Haiku of the Week

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe it’s already here. This season felt very short. Everything just went by so fast. Our theme this month was dystopian Halloween and I was properly scared thinking of a world with no Halloween, no trick-or-treating, no costumes, no nothing. It scared me so much, I’ve decided that November’s theme is going to a Halloween Encore. That’s right, we’re doing Halloween again in November! Don’t put those decorations away tomorrow, cuz we’re celebrating a second

haunted bomb shelter
Halloween party of one
October’s over

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Choco-Pumpkitini

Happy Friday! This week is Wolf Awareness week and since I’ve been honoring Universal classic monsters every Friday, I found the perfect recipe to reshape into my own fangalicious cocktail, paying tribute to the children of the full moon. I call this one the Choco-Pumpkitini.

I’ve been posting Friday Fright Nightcaps on social media this month because I’m getting home late. Follow me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku on Instagram and @Halloweenkristy on Twitter

Tuesday Terror – Best Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Movies/TV

Survival horror more often than not features one of the scariest creatures man ever devised, the zombie, aka the living dead, the walking dead, the reanimated, flesh-eating ghouls, whatever you wanna call them. And, talk about insult to injury, starving to death wasn’t torturous enough, we still gotta keep up our cardio in a world with no Twinkies or Cheetos.

Well, thanks to Hollywood, there’s no shortage of post-apocalytic “docu-horror” to show us how to navigate a wasteland full of mindless predators, voracious zombies, and the earth’s harshest conditions.

This was a tough list to make, so I had two perimeters: 1) survival skills and/or great advice on how to survive; and 2) those movies that showed complete breakdown in society.

Zombie films have always been more about surviving other people than the undead. I think that’s why zombies became so mainstream, our world became more bleak and hostile and threat of apocalypse has never been more prominent. It’s probably worth revisting some of these movies for some pointers.

Zombies or not, I certaintly hope it never comes to this, because I love Halloween stuff too much to lose it!

Happy Halloween!

Throwback Thursdays – Bobbing for Apples

Will apple bobbing be a Halloween tradition that survives the apocalypse?

Past:

Apple bobbing dates back to antiquity and is commonly associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, where apples were a sign of abundance, fertility, and good harvest. The game goes like this, several apples are placed into a tub filled with water, then, children or adults, with hands bound behind their backs, try to catch apples with their teeth. There were several variations of the game, including one called Snap Apple where the apple hangs from a string tied to the ceiling. Eventually, apple bobbing became a fun courting act between young ladies and potential suitors, particularly in regions of the United Kingdom. A young lady would drop her apple, representing the man she most desired, into a barrel and attempt to bite the apple by dunking her head into or near the water. Catching the apple in one try meant the romance was destined to succeed, while more than three tries meant the relationship was doomed. Hard to believe that’s how many a marriage started before the 1900s, but there you have it. Young women even put their apples under their pillows the night before for extra luck.

Halloween Postcard circa 1912

Present:

Health and safety concerns pretty much keep bobbing for apples a thing in the past. The fear of catching Covid, Influenza, or some other illness from contaminated water is high and parents of small children especially fear drowning, not to mention the high possibility of eye injuries from accidental scratches or infections. This game is more dangerous nowadays than it ever was in the past. Most instances of apple bobbing events happen during private parties or fall festivals and more often than not, involve schoolchildren. No young lads want to mess up their coiffeurs and any ladies looking for a soulmate will find that match.com is a far easier and safer way to attract a good man.

Photo by Polly Castor

Future:

Whether due to the radioactive contamination from the fallout of a nuclear war or worldwide freshwater shortages due to climate change, it’s hard to imagine the earth will be fertile enough in the future to grow orchards full of apple trees needed for apple bobbing. Soil and water would both be irradiated in the event of a nuclear explosion, so, growing any crops at all will be a challenge. Given the high chance of scarcity of food during the apocalypse, I don’t anticipate apple bobbing to be a Halloween tradition that survives. Still, only one apple is truly needed to play, so, all hope is not completely lost. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or hit me up on social media.

Happy Halloween!

Barren apple tree

Happy 4th Anniversary HHH!

Today marks the halfway point to Halloween and it’s also the observed 4th Anniversary of Halloween Horror Haiku!

Halloween Horror Haiku 4th Anniversary

A busy work schedule eats into a lot of my time and focus this year. As a result, I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like, but my little blog is still kicking and I hope to continue to grow. I’ve added horror movies into our celebrations and still committed to being a nice chill place for people who enjoy Halloween, horror, and haiku.

