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MakeSandcastlesNotWar Spookiness Update 10/18


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Things have been spooky around MakeSandcastlesNotWar lately.  Another shocking crossover on American Horror Story: Apocalypse here, another Halloween sequel there.  There was also that intriguing artwork that I found around Salem a.k.a. Witch City.  Lots of horror-themed topics on this Halloween month.  This is the month where both TV series and movies move towards the horror genre.

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And it will continue that way for quite some time.  Next week’s episode of AHS will feature a shocking full-on crossover to season one where Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis will enter the Murder House, the place where it ALL began.  What kind of dark and disturbing history does Michael Langdon have?  Who will make their return in the Murder House?  Will we see other characters returning from Coven?  All of our burning questions will be answered next Wednesday.

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But if you thought that’s the only horror series out this year, you haven’t seen NOTHING yet.  A special horror series was recently released on Netflix that was based on a classic Gothic novel (hint: it was already discussed during the Summer Reading series this year!).  You’ll have to wait until next week to see what unfolds here.  One thing is for certain – it looks like American Horror Story: Apocalypse isn’t the only twisted horror series being discussed here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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Two infamous horrific series discussed in under one week.  Halloween month will continue with even more spookiness than ever.  Surely there isn’t as much PR nightmares going around, but these series will surely be a treat.

Enjoy some more insightful quotes for now, but our Halloween-themed posts will be returning real soon.

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Halloween – 40 Years Later


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October 25th, 1978 – Halloween was released in theaters nationwide.  It was Jamie Lee Curtis’s breakout role in Hollywood that would land her many roles for years to come.  Halloween is the horrific tale about the infamous serial killer Michael Myers.  Myers murdered his 17-year-old sister Judith when he was six years old, only to be sentenced and locked away for 15 years.

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On October 30th, 1978, Michael escaped from the sanitarium and steals Dr. Sam Loomis’s car in the process.  He returns back to his home in Haddonfield where he kills a mechanic for his uniform and steals the white mask, rope, and knives from a local hardware store.

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The next day, he starts stalking his next victim Laurie Strode.  Strode, as well as her friends around high school, become prey to Michael Myers throughout the film.  It’s a classic slasher horror film that would be remembered for decades.

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A few years later, Halloween II was released in 1981.  Halloween II was one of many sequels released for their audiences.  The list of Halloween films include:

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Halloween : The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)

Forty years and nine films later, we are in for a special treat this year.  This year so happens to be the 40th anniversary of the original release of the film.  To celebrate this special occasion, we are presented with a special installment of Halloween.

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That’s right horror fans – an eleventh installment of Halloween is coming this year!  Halloween will be released this Friday (October 19th), starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle as they reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.  Nine years since the last Halloween film was released and the battle still reigns on.

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This intriguing franchise marketing miracle is an ode to one of the greatest horror film series of all time.  Halloween graced us with notable serial killer Michael Myers, who continues to be resurrected in every sequel.  No matter how many times they try to stop him, Myers goes on with his killing spree.  There is no character, no matter what decade or sequel they were in, that is able to withstand the monster that is Michael Myers (except for Laurie Strode!).

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After creeping us out for forty years, it’s only fitting that Michael Myers returns to the theaters.  Who knows how this next battle (or possibly last!) will play out in the next installment of Halloween.  Laurie Strode vs. Michael Myers – it all goes down this Friday on October 19th.

Special MakeSandcastlesNotWar Report


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This week we looked at two crossover scenarios and one controversial gay novel.  American Horror Story: Apocalypse played around with its historic characters from past chapters, Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunite over ten years after Superbad in Netflix’s Maniac, and the newest reader series for the month was Larry Kramer’s Faggots.  Each topic stemming from incredible stories from brilliant authors.  It was one of many eventful weeks here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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As we sway into the midst of October, there will be more shocking stories to tell.  Halloween is coming up soon, so things will get even SPOOKIER as time goes on.  We will hear more stories from the latest episodes of American Horror Story: Apocalypse and even dive into a new Netflix horror series stemming from a novel already featured in the blog (more on that surprise real soon!).  What good is Halloween without some horror series to discuss?

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Halloween month is upon us.  Now’s the time for some more shocking tales from the world of entertainment.

So with that, stay tuned for more spookiness here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Enjoy these quotes for the next couple of days to rest up.

