1st Annual Spookathon

Hi, I’m back from my unannounced hiatus. Let’s just avoid the excuses and justifications as to why I wasn’t posting ( I was lazy) and get on with it.

October is here! I’m a Florida girl so and authentic Fall isn’t something I am completely familiar with but I can appreciate knowing that somewhere its less hot, less humid and bursting with Fall colors. October means Halloween which means haunted houses, trick ‘r treating, pumpkins, crisp air, and HORROR FILMS! How exciting.


I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. I’ve been dressing up since before I could walk and probably will until I can’t walk anymore. I’ve hosted Halloween parties, movie-marathons, and spent way too much money on decorations. I’m a high-hopes, high expectations type of person and every year I have lots of ideas for specific Halloween projects. For the most part, I achieve them – even if it means I stay up all night painting my DIY decorations for my apartment. But there’s always one aspect I wish I spent more time on. Since I won’t be hosting a Halloween party this year (very sad) I’ll have tons of time to allot to other Halloween activities.

Specifically, MOVIES.

I’ve put together an October Watchlist on my Letterboxd account. I cover films from Nosferatu to Hocus Pocus. It’s definitely not an end-all be-all when it comes to Halloween/Horror films. I skipped over lots of gems like The Exorcist and It Follows because I wanted to include a realistic amount of films that I have not seen at all or in awhile.

I also broke it down into groups to make it easy when deciding what to watch. I don’t have specific dates chosen for when to watch any of the films, except my Halloween Night Marathon grouping which includes: Trick ‘R Treat, Halloween, Halloween III, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Early Horror: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein

Vampires: Let the Right One In, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Zombii vs. Zombies: White Zombie, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later

Hitchcock: Rebecca, Psycho

Haunted Houses: The House on Haunted Hill, Amityville Horror, The Haunting, The Changeling, Hell Night, Poltergeist, The Others

Icons: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Scream

Children’s Movies: Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, Corpse Bride, Monster House

Children Misbehaving: The Bad Seed, The Omen

Occult: The Craft, The Witch

Halloween Night Movie Marathon: Trick ‘R Treat, Halloween, Halloween III, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Extras: Suspiria, Salem’s Lot, The Evil Dead, Creepshow, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hallow, The Orphanage

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My week in film: “Saturday Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gee’s” – April 21

This week I watched CBS’s salute to the music of the Bee Gee’s. After watching so many popular artists recreate the magic associated with these iconic songs, I had to rewatch the classic “Saturday Night Fever.” Later in the week, I also rented the disaster of a movie, “Shut In” and enjoyed the ’90s vibes from “Practical Magic.”

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Reel Florida: “The Infiltrator” and “Edward Scissorhands”

There have been many films based on the Florida landscape, but not as nearly as many were actually filmed on location in the Sunshine State. “The Infiltrator” was thought to have broken that trend with its eight day shooting schedule across over 20 Tampa Bay locations.
However,Ben Afleck’s recent film, “Live by Night” proves Florida’s film incentives are a needed asset when it comes to location scouting. “Live by Night” is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The story follows an Ybor City bootlegger who becomes a notorious gangster, but instead of filming in the authentic streets of Ybor, Afleck and his cast and crew relocated to build and shoot on a Georgia soundstage. 

This video stands in as an introduction to a project I am working on. I hope to capture the sights and sounds of “Reel” Florida and uncover the true loss the state faces when eliminating tax incentives for feature films.

Have there been movies filmed in your area? Let me know below, scouting out filming locations is a fun hobby of mine and I would love to hear of more spots to check out.

My week in film: “Nocturnal Animals” and “Annabelle: Creation” – April 7


After my content-filled post last week, I took it down a notch with my viewing habits. I was not able to make it out to the theater this week, but I did spend some time on the couch watching “Nocturnal Animals.” Keeping with the trailer theme from last week as well, I share my current thoughts on the new and terrifying “Annabelle: Creation” trailer.

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3 “Reel” Atlanta locations from “The Walking Dead”

Visiting the filming locations of my favorite feature films and television shows is always number one on my travel list. I enjoy scouting out the original locations because it heightens the magic of the movies and also reminds me of the process.

Here are 3 locations around the Atlanta area for all of my fellow movie-lovers to geek out about.

1. Rick Grimes’ House -“The Walking Dead” Season 1, Episode 1


Courtesy: AMC

Because this is a private residence, I won’t share the address. It is very searchable online, but I’ve chosen to not include the address in my post.


Rick’s house, from the Pilot episode of The “Walking Dead.” Credit: Ashley Steinbach


Fans are often walking around in front of the house in hopes of capturing a photo. The house is across the street from a public park, so the neighborhood is bustling with locals. After taking my photo in front of the house, two other fans took a snapshot of the house. Credit: Ashley Steinbach


2.  The CDC – “The Walking Dead” – Season 1, Episode 5 & 6


The Center for Disease Control, abbreviated as CDC, is a building within Atlanta, Georgia that the survivors attempt to reach in Episode 5 of Season 1, “Wildfire“, in a desperate attempt to obtain assistance and aid from the government. – The Walking Dead Wiki

Real life location:
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Cumberland, Georgia United States

The CDC is actually a performing arts center in the Atlanta area. Because this is a public location, finding it is actually quite simple.


Free of walkers and casualties, the “CDC” stands in all its glory as the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Credit: Ashley Steinbach


3.  The Quarry – The Walking Dead, Season 1, Episode


Courtesy: WalkingDeadLocations.com


Courtesy: AMC






Real Life Location: Westside Reservoir Park Johnson Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318

This park is not open to the public yet, it is still under construction and will hopefully be open soon. I was really looking forward to visiting this location, but it was just bad timing. When the park is complete and safe, I will definitely be returning.

Fun Facts: The Quarry featured in “The Walking Dead” was actually featured in Netflix’s, “Stranger Things,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” and “The Fundamentals of Caring.”

Thanks for reading my short list of filming locations. “The Walking Dead” has countless more locations to scout out and visit, but this list serves as a beginners plan to the first season of the AMC show.

Have you been keeping up with “The Walking Dead?” What location from the series would you love to see for yourself?




My week in film: “Ghost in the Shell” March 31

This week I rewatched the anime “Ghost in the Shell” before seeing the new, live-action and highly controversial version in theaters. Later in the post, I share my thoughts and excitement for the newly released teaser trailer for “It.” Plus, I finally got the chance to rent “The Edge of Seventeen.” 

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