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All The Creatures Were Stirring (2018)

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Genre : Horror-Comedy
Country : United States
Director: Rebekah and David Ian McKendry

Cast:
Constance Wu
Graham Skipper
Jonathan Kite
Jocelin Donahue
Ashley Clements

Few film communities are as misunderstood as the horror community. Despite its popularity and box office success it continues to be viewed poorly. A shame because it is probably the most loyal of fandoms in film. All year long there are conventions and film festivals dedicated to the macabre. More than any other genre horror can really feel like a family. One big , blood soaked family. And this is no truer than with Rebekah and David Ian McKendry.

For more than a decade this husband and wife team have become two of the most prominent personalities in the horror community. Together they have an extensive bibliography putting in over a decade with the legendary Fangoria, writing for Blumhouse and hosting the Our Strange World podcast together. That isn’t to say the two aren’t impressive on their own merits. Rebekah is not only a podcast host for Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast but she is also a professor of cinema studies. Meanwhile David has not only directed music videos for GWAR and Municipal Waste but also contributed to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Anthology Volumes 1 and 2. Needless to say the two are perhaps the most qualified people to never helm a horror movie. After several short films the two direct their first feature film, the horror anthology All the Creatures Were Stirring.

It’s Christmas Eve and it’s unusually quiet in Southern California. With all of the typical date spots closed for the holiday Max and Jenna (Graham Skipper and Ashley Clements) go to the only place open, a tiny independent theater. What seems like just another bad date takes a turn and becomes a journey into the darker side of Christmas. With only a rude attendant and an odd audience with them the two are seated for a play entitled All the Creatures Were Stirring.

As hyperbolic as it may sound this wraparound is one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. Certainly, more original than some of it’s bigger budget brethren. Each story presented as a trio of actors with DIY effects acting out each story. Not only is it original but it uses a variety of sight gags that set the darkly comic and surrealist tone in each short. The first one of them being Stockings Were Hung.

 

Stockings Were Hung-
Office Christmas parties are awful but rarely are they as bad as the one in Stockings Were Hung. Stuck at the office for a party they don’t want to go to the festivities come to a screeching halt when a mysterious voice forces these co-workers. Part Saw and part Would You Rather, Stockings Were Hung does a great job building on the tension off the politics inherent with any office job. Between the realistic characters and some surprising kills, Stockings Were Hung will have you rethinking your job’s next team building effort.

 

Dash All Away-
There’s nothing worse than last minute shopping. Even worse, being one of the few stragglers left in the parking lot. When a father is stuck at the store he meets two young women that will change his life. The most terrifying of the shorts, Dash All Away is the perfect showcase for the McKendrys. The duo do a magnificent job taking something specifically Christmas without covering well-trodden territory. It’s refreshing when most Christmas-based horror revolves around Santa Claus. Featuring one of the most original creatures in recent memory Dash All Away make sure you never shop at the last minute again

 

All Through the House-
Few Christmas stories are as iconic as A Christmas Carol. The tale of Ebenzer Scrooge has been told by Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and even the Muppets. But what if it were set in LA? Of all the vignettes All Through the House is the most traditional. A twist on A Christmas Carol is hardly new. What makes it stand out is actor Jonathan Kite. Best known for the show 2 Broke Girls he is pitch perfect as a modern-day Scrooge. Vandalizing decorations and kicking out neighbors even his name is douchey, Chet. So it’s quite refreshing to see such an unlikable guy get his comeuppance. Thanks to a standout performance and a killer script All Through the House is a fresh take on a tale we’ve heard way too many times.

 

Arose Such A Clatter-
What would a good horror anthology be without a slasher? In a clever twist on Santa’s reindeer Rudolph is out for revenge after Blitzen is hit by a car. Taking inspiration from Italian giallos, Arose Such A Clatter is the most interesting short to look at. With enough deep blues and reds to make Dario Argento proud the McKendrys do a good job giving Arose Such A Clatter the dreamlike feel this kind of short needs. If there is a problem it’s that the movie’s microbudget is most evident here with Rudolph never really being seen outside of a first person pov. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is noticeable. Aside from that Arose Such A Clatter is a killer tribute to the Italian horror of old.

