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Hello everyone! I am back. I know it has been a couple months with no posts but I am back and I am goin to try my best to stick to the Monday posting…yes I am pushin it with this one but here we go!

thSo February was a month of Fright Nights for me. I marathon watched the Friday the 13th series…only made it to 5…but apparently that’s impressive according to my friends…

So Friday the 13th, basically if you have seen the first one you have basically seen all of them up to 4 and 5. The fourth one is basically the same as the first one but it introduces a character that becomes important in the last three of the main canon. The only really fun thing about the movies after the first one is trying to figure out who is going to die in what order and how Jason will do it. The other fun thing to do is figure out how soon the deaths start occurring. It gets faster with each film. One day I will sit down and finish the last three. They are great b-rated cult horror slashers, but like I said, unless you want to watch all of them back to back, you only need to see the first one.

The next thing I watched was Occulus. This is a great haunted houseOculus-Movie-2014-HD-Wallpaper movie that is actually kind of trippy because it follows the story of a brother and sister who had this experience as children but have come back to put and end to it as adults. The trippy part is you don’t quite realize this until halfway through…at least, I didn’t. It stars Karen Gillian of Doctor Who fame which was my first attention grabber since I love her. It has a few gory moments in it one involving a light bulb and the other is at the end, but I don’t want to give it away. It is a good modern horror movie, a bit cheesy but I enjoyed it’s creepy factor.

th (3)I also re-watched Interview with The Vampire for the 3rd time. I am huge vampire movie fan, especially if Anne Rice wrote the original novel. Now, granted, I do not consider Interview with The Vampire to be a horror movie more so it is a compelling fantasy story about vampires living in Louisiana. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise play the main characters of Louis and Lestat, which for some reason up until this re-watch session I always thought they played the opposite person. But while they are great and all, Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of Claudia is the clincher in this movie. She plays her perfectly to the character in the book. It is actually such a good adaptation of the novel as a whole, I thoroughly recommend it!

And finally the last movie, which I actually watched last night, was Poltergeist. One of my all time favorite thrillers. There is poltergeist_tvjust something about Carol Ann and how innocent yet creepy she is and yet it’s not her fault. This late 70’s or very early 80’s movie was a great movie for special effects. So many things happen from furniture flying around a room at high speeds, to furniture re arranging itself, to toys coming to life, to people getting dragged up walls, to huge demonic looking dinosaur bone ghost, etc. Needless to say, it was very progressive for its time, not to mention the story is actually good too.  I don’t know that I would call it a scary movie, thriller yes, horror, no. Mainly because I found it more fascinating than horrific, granted I am also 25 and fairly well adjusted. But I definitely recommend seeing it, and its sequels.

So there you have it. Now that life has calmed down a bit for me to write i have given you four movie recommendations to go watch and then let me know what you thought. Until next time!

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Posted: December 15, 2014 in Comedy, Cult Classic, Dark Comedy

Dark_Shadows_label_copySo I am sick in bed today so todays post will be short and sweet. I went to Wal-mart and bought medicine and a  $5 DVD.  I opted on getting Dark Shadows. Yes I am fully aware it is a cheesy movie. But so was the TV Show it is based on.

Tim Burton brings the story of Collinsport to the big screen starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfifer, and Helena Bonham Carter. It is dark cheesy and humor filled. The story centers on Barnabas Collins who has been turned into a vampire by a spurned lover over a hundred years ago. Now it is the 1970’s and he has reawakened.

I think for this post I am going to focus on what makes this movie so cheesy…don’t forget however I do like this movie. To start off it feels like you are watching a soap opera…which makes sense since that is what the TV show was considered. But a supernatural soap opera. Vampires werewolves, witches, and ghosts. The whole movie takes place in the familial home of the Collins’ family an old mansion in north east America, but everything is very 70’s. There is also the live in psychiatrist Dr. Hoffman, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

The entire movie follows the whole adage “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Angelique, played by Penny Dreadfuls star Eva Green, is still mad that Barnabas never fell in love with her…and her anger has kept her alive all these years until he returned. She is trying to ruin his family name by taking over Collinsport by buying out the canning factories. HOW CHEESY IS THAT!?

Dark-Shadows-300x300Needless to say this movie is great to watch when there is nothing better on or you are feeling like crap. It is full of laughs and ridiculousness. If you are Tim Burton fan however you will be sorely disappointed, it lacks the smart dark wittiness of films like Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or Ed Wood. But it is a fun watch regardless of content and cheese.

the-heathers-38“What’s Your Damage?” One of the greatest taglines for a movie. Heathers is one of the best 80’s movies ever. It is the original Mean Girls movie. Only so much better. Its so funny but with a darker edge. I am huge fan of dark comedy, and this is a fantastic example of a truly dark comedy.

