Game Over Man, Game Over!

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Ok Ghouls and Goblins. I’m back for another round of my favorite horror films.

Previously I talked about my favorite childhood horror films – which are still favorite films into my adulthood. But now that I’m “grown-up” I’ve discovered a new set of hauntingly good horror.

I can’t choose an order, though, so without further ado here are my favorite horror films.

Hellraiser

This movie is based on Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart – which is a must read for any fan of horror. Pinhead is probably the most terrifying franchise movie villain to me (you know, out of Jason, Freddy, Chucky, etc..)

The Devil’s Rejects

This Rob Zombie flick is probably one of my favorite movies ever, horror or otherwise. The main characters have no redeeming qualities about them, and the ending is just epic. If you want to see the ending – go here. It is probably in my top 5 favorite movie endings of all time.

Cabin in the Woods

This is, of course, a newer film by Joss Whedon. I love it because Thor is in it, I mean Chris Hemsworth…I mean that’s not why I love it, it’s a great story! It looks like the standard dumb teenagers go camping movie, but it’s definitely got some interesting twists!

Saw

What I love about Saw is the fact that it was almost never-ending. When I was a kid i loved that there were a ton of Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Pinhead, etc films and Saw brought that type of franchise back, and with the exception of a few of those films (the last one.. UGH) they were really good.

Alien/Aliens

I don’t have anything wrong with any of the Alien franchise, but I think the first two are my favorite. I’d even go as far as to say I prefer the second. All because of Bill Paxton. “We’re in some real pretty shit now, man!”

Honestly, it’s hard for me to not like a horror film. I think that’s the good thing about the genre. The ones that are made well are amazing, the ones that flop turn into comedy hour. I find it just as fun to make fun of a bad horror as I do enjoying a good one.

I always find it a little sad when October is over – it does mean loads of turkey around the corner, but the weeks leading up to Halloween are always so much fun. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

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For the Love of Horror

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It’s the theme this time of year – Horror!
I’ve always been a horror fan, literally as long as I can remember. 6 years old watching Night of the Living Dead. 7 years old watching A Nightmare on Elm Street. 8 years old loving Pet Semetary and It…. these movies in a way defined my childhood.

That had me thinking – people who love horror really seem to love horror. I mean almost in a way that it’s ingrained in them as a person. Maybe it’s that way with every genre, and I just dont’ realize it. A lot of my friends are fans of horror as well and we all seemed to be introduced to it as children. Is that why we love it so much as adults?

As an homage to my childhood, here are my favorite horror flicks that defined my love of the genre. I tried to make this list in order but I kept moving some around and can’t decide if I love certain movies more than others so I said screw it – this  list is in no particular order except for number 1, that one is definitely number 1 and always will be.

10. Poltergeist

One of the reasons I didn’t like sleeping with the lights off when I was a kid!  The kid creeped me out, the old lady creeped me out – the whole freaking thing was creepy!

9. The Amityville Horror

This is another I remember watching at a really young age, glued to my granny’s television probably around the age of 9 or 10. I later found the book for 25 cents at a library sale and bought it “for my mom” in hopes of getting my own hands on it.

8. The Lady in White

This is more of a children’s horror (rare for me at that age, I know). When I was 5 or 6, my Papaw would record movies off of HBO for me to watch when I was in town to visit. There was one VHS (yes I’m talking late 80’s early 90’s here) with two movies on it – Mio in the Land of Faraway (has anyone else seen this movie?? It has Christopher Lee and a young Christian Bale in it but no one I have ever met remembers it) and The Lady in White.  I wore that VHS out watching both films, I loved them so much. One fateful day, as was the norm with VHS, my tape was accidentally recorded over and I lost those two movies for years. I finally found the DVD of Lady in White a few years back and snatched it up.

7. IT

I don’t really remember how or when I was introduced to Stephen King. My Memaw and Daddaddy (mom’s parents) love the King and have every book he’s written. I don’t know if it was IT or Pet Semetary that I watched first, either way storm drains were never the same to me after.

6. Pet Semetary

This is one of the movies when I was a kid that actually scared me – it was the sister Zelda. Here, take a look yourself:

Yeah, thanks, I’ll never get out of bed again because I’ll be too busy hiding under the covers from Zelda!

