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Should we be excited for The Exorcist: Believer?

The Exorcist: Believer

William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is considered by many as the scariest and most accomplished horror film in history. It essentially perfected the possession story while setting the blueprint for future forays into the subgenre.

Building a franchise around such a landmark film, though, proved remarkably difficult. Expectations shot up astronomically given the towering presence of the original. Other than the uneven but compelling Exorcist III (released in 1990 and directed by William Peter Blatty, the writer of the 1971 The Exorcist novel the first movie adapted), and the amazing but short-lived The Exorcist 2016 TV series developed by Jeremy Slater, every other attempt at expanding upon the signature horror of Friedkin’s classic has failed spectacularly.

The question now is, will David Gordon Greens’ new Exorcist movie, subtitled Believer, become a possession that’ll reignite audience fears of demonic activity, or will it be another botched exorcism that’ll fade into obscurity along with Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and the the prequel movie Exorcist: The Beginning (2004). Another version of the prequel exists called Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist which was released in 2005 after The Beginning failed to ignite the box office or win over critics. Yes, Warner Brothers released two versions of the same movie, complete with two mostly different casts and two different directors (Renny Harlin worked on Beginning and Paul Schrader on Dominion).

Believer is the first of a planned trilogy that seems to be taking more than a page from Gordon Green’s treatment of the Halloween franchise. The first trailer for the movie established a considerable alteration to the formula concocted before it by showcasing two possessed girls instead of one. This doubling down on the source of horror is an idea that also made its way into the latest Halloween trilogy, to an extent. In the third installment, Halloween Ends, a new character opens the door to the possibility other people can “become” Michael Meyers, thus changing the fabric of the original concept.

The first Believer trailer goes on to show the parents of the possessed girls in a desperate race to try and figure out what’s wrong with their kids. This lands them on the path of someone who’s been through this experience before and who’ll end up helping the parents navigate the possession: Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), the original survivor parent.

The Chris MacNeil character seems to be cut from the same cloth Laurie Strode was in Gordon Green’s Halloween, Strode being that franchise’s original final girl. She’s a survivor that looks like she’s either been waiting for or has been preemptively preparing for another bout with the same demon that possessed her daughter Regan. Trauma cloaks this character to justify a continuation of the story that ties in to the very first film. From there, we’ll have to see how much is sticks to the Halloween reboot formula and how much it deviates from it.

A few things worry me about this new chapter in the Exorcist franchise, apart from potentially being too similar to the latest Halloween trilogy in structure. First, we’ve gotten a lot of exorcism and demonic possession movies since the first Exorcist. Clichés, genre trappings, and expectations have had ample time to settle in and make themselves known. The first trailer, for instance, shows the possessed girls talking in that overdone multi-voice distortion effect that sounds more like an anonymous caller asking for ransom money than it does a demon.

One of the things that made the first movie’s possession so gut wrenchingly terrifying and memorable was the fact the demon had its own voice, which was masterfully crafted and performed by actress Mercedes McCambridge speaking over Linda Blair’s lines. It created a horror icon and it made things intimate and infinitely more disturbing.

Thus far, the two possessed girls from the Believer trailers come off as more generic, the standard demon kids that spout the usual unholy jargon in the exact voices you’ve come to expect. Fans have gotten a good helping of this already this year alone with The Pope’s Exorcist, though that movie did largely stick to one voice actor for the main demon. In this case it was Ralph Ineson (The VVytch) who took on demon duties. Before The Pope’s Exorcist, though, we had an exorcism episode in FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, a found footage take on it in The Last Exorcism, an Anthony Hopkins-led movie called The Rite, and the Scott Derickson film The Exorcism of Emily Rose (the better of the bunch).

When Friedkin’s Exorcist came out, no one had seen anything like it. That’s not the case anymore.

My second worry concerns the decision to turn the story into a trilogy. In a sense, The Exorcist already tried this, though not intentionally nor with an eye to create a larger narrative that extended to several movies to get the complete story. Regardless, the result was just not good.

John Boorman’s Exorcist II: The Heretic is considered one of the worst horror sequels in existence, to the point that Friedkin himself once said to have felt disgusted after watching it (a sentiment shared by Blatty, who called it a humiliating experience). It’s a direct sequel, catching up with Regan a few years after her exorcism to find the demon might not have been cast out entirely (diminishing Father Karras’ sacrifice at the end of the first movie).

The Exorcist III, while boasting some great scares and an underlying sense of unease that carries throughout, didn’t exactly stick the landing. It could’ve bene great, but its ending (of which there are different versions of) felt like it belonged to another movie. Its successes, though, are owed to the new mysteries it creates regarding good and evil and spirituality. It’s not a retread of the first movie. Rather, it’s an expansion that explores similar themes through different avenues and perspectives using the more fleshed out characters from Blatty’s novels.

Having this new set of movies already conceptualized as a trilogy might alleviate these problems, but Gordon Green’s previoustrilogy work with Halloween saw a good idea stretched to its limits in all the wrong ways. Michael Meyers became a blunt metaphor for Trump era divisions, characters were killed for shock value rather than carefully plotted story arcs, and the violence authored by The Shape became gratuitous to the point of losing touch with the narrative.

Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends betrayed the storytelling highs of the first one, killing the momentum early into part 2 and never really catching up again. Believer’s chances of hitting the targets it has in its sights become stronger if each movie justifies its existence without coming across as a cash grab that’s only just tangentially connected to push out another horror trilogy. To score a win, it needs avoid the things that ultimately held Halloween back.

