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Travel Reads

I’m getting ready to go on vacation next week and will be travelling for a good duration of the time.  And so, I’m going well-prepared with a good book or two.

Book worm

As you may already know, I am an avid reader and usually become so captivated in my reads that I often find that it is all I want to do.

This summer I went thru a slew of books and finished my last John Grisham legal thriller.  I picked up two other non-legals of his, and tried really hard to get into one but just epicly failed (I’ll save it for another time).  So, on a recent shopping trip I was delighted to pick up a few new reads, including the third in the “The Witch of….” series by Suzanne Palmieri.  Last summer I read “The Witch of Belladonna Bay” and followed it with “The Witch of Little Italy” (although, if you’re reading them, reverse the order), and I’ve been on the hunt for the third book “The Witch of Bourbon Street“.   Eureka!  As soon as I started reading it I fell in love with it.  I’m still only a tiny ways into it because I’ve been supremely busy and haven’t had much time to indulge myself, but I am looking forward to zipping thru this third book in the series.

Bourbon Street

I’m heading out on another trip later in the month and I CANNOT WAIT to tell you all about it.  This trip is going to be amazeballs and I am over the moon that I have the opportunity to do it!  But, it’s a surprise so you’ll have to wait to hear about it.

For that trip, I will likely indulge in the other books during my flight.  Eep!  Can’t wait for this one!

~Cheers!

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Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 7

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

H20

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120694/?ref_=nv_sr_1

This movie jumped on the bandwagon of teen horror films post Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  I mean, sure, it’s a franchise that had started in the 70’s, but this time around it really seemed it was geared toward a younger crowd.  And it did ride the heels of the others.

Cool Kids

The cool kids

I am not a big fan of the Halloween movie(s).  Not because I found it super scary, although, don’t get me wrong, Michael Myers is definitely a creep, but moreso I found it boring and annoying.  And because I’m not a Jamie Lee Curtis fan.

HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER, Jamie Lee Curits, Chris Durand (as Michael Myers,) 1998.

Aww…look at that face.

All that being said, I have always like H20.  And perhaps it is because it is in the same keepings of the Scream and IKWYDLS films.  So, I was happy to rewatch it this year after not having seen it in a long time.  And, of course, the fact that there’s a new Halloween movie geared for release next year (40 years!) did give me some incentive to see this one again.

~Cheers


Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 6

Carnival of Souls (1962)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055830/?ref_=nv_sr_2

I really wanted to like this movie.  Simply because the reviews and the statement that it’s become a “cult classic”.

Mary is involved in a car accident and decides to leave her town to move elsewhere and start anew.  She accepts a new job as a church organist and on her travels, becomes drawn to an abandoned carnival located near her new town.

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In addition to that creep factor, she is constantly seeing an unknown man who seems to be following her.

Creep

No, he’s not creepy at all

Aside from the Creep and the carnival, Mary has spells of time where she loses hearing and becomes invisible to others…like she doesn’t exist.  Her reality brink is off and on.

Bus Folks

Um…no.  Just no.

It seems the 60’s had some bad overacting in films…especially this one.  Once I got past that and stopped rooting for the Creeper and his friends to take Mary out, the movie wasn’t that bad and it did have a nice little M. Night Shymalan twist to it.

~Cheers


Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 5

The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081738/?ref_=nv_sr_2

I absolutely loved this movie when I was a little kid.  It terrified me to the core, but I loved it and we watched it a bunch of times.  So, when I found out a few months ago they’ve filmed a remake – with Angelica Huston, no less – I was elated.  And decided to re-watch the original.

The movies stars Bette Davis as a woman whose daughter, Karen, had gone missing years before. When new neighbors move in, the oldest daughter, Jan, bears a remarkable resemblance to the missing daughter.  Strange things start happening to Jan – hearing voices, seeing a girl in mirrors.  And the youngest daughter, Ellie, starts acting weird…as if she’s possessed.

Watcher Mirror

It’s a big mystery about the night Karen goes missing.  But her friends are harboring a dark secret (got your attention yet?).  What do they know about Karen’s disappearance?  You should watch the movie and find out.

Aside from semi-bad acting, this movie is still a pretty good watch.  It will make you sleep with a light on at night.

~Cheers


Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 3

TOURIST TRAP (1979)

Tourist 1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080040/?ref_=nv_sr_3

This movie could have had so much potential.  Perhaps if it hadn’t have come out in 1979 or if it had had a bigger budget.  And maybe if the actors were better just a little better at their jobs.  Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had a creep factor…but it also had a huge fromage factor.  Totally campy.  But hey, isn’t that what the old school horror are about?

So the plot of the movie reads as follows: “A group of friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses telekinetic powers to control the attraction’s mannequins.  (As if mannequins weren’t freaky enough.)

I mean, come on!!  Tell me those things are scary as Hell!!!

The movie is very reminiscent of House of Wax.  They have very similar story lines…including a creepy brother.  And mannequins….did I mention the mannequins??

All-in-all, this movie wasn’t a completely bad watch.  So, grab yourself some popcorn, close the blinds, and settle in for a little creep show.


Halloween Movie Suggestions

Halloween-Movie-Favorites

With October and Halloween just around the corner, I am gearing up for my month-long movie fest.  However, this year I think I might need some help with what movies to watch.

I am looking for your suggestions to help with my horror-fest.  I’ve seen the Exorcist and will NOT be watching it again.  Please don’t ask me to spend any time with Pennywise because that certainly isn’t going to happen.  But, for the most part I am open to your referrals.  Last year I watched an oldie from the 60’s and it was creepily good.  This year on my list so far is Eyes Without a Face.  Eep!

Post a message in the comment section below with your choices and I will let you know if I add them to my list.

~Cheers


Just My Luck

I recently (last week) finished my 26th John Grisham book.  I love him.  He is my all-time favorite author and I get so enthralled with his story-telling that once I’m reading one of his books, it’s all I want to do.  I’m completely wrapped up in his tales.

A few weeks ago I zipped through two of his big hardcovers and when I was finished them both, I realized they were the last of Grisham’s that I had.  Ack!  I went through the list of books and thought I had read The Broker, but it turns out I had not.  So, I put a few people on the lookout for it.

The Broker

Two days later, I went on a Saturday adventure with BFF Spanky to a Community Yard Sale several towns over (one I don’t think I actually knew existed).  I told her the name of the book I was looking for, in case we happened to stumble upon a yard with books for sale.

The first yard we stopped at, Spanky veered to the right where there was baby gear set up (she nailed herself an outdoor playpen with a cover), and I veered to the left to a few tables set up with boxes on top.  Turns out, the boxes were full of books.  The very first box I looked in and the very first book I saw was John Grisham’s The Broker.  I kid you not.  The.very.first.book!!  Of course, I grabbed it…and paid my .30 cents and could not have been more elated!!  I did not buy another thing that day, I felt complete.

Of course, I plowed through that book too (I swear my TV has not been on in weeks!) and when I finished it in nearly record time, I once again felt sad because it was the last John Grisham book in my collection.  I picked up an biography and am nearly finished it, and yesterday I stopped at the book store and grabbed two new Grisham books.  Ahh, life is good again.

~Cheers