Reduced price Halloween goodies – because maggots mature with age

In the aftermath of Halloween there were a few reduced price goodies to be found in various shops – mostly Waitrose.

I much prefer the post-Halloween sale to the post-Christmas sales because the shops are so desperate to get the shelf space back that they reduce things to pennies and they don’t stock the shelves with specially bought in junk to con people into buying it at a ‘reduced’ price.

This year’s bargains included possessed pasta shapes

heinz spooky shapes

Even In-Law scaring napkins can be found for under £1 – I would love to say that I haven’t abused my mother-in-law’s confusion between ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Nightmare on Elf Street’ … she also gets confused between Frankenstein and Dracula (I do wish that I was making this up)

monster napkin

Halloween candy is a staple, although these were not overly sour.

sour tricks

My personal favourite bargain of the season was the Halloween cake that was VERY cheap and had a surprisingly good date on it.

The green sprinkles do look disturbing reminiscent of maggots and unfortunately it didn’t taste of chocolate.

toil and trouble cake

Curiously the Waitrose spider gingerbread cookies weren’t reduced, but the Other Half really liked them so I bought a couple anyway!

spider gingerbead

Unfortunately I will have to concede that Halloween is well and truly over, I suppose I better face up to the next seasonal item on my To Do list: buying my ungrateful sister-in-law a Christmas present that she will hate.

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Today sucks – bring on the glitter shower gel

Some days suck too much to describe.

Fortunately I have found the most wonderful shower gel, it is vanilla scented and glittery

glitter shower gel

(Photo – and product, from yves-rocher)

After a fair bit of inadvertent research into what improves a shocking awful day I can confirm that being in denial is easier with glitter.

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Nails: Thundercats – so bad that Mumm-Ra is crying with laughter

Looking at Rainbow Brite nails the other week I ended up wondering what other childhood memories had been turned into nail art.

Thundercats seemed an obvious choice for nail art; there are multiple characters (Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit, WilyKat, and Snarf), they are cats – the internet loves cats, their facial features are pretty simple so they aren’t overly tricky to draw and if you get really stuck you can always just use the logo.

thundercats

So with such a simple topic how on earth can someone produce these horrors? The logo is ok, but the background clashes – even my colourblind male co-worker with no fashion sense would think these colours shouldn’t be combined!

thundercats nails bad

(Photo from spellbindingnails)

Or these, what the hell happened here? I know the broad says she doesn’t remember the show but good grief!

thundercats nails wtf

(Photo from nevermindsuzi)

The VERY best example of Thundercat inspired nail art that I can find is this:

thundercats nails -best of a bad bunch

(Photo from crystalsnailart)

They are ok I suppose! But that mani isn’t showing poor Crystal at her best, so let’s end on a happy and entirely non-Thundercat mani from her instead

funky painting man

(Photo from CrystalSnailArt)

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TV: ‘The Secret Circle’ – Teens unsuccessfully coping with the natural beauty of black magic

Witches do currently seem to be having a resurgence – probably because zombies, vampires and werewolves a) have been around for a bit so have got boring and b) because those three don’t tend to contain positive female role models.

This isn’t to say that all witches are positive role models but even ‘The Craft’ balanced out so the positive eventually overcame the negative. Even the cringe-inducing ‘Practical Magic’ had an entertaining mix of good VS evil if you made it to the end of the film.

The Secret Circle

In a rare instance of spare time I stumbled over a show called ‘The Secret Circle’ , it revolves around Cassie Blake who moves to Change Harbor in Washington following the death of her mother. It transpires that she is a witch and so are the five people who she ends up being friends with (Adam, Diana, Faye, Melissa and Nick).

There are a few catches, namely that the six joining together does give them more powers but a lot of bad things start crawling out of the woodwork too. Without giving away too many spoilers I will just say that the demons in ‘Supernatural’ are far scarier and more believable than in this.

The first episode was ok but not super, yet for some reason I carried on watching and found it surprisingly watchable – the locations were gorgeous and was probably the best part of the show. The dialogue was definitely teen-orientated but in a teen-horror sort of way. In episode five there is a horrendous scene involving whipped cream which definitely makes this horror!

Secret Circle killer bee

The reason for this is probably in part due to Kevin Williamson being Executive Producer – Williamson wrote ‘Scream’, ‘Scream 2’ and ‘Scream 4’, in a possibly random coincidence Britt Robertson who plays Cassie was in ‘Scream 4’.

Although there were a lot of coincidences, two of the cast have been in ‘Heroes’ (Thomas Dekker  and the fantastic Ashley Crow), one of the witch hunters plays almost exactly the same character as he does in Revenge (by actor JR Bourne) and generally half the cast are randomly recognisable from other things.