So, should we be excited for Exorcist: Believer? Based on the trailers alone, no. There’s always a chance the odds get flipped and we get a great new take on the material. But whatever expectations we might have now should be taken with caution. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see a good trilogy come of this, especially since the triple-feature approach hasn’t gotten the chance it deserves in horror. Unfortunately, the journey to Believer carries a lot of baggage that can weigh it down considerably. More excitement could’ve been afforded to it had it not been an Exorcist movie but a whole new venture into possession horror, one that stands on its own demonic legs. Then again, anything has the capacity to surprise. Breaking the cycle and giving audiences something worth screaming at, or potentially fainting from, will be welcomed with open arms. The road to that, I fear, is looking quite bumpy.

The Exorcist: Believer opens October 6th, 2023 nationwide.

The NECA Vault Reopens this Tuesday with Limited Edition Horror and Batman Figures!

National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) has opened their action figure vault and found long-lost treasures from the past that collectors may have missed during their first run. This warehouse action figure find of the year (sorry, Star Wars) includes limited-edition 1/4 scale figures from Batman, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and more.

These limited-edition items will go on sale Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00am PST/11:00am EST and will only be found at The NECA Store. This run of lost figures will sell out quickly, so be sure to grab yours before they’re gone. Take a look at two of the limited-edition figures below!

Halloween (2018) – 1/4 Scale Action Figure – Michael Myers 

Michael Myers returns to NECA’s 1/4 scale action figure line! Based on his appearance in the thrilling Halloween reboot, this Michael stands over 18″ tall, with over 25 points of articulation and plenty of accessories. The figure comes with knife, hammer, and victim’s head and is a menacing addition to any collection. 

Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors (30th Anniversary) – 1/4 Scale Action Figure – Freddy 

From the cult classic Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors! This Freddy Krueger figure stands 18” tall and features plenty of gruesome details, like interchangeable heads and chests to recreate different parts of the movie. You can swap out his regular sweater front to display the tortured spirits trapped in his Chest of Souls or switch up his regular “evil Freddy” head with a “crucifix head” with light piping effect! He’s equipped with over 25 points of articulation and comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging. 

More figures can be found at https://thenecastore.com/. The NECA warehouse sale starts on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00am PST/11:00am EST. These figures will sell out quickly!

Celebrate Halloween with Trick-or-Read Comics!

On October 29, don’t forget to visit your local participating comic shop to celebrate Halloween with a thrilling trip to the Marvel Universe in five “TRICK-OR-READ” titles! The popular retailer event is back for another year, giving fans a chance to pick up copies of best-selling comics starring some of Marvel’s hottest characters and storylines, including perfect entry points for newcomers!

Plus, each of these four issues will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Tiger Division, the upcoming limited series featuring Marvel’s fiercest new super hero team!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #88 is one of the most thrilling entries in the recently acclaimed Beyond era! The action-packed issue marks the debut of QUEEN GOBLIN, the latest addition to Spidey’s iconic rogues gallery who will soon be heating things up in a major storyline in Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.’s current run of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including an appearance in DARK WEB.
  • MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 presents the first appearance of Lunella Lafayette, the preteen super genius who took the Marvel Universe by storm with this critically-acclaimed series. Moon Girl’s adventures are perfect for all ages and the breakout hero is set to star ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ on the Disney Channel later this year!
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1, the start of Doctor Aphra’s latest run by writer Alyssa Wong and artist Marika Cresta. With a new crew and new treasure to hunt down, the rogue archaeologist continues to captivate both Star Wars and Marvel Comics fans and is celebrated as the first Star Wars character created for comics to headline their own solo series!
  • STRANGE ACADEMY #3 opens the doors of the Marvel Universe’s first school for sorcerers to new readers! In this hit series by Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos, Doctor Strange, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, and all your favorite Marvel mages establish an academy for the mystic arts where young magic users from around the world are brought together to study. This hit issue spotlights one of the breakout students of the spellbinding cast of new characters– DOYLE DORMAMMU!

And after the success of Free Comic Book Day 2022’s SPIDEY AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS comic, this year’s MARVEL HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-READ will also give young readers a chance to enjoy a new collection of Spidey adventures! In HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-READ 2022: SPIDEY AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1, swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider, and Miles as they face Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and more in this spectacular special filled with all new stories from MY FIRST COMIC READER. This easy-to-read comic book is perfect for young Spidey fans ages 5-7, and even contains some action-packed activity pages! Filled with TRICKS and TREATS, kids will love this not-to-be-missed sampler!

Halloween II’s Michael Myers Slashes into Mezco’s One:12 Collective

One:12 Collective Michael Myers

Michael Myers from Halloween II stabs and slashes his way into the One:12 Collective!

The One:12 Collective Michael Myers figure wears weathered coveralls with six bullet holes after his doctor, Sam Loomis, fails to stop him. Michael comes complete with three head portraits, including a ‘blood tears’ portrait.

The silent stalker is equipped with his signature butcher’s knife and a hammer that he can hold. Two unique jack-o-lanterns are included, both featuring a light-up, flickering function. The classic jack-o’-lantern opens up to reveal a hidden skull inside.

In Halloween II (1981), a wounded Michael makes his way through the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital staff to reach his favorite victim, Laurie Strode.

The One:12 Collective Michael Myers Halloween figure features:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation 
  • Three (3) head portraits. 
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Eleven (11) interchangeable hands including 
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of hammer holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of knife holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) scalpel holding hand (scalpel permanently affixed) (R)
    • Two (2) pairs of posing hands (L&R)


  • Tailored, weathered coveralls
  • Work boots


  • One (1) jack-o’-lantern with light-up feature
  • One (1) jack-o’-lantern with light-up feature and hidden skull
  • One (1) butcher’s knife
  • One (1) hammer
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers is available for preorder at Mezco Toyz, Entertainment Earth, TFAW, and more.