5. The People Under the Stairs

This Wes Craven flick is one that I watched over and over as a kid. I think it terrified me because my Granny and Papaw had stairs to a dark dank basement that I was sure hands were going to start grabbing me from.  I never willingly went into that basement and I think this movie had a part in that.

4. Stephen King’s The Stand

By the time I was 10 I was a pretty hardcore Stephen King fan. When The Stand miniseries came out I was allowed to watch the 1st hour each night, because the 2nd hour was my bedtime. I was so annoyed at that! Thanks mom for making me sleep sheesh. I had to wait until later when the DVD’s came out – then I got to see the whole thing in all its glory. Today the special effects lack a little something but the story itself is so good that I don’t care.

3. Night of the Living Dead

I remember watching this, New Years Eve when I was in the 1st grade. Mom gave me special permission to stay up late because it was a holiday. We even came up with a song for the naked zombie – “I am the zombie butt!”…It was love at first sight, and the first time I remember watching a horror film.

2. Creepshow

I don’t remember how many times I rented this Stephen King classic when I was a kid. There was a movie rental place down the street from my Granny and Pap’s house that I could walk to (though why they were letting someone under the age of 10 rent this crap I can’t tell you!)  I’d go down there and rent some favorites over and over, and this was one of them.

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

This is number 1 for a few reasons. I do remember the first time I watched it – it came on TV and I asked my granny if I could watch it, and she said I could unless I got scared then I’d have to turn it off. Well I didn’t get scared, I fell in love instead. I was around 6 or 7 at the time. It was probably around the same time that Freddy’s Dead came out (1991). I was so excited to see it and I think my friend’s parents must not have known what we were watching because they took us to the movies and dropped us off –I guess 1991 was a simpler time because I can’t imagine dropping a 7-year-old off at the theater — Anyway, man I can’t explain to you how much I loved Freddy Krueger. It seems that a lot of people out there are either a Freddy or  a Jason or a Michael Myers…. I love Friday the 13th and Halloween but Nightmare on Elm street is definitely my main squeeze. Yes I am one of those adults with Freddy Krueger action figures and I’m not ashamed to admit it! While I did love A Nightmare on Elm Street at that young age of 7, I didn’t own any of the movies myself so I didn’t really get into all of them at that time.

Then, when I was in the 6th grade at around 11 or 12 years old, I got really sick. It was dead of winter and I was stuck in bed for a full week. At the time I lived with my Memaw and Daddaddy, and being the awesome grandpa that Daddaddy is he went to the video store and got me the full run – A Nightmare on Elm street all the way through Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Being sick sucked but I couldn’t tell you how many times I watched through the full run of those movies.

So there you have it, my list of my favorite childhood horror films. All of these movies were watched when I was no more than 10 years old. (well…11 or 12 if you count that big run of Elm Street when I was sick in the 6th grade)

I know there are some quintessential 80’s and 90’s horror classics missing from this list – movies i didn’t get to until I was a teenager or an adult. Well, what can I say, I was just a kid and had to watch these movies by my own means….which just means I’ll have to make another horror top 10 before Halloween 😉

Horrific Life Lessons

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Last night my best friend of 12 years, Monica, and I had a girls night in. These are rare, as she is proud single mom to a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. She’s definitely that one person that I can sit in a room and not speak for an hour and never feel uncomfortable – you know what I mean? Anyway, yesterday we suddenly found ourselves sans kids and at Wal-Mart at 10 o’clock at night buying toilet paper and coffee – because that’s what people who are 28 going on 80 do on a Saturday night! But honestly, that’s ok with me because the two of us can come up with our own fun – it doesn’t have to be going out to dinner or going to the bar (that was Thursday night!)

Inspiration struck and we found ourselves perusing ye olde RedBox for something…anything! We flipped through the pages to uninspired “Oh I’ve seen that” and “Hmm heard that was alright…” — then we saw our film. The one we knew we’d have the best time watching.

Madison County

Now I’m not going to bash this film for two reasons – 1. I enjoyed the time I had watching the movie. 2. It was sort of apparent that this was a low-budget independent group effort, and I love the people who make low-budget independent group efforts. I hope to be one of “them” someday. It was a little Hills Have Eyes meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre…but from what I can tell the filmmaker was going for that, so kudos to him – he succeeded.

