Seattle butterflies: ALL GODS MUST DIE gets attention

There is something strange afoot in the city of Seattle Washington -- a butterfly effect is causing strange emotions from people who are finding origami butterflies throughout public locations.. when the papers are unfolded, ominous messages appear..









From a local report:

"Origami butterflies with ominous messages have been found all around Seattle.The colorful creations look cheerful at first, but when unfolded, the phrase “you are not safe,” is revealed. A date is printed along with the message: 9-28-17.Even more puzzling are the illustrations, which include Russell Wilson, Kurt Cobain, the Starbucks siren, and a peace message. One of the notes features the Seattle skyline without its famous Space Needle landmark.A website is listed on some of the papers:  www.allgodsmustdie.com. On it, a scramble of letters merge together to form the statement, "You Are Not Safe” while Wagner's "Das Rheingold" plays. Then, a psychedelic goat appears behind the vaguely threatening.There is a Reddit thread dedicated to the strange occurrence."

Interesting information has been unearthed by users on REDDIT.. they appear to be on to something. THe ALL GODS MUST DIE page may be associated with an anti-abortion religious zealot.A theory has emerged that this person could be drumming up attention for national abortion rights day--9/28.. 

But it is tattering already fretting nerves in the area--a location that is having earthquake drills and emergency alert tests... 

Sexist relic Hugh Hefner dead

A relic of a sexist era gone.. Hugh Hefner dead at 91..





Hugh Hefner -- the silk-robed Casanova whose Playboy men's magazine popularized the term "centerfold," glamorized an urbane bachelor lifestyle and helped spur the 'sexual revolution' of the 1960s -- has died, his company said late Wednesday. He was 91.


Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with $600 of his own money and built the magazine into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire that at its 1970s peak included TV shows, a jazz festival and a string of Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses wore bunny ears and cottontails.

Mystery Surrounds Metal Towers Popping Up In Tunnels & Bridges

Mystery Surrounds Metal Towers Popping Up In Tunnels & Bridges:

It’s a $100 million MTA project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them for tunnels and bridges. So what are they exactly?

The MTA’s man in charge of the bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, dodged Carlin’s questions Wednesday.

“I said no comment,” he said.

Some MTA board members, including New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, say they know too little about the towers – even with half the money already spent and some of the towers already up.

“A lot of the board members felt they didn’t have all the details they would have wanted, myself included,” she said.


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Knowles out: It ain't cool

Harry Knowles, the movie blogger who founded Ain’t It Cool News, is taking a leave of absence from the popular fan site after being accused of sexually assaulting a number of women.

Knowles allegedly groped and harassed five women over the past few decades, according to multiple reports this week from IndieWire.



“Therapy, detox, and getting to a better place,” Knowles wrote of his departure on Facebook and Twitter late Tuesday. His sister will take over AICN in the interim.

Developing .. 

IT'S OFFICIAL: 'IT' 2 HITS SEPTEMBER 2019


New Line and Warner Bros is celebrating a renewed interest in the box office with IT's release..



Today the two studios have announced the release date for the sequel to IT as September 6, 2019, where it will debut in regular theaters and IMAX screens..

By that point, 'IT' may still be in some theaters.. the movie has been a complete and total phenomenon..And continues to do well..

Though there has been no official announcement, it’s presumed that Andy Muschietti will be returning to direct..

NFL water cooler talk isn't cool today

The numbers are in..



In metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders snared an 11.6/20.

The worst SNF has performed this season so far, that’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s Atlanta Falcon’s 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. Gaining cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of SNF for the 2017-2018 season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.

The outcome to the weekend is what I expected. Facebook and Twitter are filled with memes and jersey burnings, controversy and "I stand" logos overtop of people's profile photos... I have literally witnessed "virtual" online friendships ending this morning due to the kneeling controversy ...

Someone I know wrote a long post about how she will stay off of Facebook due to the debate. Perhaps I will do the same, only lurking from a safe distance.

This whole debacle about kneeling during the National Anthem has reminded me a little of the 'freedom fries' battle of the early 2000s. Back then France decided it would not support the United States war in Iraq. The Capitol cafeteria renamed French fries 'freedom fries' in a strange Orwellian protest. Some others in the nation followed with the same name...  

It was quite the hot topic then.

Cue now: 3 million without power in Puerto Rico, Houston still devasted, fires along the West Coast, Florida with many locations recovering, and a new hurricane looming in the Atlantic.. that coupled with some of the weirdest and most bizarre weather in a long time. North Korea threatening to shoot down a US plane.  Terrorist threats being made against soft targets... Crises abound.

And we? In America? We are busy. People are kneeling during a song.

We will get to those issues later.....

Russian ‘cannibal couple’ detained after 'eating' up to 30 victims since 1999

Russian ‘cannibal couple’ detained after 'eating' up to 30 victims since 1999 :

Russia’s southern Krasnodarsky Region has awoken to horrifying news about a pair of cannibals that could be responsible for up to 30 grisly murders, local media report citing police. Parts of some of the victims were reportedly stored for later consumption.

Some of the victims were in fridges… Some others in parts.

Apparently the couple has been involved with the kid napping and eating of people since 1999, last century.

And now caught.
A murderous and horrific long-winded rampage of cannibalism over……


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'UFO' spotted over LA as hidden Planet X predicted to destroy Earth? The new battle over Los Angeles ?

