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Review of Krampus (2015)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Dir. by: Michael DoughertyKrampus-The-Christmas-Devil-movie-poster-2
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony

I know, I know! I’m two weeks late on this, but I finally saw Krampus! Here’s what I thought:

What’s it about?
Krampus is about a family who doesn’t get along very well at Christmas. Max (Anthony), the young son of Tom and Sarah Engel (Scott and Collette), is picked on by his older cousins for still believing in Santa. This causes him to lose his Christmas spirit and accidentally summon Krampus, the evil shadow of St. Nicholas. The family must fight against Krampus and his minions for any hope to survive.

What did I think?
This movie is pretty stunning. It has a heavy Tim Burton/Nightmare Before Christmas feel. It’s definitely a horror movie that the whole family can enjoy.

Going into the theater, I was a little apprehensive about the fact that the majority of the cast is made up of comedic actors. I’ve said bad things about that type of decision before, such as in Would You Rather, but I actually appreciated it in this film. Adam Scott and David Koechner are two of my favorite comedy actors and I was very happy that they were able to bring their expertise into their rolls. Instead of trying to be serious and emotional, the film incorporated their comedy backgrounds, which added an extra layer to the film that I really enjoyed. Conchata Ferrell, though, was the ultimate comic relief. Her performance as the hated Aunt Dorothy was just amazing.

On the horror side of things, Krampus isn’t really that scary. Sure, there are jump scares and the movie does deal with a demon who drags families down to the underworld for losing their Christmas spirit, but it was definitely made with children in mind (just as the original Krampus story was). There isn’t too much cursing, there’s no graphic gore or violence and the main minions are animated gingerbread men, which I found to be a little too cheesy.

Despite the fact that Krampus isn’t going to keep me up at night, I still enjoyed it for what it was. It was funny, it made me jump a couple of times and the acting was just amazing. For the most part, it was believable, but, if you ask me, their actions were a little too logical and level headed for the situation they were in. It was entertaining, to say the least.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would. I wouldn’t say pay $15 to see it in theaters, but definitely see it. It’s not scary and you have to suspend your disbelief in some parts, but it has a lot of good features that deserve to be seen.

Did you see it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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The Legend of Knecht Ruprecht

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2015 by Xander Woolf

As I was researching Krampus last week, I found that the terrifying goat-like creature wasn’t St. Nick’s only mischievous companion. While the Krampus is the most widely known companion, Knecht Ruprecht is another figure highly feared by children in Germany.

What’s the story?knecht ruprecht
There are two beginnings to Knecht Ruprecht’s story. The first story says that he was a wild child (possibly a changeling) that St. Nicholas found and raised into adulthood. Another story claims that the figure was a farmhand before becoming Santa’s assistant.

Knecht Ruprecht is most commonly spotted carrying a staff and a bag of ashes and wearing a brown or black robe with a pointed hood. Sometimes he is depicted riding a white horse or while other times being accompanied by faeries.

The Brothers’ Grimm associated him with Robin Goodfellow from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While not evil, per se, he is mischievous like the famous faerie. Ruprecht was also associated with the Devil.

In older stories, Knecht Ruprecht would ask children if they could pray. If they could, he gave them treats. If they could not, he beat them with his bag of ashes. More modern stories, however, depict him as the one who gives naughty children coal or sticks while Santa gives out all the presents.

How’s it used today?
Knecht Ruprecht is not seen much today, as far as I can tell. In the Alpine Region, the Krampus is the one most celebrated. In Germany, while he does not get a festival or big event, many still dress up like Knecht Ruprecht and accompany those dressed as St. Nicholas. Also, in the German version of The Simpsons, the dog, Santa’s Little Helper, is called Knecht Ruprecht.

Knecht Ruprecht is a little overlooked in the holiday season, if you ask me. I want to see more of him. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a horror movie based on an evil faerie who attacks naughty people and non-believers? That’s just good entertainment right there.

