Sunday, September 27, 2020

Halloween tasty treats 2020!

 Halloween tasty treats 2020!

After reading up on several Halloween themed treats thanks to Dinosaur Dracula, I decided to venture out to my local Target and scoop up on some of these bizarre pieces of junk food. The way I looked at it was, since you really couldn't do anything too crazy this year for the upcoming Halloween season, I'm a firm believer to. make your own kind of fun in the safety of your own home. If that means basically eating so much crap you're ready to shit your own pants...then so be it! So yesterday before riding up to visit my sister, I went into Target for the first time this Fall, and searched for several of the items Matt from DD listened. 

I ended up picking up a box of Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid Jammers, which were Scary Berry flavor.

A container of Utz cheese Pub Mix which was "Halloween" themed.


A bag of Reese's peanut butter bats.

A bag of witch's brew Kit Kats.



A bag of Hershey's Kisses which were "Vampire" flavored.

As well as a bag of candy corn (an absolute must-have), a box of Boo Berry cereal, and a jug of Apple cider. Did I go overboard? Absolutely? Did I feel deathly ill after snacking on several of these items? Well...that's a dead given. Nevertheless it was fun doing a taste test while playing movies on Shudder. This morning I watched Joe Bob Briggs' Pieces, Bloody Birthday, and finally Fade Too Black. Capping off Stephen King Week, I'll probably pour myself a nice chilled glass of apple cider, and find one last King movie to watch, truly kicking off Fall in style!

The pub mix wasn't anything to really write home about. Sure pub mix is good, you get all sorts of cheesy flavored stuff, but it didn't exactly scream "Halloween" to me. Still, you have some pretzels snd bagel chips shaped like a pumpkin. 

The Ghoul-Aid was gross. First off I didn't notice that it was berry flavored, so after one sip I decided not to take my chances with the blueberry. Those can go on over to the roommate. Still, tasted like pure liquid sugar!

The peanut butter bats were great as they always are, but I would say the kit-kats won me over. I had seen the mixed peanut butter cups, that honestly looked cross, but these actually were pretty yummy and indeed did taste like marshmallows! The chocolate kisses with the strawberry filling tasted "okay" but visually they hands down were the coolest! I agree with everyone in saying they look like blood straight out of a Dan Curtis movie! Still, I've never been much of a Halloween candy fan, but this year I give those companies credit where credit is due...they really went all out!

As for the rest of my treats, everything else was great and Fall time staples to have every year! I'll keep my eyes peeled for more Halloween themed treats. In fact, I have a few up my sleeve I might actually test out and "attempt" to make. I'll have the fire department on speed dial!





Thursday, September 24, 2020

Chip's 2020 Halloween mixed tape!!!

Chip's 2020 Halloween mixed tape!!!


There's a chill in the air, empty stores are being taken over by seasonal Spirit Halloween stores, trees are changing color, Stephen King's birthday just passed, and pumpkin flavored everything is now available. Yep, that's right guys...it's Fall ya'll!!!

I'm actually kicking off my favorite time of the year in style. Yesterday I went to a local farmstead and bought my first two pumpkins of the season, and to celebrate Stephen King's birthday this past week I've chosen a King movie to watch for every night so far while sipping on a nice chilled glass of apple cider. Autumn time in New England certainly is something one needs to experience at least once. Sure we have Salem MA, probably the best foliage, and get the cooler Fall weather typically first before anyone other area, but with 2020 being the year it has been, we have all made peace with the fact that Halloween might look a little different. Nevertheless, I'm a firm believer that Halloween is what you make out of it. As long as you're not being stupid, Halloween can actually be a ton of fun. I myself have a few things planned up my sleeve, but I do agree having no conventions or parties to see my friends this year is a total bummer. Still, I say make your own kind of fun. AMC fear fest marathon? Check! Zoom pumpkin carving? check! Another killer Halloween playlist brought to you by Staystillreviews' very own mascot Chip. I plan on blasting this playlist while I celebrate Halloween in style and safety of my own home!


