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Hank Hymen: Virgin Slayer

Posted in News with tags , , , on October 29, 2016 by bluefall8

Hank Hymen: Virgin Slayer is a horror-comedy short released Halloween 2012 as part of an anthology special called Our Muddy Nightmare. The sketch, presented as a movie trailer, details the absurd case of a serial lothario Hank Hymen, who surfaces each October to seduce virgins — 31 of them to be exact. Hank is pursued by Detectives Rockford and Grant, a crime-fighting duo willing to color outside the lines of the law to settle a personal grudge.

Horrorlust Radio Episode #007

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by bluefall8

In episode #007 of Horrorlust Radio I’m joined by my frequent partner in crime, Mud Puppet Ryan. Ryan and I will discuss comedy in horror and also relive some of our most cherished, and not so cherished, Halloween memories.

Also in this episode of Horrorlust Radio we have new entries for the segments Cauldron Questions and Nightmare Fuel. In the former Ryan and I will answer three burning questions and then during the latter Ryan will recount a personal tale of the macabre, strange and surreal.

We’ll also discuss the results of the garage haunt, The CikNis and then detail my involvement with the Wyandotte Jaycees 2014 haunted house, Fo-be-e.

I’m actively seeking sponsors for Horrorlust Radio, if you own or operate a haunted attraction or are otherwise involved or connected to the haunt industry and are interested in such an opportunity you can contact me at the following email address: horrorlust@bluestarproductions.net

Email any questions or comments to the address above or feel welcome to post any reactions to this podcast in the comments section below.

HORRORLUST RADIO EPISODE: 007

SHOW NOTES

The Great Horrorlust Sharing was mentioned several times during this podcast; this Facebook event is to promote the Horrorlust page on the social network. You can view the event here: The Great Horrorlust Sharing.

You can even share the event itself or invite your own circle of friends which is great, but the end game to all of this is to direct folks to the Horrorlust Facebook page so that they too can like and share it. So, here’s the link, like and share away: Horrorlust on Facebook

Below is the VHS cover art for the 1990 film Troll 2 — nothing I can type here can accurately summarize this film. Stop reading. Go watch Troll 2.

Even the VHS cover art struggled with continuity -- that's a werewolf on the box art of a film called Troll 2 which featured goblins...not trolls.

Even the VHS cover art struggled with continuity — that’s a werewolf on the box art of a film called Troll 2 which featured goblins…not trolls.

One of the most entertaining documentaries ever produced; Best Worst Movie highlights the oddball cast and crew who brought Troll 2 into its now infamous existence and chronicles the cult following this cinematic train wreck has inspired.

A truer title the world does not know.

A truer title the world does not know.

In this podcast Ryan and I discussed at length our sketch comedy troupe the Mud Puppets. Primarily, we produce videos on YouTube but also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. Last spring we began a comedy based podcast as well. The best starting point for all things Mud Puppets is our website: The Mud Puppets

Our channel features over 130 videos including all of the horror and Halloween themed sketches and specials discussed in the podcast such as 2012’s Our Muddy Nightmare and our recent public access episode Cabinet of Curiosities.

The songs and audio clips featured in this episode are listed below in chronological order:

1. “Halloween” by Aqua (Aquarius, 2000)

2. Trick ‘r Treat Theatrical Trailer, 2007

3. “Astro Zombies” by The Misfits (Walk Among Us, 1982)

4. Halloween Bus Massacre from Trick ‘r Treat, 2007

5. “Halloween” by The Misfits (Legacy of Brutality, 1981)

Fade to Black

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by bluefall8

Despite rain and falling temperatures the 2013 haunt season came to an end last night on a high note. In St. Charles we battled our way through the Village of the Living Dead, one of the most truly frightening haunted attractions we’ve visited in some time. As the midnight hour crept near we pulled into Mt. Morris where the cast at Exit 13 churned out a fantastic haunt romp punctuated by their unique blend of unbridled madness.

We also collected a lead from Pete at the Village of the Living Dead about another area haunt, Garage of Terror in Chesaning. If time had allowed we would have ventured there as well, we’re always up for a surprise visit, but the clock was ticking and we had an appointment to keep with Exit 13.

