I’m still watching movies!!!

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As you might expect, our theme for October (yes, I’m just getting to October) was horror movies. And I thought three of them made an interesting evolutionary trio: Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Cabin In The Woods.

Now to me, Halloween represents that rare thing in Hollywood – an original and well-executed idea. I remember when it came out. I was 13 and we couldn’t wait to sneak into theaters to see it. We’d seen nothing like it before – horror in suburbia with a smart but emotionless killer (the blank mask) coming to get us. Especially if we were doing something illicit as teenagers (sex and drugs). I think the movie holds up pretty well. The number of deaths seems small by today’s standards, it’s not particularly gory, and the minimalist soundtrack still holds up.

Friday the 13th, of course, represents that…

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Bekki does Scary Movies

I don’t normally do scary movies. I was dragged to both of the Blair Witch Project ones.  I watched them through my fingers.  I kind of enjoyed the Scream movies.  Well rather I appreciated their premises, but it wasn’t so much an enjoyment.  I could probably put The Faculty into that category too.   The only scary movies I seem to like are Zombie related.  (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, etc)

I really hate human on human cruelty (Saw, etc.). I just can’t watch those.  Also, possession type movies are not my favorite either.

Therefore, for this month I elicited the help of my good friend Becky (who in many ways is my Mid-west Kelly) to hold my hand through the marathon of October movies.  I do apologize up front for the fact that I couldn’t bring myself to watch The Exorcist so I left it off the list. [feel free to insert various chicken noises here]

The Omen

This movie had its moments.  It was a bit creepy, but I pretty much called everything.  I would love to see the sequel when the son manipulates his adoptive father.  Gregory Peck was fun, though this was clearly before men started waxing their eyebrows.  I was just not very impressed with what all he let his nanny get away with.  She was far too sassy for my liking. Even though I knew she was evil I felt that no self-respecting rich person would let their staff repeatedly get away with such crap and blatant disregard for rules. They might have saved themselves a lot of trouble by raising their kid on their own.

Favorite moment: the death of the photographer.  That was AWESOME.

Rating: B . Creepy, but dated, and not as scary as it could have been.
Bonus –>Favorite antichrist literature: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  The anti-christ is accidentally switched at birth with a normal kid, and a Demon and an Angel team up to stop the end of humanity.

Friday the 13th

First, a question: What did this have to do with Friday the 13th?

This was my least favorite of the bunch.  Human on Human cruelty and all that.  These kids didn’t really deserve to die.  Though I am really glad that the one I liked the most managed to survive.  What was weird, and quite possibly the coolest moment of the movie, was when ‘Jason’ appeared in the water towards the end.

Rating: C+ . I shuddered a lot, but wasn’t really scared or surprised until Jason.  I think Scream (and all the rules about horror movies) kind of ruined this movie for me.

Dusk Til Dawn

Oh Tarantino. You make me smile.  This movie was just fun.  Except for the fact that a) QT’s character was a sex offender of epic proportions and b) this movie was really 4 smaller films that were loosely held together.  Rather than being a seamless story the  movie had a vignette that got done, and then something outrageous happened to start it again.

Fun moments: the penis gun, Salma Hayak with a snake, Juliet Lewis on the potty at immigration, George Clooney with a neck tattoo, the view of the bar from behind with the pit and all the rusting trucks in it.

This was, however, kind of the vampire version of Signs, with a preacher who lost his faith.  Also I’m going to call shenanigans on supersoakers with holy water.  I feel like that was just a bit too juvenile.

Rating: B-.  Solid, fun, gory, but not really a substantial story.

Cabin in the Woods

After Kelly’s review I expected to not like this movie much.  Contrary to her perspective, I liked it a lot.  I think I might have to own it.  I liked the premise a very lot, and some of the innuendo’s and nods to other genre’s made me happy.  The idea that all of our myths, even our filmed ones, come from some sort of truth is intriguing to me.  Here we see the archetypes, Jock, scholar, virgin, fool, harlot all need to be sacrifices to appease the ancient ones, and keep earth safe.  Yeah I see Joss Whedon all over this.

Fun moments:  Bradly Whitford using the F bomb.  I have been rewatching the West Wing and I just know that Josh Lyman would have been using it all the time if  network tv would have allowed it.  It was just fun letting my imagination run away with me.  Sigourney Weaver’s Cameo.  I love her. The eventual sighting of the merman. The painting and the one way mirror.  “Yes, you had “Zombies.” But this is “Zombie Redneck Torture Family.” Entirely separate thing. It’s like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal.” Speakerphone. The husband Bulge. Seeing old Whedonverse friends like Amy Acker , Tom Lenk and Fran Kranz.

Overdone: Kranz’s stoner Marty was a bit too witty and baked for me.  It was just over the line.

Rating: A-.  The story was inventive and funny.  I laughed a lot, and didn’t hardly knit at all.

The bonus to this whole weekend was getting to spend some time with Becky, and also Webster the dog, who I actually lived with for a couple of years.  Turns out Webster’s organs shut down yesterday and Becky had to put him to sleep.  I’m very happy that I got a chance to say good-bye to him. So thanks Flickbuddies, for making me watch scary movies.  That was an unexpected gift.