The Houses October Built (2014)

 photo the house october built_zpsdxybiumt.jpgThe Houses October Built (2014)

Genre: Horror Thriller

Another lost footage type movie focused around Haunted houses so be prepared for the jumpy footage and the what not. The more I watch these the more I wish they would stop being made but that seems to be the vast majority of horror movies being made these days. I understand their low cost appeal but the stories really lack and that is what I want to see! The story!  This will be my last lost footage/documentary style horror movie this year.  I don’t know if I can handle the disappointment again.

The beginning really drags as you see the friends goof around on their road trip to various haunted houses.  I could have done with out the strip club scene personally, it didn’t add to the movie other than lots of boobs.

In fact there is only one good thing about this entire movie.  I really enjoyed the cynical characters designs (there are the characters currently displayed on Netflix). Really creepy designs influenced by haunted house costumes.  Like this creepy design.   photo untitled_zpsw0vpbo3r.png

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There needed to be more of these characters in the movie.  I would have liked it more.  By the way, if you are terrified of clowns there are a lot of clowns in this movie.  Just thought I would mention it.  😉

Be weary this Halloween if you are looking for a true scare. You might get more than you bargained for.

Rated: Not rated

Duration: 91 minutes

IMDB: 5.1 out of 10 as of 9/27/15

Amazon: 3 out of 5 stars.  Not available for streaming but can be rented or purchased.

Netflix: available as of 9/27/15

Mala’s Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Almost Mercy (2015)

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Genre: Horror Dark Comedy

OMG!  This movie is written amazingly, acted perfectly, and the cinematography is beautiful! The story telling narrative was my favorite part.  I loved this movie!!!!

The gore is done well.

Though not officially a comedy there was great comedic timing in this movie.  It was a nice addition to the great story telling.   I don’t consider this a horror movie, more of a dark comedy, to be honest but since I added it to my list and watched it as part of the 31 days of Halloween I am counting it still.

Please be aware that this movie does touch upon a lot of different hot social topics right now.  From school shootings to how women are treated when assaulted by high school sports stars.  And from suicide to issues in mental health services.  Among others.

Best quote of this movie, “Have you ever wondered, where’s the fucking beef?”

Remember this Halloween that nothing is as it seems.

Duration: 85 minutes

Rated: Not Rated

IMDB: 6.2 out of 10

Amazon: 4.2 out of 5.  Available for rental.

Netflix: Available as of 9/26/15

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

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Genre: Horror

With all Hellraiser movies there is gore galore!  Though tamer in gore than others ones (or at least that I recall.  I will admit I have not seen all and those I have seen I saw a long time ago) you won’t be disappointed in gore if that is what you like.  But if you are not big into seeing skinned people walking around or hooks in flesh this movie is not for you.

And as always the character designs of the Cenobites are great!  Truly the stuff of nightmares. And of course by the end there are potential new Cenobites to be made so I am looking forward to what is created in future movies from these characters.

Though a little part of this movie, onr of my favorite parts  is one of the characters uses a dictionary to understand the word Cenobite instead of going to the computer. A real book!  As a lover of books and learning all I can say is YES!

Is this a drinking movie?  Casual drinking for sure!  You could make it a game around the gore if you wanted.  But you don’t need to be drunk to enjoy it.

Rated: R

Duration: 75 minutes

IMDB: 2.8 out of 10 as of 9/26/15

Amazon: 2.5 out of 5 as of 9/26/15.  Not available for prime or rental. Only purchase.

Netflix: Available as of 9/26/15

Mala’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Nun (2005)

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Genre: Horror, Thriller

This movie had a lot of potential and in some ways it achieved but it in others, not so much.

I was very disappointed with the character design of the dead nun killing everyone.   She looked too cartoonish for my personal taste.   I was also disappointed with how the nun used water to move around, it seems a little to far fetched in my opinion but I understand the purpose as a plot point.

There were excellent suspenseful points throughout the movie as the reason why a nun is killing people all over the world is revealed.  However, the ultimate reason why the characters are in this predicament was a let down.  The writer could have been a little more original or at least more original as to why so many people were involved in the secret hidden in the movie plot.

This movie did have a great variety of how people die and the gore was done very well.  Always a plus in horror movies!!

