Double Feature – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This is a classic Halloween movie that stars everyone’s favorite constant sufferer, Charlie Brown. This movie was released in 1966 and is animated, lasting 25 minutes. This movie is great for the whole family.

Charlie and his friends plan to go trick or treating, and at each house they go to, everyone gets chocolate bars, bubble gum, and suckers. Charlie Brown gets rocks. But as they are out getting candies, his best friend Linus and his little sister Sally are sitting in a pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

Each year, Linus sits, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive and deliver treats to all the believing good little boys and girls. And each year, Linus gets nothing.

This movie being animated has voice talents, therefore I will not be posting the stars here. But Charlie Brown is one of my Halloween favorites, and I hope it is one of yours as well.

Bob for apples, have some popcorn balls, and all the mini candy bars you can tolerate.

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Movie – Psycho

Well before Freddie Highmore portrayed him, before Vince Vaughn attempted to revive the series, there was Anthony Perkins and probably the role that he is most famous for, Norman Bates.

The movie Psycho, released in 1960 and was an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Hitchcock was infamous for making movies that were not always as they appeared, he was the original. This movie I watched when I was younger, and honestly it bothered me, I was terrified of the house (but now would love to live in it).

When I was 7 years old, we moved into town and my mother managed a motel. I didn’t want to move into it, because to me it reminded me of The Bates Motel. However we moved into it, creepy house not included.

So Bates Motel, we meet the owner, Norman Bates who runs a small motel on the outskirts of a small California town. He’s lived there with his mother, and runs the motel even if they aren’t getting as much business as they used to get.

When Marion Crane checks into the motel, Norman gives her the key to room 1. Unfortunately room 1 is next to the lobby and Norman has a small peep hole into the room. Watching her change, and get into the shower, he feels something and knows it isn’t right.

But unfortunately his mother comes, with her butcher knife, and murders Marion Crane in the shower. That was a classic scene. Norman cleans up after his mother, and disposes of the body and the car. But sadly Marion has police looking for her from Arizona, her boyfriend, and her sister are all investigating Marion’s disappearance.

Psycho stars:

  • Anthony Perkins – Norman Bates
  • Janet Leigh – Marion Crane
  • Vera Miles – Lila Crane
  • John Gavin – Sam Loomis

So put the kiddos to bed, grab a sandwich and soda, watch the movie, take a shower if you dare, and go to bed. You will enjoy this movie, and the suspense that only Alfred Hitchcock can bring.

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Mystery – Hinterkaifeck Murders

This mystery murder is almost 100 years old and still remains unsolved. Hinterkaifeck is the name of the German Farm located approximately 43 miles north of Munich, Germany. The farm was built around 1863, and after the murders the farm was demolished.

How it all began–In 1921, Andreas and Cazilia Gruber resided on the farm, along with their widowed daughter Viktoria, and her two children, Cazilia and Josef. The maid Maria Baumgartner also resided with the family.

In September of 1921, the family maid had quit, and Maria Baumgartner took her place six months later. The original maid left because there were strange sounds in the attic and she thought the house was haunted.

Strange things began days before the murder, Andreas found a newspaper from Munich that he nor his neighbors subscribed to. Andreas had also informed his neighbors that he had found fresh tracks in the snow that led from the forest to a broken door lock in the farm’s machine room.

Hearing footsteps in the attic, Andreas searched, but found nobody. He informed several people of these happenings but refused help and didn’t go to the police.

On the night of March 31, 1922; Andreas, Cazilia, their daughter Viktoria, and granddaughter Cazilia were all lured to the barn, one at a time. They were murdered one by one. The murderer(s) used a mattock belonging to the family and killed them with blows to the head. Afterwards they went into the house and killed Josef as he lay sleeping, and then they killed Maria in her room.

Four days passed. People had come to the farm to do small repairs or sell products. But when the family wasn’t seen at Sunday worship, and young Cazilia was absent from school, people began to worry.

Several neighbors came to the house to see if they could reach anyone. But when they didn’t see anyone about they entered the barn where they found the four bodies. Shortly after they found the other two bodies in the home.

Police from Munich investigated, but their investigation was hampered by the number of people who had interacted with the scene; moved bodies, moved items, even cooked and ate a meal in the kitchen!

The autopsies were performed in the barn, and it was determined that a mattock was most likely the murder weapon, even though it was not found at the scene of the crime. The police questioned anyone who had anything to do with the family, even those who were simply traveling through. Unfortunately there was no clear motive, nor was there anyone who had any knowledge of who would have committed these crimes.