Despite the fact that Thomas Dekker spent most of the series looking broodily out from under his hair he was far more watchable than when he was in ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ – a series that I must finish at some point despite all the characters being dreadful!

In the early episodes of ‘The Secret Circle’ Cassie comes over as a really sweet kid who is out of her depth, she dresses as a killer bee for Halloween which is just cute! By episode eight she was growing slowly but seemed to be the only character who was. In fact the whole show had less emotional depth than any track on Type O Negative’s ‘Slow, Deep and Hard‘.

One of the reasons for the show being cancelled after one season of 22 episodes  was the ratings dropped significantly half-way through the series, I will admit to jumped to the last episode after getting half way through and becoming distracted by who Adam was going to end up with!

Heather

The last episode didn’t really answer any of the questions that I was interested in but laid the setup for a really interesting looking second season, which never came to pass. The morale is probably to get the show to the damn point quicker and have less will they/won’t they teasing.

It is worth noting that the TV show is based on a book by L. J. Smith – well she wrote  the first three books before being ditched for a ghostwriter –  which also happened to her  on ‘The Vampire Diaries’… oops.

Due to my ongoing book purge I am not going to track down the books, but a quick internet search sounds like Cassie got with Adam, which is a good place for me to mentally park the entire show and book series.

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What to answer when your employer asks what your favourite film is?

A recent work initiative aimed at increasing work cooperation through knowing your co-workers demanded that we all reveal our favourite film.

Fortunately I was elsewhere at the exact time of revealing as I am not sure what I would have answered, I like a number of films, not all of them at the same time and there are some that I would prefer not to explain to my co-workers.

the sound of music

Below is a list that springs to mind (in date order):

‘Iron Sky’ (2012) – There are Nazis on the moon
‘Monsters VS Aliens’ (2009) – animated monsters VS animated aliens
‘The Illusionist’ (2006) – Elegant period drama mixed with magic
‘Blade: Trinity’ (2004) – Wesley Snipes fights vampires again
‘Identity’ (2003) – A serial killer with a difference
‘Le Pacte des loups’ (2001) – more than a French hound of the Baskervilles
Identity

‘Dogma’ (1999) – Angels, demons and monsters
‘Lola rennt’ (1998) – If you could redo a sequence of events it would be the small things that trip you up.
‘Scream’ (1996) – Why trusting the police is a bad idea

run lola run - lola rennt

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)
‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ (1991) – More Arnie as terminator
‘Pump Up the Volume’ (1990) – A nice 80s style flashback to before the internet and social media took over the world.
‘Tango and Cash’ (1989) – Buddy cop film
‘Die Hard’ (1988) – Bruce Willis upstaged by his vest

pump up the volume

This is not a complete list and I will probably remember at least as many films again the second I commit this to the internet – for example ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Hellboy 2’…

I intend to revisit this exercise in a year and see what it looks like then, it will probably be weirder.

As for what to answer work the next time they ask? I am not sure what the correct answer was but the person who answered ‘Office Space’ doesn’t seem to be employed anymore.

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Nails: Fish – drinking like one

I don’t normally condone this sort of thing, but it has been a rough week, so drinking like a fish – or at least drinking to forget, sounds almost a good idea.

As I know that it isn’t REALLY a good idea I might just do my nails instead…

fish nails

(Photo from favnails)

Or find some funky and distracting paper crafts to look at

drink like a fish

(Photo from britsketch)

Or sleep, sleep is good.

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Film: ‘Scream 4’ – reinforcing that the police can’t save you

The news media has given me the impression that fictional police are more efficient  better than the real thing no matter how many psycho killers they let rampage for a couple of hours/chapters/episodes before the big shoot out

However as a general rule the police don’t tend to come out of horror films looking too good; they tend to be stupid, prejudiced or killed – sometimes all three

There are a wealth of examples of this, but the police in the Scream franchise take police ineptitude to a new level so deserve a special mention. The following will contain spoilers, sorry, blame the police.

Scream

In the first ‘Scream’ film the police are constantly too late and too slow to be stop the killers. They arrest the wrong man for Maureen Prescott’s murder – although I admit that Cotton Weary looks very suspicious and there is some pesky circumstantial evidence.

The police even have one of the actual killers in custody for a time, they fail to maintain even a pretence of an effective curfew. Deputy Sheriff Dewey Riley is a joke even before he gets stabbed in the back by the killers, left for dead and then rescued by the girls.

By ‘Scream 2’ deputy sheriff Dewey Riley doesn’t seem to be actively in the police anymore as he drops everything to run to Sidney’s side – he has also obtained a limp and bum arm which are apparently related to nerve damage from his attack in the first film.

scream police

Once again Dewey is an advert for inept policing, poor Randy gets butchered in the news van as Dewey stands a couple of feet away.

As the death count increases the actual police pick up Sidney in the dead of night to transport her to a safe location, they get tricked by the old diversion sign trick and killed; leaving Sidney roaming the streets with a killer.

