Saturday, October 17, 2015

Night 1 of the Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway

Welcome to night 1 of the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Stop by our MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and enter to win a $250+ Prize Pack full of frightfully good treats from 7 spooktacular shops. In this post you will find our first Featured Shop ~ Laughing Vixen Lounge, details on how to earn EXTRA ENTRIES with our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt & Halloween Movie Marathon and test your movie knowledge with the Guess the Movie Game. Make sure to visit us each day during the giveaway so you do not miss out on any of the fun!

Trick or Treat Charm Bracelet or Necklace

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through October 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code OCTOBER10 at checkout.

$1 from each sale at Laughing Vixen Lounge goes to support the Joy Cinema. A single screen theater in Tigard, Oregon that has been in operation since 1939. Purchase from LVL and help keep the classic cinema experience alive. See full fundraising details and the Joy's story HERE.

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Our scavenger hunt works like a game of Clue. Every day you will be looking for clues to a different part of the mystery ~ Settings, Suspects, Rooms, Weapons and Escapes. They will be hidden (at the top of the description) in a listing inside one of our participating shops. On each daily post you will be given a hint as to where the clues are hiding. Once you find a clue go to the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and take the daily entry on the Rafflecopter widget. Today's entry will be at the top of the entry list while all past entries will be at the bottom of the list.
*Make sure you are finding today's clue! Submit the wrong clue and it will not count. They have dates. Shops have more than one set of clues hiding there so pay attention. 
*You may start the Scavenger Hunt at anytime during the giveaway and find past clues.
*You can earn 5 extra entries in the giveaway for each set of clues found.
*Please only post clues on the Rafflecopter widget. Anywhere else and they will be deleted.

Scavenger Hunt Special Giveaway!
Keep a list of the clues you find. On October 31st and November 1st you will be able to use the clues you found and submit your guess of how the murder happened. 1 random winner from any correct guesses will win a $50 Gift Certificate to Laughing Vixen Lounge and a $30 Gift Certificate to Deep Midnight Perfumes. If no one guesses correctly then 1 random winner from all submitted guesses will win their choice of Photo Pendant/Keychain from Laughing Vixen Lounge ($15) and a $15 Perfume Sampler Set (your choice of scents) from Deep Midnight Perfumes. Full details on how to submit your guess will be listed on October 31st. You do not need to find all of the clues to submit a guess but the more you find the better your guess.

Clue for October 18th
A murder has been committed! The body of Miss Death has been found at Raven's Perch Manor. Detective Heathmoor needs your help collecting the clues of the crime. Can you solve the mystery?

Night 1 ~ You will be collecting clues to the setting of the crime.

Tonight's clue is inside Laughing Vixen Lounge
Need a hint to help you find it? A witch's mode of transportation.

There seems to be some confusion.
***The clue is in the shop listed above. It will be in one of the listings.
***The hint above is to help you find which listing the clue is in. DO NOT answer the above clue. Your entry will not count.
***The clue is not on this page.

Featured Shop ~ Laughing Vixen Lounge
Laughing Vixen Lounge is run by me, Kris, from just outside Portland, Oregon. Bangles, Baubles and Other Needful Things for the modern Vixen. Pop Culture, Retro, Horror and Custom Designed Jewelry and Accessories.

Thanksgiving in the Air Charm Bracelet or Necklace

How did you choose your shop name?
"I had an earlier shop that did not last long. The designs I created then used a lot of old Pin Up and Pulp Fiction Novel covers. I love those images and wanted to focus on them in my new shop so Vixen seemed a good word to run with. And I like the idea that every woman has a hidden Vixen somewhere inside them. Lounge came from wanting a visit to the shop to feel like you were somewhere you could sit and hangout at. After multiple suggestions Lounge won out because it has that old-school retro vibe to it. And Laughing... well, I needed something else to make it unique enough to not have problems with someone else already having it."

Black Cat and Raven Compact

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I bought a bracelet at a local store once and it had very cute Paris themed photos on it. I loved the idea of it but the way it was made it was always pinching my skin. It made me want to make my own version but better. But long before that I always loved making crafty things. It's what I really wanted to do after high school but there just was not anything like Etsy and the internet then to make having your own shop so accessible."

Custom Book Lovers Necklace

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"I was at work, sitting at lunch, and I saw a bracelet from a now nonexistent shop that had Lucite rectangles with Pin Ups inside. It was exactly what I had in mind for my shop. I took that idea and ran with it developing my own style and vision. One look at my shop people will see that the designs come from my love of all things Pop Culture, Retro and Horror. Books, movies, music, fairytales, TV, holidays... I love it all and I try to bring that out in my work. And I love to help someone else bring their vision to life with custom designs."

