Monday, February 17, 2020

Podcasts I Love: The Scene Of The Crime

Folks, I've been on a really bad true crime podcast kick, lately. It's bad. 


I used to listen to music. I used to listen to nature. Used to.

I'll be giving my shoutout love to the other true crime podcasts I've been listening to, but I wanted to point this this one out in particular. It's new, as of today about eight episodes have been released (and I binge listened to all in a matter of hours), and the podcast focuses on the Pacific Northwest/Seattle area. 

If you're also a true crime junkie (because, horror), then let me introduce you to: The Scene Of The Crime.

For those new to Horror Habit, I'm located in Seattle and have regularly crossed the same paths/haunts of area serial killers. There's only one that had a mind to kill me though. 

In late 2003/early 2004, I encountered gaddamn human hemorrhoid:  Curtis "Shit Stain" Thompson. He saw me walking down the street and asked if he could give me a ride. I looked at him (easy to do, because he slowed his dumb ass convertible down to a crawl) and all I said was: "Have a nice day."

Folks, this douche canoe lost his ever loving mind. He pulled himself up on the steering wheel and shouted "I'm just trying to be nice!" I started walking faster and not making eye contact. Things were made worse since I was in a business and building remote area. My nearest "safe" area was a bus stop a couple blocks away. 

This green, runny turd in human form followed me for several blocks, screaming at me from his fucking car the whole time. I was sweating, scared, and focused. He kept shouting that he was "...just trying to be nice" and I only responded a few times with "Have A NICE DAY!"

I got to the bus stop, just as traffic was being held up by his slow ass and I could see a bus coming, a few blocks away. I stopped there and stared at him. I got a really, really good look at his face. I have no idea where the power came from to stand still and stare at him - just feet apart - but I'm still glad I did it. I'm glad I will never forget his stupid fucking face.

He peeled off and I ran onto the bus. Months later I saw his face again, on the news - restrained and in court for the horrible rape and murder of a woman in a neighborhood alarmingly close to our meeting - months, if not days, after our encounter. 

I think I stopped breathing when I saw this news broadcast. I may or may not have screamed.

So here I am now, listening to a phenomenally well done podcast about my neighborhoods and local haunts. These stories scare me to no measurable degree, particularly because of my proximity, but the hosts also do a remarkable job of sharing these horror stories in such a way that it could also be your neighborhood.

Digging into dark Pacific Northwest histories, telling these stories with an expertise of an investigative reporter, while also feeling (alarmingly) warm and comforting, this is a podcast for your true crime needs - ESPECIALLY - if you're familiar with the PNW.

Check out The Scene Of The Crime. Tell them Horror Habit sent you, with love. 

PS: Take care out there. Kick assholes in the balls.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Night of the Living Deb (2015)

It's snowing in Seattle.

Folks, when it snows here everything quickly descends into pandemonium. See for yourself - this guy documents the madness pretty well.

I'm avoiding the looting, societal breakdown, and "It's like Mad Max but with Amazon Prime vans" outside and hiding under my blanket, watching films.

I've already watched The Head Hunter (highly recommend), the new Dracula miniseries (going to sit on this one for a bit, it's ... different), revisited the beloved Rocky Horror Picture Show (LOVE IT), and, of course, the adorkable: Night of the Living Deb!

With a few exceptions, I do not like romance comedies - I think I like about maybe three. Every once and a while though, one creeps into my heart.

**I also just watched a Hallmark holiday movie for the first time In My Life last month. I laughed so hard I actually enjoyed myself. Someday I might write a paper on the uncanny similarities between low budget campy horror films and these Hallmark holiday films... ***

When horror, comedy, and romance are mixed though. I'll take it. The more blood and gore the better. I had never heard of this film until last night though. I thought that was a shame so hence the write-up today. 

First: I love this title. It's just .... just so delightful!
Second: I was alarmed by the similarities I see in myself and our dear Deb, here. Right down to the enormous beater of a car. She doesn't trip on a slight incline and plow into a table full of guys - knocking their drinks everywhere/on them though. I will never forget how quickly those fellas jumped back from their chairs as my head and outstretched arms played battering ram with their beverages....

