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American Horror Story: Cult

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It’s a sunny day here in MA and we’re midway through this awesome summer season.  Learning about new TV series coming out this fall is one of the last things on my mind (it’s been too beautiful outside to even stare at my computer screen for one second, OK?).  This is the season where people are shutting down their screens and heading out for an adventure outdoors.  Popular TV series are on their summer break, which gives people more reasons to be outside.  While everyone has been enjoying this season, my favorite series just dropped some MAJOR clues about the next season.

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American Horror Story, which is my favorite horror TV series of all time, dropped a teaser on the internet a few days ago.  The teaser itself features a bunch of dark clowns wielding axes in what appears to be some Gothic cult.  An apprehensive woman stares out from the crowd of clowns, wondering what is happening.  A voice-over narrates during the teaser saying, “Does it seem like no one really understands you? Do some people just make you sick? Are you afraid? We can set you free.”  All the clowns gather in unison, performing their ritual for us to see as the voice-over narrates the event.  The scene ends with the announcement of season seven for American Horror Story.

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            You heard me right, folks – American Horror Story is returning for its seventh season!  This new season, titled American Horror Story: Cult, will be airing this fall.  The first episode will drop on September 5th.

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In addition to the new teaser trailer, Murphy announced that Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will be part of a love story this season.  He dropped a post on Instagram tyesterday featuring a drawing of a man with blue hair (who will be played by Peters!) alongside Sarah’s character with the note, “Ally and Kai in CULT…a love story for the ages”.  Evan and Sarah are both AHS veterans that have been part of the cast since American Horror Story: Murder House.  Each of the cast members played some oddball characters, but you can expect to be seeing a lot more Evan Peters in season seven.  So not only will we be seeing more of Evan Peters this season, but he will be part of an interesting love story with Sarah Paulson’s character.

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Before dropping the teaser trailer, Ryan Murphy already dropped a few breadcrumbs for us to follow.  A few weeks before the trailer, Murphy released an Instagram post of a magazine featuring Twisty the Clown on the cover (you know, THAT Twisty the Clown from AHS: Freakshow that made Pennywise look like child’s play!).  It looks like Twisty’s dastardly deeds won’t be over yet because it looks like we delving into his story again this year.  Twisty is just one of the few characters that we will be exploring this year.

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This was fantastic news to hear!  Lately I’ve been trying to keep up with the new shows premiering on Netflix and it was exciting to hear about the next season of American Horror Story.  I really enjoy most of Evan Peter’s character on the series, so I’m pumped to hear that we will be seeing more of him this year.  The new season itself looks really interesting and I’m curious what this whole cult theme will look like.

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American Horror Story has had its shares of intriguing themes and the cult idea will be interesting to check out.  There’s been lots of craziness since the election last year so we’ll have to wait a little more than a month to see what horror story Ryan Murphy has in stores for us.

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Last year we dived into the story of Roanoke and now we’re entering the cult this year.  Stay tuned on September 5th for the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult!

Caption This!

Greetings, fellow readers!  Figured I’d try a new line of posts during my busy work week.  Today is the first of what I call ‘Caption This!’, a series of post where I showcase my caption idea based on the picture.  Here’s the first caption:

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Caption: Looks like the Trump family is auditioning for season 7 of American Horror Story!

AHS Teases New Elephant Monster!

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It’s now been six months since American Horror Story: Roanoke ended and I really haven’t been doing much research on the newest season.  What I do know is that it will follow a new storyline, have new crazy enemies, and a twisted monster that will hack and slash some of the characters.  There’s always a new monster creeping around the corner every season and some of them will take our fears to a whole new level.  First there was Bastien the Minotaur on American Horror Story: Coven, then the Piggy Man graced us with his grotesque appearance on American Horror Story: Roanoke, and our new season will introduce…an elephant!

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On May 5th, Ryan Murphy teased us with a new tweet of an elephant monster for next season.  This elephant looks creepy AF, with black hollowed-out eyes and a red, twisted grin.  None of its body has been drawn, but the face itself will induce nightmares for months to come.  To put it bluntly, this new elephant monster already looks creepy…as…FUCK.

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Who is this new elephant monster?  What is the backstory behind this disturbing drawing?  Does it have any ties to the previous monsters within the American Horror Story universe?  What’s the reason for that twisted grin?

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While I don’t have any answers yet, there’s already a clue found within the drawing.  Recognize that twisted grin?  You should, because it’s the EXACT same mask Twisty the Clown wore on American Horror Story: Freak Show!  AHS fanatics will remember Twisty the Clown, the disturbing clown killer on season 4 that made Pennywise look like child’s play.  Twisty the Clown, played by John Carroll Lynch, was the monster who kidnapped or murdered his victims.  What’s even more frightening was the tale behind his mask that he wears as his costume.

