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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


Tales from the Fog

Last weekend I got a hankerin’ to start my Halloween movie watching – albeit a little early.  With the coolness in the air last weekend, and now that the leaves are starting to change color and develop their crisp, Autumn scent, it seemed appropriate that my viewing  would come sooner this year.

My beau and I were talking about Stephen King’s Silver Bullet and, of course, that’s what I decided to spend a late, lazy Sunday afternoon watching.  After spending nearly all of my weekend working on my fitness biz, it was a perfect-ish way to relax for a few hours.

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Total 80’s creepiness and fromage.  Oh-so-fromage.

And, as always, Silver Bullet did not let me down.  Corey Haim and Megan Follows are forever perfect as Jane and Marty, siblings dueling with each other, and with a werewolf – with a conscience.

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Childhood horror heroes (and Anne of Green Gables, yo)

And, of course, we can’t forget Gary Busey.  I love that dude.  He is spazz-tastic.  Just say no to drugs, kids.

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Um….caption this….anyone?

So, there I was, Sunday evening, watching Silver Bullet with not another thought to it.  A movie I’d seen a bunch of times before.  And all was well.

Then, Monday morning came.  Eaaarly Monday morning.  I’ve been teaching fitness classes in the park very early Monday mornings since the summer and as the summer came closer to ending, the later the sun has been rising.  And last week when I went out, not only was it pitch dark, it was foggy.  There was a thick rolling fog.  Perfect for a nervous Nelly….and werewolves.

As I’m waiting for my class participants to arrive, I’m sitting in my car, doors locked, of course, staring down over the park, trying to see through the thickness of the fog.  And texting my friend about the possibility of werewolf attacks.  She called me a fool and said there was no such thing as werewolves.

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Don’t think I DON’T see you lurking there.  This was pretty much my view at  the park.  Pretty much.  😉

But, I’m pretty sure that the last person who got attacked by a werewolf was certain there was no such thing as werewolves.

Next up (hopefully):  Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original!)

~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.


Halloween Week 2015

I’ve been told lately that my blog is missed.

Sorry.

Between working, teaching, studying, courses, training, living, vacationing, and dealing with the crazies, I haven’t really had much time or desire to post.

But since it’s Halloween week I figured it’s a good time to try and get back into things.  And, since my first Halloween post a few years ago (read it HERE) I’ve kind of continued an annual Halloweeny theme.

A few nights ago I had a course in the City and afterwards we decided to hit up a movie.  All I can say is thank goodness it wasn’t Paranormal Activity!  There’s no effing way I’d be seeing that bullshit (last year I got tricked into seeing one of those Insidious movies and nearly had a meltdown).

We watched The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel.

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Let me just add that it didn’t completely suck.  I mean, Vin Diesel is not the best actor in the world – it’s almost hard to watch him sometimes because he’s got no depth and is so over-the-top monotone, but for what it was the movie was okay.  And it was left wide open for a sequel.

And Michael Caine was in it too, and he’s spunky.

The movie wasn’t really scary but it had some “scary” moments in it.

Via Google The Witch Queen

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The Witch Queen

The Witch Queen was definitely a sight and if you make direct eye contact with her you might not sleep well at night.

What I didn’t like about this movie – aside from Vin Diesel’s bad acting – is that there wasn’t enough witches.  I mean, it’s called the Last Witch Hunter, so you’d think there’d be a little more Witch Hunting in it (Y’all have seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, right?  Lots of vamps in that!).  So, Mr. Diesel, my suggestion, if you decide to jump on the sequel bandwagon, is to add more witches to your story.  I need some visuals here, please.

I have a small list of scary movies I’d like to watch this Halloween week but some of them are over the top for me to watch because I’m a big baby and get scared easily.  (Hey, fellow asshole, Jaime, you wanna watch some scary movies with me????)  Stay tuned to see what happens.

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.

Jeepers Creepers truck

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.


Ghost Ship

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Okay, so I’m not gonna lie.  When I originally watched this movie years ago it was solely for Desmond Harrington.

Those eyes.... Those cheekbones.....

Those eyes….
Those cheekbones…..

Remember Desmond Harrington?  He is fine.

That smile... Those teeth!!

That smile…
Those teeth!!

I was fresh from seeing him in Wrong Turn and had to rewind life to go back and watch Ghost Ship (which was released the year before).  I really didn’t like it but I watched it more than once JUST because Desmond Harrington is so hot.

And, of course, the more I watched it the more I liked it.  I picked out some little details I hadn’t noticed in my original viewing and I’ve sort of grown to like it.  Which is why I put this little gem on my list to watch this Halloween countdown.

This movie has plenty of creepiness.

This kid:

Katie

Eery scenery:

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The sexy Gabriel Byrne:

Gabriel

And water.  Tons of water.  And y’all know how I feel about water…and boats…and ghosts.  Yikes.

The only thing that keeps me watching every time is Desmond.

Desmond

Trick or treat.

Cheers.


10 Days of Halloween

Normally I like to start my celebration of Halloween early but since I was busy with studying up until this past weekend, I had to put my readying-for-Halloween on hold.   But fear not! (<<- see what I did there?)  Last night I watched my first “scary” movie of the season and I’m kicking off the 10 Days of Horror Movies

First, let’s just get one thing straight!  My version of horror movies and your version of horror movies are more than likely two very different things.  If you check out my posts from Halloweens gone by (check out THIS LINK), you will note that I have watched my share of horror flicks….and some of them have ruined my life (I’m looking at YOU Stephen King’s IT!!).  But these days I spend half the time sleeping alone and I don’t need those thoughts running through my head when I close my eyes.

So, last night I settled in with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” starring Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, and Guy Pearce.
I don’t think I’d ever heard of this movie before but I happened to see it advertised last weekend so I decided last night was the night.

dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark……Annnnnndddd………….it sucked.  No really, it wasn’t very good.  The best part of this file was the acting was by little Bailee Madison (what’s up with you, Katie Holmes??).  The story-line wasn’t horrendous but there were some plot holes left wide open and unexplained and the effects were…..yikes.  I expected more from Guillermo del Toro and from Guy Pearce.

I’ll take the movie for what it was: a good try at a scare….maybe aimed at a younger audience.  There were a few (very few) spots that intrigued me but for the most part it was laughable.  To be perfectly honest, I was a little embarrassed for this movie.  One and a half thumbs down.

Stay tuned to see what’s coming up next.

Cheers.