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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

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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 4

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Eyes Poster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053459/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a short while – and even started to watch it a month or so ago, but fell asleep after just a few minutes and just didn’t bother again.  Then, a few nights ago, I noticed it was OnDemand so I popped ‘er on.

This is a horror-ish movie from 1960(?) and is black and white – and in French (with subtitles).

The story is that the main character – Docteur Genessier – maimed his daughter Christiane’s face badly in a car accident.  He and his wife/nurse (it’s not made clear which she is, if not both) then conspire to keep her hidden away, telling the authorities that she disappeared.   Christiane is kept locked up in a room in the attic of their massive creepy gothic house, forced to wear a mask that can only be classified as creepier than Michael Myers/Jason Voorhies/Ghost Face all mixed together.  It’s not meant to be sinister, but it sure as heck is.  Christiane even declares that her mask frightens her.

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Tell me this isn’t creepy!

All the while, Doc and Wifey continue to kidnap young girls who bear similar looks to Christiane and perform basement surgeries on them to try and steal their faces to replace the one Christiane is now missing.  Morbid much?  However, the surgeries never take…for any of them.

Eyes Surgery

It’s a very odd movie without a lot of dialogue.  In fact, there is so much dialogue missing that I found myself skipping over a bunch of it.  (I mean, do we really have to watch the Doc walk from one building to the next without any purpose or uttering a word?  *skip!*)

The movie had lots of potential and I’m sure that back in good ‘ol 1960 it was probably scary AF.  But, in 2017, it sucked.  It was slow and boring and the ending was just atrocious.  However, the face and the mask will freak you out.  I had a hard time putting it out of my head when I hit the sack.

~Sweet dreams.


Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 3

TOURIST TRAP (1979)

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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 Countdown – Part 2

From the Dead of Night (1989)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097392/?ref_=rvi_tt

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My mom suggested I watch this movie.  It stars Lindsay Wagner (remember the Bionic Woman?), Robin Thomas (who, whenever I see him in anything say “it’s Geoffrey with a ‘G’ from Who’s the Boss?)  and Bruce Boxleitner (total 80’s heart throb…*sigh*).

I saw this movie years ago and completely forgot about it but when I re-watched it, I remembered most of it.  Weird how that happens.

So, the gist of this movie is Lindsay Wagner’s character has an accident and basically bites it.  She’s making her way through the bright white light and sees several figures on her journey.  But, her knights in shining armor revive her and bring her back to the land of the living.  But, turns out, she’s not the only one to come back.  The figures she sees while dead, follow her back, in the form of others, and one-by-one, they each try their turn at killing her…again.

I have to say…for a cheesy-what-was-probably-a-made-for-TV-movie in the 80’s, this one was pretty good.  Parts of it were creepy enough that I may have turned the light on once or twice in the middle of the night.

The best part of this movie tho….let’s be real…it was Bruce Boxleitner.  *Hubba Hubba*

There is something about that feathered hair that just makes my heart thump and puts a little grin on my face.

All in all, this was a decent movie…go watch it.

~Cheers.

PS…I found it on YouTube. ;P


Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 1

As always, I’m counting down to Halloween with some horror/scary movies.  Time is tight these days, so I haven’t been watching much TV, but I’ve managed, so far, to get in a few movies here and there.

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)

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Back in the day, I’m sure this movie was a masterpiece, and ahead of its time. In fact, when reading the trivia on IMDB, it says that when this movie was originally in theaters, gimmicks were added such as a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience.  Imagine that back in ’59.

This movie had a good creep factor, thanks mostly to Vincent Price, but at first I thought it was very cheesy.  Then at one point, I got the wits scared out of me.  And then maybe again. It wasn’t a total horror movie (fine by me), but, again, I’m sure back in the 50’s/60’s it was completely spooky.

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Let’s be honest, that thing is scary, and I don’t like that it keeps looking at me.  STOP LOOKING AT ME!!!!

What really ruined it for me though was the character of Nora.  Ugh!  She was a constant whiner and screamer and I thoroughly wanted to punch her in the throat to shut her up. I’d hoped that at some point she’d bite it….but I’ll not spoil that for you.

All in all, this movie was a good one to watch to kick off Halloween season.

~Cheers


Halloween Movie Suggestions

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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


I Carried A Watermelon

My BFF/work-wife, Spanky is currently off on maternity leave.  This girl and I met years ago when we began working together and we became instant friends.  And, although we both had changed job locations, we maintained our friendship AND continued our lunchtime shenanigans all these years.  And now we’re back to working together.  ❤

MUD GIRLS

We just did Mud Hero together Yesterday.  #BFFs

And we have spent 10 years lunching together, walking thru Town, running the trails (training for races), running errands, or just sitting around stuffing our faces.  But one thing has always maintained the same for us, wherever we were and whatever we were doing, you can bet we were laughing our heads off and having more fun than should be allowed.  I have often said I bet people see us each day on our lunchtime ventures and are totally jealous of how much fun we’re having.  In fact, one day, just a few years ago, while running an errand in one of the little shops in downtown, we had a good case of the giggles and could not stop laughing and an onlooker, a chef from one of the local restaurants had been watching us and said he thoroughly enjoyed watching us have so much fun.  See…jealous.

But, when Spanky left to go off and have Baby Ruth I was saddened because I thought I was going to be alone for my lunch hours and, although I can go out and have fun make my own fun any damn time I please, I always enjoy the company.  And, just my luck, Spanky’s work replacement has also become my lunchtime replacement and Boo Boo and I are having tons of fun together.

We decided months ago, when there was still snow on the ground (which, let’s face it, this is Nova Scotia and that means it wasn’t that long ago that there was snow on the ground), that we were going to walk during our breaks.  Actually, it wasn’t so much a decision as it was something that just happened one day and we haven’t stopped.  It’s because of these lunchtime walks that I’m hitting my FitBit step goal way early in the day.

Boo Boo and I walk and laugh every day.  We are having way too much fun and, just like Spanky and I did, we’re making our fun.

One day last week, while out on our roam, we stopped into the local grocery store.  Boo Boo was checking out the watermelons and was intending on picking one up until I reminded her that she’d have to carry a watermelon through town, in 34 degree heat, and we still had a half hour to go on our break.  She left the watermelon there.  But, as we were in the checkout line, I noticed the guy in front of me was holding a watermelon.  When he glanced around at us I said to him “Can you please take that back to work or wherever you’re going and pretend you’re Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing and announce “I CARRIED A WATERMELON”.

I carried a watermelon

Boo Boo held her breath (because I’m a nut!) and the guy just looked at me for a few seconds like a deer caught in headlights and then the both of them cracked up.  He said he had heard us talking by the watermelons as he was picking his out and realized that he would be the one carrying the watermelon thru town in 34 degree heat (with a long-sleeved knit sweater on, mind you) and he felt like a dummy but he wanted to do something nice for his co-workers.

Watermelon

Nice gesture or not, I’d not be carrying a watermelon thru town in the heat.  

The three of us a had a long-lasting chuckle and he kept the conversation going until he finished his purchase and had to leave us, although it seemed like he would have rather stayed with us (Boo Boo said he’s now the president of my fan club).

I’m very thankful to both these gals, Spanky and Boo Boo, because you make my work days a heckuvalot more entertaining.  I soooooo look forward to Spanky’s return because I loooove her.  And I’m keeping Boo Boo too, so we can be the workplace Three Musketeers or Three Amigos – which, with the shenanigans and oopsies, seems a lot more fitting.

I love my life.

#makeyourownadventure

~Cheers