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5 Reasons to See The Conjuring 2 (Plus Prizes!)

I received an email recently from the good people at Grace Hill Media. They asked my friend Mel and me to cover the much-anticipated release of The Conjuring 2, opening in theaters on June 10. You might remember that Mel and I covered the first movie for them back in 2013. So when they asked about the sequel, naturally I said yes.

Right away, they sent me a little “thank you” package. Inside the box were two items:

Conjuring2Candle(1) A limited edition movie candle for my home (Aww. Thanks, Grace Hill. What a sweet and unique gift.) and …


… (2) A bone-chilling, demon-exorcising prayer to recite once it’s ignited. (Seriously, Grace Hill? Totally uncool. Now I’m scared before I even step into the theater.)

Of course, since when did being scared ever stop me from doing anything? (Attention: People who know me personally. Please refrain from listing the dozens of answers you probably have to this question as it waters down the peer pressure tactics I’m about to exhibit.) Fear Schmear! I am going to see this movie. And so is Mel. And so are YOU!! And here’s why …

Five Reasons to See The Conjuring 2

Because who doesn’t love a scary movie? Okay, fine. Truth be told, I watched much of the first movie between my pathetic, trembling fingers. Yes, I am a card-carrying coward … but there was no way I was missing out on the second highest-grossing original horror movie of all time. Second only to The Exorcist. Chew on that, lily-livereds.

Because one of the leads is played by a girl from New Orleans. I just found a picture of her (Madison Wolfe) with my daughter singing in the school choir. I almost posted it then decided she’s not my child so it wouldn’t be appropriate. You’ll just have to take my word for it. And know that it’s a pretty exciting development in my little corner of the world.

Because sleep is overrated. And since this movie will have you cogitating for a while, just imagine all the things you’ll be able to get done in the middle of the night when the rest of the world is wasting its time sleeping. You could organize all of your closets, toiletries and canned goods by color, learn to speak Portuguese or even potty train your cat.

Because your body’s many physiological functions will get a full workup. You can test your heart, your circulation, your respiratory system, your kidneys, your bladder, your sweat glands, your vocal cords and even your tear ducts all simultaneously from the comfort of your cushy chair in a dark movie theater. And all for free.

Because the movie looks just fantastic. Check it out. (P.S. Yes. That’s Madison.)

Oh, and I almost forgot. We have prizes! Mel and I are giving away TWO prize packages from The Conjuring 2. Each package contains 2 movie money passes, a leather-bound journal, a T-shirt, a mug and a flashlight.

Click HERE to enter.

The contest ends on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:00AM CST.

See you at the movies!!


Hunger Games meets House at the End of the Street

It’s October 25. Two Months ’til Christmas. But, more importantly, one week ’til Halloween. What better way to commemorate the occasion than to take in bone-chilling, blood-curdling, scare-your-pants-off horror flick. For those of you paying attention, I’ve already fulfilled my obligation this month with my friend, Vanessa, and House at the End of the Street.

While it did accomplish its primary goal of scaring the snot out of me, I don’t see any Oscar nods in its future. Still, it manages to attract an audience. Mostly because FilmNation Entertainment opted to cast Jennifer Lawrence (also known as Katniss Everdeen from the globally famous Hunger Games) as its female lead. And actually, I noticed that Lawrence’s two movies have a few similarities.

These details were exactly the same.

In both HG and HATEOTS …

  • Katniss (which henceforth shall be her name for both films) is a tough, jaded teenager with lots of attitude.
  • She’s got a crappy relationship with her mom.
  • She lives near the woods.
  • Children die.

And these were pretty close.

1. Katniss doesn’t have a father.

  • Because he was killed in a mine explosion. (HG)
  • Because her parents were divorced and FilmNation Entertainment didn’t want to cast an actor to play her dad. (HATEOTS)

2. Katniss is surrounded my alcohol abuse.

  • By Haymitch, the sole surviving victor from District 12 who fell to alcoholism following his fight to stay alive against twenty-three bloodthirsty opponents. (HG)
  • By spoiled, overprivileged teenagers who, if this movie was a slasher flick of the 80s, would’ve been picked off one by one during the course of the movie. (HATEOTS)

3. Katniss sings.

  • Because she wants to defy the Capitol and avenge Rue’s death. (HG)
  • Because she wants to rock out in Battle of the Bands. (HATEOTS)

4. Katniss is exposed to an aggressive sleep aid.

  • Sleep syrup – because she needs to lull Peeta into a deep sleep while she risks her life venturing out for much needed medicinal supplies to save his life. (HG)
  • Chloroform – because the killer was small in stature and thought she needed subduing. (HATEOTS)

5. Katniss is being forced to conform to something she is not.

  • A tribute or, as Peeta would call it, a pawn in the Capitol’s dystopian game. (HG)
  • A dead girl. Or undead. You don’t find out ’til the end and I’m not going to spoil it for you. (HATEOTS)

Oh, and one more thing. Remember the one about Lincoln having a secretary named Kennedy and so on? Well … the name of the Hunger Games producer is NINA Jacobsen. And there was a character in House at the End of the Street named MARY Jacobsen. Oooooooooooh.

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Where am I going with this?

Duh. Absolutely nowhere. I’m the girl who writes about dumbassery, remember? And today I think I’ve given you more than your daily dose. In summary, GO SEE A SCARY MOVIE! And come tell me about it when you do. Hurry! You’ve only got six days left. My friend, Vanessa, still wants to have a Paranormal Activity movie marathon. (Shudder.) I’ve never seen any of them. God help us all if she wins me over. Think manic posts. Crazy, rambling, over caffeinated posts. From a sleepless lunatic.

It could get pretty interesting.


Ketchup With Us #4

Halloween is looming so Mel & I have decided to scare the __________ out of ourselves.

(Choose as many as apply.)

  1. heck/hell/snot/crap/shit
  2. daylights (living, everliving and everloving )
  3. dickens
  4. bejesus
  5. wits/willies

It’s time to Ketchup With Us about horror films. I am an enormous coward in this area. Which is why I expect a huge thank you from each and every one of you for the field work I put into this writing prompt. With the moral support of my friend, Vanessa, I summoned every shred of my courage to drag myself to see the latest screamer to hit theaters – House at the End of the StreetSeriously, since I saw that horrifying movie last week, I have lain (I hate that stupid word) in bed having to pee but paralyzed for an hour in the middle of the night. More than once. Thanks to my crippling fears, I’m probably well on my way to a UTI.

But this behavior is nothing new for me. I think it all started with this movie. (You go ahead and watch. I’m covering my eyes and ears.)

(Peeking from under hands) Is it over? Okay, good. For a quick explanation of this link-up, click here. In short, Mel and I will post a picture or video with a writing prompt on the 1st and 15th of every month. All you need to do is respond in 57 words or less. In any form. We love creativity. And, with each prompt, we’ll feature a writer from the previous link-up. Which reminds me …

Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer for today is …

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The Rules of Play

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‘KETCHUP WITH US’ – Prompt #4

In 57 WORDS OR LESS, retell the plot line of your favorite horror movie. And, if you can find a good one, be sure to include a movie clip of your own. (God, I’m gonna be so freakin’ scared going through these entries. )