Movie Review: Halloween Kills betrays its characters in the franchise’s dumbest entry

David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween was a masterful take on the small but heavily storied world of Michael Meyers and Laurie Strode. It succeeded in not being another babysitter murder flick where horny teenagers get the knife as the sadistic masked killer goes from house to house. Instead, it turned the main survivor of the 1978 John Carpenter original movie, played by Jaime Lee Curtis, into a hardened and battle-ready warrior that weaponized her trauma while also training her daughter to also be able to defend herself.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills takes all of that and throws it out the window without much to offer in return, other than a dumb violent movie burdened with messy metaphors and unnecessary lore alterations. Sure, Michael Meyers kills, and some of the kills are satisfying to watch, but what ultimately gets butchered in the process is the core Strode family struggle the first movie worked so hard to establish.

In what’s the second movie in a trilogy that was originally meant to be a two-parter, Halloween Kills picks up moments after the ending of the previous movie to see Michael Meyers surviving the fire at the Strode house. Laurie, daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) drive off thinking Meyers is a pile of ash underneath the rubble they left behind, but little do they know that The Shape is alive and well, and royally pissed off to boot. Chaos ensues.

In an interesting turn on expectations, Halloween Kills takes Easter eggs to a new level by making characters from the original film take on larger roles in this one, shifting the focus from Laurie’s fight against the Boogieman and onto how Haddonfield itself figures into Michael Meyers’ plans (which the movie very lazily tries to reveal through exposition dumps, in addition to trying to convince audiences on the silly idea that the killer has a masterplan of sorts). In fact, it’s what lies at the heart of the movie. The Boogieman isn’t just someone’s problem. It’s everyone’s.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Things start to get very shaky here as the expansion of the mythos seems inconsequential and sidelines Laurie and her family’s story in favor of half-baked messages and forced alterations to formula. For instance, it turns out that Michael (intentionally?) exposes Haddonfield as the real monster as its people take arms to dole out justice by themselves in a spectacularly dumb show of mob rule that tries very hard to evoke images of the January 6th Capitol Riots, resulting in the tragic death of an innocent man in the film.

One character actually blurts out the movie’s message at one point, observing that the unruly mob has basically become Haddonfield’s real killer (an issue that is “fixed” by creating a smaller, more focused mob, it seems). What’s worse is that all the time spent setting the angry mob up is time taken away from doing anything meaningful with what the previous movie brought to the table.

On the killing side of things, the movie fulfills the promise of its title, but it does so at the cost of turning Meyers into another kind of slasher that shares more with Friday the 13th’s Jason rather than the one we all know and love by now. Not that there’s anything wrong with experimentation, but implementation is key for these variations on character to succeed. Halloween Kills does not approach this aspect convincingly.

Michael is at his most sadistic in this installment, but his signature ‘slow and intimate’ killing style feels too out of character. There is only one kill scene in which we get a glimpse of that behind-the-scenes sadism Meyers usually indulges in out of camera in previous entries, in which the victim gets several knives stuck to his back for no other reason other than to show how much violence truly drives the character’s identity.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Remember, this is the same killer that beheaded a cop in the previous film and turned the head into a grizzly Jack-o-Lantern, lighted candle included. We never see him carve the cop’s face in the style of a Jack-o-Lantern, but we know he likes to get creative with his kills. Halloween Kills’ focus on fast, action-heavy kill sequences rob him of that creativity.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel sacrifices too much of everything for an uninspired and clunky sequel. Its most tragic casualty is Laurie’s story, which never reaches anything worth writing about other than clichés and stunted character development. It’s a shame. I had hopes for this new trilogy. All I was left thinking of was that everything should’ve been left wrapped up in 2018. Unfortunately, we still have one more movie to go.

Start your Halloween reading list with Hellraiser/Nightbreed Jihad

Hellraiser/Nightbreed Jihad

If you’re like me, then you treat Halloween as a year-long affair, a way of life, that requires a special read or movie to open the best month of the year: October. Some people have a kind of ritual, something they repeat year in and year out to mark the occasion. For some it’s watching John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), others might prefer a candlelit reading session composed of classic horror short stories from authors that are synonymous with the season (be it Poe, Stephen King, or Lovecraft).

I start October by reading something I’ve never read before, be it a comic or a short story. Last year it was a short story written by Scott Derickson and C. Robert Cargill called “A Clean White Room,” about an Iraq war veteran that becomes a sin-eater in a building that lays atop a crack in the world that has a straight line to Hell. It’s included in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City (2015) anthology, a great option for those who prefer their horror to have been published more recently.

This year, Halloween begins with a crossover horror comic that features two uniquely terrifying worlds created by legendary author Clive Barker and it’s called Hellraiser/Nightbreed Jihad. It was published in 1991 by Epic Comics but those interested in it can find it in the Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Archive published by BOOM! Studios, along with a comics adaptation of the movie by Alan Grant, John Wagner, and Jim Baikie.


Hellraiser/Nightbreed Jihad is written by D.G. Chichester and illustrated by Paul Johnson and it centers on a war Hellraiser’s cenobites want to wage on the Nightbreed given the latter’s existence threatens Hell’s eternal mission of bringing agony and suffering to the souls of the damned.

