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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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!

Thank You For Making Me Feel Old!

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There’s just something about the American Reunion movie coming out that depresses me. I haven’t even decided if I’ll go watch it or not.

I was born in the mid-80’s, but am mostly a product of the 90’s. What a weird time the 90’s were too… but when I was a sophomore in high school this movie American Pie came out, and boy was it funny! (To me and my peers at least) Sure, it was stupid as hell. Nothing but sex jokes, but hey what do teenagers find more hilarious than sex jokes? It wasn’t going to go on to win any major awards or anything, but it gave us something to laugh at.

This month is my 10 year high school reunion, and American Pie comes back to us in the form of American Reunion. What happened to us all these last 10 years? Out of my little circle of friends we have 2 marriages going strong, 1 divorced, and two of them with kids. We have student loan debt, still haven’t found our dream jobs, homes or cars. Some of (actually, ALL of us) are still in pursuit of that blasted degree. We have lost parents and grandparents and in-laws. We have grown apart from each other, but we intend to rectify that in a few weeks.

We will not be going to our high school reunion.

It’s funny what life was like when I was a teenager, and thinking back to it. The late 90’s and the early 2000’s.

Here I am today – and I don’t feel like the same person. I look back to my teen years and it feels like I’m watching someone else’s life, not mine. Why is that? Does that happen to everyone else? I feel like I’ve put up a barrier between my current life and my past life, and I don’t know why. I wasn’t a bad kid, and life was like it was for everyone in my town – momma’s poor and daddy ain’t around. But she fed us, and I got good grades and I never got in trouble and I had great friends, and I was happy. Why does it feel like that was someone else’s life now?

That’s weird.

Ok, so too much contemplation for one day. Thank you American Reunion for making me feel old!

The Woman in Black

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Holy cornballs of terror!

But first, a conversation I had with the popcorn guy at the theater.

Him: Where’s the man you’re usually with?
Me: Somewhere back there (pointing to the pop fountain).
Him: How long have you been together?
Me: I dunno 9 years? 8 years? A while I can’t remember.
Him: So, are you married, or is he your boyfriend.
Me: (Holding up my left hand and pointing to the wedding ring) Married………………………
Him: I see, how did he propose?
Me: Well, uh, we were sitting there one day and he looked over at me and said hey would you marry me? Kinda random.
Him: Aw wow that is really romantic actually.
(Husband finally makes his way to the counter, oh thank dear goodness. We walk away.)
Husband: That guy totally wants to bone you.

How romantic.

Anyhow, we make our way into the movie and it begins. I spent about the first half of the movie annoying my husband with things like –

“Don’t be scared Harry, you’ve taken down Voldemort, you got this!”

“He’s so brave because he’s a Gryffindor.”

“Oh look it’s the Hogwart’s Express!”

“Just get your wand out Harry!”

Then I finally shut up with the Harry Potter jokes (ok, maybe not…. ) and paid attention to the movie. Which was really great.

Harry Potter, I mean Daniel Radcliffe, plays a lawyer who’s sent to sort through the final affairs of woman who’s passed away. But he soon learns that the townsfolk don’t trust him to be there, there are strange deaths revolving around children, and ultimately the house he’s been sent to is haunted by (dun dun dun) the woman in black.

It was really scary. I don’t remember ever actually grabbing onto my husband’s arm and squealing before, but this movie was just so damn scary. The woman in black… oh my gosh she was terrifying. I love horror movies. Hell I remember watching Night of the Living Dead when I was 6, and  A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 7 – It’s hard to remember being 6 and 7 when you are “pushing thirty” (as my husband loves to point out) but I loved those movies and I remember the first time I watched both of them. I’m just hardly ever scared of scary movies anymore. But this movie had me clinging to my poor husband’s arm until he was begging for his circulation back.

I mean come on, you know a movie is going to be scary when it has creepy looking children in it.

It’s good to see a horror movie that is actually scary, which is  a rare thing these days. I’m pretty sure the woman sitting near my husband was in the fetal position – it was that good.