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Scream Queens – The Best of the Best

30 Oct

Scream Queens

Halloween is tomorrow and my annual Halloween horror movie marathon is in full swing. Fact: I am a fan of the horror genre.   I blame it on my Mother – she always made Halloween so fun and magical when I was little. From costumes and trick-or-treating, to staying up late each year, vegging out on the living room floor, eating candy while watching Michael Myers. I grew up thinking horror movies were fun.

One of my earliest memories is watching The House of Long Shadows starring the fantastic Vincent Price. Granted, this is probably one of my earliest memories because it scared the ever living crap out of me and scarred me for life. Nevertheless, I love me some scary movies. Particularly the cheesy nineteen-eighties films like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and my absolute favorite, Halloween. Since it’s that time of year again, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to all the classic Scream Queens of the silver screen.

Neve Campbell – Scream series

Neve Campbell Scream

Scream was released in 1996, a time when good horror movies were few and far between. When it was released, Scream took the world by surprise, reinventing the slasher film genre by none other than Wes Craven – the man who helped build it more than a decade earlier. Neve Campbell portrayed Sidney Prescott, a high school student who is targeted by a crazed, knife-weilding murderer known as Ghostface. Sid and her friends battle the murderer(s) while learning the “rules” of horror movies, which include (according to Randy): “1. You can never have sex. The minute you get a little nookie–you’re as good as gone. Sex always equals death. 2. Never drink or do drugs. The sin factor. It’s an extension of number one. And 3. Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, say ‘I’ll be right back.'”

Scream movie poster

I will never forget seeing this movie in the theater when it came out and it is still one of my all-time favorite movies. Fans will always remember that creepy voice asking “What’s your favorite scary movie?” at the opening of the film. And Sidney is my top choice for Scream Queen in terms of what a good horror heroine should entail – she was a good girl who was determined to stay alive at any cost. Campbell went on to star in all four additional Scream movies, all of which were note-worthy horror films – something that rarely happens in the world of sequels.

Heather Langenkamp – A Nightmare on Elm Street series

Heather Langenkamp

In 1984 we were introduced to one of the most recognizable monsters of all time, known for his striped sweater, stylish hat, burned face and of course, the infamous knife hands – Freddy Krueger. The lead in A Nightmare on Elm Street was a character called Nancy Thompson, played by Heather Langenkamp. Nancy was a high school student (starting to notice a trend here with horror movie leads…) who, along with her friends, begins experiencing horrific dreams that are all too real, starring none other than Freddy himself. As her friends are killed off one by one in the most gruesome of ways, it’s up to Nancy to stay awake and figure out how to take down Freddy. Langenkamp went on to star as Nancy in 2 sequels –  A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Sadly though, her reign as a Scream Queen came to an end in Dream Warriors when Freddy finally caught up to her. But then she comes back in New Nightmare. Go figure. RIP, Nancy.

Nightmare On Elm Street

Linda Blair – The Exorcist series

Linda Blair

What do I say about this next Queen? She starred in one of the most scary movies of all time – The Exorcist. Linda Blair portrayed 12 year old Regan, a little girl who is possessed by a very, very evil demon while her mother is forced to helplessly watch. Regan endures some pretty sick torture by the demon possessing her, things involving crucifixes and pea soup that I don’t wish to repeat. And then there’s the head-spinning horror of the actual exorcism performed by the priests.

 

 

The Exorcist movie poster

Linda Blair starred in the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic, which follows Regan years later, where she finds that some of the evil that once possessed her still lives inside her. All I can say is, if you don’t want to be thoroughly creeped out and not be able to sleep at night, absolutely do not watch these movies.

Jamie Lee Curtis – Halloween series

Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween

And finally, we come to my all-time favorite Scream Queen – Jamie Lee Curtis herself. Halloween was released in 1978 and starred Curtis, in her first movie role, as Laurie Strode, an awkward teenage girl who got stuck babysitting some neighbor kids on Halloween. Poor Laurie had no idea that her psychotic, long-lost brother, Michael Myers, would decide to come get his kicks by killing all of her friends and coming for her in the end. But Laurie kept her wits about her and was determined to live and keep those kids safe! She fought back (with a coat hanger to the eye) and made it to the sequel! Halloween II picked up right where Halloween ended – following Laurie to the hospital after her traumatic fight for survival. But once at the hospital, Michael rises from the dead in the  morgue and goes on another killing spree.

