Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Night 15 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 15 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. Visit us each day during October so you do not miss any of the fun.

Magic Potion Compact - Black Cat's Hiss  $15

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.

Laughing Vixen Lounge will be donating $1 from each item sold during October to Support Supernatural to help A Dog's Life Rescue. The amazing gals at Support Supernatural (as in the TV show) have been fundraising for A Dog's Life Rescue since 2009 and have raised over $100,000 to help animals in need.  

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt - Night 15
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 15
A body is found.
This week you will be collecting clues to the rooms of the crime.

Tonight's clue is hiding in A'dor Beauty Supplies.
Need a little help finding the clue? One of the seven deadly.

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 ~ "They're all going to laugh at you!"

Week 3 ~ Stephen King

Night 15 - Pet Sematary

Tagline - Sometimes dead is better.
              A Pet Isn't Just For Life.

Directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary II and The In Crowd) and released on April 21, 1989 by Paramount Pictures (Rated R). When his daughter's cat is hit by a truck Louis (Dale Midkiff), and his neighbor Jud (Fred Gwynne), bury the remains at the Pet Sematary. It is said that the ground there can bring the dead back to life. But when Louis' young son is killed he will find out that sometimes dead is better! 

This is one of the creepier Stephen King movies. Anyone who has lost a loved one can certainly understand the desperate desire to have them back. This sets the stage for truly unsettling story. We all know they should not bury the cat there, but they do. And we definitely know he should not bury his son there but he does it anyways! There is something so wrong about a very little kids running around killing people but that is one of the reasons this is such an effective movie. It is creepy, spooky and a bit scary.

An extra special treat is Fred Gwynne, who played Herman Munster on The Munsters TV show in the 60's, as Jud the neighbor. That Munsters is a favorite of mine and I just love Mr. Gwynne in films. He is wonderful in this movie and all I can say about his character's fate is... "Oh, poor Mr. Munster". The scene at the end of the film with him will live in my mind forever!!! Ouch!!! Seriously makes me woozy.

And, while it did not make our list this year, I just wanted to mention that this is the 30th anniversary of Stephen King's Cujo on film. It seems like a good fit with tonight's movie. A great watch if you have never seen it.

Take a look at the original trailer for Pet Sematary and Cujo.

Some trivia about the movie.
1.  The story was inspired to Stephen King by actual events that occurred while he was living in Orington, Maine with his family. King recalled that while living there his daughter's cat was killed in the highway. Much of Ellie Creed's emotional outburst was taken directly from King's own grief-stricken daughter. King also remembered that once his youngest son had nearly ran into the road while a truck was speeding down it, much like Gage does in film (after finishing the book, King filed it away as what he had written truly scared him. This being in reference to what almost happened to his son and the dark places it could have taken him). The character of Judd Crandall was based on the elderly neighbor that lived across the road from King. Also there was an actual pet cemetery in the woods behind the King house, which became the basis for the one in the novel.
2. Star Fred Gwynne dyed his hair white for the role of Judd Crandall.
3. Director Mary Lambert said that Fred Gwynne was her first and only choice for the role of Judd Crandall.
4. Stephen King required the movie to be filmed in Maine and his screenplay to be followed rigorously.
5. The film was shot on location in the same rural Maine area that Stephen King set the novel "Pet Sematary."
6. George A. Romero was originally set to direct but when filming was delayed, he dropped out, and Mary Lambert stepped in.
7. Bruce Campbell was the first choice for the role of Louis Creed.
8. Tom Savini turned down the chance to direct the film.  
9. The role of Zelda, Rachael's dying sister, was played by a man. Director Mary Lambert wanted Zelda and her scenes to frighten the audience but did not believe that a 13-year old girl was scary so she cast Andrew Hubatsek in the role to make something be "off about Zelda".
10. Louis claims his cat Church is named after former-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 7 blue British Shorthair cats were acquired to play Church, and each of them were trained to do a specific action for the camera.  
11. The portrait of Zelda as a child also features a gray cat at the child's feet, an obvious foreshadowing.
12. Stephen King was present on location for most of the shooting of the film. The area it was shot in was only 20 minutes away from his home in Bangor, Maine.
13. This was the first filmed screenplay that Stephen King adapted from one of his own novels.
14. The original screenplay featured the 'wendigo' (a Native American demon) that was mentioned in the novel, but it was ultimately cut from the film. Its presence is implied only twice: firstly, in the scene where Louis is walking through the woods at night and hears something large knock down a tree. Secondly, being when Jud first takes Louis up to the Indian burial ground. There is some kind of loud crash deep in the forest followed by a long, almost feminine howl. Jud says that "it's only a loon" but it's clear that he doesn't entirely believe it himself.
15 .Stephen King is a big fan of the Ramones and referenced some of their songs in the novel Pet Sematary. In homage, The Ramones wrote and performed the theme song "Pet Sematary", which is featured in the films closing credits. 
16. In Stephen King's novel, Judd mentions that a dog went wild in a nearby town and killed several people. This is a reference to the events of Cujo, another novel by King. It is common for characters in King's novels to mention the events of his other novels.  
17. Stephen King has a cameo as the minister at the funeral.


  1. I first watched this movie as a kid (I'm starting to understand why I'm so skiddish). Creeped me the heck out. Still does. I still can't watch the scene with Zelda

  2. I also watched this when I was little and it scared me bad!

  3. This is a really creepy one, I think because the emotions are so realistic...while it's merely fun and scary to imagine what we'd do when faced with dracula, it's easy to see ourselves doing anything to get back a loved one. It's interesting that King was inspired by real events.

  4. It's been years since I watched this one... I may have to revisit. Very sad and creepy.

  5. I think I saw this movie some time ago. I read the book for sure!

  6. I watched this when I was really young and it stuck with me. I think it was the first King film I ever saw. I love him!

  7. This was a good movie, it definitely scared the crap out of me!

  8. This is one of my favorite Stephen King movies. The book was terrifying as well.

  9. This was probably one of my favorites of his movies. I still to this day can't watch the Zelda parts. It scared me sooo bad growing up, I had nightmares.

  10. This movie had a great cast that did a fantastic job. This one scared and upset me at the same time.

  11. Another creepy movie! This one freaked me out as a kid. When I would see cats roaming around, I would quickly get away from them in fear they were possessed and try to attack me. :P