Let us know that you think in the comments!

wolfout

Scream Queens

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

Scream Queens (2015-)

I was rather excited when I saw this show was coming. I adore Jamie Lee Curtis, I always have, and I like several of the other actors in the show. It’s horror, better even it’s horror satire. Nothing could go wrong, right?

I have no idea what the fuck this show is. Not all of the actors are pulling off satire and it gets confusing. It feels more like several writers are working on this script and no one reads what the other wrote. Some of the scenes are very satirical and some of them seem to be trying to be serious horror. Ok, so it’s satire lite, I guess?

I’m not a fan. It feels odd and awkward. It feels like it doesn’t even know what it is. Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing and I love watching her act. That is my take away.

So what is it actually about? Some sorority has to take on anyone who pledges and people start dropping like flies. A killer sporting the red devil school mascot costume keeps popping up everywhere. There are mysteries everywhere and, from what I can tell, everyone in the show seems to have killed someone.

I recommend stepping back and just walking away from this one. There are plenty of shows and movies out there that truly deserve your attention, this is not one of them.

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The Legend of The Haunted Forest/Cobb Estate (VIDEO)

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Tucked into the mountains of Pasadena, California is the Sam Merrill trail, lovingly referred to as “The Haunted Forest” trail. This trail, which starts as an old, crumbling driveway, is the site of the former Cobb Estate.

History
Cobb Estate was built in 1918 by Charles and Carrie Cobb. In 1939, Cobb died and left the estate to the Scottish Right Temple Freemasons, who sold the estate just a few years later. The home was also used by the Sisters of St Joseph as a retreat. In 1956, the property was purchased by the Marx family, but by 1959, all that was left of the mansion was ruins. The estate was put up for auction in 1971 and was converted into a state park. All that’s left of Cobb’s estate are the steps that led up to the door and the water reservoir.

Hauntings
The ghost stories associated with Cobb Estate are wide-spread, but vague in nature. There have been reports of hikers feeling like they’re being watched or touched, sounds of footsteps, laughter and screams. Many hikers have claimed to see strange lights, but finding no one to whom to attach the lights.

I have heard rumors that many people have encountered demonic activity on this trail, but I cannot find any written recollection. I have also heard rumors that a nun was raped and killed in this forest and that her ghost still hangs around, but, again, I cannot find anything written on the subject.

Personal Experience
On Friday, October 9, 2015, I went with a group of friends for a midnight hike in The Haunted Forest to check it out for myself. There were several different groups there, so we were definitely not alone.

Gate

The entrance to the trail is marked by a large gate. Many have likened this gate to the Gates of Hell, but it was a typical Southern California entrance, if you ask me. We ventured upward and came across a small set of stairs, which I have now found out were the stairs that once led to the main house.

Unfortunately, we did not experience anything supernatural or out of the ordinary. I can say that there were points where I felt as though we were being watched, but I can’t give any more detail than that. We still made the most out of our hike, though, by telling scary stories and enjoying the expansive view of Los Angeles.

Around 2am, the group split into two. Four of us made our way down the mountain because it was passed our bedtimes. The other six continued up the narrow path, determined to reach the end of the trail. As we were descending, we could hear laughter echoing in the mountains. This laughter belonged to my sister, who happens to have a very distinguishable laugh. Because of this, I’ve determined that the laughter and screams that people have heard come from groups who are much further ahead on the trail, as sound travels very easily down a canyon.

Video
This time around, I decided to capture some footage. While I got quite a few pictures, the footage I got was actually pretty entertaining. It helps that I went with a group of fun people. Take a look at the video below and hear some of our scary stories. (Please don’t judge the quality of the footage. I took the video on my phone and it’s my first time editing. Feedback appreciated).

Photo Gallery

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The Legends of Turnbull Canyon

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Canyon

Turnbull Canyon is located in Southern California, creating the border between the towns of Wittier and City of Industry (yes, that’s the actual name of the town). It is a popular attraction for hikers and fitness nuts with it’s tough but manageable trails and beautiful scenery. According to locals, however, this canyon is the setting of many a terrifying event. Legend has it that not only is the canyon haunted, but it is also the preferred location for dark magic rituals, human sacrifices, and several grizzly murders. In this post, I will detail as many of the horrific events as I can.

