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Thursday Throwdown: 80’s Movie Serial Killers

We’ve been talking about all sorts of horror and things lately (see My Horrific Life or I Eat Cereal But I Am Not A Serial Killer), and more will come throughout October.  I am a fan of the 80’s horror movies, back when you knew that the blood was fake and the killers were behind masks.  So I ask you, lovers of horror, if you put them in the ring, who would make it out to terrorize the rest of us?
Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare of Elm Street fame, created by Wes Craven, the serial killer who will get you while you are sleeping (and drowned a young Johnny Depp in a water bed)


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Jason Vorhees, from the Friday the 13th series, created by Victor Miller, driven by his rage over being near drowned as a child and the actions of his tormentors (best known for his hockey mask visage, although that doesn’t show up until the third film)

OR

Charles Lee Ray (a.k.a. Chucky), from the Child’s Play series, created by Don Mancini, the serial killer who sought to escape the police and death by placing his soul into a Good Guy doll, and trying to transfer himself into a human body (which was really creepy because my brother had a My Buddy doll)

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Michael Meyers, from the Halloween series, created by John Carpenter, who starts his killing spree by killing his older sister at the age of six, then goes on throughout the franchise to attack more teenagers and his youngest sister (known for his white, unpainted William Shatner mask)

Which do you think would win?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

A rock opera: when Twilight met the 80s (and info about Storify)

Yesterday I was hanging out with my friends on Twitter, and things got out of control.  Suddenly, we found ourselves writing a rock opera where our friends from Twilight break out into various songs from the 80s.  It went something like this . . .

[View the story “When Twilight met the 80s” on Storify]

Good times those were. I used Storify for the first time to capture the screen caps for this post to embed. What is Storify?

storify.com
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories.

Although there are are some help tabs on Storify to help you navigate how to use it, I just dove right in and created my story. Since I hadn’t done the walk through, it would have been nice if some of the boxes were labelled or had a pop up tab that gave you a better understanding of what to do. But then, I guess I could have done the walk through tutorial. I am apparently like the stereotypical man who won’t read the directions while putting together the new computer desk.

All in all, Storify was quick and easy to use and did exactly what I wanted it to. You’ll definitely want to check it out because it is a fun and creative way to make stories using your various social media sites.  And as a bonus, it easily interacts and posts to your various social media sites.  Like Youtube, you can post your published story directly to your various social media sites or copy and paste an embed code.  Storify was named one of the 50 best websites for 2011.

What 80s song would you add to our rock opera – and who should sing it?