Happy Fall everyone!!!




Friday, September 4, 2020

Staystillreviews' annual dollar store challenge!

 Staystillreview's annual dollar store challenge!


It's safe to say that 2020 certainly has been a very strange and uncertain year. I know lots of people were bummed out when it was announced that due to the pandemic a good number of shows, haunted attractions, theme parks, movies, and conventions were either canceled or pushed back. I for one am relieved somewhat. I feel if things were still being held or open, or released people are going to think or at least believe that everything is back to "normal" and flock out and before you know it. BOOM! A second wave. I take this pandemic VERY seriously. I know people who have lost loved ones, and as someone who's high risk, and so isn't their father this virus has seriously scared me to death. I've been beyond careful this past summer, and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that my nerves and mental health have been on edge. It has seriously sucked. I work for the school department so this really freaks me out. I would like to believe I have been beyond careful these last six months, and now in September approaching my favorite time of year, I understand that this autumn is going to look very different than past ones. Still, I'm a firm believer that you can still make a holiday special without going out and risking getting yourself or others sick. I mean I celebrated this past 4th of July by having a Stranger Things marathon with mixed drinks and eggos. For Memorial Day weekend I went up to Maine to visit my sister and husband and took walks while socially distancing, having drinks, watching Everybody Wants Some!!, and grilling out good food. I was lucky enough to even swim in the ocean since they have a private beach. I was able to get out without interacting with others, and preventing myself for going stir crazy. Lots of evenings sipping drinks and reading on my back deck, having movie marathons, and of course my online film group with friends of mine from college. I see it as if you are safe, you can still have fun. Hell, my birthday was a few days ago and I ordered take-out, and spent my evening watching Happy Death Day. Not the most exciting birthday, but I still have fun, and was safe! For this Halloween, first it's on a Saturday, so that's beyond awesome. Second, I plan on making the next eight or so weeks jammed packed with autumn/Halloween themed fun. I plan on buying and yes attempting to carve a pumpkin, have a 31 days of Halloween movie marathon. I'm looking forward to watching the same horror movies I know and love playing on a loop for Fear Fest on AMC. I want to go on rides checking out the foliage, as well as buying pumpkin flavored drinks at Starbucks, and munching on candy corn while watching old commercials that are Halloween themed on Youtube, and reading up on my favorite blogs covering the coolest October happenings like Dinosaur Dracula, and Uncle TNUC. Like I said, it all comes down to making your own type of fun. I don't see this up coning Halloween season as a bust. I see it as a chance to get creative!!!


So in typical Halloween fashion I'm keeping up with one of my favorite traditions, I decided this morning to do my Staystillreviews' annual dollar store challenge! I always try to do this a few days into September. I woke up, and kicked things off by watching The Midnight Hour (1985) which is one of my ALL time favorite movies to watch on Halloween. Afterwards, I grabbed a pumpkin flavored coffee (I'm so white), and decided to hit up my local Michaels to see what Halloween goodies they have. I always go to Michael's at least once during the Halloween season to stock up on silly junk. Usually slime, stress balls, eyeballs, ect. It's always junk I throw into care packages to send out to my friends who live across the country, or into giveaway prizes I hold a few times a year. I actually did pretty well in there. Store wise during this whole thing I try to only visit the drug store, or the market. This was a breath of fresh air (behind a mask of course) and Michael's wasn't really packed since it was so early. The displays were awesome, and I took my time looking at everything. My only wish was that they had more body parks for sale. What only me? Still, I stocked up on some fun stuff for sure!


Afterwards, I had plans on trying to find a new Dollar Store. For the last five years I've visited the same one for this challenge. It isn't exactly in the best area, but man can they stock their shelves full of Halloween junk. It's in such a bad area I don't know...it kinda adds to the charm. Plus it's sandwiched between the DMV and Chinese buffet. Still, I decided not to visit this one simply because the city it's located in is a red zone for the virus. I decided to head up to NH (Which is right next door to where I live.) So after hitting up Michael's, I decided to see which Dollar Store or Dollar Tree I could check out that was  somewhat safe. After finishing Michael's, I happened to notice this Dollar Store across the street I had never noticed before. It was on the second floor which was off, and the only way up was by taking an elevator. The second I stepped in I thought to myself "Damn this would really suck if this got stuck between the floors." Aka that's just how my brain works.

