My Top Ten TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!!! Show #1!

And Television Show # 1 is… “The Twilight Zone!!!” (of course)

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If you know me or have been reading my blog, this was a no brainer. The Top Television Show that Deserves to be Watched Twice is definitely “The Twilight Zone!” Actually I recommend watching your favorite episodes every couple of years, over and over again. You won’t get sick of Rod Serling’s ingenious show, I know I haven’t yet and I have watched some of them well over 20 times each.

“The Twilight Zone” is a show that brings attention to the trails and tribulations of its time. Rod Serling was a veteran who fought in World War II, was injured three times and saw more than 50% of his platoon annihilated. This had a huge impact on the hero, making him want to speak out against these horrible actions taken against humanity around the world. He wanted to bring the public’s attention to our human weaknesses like greed, hate, envy, narcissism, power, loneliness… just to name a few. He knew that the only way to cure this world and make it better is through knowledge and teaching. He wanted to show the world that everything is not as it seems and it doesn’t have to stay the way it is. It’s o.k. to dream for a better situation and dream of a better world. He realized the situation the world is in is not easily changed and there are much bigger powers out there that want to stop us from changing it. But he also knew that striving for a better world was not that crazy and knew it wasn’t bad to dream of better days even if he was labeled as a Liberal. Rod Serling knew that for a dream to come true you have to start dreaming it. If you dream it, then it could become a possibility in the future. If you don’t dream it, then is it’s dead before it could ever get started.

That’s the purpose of “The Twilight Zone,” a man’s lack of satisfaction with the world around him. That’s why Rod Serling created it and that is why we love it today. All the lessons and twists from these stories still prove to be  true to this day. He didn’t make the stories to entertain us, he made the stories to get his point across and that is why this series will never die.

If you haven’t watched “The Twilight Zone” then what are you waiting for? The box set is on sale now and they also have the first season on Netflix. This show will not only entertain you, teach you and shock you, some of these episodes will send chills right up your spine. The film quality, writing and acting is all phenomenal.

Let’s face it, the world we live in today has not really improved substantially since the days of Rod Serling as a whole. I feel with all the new technology, we are becoming more introverted and thinking about ourselves way too much. I see more people stealing and screwing over others to get ahead. I see a public that is so into themselves and their own lives that they don’t care what is going on around them. I feel the powers are gaining more control world wide as we focus our concerns on ourselves and our families. That’s why I feel we need those great classic stories once again to open our eyes to what we have become.

Now, by all means, I love this world but it doesn’t mean I am satisfied with the way it’s been evolving. I have a lot to say about the human condition and how we turn a blind eye to torture, murder and war. I actually had a boss tell me that “War is population control!” This was a 26 year old man who said this to me. When people are thinking this way and actually believing it, we need to speak up and change it. For this type of defeatism ideology is exactly what the powers want us to believe because they know nothing will change if we feel we can’t change it.

The only way to make this world better is for the people to come together and change it. That’s why I want to continue the classic style of story telling that we loved so much from “The Twilight Zone.” That is why I created a show called “A Seat on a Train.” I know the only way I can contribute to the world right now is to write stories about it, film them and hope it helps people realize that we have the power to change, as a whole, together. That is the only way this world will change and it’s happening all around us today. The people are revolting against their governments and are demanding equality. With Facebook and the internet, we are already spreading knowledge and we are basically in each others’ back yards. There will come a time when we will have to come together as a people because this world is going to get a lot smaller in the future.

So, do me a favor and watch “The Twilight Zone” and if you like it become a fan of my tv series “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatontrain.com. If you love “The Twilight Zone” then you will for sure want to book “A Seat on a Train!”

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10 HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIES FOR YOU AND YOUR TEEN!!! MOVIE# 7

Movie #7…. The Sixth Sense!

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“I see dead people….” So what? I’m a Horror Fan! I see dead people all the time and you don’t see me crying about it!

So, you have gone into hibernation and have made it back to earth safely. Boy, do I have a treat waiting for you back home. First, let me ask you this… What if your child woke up some day and suddenly has the ability to see dead people? What would you do…?

Me too! I would race to the phone and call my family psychiatrist. Well, that’s the situation we open up to in “The Sixth Sense,” A  boy who sees dead people and a psychiatrist who is trying to figure out what is wrong with this kid’s head.

So we are moving from the depths of space… barely avoiding total annihilation from a scary, deadly alien… only to come back and explore the depths of a child’s warped brain… or is it really in his head?… The reasons I chose this film are…

Reason #1– Another PG-13 Rating! Yes, we are back to a PG-13 rated film, but once again, it’s scary like a R-rated film. I put this film right on the same level of “Poltergeist.” It’s just as scary, it has the same rating and it deals with the paranormal. “The Sixth Sense” is a great film that shocked the viewers when released in 1999. Good thing is, it has no sex or sexual content what so ever! But I warn you, there are some moments and images that will make you think twice about it’s rating.

