October 4th: Celebrating Horror Independence!

Posted: September 15, 2014 in News
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We really love Halloween. In fact, it feels like for all of October we’re just preparing for Halloween—planning parties, designing costumes; every day before the 31st is just build-up to Halloween. So it seems a shame that we only celebrate on the 31st when the whole month is so powerfully marked by the spirit of the macabre. That’s why, in the spirit of prolonging the spooky festivities, we here at splatterjunkie.com are introducing a series of new October Holidays.

First on the list is “October 4th”, celebrating Horror Independence! Yes, it’s a holiday held in honor of those intrepid indie horror filmmakers out there who are doing it all on their own, free from the tyranny of Big Studios. So be sure to observe this special day by participating in some October 4th traditions! First of all, since we’re celebrating independent horror filmmakers, watch some independent horror movies! Go out of your way to find something obscure and new. Secondly, if you know any indie horror filmmakers, give them a buck. Or go to their websites and give them a buck–it doesn’t have to be much, just enough to show you care. Thirdly, indulge in the traditional October 4th savory dish (that I just made up): the Shamble Pie.

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Shamble Pie Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Box of Filo (Phyllo) Dough
  • Pack of Baby Spinach
  • 2 Red Onions, sliced into thin rings
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Thin-Sliced Lean Roast Beef
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Salt

Lightly oil a casserole dish and lay down a sheet of Filo Dough. Next, put down a layer of grated Gruyere Cheese. Layer some  Baby Spinach over the cheese, lightly drizzling the spinach with Olive Oil. Then put down a layer of Roast Beef, folding it up in ripples rather than laying it flat. Sprinkle the Roast Beef with some Rosemary. Next, put down a layer of Red Onions. Top that with another layer of grated Gruyere Cheese and then put another sheet of Filo on top of that. Repeat this process twice more, adding salt to each layer according to taste. Heat up the oven to 200 degrees and let bake for 18-20 minutes.

Finally, as a last step, disregard the previous instructions and make your own damn Shamble Pie! We’re celebrating indie filmmaking here; it is not a straightforward process, you make your own rules as you go along. So throw whatever you want in there—make it weird. If you’re following a recipe, you’re doing it wrong.

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And finally, don’t miss out on the best October 4th tradition of all: Splatterworks! Splatterworks are basically fireworks, but with a bloody twist: they’re fireworks wrapped in blood packets! To make a simple splatterwork, just fill a condom with fake blood and wrap it around a Black Cat (make sure the fuse sticks out enough so that the flame won’t touch the condom or it could prematurely burst). That’s just one idea; be as creative as you like (while being safe and obeying your local laws).

So there you have it my fellow horror addicts, a brand-new October holiday complete with traditions and all. Will you let October 4th pass unnoticed or are you ready to let the fake blood fly?

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