Thursday, October 22, 2015

Night 5 of the Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway

Welcome to night 5 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 next Featured Shop ~ Junkmill , 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!

Custom WD Zombie Premium Charm Bracelet

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 22nd
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 5 ~ You will be collecting clues to the suspects of the crime.

Tonight's clue is hiding in Junkmill
Need a little help finding the clue? Got a light?

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 ~ Junkmill & Junkmill Relics
Junkmill and Junkmill[Relics] are run by Chandra from Rockford, Michigan. Junkmill is filled with amazing digital artwork for all your crafting needs and Junkmill Relics is full of vintage goodies.

WONDERLAND - Digital Printable Collage Sheet

How did you choose your shop name?
"JUNK is what I work with and MILL is what I do. When I’m mixing elements in Photoshop to create the collage images, I imagine a little clockwork-style mill grinding away in the back of my brain with gears and whistles and smokestacks, so when I stumbled across the term, it just stuck. It’s actually a mining term for a huge drill bit designed to tear through junk, concrete and metal."

POISON - Digital Printable Collage

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"After hunting high and low for cool, creepy collage sheets and coming up empty-handed, I started collecting my own images and putting together sheets for myself and my collage artist friends. When I discovered Etsy, I thought I’d list a few of the sheets “just to see,” and Junkmill was born. It turns out that my friends and I weren’t the only ones looking for dark and moody collage images. I offer a range of subject material, but the Gothic, spooky and creepy themes that started Junkmill continue to be some of the most popular."
“Junkmill Relics came about when I decided to list some of my excess vintage ephemera and turn a few of my collage sheets into stickers … and because I have an addiction to thrift shopping and antiquing it’s since evolved to include kitschy, fun vintage items as well.”

WISTFUL WITCHES - Digital Collage Sheet

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"I tend to follow my own interests and whims when designing collage sheets or curating vintage items. I always work from the premise that if I think an image or object is interesting, unique or inspiring, it’s likely others will too. I’m always drawn to the macabre and kitsch, but I find inspiration everywhere – from Victorian books and turn-of-the-century lithographs to my collections of antique medical ephemera and vintage gumball machine toys. As my significant other (aka “the guy who drives all the shop orders to the post office”) explains when his friends ask, “She sells a lot of junk, but it’s good junk.”

Zombies - Digital Collage Sheet

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
“I’m always adding new items to the shops … What shows up all depends on what inspires me!”

DISTRESSED ATC - Digital Collage Sheet

Behind the scenes - Chandra working on new digital collage sheets for Junkmill and trimming labels for Junkmill Relics.

You'll have a chance to win your choice of 10 Digital Collage Sheets from Junkmill.  Enter now on the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST.

NINE LIVES - Digital Collage Sheet

Since it's Halloween I asked the shops to share their favorite spooky movies.
"For sheer wide-eyed, up-all-night terror, nothing spooked me quite as like Jacob’s Ladder, though Session 9 came awfully close. But my hands-down favorite “horror” movie has to be Spider Baby. So kooky and creepy."

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SPOOKTACULAR SQUARES 4 Pack Set - Digital Collage Sheets

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 ~ That must have been one "hell" of a birth.

Classic Thrills Through the Years ~ 1960s

Night 5 ~ Night of the Living Dead

Tagline - They won't stay dead.
               Pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival!
               If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead!

Directed by George A. Romero (The Crazies, Creepshow and Monkey Shines) and released on October 1, 1968 by Continental Distributing (not rated). Barbara and Johnny are visiting the local cemetery to pay respects to their grandfather. Unfortunate place to be when the dead start to come back to life! Can the living survive the walking dead?

"They're coming to get you Barbara." Is there a more iconic phrase in all of horror film history? OK, so maybe a handful of others but this is classic! What a wonderfully chilling opening scene as Johnny teases his sister for being afraid of the cemetery. Not knowing of course that they are really coming to get them. The dead that is.

George A. Romero and his Living Dead movies have defined what a Zombie is to modern society. If you are not familiar, his original trilogy consist of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. In later years he has added to that Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. Most will agree that the later 3 do not stand up to the first 2 and get progressively bad. The original 2 movies have been remade a time or two but nothing compares to the classic.

Mr. Romero has noted that his inspiration for this movie comes mostly from the novel I Am Legend (made into a movie 3 times, Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend). He said that while he did mostly rip off the idea he also changed it to tell the story from the beginning and not from after the virus spread. Of course he also changed the infected from Vampire like creatures to the dead returning to life. Romero has also sited Carnival of Souls as an inspiration. If you are not familiar with this movie I highly suggest it. It's one of my favorites!

While much has been made about the "social commentary" of these movie, Night of the Living Dead - the turbulence of the '60s, Dawn of the Dead - a satire on consumerism, Day of the Dead - conflict between science and the military and Land of the Dead - a look at the clash between society (class) levels, but Romero, and others, will insist that it was never intended. They were just out to make a movie that would sell.

