31 in 31 – Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale

Here – have another beer review in “31 in 31”! Because I’m stuck at home, so bottom’s up. From Green Man last Sunday. Kanpai, bitches.

Welcome to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! No, not the holiday season; the arrival of dark beers. Huzzah! And this ale is a lovely start to my dark beer season.

Pouring the brew gets you a khaki colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles around your glass. The nose isn’t much to write home about, but to be honest? I’m not upset by that. In a season where beers tend to grab you by the nosehairs and demand you pay attention to all their additives, taking a sniff and getting clean, sweet, caramel-nut notes – ones that don’t yell at you but whisper enticements – is a refreshing change. That refreshment carries over to every sip you’ll take. Continue reading

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31 in 31 – “I Like to Watch Horror”

“Spoiler alert: if you don’t know these classic films, go to your parents house and slap the shit out of your own mother.”

I absolutely adore Trixie and Katya. I absolutely adore horror movies. So hello, two great tastes! And ZOMG Katya’s fangs are awesome!

T&K looks at several horror movies, giving their own opinions on each. And it’s fantastic. Because don’t we all stan Anjelica Huston and Bruce Campbell? Yes we do.

Netflix, please never stop the “I Like to Watch” series… And maybe make another horror-centric episode?

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31 in 31 – “Flesh and Blood: the Hammer Heritage of Horror”

“Charming. So unlike the home life of our Dear Queen.”

Story: The life and times of Hammer Studios, the famous British “fear factory”.

Scares: Only if you’re easily spooked by the sound of Lee’s voice. Not that I’d blame you.

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31 in 31 – “Horror and Hamsters”

“Why’d you take us to the basement?… I mean, the back door was RIGHT THERE!”

Story: Victoria wants to make a horror anthology! Her brother Ray wants hamsters to be in it. Mom says they have to work together…and roll film!

Scares: Not really, though the FX in a few of the horror vignettes are not too shabby and may freak out n00bs.

Splat factor: A bit of obviously fake blood and assorted parts (human, not hamster) sometimes make the scene.

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31 in 31 – “Threads”

“Everybody alright?”
*sobbing*

Story: Ruth and Ritchie are getting married! Mazel! (Okay so Ruth’s preggers, but the very young couple would have gotten around to marriage soon enough.) Then things start getting weird in the world, with talks of nuclear war. Soon, bombs are dropping, and things are more than weird, they’re straight up horrifying. Will Ruth and her unborn baby survive? Will anyone?

Scares: After the bombs, the whole film is a nightmare.

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31 in 31 – Shiner Oktoberfest

Yeah, so I stole another review from Green Man…but it’s Oktoberfest season y’all, and this is a brand new one, circa yesterday. With some of these movies I’ve been watching? Booze is a requirement, not an option. (Unless you don’t imbibe. Then get yourself silly on the sugar of your choice.)

It’s Fall!  And yes, that means Decorative Gourd Season, but it also means all things Fall-y, including Oktoberfests and Halloweenie. Even Texas brewery Shiner has gotten in on the action, delivering an easy to quaff Marzen (a German beer style bottled in the Spring and left to age nicely ‘til cooler temps return). And I think I’ve found my favorite of this style right here in this can. Not a great shock, as I’m a fan of all things Shiner, especially their absolutely yummy Black. Continue reading

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31 in 31 + Wayback Review: “Evil Dead” (2013)!

Okay, so I picked this up on Vudu because 1) it’s on sale right now, and 2) I didn’t think I’d written a review for this remake. But I did! So I’m absolutely stealing my seven-year-old post, and not even editing it! I’m a rebel. I’ll do my usual “31” bits, but hit the full review after the jump!

“I had to do it.”

Story: Five friends get together in a cabin in the woods because addict Mina wants to finally kick the habit. Um, don’t go in the basement. Haven’t y’all seen the original movie?

Scares: Lots of chills, even for hard-core fans who have the original memorized.

Splat factor: YES. Just…yes.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nup. You’ll have been through enough by then.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Based on Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror masterpiece. Serves as a reboot/re-imagining for the series.

Score: 4. 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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31 in 31 – “The Haunting of Bly Manor”

“It’s a love story.”

Story: Early twenty-something Dani leaves America for England in the mid-80s. She gets hired as a nanny to two young children in the gorgeous but kinda spooky Bly Manor, and soon makes friends with the few other folks working at the home. But there’s more than living things at Bly Manor. Many, many more things. Hey, who’s muddy footprints are these?

Scares: Gothic house spookiness, and some jumps.

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31 in 31 – WatchMojo’s “Top 10 Things Horror Movies Ruined For You”

Truth in video list form. WatchMojo breaks down all the things we don’t do because horror movies scared it out of us.

Me? I don’t go into the ocean any deeper than my knees anymore, and hell if I’ll stick my hand into a dark crevice I can’t see into. Because tiny monsters y’all. Tiny. Monsters.

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31 in 31 – “The Faculty”

(Oopsie. Thought I’d put this up on the 1oth, but apparently I just wrote it on the 10th. My early morning bad. But here, have it now!)

“Looks like you picked the right week to quit football.”

Story: Herrington High is your typical Midwest high school. Football is #1, the school budget is crap…and the teachers are out of this world. Like, literal aliens, now that their human counterparts have been replaced. I’m guessing pop quizzes are really gonna start to suck.

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