Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sneak Peek And Early Entries ~ Attack Of The 31 Nights Of Halloween Giveaway

It's almost time for our biggest event of the year! The 3rd annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. If you are familiar with this event you know how much fun it is. And if you are new to it you picked a good year to start. The fun starts on the 1st of October and runs until the 31st. There are 24 shops donating goods for a Prize Pack worth over $400.
This year we have added our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt to the October activities as it seemed like a good fit. You can hunt for clues in the participating shops for extra entries in the giveaway. And, like every year, everything revolves around the Halloween Movie Marathon. Follow along with the marathon, play the Guess the Movie Game and earn even more entries.
While we are all about having fun and giving away prizes, this year we are also trying to do a little good. Many of the shops will be fundraising for our Scares That Care by donating a percentage of their October sales to the charity of their choice. So any purchases you make through these shops will help these great causes.
Early Entries
Here is your chance to grab some early entries for the giveaway. Simply add our main giveaway button below to your site (blog sidebar, FB, Tumblr etc.) and link it back to the blog. You can also add any of the extra buttons posted if you like (it is always greatly appreciated). You will receive 5 entries once the giveaway starts. Just follow these rules to qualify.
There is now code for the buttons on the sidebar. Or...
1. Right click on the button and save to your computer.
2. Add button to your site.
4. Leave a comment on this post with the link to where you posted the button.
5. Once the giveaway starts you will be able to take the entry for doing this.
6. You must post the button before the giveaway starts (Oct. 1st, 12:00 midnight EST).  
Main Button - Use this size or size posted above.

Extra Buttons - Use these sizes or those posted above.
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October is just around the corner. See you soon!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sneak Peek At The Fall Fashionista Giveaway and Look Book Giveaway

October is a busy month here on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. In addition to our biggest giveaway, The Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween, you can also look forward to the Fall Fashionista Giveaway. This event includes 100+ bloggers all giving away fashion prizes worth at least $125. That's $26,000+ in prizes from all the blogs. That's a lot of loot! You definitely do not want to miss this one. Giveaway will run October 3-9.

Laughing Vixen Lounge will be giving away a $150 gift certificate to the shop. You can get lots of fabulousness with that. With many Halloween, Fall and Christmas designs you could be ready for all the holidays that are fast approaching. With 300+ designs you'll have no problem finding something that strikes your fancy.

Below you will find a linky list of participating blogs and what they will be giving away. Plus the Lookbook Giveaway where you can enter to win 1 of 3 Ju-Ju-Be Bags! Just a little something to get you excited for the big event. Keep an eye on LVL blog for updates as the giveaway approaches.

Lookbook Giveaway 

 Ju-Ju-Be Lookbook Giveaway Prizes: Packabee, BeFabulous in Earth Leather, BetterBe

Welcome to the Fall Fashionista Events Lookbook and Lookbook Giveaway!

In this Lookbook, you will get a SNEAK PEEK at all the prizes that are being sponsored by all 108 blogs for this year’s Fashionista Event, hosted by Still Blonde after all these Years and Modly Chic. Event is co-hosted by K Squared Glamour.

Ju-Ju-Be Smart Bags for Smart People

Ju-Ju-Be is the Lookbook sponsor for the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway 2013! They have provided three of their darling bags. The winner of each bag will be able to choose their colors. Up for grabs is the PackABe , the BeFabulous in Earth Leather, and the BetterBe

Just a few amazing features of a Ju-Ju-Be Bag

  • Detachable and adjustable messenger strap
  • Messenger strap has a memory foam shoulder pad with a grippy textile underneath … no more straps sliding off your shoulders
  • Gusseted mommy pocket with extra long scrunchy key clip, sunglass case, lipstick loops, and pen loop
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate™ by 3M™. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
  • Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends
  • Crumb Drains™ … bye-bye mess!
  • Memory foam changing pad included … nice ‘n’ comfy, super cushy
  • Teflon® … fabric protector helps repel stains
  • Agion® … natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew
  • Metal Hardware … we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff
  • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there
  • Machine Washable … air dry

Fall Fashionista Lookbook

The Fall Fashionista Lookbook features many of the sponsors for the Main Event and for individual blogs. The Main Event Prizes total $1000. Coupons.com is sponsoring $300 of our Main Event Prize. They want you to know that in addition to their amazing coupons, they also have coupon codes to use when shopping online.

