Fear Street Trilogy Review (No Spoilers)

As 90’s kids, R.L. Stine is a name we are well-acquainted with, mostly through his children’s spooky book series Goosebumps, but also peripherally through his older teen series the Fear Street books.

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Netflix had been releasing each installment of the Fear Street trilogy over the past few weeks. Rather than starting from the beginning as one would expect, these films pull the viewer deeper into the story by dragging them backwards in time, starting in the 90’s, then going back to the 70’s, and then all the way back to the 17th century as we gradually sink deeper and deeper into the town of Shadyside’s dark and bloody history. Also, Stranger Things fans will be excited to see a couple familiar faces throughout the trilogy.

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 introduces us to the cursed town of Shadyside, and the strange murders that have plagued the area for centuries. As the first installment, 1994 sets the pace and gives us a taste of just what to expect from this trilogy. It’s a fun watch, and we both agreed that we were pleasantly surprised at times just how far it was willing to take the horror/violence since we weren’t sure how much they would be willing to push the envelope in these movies since they’re based off a teen book series.

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Fear Street Part Two: 1978 sends us on a flashback to learn more about the past of the curse and killings. It is another fun homage to the slasher genre, taking place at Camp Nightwing, a camp that is sure to give you Friday the 13th vibes. It does a good job giving us some answers, but also piling on even more questions about the past before we head into the third and final installment of the series.

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Fear Street Part Three: 1666 takes us wayyyyy back to the town’s roots and the mass hysteria and persecution that started this whole mess, all before catapulting us back into the “current” time frame of 1994 for the final showdown. This is the darkest installment, with each part of the trilogy building up to this boiling point.

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All in all, this was a fun event that Netflix did, slowly unfolding the story week by week. It was very enjoyable to see this trilogy doing its own thing, all while giving many clever nods to the horror movies that came before it. Definitely worth checking out in our opinion if you want a fun popcorn horror series to binge late at night.

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(Sorry, but we couldn’t resist. Those of you who get the reference, good on you!) 😛

Reading Rec: The Six-Gun Tarot

“Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.”

“Buffy meets Deadwood in a dark, wildly imaginative historical fantasy.”

While that description is very cool, I feel like it sells this book short. I personally described it as a seven layer orgasmic, literary cake. This is several genres baked into one glorious masterpiece. R.S. Belcher became an auto-buy author for me after reading this and I’ve never regretted that decision. Dig in.

Happy Shark Week!

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Happy Shark Week! 😀 
We both love sharks and are fully aware that they get a worse rap than they deserve, but as horror enthusiasts we also love a good & bloody eat-’em-up shark movie! So, in honor of Shark Week, we’ve put together a list of Shark movies that are total guilty pleasures. Because at the end of the day, that’s really what these movies always boil down to, isn’t it?
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Deep Blue Sea
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An oldie, but a goodie. You have crazy smart killer Mako Sharks terrorizing the scientists and other staff in an underwater lab who have been testing on them. Kind of makes it hard not to root for the sharks, but you gotta at least love LL Cool J as a chef with his sassy parrot sidekick. As 90’s kids, this one will always hold a special place in our hearts. 😛
 
The Meg
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Based off the book series, and also partially taking place in an underwater lab, you have man pitted against the ancient predator of the deep, the Megalodon
 
The Shallows
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Determined shark vs. Determined Blake Lively. Seriously, to have even just a portion of this shark’s attention span. Also, bonus points for letting other wildlife get in on the fun of torturing humans in this one. 😛
47 Meters Down/47 Meters Down: Uncaged
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More overly-determined sharks who just refuse to give up. Like, they should really just hire sharks apparently to be motivational speakers.
Are these movies ridiculous and over the top nonsense? Yes, 100%, but that’s also part of the fun. There’s plenty more we could have added to our list, but we’ll leave that up to you guys to fill us in on what your favorite shark movie is. We’d love to find out! 🙂 What’s your go-to shark movie guilty pleasure?
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Mad Experiments in the Kitchen: Skull and Bone Cookies

What time is it?? Snickerdoodle-Cookies-Made-to-Look-Vaguely-Like-Human-Bones-Time! That’s right, Sugar & Scream proudly present our first baking post for our blog.

When one finds brand new Wilton baking pans at the local thrift shop, they do not question it, they simply buy that shit up immediately. (And then they proceed to procrastinate for YEARS, before actually doing anything with them.) You know, as one does.

For these bone cookies, we used snickerdoodle cookie dough with the cinnamon sugar just mixed directly into the dough rather than having to roll the dough in it. (Can we just talk for a moment about how much EASIER that process was??) Same great taste, way less hassle.

