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House of Wax (2005)

I originally saw House of Wax back in 2005 when it was released.  I remember it being creepy then but, for some reason, I forgot all about it.

house-of-wax

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397065/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Until last weekend.  I was up really on Saturday morning and it was on TV.  I couldn’t watch it then, not starting in the middle, so I decided to watch it Sunday evening – before The Walking Dead season premier.  Which, on a side note*, was a very.bad.idea.

*{I mean, did you see The Walking Dead?  I think that is the most brutal television I have ever witnessed…..And I watched Dylan’s wife basically mistakenly get assassinated on 90210, breaking my teenaged heart!!  Someone referred to the Sunday night’s The Walking Dead episode as “beautiful brutality”, and I guess maybe it was.  Because, those of us who have watched the show from the beginning have become so emotionally involved in it, we haven’t been subjected to that kind of violence and loss-of-humanity on TV before, have we?  I certainly hadn’t.}

I was so literally traumatized from TWD, and from this darn movie, that I couldn’t sleep.  I couldn’t even close my eyes.  I eventually got up out of bed and roamed around for a bit, but not before turning my side lamp on at least four times.  Just to clear my head.

Anyway, House of Wax is a pretty good movie.  It’s not quite Screambut really, nothing is.

It’s got some pretty folks in it.  It’s got Paris Hilton getting slaughtered a bit, which, back in 2005, when Paris Hilton was (fuckingunfortunately) a household “thing”, was pretty awesome.

paris

Spoiler Alert:  You’re Welcome!

It’s got spooks and some grossness and some thrills.

And then it’s got this guy popping up.

vincent

No freakin’ wonder I couldn’t sleep!!

The movie apparently doesn’t have much, if anything to do with the original House of Wax, starring Vincent Price.  Although, that creepy-ass white face up there is named “Vincent” in the movie….and I literally just got that.  Duh!

But it was a freaky little movie that I would have enjoyed a lot more if I were surrounded by a horde of people….and puppies….in the daytime.

~Sandy


Doppelgängers

Ever see a celebrity and think you know him/her and it turns out to be a different celebrity altogether? Like how people say how much Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel look alike? Or so many have said that Josh Duhamel, Timothy Olyphant and Ryan Seacrest could all be brothers? Back in the late 90’s there were so many comparisons between newcomers Alicia Silverstone and Reese Witherspoon that Reese, in an interview once said, jokingly “Yes, *sigh* we’re sisters.”

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone


Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon


So now I’m going to share with you certain celebrities I either often confuse or think look quite a bit alike:

1) Monica Potter and Sarah Paulson – I confused these for a long time. I can now distinguish who’s who…sometimes

Monica Potter

Monica Potter


Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson


Combine these two and you may just get Julia Roberts
Julia

2) Kristen Stewart and Teresa Palmer – I don’t confuse these ladies but they sure do look alike

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart


Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer

3) Amanda Peet and Allison Williams – I have to admit I still have no idea who Allison Williams is or what she’s done but every time I see her on the red carpet or in a magazine I think it’s Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet


Allison Williams

Allison Williams

4) Carly Pope and Cobie Smulders – I don’t know much about Cobie Smulders but I think she looks a helluva lot like Carly Pope from Popular

Carly Pope

Carly Pope


Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

5) Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Susan Ward – I have only see Susan Ward in a couple of things but both times I thought I was watching Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Jenna Dewan-Tatum


Susan Ward

Susan Ward

6) Lori Heuring and Ever Carradine – Coincidentally, Susan Ward starred in The In Crowd with Lori Heuring. And while I thought I was watching Jenna Dewan sharing the screen with Ever Carradine, it was actually Susan starring alongside Lori Heuring

Lori Heuring

Lori Heuring


Ever Carradine (she gets the award for coolest name, BTW)

Ever Carradine
(she gets the award for coolest name, BTW)

7) Mira Sorvino and Ashley Jones – I was watching The Mentalist a few years ago and thought it was odd that Mira Sorvino was doing a guest appearance but wasn’t listed….um, yeah, not her

Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino


Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones


AND if you add them together you might just get Kathy Baker
Kathy
kathy2

8) Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Thank goodness one of these dudes has an accent

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem


Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

9) Sam Shepard and Josh Taylor – So, I always thought it was cool that the guy who blew up in a car in The Pelican Brief played Dylan’s dad who got blown up in a car on 90210. Whoooops!

Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard


Josh Taylor (No? Don't get it?)

Josh Taylor
(No? Don’t get it?)


Saaaaam

Saaaaam


Jooossh

Jooossh

10) Lauren Ash and Megan Cavanaugh – So, Super Fun Night is a super fun show and I love it. And, although you may not agree, I think Lauren (Marika) looks like Megan Cavanaugh from A League of Their Own (also, Megan was also the animal control chick who shot Phoebe in the ass with a dart {Friends})

Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash


Megan Cavanaugh

Megan Cavanaugh


No? Not seeing it? What about Lauren Ash and Jodie Foster?
Lauren

Lauren


Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

11) Linda Evangelista and Milla Jovovich – I never confused these two but I have always thought they could be model sisters

Linda Evangelista

Linda Evangelista


Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

And finally, one of my favorites
Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus


and THIS KITTY
See it??????

See it??????

There. There’s my accomplishment for the evening.
Cheers.


Christmas Wish List #4

jennie-garth-book

I love Jennie Garth.  I think she’s adorable.  And since I have Shannen Doherty’s book BADASS, it only makes sense that I have Jennie’s book to accompany it.

Cheers.


Happy Halloween 2013

It’s October 31st.  Hooray!  I.Love.Halloween.

Almost two months ago Blair and I were invited to a Halloween party/dance for this past weekend.  Blair and I have never done anything like that together and I have always wanted to do a couple’s costume. And since my cousin’s band was playing at this shindig I begged talked Blair into attending.  I had originally wanted to go as Bonnie and Clyde but that idea is a bit overdone (it’s all your fault, Brenda and Dylan!!) so I had to come up with exciting original costumes.  Original would be key.  I thought about us going as Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth – but man, those two crazy kids are in a whole other realm and Sandy just didn’t have time to find a sweet mullet wig or inflatable boobs.

Dog

So I continued on with searching my brain and finally came up with a great costume.  I kept it completely secret – only telling my mom (and making her SWEAR to not tell anyone) because I needed her help with a few things.  I could not wait for party night.  AND…….

WE WON!

First place.

2

Can you guess what we are?

3

We’re Silent Film Stars.

4

Original….and fun.  And cheap.  Blair paid $2 for that hat (which, by the way, I had to split in the back and add a piece in because his damn head is so big).  The pants and white shirt he borrowed from my dad, the jacket, tie and shoes are his.  He had a few days’ worth of stubble – which he then shaved down and I colored it in black (along with his eyebrows) to resemble Charlie Chaplin.  I also doused our faces and necks with white makeup and did our cheeks with some black makeup for definition (because, y’know, black and white film….).  My dress I bought second hand for $5.  The stole thingy with the antique brooch is my mom’s.  She made my headpiece and matching flower for my dress (which looks pretty sad in the photo).  I bought the gloves at the Dollar store and my rings are vintage that my cousin gifted me for my birthday a few years ago.  My purse is vintage.  It was my grandmother’s and is hand-beaded and from the 40’s I believe.  The rest of the jewelry (pearls and earrings are mine).  I was going to buy chalkboards at the Dollar store but I, instead, downloaded a template and glued one on each side of a piece of cardboard and wrote on them with a white colored pencil.

The first photo I took to send to my mom while Blair was dragging ass in getting ready.

The first photo I took to send to my mom while Blair was dragging ass in getting ready.

Although Blair and I both had headaches, we had a great time.  The bands were great and I’m very impressed with my cousin Scott (from Eight Nickels) who rocked the night (although his costume freaked me out); and my cousin-in-law (from my last post about the Bar Nazis) is a hoot and she’s decided we should be new BFFs.  I am so down with that.  Especially if she’s the type of gal who can smuggle pie and veggie trays into the movies.

And now it’s Halloween, which means it’s a whole other night to dress up.  And since I’m on my own tonight I’m hoping to dress up as something scarrryyyy.  I have been planning to costume myself as La Llarona (the Weeping Woman).

La Llarona (Courtesy of Grimm on NBC)

La Llarona
(Courtesy of Grimm on NBC)

She is a scarily bad mamma-jamma and I really want to scare the shizz outta people.  (Note: Read La Llarona’s story here.)  But we’ll see what happens.  More than likely, I’ll end up seeing my nephews’ costumes, going to the gym and then vegging on my couch watching Hocus Pocus.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween.

