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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.



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.


What’s Brian Tryin’? The Crispy Sandwich Maker by Apod!



This weekend I tried out a new product that’s been crowdsourcing on IndieGogo. (The link is here.)

It’s called a Crispy Sandwich Maker, made by Apod.

I always love trying out a new gadget, so it was fun to see how this one would play out.  What makes this one a bit different than most sandwich makers is that this only requires just one single slice of bread to make a compact, easy to eat snack that can be sweet or savory. It can be used over a gas stove flame, or, with caution, a campfire, although the design’s arm length better lends itself to a smaller flame like a home kitchen stove.

Because I love a s’more, I decided to do an interpretation of that using  nutella spread and marshmallow spread. My friend John and I were happily making these little sandwiches in the kitchen while I friends taste tested the results along the way.

While the product description says that it requires no oil, we did decide to butter the bread to give a nice brown color to the sandwich, although it could easily be done without it.

The results of the nutella and marshmallow spread crispy sandwiches were consistent and delicious. After about two minutes per side, sandwiches were golden brown and the inside filling was oozy and delicious.

Then it was on to make a savory snack in the form of a crispy ham and cheese with dijon. Again, about two minutes on each side over the flame was just enough to brown the bread and warm up the savory fillings.

This was a fun gadget to play with, and the results were delicious. All in all, everyone gave the results a thumbs up!

To be part of this indiegogo campaign, visit this link!

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign



As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!


Let’s start with the Dining Room!

Move the slider dividing the image to see all of the before or all of the after!

Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!



Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!


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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect



Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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