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Mad Quickies: The Halloween Twenty Sixteen Edition

Good day, Earthlings- it’s October 31st, when the rest of the world understands why cosplaying is so satisfying but hates to admit it. I have to say this Quickies bag o’ treats here is just about overflowing. There’s even a post on The War of the Worlds anniversary. Let me just say, no matter if the panic was major or minor, it meant the performance art still got to people. My friend Mr. Mark did community radio in the 80s and spun wild wackadoo tales in an announcer’s deadpan delivery that literally had people anxiously calling up the authorities in Allentown, PA wondering what the hell was happening. True story. Anyway, my real gift to you is “The Shining” Overlook documentary. Enjoy. Have a lovely day and the Halloweeniest night.

Speaking of normcore cosplaying, there are SO many people doing it wrong. Like BAD wrong. Let’s kick off this list with a cautionary message. This is a Halloween PSA: Stay Away From Racist Costumes, America. For real. America, seriously. Stop it. Via Dr. Ray

Yesterday was the anniversary of Orson Welles’ landmark radio prank: On This Day: October 30, 1938 – “Radio Play Terrifies Nation”. This is such an excellent post by Sheila O’Malley with a ton of first-person quotes PLUS, there is the original 57-minute “War of the Worlds” broadcast, performed by Mercury Theater on the Air. And then, of course, there is this buzzkill. But you know what? The event was still extraordinary.

Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman Wears Harry Potter Costume To Wednesday Press Conference: “I’m Definitely A Wizard”. Presser excerpt video included. Via Robin


Please enjoy these spooky Victorian ghost photos.

Not a trick and definitely a treat! Back in July, we were teased by the news that ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ would be released as black-and-white. And guess what? That time is now. For more links, blackandchrome. Via Courtney

Buy something scary to read by the Future Dark Overlord™ himself, Scott Sigler.

Artist Brian Coldrick’s webcomic series “Behind You” illuminates the things in the shadows that scare us the most.

If you’ve got Spotify, you can listen to the 1962 album Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ghost Stories for Kids in its entirety.

The Spirit(s) of Lily Dale. “Since 1879, residents of a quaint town in upstate New York have mediated conversations between loved ones—parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. What’s so special about that? These mediators connect the living…with the dead.”

From Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, it’s the Halloween Projects Archive. I know this is a little late to the party, but this is such a treasure trove of DIY things that I think you’d want to see it.

Shirley Jackson’s “The Daemon Lover” is one of 7 spooky short stories for your Halloween enjoyment.

The Scariest Moment in Cinema History from the writers’ team at Film School Rejects. Wonderful choices, some quite unexpected. Stellar descriptions and trivia. Bet you didn’t know there’s a link between Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” and the end of “The Blair Witch Project”?


This is a 30-minute documentary on The Shining’s Overlook hotel.
Because I love you.

VIEW FROM THE OVERLOOK: Crafting The Shining

from the page
In 1966, Stanley Kubrick mused to a friend about his desire to make “the world’s scariest movie.” In 1980, he did it. Join Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and Sydney Pollack as they reveal how he pulled it off.


Mad Max: Fury Road has now become one of the greatest black and white films of all time

Here’s the chrome trailer. Fucking exquisite.


Quite possibly the best use of this of this tune ever amen.

Halloween Light Show Perfectly Synched to ‘Highway to Hell’

Masterminded by KJ and Creative Lighting Displays.

Found at the Squid.

Featured image is Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa courtesy of Warner.



Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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