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HORROR SINKS TO NEW LOWS

FORBES: The Scary Future Of The Hollywood Horror Film »
2014 has been a pretty lousy year for theatrical horror films. Is it merely a fluke of the calendar, or a sign of things to come?
Maybe a sign of things to come if things to come don’t improve, moviewise.

It’s been a bad year all around for films .. in general. Not just horror, but drama, action, family.. You know the genre and I’ll name the flop, or the film that underperformed at the box office. At least in the United States.

There are a few cultural things happening. China and other nations increasing in wealth are fast becoming the target audience for many movie companies. That’s why China’s censors get such ability in choosing what should be cut from certain films. Even more than that, independent films are just better lately. More imaginative and fresh, less confined and restricted by the red tape and bureaucracy that Hollywood offers filmmakers.

But .. as far as horror itself, Scott Mendelson is correct in his FORBES story.. Ho…

Tis the season for ghosts on camera, fa la la la la, la la la la

Police Officer: I captured ghost on camera »
A police officer from Espanola, New Mexico, says he captured a ghost on camera while on duty.
The video is quite convincing actually.

Police are notorious for being a little paranormal…. sometimes sitting in their squad cars late at night, listening to talk radio, especially Coast to Coast AM, letting the bumps in the night rattle them a bit.

But even with that said, the video that this police office thinks contains a ghost clearly does contain.. something. And it’s not a person, or a moth, or anything much with a form. It’s … a light. Or a figure.. or something.

Or a ghost.

Tis the season…October is here.

And paranormal is in the news again.

Breathing uneasy

The New York TIMES reports on the respiratory virus hitting the US: An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists trying to understand its virulent resurgence. »
Even more information shows that this virus, when it hits towns and cities, is causing an influx of child patients with breathing problems—an influx that often far outweighs the resources of the facility..

From the Catherine Saint Louis article:

“Parents would love to know why this virus is causing severe disease and why there are more cases,” said Rafal Tokarz, an associate research scientist at Columbia University who has studied the virus, “but we won’t be able to answer that until a lot more research is done.”
From Aug. 18 to Sept. 24, roughly 3,600 children were treated at emergency and urgent-care facilities at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Most were sent home, but roughly 10 percent were hospitalized because they needed contin…

FIREBALL ALLEY

There have been four fireballs seen in the Eastern United States in just the past 24 hours. 

The info:


Event #2305-2014 was seen at approximately 1:11 local time (EDT) in FL and GA.


Event #2306-2014 – Over 77 witnesses from MI, IL, OH, IN, ON WI, PA, NY and KY reported a bright fireball over Michigan around 21:55 local time.


Event #2307-201429 witnesses from TN, AR, AL, MS, MO and KY reported seeing a fireball over Tennessee at approximately 20:30 local time


Event #2308-201442 witnesses in CT, PA, NY, NJ, MA and MD reported seeing a bright fireball in North Easter Pennsylvania near 20:47 local time.


This has not been the first rash of fireballs sightings. It seems like the pink stars have been falling for some time. Even I have seen a few over the past weeks, some that seemingly were only witnessed by me and a handful of others. Last week, there was one in Florida that was reportedly visible by parts of the entire state as it traveled the sky and left earth’s orbit.

Makes you wonder an…

STOP! The traffic light on Mars!?

There’s been the Mars rat. The Mars face. The Mars figure walking.. the Mars arm.. leg.. You name it.

And now this: Photos of the red planet are intriguing for people looking close. Now apparently, some would so happen to claim, a street light has been found!

This random rock formation has become a phenomenon online. And it’s fun.

But I don’t think Martians would have street lights. I really don’t. That’s too earthly. And anyway, that light clearly looks like it had four bulbs, nothing like us Earthlings’ types.

THURSDAY HEADLINES

Some quick hits for your Thursday morning reading displeasure..

News from coast to coast, around the world, and back again.

Here’s an interesting story from the world of technology.. Why does every website you visit look exactly the same as the last one? What this article does not point out is the popularity of the same exact theme on many Wordpress or the like type sites.. Users pick the default for blogs. For big name sites, they are all taking the minimalist less is more approach. Mobile is the new friendly..

I remember back when the only people who talked about pole shifts were kooks were on the Art Bell radio show. Now it’s real science that is saying there is about to be a magnetic shift on the planet earth.. It happens every 780,000 or so years. So the newest reversal could be in 2000 years..