Halloween

 

Jamie Lee survived the hospital too, and went on to appear in two other Halloween films – Halloween H2O, which also starred Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams, where she played Laurie as a mother and head mistress of a boarding school. Of course Michael comes for her there and she now has to protect her son and some kids at the school. (This one was also one of my faves!) And sadly, Jamie Lee’s reign as Screen Queen came to an end in Halloween: Resurrection in 2002, where Michael finally catches her in a mental hospital – where she has stowed herself so he couldn’t get to her. I gotta say, I was pretty upset when they killed her off. But Halloween isn’t the only horror movie Jamie Lee is known for. She also starred in such films as Prom Night, Terror Train and The Fog. I think she will always be the ultimate Scream Queen.

So, what’s your favorite scary movie? 

Happy Halloween!

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Copycat Fashion: Celebrity Couples Halloween Costumes

13 Oct

Halloween is less than three weeks away, and that means it’s time to decide on a costume! Many of you will be celebrating All Hallow’s Eve at parties with your friends, getting dressed up for each other in your most ghoulish attire. I love looking at costume ideas online, and always see some pretty fantastic ones from celebrities. They get to go to elaborate Halloween bashes and seem to always pick the most outrageous and creative costumes. This year I thought, “why not take some inspiration from the stars?” so I’m bringing you my favorites from some pretty cool celebrity couples (past and present).

First up – Christina Aguilera and ex-hubby Jordan Bratman got ghoulish in 2006 as a corpse bride and groom.

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This is one of my favorite couples costumes, especially for an engaged couple or newlyweds. And it’s surprisingly easy to pull off. I don’t know about you, but every time I go thrifting at a local Goodwill or Salvation Army store I always see that one sad, lonely, and totally 80’s wedding dress. For the corpse bride look I think the tackier, the better! (Plus you won’t feel as bad destroying it with rips and fake blood.)

What you’ll need: Wedding dress, veil, silk flower bouquet, suit and tie, silk flower boutonniere, white costume makeup (or even very fair foundation, if you have a dark skin tone), and fake blood.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Opera gloves (tear them up a bit), fake eyelashes (if you want to go all out with the dramatic makeup), baby powder (put some in his hair to make him look dusty and decayed) a red lip liner pencil (draw on some cuts and scratches).

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DIY Dead Bride and Groom Halloween Costume Accessories
Next, it’s Kate Beckinsale and husband Len Wiseman as horror royalty Frankenstein and his bride from Halloween 2010.

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I am a big fan of these two, and would expect nothing less than horror-ific from the Underworld star and writer/director themselves. Everyone loves Frankenstein, and this couples costume is easily one of the most classic choices of all time. Again, it’s very easy to pull off, and your guy wouldn’t have to do much in the way of dressing up, so they’ll love it.

What you’ll need: Old wedding dress, white dress or store-bought bride costume (get creative!), Bride of Frankenstein wig, white costume makeup, Frankenstein mask, black blazer or jacket, big black boots.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Ghoulish jewelry (check out the stitch choker below!), black costume makeup (rub some under your cheekbones for added drama), sunglasses, leather pants.

DIY Frankenstein & Bride Halloween Costume

Here’s another fun one – Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols went as now famous exes Katy Perry and Russell Brand in 2010.

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Ok, so this really may just be an excuse to dress slutty and don a blue wig, but you have to admit, it’s pretty funny. For the Katy Perry look any low-cut dress will do – just remember, the more cleavage the better, and stick to wildly bright colors or patterns. For Russell Brand, a long curly wig is a must, and of course, the half unbuttoned shirt.

What you’ll need: A fun, California girl inspired dress, blue wig (you could also go with lavender), curly brown wig, men’s button-up shirt (not fully buttoned, as mentioned afore), lots of necklaces.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Vest (unbuttoned, of course), sunglasses, scarf.