It's called fashion honey...look it up.

 Once I entered, I was stunned over how HUGE this place was. I asked the woman if she had any Halloween stuff up, and she apologized telling me she had only gotten a chance to stock up on one area. Nevertheless I was impressed by what I saw "Dollar Store wise." Here I gave myself the budget of 20$ and went to town. I also found some hidden gems throughout the store, including this SICK hat that I wore pulling weeds in my lawn an hour ago like a true 90 year old. I plan on wearing this hat all the time now. To quote Goodfellas "It's my hat, it's my lucky hat...I can't fly without my hat."

This Dollar Store was actually a ton of fun and a little hole in the wall hidden away. I'm really glad I found it. The sales woman must have thought something was wrong with me since I wore the hat I bought around the store and was playing with bouncy balls and at one point out a donut float around me as I shopped. Hey...I haven't gone out a lot lately, I was living my best life!

#Mood

This is what I picked up at both Michael's and the Dollar Store...

Dollar Store pickups...

1) Plastic Scream mask - I was stunned over finding this. Man brought back some memories of dressing as Ghostface for Halloween in 1997 with my sister! Even though it was cheap plastic it was still super cool to find!
2) 1 orange bouncy ball - Impulse buy, bought it for Winchester!
3) Fake bloody fingers
4) A 4 pack of Halloween treat bags.
5) 1 pair of Furry Halloween socks.
6) Plastic bloody Saw
7) I fake rubber eyeball.
8) 1 very cheap looking bloody hockey mask. 
9) Fake rubber fangs - I don't think you could pay me to pop these babies in. Still cool looking!
10) This weird light up glitter bat pen.
11) A Shark egg - One of those you put in water and watch it hatch and grow. I'm forever an eight year old and will be doing so after I'm done writing this. 
12) A squishy hot dog - Yet again impulse buy. Has nothing to do with Halloween, but I had to!
13) Plastic hammerhead shark.
14) Spooky gel window clings - Who else loved putting these on windows as a kid?
15) My Hat 
This fucking thing was my favorite thing I bought today. Legit wearing everywhere even when I sleep tonight. I feel like a cross between Sam Neil from Jurassic Park, and Traci Lords from Skinner. 

Michaels pickups

1) 3 giant stress balls that all look like pumpkins - 2 light up, one filled with foam. Love these things. Maybe it's a sensory thing, but squeezing these when I'm working or writing always helps me focus.
2) 2 bags of fake witch fingers! 
#Mood
3) 1 pack of red/orange/and green slime in tiny pumpkin containers. 
4) 1 plastic cup that looks like it's a brain. - Planning on sipping my gin & tonics in this!
5) 2 packages of squishy eyeballs. Love these things and the colors they come in.
6) 2 containers of slime/sand
7) 2 containers of slime in coffin containers with rubber spiders in them. Super cool looking!
8) 1 squishy Frankenstein...or "Frankenstein's monster..." 
9) 3 really cool glass eyeballs.
10) 3 squishy brains - It isn't a Halloween without me buying a ton of brains to pose with my Brain Damage and Return Of The Living Dead VHS tapes!
11) 1 Grow a pumpkin - The kind you put in water and watch grow. 
12) Whatever the fuck these things are?
13) Pumpkin string lights.

All and all I would say this was a pretty successful shopping trip! If anyone else decides to take part of the Dollar Store Challenge the rules are simple! Give yourself anywhere from 10$ to 20$ Find a local Dollar Store and try and find the coolest most original items that are Halloween themed. Then...go CRAZY! Email me at StaystillFX@Gmail.com or DM me on IG (Staystillreviews) I'll make sure to post your Halloween hauls on my stories! Please REMEMBER! If you go into a store...WEAR A MASK!
Planning on kicking back with some candy corn, watching some vintage Halloween commercials and kick off this spooky season in true Staystillreviews fashion!!!
Happy September everyone!!!

