What I am going to do, however, is share with you the list of life lessons Monica and I compiled while watching the characters of this movie.

So without further ado:

Life Lessons Learned from Madison County

1. No matter how bad you have to pee, freaking hold it until you find a gas station. If you legitimately have no other option then you’re driving in the wrong part of the country and will surly end up dead if you exit your car.

2. If you drive through a town that only has 1 gas station/restaurant combo, just keep driving. Hit up the next town and go on with your life.

3. If you and your friends find yourselves outside a creepy house that you had to hop a fence to get to, but no one is home so you decide to go back to “town” to ask more questions… GO AS A GROUP. One person doesn’t need to go back to town alone with the only car, you’re just asking to be murdered!

4. If you are alone in a cemetery and hear someone giggling, DO NOT under any circumstance investigate it. Get the hell out of the cemetery!

5. If you didn’t listen to life lesson 4 (idiot) and find the source of random cemetery giggling to be two scantily clad women who for some reason won’t acknowledge you, even though you keep following them shouting “Hey!!” – DO NOT continue to follow them. It’s a trap, I repeat, it’s a trap!

6. If you’re being a complete idiot and are still following the girls giggling in the cemetery and you find that they’ve jumped into a lake with their tops off, DO NOT join them — again, it’s a trap and you WILL be murdered.

7. If you’re in a creepy area and one of your friends wandered off like an idiot and you start to wonder about his whereabouts, just stick together as a group if you decide to go looking, DO NOT break off into subgroups.

8. If you’re with one other person and suddenly decide something is very important at the road that you need to run off and resolve, DO NOT leave that person alone, just take them with you. If you’re alone in the creepy country town with only one gas station/restaurant combo being ran by a creepy old lady, then you’re just asking to be murdered!!

9. If your friend sacrifices him or herself for you because there is a bad guy right behind you – DO NOT just continue to sit there crying like a tool. Either A. Go help your friend who now has the bad guy after them, or B. Run away to get help.

10. If your friend is murdered by some crazed killer mere feet from you, when the bad guy decides to wander off DO NOT go investigate your friend. RUN AWAY. They are dead, there’s nothing you can do now except get your ass out of there.

11. If you and a friend are being stalked down by a killer, do not hobble off holding onto each other. You’re not injured right now but you WILL be if you continue to hinder fast movement by hugging and walking at the same time. It’s idiotic. Get your ass in gear and MOVE!

12. If you find yourself with the upper hand against a crazed killer, DO NOT hit him once and then run. In a situation like this just think of the killer as a zombie or a vampire, they aren’t dead until their head has been chopped off!

13. If you didn’t listen to life lesson 12 and only hit the killer once and ran, then listen to life lesson 13 for crying out loud! If the bad guy is after you again because you were an idiot the first go around, and you manage to knock him or her down for a second time, for the love of all that is good in this world MAKE SURE THE MONSTER IS DEAD!

There you have it, life lessons all should live by. If you don’t, then you deserve to die!

Movie Confessions Blogathon

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I read this post over at the awesome Kloipy Speaks who found it from someone who found it from someone who found it from someone who found it on myfilmviews.com. And thus, after much begetting, I have now decided to take it upon myself to join in the fun.

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?

Apocalypse Now. Maybe I need to give this movie another go. There was this one time in between my junior and senior year of high school, where we had to read Beowulf, and it pissed me off! How dare they assign homework over summer vacation! I begrudgingly read the darn thing, hating every word of it. Two years later during my sophomore year of college, we had to read Beowulf. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’d matured a little (yeah right) or it wasn’t summer vacation so I was more open to reading confusing texts, whatever it was – I loved it! Beowulf is a freaking awesome story! Anyway, I think that’s similar to what happened with Apocalypse Now. I wasn’t a big fan of the book (and maybe I should give it another go, I may love it and just not realize it), and so when we had to watch the movie in AP English IV in high school…I just wouldn’t let myself like it.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?

I’m sure tons upon tons! It’s hard to think of movies you’ve not seen though… hmm…So I went to Rotten Tomatoes and found a list of 100 greatest classics, and copied the first 10 I came to.