As always, full reviews will be posted. Currently I have nine reviews in the works, the first will be released tomorrow night which will detail the trip I took with my sister-in-law through the Funeral Home in Inkster. I’ll also share the details of our Halloween yard haunt in an upcoming post; and as always I invite each of you to subscribe to the zany antics of the Mud Puppets.

Mere days before Halloween we released Our Muddier Nightmare, a Halloween Special. In our latest video, simply titled Happy Halloween, yours truly can be seen dressed in drag doing my best Buffalo Bill impression of Silence of the Lambs fame. It’s been called weird, awkward, horrifying, and just plain wrong. So it’s definitely worth a watch!

Temperatures Drop as Haunt Season Heats Up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by bluefall8

Friday turned out to be a well rounded and fun night of haunting. Our trip to Purgatory’s Revenge in New Haven was the highlight of the night. There we witnessed a solid show that put us in mind of the excellent gang at Sinister, and we had a great conversation with the minds behind the madness at this second year effort.

Once we departed we were off to Blake’s which impressed us with it’s size and scope. The 3-Story Haunted Barn offered a few enjoyable scenes but on the whole left much to be desired, but the Nighttime Spooky Hayride lived up to it’s billing.

Lastly, we made our way to Slaughtered at Sundown where we enjoyed a blend of elaborate scenery and haunting fundamentals. Full reviews coming soon as well as a look ahead at the final week of the season!

Now I’m off to finish up the Mud Puppets Halloween Special! I hope you’ll all give it a chance, until then you can enjoy last year’s special Our Muddy Nightmare or check out our Horror Month collection!

The Mud Puppets Present Horror Month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by bluefall8
The wait is over, Horror Month is here! A couple of weeks ago my cousin Ryan and I announced via our YouTube Channel that all of the videos we released this month would be horror or Halloween related. We began shooting our Halloween Special in mid-September and as of now it is slated to be released in just two weeks. However, today fans can enjoy our first entry in Horror Month, Demon Seed!

We’re also heading into the cable access studio today to shoot a Halloween themed episode; Ryan and I will discuss horror movies, haunted houses, and share memories of Halloween past. The episode will also feature a murder mystery, creepy decor, and at least one off color remark about Elvira’s boobs! Our guests will include representatives from the Wyandotte Jaycees, the group responsible for Wyandotte’s 2013 haunted attraction Bloodbath on Biddle. There will even be video of Ryan and I during a recent trip to the haunted house when things went…well, not according to plan.

We’ll also welcome Reverend Thaddeus Doogoody formerly of St. Pascal’s School for Wayward Rascals. Reverend Doogoody appeared in Our Muddy Nightmare, the 2012 Halloween Special by us Mud Puppets. Reverend Doogoody will discuss Halloween traditions, his plans to picket Michigan haunted attractions, and likely damn us to hell!

It’s all a part of Horror Month and we’d be honored if you joined in the fun. It would be a great deal to me if the readers of Horrorlust became fans of the Mud Puppets as well; so let any horror and haunt fiends that you happen to know that Horror Month is here and we’re hungry for eyeballs!

This horrifying clown is down with Horror Month. Are you?

This horrifying clown is down with Horror Month. Are you?

Behind the Scenes look at Bloodbath on Biddle

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by bluefall8

Some of you may know that my cousin and I have a YouTube channel where we post sketch comedy videos under the name The Mud Puppets. We also do a variety show at our local public access station under the same banner. Later this week we’ll head into the studio to shoot an hour long Halloween episode and our primary guests will hail from the Wyandotte Jaycees — a youth oriented community group that has produced a haunted attraction for 37 years.

After getting in contact with project lead Jon Dehring a week ago, I stopped by last Wednesday for a behind the scenes tour. The Jaycees is a volunteer based organization and was instrumental in popularizing haunted houses throughout the United States. I was impressed by the scope of the attraction as well as the creativity required to envision various scenes and effects.

