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Corn Stalks are Grown to be Stolen

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by bluefall8

Like last week, this post too was a Halloween themed Word of the Week. There are a couple of tidbits worth mentioning in this post, the first being a mention of the RWF. The RWF stood for Revolution Wrestling Federation which was a backyard wrestling production I staged with some friends over a number of years. The particular show mentioned below occurred on October 29, 2005 and would be the last one we ever did.

The second item of interest is probably the most important and can be found in the last paragraph where there is a mention of a “companion blog”. That companion blog would grow into Hallowblog by October 2007 and that would of course evolve into Horrorlust four years later. 

The final tidbit is the closing salutation. The phrase, “Later Defecators” is one that I would later use regularly at the end of certain Mud Puppets videos called Mupdates. What are the Mud Puppets? Well, since you asked, the Mud Puppets are a sketch comedy troupe that my cousin and I maintain on YouTube and we’d be tickled if you gave us a look, right here: The Mud Puppets.

This post was originally written Friday, October 13, 2006.

The second installment of the Halloween themed “Word of the Week” is late as was its immediate predecessor. I try to post regularly on Thursday but alas I’m distracted and lazy. Hell, I’m only a couple of hours late as it is. As usual there is great excitement surrounding yet another edition of “Word of the Week” but much like last Saturday’s entry, this one too has a little something extra. Before I get to that however I must relay this week’s word, which happens to be corn stalk.

Corn stalks are a staple of the Halloween season and are often associated with mystery and fear, in part thanks to The Children of the Corn films. Corn mazes have become a fixture of the Halloween season as well, off-shoots of other attractions such as haunted houses, forests, and hay rides. Corn stalks are a quintessential Halloween item, conjuring up images of objects in the same vein-pumpkins, scarecrows, full moons, witches, werewolves, and cauldrons. Good stuff those corn stalks.

One last item to clarify before I come to the defining of the word, the title: Corn stalks are grown to be stolen. Some know the story, it occurred just one Halloween removed. Hey what can I say, the RWF had a Halloween show to produce, funds were short and we needed props. Corn stalks were on that list, sacrifices had to be made and corn stalks were pilfered. Richard, my partner in crime, good times.

corn stalk-noun: a stalk of Indian corn.

And now for the latest, exciting announcement. I have decided that the Halloween themed “Word of the Week”, as great as it is, just isn’t enough of a tribute to such a great holiday. Therefore I’ve decided to add a companion blog to the “Word of the Week” for the duration of the month of October. This blog will contain a weekly creature as well as a recommended horror film and a section dedicated to memories of Halloween past. Other content may creep in there as well as I think of it and I am of course open to suggestions.

Later Defecators.

A Bloodbath on Devil’s Night

Posted in 2013, Review, Wyandotte Jaycees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by bluefall8

Devil’s Night arrived dreary and wet but with the haunt season coming to a close it would take a lot more than that to keep us off the road. Our first stop brought us to the Wyandotte Jaycees 2013 haunted house — Bloodbath on Biddle. The Jaycees were fortunate to obtain the building that until recently housed City Hall, it’s large and centrally located in downtown Wyandotte.

John and I entered and talked shop with some of the team, some of you may recall that project lead Jon Dehring appeared on an episode of the Mud Puppets during October alongside several of his favorite ghouls. You can watch that episode right now, as well as a behind the scenes tour, by clicking these links: Murder Mystery and Bloodbath on Biddle: Behind the Scenes Tour.

As we talked I noticed a desk to my right, atop it sat a newspaper not unlike the Fear Finder. It was entitled Terror Tracker so I snatched one up to peruse at my leisure. I’ll ruminate more on this publication in a future post. John and I wrapped up the conversation with the Jaycees crew and trudged forth into the bloodbath.

In the past the Wyandotte Jaycees, not dissimilar to many volunteer groups, has struggled to staff their attraction with seasoned scarers. The organization took a step in the right direction this year — the cast may not have been battled scarred veterans, but on the whole the group displayed a lot of heart and energy. In the end we determined that the kids were alright and we appreciated the effort.

