Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BEWARE OF THE THING



Creating this little bit of tomfoolery is how I celebrated Halloween with my family in 2013. My 16 year old son, James, has developed a passion for cameras and filmmaking, so I roped him into filming and editing a little micro-movie for me.

I hope you enjoy our family's silly All Hallows shenanigans!

Music: http://www.purple-planet.com.


42 comments:

  1. Well, that was certainly fun!! Too bad Phoebe didn't pounce on or hiss at The Thing, though, that would have been REALLY scary! ;-)

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    1. We'll have to do that for, 'BEWARE OF THE THING 2', Lucretia! ;D

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  2. That was so awesome and absolutely LOVE the music! It looked like it was a lot of fun to film! :) I'm looking forward to more!

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    1. Thank you, Zena! :) Yes, it was fun, and I'm sure there will be more. The music is from a site called Purple Planet. They've got a nice little selection of royalty free music to download.

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    2. So cool, I will definitely check that out!

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  3. THAT was freakin' ADORABLE! (And I'm not just saying that 'cause you plied me with chocolate and alcohol on Facebook). I'll second the notion of Phoebe giving The Thing what for - show no mercy! Well, ok, show some mercy; hands have feelings, too. :-D

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    1. I ran the idea past James, of a sequel with Phoebe attacking The Thing, and I got a huge grin and two thumbs up! Haha. And I'm always happy to ply you with chocolate and alcohol, Mina! ;D

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  4. Love the creepy sounds. And the kitty? Adorable! I kept on waiting for The Thing to jump at me. ;-D

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    1. Haha. Yes, it was more of a quaint, little gothic horror this time, Magaly! Next time we'll need to go for a good jump scare! I've got the filming bug now, so my sinister mind is dreaming up all kinds of wicked scenarios. ;D

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  5. Nifty little short! Like Real Queen of Horror above, I also love the music!

    This has definitely gotten me in the mood to properly start writing a gothic horror story I've thought abou writing for a couple of months now.

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    1. Thanks, Chris! :) Yes, it was fun picking the music. We had quite a few horror themes to choose from and it's interesting how the samples we listened to were all spooky, but had such different moods. Once we picked the one we liked best, we then added other effects like the thunder claps.

      Oh, you absolutely must write your gothic horror story!

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    2. I've been planning this story in several stages since 2006-7 now. Each time, the story gets either partially reshuffled, or demolished from the ground up before I eventually abandon it, and the only constant was the main character, and the basic premise. Aside from that, the plot's been through many changes, and the time period's ranged from either being set in 1919, or the 60's, modern day, and now, the 70's, with even the genre changing from adventure, to very dark espionage, and finally, to gothic horror (although it still will have elements of adventure). This time, I can actually see an end in sight, thankfully.

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    3. Well, you just know I'm going to be on Team Gothic Horror when it comes to picking the genre. ;) Maybe now is finally the perfect time for this story to materialize. Go for it, Chris!

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  6. Adorable!! Very old horror movie style :D

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    1. Thanks, linnea-maria! :) We were aiming for a bit of a silent movie feel combined with '40s/'50s horror.

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  7. This is just just brilliant!

    What a perfect Halloween you must have had, creating such creepiness.

    Thank you for sharing, what a talented family you are, Phoebe included :)

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    1. Aww... thank you so much, Winter Moon! The whole family thanks you, Phoebe included! ;D

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  8. Awesome! I love it - your house must be so *cool* at Halloween! And Phoebe is a true star, dahling! Waiting with baited breath for the next instalment!! xo

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    1. Haha! Yes, very *cool* indeed, Siobhan! ;D Now that she's a screen starlet, Phoebe will no doubt be making all kinds of outrageous demands.

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  9. I'm sitting here with a smile on my face! I would love to have "The Thing" in my yard haunt. Great job guys:-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Seeing Things! :) When I can find the time, I'd love to make an Addams Family Thing prop to have on display all year long. I was inspired by a post that Mark, from Shingle Creek Manor blog, did on casting hands. I've bookmarked a good tutorial that he suggested.

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  10. Very well done! Perhaps James will become famous for his film-making skills one day and "Beware of the Thing" will be mentioned in his biography as his first film. The only question is, did Phoebe ignore The Thing or did The Thing wait for her to pass before making an appearance.

