THE CREEP IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

On the eve of the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz has run into a bit of a jam..

First he sent controversial mailers to people calling out people--by name--for not voting as much as they should..

But then something even weirder happened: He tried to kiss his daughter on the campaign trial. This ensued:



The video is tough to watch--a little disconcerting? A little creepy? She flicks her fingers at him before he tries a number of times to score a kiss in front of cameras. It did not go well.

The same reaction from Iowa voters may talk place tomorrow night.

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The next six months of horror: All you need is Wan

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There are a few hopeful movies to redeem horror in 2016--2015's cauldron of BABADOOK and IT FOLLOWS were all stars. Will anything make waves in this calendar year worth while?

A brief look at what is coming for your horror viewing delight:

 


In theaters now: THE BOY.

Every time I hear 'THE BOY' I recall one of my favorite movies, Larry the Health Inspector, when he kept calling his female co-inspector 'the boy' by mistake.  But there is trouble with this boy.. It's getting awful, horrid, terrible reviews. And not just from reviewers who hate horror, but people who love it..  The BOY is about is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. You can imagine the rest.
The scary part is it's only getting a 19% rating on ROTTEN TOMATOES. Reviews in most major publications have been even worse than negative..

 


THE WITCH.
This actually looks promising. It is released in theaters February 19 2916.. Simple premise: it's about a family in the 1630s beset by the darkness of witchcraft and black magic.  It has received a ton of praise from film festivals who saw it.. from fans who are boasting about it.. The trailers look dark and foreboding. I think this may be a movie worth seeing.

 


CLOVERFELD LANE
Mixed reviews on this one. Most people who watched it already saw it say that it has nothing to do with the original CLOVERFIELD. Maybe they are banking on enough initial viewers not knowing that, hoping to capitalize off of a pretty good movie from a few years back.

 


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR March 11 2016
The Other Side of the Door sees her playing a grieving mother who will do anything to say goodbye to her dead son one last time.. This is not getting a wide release, which maybe is too bad. The movie looks good. Watch for it at a REDBOX near you.. 


 


AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING.
Yes.. more AMITYVILLE horror coming April 1 2016. And despite the April Fool's release, this is really happening. Sadly.
I think the entire AMITYVILLE genre has gone down hill, terribly. The original was fine, though the footing on it being inspired by 'true events' is yet being debated. I think this newest incarnation from Franck Khalfoun from Blumhouse Pictures probably, more than anything else, will be a waste of time.. Watch the OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR on video instead.

 


FLIGHT 7500
Planes scare me... Especially this movie's premise: Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.. It's only going to be a direct to video release.. but that's fine. I think it's worth it--though some are asking if the movie's release is evening happening. If it does it's set for April 5, 2016.

 


THE CONJURING 2
It's happening again. This June 10th movie is a follow up to the 2013 movie of the same name. This time: paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to 1977 England to help single mom Peggy Hodgson and her four children, particularly daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe).. James Wan is back for it. Recent trailers for the movie attached to other movies look inspired. Time will tell..  This comes out June 10 2016.

 


LIGHTS OUT
Fine, this is beyond 6 months.. And yes PURGE 3 and GHOSTBUSTERS get releases before it. But I am just writing about this July 22 2016 movie now because of how amazed I am that it was filmed and how excited I am that it's coming out. This may be, in my opinion, the best horror movie of the year if it is done well. David F. Sandberg directs.. Eric A. Heisserer writes. Gabriel Bateman stars. The story centers on a supernatural entity attacking a family, with one of the members required to step up to protect them from a threat that can be seen only when the lights go out. And yes it is also based on the 2013 short film of the same name. Inspiring further news: James Wan is producing. You can's Wan more than that.
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POLITICS ALERT: GET READY

The cold corn fields if Iowa are going to be lit up tomorrow with the fire of presidential zeal.. it's here: The caucusing.

