Larry McKenzie

predictableAs the mid-season finale of Season 5 of The Walking Dead draws close and the rumors of a major cast death swirl it’s easy to wonder whether or not The Walking Dead has become a little predictable. The writers and producers love to shock fans and keep them off balance, but as the fan sites light up with rumors of which cast member is going to die it seems a little predictable that one of the major cast will be killed in the mid-season finale. Of course, with a limited number of main cast numbers and the nature of the show it could just be the natural progression of the story for one or two to die at fairly regular intervals. But let’s take a quick look at the past seasons to see if there might be a pattern of mid-season deaths on the show.

The first season of the show was really just a trial run to see how audiences responded. There were only six episodes because AMC didn’t want to commit to a full order of 16 episodes until the ratings were in. Many of the networks that had the option to pick up the show thought it…

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Characters Announced for The Walking Dead Spinoff


After more than a year of speculation about that spinoff series AMC finally gave a greenlight to the show that is now moving forward. The spinoff series will be written by its showrunner Dave Erickson, who is most well known for producing Sons of Anarchy. The creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman will also be writing the spinoff series with Erickson.

The spinoff series is still untitled, but it will take place within the world of The Walking Dead. It won’t take place in Georgia however. With the spinoff series Robert Kirkman and Erickson are going to tell the story of an entirely different group of survivors, in an entirely different part of the post-zombie apocalypse world.

There was a lot of speculation about where the sequel would be set and in what time frame. The general consensus seems to be that the spinoff will be kind of a prequel to The Walking Dead which will fill in some of the gaps about what exactly caused this apocalypse and what happened just after the outbreak. Bolstering the idea that the new spinoff will be set in the time soon after the zombie…

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ghostbusters3Ghostbusters 3 Finally Gets the Green Light with a Female Cast

Director Paul Feig finally has been given the green light to go forward with Ghostbusters 3. But the next installment of this classic franchise will feature a female cast of Ghostbusters taking on the paranormal pests. Feig is best known for direction the smash hit Bridesmaids and speculation is running rampant that he will tap some of the Bridesmaids cast for roles in Ghostbusters 3. Bill Murray may take a small role in the third Ghostbusters film but has said that beyond a small role he has no interest in participating in a new Ghostbusters film.

Why the Sequel Has Taken So Long

Ghostbusters 3 has been rumored to be “in production” or “close to production” for decades but the movie never has quite made it to the starting point. Even before the death of original Ghostbuster and filmmaker Harold Ramis Bill Murray was a holdout on another Ghostbusters film. For years he remained silent about the reasons why he didn’t want to participate in a sequel to the second Ghostbusters film. But now that the project is moving forward with an all-female cast he has said in interviews…

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Jumping Halloween Props are taking over!  What used to be only be available via pneumatic (air) methods you can get very cheaply.

My first one was the Jumping Spider.  If you have been trying to find new ways to scare Trick or Treaters or party guests this year try adding jumping Halloween props to your decorations. Jumping props are animatronic props that light up and move on their own to make them seem really alive. They are not as expensive as you might think and they are a fantastic way to scare people. You can use them outside or inside to terrify your friends and family. Having a viewing party for The Walking Dead premiere just before Halloween? Give these Halloween props a dress rehearsal by using them to up the fear factor at your viewing party. Some of the most popular jumping Halloween props are:

Spiders and bugs: Even people who don’t have serious arachnophobia find giant spiders and bugs unnerving. When those spiders and bugs have eyes that glow in the dark and jump out at them they will be seriously scared. Animatronic spiders and bugs look totally real, especially if you put them in dark corners, or lining…

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terminusI wish I was able to go.   Some of the people out there just love the idea of comic-cons and of getting a chance to dress up as their favorite characters. And, after all, what is not to love about being able to make friends and to escape the mundane for a few days and step into a world where pure imagination becomes touchable and real?

Comic-cons are a real phenomenon out there and they are increasingly popular with people coming from all social backgrounds and from all countries of the world. And, among them, the Comic-Con International: San Diego bears a very important place.