There were some standouts too, such as the freakishly contorted handwalkers in the whiteout room. These tortured souls issued primal screams that hastened our departure.

In another room we encountered  a criminally insane young woman who had been strapped into an electric chair and for good reason as we would soon find out. Initially she attempted to convince us of her innocence and asked if we’d free her from the restraints. Skeptical, we questioned her further and soon learned, by way of her own admission, that her current predicament was the result of an incident which involved an oven and some babies.

Her voice was calm, cold while she made this confession, a comical glint danced across her dead eyes — but before she could elaborate further someone threw the switch and sent a current of voltage ripping through her now spasming body!

The halfway point of the haunted house presented us with an interesting choice — Heaven or Hell. We decided that Hell was our best course of action but to our great surprise the route was a circuitous one which inevitably sent us to Heaven…well, maybe an offshoot of Heaven. A preacher had been hung by the neck and in the shadows lurked a devilish dame with a gash for a mouth and a whip for a tongue.

“I don’t know. Is this your idea of Heaven,” she quipped. Philosophers and psychos all under one roof, go figure. As she slunk out of the shadows with the confidence and poise of one who likes to play with her food, I found myself not just pondering the query but also fighting off the litany of inappropriate responses which had instantly flooded my mind. I know, I know — it’s a testament to just how deeply depraved I am that my mind so readily drudges up such things, but hey, it’s a fun way to live.

There was a handful of signature scenes throughout Bloodbath on Biddle which were all decorated and detailed quite well. We traversed a morgue, a carnival sideshow, and one room that featured a very curious wall of televisions.

There was also a pair of scenes inspired by cherished fairytales, granted the interpretation was twisted, but Snow White and Alice were represented nonetheless. Gruesome artwork highlighted these areas — a beheaded White Rabbit for Alice and a dwarf that hung from a tree for Snow White. Which of the seven dwarves, you ask? Un-Happy, of course!

I especially enjoyed the set pieces used in the latter two scenes — a pair of trees and a water wheel in Snow White’s forest and then a large, colorful tea cup found in Wonderland. Another eye catching sequence was found at the end of the attraction when we traversed a front yard and then several rooms in the accompanying house.

As visually impressive as all of the scenes were such inspiration did not lend itself to execution. For various reasons the actors in these prime areas just didn’t muster up a scare worthy of such settings. For instance, the room with the wall of televisions that I mentioned earlier featured a scare that depended almost entirely on timing and unfortunately the  technological and human elements were simply not in sync.

Two scenes in particular that I thought were loaded with potential was the aforementioned sideshow and the closet near the end of the attraction. The sideshow was neatly dressed with whimsical banners that advertised the oddballs who populated the big top. In the middle of the room was a large box but it’s potential went widely unrealized. Similarly, the closet which had clothes hanging in front of our eyes failed to capitalize on the creativity that went into designing the room.

I had also noticed that the actresses portraying Snow White and Alice were different from the pair who usually staffed those positions. I knew this because it was this duo who had joined Mr. Dehring for the interview mentioned near the beginning of this review. The original tandem was very effective in their respective roles and unfortunately their stand-ins didn’t own the characters in quite the same way. I would later learn that the girls had experienced a bit of haunt fatigue and were actually stationed at other positions in the attraction.

It’s a shame that the best scenes weren’t accompanied by more powerful scares and startles because the Wyandotte Jaycees did a lot of good things with Bloodbath on Biddle. The attraction spanned two floors, sported a large and mostly vocal cast, and lasted for more than twenty minutes. The attraction made use of false doors, integrated props well, and featured cool artwork and several detailed scenes. I hope to see the group build on these successes in the seasons to come.