Thursday, August 27, 2020

5 actors who could play David in The Guest if Dan Stevens doesn't return

5 actors who could play David in The Guest if Dan Stevens doesn't return


I'm sure I'm not alone when I heard the interview with actor Dan Stevens this summer where he mentioned that he would love to return in playing David in Adam Wingard's The Guest. Dan is a highly underrated actor who's really just beginning to get noticed, scoring larger roles in bigger productions. A handsome talented character actor, he's appeared in such films since like A Walk Among The Tombstones, and the lead roll in the trippy FX show Legion. Still, my favorite roll he's played has to be David. I was a huge fan of Wingard's You're Next, and after hearing him state that he was inspired by The Stepfather (1987), I went out and did a blind buy (which I barley do anymore) and absolutely LOVED it. To me this is a modern day cult film. Highly inspired by John Carpenter, the movie tell the story of a mysterious and handsome Soldier named David. He shows up one day and introduces himself to The Peterson family. He claims to be a friend of their son who died in action. After he's welcomed into their home, he appears to be absolutely perfect and exactly what this grieving family needs. It isn't long before the teenage daughter begins to suspect that David is hiding things as a series of accidental deaths seem to all connect back to him. 

I really loved everything about The Guest, and what I really dug was that Wingard was right. This is a loose modern day take on The Stepfather. A mysterious stranger is welcomed into a family and at first everything appears to be perfect until strange accidents and deaths begin to happen around them while this stranger who seems completely perfect is hiding secrets that could be deadly. Theres a showdown between teenager daughter and themselves and boom the hero wins. Much like the original Stepfather you think the villain is dead only for clever storytelling to make it possible to show despite how ridiculous it is. Then what I really thought of as a clever tool in the series' plot was after the original actor declined to return for part III (which I can't blame him, that movie s-u-c-k-e-d) they wrote that he got plastic surgery and changed his appearance so a new actor could take over. Far fetched...absolutely. Clever 1000%. I feel Wingard used this trick in The Guest, writing that David was using a burner phone to call a back alley plastic surgeon. The family's son even brings this up saying it makes perfect sense if he's on the run from people he might as well change his appearance. 

Wingard wrote this I believe not just as a plot device to show David was hiding/on the run from something, but also as a clever tool if he ever made a sequel and Dan Stevens didn't want to return he could easily recast him and just state it's the same David, just with plastic surgery and he's now played by someone new. Lucky for all of us Dan Stevens said if a sequel happens he's all for returning. I follow him on social media and I absolutely love whenever he reposts fan art of himself from this film, clearly showing that this was a roll he still loves. So it got me thinking...even though I absolutely want Stevens to return, who are 5 actors that I could see easily slipping into the David roll for the sequel and playing it perfectly!


5) Billy Magnussen

- Even though I only really know him from a small handful of roll (mostly playing Ryan in Game Night and stealing every scene he was in. "I'm the president of Cyberdyne systems..." But, I feel Billy definitely has the look down and could really play it serious.

4) Dacre Montgomery

- It's no hiding the fact Dacre stole the show in Stranger Things. I'm actually excited to see what this dude does for future film projects (I'm still holding onto hope he's actually in season 4 of ST) Still, this guy can definitely play a serious intense character. 

3) Robert Pattinson 

- I'm glad this guy is finally starting to get taken seriously. I really gotta hand it to him, he did the Twilight films because they had a massive fanbase and made billions of dollars. After doing 4 crappy movies, he was able to afford to do something many actors wish they could do. Take independent projects that appeal to them. Over the last eight or so years he's really shown off his acting chops and has been killing it. I could see him taking over David even though the chances are slim. Still would be interesting to see!

