Rob Sacchetto’s Zombie Portraits Video

and then I ran across this today…

no, I can’t get an uncensored version.  I already asked.

This is the bite that the flea made.

My reaction to nature, told in the style of the old Mother Goose poem, “This is the house that Jack built.

I call it..

This is the bite that the flea made.

This is the bite that the flea made.

This is the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the mosquito
That partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the wasp
That stung the spot
That the mosquito partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the spider
That fanged the welt of the wasp
That stung the spot
That the mosquito partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the snake
That struck the sore
That the spider fanged
That the wasp stung
That the mosquito partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the poison ivy
That brushed the wound
That the snake struck
That the spider fanged
That punctured the spot that the wasp stung
That the mosquito partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

This is the skunk
That sprayed the guy who fell into poison ivy
That got struck by the snake
That was fanged by the spider
That brushed the welt of the wasp
That stung the spot
That the mosquito partook of the bite from the tick
That bit the bite that the flea made.

Fear the Walking Dead S2. E10. Do Not Disturb Summary & Review

Things are ramping up and tension is building!

In Episode 10 of Fear the Walking Dead, Do Not Disturb, we finally get to see what has become of Travis and Chris.  I have some specific ideas as to what is going on with Chris.. watch the video to see if your thoughts of him match up with mine!

and yeah.. I shaved.

Don’t like it.

Gonna grow the beard back.

My face is too fat..

meh.

 

Blair Witch Project review by ZombieMall

The Blair Witch Project – ZombieMall’s Review

First, I want to give you a little back story…

Back in 1994 three film students, Heather, Josh, and Mike, go to the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland (formerly Blair), to do a documentary about a local folklore legend called the Blair Witch.
They head into the woods to film and are never seen or heard from again.

A year later their camera and sound equipment was found, but not the students.

Over the next few years this found footage was edited and pieced together and in 1999 this found footage was put into movie theaters for the world to see.
I remember being in the theater to see it and it freaked me out. The entire theater was full of people and there was no sound at all. Not even anyone crunching popcorn or sipping soda.
I’m talking silence.
Then Heather exits the tent and starts screaming and running through the darkened woods, man, it was eerie. My heart was pounding, this was raw.

Now, let’s go back to 1999 for a moment. AOL (that’s America Online for you younger folks) was the chosen Social Media platform of choice. MySpace didn’t even exist yet. News didn’t spread as fast as it does now, and there was no such thing as Viral Marketing.

Guess what.. The Blair Witch Project CREATED Viral Marketing.

In June of 1998, www.blairwitch.com (please note that this link takes you to the updated version of the site themed for the 2016 release of the Blair Witch movie) was created but it was never advertised.  It was simply made and it sat there. The developers did not want to announce to the world it’s existence simply so that it would
lend more credibility that this is something that actually happened. The website was presented in such a way that it looked like someone had put together a factual history of the Blair Witch legend.

When the film was taken to Sundance, flyers were distributed explaining that the three film makers, Heather, Josh, and Mike were missing.

Word of this spread, but it was in hushed rooms of AOL. Eventually as the release date for The Blair Witch Project grew closer, the media began to run stories. I can even recall two broadcasts in which the news anchors actually had a concerned conversation hoping that one day these people would be found alive.

No one knew what to think about this marketing. Was it real? It was advertised as a factual event that
took place. The news was reporting that it was real footage. There were even some movie theaters that
banned it from being shown because they felt it was exploiting the families of the missing students.

Going into the movie theater thinking that we may very well be looking at the last few living days of these students, well, it was down right creepy. It played into everyone’s imagination.

It was 2 weeks after the film’s release that it came out that it was all a fabrication. The missing students were actors and were very much alive and well.

It was a brilliant marketing move, which made the movie millions ($248million) and it cost right at $25,000 to make!

Not only did The Blair Witch Project create viral marketing but it also brought the ‘found footage’ genre into the spotlight.  It is because of Blair Witch that found footage movies even exist!
17 years later, does The Blair Witch Project still stand up?

I received this DVD and watched it last night. I made sure to watch it at night. That’s when things are the most spooky right?

It’s been.. perhaps.. 9 years since I’ve seen this movie. I had it on VHS at one point (sorry kids, you’ll have to google that one) but yeah, it’s been a while.

Honestly, it was an instant classic back in 1999, and yes, it still holds up today, 17 years later.

It’s not a movie I could watch every week or every month, but it certainly is one that I am glad I now own on DVD.  It will be watched at least once a year around Halloween.

When it was over, yeah, I still walked down the hall with a touch of caution. It’s the idea that there could
be something dark lurking in the woods. Tho, in my case, I don’t go walking in the woods at night because.. skunks.