Rating: 3.25 stars

Our Muddier Nightmare at the Summit of Horror Month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by bluefall8

The month of October has once again been a mile-a-minute thrill ride filled with too many sleepless nights. We hit the haunts hard (and we’re not done yet) but its also been a huge month for the Mud Puppets. Ryan and I embarked on a bold concept entitled Horror Month — wherein everything we produced throughout October was both humorous and horrifying.

This all came about due to the resounding success of Our Muddy Nightmare, our 2012 Halloween Special. This year we followed that up with a sequel, Our Muddier Nightmare. I’m very proud of everything we produced during Horror Month and I hope all you continue to follow the Mud Puppets long after the candle inside the last jack-o’-lantern has been snuffed out.

I’ll invite you once more to check out the Mud Puppets on YouTube and subscribe; the Halloween Specials are particularly close to my heart and I encourage all to share it with your friends, family, and fellow bloggers.

Our Muddy Nightmare was done in the spirit of a horror anthology with individual sketches tied into the overarching story.

Our Muddy Nightmare was done in the spirit of a horror anthology with individual sketches tied into the overarching story.

Our Muddier Nightmare utilized existing Mud Puppets' characters to form the basis of a slasher flick.

Our Muddier Nightmare utilized existing Mud Puppets’ characters to form the basis of a slasher flick.

Colossus of Armada

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by bluefall8

In the time since our haunted travels began we’ve toured just about every major haunted attraction throughout Michigan, but one monster of the scene has evaded us and tonight we’ll finally add it to our collection — and the name of that location is Blake’s. We’ve made various attempts over the years to visit but inevitably some factor arose to thwart our plans, but not tonight.

First, we’ll make an inaugural stop at another location, Purgatory’s Revenge in New Haven, and then we travel to storied Armada where we’ll experience Blake’s 3-Story Haunted Barn, the much heralded Nighttime Spooky Hayride, and perhaps even stuff our maws with the various vittles I’ve heard so much about. Once done there if time should happen to permit we’ll waltz right on down the road and cap off the night at Slaughtered at Sundown, yet another maiden haunt for us. Slaughtered at Sundown has a haunted barn of their own as well as the Slaughtered Town Hayride.

Also, reviews from the Realm of Haunted Minds and the Funeral Home will be posted this weekend; and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, Our Muddier Nightmare!

Actors Impress at Funeral Home, Realm of Haunted Minds

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by bluefall8

It was a short night of haunting but a fun one as well. The Realm of Haunted Minds proved once more to be a fun for all ages event. The grounds that surround the haunted house are populated by a miniature town that featured a school house and saloon, among others. The charming country store where guests procure tickets was a feast for the eyes and stomach alike; the whole place simply exuded a classic Halloween atmosphere.

The Funeral Home offered some fun and fright — a mysterious voice begged for our help from behind a door while we waited in line (we offered only our laughter). Soon we were whisked away into an echo chamber of screams, shrieks, and mocking catcalls. As always full reviews will be posted.

Meanwhile over at Mud Puppets Studios, Horror Month is in full swing. Today, we unveiled our behind the scenes trip through Bloodbath on Biddle from the Wyandotte Jaycees. We’ve even created a separate playlist, entitled Horror Month, for easy navigation of all our spooky videos. I’d like to welcome all readers of Horrorlust to check out The Mud Puppets on YouTube and subscribe; your views, likes, and shares are immensely appreciated.

This is Alice, and she wants your head.

This is Alice, and she wants your head.

Slaughtered, Terrified, and Muddy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by bluefall8

It was a long and enjoyable night of haunting for John, Cikalo, and I. We’d like to offer our thanks to Ken and his crew at Slaughter House for being such gracious hosts — it was there that we completed the haunted hat trick with trips through Slaughter House Barn, Haunted Maze, and Bloodbath and Beyond Hayride!

