Grave Encounters – SHOCKTOBER

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Grave Encounters was such a thrill to watch. So exciting that they are already working on a sequel. 2011 Canadian horror film blew my socks off. Truly a scary thrill. A couple cheesy scares but overall the ‘Blair Witch’ of mental hospitals. I love watching the behind the scenes of a ‘supernatural reality show.’ Kind of gives you insight on what it would be like if Ghost Hunters had a Grave Encounters moment.

Just found out they are having a limited midnight showing for the sequel on Halloween! Exciting!

 

❤ the shark

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Pandorum – SHOCKTOBER

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Pandorum was awesome. I liked it even though it was strange and had really crazy cinematography. Patrick thought it was lame.

What’s it about, here’s a super quick recap: two astronauts suddenly ‘wake up’ and find out that their ship has been torn to pieces and there are alien lifeforms onboard. Oh and they have no recollection of why they are there in the first place. Goal is to try to survive to make it out alive. You gotta watch it to find out how it ends.

The Tall Man – SHOCKTOBER

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WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS.

The Tall Man is a 2012 English-language French mystery film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The film, Martyrs, was a stunningly shocking film that Pascal Laugier wrote and directed. Being such a fan of it, I hoped to have a similar reaction to The Tall Man.

I was immediately excited to see Stephan McHattie in this film. after his superb performance in Pontypool, I have this newfound passion for his performance. although his character was minor, I enjoyed the appearance and recognizing him.

This was a thriller that had some twists. Jessica Biel was a very convincing as a victim and I liked that she seemed like the child killer towards the end. I like that she ended up sacrificing herself for the greater good of The Cause: redistributing stolen children into rich white suburban homes.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

<;3 the shark

Quarantine 2 – SHOCKTOBER

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WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Quarantine 2 wasn’t terrible, I’ll give it that. I loved the premise: being stuck on the plane with a virus. I could have seen a little more of that versus the on the ground action in a broken down terminal at an airport, which was mostly what the movie was.

The tie-in from the original is that this plane derailment happens simultaneously with the original Quarantine in LA. The flight was leaving LAX and one of the passengers that boarded the plane smuggled on a lab rat that…wait for it…was a test subject for the virus. Yeah, kinda lame, but still entertaining noneoftheless.

I was pissed when the ending allowed the little boy to live and walk away unharmed. Too nice and Hollywood squeaky clean happy ending for me.

I give it a 2 out of 5.

<;3 the shark

Pontypool – SHOCKTOBER

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Pontypool was adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about “Shock jock” Grant Mazzy who has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now works at the only job he could get hosting the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations due to yet another massive snow storm, things quickly turn deadly when reports of people having bizarre seizures, developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?

Grant Mazzy’s deep bold voice is my favorite part of the film. Stephen McHattie blows it out of the water with his character, creating a selfish insecure but incredibly likable character. The ‘Shock jock’ of Pontypool has such a strong voice, carrying the town throughout it’s destruction. With all of the awful things he’s describing, Grant Mazzy brings gravity to the impossible. I could seriously watch/listen to him on the radio all day long.

At Rue Morgue‘s 2008 Festival of Fear expo, director Bruce McDonald stressed the victims of the virus detailed in the film were not zombies and called them “conversationalists”. He described the stages of the disease:

There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it’s words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can’t express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person

Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehq2a8lum_4. I love that there is a possibility of a sequel too!

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

<;3 the shark

SHOCKTOBER 2012

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howdy folks. i’ve been in a cave but crawled out to announce Patrick and my SHOCKTOBER horror movie list. This is in no particular order:

  1. The Children
  2. Pontypool
  3. Kill List
  4. The Loved Ones
  5. Angel Heart
  6. Videodrome
  7. Quarantine 2
  8. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Lesile Vernon
  9. The Monster Squad
  10. The Shining
  11. Event Horizon
  12. Cabin in the Woods
  13. The Squad
  14. Tokyo Gore Police
  15. Cemetery Man
  16. The Killer Condom
  17. Human Centipede 2
  18. Pet Sematary
  19. Woman
  20. The Lady in White
  21. Mother’s Day
  22. Who Can Kill a Child?
  23. Father’s Day
  24. Beyond the Black Rainbow
  25. Grave Encounters
  26. Lake Placid
  27. Frontiers
  28. Dead Heat
  29. Pandorum
  30. Paranormal Activity 4
  31. Sinister

I hope to update you with my thoughts and reviews on some of the above-mentioned films as we tackle through this exciting list!

Happy SHOCKTOBER!

❤ the shark

I’m married, swam with sharks, and BIG NEWS!

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reading our vows.

First of all, I just tied the knot with my best friend, Patrick Klepek. Yep, we are hitched! We went back to the Chicagoland area to celebrate on Lake Geneva (the Hamptons of the Midwest). It was a fabulous celebration and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of my family and friends that could help celebrate.

Watch our vows and the rest of the ceremony. You might want a tissue.

You can check out some of our pictures on our photographer’s website: Tom Root Photography. His pictures are beautiful. Tom Root was a pleasure to work with and I would use him again in a heartbeat!

For our honeymoon, we explored the islands of Maui and Honolulu. We zip-lined across a dormant volcano, jumped into waterfalls, explored locations Lost was filmed on, fed baby hammerheads, and learned how to stand up paddle surf. But most of all, I finally made my dream come true: I swam with sharks, Galapagos sharks to be exact. It was terrifying and fun at the same time. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56LSjDiGDew&feature=plcp. Here’s some awesome pics to recap:

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i spy a shark in the waters.

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the sharks really liked the GoPro camera.

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growing increasingly terrified to get in the cage.

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WE DID IT! post-cage diving with the sharks.

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the waterfalls from Lost.

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Patrick is kind of the falls.

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nerding out over Lost rules!

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The Others camp!

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Where it all started. Lost pilot FTW!

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Patrick was so excited to finally get to this beach.

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the church where it all came to an end. #LOST

And my BIGGEST news is that I joined forces with my partner in crime, Karen Hartline, to start a new event production company, Reinventing Events. Karen and I have a blast together and really know how to work side-by-side to produce creative and strategic events. We are still super new and are working hard to get our brand out there. If you have event production needs for holiday parties, SXSW, conferences, launch events, receptions, or anything else, I’d love to chat! If you want to stay up-to-date with me and what’s happening at Reinventing Events, you can sign-up for our newsletter. Promise not to spam you! 😉

Hope to hear back from all of you. Thanks in advance for checking out my sweet shark video 🙂