But seriously, if you think you can handle this movie, watch it at night, then go for a midnight walk in the
woods. I promise you’ll start to hear things. You will feel fear.

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The Special Edition DVD is loaded with special features.

Newly Discovered Footage: there is a scene that was restored and added to the extras, it shows the three students talking in their tent, but it reveals some interesting information.

There is a Director and Producer Commentary, LOTS of cool information learned here.

There are Production Notes that explain what all went on during the making of the movie.

It also includes the original theatrical teaser and trailers, and the best part;

a documentary called Curse of the Blair Witch. This is presented in such a way that it continues the
viral marketing campaign to make you consider that the events really happened. It’s most certainly
worth the watch.

The best part, in my opinion, is that the DVD also contains the Blair Witch website as it originally appeared back in 1998, 1999.

To say that it still stands up after all these years is an understatement. It takes a strong stomach to watch, not because of gore, but because of shaky camera. Those prone to motion sickness may feel some stomach urges.
Back in 1999 there were many people that started horking up all over the place in the theaters due to motion sickness.

The Blair Witch Project is categorized as horror, and rightfully so. True there is nothing overly graphic (there is one scene where we see a small piece of shirt that is holding some bloody pulp, hair, teeth, perhaps a bit of muscle), but the true horror is presented in the not knowing and by the presentation. By giving us this found footage look, it places us, the view INTO to movie, it makes us a part of the ride as opposed to simply being observers watching down. It ends with us not really knowing what happened to the three students. We are aware that something bad went down, but it’s ultimately our imagination that fills in that gap between what we just saw on the screen and what we decide to learn about the Blair Witch herself.

And THAT is what makes this movie continue to stand up. I went through every nook and cranny of the internet trying to learn as much as I could about this Witch just in the possibility that the movie I watched may have been based off of something that actually happened. And wow, did I learn some things. What did I learn?

Tell ya what, go watch the movie and then start your own research. You may be very well surprised at what you find.

Until next time, this is ZombieMall reminding you to.. Stay Scary!

The Strain Season 3 Premiere Review

I’m trying, I’m trying real hard to get back into watching The Strain.  Problem is, I’m bored with it.  I want to enjoy it, but it seems like it’s just spinning it’s wheels.

Season One was all about finding The Master.

Season Two was all about finding The Occido Lumen (a book).

It seems that Season Three is going to be about reading The Occido Lumen.

I dunno.  I mean, I get it that we are only 1 episode into the 3rd season, but it just didn’t grab me.  It almost seems like they have written themselves into a corner but are refusing to allow anything big to happen.  Take Ephraim, for example..  There is a scene in which he stabs a strigoi with a knife and just tosses it into the back seat of his car.  Granted they showed that it was covered in the little wormy things, but c’mon!  In the 1st season they played up the scare factor and how dangerous those wormy things were.  Now all of a sudden they aren’t as bad of a threat?  Or perhaps Eph just doesn’t care?  He’s lost his wife, his “girlfriend”, and his son is missing.  That’s a reason to give up?  He’s now an alcoholic too?

Seems to me that if my son was missing, I would stop at nothing to find him, especially if that’s all I had left!

Fet.. I would have liked to have seen him as the character of Negan in The Walking Dead, but I digress.  In this episode he seems to be the main expert on walking the sewers and finding vampires.  Only the Navy won’t let him go into the sewers to hunt?

Maybe I’m just jaded about it, maybe I’m just having A Bad Day, but I found the episode to be boring.

I even made a video to tell you how much I disliked this episode.

I realize too that I made a mistake in regards to the time slot.  I guess I forgot that it always came on on Sunday evenings.  That’s probably because up until now we didn’t have Fear the Walking Dead competing against it.  And I’m old.  Well, okay, I’m not old, but I’ve got a tired brain.  However, in this instance, zombies win over vampires, so I’m going to record The Strain and watch it later.

 

Fear the Walking Dead S2. E9. Lost Muertos Review

Today we review Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 2, Episode 9 Los Muertos and give it our 2 cents.

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I’m really digging the second half of Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead.  I voice a couple of issue I have with the show, so check this out!

 

What are your thoughts on this season of Fear the Walking Dead?

Whopperrito and the Only Way to Eat It

I can’t bring myself to eat the newest Burger King creation, the Whopperrito.