We marveled at the cornstalks which we estimated to be somewhere between twelve and thirteen feet tall; easily the biggest we’ve ever witnessed. We’ve saw some big ones before too, in 2010 The Haunted Farm in Pleasantville, Ohio sported stalks of corn so large we swore that they’d been gorged on the blood of innocents. Indeed, even that beastly crop was topped by the maize afforded at Slaughter House. We even watched as one middle-aged woman shambled drunkenly into the dense corn to urinate, and when she reemerged the cornstalks shifted and swayed violently as if a Sasquatch or a pack of wolves was about to emerge; a comical feast for the eyes!

When we had disembarked from the Bloodbath and Beyond Hayride we cut a swift path to the car, the hour had grown late and we still had a date with the Terrorfied Forest and Manor in Pinckney. In our haste I failed to notice a large trailer hitch that jutted out from the rear of a pickup truck — my shin took the full force of the impact and I hit the ground like a ton of bricks. My cohorts could only laugh at my plight as I rolled about on the ground and spat curses, but there was another haunt to get to so I bucked up and hobbled my way to the vehicle despite the fact that Cikalo believed my leg to be broken (it wasn’t).

Terrorfied Forest and Manor turned out to be an interesting and fun haunted attraction despite its’ various shortcomings. The Manor itself was all to brief for my liking but the Terrorfied Forest proved to be longer than expected and offered a few surprises as well. As with every attraction we visit I’ll have full reviews posted in the days and weeks to come.

In other news, Horror Month continued to roar on this weekend at Mud Puppet Studios. We now have a trailer posted that chronicles everything viewers can expect from the Mud Puppets during the season of screams. Furthermore, just today we uploaded the latest cable access episode to our YouTube channel, the aptly titled Murder Mystery featured interviews with the Wyandotte Jaycees and Reverend Thaddeus Doogoody. We also showcased two sketches, a clip from 2012’s Our Muddy Nightmare, and a video from our jaunt through Bloodbath on Biddle!

Ain’t no Rest for the Wicked

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by bluefall8

A night of haunting that involves three separate locations generally makes for a whirlwind experience, and after last night I feel like I’ve been swept away by a tornado and chucked clear across Michigan’s haunted landscape.

And there will be no rest today because Ryan and I have officially kicked off Horror Month; we have some Mud Puppets business to attend to with the Wyandotte Jaycees’ Bloodbath on Biddle. I’ll have more on this story in a future post.

Getting back to last night, after a three year drought my cohorts and I returned to Pontiac and were jaw jacked by the additions and alterations that have been made to mighty Erebus. The Realm of Darkness didn’t have it’s usual punch but their new CarnEvil 3D attraction certainly had potential. Finally, we came to Sinister in Utica where the cast threw caution to the wind and with a combination of improvisation and creativity were able to overcome a spot of bad luck. Full reviews will be posted throughout the week, so stay tuned kiddies!

Reviews to Commence Soon, Mud Puppets

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2013 by bluefall8

John and I successfully toured both Jackson’s Underworld and Darksyde Acres on Friday the 13th — just another notch in our belt; it’s the earliest we’ve ever visited a haunted attraction. I’ll have full reviews posted for both by the end of the week but generally speaking, we enjoyed both locations. Jackson’s Underworld has grown a lot since opening its doors in 2009 but still has a long way to go if it wants to become one of Michigan’s premiere haunted destinations. Darkysde Acres served up its usual cast of unusual characters, some of which provide the best interaction we’ve witnessed anywhere. We also had an opportunity to meet the owner of this madhouse and he was a cool guy indeed and as it turns out, a big fan of the Mud Puppets too!

The Mud Puppets, if I may indulge in a gratuitous plug for a moment, is a sketch comedy troupe that I formed with my cousin Ryan a little more than a year ago. We have a YouTube channel where we release new content each Saturday. Last year we produced a Halloween special entitled Our Muddy Nightmare and we’re currently working on this years entry, Our Muddier Nightmare. We also began a cable access show at our local station earlier this year and are in the midst of writing a Halloween themed presentation for that as well. We welcome anybody with a taste for horror and Halloween to check us out and subscribe. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on WordPress. You can follow Ryan @MudPuppetRyan or myself @MudPuppetJoel.