  • Rear Window
  • Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • North by Northwest
  • The Third Man
  • All About Eve
  • Laura
  • Modern Times
  • Repulsion
  • Cool Hand Luke (The Gilmore girls would be so dissapointed in me!)
  • Rebecca

Hm… Mom do you have something going on with classic films here? My name is Laura and my 8 year old sister is Rebecca… Is there a classic out there named Kelly?

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?

Yes. I don’t remember what we were seeing but I was at the movies with my best friend Monica and I think we weren’t impressed so we went to a different theater that was playing 10 Things I Hate About You. To be fair we did purchase a movie ticket, we just didn’t like the movie we went to see originally.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?

Actor: Matthew McConaughey. Does he own a shirt? I know, I know, I’m supposed to be swooning at his feet….but really? Pass.

Actress: Zooey Deschanel. I mean, she’s alright, I don’t hate her. I don’t shoot myself at the site of having to watch a movie with her in it. BUT, she plays the same person every time. Hipster quircky blah blah blah.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?

Billy Wilder. It’s not like I’m avoiding the films, I just haven’t gotten around to seeing any of them for one reason or another.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?

Twilight. Does that count? Don’t judge me!

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?

I’m sure. When I was a teenager. All teenagers are annoying, yes? Yes. Actually I was an OK teenager, I just had fits of loud uncontrollable giggles.

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?

I was having a hard time thinking of one for this, so I asked my husband because he remembers things about me more than I do. He said we went to see this movie named Twisted in 2004 because Sam Jackson was in it. Now… I don’t remember this at all, so the husband pulls up a trailer for me to watch. I watched the trailer, I still didn’t remember it, and about halfway through I checked out of the trailer because it looked so boring. So, I’m just going to have to trust the hubby on this one that we actually saw this movie. I’m going to say I don’t remember it because it was so boring. It’s either that or I’ve developed dementia early on in life.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles? 

I won’t if I’ll be laying in bed while I’m watching the movie, unless I know I’ll be awake and able to watch the screen the whole time. I don’t mind subtitles, I just want to actually be able to see them good.

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?

Ultra Violet. I don’t know why I haven’t watched it. There’s a video store in town that has amazing deals on their rental movies, and they sometimes sell them for $1. So my husband and I end up with tons of movies that sit on the shelf for months or years before we watch them.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?

Well, we did own this movie called The Edison Death Machine… which is just terrible. It was actually stolen when the ole hubby and I took our honeymoon trip to Vegas two summers ago. We were robbed, but had it not been for that we’d still own the movie. You know, I love me a good cheesy B-movie made on a dime budget, but that movie is just…terrible. There is no other word other than terrible. I hope whoever stole it was forced to watch it and nothing else for a week straight. That might make up for the Play Station 3  they got!

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?

Nothing strange here. If we’re in the living room we watch on the TV with either the XBox or the PS3. If we are in the bedroom we watch movies off the iMac, mostly from Netflix.

Any other confessions you want to make?

I watched things at the age of 6 that no 6 year old should ever be watching. Freddy Krueger, Night of the Living Dead, Tales From the Crypt

Oh, I have a confession. I hated Harry Potter before I saw it. I was a full on hater drinking on my hateraide. Then…I watched it. And I dumped all my hateraide down the toilet and begged the Wizengamot to forgive me! They did, luckily, and so Neville Longbottom and I live happily ever after.

The god of my Heart

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Um…hi? *knock knock knock* Is this thing on?

So I’ve been silent for about a month now, I wanted to apologize for that. I know it’s in bad blogger form. My husband keeps telling me I “need to cheesecake”, and I know  he’s right. He goes about a month in between posts though, so I don’t know who he thinks he is telling me I need better blogger form. Harumph!

What’s been going on in my life for the past month that merits a chuckle-worthy blog post you ask? Not a whole lot really, hence the silence. I don’t know, I’ve not been particularly amused or horrified of anything lately.

But what I have found…is a new husband! Yep that’s right you heard it here first folks, in a month’s time I’ve divorced Woo and hitched up with a new man.

He’s a pretty powerful guy. Actually, he wants to rule the world, and how could a girl not love that. He’s got these awesomely beautiful blue eyes and a really cool staff. Not like he employes a staff, but  you know… a big stick thingy? Oh and his smile is absolutely swoon-worthy.