In any case. 

This film is a real chuckler. A sweet, witty, and fun chuckler. I was particularly fond of the fast comebacks and quirky atmosphere. The story revolves around Deb meeting Mr. Dreamy one night at a bar. By the next morning, both hungover, they realize they woke up to a zombie apocalypse. Hilarity ensues. 

Well written, succinct, warm and hilarious (the plowing through zombies in a beater car was ridiculously entertaining. See what I did there? I brought the battering ram visuals right back), I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was also a real treat to watch while my own "zombie apocalypse" was occurring outside. 

Now, some reviews on IMDB would say otherwise, and I'm just going to assume those reviewers are new to movies - especially smart, campy movies.

If "horror" is not your thing but you enjoy as fun-loving creature feature absurdity plays on the screen, then this one is for you. A particularly great choice for cold nights in, surrounded by your best people. 

Pairs with drinks that have dairy in it - alcohol encouraged. Best watched in clothes you just can't seem to get rid of even though they're a few decades old.

I watched this film on Shudder. Use the Find It! Watch It! links on Horror Habit's side bar to locate where else you can find this cheeky gem. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Podcasts I Love: Strange Brau Radio

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

Although I'm a horror movie reviewer, I also do other things, like eating, sleeping, and listening to podcasts.

I have decided to share some of my favorite podcasts because I love them and I also have an alarming amount of people in my life who have said, "I don't know how podcasts work".

I ride the bus everywhere (headphones on), have an office job (headphones on), walk around and avoid people (headphones on), so I listen - a lot. I used to listen to a lot of music but now I'm hooked on podcasts and audio books. Not sure what this means.

So I'm going to kick off my first podcast review with a podcaster who recently interviewed me! I'm specially focusing on this podcast because it's right up Horror Habit's alley and anyone who follows my blog will likely enjoy this podcast. Let me introduce you to: Strange Brau Radio!

If you missed my Twitter and Facebook posts about this interview, you can listen to it here or catch it on YouTube here.

Now, I am very much a paranormal fan (more shout-outs for those podcasts coming up), but what I'm probably less known for is as a fan for all other creatures of the weird. For example, I'm particularly afraid of werewolves.


I've also been living in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years (officially a member?) and so, obviously, aware of Sasquatch. Sasquatch and camping.

While camping in the heart of Sasquatch Cascade Mountains territory years ago, a few friends and I were just settling down after getting tents up and a fire set, when we heard a sound that FROZE ME TO THE GROUND. It was a yell/howl/cry that I'd never heard before. We were next to a mountain cliff so the echo made it more terrifying. After listening to a few of it's cries, I screamed:

"It's fucking Bigfoot!"

I was wild with fear for a while. Beer helped calm things down. Beer and friends saying "You know, it's probably a mountain lion." (For the record, knowing a mountain lion is hunting you/around you is not helpful.). But it was then - I'd always believed in them but never paid much attention - when I put Sasquatch in the nope folder.

Let's welcome again Tobe Johnson, team, and Strange Brau Radio!

If you are a fan of all things weird, supernatural, and especially Sasquatch stories, you need to check out this podcast and you absolutely need to keep an eye out for the Owl Moon Lab! This is both a project and a location in Oregon that is documenting Sasquatch sightings. With an enormous amount of evidence (1,400 hours of audio clips!!!!), a book, and a documentary coming out, Sasquatch fans must not miss Owl Moon Lab and it's work.

For crying out loud, one of the audio clips caught is being used by the Travel Channel for their Expedition Bigfoot show. Check it out here (and feel free to scream out loud after hearing it. I did):

I think the social world of the weird is small - we're a solid collection of delightful, curious, weirdos and I'd like to consider Strange Brau, Owl Moon Lab, and Horror Habit of the same family. This is yet another reason I want to give more shout-outs for similar podcasts - we're a weird, wonderful family and lovers of strange phenomena should be aware of all (the love).

