Top 5 Horror of 2015

Top 5 horror of 2015

2015 was a fantastic year for horror, below My husband and I put together our top 5.

Patrick’s favorites:

  1. It Follows
  2. We Are Still Here
  3. Krampus
  4. Goodnight Mommy
  5. What We Do in the Shadows

RUNNERS-UP: The Visit, Unfriended, Creep

My favorites:

  1. It Follows
  2. Goodnight Mommy
  3. We Are Still Here
  4. The Gift
  5. The Visit

RUNNERS-UP: Creep, Krampus

You can listen to our Til Death Do Us Part podcast, a weekly horror discussion between husband and wife, where we discuss in more detail here.

What are YOUR favorite horror movies of 2015? Contact us at

❤ the shark


Shocktober 2015

Shocktober 2015

Every year, I anticipate the start of October. Shocktober is my favorite season of the year!

The spirit of Shocktober is to try and watch as many of the below films as you can, knowing in advance that it’s probably impossible to watch a movie every single night. Trust me, we never get through the list.

While my husband and I put this list together, he wrote about it on Kotaku and I am reposting here!

  1. Goodnight Mommy (Theater)
  2. Unfriended (VOD/DVD)
  3. Cooties (VOD)
  4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (VOD/DVD/Streaming)
  5. Westworld (VOD/DVD)
  6. Deep Red (DVD)
  7. The Visit (Theater)
  8. Jacob’s Ladder (DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  9. Knock Knock (Theater)
  10. Contracted: Phase 2 (VOD/DVD)
  11. We Are Still Here (VOD/DVD)
  12. Cub (VOD/DVD)
  13. Don’t Look Now (VOD/DVD)
  14. The Devil’s Backbone (VOD/DVD)
  15. Crimson Peak (Theater)
  16. Stage Fright (VOD/DVD)
  17. White God (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  18. The Lazarus Effect (VOD/DVD)
  19. The Tenant (VOD/DVD)
  20. Poltergeist [Remake] (VOD/DVD)
  21. Them (VOD/DVD)
  22. Insidious: Chapter Three (VOD/DVD)
  23. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Theater)
  24. The Falling (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  25. Starry Eyes (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  26. Invaders From Mars (VOD/DVD)
  27. Under the Skin (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  28. Lyle (VOD/DVD)
  29. Black Death (VOD/DVD/Netflix/Amazon Streaming)
  30. Magic (VOD/DVD)
  31. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (VOD/DVD/Netflix)

If you’re looking for even more movies, here are my husband’s published lists from years past:

Happy haunting!!

❤ the shark

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


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: Here’s some awesome pics to recap:


i spy a shark in the waters.


the sharks really liked the GoPro camera.


growing increasingly terrified to get in the cage.


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


the waterfalls from Lost.


Patrick is kind of the falls.


nerding out over Lost rules!


The Others camp!


Where it all started. Lost pilot FTW!


Patrick was so excited to finally get to this beach.



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 🙂

#shocktober 2011 edition


oh October…i’ve missed you! it’s my favorite time of year, a whole month dedicated to horror movies! here’s our lineup, which my fiancé put together on his own blog:

  1. The Beyond
  2. Street Trash
  3. Triangle
  4. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
  5. Night of the Creeps
  6. Castle Freak
  7. Human Centipede 2
  8. City of the Living Dead
  9. The Hitcher
  10. Frontiers
  11. Shiver
  12. They Came Back
  13. Without Warning
  14. The Thing (remake)
  15. The Woman
  16. Dead Heat
  17. Yellow Brick Road
  18. The Changeling
  19. Burnt Offerings
  20. The Blair Witch Project
  21. Paranormal Activity 3
  22. Pyscho 2
  23. The Nameless
  24. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  25. Altered States
  26. In the Mouth of Madness
  27. Society
  28. The Stuff
  29. Apartment
  30. Evil Bong 3D
happy hauntings!
❤ the shark

let the wedding planning begin!


This 7,200 square foot hall provides a commanding view of Geneva Lake. It handles 350-400 for sit down dinners

It’s official, Patrick Klepek and I picked a date!!! 8-10-12!