August Heartstrings

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by bluefall8

The recent temperature drop has me in a fall state of mind, hell the neighbors are enjoying a bonfire as I type and the nostalgic smell is drifting through my open window.  As most of the country is set to enjoy the dog days of summer us haunt fiends eye the calendar with a quiet glee, firm in the knowledge that the haunt season creeps ever closer. With that in mind I come to you today with bits of news brought to me on the wind.

This summer I’ve delved into Ohio Valley Haunts, a website dedicated to haunted attraction reviews complete with podcasts. It always gives me a little thrill to find other people with that kind of passion for the haunt industry. Over the years I’ve stumbled across a handful of review sites but more often than not they’re poorly written and seem to disappear after a couple of seasons; it’s rare to find one with staying power that’s penned by capable writers. Ohio Valley Haunts is certainly an example of the latter, based in Cincinnati the group primarily reviews haunted attractions located in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. In 2012 Ohio Valley Haunts reviewed a staggering 116 haunted attractions. I would encourage anyone interested in the haunted attraction industry pay these folks a visit: Ohio Valley Haunts.

I’m psyched that September with feature a Friday the 13th — I’ve always viewed these days as a kind of mini-Halloween and it’s great that so many haunted attractions have indicated through social media that their doors will indeed open on this date. Last year when John, Richard, and I ventured to the Scarefest Scream Park in New Haven on September 15th it was the earliest in the season I’d ever visited a haunted attraction. The 2013 calendar represents a chance to set a new record and it’s an opportunity I just can’t pass up — I’ll be spending Friday the 13th haunting!

There’s a documentary due out later this month titled Monsters Wanted, which highlights a couples’ foray into the haunted attraction industry. I’ve watched the trailer and the documentary looks very interesting, if not inspirational. The trailer is available at this website: Monsters Wanted.

Crazy Bob Turner of the Haunted Hydro has been dropping hints on Facebook regarding the 2013 theme of Fremont’s fabled haunt and his words hold promise. He and his crew are overhauling the Hydro and are primed to put a macabre twist on famous fairy tales and other cherished childhood favorites. If at the end of the day the execution matches the ambition then it should be an exciting year at the Haunted Hydro. I’m a big fan of the Haunted Hydro — it may not be the largest or most frightening haunted attraction but there’s a presence about the place; it’s as if  the very spirit of Halloween walks the grounds. If you want more information on Crazy Bob and his twisted bunch of miscreants just click the link: Haunted Hydro.

Lastly, I’m proud to announce that the Mud Puppets, the sketch comedy troupe my cousin and I comprise, will feature another Halloween special this fall. In 2012 we released Our Muddy Nightmare which was received well by many in the haunted house industry. The script is yet to be written for our 2013 offering but the plot has already been established. We anticipate that shooting will commence early to mid September.

All Hallow’s Eve, Our Muddy Nightmare

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by bluefall8

As I mentioned last night, John and I will venture to Maumee, Ohio this evening for Dimensions in Darkness and Terror Town. If what I’ve read about Dimensions of Darkness is true then we will surely have a Halloween to remember — voices on the wind carry to me tales of frightening intensity cocooned within an old school approach. Terror Town has me excited as well, the minds behind the madness here never fail to whip up some new trick or outrageous animatronic. Oh, how the haunt season does delight with all of it’s twists and turns — this will be the fifth consecutive year that I’ve visited Mayor Worm Face’s twisted town — you have to be doing more than a couple of things right to possess that sort of draw.

In other news, I’m very proud and excited to announce that the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, titled Our Muddy Nightmare has been released! I burned the midnight oil tying up loose ends and eagerly await feedback. If you’re a reader of this blog and you aren’t familiar with the Mud Puppets, I’ll fill you in — my cousin and I produce a sketch comedy show on YouTube. We began shooting this past June and have continued ever since, Out Muddy Nightmare is our fifth episode. I welcome any and all readers of Horrorlust to check us out — oh yeah, we’re also running for President.

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