Friday, January 19, 2018

Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2018

As you can tell from my top 10 horror films of 2017, this past year was excellent for the genre. I'm confident that 2018 will continue the trend of quality horror films, as there is so much to look forward to! Like past years, I've put together a list of my most anticipated horror movies (that I know about so far), plus others that I'm not so sure about but sincerely hope that they exceed my expectations. Some I've transferred over from last year's list, so I'm definitely hoping those get released this year.

I've tried to arrange the films below chronologically by release date, but keep in mind the release dates listed may change and many others do not have solid release dates yet (and may in fact get pushed back to 2019). I've ordered my list in three sections: one for films with scheduled release dates, another section for horror films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival (since I'm unsure if they will get wider release this year, though I'm hoping they do!), and a final section for horror films that should be released in 2018 but as of this article have no solid release date.

Finally, just a reminder that this is a personal list and in no way comprehensive of all horror films coming in 2018. I'm sure there will be films I am looking forward to which will disappoint me, as well as films I haven't listed below that will surprise me and make my best of 2018 list later this year. If you have other horror films you are looking forward to that aren't mentioned below, leave a comment and let me know what they are!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Enchant Your Sweet with the Fatally Yours Chocolate Box this Valentine's Day 2018

The gore-geous and much sought-after Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box is available now from Vegan Treats for Valentine's Day 2018! This decadent collection of chocolate skulls, coffins, bones, and other scrumptious tidbits is perfect for your favorite ghoul or boil (or yourself!).

If you or your Valentine don't like spookier things but still want a gourmet chocolate box, Vegan Treats also offers a beautiful, more traditional My Vegan Valentine chocolate box bedecked in pink and full of adorable chocolate critters. Details on both of these amazing vegan chocolate boxes can be found below!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 10 Horror Movies of 2017

Entering 2018, I'm still catching up on horror movies that were released in 2017, which is why I'm a little late in posting my favorite horror films from last year. I've seen a lot of horror this past year (though I still haven't watched all the films I wanted to!) and us horror fans were lucky to get a lot of quality horror films released via various platforms, whether it was in theaters, via Netflix or Amazon or other streaming services. Overall, I was pleased with what I saw this year, though I feel only a few films really wowed me, though there were about 20 films I really enjoyed.

I've really struggled putting together this list, as I have 20+ horror favorites from 2017. There was just sooooo much good this year, and I'm still not really satisfied with the order I've ranked the films below. So please, don't pay too much attention to the order the films are placed in below, but appreciate all the top 10 and honorable mentions I've mentioned below. I've also included a section on a few films that personally disappointed me.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Watch Now on Netflix: Haunters - The Art of the Scare (2017)

I know we are all missing Halloween, so I was delighted to find Haunters - The Art of the Scare, which is a documentary about Halloween haunts and haunt owners, streaming on Netflix! It comes at a time when I really needed a Halloween pick-me-up, and this documentary provided exactly that.

Synopsis: Haunters is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween - from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences.

Monday, December 18, 2017

17 Vegan Holiday Finds at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has a variety of vegan holiday goodies that make it easy to get into the festive spirit. Many old favorites have returned (Candy Cane Joe Joe's! Chocolate Peppermint Almond Drink!), and a few new vegan goodies have popped up on shelves.

While I get much more excited for their bounty of autumn vegan items I still love seeing so many winter holiday treats that vegans can enjoy, bring to holiday get-togethers, and share with friends and family!

Below you'll find the vegan holiday food that I saw on shelves at Trader Joe's - remember that most of these are seasonal products that are available for only a limited time, so grab them while you can!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy 13th Day of Creepmas - Spooky Link Roundup

Happy 13th day of Creepmas! I hope you have enjoyed all the posts I've shared since December 1st, it has been a blast injecting some spooky spirit into the horror-days! For the final day, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts from other blogs that got into the creepy Christmas.

Here are my fave posts from fellow bloggers:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

13 Creepy Calendars for 2018

While organizing my time and events usually occurs in a digital format more often than not nowadays, I still LOVE physical calendars and usually like to have several around my house and work spaces. Shopping for next year's calendars is one of my favorite things to do, and I love picking out the spookiest and kookiest calendars for myself!

This year I picked out some calendars that are for those of us that appreciate a darker aesthetic, including haunted ruins, black cats, skulls, night skies, vintage macabre images, retro horror movies, Halloween, and favorite dark artists. My only problem this year will be choosing just two calendars for myself!

Check out 13 creepy calendars below (links go directly to Amazon) and let me know which ones are your favorites!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Macabre Non-Fiction Books for Darklings

I simply adore catching up on reading over the holidays - my family knows I love books, so I usually get a pretty good book haul for Christmas. Then for the next few weeks I usually spend my spare time on the couch curled up with one of the books I received. It's bliss!

This year, there are many new non-fiction releases that I have my eye on and that I've added to my Christmas wish list. The ones I've chosen below explore death culture and customs around the world, gorgeous cemeteries to visit before you die, grisly methods of Victorian surgery and medicine, historical charlatanism involving "cure-alls", and the popularity and downfall of spirit photography.

These nefarious non-fiction books are perfect for yourself or for that special someone who is into macabre history and death-positivity. Check out my non-fiction recommendations below for darklings!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wishing You A Very Gorey Christmas

I am sure you are familiar with the weird, whimsical Victorian- and Edwardian-inspired artwork of Edward Gorey. His illustrations were often mischievously macabre, poking a bit of fun at death and often populated by strange creatures, along with Victorian or Edwardian characters. His illustrations are both simple and complex, often hiding intricate detail in an otherwise common setting like a home or outdoors. Obviously, I love his work and seeing it makes me happy.

Gorey illustrated many Christmas and winter scenes during his long and eclectic life, many of them appearing in magazines, others used in books, greeting cards, and so on. These bring me so much joy this time of year and I wanted to share a few with you on this lazy Sunday; check them out below:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Goth Gifts for the Strange and Unusual

Many darklings (myself included), struggle when telling our families and friends what kind of gifts we would like to receive during the holidays. Now, I know we should be grateful for whatever we receive (even if it is your millionth copy of The Nightmare Before Christmas), but wouldn't it be great if we could nudge our friends and family in the correct creepy direction?

I created this gift guide for goths the past couple years to not only share some fiendish finds I wouldn't mind having for myself but to also to make it easier on those that are shopping for strangelings. This year, I've listed items that are mostly from small independent shops and artists with a few products from larger companies. You will find something for everyone, including art, t-shirts, totes, banners, perfume, wallets, pillows, games, accessories,  hoodies, and more! As always, all items listed below are vegan and cruelty-free to the best of my knowledge.

Check out my Goth Gift Guide for the Strange and Unusual below:
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