The plot premise is the levels of high school popularity and the gain and loss of power. Instead of just losing titles of popularity through humiliation, the Heathers lose their power through death….well at least one of them. This is why it is more epic than Mean Girls.

That is not to say I condone murdering the popular kids to gain popularity. NO! NEVER EVER THINK THAT IS THE ANSWER! It is more of the perspective that the movie puts on high school cliques and popularity. It shows how ridiculous it can get. Also how extreme people get. Granted the writers and directors over exaggerate this point in their portrayal of radical teen, JD.

He is the boy that captures, Heather-but-non-Heather, Veronica Sawyer’s heart. Because he is so smooth and independent, Veronica lets his rebellious views of society grab her attention and fuel her inspiration to dethrone the Heathers. She quickly sees; however, how far and to what lengths JD is willing to go to destroy the high school “experience”.

jdandverBut enough about the plot. Not only is it a great story, the script is brilliant. It has fantastic one liners and brilliant development. The lines have been ingrained into society. “What’s your damage?” is one of the most famous lines from this movie and it is still used today to question why a person is acting insane. And Heather Chandler’s final words are just perfection in her soul utterance of “CORN-NUTS!” as she crashes into a glass table. Sheer brilliance! It is a smart script with very quipy lines such as Heather McNamara’s line “If I take a meat cleaver to the middle of your skull, I would have two symmetrical halves, and that is very important to me.” The lines just flow seamlessly together to weave a very darkly humorous but smart story.

I also love how visually pleasing this movie is. From the costumes, too the visual effects, its aesthetic is beautiful. The choice of playing with colors for meaning in the movie is perfect. Each of the Heathers have their signature color that mildly represents a piece of themselves. Heather Chandler was always red: red clothes, red bow, red lipstick, and red croquet ball. It signified her as the leader since red is a color of power. But not only did it signify her power it also let us know she had a very short fuse as red is also the color of anger. Heather Duke’s choice color was green, even though she longed to be red every game of croquet. Green symbolized her dish-091212-heathersdeep seeded envy to be Heather Chandler. And the minute she gained power, she immediately states “I’m RED!” Yellow is the color of Heather McNamara. Yellow is the color of happiness and kindness, and Heather M. was the nicest of all the Heathers. She was basically Switzerland she did not get involved in the drama caused by the Heathers in anyway shape or form. She was basically there because she had money and good looks and was genuinely nice. But yellow is also, coincidentally, the color of greed according to the 7 deadly sins (I know we usually associate greed with green but not in this case). Heather McNamara’s father was the richest guy in town and all she ever wanted to do was shop. Finally there is Veronica. Her color was blue. Blue is typically associated with loyalty and intelligence. Ironically, through circumstances she creates with JD’s help, she is not loyal to the Heathers. But in reverse she is loyal to the people who are being belittled and controlled by the Heathers. Her intellect is vast. She journals everyday wearing a monocle. Her vocabulary is extensive, she is a pro at forgery, and knowing people around her through observation. Blue was the perfect choice to make for her costumes, in order to make a vivid point of disconnectedness from the Heathers.

There are some great special effects in this movie to complement the piece as a whole. And no it is not and action move but there is a great explosion at the end. No spoilers!  The dream sequences are also fantastic. They are filmed slightly more vibrantly colored than other shots in the movie but they are not quite as sharp. There is a bit of a haze to them, a smokey feel, if you will. There are also some physical effects that just make you say, “how did they do that.” (no spoilers again.) It makes the movie that much more fun to watch.

The music is great as well, but I am going to divert for a second from the movie to the recently closed stage musical of Heathers. THIS RECORDING IS LIFE! Ok, back to the movie. At this current moment, I can’t recall any song from the movie except the opening and ending credit version of “Que Sera Sera.” I find this song to be amazingly poignant for this film. It is not the Doris Day version, but it is the same lyrics. If you don’t know the song look it up on YouTube. The song discusses growing up and just taking life on as it comes. What a great way to foreshadow from the get go with “Whatever will be will be.”

Needless to say, this is one of my favorite movies. I love to watch it, and be so grateful my high school experience was not like it at all. If you love 80’s movies, Wynona Rider, croquet, and want to see the original Mean Girls, then “What’s your damage?” GO WATCH HEATHERS! It’s very, VERY.