Monday, September 9, 2019

Spooky's Swirls Bakery

Sometimes you just need to get away, and I took a few days to visit a friend in Arizona last week. We made a point to stop at a place near her house called Spooky's Swirls - Props and Pastries. They are exactly that! It's a gluten free bakery that's home to horror / sci-fi movie memorabilia and actual on-screen props and wardrobes.

Located in an unsuspecting plaza, it's warm and friendly inside and you can tell it's very new. (They opened in July 2019.) We were welcomed and encouraged to hang out with cartoons on a big TV, games to play, and a nice selection of classic genre magazines to flip through, but of course I was more interested in the props and costumes.

Upon entering you are greeted by a life-size (can you use the term "life-size" if he's not alive? Hmmm, this will be a random thing to think about when I'm trying to fall asleep tonight) Slimer from Ghostbusters and a big table with flyers for local related events.

All along the walls are curated pieces from movies. I expected a couple of pieces, but there was a decent amount to look at and read. Spooky's Swirls works directly with the Horror and SciFi Prop Preservation Association. They work to preserve film history and have over 4000 artifacts, so don't expect to see the same thing as I did when you visit. They are planning to rotate the exhibits.

I approve of this jacket, afterall one of my Halloween costumes from last year...

Little did we know that the actor who plays Georgie from It would be at Spooky's Swirls the following day. I'm always too early. *sad face* We were unable to go back for the meet and greet because we had tickets to see the movie at the same time he was going to be there! But I'd say keep an eye on their social media for other equally cool events.

After taking in all the displays, we indulged in cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. They were even warm! I can eat gluten, but I know sometimes gluten free things can be a little dry. This was delicious and tasted like a regular cinnamon roll. My friend got a piece of carrot for later and she said it was really moist and tasty. (Yes, I wrote the word "moist". I'm not afraid of it.) Don't worry they have horror and sci-fi themed desserts too.

The only thing I was a little disappointed in is that they didn't have tea, and I can't drink coffee because it rips a hole through my stomach. BUT dear readers, I was assured that they are working on selling tea in the future. If I lived closer this would a favorite haunt, so if you are anywhere in the area go visit! Check their hours first because they are limited.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Movie: Summer of 84 (2018)

In the spirit of summer, I wanted to watch a horror movie for this hot season. I decided to take in Summer of 84. I read about the premise and it sounded like nostalgic fun, but some things are a little off, it tries too hard, and it's a little boring.

Let's start with the poster....

See a resemblance?

Ok, so they have a 1980s homage going on ~ obviously. (This is the potential for a good movie part.)

The plot is simple. It's about a group of four boys living in Ipswich, Oregon during the Summer of 1984. One of them is really into mysteries and with boys missing from the neighborhood he suspects his neighbor from across the street is killing them. His neighbor just happens to be a cop!


You find out who the killer is in the first 5 minutes of the movie, so the suspense is based on the boys trying to prove it. Since it was revealed early, I decided to critique some other things instead of the story.

As someone who lived through 1984 and was close in age to these kids, some of the fashion is very off. Let me present to you this disco shirt...

For a casual day at the library, this 15 year old is wearing a 1970s disco shirt. That's not accurate. He'd be more likely wearing a novelty T shirt or sweatshirt. This shirt is a little dated, but ~ if worn ~ would be for school photos or dances.

Next, the friend who is a punk kid doesn't look like 1984 either. This looks very 1990s to me. His hair is too trimmed, he should have a mullet, feathered hair, or long hair in back if they wanted a shaggy look. Possibly an earring and a jean jacket instead of a leather jacket.

My other observation is that this movie has a retrowave soundtrack that's overbearing. In some scenes the music gets really loud and distracting from the characters. There's even a scene where a synthwave band is playing the local festival. SYNTHWAVE WASN'T THAT POPULAR IN 1984. I highly doubt any fairs in 1984 had a random synthwave band playing. (Don't get me wrong I like this music, but it was a little too much here.)

In passing dialog, nods to the 1980s get mentioned i.e. Star Wars, Gremlins, GI Joe, but it doesn't have the appeal of Stranger Things. I feel like they tried to shoehorn them in. I think in it's use of kids it's trying to be Stand By Me or It, but is more Rear Window. I give it one newspaper out of five.

