66 Things to Do in Salem, MA (updated August 2018)



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The famous Derby St House of fantastic decorations. They make an incredible effort every year that it’s a tourist attraction in and of itself – even on Christmas. Next to Dave Eng’s Flowers, 136 1/2 Derby St.

Because I like lists, and sympathise with the tourist dilemma of “Bollocks! We only have 5 hours to spend here – what do we do first??”, I’ve decided to compile a big fat list of 66* awesome things to do in Salem.

*Yes, this list could have been shorter, but the number 66 is evilly cool, and Salem is a spooky, kooky version of that surreal little hamlet in Gilmore Girls, so ner. (Click “Continue reading” to read more!)

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 31: Halloween [2018]


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Last movie of 2018’s challenge! This took me a little longer to post, and this month’s punctuality has been patchy, but that’s down to a small cluster of health problems that have been vacuuming my time over the past year.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 30: Ghost Stories [2017]


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I have mixed feelings about Ghost Stories. On the whole, it’s a genuine throwback to the creeptastic anthology fun of horror days of yore. But if you’re a nitpicker who just has to (accidentally) find some reason to almost dislike a film, then it’s a package of tales that wouldn’t look out of place in a 2 am TV also-ran slot.


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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 26: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 1×01 [2018]


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As a lifelong Archie comics fan, I was excited for this series. I’ve read the excellent (and no-punches-pulled) comic series Afterlife with Archie, but I never got around to reading its spin-off, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina [why isn’t there a ‘The’?]. Luckily, this Netflix series has talent from both series onboard as series developer and writer (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa).

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 25: Annihilation [2018]


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edit: After reading some more analysis and feeling like a dolt for missing so much relevant subtext, I decided to revise my review score from 4 to 5.

One of Netflix’s earlier 2018 offerings, Annihilation has rich pedigree in front of and behind the camera. Directed and adapted by Alex Garland, this disquieting horror sci-fi has assembled the likes of Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and even Benedict Wong. Based on the best-selling book by Jeff VanderMeer, the story follows a group of five scientists who are dispatched to a area of mysterious origin that has claimed anyone and anything that has tried to investigate it. All previous groups were male.

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