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Bailey Sarian: Murder, Mystery, & Makeup

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Instagram make up artist Bailey Sarian has taken YouTube by storm. What began with stunning make-up tutorials has evolved into a series true-crime aficionados have come to respect. It’s binge-worthy for sure.

Bailey Sarian Makeup

For just over a year now, Sarian has been running a series entitled Mystery, Murder, and Make Up which is posted every Monday on her YouTube channel. Well, most Mondays. Let’s face it, life gets in the way sometimes.

In this series she discuss a true crime event which she has thoroughly researched and recounts while she gets ready for her day. Some watch for the stories; some watch for make up. Many watch for both.

While some of these true crime stories are well known, such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, others are much more obscure.

Sarian respects each case as she recites the facts she has found.

Sometimes that means leaving out names of victims. At other times, that means not going too extensively into the gory details that accompany some of these crimes. However, she does put up disclaimers for the weak of heart when she chooses to include graphic violence, sexual assault, and strong language.

What I adore about this series is that Sarian tells it like it is. She is very real in her fascination with true crime and makes no apologies for it. She also has very real and visceral reactions to the facts she reveals about these crimes.

 

On the make-up end, she’s not afraid to be honest about who she is and what she looks like before her transformation begins whether its oily skin or if she’s dealing with cold sores and acne. She weaves in sarcasm and humor effortlessly while speaking about these things. Despite being a glam goddess, she is very down to earth and not self centered in the least.

Before and After Bailey Sarian

She creates unique and beautiful looks as she recites some of the most gruesome things you’ll ever hear. She is equally passionate about both interests, and her storytelling skills are on point.

Murder, Mystery, and Make Up has nearly 70 videos and over 1.5 million subscribers. Sarian’s videos get millions of views… yes millions!

The mashup of murder and make up  might seem unusual, but Sarian fuses the two flawlessly. However, she has revealed diving into these dark sides of human nature does take a toll on her.

Sarian told Allure magazine in an interview she occasionally needs breaks from the macabre and gruesome acts people commit in real life.

I pay attention to what mood I’m in. If I’m already feeling down, I’m not going to research a new case because it does mess with you,” following it up with ““Over the last year, I’ve cut out all crime podcasts, and I don’t watch as many crime shows because it’s like, when do I get a break?”

Another aspect of Sarian’s videos that make them unique is she communicates with her fanbase in the comments of her YouTube videos. She welcomes their opinions and takes suggestions on which true crime events her viewers would be interested in her hearing about next.

Her takeaway from this project isn’t just accumulating followers. “Nay, nay, nay,” as the host would say. Instead she has gained insights and an attempt to understanding what makes these men and women tick. A common theme Sarian revisits is nature vs nurture. She also questions and seeks to understand how mental health contributes to their actions. Each case varies drastically, but she always appears to take away something from each true crime case she thoroughly investigates.

If you want to stay in touch with Sarian’s YouTube videos you can follow them here!

Her Instagram is equally popular and can be located @BaileySarian

If swag is your thing, her darkly morbid yet extremely fun merchandise can be found here!

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Horror Novels Getting Brand New TV Adaptations

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It’s summer here in the United States and that means catching up on some reading. Of course, you will have to set down your Tears of the Kingdom Switch game. Speaking of a link to the past, there are a few older novels that are being made into new tv shows; some are already streaming.

Below are five books that, if they haven’t already, will enter the flatscreen digital universe in the near future.

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

In case you hadn’t heard the news a brand new adaptation of Meyer’s teen supernatural romance fantasy Twilight is getting a series. Yes, you heard correctly. It’s only been 15 years since the first adaptation starring Kristin Stewart and James Pattinson was released, and now we are getting a small-screen series. Lionsgate TV is producing, but thanks to the writer’s strike it might be a while until we get details on just where it will air.

The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes

This is a story about a killer who blames his multiple personalities for the crimes he committed. Apple TV+ has made a miniseries out of it called “The Crowded Room” starring Tom Holland. That series will premiere on the streaming service starting June 9.

Triptych, Karin Slaughter

The ABC series “Will Trent” is based on this book and its sequels which feature 10 mysteries beginning with Triptych. Starring Ramón Rodríguez as the detective of the title, the show has just been renewed for a second season.