Dewey gets attacked and left for dead again, he stays out of the pictures missing the entire big finale until he gets wheeled into an ambulance at the very end.

police high heel shoes

(Photo from ThisNext)

In ‘Scream 3’ Dewey is now working as a consultant for the set of ‘Stab 3’ – in a mascot sort of way. He is around when several cast members are killed, then gets tied up by the killer after it turns out that the party isn’t a social event.

There is an active police detective called Kincaid who seems very iffy and seems to have a bit of an obsession with Sidney. He also attends the party and gets knocked out.

I actually don’t remember Kincaid doing anything after he got knocked out, however Dewey is actually about for the finale and even gets a pivotal shot off! He then decides that this was too smart a move for a cop in a horror film so counterbalances it by proposing to Gail Weathers.

scream 4 still

(Still from ‘Scream 4’)

‘Scream 4’ (aka ‘Scre4m’) really didn’t need to be made, let alone be an attempt to start another trilogy, however it happened and I watched it. Dewey is now the sheriff and has an inept staff of his own, including Judy Hicks who seems more interested in breaking up his marriage and getting in his pants (not necessarily in that order) than actual police work.

If anything ‘Scream 4’ is where the police really show their ineptitude. The police get a dead body dropped in on their press conference, all but watch a girl get stabbed in the house next door to the one they were assigned to watch and two of them get killed through  their own stupidity.

scream still

(Still from ‘Scream’)

Lots of dead bodies later and following Gail (and Sidney) blundering about and getting clues by boarder-line flirting with high school students the police do finally seem to take things seriously – mostly because Sidney ‘fleeing’  the scene of one of the crimes makes Judy think she can save the day AND get into Dewey’s pants finally.

And the girls save the day again, no thanks for Dewey who has been beaten into submission by a teenage girl welding a bedpan.

‘Scream’ still remains one of my favourite films and has taught me not to trust the police to solve anything at all.

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Nails: Beach themed nails – It’s cold & dark so I am in denial

I don’t like it when the clocks change and it gets dark by 5pm, as such I am in some pretty major denial and am looking at beach themed nails.

Water reflecting the sunset, a nice shady palm tree and a glorified jumping fish sound rather nice

beach nails silhouette

(Photo from weheartit)

This colour scheme is a bit pale to be effective – washed out skies don’t scream summer to me

beach white feet

(Photo from some DTart)

If the internet hadn’t told me that this was a beach-themed nail then I would have no idea that the popcorn looking stuff was probably meant to be sand..

beach nails bad

(Photo from nailnerd)

If this is someone’s idea of a wonderful summer holiday with lots of sunshine then all of a sudden I am ok with it being cold and dark.

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TV – Todd and the Book of Pure Evil – How to feed high schools boys to your zombie parents

There are a fair few Kevin Smith films in my household, most of them via my sibling who was a massive Kevin Smith fan for years (‘Mallrats’ onwards) before seemingly waking up one day and detesting all things Kevin Smith.

I had foolishly spent years buying various Kevin Smith related bits for birthdays and seasonal events – most of which were unceremoniously returned to me in a messy pile of DVDs, comics, action figures and bin bags.

To this day I am not sure what the hate-trigger was – although the timing was shortly after the combination of  ‘Clerks 2’ and ‘Die Hard 4’.

mallrats

Nor am I sure if the hated included Jason Mewes, in fairness finding Jason Mewes outside of a Kevin Smith film takes some doing. Off the top of my head I can only think of two things ‘RSVP’ and ‘Todd and the Book of Pure Evil’.

‘RSVP’ is a low-budget, low-brainer teen horror that tries to be self-knowing but is too high to pull it off. That said it is still better than most of the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise.

‘Todd and the Book of Pure Evil’ (hence forth ‘TatBoPE’) was a strange Canadian TV show that danced between horror and comedy.

Kevin Smith - Die Hard 4

The premise that that in a small town founded by Satanists there is a high school called Crowley High and a magical book called the ‘Book of Pure Evil’. This book has the power to grant wishes, but in the best traditions of horror the wishes go horribly wrong.

Four students at the school encounter the book, realise that it is evil and spend two seasons trying to undo the wish of the week.

After a small quantity of effort I tracked down and watched an episode – unfortunately it wasn’t the first episode but it was immediately so odd that that didn’t seem to matter. Without giving too much away the episode demonstrated why resurrecting dead rock stars to replace your parents will result in you seducing teenage boys to get them down into the basement to feed your new zombie parents.

todd and the book of pure evil

It turns out that Jason Mewes has a small but debauched part as Jimmy the Janitor, who seems a clearer-headed version of Jay whilst still being a very bad influence.