More sponsors will be added everyday, so be sure to check back often. The Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway takes place Oct. 3-9. You won't want to miss it!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Fear Friday ~ Actually, You Should Fear The Reaper

The Lounge is getting ready for our BIG October event, Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween, so we are re running a past Fear Friday that didn't make the cut this year for the Halloween Movie Marathon. But that doesn't mean it's not a great movie. It's creative, fun and a definite thrill ride especially if you haven't seen it before. And if you have it's still worth another watch. Enjoy!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

Night 2 - Final Destination

Taglines - Face Your Deepest Fears... Before They
                Face You
                Death Doesn't Take No For An Answer

Directed by James Wong (The-X Files and Millennium) and released on March 17, 2000 by New Line Cinema (rated R). After boarding a plane for a class trip to France Alex (Devon Sawa) has a vivid premonition that the plane is going to crash. After causing a commotion a handful of the class is taken off the plane and forced to remain behind. They watch as the plane carrying their friends and classmates explodes in mid-air. Now, one by one, death is stalking them as they desperately try to change their fate.

This is a fun movie with lots of creative death scenes. Death is a very crafty soul! Plus, I thought it had a nice amount of suspense if it's your first time watching it. The makers paid great detail to foreshadowing the deaths to come. I watched the commentary on the DVD once and it's amazing how much hidden stuff is there if you know to look for it. There is a link below in the trivia section that has lots more of those kind of things. Beware though, some have spoilers.

And, as a special treat, we get to watch Seann William Scott (a personal favorite of mine) as Hitchcock. Such a fun actor and he's a complete goober in this film.

As many horror films do this one spawned a whole mess of sequels. Personally, I don't find any of the other films much to talk about other than to say they are kinda stinky. The one huge exception is Final Destination 2. While the overall movie is not great the opening scene is the best part of any of the movies. If you have never watched one, these movies all have big slam-bang opening scenes. The opening of number 2 is by far the best and a truly scary bit of movie watching. To not give too much away for those who have not seen it I'll just say "highway pileup". If you haven't seen it go watch at least the beginning. You won't want to drive your car again. Oh, and never ever a motorcycle! Oooh, poor motorcycle boy.

Take a look at the original trailer...

Some trivia about the movie...
1. The story was originally the concept for an abandoned The X Files television script.
2. The woman at the check-in desk at the airport tells Alex that the plane leaves at 9:25, which is the same as his birthday (25th September). When he gets on the plane he sits in seat I (which is the 9th letter of the alphabet) and the seat is in row 25.
3. When the students are boarding the airplane, Alex looks down from the jetway and sees a luggage cart with the number 666 on it.
4. Clear's cabin was also the cabin from Lake Placid.
5. The music played throughout the movie was by John Denver, a musician who died in a plane crash.
6. Alex's chicken spread was actually mushed up banana.
7. Most characters in the film have last names after directors and stars of old black and white horror films. Hitchcock, Browning, Lewton, Schreck, etc.
For more trivia that might give away plot lines but is quite interesting click here

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fear Friday ~ It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Welcome to an extra special Fear Friday. Yes, it's that time of year again. That unlucky day that has been forever linked to one of the greatest Choppy McSlashy movie series of all time. This weeks selection is in honor of today's date.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

Camp Blood Deluxe Charm Bracelet  $32

Fear Friday - Friday The 13th Movie Series

May 9th 1980 a low budget slasher film is released and helps shape the face of the horror genre. The setup is simple, a group of kids out in the woods with one shadowy figure out for revenge. Just the right amount of blood with a creepy atmosphere makes for a fun ride and start one of the most successful franchises in horror history. The people behind Friday The 13th, looking to cash in on the success of  "Halloween", shopped the movie around strictly on the title alone. They had no story yet just a great title. 12 movies later it's still a favorite of many horror fans.