Called “Hutukngna” by the Gabrileños Native Americans, this nature formation was considered off limits as there were numerous sightings of ghosts and evil spirits. It is believed that Turnbull Canyon was the battleground of many Native American Wars. Some locals have claimed that they have heard the sound of war drums coming from the canyon.

This tribe of Native Americans was so named the Gabrileños after converting to Christianity through the San Gabriel Mission. Back in this time, it was not uncommon that Spanish missionaries would kill those who refused to convert. Legend has it that many of these killings took place in the canyon itself. The idea that the spirits of these murdered Natives have lingered lends credence to the belief that the canyon is haunted.

Fast forward to the 1930s. During the Great Depression, the canyon was used for dark and mysterious purposes. Back in that time, it was common for families to send their children to orphanages because they simply did not have the food to feed them. Local legend says that a cult would adopt the children through these orphanages and sacrifice them to Satan in the canyon. Locals have claimed to see the ghosts of these children, as well as hooded figures walking the trails at night. These sightings still occur today.

Within Turnbull Canyon, there is a tree referred to as The Hanging Tree. It is so named because of a man who was found hanging from one of its limbs. Witnesses have said that you can still see this man hanging from the tree at the time of his death. There is no information as to what time of day this might have occurred. I also have no information as to when in history this might have taken place.

In 1952, there was a plane crash, causing 29 deaths, 21 of which were children. An American Airlines plane crashed into the tallest hill of the canyon. There is no record of an American Airlines flight in that area at all and no planes were missing from their fleet. No one on board had identification, including the pilot. The only record of the crash even happening was a small article in the Wittier Daily News. Locals believe that the dark magic that lingers in the canyon caused this horrifying crash to happen.

In 1962, a bizarre death took place. In the ruins of a mental institution that had burned down in the 1940s, a group of teenagers were having a party. One of the boys found an old electroshock machine. When he picked it up, he was electrocuted with a voltage strong enough to be fatal. The bizarre part of the death comes when we find out that the electricity had been shut off after the fire 20 years previously.

In 2002, a young woman by the name of Gloria Gaxiola was murdered on Turnbull Canyon Rd. She was shot, then dragged behind a car down this road for 5 miles. The police caught the killers and administered justice. Being a popular road for racing, there have been other unfortunate auto-related deaths, including that of a CHP motorcycle Officer in Sept. 2005, who was struck by drifters.

Believe it or not, there are even more stories associated with this terrifying location. Located just an hour or so outside of Los Angeles, Turnbull canyon is one of the scariest places I’ve ever researched. Home to ghosts, evil spirits, cults, and other strange occurrences, this canyon just screams “Stay Away!” So, naturally, I want to go there.

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Sources:
Weird California
Haunted Los Angeles Blogspot
DBLACKTHORNE Livejournal

Photo Source:
Yelp

The Legend of Satanville, The Cult House & The Devil’s Road

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Having spent a good portion of my life in Southeastern Pennsylvania, there’s no doubt whatsoever that I’ve driven up and down the Devil’s Road – AKA Satanville – in Chadds Ford, PA. I first heard about this particular road while in college. After hearing about it, some friends and I decided to check it out at 3AM while playing creepy Halloween type music. Suffice it to say, I didn’t sleep that night.

The story I heard was this:

The famous DuPont family lived on a road off of Rt 1. This particular family was into witchcraft and isolation (inbreeding was mentioned). Because of their desire to be isolated, they cast many a black magic spell around their estate. This magic caused the trees to grow away from the road and create a sort of wall between the estate and the road. It’s really very creepy and will give you chills.