The little skull was just for fun with some left over cookie dough, so please excuse how misshapen and hideous it is. 😛 These Wilton bone-shaped baking pans were so easy to use. Just fill each mold 2/3 of the way full with the cookie dough of your choosing, making sure to press it down evenly, bake as instructed, and then they just pop right out with very little hassle. These pans would also be great for making homemade dog treats!

Since this was a spur of the moment baking experiment, no recipe is needed because a box mix was used (GASP! The Horror! The Horror!)

Pride Month Spotlight: The Boulet Brothers

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Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet, collectively known as the Boulet Brothers, are drag icons and modern horror hosts who constantly seem to be working their fingers to the bone to produce only the best horrific content a ghoul could ask for.

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Through their search for the world’s next drag supermonsters via their reality competition series The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, or through the podcast they co-host with producer Ian Devoglaer, The Boulet Brothers’ Creatures of the Night Podcast, they are always hard at work celebrating the dark and the strange, both through reality and fiction.

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Embracing and showcasing all styles of drag on Dragula, they revel in drag, filth, horror, and glamour. Speaking about the diversity of the queens and kings who compete on their show, they’ve said, “Dragula reflects the queer community and the queer community is huge and diverse. We will continue to push that narrative because that is the reality.”

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Though their name often causes confusion about them possibly being siblings, the two are in fact not related and only use the name Boulet Brothers as their stage name. The two are in a romantic relationship together and have been hosting and performing with one another for two decades. 

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Pride Month Author Spotlight: Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire

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Seanan McGuire is known for writing urban fantasy, but under the alias Mira Grant, she brings to life stories of medical Science Fiction and Horror. When asked about her inclusion of characters within the LGBTQA+ community within her novels, she explains:

“I didn’t set out to change the way QUILTBAG characters are included in literature–that would have been a little daunting. I just wrote the people I know. The wonderful, complicated, confusing, diverse people I know. I actually feel like my work is still straighter than my life, where “oh, I’m bisexual, poly, married, monoromantic, kinky, and straight-edge” is a sentence that can happen over dinner without making anyone bat an eye. If I can let one person see themselves in fiction, if I can give one person that moment of “I exist, I get stories too,” I will feel like I’ve won.”

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She has won multiple awards for her writing, and is capable of spanning many genres within a single bound. If zombies, killer mermaids, fae, and/or parasites are your jam, you might really want to consider checking out some of her work:

 

McGuire/Grant identifies mainly as bisexual and demisexual. She has said on the topic, “The line between bi and pan is both flexible and mobile, and three people will get you five opinions. I’ve never been anything other than what I am, even if the name has changed.”

 

 

Pride Month Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Reading Suggestions

These books are excellent any time of the year, but this Pride Month we wanted to celebrate them for their wonderful LGBTQA+ representation in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1), by Becky Chambers

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Six of Crows (Book 1 of the Six of Crows duology), by Leigh Bardugo

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Soulless (Book #1 of the Parasol Protectorate series), by Gail Carriger

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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1), by Tamsyn Muir

 

 

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We’ve read all these books and they’ve all made our top lists in way or another, so we highly recommend that you give them a try!

Add any of your suggestions are welcome in the comments. 🙂

Pride Month Actor Spotlight: Sir Ian McKellen

Ah, the man to transcend genres. Sir Ian Mckellen covers both our science fiction and fantasy bases, he even dabbled in horror a wee bit. The Keep in 1983 and Apt Pupil in 1998. But he is, of course, most well known for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings franchise and Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

And of course, there may be nothing better than his friendship with another legend, Patrick Stewart.

McKellen has been open about his sexuality since 1988 and to this day, champions LGBTQA+ social movements. He co-founded Stonewall UK, which lobbies for legal and social equality.

He is both an incredible actor and an important activist.

Pride Month Author Spotlight: Clive Barker

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As promised in our last post, we’re going to celebrate this Pride month focusing our posts around people in the LGBTQA+ community who’ve impacted the three genres we love: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. When we began to ponder on an author to choose for our horror-themed we both agreed that the first name to come to mind was none other than Clive Barker. With iconic and morbidly twisted classics of the genre in his arsenal, Barker was an obvious and well-deserved choice.

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If titles like The Hellbound Heart or The Forbidden don’t ring any bells, their film adaptations probably will: Hellraiser and Candyman.

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Author, playwright, artist, and film director, there is no arguing that Barker is a man of many talents. Upon the initial release of Books of Blood in the mid-eighties, genre heavyweight Stephen King was quoted as saying, “I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker.”

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Barker, who explains that his sexual orientation was never something he kept a secret, officially came out as gay to the public in the 90’s around the time he was publishing his first novel featuring a gay protagonist, Sacrament.

Have you read any works of Clive Barker’s or watched any of the adaptations of his work? Which is your favorite?

 

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