Things we Loved this Week 5/24/19

The trailer for The Dead Don’t Die, the new Jim Jarmisch film that just premiered at Cannes. The zombie comedy features an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez and Carol Kane. The little town of Centerville gets overrun with zombies and it’s up to the local police force to deal with it. (Elise Thompson)

Svengoolie on MeTV While I don’t miss paying an exorbitant monthly ransom to DirecTV, cutting the cord has also severed my ability to catch Svengoolie on MeTV (Apple TV’s “nostalgia” channel is the truly awful Cozi). Rich Koz has been donning Sven’s stovepipe hat and King Diamond-styled makeup to host a weekly creature feature program on Chicago TV since 1979 (with a break between 1986 and 1994), and more recently, he’s brought his rubber chickens and jabbering skulls to a national audience through MeTV. Sven’s screenings – horror and sci-fi titles, both delightful and dreadful, from the Universal library – and penchant for unruly behavior (ribbing and occasionally “breaking into” the film) mint him as a living link to the great, anarchic horror hosts of the past, including Zacherley, Ghoulardi, and Los Angeles’s own Vampira. Svengoolie (Paul Gaita)

Amityville FAQ Everyone who was a kid in the 70s and 80s was terrified by the Amityville Horror–the movie, the book, the actual house–it was all freaky. This website dredges it all up with cold, hard facts, which only makes it more disturbing. Amityvillefaq.com (Elise Thompson)

Vegan Junk food from 7-11 Chocolate pie, cherry pie, peanut butter-filled pretzels, a variety of potato chips and black bean dip, sweet kettle popcorn, lemon creme cookies, fudge mint cookies! Dark chocolate sea salt bars! All your vegan junk food junkie dreams really can come true, and at your local 7-11, too. My favorite this week is: the fudge striped shortbread cookies. With your almond latte, you’ll feel like the punk rock squatter you once were, all grown up. (Lucretia Tye-Jasmine)

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About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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