oregon. Inspiration for the interior sets (erected at Elstree Studios in England) came from the 1927 Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park.

Timberline Lodge located at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Exterior shots in the movie “The Shining.”

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Wild location for a hotel.

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The famous maze in the movie was a studio construct.

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There are no mazes at either the Stanley Hotel or Timberline Lodge. The maze was inside a studio in the U.K.

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The set design for the interior scenes of the Overlook Hotel was modeled in large parts on the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, California. Seen here is the Ahwahnee’s Great Lounge, which was recreated on the Elstree Studios set as the Colorado Lounge. Where ‘All work and no play make Jack a Dull Boy.’

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The Stanley Hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining” is said to have many ghosts being labelled a 5 Star haunt.

The place is spooky looking:

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Posted October 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Demon Hotel Site Still infested with Devilish Phantoms   1 comment


The haunted old brick edifice on Hargrave Street in Winnipeg known as the Demon Hotel burned to the ground last April. Many paranormal investigators figured that the horror associated with the building may have been expunged forever.  It appears this is not the case.  Renown paranormal investigators Nad Deane and Mel Ryan were alerted that strange noises and disgusting smells were emanating from the site.

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Official police reports contend that a group of juvenile delinquents were responsible for setting the fire.  However, credible sources purport that the fire began as an exorcism was underway to cleanse the place of demons and spectres.

Current site, great big weed patch.

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Nad and Mel investigated the site, but nothing out of the ordinary was sensed, seen or smelled.  Nonetheless reports kept being emailed to Nad’s Demon Hotel website, http://demonhotelofhargrave.blogspot.ca/.  Nad and Mel Ryan decided to set up a 24 hour 7 days a week hidden camera to monitor the weed patch.  Nothing was observed, not counting homeless vagrants stumbling through the patch, until 2 days ago.  What was photographed is unexplainable, hideous, horrific and downright out-of-this-world!

Warning: photo below may be shocking to sensitive individuals.

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Some type of Demon Weed manifested from the patch. As quickly as it arose out of the weeds, it simply melted back into the foliage.  Mel Ryan, while scanning all hidden camera photos from that day, noticed a cat roaming through the weed patch just seconds before this vine monster broke through. Was this unspeakable hellion plant entity trying to eat a cat!  The images that idea stirs up are disgusting and repugnant to the point of making a person vomit vehemently.

The creepy supernatural herbage must be a remnant evil spirit from the Demon Hotel that must nest under the unkempt weed patch.  The irresponsible owners of the property will have to consider getting in contact with Exorcists again. The horror!

If you look across the street in the above photo, the reddish building is the Tremblay Apartments. Reports have surfaced recently that the Tremblay building has been taken over by evil spectres.

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The malevolent reverberations from the Demon Hotel site have transited in a phantasm form and penetrated the loathsome looking Tremblay apartments. 

The Tremblay has quite a history.  It was first built in 1902 as a large 3 story house.  The Tremblay family were a group of eccentrics who it was rumoured smoked opium and indulged in witchcraft.  As the years went by the family members all went insane.  Most of them died in the Selkirk Lunatic Asylum except for the patriarch, Antonis Tremblay.  He committed suicide in the root cellar by driving nails into his own head with a sledge-hammer.

In 1932 an addition was constructed to the back of the Tremblay, a large apartment structure was put up attached to the old house in the front. 

In 1962 the last family moved out of the front house structure of the Tremblay.  The mother of that family just said there were too many strange noises and extremely foul odours would emanate from the cellar.

Ever since only the back apartment area has been rented to tenants.  But recently those tenants have started to complain about heinous smells, cold breezes and negative vibrations that wake them in the middle of the night.  We reached the landlord of the Tremblay, Johnny Mangina. 

Mr. Mangina spent a night in an apartment and a night in the old house section of the Tremblay investigating the strange phenomena.  He is now convinced something very spooky is going on.

When reached for comment Mr. Mangina had this to say: ” First I have deadbeat tenants who can’t come up with the rent on the first of the month, then I have to replace 2 water heaters and upgrade the boiler, and now I have bloody phantoms penetrating the damn building.  With rent controls the way they are in this province combined with all these problems, how in the hell is a businessman suppose to make a buck?”

Just last week a photographer for a real-estate firm captured a stirring image of what can only be described as an ‘Old Demonic Hag.”  The photographer, who will remain nameless, said he has had the most hideous nightmares since the encounter.

Warning: photo below may be shocking to nervous individuals.

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Where will this bloodcurdling and spine-tingling demonic phenomena take us?

Lets all take a moment and pray together. And does anybody know an Exorcist that has worked with plants?

Posted October 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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