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31 Days of Horror: Lift Your Halloween Spirits with a New Video from Belle Ghoul


Belle Ghoul’s Bandcamp notes that they hope to “provide a part of the soundtrack to your life.” The band’s latest video, for the delightful track “Lift Me Up,” is perfect for the Halloween season.

It’s a ridiculously clever and charming homage to silent films, puppetry, and one of Halloween’s all-time heavyweights, Count Dracula.

Belle Ghoul is comprised of Christopher Tait, Jesse Paris Smith, Matt Van, Zach Shipps, and Mike Alonso.

For more info on the band, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/belleghoul/

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31 Days of Horror 2017: Halloween in the Marvel Animated Universe

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With superheroes, and especially Marvel superheroes, probably being among the most popular Halloween trick or treat costumes this year, it might be worth checking out how the animated Marvel superheroes handle the holiday. What do the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Hawkeye and the Avengers do to celebrate Halloween? Meet me after the jump to find out…

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31 Days of Horror 2017: My Halloween Playlist

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It’s that time of year when podcasts give way to my Halloween playlist. Who am I kidding? I listen to it throughout the year. As of this writing, my list contains 144 tracks at just under 9 hours of continuous holiday listening pleasure, but I’m always looking to add more. My most recent acquisition came courtesy of a retail Halloween chain. The Shazam app on my smartphone told me the song I was hearing was “Vampires Are Alive” by DJ Bobo, and it became #144 on the list. Sometimes in an effort to expand the list, it helps to think outside the box.

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Jigsaw returns to theatres, but will audiences play along?

It’s the final, frightful weekend before Halloween, which means there’s really only going to be one big pick for horror fans looking to get their trick and treat on. But, how many people want to play the game? Here’s our prediction:


After a seven years absence from movie screens, the SAW franchise is back, this time under the name Jigsaw. For a series of Halloween seasons in a row, SAW was a right of passage for audiences, who flocked to see the latest contraptions Jigsaw would come up with to punish those he saw taking life for granted. However, by the 2010 release of SAW 3D, the franchise had run its course, and that seventh film was meant to be the last. But this being horror and Hollywood, you can’t keep a good bad guy down. Will absence make audience’s hearts grow founder? In all likelihood, yes. Word is that Jigsaw eschews the mythology of the series for the most part, which definitely became somewhat convoluted at the end.  The season is also in need of a big bad, and Jigsaw the character certainly fits the bill. What could prove problematic is that Stranger Things 2 debuts on Netflix today, which could cut into a big chunk of Jigsaw’s core demo. Look for fans to welcome icon back with a first place debut, but with a soft start of $18 million.

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31 Days of Horror: Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 10-25-2017

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In the final special 31 Days of Horror edition for 2017 of Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of The Lump, Doris Danger, and other work by Chris Wisnia, Grimm Fairy Tales 2017 Halloween Special, WWE #10, and much much more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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31 Days of Horror: Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion 2017

I enjoy amusement parks. Being more of a dedicated New Jersey beach comber, however, it is easy for the whole season to slip by without my ever getting around to heading to Great Adventure or the quaint and homey Clementon Park. Except for a short day trip to Point Pleasant, it seemed that missing out on amusement park fun was inevitable again this year. Then I got a very cool invitation. An old friend invited me down to Virginia to join her for a day at Kings Dominion.

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31 Days of Horror: Deadly Dollies

I hate dolls. I hate the way they seem to multiply, especially if you’ve raised daughters. You start with a few, and next thing you know you have a few dozen.  I hate the way they stare at you with those soulless eyes and knowing grins.  I hate the way they hover above your bed and taunt you with their ghostly little voices.

…this happens to you too, right?

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31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Visits Spooky Riverdale With The “Archie Halloween Spectacular” & More

Riverdale can be a pretty scary place.

Well, maybe it’s just growing up that can be scary at times.

Depending upon what you’re reading (or watching these days!) and between boyfriends and girlfriends, bullies and gossipers, teachers and principals, moms and dads, and all sorts of mischief by friends – Riverdale, home to Archie and his pals, can be a pretty scary place (especially in October!)…but it’s also a pretty interesting and fun place to visit alongside your best fictional pals!

The adventures of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and all the others continue in amazing popularity with kids and adults – over seventy five years after they first saw publication, way back in 1941!

And, keeping up with trends and interests of a twenty-first century fan-base, Archie, like us at Biff Bam Pop!, loves the Halloween season.

Continuing with our month-long 31 Days of Horror theme, that’s why this particular column is focusing on Archie Comics today…and their release of the Archie Halloween Spectacular #1!

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31 Days of Horror: 7 Essential Halloween Specials You MUST WATCH This Year

Every October I do my best to hunker down and revisit some of my favorite Halloween specials as the month progresses. These Halloween specials are SO ESSENTIAL that to miss out on them could spoil the season entirely. Now say my name three times into a dark bathroom mirror and the list will appear after the jump!

Now, I know this list promised seven Halloween specials but October is a long month; if I’m being honest you could binge the entirety of this list in an afternoon. That being said, I have a couple of shows that can be used to pad things out a bit.

HONORABLE MENTION: The X-Files

As near as I can recall there never was a proper Halloween episode of the show that kept me home on either Friday or Sunday nights from 1993 to 2002. There was one episode (Season 1: “Ghost in the Machine”) that took place on Halloween and it wasn’t even the central plot point. But for Mulder and Scully every day was Halloween, right? There are a myriad of X-Files episodes you can watch that make for prime October viewing (Just nothing past season 7, okay?).

HALL OF FAME: The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

Another staple of the season, “Treehouse of Horror” had to be included just by sheer volume alone. But which to choose? Even if you “haven’t watched since 1999” the show still churns out Halloween specials that are decent by even the most exacting standards (I will probably regret writing that). I’m sure if they were all averaged out you would come up with a “B” average and that’s not bad for a show that’s been around since time immemorial.

Now on to the list…

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Ghosts in the Machine: Pokémon GO at Halloween in Philadelphia

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Horror movies are the name of the game for many during this season, but not so much for me. In fact, since July, the name of the game for me is Pokémon GO. “Yes, I’m one of those,” I have answered many an exasperated questioner. Love it, hate it, or never played it, and despite the drop-off in players since the initial craze, millions of people are in hot pursuit of cute creatures in augmented reality. October 26th saw the release of the Halloween update of Pokémon GO, and there will be special treats in the game through November 1st. I tested out the Halloween Pokémon experience Wednesday night on South Street in Philadelphia.

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