'UFO' spotted over LA as hidden Planet X predicted to destroy Earth? The new battle over Los Angeles ?:

The prediction that a hidden planet was meant to smash into Earth on Saturday — killing us all — was laughed at by experts.
But that quickly turned into nervous laughter when a number of people spotted strange lights in the skies above America hours before the destruction was supposed to take place.
Freaked-out Los Angeles residents saw what they described as a UFO with a weird crescent flying over them.

Luckily we are still here and the earth hasn’t been destroyed .. but for a few seconds there may have been absurd fears within the hearts of Los Angrlenos…


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Sunday night knees

Suddenly America's past time has divided the nation--or the President talking about it..

This past week, Donald Trump loudly stated that players who take needs during national anthems should be FIIIIIIRRREEEDDDD!.....

And this weekend? Many NFL players locked arms or kneeled in solidarity against the President, causing a new national fervor about the biggest game in the United States..



I wrote before that I suspected some odd conspiracy--ratings were down and now ... most likely up.


This is how the AFP reports it:
A wave of protests swept across the National Football League on Sunday as President Donald Trump escalated his feud with players who kneel during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.
Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism after comments on Friday in which he described NFL players who chose to take a knee through renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.
The US leader doubled down on those remarks early Sunday, urging fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued.
"If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Yet players throughout America's most popular sport took a defiant stance on Sunday, in the largest such demonstration since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in 2016.
Trump was forced back into the issue tonight (and he LOVED every minute of it) ...

Trump, speaking to reporters on a New Jersey tarmac before boarding Air Force One, was asked for a reaction to the statement by New England Patriots owner (and Trump supporter) Robert Kraft about being “disappointed” by Trump’s recent comments.

“I like Bob very much, we’re friends — he gave me a Super Bowl ring a month ago, right? — so he’s a good friend of mine, and I want him to do what he wants to do, but we have a great country, we have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect, and when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Asked a reporter: “Are you inflaming racial tensions, sir?”

“This has nothing to do with race,” Trump said. “I never said anything about race. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag.”

The new 'freedom fries' of Monday water cooler chat will center around Donald Trump and the new national sensation.

Meanwhile? .... lots of tiny players and older ones too have brains rattling around their heads and futures filled with head injuries. 
But ratings were down.
So to Twitter we went.

Terrifying Apocalyptic Message Interrupts Orange County California TV Broadcast

Terrifying Apocalyptic Message Interrupts Orange County California TV Broadcast:

If you were watching HGTV in Orange County on Thursday morning, you may have been treated to a terrifying surprise.

As the channel switched to an emergency broadcast screen, an extremely loud, badly transmitted voice came over the speakers.

“Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” the voice said.

“It almost sounded like Hitler talking,” Stacy Laflamme told The OC Register. “It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.”

TV viewers on both Cox Communications and Spectrum received the alert. According to the broadcasting companies, no one was sure why. They believe that some sort of radio emergency test tone was sent, which was picked up by the television stations. Instead of ending after a tone as usual, whichever station sent the alert did not send the ending code, and another radio transmission was picked up and continued to air.

With how intense the world has been lately–earthquakes, fires, fears, and hurricanes–this must have come at the completely wrong moment. 


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Taking a knee: Trump comments will undoubtedly increase NFL ratings

I am beginning to wonder if the new world order is just a fake fraud and cover up of the REAL conspiracy among us: TV executives working with Trump to get better ratings!



Think of it! Since the realDonald become the real president, ratings have gone up.. networks who despise the president are constantly capitalizing on their hate and the viewers dislike as well. And CNN!? It’s all Trump.. all the time. Morning, noon and night.

Cue the newest:
Donald Trump said the other night that NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem should be fired and thrown off the field. The NFL immediately didn’t like it.. Football players united in their dislike.. Some Democrats said ALL players should kneel.. And the President stands firm. 



Over the past several weeks, there have been video and pictures to prove just how unpopular the NFL has gotten. Stands not even half full on the latest Thursday night game? Ratings slumping? Interest in pee-wee sports down because of traumatic brain injuries, and NFL executives have been in a constant state of denial over retired players mental problems due to head injuries that took place during their short careers.

With Trump forcing the issue, riling up both sides with his rhetoric, and now, most likely, equaling and increase in ratings for the NFL.

WHO WILL STAND! WHO WILL KNEEL! WILL THE CAMERAS PAN BACK AND SHOW THE TEAM!? WILL WE JUST SEE THE FLAG!? WILL TRUMP TWEET!? WILL ‘ROCKET MAN’ EXPLODE!?

All the ratings are set to increase..

Yes indeed.
This television scheme is sure feeling suspicious lately.

WE SURVIVED THE END TIMES. AND NOW GOD IS WAITING

The world was set to end yesterday.

So far every time zone is reporting that life has continued.

David Meade, the owner of the failed end times prophecy, has already changed his story and said , no this is just the BEGINNING of the end times.. That he never said the world would end!

....So for all of those who wanted the world to avoid your weekly mass of choice this Sunday morning, wakey wakey.. God is waiting to judge you.

Say goodbye before September 23. It’s been fun. D

Say goodbye before September 23. It’s been fun.

David Meade, a self-proclaimed “researcher,” is predicting that a series of apocalyptic events will begin on Sept. 23 and, “a major part of the world will not be the same.”
Nibiru is coming, he says…
There is also a tremendous American media interest in this prophecy over the past week..
Meanwhile, here is the scoop: If Australia still exists early Friday morning our time, nothing will happen here ..
Amen.

