Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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The Conjuring Blu-ray Giveaway!



While the winners for the Pacific Rim giveaway are still being decided, you now have a chance to win another awesome prize! Enter  to win a Blu-ray of The Conjuring--just in time for Halloween!

To enter:
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Please enter your response in the comments below with your full name and email. Contest ends 10/30/13. Winners will be notified Friday, November 1.

Each household is only eligible to win 1  Blu-ray. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Best Beards in Horror


Watching sports can make one develop certain routines they think will help their team make the big win. The fans aren't the only ones with superstitions during important games; the athletes have their specific ways of doing things to keep order too. The Boston Red Sox are currently in the MLB's ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, and in case you haven't noticed--the teammates all have playoff beards. In honor of the Sox and their totally sexy facial hair, I've decided to take a look back at some of my favorite beards in horror.    

10.) Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Aside from the awesome dinosaurs and the irresistible duo Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, the other beautiful thing in Jurassic Park was Richard Attenborough's beard. The facial hair only added to his character John Hammond's scientist-look and gave off the sweet, old grandpa vibe.


9.) Donald Pleasence: Prince of Darkness

Many horror fans fell in love with Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis in Halloween, but he was even more alluring with a a full beard as a man of the cloth in Prince of Darkness. Once again he captures the audience as the individual looking to do right and stop evil.

8.) Dexter Morgan: Dexter

 The Dexter series finale was disappointing in many ways, but one thing that made it better to watch for me was Dexter Morgan's lumber-jack beard. For some reason when a serial killer decides to fake his own death and live alone, it means growing out a creepy/awkward and unappealing ginger beard.

7.) Hershel: The Walking Dead

I thought that I was in love with Hershel's ponytail but when I thought about it and examined everyone's favorite one-legged old farmer more closely, I realized I was attracted to his beard. His disheveled and dirty new look made him stand out as a bad ass in the apocalypse and like a true one-time alcoholic.

6.) Kris Kristofferson: Blade

 One look into Kris Kristofferson's dreamy eyes and it's hard not get lost. Then take a look at his long, flowy hair and pure, white beard, and it's like you're in winter wonderland with Santa. The beard definitely made me more sympathetic and concerned for Blade's mentor, and I felt like I was watching the grandfather that I always wanted do his thing.

5.) AJ Bowen: A Horrible Way to Die

 AJ Bowen has rocked some awesome facial hair in a few movies but the beard I enjoyed the most is the one he sports in A Horrible Way to Die. Bowen plays a serial killer, and the beard definitely helps give off a killer vibe; however, I couldn't help but find him charming as the burly man trying to find his way back to his lady love.

4.) Richard Dreyfuss: Jaws

Richard Dreyfuss' character Hooper made marine biologists cool in Jaws. His witty remarks and intelligence were only accentuated with the help of his full beard and shaggy head of hair.

3.) James Brolin: The Amityville Horror 

It's easy to see why Kathy Lutz married George and uprooted her kids to a haunted house in Long Island. She was clearly hypnotized by his beard--and so were the spirits of the murdered family in their Amityville home. Brolin's beard made him look more like a tough, fatherly-figure and made whatever came out of his mouth sound serious.

2.) Bill Moseley: The Devil's Rejects

Not only did Bill Moseley's character Otis in The Devil's Rejects have the best lines, but he had the best overall look. His scraggly beard and ratty long hair made him fit the bill of psychotic redneck serial killer perfectly, and made him way more menacing to look at.

1.) Kurt Russell: The Thing

My favorite thing about John Carpenter's The Thing is Kurt Russell and his AMAZING hair. His perfectly feathered mane and neat full beard remained  intact while he tested his pals and handled flamethrowers in the midst of an alien takeover. Russell's beard SCREAMED action hero in the 1982 horror classic and set the bar for what facial hair should be.

Those are my favorite beards in horror. What are yours?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Pacific Rim Giveaway!






Want to win a Blu-Ray copy of Pacific Rim? It's easy! Just play the Superfan Quiz and comment your answers below! Please also provide your contact info such as Twitter handle, full name, and/or email so that I can contact you if you win!

 That's not all: make sure you "like" Mandy's Morgue of Horror on Facebook and follow me on Twitter: @LivnDeadgrl87!

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Pacific Rim Blu-Ray. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Contest ends Monday, October 21. The winner will be announced Friday, October 25! Good luck!

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Top HOLY SHIT Moments in The Walking Dead


It's finally here! Today is the anticipated season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead! In honor of the big day I've decided to take a look back at the series and count down the most shocking moments over the past three years. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!








Daryl Kills Merle: Season 3


This moment was heartbreaking because audiences had to see Daryl physically break down at the sight of his brother, who had recently turned into a zombie. The duo had just been reunited and although they struggled with differences on their views in the apocalypse, Daryl wasn't ready to give up hope that his brother could change. In the end, Merle did redeem himself by bringing zombies to attack the Governor's men; however, it ended in his death. When Daryl finds his brother in zombie form he must put him down for good in a hard-to-watch scene where he mourns the loss of his only family while simultaneously stabbing Merle in the head.