The Comic-Con International San Diego – A Fantasy Story

Every year, San Diego is taken by “assault” with fantastic characters that walk around as if horns and magic wands are just as normal as Ford cars in the US. Thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people gather for 4 days, every single year to celebrate fantasy in all its shapes and forms: comic books, movies, TV shows, books. All genres meet together, from horror to fantasy and from science-fiction to manga. And people from all over the world join hands in a celebration…

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scary-clownsI will admit right off that clowns do not scare me normally.  But when I saw the movie Poltergeist was when I got freaked out the first time.  When that clown was there… then he was not there.   Freaky!  But since then one of the most terrifying and most popular costumes for Halloween is the Scary Clown. It’s easy to create your own unique Scary Clown costume by combining clown props, makeup, and wigs. Or you can dress up as one of the many terrifying scary clowns from TV, movies and literature. Are you surprised that a seemingly innocent figure like a clown is one of the most universally feared archetypes? It’s really not surprising when you look at the history of clowns.

Even though clowns are often part of children’s celebrations and show up frequently as children’s toys several studies that have been done have found that children really do not like clowns. Psychologically children react sharply to a familiar human figure with a hidden face. Whether it’s the makeup or the out of proportion features children in general are uneasy around clowns. Some adults never lose that initial mistrust of clowns. And after growing up being familiar…

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ghostbusters-costumesA blast from the past is poised to be popular again thanks to the latest installment of the franchise that begins filming soon. Ghostbusters costumes based on Ghostbusters 1 and 2 are predicted to be very popular this Halloween. Of course the franchise has maintained a steady fan base over the years despite the fact that Ghostbusters 2 came out in 1989 so it’s not unusual to see Ghostbusters Halloween costumes. But over the years interest in the film and interest in Ghostbusters costumes had dwindled a bit to just those hard core fans. However the death of co-writer and start Harold Ramis in early 2014 and the news that Ghostbusters 3 was finally going into production have revived interest in the 80s classic.

Like many of the 80s comedies that Ramis co-wrote and starred in the Ghostbusters films were big hits in the 80s. Many of the classic one-liners from the films are embedded into pop culture and show up in other films, books, and tv shows as cultural references. Ask anyone on the street that grew up in the 80s and they can probably quote at least one seen from one of the Ghostbusters films verbatim. Ghostbusters gave…

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totsThese days Trick or Treating is changing rapidly. Just twenty years ago Trick or Treating was always on Halloween night, even if that night fell during the week. And Trick or Treating always consisted of parents and kids walking around their neighborhoods in costumes collecting candy and treats. These days Trick or Treating more and more often is done at malls or group events where business owners hand out games and prizes and a little candy to kids. These events are almost always held on the weekend day closest to Halloween. In some parts of the country Trunk or Treating is becoming popular. Trunk or Treating is when large groups of people will assemble in a parking lot, like the parking lot of a school or a church, and will dispense candy to kids and parents from large containers in the trunk of their vehicles. Trunk or Treating is becoming popular in rural areas and in areas where there are a lot of apartments which make it difficult for kids to Trick or Treat in the traditional way.

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One of the best places for Horror fans to find the shows and movies they love is hiding in plain sight. Netflix, one of the original streaming content services, is one of the best places on the Web to find Horror movies and Horror shows. It doesn’t matter if you prefer the newest Horror blockbusters or old B Horror movies you will find them on this service. No streaming service has a larger selection of TV shows. From classic horror shows from the 50s and 60s to modern hits like American Horror Story there are dozens of shows to choose from. And you can watch full seasons of your favorite Horror shows without having to wait and without having to pay for each episode. You can spend an entire afternoon watching Horror shows that you love from the beginning to the most current episode.

Many people are considering switching from expensive cable TV to streaming services. Using streaming boxes and equipment like Google Chromecast or Roku boxes is a cost effective way to get the content that you want to see without having to pay huge cable tv costs. Many cable providers don’t have a very large selection of Horror…

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nmbcTim Burton’s signature spooky style has led to a lot of dark movies that fit into a Halloween. Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, The Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland are just a few of examples of his unique and darkly quirky style that is so perfect for Halloween. But no Tim Burton film has captured the spirit of Halloween quite like his 1993 animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. In The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton first introduced some of his most beloved characters like Sally, Oogie Boogie, Zero the dog with his Jack O’Lantern nose, and the Pumpkin King- Jack Skellington. Jack Skellington is the leader of Halloweentown and he becomes dissatisfied with scaring people. He wants to be like Santa Claus and bring presents to the boys and girls of the world. He goes out exploring and finds his way to Christmastown, where he becomes entranced with Christmas.

Jack sends out his minions to kidnap Santa Claus so that Jack can take over his duties on Christmas Eve. The denizens of Halloweentown don’t quite understand what Jack has in mind and they give Santa Claus to the Bogeyan, Oogie Boogie. Sally, a rag doll created by Halloweentown’s…

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