Can you believe it's been 15 years since The Blair Witch Project came out in theaters? It seems to be a "love it or hate it" kind of movie. I've heard and read a lot of comments over the years from those who hate it. But I'm definitely in the "love" category;. I still remember the night I saw the movie. When my friends and I walked back out into the movie theater lobby after the film ended, there were twigs fashioned into shapes with string hanging from the lobby ceiling. They looked exactly like those from the movie. That gave those of us leaving the theater another second of startle.
So what have the actors who played Heather, Michael and Josh in the film been up to since? Find out here.
Two years ago, Muffin Bordeaux, a toy poodle, went blind. He stumbled around, bumping into hard objects and hurting himself. He was depressed and increasingly immobile. So his owner invented this gadget to help him navigate the world: Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs. It’s a harness that forms a ring around the dog’s head. This helps to protect a dog’s head when s/he moves around. Many of the harnesses come with padding shaped like angelic wings, hence the name “halo.”
This new video by Los Angeles musician and rapper Flying Lotus is the stuff of Halloween nightmares. Animated by David Firth, this NSFW video full of twisted images, violence and gore contains, as the warning states, "scenes that some viewers may find disturbing." -Via Juxtapoz
When it’s your time to go, go out in style. Make sure that your funeral procession is a memorable one. You could be carried to your graveside service in a tank, or a spooky hearse that has a flamethrower. These are just 2 of 20 fanciful hearses rounded up by Unusual Corner. Others include a motorcycle sidecar, a trike, and a monster truck.
Carving a Jack-o-Lantern isn’t rocket science -unless you make it so! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a pumpkin carving competition every year in which their best scientists and engineers do things to pumpkins that you’d never think of. They rigged their vegetables with screens, wi-fi, servo motors, motion sensors, LEDs, and all kinds of neat effects. It just goes to show that they all have a bit of mad scientist inside them! -via Digg
Does looking at her face make you feel dizzy or frightened? Either way, you should be impressed by redditor AllonsoAllonsy’s duplicating makeup job. She writes that she’s managed to startle some people with it.
To make your own, AllonsoAllonsy suggests that you start with light colors, then add darker ones later. Use a liquid or gel liner to get the hard lines on the eyes and mouth.
Click here to see a creepy animated .gif that she made of herself in this makeup.
The tenth Doctor liked to throw on his 3D glasses and wander around the city at night, so he could get some serious thinking done. The moonlight glow made everything seem so clear, and the Doctor imagined he could see the entirety of time and space stretched out before him on the city streets. He often went unnoticed at night, and likewise failed to notice the creeps lurking all around him, but his midnight walks weren't meant to attract attention- they were the Doctor's version of me time, and an exercise in being comfortable in his own new regenerated skin...
Bring some sci-fi flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Nighttime Doctor t-shirt by Cheeky Designs, it proves everything and everyone looks better by moonlight!
The anticipation is much greater than the actual event. It is so true! I’ve been writing about Halloween for a month now, and when the day comes, I overslept and don’t even have time to find my witch hat before the first trick-or-treaters arrive! This timeline is from Doghouse Dairies. Now, where did I file those Thanksgiving jokes?
Ice tires have an advantage that rubber tires don’t: you can chip off bits and use them to cool your drinks. And after riding that ice bike over hot, dusty roads, drinking those tires sounds like a refreshing idea.
Watch a cute little Jack-o-Lentern hover in the air and speed around a track while oozing mist behind him! You don't have time to prepare this stunt yourself for Halloween, but you can share the video with your kids. There’s a perfectly logical scientific explanation, involving magnetic fields and superconductors, which are explained by Andy from The Royal Institution. No matter, it still looks cool! -via mental_floss
We humans aren't the only ones who like to consume and play with pumpkins when October hits. These animals find pumpkins both fun and delicious in their various zoo homes all over the globe. It probably would take humans having "zoo keepers" to get us to cut out the candy and feast on what's natural and good for us instead. There's a health benefit to having a boss! -Via Zooborns
Bill Tufts always wanted a pipe organ and had one installed in his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tufts recently passed away, and the home is for sale, with the organ and its 2300 pipes.
By the kitchen table is the pipe organ with three sets of keyboards, stacked on top of each other with foot pedals. When you turn it on, a giant blower it can be heard in the basement. The organ, however, is only the half of it.
A door in the back of the house reveals a room with hundreds of pipes of all sizes. Through another door there are even more pipes, some two-stories tall. In all, there are around 2,300 with each pipe providing a different musical note. The whole organ takes up more than one third of the house.