Poison Label Purse Hanger - Cyanide

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"Oh my stars! I have so much stuff just waiting to get in the shop. So many styles of Bracelets and Pendants and Compacts. In addition I also have Purse/Bag Hangers that are also little Compact Mirrors and Pill Boxes. Very cute!!! Rings, Lockets, Book Marks, Keychains, Purse/Bag Charms... all just sitting on the bookshelf waiting to be listed. I am also working on cataloging my charms (1,000+) so I can list lots more Custom Designs and customers will be able to choose from my entire inventory."

Vintage Books Small Photo Pendant - Style C

A small peek at Laughing Vixen Lounge. That is a very, very small portion of my Wall O' Beads and a Halloween Bracelet in the making.

$1 from each sale at Laughing Vixen Lounge goes to support the Joy Cinema. A single screen theater in Tigard, Oregon that has been in operation since 1939. This Vixen has been watching movies there her whole life and wants to make sure it continues for generations to come. Purchase from LVL and help keep the classic cinema experience alive. See full fundraising details and the Joy's story here

You'll have a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate from Laughing Vixen Lounge. Enter now on the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST.

Toil and Trouble Charm Bracelet or Necklace

Since it's Halloween I asked the shops to share their favorite spooky movies.
"You will find many of my favorites if you follow along with our Halloween Movie Marathon. One that I love but did not include in the marathon is An American Werewolf in London. The use of humor alongside horror was a bit less familiar when this film was released in 1981. The werewolf transformation effects were so effective they still hold up today. You have probably already seen it but if you have not go find a copy to watch! Always an entertaining choice."

Visit Laughing Vixen Lounge and use coupon code OCT10 at checkout for 10% off your order.
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Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Movie Marathon.
Follow along with us for 2 full weeks of classic spooky movies. This year we celebrate "Classic Thrills Through the Years". Watch the face of horror as it changes from one decade to the next. Find some great watches for the season and receive EXTRA ENTRIES at the same time! On each daily post there will be a review of the next movie in our movie marathon. Leave a comment on the post with your opinion of that movie. Once you have posted go to the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and take the daily entry on the Rafflecopter widget. Today's entry will be at the top of the entry list while all past entries will be at the bottom of the list. Comment on all movies in the marathon and receive an EXTRA 20 ENTRIES at the end of the giveaway.
*You may start following the Movie Marathon at any time during the giveaway and post comments on past daily posts.
*Each comment will earn you an EXTRA 5 ENTRIES.
*Comment on each movie to earn an EXTRA 20 ENTRIES at the end of the giveaway.
*On October 31st or November 1st you must use the Magic Phrase (revealed on October 31st) and use it to unlock the entry on the Rafflecopter to receive the 20 entries. You must have commented on each movie.

Guess The Movie Game
Think you know your scary movies? Try your luck with this fun little game and receive EXTRA ENTRIES just for guessing. 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 an EXTRA 5 ENTRIES in the giveaway. You do not need to be right just give it an honest try.
*Guesses must be made the same day as their clue to receive the entry.
*Entry will reset 24hrs after your last guess.
*Make sure you are leaving a guess for that day's clue. Guessing for a past clue that has already been posted will be deleted.
* Please only post guesses on the Rafflecopter widget.

Tonight's Clue ~ How to murder your husband in French.

Classic Thrills Through the Years ~ 1920's

Night 1 ~ Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

Directed by F.W. Murnau (Faust and Sunrise) and released on June 3, 1922 by Film Arts Guild (Not rated).
The classic Bram Stoker's Dracula brought to life on the big screen with one not so handsome Count.

Count Orlok purchases a new house in town and things start to go bad! This classic silent film tells the story of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Even though they did not have permission from the Bram Stoker's wife to use the material. Character names and the Count's final demise are changed and Nosferatu is born. Creepy atmosphere and an excellent performance by Max Schreck as Count Orlok make this version of Dracula a classic. Released 9 years before Bela Lugosi set a standard for the look of Dracula in the Universal Studios version (1931). Nosferatu's Count Orlok is a far cry from Mr. Lugosi's dapper Count Dracula. Count Orlok takes on a much more sinister look with pointed ears, sharp rat-like teeth and long fingers. Oh those fingers! How they and their shadows on the wall make my spine tingle.