The Nightbreed, a race of magical creatures that live in an underground city called Midian away from humans, are apparently disrupting the balance of chaos in the world by merely existing. A purging seems the only sensible way forward for the tortured lords of Hell, although there are different schools of thought as to how to deal with the problem.

At a glance, the story carries the look and feel of a Clive Barker tale. It’s ambitious in its worldbuilding and it fuses dark fantasy elements with dangerous magic to dive into taboo topics and subvert them. As is characteristic of Barker’s work, sex factors into the story and is presented as a kind of transcendental experience that courts pain to repurpose pleasure as a ritual that both punishes and rewards.

Paul Johnson’s art is exquisite, leaning heavy on the fantasy elements of its already dream-like worlds to establish a sense of danger and wonder that’s unique to these licenses. This carries over in the new creatures and monsters accompany the already well-established characters seen in the film adaptations of Barker’s books. They expand upon the possibilities of the horrors they embody in each world and give Johnson ample space to experiment with design.


Chichister’s writing is finely tuned to the sights, sounds, and voices of both sides of the war, relying on the complex vernacular of each world’s reality to provide a very lived-in sense of story early on. It captures the constant state of violence that governs the two groups quite well and it sets up some wonderfully macabre moments that show no intention of holding back on the bloodletting.

Based on what I’ve already read and seen throughout the pages (I couldn’t help myself), Hellraiser/Nightbreed Jihad looks like it will set quite the tone for this year’s Halloween season. The challenge, then, will lie in trying to find something that compares or surpasses this horror comic. It’s a hard one, but there are 31 days-worth of opportunities to indulge in the search.

John Carpenter Haunts Your Dreams… Again

They Live

Storm King Productions has announced numerous Halloween events to excite every level of horror fan. First off, fans can download the Storm King Productions app which has a monthly contest to die for. Download the Storm King Productions app and enter to win original movie prop sunglasses from They Live, signed by John Carpenter, original movie prop stickers from They Live, They Live limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray, signed by John Carpenter and Sandy King. The contest ends November 1 and winners must be located in the USA. There will be a new contest the first of every month, as well as news, comics, photos, trivia, music, and everything John Carpenter and Sandy King, all in the palm of your hand safe at home and ONLY in their app.

Next up, Storm King has made available a limited number of their NYCC2020 exclusive cover of John Carpenter’s Tales For A  HalloweeNight Vol 6. This is the annual anthology release that is a collection of short stories from the best and the brightest creators out there. John Carpenter writes the first story and Sandy King the last story and you will not believe who’s conjured up the spooky tales in between.

Lastly, the annual Halloween Storm King Comics signing event at West Coast comic haven Golden Apple has evolved for COVID as well. Participate in the Virtual Trick and Meet! Time is running out to reserve your pre-signed copy of the Tim Bradstreet Cover of Tales for a Halloween Night Volume 6 that is a Golden Apple exclusive. The book will be privately pre-signed by John Carpenter – The Master of Horror Sandy King and several book contributors including Cat Staggs, Amanda Deibert, David J Schow, and Duane Swierczynski. Once you pre-order the fun begins because you can win PRIZES and will be invited to an exclusive virtual Q & A panel on October 31st at 1pm PST and an after viewing watch party of the original Halloween.

For an added bonus, something a little spooky and sweet for Carpenter fans of all ages has hit stores with Stanley’s Ghost! Oh no! Who’s been stealing fruit from all the gardens in Arbordale? Was it the prankster Chester Chipmunk? Or maybe Baby Fang? Accusations fly until someone suggests that maybe it was the Ghost of Bunnyburrow Manor! Find out by ordering today

Halloween Edition: Talk with Tiara Bree Cosplay

Hello, my fellow ghouls and goblins out there to another special Halloween interview series. As promised, we have another child of the night who is just waiting to bring her witchcraft spell-casting style taste for us mere mortals. This dark and lovely servant from the realm of the unknown comes from Atlanta. She’s taken on the internet by storm with those amazing cosplay artistry. This ebony girl has the looks that will kill those who might get too close if you looking to bite into this forbidden fruit. She’s your Cos Bae, but to those who know her, goes by Tiara Bree Cosplay. So show your love and give her some Sugar as she is both a treasure and desirable queen, and give a warm welcome to Tiara Bree Cosplay! 

Raven: Hello Tiara! Thank you so much for doing this Halloween Special Edition interview series. I appreciate it. I must say, your cosplay wear is amazing and our reader will soon know it too. 

Tiara: Hello from Atlanta. Thank you Raven for having me do this Halloween interview special. 

Raven: So just to give a Heads-Up, I will also ask some Spooky questions during this Halloween interview, so, “Don’t Scream,” because really, no one is going to help you!

Raven: As you may know, I have a tradition with my female interviews to offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement if you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in dire need of inspirational words. So here goes, “Laughing is the best form of medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason. You may need medicine. There’s your quotes for life, Tiara. 

Raven: Now, if you please, tell our readers all about yourself.

Tiara: Hey y’all, Hey! My name is Tiara Bree, Your Cos Bae, #MyCosBae! My family’s from the Virgin Islands, but born and raised in Jacksonville Florida! Two years ago, I recently moved to Atlanta to pursue acting, but when Covid hit, BAM, Tiara Bree Cosplay was born! My hair and eye color change like the wind. I think of myself as a human-chameleon. 

Raven: How tall are you?

Tiara: I’m a 5’10 

Raven: What’s your Birth sign and do you speak any languages? 

Tiara: I’m a VIRGOOOOOOO who barely speaks French but took it for about 4 years so I act like I can read/speak it. 

Raven: What does Tiara Bree Cosplay do when she has some free time?