Is this a drinking movie:  You could make it a drinking game with how much water is used in this movie or you watch it sober.  If I were to watch it again I would choose to make it a drinking game.

Rated: R

Duration: 102 minutes

IMDB: 4 out of 10 as of 9/25/15

Amazon Prime: 2.6 out of 5 as of 9/25/15.  Available for membership streaming or rental

Mala’s Review: 2 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Shrine (2010)

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Genre: Horror

Mystery, suspense, and gore take over immediately in this particular movie.  Every minute gets creepier than the last.  This  factor is sustained since the story takes place in another country and the foreign language was not subtitled.  Genius move on the directors behalf to help maintain the suspense.

Not to mention that you cannot go wrong with statues that cry blood!

The make up and creature effects are pretty good in this movies and the gore believable.

Rated:  Not Rated

Duration: 85 minutes

IMBD: 5.6 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: Not available on Prime but can be purchased

Netflix: Available as of 9/24/15

Mala’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Playback (2012)

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Genre: Horror, Thriller

First of all, this movie has a great soundtrack!  A+ for the music, sound effects, and sound editing.

The plot was interesting and the details kept me engaged as I watched.  The cast was well selected with interesting characters assisting with the interesting plot (though after the other horror movie I watched today and reviewed every movie would have better characters and acting).  These interesting characters include Christian Slater as a corrupt dirty cop.

This movie had interesting make up showing the progression of the antagonist throughout the development of the movie.

Over all, I loved this movie!!!

Drinking movie?  No, you will enjoy this movie sober!

Rated: R

Duration: 98 minutes

IMDB: 4.2 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 2.8 out of 5 as of 9/24/15.  Streaming for memberships and rental.

Mala’s Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

The Ouija Experiment (2011)

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Genre: Horror

This is a documentary style movie.  To be honest I am not a big fan of this production style.  It is over used in the horror genre.

This movie started out slow but luckily the characters started playing with the Ouija board in the first 10 or so minutes and the weirdness (not terror) ensued.  I had high hopes the movie would get better at this point but was disappointed with how the writers painfully drug out the boredom.

Nothing really happening until about the 50 minute mark.  After that the movie got a little interesting, causing me to jump a few times with the use of standard scare tactics, as the ghosts interacted with the characters.

The spirit’s story did not improve the plot at all when the sinister truth is revealed surrounding their deaths.  In fact, it made this already ridiculous movie worse.  I didn’t think it was possible but they achieved it.

For some reason the writers had to make it evolve around the characters birthdays correlating with the deaths instead of just leaving it at the spirits died in the house they used the Ouija board in.  I still can’t figure out why.  If you have watched this movie, or are brave enough to do so after this review, and can explain please do.

I didn’t care for the characters at all!  The characters felt very shallow and under developed throughout the whole movie. The couple arguing the whole time was very annoying.  SPOILER:  I was glad when this couple died to be honest.  I just wish the deaths made up for their terrible dynamic.

The acting was terrible by all actors involved.  It reminded me of student projects I was involved with in high school.  I will admit that they didn’t have much to work with between the plot and dialogue lacking.

I don’t recommend this movie at all.  Just don’t even waste your time.

Remember this Halloween, the Rules of the Ouija board:
1.  Always take it serious because it is not a game.
2. Always say good-bye at the end.
3.  Never use the Ouija board in your own home.

Is this a drinking movie?  You might as well get so drunk before watching it that you black out and don’t recall subjecting yourself to this painful movie.

Rated: Not Rated

Duration: 93 minutes

IMDB: 3.5 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 2.3 out of 5 as of 9/24/15.  Available for membership streaming and rental

Netflix:  Available as of 9/24/15

Mala’s Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Wicked Little Things (2006)

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Genre: Drama Horror

The first thing you need to know about this movie is Chloë Grace Moretz!! I love her as an actress!  And she is one of the best child horror actresses ever, this role shows her talent as much as The Amityville Horror did!

The second thing you need to know about this movie is After Dark Horrorfest (also known as 8 Films to Die For), who have been sharing amazing independent horror movies since 2006.  This movie was part of their first series of releases.  They have been quiet festival wise since 2010 but I am ecstatic to see release date of October 16, 2015 on their current website and look forward to seeing what new things they have discovered.

