Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Night 16 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 16 of the second annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 12 different shops! Tonight we have our next shop feature and the next movie review off our Halloween Movie List. Follow along for an extra 25 entries in the giveaway. But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through October 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code OTOBER10 at checkout.

Featured Shop - Miss Bohemia/Bohemia's Looking Glass

Miss Bohemia and Bohemia's Looking Glass are run by Jen from the UK. Miss Bohemia is filled with bohemian glamour, darkly romantic pieces, vintage inspirations and fairytales! Bohemia's Looking Glass is filled with literary themed jewelry.

Phantom Of The Opera Necklace  $25.50

How did you choose your shop name?
"Miss Bohemia originated from the word ‘bohemian’. I was drawn to this word as it is a term taken to mean 'free of rules' and unconventional! This seemed perfect for both me and my creations, which are often seen as an eclectic mix of styles which fuses everything from dark fairytales to Victorian and vintage inspired creations."

Halloween Keepsake Box  $12

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"Stemming back from childhood I have always been creative through arts and crafts. A few years ago I was made redundant and took a short break from the regular 9 to 5 and I started making jewellery which I really loved. After becoming a little obsessed with creating new designs and after receiving increasing requests from friends and family I decided to set up a shop online and see where it led to. I now have my own website and a series of Etsy shops too. My designs have now expanded from jewellery to accessories including keepsake boxes and fabric based designs."

Wuthering Heights Heathcliff Necklace $24.74

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"For me, being creative is both my dream, my passion and something that flows from within! I tend to draw inspiration from everywhere and believe that beauty and magic can be captured from almost everything. I like to combine a mix of modern and vintage elements in my work and this probably developed from my love of art, costumes and jewellery from different eras. I also love reading fairytales and thrillers, especially books (and films) that merge the two together. This often influences my designs i.e. Alice In Wonderland Collection (which includes gothic pieces), Phantom of the Opera Jewellery as well as Victorian styled shabby chic and more gothic creations. "

Lolita Skeleton Cameo Locket  $23.50

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"As someone with a great love of books and nostalgia, a dream of mine was to incorporate novels and vintage papers e.g. music sheets into some of my designs. This is now becoming reality as I recently opened a new Etsy shop called Bohemia’s Looking Glass. I recycle the pages from damaged books into jewellery settings and I plan on using the book papers to create paper roses (and other creations) which will be made into jewellery and altered artwork."

"I would also like to add more shabby chic fabric based designs e.g. Victorian styled tattered cuffs and fabric roses etc and have a mix of romantic dreamy fabric designs and gothic Victorian styles too."

Vampire Fangs Blood Drops Bracelet  $20

You'll have a chance to win your choice of Jewelry Sets from Miss Bohemia. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Victorian Necklace and Ring Set

Black Rose Gothic Necklace and Ring Set

Visit Miss Bohemia on the Web and Etsy. Visit Bohemia's Looking Glass on Etsy. Use coupon code HALLOWEEN31 at checkout for 10% off your order. Good at all 3 shops.

Since it's Halloween I had to asked the shops to share their favorite horror films.
"I like watching old black and white scary movies like ‘The Village Of The Damned’ and ‘Children Of The Corn’ as well as more recent slasher movies but 'The Lost Boys' and ‘Fright Night’ (the original) are 2 of my favourites movies to watch on Halloween! It's probably because they both have a mix of fear and comedy! I remember watching these movies as part of a Halloween movie marathon with friends over and eating loads of buttery and caramel flavoured popcorn"

Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

Night 16 - The 'Burbs

Tagline - Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same
              He's a stranger in an even stranger land...

Joe Dante (The Howling and Gremlins) directed this comedy-thriller released on February 17, 1989 by Universal Studios (Rated PG). Suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is setting in for a week long vacation of relaxing at home. That is until strange things start to happen in the house next door. The Klopek family, a very "private" people, have just moved in and they don't take kindly to their nosey neighbors. Ray starts to suspect something is not right when the neighborhood grouch goes missing. Despite his wife Carol's (Carrie Fisher) insistence that he needs to leave the house and take a real vacation, Ray is determined to stay at home and solve the mystery. With the help of Art (Rick Ducommun), the neighbor who helps himself to the contents of every one's fridge, and Rumsfeild (Bruce Dern), the over-excited ex-soldier, Ray will set out to find out just what is really going on next door.

