7 Movies Friends Suggest for Halloween

  • October 29, 2020
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I asked a few friends to list their favorite Halloween movies. This is a mixed bag and some of the choices surprised me, but that’s part of the fun. Since I haven’t seen them, all descriptions are from IMDB.

1. House II: The Second Story (1987)

The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

2. Arachnophobia (1990)

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

(Seriously creepy, folks, you’ve been warned.)

4. Fallen (1998)

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese’s style.

(Make no mistake, this is supernatural and dark.)

5. Arsenic and Old Lace (1969)

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

6. Abbot and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect.

And finally, my choice for the unexpected, a B movie that’s so bad, it’s fun. The first time I watched it at a Halloween party, we had a good time afterward dissecting it.

7. The City of the Dead (Horror Hotel) (1960)

A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

(I saw this under the American name of Horror Hotel, but The City of the Dead is the title under IMDB. Go figure.)

What are your suggestions?


7 Classic Comedy-Horror Films

  • October 26, 2020
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I’m not a big fan of serious horror films. It’s too hard to turn off the lights at night after I’ve watched, so I gave up (the exception is Bela Lugosi in Dracula and the version with Louis Jourdan).

But I love what I call spooky-funny films that may or may not actually involve the supernatural. Here’s my list:

New Anthology in the Works!

  • October 19, 2020
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The Penheads met yesterday online and we’re working hard on our next anthology. Stay tuned for the cover reveal!

What’s on YOUR To-Do List?

  • October 12, 2020
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It’s difficult to be proactive in these strange and trying times. I find that to-do lists help keep me focused. At the same time, it’s easy to write such a long list of chores that nothing gets done and then it’s time for bed.

I don’t put things on my list that are automatically done (like feed my sweet cat, Frankie), but it’s fine to write those down if it helps you focus. It can also be satisfying to check something off the list with little effort. Here are my guidelines:

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