People who don’t believe in the paranormal are those who just didn’t have it happen to them yet. Andrew Evans from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC writes about his meeting a ghost in Louisiana..

Wells are …

Taking the low road

DAILY MAIL reports: Online revenge: U.S. State Department tweets pics of dead ISIS jihadis »
After Tuesday night’s airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, the US government tweeted photos of four dead jihadis on an account that already distributed pics of airstrike gunsights and rocket launches.
The hashtag is #thinkagainturnaway.

I am thinking again. Someone else should be, too…

Couldn’t it be argued that United States is resorting to the same game that ISIS does: Tweeting images of the dead.. I am not sure how comfortable I am with this.. as a matter of fact, it makes me downright queasy to contemplate. Shouldn’t we be better than this?

Night of the living dead: Ebola patients coming back to life?

Alright.. here comes some potential hardcore science fiction. Or amazingly scary science fact..

The “New Dawn Liberia” is reporting that two Ebola patients have risen from the dead!Their report can be read in its entirety here..

Quote from the report:
Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the Ebola virus recently in Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta, Nimba.

But to the amazement of residents and onlookers on Monday, the deceased reportedly regained life in total disbelief. The NewDawn Nimba County correspondent said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim only identified as Ma Kebeh, said to be in her late 60s, were about to be taken for burial when they resurrected.
Other sources are also reporting on this interesting development in the Ebola virus world..All Africa i…

A zombie movie with a fresh start

The HORROR REPORT interviewed Chris Eilenstine, the director of a zombie flick named THE SOULLESS.

The movie looks amazing, and the storyline is fresh and inventive..  Eilenstine was kind enough to take some time and discuss the movie and his background.

The HORROR REPORT will have a full story about this, and feature some interesting back story on what makes Eilenstine tick..

Watch for that in the coming days.

Instagrabbing

The internet, simply being what it is, is still a wild west of sorts.. maybe now there are more names and less anonymity.. perhaps more privacy shedding has allowed for an interface of all seeing–or preying eyes–on our every movement.. But it is still filled with odd and sometimes downright frightening fads.

Enter the latest, as reported by Fastcompany.com: A new community on Instagram exists.. In it, users steal other users’ baby photos and children off of the net. And then they role play.. In one incident as reported in the article, this:
Sometimes they create entire fake families. Others then interact in the comments of each photo, role-playing as they virtually feed, burp, swaddle, and even reprimand these virtual children. Some Instagrammers even portray themselves as virtual adoption agencies, where followers can request specific babies and toddlers they’d like to adopt–“Looking for a two-year-old girl with blonde hair, green eyes, and who is feisty”–and the adoption agency then f…

Monday night news

When we don't want to go.. the near death experiences we really fear

There is something very raw about the death of a human .. Very emotional, very real. When you’re up close, often in the presence of someone who lose the final battle to whatever ailment or frailty making the suffer, the heavy weight is apparent.. Even those who don’t subscribe to a higher power battle deep questions within.. I think we all wish the soul travels to a better place. Some of us have faith that it does. Others don’t. The rest of us simply don’t know–even though we read warnings that the light is  trick and trap, we all tend to gravitate towards it anyway, according to accounts of near death activities..

But there is one type of death that is a little more weighty.. a little more sad.. a little more real.

So many people who succumb to the end are scared to go.. They often are aided by hospice workers or family in the final moments, almost with some persuading them to go down that path to the tunnel of light in the distance.. Other people are fully ready to go. They exist in t…

A Sunday morning headache free sidewalk

On any website I have ever owned and operated, I have often called the Sunday update the 'Sunday morning sidewalk' ... It's best if you listen to SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN, your favorite version, as you read.. I am listening while I write.
I fondly recall being a child in the town of Centralia, PA (look that if you don't know anything about it), racing up and down the street on a Sunday morning on my awesome three-wheeler.. My father in the house loudly playing that song .. my mother yelling out to keep it quiet because Church next door was in session. Those were the days...So long ago but yet somehow to close in the mind.. as though I could reach out and grab the past to bring it back in..
And some may think that Johnny Cash is the only one capable of singing that song with perfection. I disagree.. Chris Kristoferson does a fine job. As did a few others who covered it. So your favorite does not have to be that of the deeply mellow Cash. Though for some reason, that son…