This movie is a blending of comedy and fun spookiness. No, it's not scary but I like other genres of movies set against a spooky background. This one being the haunted house and the creepy family that lives in it.

It's a great example of when comedies were slightly silly but very funny and Tom Hanks was goofy and made you laugh. The scene where he eats the anchovy just makes me laugh so hard I about cry. The sound effects are priceless and just add to the unpleasantness of it. Yes, it's a bygone era that is very much missed. OK, so maybe I don't miss Corey Feldman too much (yep, he's in there too).

Take a look at the original trailer

Some trivia about the movie
1. The back lot at Universal where they filmed "The Burbs" has been used for many TV shows and movies. It was the street for "Leave it to Beaver" and most recently it is Wisteria Lane for "Desperate Housewives". Keep an eye open for the Munster's house. I believe it's the house Corey Feldman's character lives in. I know you can see it at the beginning when the camera pans the street. It's was a light blue at that point in time.
2. When the Peterson's son Dave is eating breakfast you can see a box of "Gremlins" cereal on the counter in the background. Joe Dante directed Gremlins in 1984 and Corey Feldman was also in it. Did they really have a Gremlins cereal? Wow, how did I miss that?
3. When Ray and Art break into Walter's house, a picture of Walter (Gale Gordon) and Lucille Ball is on the table. Ball and Gordon co-starred in the 1948 radio show "My Favorite Husband" and TV's The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy.
4. In the Klopek basement there is a sled with the name Rosebud - a reference to Citizen Kane.
5. The movies that Ray watches while lying down are Race with the Devil, _The Excorcist (1973)_, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
6. This is the only Universal film to include the Universal logo at the end of the film.
7. Prop master Mark Jameson was charged with making fake dog poop when the actors complained that they didn't want to step in the real thing. He made a mixture of canned dog food, bean dip, and other items. It was loaded into caulking tubes and squeezed out where needed.


  1. love this movie! im gonna watch it again and look at the houses-- neat trivia =]


  2. My daughter loves Lost Boys. The 'Burbs is another on my must-watch list

  3. sheila musselman askinsOctober 16, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    love Tom Hanks and this movie...its that whole funny-scary thing that i so dig! so many havent even heard of this movie..and i am like um....you so gotta watch it lol....and on a side note...The Lost Boys is my all time favorite movie :)

  4. LOL...satanic pate. I think I've eaten that. :)
    I don't remember seeing this one but I definitely need to now...Tom Hanks is so dang funny, and it looks like this one was a real romp!
    and ohgoodgoblins! There was a Gremlins cereal:
    In fact there have been lots of movie cereals to brighten our breakfasts:
    Thanks for the great review!

  5. I would enjoy watching this movie again, I havent seen it since it first came out. Tom Hanks is funny in all his comedy movies.

  6. absolutely silly, great fun!!


  7. how has this escaped me??

    Joana-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

  8. I have not watched this one...it's not a horror movie.

  9. I've not seen this yet but it sounds great :) I love comedy-thrillers!

    -Rachael Henzman

  10. I love Tom Hanks and this looks like a great movie. Yet another movie I'll have to add it to my list.


  11. Oh, this is one of my absolute favorite movies! It is so funny, creepy and weird all at the same time! Tom Hanks is a fantastic actor and this whole 'burbs' take on monsters in the neighborhood is great. The characters are creepy and great, Bruce Dern as the military man in the burb, Hanks as the most level headed character and Henry Gibson as Klopek are fantastic! I also like Hans as well. Great characters, goofy, very fun movie. I could watch this any time!

  12. I love Tom Hanks!I saw this movie long time ago...a silly movie, not too scary, but loved it!

  13. I have got to watch this one! Looks too fun.

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  15. This was a fun, campy horror/comedy... Thanks for including it! Not everyone enjoys the gory, slasher genre. Love the trivia you cited, as well!

  16. Just had to go see if our library has a copy and they only have 1 and that is VHS. I may have to find it and rent or buy it!
    I am a big Tom Hanks fan. He gets better with age.

  17. OMG! I forgot about The Burbs----I am watching it this weekend. I live next door to a guy who reminds me of Walter :D