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Shop ’til You Drop Dead: Spook Up Your Fridge!

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Blarg Nards Shop on MoreThanHorror.com is my new favorite thing. I love all things spooky, gross, and creepy – and this shop fits all of those bills. The shop is mostly magnets that resemble the above – spooky skulls in various colors. How fun are these?! If I had unlimited funds I would have these cute little guys all over the place. If you’re looking for actively creepy, there are a few options for that too. A perfect example is the doll head at the bottom of this post.

If you have any other home decor shops that you frequent that have creepy spooky things, drop me a note in the comments!

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Review: Shattered World

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Shattered World, set to release October 4, 2014, is the anticipated sequel to Broken World by Kate L. Mary. The novel elaborates more on the dire circumstances of Vivian, our narrator, and the rag-tag group of survivors that she joined up with out of necessity. (At least, that was why she stuck by them at first.) Vivian’s tone is still very conversational, which gives the book the same familiar feeling of being a story told by a friend rather than a novel about a dystopian wasteland filled with zombies. The tone suits the character well (an ex-stripper who was living in Kentucky at the time of the outbreak), and the easy to read language selection lends itself to the page-turning action and romance sequences that Mary frequently transitions between.

If it is possible, I liked Shattered World even more than I liked Broken World. Despite my fondness for terrible movies, I actually adore character development and was excited to learn more about Vivian, Axl, Angus, and the rest of the cast of characters from the first book. I love the opportunities that Mary’s writing style affords the reader to get to know each character. We get to see not only their actions, but their interactions with other characters and with Vivian in particular. Though her vocabulary is not always the most elevated, Vivian is a sharp character and is very observant. Her characterization and portrayal only adds to the presentation of the story as Mary has written it and intended it to be. Honestly, I don’t think the novel would be as fun were it not for the added drama of character dynamics including the romantic components. (Take that, naysayers.) Thanks to Mary’s clever monologues and the quip-laden banter which is exchanged with anyone who crosses Vivian, the book maintains a fun feel and doesn’t dip into the monotonous melancholia that can overwhelm novels about morbid topics such as the zombie apocalypse.

In this second volume of the series, the reader is exposed to more of what has happened. With each new character introduced another piece of the outbreak puzzle and experience is revealed. Readers learn a bit more about what the outbreak looked like for people across the United States as the individuals themselves were vastly different and in incredibly different situations prior to the spread of the infection. We also are exposed to some of the different ways that people handle seemingly impossible scenarios, such as a zombie apocalypse, but also the more mundane but still tragic scenario of losing a loved one. Mary presents these themes well and covers a large amount of territory in terms of character development and back story establishment in a fairly short amount of time through dialogue.

For those who do not like to merge themes within the horror genre there is, as in the last book, a blend of romance and action. Due to the nature of the story, the transition from romance to fighting zombies and back again can happen in a matter of pages. Even Vivian, the narrator, occasionally kicks herself for not keeping her thoughts on survival, something I think even those who dislike romance in their horror can appreciate. Who hasn’t watched a horror flick and thought “Seriously? You want to flirt NOW?”

Overall, I give this book a very positive review. If you enjoyed Broken World you should definitely pick up Shattered World. As with Broken World, Shattered World leaves its readers wanting more. Fortunately, the third book in the series, Mad World, is set for release on January 3, 2015. Shattered World will initially be released on Amazon, but there are plans to release the title via other formats (Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks & Kobo to name a few) so if the book isn’t available in a format you need just yet don’t give up hope!

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Jersey Shore Massacre (2014)

In horror movies, what typically happens with a group of young oversexed kids get together in the middle of no-where to party? They all die horrible deaths at the hand of some deranged killer. And Jersey Shore Massacre is no different on this front. All of the characters perfectly fit the stereotypical slasher movie victim profiles. As expected, there is no shortage of T&A or blood to help carry this overly done plot and ridiculous acting through its 90-minute lifespan.

The movie starts off rather simply. A group of mobsters kill one another, someone else kills them, a big boobed chick watches gagged in terror and then? CUE UNDST UNDST MUSIC. This is how you win me over in the first three minutes. Pay attention movie makers.jersey-shore-massacre-2

But seriously the story of Jersey Shore Massacre revolves around a gaggle of orange skinned girls who are either single or ditch their guido boyfriends and head to jersey shore for a weekend of talking in really annoying pitches, drinking, dancing and whatever the hell young kids do these days.

Well I quickly found out whatever the hell entails cat fights, showing random stangers boobs and haggling with creepy as stoner rental landlords (that just happen to be Ron Jeremy). Nice. Anyways, the gals show up and find out their rental house has been rented to another group of gals and have to find a place to party last minute. Good old Uncle Vito to the rescue. One of the girls uncle’s happens to own a house in Jersey, and also happens to be on house arrest back in New York so? FREE CRASH SPACE! After unpacking and showing each other their “personal toys” they’re ready to get down to business when they run into a local name Edgar who wants them to eat his sausages. But sadly for Edgar their all “veterenarians”.Yeah…So since one local freaked them out what do they do next? Go hiking through the woods at night, in heels, with more creepy as locals. Great idea girls. Luckily they make it out alive and spend the rest of their weekend smoking, beating bitches, drinking and macking on muscular dudes at the beach.

And dying. But yay muscular douchebags on the beach?

There are some gory, short lived, yet glorious death scenes in this flick. Is it bad to admit I kind of enjoyed watching them get picked off one by one? Especially the guys. They more than earned it. Regardless I have to say the best death involved a belt sander,a tattoo removal session and a chainsaw necklace. I’ll just leave it at that. Okay maybe it was the death by dildo scene…BUT I DIGRESS. jersey-shore-massacre-1

So it’s no shock this movie is bad. Like…super bad. But it’s also so bad it’s good. The acting is just bad enough to make it silly. The scripting actually leads to a few laughs and the gore? Practical. And well done and tossed in just enough to make up for all the bad acting but not enough to make it a mindless splatter fest. And let’s not forget what makes Jersey Shore Massacre a good movie. It actually has nothing to do with the plot itself – it’s all the mini awesome backstories. Like the poor dad that is just trying to give his son a great weekend on the beach and is mauled by jelly fish, human feces and everything under the sun. Italian Ice. Or the movie being filmed within the movie itself – Fat Camp Massacre (yes an offending movie can have even more offending movies tucked right within it).

So to all my slasher film fanatics out there? You may want to give this one a try. Especially if you’re in the mood for something a little less serious and a lot of ridiculously bad fun.

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