Happy Caturday – August

What goes into a good spell? Mugwort? Thyme? Bat Wool? Dragon’s Blood? Most witches know the first and best ingredient is your intentions. What are you trying to achieve? Focus on that. Your intention is what makes the spell powerful. The rest of the ingredients can come from your kitchen, your garden, the Apothecary down the street, it doesn’t matter where you get them, as long as your intentions are good. Remember, you get back what you put out. And don’t forget to write it all down for next time.

The theme this month is a Witches Halloween Spellbook.

Witch Cat by Joao Vagner

Witch Cat by Joao Vagner inspires me to create some Halloween haiku with this month’s theme in mind.

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Monthly Haiku Corner – August

Happy August! 30 days til the ‘Ber months and then, the real fun starts! I just returned from a great weekend at Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, where the Halloween spirit was alive and well! Stay tuned for my mini review and pics.

Here at Halloween Horror Haiku, we celebrate all things spooky every day, but this is the time of year where Halloween takes front and center. With that said, the theme this month is a Witches’ Halloween Spellbook. Do witches truly have a spell for a great Halloween? I believe they do.

tattered book binding
witches Halloween spellbook
unlock the pages

Haiku of the Week

Our theme this month has been creatures of the deep. Here’s a sneak peek at the theme for August.

snapping lobster claws
no man quarrells with a queen
sea witches revenge

Haiku inspired by the Sea Witch, artwork by Ubergank aka Linus Pettersson.

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Haiku of the Week

Leviathan was a giant sea serpent from biblio and mythical times. Referenced in several texts across many different cultures, leviathan represents chaos and destruction. In Christianity, it’s considered the demon of deadly sin, who was eventually slayed by god. Our theme this month is creatures of the deep.

receding water
leviathan awakens
tsunami of fear

Haiku of the Week

Our theme this month is creatures of the deep. I spent the weekend watching sea creature movies and lamenting over the fact, that despite now having the technology, we still do not have an awesome modern-day Kraken movie. What up Mr. Speilberg, are you busy?

“Kraken attacks ship” by Samuel Allan, created for PBS Digital – Monstrum, Episode 5

Artist: Samuel Allan
Instagram: @samuel_allan_illustrator

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Monthly Haiku Corner – July

Happy July 4th! Believe it or not, there are still many spots in world’s oceans that have not been explored. We still do not fully understand ocean’s wildlife and what hidden dangers may lurk at the bottom of the deepest, darkest trenches of the sea. Our theme this month is creatures of the deep. Be careful where you swim.

Werewolves Within Movie Review

Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

Werewolves Within 2021
Director: Josh Ruben
Ubisoft Film and Television

Newly appointed Forest Ranger Finn Wheeler (Sam Richardson) heads to Beaverfield, a small scenic town whose residents are currently divided by a pipeline proposal presented by a slick oilman Sam Parker. Finn meets the sweet and helpful postal worker Cecily, who helps him navigate his first day and introduces him to the town’s most eclectic residents, including estranged couple Trisha and Pete, wealthy transplants Devon and Joaquim, blue-collar besties Gwen and Marcus, activist environmentalist Dr. Jane Ellis, isolated hunter Emerson, and local lodge owner Jeanine, whose husband has mysteriously disappeared recently.

Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

When a blizzard knocks out all power, the residents take shelter in the lodge. The next day Finn finds a generator ripped wide open and a mutilated body under the lodge porch, which could be Jeanine’s husband. Tensions over the future pipeline continue, as Finn investigates the mystery beast terrorizing the town. Does Forest Ranger truly have a sinister werewolf on his hands or is there a more down-to-earth explanation for these heinous crimes?

Veep alumni Sam Richardson leads an all-star cast in this campy horror-comedy based on the hit video game of the same name. While the video game was set in a medieval village, this movie takes place in modern times. The plot may not seem entirely original but entertains nonetheless. It’s funny, quirky, spooky fun, not chainsaw terrifying blood splatter, and it works perfectly with the witty banter between the characters. Filmed just before the pandemic hit, Director Josh Ruben shot on location in Hudson Valley, near Woodstock in New York, and used mostly practical effects and make-up for the monster and scares. Ruben, known for his successful meta horror-comedy Scare Me for Shudder, makes the most of a low-budget creature feature and impresses audiences with his creativity and wit.

Much in the way of Bruce Campbell’s legendary hero Ash from the Evil Dead series, Finn is not your typical hero. He’s just an ordinary everyday man who finds himself suddenly dealing with an extremely dangerous supernatural problem, maybe. The always solid funnyman Sam Richardson has built an impressive resume playing affable, offbeat characters and he aces the assignment yet again.

Sam Richardson, Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

The town residents are basically a who’s who in television comedy. There are a lot of familiar faces here, including Groundlings and American Dad star Michaela Watkins, What We Do in the Shadow’s Harvey Guillen, American Horror Story heartthrob Cheyenne Jackson, and Orange Is the New Black and Stranger Thing’s comedienne Catherine Curtin, just to name a few. Everyone is a suspect. Everyone is a potential victim. And, they all equal parts funny and annoying in their own way, viewers aren’t sure if we should root for their survival or their slaughter.

Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

The real treat here is Milana Vayntrub though. Best known as the AT&T spokesperson Lily, Milana once again uses her charm and girl-next-door likeability to keep viewers guessing whether she’s a misunderstood postal worker or a wolf under sheep’s clothing. I’ve never seen her in anything but a phone commercial so it was delightful to see her get a chance to shine a little and show off her comedic chops.

Milana Vayntrub, Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

All in all, Werewolves Within is better than most horror movies based on video games. It’s a smartly written whodunnit that keeps the twists and turns going all the way to the end. This is a great date night or just staying home on a Saturday night movie.

Werewolves Within ©Ubisoft Film and Television

Friday Fright Nightcaps-Boozy Cherry Shakes

Happy Friday! Our monthly theme has been a werewolf summer. Werewolves are one of those monsters that can be both good and bad. Personally, I like stories told both ways. I believe in the love, power, and freedom of the wolf, a kindred moon lover. I can strongly identify with the what the werewolf represents to women, but I also believe there are demonic monsters hiding in plain sight. The cherry is a fruit often associated with goodness, innocence. sexuality, and fertility, so in honor of women everywhere, harnessing the power of the wolf, here’s a Boozy Cherry Shake recipe.

Boozy Cherry Shake

INGREDIENTS:

1/2-1 cup fresh chopped cherries
6 scoops cherry or french vanilla ice cream
2 scoops frozen whipped cream
4 oz vodka
2 oz spiced rum

1 oz maraschino cherry juice
Couple of ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

Chop the cherries and remove pits.
In a blender, add ice cubes, cherries, ice cream, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry juice.

Blend until thick and smooth. Alcohol thins out the cream more so than a regular milkshake.
Garnish with more whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.