Lori Dies: Season 3


Lori's character had been questionable throughout the series, and she was often hated among fans for being a total whore who liked to stir up trouble between her husband Rick and his best friend Shane. In season 3, audiences witnessed a change in Lori, who was 9 months pregnant, as she realized the consequences of her actions and tried her hardest to win back the support from her husband and son, Carl. When their home base is attacked by zombies, Lori, Maggie, and Carl are separated from the group and find themselves hiding in a room inside of the prison. Just at the perfect time, Lori's baby decides that it's time to come out, forcing the group to think quick on how to handle the situation. Lori must be cut open to save her baby's life, and she knows it means ending her own. Before the selfless act, she gives her words of wisdom to Carl in a tear-inducing speech that made viewers forget about all of the annoying things she did in the previous 2 seasons.

Shit Happens: Season 3


In season 3 we see a completely changed man in Rick, who had to kill his best friend at the end of the season. The events of the previous 2 seasons--especially the drama with his wife--made Rick realize that he needs to be a different way to keep order in the group. When their group is threatened by a clan of prisoners, Rick reacts in a ruthless and TOTALLY BADASS way, showing viewers his new mentality. When one of the prisoners attempts to kill Rick and fails, he brushes his actions off with the comment, "Shit Happens." An obviously angry and fed up Rick remains calm and just when we think he's going to let the action slide, he responds, "Shit Happens," followed with a machete to the guy's head. I was in awe and this scene made me fall completely in love with the new Rick!

Rick Kills Shane: Season 2


Viewers knew that the moment where Rick and Shane confront each other over Lori was coming, some just may not have expected it to go the way that it did. Shane's obsession with Lori and Carl made him snap and trick the group into thinking that the prisoner they were holding had tried to kill him and escape into the woods. When Shane suggests that the group split up and look for him, he takes Rick far enough away from everyone else so that he can fulfill his plans of killing his best friend. Surprisingly to Shane, Rick sensed what he was trying to do and was prepared to kill him, and succeeded in doing so. The scene was hard to watch because fans of the series saw the pain in Rick's eyes as his friendship with Shane flashed through his mind while having to take his life. He was crushed that things had come to that point and it only worsened when his friend turned into a zombie.

Dale Dies: Season 2


Dale was the voice of reason in the group, and although he could be pretty damn annoying sometimes, he made a lot of sense. He was the group's moral compass and he always made them question themselves whenever they found themselves in a devastating position. When the group had to decide what to do with a young stranger, they all thought it was best to kill him to save their lives. Dale was completely against the action and reminded everyone that they didn't have to be that way and let the new world change them. After the debacle while Dale is sweeping the grounds, he falls victim to a zombie who tears into his gut. The group hears his screams and find that it's too late for the old man, who's insides are practically falling onto the ground before them. The saddened group stand over him and when one of them pulls out a gun, Dale puts it to his head, begging to be put out of his misery. His death represented everything that was their old world, and it showcased the loss of their morality.

The CDC Explosion: Season 1


Just when the group thought that they had found their salvation in the CDC, they realize that they are in a worse situation than they were in outside with the zombies. After being let in by Dr. Jenner of the CDC, the group is ecstatic that they've found a new place to sleep--and that they can actually shower with hot water! Their happiness is cut short when Jenner explains that they are locked in and that the building will self-destruct after a certain time. Shocked by the revelation, the group comes together to figure a way out, while others in the group decide to stay and end their lives. The members of the group who make it out watch in horror as the building explodes, reminding them that nowhere is safe in the apocalypse.

Rick Shoots Zombie Child: Season 1

When the series opened with Rick Grimes shooting a little zombie girl, audiences knew that The Walking Dead was going to be intense. The moment highlighted the realness of the characters' situations, and it showed how heartbreaking the apocalypse could be. When Rick comes face to face with the zombified child, it's apparent that he's taken aback by the sight. When he is forced to shoot her to save his life, he understands what he will have to do from that moment on in order to make it.

There are tons of crazy moments that have happened in the series, and probably a ton of crazy moments to come. The list above are the moments that stood out for me the most, and actually took my breath away. One of the things that I love so much about The Walking Dead is that no character is safe, and that I am always on edge worrying about who is going to die next. The upcoming season is sure to bring more drama and plenty of HOLY SHIT moments. What have been your favorite?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Help Me Decide My Halloween Costume


I'm obviously obsessed with Halloween and every year I have to dress up...even if I don't have plans to be anywhere! I've narrowed my costume ideas to 3 options: Princess Peach, Daphne from Scooby Doo, and Jasmine from Aladdin. I'm having a little trouble deciding which one to be, so I've decided to ask my readers for help!

Who do YOU think I should dress up as this Halloween? Please comment below!
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Top Witches in Horror


With the season 3 premiere of American Horror Story: Coven just a day a way, it's hard not to think about witches and how far they have come in the world of horror. From the delightful wife and homemaker Samantha on Bewitched, to the vengeful and powerful witches from True Blood season 4, witches have been presented in different ways, and now it seems as though they are more powerful than ever. In honor of tomorrow's season premiere, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite witches in horror.