The third thing you need to know is creepy children.  This always adds to the creep factor for me.  You know you have a problem when you have to feed zombie ghost children a pig to keep them docile.

One thing I didn’t like about this movie is the whinny character Sarah.  I hoped for her death the entire time.  But I guess you can’t expect anything else from a teenage girl.

Though I wouldn’t say I was ever scared by this movie, it is more suspenseful than anything, I did enjoy it!  It is well written, produced, and acted.

Remember this Halloween season, beware dead zombie-like mining children.  It can never end well!  And maybe you should listen to the crazy guy in the middle of the woods, he might know what he is talking about after all.

Rated: R

Duration: 94 minutes

Mala’s Rating: 4 out of 5

IMDB: 5.1 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 3.3 out of 5 as of 9/24/15.  Available for streaming with membership and rental

Netflix: Available as of 9/24/15

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Exeter (2015)

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Genre: Horror Thriller

This movie is under rated in my opinion, at least if you go by the IMDB rating.  And it has some great names involved like Marcus Nispel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre and 2009’s Friday the 13th) and Kelly Blatz (Prom Night and From Within).

Right out of the gate you get blood, tits, and gore with a suicide (the makings of a great horror movie; and of course METAL)!  Instantly you are thinking what is going on?  Why did this person take their life in a moment you thought was leading up to a party or sex scene?  But you don’t find out why this person took their life until the end of the movie.

One thing I really enjoyed about this movie is the twists and turns the plot took throughout the story telling process!  Usually I find movies extremely predictable (maybe because I watch too many) but this one had enough variety it was refreshing.  And I didn’t see the ending coming at all!  My hat goes off to the writer of this movie Kirsten McCallion.

Most of the gore was amazing but some could have been done better.  I won’t lie on that aspect.  Also, all the actors did a great job in this movie!  My only real complaint is the make up when the characters were possessed, I just didn’t feel for it.

Remember this Halloween season not to party in abandoned asylums or let yourself get possessed by demons.  😉

Is this a drinking movie?  I think you could enjoy it sober or drunk!  No need to make a drinking game out of it since it is an enjoyable horror movie.

Rated: R

Duration: 91 minutes

IMDB: 4.6 out of 10 as of 9/24/15

Amazon Prime: 3 out of 5 stars as of 9/24/15

Netflix: Available as of 9/24/15

Mala’s rating: 4 our of 5!

Check out the rest of the 31 Days of Horror movies for Halloween 2015 here.

Heroes Behind the Mask: Justice Corps of Iowa

I get to meet and talk to some pretty amazing people with this blog!  And this week’s interview is no exception!  They are fellow Extra-Lifers (check out their website linked below if you want to donate in their name!) which automatically makes them an A+ in my CAUSEplay book! And they are sure busy!  They only mention a few upcoming events but they are booked out from what it looks like on their Facebook page! I hope you enjoy this week’s feature!  –Mala

Group Name: Justice Corps of Iowa

Mission Statement: Inspire smiles wile lifting hearts!

Location(s): Iowa

When was the group started? And by who (do not have to answer this last part if you do not want to)?
The group was formed officially formed on January 26th 2015 by Jeremy Lester aka Superman-Iowa
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If you are the creator of this group what inspired you to create Justice Corps of Iowa CAUSEplay in general? If you are a member of the Justice Corps of Iowa what made you want to join this particular group or CAUSEplay?
It was very apparent that there was a need for a group of Superhero and Villain characters to help brighten up the people in the communities of Iowa. From kids and families fighting family altering sickness to corporations raising money for causes, we try to help wherever we can!
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Brief history/overview: In the beginning 6 months before the Corps formed there was an event at a local Barnes and Noble. 5 of us met there and became friends instantly. Over the course of time we started realizing that we could be doing more than just going to Cons (which we still love and do!). And start offering what we do to the communities.

Do you have a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status or other designation? If not, do you consider yourself a charity group or just a group of friend who do good? And are you looking into getting a 501(c)3 status?
We consider ourselves to be a community organization. We travel all over the state to spread or love of comic book culture and helping others.

We do have overhead expenses like business cards, website, and costume maintenance. We do not charge for charity or fundraising events. We do not charge to visit a sick child. We make little bits here and there from birthday parties and corporate events and that money gets pooled and then donated to causes in our area.