The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe

What’s Mike Flanagan going to do once his Netflix contract runs out? Thankfully it won’t be before his adaptation of this Poe chiller releases on the streamer. The IMDb page insists that the miniseries is in post-production and refuses to give a drop date, but we speculate that Halloween 2023 is when we will get it. This is a perfect seasonal offering.

The Changeling Victor Lavalle

Speaking of delayed releases, this Apple TV+ series was ordered back in 2021. It stars LaKeith Stanfield . NPR describes the story thusly:

“Apollo Kagwa is a rare book dealer and new father, in love with his wife, Emma, and their infant son Brian, named after the vanished father who haunts Apollo’s dreams.

But when Emma commits an unspeakable act of violence and disappears, Apollo’s left grasping at the threads of his unravelled life, following them through a labyrinth of strange characters, mysterious islands and haunted forests, all occupying the same space as the five boroughs of New York City.”

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Search Called Off For Teen Who Jumped From Cruise “As A Dare”

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Cameron Robbins Missing in Bahamas

In a distressing story that is as tragic as it is horrifying, the search for teenager Cameron Robbins has ended after he was reportedly seen leaping into the Atlantic Ocean from a sunset cruise in the Bahamas.

The recent high school grad named Cameron Robbins, 18, was celebrating his graduation with some of his classmates who, TMZ reports, dared him to jump into the open water. Some of it was captured on video which you can view in the Twitter post below.

The alleged prank went horribly wrong. Robbins disappeared behind the boat and into the darkness. He failed to grab onto a life preserver that was thrown to him.

A search party consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities went on for several days but was eventually called off when his body wasn’t found.

The Coast Guard issued the following statement: “We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends.”

His parents flew out to the Bahamas last week in hopes their son would be found. But in the end, the verdict was grim and they issued the following statement.

“The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy, and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends, and well-wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss.”

iHorror offers its deepest condolences to Cameron’s family.

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Announcement of a ‘Faces of Death’ Remake is a Head-Scratcher

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In perhaps one of the weirdest genre news stories to come out since we first reported on it two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter announced Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) will star in a Faces of Death remake.

For those who don’t have the number 19 at the start of their birth year, and may not know what Faces of Death is about, it is a “found-footage” documentary of people and animals dying in a myriad of horrific ways. All apparently non-produced and real. We know now that was a false claim and most of the material was (effectively) manufactured

Faces of Death (1978)

About eight years ago iHorror talked to Michael R. Felsher, owner, and founder of Red Shirt Pictures, a production company that provides documentaries, director commentary, and bonus content for DVD and Blu-Ray distributors. He went into detail about his experiences with Faces of Death and its director, Conan Le Cilaire (nee John A. Schwartz), who provides the commentary for the Blu-Ray edition.

“One of the things that I found really fascinating about [Faces of Death] was talking to both the special effects crew who worked on the movie and also the editor,” Felsher told iHorror at the time, “who had a really interesting task in that he had to blend stuff that existed at the time, and also sometimes create something out of whole cloth.”

Faces of Death (1978)

What?! The footage isn’t entirely real? Gen-Xers were duped? For a period of time in the mom-and-pop video rental era, Faces of Death was one of those grails hidden behind the counter and only rented out if you were cool enough to be trusted by the cashier.

The content was so disturbing the film was banned in several countries. One famous triggering scene involves a monkey and a dining table with a small hole in the middle, used as a pillory for the animal’s head. Dining guests then beat the monkey’s head with small mallets until it became unconscious and dined then on its brains. Of course, all of this was fabricated with cauliflower substituting for primate gray matter.

Scenes like this would help the film become fodder for the video nasty era and get it banned in the U.K. The censorship only flamed the hype and Faces of Death became an underground cult classic with a few sequels to follow. But it is the original that remains the jewel in the crown of the franchise, having earned over $60 million in its lifetime.

Schwartz (Le Cilaire) passed away in 2019, but apparently, his legacy will live on in a new “re-imagining” of his original film. There are no details on what that means. Only that it will be written by Isa Mazzei and directed by Daniel Goldhaber (Cam).

We will keep you updated.

In the meantime, check out our story about the secrets of Faces of Death HERE.

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