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Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace for Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace for Hurricane Maria:

San Juan (AFP) - Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on Wednesday, pummeling the US territory after already killing at least two people on its passage through the Caribbean.

The US National Hurricane Center warned of “large and destructive waves” as Maria came ashore near Yabucoa on the southeast coast.

Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello has told residents to brace for “the worst storm of the last century”, opening 500 shelters that can accommodate 67,000 people.


“The wind sounds like a woman screaming at the top of her lungs!” photographer and storm chaser Mike Theiss posted on Twitter as the hurricane hit.

“We are getting absolutely hammered right now.”

Puerto Ricans had scrambled to board up windows and buy last minute supplies as the storm approached the densely populated island of 3.5 million.

“Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane,” tweeted US President Donald Trump.


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Why Jennifer Lawrence's movie 'Mother!" bombed at the box office - INSIDER

Why Jennifer Lawrence's movie 'Mother!" bombed at the box office - INSIDER:

The ideas come from an outside source.. not my thoughts nor did I see the film. Most likely won’t.

But perhaps the best reason the foiled attempt at a movie really flopped? People found out about a scene in it that probably went too far, even for ‘art’ and allegory:

A cult kills a baby, tears it to pieces, eats it, and beats up Jennifer Lawrence. It’s not easy to recommend to friends.


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Official searching for the phantom pooper

I CANNOT ADD ANY MORE TO THIS THAN WHAT A LOCAL CBS AFFILIATE DID IN COLORADO:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are searching for a woman who has been seen repeatedly defecating in a neighborhood while out running.

Cathy Budde says her kids saw the woman mid-squat and came running back in the house to tell her.

“They are like, ‘There’s a lady taking a poop!’ So I come outside, and I’m like … ‘are you serious?'” Budde said to the runner. “‘Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids?!’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, sorry!'”

The Great Mexico City Earthquake anniversary Earthquake

Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday..



Again.. 32 years later. To the day..

Today across Mexico City, as people were prepping for earthquake drills and remembrances of what occurred then... and now today, what occurred in real time.

Videos of ground shaking.. buildings literally falling down.. NPR has this:
"We don't have an estimate yet from authorities of how many buildings — but just photos and videos from people in the street show there are many buildings collapsed so far," reporter James Fredrick told NPR. "The civil protection agency of Mexico City has confirmed that they're beginning excavation work for people trapped inside collapsed buildings."
Another problem loosed by the quake: Gas leaks have been reported across the city, some of which have already resulted in fires, according to Fredrick.
"God bless the people of Mexico City," President Trump tweeted Tuesday in the aftermath. "We are with you and will be there for you.
"


But look at this video collection of what happened today:

I gave this some thought today too as I watched the horror unfold: What if it was created by a common thought? ....32 years since one massive quake, and it was on everyone's mind. Did mass thought make a new one?  Can that happen? ... or is mother nature, churning with deadly hurricanes and now quakes, just that cruel?

History shows it? She is just that cruel.
"It's a law that all schools and public institutions have to do a safety drill on Sept. 19," Greg Berger, a journalist and professor in Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, told NPR's Adhiti Bandlamudi. His 10-year-old son had already taken part in a drill at school in the morning — "then it started shaking again, and my son told me that he thought it was another drill, but a high-tech drill. He thought it was kind of cool, because he thought they were making the floors move."

Just as collective consciousness can potentially move a storm, can it also create such heartbreak as we saw today?

Strong quake hits Mexico City

Reporting from the AP on a developing story..

magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.



The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear. Mexican media broadcast images of several collapsed buildings in heavily populated parts of the city.

The city was actually drilling for a quake TODAY.. just as the real one struck.. 

Dominica leveled

The fears are true.. the island of Domica, as the leader of the nation states, has lost just about everything that money can buy..  No word at this time as to the devesatation to life and limb.. Property, however, is destroyed..

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Maria, now moving away from Dominica, had regained Category 5 strength, after briefly dropping to Category 4. The “potentially catastrophic” storm is expected to approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the center said.

SHAZAM revisited: When memories of alternative realities fail

For some time now the HORROR REPORT and many other sources have reported that a lot--a LOT of people-- recall seeing a movie called SHAZAM starring Sinbad the comedian.




The problem has long been this: The movie, in this reality,has never existed..

Recently a local radio station ran a poll asking listeners to call in to their station and write comments online as to what movie was the first they ever saw..

Two people wrote "SHAZAM."  The others, in response, stated that the movie never existed..

Two people just got hit with the reality that so many others have already lived through: The Mandela Effect, my friends, still alive and unwell...

Category 5 Maria decimates Dominica

Maria made landfall on Dominica, an island of 72,000 people in the Lesser Antilles, at 9:15 p.m. ET, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. 
The island's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, wrote on Facebook that his roof was gone, that his home was flooded and that he was "at the complete mercy of the hurricane." A few minutes later, he reported that he had been rescued
"Initial reports are of widespread devastation," Skerrit said in a later post. "So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. So far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn-away roofs in the city and the countryside."
Meanwhile .. the storm is building up strength again and heading for Puerto Rico..

Puerto Rico has imposed a rationing of basic supplies including water and baby formula as Hurricane Maria approaches as a Category 5 storm.

Officials said Monday that the rationing is necessary to ensure everyone has access to basic items such as batteries, milk, canned foods, flashlights and other supplies. It does not apply to gasoline or other fuels.

