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The 10 Scariest Movies, Shows, or Web Series To Watch This Halloween

Steven Panzarella count’s down his top 10 things to watch on Halloween Night.

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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I am a scary movie buff and am always looking to broaden my horror movie horizons. Here are the 10 films, shows and Web series that I intend to peruse this Halloween.

(I attempted to keep this as spoiler free as possible!)

Now turn the lights off, pour all the candy on the table and get started.

NOTE-I have provided you with scenes/trailers from each item presented below, viewer discretion is advised.

10.CABIN IN THE WOODS- This is a fun pick for me, CABIN is a Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS) pet project, and is the total destruction of the horror genre. It may not be the scariest movie but contains plenty of quality scares and a mind blowing final half hour that will have you second guessing the plot and your leading characters.. Don’t forget by the end of the film, you won’t look at a horror movie the same again.

9. Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments- This is one of my all time favorites. Originally appeared on Bravo in October of 2004 and was re-aired for years following. The countdown gathered enough attention that a Sequel was made a few years later counting down “30 Scarier Movie Moments”. The countdown’s include interviews from critics, actors, directors, comedians, etc and include brief moments from each movie in the countdown. It takes you through new and old movies and counts down some of the greatest scares in movie history. I watched the countdown with my college roomates during a black out in our house at night, we got no farther then #76 . It may not appear on TV but bits and pieces can be found online on Youtube. Check out # 11 on the countdown, Japanese film Audition, one of the crazier movies on the list.( Maybe not for the faint of heart)

8. AMC’s “The Walking Dead”- The Zombie Apocalypse has become one of the most popular horror scenarios in recent memory. People are OBSESSED with it, and the best way to live in your own zombie apocalypse is to enjoy the absolutely outstanding TV show on AMC. The first two season’s are available on Netflix, trust me when i tell you your heart will be pounding through two full seasons of Zombie scares.

7. Freddy and Jason- When you first start getting into Horror movies, the first series of films you watch are most notably NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and FRIDAY THE 13th. You are introduced to two very different villains. Freddy Krueger is a slimy  often sarcastic and cruel man who creeps you out because he kills in one of the most intimate ways, through your dreams.  The type of scares in the Freddy films are both creepy and unrealistic which is why they works so well. As for Jason Voorhees, he never speaks even 1 line of dialogue  he is a cold, calculated, machine and often times gets characters in situations that would make any sexually active teen think twice.

6.  ALIEN 1 and 2-Ridley Scott created quite the world in ALIEN and James Cameron followed that up with a pretty scary sequel. ALIEN is terrifying for what you don’t know about the world your entering and for most of the movie Scott creates a very good Sci-Fi film. Yet as the film progresses it takes a HARD right turn toward pure horror. ALIEN 2 follows that with more of the same, except James Cameron goes for more scares, taking less time to set up his plot and more time in scaring the pants off his viewers. Check out the first ALIEN’s most terrifying scene.

5. THE RING- I was going to make this, any Japanese made film over the past 15 years but because that was wayyyy too broad i decided to single out THE RING. Based on the 1997 Japanese horror film, THE RING  became that horror movie that a friend of yours saw and the next day would say “Saw THE RING last night and i didn’t sleep at all”. THE RING takes a fairly interesting premise of a video you watch and 7 days later you die. Simple right? well the ring takes that premise and turns it into 2 hours of horror. The visual of the girl with the hair in front of her face and the mystery of what exactly is killing these people makes THE RING an enjoyable and successful horror flick.

4. HALLOWEEN-HALLOWEEN director John Carpenter was assigned to make nothing more than a horror film about teenagers getting murdered on Halloween and what he created is one of the single greatest slasher films of all time. Halloween takes a little bit from FRIDAY THE 13TH, but adds it’s own wrinkle. Michael Myers escapes from an insane asylum and unleashes terror on a small town on Halloween night. Myers is practically invincible, dressed in a William Shatner “Star Trek” Mask and armed with brute strength and a knife, Myers creates a terrifying opposition for teenagers everywhere.