Happy 4th Anniversary HHH

4th Anniversary Contest

Anyone who publicly posts the happy anniversary to Halloween Horror Haiku image above, or an image of their own design, here or on social media, anytime this weekend, will be entered into a free drawing to win a Halloween Horror prize pack.
Halloween Prize Pack:

The Conjuring Blu-Ray DVD (1 sealed copy)
Halloween Dish Towels from Target’s Hyde & EEK! Boutique (1 set)
DEI Candy Corn Socks (1 pair)
Trick ‘r Treat Pumpkin Ornament (1)
Evil Dead Sticker (1)
Camp Horror enamel pin (1)
Misc. spooky stickers

Halloween Horror Haiku 4th Anniversary Prize Pack

I’ll pick a random winner from the drawing pool on Sunday evening and announce the winner by 9:00pm PT on Monday, May 2nd. Don’t forget to tag me on social media so I see your posts.

Again, I want to thank my supporters, readers, and anyone who stops by this blog. I appreciate your time and energy. Here’s to another great year of Halloween Horror Haiku.🎃

Eat Brains Love Movie Review

I fully intended to have this review finished by 4.20, but I couldn’t make the deadline. The motto this year seems to be better late, than never.

Eat Brains Love, 2019
Directed by Rodman Flender
DiGa Studios/Gunpowder & Sky/Sandman Studios

That may also be a good motto for the protagonist Jake of Eat Brains Love, based on the novel by Jeff Hart. When aimless stoner Jake and Cheer Captain Amanda, discover unprotected sex only leads to heartbreak and disease, the two undead misfits hit the road in search of a cure, with clairvoyant zombie hunters hot on their trail.

Eat Brains Love, 2019 ©DiGa Studios

As you can guess, the zombies, or necros, as they’re called, are the good guys, while the big bad call themselves the Necrotic Control Division (NCD), a secret government agency that hunts down zombies before the public at large finds out about them. The NCD enlists psychics to track down necros and pretend they’re doing this great public service by ridding the world of monsters, but, in actuality, their mindbending leader has nefarious plans of his own.

Hot newcomers Jake Cannavale (whose dad is actor Bobby Cannavale) and Angelique Riveria do a fine job as flesh-eating teenagers realizing the ugly consequences of their big mistakes. After a violent clash with the NCD, they get aid from another zombie couple who’ve learned to live with their condition, quietly feeding off small animals and other monsters, a.k.a. rapists and pedophiles, which they find using the public sex offenders registry. Brilliant! This could’ve been its own movie. Anyways, turns out, feeding is the only way to keep the zombie impulses at bay. While on the run, a sweet romance develops between sassy Amanda and the charming dimwitted stoner.

Eat Brains Love, 2019 ©DiGa Studios

Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Sarah Yarkin, plays Cassandra, a powerful psychic recruited by the NCD to find Jake and Amanda. She provides the overall story narration, which fills in some missing info that the movie didn’t have time to address visually, and conveys her inner feelings about situations and people. Cass also develops a bit of a crush on our boy Jake, putting her at odds with her employer, and, of course, Amanda.

Eat Brains Love, 2019 ©DiGa Studios

The logic of a secret government agency cleaning up highly publicized violent crime scenes, not to mention zombies, falls apart a few times, however, it is somewhat entertaining to see the excuses that do work, i.e., a mass casualty zombie attack is quickly turned into a “school shooting.” Sadly, school shootings are an acceptable normal form of violence to cover up such a fantastical idea as a zombie outbreak. While it’s no Dawn of the Dead, screenwriting duo Mike Herro and David Strauss added just enough social commentary to their humorous and witty script to make this a smarter than the average zombie flick.

Eat Brains Love, 2019 ©DiGa Studios

Roger Corman protege, Rodman Flender (and uncle to rising Hollywood superstar Timothee Chalamet) delivers a witty rom-zom-com, much in the same way his 1999 hit movie Idle Hands did, with the scares taking a backseat to the offbeat comedy and gore (a fistful of testicle, anyone?) My biggest complaint is the ending seemed rushed and ambiguous for no reason, I mean, it’s a crime to leave your audience hanging like that, or it should be. Perhaps there’s a sequel in the works?

Eat Brains Love, 2019 ©DiGa Studios

All in all, I think zombie fans will definitely enjoy this one. It won’t change your life, but you’ll be giggling away like you just smoked a bowl. Eat Brains Love is now streaming on Shudder.

Welcome February!

Happy Imbolc! Happy Lunar New Year! We’ve entered the halfway point of the winter season. It’s the feast of St Brigid, a Gaelic tradition of Ireland’s matron saint, goddess of Spring, fertility, arts, poetry, and magic. Many blessings to all!

2022 is the year of the tiger. People born under this sign are thought to be brave and powerful. May the spirit of the mighty beast envigorate your soul.


Remember to protect those who need our help, people, animals, and the earth alike. Embrace love this February, not hate. That doesn’t mean you need to be attached, just be kind. Give hope.