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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.

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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.

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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

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Halloween Movie Countdown – Part 4

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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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


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.

Via Google

Via Google

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!
Via the Google

(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.

Via Yahoo

Via Yahoo

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

Via Google
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.