Horror 365 Movie (ish) 173: I Find Weird Stuff Part II

Every now and then it’s required that I leave the safe, homey confines of Castle Blogferatu and venture forth into the worst circle of Hell itself. Yes, Dear Reader, I occasionally have to go out in *shudder* Public. And worse still, I have to do stuff.

Today is one of those days. Sadly, that means a short post, even if it’s for no other reason than to keep this ill-conceived streak alive. To that end, I decided that every now and again, when circumstances such as these arise, I’d post something to give folks a little insight into Castle Blogferatu’s Benevolent Overlord.

If you’ve ever seen an interview with Guillermo Del Toro at his house, you know he’s got pretty much an entire floor dedicated to horror stuff–figures, posters, collectibles, etc. I’ve attempted to replicate something similar in my own place–all three rooms of it. So while Del Toro has a whole floor of stuff, I have a big bookshelf and a few items scattered here and there around the joint.

And so, meet Lavinia.

I did not name Lavinia. That’s the name she came with. She told me so. Lavinia was found by some misguided friends in some eerie little antique shop in some dark back alley in some remote part of the English countryside. Oddly, when my friends tried to return to the place the next day, they couldn’t find it. I guess they just lose track of things easily or something.

Okay I may have bent the truth a bit. Lavinia is the actually creation of Lorena Haldeman and is possibly the single most terrifying thing I own. For one thing, she looks kinda like the creepy-ass baby masks from Brazil (there’s my movie connection).

I’m kinda looking forward to face-to-face classes startin’ up again. My plan is to bring this cup to class on exam day, face it toward the students, and warn them that “Lavinia’s watching. Aaalllwaaays watching. She will know if you cheat. She never blinks. Not. Ever.”

And check out HaldeCraft to have a look at more of Lorena’s stuff.

Horror 365, Movie(s) 167: Thrift Store Cinema

So now that I’m all officially vaccinationizated, I’ve started creeping back to a few of my semi-regular public activities, a big one of which is hittin’ up the local thrift stores for movies. I’ve amassed a good amount of my 850 DVDs this way, and as I mentioned in The Curse Of Physical Media Part III, I have a working VCR and a growing collection of VHS tapes (some of which are even horror). Here then are today’s culprits. First, the DVDs.

Didn’t have it. Ain’t seen it. Have not heard great things. But for 98ยข some things can’t be helped.


Suprisingly, not only did I not have this, I haven’t even seen it. I should fix that.


I really liked this but somehow never got around to grabbing a copy.


I know. It kinda sucked. But I’m kind of a completionist.


No doubt, Dear Reader, what you’ve really come to see is some good ol’ VHS glory. Here ya go.

I know. I’m probably a cynical, meanspirited asshole, but I just can’t resist something like this. I mean, who knows where the next Winnebago Man might be found?


Retirement Plan B.


Where do I even start? Heston. The Bible. Moses. The NRA. Talk about “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.”


I saved the best for last. Actually, maybe this is Retirement Plan B.