The Changeling. Old ghost story that used to scare the pants off me, my best friend and my sister. As a joke, my best friend

gave me a copy of the VHS version for a wedding gift!

Filmed in Vancouver, BC, starring George C. Scott about a writer who finds himself bothered by an unrest spirit who chose him because he’d been touched by death… The accidental death of his wife and daughter.


FNFF 2011 John Carpenter

Photo credit: Mimi Rupp

My name is Mimi. I was born in Woodstock Ontario, moved to London to go to Nursing school, and spent many years there.

My whole LIFE, I’ve been a horror fan. It all started with vampires, then I discovered a “Lost Boys” article in a Fangoria issue in 1987, and it escalated from there.  From a star-struck 16-year-old, to a new mother in 2007 seeing her first convention at “Fright Night Film Fest” with her baby still on the teat, to finally meeting the “Lost Boys” actors in 2012.

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(photo credit: Mimi Rupp)

Now, I’m terrifically excited to see my hometown hosting Conventions of her own.  Shock-Stock is coming up in a few short weeks, and I’m looking very forward to going.  This is the Convention’s fourth year, and it’s just gotten bigger, so I’d really like to do what I can to support it and keep the Horror where it belongs. In our own backyard!

They’ll be hosting old Venom and Honey alumni Felissa Rose, whom I interviewed in 2012, as well as her “Sleepaway Camp” co-star Jonathan Tiersten, who I met in 2012, in “Blood on the Beach”.  He photobombed my picture with Jamie Newlander

Me and Jamie

(photo credit: Mimi Rupp)

I was about to snap the picture and Jonathon decided to pick that time to wax poetic about the falseness of Actors  Bless him.  Please notice how near-shirtless he is. My husband has a pic of him somewhere, shirtless entirely and covered in shaving cream.  When asked why, he declined to comment.

Not to mention, Canada is pretty much a hidden treasure in the Horror scene.  Fangoria Horror Weekend did hit up Toronto years ago, but before then, I can’t really recall a lot of horror based conventions, and RARELY were there any in London.  The closest we got, was Alice Cooper concerts, in my memory.

A shame, because some of the more classic horror was shot and made right up there in the Great White North.  Classics such as “Black Christmas”, “My Bloody Valentine”, and “The Changeling”, classics I had seen in issues of Fangoria but had no clue of their Canuck roots.  I think it’s time I spent my energy giving kudos and showing love to these classics and newer films Good Ol’ Canada’s churning out, like “SUCK”, and “Ginger Snaps”.
Going to Shock Stock, covering the show and vlogging from home will be a good start, I think!

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(photo credit: Louis Perzia. Thanks buddy,owe you a coffee)

It seems we can’t get through a Convention season without seeing some kind of kvetch or drama about how much Conventions are costing fans, and how expensive it’s getting to book and run for Promoters.   The general complaint is actors/celebrities ever-increasing prices, against an unstable economy.  Guests had to forego trinket shopping and deciding which Actor to meet and which to pass up as autograph prices climbed to as much as $80.

After recent conventions, horror/pop culture fans have started to push back, as a recent “Walking Dead” guest put up a sign advertising $10 for meet and greet. That’s a purple note just to go up and say “Hi”.

Yep, you heard that right, and I can find pictures to prove it.

In retaliation, frequently-booked actors and their agents posted on social media their outrage at someone treating their fans as customers, and a cash cow, with celebrity agent Sean Clark posting, ” I just want to go on record and say that it didn’t cost ANYTHING to come up to Norman Reedus’ table at HorrorHound Weekend and meet him, get a hand shake or a hug MANY of which he gave out this weekend. Just saying.”

Sid Haig, star of Rob Zombie series “House of 1000 Corpses” and “Devil’s Rejects” went on record as stating he would never go above his $20 autograph price mark.   It bears saying Mr. Haig has considerable history as a legend of Horror (Since “Spider Baby”) and Grindhouse in years past, as opposed to a one-hit wonder who’s supporting role in a television series could be seeing an end shortly.

The latest in these critiques is Monster Mania Weekend promoter, Dave Hagan, suing the agency who handles Daveigh Chase, better recognized as “Samara” from “The Ring” series of films.

