Sunday, October 13, 2013

Night 13 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween


Welcome to night 13 of the 3rd annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a $400+ Prize Pack full of frightfully good treats from 24 spooktacular shops! Tonight we have the next movie from the Halloween Movie Marathon. Follow along for an extra 10 entries in the giveaway and play the Guess The Movie game for even more. We also have the next clue in the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Gather clues for daily entries and a surprise at the end of the giveaway. But that's not all! Keep reading to find the next feature on one of our participating shops. Visit us each day during October so you do not miss any of the fun.

Bloody Valentine Small Pendant - Love  $12

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

Scares That Care
In addition to having lots of fun we want to try and do a little good too Many of our shops have chosen a charity to fund raise for. A certain percentage or dollar amount of each sale made through the participating shops, during the giveaway, will be donated to the charity of their choice. You will find each shops details on the main Giveaway Post and on their shop feature.

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt - Night 13
Our scavenger hunt will work like the game Clue this year. Every week you will be looking for clues to a different part of the mystery ~ Settings, Suspects, Rooms, Weapons and Escapes. They will be hidden within an item listing inside one of our participating shops. On each daily post you will be given a hint as to where the main clue is hiding. Once you find the clue go to the main Giveaway Post and find that night's entry on the Rafflecopter widget. You must leave the clue through the Rafflecopter! Do not post the clue anywhere on the blog. If you do it will be deleted and will not count. If you have any questions just ask.

Make sure to keep a list of all the clues as you collect them. On the last day of the giveaway you will be able to submit your guess of how the murder happened. Anyone who actually guesses correctly will win a Surprise Goodie Bag from Laughing Vixen Lounge. These goodie bags are made to suit your taste and usually end up being at least a $50 value! You can start the scavenger hunt game at anytime during the giveaway and go back to find past clues. Clues will stay posted through the entire giveaway.

Night 13
A body is found.
This week you will be collecting clues to the rooms of the crime.

Tonight's clue is hiding in Evaelena.
Need a little help finding the clue? A Vampire has no need for one. They have no reflection.

Featured Shop - Evaelena

Evaelena is run by Eva from Sydney, Australia and is full of fabulous vintage finds. This Vixen just bought some little dishes with painted platypuses circa the '60's. Love them!!! 

Chinese Horoscope Child's Tea Cups  $39

How did you choose your shop name?
"Evaelena is my middle name and also my grandmother's middle name."

Vintage 1950s - 1960s Sunflower Scarf  $23

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"For me, beautiful and quirky vintage home wares and fashion are a direct link to stories of another time and place and this reminds me of my grandmother's things and those stories about her adventures told to me when I was a child."

Mid Century Chinese Table Screen  $53

What inspires the designs/creations you sell?
"I only collect and sell vintage things that I love - and I also love research, so to buy, research and sell things that I love is a real pleasure."

1940s Belgian Glass Bead and Embroidered Purse  $45

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I am an artist and I would like to incorporate my love of vintage with my creativity - but I just haven't found enough time to fully explore it yet! But I will!"

1980s Glass Bead Fringed Shawl  $32

A little peek behind the curtain of Evaelena.

You'll have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Immortally Yours. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Vintage 1940s Ring  $28

Visit Evaelena and use coupon code STARCUSTOMER at checkout for 10% off your order.

Since it's Halloween I asked the shops to share their favorite spooky movie.
"I love Blair Witch! I still cant get over how truly scary it was without a lot happening in the film - very clever and way too real! It gives me shivers when I think about it! I have been spooked by forests ever since!"

Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie Marathon.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and modern spooky movies. For something a little different this year we have decided to do themed weeks. Week 1 ~ Zombies, Week 2 ~ Werewolves and Vampires, Week 3 ~ Stephen King, Week 4 ~ Classic Double Features and Week 5 ~ Lounge Favorites.

On each daily post there will be a review of the next movie in our movie marathon. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the Magic Phrase you will use to unlock the entry on the main Giveaway Post worth 10 entries. You must comment on each movie post to qualify.

Guess The Movie Game
This year we decided not to post the movie list in full so we can play a fun game instead. Each daily post will have a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway. Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

**Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the entry** Rafflecopter runs on Eastern Standard Time. You can only post 1 guess per 24 hour period. So if you miss a day you can not make it up.

Tonight's Clue ~ Why children should not grow crops.

Week 3 ~ Stephen King

Night 13 - Misery

Tagline - Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now, he's writing to stay
              This Christmas there will be... Misery.

Directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me and When Harry Met Sally) and released on November 30, 1990 by Columbia Pictures (Rated R). Novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is severely injured when his car goes off an icy road. He is found and rescued by Annie Wilkes, a nurse and his "number one fan". Seems like a lucky break for Paul. Unfortunately being saved will become his worse nightmare.

