Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so in honor of that, I decided to make a little playlist to get everyone in the mood. Enjoy and Happy Halloween from Elliot and ET! Let me know if you dressed up as anything fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Top 5: Zombie Apocalypse Team Members

I have a confession to make: I spend a lot of time thinking about what I would do if a zombie apocalypse ever broke out. Whenever I used to get bored at work, I would try to design the best possible escape routes in case my building came under attack, I would argue with friends over the best weapon of choice (FYI, katana sword. Ain't no one got time to worry about their weapons running out of ammo), and I've made countless lists as to which fictional characters I would want on my side of the fight. Here are just a few:

Buffy Summers:  This is a gal who knows a thing or two about apocalypses, I mean she did stop at least six being the Slayer and all. She's a great fighter, good with weapons and she's sure to make some excellent puns while she's at it.

Sam and Dean Winchester: Killing monsters is what these guys do (Saving people, hunting things- the family business!) They have the knowledge, the tools and the will power to fight until the very end and that kinda perseverance is good for morale. They've never let the other give up on anything, which is the sort of mentality one is looking for when faced with an apocalypse. Not to mention they have an awesome bunker that's filled with weapons, reference material, and who knows what else that would probably come in handy.

Ash Williams: He did face an army of Deadites and succeed, so fighting evil dead (pun intended) things is pretty much in his wheelhouse. Besides, chainsaw for one hand, shotgun boomstick in the other, need I say more?

Tallahassee: Have you ever seen Zombieland? He is well-versed in the ways of the "Double Tap." The man knows what he's doing.

Oliver Queen: If being tortured for 5 years on a hellish island taught him anything, it was how to survive. Fighting for his life is not new to him. During his time on the island, he didn't have any food or shelter, so he had to improvise and fend for himself. He's like Bear Grylls with a bow and arrow. He's smart and resourceful and definitely an asset when it comes to fighting.

Who would you want on your zombie fighting team? Let me know!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review

When I was little, my mom used to take me and my brother to our local comic book shop on the weekends and let us pick out whatever we wanted. My brother would go for the latest X-Men or Silver Surfer, but being the youngin' that I was and not knowing much about anything, I would always go for the Mystery Bag. These were brown paper lunch bags stapled shut so you wouldn't know what you were getting until you opened it up. They were never anything too fancy, usually just a bunch of Archie Comics, which means I always got at least one Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic in just about every bag.

Besides being a fan of the comics, I was also a fan of the show, so you can imagine my excitement when I read that Archie Comics was planning on releasing a new twist on the teenage witch titled, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Lemme tell you, this is not the Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina I grew up on, this is more like Rosemary's Baby Sabrina, and I'm lovin' it.

This monthly series takes place in the '60s, and tells the story of Sabrina in a way that you've never seen before. In the prologue, we learn that Sabrina was born to a mortal mother and a warlock father. Mixed relations like that don't go over so well with her father's coven, especially his sisters, so her mother's mental health is depleted landing her in a psych ward, and her father seems to get turned into a tree (talk about a tough break). Her aunts then take Sabrina to live in Greendale in an abandoned funeral home across from a cemetery (which is where her aunts get their food from. Diggin' up graves, eatin' corpses-- my, Hilda and Zelda, you've changed). They decide to homeschool Sabrina in the ways of witchcraft, while sending her to normal school "for everything else."

Aside from her aunts and everyone's favorite talking cat, Salem, Sabrina lives with her cousin Ambrose, who left England after a little magical mishap. You can tell that he's a troublemaker when he convinces Sabrina to cast a spell to make the high school heartthrob, Harvey, notice her, even after Salem tells her how bad of an idea it is. So she casts the spell and Harvey asks her out and you just know that nothing good is going to come from this, but we'll have to wait for another issue to find out what.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes the characters that you know and completely throws you for a loop. It's dark and it's eerie, but it's also funny (I mean, Betty and Veronica show up as witches from a rival coven and summon a succubus, hilarious). The artwork is fantastic and the storyline is great, this is definitely one I'll be picking up again.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let's Talk: Halloween Movies

Every October, I have a little tradition of watching a Halloween-ish movie every night for the entire month. It can be anything from straight up slasher film to campy sci-fi to a Disney Halloween movie. Here are a few of my yearly staples:

Halloween—Lets get the most obvious one outta the way first. Halloween is not Halloween without Michael Myers. Also, one of my neighbors sets up a speaker in their yard that plays the theme music anytime someone walks past and it always makes my life seem a bit more suspenseful.

Hocus Pocus—No surprise here. I love everything about this movie; it’s definitely one of my favorites to watch this time of year. How can you not love the Sanderson sisters? Plus, Thackery Binx, be still my beating heart.

Monster Squad—Whenever I mention this movie to people, I usually get a blank stare in response. I don’t know why more people haven’t heard of it because it’s 80’s gold. A bunch of Universal monsters try to take over the world and a group of horror movie obsessed kids have to stop them, it’s brilliant. Also, it has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard: “WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS.” Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

Frankenstein—I’m a huge fan of the original Universal Monster movies and Frankenstein has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to play the role of the monster as well as Boris Karloff.

Young Frankenstein—How can I mention Frankenstein without throwing this gem in as well? Gene Wilder is perfection, and I can’t help but quote along with this entire movie, maybe that’s why no one likes to watch it with me.

Evil Dead trilogy—Oh Bruce Campbell, you wonder of a man. There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than really campy horror movies; there’s just something about them that I can’t get enough of and these movies are the cream of the crop for me. You can’t tell me that watching Ash cut off his possessed demon hand with a chainsaw, then replacing it with said chainsaw doesn’t make for good entertainment.

Creepshow/Creepshow 2— I mainly like these because they’re made up of a few movies, so you never have to worry about getting bored while watching, and I’m a fan of old horror comics as well. Win/win in my book!

Beetlejuice— Another classic. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like this movie. It’s so good, and young Alec Baldwin is a babe.

The Exorcist—This is probably the only movie I’ve ever watched that has really freaked me out. The first time I ever saw this was at a friends house and halfway through all the power in her house went out and I was sure we were going to die.

The Shining—Jack Nicholson you creepy, creepy man.

What are some of your Halloween favorites? Let me know!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Make Your Own Butterbeer Latte!

Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you. I’ve been dreaming about going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios since before it opened, so until I actually get there, I found this recipe on Pinterest for homemade Butterbeer latte to hold myself over until I can go to the Promised Land and drown myself in the real thing. The recipe is super simple and delicious, so here we go!

What you’ll need: (This recipe is only for one cup, but you can easily tweak it to however many you need)

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup of milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon


Heat the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan on medium heat until it starts to caramelize and you see bubbles start to form on top. Make sure you stir it often so it doesn’t burn.

Slowly add in your milk and stir until it’s all combined. It may take a few moments until all of the brown sugar and butter is melted in, so don’t worry, just keep stirring.

Once that’s all mixed together, add your vanilla and cinnamon and stir until it’s all combined.

Once that’s all mixed together, turn off your heat and carefully (it’ll be hot) pour or ladle into your favorite mug and enjoy! I added whipped cream and caramel syrup to mine and it was basically like a little bit of heaven. Let me know if you give it a go and how it comes out!