"S…stabbed…how did I…?"
"Hello, Steve…what’s your favorite scary movie?"
"Who the…ugh…who the hell are you?"
"You haven’t figured it out yet? It’s painfully obvious! It’s me…"
"Jason!?…you can talk? What the hell, man, why did you spend the last year talking to me in chh-chhs and ahh-ahhs if you could fucking talk?”
"I would much rather talk about why I stabbed you through the chest just now. You see, this blog you’re running…this "Double Jump Company"…it’s a waste. Just look at the notes you’ve accumulated this past Countdown. You could count them on one hand."
"But that’s OK! I enjoy writing in this blog! I’ll just do better! You’ll see, I can become a legitimate Tumblog if I just keep writing the best articles I possibly can!"
"Yeah, that’s exactly why you needed to be removed. I knew that, despite the lackluster content and nonexistent note count, you would carry on into the Christmas season, and then be rejuvenated by the new year. Hell, you could’ve carried on for years if I didn’t stop you."
"The same reason Spron tried to kill you back in May. There is no room for Double Jump Company anymore. You can’t keep writing and wasting everyone’s precious time. You were out of control. And you needed to be stopped. And if we couldn’t stop you…well, a swift machete through the chest was a suitable alternative.”
"Sorry, Steve. It has been done. And hey, look on the bright side. At least you carved a pretty choice jack-o-lantern.”
"But now? It’s all over. For you, and for your precious nostalgia blog. Oh, and, Steve?"
"Ahh…what a beautiful Mood Table…"
"Yeah, this October kinda sucked. But you know what? I still enjoyed myself. Not every year can be a winner. I’ll do better next Countdown."
"G…Guys? You OK?"
"AHHH WHAT THE HELL IZZAT?!"
"AW GEEZE DAFUQ IS HAPPENING THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!"
"AHHHHHHHH SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!"
"Daryl! Shoot them in the thing with your arrow thing!"
*munch munch munch…* “Sorry, Steve. Mah bruther seems to be missing his internal organs at the moment.”
"Dammit, I’ll fight them off myself!"
"Alright, you screwheads! Who sent you, huh? Who’s your boss?!"
Congrats on your first Halloween, Mr. Purple! Here’s to many more!
This beautiful dancer is Carla Laemmle. One of our last direct links to the world of silent cinema, she turned 104 on October 20, 2013. Born in 1909 with the given name Rebecca, she later changed her name to Carla. The niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, she danced as the prima ballerina in the first American horror feature film, The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and spoke the first line of dialogue in the first sound horror film, Dracula (1931).
I just saw a fairly-recent documentary with her in it, and she didn’t seem nearly that old! Geeze, I wish her the best.
Halloween is tomorrow?!
I think it’s safe to say that this Countdown has been a bit of a bust, especially in comparison to last year. I blame it on the fact that I’ve been so busy with school, stressed with personal problems, and completely broke financially.
Pokemon may or may not have been a distraction, as well.
It’s not the best Trick r Treat-themed jack-o-lantern in the world, but, dammit, I tried. This is only the third jack-o-lantern I ever carved in my life, and the first I attempted in literally over a decade. Considering I was using a freaking kitchen knife to carve this thing, I’d say I did a pretty decent job.
I’m going to just bask in its glory. It’s not a figure I can put on my Mood Table, but it’s almost something better. I feel as if, in a Halloween where so little actually happened, I can actually cross something off of my bucket list. DJC carved a jack-o-lantern. You saw it here first, folks!
I’m freaking out a bit, guys. Next month is November, which officially begins the Christmas season (I’m starting to warm up to the reds and greens I see everywhere, I guess) and NaNoWriMo (click the link for more info). It also means finals, more hours at my seasonal job, and just a bunch of added stress that October (mostly) spared me from. I’m going to miss the scary movie marathons on TV, the spooky soundtracks when I walk into stores, and the badass lawn decorations all around my neighborhood. I always hate saying good-bye to Halloween, but at least I carved a damn jack-o-lantern.
I took so many pictures of this thing. I feel like a proud parent.
There will be many more posts leading up to Halloween night (though don’t expect any more movie reviews…damn Windows Movie Maker…), so keep your glow-in-the-dark eyeballs glued to DJC!
I really do wish I had someplace to pin these to. I’d wear them out for these next couple of days.
Anyways, yeah. HALLOWEEN PINS!
In other news, this is it. The home stretch. I’m still cramming in some tradition horror flicks and getting costumes ready for…whatever I end up doing on the big night. And these pins really made me grin. I mean, I’ve owned them for a long time, some of them for years, but seeing them gathered together like Dragonballs makes me especially happy around this time o’ year.
I never know how to finish articles. Fun fact.
Finally found it!
Too bad I’m not a big drinker. $20 for a case of stuff that I’m simply buying for the badass werewolf-themed bottle is too much. Maybe I can buy a case, throw a party, and have my friends drink it? That would be justified, right?
Awesome plan. Now to get me some friends.
Can we just be honest with ourselves here and admit that Universal Studios made some of the best classic horror films of all time?
We can? OK, good. Let’s continue with the article then.
