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GeneralHappy Halloween from LuLu*s!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, LuLu*s loves! ! If you’re still craving some Halloween inspo why not take a peek at our cute cat mani or simple costumes ideas, or perhaps you’re in the mood for some glitter pumpkin decorating and a delicious cocktail? Whatever you fancy, we hope that your evening is filled with a couple tricks, a lot of treats and some spook-tacular company!

GeneralScared Through the Decades! – LuLu*s Must See Halloween Movies

Whether you are a fan or not, horror movies are as much a part of Halloween as fun size KitKat’s and plastic jack-o’-lanterns. Moviegoers have long loved a good scare, even during the age of the silent film (ummm … Nosferatu anyone??). From psychological thrillers to your classic slasher flicks, there is a genre out there for everyone.

Are you getting geared up for Halloween and need a bit of inspo, or do you just want get in the spirit of the season? We have a list of must-see Halloween movies that span the decades, with a little something for anyone, regardless of your taste! Nothing compares to grabbing some popcorn and your favorite snacks and cozy-ing up to watch a good thriller. So, before the weekend is over, make sure to tune into one of these classic horror movie hits!

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1960s: Rosemary’s Baby

In this 1968 classic, Mia Farrow plays a young wife who has just moved into a new apartment with some particularly nosy neighbors. She becomes pregnant, the neighbors care way too much, and let’s just say, THINGS GET WEIRD. This is a total classic, not to be missed. Plus Mia Farrow has inspired women for decades with her iconic pixie cut and the for-real cutest ’60s mod baby doll dresses! Two for one – thrill and frill!

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1970s: Dawn of the Dead

The year was 1978, and one of the best, most gory zombie movies ever, hit the box office. Dawn of the Dead takes place during the zombie apocalypse, and primarily in a shopping mall, making this a culturally relevant hit. Director George A. Romero is widely considered to be the zombie king, with his satirical horror edge being a fan favorite. This is a must-see if you are into zombies!

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1980s: The Shining

The Shining is basically one of the most frightening movies ever. A young man, Jack Torrence (played by Nicholson, above)  takes a position as the caretaker of a very old and very large hotel, The Overlook. Moving his wife Wendy and their young son Danny into the hotel proves fatal as twisted events unfold. Danny has psychic abilities and let’s just say some things have happened over the years at the old Overlook Hotel. Wendy and Danny bear witness to Jack’s psychological demise as they fight for their lives in this twisted thriller. One of the finest performances of Nicholson’s career, this movie will scare you to bits.

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1990s: The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster team up for one of the weirdest and most troubling crime fighting duos ever, in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs. Foster plays a young FBI agent who needs help from convicted killer, Hannibal Lecter, to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill, who is murdering women and skinning them alive. Enough said? Let us know if you have a hankering for fava beans after watching this! LOL

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2000s: The Ring

In 2002 a movie came out that really stuck with some of us here at LuLu*s. What’s the plot of this movie? WELL … it’s called The Ring. And there’s this VHS tape, right? Apparently if you watch it, it kills you within 7 days. WHAT?! Crazy, right? Trust us it doesn’t end there. Naomi Watts plays a journalist who investigates this alleged rumor and gets WAY caught up in the story. This is a for sure edge-of-your-seat thriller that will never let you look at a well the same again.

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2010s: The Cabin in the Woods

You know what sounds really fun? Planning a camping trip with ALL of your friends. And then choosing a cabin in the most remote of woods. And then crawling into the basement to find the dustiest, eeriest, most demon-possessed items on Earth. And then unleashing said demons unto the world and watching all hell break loose! NOT. It may seem like we spoiler-ed the crap out of you, but trust us, there are enough bone-chilling, gory happenings in this movie to last a lifetime. There’s also a unicorn. No, we’re NOT joking.

CelebrityLuLu*s Ode to Scream Queens

Halloween is quickly approaching, loves, and in honor of such a spooooky holiday, we are bringing you our definitive ranking of Scream Queens! What makes a “scream queen,” you might ask? Well, a queen of true screams is one kick-butt, no-fear girl who won’t go down without a fight. And she typically lasts through the sequel (or several), consistently proving why she rules the horror movie genre! So, without further ado, the babes that make blood look fierce!

Janet Leigh as Marion Crane
in
 Psycho

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The start of it all – when leading ladies in horror films were really put on the map – was with Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s spine-tingling Psycho. She may not have outlasted Norman Bates, but she did shock us all with the final scream!

Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
in A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Poor little Nancy Thompson just can’t get away from Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s big-screen nightmare, but she ultimately finds herself face-to-face with the killer, and brings us the term of “final girl” as she survives!

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Helen Shivers
in I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Not only does Sarah Michelle make our list for her role as the gorgeously gruesome Helen, but we also have to acknowledge her roles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her lead as Karen in The Grudge. This girl has major pipes in the horror genre!

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
in I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Good girl Julie James (a personal favorite) finds herself at odds with a man she and her friends “killed” one summer, only to discover that he isn’t dead at all, but seeking his vengeance. How she survives isn’t pretty, but hey, at least Freddie Prinze Jr. was by her side!

Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker
in Scream

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Okay okay, so Drew Barrymore didn’t make it past that iconic first scene in Scream, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still talking about her role and final scream in this cult classic. Wanna play a game?

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott
in Scream

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Our runner-up for THE leading lady of horror (and the actual Scream Queen) is Miss Sidney Prescott herself, who has made it through four terrifying films in which “Ghostface” stalks her and eliminates those around her one by one. Again, we ask, wanna play a game?

And the ULTIMATE Scream Queen…

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
in Halloween

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As the daughter of the original leading lady of horror flicks, Janet Leigh (who also made our list), Jamie had big shoes to fill. Turns out, those genes run strong in such a talented family because Jamie Lee Curtis really took the title of scream queen and ran with it (get it?). Having survived through every sequel, we can’t imagine Michael Myers ever stood a chance against this bad babe!

DIYBlackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe

On the hunt for an autumn cocktail that’s sweet, sultry, and oh-so-sophisticated? The Blackberry Bramble has what you desire! Its deep, rich colors are synonymous with fall and the medley of flavors are as surprisingly pleasant as watching the season’s first leaves reach the ground. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to one of these luxurious and luscious cocktails – you deserve it!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 crème de mûre (A little pricey and hard to find, but trust us it’s well worth it. We founds ours here.)
  • Blackberries for garnish

Directions:

1. Fill cup halfway with ice

2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir well

3. Slowly pour in the crème de mûre

4. Garnish with a few plump, ripe blackberries and enjoy!

 

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For a non-alcoholic version, you can simply omit the gin and raspberry liqueur and replace with club soda and Torani’s raspberry syrup.

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GeneralMojito Ice Cubes with Ashley from Sugar and Cloth

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​I, Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, think we can all agree that watered down drinks aren’t nearly as refreshing as crisp, fresh ones full of … mint! Okay, so maybe not everyone loves mint as much as I do, but in case mojitos ARE your style, then this one is definitely for you: mojito ice cubes! In honor of there never being a mojito casualty again.

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