Reason #2– The lead character is a child, played by Haley Joel Osment. This movie really plays with your fears and emotions when you realize it is a young boy of around 10 that is being haunted by these terrible images. As I stated with “Silver Bullet,” if you want to make an audience cringe and completely involved, put a helpless child in harms way! Right from the beginning, you are glued to the screen wondering what is going to happen next. Then when things start to escalate, your emotions and fears reach a new level because you care for this harmless kid so much. The fact that he is 10 and is afflicted with this tremendous, terrible gift, not even most adults could handle, makes your mind do circles. Your paternal instinct kicks in and this movie uses it to scare the crap out of you!

Reason #3– It keeps you guessing. “The Sixth Sense” doesn’t only scare the crap out of you but it keeps you guessing from beginning to end. The way director M. Night Shuamalan keeps you wondering, is amazing. Right from the start, you are subjected to a quick, tragic scene! Then from out of nowhere you are with the psychiatrist at the young boy’s house. You have no idea where you are going to be taken next, all the way to the end of the film.

“The Sixth Sense” brings you on a journey of horror and fear through a child’s eyes. The fact you are helpless and don’t know what is going on, makes you relate to the main character that much more! It is a really well set up horror film and is a must see! I’m not a big fan of this director but I do love “The Sixth Sense.”

Last Reason #4– Another Twist! Yeah, I said it… Another Twist and boy is it a doozy!!! I mean a real doozy! You will find out why they set this film up so mysteriously from beginning to end. This twist is so good that I would find it hard to believe you haven’t heard about it. It was definitely a spoiler I had to dodge every step of the way until I went to see the film. The twist in this film is the final touch that makes it a masterpiece. Without this twist, this movie is just another horror film. One of the best set up twists out there! They start setting it up before they even start telling the story. I will say no more or I will give it away.

O.K. So far we have been hunted by werewolves, aliens, vampires, gremlins and ghosts! We fought them courageously and won, for now. But our next villain won’t be so easy, for they don’t fight you one on one. Which leads us to our next question. How do you fight a villain that is silent, invisible and you’re not even sure exists? How do you protect a child from what he sees and just may be a figment of his imagination?

So, grab whatever superstitious talisman you can get your hands on because I have no weapon for this villain. Sit on the couch, turn off the lights, clutch your child and get ready for a mysterious journey into the world of the unknown. I guarantee you, the whole family will be seeing dead people by the time this film ends!

Don’t forget to catch the 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatontrain.com!

COUNTDOWN TO SEASON 1 OF “A SEAT ON A TRAIN!” Episode 3

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The War is Over (Episode 3)- Sergeant Cignerella and his platoon are celebrating the end of the war.  But Sergeant Cignerella has one large setback, neither him nor anyone else can figure out how or when the war ended.

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10 HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIES FOR YOU AND YOUR TEEN!!! MOVIE# 6

Movie #6… Alien

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Scared of Aliens…..? No….?  Well you will be! Put away your reese’s pieces because these creatures don’t have a taste for candy and you certainly don’t want them camping out in your shed. Hell, you don’t even want these creatures close to your solar system… or galaxy, for that matter. To meet this villain, your teen is going to have to travel to a galaxy far, far away, but the terror will be right there, with you, in your living room. The reasons I picked this film are…

Reason #1– It compares to Poltergeist in content. Besides a few violent scenes and bad language, this film is fine. It’s scary as crap, but if your teen survived “Poltergeist” then they will be fine with “Alien.” They are both equally scary but Alien is a little bit more violent. Actually, if it wasn’t for one really violent, gruesome scene, that only lasts for a few seconds, I would give “Alien” a PG-13 rating. So if your teen is good up to now, they have graduated and deserve to test the true waters of horror. It’s time to give him/her a little more lead way. Good thing is, there is no nudity and very little sexual content.

Reason #2– Ridley Scott directed it! Now here is a director who doesn’t really specialize in horror, but when he puts a film out, you want to go see it. All of his films are original and he is constantly setting trends in Hollywood. Gladiator, Blade Runner, American Ganster, Black Hawk Down are some films you may know… just to name a few.

The great thing about Ridley Scott is you know you are going to see something new and original when you go to one of his films. “Alien” is a perfect example of Scott’s genius. It opened the gateway to many alien horror films to follow in the 80’s and is still copied/squealed to this day.

