The Vault: 2004

An election year! Everything was political, even your friendly local Horror Reporter…

You may recall in the 2003 year in review, the HORROR REPORT (and many others) were in favor of the Iraq war.. Things started going a little funky in 04.. things started to seem like we took the wrong path… And when the “Mission was accomplished,” then we realized…. big mistake…

The HORROR REPORT even took close attention on the famed Bush umbrella incident of 2004..

The movie the DAY AFTER TOMORROW was released in ’04.. Art Bell and Whitley Streiber had to defend their premise of a large global superstorm consuming the entire planet..

By the summer of 2004, beheadings were en vogue… Americans from everyday walks of life were being featured online in gruesome detail: With their heads being chopped off by terrorists..

In 2004, SPIDERMAN 2 was being praised by reviewers!At the time ROTTEN TOMATOES was giving it a 97% rating..

On the day I turned 24 in 2004, the PASSION OF THE CHRIST was passing being released on video, and the GOP convention was in full swing… At that time we reported this:

Drudge reporting today that FOX NEWS has now received an all-time historic high number for a cable broadcast of a Convention: …Drudger also says: “FOXNEWS peak came during Laura Bush’s speech with 5,216,000 viewers… [5,124,000 during Schwarzenegger]… “

The completely crazy and religiously zany Senate Candidate from Illinois, Alan Keyes, called Dick Cheney’s daughter a sinner for being a lesbian!

Half of New Yorkers believe government knew 9/11 was coming…



Despite misgivings about the Iraq war, the HORROR REPORT still found humor in the completely fake Kerry campaign… he was orange before TRUMP in 04..

The HORROR REPORT wrote this on September 28:

NOW! Back to those ‘issues’….
Matt Drudge, who was a influencial force behind the rumors and jokes of the famed Kerry/Edwards love fest, has began another quest to make America look at Kerry differently…This time, Drudge writes about Kerry’s odd orange features as he prepares for the first debate on Thursday night…
As I look, though, Drudge has a point…either Kerry is changing colors for the autumn, or his spray on tan went a little too heavy…Either way, it’s a good thing the campaigns agreed to have boring, ridiculously scripted debates with the heat in the auditorium turned down, that way Kerry’s sweat won’t make his tan run…
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More on the campaign: Bush’s hometown newspaper endorses Kerry, writing:
“Four items trouble us the most about the Bush administration: his initiatives to disable the Social Security system, the deteriorating state of the American economy, a dangerous shift away from the basic freedoms established by our founding fathers, and his continuous mistakes regarding Iraq” 

TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE opened at the box office in the fall of that year…. the HORROR REPORT opined,

While Roger Ebert and nearly 14% other reviewers are slamming TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE, I saw it last night and agreed with the majority of people who are seeing this film and enjoying it…Maybe not the best film of the year, but certainly the dirtiest…filthiest…almost funniest…and one filled with biting political satire and commentary…
It’s a known fact that Kim Jung Il enjoys American culture…I question whether he will see this film and appreciate the almost racist view of his North Korean experience…
I am not positive that the entire audience in theaters across the country will view the film in the same regard my girlfriend Tara and I did, though…There were a few next to us who looked almost bored…It seemed like some went in expecting fart and vomit jokes (one out of two ain’t bad) and they didn’t get all they were waiting for…
What’s more..I think people who go into the film with a zeal-like love for Michael Moore and other Hollywood elites will be offended more than those who have a love for Bush or other White House personalities. After all, there were no Bush or White House puppets…That one made Ebert mad, too…
What IS evident though is that TEAM AMERICA may have a good weekend…and if it does, rightfully so.

The election continued… LONG legs appeared at the 2004 presidential debates…

As did BUSH and Stinky..

The autumn closed in… Halloween approached.. Despite a political year, the HORROR REPORT returned to its roots by All Hallows Eve, writing this on October 30:

While kids dress as pimps and prostitutes this year, it may do well to remember and get educated on the roots of Halloween…Not just a holiday to get candy door to door or for big giant used car sales, but a day to honor dead…a festival of the end of summer…the beginning of the harvest…all starting with the Celts 2,000 years ago..
The holiday was called Samhain, the Celtic New year
Though Doctor Loomis from HALLOWEEN pronounced Samhain wrong, it’s actually pronounced “sow-en”…

War continued to be hell even after George W. Bush won relection.. a photo of the famed soldier smoking a cig became widely spread online at the time..

And by the time we got to December, more chaos ensued.. The HORROR REPORT had an extensive story o the day that the earth LITERALLY shook.. Christmas in Asia ended with a tsunami of epic proportions..

The HORROR REPORT ended 04 like this:

THURSDAY DECEMBER 30 2004
LAVA FLOWS IN INDIA: LAST ACTIVE VOLCANO ERUPTS

Noonan: The biggest story of the year happened just as big-thinking journalists went on vacation after filing their “Ten Biggest Stories of 2004” pieces. Life has a way of surprising us.

US helping victims get water…
Workers overwhelmed with scope of disaster…
The Times of INDIA writes how NYT called Bush admin Aid ‘stingy’
Bush says US will head disaster relief…
Long-term aid pledged…
Bush supports conference for tsunami aid…
‘Stingy’ Americans already have given $18 mil of their own money to Red Cross…
Amazon collection tops $4 mil…
Annan satisfied…
The race is on, France now the number 1 donor

5:30 PM EDT