~Cheers

 

 

 

 


Odds

The Odds are a quirky little band that had a semi-big hit in 1996 titled “Someone Who Is Cool.” It was a catchy song and fit right in to the mid-90’s psychedelic-matte club look that reflected Donna Martin’s first-year-of-college wardrobe (read: tacky).

But my favorite song from this band is one that I stumbled upon during a college party and it still induces giggles from its not-quite-shocking-but-certainly-not-expected lyrics. (Y’all gotta listen…LISTEN.)

After experiencing some success underground and mainstream, the band took a hiatus for about 8 years but regrouped in 2008 and are continuing to work, produce music and tour.

Cheers!


Favorite TV Moments of the Week

I am lame. And because I am lame I am posting my two favorite TV moments of this past week.

#1 – Monday night I was at Amy Whoreface’s to watch the series finale of 90210 (because I felt I owed it to the original series to watch the redux). While Ames and I were chillin’ on the couch, gossiping, waiting for the show to start we had the TV running in the background. The latest Old Navy ad came on…the one with Boyz II Men. Amy said “That little girl creeps me out.” I hadn’t really paid much attention to the commercial before but when it ran again during the next round of ads I watched.

(The little girl comes on at 15 seconds in)

I laughed my ass off. That little girl reminds me of all the creepy little girls in Japanese horror films (The Ring {Ringu}, The Grudge, etc. And now, everytime that ad pops onto the screen I’m in stitches. Creepy. But funny.

#2 – I love me some New Girl. I think the show is quirky and offbeat and hysterical..and Zooey Deschanel is the shizz. So, the other night I was watching the season finale with CeCe’s wedding. During her traditional Indian ceremony, as she’s walking down the aisle to traditional Indian music, the antics ensued: The Indian music abruptly stops and “Cotton Eyed Joe” starts playing. Spontaneously. Loudly.** (I tried to insert a video of the scene but my video program apparently is not compatible with WordPress and I’m not technologically advanced enough to figure it out. Sorry, y’all.) The moment was instantly hilarious. The look on Zooey’s And Schmidt’s) face has had me rewinding and replaying numerous times. And what follows is Nick’s relentless fist pumping to CEJ because “It’s so catchy!” Very Effing Funny.

New Girl


Girl Crush

I think it’s safe to say that every little girl has other girls she “crushes” on.  Girls and women they admire and strive to be like.  I’ve always had girls crushes.  I still have girl crushes.  I think the celebrated ladies in my life have been pretty good role models for me while growing up.  Although I was raised very well by wonderful parents, I also think the morals these gals and their characters maintained have helped me develop into the person I am.  I’m not giving them 100% credit because that would be ridiculous, but I I think it’s important for young girls to have good role models (the Abster likes Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan) to look up to – girls with manners and etiquette and cute and quirky; yet make mistakes and learn life lessons.  Below is my list of girl crushes thru my life:

Of course, my NUMBER 1 Girl Crush is and always will be reserved for my girl Drew Barrymore.  I’ve loved her since E.T.

Drew in the 90's

Drew in the 90’s

Growing up in the 80’s (and being limited to tv AND two channels) I fell in love with Alyssa Milano from the first second I watched “Who’s the Boss?” .  She was so cool…beginning as a tomboy and growing into a mature young woman with cute clothes and the best hair.  I grew up with Alyssa.  Some of the time I wanted to be her.  I loved her and I am still a fan.

On " Who's The Boss?"

On ” Who’s The Boss?”

Candace Cameron was my age when she played DJ Tanner on Full House.  She was also Kirk Cameron’s sister and that made her even cooler.

Ah...DJ Tanner...what a girl.

Ah…DJ Tanner…what a girl.

Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty aka “90210”‘s Kelly and Brenda.  I think by now everyone knows of my adoration for the original 90210 and these two ladies (and Brandon and Dylan and Steve and….Nat!).  “90210” put 90’s role-modelling on the map!

Kelly & Brenda....my unrequited BFFs.

Kelly & Brenda….my unrequited BFFs.

My foray into my obsession with supermodels (and eventual spiral into eating disorders /weight obsession {https://welcometosandyland.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/my-secret-obsession/} began with Cindy Crawford.  My aunt Donna introduced me to Cindy’s career when I was 13 or 14 and I’ve followed it ever since.  In spite of her film “Fair Game”…Lame Cindy….LAME.