Reason #3– It is a totally, unpredictable, original horror/sci-fi film.  Welcome your teen to the sic-fi/horror subgenre. It’s been around since Rod Serling created “The Twilight Zone,” but Ridley Scott pretty much reinvented the genre with the film “Alien.”

From the opening scene, you have no idea what is going on and what is going to happen next.Scott brings you into another world that you can’t really relate to but he keeps your interest by being completely mysterious. You become one of the crew members and just like them, you have no idea what is going to happen next. Let me tell you, this really builds the tension in this film. Scott keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is out there. But when he delivers, you will not be disappointed.

Reason #4– The villain is nothing short from terrifying! Just like “Jaws,” you hardly see the villain and boy does that add to the tension. When I saw this film, it terrified me! (Even the ride at Disney World scared the crap out of me!) “Alien” kept me guessing from the opening scene all the way to the end. And let me tell you, this is one of the most ruthless villains in film history! Not only do you not know who or what it is, but you and the crew come to find there is no reasoning with this villain at all! Hell, you can’t even communicate with it! It just wants to kill and destroy everything! You sure as hell can’t distract it because it’s an alien from another planet, so you don’t even know how it thinks. Besides the fact, even if you could communicate with it, you are dead within seconds of an encounter, so communication is not in your best interest. Let me tell you, this movie rocks when it comes to tension and fear! Scott sets the bar high and delivers! He keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end. And the payoff is huge!

The Last Reason #5– A strong female lead! Not only did the villain create a buzz about this film, but the hero did also. You want your teen to learn a new respect for women, then have them watch Sigourney Weaver in this film. She is perfectly cast and is one bad ass babe! She shows us that there is no women’s rights issues in the far future because she knows how to fight and she is fighting a creature that no sensible man would want to go up against! So when the action takes a break, you are still absorbed with the story because this female character is so interesting and mysterious herself.

So, fuel up your space ship and put on your gear because it’s going to be a bumpy ride! If you really want to mess with your teen, tell him/her “Alien” is a sequel to “ET.”  They won’t trust you ever again, but how funny would that be? I know for sure, this Alien’s heart isn’t glowing at all! And if you want touch fingers with this creature, don’t expect to get them back!

So it’s time for another ride into the terrifying, mysterious world of horror. You may have to travel far for this one, but I guarantee you it will scare the crap out of you. Make sure you call a doctor immediately if your tummy starts to hurt. (you’ll understand what I mean when you see this film.)

And don’t forget to check out my new tv series which is releasing on Halloween at http://www.aseatonatrain.com.

COUNTDOWN TO SEASON 1 OF “A SEAT ON A TRAIN!”

So, as you most know by now, “Out of Place” the 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train” is premiering on Halloween 2013! Well, in honor of this milestone I am going to give you descriptions and a poster of each individual episode in season 1! If you love “The Twilight Zone” then why don’t you come take “A Seat on a Train.”

EPISODE 2- THE PERFECT WOMAN

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The Perfect Woman (Episode 2)- A successful, good-looking businessman, Andrea, discovers an odd solution to nagging women in relationships.  He buys a real life sex doll, a doll that looks and feels like a woman but is not real and most importantly, can’t think.  But his perfect world is shattered when the doll begins to talk and make demands.

And don’t forget to come and check out the website for “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatonatrain.com

10 HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIES FOR YOU AND YOUR TEEN!!! MOVIE# 5

Movie #5 is…… Scream!!!

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So at this point you should have a garlic necklace, a gun loaded with a silver bullet, all your furniture nailed down and constantly checking your mechanical devices for little green creatures! Paranoid yet?

Well, it’s about to get worse because this next film introduces you to a villain that exists in our everyday life. It’s a villain that every person thinks about when walking down a dark alley at night. It’s a villain that created this whole sub genre but it didn’t happen in some small room with a typewriter. No, this villain is easy to find facts about, research and get this… most of it’s true!! The villain is the Serial Killer!

Now we are making that leap from safe content to the more violent content. I am trying to do this as gradually and as harmless as possible. But I can’t think of a better film to introduce the serial killer to your teen. These are the reasons I picked this film.

Reason #1– It’s somewhat teen friendly even though it’s rated R. Now “Scream” is rated R and by all means, it deserves this rating. It is extremely violent and has a few adult themes you may feel is inappropriate for your teen. But if you want to introduce them to horror films, then you are going to have to make some exceptions.

Now out of all the slasher films I think “Scream” is the best choice. Even though it is extremely violent, it has no nudity or sex scenes. If you rent “Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” or any other good slasher film, you are probably going to be faced with nudity and sex scenes. That’s why “Scream” got the pick. But let me warn you, they talk about sex and other inappropriate things, but at least you wont feel uncomfortable with watching nudity and sex scenes with your teen.