The actual story is this:

Cossart Road, known around SEPA and Delaware as The Devil’s Road, is just off of Rt 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. On this road is what is referred to as The Cult House. There are disputes as to who owned this house, ranging from the DuPont family to a satanic cult to the KKK. Legends insisting that the DuPont family owned this house also include the rumor of incestuous unions and disfigured children. The location of The Cult House is unknown – especially since it is against the law to stop and get out of your car on this particular road – but many say that it is a mansion made of white brick or stone with windows the shape of inverted crosses.

Many people say that The Cult House is about midway up Cossart Rd and can be recognized by the strange way that the trees grow. I’ve witnessed this phenomena firsthand. It’s really very scary how the trees grow facing away from the road and, in many cases, facing away from their primary light source. Among these is one in particular called the Skull Tree – AKA The Baby’s Cradle. The Skull Tree’s roots resemble the shape of a skull, leaving just enough room to become a baby cage. Legends say that the DuPont family left their deformed, incestuous babies to die under this tree. Other legends state that this is where the satanic cult would leave their baby sacrifices to the Devil himself. Many people claim that they can hear a baby crying when they pass.

The final part of the story is the part that creeps me out the most. Legends say that The Cult House is guarded by a fleet of red trucks (or black SUVs, depending on who you’re talking to). It is said that when someone locates The Cult House, or drives by too many times, one of these vehicles will run you off the road, however, it is also said that these vehicles do not have a driver. The reason I find this part so scary is because, the night my friends and I went to look for The Cult House, we were being tailgated by a large pick-up truck who refused to back off. Eventually, the driver got so fed up with us that he blared his horn and angrily passed us as we crossed the border into Delaware. It was dark, though, so I couldn’t see inside the truck to ascertain whether or not someone was actually driving.

Another scary note from the night I ventured into Satanville: the moment we turned on to Cossart Road, we were engulfed by fog. Being near the Brandywine River, fog is no big surprise, but the second we crossed the border into Delaware, the fog dispersed as if it was never there. Creepy, right?

I never did see The Cult House itself, but I’m here to say that the trees, the fog and the angry truck driver were enough to scare the shit right outta me.

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The Exorcist (1973)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Linda Blair, Chris MacNeil, Jason Miller & Max Von Sydow
Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 100 Horror Movie List

I started this movie with a feeling of dread, not because I feared it in any way, but because I assumed that a movie from 1973 wouldn’t translate well enough to what we are used to now. Movies don’t always translate well for me. What one person calls a classic, I only see as a movie shot in the 80s. At times, it feels like less, if we take the nostalgia away. A movie we saw when we were children still holds a place in our very soul, but, when shown to a dear friend who has never seen it, they watch with disinterest.

I am almost glad that I started with that assumption because I felt a surprising amount of joy when I was proven so utterly wrong. The only part that showed its age was the moment when Regan’s (Blair) head spun completely around. Everything else held amazingly well and translated so beautifully it was exciting. I loved every moment of this movie.

Exorcist is a true classic for a reason and I know some of you are sitting there shocked that I have never seen it before. It was one of those movies that I had no interest in watching. My particular brand of horror has always been more of the Hellraiser side of things. Demons ripping out of nowhere to tear your skin away before they even touch your very soul. Possession was never my thing, until now.

Everything was executed so brilliantly. I even watched for a hint of tubing, mechanics, anything that would pull me out of this experience and satisfy my initial reaction, but disappoint the pleasure I was having watching it. I am actually excited to watch the 2000 release, The Version You’ve Never Seen. I am hoping it has the spider stair walk and I’d like to see what else they did differently. However, remasters can be horrible (thank you Star Wars). So, I have high hopes for this remake, but not too high.

If you haven’t seen it and love horror, then you have to watch it. Everything from the writing, acting, directing, was all amazingly seamless. Trust me, I looked for seams. I found no fault in this movie and that is hard for me to say because I find fault in everything. I don’t know if I will ever watch The Exorcist 2: The Heretic, because I don’t want to sully the wonderful feeling this movie left me with.

I can’t say enough good things, so I’m going to shut up now so you can go watch it.

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