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If the elephant’s grin bears a striking resemblance to Twisty, then the clue could be tied to season 4 in some way!  Whether it ties directly to Twisty the Clown or not, there’s a hint that we could be revisiting the Freak Show storyline during season 7.  No other clue has been dropped, yet we have an interesting idea for what the monster will be next season.

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Before dropping the twisted clown drawing, Ryan Murphy revealed that season 7 will revolve around the 2016 elections.  Rather than the storyline being directly about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, it will play as an allegory of the fears many people felt after the election results.  The elephant is the symbolic animal for the republican party; with that being said, the elephant monster will definitely fit well with the disturbing allegory for next season.  Who knows what kind of shocking outfit the elephant monster will wear during season 7.  The elephant monster could serve as an assistant to one of the characters (like The Addiction Demon was to Sally McKenna).

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This was so cool to find!  I honestly haven’t been reading much news about the upcoming season of American Horror Story these days.  Discovering this awesome tweet while on the train home from Boston really got me pumped about the new season.  The elephant drawing itself looked SO creepy and I’ll enjoy watching it do its dirty work!  It drives me insane how long I have to wait until I figure out what dastardly theme Ryan Murphy has planned for us.  There’s really not much on TV (except for Bong Appétit and Weediquette) and American Horror Story is really the only story I look forward to.

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There is no other major news about the new season of American Horror Story, but more news will be dropping in the future.  Ryan Murphy showed us the most disturbing animal creatures (Bastien the Mintoaur and the Piggy Man!) and now he’ll be scaring us shitless with an elephant monster.  Looks like people won’t be heading to the zoo anytime soon next year!

Santa Clarita Diet – A Horrific Suburban-Style Comedy!

It’s the middle of February and winter has brought us some cold days here in Massachusetts.  Yesterday we got quite a blizzard and hundreds of schools/offices closed down for the day.  Lucky for me, I didn’t have any obligations to attend to during the blizzard.  This was one of those perfect ‘Netflix and Chill’ kind of snow days to binge-watch your favorite series.

For me, the snow day became the perfect afternoon to finish up Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.  This horror-comedy series starred Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married couple Sheila/Joel Hammond who work as real estate agents in Santa Claritas, California.  Their lives take a twisted turn when Sheila transforms into a living zombie that dines on human flesh.  The single-camera comedy series premiered on February 3rd and consists of 10 episodes.

Before diving into this horrific comedy series, I never got into most of these comedies on basic cable that were set in the gated, suburban neighborhoods.  TV series like Suburgatory or The Neighbors had these mundane story-lines with bland characters and their “problems” they faced every day (your neighbor bought a new grill for the block party that’s better than yours…oh god, THE HORROR.  THE HORROR!).  Most of these sunny suburb shows made me want to gag over the shitty plot-lines for some of the episodes.  Showtime’s Weeds was set in the suburban town of Agrestic, but Nancy Botwin’s pot schemes are what kept me glued to the series.

What made Santa Clarita Diet so interesting was Drew Barrymore’s unique problem of transforming into a zombie.  Sheila wasn’t able to eat normal food, so she had to start eating flesh…human flesh, that is!  On the last scene of the first episode, Gary starts hitting on Sheila outside of her house.  To revolt against his demands, she bites off his fingers and starts devouring him raw.  That final scene of Sheila consuming Gary is what kept me hungry for more!  Things get really wacky in the series as Sheila and Joel search for more human flesh around their neighborhood.

Other than the actual show itself, the title screen provides some cool graphics.  The opening features a dinner plate set with all of the eating utensils and napkin.  Everything seems normal until a drop of blood hits the top of the ‘I’, spilling onto the font that reads “DIET” on the dinner plate.  It drops a subtle hint as to what the single-camera comedy series will be all about.

Overall, Santa Clarita Diet was a great comedy to watch on Netflix.  The series had some great cameos pop up every once in a while (including Nathan Fillion, Patton Oswalt, Thomas Lennon, and Andy Richter).  This was one of those suburban comedy series that I actually enjoyed watching because of its edgier content.  It provided the suburban-style atmosphere, but the story itself got much crazier after each episode.

Santa Clarita Diet isn’t just another cookie-cutter, family-friendly comedy series set with some bland suburban-setting storyline.  There was blood, there was gore, and lots of scheming with the neighbors to keep their secret hidden from everyone.  It’s a different kind of suburban story with a horrific twist where Sheila transforms into a zombie.  If you’re looking for a unique comedy series on Netflix on a cold winter day, you should definitely check out Santa Clarita Diet!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Best Christmas TV Specials/Movies

I’ve decided to take a quick break of Christmas gift ideas to discuss some of my favorite Christmas specials (MakeSandcastlesNotWar isn’t all about materialism you know!).  One of the best parts of Christmas are the amazing Christmas specials that air every year.  Frosty, Rudolph, and even Santa swarm into our airwaves during the month of December to remind everyone of the Christmas spirit.  It’s that special time of the month where we take a break from the typical programs and realize what’s truly important in life.