The charges are breach of contract and mismanagement of funds, as Mr Hagan paid Chase’s agent in advance, with Ms Chase being a glaring no-show at the convention some weeks later.  Understandably, Mr Hagan would like to be refunded.  Phone calls and emails are going unsanswered.

I couldn’t tell you if this is the beginning of the end of people using Conventions as a convenient second-income, but it seems fans and promoters are fed up, tired of the drama and we might be seeing a trend of guests and celebrities bringing it back to the fan-centric, movie celebration they used to be.

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Picture: Lost Boys actor Billy Wirth signing a picture for a fan.  Photo credit Mimi Rupp

“Mimi’s Venom and Honey” and “Infernal Dreams” have relocated to Flint, Michigan.  The reason for the relocation are many, most of them boiling down to “Family”.  The heir had a new diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and we didn’t have faith in the present school system to give him what he needed. Our rationale was if we were going to relocate, how about a place where there are MORE resources for us,like family and friends? We settled on Flint, because it’s halfway between Ohio (Dirty Dave’s family) and Ontario (Aunt Mimi’s family), plus we had friends here that gave us resources that helped us settle.

I found a day job, Dave found some clients and we wormed our way into the Flint Horror Convention, held last weekend, October 25th.

Hosting Eileen Dietz of “The Exorcist” and Danny Hicks of “Evil Dead II” and “Intruder”, we found the convention had a LOT of heart.  Fan-friendly guests and awesome vendors helped the day go smoothly and with lots of surprises, such as the “Christine” movie car, brought up by Bill GIbson.  Everyone has heard of the Epic-Con experience by now… Well their loss was Flint’s gain.  For a donation, guests and fans could get their picture with the famous car, staged to look like they were the car’s next victim. (For those that don’t know, Christine was supposed to be a guest at Epic Con, but promises were broken and wires got crossed, leading to a last-minute offer by Flint promoters.)


Danny Hicks with Dirty Dave of Infernal Dreams/ 9th Circle Design at the Flint Horror Convention


Finding old friends around our new home.

Many thanks to the promoters at Flint Horror Convention for the warm welcome to our new home State!

Instead of punishing the father, the whole world celebrated him. Put his picture up on every venue, praised his career, and patted his back, saying “There, there, haters are everywhere…” And said things like, “Sorry, little girl, how do we know your mother didn’t put you up to this?”

This man married his girlfriend’s 19 year old daughter, whom he’d known as a child since she was 10.  He wooed and married her, despite dating her mother for years and years.  Everyone tsked, but then said “So what? She’s legal! And hey, look at his brilliant work!!”


The courts nearly granted him custody of this little girl.  Can you imagine the nightmare years she had ahead of her if he’d won?! I get nauseous thinking of it.

Because of this man’s career, this poor little girl and her mother grew up seeing this face everywhere. In magazines, newspapers, on billboards, Marquees.

When she spoke out publicly, when she was even supported by her brother, media threw up the fact that her mother was unfaithful to this “boyfriend”, stating her brother may’ve been fathered by another man.  Because that’s worse than stealing a child’s innocence and trust.

Now imagine you’re watching television. You’re watching the Golden Globes, smiling and watching your favorite Hollywood heroes, and suddenly, you spot him.  The man who’s made your life a hell since childhood and they’re CELEBRATING him. Praising him. The man who made you mistrust any other person, made you feel broken, damaged.  Are you outraged? Are you thinking this is only a story? Fiction?

No, it happened. It’s still happening.   Woody Allen has just been nominated for another Oscar. And Dylan Farrow’s pleas are being ignored once again, just as they have been 20 years ago.

Maybe if Dylan was honored for bravely coming forward…

If Mia Farrow were celebrated for risking her acting career to save her children, because really, she did…
Maybe if Woody were charged with proving he DIDN’T do it… Things might be different. And Dylan would have her closure.

Holy shit, did it ever get cold. Seriously. My vegetable oil in my pantry froze.  It was so cold I joked about seeing Imperial AT-AT walkers on the way home from work. But you know what’s great on a cold day? Hot cocoa! What’s great for a HORROR fan on a cold day?? BLOOD RED VELVET HOT COCOA!

It’s a recipe I came up with last year, and it is TASTY. And it has that bloody-red colour that will appeal to vampire fans!