The world's best supermodel

The world’s best supermodel

Kristy Swanson was the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and she was cooler than shit!  My BFF Stephanie and I loved her.  But, now that I think of it, I think we loved the idea of Buffy and her kick-ass vampire-slaying more than Kristy herself.  I feel a little bad for Ms. Swanson because she’s a pretty good actress and she’s gorgeous and I think her career could have been a lot bigger.  She deserves more that those shitty made-for-tv movies and Skating with the Stars or whatever the hell it was called.

The original Buffy!

The original Buffy!

Alicia Silverstone was introduced to the world early 90’s via Aerosmith videos and “The Crush” but we really didn’t fall in love with her until “Clueless” in 1995.  Since then she’s stayed sugary sweet, had a bunch of cutsie movies (and a great show – Hello, “Miss Match”) and is the biggest vegan activist (and author) I know of.  Alicia is saving the (animal) world.

Miss Match should have been kept on the air.  Great show!

Miss Match should have been kept on the air. Great show!

Oh…”My So-Called Life.”  Remember Angela Chase?  Remember Jordan Catalano?  Don’t we all have our own personal version of Jordan Catalano?

Claire Danes gave a wonderful portrayal as the angst-ridden coming-of-age Angela.  And then as Juliet to Leonardo’s Romeo (which solidified my love for Claire even more.)  She has come a long way but still seems very grounded.  Gnarly.

"Don't you just love the way he leans??" ~Angela Chase

“Don’t you just love the way he leans??”
~Angela Chase

I first saw a modelling photo of Milla Jovovich when she was 13…which means I would’ve been 12.  I thought she was absolutely striking.  What a beautiful girl.  Then I saw her in “Kuffs” (Christian Slater!) in ’92 and “Dazed & Confused” (Cole Hauser!!!) in ’93 but my serious girl-crushing on her didn’t start until the “Resident Evil’ movies.  This girl is kick-ass!

Milla Jovovich

Lindsay Price.  She played An Li on All My Children and was semi-annoying.  But once she got to Beverly Hills (“90210”) I started to girl crush on her.  But the serious girl crushing came when she moved to “Eastwick” and played journalist Joanna Frankel (https://welcometosandyland.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/reviving-eastwick/).

Lindsay-Price-

Zooey Deschanel is quirk-a-licious.  She’s funny and she’s beautiful and she can sing and she’s so damn funny and she has the best style.  I love this girl.  Loved her in “Almost Famous.”  Loved her even more in “Elf.”  Totally girl-crushing on her in “The New Girl” (one of my new favorite shows – after “Grimm” of course).  Oh, and she has the cutest blog (http://hellogiggles.com/) with live bunny cams.  HOW ADORABLE IS THAT??  (Oh, and she comes in a close second to Shannen Doherty for best bangs.)

My girl crush on Zooey and her style and her humor is the inspiration for this post.

The New Girl is the IT girl!

The New Girl is the IT girl!

So there you have it…my timeline of girl crushes throughout my life.

Cheers.

*LAME NOTE/AKA SIX DEGREES: in 1992 Drew Barrymore starred in the short-lived 2000 Malibu Road produced by Aaron Spelling.  Aaron Spelling also produced Beverly Hills, 90210 starring Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Lindsay Price.  Lindsay Price starred in Eastwick.  Luke Perry starred with Kristy Swanson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Shannen Doherty starred in Charmed with Alyssa Milano (also produced by Aaron Spelling).  Alyssa Milano starred with Scott Bloom in Who’s the Boss? and with Scott’s brother Brian Bloom in Dance ’til Dawn and Crash Course (and they also dated). Brian Bloom also starred in 2000 Malibu Road (with Drew Barrymore) and Desperate for Love with Christian Slater (along with Veronica Cartwright who starred with Lindsay Price in Eastwick).  Christian Slater also starred Heathers with Shannend Doherty and in Kuffs with Milla Jovovich .  Milla starred in Dazed & Confused with Cole Hauser who starred in White Swan with Christian Slater.  Alicia Silverstone and Alyssa Milano were both offered parts on 90210 but turned them down.  Alyssa, however, moved to Melrose Place which is produced by Aaron Spelling.

(This goes on and on and on….I’m just getting warmed up.  But, you get the idea.  I’m a beacon for useless information…especially when it comes to celebrities.)