If you are a fan of horror Nosferatu is a must see. If you are not familiar with silent movies it is all the more a treat. Yes, silent movies are very different from what we are used to. The over-the-top style of acting, long pauses and reading. Oh no, not reading! Give it a try anyways. Remember, this is one of the first ever horror films made.You might just enjoy this little oddity from so long ago.

A nice companion piece to this movie is the Shadow of the Vampire. Released in 2000 and starring Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich. This fictional telling of the filming of the 1922 Nosferatu. The wonderfully creative idea that director F.W. Murnau want realism so he hired a real Vampire to play Count Orlok. Willem Dafoe is almost unrecognizable as the Count and delivers an outstanding performance!

Take a look at the restored trailer.

Some trivia about the movie.
1. The movie was banned in Sweden due to excessive horror. The ban was finally lifted in 1972
2. Many scenes featuring Graf Orlok were filmed during the day, and when viewed in black and white, this becomes extremely obvious. This potential blooper is corrected when the "official" versions of the movie are tinted blue to represent night.
3. All known prints and negatives were destroyed under the terms of settlement of a lawsuit by Bram Stoker's widow. However, the film would subsequently surface in other countries.
4. After 85 years, virtually all of the exteriors are left intact in the cities of Wismar and Lubeck.
5. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is a fictionalised depiction of the events surrounding the film's production based on the urban legend that Max Schreck was in actuality a vampire. Schrek was played by Willem Dafoe in that film.
6. There have been different first names for the main characters in different English versions. In a few, Hutter is called "Thomas", in others is "Jonathon". Although Hutter's wife is credited as "Ellen", in some versions she is called "Mina".
7. The film is included in "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
8. The concept in popular culture that sunlight is lethal to vampires is based on this film, which depicted such a death for the very first time in film history. F.W. Murnau knew that he would be sued for borrowing heavily from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula" without permission, so he changed the ending in order that he could say that this film and "Dracula" were not exactly the same.
9. The character of Nosferatu is only seen on screen for a bit less than 9 minutes in total throughout the whole film.

Nosferatu Compact - Style A


  1. Wow, I've never heard of this film before. But a silent horror movie? It sounds even scarier than if it had sound for some reason o.o

  2. I remember my mom watching this and I always thought it was the most terrifying Dracula I have seen.

  3. Watched it when Channel 12, PBS outside of Reading PA. was having classic horror movie night. LOVED it!

  4. I remember seeing Nosferatu a long time ago and totally loving it.

  5. I've just seen clips but even without color and sound it was spooky.

  6. I've never actually watched this movie but I have to admit it does look creepy.

  7. interesting it's a silent movie

  8. i haven't seen a silent movie yet, somehow that doesn't appeal to me as i think it could give an even more " horror" feel to it (and i'm not into horror^^;;)
    the decors are still the same?! it could be interesting to see a remake them but at teh same time while i haven't seenn the film i do have that picture in mind for nosferatus so it as become quite deep in teh popolar culture

  9. This is one of the first silent films I ever watched. I loved it.

  10. I have watched several silent movies before, but I have never watched a silent horror movie before. This looks really fun to watch.

  11. I think the idea of watching a silent movie is really fun but I'm a huge scaredy cat, this still looks creepy to me!

  12. I remember watching it and being glued to the screen.

  13. I have always wanted to see Nosferatu. I'm thinking now would be a good time to check it out. I have seen Shadow of the Vampire and I loved it.

  14. Loved Nosferatu and Shadow of the Vampire was terrific. I thought it was such a creative concept. I may have to re-visit Nosferatu for Halloween movie night... I didn't know it had been remastered!

  15. I watched this movie several years ago. It is a bit different due to the lack of sound but is very creepy. It's a good movie. Far different from current horror flix, but pretty good in its own way.

  16. Nosferatu is one of my favorite classic movies. It's creepy and fabulous and everything that happened while it was being made... super creepy! Shadow of the Vampire is also a really great movie. It's a nice compliment to Nosferatu.

  17. Nosferatu is my favorite vampire movie and John Malkovich was amazing in Shadow of the Vampire.

    Artemis Giote

  18. I still get creeped out by this one.I think it's probably my fave Vampire movie next to The Lost Boys.

  19. I watched both and enjoyed them. For such an older movie I thought it was well done.

  20. I didn't realize that the film had been banned. Definitely need to watch this one day.

  21. We watched this in a film class I took once, many years ago. I thought it was very creepy!

  22. I have never watched this film but it is very tempting especially since it has been banned lol!

  23. I love silent movies - they had to express so much information non-vocally. This sounds like a great version of Dracula.

  24. I've never watched this movie but I remember it being one of the few films on DVD a Blockbuster had when VHS still ruled.