Shelves at many stores were emptying out quickly as people rushed to finalize hurricane preparations. Many posted desperate pleas on social media for help in finding certain items.

It is truly amazing to see how quickly this storm formed, how fast it turned into a category 4 and then 5.. and how much of an overnight monster-status it has achieved.

At this time, if it stays on course, it will be the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928. The vast majority of people alive on the island never saw a storm this strong in their collective lifetimes..

Bobby the Brain Heenan: The greatest wrestling manager and announcer of all time passes away

Very sad news ..




Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, quite possibly the best manager and the best color commentator in American pro wrestling history, has died. The news was broken by Jim Ross. According to WWE, Heenan was 73.

Heenan, a Chicago native, got his start in a pair of Midwestern promotions, the World Wrestling Association and the American Wrestling Association. He was most famous for his run in the World Wrestling Federation, where he managed multiple champions in the 1980s and 1990s in his Heenan Family stable.

He managed Andre the Giant.. memorable in Wrestlemania 3.. 

Gorilla Monsoon 'fired' him on RAW... 

Complete gimmicks all the time. Each one more memorable than the previous. 

His battle with throat cancer was painful for all fans to watch .. but despite his ailments, he still made the autograph circuits fun for anyone who wanted to meet him. He never lost his humor and wit..

He was one of the main reasons growing up I grew to also love professional wrestling..

May he Rest In Peace.. 

Maria about to become an historic storm of epic proportions..

The year of the hurricane continues ..  




As of 11 a.m., Maria had grown into a "rapidly intensifying" Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and was about 60 miles east of Martinique, a French island that is home to some 400,000 people, the National Hurricane Center said. 

Maria could grow into a "major hurricane" by Monday night or early Tuesday as it takes aim at Puerto Rico's southern coast, the hurricane center said...

This will be he first time since 1928 that Puerto Rico had a cat 4 or 5 storm hit it.. 

And then? Looking more like landfall along the United States east Coast may occur.. 

Just getting around to CHANNEL 0 CANDLE COVE

...Late to the game on this.. It has been a tremendously long year with way too many distractions to count.

But this weekend finally getting accustomed to CHANNEL 0 CANDLE COVE.. It is a SYFY original based on a creepypasta, and it has a good nostalgic 'stranger things' type of feel to it.

Highly recommended from the HORROR REPORT..

The show only had a few episodes, but was greenlighted for a new season 2..


Candle Cove (2016)
A child psychologist (Paul Schneider) returns to his small home town to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his twin brother and a slew of other children in the 1980s, and how it is connected to a bizarre local children's television show that aired at the same time.

The No-End House (2017)
A young woman named Margot Sleator (Amy Forsyth) visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.

One part of season 1 that somewhat chilled me a bit was the tooth-child!




Aside from just the puppets of Candle Cove, Channel Zero’s first season is inhabited by what appears to be a young boy made entirely out of teeth. “So the Tooth Child,” Antosca explained, “came to me in a nightmare. After envisioning this thing, it harkened back the ideas of childhood, of losing your teeth, of growing up, and of having recurring dreams that explored all of these things. When I proposed the idea of the creature, it struck a chord with the writers’ room. We had some fantastic artists, who also worked on Hannibal, create the suit for us and we couldn’t be happier with it. For the record, no those aren’t real teeth.”
That is frightening an brilliant! It preys on the deepest and darkest fears I have always had as well..

I never trusted the Tooth Fairy growing up. I always pictured him or her as some beastly and ghastly creature that stole teeth and ended up doing sordid things with them--this before I knew just how horrible humanity itself could be.

This tooth child  would be, in my nightmare, what the tooth fairy looks like.
Horrid.

So happy to hear that the show will be back for me..

Lady Gaga postpones European tour due to health problems

Lady Gaga postpones European tour due to health problems:

“Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform,” a statement from her label published on Monday reads.

“She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today.”

The 31-year-old singer also shared a message with fans on Instagram, saying she has been “searching for years to get to the bottom of” her condition.

“It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out,” she said.


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WEEKLY STANDARD slams horror movies as the cockroach genre of the box office!

JONATHAN LAST WRITES,


On the subject of horror movies, I mentioned this briefly on the show, but I want to tease the idea out a little bit: Horror movies are the cockroaches of cinema. They will survive everything, even streaming and the internet.
That’s because they’re bottom-feeding, low-cost, high-ROI enterprises that appeal to both a deep niche audience (horror fans) as well as to the broad general quadrant (teens and young adults looking for thrills). And as a consequence, they can be marketed cheaply.
Horror movies don’t need stars. The effects they rely on tend to be inexpensive. And when they hit, they can bring the kind of returns that simply don’t exist anywhere else in the industry. Have a look at this list of the biggest returns ever on horror and it’ll make your eyes pop out. Paranormal Activity made $200 million on a $15,000 budget.

IT continues to make some box office history

IT easily beat mother! this weekend .. It wasn't great competition, but it's a good victory nonetheless.



And some facts: In its first 10 days, the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel has earned $218.7 million domestically, passing up Get Out ($175.5 million) to become the No. 2 R-rated horror film of all time behind The Exorcist, not accounting for inflation. 

It is already the top-grossing September release in history. 

IT will finish its North American run with north of $300 million.

Overseas: IT is grossing $60.3 million in its second weekend from 56 markets for a foreign tally of $152.6 million and a stunning $371.3 million worldwide against a $35 million budget. 