We have talked about getting a 501(c)3 status. Especially now with our growth!

How can someone join Justice Corps of Iowa?
We are based out of Des Moines. We are the only group in the state that represents our brand. People can send private messages and learn more about how to join us!

What type of costumes do you accept? Do you have a costume approval process, if so what is it? What do you look for in a costume?
We try to stick with the Superhero and Villain Genre. We like to provide the most authentic experience for the people we meet. So generally we are looking for well built costumes that mimic film or comics. We try to avoid the Halloween costumes because we feel they do not portray that “real” experience for the people we meet.

People who ask join us are asked to submit a picture or video of them in costume and we as a group do a vote on acceptance.
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Do you accept crossplay costumes? Gender bent costumes? Customized characters?
We try to provide a realistic experience. If it’s been in a movie or a comic book we allow it.

Do you have people willing to help with the costume making process or a resource guide to help with the process?
Our costumes are a mix of work done by us and commissioned work. Whatever makes them look the most realistic to the characters we are portraying.

How many people are currently in your group?
We have just recently became a group of 19. But we offer close to 40 characters.

How is the leadership determined?
It was done by a group vote when we formed.
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What have you done for charities (types of events)?
We do all kinds of events! From 5k to raise money, Pinky Swear Foundation. We work with Make a Wish and Children’s Cancer Connection

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Do you create your own event or make appearance when requested?
We haven’t actually made our “own” event yet! But most of the events we partake in are requested by organizations and companies in Iowa.

How did you build you “clientele”?
We believe a lot of our clientele has been built by making friendships with people and our beloved fans that like and share our Facebook page! We have also had great support from local organizations like the Iowa Comic Book Club, the Des Moines Register, Make a Wish, The Children’s Cancer Connection, Iowa Kidsnet and many more! Thank you all, we love you!

Do you have particular organization(s) or cause(s) you work with regularity?
Many mentioned above, but we do not play favorites. We go where we are needed!

What is the most amazing thing Justice Corps of Iowa has accomplished so far?
The most amazing thing we have accomplished so far is building a family. We have all grown close and made friendships that you can only hope to have. We support each other and others and we do it together! That is amazing!

Where do you see Justice Corps of Iowagoing in the future?
Expanding, growing, and inspiring more smile and lifting more hearts all over Iowa! Our future is bright and we can’t wait to see what it brings!

Do you use any fun terminology specifically for Justice Corps of Iowa?
Lol! We call ourselves the JCI. But there are many internal jokes. For example one of the members meant to write Whoo in excitement to something we were talking about but his autocorrect changed it to Foot. So now whenever someone expresses joy they write Foot!

Do you have advice for someone interested in creating a CAUSEplay group or getting into CAUSEplay?
Follow your heart, tear down your walls, and always be a friend.

Anything else you want to add about your group or CAUSEplay:
We have grown a lot and we have fun things coming so please like and share our Facebook page!

What future events do you have?
DBQ comic con September 26th and Cedar Rapids Comic Con on February 6th
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Facebook: Justice Corps of Iowa

Website: justicecorpsofiowa.com

Twitter:@justicecorpsia

Email:admin@justicecorpsofiowa.com
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Heroes Behind the Masks: The Tau’ri Alliance

I loved Stargate before I knew about Star Wars (which I adore and has literally shaped my life). At the risk of losing face among my Star Wars friends and followers Stargate is my number one all time Sci-Fi fandom! I am thrilled to introduce you to a new CAUSEplay group involving Stagate from Utah!  I look forward to following their growth and progress in making a difference in their own community!  If you know of any other CAUSEplay groups of this movie and TV series please let me know!!! –Mala

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Group Name: The Tau’ri Alliance

Mission Statement: We are a Stargate Fan Group, here to have fun, dress up, promote the shows and movie, get into costume to let the public know who we are and help promote worthy causes such as charity drives and fandom events. (if you have one):

Location(s): Salt lake City, Utah

When was the group started? And by who: We started in March of 2015. The founding members were myself (Nathan Shumway), Robert and Ruth Aswin, and Jordy Nelson