 

In A Twinkling-
We all know someone who isn’t into the holidays. That one person who would rather be alone than go with family or friends. But what if they had a good reason? That’s the question the McKendrys ask with In A Twinkling. Starring Constance Wu (Jessica on Fresh Off the Boat) In A Twinkling is almost a sequel to the MST3K classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians with the aliens abducting someone to celebrate Christmas with each year. Wu absolutely stands out as an understanding, if earnest, girlfriend stuck in this situation straight out of The Outer Limits. Her confusion and frustration being completely understandable. While not the scariest In A Twinkling sticks out as the funniest short largely in part to the always great Constance Wu and a humorous, subversive script.

 

All the Creatures Were Stirring is a worthy addition to the pantheon of holiday horror movies. It has the twisted humor of Krampus, the terror of Black Christmas and the macabre mayhem of Silent Night, Deadly Night. What it lacks in budget is made up for in an obvious passion for the genre. Each short taking a horror trope and doing something we have never seen before. With something for all shades of horror fan All the Creatures Were Stirring is sure to become required viewing come Christmas time.

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Charlie Michael Baker: Journey of Autism, Social Media and Working with Kylie Jenner (EXCLUSIVE)

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Charlie Michael Baker and Kylie Jenner

At just 17, Charlie Michael Baker is giving his all to change the world. Baker is a renowned author, entrepreneur, actor, and journalist and he is on a mission to help millions of people suffering from autism. Charlie Michael Baker previously told Costal House Media he raised over £400,000 to help people with autism. He faced many challenges since childhood but his determination and perseverance were the key to his success.

Baker is a Social Media sensation with over 1.2M followers on Instagram. Charlie Michael Baker is one of the many influencers being bullied on social media every day. He receives 300-500 rape and death threats daily!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

We had the honor to connect with Charlie Michael Baker. You can read our conversation below.

Nikita Pahwa: Congratulations on launching your new book! What can you tell us about it?

Charlie Michael Baker: So my new book is about social media, specifically, the dangers of social media. All young kids now want to grow up and be ‘famous’ but don’t know the bad side of it all. I was one of those kids, I’d always wanted to be famous, it’s something I’d always dreamed of!

NP: How do you deal with death and rape threats?

CMB: The short answer is, I don’t, really. I stopped reading my DMs a few months back because of it all. I don’t deal with negativity and there’s too many trolls to block each and every one, so they all just get ignored.

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I (Photo: @kaybeephotography2 on Instagram)

NP: What advice would you give to people in similar situations?

CMB: I’d say don’t listen to them, do what I do and just don’t read them. It’s better that way. What you don’t see can’t hurt you!

NP: If you could say one thing to people sending you threats, what would it be?

CMB: Without ruining my career *lol* I’d say just to be a bit kinder. If there’s something going on in your life that you’re not very happy with, ask someone for help. Speak to someone you trust rather than swaying to a life of being a keyboard warrior. It’s not nice!

NP: Is your new book related to Charlie Baker: Autism and Me?

CMB: It is! It will be written in the same – ish way BUT Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I will be exclusively E – book sold on my website charliembaker.net.

NP: Are you currently working on a new venture with Kylie Jenner?

CMB: I am! We’re working with the same brand – glow beverages. We’re working alongside an NBA star too whose name I cannot remember for the life of me – oops lol.

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

NP: Are you planning to collaborate with more celebrities in the future?

CMB: I love working with celebrities. Mostly just to see what they’re like to be honest. Kylie is so nice though honestly I keep messaging her life updates!

NP: Last question, is it true that you’re working on the Charlie Baker: Autism and Me movie? Are we going to see it on the big screen?

CMB: Yes, it is! I’m filming something very very special this year with Creation Media 22 which should appear on Netflix and Prime Video which is so exciting! It will be my first time in front of an actual TV camera so it’s a bit different to daily vlogs!

You can get your Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I E-copy on March, 1 for £0.01 (yes, a penny!). Get your Charlie Baker: Autism and Me copy on Amazon.

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Michael Baker, A 16-Year-Old CEO Changing the World of Autism and Anxiety

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Today, at the adolescent age of sixteen, Charlie Michael Baker is already set on his journey to help millions of people worldwide suffering from autism. Baker is more than just an influencer, CEO, and an accomplished author. After being diagnosed with autism Charlie has always tried to transform society and aware people of the difficulties one faces. From being bullied in school to collaborating with Kylie Jenner, Baker is the true definition of a champion as he continues to conquer everything against all odds!

We had the opportunity to connect with Charlie Michael Baker to understand his journey better. Read our conversation below.