Highlights included a record-breaking horror opening of $13.8 million in Mexico.

A perfect horror movie for the age of TRUMP.


mother! just scored Jennifer Lawrence the worst box office opening of her career..

The reviews were awful.
The critics panned..
The citizens revolted and were revulsed.

REAL LIFE FUNERAL HOME HORROR: BLOOD LEAKS

Residents spotted the disturbing sight of blood seeping out onto the road from a Louisiana undertaker’s business on Thursday afternoon.

Gruesome photographs show red liquid trickling onto a back street from a valve outside the Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. City officials said a stoppage in a line had caused the blood, which was mixed with an embalming fluid containing formaldehyde, to leak from a storage tank located behind the building.

The leak lasted for only about 20 minutes, however, and the liquid mix did not find its way into the city’s sewer system, per multiple reports.

Maria tracks Irma's early path

Watch this storm ..

Jose is meandering around the East Coast.. may or may not graze a few cities, but even if so will not be a strong category.

All bets are off for Maria, which is now following a freakily similar path to what IRMA did -- right over some of the worst hit islands of the Caribbean.. places still regrouping and trying to figure out how to rebuild lives and property..

The latest on Maria:

A Tropical Storm watch was in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
"Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday," the National Hurricane Center said.
Although forecast tracks can change dramatically over the coming week, maps on Saturday show the storm moving on an Irma-like path over Puerto Rico on Wednesday and Hispaniola Thursday morning heading straight toward the Florida Keys.



Keep in mind how horrible a situation right now some of these islands are facing.. Places like Barbuda .. places like the once beautiful St. Martin..

From the MIAMI HERALD:

Ten days after Hurricane Irma turned St. Martin into a jigsaw of ripped metal and shattered wood, residents were still struggling with an existential question: Should they cling to an island that can barely support 
life or start over elsewhere?
Irma hit the shared Dutch and French Caribbean island as a Category 5 hurricane with winds in excess of 200 miles an hour, turning the picturesque tourist haven into a sweltering trash heap without power, water or communications. What the hurricane didn’t steal, looters often did.



Now the bullseye again exists on them and other places attempting to recover...
From there? Maria may hit the Carolinas in a long range outlook..
And it's not over with her.
After Maria, another impressive wave that just emitted from the Continent of Africa looks enterprising in nature and strong in convection. An early named storm may result.. And that one, more than any this year, should be watched.

Confused and angered by mother! while 'IT' breaks new records

We talked about MOTHER! earlier today.. 

 

But now we know: The movie is a FLOP..

Mother is 'dying' in box offices with a "F" cinemaScore and only $7.8 mil .. it has been been a tremendous failure to Jennifer Lawrence.. And increasingly lampooned online as being a holier than thou-premised film with a scene where a baby literally gets eaten..

A few reviews from ROTTEN TOMATOES from the non-paid reviewers.. those I trust more.



DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!!! WTH is this trash? I have never seen such a bad movie. Do not tell me this is "art". This movie demonstrates all that is wrong with movies today. Hey, lets kill babies....seriously? Oh just symbiotically art....BLAH BLAH BLAH.
X X X

After seeing this you will fill in the title "Mother!" With and additional expletive. WARNING DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY! I am your average move goer so trust me. who likes a good scare, a good laugh, great story and action. The fact is this movie, has no story, and after an hour you will be screaming "Mother..F***** " what a waste of time and money...probably the worst movie released with such hype in 10 years!
X X X 

Got up early in order to see this today, and now I want to go back in time and get the extra sleep. The trailer was purposefully ambiguous because the average viewer won't glean anything from it, and maybe that was the intent: to draw in an audience to find out what is going on. I had no idea what was going on, and found myself getting angrier and angrier as my questions were never answered. The conclusion/reveal didn't do anything for me, and made no sense to me as a whole.

DEADLINE is writing,

Last weekend, Paramount had a custom in-theater trailer for Mother! on It telling moviegoers. “In one week, in this theater, one movie will mess you up for life…You will never forget where you were the first time you saw Mother! After the movie, visit the box office to get your tickets.” One rival marketing head told Deadline, “If I was a horror fan and then went to see Mother! I’d be pretty pissed because it’s not your run of the mill Screen Gems film.” What could Paramount do? How else could they sell this movie? Mother! begins as a quiet movie and then gets really gonzo toward the end and goes off the rails. Lawrence and Aronofsky say it’s all allegory. There is a gripping, ‘WTF is going on now?’ sensibility to the film, and in that sense, the quick clip, suspenseful marketing arguably didn’t betray.
MEANWHILE: 'IT' appears to be the big winner again this weekend.. and even talk about the movie on social media has increased over 30% since last week...  This weekend IT will now become the biggest September release ever when it reaches $218 million cumulative..

And mother!? ... ugh.

DOES 'MOTHER!' DESERVE THE PRAISE IT IS GETTING? (A spoiler alert with this one)

The horror film 'mother!' Is getting high praise from noble media affiliations. It is also being billed as an intellectual horror flick with a message.. religious overtones.. social justice ramifications.
Big name star: Lawrence.
Big name director: Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN FAME)
Shock scene (SPOILER): Infant being eaten.




Let's unpack this..