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While the HORROR REPORT steers normally clear of political footballs or policy debate, we still do pay attention and like to point out some of the stranger aspects of the news cycle.. I am also, personally, a bit of a political junkie. However, I have sense: Most if not all of it is a useless gamble on the future, with players on a stage who normally act out a role. This year's acting is spectacular, though.. Ratings high. And they will edge higher. Tomorrow night's Caucus coverage will be a victory for the networks..

...and some nail biting.
This report from the NEW YORK TIMES seems to be capture the moment in time we are living in:

But as the Iowa caucuses loom on Monday — the first votes after 1,500 candidate rallies, 60,000 TV ads and a nail-biting tightening of the polls here — the state’s voters are poised to play their most significant role ever in both parties’ nominating contests. And their embrace of candidates on the ideological fringes has amplified a national grass-roots rebellion against establishment politicians.


Both Democrats and Republicans have seen their presumptive nominees of a year ago — deeply experienced, proven political leaders — brushed aside by Iowans in favor of idol-smashing outsiders.



It's anti-establishment..


There has been some wild times. With more to go.



Just this weekend.. Ted Cruz may have done the creepiest and worst things in Iowa politics: He called people out BY NAME for not voting, and sent it to a flier to people's neighbors! NOT THE ONION. Real.


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Bush speaks at the Iowa Caucus Presidential Candidate Briefing at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa


There is hardly any excitement for Hillary.. nothing for JEB, despite his exclamation point. Rand Paul flopped as much as his hair.. the bigger they are the harder they fall, as exemplified by Christie... who emerges? An old messy haired socialist who flaunts populist ideals and an orange billionaire who flaunts his wealth. The choice is stark. It's amazing.. it's a ratings bonanza. It's also going to be a wild year.



Even Bubba is looking old as of late.. The times are getting to people.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a strong push to appeal to evangelical voters in Iowa, who comprised 57 percent of caucus voters in 2012 and are expected to play a huge role in determining the outcome of the poll on February 1


Photos of the day - January 30, 2016


Predictions for tomorrow: Bernie wins Iowa, but not by much. On the elephant's side; Trump wins by a sound margin, Cruz and Rubio fight for second. Rubio makes a jump and Cruz's bruisin begins.


That's the most pre-game you'll get from me.


I hope you're mentally preparing yourself for the onslaught of political advertising yet to come.


The sonic booms

Blasts and booms have been sounding since January 1 2011.. And this January, 2016, it's going wild.

New Jersey. New York. California.. Florida.. Pennsylvania.. most recently Connecticut. and other countries as well..

At the end of the week, the Navy said it was responsible for sonic booms of the Jersey coastline--those booms were felt so far and wide that the USGS asking for people to report information to them about the situation..

In November 2015, the HORROR REPORT told of booms that were very close to home. My part of Schuylkill County, PA, where I currently reside, was also the home to amazingly loud and boisterous booms that night in November.

A response to the November 2015 story came just yesterday when a reader in my county reported this:
About 7:00 pm., Thursday evening, in Pottsville,Pa.,heard loud sonic boom, shook our house, scared the crap out of us !!!!!

I blasted out a screen shot of the message on my Facebook page and got this response from a reader in South Carolina:
Uhhhh there was a sonic boom in Charleston Tuesday.

Nothing to see here, though, right?

I looked up the sonic boom story from Charleston and found an article from January 27 from WYFF:

Reports of a loud noise and shaking houses like the ones that have poured in across the Lowcountry are indicative of a sonic boom generated by an aircraft, according to a release from the College of Charleston.

I suppose this is all just ...'normal.'

Frost quakes!
Yea!! Frost quakes. Makes sense.
Right?

Frost quakes in Charleston with a high temp of 62 for the past few weeks..

The earth was shaking.

Cause the walls start shaking. The earth was quaking. My mind was aching. And we were making it and you. Shook me all night long

THE PHANTOM GIRL IN THE PICTURE

If you checked my Facebook feed earlier today, you may have seen a story I linked being reported by Russia Today.. It is bizarre to say the least..