Tiara: I don’t have “free time” since I’m always working but I thoroughly enjoy everything I do for work so it never seems like I am!

Raven: Would you stay in a Haunted house for money, fame, or food?

Tiara: To stay in a haunted house, I would definitely need money and food. Bring on the bacon! 

Raven: Own any birthmarks your fans might what to know about. What about any tattoos.

Tiara: I’ve once had an unattractive birthmark which was cut off when I was nine and was replaced with tattoo stars. So when someone asks about my former birthmark, I tell the story that I got bit by a baby alligator at a petting zoo in Alabama (Seems more badass). I have several tattoos, and I’m thinking about getting an arm sleeve. I just love them so much, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work that well with my career choices of cosplaying, acting, modeling, promos, hosting, and bartending, which are all fun gigs.

Raven: What sort of music does Tiara Bree Cosplay groove her into a good mood? 

Tiara: My music choice is Electric. I love French pop music, New Zealand style, Indie music, EDM, hip hop, rock anything with a beat I can move to, and feel something from! 

Raven: What’s your favorite Anime/Manga you love to watch or read? 

Tiara: My favorite anime is probably HunterxHunter! I’m a newbie to anime so I am currently watching Fire Force right now and love that as well! 

Raven: What celebrity, who is a vampire, would you allow to suck your neck?

Tiara:  If I can just pretend it’s Joe Manganiello, be the vampire, we’ll be straight!

Raven: What is your most favorite prop/makeup when doing a photoshoot

Tiara: I can’t pick a favorite makeup look since they all are formed with my thriving creative juices on that particular day. LOL. Some of my favorite props were my scissors sword from my Ryuko Matoi cosplay from Kill la Kill. Unfortunately, somebody threw it away though, and I never used it since.

Raven Is there an animation character that best describes Tiara Bree Cosplay’s personality?

Tiara: My personality is all over the place, a mix between a Tasmanian devil, and all the sexy anime girls who don’t wear clothes  😂 that’s how my personality feels. 

Raven: Well,  I can only imagine that all those sexy Anime Girls are going to get jealous of you.

Raven: What was your first cosplay outfit? 

Tiara: The first cosplay was Mileena at Dragon Con 2018! I always trick or treat! Ain’t no shame in my game. I don’t know about this year because of COVID though. 

Tiara: I suffer from procrastination nation and in the town of laziness! I could get so much more done, but I choose to relax. Because I like to just feel good. I’m generally happy, positive, and carefree. But hit the right button and I’m the meanest person you’ll meet 😂😂 but I’m still caring while being mean so I don’t mean any harm. 

Raven: Who be the most interesting to talk to at the dinner table: Jason, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or R. Kelly?

Tiara: Since all of those choices are scary, I’d say put them all at the table and let’s chat! 

Raven: Are you a shy or an outgoing type of girl growing up? 

Tiara: I’ve always been outgoing! 

Raven: From your photos, you have a broad range of expressions you own. You can be sexy, nerdy, funny, and serious. How did the Cosplay World captured Tiara Bree Cosplay? How did it all start?

Tiara: I started cosplaying when I went to Dragon Con 2018. I was dating a guy who did it and he had to sais. He was going to sell it. I want them. Now I have to find a character who uses them. Then, Boom, the character of Mileena happened! Nowadays, cosplay has got more demanding, both on looks and props.  

Raven: Has it become more fun or more demanding as the life of a cosplayer/model/dancer? 

Tiara: I’m currently doing 31 days of Halloween so doing 31 different characters is a struggle. 

Raven: Does your personality resemble the type of character you want to portray or do the personalities of the characters does Tara Bree wants to become?

Tiara: I Cosplay whoever I feel like at the moment, whoever I am commissioned to do,  LOL. I cosplay whoever I think is pretty or has a cute outfit. Sometimes I’m nothing like the character but that’s the fun part. I’m an actress so I fit them all. I

Raven: What friend or enemy would you give a Chucky Doll as a gift?

Tiara: HA! Answering that would open up a can of worms that no one’s ready for. But as a joke, I will give it to my best friend Anis! If it was a live one that was killing people, I would send it to various people who will remain unnamed. 😂

Raven: What sort of characters attracts you the most?

Tiara: I’m usually attracted to the more sexy ones since I feel sexy in my everyday life.  Even though I look homeless half the time, just knowing I can throw on some makeup and a Cosplay outfit and be right back to feel myself, again! It’s fun! 

Raven: If homeless people looked like you, You would STOP TRAFFIC, girl!

Raven: As a beautiful black woman, you put a spin on the characters you portray. Do you decide what you should cosplay or your fans?

Tiara: I do let my fans vote on some of my cosplays. Some people commission characters they wanna see me do. I choose the majority. My only fans and Patreon are Poppin! 😂 (Links in my bio. My Cos Bae is my name on both. Heh heh heh). 

Tiara: Women are in control of their bodies, their sexuality, and what they choose to show, post, or not. I’m comfortable with no clothes, I’m a nudist. So even when I’m naked sometimes it’s not in a sexual way. Most times it is, LOL, but sometimes I just like to be free. 

Raven: Listen here people, never cage a sexy black female creature. It’s just wrong!

Raven:  If you had your choice to be transformed into a monstrous creature, what would you become?

Tiara: If She-Hulk is considered a monster, I would become her because she’s perfection! Or how about the Dragon from Game of Thrones! LoL. 

Raven: Here is a curious question. Many fans want to see more of their favorite cosplayer do Lewd or Only Fans photos? What is your opinion about women doing Lewd or Spicy photographs? Is it something you are comfortable in doing? 