2) Eamon Farren 

- Eamon, Eamon, Eamon. Forever a favorite, and much like Dan Stevens he's finally starting to get the credit he deserves. He can play mysterious, as well as intense. Sure he's thinner than Stevens, but seeing him appear in a sequel to a cult movie would be SO cool! Plus if the David character returns to hunt for the teenagers that tried to kill him, the chemistry between him and Maika Monroe would be insane!

1) Tyler Hoechlin

- Besides Road To Perdition, and Everybody Wants Some!! I really haven't seen this guy in that many movies. Still he's my #1 choice since I think getting someone with different colored hair would be so cool. Say David got the plastic surgery. He's still crazy handsome, and very intense. I think Tyler would be awesome taking for the David roll in The Guest. He can play scary, and this is a roll I feel fans of the original film would embrace if Stevens wasn't interested and passed the torch over to Tyler.


So thoughts? Who would you like to see play David if Stevens doesn't return?




Thursday, July 30, 2020

Interview with Elijah Marcano!

Interview with Elijah Marcano!

I had the absolute pleasure of being able to interview actor Elijah Marcano recently and talk favorites of his, past projects, film, and of course how he's keeping busy in quarantine. Elijah has appeared in hit television projects such as The Walking Dead, Chicago P.D, and the 2018 TV movie A Tale Of Two Coreys, where Elijah completely stole the show in playing a young Corey Feldman at the height of his fame and troubling downfall. From playing a young Jon Hamm in the slapstick comedy Tag, to just recently starring in Etowah Ridge a horror movie, Elijah has all ready stacked up a pretty impressive list of IMDB credits all the while keeping busy with school. A huge thanks to Elijah for taking the time to chat with me and talk movies!


1) Top 5 favorite movies of all time?
- Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Finding Nemo, and Jurassic Park.

2) Top 3 favorite actors?
- Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, this changes a lot. I'll probably say Jake Gyllenhaal but I also love Adam Driver and Lakeith Stanfield right now.

3) Top 3 favorite actresses?
- This is tough! Florence Pugh, Natalie Portman, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson.

4) Favorite soundtrack to a movie?
Probably Lord Of The Rings Fellowship Of The Ring hahaha. Probably gonna be a lot of LOTR on here!


5) Best ending to a movie?
The Thing comes to mind. This question was really tough...yeah I'll say The Thing. Such an incredible ending to a masterfully made movie.

6) Favorite villain in a movie?
Villain, hmm...my first choice is a spoiler so I won't say that one! Some others are Darth Vader, an absolute classic, as well as Jack Torrence from The Shinning. Roy Batty from Blade Runner is a wonderfully complex villain. I was a huge Kylo Ren fan after episode 7 came out. Crap! I really wanna say it! Screw it, the...main antagonist in Event Horizon >:)

7) You played Corey Feldman, which movie of his is your favorite?
Stand By Me without a doubt. That's one of my all time favorite movies.

8) Favorite TV show?
Breaking Bad for sure. King of The Hill being a close second.

9) Favorite project you have worked on?
Tale Of Two Coreys for sure. I could go on and on as to why.

10) What have you been watching during quarantine/2020?
I finally started It's Always Sunny and Community. For real, I cannot recommend Community enough. It's the Breaking Bad of Comedies.

Thank you Elijah Maracno!


Movies I hope Joe Bob shows for season 3 of The Last Drive-In!!!

Movies I hope Joe Bob shows for season 3 of The Last Drive-In!!!

I think we can all agree that season 2 of The Last Drive-In was exactly what a bunch of us needed during these very scary times. Being stuck inside with nothing but our anxiety to keep us company, the pressure really started to build up. Still, there was a small distraction that I looked forward to every Friday night.

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the mail-girl.