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

10 drops to 1 vial of red food colouring
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Before mixing, add the food colouring to the cocoa powder. Mix until it is well blended and a rich red in colour. Mix with rest of ingredients in a pot on the stove, heat until almost boiling.  Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream. Serves 4.

I haven’t done this but you could probably spatter some food colouring on top of the marshmallows or whipped cream for a blood spatter effect.

401238_10151333791616718_1153588226_nThis is what it looks like in my Batman mug.  Pretty graphic huh? LOL! So now you have a cozy warm drink for cuddling up and watching “Dead Snow” during the next cold snap!

The Star Wars Holiday special was first and only officially aired November 17th, 1978 and it was my first glimpse at the actual Star Wars characters. I fell deeply in love with Mark Hamill, and my torch for him hasn’t lessened a bit.

Watching the story, and especially the cartoon introducing Boba Fett, it was wondrous to me…. And a shame it only gets circulation through bootlegs and pirated downloads.  I think it’s a valuable companion to the Star Wars franchise.

It was produced by a television network ( I want to say CBS, but I’m not sure) with only vague permission from 20th Century Fox, not George Lucas himself. He thinks it’s horrible and any journalist interviewing the great producer is wise not to bring it up in front of him.

Us hardcore fans think differently, as bad as it might be.  I don’t find it much different than the cheesy 1970’s holiday specials that enjoyed so much popularity back then. It wasn’t unheard of for weekend viewing to consist mostly of variety shows by popular entertainers pretending to take sleigh rides or trim artificial christmas trees while singing with their buddies.  So my seven-year-old self equated the Holiday special with that, only with my beloved Star Wars characters instead of Donny Osmond or Paul Lynde.


(screenshot off youtube)

My Dad even got into it…. He got us some popcorn as a special treat, sat us down in our jammies and let us stay up to watch the end (It was almost two hours, started at 7 pm, and our bedtime was set at 7:30) making it that much more special to me.  And the way the writers “created” a Wookie Holiday to make it applicable to almost any religion is still to this day very typical of the Star Wars-verse.


(from the animated feature, done entirely by Canadian animation company, Nelvana)


(First look at Boba Fett, most favoured yet underused character in nearly any fandom)


(Mark Hamill looking amazingly good after his facial reconstruction surgery following his ill-fated


It is no small coincidence that was the same year we got Star Wars toys for christmas, breaking through the gender-stereotyping so rampant in that day and age.  I can only hope that Mr Lucas can soften his heart to us old-school fans and perhaps give permission to release a DVD copy of a remastered Holiday special.  One can hope, right?

10 Things you didn’t know about the Star Wars Holiday Special

1. It debuted character Boba Fett

2. All original characters were played/voiced by the original actors, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

3. While the actual program hasn’t been officially released by the Star Wars franchise, the animated short is on the special features of the Star Wars Saga DVD set.

4. While not returning in any other canon works, Chewbacca’s family got some coverage in 1979’s “The Wookiee Storybook” and comic book series “Wookiee World” released in 1985.

5. Include’s the Jefferson Starship single, “Light the Sky on Fire”, with a scene of the band performing the song for one of the Imperial officers.

6. Bea Arthur has a cameo as a bartender, Ackmena in the Cantina. She sings a song “Goodnight but not Goodbye” and her character is explained in “A New Hope” as having been present in the Cantina with Luke and Obi Wan, but presumably in the back, negotiating pay. (Star Wars Complete locations, 2005)

7. No english is spoken during the first twenty minutes of the show, as it is set on Kashyyyyk, and the Wookiees are speaking their native language. This did not hinder the plot, but it sure didn’t help.

8. The holiday special is the first time James Earl Jones is credited as the voice of Darth Vader. In “A New Hope”, only David Prowse is credited as the character until “Empire Strikes Back”.

9. The famous Star Wars “Wilhelm Scream” can be heard near the end when Han Solo sends  a stormtrooper to his death when he finds him threatening Chewbacca at his tree house.

10. The Art Department for “Revenge of the Sith” used the shots from the Holiday special to build sets for Kashyyyk.

And if fans think Star wars was alone in this kind of character lambasting in  1978, may I kindly direct your attention to “Legend of the Superheroes“….

I’m hoping one day we’ll have a legitimate copy of the Star Wars holiday special to call our own, but in the meantime, at least we have youtube.