Thursday, October 24, 2013

#MormonHalloweenMovies: The Twitter Hashtag that Blew Up



by brettmerritt (bio)

It started at close to 1 a.m. on October 23. A friend of mine on Twitter posted the following:


Now, I love a good hashtag. So, after reading a few more of his, I jumped in with:


Drew and I went back and forth for a bit and, instead of sleeping, I was scouring IMDB lists for more inspiration. Then I finally went to bed. I woke up, went to work. By 11 am, the hashtag had exploded. Later, two local Utah papers and a blog dedicated to Twitter trends had picked up the story:


Here's a nifty real-time chart to show some of the data, if you're into that.


What's cool is the variety. For as many tweets as there are, there is just a little redundancy. Some took the route of changing up words in already existing titles, whether they became scary or not, some tried to keep the horror theme intact, some flipped it and used variations on hymns to make them scary. But whatever the approach, 99% if them are really clever and/or funny. There were some great Utah culture ones too, but I tried to keep most of the highlights below constrained to universal Mormon culture.

So, to celebrate Halloween in a manner befitting this blog, here are a bunch of the most retweeted, favorited, shared, and a few of my own #MormonHalloweenMovies up through about Noon yesterday. Get on Twitter and search the hashtag to see more.

@drewchamps — started the hashtag
24 Months Later
Heckraiser
The Tithing
Dr. Jekyll and Orson Hyde
Rosemary's Baby Blessing

@someguybrett
Let the Righteous Ones In
The Blair Witch Re-Activation Project
An American Missionary in London
Monson and Eyring vs Evil

@TheCulturalHall
The Hill Cumorah Has Eyes
Paranormal Combined Activity
The (CTR) Ring
The Priesthood Blessing of Emily Rose

@RFHGina
Drag Me to the Terrestrial Kingdom
Frankenjensen
Last Ward House on the Left

@ericartell
PPI with the Vampire
Brother of Jacob's Ladder
Paranormal Inactivity

@jennakimjones
Phantom of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Brigham Young: Vampire Hunter
Dial M for Mormon
Elder Scissorhands

@ScottHeffernan
I Know With Every Fiber of My Being What You Did Last Summer
Helaman's Army of Darkness
Donnie Osmond Darko
The Brides of Frankenstein

@jshowgren
It's the Great and Spacious Building, Charlie Brown
Attack of the Cannery Tomatoes
The Watcher in the Wards
The Bishop's Gorehouse

@sput_nick
King Noah Kong
The Silence of the Lions and the Lambs

@RandyTayler
Night of the Provident Living Dead
What Father of All Lies Beneath

@jacobmoffat
Pet Seminary
Little Etsy Shop Of Horrors

@beccaclason
Young Single Adult Frankenstein
Zoobieland
Carrie On

@jessiejensen
The Evil Kindred Dead
28 Days Later They Got Married
Run, Run, Ye Saints

@HacksIsTeenEyed
I Know What You Tithed Last Summer
Church-Sponsored Event Horizon

@ByCommonConsent
The Sister Wife of Frankenstein
The Cabinet of Bishop Caligari

@JTennor
Something Modest This Way Comes
The Evil (Baptism For The) Dead
Children of the Freeze-Dried Corn

@EmeryHoodoo
Shaun of the Baptisms for the Dead

@stromanBYU
Dawn of the Baptisms for the Dead

@5kl
Night of the Living Baptisms for the Dead

@Charlie_Z_95
Silent Hill Cumorah

@BeautYdUde
Freddy Krueger's Christmas

@compulsivewritr
Something Repented This Way Comes

@tchegaucho13
Primary Children of the Corn

@AJutah
Paranormal Ward Activity

@nharper27 2h
Visiting Creatures

@BBQGrail
I Know What You Did Last Youth Conference

@EtotheNev
The Skeleton Keys of the Priesthood

@Steve_Hatch
The Monson Man Prophecies

@LDSStakeClerk
It's The Great Pumpkin, Bishop Brown

@aljmac
The Woman in Black Slacks

@Trelonis
Interview with an Atheist

@ldsbishop
Children of Record of the Corn

@JamesonDavid
Friday the 31st: Jason is My Home Teacher

@RootieBoy
The Legend of Sleepy Bishop

@DiscoDanSilva
We Are All Enlisted Till the Zombie Apocalypse is O'er

@andrewute1
Give Said the Little Scream

@ModernMormonMen (Seattle Jon)
Monster House of the Lord
Orrin Portergeist Rockwell
The (Engagement) Ring
The Miracle of Forbidness
The Work and the Gory

@jeffreysparsons
Insidious: Chapter Two, Verse Seven

Let us know your favorites or add your own in the comments. Happy Halloween.

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