Taken purely on its surface, the film is about the horror of hosting ungrateful houseguests. Going beneath that surface, it’s about gruesome male narcissism. Ignoring its text and subtext entirely though, mother! is something more ambitious: A herald of prestige horror at a moment when we might actually need it. It’s September, the calm before the dizzying storm of awards season self-aggrandizement, when we stop thinking of movies as works of art and start thinking of them as show horses; we sacrifice the substantive power of movies in this stretch of the year, focusing instead on making predictions, playing the odds and analyzing marketing campaigns. mother!’s theatrical release falls just on the cusp of celebratory madness, three months earlier than Black Swan’s back in 2010. But both movies screened at the Venice International Film Festival, often treated as the start of the Oscar race by pundits; both movies star esteemed, in demand lead actresses, the latter Natalie Portman, the former Jennifer Lawrence.
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VULTURE has a report on this too .. And they go deeper into the shock scene of an infant being eaten. And they really work hard but find a reason to praise it..
From their report:

Aronofsky is no stranger to shock value, having given us such moments as Winona Ryder stabbing herself in Black Swan, the main character giving himself a lobotomy in Pi, and the infamous “ass to ass” scene in Requiem for a Dream. But killing off a newborn, even a CGI one, is a big leap for him. Baby murder is generally off-limits in cinema, and witnessing it triggers your lizard brain’s instinct to protect young life, making even the most hardened stomach potentially churn. It perhaps fits with the environmental and religious metaphors of the film (which we’ll get to in more detail in a minute) by showing the ways in which mankind destroys that which is most precious to us. But there’s also a solid argument to be made that it was a gratuitous attempt to inflict something memorable at the cost of good taste.

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I am a fan of the unwritten but prescribed rule of leaving graphic scenes OUT of movies involving children.. "IT" was a little much for me even during the opening sequences, but I get it. The movie had to focus on Georgie first.. but still.
The NETFLIX hit "CLOWN" ? ,That movie went too far for me, as well.
Call me a wimp .. But I have an idea of then type of horror film I like. Less blood. More store. Less cautionary problems for vision, but mental fear and distress..

But mother!? This is my take, without seeing it:


Basically it is a snuff film. Pornographic and violent. Suitable only for degenerates who pretend to be intellectuals. Absolutely horrible and vile. And that is it.

Now before I go deeper into a category that will cause my own impunity and commentary of being a boring and tired no-name who shouldn't even have a voice at all with my audience, let me offer a counter point that many of you may already agree with before reading. From the VULTURE article, a comment, a defense of the movie and the anti-religious message, and the baby eating scene:

"They kill the baby, Him says to forgive them, the creepy priest says he's not really dead, the worshippers put his carcass on an altar and ceremonially eat his flesh. Remind you of anything? The baby is Jesus, eating him is the Eucharist.
The movie is a brief, ugly history of humanity culminating in the whole thing blowing up with the help of some fossil fuels in the basement. You'll laugh, you'll cry!
I thought it was a wild trip and I didn't even get the Mother Earth thing until later. In retrospect, I think it makes sense. But it's also a dark portrait of religion as practiced by the masses of Him's fans/worshippers. Him's beautiful scripture is perverted in their hands. Sharing means stealing, love is cannabalized for cheap comfort, and supposed Christians behave in every awful way people have done and still do in a thrilling cinematic tableau worthy, as others have said, of Hieronymus Bosch. All the while, horrified mother (earth) and her house are abused and Him (God) pleads for patience.
It must also be a dark portrait of the artist/muse dynamic. In this layer of the metaphor, Him is more of an a-hole, a wannabe God. He can't just create. He relies on the adoration of his muse -- whom he only loves for that adoration. Her love is symbolized by her heart, which calcifies in the apocalyptic furnace along with her body, leaving behind a delicate glass rock containing the force with which he will start again -- this time, with a new girl. The old one's dust, remembered and valued only for her love of Him. Not sure he's trying to say sorry to an ex here or what, but the Great Artiste comes off as an all-consuming narcissist in this telling. 
Don't buy the reviews that say it's very disturbing. I find mere trailers for ordinary horror and action films more upsetting for their blasé callousness. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer as a hilarious chain-smoking Adam and Eve are worth the price of admission alone."

"Criminal" clowns March on Washington

From BUSINESS INSIDER:



Juggalos are ardent fans of the fringe hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse and they paint their faces like clowns to be like ICP's founders, Joseph Utsler (commonly known as Shaggy 2 Dope) and Joseph Bruce (commonly known as Violent J).

The march on Washington is not just a big party, though. They group is designated as a criminal gang in several states, of which the FBI has taken notice. In 2011, the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment identified the Juggalos as a "a loosely-organized hybrid gang" who often "exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence."

 "Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism," the FBI report said. "However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales. Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand."

And the Juggalos, along with the Insane Clown Posse and their record label, Psychopathic Records, believe these descriptions from the Department of Justice are unfair.

MORE: http://www.businessinsider.com/juggalo-march-on-washington-insane-clown-posse-2017-9


Calling Seph Lawless! Now Toys "R" Us may be a new location for photos

The internet killed the shopping mall.
Toys "R' Us, a normally stand along stores that has been existent in strip malls or next to Pizza Huts for generations, is potentially the next building in your local distressed town to grow weeds..




From REUTERS:

(Reuters) - Toys ‘R’ Us is working to put together a loan to fund its operations in a potential bankruptcy filing that could come before the holiday sales season, according to people familiar with the matter. The toy merchant’s move underscores the deep distress rippling through retailers of all sizes as consumers increasingly shop online at sellers such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) or go to discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N). A spokeswoman for Toys ‘R’ Us did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The people could not be identified because the bankruptcy plans are not yet public.

