Halloween is only eight days away and I'm struggling to get myself in the mood - I couldn't even get myself up for any horror movies this weekend. (Well unless you count The Snowman as "horror" but really it's more "tragedy.") Anyway this behind-the-scenes shot of Johnny Depp getting ketchupped on the set of Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street (via), a photo that I have never seen before, is putting a smile on my face right now and might finally be the thing that gets my Scary up and going - we'll see.
Did you watch any horror movies this weekend?
Get me in the mood, friends!
It is surprisingly hard to balance the satisfaction of watching a domestic abuser and probable rapist get brutally killed against the fact that I'm watching a domestic abuser perform art.
I am increasingly convinced we need to start criminalizing the continued production and distribution of movies by men who contribute to rape culture, and we need to let existing movies go out of circulation. Women need to not be abused. No one needs to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Last Tango in Paris, or any of the films that Harvey Weinstein produced. Ban them. Ban them, burn the copies, and castrate the monsters who profited from their trash.
I'm wondering if we're just all so horrified day-to-day with everything Trump tweets out that we're already fatigued?
No horror movies yet, but I've not been home nor near a movie theater for awhile. When I got home from this last trip, my bf insisted we see The Snowman (snore, man. At least we got Fassy in boxer briefs for 10 seconds).
I've been wanting to see Happy Death Day, because it looks like fun. I haven't done my Evil Dead marathon in a few years (15 yrs in a row, I had to take a break). I've got Halloween off, so might do it then.
We saw "Happy Death Day" last weekend -- entertaining and serviceable, but didn't LOVE it.
Also saw the new "It" last week -- just as hokey and non-scary as I remembered the 1990 TV mini-series being, so I gave that a re-watch over the weekend, and it was STILL as hokey and non-scary as I remembered it, but with cheezier special effects.
Screening in the home theater this past weekend:
"Saw II" -- because my man and I are on a mission to watch the entire "Saw" franchise from beginning to end before we watch the new one, "Jigsaw." Part 2 is my fave of them all.
"Ouija II: Origin of Evil" -- another exercise in run-of-the-mill, CGI'd haunted house/possessed child hokum in the style of the "Insidious" and "Conjuring" franchises.
Hammer's 1959 re-make of "The Mummy," which I had never seen and was advised to watch after mentioning to someone that I thought Christopher Lee was the best of all the screen incarnations of Dracula. (He made a pretty good mummy too!)
Lastly, with creepy clowns having a zeitgeisty renaissance, I watched a previously unscreened gem of 80s dreck -- "Killer Klowns From Outerspace" -- SUPER cheezy and silly, but in all the right ways -- as opposed to silly in all the WRONG ways, like both versions of "It." But "It" was never one of my favorite Stephen King novels to begin with, in large part because it ultimately proves to be a shameless ripoff of Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" mashed up with his contemporary, Peter Straub's, far superior and more complex epic novel of phantasmagorical horror, "Floating Dragon," also the story of a New England town beset by an ancient, shape-shifting evil that awakens from hibernation every generation. King isn't even subtle about the characters he rips off from Straub -- the novelist/screenwriter, the architect, the amateur local historian, the abused wife, a 13-year-old with an alcoholic, deadbeat father -- they can all be found in Straub's "Floating Dragon," released four years prior to King's "It" novel.
For one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel, I recommend the recently released "Gerald's Game," which is 100% faithful to the source material -- arguably the creepiest story in all of the King canon -- and brilliantly brings to life the novel's largely unfilmable narrative. My only complaint about it is that the denouement did not knock my socks off the same way the novel's did, which is not so much a complaint about the film itself as an acknowledgment that NO screen version of "Gerald's Game" could ever truly capture the creeptastic horror of the novel's final third in the same way your imagination conjures it up from the written word.
Just re-watched "The Witch" and oogled the gorgeousness of the film once again. Quickly becoming one of my favorite horror films. So excited for Robert Eggers' version of "Nosferatu"
I enjoyed the remake of "It" very much but found it more of a bigger budget episode of "Stranger Things" rather than anything too scary.
Also watched "1922" on Netflix. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Thomas Jane is trying to channel Heath Ledger's "Brokeback" character Ennis with his mouthful of marble mumblings. The always wonderful Molly Parker is completely wasted, and this is essentially a feature-length, not-so-good episode of "Tales from the Crypt"
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