Old photos have always caused me to pause and stare.. I so often wonder what the often expressionless faces in the photo-documentation of time were thinking.. But the story of the Siberian phantom girl sort of takes the cake in the creepy department..

As published in RT, some interesting story highlights:

Museum workers in Krasnoyarsk were astonished when they digitalized local photos from the early 1900s only to find an identical figure in all of them – a solemn girl, dressed in all white, striking an identical pose.


So far, the mystery girl has been found in at least 20 photos and four glass negatives, which researchers at the Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local Lore believe were taken between 1906 and 1908, judging from the state of the buildings in the photos.

And if those two paragraphs don't systematically creep out your system and give you chills, I don't really know what will ..

One striking image shows the girl posing on a rooftop in front of famous Krasnoyarsk Railway Bridge, opened in 1899, which carries the Trans Siberian railway over the Yenisei River © Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum / The Siberian Times<br/>© Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum / The Siberian Times© Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum / The Siberian Times© Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum / The Siberian Times

THE LOGICAL IDEA.

As the story goes, she plays no obvious role in most of the shots she is in.. almost a background bystander, someone who is just there at the right place and the right time.. The museum studying and asking questions thinks the girl is related to the photographer in some way. That makes some logical sense.. the picture taker bringing his kin with him to go do photoshoots in old century Russia.

RT again:
The most logical start would be identifying the name of the photographer. However, most photos have no identifying text, while a few are marked with the initials F.E.A. Photography was only practiced by a select few at the time, but that signature does not match up with any of the city’s well-known professionals or hobbyists.

No one has come forward to explain anything about this girl.. no one has claimed credit or family history of knowledge of who she is..


From the SIBERIAN TIMES:
Some came to the museum from a collection of Nikolai Grigorovskiy, owner of a Krasnoyarsk bookshop before the Communist revolution.

A glass negative featuring the girl also came from renowned photographer Ludwig Yulyevich Wonago. Might he be the mystery photograher? Yet then why the initials F. E. A.? The feeling is that the photographer for whom the girl posed is an amateur - at a time when this was a hobby of the well-to-do - rather than a professional, but who was the hidden star? 

'We think that the girl could be the photographer's daughter, or his neice, but we do not know for sure, as we do not even know the photographer's name,' said Ilya Kuklinsky.

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THE MYSTERY

This is a mystery--and it is amplified by the creepy factor..

There seems to be a common thread in her garb: There is wealth. She is from wealth.. there are riches when she stands next to others who are dressed in garb of dire circumstances.. She obviously was 'seeing the world' in a sense just by the fact she ended up in so many places. One theory is that she may have been from a rich local family, which could have escaped eastward from the advancing Communist tyranny, and that the answer to the intriguing secret of her identity may lie abroad in Europe or America.

Being the internet and such, some are actually claiming the images are 'photoshopped.' Photoshop, being a useful product of recent times, was tougher way back before the 1917 revolution. Nonetheless, I suppose things like this are possible during the reign of Nicholas.
And there are paranormal theories, too.. she is a ghost.. she is a haunting figure because, well, she's not real! Maybe a time traveler!?  Maybe not.

 

THE TRUTH MAY BE SIMPLE AND SAD.

Maybe the truth is even sadder and more hopeless than any theory.. maybe the truth is this: She, and her family and whoever took these photos, were destroyed in time by the revolution that killed so many about ten years after the pictures were taken..? Maybe that's it. Period and done.

And the only thing left are stark reminders of innocence prior to bloodbaths.

But those eyes..
There is something seemingly haunting in those eyes. Like a 'knowing' of the misery to come..

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THE WEIRD DOLL CRAZE IN THAILAND

Do dolls give you a bit of the creeps? Do their piecing eyes sort of delve deep into your soul? Does the expressionless face haunt you when you least want it to?

If the answer was yes to any of the above, avoid Thailand for a while.

According to media reports, the anxiety of economic despair and ruination after a coup in the country has caused an influx of enthusiasm for lifelike dolls. Reuters reports that the doll craze is sweeping the nation..
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and has been modernizing rapidly over the past two or three decades but many people are highly superstitious, their beliefs co-existing with notions of animism, astrology and "black magic."