If you are the creator of this group what inspired you to create Tau’ri Alliance CAUSEplay in general? If you are a member of the Tau’ri Alliance what made you want to join this particular group or CAUSEplay?
Heh, I’ll answer this question and the next one simultaneously: (Next question being a brief history/overview:) Originally Robert and I had joined another Stargate fan group in Utah, but they seemed to be more interested in being “show ready authentic” as opposed to just enjoying promoting the fandom and having a good time. The Tau’ri Alliance doesn’t have a problem with any group that wants to be “Show ready” and has the means to do so. We’d rather just create a group that encourages creativity in creating your own “look”, as long as you can justify its use in the general sandbox of the Stargate Universe. We’re pretty much split along two lines of costumes: military and alien, which includes the Jaffa, Ori, Go’auld, and other alien species that were encountered in the three different shows (Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, Universe).

As for a brief history, I have about twenty years as a member of an international Star Trek fan chapter, as well as eighteen years as a member of a national medieval re-enactment group. Other members of the Alliance also have many years combined in various community and cos-play groups (ask Robert about his Ghostbusters cos-play group. A lot of fun stories there)

Do you have a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status or other designation? If not, do you consider yourself a charity group or just a group of friend who do good? And are you looking into getting a 501(c)3 status?
We don’t have a 501 © designation just yet, and don’t have any plans to do so in the immediate future. Right now we’re focusing on building membership and attendance, as well as keeping a few community charities in mind for future assistance.

How can someone join the Tau’ri Alliance?
Well, if someone wants to start their own chapter in a place outside the Salt Lake Valley and use our name for it, we’re more than happy to speak with them about it before we give permission for us to be included under the same “umbrella”. Other than that, we’d prefer for now to have members in the Salt Lake area to help build up our local membership.

Is there a website people can go to search for a local chapter?
If they’re not in Salt Lake, Utah, or Davis Counties in the State of Utah, there aren’t any local chapters. However, we can be found on Facebook by searching for our group name.

What type of costumes do you accept? Do you have a costume approval process, if so what is it? What do you look for in a costume?
As I mentioned before, our costumes pretty much fall into two categories: military and alien. For our military, we ask that people use some form of military camouflage, staying away from anything that is in current use by the US Armed Forces. We pretty much follow the US Army ranking structure, though very pared down, as we don’t really have a need for a lot of the NCO and Officer ranks (we’re still a very small group.) We also ask that you put a name tape over the left breast instead of the right, so as not to be confused with current serving members of the military. Several of our members are either veterans or prior service law enforcement, and we don’t want to run the risk of disrespecting those that currently “wear the cloth”.

For our “alien” costumes, we ask our members to pick outfits and/or species that were shown in the various shows, and create costumes along those themes. Our resident alien costume co-ordinator is Ruth Aswin, and we’ve given her a pretty wide latitude on approving any costumes before we “go on stage”. Additionally, we are in the process of creating some t-shirts with our own unique graphic, so that those that don’t have an available costume can still be in a sort of uniform when we are at events.
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Do you accept crossplay costumes? Gender bent costumes? Customized characters?
For crossplay, no, we don’t really allow it. Our members are free to create other cos-play costumes, but we ask them to refrain if they are showing up to an official event if they plan on representing the Tau’ri Alliance. As for Gender bent, we haven’t run across this issue yet, though as our group is currently limited to the rather conservative Salt Lake Valley, we don’t see this as an issue that we’ll need to address anytime soon. For Customized Characters, well that’s pretty much wat our Alien Costume Division is for. Practically all of our Characters are customized, provide members are willing to make their costumes to fit somewhere in the Stargate Sandbox.

Do you have people willing to help with the costume making process or a resource guide to help with the process?
We’re holding monthly meetings right now to get the group started. We do dedicate a portion of each meeting for ideas for costumes and places that accessories can be found, as well as ideas for props.

How many people are currently in your group? 17

Leadership structure: Along with keeping ranks in the US Army structure, we have a ranking Colonel (myself) in charge of our “SGC” Gamma Site, a diplomatic Major (Robert Aswin) who also oversees our Science Division, our Armorer (Jordy Nelson) who makes sure that our show weapons are completely safe before we go “on stage”, and our Alien Relations Ambassador (Ruth Aswin) who is in charge of all Alien Costuming. We’ll add more positions along the way, once we are able to maintain a greater turnout and have more time as a group under our belts.