Here’s the venue: The Riviera. It’s beautiful. Right on the shores of Lake Geneva, it’s not only a venue, but is a dock for boats, a pier for tours, and has a bunch of fun shops in it. The view of the upstairs ballroom overlooks the lake and is naturally gorgeous without even decorating it. BONUS: it’s super cheap AND we can BYOB without a licensed bartender (SAVINGS $$$).


From left to right: strawberry rhubarb, chocolate chocolate, red velvet, carrot cake, and two servings of peanut butter mousse that we tried on top of brownies!

I tried on my mom’s wedding dress, which my grandma handmade. It literally fit like a glove. I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I am going to change the neckline and upper portion of the dress (I’m thinking of a sweetheart strapless neckline), but shh…I have to keep it a secret from Patrick!

We also had time for cupcake tasting and that was a huge success. The amazing pastry chef at OMG Cupcakes came up with the idea of mini cupcake displays for each of the tables in 3-tiered stands with a floral arrangement on the first tier. Kills two birds with one stone, because no I don’t have to worry about centerpieces for the tables! On the bridal party’s table, she will do a bigger cupcake display with a cake topper on the first tier, which Patrick and I will cut into and then save the other half for our 1 year. The flavors we picked were strawberry rhubarb, carrot cake, and a chocolate brownie with peanut butter mousse! OH MY!!!

I already have a bunch of things crossed off the list from one trip home, pretty successful! I was even able to squeeze in family and friends, an engagement bonfire, and a girlie sleepover with some of my bridesmaids.


My little sister and I at the Horticultural Hall, while venue shopping.


My mom and sister, getting dogs in the park!

My shotguns hanging by the lake: Kristen, Emma, and I!


I'm definitely in Wisconsin: bloody mary, little can of Miller Lite, and fried cheese curds!


The whole Klepek gang and I taking a ride in the Jeepster. (We are definitely driving away in this after we are hitched!)

Of course, it’s only the beginning of planning. I will make sure to post along the way. But until then…

❤ the shark

LOST! Finale season premiere tonight!


i loved this post by patrick & skip:

Three Things We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

(*We actually have a lot more than that.)

It’s the beginning of the end. There’s a little show by the name of Lost that enters its final season tomorrow night on ABC. The survivors of Oceanic 815 have a date with destiny (if such a concept even exists in the Lost universe in the first place) and we’re ready to watch it play out. But Lost is a show about mysteries…a very, very long list of mysteries we’ve been waiting for answers to since Lost started back in 2004. It’s unclear how many answers we’re going to get, but we can dream, right?

Andrew Pfister and I have spent countless hours (thanks to some Dharma beer) debating what’s going to happen at the end of Lost. Something tells me G4’s readers are avid Lost watchers, too. Starting this week, as the premiere for the final season approaches, here’s what we want answered in the weeks head. Each week we’ll be pick something to be answered (there’s plenty to go around) and after every episode, we’ll compile the evidence for a real answer — or, if we’re lucky, cross it off the list.

Careful. Since this is season six discussion — there are spoilers ahead!

Patrick: Fate? Destiny? Both? Neither?

Three Things We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

I’d originally posed this as “how does the Island choose people?” after recalling the struggle John Locke has with the Island and its influence on his legs (a moment where the Island showed motivation as its own “character”). It’s really a much larger question than that. The driving force behind the character motivations in Lost are about fate and whether or not it exists. Are we supposed to do things because someone else determined “hey, that’s how it goes,” or can we break free from the cycle? The question of whether the people on Oceanic 815 and the events that came before and after — what would have happened if Desmond didn’t turn the fail-safe? — are part of a larger question. I expect (well, hope) Lost will end up answering these questions in one fell swoop. It seems impossible the answer can’t involve the cast of Lost fighting back, even if fate does exist.

But…what happens if they lose?

Three Things We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

Andrew: Smokey the Monster

Judgement, vengeance, protection…we know that the Smoke Monster is all about these things. But what is it? It’s been around since the Egyptian times…is it a deity of some sort? Why does flushing Ben’s basement drain summon it? How is it linked to The Whispers and the “ghost” mainfestations of dead folks? What exactly is it about the Island that requires this type of protective force? Is it related to “the sickness” that took out Rousseau’s team after they got sucked into the Temple? And what did poor Greg Grunberg do in his life to deserve his brutal beatdown death in the show’s pilot episode? We never got his flashback!