"I can see it in other people's eyes," said Natsuda Janbtim, 45, who has been raising her doll Nong Ruay Jung, or Pretty Rich in Thai, for 8 months. "I know some of them must be wondering why I am carrying a doll but I just don't care."

The plastic dolls, about the size of a real baby or an American Girl doll, are called "look thep", or "child angel" and cost between $40 and $800 USD.

But this part perhaps is the most chilling..
Devotees of the dolls lavish attention on them, often treating them like real babies, even taking them to be blessed by monks in the hope that benevolent spirits will possess them and bring good luck.

"My life has changed a lot, for the better," said Jantabtim, who lives with her daughter and owns a beauty salon. "When I hug her, I know it's love. I tell her I love her all the time."

A mental health expert quoted by the news agency blames the economic conditions of the country..

Image: Ratchada Mahanavanont with "child angel" doll

Mental health issues indeed..
The struggle in the country has brought out previous strange addictions to trinkets and charms. People attempt to find luck where ever they can get it, especially when times are rough. But tough times are bringing forth strange crazes..

Get this snippet from Reuters:
Some businesses are cashing in on the trend.

Thai Smile, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Thai Airways, said it would charge passengers who bring dolls on board and would serve them snacks.

But the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said it would stop airlines selling tickets for dolls over concern they could be used to smuggle drugs.

There are a number of superstitions that have long existed in Thailand.. things such as not cutting your hair on Wednesdays, eating the final piece of food on a plate is lucky, seeing a lizard before leaving home is a sign you'll in peril..  One particular strange belief by some is that if you bend down and look between your legs you'll see a ghost.

The people of Thailand may harbor some of the most in depth set of superstitions on the nation.  The doll trend only amplifies that tidbit of paranormal..

A doll trend that is deeply creepy.

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Quakes and booms across the world

It's a busy Friday night for quake watchers..

A major hit in Russia tonight.. Strong 7.2 but no tsunami threat.. 

  
In the mean time DUTCHSINSE has the most recent information on hits on California tonight .. 

That plus sonic booms in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. And stories making their way across the net about the ramifications of a big New Madrid fault zone quake...

Sleep well tonight..

Fear over the Zika virus

Worldwide fears are increasing that the Zika virus, one that primarily hits newborn children, will become a major pandemic over the coming months..

And this tonight developing in New York City: 
RSOE EDIS Event Report - A third case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in the Big Apple - in a pregnant woman who contracted the mosquito-borne infection while traveling overseas. City health officials, after revealing the new case Thursday, sought to calm fears by emphasizing that there's no risk of acquiring the virus in the five boroughs. The sickened New Yorkers all returned from countries in the Caribbean and Latin America struggling to contend with the rapidly escalating Zika outbreak. The mosquitoes suspected of carrying the disease are not found in New York, officials said. 

CREATIVITY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

This wll undoubtedly be a wild year of political strangeness.. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are toppling the norms and powers that be wtih big audiences, lots of attention, and potential victories in upcoming primaries..

But as usual with the HORROR REPORT, we like to point out the more bizarre and odd..

The odd can be found in Iowa, where a lone protester is making headlines for following Ted Cruz around and holding up a sign saying he likes Nickelback..

It's weird.
And really, who likes Nickelback?
Ted Cruz?
Maybe.. but not the protester.

As Joshua Fetcher writes, pointing out that the protester did not reveal his name to media at this point,
However, the band took the protester's jabs in stride in a Jan. 11 tweet, "NICKELBACK Employee of the Month. January 2016. #Election2016 #Nickelback4President"

But, when asked about his favorite Nickelback song, the protester told the Post, "I don't like Nickelback."

 

THE HORROR REPORT

I posted what I thought was an amazing story today about where I have been over the last month.. I discovered after posting it that it never actually posted..


THE HORROR REPORT is not going anywhere .. We never did.


We are here...


stay tuned..



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