Month: December 2017

Raccoons in the B-Horror/Christmas Movies


Filming recently began on the Ohio-based Killer Raccoons 2: Dark Christmas in the Dark. Sadly, I missed out on the opportunity to contribute to their Indigogo campaign, which I totally would’ve done if I’d learned about this sooner. I’m kind of shocked I’d never heard of the first movie, the rather unfortunately names Coons!, which was distributed by the infamous Troma Pictures back in 2005. As the title implies, this sequel will be Christmas themed (in the vein of classics such as Die Hard and Lethal Weapon,) with a planned release in December 2018. The director, Travis Irvine (who also did the first movie,)  has returned to film production after a decade-plus of politics. He uses real dead raccoons for filming. Not them fancy taxidermied kind, either, but frozen (and thawed, then re-frozen) animal cadavers obtained from pest control organizations. That’s got to leave the sets smelling rather gamey after a day of shooting!

Well, best of luck and I look forward to enjoying this little slice of hell next year. I know what I’ll be stuffing stockings with!

Source: Columbus Alive

Raccoons and the Shiny Things

He has a light bulb on his belly!

In Panama City, FL (a part of the Emerald Coast along the panhandle) a homeowner was having problems. You see, light bulbs in her deck lighting fixtures were disappearing with surprising regularity. At first she thought they had been knocked loose by visiting children, but after being replaced they kept vanishing with no moppets to blame. So she did what made sense and put the neighborhood on high alert for some ne’er-do-well regularly absconding with the neighborhood’s outdoor incandescent bulbs. It’s plausible; construction sites often have to secure raw materials from desperate drug addicts who raid them for cash. Although copper piping is significantly more valuable than glass and space.

With everyone wary of interlopers, the thieves were sure to be caught in short order. Well, they were identified at least. Setting a trap of bulbs watched by hunting cameras, the original homeowner hoped to catch the culprit in the act. So just around dawn on morning, her recording showed who had been taking all of her lighting: a gaze of raccoons!  Described as “fat little creatures” (which translates to “totally adorable”) they were likely attracted to the glittering glass of the bulbs in the morning light and collected them, thinking them something valuable. The homeowners are happy to know it wasn’t a human taking their goods, but are unsure what to do to secure them, as they don’t want to do anything that could hurt the animals.

Source:Northwest Florida Daily News