How is the leadership determined?
I was voted into the leadership by a conspiracy of Robert and Ruth Aswin, and Jordy Nelson. In short, I was drafted! As revenge I appointed Robert as my Second and things just started to fall in place after that.

What have you done for charities (types of events)?
We’re still new as a group , and haven’t had a chance to do much for local charities. We did have a photo shoot recently, however, and included a Salute to the Fallen, for those that have lost their lives in the service of our country. We do have plans to get involved with some of the local charities in the spring, though we are looking at our options for volunteer work. In the past I have helped volunteer at events such as March Of Dimes as well as the United Way needy Family projects, and we’ll keep those in our considerations. Please tell us stories about you, the events, and charities. Pictures would be great for here, if you have any.

Do you create your own event or make appearance when requested?
We haven’t yet, but we plan on networking with a couple of the Cause-paly groups in the area to let them know we exist and can help out.

How did you build you “clientele”? Heh, we’re so new we haven’t had a chance to do that just yet. Fortunately, our leadership has quite a few contacts with local costuming groups and convention staffs that we can co-ordinate needs in the future if need be.

Do you have particular organization(s) or cause(s) you work with regularity? Not yet

What is the most amazing thing the Tau’ri Alliance has accomplished so far?
We had a great photo shoot, and we’re averaging two new members a month. We hope to gain more membership and really get a name out there, not just for ourselves, but also for the Show. We want to be a positive representation for the Show, but also to the community when our volunteer efforts pick up.

Where do you see The Tau’ri Alliance going in the future?
Really, we’d like to reach a membership of about fifty, with a good showing of about 15-20 per event. We know people have jobs and lives, and we’d like to be respectful of those aspects. Past that, who knows? Maybe some satellite groups in other states and countries?

Do you use any fun terminology specifically for the Tau’ri Alliance?
Not really. We do occasionally throw around acronyms like they do in the show. But as with any fan group, there’s a lot of inside jokes that will make most of us groan and facepalm while we’re laughing.

Do you have advice for someone interested in creating a CAUSEplay group or getting into CAUSEplay?
Yeah, get out there and do it! There’s plenty of good groups out there that can use the help. Just to name a few, Ronald McDonald House, your local VA hospital, children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, etc. I’d say, keep your target audience in mind. You don’t want a costume that might scare kids, be bubbly and engaged in your audience (i.e. those you’re there to help), and have fun. I think the film Robots said it best: “See a need, Fill a need.”

Anything else you want to add about your group or CAUSEplay:
Volunteering is very rewarding, and more so in costume. If nothing else, you’ll raise interest in your group when people see you raking the lawns of a charity house or signing up people for a race. Interest is good, and good works can only reflect well on your group.

What future events do you have?
We’re gearing up for our official debut as a group at the upcoming Salt Lake ComicCon. We hope to get a few new members, and then start planning out the next twelve months, keeping in mind a volunteer opportunity here and there. Keep in mind when this will post for this answer. Refer to the email.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1539857459610922/

Heroes Behind the Masks: Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow

Arizona is filled with great examples of CAUSEplay and here is another one!  Make sure to check out all the fun and awesome this group has to offer!  Especially the fun video linked in this interview. –Mala
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Group Name: Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow

Mission Statement: Helping our community one smile at a time.

Location: All over Arizona

When was the group started? And by who (do not have to answer this last part if you do not want to)?
May 2015 by Chris Burton, Chris Hartzler, Jocelyn Annamarie Gangestad, Frank Captain Gyimesi

If you are the creator of this group what inspired you to create Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow CAUSEplay in general? If you are a member of the Heroes and Villains of
Tomorrow what made you want to join this particular group or CAUSEplay?
We loved dressing up as different characters and seeing the smiles on kids faces and reactions.

Do you have a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status or other designation? If not, do you consider yourself a charity group or just a group of friend who do good? And are you looking into getting a 501(c)3 status?
We are Non Profit Costume Charity Group.

How can someone join Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow?
Go to our facebook page and send us a message or go to heroestomorrow@yahoo.com and send us an email.
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What type of costumes do you accept? Do you have a costume approval process, if so what is it? What do you look for in a costume?
We accept costumes of shapes and sizes. We accept anything from movies, tv shows, super heroes, whatever your imagination can come with.

