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Halloween

Screw The Skeleton Key.…It’s Halloween!  And last night Honey Boo Boo and I went to see the new Halloween movie.
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Via Dimension

Oh.Em.GEE!!!!
First of all, let me start by saying the first Halloween movie wasn’t really my thing.  It’s on every year on rotation during October, and I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but I only saw the original maybe once or twice and I was a little bored by it.  Truth be told, I should re-watch the original in its entirety again so that I can make another judgement.
I also have seen Halloween 2 just once.  I’ve watched Halloween: H20 several times, and Halloween: Resurrection once.  All the in-between movies of the franchise I have not seen…sorry Paul Rudd.
But, like many, I have been counting down the days to this new Halloween.  It did not disappoint.
The theater was packed, yet the room was silent throughout the film.  People weren’t munching on popcorn or opening candy wrappers.  You couldn’t even hear anyone breathe.  Complete silence….likely, like me, many of the audience were holding their breath waiting on edge.
Some things about horror movies will always baffle me…like, when you’re entering a room, whether you’re a police officer or a home owner, why doesn’t anyone ever turn on the lights?  How does Michael Myers continually escape his lock up (and, I’m not sure what the laws are in the state of Illinois, but I’m assuming the death penalty is not an option?? I mean, Michael Myers has murdered A LOT of people…why is still allowed to breathe??).
I was also annoyed by the inconsistency with some of the other movies.  Such as Laurie Strode’s children.  In H20 she had a son, John.  And she’s had a daughter named Jamie.  Neither one of them are mentioned or even in existence in this new movie…but Laurie has another/different daughter.  Whaaaa?
Regardless of these little nitpicks, Halloween (2018) was pretty darn good.  So good, in fact, that I slept with a light or two on last night.  Not gonna lie.  I may have also checked my closets and behind my shower curtain.  I’m not sure what I would have done if Michael Myers (or anyone else) had been there.  But I still checked.
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MAYBE Michael Myers just needs a hug…?   (Via Dimension)

 

Happy Halloween!!
~Sandy
PS – I’ll try to get The Skeleton Key up.
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Must-Haves Part 2

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Um, these gorgeous bright yellow loafers that I spotted on Boot Rescue on Instagram.

Oh my!  First of all, yellow is my favorite color.  And who doesn’t like a good loafer?  And then put them together with those adorable jeans…I swooned!  I’m still swooning.  In fact, I swoon every time I see them.  I need these in my life.

I love that the heel isn’t super high too.  My ankles are getting worse in my old age.  :p

I have no idea what brand they are, but I’ve found similar cuties online.  I’ll keep searching for these babes.

~Sandy


Jeepers Creepers 2

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When the original Jeepers Creepers came out it was a pretty great movie.  And it did well by spooking the crap out of us.  So well, in fact, that the producers banked on a remake.  But because the lore surrounding the Creeper is that every 22 years he comes out and feeds for 22 days, they decided the sequel would happen within the same time frame as the original story…the same 22 days (a dead Derry [from the original] even makes an appearance), instead of jumping ahead in time.  Although, I would definitely like to see a Jeepers Creepers Origins kind of story.
This new story surrounds a bus-load of high school kids…and one vengeful father.
In this movie, the Creeper continues at being super creepy….and also adding a little bit of humor (just a tad….just a wee, wee bit) to his character.  Great for audiences who were nail-biting.
I remember seeing this for the first time in the theater and not loving it.  Certainly not liking it as much as the original either.  This time, I was a little bored and annoyed.  But, the Creeper is definitely creepy, so it worked.
Next up…The Skeleton Key
~Cheers

The Old Dark House

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I have been in a bit of a funk this October.  And I haven’t been much in the mood for watching horror movies, per my annual Halloween Countdown.  But I’ve been trying.

I usually look forward to Scream-fest or Fear-fest or whatever else is on TV.  TMC is a great channel for old horrors and that’s where I watched my first horror of the season:  The Old Dark House.

This movie was released in 1932 and stars Boris Karloff and Gloria Stuart (the old Rose from Titanic).

I was kind of excited to watch this movie as I’ve read good reviews about it.  But I found it hard to follow and hard to hear.  And I eventually got a little bored with it.

A small group of travellers caught in a storm come upon an old house in the countryside where they receive shelter by Horace Femm and his sister Rebecca. Horace fears that the storm will trap the guests inside while warning them that their mute butler Morgan is a dangerous heavy drinker.  Rebecca tells Margaret about the Femm family, which she says was sinful and godless, and accuses Margaret of being sinful as well. Rebecca also reveals that her 102-year-old father still lives in the house.