The Lords of Salem: The lords of Salem



Rob Zombie's latest film The Lords of Salem showcased a more realistic look at witches. His coven wasn't a group of sexpots; they were average-looking, ruthless, and evil. His witches weren't preoccupied with their love lives and they certainly didn't care about how pretty they looked. They were determined to wreak havoc on the people who wronged them, and they sought vengeance in a way that would make the devil proud.

Hocus Pocus: The Sanderson Sisters



The Sanderson sisters may have looked goofy and seemed harmless, but they once terrorized the town of Salem and its children. For the three witches, beauty is pain--just not their pain. In order to stay young and alive they had to take the lives of young children, and with their hypnotizing voices and book of spells they made it look easy.

The Witches: The Witches


The 1990 film was based off of the bestselling author Roald Dahl's children's book of the same name, and for any of you unfamiliar with Dahl's writing--it's pretty damn creepy. The females in The Witches weren't pretty; they had sharp claws, no hair, and their spit was blue! The witches were more like demons and their life's intent was to eat children. In the film one boy discovers their secret and is turned into a mouse, forcing him to figure out a way to stop the demon-women before it's too late and he's stuck in mouse-form forever!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow


When television audiences first met Willow she was the awkward, nerdy side-kick to Buffy. She often provided her friend insight on a situation and was able to research things for the team. Over the years Willow's interest in magic grew stronger--and so did her power.As the series progressed, Willow became a bonafide badass who struggled to control her power. Her desire for power became so strong that it almost consumed her, but in the end Willow learned how to harness her power for good.

The Witches of Eastwick: Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie


These witches were unlike the other witches previously mentioned: they were beautiful, they lived normal lives, and they used their witchcraft for love. The witches of Eastwick were a coven of three best friends who were unlucky in love. When a mysterious stranger comes into town, he seduces them and brings out their wild sides, making them realize their abilities. At first the women are excited about their powers; however, when lives are taken, they decide to stop. They soon learn that stopping isn't so easy and they work together and use their powers again...but they use them for good.

The Wizard of Oz: The Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West


The land of Oz is filled with many different witches, most notably The Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West. The Good Witch, Glinda, is just that: she's beautiful, kind, and she truly cares about the well-being of the people of Oz. She's not to be feared, but The Wicked Witch of the West is evil and selfish, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Plus, she's got flying monkeys! The witches were a perfect example of good versus evil, and each represented the choices that individuals must face in their daily lives.


The Blair Witch Project: The Blair Witch



If there was a town legend about a witch who would take children into the woods and kill them, I would probably stay out of the damn woods. However, in The Blair Witch Project a group of filmmakers are too tempted to unravel the mystery behind the town legend and they soon find themselves face to face with evil. The Blair Witch was menacing and terrifying, mostly because she taunted her victims and played with them without ever showing her face. Her attacks were drawn out because she wanted to make sure to weaken your physical and emotional state for the final moment before her full on attack, ensuring that you would be vulnerable enough for her to overpower you. Just remember: if you ever find a pile of branches strewn up together like a little doll--RUN!

Halloween III: Season of the Witch


The Halloween franchise took a step away from Michael Myers and his family-killing spree to focus on a macabre group of people practicing witchcraft to achieve their desires. These witches were primarily focused on gaining power and taking over authority on Halloween night. The men in the group of "witches" wanted to resurrect certain elements of Samhain and planned on terrorizing people with snakes and bugs. Oh, and lets not forget--they also wanted to kill children. What is it with witches and children?!

The Craft: Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle


The Craft taught me that if everyone in school says a girl is an evil witch, she's probably an evil witch. Unfortunately, for new girl Sarah she finds this lesson out the hard way when she allows herself to be a part of a group of outcasts that like to hold seances and perform spells. It turns out that Sarah is a little into magic herself and when she puts her powers together with the powers of her new girl friends, they can do amazing things together--like make a bully's hair fall out, make a boy fall obsessively in love with you, and change the color of a traffic light with the blink of an eye. Eventually, things begin spiraling out of control when mega-witch Nancy takes a liking to having so much power and begins abusing it to harm others.

Suspiria: Helena Markos


When American dance student Suzy gets the opportunity to study the art at a prestigious academy in Germany, she jumps at the chance to fulfill her dreams. Little does Suzy know that the school is controlled by a coven of maniacal witches who begin killing off her classmates one by one. Eventually the timid dance student becomes aware of the situation when she discovers the coven of witches performing a ritual to kill her, and she finds herself in a harrowing predicament. The witches in Suspiria are clever and brutal in the ways they dispose of their victims, and they prove that they definitely aren't the homemaker who twitches her nose to get things done.

Witches have appeared in different ways over the years in the genre, and each has their own set of intentions. While some crave power and control, others are looking for love and affection from those they desire most. Whatever their intent, or however beautiful or ugly they may be, the power that witches hold in the palm of their hands is frightening. Who is your favorite witch?

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