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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

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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.

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


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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053719/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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.

horror-hotel-witch

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

 


My Neighbors Are Vampires!

I have new neighbors.  I met them a month ago when I was celebrating my birthday and having a huge party at our community venue.  They just happened to be strolling by and popped their heads in, and me, being a social butterfly, flew out the door to make new best friends, and enticed them to come back later and join the party.
Since then, I have been convinced more and more that they are, indeed, vampires.
(I’m not going to refer to them by name, I’ll call them Benny and June.)
First, they are very gothic in appearance: pale skin, long dark hair, extremely good looking.  Sexy even.
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Second, they are creatures people of the night.  Honestly, I have almost never seen them in the light of day.  One exception – when I invited them to lunch….I’ll get to that later.  There never seems to be any action on their property until at least late in the day; usually after dark.  Most of the time I’m just getting home from a class – well after dusk – and they’re pulling out of their yard.  They claim it’s because they’re musicians and living the musician lifestyle that they’re up late but…I dunno.   Seems to me that many musicians I know venture out into daylight.
Also, Benny has even been doing renos on his huge gothic-looking house….INCLUDING changing a gigantor window – after dark.  Who changes a window after dark?  In fact, who does house renos after dark??  VAMPIRES!!
In addition – they sometimes disappear for days at a time.  Sure, they say they’re on tour, and their social media accounts support this, but even the Cullens had to leave for several days in order to feed.
Third, they are so charming.  Especially Benny – and maybe that’s just because he’s a dude and attractive, but they are so charming.  When they ventured back to my birthday party last month they were even kind enough to bring a gift. Whatt???   And Benny had his dark hair slicked back and was rocking a black leather jacket.  Charm, style, goth = vampire.
Benny is actually kind of mesmerizing.  Again, maybe this is because he is a dude.
benny

Not really Benny

June is beautiful, with her pale skin and long black curly locks; but Benny is mesmerizing.  I just stare.  (And giggle.)
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Not quite June

Fourth, I haven’t seen them eat anything.   At my party they did not indulge in the food service (and who turns down gummy worms?? My bartenders even indulged in the gummy worms!), and when we went for lunch, June didn’t touch a thing.  In addition, we went for sushi and, tho Benny did have a roll, it was a fish roll of some sort…raw fish.  Raw. Meat.  Vampire.  On top of this, the photos I’ve seen of Benny drinking have all been of red wine.  Hmm, red wine or…..blood??
Halloween is right around the corner and I am not above popping over there on October 31 to see what.is.up.
Vampires.
*Note:.  Although all the above events are accurate, the indication that my new neighbors are vampires is in jest.  Somewhat.   They are quite lovely.  For vampires.

PumpkinHead

When I was in middle school I went out trick-or-treating with my friend Kim, her dad and brother and another dad and his kids.  It was the very first time I had gone out for Halloween without my mom or dad and without my brother.  But, I was excited to be going out with my friend and I think she was happy to have another girl in their group of mostly boys.  So, it was really a win-win for both of us.  Kim’s dad and his friend stood at the end of each driveway as we kids made our way to and from each candy-giving door.

I was a little nervous because I was trick-or-treating in a different neighborhood.  We were having a great time and everything was going great when we got to this one house.  It was brightly lit and decorated festively for Halloween, including the pumpkin man sitting in an old lawn chair on the walkway to the door.  The pumpkin man was a little haggard looking and slumped over to one side in the chair but it was a nice touch.

After collecting my loot from the front door I started my way back to the dads – down the little brick walkway toward the driveway.  I noticed that Kim’s dad was trying to hold back laughter.  Suddenly, I felt very uneasy.  I felt as if someone was following me so I started to run.  I ran onto the driveway and as I looked back the pumpkin man from the chair beside the door was following me.

No...this isn't scary at all...

No…this isn’t scary at all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I screamed, swung my loot bag at him and ran to the dads for safety…who, by now, were doubled over with laughter.  Turns out, one of the high school boys thought it’d be fun to put a pumpkin on his head and sit there all night scaring kids.  Jackass!!

In my old age I realize that that was good clean fun.  However, I don’t know if I’m ready to laugh at it yet.  That was my last year trick-or-treating.

Cheers.

 

 

 


A Nightmare in SandyLand

The first time I spent the night at my high school BFF’s place, I had just turned 16.  I was already very nervous and a little shy.  Mostly because I had a little crush on one of her brothers.  I was ecstatic to be there but also scared to death.  My fear grew even stronger when I walked into Kim’s room for the first time and saw she shared her room with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Freddy Krueger.  WTF??  Why would a 14 year old girl have anything of  Freddy Krueger in her room?  (Turns out it was a hand-me-down from one of her three brothers.)

If you recall from one of last October’s posts, I really am not a fan of horror movies.  Scary movies I can handle (well….at least semi-scary), horror movies I cannot.  And it did not bode well for me to be alone in the dark with Freddy Effing Krueger.

Nowadays he sort of just looks like a jackass

Nowadays he sort of just looks like a jackass

I dreaded going to sleep that night.  I was happy that Kim and her brothers and I stayed up later to shoot the shit and allow me to get super sleepy.  But when it came time to hit the hay, I couldn’t do it.  I laid there all night having a stare-down with cardboard Freddy.  I didn’t dare avert my eyes…that sucker is sneaky.  So I was awake….ALL.NIGHT.LONG.

When Kim’s mom strolled down the hall singing “Good mooorniing” at 6:30 the next a.m. I was relieved that someone else in the house was finally awake.   Kim laughed at me when I told her that I hadn’t slept and why and when I went home later that day I had a nice long peaceful nap.

After that day, as our friendship grew into solidified BFFdom, Freddy got moved to the basement.  Kind of endearing, don’tcha think?

Cheers.


Two Weeks of Halloween

Last year I re-discovered how much I love Halloween and posted several Halloweeny topics thru the month of October.  I decided I’m going to post several times again on the topic – stories of my past Halloweens or little things just a little scary or creepy (or funny – because I’m always tryin’ to be funny).

So, here goes….the first of the few.

HALLOWEIRDOs

Years ago I was out for an evening run in late October.  It was mid-evening and dark and the subdivision I was running in has no street lights (for aesthetic reasons, apparently).  I was running up a small hill toward the adjacent street and could see this red-orangey glow in the middle of the dark.  I wasn’t sure what it could be.  As I got closer I realized that the glow was coming from inside a truck.  As I neared the truck I became a little nervous – unsure of what was causing it; it looked like the light from some satanic ritual.  I could now see 2 people inside the truck.  I reached the street and as I ran past the truck the passenger turned his head toward me to reveal this:

mask
What the hell?  The dude was wearing a very scary Halloween mask and the two guys had some glowing object in between them.  I’m not sure what those two fools were doing – maybe smoking a joint (probably sacrificing a small animal!) who knows? – but my pace quickened and I got my butt home faster than on any other run.