Finding a second episode to see if the madness continues is now on my To Do list, however I am still not brave enough to ask my sibling if they would like to watch an episode!

Apparently the creators have raised the money to make an animated series finale in the form of a feature film that will be released in 2014 – which sounds just terrifying.

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Book: Nancy Holder’s ‘Unleashed’ – Shakespearean-named werewolves are not sexy

‘Unleashed’ is the first book in the Wold Spring Chronicles series – which currently stands at two books (the third, ‘Savage’ is due to be released in December 2013).

The cover reminded me of Sir John Everett Millaispainting of Ophelia – admittedly before Ophelia got into the water, so is mostly to blame for my picking up this book. The comparisons to ‘Fallen’ set of warning bells, but it was a really cheap book…

Unleashed

The main protagonist is a teen called Katelyn McBride – her father is long dead, so when her mother dies she is shipped out of California to stay with her grandfather to a small town in Arkansas called Wolf Springs.

The book makes a big deal about how “like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets” – having lived in a small town I have to say that there really aren’t that many secrets to a local and half the time you have to block your ears to avoid hearing the latest undesirable details! But as a wet city girl with no personality I imagine that Kayelyn (who is quickly rechristened Kat by a random boy) would struggle to get conversation out of a babbling brook.

We are introduced to Kat on the understanding that gymnastics is her life and all that she thinks about. It is laboured that her life is going to be so hard if she can’t get her fix in Wolf Springs and then after a couple of chapters gymnastics doesn’t get mentioned anymore. There is no realisation by Kat that something else is going on, she just shuts up about it and moves onto taking too many pages deciding what to do her history project on – oh the excitement.

john everett millais ophelia

(Sir John Everett MillaisOphelia)

There are some early hints of monsters in the woods and that not all of them are strictly-speaking animals. Also my copy of book mentions werewolves on the back, so I presume that this wasn’t meant to be a secret!

The main reason I bought it was I was fed up with cheap charity shop young adult books about vampires and thought it might be funny to see someone try to make werewolves sexy – because there is absolutely nothing sexy about growing extra hair once a month.

I am unsure if Nancy Holder has ever written anything before and I found her writing painful to read. It was silly things like overly describing everything to the point where it was boring and encouraged skim-reading.

mean girls

(Still from ‘Mean Girls’)

Her characters were introduced in one way but then didn’t act or look that way later – the main possible-romantic-male-lead is called Trick and he seemed to be part Asian and part African-American with a Russian name but he wasn’t Russian!

I also suspect that he is a vampire, a drug dealer, a werewolf hunter, or all three. My reasoning is simple – his full name has Vlad in it, he doesn’t seem to have parents, he seems to have a fair bit of money with no obvious source, lots of people want his attention – apart from people who are mostly-likely werewolves who all hate him.

Kat’s new best friend – as her old friend from California ditches her two days after she leaves, is a shallow fake cow called Cordelia who is entirely untrustworthy and seems the kind of girl who would deliberately bonk a guy that she knew her BFF liked just because she could.

The Shakespeare aspect of these wolves is in the names, Holder must have been rather taken with ‘King Lear’ as her pack alpha is called Lee Fenner and he has three daughters: Arial, Regan and Cordelia.

King Lear had three daughters: Gonerial, Regan and Cordelia.

In  both books Cordelia is banished by her father after her sister’s betray her – although the depth of Holder’s Cordelia’s betrayal would require me to read the sequels.

Additionally King Lear has a loyal Fool, Holder has Trick who is seemingly loyal to Kat. This suggests to me the way that the plot of the other two books might go.

ginger snaps monster

(Still from ‘Ginger Snaps’

Kat herself reminds me of a girl I used to know, let’s call her Des, she used to get very involved in worrying about something and then make really stupid decisions. For example Kat is told to say in the stationary truck whilst Trick moves a dead deer out of the road in the middle of the forest, Kat exits the truck to scream Trick’s name despite knowing there are monsters in the woods and that EVERYONE is telling her to not go out when it is dark.

Unfortunately Kat does not get eaten by a monster at this point in the book.

I recently got annoyed with ‘The Walking Dead’ as the main protagonist was acting contrary to every horror movie ever – but he was armed and a policeman. Kat is actually worse because she is young, female, unarmed and has been repeatedly warned but STILL puts herself in obviously unwise situations.

Banksy's monet

(Banksy’s take on Monet’s Water Lily Pond)

Talking of which, you can’t have a love triangle that the audience will root for when one of the men is already with someone else, it is just tacky and shouldn’t be encouraged or condoned.

The book technically ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, an ending designed to make people want to read the subsequent books, unfortunately as Kat appears to be a silly little trollop I so I couldn’t give two hoots if in the second book she is turned into a werewolf and ruts with passers by whilst exchanging stilted dialogue. Based on the precedent set by the first book I do think that she might.

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