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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.

Creep

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.

Bus Folks

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 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 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


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.

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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

 


Break Time with Andrew Pyper

Since the start of the new year I’ve been taking course – so, in addition to my full-time job, my side job of personal training and teaching boot camp, taking fitness classes, and spending time with my man (oh, and of course, shoveling snow.  LET’S not forget that little doozy – it’s certainly been keeping me occupied, to say the least), I’ve had my head buried in course books, doing mini-quizzes, participating in webinars, and trying to complete each chapter module before my big class last weekend.

I was elated last Sunday morning to wake up and not have to study.  Unfortunately, I still have tons of work to do in preparing for my exam, which is going to be excruciating, so I decided I was going to take a little “me” time and read….a real book.  Not a manual.

For the last three years I’ve been reading nothing but John Grisham novels.  I love him.  He is by far my favorite author.  I get so caught up in his books that I just want to gobble them up all.  But this time around I decided to step outside my comfort zone and go back to an old friend:  Andrew Pyper.

I’d read Lost Girls years and years ago.  And it scared the crapola out of me. I’d love to read it again but I’m not ready to take that step yet. Lost Girls is one of several contributing factors as to why I hate the water.  Why I find lakes especially eerie….and why, the summer after I’d read it (and Jaws and Orca) I’d nearly killed my roommate while in the midst of a freak-out during our boating mishap (something I was coaxed into against my better judgement) and caused a bit of a scene on at lakeside.

Although Lost Girls scared me, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book, which is why I picked up another Andrew Pyper hardcover several years ago and put it on the list. I’ve been trying to get through each and every Grisham book I have but this time I just decided to go ahead and read the damn book.  The Guardians.

via Yahoo

via Yahoo

Well let me tell you.  This book played out like a movie in my head.  It was so good – I was completely enthralled with it.  I read and read and read and suddenly it was finished.

It was a great and easy read.  Thrilling, spooky, a little sad.  Of course, the night I finished it I had to sleep with the lights on – no word of a lie – but that’s what a good book does, right?  It wraps you up, entices you, makes you believe things you wouldn’t normally be suckered into believing.  It welcomes you into a whole other world where you want to spend all your time.  And then it’s over and you move on to something else.

I loaned The Guardians to a friend last night and I hope she takes advantage of it and reads it.  And, although I’m about to get started on a new John Grisham book I hope that if you’re a reader (or even if you’re not) and you want to add a little adventure and a little spooky to your days, definitely check out one of Pyper’s books.

Cheers.

PS.  You can read a synopsis for The Guardians here and Lost Girls here.