I remember back in the sixth grade my friend Mary and I begging my mom to let us rent it. We wanted the original because Kevin Bacon was in it and Footloose was all the rage at the time. In those days the local video store rarely had more than one copy of a title so we had to settle for chapter 3. Problem was it had been filmed in 3D, as was the craze at the time, but looked a bit silly on a regular TV. Lots of holding things out close to the camera for extended periods of time. Not that Mary or I would have noticed much as we spent most of the time with our heads hidden behind the afghan. And yes, we made my mom watch  it with us. It truly scared me and is why these movies, especially the old ones, still creep me out completely.

Being a teen in the late 80's I remember going to the theater to see many of the later ones. At one point I believe they were going to release one a year until they hit 13. Unfortunately the story was worn thin and the chapters became increasingly silly to the point of unwatchable. I mean really, "Jason Takes Manhattan"? In 1993 "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" was released. It's one of the few times I thought about walking out of a movie. A once scary feel had turned into a laughable parody of itself.

Then, in 2002, came a revamp of the series with "Jason X". OK, so Jason in space sounds absurd but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was something different for the series and Jason was back in fine killing form. Long gone was the truly creepy feeling of the originals, but this was a fun slasher film none the less. Then, in 2003, came "Freddy vs. Jason". This made me sad at first but my nephews where old enough to see horror films and they begged me to take them. It was fun. Just a bit sad to see these two franchises go from scary to completely campy.

In 2009 a new modern "Friday The 13th" was released. Not really a remake since they acknowledged the happenings of the original movie. I like to think of it as the next chapter in the series. Lots of people didn't think much of this one. I went and saw it at a midnight showing and really liked it. It had a creepy atmosphere, classic "stoopid pretty people in the woods" setting and was just fun. One thing I really liked was down in Jason's creepy underground dwelling he had mementos of his killings. There are camp councilor's whistles hanging on the wall. A wheelchair is noticeable in one scene which recalls one councilor in chapter 2. It gave an extra creepy feel to the character.

 Jason Voorhees... Little Boy Drowned

Jason was not even in the first chapter. It was his mother, Mrs. Voorhees, seeking revenge for her son who drowned in Crystal Lake while councilors where not watching him. Jason appears, all grown up, in the second chapter as the killer but does not sport his infamous hockey mask until the end of chapter 3. For the first part of the movie he wears an old gunny sack on this head. Blaaah, ick and yuck! That was way creepier to me and I was happy when he traded it in for the hockey mask. He is killed in chapter 4 by a machete. Chapter 5 leads us to believe Jason's back but ends up not really being him (rip off). He is zapped back to life by a bolt of lightening in chapter 6 and is pretty much invincible after that. Just goes to show you can't keep a good man down!

Stars that appeared in the movie series...
Kevin Bacon (ch 1), Corey Feldman (ch 4), Crispin Glover (ch 4), Tony Goldwyn (ch 6), Steven Williams (ch 9), Erin Gray (ch 9), Jason Ritter (FvsJ) and Jared Padalecki (ch 12).

Don't have time to watch all 12 movies? Here is a fun compilation of kills from the series.

A little trivia...
1. The movie was filmed at Camp Nobebosco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation to date, and they have a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor the fact that the movie was set there.
2. Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "chi chi chi, ha ha ha" in the film's score is actually "ki ki ki, ma ma ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "kill kill kill, mom mom mom" in Mrs. Voorhees' mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Mrs. Voorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants "Get her mommy....kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "Ki" and "Ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
3. While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during the filming, some of the loyal cast and crew members, including Tom Savini, and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies (Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976)) on videotape to keep themselves entertained, so each night they would watch one of these movies. To this day, Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
4. Victor Miller had originally given Jason the name of Josh. After deciding that it sounded too nice, he changed it to Jason after a school bully.
5. Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".
6. The movie was sold to investors strictly on it's name. There had not been a movie called Friday the 13th so they grabbed it, made up a poster and shopped it around. No one knew that they had no idea or script for it.