If you're looking for a podcast about mysteries, the paranormal, and curious creatures, be sure to check out Strange Brau Radio and keep up with the work of Owl Moon Lab! In fact, if you want to learn a tremendous amount about Tobe, Owl Moon Lab, and Sasquatch, then you should absolutely check out this November 21st interview from Midnight In The Desert radio broadcast.

...going to be checking this radio show out more too....

Stay strange, friends! And keep an eye out for future Podcasts I Love (they're all going to be weird and paranormal...). Cheers!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! Here's 18 Short Horror Films You Need To See! (2019 edition)

October Challenge Day 31:

Happy Halloween everyone!! Here is 18 brilliant short horror films to spook up your day.

Why 18 you ask? Because this is the 8th month of the old Roman calendar and the 10th month of the current calendar. BRAINS!

So without further ado, below is my pick of some of the best out there. With a review of 18 words or less, and in no particular order, please enjoy Horror Habit's 2019 Short Horror Film Festival.

Pictured: Short film scream queen Lotta Losten (of the shorts Light's Out, Coffer, and Attic Panic) delights again!

Holy F__K: Oh, holy sh_t this one is hilarious!! Stellar and hilarious!

Salt: Best keep those salt shakers handy for this fast and furious bite-sized morsel!

The Fisherman: SCARY SEA MONSTERS ARE SCARY! This one is so, so good!

Smear: All the ladies love going in for their annual pap exam - amiright?!! Ladies?!?!

Homunculus: A bizarre animation/stop animation about rotting food...

There Comes A Knocking: A solid, ghostly chiller! Someday we might even see this be turned into a feature film!

Self-Assembly: Wowza! This one's a devilish delight. Warning - the opening scene is intense.

Mother DiedWell, this one is sure a shocker! Possibly poetic even...

Meow: Well this one is a lot of fun! Perfect for cat lovers. 

Lilith: Made in 48 hours, this moody and spooky film will leave you with chills!

Undress Me: Dear christ almighty! Gruesome, gruesome, gruesome!

Shhh: This one is inspired by Guillermo del Toro's childhood nightmares - and the monster does not disappoint!

Reverse: Evil garages are evil! This one is especially spooktacular. 

Cliché (Short Horror Film): The title says a lot - but the scares are still pretty good!

Deadpan - An Awkward Comedy Horror Short Film: Shout to these kids who put this bizarre concoction together in a couple of hours. Hahaha!

Momo: A disturbing little thriller about love, loss, and madness!

Big Bad Wolves: I too have theorized the story of Little Red Riding hood is a cautionary tale about sexual predators...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

October Challenge Day 30

I sat on this film for a while and didn't think I would get a chance to review it - but here I am on a late night on October 30th and with little chance to get a new movie in this evening - so I thought I would dedicate some time to a film that I hope is never forgotten.

Sequels are hard to really appreciate. Especially when they get to the third round, etc, like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I get it, they often suck. That's why I wanted to give a special shout out to this one.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is my youth! Wearing over-sized cat imaged shirts, sitting on shag carpet in front of a large television that guarded pretty much the entire floor, late night Saturday nights when the parents were asleep - MY JAM!

That was not my experience with this film, however. I saw this one just a few months ago. Now I'm in my 40s and cynical of franchise films, I approached this one with apprehension and low expectations - imagine my surprise when I found this film *dare I say* better than the first? At the very least, a close second!

Bonus: One of the first films where we see Patricia Arquette (Love You So Much Gurl!). Call me.

Overall, this film still follows the children of murderous parents, but these children are not having it. At all. Nor should they. They kick ass, take names and  Nancy is back to help. This is a really fun film and deserves a view for all, and all generations. This is not your parents or grandchildren'ts 3rd film of a franchise.

Pairs with food recommended by your doctor and best watched with a few of your close friends. I watched this film on Shudder. Use the Find It! Watch It! links on Horror Habit's sidebar to locate where else you can find this surprise feature.