31 Nightmares 2018: The 19th

It’s time for another trip down Memory Lane…

The following image was first shared in 2013 as part of my Winter Gallery: Part II posting. What wasn’t shared was the interesting story behind it…

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I used to live much further from where I currently reside. I’ve bounced around the state of New Jersey throughout my life. In 1995-1996 my grandmother was going through a very messy divorce and she started hinting that we were going to move. Right around that time I started having this recurring dream about this small patch of woods I had never seen before in my waking life or in my dreams. The dreams intrigued me due to their vivid nature.

What I couldn’t shake during this time was the sense that this place existed somewhere in real life. I don’t know how I knew it—I just did.

About a year later, my grandmother found a condo in a quiet little area and informed me this is where we’d be moving. The day we set out to plant our roots in this new home, I was instantly shocked as we neared the entrance. Just around the corner from where we were about to live was the little patch of woods I had seen in my dreams. The place had a foreboding energy about it. The best way I could describe it was “an otherworldly feel” in my eyes. The moment of realization sent chills right through me. I had strange instances of what some would refer to as psychic vision before, but nothing like this. I was rattled to the core.

We moved there anyway and I would up living in that home until 2012. Fun fact? The place was haunted too. Extremely. Like Poltergeist-level haunted.

This image was taken years after I moved in. The area is still untouched to this day. I edited the colors a bit because this was originally going to be used for a book cover of my own. That book later got scrapped after my laptop died and 8 chapters of the novel were not able to be recovered. Soon after, I gave up writing.


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Day 19

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31 Nightmares 2018: The 18th

There is a very soft spot in my heart for this next installment to our 31 Nightmares.

Over the Garden Wall is a family-friendly fascet of the horror genre, with drips of mystery & dark fantasy sprinkled in. Ever since its premiere, the miniseries has been a treasured fall season tradition in our home.

I was lucky enough a few years ago to get a physical copy on DVD to what I consider to be a storytelling masterpiece.

The visuals and sort of retro feel to the entire thing stir up some sort of nostalgic emotions in me. I’m not sure why, but every time we get ready to sit down and watch it this time of year and that gorgeous piano theme starts up, my eyes start to well up a bit. Maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of pieces of my own childhood. Maybe it’s the adorable characters. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that my son loves it as much as I do.

Whatever the case is, it is definitely worth seeking out.

Oh yes, and my son wants you all to know this is our favorite song from the series:

(We still sing & dance along to it to this day.)


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Day 18

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31 Nightmares 2018: The 16th

Anniversaries

Today this modern classic of the horror genre turns 26 years old.

This was a favorite of myself and my cousin when we’d go through our tradition of horror movie marathons. (Which was pretty much every time we got together.) It’s still as eerie and wonderful now as it always was.

A few years back, when we spoke of getting together again, (both of us now much older) just what movie do you think was at the top of our list? Oh yes. & I plan on enjoying it again shortly.

One thing that always stuck with me? The story is first told to the main characters by a janitor in a lovable, sort of gossipy way—-a lot like in the schools I grew up in while tagging along with my grandmother at her own janitorial occupation.

Ghost stories were a favorite topic amongst these wonderful women who my grandmother befriended. It’s no wonder I grew up with a taste for such things.

Is there an urban legend or ghost story in your area? Care to share? 😁


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Day 16

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31 Nightmares 2018: The 10th

Today we have special guests as part of our #31Nightmares

Please welcome Michael Patrick and his cheetah to the clouds.

Below is their contribution to our madness.

Enjoy Silver!

Happy Haunts!

Silver

The night falls around me as I look outside soft chirps fill the air and the summer sky is charged

with electricity.

My family shuffles his feet up and down the stairs I wonder if he is aware of the danger I am trying to tell him about without scaring him

He frightens easily and often times I have to lay him down and comfort him I am aware of what scares him even if never his demon I have yet seen.

I stand guard on many nights while he dreams and fights the darkness.

No one will hurt him, not even the Devil himself dare try me.

My energy runs low and I softly walk to my Family and gently shake him.