I've been a massive Joe Bob Briggs fan ever since I can remember. Back in the late 80's/90's I remember staying up to watch him on TNT with Monstervision, and Last Call. Here this really cute cowboy would sit on his soundstage that resembled a trailer park, and would have a witty little banter with his mail-girls (Honey, Reno, Kat, and Rusty) while giving his famous drive-in totals, as well as having special guest stars, and rambling on and on during the commercial breaks. I'm sure I'm. not alone in saying this, but I loved the character of Joe Bob Briggs. This is something I feel people might forget. He was playing a CHARACTER. You couldn't get offended by his Southern charm, and awesome ability of telling stories that honestly always circled back to whatever movie he was showing. Joe Bob was a staple growing up in my household. I was the weird little girl that loved movies...especially horror movies. Being able to watch the same movies that were in the section of my local video store as a kid, seemed so much cooler that these movies were allowed to be watched on regular TV. 


I always say a huge inspiration behind this blog was from watching Joe Bob review movies growing up. I was really too young to watch Elvira, so Joe Bob was my late night horror movie host. I remember loving his cameo in The Stand, as well as his famous deleted scene from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Or how can we forget his small role in Casino "People come here to win!"


Having had a massive crush on this man ever since I can remember, when I was lucky enough to meet him back in 2016 I remember seriously being so starstruck. He was a complete sweetheart, and this was right before The Last Drive In returned. Since then he had such an epic comeback he actually broke the internet the evening his movie marathon premiered. Since then, he's made the ultimate comeback in the horror community. He's held several different movie marathons for several different holidays. His newest mail girl Darcy is by far one of the best. She's gorgeous, and actually a huge horror fan. I was completely sold when they did the Dinners Of Death, and while showing Blood Rage she dressed up as Ted Raimi from it. This lady works her ass off for her fans, and whenever things go back to normal I'm really hoping I'll get the chance to meet the two of them together. I love their little banter back and forth, but instead of just being a pretty face that rolls her eyes, Darcy actually loves these movies, and is very passionate about the horror community. During their second Christmas marathon, both shared pretty personal and serious stories of when both were down on their luck and broke. It honestly make you remember that at the end of the day, these two are still very human human and have the same problems we have. 


Now that season 2 is behind us, news broke that Joe Bob has been renewed for a third season! Throughout it all, between the drama of being getting offended, people being assholes and body shaming Darcy, and just recently the news of Joe Bob having Covid-19 and hiding the fact he had been sick so fans could enjoy this latest season without worrying. Goes to show you that it's awesome to have heroes like this and put the fans first no matter what. I'm glad even at this age, Joe Bob is still #1 in the horror community and is a nice little distraction during these troubled times.

Remember guys, if there wasn't any Joe Bob and his mail girl there wouldn't be any Stacy from Staystillreviews and Chip the movie loving kid!


It's said that Joe Bob and Darcy is returning in a little less than two weeks for a mini summer marathon! I'm sure I'm not the only one in saying that I adore Joe Bob and Darcy. I hope the two make a few episodes of them on the road hitting up horror conventions, movie locations, and ALL of the cracker barrels! They need to do a podcast ASAP. I could hear these two going back and forth ALL day. I say keep cranking out these killer Joe Bob and Darcy shirts and merch. Let's celebrate two horror fans that know film, and have been nothing but a comfort during these very uncertain times.


So since season 3 has been announced, and I'm intending to get my Joe Bob/Darcy fix with the mini summer marathon, but I'm all ready drooling over what movies could they be planning on showing for season 3. So here are my choices on what I hope will be the picks for season 3 Of The Last Drive-In!


Episode 1 - Day Of The Dead and Return Of The Living Dead.

Episode 2 - Arachnophobia and The Nest.

Episode 3 - Intruder and Skinner.

Episode 4 - The Stepfather and The Guest.

Episode 5 - Night Of The Demons and Witchboard.

Episode 6 - The Lost Boys and Near Dark.


Episode 7 - Jason Goes To Hell The Final Friday and Freddy's Dead The Final Nightmare.

Episode 8 - Piranha and Killer Crocodile

And last but not least...

Episode 9 - Night Of The Creeps and Halloween III Season Of The Witch. 
With hopefully special guest Tom Atkins!!!

So there you have it. My picks for what I would love to see for season 3 of The Last Drive-In! What are yours and why? 

Until then...long live the drive-in!!!