The files were closed in 1955 and the last interrogations were in 1986. There were some suspects, but due to lack of evidence no arrests were made. The suspects included:

  • Karl Gabriel – It was reported that Viktoria was widowed, her husband had died during the first world war. It was rumored that Josef, Viktoria’s son was the product of an incestuous relationship with her father. The war captives after the second world war, who were released from Soviet captivity claim that a German speaking Soviet officer claimed to be the murderer at Hinterkaifeck. Reports claim that it was Karl Gabriel who had wanted to go to Russia.
  • Lorenz Schlittenbauer – Lorenz was a widower in 1918, and believed to have a relationship with Viktoria and was the father of Josef. The reason he became suspected of the crime is that when they found the bodies, Lorenz used a key to enter the house alone. It is known that he had disturbed the bodies on the scene, thus compromising the investigation.

Sadly we will never know why these six people were murdered, nor who had done it. Hopefully they are able to rest in peace.

Stay Curious my Friends!!

Lip Liner

Hello again my beautiful lovelies! We are almost finished with our beauty list, today its onto the lips. And let’s start with lip liner. Lip liner is used to fill in the areas of your lips that are uneven before applying lipstick. It’s also a great tool to use against bleeding lipsticks. I’m looking at you red lipsticks, you know you like to bleed.

Lip liners come in every colors that you can imagine. The lipsticks that are offered have a liner that will coordinate, or at least contrast to the shade. I’m not a fan of the dark liner and light lipstick. I didn’t like it when it was popular in the 90’s and I still don’t like it.

I recommend the liner that matches your lipstick, so if it rubs off during your day and you do not reapply it, you will not have a dark line around your lips that looks odd. But the trend lately is to use the liners to help create the illusion of dimension and depth, bypassing the duck lip look.

I’m not going to sit here tell you to buy the most expensive lip liners, or only a certain brand. Lip liners, are lip liners, I do not see a difference in the formulas from brand to brand. I’m more concerned with matching my lipstick and liner together. So I do not have that recommendation for you. Wet n’ Wild, MAC, Revlon, Milani, Chanel…you choose what you like, what you can afford.

Remember you are beautiful the way you are, and you only need to use make up for you, not anyone else.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Double Feature – Ghostbusters 2

After the great success of the first Ghostbusters, Hollywood came out with a second movie five years later. The same actors reprise their roles, but the story line is completely different.

We first meet Dana Barrett, who is living in a different apartment, has a young child, and is working now in a museum. She is attempting to get back into the orchestra, but is supporting her son with her job at the art museum.

When the baby carriage takes off on it’s own and stops in the middle of the New York street, she knows something odd is happening again. Her first action is to contact Dr. Egon Spengler who had helped her five years before. Due to a bad relationship, Dana didn’t want Peter to be involved.

The movie takes place between Christmas and New Years, and it involves a river of slime running underneath the streets of New York. The curator of the art museum becomes possessed by a creepy portrait, and attempts to sacrifice Dana’s son, to the entity in the portrait. Will the Ghostbusters be able to prevent the end of the world, rescue the baby and be the heros to the girl?

Ghostbusters 2 stars:

  • Bill Murray – Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Dan Aykroyd – Dr. Raymond Stantz
  • Harold Ramis – Dr. Egon Spengler
  • Ernie Hudson – Winston Zeddemore
  • Sigourney Weaver – Dana Barrett
  • Rick Moranis – Louis Tully
  • Annie Potts – Janine Melnick
  • William and Henry Duetschendorf – Baby Oscar

This movie is safe for families to enjoy and its one you will watch, probably right after the first. Have a great family movie night, and enjoy the show.

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Movie – Thir13en Ghosts

Unique things and those who collect them are always interesting, and then when you inherit a unique collection, well you think maybe good things will start to happen for you and your family, but not the case for Arthur Kriticos and his family.

After the loss of his wife, Arthur and his family learn that his uncle, Cyrus, passed away, leaving his estate to Arthur. The family quickly moves into the house, and it’s an unusual one. It appears to be made of glass, but when the family enters, it seems to go into a lockdown mode.

Nobody can get in, but more importantly, nobody can get out. Arthur soon realizes that there are more than just the four of them in the house.

Being informed of what also resides within the house with them, from people who had previously worked for or were fighting against Cyrus. But who will survive in the house, the family or the other entities that lived within?

Thir13en Ghosts stars:

  • Tony Shaloub – Arthur Kriticos
  • Shannon Elizabeth – Kathy Kriticos
  • Embeth Davidtz – Kalina Ortezia
  • Matthew Lillard – Dennis Rafkin
  • Alec Roberts – Robert ‘Bobby’ Kriticos
  • Rah Digga – Maggie Bess
  • F. Murray Abraham – Cyrus Kriticos

This movie is quite thrilling, and it can be a little too harsh for younger viewers, this movie is rated R. So enjoy the show, sit back, relax, and concessions available in the lobby.

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Double Feature – Ghostbusters

In 1984, we were introduced to Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler. I was five years old and saw it in the theater with my parents. At five I was a little startled at the beginning of the movie, but remember it was a movie about ghosts. I may have been scared, but it was my first exposure to the world of the paranormal.