To celebrate the awesome Christmas specials, I created a list of some of my favorite Christmas TV Specials/movies that I enjoy.  Some really touched my heart while others forced me to look away.  It’s the specials that made me happy, cheerful, laugh, cry, shocked, and just heartfelt about the season.  Here are some of the memorable Christmas TV specials/movies that I enjoy each year:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!  You’ve got termites in your smile!  It’s the classic tale of The Grinch trying to steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville.  He managed to take EVERYTHING from the Whos: presents, ornaments, food, decorations, and so much more!  Why that Grinch even took the last can of Who Hash.  The Grinch even took the roast beef…that bastard!  Although in the end, he realizes what Christmas really was all about and returns everything back to the Whos.

A Charlie Brown Christmas:  It’s the Charlie Brown special that will go down in history as one of the best Christmas specials ever.  Charlie Brown doesn’t understand the meaning of Christmas, yet he’s been made as director of the school play.  He truly didn’t get it, until Linus says his famous lines near the end.  His friends gathered around him at the tree and celebrated Christmas with him in the end.  Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Mad Men “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”:  Shut the door and have a seat, because we are going to be discussing the special Mad Men Christmas episode “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”.  The episode opens on December 1964, where Sterling Cooper Draper Price is hosting their Christmas party.  Sterling Cooper Draper Price faces serious financial problems due to their limited client base and their expensive new office space.  Meanwhile, Don Draper’s private life becomes even more complicated (when has Don Draper’s life EVER been simple?).  One of the highlights was seeing Roger Sterling putting on a Santa suit for the party.  It’s business as usual for this Mad Men Christmas episode.

It’s a Wonderful Life:  This classic Christmas film airs every Christmas Eve on NBC.  James Stewart stars at George Bailey, a man who gave up his dreams in order to help others.  He was about to jump off the bridge in Bedford Falls, until he was intervened by his guardian angel Clarence Odbody.  Clarence shows George an alternative life where he was never born.  It was that alternative reality that helped him snap into reality, running into his family’s home.

Frosty the Snowman:  Frosty the Snowman was one of many television specials from Rankin/Bass Productions.  The kids run outside during recess to build a snowman whom they named Frosty.  Professor Hinkle’s rabbit Hocus Pocus heads outside with the hat that the children put on Frosty’s head.  That hat caused Frosty to come to life, starting what would be an incredible adventure for the kids.  It’s the Christmas special that made me wish I could bring Frosty the Snowman myself!

Nip/Tuck “Reefer”:  Before Ryan Murphy scared us shitless with American Horror Story, he shocked us with the series Nip/TuckNip/Tuck had a few Christmas episodes, but they were not so jolly to watch!  The episode deals with Sean McNamara as he spends his Christmas alone drinking to a great extent while his best friend Christian gets surprised with 3-year-old Wilber coming back into his life.  Sean gets asked to be a mall Santa, in which hilarity ensues.  He continues drinking and starts insulting the kids coming up to him.  One of the best highlights is when one of the elves starts blowing him while Christian watches in shock.  You go, Sean as Santa Claus!

Prancer:  Oh my god…this movie got sad quickly!  I remember watching this movie in 5th grade during the Christmas party at Doyon School with my friends.  We were all hyped to be out of school for vacation, so we celebrated with a Christmas party.  Jessica Riggs encounters a live reindeer in the woods that she named Prancer, so she hides him inside the barn to nurse him.  Her father wants the reindeer out of their life, but she couldn’t bear to lose him.  Prancer!

American Horror Story “Unholy Night”:  Nip/Tuck gave us some sullen Christmas-themed episodes and American Horror Story was no different.  The episode “Unholy Night” of American Horror Story: Asylum introduced us to a new nightmare: a killer Santa Claus.  Leigh Emerson was a man who had a psychotic breakdown, causing him to dress up as Santa Claus and start killing people.  He becomes a patient at Briarcliff, only to bite off an orderly’s nose on Christmas.  One of his victims was Sister Mary Eunice, but instead she stabs him in the neck with a letter opener.  It was a very violent/bloody Christmas at Briarcliff.

The Muppet Christmas Carol:  And now we’ve come to the final title of our list: The Muppet Christmas Carol.  Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, and the other Muppets come together to reenact Charles Dickens’ classic tale.  Ebenezer Scrooge does not share the merriment of Christmas, so he is haunted by the three ghosts of Christmas.  Each ghost shows him his past/present/future of everyone celebrating Christmas without him.  It is then that he wakes up from his dream, running down to join everyone on Christmas Day.  Scrooge finally gets the Christmas spirit and realizes what it’s truly all about.