Welcome to night 6 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.
|Magic Potion Compact - Werewolf Hair Rejuvenator $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 6
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.
The usual suspects.
This week you will be collecting clues to the suspects of the crime.
Tonight's clue is hiding in Miss Bohemia.
Need a little help finding the clue? Click your heels 3 times.
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.
|Mr Darcy Mug $13.74|
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."
|Wuthering Heights Cathy and Heathcliff Earrings $12.94|
Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"Stemming back from childhood I have always been creative through arts and crafts. Fast forward a few years (or maybe a lot more years) and I began making jewellery and fell in love with art again while reconnecting with my creative self. The result of which became ‘Miss Bohemia’, where I have an online website and Etsy shops. Creating is one of my main passions and seeing my designs come to life is an amazing feeling."
|Pride and Prejudice iPhone 4 Case $17.79|
What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"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 and my choices vary from fairytales to thrillers and I love books that are able to fuse these elements together. You will see this spill over into my work in the form of gothic designs, the Phantom of the Opera Jewellery, literary classics and Alice In Wonderland Collection."
|Vampire Fangs Bracelet $19.39|
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 into some of my designs. This is now becoming reality as I recently added collections inspired by Wuthering Heights and Jane Austen, which include book styled gifts and accessories as well as jewellery made from recycled damaged books. I would also like to add more fabric based designs and am currently experimenting with screen-printing."
|Lolita Skeleton Cameo Locket $24.25|
You'll have a chance to win a necklace and ring prize pack from Miss Bohemia. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.
|Necklace And Ring Prize Pack|
Visit Miss Bohemia and use coupon code HALLOWEEN13 at checkout for 10% off your order. Also good at Miss Bohemia's Etsy shops - Miss Bohemia and Bohemia's Looking Glass.
Since it's Halloween I asked the shops to share their favorite spooky movie.
"I like watching old black and white movies like ‘The Village Of The Damned’ and ‘Children Of The Corn’ but others such as 'The Lost Boys' are favourites too. I love watching these movies as part of a Halloween movie marathon with friends over and lots of popcorn."
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 ~ Stay on the road, keep clear of the moors and beware the moon.
Week 2 ~ Werewolves and Vampires
Night 6 - The Wolf Man (1941)
Tagline - His hideous howl a dirge of death!
Night monster with the blood lust of a savage beast!
Directed by George Waggner (Horror Island and Man Made Monster) and release on December 12, 1941 by (no rating). Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) returns home and is attacked by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi) while attending a carnival. Now he is doomed to turn into a werewolf himself at the next full moon.
"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." Classic! You can add this quote to the one from Night of the Living Dead as the most iconic in horror film history.
Like so many of the classic Universal monster movies they are driven by good actors, great atmosphere and quotable dialogue. The Wolf Man is one of my favorites! It has a good story and, for it's time, good effects. The Wolf Man is cute and makes me giggle but I'm sure he was cute scary to his 1940's audience. Really, who of us was not scared by one of these monsters in our early childhood days?
While Universal never made a direct sequel, the Wolf Man did appear in more movies through the 1940's including Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Hollywood tried a remake in 2010 but nothing compares to the original. If you haven't seen it, and like black and white monster movies, then this is a must-see for your Halloween movie list.
The original trailer.
Some trivia about the movie...
1. Many of the modern myths of werewolves originated from this film, such as a person becoming a werewolf through a bite, the only way to kill a werewolf is with a silver bullet, and changing into one during a full moon. These are original concepts created by writer Curt Siodmak.
2. Lon Chaney Jr.'s make-up took six hours to apply, and three hours to get off.
3. The first transformation takes place with Talbot in an undershirt (although he is fully dressed in a dark shirt once on the prowl). Only the feet transform on screen in six lapse dissolves. In the second transformation there are eleven shots - again of feet only. The third transformation features 17 face shots in a continuous dissolve.
4. The Wolfman battled a bear in one scene but unfortunately the bear ran away during filming. What few scenes were filmed were put into the theatrical trailer.
5. "Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." This quote has been listed in some sources as an authentic Gypsy or Eastern European folk saying. Writer Curt Siodmak admits that he simply made it up. Nonetheless, the rhyme would be recited in every future Universal film appearance of the Wolf Man.
6. Larry's silver wolf-headed cane, the only known surviving prop from the movie, currently resides in the personal collection of genre film archivist Bob Burns. Burns, who was a schoolboy at the time, was given the cane head by the man who made it for the film, prop-maker Ellis Burman.
7. Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the old Gypsy woman, was only six years older than Bela Lugosi, who played her son.
8. According to the documentary on the Recent Wolf Man DVD collection, the script for The Wolf Man was influenced by writer Curt Siodmak's experiences in Nazi Germany. Siodmak had been living a normal life in Germany only to have it thrown into chaos and himself on the run when the Nazis took control, just as Larry Talbot finds his normal life thrown into chaos and himself on the run once he is turned into a werewolf. Also, the wolf man himself can be seen as a metaphor for the Nazis: an otherwise good man who is transformed into a vicious killing animal who knows who his next victim will be when he sees the symbol of a pentagram (i.e., a star) on them.
9. It was originally given the working title, "Destiny," which had been the preliminary title of a number of Universal films that decade (including Son of Dracula).
10. Universal had planned to market the film as part of a double bill with The Mad Doctor of Market Street but feared that the public would avoid an all-horror bill after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
11. Despite Universal's apprehensions over the public's appetite for horror movies following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the film became one of the studio's top grossing in 1942.
12. The silver top of Larry's wolf-head cane was made of vulcanized rubber so none of the actors or stunt doubles would get injured if they were accidentally hit by it.
13. Larry Talbot and his father Sir John attend church on Sunday in the village, but the doorway and steps of the village church looks more like that of a cathedral. In fact, it was a cathedral - part of the original set built for the legendary silent version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had starred Lon Chaney Jr.'s famous father, Lon Chaney and which stood on the Universal back lot for over 20 years.
14. The "wolf" that Larry Talbot fights with was Lon Chaney Jr.'s own German Shepherd.
15. Universal originally planned the project for it's horror superstar, Boris Karloff.
16. Part of the original SHOCK THEATER package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 21 more features.
17. The first Universal picture since The Black Cat to introduce the major characters during the opening credits - and the actors playing them - with brief clips from the movie.
18. Lon Chaney Jr.'s character is never once in the film referred to as "The Wolf Man." Likewise, the credits give Maria Ouspenskaya's character's name as Maleva, but she is never once referred to by name, only as the "old gypsy woman."
19. In the first version of the script, Larry was not the prodigal son of Sir John Talbot, nor related to him in any way. He was an American engineer who comes to fix Sir John's telescope, and ends up getting trapped in the werewolf curse.