Lizzie Borden’s Other Home For Sale

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Lizzie Borden’s “Maplecroft” For Sale

Lizzie Borden’s Post-Acquittal home is for sale. “Maplecroft” was placed on the market for $849,900 in September. Failing to entice a buyer, the home has been reduced to $799,000. Although not as salacious as the “Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast,” Maplecroft holds insight into Lizzie’s life after she was acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother.

Built for Charles Allen in 1889, Maplecroft is a classic Queen Anne Victorian single-family home. Boasting 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the 3-story home has been partially renovated. Borden and her sister purchased the home in 1894. After her death on June 1, 1927, Borden was laid out in the parlor. The home has changed hands several, though not alarmingly numerous, times.

The current owner is in fact a company, Twilight Enterprises. One of the primary owners, Kristee Bates, initially envisioned turning the home into a bed and breakfast. That did not happen. Three years since acquisition, the company seeks to unload the nearly 4,000 square feet home.

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Located at 306 French Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, the home is offered with all the furnishings.

The home has generated several stories; however, the house isn’t noted as having any paranormal activity. It appears to be a typical home in a quiet neighborhood. Indeed, it may be ideal for someone who is fascinated with Lizzie Borden but doesn’t want the paranormal baggage her tragic life carries.

Teen Heartthrob David Cassidy Dies

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Teen Heartthrob David Cassidy Dies

Sixty-seven year old David Cassidy died today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cassidy had been hospitalized for nearly a week. The cause of death was organ failure. Cassidy shot to fame in The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970-1974. He became a teenage heartthrob and enjoyed a long, successful career as a musician and actor.

In David’s memory, please enjoy this clip of him singing “I Think I Love You,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIDDEIWhuRU.

Sean Astin’s Role in Stranger Things Grew

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Sean Astin’s Role in Stranger Things Grew

Audiences like cameos. Season 2 of Stranger Things delivered with Sean Astin. Best known for his leading roles in The Goonies (1985) and the Lord of the Ring trilogy, Astin stars as “Bob Newby,” Radio Shack manager and boyfriend to Winona Rider’s character “Joyce Byers.” Originally, Sean’s role was very, very small. However, according to the Duffer Brothers (creators of the hit series), it grew to last the entire season. “Superhero Bob” illustrates how no role is too small.

Season 2 of Stranger Things continues to stream on Netflix.

 

#10: Stranger Things, Season 2 (2017)

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#10: Stranger Things, Season 2

Nearly 16 million people tuned into Season 2 of Stranger Things. Further, Nielsen’s Ratings Service estimates that 361,000 Netflix subscribers binged the entire season on the first day of its release, October 27th. Season 2 delivers new horrors and is everything fans expect.

The 9-episode second season captures the essence of 1984, from the video arcade to trick-or-treating. However, a new evil lurks within the small community of Hawkins, Indiana.

No worries—no spoilers here. Just the announcement that the Duffer Brothers, creators of the immensely popular series, have confirmed that Season 3 will be released at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. Seems too long to wait!

#9: The Arrival (2016)

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#9: The Arrival (2016)

The Arrival blew me away. Although this film is strictly science fiction and not a horror film, it made it onto my viewing list because I wanted to watch something with more substance. Many science fiction movies transcend into the horror genre. So I took a chance this one might. It didn’t. The Arrival is a science fiction/drama but worth watching!

#8: Black Butterfly (2017)

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#8: Black Butterfly (2017)

Not another Misery in the woods film, Black Butterfly is a fantastic rainy day film that’s long on thrills and less on blood and gore.

A successful, though aging, Spanish writer (Antonio Banderas) is convinced to move to the US to ramp up his career. He finds himself living in the backwoods of a town with an abundance of mysterious disappearances. Searching for inspiration, Paul invites a hitchhiker, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, to stay awhile.

Based on the French film Papillon Noir (2008), Black Butterfly was filmed entirely in Italy. This thriller runs an hour and 33 minutes and is rated R for violent content. Black Butterfly is surprisingly good.

#6: Residue (2017)

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#6: Residue (2017)

The pickings are slim with my informal “rules” for selecting the 10 new horror movies I’m watching this month. First and foremost, the movies have to be available through my Roku on the three services I subscribe to: Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. I usually view movies multiple times in order to review. Usually. If I don’t like the movie, I either stop watching (i.e., Hell House LLC) or don’t re-watch (i.e., Oculus). I also want to watch the film as the director intended; therefore, I don’t review movies playing on cable. I may watch a movie on cable and then re-watch it on a streaming service to write the review. Thus far I have been able to avoid renting movies, but that changes with #10. Needless to say, my goal was to experience predominantly low-budget horror movies that suffered from small PR budgets. My hope was to share some of the gems I uncovered.

Tonight’s offering introduced me to the horror-noir sub-genre. The horror-noir film is atmospheric and includes a private investigator. Residue (2017) fits the bill.

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Luke Hardy (played by James Clayton) is a down-on-his-luck P.I. who takes possession of an evil book from a distant land. The enchanted book places him and his daughter, who conveniently needs a place to crash, in danger. Writer/director Rusty Nixon adds enough technological nuances to alert the reader that this is a futuristic film, as well.

Devoid of bloated budgets and overused CGI effects, the film relies on dialogue and acting—you know, elements of the craft. Nixon does well.

The film had a Sin City feel with the editing and intrigue. Make no mistake. This film is not based on a comic series; it merely feels like it does.

Nixon paced the movie well. The actors, especially the supporting ones, excelled. It’s more of a time-travel story with aspects of horror instead of a true slasher pic. Still, it’s worth viewing. It will round out the horror offerings.

The movie runs 82 minutes long and is not rated since it was distributed as a VOD (video on demand).

#5: Saw (2004)

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#5: Saw (2004)

I have a confession. I’ve never seen the Saw franchise movies. Not one. I’m a huge fan of James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Enjoyed all of the Insidious films. Yet, Saw (2004) came at a time when I wasn’t watching many horror movies. All has changed. Saw wasn’t anything I presumed and everything I crave in a horror movie.

Lots of people have benefitted from attending film school. However, James Wan and Leigh Whannell are the exception. They met and formed a friendship that has transformed the horror movie industry. And it began with a short film titled Saw.

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Whannell penned a riveting full-length feature horror film based off of the short. Two men (Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell) awaken in an abandoned building. These seemingly strangers backfill their stories to show how intertwined their lives truly are. But the audience is focused on the handsaws. As with Whannell’s characters in Insidious, the characters are fully visualized and haunting. The ending sets up the sequel—one I look forward to viewing.

Saw is a certified blockbuster. Filmed on a shoestring budget of $1.2 million, it earned over $103 million worldwide. If the storyline didn’t warrant a sequel, the ticket sales certainly did. Six films later and audiences still watch as the body counts increase.

Saw is rated R for grisly violence and language and runs one hour and 43 minutes.