13 Days till Halloween

As you probably have figured out by now, Halloween season is my favorite time of the year. Since there are only 13 days left, I decided to compile a list of movies for each day counting down to the 31st of October. I could pick obscure and rare flicks, but decided to list movies that are fairly easy to find for everybody. Some of them I picked because they don’t often get mentioned or are overlooked. Obviously most of them deal with the supernatural or paranormal, but I snuck in a few exceptions, cause they’re also my personal must-see flicks every year. So here you go, in no particular order:

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‘What we do in the Shadows’ (2014 by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi) Not a ghost story, but a great way to start your Halloween countdown with some levity at first. The vampires in this horror comedy are to die for! (see what I did there?)

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‘Horns’ (2013 with Daniel Radcliffe). It has everything, it’s original and odd and kinda fascinating. People either love it or hate it. I, for one, love it. Great for a night when you can’t decide between horror and dark humor or when you’re having a cynical, people-hating day.

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‘The Crow’ (1994 with Brandon Lee) Well, duh, that one is obvious. I watch it every October 30th, aka Devil’s Night. RIP Brandon. If you’ve never seen it…I’m not sure I wanna know you, lol!

‘The Entity’ (1982 with Barbara Hershey) You really wanna freak out over the ‘unseen’? This one still scares the crap out of me! I think what makes it so scary is because it’s based partially on a true story. I still can’t get he musical score during the attacks out of my head. You’ll leave the lights on at night, not that it would help!

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‘The Others’ (2001 with Nicole Kidman) Great ghost story and brilliant acting, especially by the two kids. You can’t keep your eyes off them!

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‘The Descent’ (2005 by Neil Marshall) Not a ghost story and one of the odd ones out on this list, but I usually savor watching it during this time of year. If you like super high tension, holding your breath kind of movies – this is one for you. Especially if you’re claustrophobic. Oh, lots of blood and gore, too. I could write about this one forever..but don’t want to spoil it for anybody.

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‘The Orphanage’ (2007 by J.A. Bayone). It was marketed more as a horror movie, but I was surprised when it turned out to be more of a creepy yet moving ghost/thriller/drama. Haunting story and remarkable acting.

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‘Black Death’ (2010 with Eddie Redmayne) Not so much of a ghost story, but kind of…it is pagan/christianity themed horror during the days of the bubonic plague in England. When Eddie Redmayne got his Oscar for ’The Theory of Everything’, nobody in Hollywood ever seemed to mention him being in a ‘horror’ (gasp!) movie before, even though he does a great job in this underrated flick. Not for the squeamish. And Sean Bean is in it. Guess what happens to him…

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993 by Tim Burton). I don’t think it needs any description. I like playing it before going out, while dressing up. How can you not get in the mood when the ‘This is Halloween!’ song comes on! Then I play it again around Christmas to cheer myself up during the madness of THOSE holidays.

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’The Ring’ (2002 by Gore Verbinski). Yes, I know, everybody says ‘Ringu’ is better, but this remake still creeps me the hell out and the visuals are forever ingrained in my head. So much creepiness without a single drop of blood shown! I’ll never forget the first time I saw it.

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‘Housebound’ (2014 by Gerard Johnstone). A weird horror comedy that I found by accident on Netflix. It’s a great mix of scares, laughs, jumps and silly fun. I love the lead actress, Morgana O’Reilly and really dug her energy.

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‘The Babadook’ (2014 by Jennifer Kent) Probably my favorite horror thriller of 2014. Smart, unnerving, creepy and superbly acted. It’s in my ‘go-to’ Netflix queue and I don’t just wait for Halloween to watch it.

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‘Trick ‘r Treat’ (2007 by Michael Dougherty) My ‘must-watch’ ever since I first saw it. PLAY IT ON HALLOWEEN OR TERRIBLE THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU! Nuff said!

Honorable mentions: Hocus Pocus, Sleepy Hollow, Mama, Haunter, Oculus, The Woman in Black and of course Poltergeist (I should have started my list earlier than 13 days til, heh…)

There you go – happy watching and have a creeptastic time!

Intermission

Kinda unrelated to acting, but I thought it was noteworthy for a blog anyway.

So, San Diego Comic-Con happened and I sold a painting in the Art Show, yay! But that’s not the news I’m most excited about…

The best part of this year’s con for me personally? It was finding out that an art piece I submitted to SDCC months ago for the 75th Anniversary of Catwoman was accepted and published as a full page in their Souvenir Book! Page 90, baby! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it, right there…in print, with my credits next to it!

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As visual artist and photographer, you enter many competitions and similar projects like this and you deal with a lot of rejection (like I needed to add more challenges to my life as an actor..but artists gotta do what they gotta do). It just makes little victories like this so much sweeter! Thank you SDCC people for including my art! Needless to say, I collected a few books so I can send them to my mom and pop overseas!

Here’s a better view in my DeviantArt Gallery.

 

That’s all for today, folks. Next week: 48hr Film Project in San Diego! #TeamBadMF all the way, woot!

 

Hashtag Actorlife and other Adventures

• First off, we had our Premiere Screening of my short film ‘The Appointment‘ at the Phoenix Comicon in Arizona on May 31st! The film played without a hitch and people laughed in the right places, so yay!!

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Having a celebratory drink (or two) after the screening with co-producer, location scout and best on-set provider of food, J.R. Thrasher!

  

• I just wrapped my part as promiscuous housewife ‘Stella’ in the sci-fi comedy short “Still” (dir. Patrick Russell Burton and Linda Skeens).  What a fun shoot and I can’t wait to see it! You’ll see a side of me you’ve never seen before for sure…(I’mma scurrrd!)

naughtyWigs are fun! (on the left: my on-screen hubby Garrett Carnahan; peeking between us: my awesome and go-to mua/fx gurrl Francia Cohen)

Below: Wrapped scene shenanigans with my scene partner Suzana Norberg and the Balestra Entertainment team (photo credit: Linda Skeens)

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• I’ve participated in the annual 48 Hour Film Project twice before and I swore I’d never do it again because it’s so effin’ CRAZY! But, here I am, signed up again… When team leader Micah Minor asked me to join, it was a no-brainer. Half of his team was also on the crew for my own short film and I know what they can do! So, watch out for Team BadMF!

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At the 48 Hour Film Project Meet & Greet. #TeamBadMF all the way!

• I finished the script for a horror short film, tentatively titled ‘The Stall’. I’m questioning my sanity as I’m debating making this my next film project.

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 10.25.20 AMThis one’s gory and will need lots of blood and guts and some damned good FX people!

 
• I was asked to be on a panel about ‘successfully crowdfunding your project’ at the Filmmaker and Actor Mixer (San Diego Film Consortium) last week.

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It was fun talking about my experience running a campaign for my short film and hope that people got something out of it. Panel1

I still have my notes and might make it a separate blog. (I’m sitting between William Wall with whom I’ve worked before several times and moderator David Dawson.

• On a completely acting-unrelated note: This will be my 4th year displaying art at the SDCC Art Show!

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It will run from July 8th through July 12th at the San Diego Convention Center, upstairs in the Sails Pavillion. There will be a silent auction. This time I will bring mostly mixed media paintings (watercolor and ink). If you were able to get tickets to Comic-Con (which is getting more and more difficult every year), make sure to stop by, maybe even make a bid! ;)

Ok, I think that’s it for now. Did I leave something out? No, I think that’s it. Till next time; and thanks for reading!

xoxo

Pia