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My local toy store closed just about 6 years ago after my son was born.. there are a few distances away.. during our very few trips to Toys R Us, it was a lackluster experience with overly expansive aisles of toys that mostly went un-purchased.

I even regularly saw people checking their Amazon accounts WHILE shopping, illustrating that the best deal is what the consumer hunts.

Toys R Us.. You will soon join the rest of them.

Retail hell.


No way Jose!

AND NOW IN THE POTENTIAL CONE OF JOSE: NEW YORK CITY.. BOSTON..? JERSEY?

It is amazing to consider how long Jose has been floating around the Atlantic Ocean. He formed some time shortly after Irma did 5000 miles ago.. and he tailed behind her as she took center stage in the islands and America..




Since her escape from the United States across the North Atlantic, Jose has wobbled and bobbled, turned into a tropical storm and recently has been upgraded to a hurricane again.
The stats:

As of 0500 AM EDT Sat Sep 16 (Advisory # 44)
Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale: Category 1
Maximum Sustained Winds: 70 knots; 80 mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 983 mb
Located at: 27.9N 71.8W
Movement: northwest at 8 knots; 9 mph

And now it appears that Jose has finally chosen a path .. he will travel to the Northeastern part of the United States and potentially have a landfall near Jersey or NYC.. Maybe even Boston.. The storm is expected to stay around a Category 1 or below as it will be in considerably colder waters than it is now..

But strength aside, the storm is expected to blow up into a monster when you consider the mileage and landscape it will encompass. Just as Sandy did in 2012, Jose is supposed to blossom into a massive Nor'Easter-ish type storm..

Anyone from North Caroline north to Maine should be on guard for this situation and prepared for an either glancing blow or a direct strike...

Jury decides Slenderman verdict

Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined Friday that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.

Anissa Weier trembled as the jury's verdict was read after a week of testimony and some 11 hours of deliberations. She wasn't available afterward, but her attorney said Weier was relieved and cried following the verdict...


JAMIE LEE CURTIS RETURNING TO HADDONFIELD! Will reprise role as Laurie Strode

This is some of the best news for ORIGINAL Halloween movies fans
Ever .. 




. Blumhouse just announced that legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode when the new Halloween movie opens on October 19, 2018.

This is not a sequel of news films .. it ignores H20 and Ressurection, instead focusing on being a sequel to the second movie..

From the press release:

Curtis “come to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

The release continues: “Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.”

Exciting stuff.. 

'Slender man' deliberations begin

From the AP:




WAUKESHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin girl accused of helping her friend stab a classmate nearly to death to please the fictional online horror character Slender Man was lonely and depressed and had descended into "madness," her attorney said Friday in pleading with a jury to send the girl to a mental hospital rather than prison. 

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured classmate Payton Leutner into the woods at a park in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb, in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. A passing bicyclist found Leutner, who barely survived. All three girls were 12 at the time. 

Both Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man's "proxies," or servants, and protect their families from the demon's wrath.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors in August. But she claims she was mentally ill during the attack and not responsible for her actions. A jury heard three days of testimony from psychologists and detectives. If the jury agrees she wasn't responsible, she'll be committed to a mental institution. If not, she faces prison.


Jury deliberations began today.. 


Developing

It follows It

The film IT is getting awfully close to $200 million.. It may surpass soon.

I predict this weekend: It will be the number film for the second week in a row.. and maybe just as big..

DEVELOING..



The odd 'invisible wall' attack in Cuba

This may be one the strangest AP news dispatches I have ever read..



I cannot add more to it..

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.
Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 U.S. victims in an astonishing international mystery still unfolding in Cuba. The top U.S. diplomat has called them “health attacks.” New details learned by The Associated Press indicate at least some of the incidents were confined to specific rooms or even parts of rooms with laser-like specificity, baffling U.S. officials who say the facts and the physics don’t add up.
“None of this has a reasonable explanation,” said Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA official who served in Havana long before America re-opened an embassy there. “It’s just mystery after mystery after mystery.”


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In several episodes recounted by U.S. officials, victims knew it was happening in real time, and there were strong indications of a sonic attack.
Some felt vibrations, and heard sounds — loud ringing or a high-pitch chirping similar to crickets or cicadas. Others heard the grinding noise. Some victims awoke with ringing in their ears and fumbled for their alarm clocks, only to discover the ringing stopped when they moved away from their beds.
The attacks seemed to come at night. Several victims reported they came in minute-long bursts.



spiPhone X: Brave new world with a filter

It is hard to believe that only ten years ago, the technology that Apple would be selling the public was just about unfathomable.. Extremely fast processors. Facial recognition. Emojis that can make poop turn into your face and voice. 




In 2007, people were happy with Myspace and turning 'off' the net in favor of a night out. Now they can't leave home without the smartphone.

Apple wants to capitalize further on the influencers: Those who we are told have 'disposable income' (credit cards) and are below the age of 25 .. those who care less about processor speed and more about selfie. Those who would indeed literally buy an iPhone simply because it can turn their face into an Emoji of feces...




Let's pause for a moment. The most precious few seconds of Apple's big unveiling was a big flop: They tried to announce facial recognition but when they actually attempted to use it, it failed.

Apple has offered an explanation for an embarrassing glitch at the launch of its most expensive iPhone ever, arguing that the phone didn’t make an error – the company’s staff did.

