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Paranormal Challenge

Travel Channel’s new series Paranormal Challenge, hosted by Zak Bagans, premieres Friday June 17th. Watch a preview: http://bit.ly/kd3tAA

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Priest – A quick overview

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I went and saw Priest with a friend last night and it was one of the most unusual yet not too terribly bad vampire movies I’ve seen.

It blends a huge amount of genres into one film. There is the George Orwellian oppression, but from the Church rather than the government that tries to control our thoughts and the way we behave. There are fight scenes and special effects that harken back to the days of the Matrix and Underworld. The "Black Hat" brings a feel of Red Dead Redemption or Gun video games. The landscapes are reminiscent of Mad Max. The Wasteland feels like the Wild West in a Clint Eastwood movie and you expect to see him walk out of a saloon at any moment.  But it all seems to work.

But don’t expect the vampires to be like True Blood or Dracula. They are slimy, non human, soulless creatures that come across as more space alien than anything else.

And don’t expect a clean and tidy ending. There is a war going on and that demands a sequel!

But overall it was pretty good. It wasn’t a great movie, but it wasn’t a bad movie either. It’s not a movie I would have chosen on my own (simply because they normally turn out to be crap), but when the credits started to roll I really wanted more. I wanted to see the rest of the story. I figured there was at least another 45 minutes of ass kicking to be had.

If you go in with no expectations and allow them to take the vampire idea on a slightly different track I think you could like this one.

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The end is nigh!

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Since the end of the world is at hand I figure you probably need some party music to go along with it. I found this little gem just yesterday and it’s fantastic – The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music. It has some of the most well known and dramatic classic pieces all gathered together. So when you’re sitting around waiting for 6:00 pm this might help to pass the time.

Now is as good a time as any to catch up on some TV. The Ghost Adventures Poveglia Island and Eastern State Penitentiary are always good choices. I would also suggest the Chernobyl, Pompeii and the Haunted Mining Town episodes of Destination Truth.

If there’s any time left perhaps you could watch Shaun of the Dead or maybe Army of Darkness. There might be some useful skills to be gleaned from that.

So anyway, good luck tomorrow. And if by chance it all goes sideways, thanks for reading!

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Happy Friday the 13th!

friday-the-13thI’m always amused with days like this, the trepidations, the superstitions. There are several people I know who would rather hide at home and wait for the day to pass then venture outside and tempt fate. But I will indulge in and live up to every cliché by watching scary movies and chasing around ghosts. I’m sure I can find a ladder and some cracks in the sidewalk if I’m feeling particularly adventurous.

So where did this legend come from anyway? Some says it’s just a modern creation. Some day it dates back to the Templars. Even the Templar connection may be a very recent one and may have more to do with Dan Brown than anything else. But the mystery of the legend just adds to the allure.

And this is an usual day since this is in fact the only Friday the 13th for 2011. We only had one last year as well. Clearly celebrations of some sort are in order.

Let’s also not forget that there’s a new Ghost Adventures episode this evening where the team investigates the Kentucky Slave House. That should be interesting!

 

So, has anyone actually had bad luck befall them on a Friday the 13th? I can’t say I’ve ever had anything usual happen. In fact, I tempted fate and got married on Friday the 13th. Happy Anniversary to me! :)

 

A quick history of Friday the 13th

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