Hill/Stone TV/Movie Criss-Cross


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There’s been a lot of intriguing events happening on television these days.  Monk creator Andy Breckman released The Good Cop on Netflix and American Horror Story: Apocalypse has been full of entertaining surprises.  Another Netflix series, Maniac, also came with its own criss-cross of its own.

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For the record, this isn’t just any ordinary TV criss-cross.  Maniac just happens to come with a special criss-cross like no other.  Ladies and gentlemen – its time to introduce the very first… TV/Movie Criss-Cross.

The TV/Movie Criss-Cross – a criss-cross mixing elements of a TV series and movie together.  Criss-crosses usually come from TV series, but today’s instant stems from both TV and movie.  It’s an unusual event where big screen and silver screen collide under one form of media.

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Here is the first TV/Movie criss-cross – Maniac stars Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim and Emma Stone as Annie Landsberg.  Eleven years ago, Hill and Stone both starred in the movie Superbad.  Jonah Hill starred as Seth, a high school senior who was looking to get with Jules (Emma Stone) at her party.  Hilarious shenanigans ensue as Seth travels with best friends Evan (Michael Cera) and Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to Jules’ party.

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Flash-forward eleven years later andwe have both actors starring in Maniac.  Stone and Hill’s characters make for a terrific love story during the series.  This is the kind of romance that carries on over a decade after Superbad was released.  In a way, Maniac presents their story in a more sophisticated way.

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Their characters found love in Superbad and now that romance story lingers on in Maniac.  This is the unique TV/Movie criss-cross that will live on for years to come.  There is no telling what actors/actresses will appear together in the next TV series or movie.

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And there you have it – the first TV/Movie criss-cross of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Jonah Hill and Emma Stone had great starring roles in both Superbad and Maniac.  There is sure to be other unique criss-crosses where different medias mix with each other.  Silver screens mixing in with big screens and vice-versa.  It surely has been a while since a criss-cross has been mentioned within the blog, so this was a perfect instance to discuss.

Stoner Stereotypes Die Hard


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For decades, cannabis users were looked down upon as ‘stoners’ or ‘potheads’.  Ironically enough, this negative stigma became a golden idea for many 4/20-themed films.  From Up in Smoke to Humboldt County, many of these ‘stoner’ movies gained widespread praises from audiences worldwide.  These films modified the cannabis industry to what it has become today.

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This ‘stoner’ stereotype came as a blessing and a curse.  It was a blessing because it came as a redundant joke throughout many 4/20-themed films and tv series.  The stereotype is a curse upon the cannabis industry itself because it acts as bad PR that is sending audiences fleeing from cannabis.  Like many industries, they always come with good and bad instances.

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But these days, cannabis companies are looking to send that ‘stoner’ stereotype up in smoke.  Cannabis advocates are pushing to dispel the idea that cannabis consumers typically sit around on the couch and play video games for hours on end in their parents’ basement.  They are transforming this cynical future into an optimistic outlook for cannabis users alike.

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Some companies are going as far as suggesting to market products that look not only respectable, but also resemble something similar to a fine scotch or bourbon.  The main take-away for the cannabis products is better sex and better health.  These modern products are designed to look luxurious, but also affordable for the customers.

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Rather than completely shedding themselves of the so-called ‘stoner’ stereotypes, companies should embrace the culture of the field they work in.  Up in Smoke provided every stoner cliché into one miraculous joint.  The idea paid off, ranking in over $44 million in the box office.  Almost forty years later and Up in Smoke is still considered a classic among fans.  Films like Up in Smoke can continue to do well if they mix it up a bit with the ‘stoner’ culture.

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It isn’t just stoner films that were successful in their cannabis image.  Many musicians have been utilizing cannabis with their music for decades.  Some even incorporate other psychedelics into their work as well (ironically enough, I have String Cheese Incident’s Rhythm of the Road: Vol. 1 playing while writing this piece).

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The ‘stoner’ culture comes with a blessing, so we should utilize it to our own advantage.  Even as the world changes right before our eyes, we should hold onto our gifted traditions of the past.  Cannabis is used by everyone, especially those ‘stoners’ and ‘potheads’ that we hear about every day.

At the end of the day, one thing is for certain – stoner stereotypes die hard.