DIY Katy Perry & Russell Brand Halloween Costumes
There are so many more great costume ideas from celebrities…
Celebrity Halloween Costumes
(Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart as nerds; Emma Roberts as her aunt, Julia Roberts, from Pretty Woman; Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough as Bonnie & Clyde; Gwen Stefani as Jesse from Toy Story; Kim Kardashian as Poison Ivy; Scott Disick as American Psycho Patrick Bateman; newlyweds Shenae Grimes and Josh Beech as Frankenstein and Bride; Lauren Conrad as Minnie Mouse; Katy Perry as a vampire.)
Of course, you could always choose the trusty (and my fave!) Lois Lane & Clark Kent/Superman costume!
Lois Lane_Clark Kent

Happy Halloween!

Four DIY Halloween Costumes

26 Oct

Halloween is less than a week away! Do you have your costume picked out? There will be a lot of Halloween costume parties this weekend, and it’s not too late to throw together a last-minute ensemble. Here are some of my favorite costume ideas that I came across this year.

Black Swan

Click image for a makeup tutorial.

Katniss Everdeen

Don’t forget the braid! Click the image for a tutorial.

Lois Lane & Clark Kent (couples costume)

Lois Lane & Clark Kent Halloween Costumes

Don’t forget your Daily Planet Press Passes!

Walking Dead Zombies

(WARNING! This one’s scary!)

Rubie’s Costume Co. teamed up with The Walking Dead to create zombie inspired costumes! To get a serious Halloween costume, check them out here. Or create your own like so:

The Walking Dead zombie costume

Go all out with the makeup! Click the image for a zombie makeup tutorial directly from The Walking Dead producers.

What are you dressing up as this year? Do you have a favorite costume from a past Halloween?

Get Your Nails Did! Halloween Nail Art 2012

20 Oct

Halloween is just around the corner and I know you all are planning your costumes, right? Don’t forget to do your nails!  I decided to revisit my Halloween Nail Art post from last year (which was one of my very first posts, by the way) with some new designs for 2012. Here are some of my favorite finds from the web…click on each image for the source and some tutorials, too!

Happy Halloween!

My Top 10 Halloween Horror Movies

16 Oct

Halloween is just around the corner, and I have begun my annual tradition of watching scary movies all through the month! For those of you who don’t know, I am a huge horror movie fan and have been since I was a little girl. Part of our family’s Halloween tradition was going trick-or-treating and then coming home, spreading out all of our candy on the living room floor, and consuming as much of it as possible while watching scary movies. I’m not talking about gross-out, sick scary movies, either (there was no Texas Chainsaw Massacre watching in my house). We preferred the classic, slightly cheesy horror movies from the 70’s and 80’s, and those are near and dear to my heart. Especially this time of year.

So, here are my recommendations for horror movies to watch this month in honor of Halloween. You have probably seen a lot of them before, but why not revisit a few of them? Most of them are spooky and fun (yes, fun), and best watched curled up on the couch with a group of friends or your sweetie!

#10. A Nightmare on Elm Street 

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…” I think we can all agree that Freddy Krueger is extremely Halloween-worthy. This movie will make you seriously reconsider going to sleep after watching it!

#9. Fright Night

One of my childhood favorites! I can remember watching this with my sister and laughing throughout the movie but screaming hysterically towards the end. The 2011 remake starring Colin Farrell was a good effort, but the original is still my favorite.

#8. The Amityville Horror

This movie is creepy enough as it is, but add the fact that it’s based on a true story…EEK! I would have been out of that house the first night I heard something go “bump”.

#7. Night of the Living Dead

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”  George A. Romero started the zombie movement with his 1968 cult classic about a group of people trying to escape the walking dead. The movie broke a lot of rules of the time, and set some high standards for horror future.

#6. Poltergeist

“They’re baaaaaack.” I love this movie! The cast is amazing (could Carol Anne or Tangina be more creepy?) and the things that go on in that house send shivers up my spine every time. Poltergeist II and III definitely go on my Honorable Mention list, too.

#5. Carrie

I will never forget the first time I saw this movie. Talk about making a little girl not want to go to the prom! Stephen King delivered a masterpiece of terror that is both fun and frightening. Despite what Carrie’s mom says, (“They’re all going to laugh at you!”) no one will be laughing during the final scene of this thriller. Looking forward to the remake coming out in 2013!