Night of the Living Dead 1968 is currently available to stream on Amazon and Hulu, rent on Vudu and should be available on most DVD services. Night of the Living Dead (1990) remake is available to rent from Blockbuster on demand, Vudu, Amazon and MGo and should be available on most DVD services.

Take a look at the original trailer. If you like the style of old trailers (I love them!) this one is fun.

Some trivia about the movie...
1. The term Zombie is never used in the movie. Rather the dead are referred to as Ghouls.
2. Actor and co-producer Karl Hardman (the father in the basement), also worked as makeup artist, sound effects engineer, and took the photos used for the closing credits.
3. The working title was simply "Monster Flick".
4. The music used in the film was from a Capitol/EMI Records stock music library and was originally used in Teenagers From Outer Space (a great B movie).
5. One of the publicity stunts was a $50,000 insurance policy against anyone dying from a heart attack while watching the film.
6. The movie premiered at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 1968 and receive a standing ovation.
7. The Evans City Cemetery was the cemetery used in the original version of the film, but it could not be used for the 30th anniversary edition. Before filming the new footage, a tornado had torn through the Evans City Cemetery, and ironically, it unearthed several graves.
8. The house used for this film was loaned to the filmmakers by the owner, who planned to demolish it anyway, thereby ensuring that they could do whatever they wanted to the house.
9. There were two trucks used in the film. The first one used in the beginning of the film would not start for the trek-to-the-gas-pump scenes and had to be replaced. Unfortunately, they forgot to break the headlights.
10. The body upstairs in the house was made by director George A. Romero, who used ping-pong balls for the eyes.
11. At the time of the film's release, any work that did not include a copyright notice was assumed to be public domain. Since the film makers forgot to include this notice, the film slipped into the public domain.
12. This was one of the first films added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
13. One of the last big hits of the drive-in era.
14. The first movie filmed in Pittsburgh.
15. George A. Romero's feature debut.
16. Readers Digest tried to warn people away from watching the film in 1968 by claiming if it's ever watched, it will inspire cannibalism.
17. The real gravestone that Barbara (Judith O'Dea) cowers beside in the graveyard scene of the movie is that of Nicholas Kramer (1842-1917), whose remains are interred in the Evans City Cemetery in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania.
18. In 2013, a stage adaptation of the film, executive produced by George A. Romero, Russell Streiner, and John A. Russo, debuted in Toronto. The play featured the story of the original film, followed by a series of alternate scenarios.
19. The filmmakers were accused of being "Satanically-inspired" by Christian fundamentalist groups for their portrayal of the undead feeding on flesh and of the Coopers' zombie child attacking her mother.
20. Bosco chocolate syrup was used to simulate the blood in the film.
21. When the zombies are eating the bodies in the burnt-out truck they were actually eating roast ham covered in chocolate sauce.
22. The gas pump was not bolted to the ground when the actress who played Barbra runs into it at the start of the film. She did it with so much force she almost tipped it over on the cameraman.
23. Though the radiation of a detonated satellite returning from Venus is theorized to be the cause of the dead rising and attacking the living, according to the filmmakers, the actual cause is never determined.
24. American International Pictures (AIP) considered releasing the film, but wanted George A. Romero to shoot an upbeat ending and add more of a love story subplot.

Zombie Pin Up Compact - Style C Gothic Background


  1. Wow I didn't know the first movie was filmed in PA, I wish I'd had checked it out! Excellent movie, I say "They're coming to get you Barbara" about once a month haha!

  2. Love Zombies!!!!! Night of the Living Dead is the best zombie movie.

    Artemis Giote

  3. I haven't seen Night of the Living Dead in years. They will be added to my list for this weekend.

  4. Classic horror movie! (It isn't Halloween without watching the movie) :)

  5. Never watched the whole movie,,, I may have mentioned, I'm a woose, Love the opening cemetery scene, though.

  6. I've actually seen this one and it is pretty good for a black and white.

  7. I love this movie so much! I watch it at least once a month.

  8. never saw it but how could they forget to put teh copyright?! o_o and... cannibalism? sometimes i really wonder what those who makes recommendation or decide the age limit are thinking a film incitating cannibalism...

  9. This is by far one of my most favorite horror zombie movies! It's a must watch for the month of October!

  10. Night of the Living Dead is such a classic. Hard to go wrong with that!

  11. A lot of information on pass movies.

  12. It was so fun watching Night of the Living Dead.

  13. LOL, this movies are kind of comical. Love em anyway!

  14. Ohh I have to go re-watch this one. I loved all the facts about the movie and just shake my head about Readers Digest saying not to watch the film , it probably inspired more people to go watch it!

  15. As much as I love zombies, I have never seen Night of the Living Dead. I will have to fix that ASAP!

  16. I have seen Night of the Living Dead and it was great!! Zombies are funny after all.

  17. I know I've seen this movie, but it's been over 20 years, wow, memories.