I’ve watched this movie hundreds of times, and I love it every single time. I will watch it even if I just finished watching it. My favorite characters are Peter, Ray, and Louis. So here is what you can enjoy while watching Ghostbusters.

We meet the three doctors who are spectacularly fired from their jobs at the university. They decide to go into business on their own. They plan to become the premier paranormal investigation and elimination company in New York. Their first client, Dana, has a case that is nothing like they had ever experienced before. After beginning the case, their business begins to boom. They are in demand and gaining popularity each day.

Eventually, the government wants to poke their nose into their business. And since they weren’t given the details of their proprietary information, they come to close the business and shut down their ghost containment system. This may have started the end of the world. And it all comes down to the top of Dana’s apartment building, a Sumerian god, dogs, and a marshmallow man. How it all comes together, you will need to watch it for yourself.

Ghostbusters stars:

  • Bill Murray – Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Dan Aykroyd – Dr. Raymond Stantz
  • Harold Ramis – Dr. Egon Spengler
  • Ernie Hudson – Winston Zeddemore
  • Annie Potts – Janine Melnitz
  • Sigourney Weaver – Dana Barrett
  • Rick Moranis – Louis Tully

You will enjoy the humor, the ghosts, and the Marshmallow man. Enjoy the movie!

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Movie – Saw

In 2004, a new horror was released. A new movie serial killer was introduced and his name is Jigsaw. With more twists and turns than a roller coaster, Saw provides: horror, thrills, human desperation, and psychological torture.

NO SPOILERS: Saw revolves around two men, who wake up in a dilapidated bathroom, chained. They have several clues in the bathroom, a dead body with an empty gun, and a micro recorder. Adam and Lawrence work together to try and survive and get out alive. They have until 6pm to get out alive, before they face repercussions.

As the movie progresses, flashbacks from previous victims, the police investigations and the family dynamic of Lawrence. As they attempt to outsmart the killer, the killer has other tricks up his sleeve as well. Not until the very end will you learn the truth about Jigsaw.

Saw stars the following:

  • Cary Elwes – Dr. Lawrence Gordon
  • Leigh Whannell – Adam Faulkner Stanheight
  • Danny Glover – Detective David Tapp
  • Ken Leung – Detective Steve Sing
  • Shawnee Smith – Amanda

For the movie it’s one you don’t want to miss a minute of, so be sure to have your snacks ready, your drink filled, and your bladder empty. Enjoy the show!

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Rocky Hill Castle

Alabama has some awesome options when looking to find a haunted location. Today we visit another reputed haunted location, but sadly the original plantation house is no longer there, and another house has been built. But let’s talk about Rocky Hill Castle in Courtland, AL.

In the mid-1820’s James Edmonds Saunders and his wife arrived in Alabama from Georgia. James was a planter and an attorney. Acquiring over 640 acres, the Saunders’ wanted a grander dwelling that reflected their stature. During the American Civil War the newly reconstructed house served as a hospital. Afterwards the house and property were handed down until it was eventually sold to someone outside the family, who then demolished the house.

It’s reputed that James Saunders grandson, Dudley, and his family had abandoned the house due to ghostly activity. Whether that was true or not is hard to determine. However, the paranormal phenomena includes: knocking and banging of unknown origin, a ghostly lady in blue, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, and the ghosts of tortured slaves.

The photo above appears to have the profile of a man with a collared shirt on the right side of the picture. Could it be one of the ghosts that had resided at the property? Because the house is no longer there, it’s possible some spirits still reside around the land, but most likely the activity has diminished or is now completely gone.

Happy Haunting my Friends!

Double Feature – Practical Magic

Any movie about witches, good, bad, ugly, nice, green, I’m on board to watch. When this movie came out in 1998, I was hooked. Not only is the story line awesome, it stars an amazing cast, and not to mention the house that the Owens women live in.

Practical Magic follows the story of Sally and Gillian Owens. Two orphaned sisters who go to live with their eccentric aunts. They aren’t raised conventionally, but they do learn about their heritage and how to help the townspeople with what ails them. Whether it be cold or heartbreak.

When the sisters grow up, they both take different paths, Gillian is the ultimate party girl, and never settles down for too long. Sally, gets married, has two daughters of her own, and becomes a widow. Starting a new business in her hometown where people think of her as a witch, while trying to be “normal”, Sally relies on her aunts to help her move on after the loss of her husband.

When Gillian needs Sally to help her from an abusive situation, Sally comes to her aid, but they sisters meet trouble, and it follows them home. Along with a law man from Arizona. Will Sally accept her true heritage to help her sister?

Practical Magic stars:

  • Sandra Bullock – Sally
  • Nicole Kidman – Gillian
  • Stockard Channing – Aunt Frances
  • Dianne Wiest – Aunt Jet
  • Aidan Quinn – Gary Hallet
  • Goran Visnjic – Jimmy Angelov

Prepare for some Practical (and impractical) Magic, have some chocolate cake and make some midnight margaritas, and enjoy the show!

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