Valentines day is slowly creeping around the corner and whilst I don’t usually bother with the commercial holiday, I couldn’t help but find some cute geeky card ideas that put a smile on my face. So I hope one of these puts a smile on yours whether you have a Valentine this year or not!
With Halloween only a few weeks away, I thought it would be nice to pay homage to the fun activity that is Pumpkin Carving. Everyone has to have carved a badly executed scary face into a vegetable (or is it a fruit?) at least once in their life. Whether it be something that keeps the kids entertained for a little while or turns into a competitive competition between friends, here are a few ideas to get you started. So grab some pumpkins, a few tea lights, the odd sharp instrument and prepare to get creative and messy…
Yesterday my friend sent me a txt with a link to a Russian advertising company who had come up with an idea for horror themed ice lollies. Now, the kid in me absolutely loves the idea! Who wouldn’t want to walk down the street sucking on Freddy Krueger in sizzling hot weather?! Whilst the flavours don’t sound exactly brilliant (apparently they’re still in development stages so who knows where it’ll go…), the product idea got me thinking about some of the film themed candy I’d occasionally eaten as a child. So here is another very picture heavy post on the type of sweet treats Lydia would stock in her very own candy shop. I’m sure there’s something for everyone! And hey, maybe you’ve tried one or two of them before in the past…
Freddy Krueger bubble gum
Minnie Mouse candy apples
Marvel Superhero candy sticks. I used to love candy sticks as a kid, the one type of sweet that seems to be endorsed by all cartoons, comics, films and television shows!
Now these are sweets I woud have killed to have had as a child. Jurassic Park has been one of my favourite films since I was four and I don’t remember anything like this being out in the shops, I’m guessing they were American? Either way, the four year old me is extremely jealous of anyone who had them!
This is kind of cute, some rip-off Freddy Krueger inspired bubble gum in the shape of a VHS tape!
I also find these absolutely adorable, too cute to eat!
I do actually own some of these, still wax-sealed and unopened from 1980 with the gum stick still intact. Would never open them now but they’re sweet little items to add to a collection.
ON THE SURFACE – Alice Johnson is terrorised again by serial killer Freddy Krueger who also tries to get to her unborn baby.
SCRAPING THE BARREL – Alice Johnson is suffering from a serious case of pregnancy anxiety. It’s rather fitting that as the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise began with Part One exploring female anxieties surrounding losing their virginity, that the films would eventually wind up exploring pregnancy, and the responsibility falls on our virginal heroine Alice from Part Four. A virgin no more, Alice finds herself knocked up by first boyfriend Dan and boy is she struggling to deal with it. Firstly, the girl can’t stop worrying about the delivery. Is is going to hurt (Amanda Krueger in some serious labour pain)? Is it going to be difficult (Freddy being a breech presentation)? Will it be traumatic (Amanda giving birth to a hideous looking creature of a child)? Chances are it’ll be at least one of them, and my bets are placed on it hurting a teeny bit… Secondly, she can’t stop thinking about losing the baby (literally searching for baby Freddy in Church) whether it be to a complication (the ultrasound horror) or to social services (Dan’s parents don’t think she can cope and she lives with her Dad, a former alcoholic). Then, the poor girl has to deal with the worries of being a single parent after Dan dies! And to top it off has two best friends who are not supportive, Yvonne thinking she’s made the wrong decision in keeping the baby (her repeated lack of belief in Alice’s story about Freddy) and Greta who can only think about the amount of food she must be eating and weight she’s gained in pregnancy (Greta bursting with food). Like every other soon-to-be parent, Alice just wants to make sure her baby is healthy and loved. Unlike Amanda Krueger. Who knows how Freddy may have turned out if she just hugged him every now and then…
Occasionally, I like to spend hours online searching out cool stuff that makes my heart swell up with happiness. A few months back, it was looking at some of the most amazing, geeky cakes I had ever seen. This month, it’s been some pretty damn cool nail art. Now, once in a while I like to make my nails look pretty but some of these are really taking it to the next level. So sit back and let these pictures inspire you to do something pretty with your fingertips tonight. Credit has been given where I’ve found it but if you see one of your designs on here and it’s not credited to yourself, drop me an email and I’ll include it!
Nightmare On Elm Street/Freddy Krueger by Sonoma Nail Art (she is particularly talented, her website is a must visit, she’s done a tonne of cool ideas!)