Reason #2– It was made for teens. This movie was definitely made for the younger crowd even though it’s so violent. Most of the characters are teenagers, what they talk about is teen stuff and the heroine is a teenager. There is no doubt in my mind that this film will grab your teen’s attention and keep it throughout! If he/she gets bored during this film, then there is something wrong with them. Get them a psychiatrist and hide the knife block, because your teen may be a serial killer in the making.

Reason #3– It’s a great intro to slasher films. Now, by no means do I think this is the best slasher film of all time. It’s not even in my top five but I do have a respect for it. Especially when it comes to explaining the slasher sub genre. Not only will this film keep your kid glued to the tv but it will also educate him on slasher films.

There is a great subplot going on throughout the whole film where two nerdy horror fanatics fight over slasher films. They dissect all the great killer films from the past and discuss the elements that all slasher films need to include to be considered a great slasher film. It is hard to explain but they also implement this into the plot and the whole film. It is genius. But let’s face it, you have a genius directing this film. Which leads me to Reason #4.

Reason #4– Wes Craven directed it! If you want an expert on good slasher films, then I think it goes without saying that Wes Craven makes the top of that list. If you are not familiar, he also directed the original “Nightmare on Elm Street,”  the original “Last House on the Left” and the original “The Hills Have Eyes.”  (You see what I mean about remakes! I have to state “the original” on almost every famous horror classic out there! It’s ridiculous!)

Anyway, these are all very famous slasher films that helped develop the horror films we watch today. This man is a master of horror. Believe it or not, but “Scream” is one of his more subtle films. Wow, that’s a scary thought.

The Last Reason #5– The mask! In all great Slasher films the villain has some sort of look, weapon or way of killing that separates him/her from the others. Scream does this amazingly and really creates a scary, memorable villain. His weapon is a huge kitchen knife that he jabs and lunges at his victims. His signature phone calls really sets up the tension before a murder is about to happen. And the most successful element that really separates this movie from others is the mask. This mask they chose is both chilling and memorable. When you spot the villain in the shadows, it is scary. This movie really plays with you and does it in a very original way. “Scream” is a really smart slasher film that puts the campiness in there on purpose. If they didn’t, it would’t be a campy slasher film. On top of that it comments on it’s campiness. It really is a well written, executed film. I should give it more props but I can’t turn my back on the classics that made “Scream” possible.

So, there we go, film #5. So lock all your doors. Check all your closets and crawl spaces because it is about to get really scary for you and your teen. This movie will not disappoint and will probably become a favorite for your teen.

So unplug the phones, hide any weapons where only you can find them and get ready to have the crap scared out of you. Definitely not the movie you want to watch before you go trick or treating!

Also, don’t forget to check out my television series “A Seat on a Train” which releases this Halloween 2013 at http://www.aseatonatrain.com. If you love “The Twilight Zone” then come take “A Seat on a Train.”

THE HAUNTINGS THAT BRING A SCARE OF PLEASURE FOR HALLOWEEN

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow

I like to think I have one true surprise in this life and it so happens to be my death. I don’t know how, I don’t know when and no clue as to what happens after; but I do know that I would like my physical being to be burned at sea not shoveled into the ground. Speaking of shoveling, lets take a look at where the dead live. The three most haunted cemeteries.

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ST. LOUIS CEMETERY 1, NEW ORLEANS – This is among the oldest and most famous of cemeteries, it opened in 1789. In the 19th century, Marie Laveau the “Queen of Voodoo” is said to materialize annually to lead her faithful followers in worship on St. John’s Eve. There is also a way to summon Marie Laveau if you dare.

They say if you

  1. Deface the grave of Marie Laveau by drawing three X’s in black chalk
  2. Knock three times to make your presence known
  3. You will be visited by her angry spirit that very night

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STULL CEMETERY (GATES TO HELL) KANSAS – This darling cemetery is known as one of the gateways to hell, Satan himself is said to appear on Halloween in the rubble of the old church there. He is said to have had a child by a witch and it is buried in this cemetery.

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WESTERN BURIAL GROUND, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHYARD, BALTIMORE, MD – One of my sweet pleasures Mr. Edgar Allan Poe was buried here in October of 1849. As story has it the ghost of dear Edgar comes to haunt the grounds around his birthday in January. The Cambridge skull is another eerie tale that hails from this cemetery; a minister was murdered and decapitated but his skull never stopped screaming. They gagged and buried his skull in cement, but the screams can be heard at all times of the day to the point of claiming the lives of individuals to insanity.

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Creepy dreams my sexy minions.