This is always a fun watch. It is a good thriller and one of Stephen King's more memorable books. It has suspense and creepiness rolled up with dark humor. There is a very good reason why Kathy Bates won the best actress Oscar for her roll of Annie (the first time ever for a horror film). She is fantastic!!! Her up swings of cheeriness and kookiness followed by plummeting moods of deep depression and psychoticness are so well done. She is really the stand out of the movie along with some uneasy and suspenseful scenes. Definitely worth a watch this season.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie.
1. The main character Paul Sheldon's novels are published by Viking, the same publishing company that published Stephen King's books at that time.
2. A video of When Harry Met Sally... (also directed by Rob Reiner) is visible in the general store.
3. The "guy who went mad in a hotel nearby" is a reference to The Shining, also based on a novel written by Stephen King.
4. Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Paul Sheldon but passed because he wasn't sure he wanted to do another movie based on one of Stephen King's novels after what he had experienced with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining.
5. Anjelica Huston was offered the leading role, and was interested, but was unable to accept it due to her commitment to The Grifters. Bette Midler also turned the role down before it went to Kathy Bates.
6. One of Stephen King's first typewriters had a malfunctioning "N" key, just like the one used by James Caan in the movie.
7. In a recent interview with Melvyn Bragg, William Goldman revealed that few actors wanted the role of Paul Sheldon because Annie Wilks overshadowed him so much as a character. Warren Beatty commented before declining that the hobbling scene made Paul Sheldon "a loser for the rest of the film". Goldman was determined to keep that scene in the film as it was his favorite from the Stephen King novel.
8. Stephen King had originally planned to release the novel under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. While writing it, however, it was discovered that King was Bachman. King subsequently published the novel under his real name, and announced that Bachman had died from "cancer of the pseudonym."
9. Stephen King was quite impressed with Kathy Bates's performance in this film, so much so that he later wrote more roles for her. The title role in his novel Dolores Claiborne was written with Bates in mind. King also wrote the script for The Stand. His original novel featured a (male) character named Ray Flowers. Upon hearing that Bates wanted to be involved in the mini-series, King re-wrote the part as a woman, just so Bates could play the part.
10. In 1991, Kathy Bates became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a horror/thriller for her role as Annie Wilkes. The first performer to win an Oscar for a horror film was Fredric March for his performance as the title character in the 1931 version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The only other winner for acting in a horror film was Ruth Gordon for her performance as Mia Farrow's new neighbor with a hidden agenda in Rosemary's Baby (best supporting actress of 1968).
11. According to the director Rob Reiner, Annie Wilkes' killing spree is loosely based on that of Genene Jones, a nurse who is believed to have killed as many as 50 children who were in her care over a two-year period.
12. After refusing to speak about his motivations for writing Misery for two decades, Stephen King finally came out and stated that it is indeed about his battle with substance abuse. Kathy Bates' character is a representation of his dependency on drugs and what it did to his body - making him feel alone, separated from everything, while hobbling any attempts he made at escape. In his statement he said he didn't come out with it at the time because he wasn't ready and because he was afraid it would detract from the story.
13. The character played by Frances Sternhagen was created entirely for the film and was not in the novel.
14. In the movie, Annie forces Paul to burn his manuscript which is "untitled" (as seen in the closeup). In the novel, Paul titles it "Fast Cars" and is a story reminiscent of 1950s detective dramas and 180 degrees away from the Victorian Era set "Misery" novels that made him famous.
15. Jessica Lange was up for the role of Annie Wilkes.
16. Mary Tyler Moore wanted the role of Annie Wilkes.
17. When Annie demands that Paul burn his manuscript, she lights the paper and we see a close-up of the words on the paper, an article about Cameron Crowe and how he is an amazing scriptwriter. It talks about his movies, but mostly offers praise for Say Anything....


  1. Loved this one!

  2. Misery is such a mean movie... :) I liked the book better though.

  3. Aw man this was my guess but I thought we were still on Werewolves and Vampires :( I couldn't come up with anything

  4. Love this movie! It's such a good one

  5. I cannot believe I missed this one! I grew up near where some of it was filmed and caught my first fish with my dad at silver creek.Great movie!

  6. It's so interesting to learn about actors who might have played the roles, especially when the one who got it really brought the character to life! I wonder how differernt it might have been with another actress...

  7. I love Stephen King movies! I love that this was suspenseful more than scary.

  8. I love Stephen king! The hammer part made me cringe though...

  9. I'm not a fan of this type of horror but it was a well made movie. The ankle bit did make me shudder though.

  10. Loved this movie!!!! What an incredible movie with fantastic actors/actress'. Kathy Bates was amazing in this role!!!

  11. Kathy Bates rocked this role! I can't imagine anyone else playing it.