A Nightmare Come True: Horror Legend, Wes Craven Dies at age 76

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The horror community has been rocked by the news of the passing of, some say the greatest horror director of all time, Wes Craven.

Most people know Wes Craven as the father of Freddy Krueger. As the creator of https://www.youtube.com/embed/dCVh4lBfW-c“>A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes introduced one of the most beloved and feared horror characters EVER! This franchise alone is enough to set Wes apart from all others in the industry.

Others remember and honor Wes Craven for flipping the script on the horror genre with his groundbreaking film https://www.youtube.com/embed/23jmjs-rMGI“>Scream. A film that takes a hard look at the cliches of a horror film, even lists “how to survive a horror film” and then crushes those cliches and creates real terror for the audience in a whole new way.

As wonderful, and fun, and historically important in the horror industry, as these films are, they were not Wes’ first horrific creations. Wes Craven’s first hand at horror was in 1972 with https://www.youtube.com/embed/k6relcX5X0U“>Last House on the Left. A film that many thought https://www.youtube.com/embed/m5HMeYj9gCA“>went too far at creating real life horror. The films follows two young girls as they are kidnapped, taken into the woods, tortured, and killed, for no other reason than for the enjoyment and entertainment of their attackers. The premise is one that many writers and directors would try and imitate over the years.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/95C1wxkwMeA“>The Hills Have Eyes, another creation of Craven’s wonderfully warped mind. This one left us fearing family vacations, and what the unknown road had in store for the innocent and unprepared.

One of my favorites has to be https://www.youtube.com/embed/CEyQIcuGwDw“>The People Under the Stairs though. A great tale of bad people getting their comeuppance.

The list of film credits goes on, and if you include all those he inspired, and continues to inspire, that list is truly infinite. What I will remember Wes Craven for most is how thoughtful and intellectual he was about his horror. With a master’s degree in philosophy and writing no one can doubt just why his films hit us so hard and effectively. https://www.youtube.com/embed/XKqMVjc9RkI“>His explanation of the basis of our fears is masterful!!

Wes Craven’s life work has changed the lives of so many and he will forever be a considered one of the greatest icons in the horror community. I stand alongside my fellow horror fans today and mourn the loss of a great man, a brilliant mind, a kind heart, and a true legend.

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What has 4 Horns, 6 Legs, and 2 Heads??? A Freaktastic Fun Day at the Fair

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending our county fair and it did not disappoint!! Not only was it filled with endless treats, rides and games, it offered up some of the sweetest little side show animal freaks I’ve seen!!!!

To kick things off there was the traditional Carni Barker outside the mysterious tent calling over people to “Come and witness some of natures most curious creations!!!” Well… I HAD to see for myself.  We paid our fair and entered.

We were greeted by, this adorable little guy, the 4 Horned Goat!!!!

I immediately fell in love and wanted to take him home with me!!! But thought better of trying to smuggle him out and proceeded onto…

The 6 Legged Cow!!!!

She was none too impressed with any of her visitors, but I can assure you we all though she was fabulous!!! Next to her, as you can peak from this picture was another of Nature’s colorful creations….

The Half Donky Half Zebra…ZONKEY!!!!

Notice how tall he is for a donkey and his wonderfully striped legs!!!! He was quite the charmer and delighted with pats and loving! Rounding the corner was the melodious bleats of these 2 cuties…

The 5 Legged Sheep!!!!

Yes folks there was 2 of these beauties hanging out together. So that’s 10 legs, 2 heads, and four ears all in one pen. It was quiet a sight to behold. Neighboring these lovely ladies was someone of a smaller stature…

The Miniature Bull!!!!

My daughter joked that he was trying to hide the sign, but was too short! This guy looked a little embarrassed but warmed up quickly.

And what would a tent of side show animals be without

taxidermied freaks and the gaffs ?

Some of the best tricks of the trade.

This was by far my favorite part of the entire fair! Even more than the sweet treats, I LOVE my sideshow FREAKS!!!! I hope all of you make it out to the fair this year. Be sure to show your friendly neighborhood freaks some love and them share the pictures with me!!!

Dear FUNKO, a love letter from a Harry Potter MEGA FAN!!!!!!!!

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Dear Funko, My nerd girl heart swoons with joy and delight over the newest members of the Pop Funko Vinyl Family, the beloved Harry Potter Collection.

