Ah…another 80’s made-for-TV horror movie is being released on Blu-ray! And it’s a good one! I remember seeing Dark Night of the Scarecrow when I was a kid. Even though I haven’t seen it since, it definitely left an impression on me. The plot goes something like this…a little girl from a small rural town gets viciously mauled. The local men are bigots and wrongfully blame the little girl’s mentally challenged friend Bubba. They track him down to a plowed cornfield and find him hiding in a scarecrow. Realizing Bubba is IN the scarecrow, one of the townsmen takes a pitchfork and well…POOR BUBBA! But that’s not the end, for the scarecrow shall have his revenge! If you get a chance definitely check out this little gem of a horror flick.
I don’t know a horror fan who has not heard of Gris Grimly and his wonderfully sinister collection of brilliantly illustrated children’s books such as “Wicked Nursery Rhymes”, “Monster Museum”, “Creature Carnival”, and “Sipping Spiders Through A Straw”. Now Grimly has a new sketchbook for sale called “Atrum Secretum” that contains his darkest most private sketches and scribbles he has collected over the past 13 years. If you aren’t familiar with Grimly’s work, take a tour through his site Mad Creator Productions.
Great video I found by the band Ghoultown. It’s simply called “Mistress of the Dark”. Part of the video was shot at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Wow…Elvira still looks as good as ever!
I gotta tell you… If there was one thing that scared me as a kid it was the Quija Board! We had one and I really have no idea how we got it. I can’t imagine my mom forking over money for a toy like that. Was it even a toy? (Well the one we had was made by Hasbro, so I guess it was). One summer night we had decided to set up my brother’s new tent in our backyard and camp overnight. Our plan that night was simple: goof off, eat candy, tell ghost stories, then use the Quija Board to try to conjure a spirit. We weren’t seriously expecting any ghoulish visitors though…just thought it would be fun to try. Earlier in the night, my brothers and I had built what we called “burglar traps”. A burglar trap was simply a bunch of tin cans strung together with twine. We had placed them strategically in the corners of our backyard in hopes of catching a burglar. (Although I don’t know what we would’ve done if we’d caught one. You don’t plan things out too far in advance when your 10 years old.) After we had eaten the last of our candy, we pulled the Quija Board out and placed it between all of us. We took turns asking the board stupid questions and placed our fingers on the small heart shaped piece of wood called the planchette. Each of us accused the others of purposely moving it around the board. I can’t say for sure if the planchette ever moved on its own, but suddenly we heard the cans from the burglar alarms start to make noise loudly from both corners of our backyard! WE FROZE and just starred at each other with ghost white faces. A second later we were running out of the tent and back into our house, screaming and locking the door behind us.
Now there are very logical explanations for what might have occurred that night. It could have been a cat that got tangled up in our trap setting it off. But it was from both traps at the same time. Maybe two birds…at night? I don’t know, but the next morning we took that Quija Board and buried it deep in the backyard. It’s been over 20 years so I’m sure that board is worm food by now. I’ve never touched a Quija board again. I’m always a little creeped out by them in movies too. From what I remember, the movie “Witchboard” was a scary Horror movie from 1986 about the use of a Quija board. Don’t forget the unhappy creature the Quija board awakened in the movie “Paranormal Activity”. There are rumors that a new Quija Board movie is currently being shopped around the studios in Hollywood. So are you convinced that Quija boards are dangerous and can only bring you harm? What…your still curious to try one? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you! You might be able to find a Hasbro version at Toys R Us, but if not, try this Primitive Folk Art Quija Board I found on Etsy.com. Good luck!