Tiara: If women, or men, want to post lewd and nudes. They have the right to do so in whatever capacity they see fit. Some people take requests, some people just post what they want to show. It is up to them.  

Raven: What there ever an unusual request made from a fan wanting to see you in? If so, what?

Tiara: No unusual request for me, just several Cosplay characters that I’ve never heard of, LOL! 

Although, I’m not sure what’s the deal with foot fetishes. I’ve always had a foot-hate fetish until this year (I thought I had a phobia, but I just hated feet). Now, all of a sudden, people have been asking for mine, LOL! I think it’s just a sexual thing. 🤷🏽‍♀️ What’s a girl to do?

Raven: Do black women who cosplay get the proper attention and admiration for their artwork than other women who cosplay? If not, what needs to change?

Tiara: 🤷🏽‍♀️ Black women do not get the attention, notoriety, admiration, exposure that they should in this industry. I’ve been in the entertainment industry for my whole life with this stigma and unfortunately, I’ve have gotten used to it. I’m not sure if this will ever change. 

The unsteady climate of our country with race issues and blatant behavior for not caring for blacks and our lives leaves my faith in shambles. This also translates into all avenues of the entertainment world, including Cosplay. More platforms are popping up to showcase us, but to be on the scale of our white counterparts, or Asian counterparts, who are all thriving in this industry, it’s going to be a long upward battle. I know we can get there, it’s just not going to be a quick thing.

Raven: What is Tiara Bree Cosplay, “Biggest Pet Peeve”?

Tiara: My biggest pet peeve is STUPID! LOL. When I say that, I mean people who lack common sense, don’t think logically before acting, don’t think or take consideration of others and things. Just plain stupid.

Raven: What sort of cosplay wear would Tara Bree wear while fighting an Alien Invasion?

Tiara: I would dress an outfit like theirs because then they would think I’m one of them and I will have the upper hand for sneak attacks! 

Raven: Because of the Pandemic, a lot of public events have been postponed until further notice. What would you love to see come back? 

Tiara: DRAGON CONNNNN! COME BACKKKKK! It’s the only con I’ve ever been to. In Jacksonville,  it’s boring living here, LOL! But of course, we would go and hang by the beach down there since Atlanta doesn’t have one. 

Raven: If I could visit your hometown, what sort of places would you show me or dine? 

Tiara: I would take you to a breezy jazz club. They’re expanding, and the best jazz club, restaurant, cigar lounge in JAX! 

Raven: What sort of advice or words of wisdom you can offer new cosplayers out there? 

Tiara: If I was too new cosplayers! Just do it! There’s no rules, right way, or guidelines to Cosplay. It’s supposed to be fun, all in participation, and for everyone to do as they please. So for people looking to get into it, just do it. There are research and advice you can get from people, but that’s just going with the process. Just ask if you need help,  I’m always here to help new people as best I can! Just gather some clothes, make-up, props, etc. that make you feel like the character you’re trying to portray and live that life!  

Raven: How Evil can Tara Bree be? 

Tiara: Da Evilist in all the land!

Raven: And of course, the most important question to ask on this interview, Can I get a Hug?

Tiara: PS, no hugs because of Covid😂

Raven: That my readers, is the end of our interview with the sensational Tiara Bree Cosplay. It’s in Tha Books! Thank you so much Tiara for being a beautiful black woman and a loving person.

Tiara: Thank you Raven for having me do this interview, Some of your questions were funny and interesting. Happy Halloween everyone!

Raven: If I could have one last question and ask where can readers find more delicious Tiara Bree treats?

Tiara: Not a problem. Here are all of my Hyperlinks of me and my, Tasty Treats

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Halloween series: Talking Cosplay and Deep Dark Secrets with AngieV

Welcome, all you Night-Stalking readers. This is Raven Steel with a special Halloween interview edition. All through the month of October, I will interview as many female cosplayers out there in social media as I can to give our Children of the Night a tasty Halloween Treat. It will be something to sink your teeth in and gush-out with expectations.  This next exclusive interview comes from the cradle of Western Civilization, Greece. She young, talented, and a whole lot of beauty. When she is not dancing up a storm, sketching her next cosplay wear, or just trolling the video gaming world, this bathing beauty is working hard on her next set of photos for your eyes only! So drop your Halloween candy treats and gather around as our next interview with AngieV Cosplay is now!

Raven: Welcome AngieV Cosplay. It is such a wonderful treat to finally meet you. Opa! 

Angie: Thank you so much for having me to do this interview with my friend, Raven Steel. 

Raven: Well, thank you so much for that. Believe me this the best Halloween Treat I will always treasure! 

I have a tradition with my interviews to offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement if you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in dire need of inspirational words. So here goes, “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point. The glass is REFILLABLE!” There, I’ve said it. 

As you know, I’m going to ask you some scary/spooky questions to you, so don’t be alarmed nor bite my neck.  So without any further delay, Ms. AngieV Cosplay, let us begin to know more about you and the amazing things you create! Give those readers a shout-out!

Angie: Hello! Angie V here! \^.^/ I’m born and live in Greece and most specifically in Athens! My eye color is hazel/brown and my natural hair color which I still have is brown as well!

Raven: Were you born right or left-handed? 

Angie: I’m right-handed but I can also use my left hand as well! I’m just not very good with it.

Raven: Are you a pet lover?

Angie: I love all pets, especially cats! I own 2 cats named Billy (boy) and Esta (girl). I have had them since I was 12 years old!

Raven: What transformation would AngieV be: a Sexy Werewolf or a Sexy Zombie?