During the first ever public demonstration of the expensive iPhone X, Apple executive Craig Federighi attempted to unlock the device using the company’s new Face ID feature, which scans a user’s face to ensure only they can unlock their phones. But the feature failed, bumping Federighi to an old-fashioned passcode entry screen and forcing him to switch to a backup phone.

Too many people. Not tech. The people.

The people ruin everything!

But it's pretty interesting to say the least: The biggest selling point of Apple in 2017 is a device that can see you, get to know you, and also stay knowing you even as you age. As your facial features change.  

The cutting edge of yesterday was fingerprint.. now it's motion sensing, unlocking with gestures, and facial definitions that will be forever surveiled by your very own pocket spiPhone.  How quaint.

I am not going to lie to myself, though. AT this point there is really no way that technology slows down. There is no ability or us to quell the march of advancement. In a few years, when iPhones or smart phones of your own choice are firmly implanted in either your hand or buttocks, facial recognition will look so 2000 and late.

Yes indeed... Things that would have been either laughed at or feared 20 years ago are completely and perfectly normal now. And expensive.

Thankfully we all have that 'disposable' income... Income that is mostly disposed of in the form of debt payments, late payments, and school loans that are constantly being tinkered with because of how high a percentage of your take home pay they consume.

But all that can be on hold for a while! 

A new phone is out. And I can make by face an Emoji if shit. 

2017, baby. The future is now.



THE CHAINSAW NUN AFTER IRMA

An off-duty cop in Miami went to check out the damage Hurricane Irma brought to a local neighborhood when he encountered a nun cutting up trees to clear the roadways...with a chainsaw.

Sister Margaret Ann wanted to help clean up damages after witnessing an almost car accident as a result of the storm. She took it upon herself to start the cleaning process.

The Miami-Dade Police Department posted to Facebook, uploading the video and praising her for being the symbol of kindness in the community.


EW shares exclusive details of IT 2


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY has some exclusive details concerning the upcoming IT film (so as long as perfect things happen and the film is made, which I assume it will be) .. from the report:

MIKE HANLON

“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book,” the filmmaker said. “I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck.”
Muschietti said he wanted to “infuse more agency to him in those 30 years we don’t visit.”
“He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.”

Pennywise's origin and weakness 

“It resonates with what the kids do when they go to the smokehouse in the Barrens,” Andy Muschietti says. “By inhaling these fumes from the fire they have visions of It, and the origin of It, and the falling fire in the sky that crashed into Derry millions of years ago. We’ve brought that to Mike, by the end of those 30 years Mike has figured out the Ritual of Chüd.” 
No, that’s not a reference to the 1984 schlock classic C.H.U.D., which stood for “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.” King’s Ritual of Chüd is more of a Lovecraftian spell, an old-world mysticism that involves a duel of imagination between the shapeshifting trickster and the children (now adults) who want to end It once and for all.
But even as Hanlon sounds the alarm to his old friends that they must return, his addiction becomes just another demon he has to battle.
When the Losers return, he won’t be facing it alone.

Stan Uris 



“There is something in the future for him, taking his own life, that finds its seed in this film,” Andy Muschietti said. “He is the one who doesn’t want to accept what’s going on. And being the one who didn’t want to participate he gets the worst part.”
Those who’ve seen the movie know the part: deep in Derry’s sewer system, Stan separates from the group and comes face-to-uh-something with It in the form of the creepy woman from the painting in his father’s study. 
When his friends finally find him, It has its comb-toothed jaws around his head and is sucking Stan’s face into its mouth. Although he survives, the memory and the traumatic stress he lives with makes him decide it’s a horror he can’t confront again.

What did NOT make it into IT and why it may be best it didn't.

IF you read IT by Stephen King, you may recall there were some elements that could have garnered the film an NC17 or above rating.. Group sex.. masturbation while torturing animals.. and Bevvie's dad doing MORE to Bevvie than worrying about her..



Lots.
Lots of things could have upset the apple cart.

What resulted was a stellar film that, in a perfect would, would be worthy of some Oscars (we know Hollywood doesn't like to reward horror often however) .. If these few elements would have been included, perhaps the movie's successful script would never have made it to cinemas..

MOVIEPILOT has a bit more on the items that floated from the script into oblivion.  Read with caution.

Concerning the MOST controversial of all (and there are a LOT), this:


Lost in the sewers and with nowhere to turn, Beverley realizes that the only way for the group to escape is for each boy to take it in turns and put their "thing" inside of her. By losing their virginity together, the Losers' Club can then once more tap into the power of the Turtle and find their way to safety. Yes, this scene is even more insane than the Deadlights themselves, no Muschietti didn't include it in his adaptation and yes, Stephen King himself continues to defend the sequence, even now.

Whether you believe that the sewer gang-bang should have appeared in the movie or not, it's fascinating to see how Muschietti tried to remain faithful to #IT while still navigating the controversy of #StephenKing's original text. It's no wonder then that Cary Fukunaga's original script never made it into production. After all, there's only so many controversial plot points one can add to a movie before the inevitable starfish attacks and incestuous rapes take things a step too far.



The HORROR REPORT ponders if these omissions are such a bad thing. After all, the film was WILDLY successful and will most likely continue to be throughout at least the early autumn.. Ignoring some of these aspects of the book, even with Stephen King adamantly defending them, may have been the best decision ever made.. mainstream for the masses! The Loser's Club wins.
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