Patrick: WAAAAAAAAAALT (AKA How Come Children are Special?)

Three Things We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

Upon rewatching the first season of Lost, Michael isn’t nearly as annoying as I remember him, and Walt remains one of the most interesting and mysterious characters on the show. It’s unfortunate that Walt’s natural growth spurts essentially forced him out of the show. That could make a concrete explanation of what the heck was going on with Walt difficult (though with the advent of time travel, pretty much anything’s possible), but we know the Others were kidnapping and testing children before Walt arrived. The Others have also been trying to solve why children can’t be born on the Island (pre-Aaron, anyway). Clearly, children are key to many answers on Lost. How was Walt able to seemingly influence events on the Island (the appearance of the polar bear after reading a comic book, weather changing from sun to rain)? If the writers weren’t going to circle around to this eventually, however, I don’t think grown up Walt would have re-appeared in a vision to John Locke, if that was even a “vision” at all.

Six Questions We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

Andrew: Cabin Fever

It was revealed late in season 4 that Jacob’s Cabin of Mystery was originally built by Horace, the Dharma leader, as a getaway for his budding family. But then something happened that turned the quaint little home into a haunted house that Ben used to communicate with Jacob. Or was it Jacob? Remember also in season 5’s finale when the cabin was burned down by the pro-Jacob faction led by Illana, she said “He isn’t there, hasn’t been in a long time. Somebody else has been using it.” Also, what’s with the ash? Protective barrier, obviously, but against what or whom? What was written on the animal hide nailed to the wall that Illana read before lighting it up? Why could Hurley see it?

Patrick: Do We Actually Want the Numbers Explained?

Six Questions We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

I’m willing to accept some questions in the first season of Lost aren’t going to receive the satisfying answers, knowing the writers admitted they were, as suspected, making good chunks of it up. I’ve gone back and forth on whether the numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 — should fall into that category. Hurly believes he’s cursed by the numbers. A transmission containing the numbers brought Rousseau to the Island. If the writers realized the numbers couldn’t be thoughtfully explained (read: the midichlorians issue), why bring them back once the series had course-corrected? Desmond encountered them all over when he was tripping through time in “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” By then, it’s simply audience mockery.

I’d be okay if the numbers aren’t explicitly explained (it’d easily be goofy), but there needs to be discussion of how the machination of the Island are able to permeate beyond the reach of the Island itself — and why.

Six Questions We Want Answered During Lost's Final Season

Andrew: Who’s John Locke?

Six Questions* We Want Answered During Lost's Final SeasonJohn Locke at the end of season 5 is not the John Locke we know smiling with the orange peel in his mouth after the crash of 815, that much we know for sure. But just how much control does The Man in Black (Jacob’s rival) have over the Locke vessel? He remembers Ben killing him in Los Angeles before coming back to the island, he remembers how Ben would torment him by witholding knowledge about the Island, he remembers details about Richard Alpert, including sending him to pull the bullet out of his own leg when the Island was skipping through time (which happened before Ben killed him), and he even seems concerned about reuniting Sun and Jin.

Locke’s death and return to the Island was The Man in Black’s “loophole” that made it possible for him to kill Jacob (even though he ended up having Ben do it, which is another mystery…could he still not do it himself?). But it seems to me that Old John isn’t completely gone, which is good because he and Jack have that whole “fate vs. free will” debate to resolve.

One last (potentially huge) thing about Locke’s death that’s intriguing: Jacob was there when John got pushed out of the high rise in “The Man From Tallahassee.” Before touching John on the shoulder and seemingly resurrecting him, he was reading a book called Everything That Rises Must Converge, which is a collection of short stories by Flannery O’Conner. I have yet to read it myself, but the title is suggestive enough on its own, and the stories within deal with themes of parental conflict and redemption (sound like anyone we know?). And in what’s probably an incredibly appropriate coincidence, Everything That Rises Must Converge was published after O’Conner’s death.

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That’s ours so far — expect more once the season starts! What does Lost need to answer for you?