I know I’ve found my mate for life. Dear readers, I must admit I’m one happy girl to have found this love.

I’ve got a few of the wedding pics back, and I thought I’d share them here with you all.

Just mere moments after the big “I do”, isn’t he a dream boat?

I know he’s thinking “I couldn’t be happier…except if my plot to rule Earth had actually gone as planned.”

Unfortunately, my husband’s brother Thor has taken him back to Asgard because he’s a “bad guy”. Gah my brother-in-law can be such a hot head! I mean, Thor went all crashing into Jotunheim and pissing off a bunch of frost giants and putting the welfare of Asgard in danger. But nooooooo everyone’s all “Thor’s the greatest look at his awesome blonde locks he can do no harm..” yadda yadda, bull crap I say.

My husband Loki is just misunderstood. I mean, as a baby he was torn from his birth father and raised next to the mighty Thor, but had no hope of ever becoming the King of Asgard. So he may be a little mischievous… everyone wants to have a little fun now and then, do they not?

Ah Loki, I dream of the day you’ll be back in my arms again…

How could a girl not fall for a man with such an awesome helmet?

Hulk Smash

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I’m not extremely well-versed in comic books – their heroes, villains, story-lines… But for the most part I do enjoy the movies they generate.

All I have to say is The Avengers was freaking bad-ass awesome! It was just a fun movie to watch, and a great way to escape the drone of every day life. Plus, it didn’t hurt that it had some pretty men in it! (and Scarlett Johansson for the fella’s out there.)

I really enjoyed Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner/ The Hulk. As much as I love Edward Norton, I think Ruffalo probably did the character a little better service than Norton did in his 2008 role as the green guy. Some of the funnier moments in the movie come from the Hulk scenes. There was a part where the entire theater was cracking up so loud at the Hulk that none of my group could even hear what was being said on screen. So basically, Hulk rules!

Of course, the rest of the Avengers were awesome as well. Personally, I think one can never go wrong with Robert Downey Jr. I cannot imagine another person in the role of Iron Man! He’s just perfect for the role, and the banter between Iron Man and the rest of the cast is always hilarious. I like a movie that can have its serious moments, its action and explosions and grave dangers… but then also a good chuckle here and there. I think that’s the signature clue of Joss Whedon’s writing. (By the way, The Cabin in the Woods, also written by Joss Whedon…epic and must be seen by all! Is it also starring Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in The Avengers. Win!)

I am not going to get into each of the other characters but they were all great in their own ways.  For some reason, I can’t stop staring at the film’s baddie, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. I don’t even know if I have some crazy fan-girl crush on him or not at this point…. I just like his face? I can’t explain it. All I know is that he’s on my can of Dr. Pepper so now I must drink more Dr. Pepper. Damn you advertising for getting to me! Damn you!

Moral of the story is, I’d go watch it again. I’d go watch it right now…if it weren’t 4 in the morning that is.

Here’s the trailer for the movie:

As someone who may not “get” everything there is about comic books and superheroes, I really recommend this movie for everyone! Not to mention it destroyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for the spot of #1 U.S. opening weekend of all time! I give it 10 slices of cheesecake up!

Script Frenzy – Week 1 Down

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It’s a little over the first week mark of Script Frenzy, but uh, oh well, better late than never right?

I’m a bit off target for the page count. Overall by the end of April I’m supposed to have 100 pages of a script completed. Right now I’m sitting at 18 pages. I’m no good at math, but that puts me about 12 pages shy of the target goal for the day. Script pages go a lot faster than a normal page though, so I think if I can finish NaNo on time, I’ve got this!

I’m finally writing that story about my grandparent’s house. I’m trying to keep the story simple and straight forward right now, keeping in mind that anything I think know that is wrong with it, I can just take out and fix later.  My first 10 pages or so are about a really awkward cheesy relationship the main character is leaving behind when she moves back to her grandparent’s abandoned  house. I named the guy friend “Ross”, which makes me think of Ross from the show Friends, which really just has me turned off from him from the start.

I couldn’t get the Friends Ross out of my head so the whole thing turned sour. This is a horror story anyway, I think it will do just fine without a cheesy romance in the beginning.

But you better believe those 10 pages are staying right where they are, for now! I need them for my page count!