3. THE EXORCIST- In my opinion THE EXORCIST is one of the scariest movies of all time. While people disregard the scarier scenes because of the age of the film, THE EXORCIST still shocks and appalls some and if you watch it in the dark in a quite room it will manage to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. A Demon takes over the body of a young girl, and priests attempt to remove the being from her body. The terrifying visiuals of the young girl crab walking down the stairs, or the conversations between the demon and the preists make viewers cringe and make it one of my favorites.

2. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Series- The highest grossing movie of all time thanks to it’s $30,000 budget has turned into one of the most successful horror movie franchises in Hollywood history. A set of found footage films that move the genre in a scary direction, as Katie and Michah find that they are being haunted by a dangerous and angry spirit, there actions only excellerate the activity as the demon continues to haunt them to a bloody ending. The 3 followups have been well crafted sequels/prequels and keep the story fresh as the activity get’s worse and the cheap tricks used in the films make continue to scare the crap out of it’s fans. Scariest if watched in a theater but a pitch black, dead quiet room will do the trick.

1. “Marble Hornets”- Everyone who reads this will say “What is Marble Hornets!?” which is sad but true. A student film, turned YouTube phenomena. A young filmmaker named Alex witnesses a strange man looming around his home and the shoot of his drama “Marble Hornets”. He captures the man on camera and in time strange things start occuring. When Alex disappears, one of his friends finds his footage and begins to notice strange occurrences. Neat, cheap, camera and editing tricks allows the viewer to be detached from their senses for long or short periods of time.  While it is not perfectly acted or written, “Marble Hornets” is the creepiest thing i have ever watched, there is a difference between feeling goosebumps and the feeling you get during most of the videos for Marble Hornets. The Youtube page so far has over 60 videos and growing, the videos as short as under a min and as long as 20 and all have some sort of importance. The perfect thing to watch sitting in a dark room with everyone in front of the TV or in front of the computer.

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home

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Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

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Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!

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Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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Foodies Rejoice! You Can Build Your Breakfast With This New Lego Waffle Maker

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Finally an excuse to play with your food.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but maybe it can be the most fun too? Well there is a new kitchen gadget in the works that would definitely bring creativity to your morning routine. The Building Brick Waffle Maker turns ordinary waffle batter into interlocking building blocks so you can construct your own carb castle. The waffle maker makes 14 bricks at a time so there are plenty of pieces to play with. The company behind the maker also produces construction plates that make for the perfect base for your waffle creation.

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If you’re hankering for a waffle brick you might have to wait just a little bit longer sadly. The maker launched on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $7,500. At the time of writing this, the Kickstarter is up to a whopping $77,000! That’s a lot of legos! According to the site, pledging $50 will get you one waffle maker, $75 will get you one waffle maker and two construction plates, $95 will get you two waffle makers, and $100 will get you one waffle maker and four construction plates – all of which will be delivered in August 2020.

Maybe it’s time to Leggo the Eggo and start making waffle creations at home!

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VIDEO: “Quarantine With Me” Is The Perfect Song For Social Distancing

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“You can put your hand in mine…once you washed it for the recommended 20 seconds time” is just the first line of this comically informative, coronavirus-themed ballad.

They say “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, you may not have known you needed a coronavirus-themed ballad but once you hear it, your quarantine will never be the same.  David Sikabwe, a 22-year-old student at UT Austin, took to Twitter to give a little corona-concert with a charming song he wrote entitled “Quarantine With Me.” The song is oddly beautiful while still chock filled with good information about staying healthy during the global pandemic.

When speaking with Mashable, Sikabwe said the reasoning behind writing the song was sort of random:

“The song was really just a random idea I had. There are a lot of songs written about staying home with someone you care about like ‘Nothing’ by Bruno Mars an ‘Do You Wanna Do Nothing with Me’ by Lawrence. I figured that sentiment had a special significance with the looming specter of this disease.”

Hope this song helps bring some levity to your quarantine. Be sure to share with friends…FROM A SAFE DISTANCE!

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