It is time for us to switch now, time for him to wake and time for me to run down and catch the sunbeams.

I sure hope my Family catches the silver glint before it expands and threatens us all.

He has never let me down as he shuffles once again down the stairs.

 

•Paladin Sullivan as told to Michael Patrick

 

 

You can find Michael and his cheetah at The Inner Circle

and some of his social media accounts.

Twitter: @HaveCheetahWill

Instagram: @jinzo_2400

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Jinzo

 


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Day 10

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31 Nightmares 2017: The 22nd

Today we have a guest from The Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle is made up of the lovely Michael Patrick, and his companion, a pet cheetah named Paladin. Yes, you heard me correctly. Head on over to The Inner Circle to check them out! You won’t be let down.

Let us begin.


It’s 11:43 PM

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Once again I was out and about doing a little movie hunting. Unlike many websites, I review movies that I buy. No studio sends me anything and I don’t have a YouTube channel where I do vlogs.
Nope, I do this the old fashioned way, I either find short films on YouTube or Vimeo that catch my attention or I go shopping at Family Video, Goodwill or wait for Dollar Tree to drop a shipment of titles. The rule is I can’t spend more then a 1.50 on any title. I also try not to review “blockbusters” or major mainstream releases.
I really loved the comment that my fellow blogger Heidi left on my “The Night Crew” review.

“Your blog always clues me in on stuff I haven’t seen.”

I guess that is what is fun about doing this series here, sharing the unknown with folks who like movies as much as I do.

 

 

So while I was looking for titles, I ran across this IFC Midnight release called “The Dead Room.” Now while I have found some great IFC releases, their horror branch hasn’t really been that good so far. The cheetah and I watched one a few weeks ago called “The Abandoned” and were both disappointed by it,it just wasn’t as good we normally see under the IFC banner.

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But “The Dead Room” was vastly different and much,much better. It restored our faith in the IFC Midnight label.

“The Dead Room” is from New Zealand and that makes it stand out right there. The only horror I have either watched or heard about has been from Peter Jackson and that was eons ago.

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The plot has a small team of ghost hunters being asked to investigate a home where a family was scared so badly they simply ran out without looking back. The team is led by Scott (Jeffrey Thomas) who believes science plays a critical role in exploring the paranormal,Liam (Jed Brophy) who supplies the tech gear and expertise and Holly (Laura Petersen) who is a psychic.
The team has worked together as you see them interact with each as they each set up the house,rigging it with detectors and sensors. Holly can’t detect any presence at first as they settle in.
“The Dead Room” is a slow burn tale…meaning there isn’t a lot of action going on, director Jason Stutter (also co-wrote the story w/Kevin Stevens) decides to ratchet up the suspense little by little.
Why this works so much better then most “haunted house” stories are Scott and Liam are much older then the usual youthful characters that cast in these films. Thomas and Brophy shine because they add a sense of realism here. Not taking anything from Petersen,her turn as Holly is very good as well,the chemistry of the three leads is a real plus here.

 

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When the spirits start making their presence known, Holly wants to bolt while Liam is starting to feel uneasy as well. Scott’s observation about running right after they have met the goal of their life’s research is dead on. You spend years hunting and then panic at the first real sign?? It’s a nice touch by Stutter and Stevens drives that emotion home.

Running away was never in his mind, he wants to see what he has hunted his entire life.
I will have to say the ending wasn’t the best, several plot holes pop up that could have been explained a little better with just a bit more time. The Dead Room clocks in at a fast 78 minutes. I think Stutter could have fleshed out the ending a little better by adding 10-12 minutes of story including adding a origin.
The DVD contains no extras and that is pretty disappointing as most IFC releases have good extra features. But overall,the cheetah and I enjoyed this fun film from New Zealand and we give it a paws/thumb up.

Thanks for reading….if you have a suggestion of a small unknown film that Paladin and I should check out, please leave a comment below!!

Source: Have Cheetah,Will View #32 – “The Dead Room” (2015)The Inner Circle

provided with permission from Michael Patrick to cardcastlesinthesky.com


*If you have any questions or comments for our guest please leave them in the comment bubble below.

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