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Happy Halloween!

Thanks to everyone who read through my horror posts leading up to one of the most fun days of the year!  Assuming the rain stays away, the kids will be out there collecting all sorts of goodies which their parents will have to, ahem, sort through carefully.

The horror movie posts were a lot of fun to research and write, so hopefully they were interesting to a few of you out there!  And if you missed them, here are the links:

Also, a new website just started called Reel Scary, which lets people rate horror movies based on three criteria: disturbing, gory and suspenseful.  Take a look if you’re still stuck trying to figure out what to watch tonight!  Happy Halloween!  🙂

Horror Movies: Dealing with Reality

Reality is sometimes the scariest horror of all, and the movies that deal with topics that could happen to the viewer can provide the longest lasting terror.  Some of the movies in this post will be (loosely) based on true stories while others are based in issues that we all face as part of the human condition.

Delicatessen (1991)

Horror Movies: Creature Features

(This is Part 4 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, Slashers, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

At its most basic, a creature feature is a horror movie with a monster — as simple as that.  In the earliest incarnation of the term, if someone mentioned creature feature, they’d be thinking of the Universal Monsters — Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon as well as other monster movies like King Kong.  But not today.  For this entry, I want to get into certain types — specifically, zombies, vampires, clowns, and various other murderous monsters.  Of course, some of these monsters could fit within some other categories (witches would be supernatural), but I’m referring to movies that focus on the monster itself.  And yes, there are hundreds of great (and not so great) examples of this type of movie, but remember — this isn’t a ‘best of’ list!


Pontypool (2008)

Animaniacs – Nations of the World

G-Man can home from school today excited to tell us that they used this clip in his Social Studies class!

We had showed it to him a few months ago when we came across this one on the internet.


New countries and territories!

Sing along! Ha!

Horror Movies: The Supernatural

(This is Part 3 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about Slashers, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

The supernatural is a broad topic for horror, but absolutely one of the most important.  I’m counting everything related to haunted houses, possessions (of people or things), and demonic/religious.  This category was probably my first serious foray into horror starting with books by Stephen King and TV shows like Doctor Who (oddly, the mediocre episode Snakedance from 1983 might have given me more nightmares than most of the below horror movies).

Niagara: Hiking

We moved to the Niagara region a few months ago and in that time we’ve done our best to get out there and explore!

One of the things that we like to do as a family activity is hiking. Lucky for us there are a bunch of places to go hiking and, thanks to the Niagara escarpment, they all are very different from each other.

Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children

Now that my workplace has approved my year-long leave and my paycheck will start going down by 20%, the reality of our world-wide vacation is starting to hit me.  With that, it’s definitely time to prepare!

To help, MegaMommy has borrowed dozens of books from the library, but there’s one in particular that I feel will be an invaluable resource in the years to come – Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children: The Essential Guide for Travelling Families (released August 1st, 2015).  It’s laid out beautifully – with every flip of the page showing a country, the best time to go, how to travel around, costs, health concerns and more.  Lonely Planet has always been one of the best travel companies, but this book and its wonderful layout is amazing.  It will definitely be a permanent part of our travel preparation collection.

Horror Movies: Slashers

(This is Part 2 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

Growing up in the era of the Slasher was a great experience for someone who fell in love with horror movies so young. I remember cuddling up to a blanket on the cold basement floor as I watched the unstoppable Michael Myers do his thing.

But let me back up a little bit – what exactly is a slasher?  Typically, a slasher is a a movie where the victims (usually women in the 80s and 90s) are killed by knives or other sharp weapons in a sequential fashion. They don’t necessarily need to be gory, or even have a large body count. Later movies like Scream (1996) played with the rules of slashers (even recounting some of them in the movie itself), but the idea of sequential victims usually stays strong.

Around the World – Inspirations

I think the seed for this trip was planted a long time ago.

A LONG TIME AGO. Like, almost 20 years? Which is pretty much how long we have been a couple. JBot and I had found out about Rick StevesEurope Through the Back Door in a Kevin Kelly edited Whole Earth magazine and were really inspired with the idea of travelling “through the back door,” that is, far away from resorts and other phony aspects of big business travel and closer to the more authentic experience of getting to know about different cultures. It was probably attractive to us as undergrads because of our classes in anthropology but, to be more honest, it was because it was a far cheaper means of travel!

HISHE Kids – Scooby-Doo Adventure

TRex loves this one:

Jbot Ninja Edit: HISHE stands for How It Should Have Ended, an excellent webseries that pokes fun at the endings of some of the most popular movies and considers alternative endings that are downright hilarious.  With just over four million subscribers watching their regular shorts, it’s definitely one of YouTube’s most popular web series.  T-Rex and G-man are big fans, especially of the HISHE Kids episodes.  Why?  Because I’m Batman!

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