At the mere age of 16 you’re helping kids and parents understand autism with your book Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, how do you think it’s creating an impact and helping people going through something similar as you did?

Charlie:
At just 16, it feels like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so rewarding! My book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, has helped so many people which is such a rewarding thing to me. The whole reason I wrote my book was to help people and I even helped myself more than anything. Speaking up about what happened to me in school was such a relief for me because I felt like I had nobody to talk to when I was going through it.

Raising £350,000 for autism charities is praiseworthy, how do you plan to proceed further to help more autistic people worldwide?

Charlie:
So far, we’ve raised just over £400,000 ($485,000+, €458,000+). This is an unimaginable amount of money and has helped lots of people worldwide! I plan to continue to donate every cent of the proceeds to my book to charities helping people with autism forever!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How can other people help in your contribution?

Charlie: Purchasing my book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me contributes to many charities globally helping autistic people who are not able to work due to their disability. Purchasing my book is a massive help to everyone currently struggling!

You suffered a lot, and even got suicidal at one point, how do you think the youth can protect themselves from situations like you faced?

Charlie: I was in a really dark place at that time… suicide crossed my mind a few times and it was so bad that I even had to lock myself into school toilets to get away from my bullies. My book was my only escape. I found myself in my writing and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing ever! If anyone is going through any sort of unkindness, tell someone that can help! Tell an adult, a friend, a family member. They can help so don’t be afraid to ask for it!

You once mentioned that you were physically assaulted and your teacher “did nothing about it”. Do you think your life would have been different if some action was taken?

Charlie: I was physically assaulted by another student at a school I was at and we were even right beside a teacher…. Not just any teacher, though, the head of safeguarding. The lead of the safeguarding team ignored what had just happened even though it was caught on camera. Many teachers have even bought my book and they were just as disgusted at this behaviour and have been very vocal about it! My book does circulate some school libraries in England which is such a rewarding feeling. Teachers and schooling staff know of my existence and I know some action is being taken off the back of people like me speaking out.

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How do you feel about your bullies now?

Charlie: My bullies still message me to this day. Whether it’s asking me for money, or asking me to shout them out on Instagram… they are still around!

You once mentioned about having a job and working 9 to 5, what do you aim for your future?

Charlie: I work a 9-5 currently at a beauty company in Manchester, England and I love it there! I’ve always loved working and not just ‘sitting around and making money off of Instagram’ as some people may think that’s what we do, so I work full time! All money that I make through Instagram goes into a trust and is helping me build my future. I’m so thankful to every one of my followers, fans and even my not – so – friendly followers. Just remember, it’s nice to be nice!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

Baker has been vocal about anxiety, ADHD, autism, and mental health problems. He continues to donate and help people in all ways he can. You can support his cause by getting a copy of his book Charlie Baker: Autism and Me.

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On Sale Today: The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai

The perfect tie-in for the fifth season of ‘Cobra Kai’ is here.

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This feature was made possible by an advance copy from Harper Collins and Dey Street Books.


As the holiday season approaches and fans of the wildly-popular Cobra Kai have likely binged the show’s fifth season, a new addition has arrived that is a must-have for any true sensei. That would be The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai; a new book chronicling the history and making of the Netflix series.

Serving as the official companion to the series, The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is filled with vibrant page-turning designs with complete character breakdowns, interviews (including an insightful chat with stunt coordinator Don Lee) and beautiful pictures from the show and behind-the-scenes.

For a complete synopsis of what to expect from the book, see the official one courtesy of Harper Collins below:


The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is a celebration of the superfans — an essential companion to the show acting as a master sensei ready to guide readers through the karate-crazed San Fernando Valley. The legacy of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai continues with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations as well as interviews with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña(Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and MUCH MORE!
The show’s creators will give an unprecedented look inside the making of Cobra Kai: the writing, directing, and production of this beloved franchise that has grown from scrappy underdog to a global phenomenon. You will hear directly from the show’s crew, including our stunt team who will give you an exclusive behind the scenes look into fight choreography, journey through the Valley from the magical retreat of the Miyagi-do dojo to the humble strip mall that houses the Cobra Kai dojo with our set designers, and hear from our composers how the badass soundtrack for the show was conceived. And much more!


What better time than while you wait for the sixth season of the show to read through this incredible guide to all things Cobra Kai? Plus, what would your sensei likely suggest you do? Strike first and get your copy of The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai today.

Check out their official website for more information, including where to buy the book.

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