I have been an uber fan of Harry Potter for as long as the books have been around. All nighters of reading just to finish the book only to be left hungry for more once completed. Once on a trip to visit my sister, immediately after Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince had been released, I was trying to finish it during the car ride. Please note that reading in a moving car makes me ever so nauseous!  So desperate to finish the book though, I would read all the way to the point of almost being ill, then I would stop reading and try to regain my composure, only to begin again once I was able!! I couldn’t help myself, I NEEDED to know what happened next!

I waited in lines at midnight book and movie releases. I have even listened to the audio book series on car rides over and over again!! Finally able to get my Potter fix on the go!! My family and I are actually getting to go to Universal Studios this October, with the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter our single desire!!! I plan on buying one of each EVERYTHING and maybe even moving in!!

So imagine my surprise and overwhelming jubilance when I found out my favorite fun makers were adding Harry Potter and his friends to one of my favorite lines??!!! Well folks, the shipment arrived just the other day, and I can honestly say they have lived up to every want and expectation I had!!!!

Heading the series is, the boy who lived, Harry Potter himself! Spectacled and dressed in his classic school robes, Harry is armed with his holly wand containing at its core, a Phoenix feather from none other than Dumbledore’s esteemed pet, Fawkes, and of course his iconic lightening bolt scar! This figure is too adorable for words!

Ever by Harry’s side, his 2 best mates, Ron Weasley, also wearing the classic Hogwart’s school robes, and armed with his Spello-Tape repaired wand, and with the most brilliant bright orange hair (it honestly rivals mine!!). And Hermione Granger, looking smart in her robes and tossled, wavy  hair, also sporting her handy wand, my only wish was that she had the Time Turner necklace as an accessory!

          

Up next are 2 of Harry’s most loved supporters in the wizarding world, Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts and professor of Care of Magical Creatures. Hagrid truly is Harry’s BIGGEST supporter and friend in life and in this great collection. Bushy bearded Hagrid, the half giant, towers over the other figures at 6″, and comes carrying his unassuming pink umbrella, believed to hold the remains of his wand destroyed by the Ministry of Magic years before Harry, due to the wicked lies of one Tom Marvolo Riddle. This POP Vinyl made me squeal with delight at the sight of him!!

By far the wisest of Harry’s friends is none other than our favorite Head Master, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Our half moon spectacled, whited bearded, dear Dumbledore comes dressed in gorgeous purple robes, and the very cutest wizard hat one could hope for. With his hands clasped together in front, always looking so deep and thoughtful, in his presence one will always feel his guidance. My only wish for Dumbledore is that he had crystal blue eyes!

Without the dark there can be no light, so we of course have 2 of Harry’s least favorite characters. The man Harry understood far too late, but eventually would recognize as “https://www.youtube.com/embed/RhOQ4VW6xV8“>the bravest man he ever knew“, Professor Severus Snape. Snape, as a character is deeper and more developed than any reader could have imagined, and this figure does him proud. His characteristic greasy black hair is parted perfectly to each side of his stern, knowing stare. Donning black robes, over a suit of royal purple, the splash of color to show his true inner light, with wand pointed down at his side indicating his readiness to duel for Harry’s life. It is not only my love of Snape, the character, but FUNKO’s awesome interpretation, that makes this one of my favorites in the collection.

Finally we come the Dark Lord himself, He Who Must not Be Named, Heir of Slytherin, You Know Who, Lord Voldemort. As Harry’s arch nemesis, this collection would not be complete without him. His flat, snake like, nose-less face, and down turned mouth, makes him quite menacing looking. Set apart from the rest he is robed in shades of grey, to mimic the darkness that he surrounded himself with his entire life. Arms raised accepting the praise of his Death Eaters, Voldemort holds his wand firmly, awaiting his moment to attack Harry, and anyone else who dares get in his way! The sculpt of him is awesome, I love the slits for nostrils, and think the color palette was genius, I only wish they had included Nagini at his feet, or even wrapped around his shoulders, as he is never without her, his favorite Horcrux!

I hope it is obvious to all that I truly LOVE this collection, and hope FUNKO continues to add more of these magnificent characters and hopefully creatures to it!!!

Maybe, just maybe they can start a doubled sided collection, so Professor Quirrell can have Lord Voldemort living on him, and one for Remus Lupin, with his Werewolf self on the other side! They can even have double dose of House Elves with Dobby and Kreacher!! I would love to see a Buckbeak and a Fawkes too. OOOHHH how about a set of mini’s of all the students animals??!!!

HOW ABOUT IT FUNKO???

Make my Harry Potter FUNKO dreams come true!!

(and make me go broke in the process!!! HAHAHA)