Here's the trailer...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer 2019 Pusheen Box

I have to say this was my favorite Pusheen Box yet! I love the usefulness of the Pusheen things included in the box, but I did miss the plush this time. I'd always rather have the plush than the vinyl.

1. Portable salad container. The fork is a little precarious, not sure I'll use the fork.

2. Vinyl Figure.

3. Mini flask Keychain ~ this will not be big enough!!!

4. Notepad. I still have the one from the Fall 2017 Box!

5. Koozies ~ I like that there's a set of 2 and they are double sided!

6. Bandana.

7. Striped long sleeve shirt. I LOVE STRIPES!

8. Photo holder.

This is the photo holder I'm referencing in the video. It's from the Spring 2018 Box.

9. Pool float NOT "Life Preserver." Here's the small pool we have that I mentioned in the video ~ and our neighbor's big pool. Hahahaha.

You can see my past boxes too: Fall 2017 Pusheen BoxWinter 2017 Pusheen Box and Spring 2018 Pusheen BoxSummer 2018 Psuheen BoxFall 2018 Pusheen Box Winter Pusheen Box 2018 Spring Pusheen Box with Jodee Bowie

Thanks for reading & watching, until next time! p.s. Hug your cats.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Movie: Night of the Demons (1988)

I always say I'm late to the party and in this case, I'm VERY late, but I should have never even wanted an invite! For the first time, I watched Night of the Demons (1988) in its entirety. This movie truly encapsulates all the worst things about 1980s horror movies, so I guess I can understand why it's a cult classic?

The opening animation sequence and retro music is the best part, after that, it goes downhill. The New Retro Wave music trend is based on this exact sound. So I guess it's timely for me to be watching this now?

Where do I begin to describe/ review Night of the Demons (1988)? The plot is pretty common. A group of teenagers spend Halloween night in an abandoned funeral home ~ called Hull House ~ with a tragic history, they perform a seance and most of them get possessed by a demon and kill each other. The end. (I wish.) It reminds me of so many other movies... just to name a few...

They have to stay overnight in a haunted house, similar to Waxworks (1988) where some teens with bad dialog and terrible acting get invited to a wax museum, and end up becoming part of it. At least in Waxworks (1988), there's some nice blood splatter, and it's fun to see what character gets matched with each model. Yes, I think Waxworks (1988) is a better movie.

When the audience first lays eyes on Hull House it looks like a still from Scooby Doo...

The Hull House from Night of the Demons (1988).

As far as camera style goes, Night of the Demons (1988) has a similar camera movement to the original Evil Dead (1981) when the camera moves fast to show the perspective of the demon. In reality, it saves money so you don't have to show the demon on film. This technique was perfected by Sam Raimi as shown below.

Also why is the demon in Night of the Demons (1988) only a floating head? They probably couldn't afford much else. The demon looks like a dragon head.

Am I wrong? It looks like a dragon.

As far as dialog in Night of the Demons (1988), an Indian burial ground is mentioned. It sounds a lot like Pet Semetary (1989) or Poltergeist (1982).

All the demons in Night of the Demons (1988) sound the same and the makeup reminds me of the vamps in Fright Night (1985).

Angela in Night of the Demons (1988).

Jerry in Fright Night (1985).

I'm sure there's plenty more, these were just off the top of my head!

The acting and dialog is bad, so bad it's funny. Much of it is sexist, don't get me wrong, that's not funny the funny part. I don't think any of the actors had stand out performances in this except for Linnea Quigley that got typecast for showing her boobs. My question is why did she shove her lipstick into her nipple? This is the part of the movie speaks to me. I have so many questions and should this be considered a "spoiler alert"? She still acts today ~ understandably so ~ who would do a scene like that? She has a ton of horror movies under her belt. I dare say she's a scream queen, and can often be seen on the Horror Convention circuit. Oh and she also did a workout video. No I'm not joking.

Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990). This is only an excerpt.

Even with the inclusion of Stigmata by Bauhaus paired with an overly long dance sequence this movie cannot be saved. That being said Angela's dress is the best part of the movie.

I give Night of the Demons (1988) a solid 2 out of five fudge logs. The movie could have been shortened to an hour.

Here's the trailer, notice they play up the boobs and butts because it's all that it has going for it.