Don Haan of Haan Pipe Organ, who originally installed the organ, said the same job today would cost over a million dollars. Strangely, Tufts never learned to play the organ. The house is on the market for $129,000. See more pictures here. -via Fark
This Halloween people will be sitting around campfires telling scary stories, but those stories won't be about boogeymen or hook handed killers, they'll be about a different kind of fiend- the eccentric entertainer.
They can pop up out of nowhere, their behavior is totally unpredictable, and they have so much money and notoriety that they can get away with just about anything.
Bill Murray Stories is a comedy short by Jon Bershad about a group of friends discussing the strange appearances of the beloved, and totally eccentric, actor.
Bill has become the stuff of legend since he's able to appear anywhere, and his uncanny ability to solve people's problems with sage advice and a bit of bartending makes his appearances hard to believe.
If you encounter Bill Murray in the wild make sure you snap a pic or nobody will ever believe you!
You’ve visited many wonderful places in your imagination: Oz, Gotham City, Jurassic Park, King’s Landing, Neverland… but the magnets on your refrigerator say Martha’s Vineyard and Nashville.
Impossible Magnets will spice things up with souvenir magnets of places that only exist in movies, TV, literature, and video games! The series was created by Madrid artists Martín Feijoó (previously at Neatorama), Miguel Sousa, and Sara Enríquez. Put these onyour trfrigerator, and you can tell tales about your trip to anyone who comes in the kitchen!
His custom-built prototype is very light and can fly about 62 miles per hour. Unlike a wheeled ambulance, it doesn't have to travel over roads. It can fly in a straight line toward its destination. This could greatly reduce response times.
The drone has a speaker, a microphone, and a camera. The operator can remotely guide it, give instructions to the people on the scene, and see what's going on. Once someone on-site has placed the electrodes on the victim, the operator can use them.
You may have seen Xenomorph costumes before- they usually consist of a tight fitting body suit and some kind of foam rubber head/mask, but you’ve never seen an alien suit as frightfully fancy as this!
This regal alien queen costume was created by Ashley J Long, who summarily pronounced herself “queen of the monsters” after its completion.
I don’t think anyone will be contesting her claim to the throne after they see her amazing creation, it’s simply to die for!
Ashley combined the bizarre head shape of the xenomorph with a fancy outfit that would make any alien feel like the belle of the interplanetary ball.
And the best part is- Ashley created an Instructable that details how to make the entire thing, in case you’re looking to add a little alien inspired fashion flair to your Halloween, or you're looking for a new cosplay.
Han Solo doesn't have to be alone while on display in Jabba's palace. Now, thanks to food photographer Henry Hargeaves, he'll have plenty of company. Jabba's Bounty imagines what would happen if Jabba the Hutt had continued to live as a crime lord. Jabba put out bounties for more characters, such as Indiana Jones, Batman, Kermit the Frog, and Optimus Prime. Some ambitious bounty hunter dutifully and profitably delivered all of them, frozen in carbonite, to Jabba.
Hargeaves selected characters that were his childhood favorites. He used action figures to create rubber molds, then poured melted chocolate into those molds. With the assistance of a friend, he painted the chocolates and photographed them in a mock-up of Jabba's palace.
When life starts to get you down, and your face begins wearing a frown, the best thing to do is take a tip from a clown and make yourself smile with a night on the town. Life is too short to take little things like grand theft and homicide too seriously, you gotta live your life like there's no tomorrow and smile like you've got one too many bats in your belfry!
Bring a smile to the face of your fellow Batfans with this Why So Serious? t-shirt by Donnie, and show off your less serious side.
Suckablood is a short film that plays out like a fairy tale crossed with an "old wive's tale" as if it were imagined by Stephen King and Tim Burton. Remember how our parents used to tell us lies when we were kids to try and scare us out of bad habits? "Make an ugly face and it will stick that way" being a perfect example? Well, Suckablood dares to ask what happens when the old wive's tales and little white lies end up being true.
Suckablood is the perfect short to get you in the Halloween spirit. It also reminds us why we should always listen to our parents.
It's unfortunate that I can't find the craftsman responsible because I'd like to congratulate him/her on such an outstanding job. The hood of an old Massey Ferguson tractor is now a kitchen table that combines both cosmopolitan and rustic ambiances.
Last month, we had an up-close look at the process of tattooing. Now Smarter Every day brings us the next step- laser tattoo removal. Of course, you can skip this part -and I hear it's even more painful than the tat- by thinking very carefully about a lifetime with your chosen tattoo before you get it inked. -via Buzzfeed
The 1939 film changed the face of pop culture, and ever since Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West was shown sporting skin a glorious shade of Technicolor green the color has become a witchy standard.