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I know I will eventually, simply because of the fad of it.  For now, however, I’m letting my friend from Tiki Bar Music, Paul, try it first.  He did tell me that eating it just as it comes isn’t the correct way.  When I further pressed him on exactly how one is supposed to navigate this Tex-Mex-Whopper hybrid, he said this:

I asked for extra ‘creamy queso’. The item you are referring to. I didn’t taste any or see any, so I’m not sure it was on there. Either way, it basically tastes like a Whopper wrapped in a soft tortilla. I had an Arsenal ready. Fire sauce from Taco Bell. Hot mustard from McDonald’s. Sriracha. Tabasco. And sweet and sour sauce. Until this moment, I forgot about sour cream as an option. Although it is now already eaten. Oh, I also had some zesty onion ring sauce from Burger King.

I found the best combination to be Fire Sauce with sriracha. Or, fire sauce with zesty onion ring sauce. Or McDonald’s hot mustard sauce, with zesty onion ring sauce and sriracha. Each of them by themselves, weren’t anything special. Would I get it again? Probably not, but there’s hardly been anything that they’ve made outside of the classic menu, that’s been worthwhile, including the hot dogs because of the cost of them. Nothing special at all…
Putting the queso on and having raw jalapenos, might have done it a little bit of justice. But the problem is that, when all is said and done, it’s a flame broiled burger taste. Nothing like Mexican.

I dunno.  I may have to run out tonight and get one for dinner.  I had actually planned on eating a simple salad with some Italian dressing on it, but now.. Now I might just try this instead…

Probably not.

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ZombieMall and Patreon

Running a website isn’t cheap.  Last count I’ve got 21 of them.  I don’t do something with each and every one on a daily basis (or even monthly for that matter), but they all get love and care from me when I am able.

This brings me to this website and Patreon.

Patreon.com is a bit like Kickstarter, only instead of doing a campaign that runs for 1 month and collecting funds at the end of that month.

I just created a Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/zombiemall ) and it details all of the various rewards you can get for making a pledge.

If you can’t do a pledge, that’s cool too.  I’m still going to continue to run my websites regardless.  Getting a monthly pledge, however, will help me a great deal.

You can view my pledge video here:

I have one final request, please share this with everyone you know.  I really like doing what I do, but getting paid for it would be even sweeter!

Thanks for checking this out and as always…

Stay Scary!

 

Fear the Walking Dead Grotesque S2.E8 – My Thoughts

Honestly, I had totally forgotten that Fear the Walking Dead was returning last night. That’s my fault, really. I’ve been busy with school starting back up, trying to work, and life in general. Not to mention that I’m still wrapped up in it’s original The Walking Dead and wondering who is going out for the baseball team…

See, the thing is, with FtWD.. well, hold on, I’ll get back to that.

This episode, called Grotesque, is the 1st episode of it’s 2nd half of the 2nd season (hence the S2.E8).
It’s all about Nick. I get that it’s a character development episode, but it spends it’s entire 47 minutes following him around as he walks around Mexico.

I don’t have an issue with that, as I get that the show is trying to establish exactly how bleak the world has become. What I do have issue with, however, is that we already know how bleak the world is. We know how brutal the world is going to be. We know what lengths one has to go to in order to survive.

Now that that’s #established, let’s go back to..

See, the thing is, with FtWD.. While I see what they are trying to do with this episode, I’m still stuck on the season 6 finale of it’s main show, The Walking Dead. I think it would have been a wiser move to start up this second half of the second season with something as equally gripping. Yeah, I get that we’ve had 6 full seasons to get attached to our Walking Dead characters, and only 1.5 seasons to get attached to our Fear the Walking Dead characters, but still.

fear-the-walking-dead-episode-208-nick-dillane-6-935[1]I’m torn. I liked the episode, but the parent show is still overpowering my judgement. It’s difficult for me to see this spin-off as it’s own entity, I keep looking for how the two shows are going to tie together. Of course, I’m also still watching to see how they can further connect the Walking Dead universe to Breaking Bad universe.

As an episode, Grotesque was actually pretty good. I know I’ve complained a little here, but that’s my own hang up getting in the way. I actually like this spin-off. This episode really delves into Nick as a character and drives home how he really is made to survive in this new zombie world. While it mostly just shows Nick walking around, we get a couple of hints into his past and his pain. We are shown a little of what makes him who he is.

It’s obvious to me that Nick doesn’t operate well with the living but how he navigates around with the dead; wow. He doesn’t fear the dead, and has a very unique way to navigate them.

What I am most interested in is seeing specifically where Nick is 10 years down the road.

The Strain returns for Season 3

FX’s The Strain returns for Season 3 starting on August 28th!  They have really ramped up their promotions for it and today they released a video trying to get us all to become vampires!

What say you? Will you stay human or will you volunteer yourself to become a strigoi?