Penguin Dry Ice’s Halloween video contest winners are #frightfullycool

If you were to make a list of the Top 50 things that I love, Halloween would rank #16 and Video Contests would rank somewhere in the low 20’s.  That might sound surprising for a guy who runs a website about video contests but keep in mind that my list would include things like cookies (#8), my loved ones (#1-5), and hilarious cat videos (#14).  So Halloween and Video Contests are a big part of my life.  Every fall search the web for new Halloween-themed video contests that I can enter but unfortunately, they’re not as popular as you’d think.  I’ve found and entered a few of them but I’ve never been able to win one….until now!  Back in October I read about a photo & video contest that was being sponsored by Penguin Dry Ice.  I’ve always loved dry ice (#47 on my list) and I’ve bought many bricks of it over the years for Halloween parties and video projects.  So I really wanted to win this contest.  The sponsor wanted to see #frightfully Halloween displays that used dry ice.  There were a lot of great entries but I managed to win the $1,500 grand prize.  Here’s my submission:



I gotta say, I’m really proud of my little display.  It was actually kinda easy to set up.  I just bought some empty paint cans from Home Depot and spray painted them black.  Then I dribbled on florescent green paint and added some homemade florescent radiation stickers.  I turned on a pair of blacklights, put some green, battery-operated LED Christmas lights in some of the cans and then added some water and dry ice.

If you’d like to see the other photos and videos that won prizes, click here.

Doritos’ “Boldest Thanksgiving Recipe” actually looks pretty tasty

I’ve been running this website for a long, long time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Thanksgiving-themed video contest before.  That’s strange because the concept is just so easy.  “Hey Product X fans, tell us why you’re grateful for Product X and you could win a giant turkey stuffed with hundred dollar bills!”  Well, Doritos did run a Thanksgiving contest this year and they just announced the results.  They were looking for  holiday recipes that included Doritos.  I don’ know your grandma feels about side dishes full of orange chips but if I showed up and my Nana’s place with a Doritos dish she’d probably fake a seizure and drop it on the floor.  But the video that won the $3,500 grand prize actually looks pretty good…obvious…but good.  And I mean God Damn, this is the most obvious Doritos recipe anyone, anywhere could think of.  It’s basically just a taco pie with Doritos on top.  In fact, if you  you google “Doritos Taco Casserole” you’ll find tons of similar recipes.  But at least the video is well-made.  I can’t embed the video so click the image below to watch it on the Legion of the Bold site.

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That looked sort of tasty, right?  I don’t know if I’d make it for Thanksgiving but I’ll definitely whip one up if I get invited to 420 day fest.

Bunch O Balloons “Secret Weapon” winners

2016 is a weird time to be a kid.  On one hand they have incredible toys and gadgets and an endless supply of tv shows and youtube videos to watch.  On the other hand, Donald Trump just got elected president.  I’m not sure MineCraft/Avengers is really exciting enough to offset the fear/panic some kids will feel under a Trump/Pence administration.  Maybe some “Bunch O Balloons” will help?  If you haven’t seen then, Bunch O Balloons are these new waterballoons that you would have killed to play with when you were little.  You can fill up dozens of them at once and then the balloons somehow seal themselves shut. The company just wrapped up their first video contest and here’s the entry that won the $2,500 grand prize.



Ahh, wasn’t that a pleasant look back at a sweeter, more innocent time?  I really miss the good ole’ days of 2 months ago.  Everything seemed possible back then….we were going to have the first female president,  a liberal supreme court, and new alt-right TV network named Trump TV that we could all mock and revile.  Sigh….well at least we still have water balloons that seal themselves.

Libertarianism.org’s 2016 video contest winners

Happy Election Day Eve, everybody!  24 hours from now we’ll probably know who the next president will be.  This election year has been totally bananas and I’m glad I got to live through it.  I think future Americans will still be talking about and writing about Clinton V. Trump a hundred years from now.  And an amusing footnote to most of those stories will be the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.  2016 was supposed to be the Libertarian’s big year!  All the pundits thought Johnson would pull in big numbers of people who didn’t want to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush.  But ooops, the republicans nominated a straight up loony bird and Johnson proved he didn’t really know anything about anything so the Libertarian’s hopes fizzled out months ago.

Oh well, there’s always next time (unless Trump wins and he cancels the 2020 election so Ivanka can take over.)  For now I figured I’d give the Libertarians one last chance to shine and post the winners of the Libertarianism.org video contest.  For this contest, filmmakers were supposed to explain what makes them passionate about liberty.  The top three videos won $4,000 each.  Here they are:







See you all in the future! Have a safe and fun election day. Be sure to take a drink every time a state turns blue and say a prayer whenever a state turns red. And if the Libertarians somehow win a state, well I guess you should do a big bong rip and fire an assault rifle into the air.

BOO! Here’s the winner of some random website’s Madea-themed video contest

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Have you seen the trailer for Boo! A Madea Halloween?  It looks like Tyler Perry bought some clown costumes at Party City and then shot his new movie over Labor Day weekend.  I know the Madea films are popular but I think Perry might be getting a little lazy.  He veered dangerously close to “direct to DVD” territory this time.  Seriously, I’m not kidding about those Party City clown costumes.  The evil clowns in the trailer are literally wearing the $29.99 costumes that I’ve seen in stores.  What kind of major motion picture has a costume designer that would allow the director to use cheap costumes that come in vinyl bags?

Well anyway, to promote and/or piggyback off the film, the website Comed-Hype (which may or may not be officially associated with the Madea films) ran a video contest and asked their fans to submit their funniest Halloween stories.  Here’s the $1,000 grand prize winner:

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Ok, that story seemed pretty made-up and I guess the filmmaker gave up on his plan to do something with that green screen.  But still, I liked this entry and I’d much rather watch a new movie staring that guy than the new Madea film.  Happy Halloween, everybody!  Have fun and please watch out for amateur Freddy Kruegers tonight.