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Halloween In South Park

In Uncategorized on 10/31/2012 at 14:28

Springfield isn’t the only animated town to celebrate Halloween.

“Pink Eye” (1997)

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Tree House of Horror History Lesson

In TV, writing on 10/31/2012 at 14:07

You can make an argument for 1-10, but for me “The Simpsons” had 8 great seasons. Sure, even today you can get a decent episode here and there, but those first 8 were prime Simpsons. So let’s take a look at the first seven Halloween specials, the beloved Tree House of Horrors.

TREE HOUSE OF HORROR
Season 2, 10/24/90
Frame: Bart and Lisa tell each other scary stories in the Simpson’s tree house. James Early Jones has a voice cameo in each story, most notably narrating “The Raven.”


1. “Bad Dream House” – The Simpsons move into a haunted house.
Quote: “This family has had its differences and we’ve squabbled, but we’ve never had a knife fight before and I blame this house.” –Marge


2. “Hungry Are the Damned” – The Simpsons are abducted by seemingly friendly aliens, but Lisa suspects they feed on humans.
Quote: How to Cook Humans; How to Cook For Humans; How to Cook Forty Humans; How to Cook for Forty Humans


3. “The Raven” – The Poe classic is retold with Homer recast as the protagonist and Bart as the taunting Raven.
Quote: “Come here, you little raven!” –Homer

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“The Halloween Tree” by Ray Bradbury

In fiction, TV, writing on 10/29/2012 at 16:27

I recently concluded my list of 30 Halloween TV specials (read it here) and featured The Halloween Tree. It’s a great TV special, but it’s an even better book.

“It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn’t so much wilderness around you couldn’t see the town. But on the other hand there wasn’t so much town you couldn’t see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness. The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of…

Boys.
And it was the afternoon of Halloween.
And all the houses shut against a cool wind.
And the town was full of cold sunlight.
But suddenly, the day was gone.
Night came out from under each tree and spread.”

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The Ideal Costume

In writing on 10/26/2012 at 17:45

The ideal costume is like a dream—a vision that comes to you in a fleeting instance, only to disperse before fully materializing.

Optimus Light

There are concrete facts, however. Props are a must. Whether you are a 6 year old novice of the holiday, a 22 year old under grad ready to hit a succession of identically decorated bars, or a parent preparing to take the kids around the neighborhood, it’s always fun to wield a pitchfork, shoot a cap gun or raise Captain America’s shield to defect a volley of rotten eggs.

Likewise, additional limbs are always enjoyable. While six extra spider legs are overkill, it’s fun to swing a tail or some other new appendage.
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Top 10 Halloween Specials

In movies, TV, writing on 10/23/2012 at 18:25

At long last we have reached my ten favorite Halloween specials of the season….

10. Freaks and Geeks “Tricks and Treats”

The Freaks Halloween special takes a serious hit due to budget restraints prohibiting the episode from being filmed at night. Halloween at 3PM is just awkward. However the typical Freaks merits are on display (Seth Rogen laughing, James Franco grinning, Jason Segal being super gangly), winning Judd Apatow’s high school dramedy the 10 spot on this year’s countdown.

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Howl’s Moving Castle

In movies, writing on 10/22/2012 at 19:56

2004

In need of some witchcraft and wizardry this Halloween season? Check out Studio Ghibli Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Scary or Halloween-themed Disney Channel Originals

In movies, TV, writing on 10/17/2012 at 18:15

I looked over a list of Disney Channel Original Movies last night, for fun, and quickly realized there aren’t nearly as many quality picks as I’d imagined. Of the dozen or so I really enjoyed, though, five of them were released in October and had ghoulish themes. What better time of year to revisit them?

HONORABLE MENTION
“Susie Q” (1996)

Susie Q

“Susie Q,” released right before “The Paper Brigade,” was one of the last two Disney Premiere Films, as they were called from the early 80’s, not nearly as frequent as the ’97 onset of DOMs. It was about this hot ghost from the 50’s or something, who could only talk to one kid, this 30 year old dude who plays a high school student.

“Susie Q” wasn’t that scary, but it featured the pink power ranger in a hot prom dress for 80 or so minutes. There was also something kinky about the fact she appeared in his bedroom randomly, and the kid’s mom couldn’t see her.

I knew I wasn't making that up............

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A scary story

In fiction, writing on 10/16/2012 at 21:06

Here is another horror story I’ve cooked up for the Halloween season. This one I’m very proud of, it’s the largest scoped story I’ve finished in several years. I’m calling it “Man Hunt and Moon Men” for now, but it’s changed a great deal in the year+ I’ve been working on it, so that title doesn’t work as well now.

*I’m considering: “Man Hunt, Moon Men and Mania”, “House on Moira Lane”, “The Tale of the Manic Man” and “The Tale of the Empty Houses.”

Like , I’ll be submitting this, so it will only be up for October! Please read, and SUGGEST A TITLE.

“Manhunt and Moon Men*”
The summer I saw aliens was spent, in part, groping for words to explain the language of idle bike chains cruising down Heather Hill passed unknown new neighbors watering old gardens, planted forever ago, like 1988. That summer was a lot of groping. Read the rest of this entry »

“Magicicada”

In fiction, gay/lesbian, poetry, writing on 10/16/2012 at 00:17

This is a draft of a horror/magical realist story I wrote, inspired by Julio Cortazar’s “Beastiary.”

“Magicicada” tells the story of Riley, her cousin Maggie, and their bizarre return to Perth, where she spent summers as a child. She finds her grandmother’s ranch a changed place, her cousin Eric a mysterious man and the return of a legendary brood of insect looming over the town.

I’ve sent it out, so I can only keep it up for a few days. Enjoy it during the Halloween season.

“Magicicada”
In the dark the children squealed, delighted by the roiling earth between their toes, those moist, glistening grubs. “Bring the light over here! The light over here!”
“Magicicada,” the elders uttered from rockers on the porch, singing the song, tzitzika, tzitzika, tzitzika. “They get bigger every cycle,” one speculated. “Big? These? Wait for the brood to rise.”
From the porch the children were evidenced only by shrill voices and the long arms of flashlights, extensions of their always pointing fingers, racing around the prairie…one stood apart, a girl in a dress that was glowing, it seems, the loveliest amber. She stood by the swing set under pale garlands of the old willow, examining the husks still holding to the tree, ghost shells, not living or dead…she might turn one to dust with a finger—she had magic like that—but the wind had not dislodged them, nor had bat or bird or either of the girls’ deranged cousins. They’d fall on their own, she knew, or else the willow tree would be a jaundiced mountain of shells from all the broods before, ten thousand summers old. They’d fall.
She shrieked, excitement keying up her throat, and rejoined the race, not willing to miss another second. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Specials #20-11

In movies, TV, writing on 10/12/2012 at 23:19

Before we reach my top ten favorite Halloween specials, here are numbers 20 through 11.

20. Parks and Recreation “Greg Pikitis”

Any “Parks” episode featuring Louie CK is a must-see. Throw in Bert Macklin and you’ve got yourself a barn burner. The grating Greg Pikitis pulls of a stunning Halloween caper on the Parks department, while Aziz Ansari dresses as T-Payne and shouts at people to dance!!!

Rashida Jones

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