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    1. Ha! Now you've got me imagining watching a DVD (or its futuristic equivalent) some day with 'Beware of The Thing' as part of the extras, NIghtwind. ;D

      Actually, we were initially planning to have a bit of a cat screech when Phoebe went behind the gravestone, suggesting she had encountered The Thing, but we didn't end up doing that in the end. I think the idea is that The Thing made its appearance after she passed by. We'll have to save the meeting between Phoebe and The Thing for the sequel now. ;D

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  11. I love it! Great sound effects/music. So fun.

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    1. Thank you, Jessie! :) The actual filming was pretty hilarious. Lots of bickering, laughter, and meowing.

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    1. HAHA! Yes, I do believe we may have created a new benchmark for terror in the horror genre with this film! ;D

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  13. Go James! I expect we will be seeing big things from you. Who's Danny? He's got talent, too! What a delightful little gem. The score was downright hoppin' as well, and so apropros. Nice job fellas. So glad I happened upon your fun little blog, Emma. I was over at Holly's Horrorland telling her I finally got the 3rd season of Alfred Hitchcock present from the library so I could watch Lamb to the Slaughter, and I was blown away, when I saw the writer was Roald Dahl! Anywho, clicked on your icon and found your creepy, kooky, spooky, and downright ooky sight. What fun! Until next time...Keep those fires stoked, Emma. You have one talented teen there.
    Eternally Yours

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    1. Thank you, Warden! :) Danny's my husband. Don't flatter him too much. I'm worried he'll be entertaining notions of a career as an international hand model if he gets too many compliments. ;D

      Nice to meet you and I look forward to checking out your blog!

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    2. Your welcome, and Thanks! Oh, no, wouldn't want to give him a big hand, I mean a big head. Would have to slap his head, I mean his hand! Oh gosh, sorry, couldn't stop myself. I think maybe I'd better turn in. I seem to be getting slap happy. Oh yes, and please do, you're welcome over at the Prison anytime. Visiting hours are 24 7. Replies, when possible. Arsenic and Old Lace.. How funny is that? And Hocus Pocus? Seriously a classic. I can't even say the town, Mukilteo, which is down the road, without saying "A muk, a muk, a muk." My son, 24 now, wasn't so thrilled with school, but when he was in the 5th grade or something, and could write an essay on anything he wanted, but he couldn't figure out what, and it was October, and he'd watched Hocus Pocus about a million times that week, I'm all "Why don't you write it on Hocus Pocus?" So he did, and he got an A. Boosted that young ego to no end. And then came high school.....alas, no Hocus Pocus there. hah.

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    3. 'Hocus Pocus' would definitely have been a fun topic for an essay! And how great that he got an A! :D If you ask me, high schools could do with a little more 'Hocus Pocus'. ;D

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    4. Seriously. Make it fun. Maybe they'd all finish!

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  14. Ooo that music! Well done. I can imagine it would be hard to get Phoebe to walk around the way you envisioned. I have enough trouble photographing my cat, haha.

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    1. Thank you, Geist Katze! :) Yes, there were plenty of takes, believe me. A couple of times, Phoebe got completely distracted by the artificial ivy and stopped to sniff and chew on it. She kept us laughing with her antics. I should put together a bloopers reel. ;)

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  15. Thanks for following! I would like to call in dead this holiday weekend, so I can check some of your followers. Diggin' all the horror chicks. So excited to take a gander. I think I've found a bit of horror heaven...or hell...depending on what turns your crank. Yay!

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    1. My pleasure, Warden! Yep, gotta love horror chicks! ;D

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  16. James is totally going to be the next Spielberg! I loved your movie, especially the music - the piano was creepy enough, but add the little background chi-chi-chi-chi...cha-cha-cha-cha... and it's even creepier! Great job! :-)

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    1. James is definitely going to love been called the next Spielberg, Lexa! ;D Thank you! We listened to quite a few music samples before we settled on one. It made me really appreciate how much of the mood is created with sound.

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  17. Nice! It was good to see the Addams family's Thing is still out there making appearances.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Yes, I'm very grateful that the Addamses were kind enough to spare Thing for a few hours. ;D

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