Angie: I’d love to do a werewolf cosplay at some time!


Raven: How tall are you? 

Angie: I’m 1.68 meters tall! (5 feet 5 inches tall)

Raven: What’s your birth sign? 

Angie: My sign is Leo and my horoscope is Cancer! 

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Angie: Other than Greek, I speak English, but I’d love to learn more languages especially Japanese!

Raven: Is there a deep dark secret you are willing to confess to us now? 

Angie: I’m not a fan of Harry Potter nor Lord of the Rings, and I haven’t watched the Star Wars series either. I’m so sorry for all my fans out there!

Raven: What makes you happy? 

Angie: Friends! I love being with my friends and people who are close to me! And oh, I love ice-cream too, and fluffy kittens! 

Raven: What does AngieV Cosplay eat and drink when she is being creative? 

Angie: I don’t, xD. When I’m being creative there is no time for eating or drinking. My focus is 100% on my work so much that I often forget to eat and or drink until my body runs out of energy thus my body starts to shut down. That’s when I come back to reality, grab something fast to eat, and either go back to work or just give it a rest.

Raven: Do you have a favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you like to read or watch?

Angie: From Mangas, I like ‘A Silent Voice’ and from anime, I like ‘Say I love you’ and ‘Stein: Gate’ a lot! BUT Yu-Gi-Oh will always have a special place in my heart. That anime no matter how much time passes is still gold for me!

Raven: If you were made out of the body parts of celebrities, what celebrity body-parts would you use to create an AngieV Cosplay?

Angie: I adore their characteristics like Megan Fox, Bebe Rexha, Jennie (from Blackpink), and many more than that, but I can’t think of any right now. These three, I think cover the question pretty well.

Raven: What are Greek women notorious for? 

Angie: Hmmm, our temper maybe, but I promise It’s not our fault! Most of the time the real issue is the Greek men who make us furious! We are very lovable and have kind hearts. Most of us are willing to help anyone needing some help!

Raven: If your life could be any character you love, who would it be? 

Angie: Pfft! That’s a tough one as some of my favorite characters suffered some really dramatic experience. But if there is a fantasy world I could live the rest of my life in, it would have to be the world of Pokemon! Who wouldn’t like to be in a world like that with cute creatures that have abilities? I would love to train as well as be friends with some Pokemon characters! Or maybe the world of Yu-Gi-Oh to play some card games and meet my ultimate husbando, Atem!

Raven: Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up? 

Angie: I was both actually, but over time it changed. As a child, I was very outgoing but by the time I reached middle school, I became very shy. Later in high school, I became more sociable, again! Right now I could say I’m still kinda shy but very sociable! 

I still have a hard time approaching new people, but once I get to know the person, I become more excited to meet them and become more talkative!

Raven: Did you love to dress up? What sort of costumes was your favorite? 

Angie: I loved dressing up during carnival time in Greece especially as a princess, and fairies characters like the ones I grew up as a child. Though it’s been a while since I’ve cosplayed it, I hope to bring back my favorite characters in my project plans soon. 

Raven: As of right now, how many cosplay outfits do you own?

Angie: I’m not sure I’ve sold some of my costumes while others have been unusable. I’d say probably around 20? 

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying? 

Angie: It started when I was searching for an anime show on my phone when I got into some articles regarding cosplay’s photos. I did some research about it and instantly fell in love with the idea of dressing up as an anime character! I knew I had to try it. I did, and I loved it. Even today, I still am in love with it. 

Raven: What was your first cosplay character? 

Angie: Not a lot of people know about it but my first cosplay was Hatsune Miku! I was really happy to cosplay her, but I so wanted to try to create the costume myself. I ended up just buying the Hatsune’s costume. Two years later, I am happy to say, I made my very first time a cosplay costume. I created the classic look of Ahri’s skin!

Raven: What’s your most favorite cosplay outfit to wear? 

Angie: I think I love wearing Ahri costumes because of the tails! It’s something I don’t get to do with other character costumes and I’ve found everyone loves it. It’s very nice being surrounded by 9 fluffy tails!

Raven: If you had to eat a body-part from someone, what body-part would it be?

Angie: A thigh, probably a thick thigh.

Raven: Your looks change from an alluring savage, almost animalistic look, to a cute-sweet almost innocent look about you. Is that your way of becoming the character you portray? 

Angie: Yup! I work to make myself look as close as possible to the character. The cosplays that I create amazes everyone, including myself, show how I work hard to make these popular characters look like in reality.

Raven: You almost don’t wear any makeup. Is that a personal choice or something else? 

Angie: Actually, I do wear all the necessary makeup stuff but I don’t want to overdo it. Many of the characters have a youthful appearance or a strong or viral physique that may require less makeup than others.

For cosplay it’s necessary so I can make my characteristics look as close to the character itself. My main focus is to look like the character but as well as to look good in general. Who doesn’t want to look good when taking photos? I’m also very curious about how other cosplayers dress-up wear and makeup application looks.  

Raven: Does the personality of the person determine what sort of character to wear? Or, does the character’s personality chooses the cosplayer? 

Angie: It’s both in this case, again! Some of the characters I see almost talk to my soul and I  find myself loving them more and more. So you just can’t say ‘NO’ to cosplaying a character, but there are times you’ll find a costume design which will attract you to make it.

I’ve done both kinds as well. For example, I feel Ahri is a character that’s speaking to me and every time a new skin of hers becomes available, my inner voice saying ‘~YES~’ to me. But when I cosplayed Nidalee, I did it because she has a simple yet beautiful design which I thought would look good on me. 