Do you accept crossplay costumes? Gender bent costumes? Customized characters?
Yes all kinds. Only thing we ask is if we go to a certain kind of event, like a birthday party or something with a lot of kids, we ask that the costume is kid friendly. Otherwise we encourage to come up styles and costumes you want.

Do you have people willing to help with the costume making process or a resource guide to help with the process?
Everyone is the group has something to bring to group. Everyone helps everyone out. We are a big family. If someone doesn’t know the answer, we know someone that has it.
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How many people are currently in your group?
32 members as of July 28th 2015

What have you done for charities (types of events)?
We have done grand openings for kids need to need, birthday parties, fund raisers, hospital visits

Do you create your own event or make appearance when requested?
We get requested and we look for local events to attend.
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How did you build you “clientele”?
Hard work and the high quality of our costumes and our members.

Do you have particular organization(s) or cause(s) you work with regularity?
Phoenix children’s hospital, make a wish foundation, the schools, the brass armadillo antique mall

What is the most amazing thing Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow has accomplished so far?
Where do you see Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow going in the future? We are going to branch out to out of state conventions.

Do you have advice for someone interested in creating a CAUSEplay group or getting into CAUSEplay?
It takes hard work, dedication and patience.

Anything else you want to add about your group or CAUSEplay: Our welcome video done my ThermoCosplay, we also run a group called Themed rides car club

What future events do you have?
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Car Con in tuscon az, Friday, October 16, 2015 Comic and media expo in mesa az, Saturday, November 21, 2015 San Jose Fanfest san jose ca, Phx comic con fanfest dec 4th. Those are our big events as of right now
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Facebook: Heroes and villains of tomorrow

Email: heroestomorrow@yahoo.com

Hero Behind the Mask: Cosplay Medic

The point of causeplay is to give back to the community. This week I wanted to share with you an individual who gives back to cosplayers! The cosplay medic is there for your costume emergencies!

Name: Wayne D.

Location: Toronto, On, Canada

What got you into CAUSEplaying? I just like to help people in general and seeing that there is a need for someone to fix costumes at conventions, I know that I should be that person.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying? I like the challenges of the job, and it just feels good to help others.

What was your first CAUSEplay event? AnimeNorth 2014

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why? My Nathan Fillion mask. Because I’m obsessed with Nathan Fillion.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment : Anytime I see the smiles of relief on people’s face after helping them fixing their cosplays.

What inspired you to focus on repairing costumes? I think it’s a right thing to do as cosplayers need the service all the time. Someone should to do it, so I figure I should take the responsibility.

You mentioned in a post once that you are also a medic for people. Have you ever had to use those skills at a con? Yes, I tended to some cuts and wounds at cons before.

Any advice for people on how they can avoid needing you amazing skills? Well, be careful with your surrounding and be mindful to protect your cosplay.

What is the most unusual thing you have had to repair? Oh haha to be honest I don’t know, because there were so many odd props I helped to fix!

Tell us about your costume! I only have the shield as my primary “prop”, aside from that I wear casual clothing. I do carry a repair kit with me, however.

How much money do you spend each con for costume first did supplied? Ah well I don’t know for sure, I think I spent around 200 bucks for the repair kits, and I restock things whenever they’re low. I would guess from 20-40 dollars each con to re-supply used stock.

If people wanted to donate or help out with these costs do you accept
donations?
This is tough. I know I should, because I’m a broke student and don’t have time for a job as my program is too busy. But I can’t take donation. I feel kinda bad if I do.

How many cons have you been the cosplay medic at? Wow, I think more than a dozen by now? I lost count of cons I have been too haha.

Tell us something random about yourself: I’m obsessed with Nathan Fillion.

Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Wars

Marvel or DC: DC all the way!

Favorite Comic Series: The Sandman

Favorite Comic Character: Tim Drake (3rd Robin/ Red Robin)

Least favorite comic character and why? Dick Grayson (Nightiwing), because he cheated on his fiancee.

Favorite Book: Animorphs

Favorite Video Game: Zoo Tycoon

Favorite Convention: FanExpo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CosplayMedic

Can I use the keep calm and call the cosplay medic image for this blog? yes, and please credit it to the page “smzeldarules” as she created the image