Street Fighter nails
comic-strip inspired Batman
black and white Universal Monsters
horror movie icons
Sailor Scout nails by fromchaoscomesbeauty
Twin Peaks nails by Nevor Purify
My Neighbour Totoro
Wonder Woman nails by Diava’s Lacquer Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and The Beast
Indiana Jones nails
Scott Pilgrim by The Nailasaurus
Star Wars nails
(500) Days of Summer by The Nailasaurus
Creature From The Black Lagoon by Sonoma Nail Art
Kill Bill by Nailitist
Marvel Heroes by Omnails
Dazed and Confused (a personal favourite of mine, if anyone would like to paint this on my nails for my birthday I can promise you I’ll love you forever)
ON THE SURFACE – The last of the Elm Street children, recently released from Westin Hills Asylum, and their new friends are terrorised again by killer Freddy Krueger.
SCRAPING THE BARREL – The last of the Elm Street children, recently released from their torment of puberty, and their new friends are terrorised by the stigma that comes with sexual innocence versus sexual experience. We’ve all been there and have no doubt gossiped about it ourselves in high school (or even now, some things never really do change). Reputations can be dangerous, especially when you’re known for being an absolute slut or a total fridge magnet, and The Dream Master is no different. And so poor Kristen, Joey and Kincaid learn that their vast sexual experience at such a young age (their association and past with Freddy Krueger) is nothing but social suicide amongst their peers (quite literally, they all die). It doesn’t matter whether you’re the nicest person in the world, if you’re top slut (Kristen), sleep around (Joey) or generally brag about your conquests (Kincaid), that’s all people are going to remember you for. Once a village bicycle, always a village bicycle. Similarly, and in a cruel twist of horrible youth culture fate, if you’re a sexual innocent, people are just as likely to be bloody mean. Example, the very sweet book-worm Sheila who gets sucked to death in an ironic first kiss (with a man of experience lets remember…). And then there’s guilty by association. You might love them, they might love you, you may very well have been together for a while, but if your partner is known for being whore then you’re going to be known as the one dating the whore. Unfortunately Rick, Kristen’s boyfriend, becomes tarnished by his girlfriends rep and never quite recovers from it (he dies too!). The lesson to be learnt is in finding the happy medium, the one of the experienced ‘virgin’, knowledgeable but minus the sluttiness, which secondary lead Alice manages to embody. Nobody tends to bat an eyelid at you when you’re just a boring so and so, but once you have your sexual awakening and find your inner kink (the taking down of all those photographs that cover her mirror and discovering the phallicesque nunchaku) people begin to take a little interest (hello there Dan!). Teenagers listen! It’s okay to be naughty, just don’t let your reputation precede you!
ON THE SURFACE – The last of the Elm Street children, under the control of oppressive medical staff, are terrorized by serial killer Freddy Krueger.
SCRAPING THE BARREL – The last of the Elm Street children, under the control of oppressive and prudish medical staff, are terrorized by their burgeoning sexualities and fetishes. So… Am I going to read sexual analogies and themes into the whole A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise? Yes. Why? Because it’s easy, obvious and not just dripping with blood. The first film dealt with the anxieties surrounding losing your virginity and the second film showed a young guy coming to terms with his sexual orientation so it’s logical that the third film shows sexually awakened (being exposed to and hunted down by Krueger) teenagers finding out what makes them tick. Cue young, naive Jennifer finding out a little too early in her life that you really can over-use a vibrator during a sex session (death by electrocution via a television) and not all cyber sex experiences are good ones (changing the television channels until she finds the one she wants, that fateful channel…). Shes not the only one. Phillip likes to be told what to do (Freddy’s vein-strung puppet), Joey likes dressing up (Nurse? Check.) and Will likes role play (I’m sure that someone out there would like him to be their ‘Wizard Master’…). But those poor kids, standing in their way are a bunch of oppressive adults who refuse to believe that their innocent children could be sexually active and interested (the Doctor’s disbelief that Krueger really exists and the desire to put them on medication to change their behaviour). They’re even kept locked away in different rooms so they can’t corrupt each other! Enter Nancy Thompson. She’s been there, she knows it all. She was scared by her awakening sexuality (see A Nightmare on Elm Street) but she got over it, she embraced it, she survived. Quite literally. Sometimes it takes that young adult to bridge the gap between the youth and the older adults, and make them both realise that every boat floats differently depending on the tide. Hell, once Dr Gordon begins his teacher/student fantasy with Nancy he calms down and takes the side of the Elm Street children! So whether it’s feet, leather, food, role play, breasts, bondage, costumes, pain, embrace it. Elm Street did.