Raven: Have your fans ever suggested you cosplay a character for their benefit? Would you ever try to cosplay something out of your character like Gothic or Vampire look? 

Angie: Yeah, my fans have suggested to me several cosplays looks. I have made some that were commissioned to me like my Akagi cosplay and the ‘Gothic GF’ which everyone ended-up loving! The gothic style looked so good on me that even I had a hard time believing it! Also, I did a demon look last year for Halloween and a D&D event which looked nice as well! 

Raven: Would you date an Alien or a Socialist?

Angie: An Alien are you kidding me? Of course, it would be the Alien! How many more chances I will have in my life to do so if not now?

Raven: What sort of character attracts you to cosplay it? 

Angie: Mostly characters that reflect my personality making me feel comfortable to portray. Sometimes though, I’ve challenged myself with various cosplaying characters I have absolutely nothing in common but it’s less likely to happen. I also do characters with simple but cute designs as they are easy to make their costumes and cosplay. As of right now, I’m working on some big projects that will be amazing.  

Raven: What sort of places or locations do you prefer to show off your cosplay outfits? What do you prefer doing indoor or out shots? 

Angie: I like finding locations that match a character’s origin. For Yumeko, it would be somewhere indoors with some poker marks and cards. For Nidalee, it would be in a forest or a lake. For 2B an abandoned building or location. Luckily there are a lot of locations near me so that I can visit any time! I think overall, I like most of my photoshoots outdoors as I’ve gotten some great shots.  Although I do have to admit, indoor photoshoots are much comfortable to work in. 

Raven: Fans nowadays want their favorite cosplayer so more wearing less. What’s your opinion about Lewd or Only Fans photos? Should these women control what sort of photos should be taken or answer to their fans what they want to see? Do you control what sort of photos should be taken or have the fans control what they want to see their favorite cosplayer wear? 

Angie: I have nothing against lewd or spicy content, everyone should do what they love. It is a personal choice! I have occasionally made spicy content as some characters expose more skin than others. I don’t feel comfortable when it’s going too far tho. There’s a limit to how comfortable I am when photo shooting spicy photos. There are cosplay girls who share my opinion as well.  All cosplayers should determine what should be their “Spice Level” on their own. It should be a guideline to their liking. I don’t feel comfortable with lewd content or exposed poses. That’s without saying that I do like the fan services and spiciness of the character. 

Speaking personally, all of my cosplay portrayals offer a sense of being seductive.  There are times various fans have approached me to do a lewd or implied nude content to commission me and I simply had to decline the request. Fans are understanding! They consider your feelings and choices. If not, then they are not a fan but thirsty men trying to get you to submit to their demands. I won’t lie that I have made some not so comfortable spicier shots in the past, but overall, I didn’t like it and have never been made public nor to anyone at all.

As I don’t feel comfortable with Lewd shots, I control the spiciness of the photos that are taken and personally choose them for my fans to admire and own. I believe any fan would be happy to see or own any content from their favorite cosplayer that has personally worked hard to prepare for their satisfaction. I feel happy to deliver it to them! I know that I would be happy to have them. Let’s change gears, 

Raven: What is the first thing people notice about AngieV Cosplay when they meet her for the first time? How do your fans treat you? 

Angie: My fans are the best! I love them all! They are so warm with me and make me feel really special so I try to return the love with a hug! (most of the time at least, as some of them, are shy and get away fast before I get the chance!) I think that most of my fans think of me as a serious or a super professional person but I’m very cheerful and goofy so it is a pleasant surprise! Of course, during cons, I am a professional working at booths most of the time. Then there are times when I hear a fan is looking for me for photo-op, I start to melt and I can’t hold on to my cool any longer so I get back to my regular self.  BRING BACK THE CONS! I think that’s what I miss most about them. 

Raven: If you were on a killing spree, what song would you have played?

Angie: Some K-pop music maybe, no matter what it has to be a song with a great beat to keep the spirits up!

Raven: Do AngieV’s friends and family know you cosplay? What’s their reaction? Is cosplaying very popular in your country? 

Angie: Of course all my family and friends know about cosplay! My family took some time to understand my passion and accept it but my friends instantly got excited! Cosplay isn’t as popular in Greece as in other countries but due to the number of the cons that increased the past a few years the cosplay community grew a lot and more people are into it now! 

Raven: Are there any special cosplay projects that will break the internet? Can I get a Hug? 

Angie: AWWWWWWW Of course you can get a hug! *hugs* I hope that my K/DA projects will help me get more fans worldwide but I’m not even halfway close to finishing them so I can’t tell much about it! I hope you will be able to see it soon tho!

Raven: That’s it, Everyone! This interview is in Tha’ Books! Thank you so much AngieV Cosplay for that amazing interview. Now you made me want to go to Greece and see all of your work! 

Angie: Thank you Raven Steel for making this a memorable moment, I appreciate it. 

And now hugs for everyone who read my interview until the end! *hugs tightly while whispering in the ear ‘You are awesome’* :D  Thank you very much and I hope I didn’t creep you out (a lot at least)! 

Kisses till next time <3 ~AngieV

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Rep. Katie Porter Goes as Batgirl for Halloween

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) decided to dress up for Halloween today going as Batgirl.

The Representative wore the outfit during a Financial Services Committee Session though changed into her civilian clothes for today’s House vote on the impeachment resolution.

Republicans fumed at an elected official having some fun incorrectly identifying her costume as Batman as they Tweeted their anger.

Porter corrected reporters when asked:

“Batgirl,” she told Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis. “It’s not Batman. It’s Batgirl.”

(via TPM)

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