When we returned just yesterday we found a willing and eager cast ready to provide us with interviews, personal stories, and demonstrations. The group even obliged when we asked if we could shoot a haunt inspired comedy bit for our show. It was a very positive atmosphere and we’re happy to have them as our guests this weekend, and we’re very excited to share all of our horror related content with the readers of Horrorlust. Our Halloween episode will be available for viewing on YouTube October 12th.

Bloodbath on Biddle is located at 3131 Biddle Ave. Wyandotte, MI. 48192 (that’s old City Hall for you locals). The haunt will run October 11-13, 17-20, and 24-31. Bloodbath on Biddle is open 7pm-10pm Thursdays and Sundays, 7pm-Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $15. For more information visit wyandottejaycees.org or call (734) 288-7024. A wonderfully grisly ad can be found for Bloodbath on Biddle on page 25 of the Fear Finder.

Ryan and I pose with the deranged lot from Bloodbath on Biddle

Ryan and I pose with the deranged lot from Bloodbath on Biddle.

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.

October slips into November

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by bluefall8

More than any other year before it the 2012 haunt season went by in a whirlwind blur. I am drained, exhausted, and spent. We ended the season last Saturday with a raucous visit to Darksyde Acres in Jonesville and the team there did not disappoint. I still have a number of reviews to write and by God they will be written — beginning with our trip to Krazy Hilda’s and return to Slaughter House Adventure for the Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride on Friday, October 26. I’m aiming to post at least one of those tomorrow evening by the latest and after that I’ll chronicle our visit to Haunt for Hunger and The Scream Machine which took place the following night. Reviews are also coming from our Halloween outing which saw us stop at Dimensions in Darkness and Terror Town, and of course I’ll record all of the outlandish nonsense that occurred at the indomitable Darksyde Acres!

In the mean time I’d like to suggest that all lovers of horror and Halloween check out the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, Our Muddy Nightmare — right here: Our Muddy Nightmare 

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.

For more information on the Mud Puppets:

Subscribe on YouTube: Our Muddy Nightmare

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Happy Halloween!

A Blustry Devil’s Night Stirs Memories

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by bluefall8

It is with great excitement that I can report that the Mud Puppets Halloween Special is nearly complete — I plan to post it before I drift off to dream land tonight.

In haunt related news, John and I were all set to go haunting tonight until we had a change of plans yesterday, a change that would cause us to skip the upstart Dimensions of Darkness and Terror Town in Maumee. As it were, the haunt fates were destined to intervene as another twist in plans will see us get there yet! Here’s the story — We had originally planned to hit Maumee’s twin terrors tonight and end the season at Darksyde Acres on Halloween, but plans changed and it looked as if the Monstrosities of Maumee would be lost — alas just today I discovered that Darksyde Acres will be open this weekend, and what’s more — Saturday is Adult’s Only!

So, we’ll spend Halloween in the Buckeye State — first with a stop at an exciting, new location and then a visit to an old favorite. Finally, we’ll stretch the haunt season further than we’ve ever stretched it before this Saturday with what’s destined to be a wild night at Darksyde Acres. During our first visit there last season we ogled half naked haunt hotties and confronted hyperactive clowns who begged us to slap their asses, and that was just a routine Friday night in early October! In my wildest haunt dreams I can only imagine what will go on here during an Adults Only Event!

After much editing of the Mud Puppets Halloween Special today, I raced over to Terror on the Boulevard, a home haunt in Lincoln Park. Unfortunately, there was nary a soul in sight and my heart sank a little — I was really hoping to pay it a visit this season. Perhaps the threat of the Frankenstorm kept haunters indoors tonight — let us hope that no such freak weather effects the remainder of the haunt season — for I must go haunting and the kiddies most partake in the magical tradition of Trick r’ Treating.

And what a great night for haunting it could have been, this weather puts me in mind of Devil’s Night 2009 when Jason, John, Richard and I braved the elements en route to Hell Block 13 in Wyandotte, Realm of Darkness in Pontiac, and finally a memorable stop at Haunted Farm of Terror in Lenox Township; three years later and Richard still loves to tell the story of how a massive skull nearly punched me square in the face while on the epic hayride at the latter!