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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

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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.

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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.

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Spoiler Alert:  You’re Welcome!

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

And then it’s got this guy popping up.

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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


Horror Hotel

As I continue with the tradition of watching scary movies in October to prepare for Halloween, here’s a little treat:

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Last week I watched Horror Hotel (aka. City of the Dead) on TV.  It’s an old black and white from 1960 and it did not fail to creep.

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It stars a young Christopher Lee and a bunch of other people I’ve never heard of.

The movie starts out 300 years before the present time in Massachusetts with Elizabeth Selwyn being burned at the stake for witchcraft. As she’s burning she curses  the town and its people.

Jump to present day to Christopher Lee as a professor teaching tales of witchcraft from his hometown -where said witch Elizabeth was burned, and one of his students, Nan, having the beauty idea of going to the cursed town to work on her thesis.  Brainiac.  Seriously.

When Nan enters the town she is greeted by a stranger – who has a habit of disappearing.  Literally.  Right from the passenger seat of her car.

The town is clearly ominous as it is coated with a thick, dark fog all the time.  Right then and then is when I’d be turning my ass around and going back to wherever it is I came from.  But not Nan.  She decides to check into the Horror Hotel – which is kept shop by none other than the reincarnate of Elizabeth Selwyn – now Mrs. Newless.

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Gimme a break – I would burn this beyotch again and again!

The townspeople stare and give her the evil eye on more than one occasion.  Things go missing.  Things appear.  Dead birds are planted.  Stabbed through the heart.  And dumbass Nan sticks around.

I’m going to give anymore of the story away but for a movie made in 1960 about witches and witchcraft – it was pretty good.  Definitely lame at times.  Definitely some bad and overacting at times, but it gave a few shudders.

Up next, House of Wax.

~Sandy

 


Wrong Turn

To continue Halloween Week Movie Watching, the other night after teaching my class outside in the cold – and eventually the dark – and then having a client right after – once I got home I, eventually, crawled into bed to get my movie watching on.

I chose Wrong Turn.  It’s not an overly long movie (and it was already pretty late) and I’ve seen it a bazillion times.

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It’s creepy and fun and mindless.  And let’s be honest here, the only reason I ever watched it in the first place was for Desmond Harrington.

Desmond Harrington is fine! Via the Google

Desmond Harrington is fine!
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(Remember last year when I watched Ghost Ship mainly because this hottie was in it?  Yeah, same reasoning for Wrong Turn.)

I also want to state that I have never seen any of the sequels to this film.  Wrong Turn should be a stand alone movie and not a built-upon franchise to show T&A.  Move on, people!

Tomorrow is Halloween and I am open to suggestions on other scary movies to view.  (I may not heed suggestions but I’ll happily take them.)

Cheers.


A Little Late Night Practical Magic

Last night I wanted to continue my Halloween movie viewing – but it was a busy night (story of my life!) and by the time I was able to relax with a movie it was a little later in the evening so I didn’t want anything too scary – because I’m a big baby and will have to sleep with the light on – so I watched Practical Magic.

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I’ve loved this movie since the first time I watched it.  It’s a sweet little treat and Sandra Bullock makes me cry every time.

And the movie has everything.  It’s a chick flick for sure with witches

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and a cutesy love story – AND Aidan Quinn

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…..Aidan Quinn ….who is clearly working his way toward a mullet in this movie
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And it has some scary creepy moments which include a full-on witch coven

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And it also has this gorgeous piece of architecture

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And, to be a little sneaky, the soundtrack has a few tunes by Stevie Nicks – the White Witch of Rock and Roll (how clever of them)

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Cheers.


Happy Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

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Well the day has finally arrived.  It’s Halloween.

I’ve had my costume planned since last year but never got around to doing anything about it until two nights ago.  So, in a mad dash I rummaged through my closet trying to find out what I had and what I needed.   Then I mad-dashed on my lunch break yesterday to get the remaining items and last night after getting home my my classes at almost 10’o’clock I finished up the remaining few details…sewing here and there.

I waited allllll day to put on my costume.

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Why…it’s Mary Poppins.

Yep, that’s me.

I had to go to the grocery store in that outfit.  I got plenty of compliments and a couple of odd looks.  (It’s Halloween people!  Lighten up!)  I have two costume parties to go to tomorrow night.  One of them I’ll definitely be rocking this costume you….the other party is a themed party but, albeit keeping with the them, I’m gonna throw some originality in there too.

And now I’m home and my plan for the night is to sit back with a glass of wine (check) and watch Scream 4 and maybe Monster Squad.

I had waited and waited for so long for Scream 4 to be released but I suck and never got to see it in theater.  Then when I did finally watch it it was a shitty version and I missed half of what was going on.  So here’s hoping tonight will be better.

Monster Squad is freakin’ awesome movie.  I talked a little bit about it a while ago (you can read it here).  And even though it’s technically aimed at kids, it’s still scares me. I recommend it. For adults.  Don’t let your kids watch this crap…you’ll be spoon-feeding them cough syrup just to get them to sleep.

Cheers.


Jeepers Creepers

If  you haven’t seen Jeepers Creepers then do yourself a favor and watch it.

It’s not super scary but it is creepy as hell.

From the opening sequence when we’re first introduced to that menacing jalopy truck that torments our main peeps, reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s Duel…we’re just left in dangling suspense.

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So the story: Trish and Darry, sister and brother heading home for Spring Break on the back roads of inbreederville, are tormented briefly while driving.  Shortly after they drive past an old church, see the old truck and the “Creeper” tossing a body down a hole.  The Creepers sees them seeing him and soon enough he runs them off the road.  That’s when Dumb and Dumber make the WRONG decision to go back and check down the hole.***

***NOTE:  If you ever find yourself in a horror movie scenario and there is an option of going back to check to see what’s been thrown down a hole/check out an abandoned house/visit a graveyard (especially after dark)/get in a car with a stranger/etc.  DO NOT DO IT!!!!  It’s that simple.  DON’T GO!  Stay the eff put or get the hell out of there but DO NOT make the wrong decision.  ANYTHING you have to be talked into is the wrong decision. <<– And THAT right there is your advice for the day!  Heed it!

This movie isn’t the best one out there.  In fact, while re-watching it I was left bored at times. But the little subtleties thrown in are great (if you can catch them), and when we’re hit with the Creeper……Yikes.

Jeepers Creepers 1And even more Yikes when we see the old bugger full-blown pissed off!

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WTF?? Bad day???

It’s a fun movie and the ending is kinda cool, kinda gross.

Watch it and enjoy it.

Cheers.