Around the time Universal’s poorly-received monster mash-up Van Helsing was released, the studio decided to be extremely awesome and release “Legacy Collections” of their most popular horror franchises. And I ate them up like candy.
I only have three on my collection now, but I dare say they’re three of the best.
I’ve mentioned in passing before that I’m a huge fan of The Wolf Man. I definitely prefer him to, say, Dracula or Frankenstein’s Monster, because his entire mythology is so much more fascinating. Pity the remake was a pile of wank.
The Wolf Man was written by Jewish writer Curt Siodmak in 1941, right after he escaped Nazi Germany. Obviously, the whole “Hitler wants to kill Jews” thing shook him up a bit, and got his creative juices flowing. The Wolf Man, in turn, is really a terrifying satire on the uprising of the Nazis (if you think about it). Plus, Lon Chaney Jr. Nuff said, guys.
The Invisible Man is a ton of fun to watch, simply because of Claude Rains, who plays the titular Man. His voice is booming and demands to be heard, and his dialogue is brilliant and terrifying (“We’ll begin with a reign of terror, a few murders here and there…”). Plus, the whole “he’s invisible” gimmick is done mind-blowingly well, considering this movie was finished in 1933.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is also great fun, especially considering its two fsequels actually create a trilogy chronicling the Creature’s story, instead of just three unrelated movies starring the same monster. And as much as I love the Gill-Man, I still find him more of a sci-fi monster, like the Xenomorphs or the Predator, than a horror monster like the Wolf Man.
No hard feelings, Gill-Man.
These DVD sets would be awesome if they included nothing but the one movie by itself, but Universal went above and beyond. The Wolf Man set includes three extra films (including the phenomenal Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man), The Creature set includes two, and The Invisible Man set includes a walloping four!
If nothing else, the box designs looks great, especially for Halloween. If my Mood Table wasn’t so small, I would’ve stood them up and made them month-long decorations. I guess I can settle with just watching them, of course.
I feel like once I hunt down and buy the Frankenstein set, my collection will be complete (I was never a huge fan of Dracula, and I prefer the ‘99 Mummy over the original…haters gonna hate.)
Still need Frankenstein…
(Whew. My entire blogging schedule got thrown outta whack for a second there. Let’s bring it on back, shall we?)
Ladies and gentlemen, once upon a time, companies were able to sell fatty foods with the help of colorful and adorable mascots. And there were no junk food mascots like those from McDonald’s.
Yeah, yeah, Ronald’s still hanging around, donating to charities and trying to convince kids to eat apple slices, but the McDonald’s gang used to be a lot more diverse. Birdy, Grimace, the Hamburglar, the Fry Kids, Officer Big Mac, and even a pirate who tried to steal Filet-O-Fishes named Captain Crook. Oh, come on, that’s brilliant.
I was always a fan of the Hamburglar (his costume was cool, OK?), but the characters that really drove kids batshit crazy were the McNugget Buddies.
They were regularly-sized McNuggets, but they were, like…Muppets McNuggets. And they each had different personalities, and always wore different outfits. And, for whatever reason, kids freaking loved them.
McDonald’s wasn’t stupid, and decided to start packaging McNugget Buddies toys with their Happy Meals. And, again, the kids went crazy.
"OUR OWN MCNUGGET BUDDIES?!? MOOOOOOOM!!! BUY ME ONE!!!"
So that happened for a while. Then Halloween rolled around. And, as I’ve mentioned before, the fast food joints were getting their spirited, seasonal toys ready. And, holy crap, I never could’ve predicted these.
Guys, to this day I want all of these. Every last one. These just scream “HALLOWEEN!!” Witches, Frankenstein monsters, mummies, jack-o-lanterns…the Buddies got almost every Halloween staple covered.
I remember owning a lot of them. I’m positive I had the witch, and maybe even the mummy. But, alas, only two remain. However, I couldn’t be more happy with them.
I’ll get this gal out of the way first. Because, you know, ghosts. You knew it was coming.
I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of “McBoo.” She’s a little too “crazy old cat lady” for my taste, with her little flowered hat and all. But I’m pretty sure she’s the only McNugget Buddy who has a costume that covers her entire body. Stay classy, Ms. McBoo!
On the other hand, I was so happy when I dug this little guy out from under my stairs. I’m not a fan of Dracula *cue boos and unfollows*, but “McNuggula” just drips with Halloween-ness. It would be enough to have a McNugget Buddy dressed up as a vampire, complete with adorable fangs. But we also get a widows-peaked wig complete with perched bat! So, yeah…McNuggula, you’re one of the only Draculas I actually do love.
I would’ve much rather paired him up with “Witchie”, because they compliment each other so well. Sadly, I don’t think she survived one of the many garage sales we held in my youth.
McNugget Buddies wouldn’t be McNugget Buddies if you couldn’t strip them down to their bare nuggetness. Now I can pretend that they’re an old married couple, and Mrs. McNugget is oblivious to Mr. McNugget’s nighttime endeavors.
So let’s dish. What’s the best Halloween-themed Happy Meal Toy you’ve ever gotten?
I really want Monster McNugget…