#4. The Evil Dead

Five friends, a cabin in the woods, and some creeptastic demons. Sounds like a dozen other movies you may have seen before but trust me, this one is different. I love how it’s borderline cheesy but still sick enough to scare the crap out of you. Director Sam Raimi made horror history with this one!

#3. Friday the 13th

This movie is the reason I will not go camping or stay in a cabin in the woods. Need I say more?

#2. Halloween II

The sequel to the most famous Halloween movie of all time is done exactly the way any sequel should be – by picking up right where the first one left off. Halloween II follows Laurie Strode as she is taken to the hospital directly following her attack from her not so nice older brother, Michael Myers. Hospitals are creepy enough as it is without a masked killer lurking around every corner!

#1. Halloween

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite movies. Like, ever. This movie is Halloween to me, and every year I watch it along with many others in the series. Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode is amazing, and Michael Myers’ slow, persistent stalking with that almost invincible-like quality makes him the epitome of horror villains to me. There isn’t much gore, and there are lots of suspenseful scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat and peeking out around your hands – which is exactly the kind of scary that I like! Definitely put Halloween on your watch list this month. 

Happy Halloween! What are your favorite scary movies to watch at Halloween? 

Fun Fall Activities

10 Oct

Happy Fall, y’all! I absolutely love this time of year because it means cool weather, crisp air, Fall clothes, and of course, the start of the holidays. I like to be outside as much as possible to enjoy the changing of the seasons, and there are certain things that help get me in the right frame of mind for the upcoming holidays. I’m sure you have family traditions or activities that make you associate this time of year with happiness, too, right? There are so many fun, family oriented things to be done this time of year and I’m sure no matter where you live you can find some in your area.

Here are five ideas to help get you ready for Fall:

Get pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. Support your local farmers by purchasing your pumpkins from them. Also, pumpkin patches are a great place to snap some family photos and if you have kids, even better! Go here to see if there’s one near you.

Pick apples at an apple orchard. Ok, so I’ve never actually been apple picking. I think maybe it’s a Northern thing? I’ve never seen any apple orchards down here in the South but I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts on apple picking recently and I must admit, it looks pretty great. Especially since you get to take them all home and bake pies with them. Count me in! An apple orchard is going on my destination wish list.

Carve a pumpkin. After you get your pumpkin from the local patch, do one of Halloween’s most famous traditions – carve that sucker! You can find carving templates to print online (check out bhg.com or marthastewart.com for free, printable patterns) and create a spooky or sweet pumpkin with your friends or family. And don’t forget to roast the pumpkin seeds! Mmmm!!

Go on a hayride. Kick back and enjoy the scenery! Farms, apple orchards or pumpkin patches are likely to have hayrides this time of year and it’s a fun way to get in the spirit of the season with friends and family. To see if hayrides are offered in your neck of the woods, go here.

Check out a local Haunted House attraction… if you dare. Muhuhaha! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Haunted houses, forests and trails are an excellent way to celebrate Halloween. It’s always more fun with a big group of friends, too! Go to hauntworld.com to find a spooky destination near you.

What are your favorite Fall activities? Have fun!

Why I Love October

8 Oct

October is my favorite month, but not just because it’s my birthday month (I shouldn’t get so excited about that anymore seeing as I’m becoming an old woman and all). October means Halloween, which is my favorite holiday next to Christmas. Growing up, Halloween was always a big deal in my house. We always decorated, went all out with our Halloween costumes, and trick-or-treating was like, the most fun thing ever. But it also meant that right after Halloween we’d get Thanksgiving where I got to gather with all of my cousins, aunt, uncles, grandparents and just pig out. Then of course it is right on to the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! Yes, October means the start of something wonderful in my world.

So, it’s no surprise that I’ve already started celebrating Halloween! The house is decorated, I have begun my annual scary movie marathon, and pumpkin carving ideas are underway. And to keep you guys in the Halloween spirit, too, I plan on posting Halloween related material all month such as: 1) my top 10 scary movies to watch at Halloween, 2) cool pumpkin carving designs, and of course 3) great costume ideas.

Be sure to check back, and let me know what Halloween traditions you have in your family!  

Happy October!

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