Who doesn't love anesthesia when faced with time spent on the hospital surgery unit where painful punctures will be made to our person? Then, anesthesia is our BFF. But did you know that in the early 1800s, well-heeled ladies gathering together to gossip and eat bon-bons inhaled the gas for extra giggles at the party? And that's just the ladies. In 1844, a man observing another under the effects of the party drug put two and two together when the man with a leg injury said he was feelin' no pain. First used as a painkiller in dentistry, anesthesia quickly became the standard in surgical procedures. Check out this video to hear about other products invented by accident. -Via Science Dump
Come on in and pull yourself up a chair (which probably isn’t as cool or fun to be around as Chairy), and we’ll tell you a tale of a man named Pee-Wee Herman and his amazing Playhouse.
Growing up in the 80s meant sharing your Saturday mornings with the hilarious Mr. Herman and his (mostly puppet) pals in the Playhouse, which to my young eyes looked like a dream home built just for a puppet/cartoon nerd like me.
Pee-Wee's Playhouse was a groundbreaking series in many ways- it launched the careers of celebs like Phil Hartman and S. Epatha Merkerson. In addition, Rob Zombie and John Singleton were production assistants on the show, and appearing on the Playhouse was an important early milestone in the careers of Lawrence Fishburne and Jimmy Smits.
To top it all off, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is largely seen as the film that launched Tim Burton's career as a filmmaker, so without Pee-Wee we might not have been exposed to Burton's brilliance!
November 7th through the 9th, Berlin will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mauerfall, or The Fall of the Wall. One of the events is an art installation called Lichtgrenze by artists Christopher and Marc Bauder, in which 8,000 illuminated balloons will be lighting up the 15 kilometer route of the wall. On the night of the 9th, the balloons will be released, carrying messages with them.
Every 500 feet along the path of the lights there will be historical footage and imagery of what each area was like when the wall was still intact, leading up to its world-watched destruction in 1989. While there were walls, mines and no-mans-land zones outside of Berlin as well, there is something particularly powerful about the way the boundary impacted Germany’s capital, slicing it brutally through its center, often cutting streets and even buildings in half.
I'm one of those people who loves holiday decorations, but hates the process of putting them up only to take them down a few weeks later. That's why I love the fact that Christmas decorations are starting to sneak their way into Halloween ones and vice versa.
These days, there are some great ways to decorate your house for Halloween that will still look seasonal if you leave them up until New Year's Day -and amazingly, not all of them are related to The Nightmare Before Christmas either!
Cartoonist Charles Addams was almost as bizarre as the characters he drew. His most famous creation, The Addams Family, has been reincarnated time and again during the past 70 years, coming back to life from the grave. Are his drawings morbid? Sure. But they’re also immortal.
As The New Yorker’s star cartoonist from the 1930s to the 1980s, Charles Addams practically invented dark humor in America. His cartoons found comedy at the intersection of the bizarre and the everyday, featuring ordinary people harboring exotically morose tendencies. Over the course of his lifetime, Addams illustrated 68 covers for The New Yorker and contributed more than 1,300 cartoons to the magazine, inspiring everyone from The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson to film director Tim Burton. If the stories of writers such as Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and John Cheever were the lifeblood of The New Yorker, then Addams’ drawings were its spirit.
Charles Addams’ most enduring creation, The Addams Family, reflected American values in a funhouse mirror, showcasing the paranoia, the darkness, and the sweetness of suburban life. In the past seven decades, The Addams Family has spawned two live-action television series, two animated cartoons, and two blockbuster feature films—and the reincarnations keep coming. Right now, there’s a musical of the cartoon on Broadway, and Tim Burton is slated to direct a new film version. But as creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky as the characters are, they have nothing on Charles Addams himself.
The Man Behind the Macabre
In his heyday, Charles Addams was a celebrity, the type of person everyone wanted to know. Director Alfred Hitchcock once made a pilgrimage to Addams’ front door, just to catch a glimpse of him in his natural habitat. Popular lore had it that the cartoonist was a regular patient at New York State sanitariums, and that he preferred his martinis garnished with eyeballs. And while many of the stories about Addams were exaggerated, there’s no doubt he had a penchant for the peculiar. Instead of a standard coffee table, Addams used a Civil War-era embalming table. He also kept a collection of antique crossbows above his sofa, and he used a young girl’s tombstone (“Little Sarah, Aged Three”) as a perch for his cocktails.
Just know, no matter what horrors you see tonight, no matter what twisted abominations you witness walking the street, nothing will be scarier than knowing you live in a world where this kind of gross and pointless excess is seen as acceptable.