There is a very quick romance (hey, we just met but…let’s get married!), there’s a pyromaniac locked in an upstairs room, there’s a fight and a death, and there are some creepy people.

This movie let me down.  It was confusing and rushed and the ending was oh-so-terrible.

Watch it if you want…or don’t.  I doubt it will make much difference.

Next up….Jeepers Creepers 2.

~Cheers

 


Lone Ballerina

I was sick a lot when I was little.  I was in and out of the hospital – usually with pneumonia – and I missed out on a lot of things.

I remember one year I was supposed to go outdoors ice skating with my Brownies group.  But I was sick again and not able to go.

I am pretty sure I whined about that excursion quite a bit because one weekend, right around Christmas, my dad packed me up and took me to a pond (just off the highway connector) so that I could skate.  It wasn’t as much fun as being with a bunch of my Brownie friends, and we weren’t out for long, but I remember it well.  I slid and slided and skated over that ice like I was a ballerina – even in my snowsuit (Nova Scotia winters are cold y’all) – the shine from the sun my spotlight.  And then it was time to go.

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And every time I pass that pond, usually with ducks sitting in it or cows grazing around it, I think of my skating excursion.

~Cheers.

 


You Wanna Buy A Gate?

There’s a scene in the movie Almost Famous where the Stillwater tour bus, after one of the band members is electrocuted on-stage, mows down the locked auditorium gate.

- You want to buy a gate? - Yeah!

There’s also a story in Drew Barrymore’s book Wild Flower where she tells of being young in NYC and returning to her Bronco after a concert in parking complex, only to find that the complex had been locked up….by a 20 foot gate.  Which she proceeded to ram over and over and over and …. well, I won’t finish her story.  But I’ll tell you mine.

My story that is coincidentally very similar.

When I was somewhere around 20 or 21, I went to the see the Tragically Hip in concert in the City with some friends.  My friend David drove and we met up with my best friend and her boyfriend for the concert.  When it was over, we decided to grab food and hang out for a bit.  Dave and I both had to be at work bright and early the next morning (me at 5:30 and him at 6) and it was already very late/really early into the wee hours of the morning.

We had parked at a very popular parking complex and when we finally dragged our butts back to his his, it was basically the only one left in the parkade.  We drove to the gate (not 20 feet high) and plugged in our ticket and nothing happened.  The parkade was now closed and we were trapped.

If you don’t know me, I have very little patience for things like this.  I liked to be punctual and prompt and I don’t like it when unruliness gets thrown into the mix.  After what seemed like a very long wait and trying to figure out what to do in this scenario (which, by the way, in hind sight, likely wasn’t that long of a wait after all), I told Dave, just go through it!  To my surprise – because, although it’s something I totally would have done, it is not at all something Dave would have done on his own and without my prompt), Dave gunned the gas and drove into the gate.  Holy shit!

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The gate budged but it didn’t allow us enough room to pass, so David reversed his little car, then put it back into drive and gunned ‘er again.  RAM!

He did this several times.  Once eventually breaking the arm of the gate and then finally, the rest of the thing pretty much just fell to the ground and we had enough room to pass and leave the parking lot.

I’m sure we laughed at those moments a lot.  And I know we made it to work on time a few hours later.  And I’m sure the first person onsite at the parkade the next morning scratched his head and said “WTF???”  But for us, in the heat of the moment, it was the only way out.  (Sorry Mom.)

 

 


October!

It’s finally here!  October.  My favorite month!

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  1. Because I love Fall
  2. Because TODAY is MY BIRTHDAY!

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3. Because I love Halloween!

4. Because I love Pumpkins.  (Pumpkins themselves, pumpkin spice, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin decorations….)

Every October I do my best to watch some great and not-so-great Halloween-themed/Horror/Scary movies.  And, if you’ve been watching this blog for some time, you will have seen some of my reviews.  By far, the best reviews were in October 2012 .  Actually, everything from October 2012 was pretty great.

I’ve watched some great classics (Hocus Pocus, Halloween), I’ve watched some creepiness (Carnival of Souls, Eyes without a Face), and I’ve watched some crap!

So this year I’m asking for some help.  What are some Halloween movies I should be watching this year?  Yes, we’re definitely going to see the new Halloween movie (can’t wait to see you later this month, Michael Myers!), but I need some suggestions of what to watch.

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Found this site online…..might have to check some of them out….the ones that aren’t too scary….

Crap or classic…it doesn’t matter.  I will do my best to locate what you offer and let you know what I think.

Cheers.