Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween! Our countdown culminates in the scariest, most celebrated night of the year. For today's entry, I chose a different rendition of a Halloween classic.
Nothing quite fits the Halloween spirit like Dracula. Even if you don’t watch the Universal classic on the regular, the season itself always inspires images of Bela Lugosi as the quintessential caped vampire, walking slowly around his cobwebby castle, waiting for the perfect opportunity to drink your blood. The imagery from this film and the presence that Lugosi projected in the role that he made famous are iconic, and have been burned into the minds of generations, always to be called up during the scariest month of the year.
What you may not have been aware of is the fact that Lugosi was not the only actor to play Dracula in 1931. Tod Browning’s film has become one of the ubiquitous tellings of Bram Stoker’s story, but it was not the only version that Universal put out that year. They simultaneously shot a Spanish version on set as well, with the American actors filming in the day, and the Spanish cast and crew filming in the evenings (directed by George Melford). They shot on the same sets and tell the same story, but shot a bit differently, giving this version its own unique feel. I had never seen it before, so I decided it was time to give it a watch.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
So when I heard about Birth of the Living Dead, I couldn’t wait to sit down and watch it. This new documentary from director Rob Kuhns is a fascinating look at the history and legacy of George Romero’s groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Written and directed by Landis (who, at the time, was known only for comedies) An American Werewolf in London is the story of two friends, David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), backpacking through Europe. They are attacked one night on the moors of England by a large and fierce animal. Jack is killed, and David is sent to a London hospital, where he spends the next three weeks in a coma. When he awakens, he begins seeing visions of the corpsified ghost of Jack, who tells him that the creature that attached them was a werewolf, and that David, who was bitten during the attack, will turn during the next full moon, in just a few days' time. Jack's soul is doomed to roam the Earth in a state of limbo until the werewolf's bloodline is severed and he can finally be put to rest. He urges David to end his own life, rather than subject Jack (and the others that David may kill as a wolf) to an eternity of undead purgatory.
Monday, October 28, 2013
It's time for another round of Horrorella's Favorite Unnecessarily-Sexy-Halloween-Costumes!
Even into adulthood, we love the opportunity to dress in costumes and spend just one night of the year pretending to be something or someone else. We spend the entire year being normal (well, for the most part), but on this one night, all bets are off. Halloween provides the perfect (not to mention safe and sanctioned) opportunity to let you inner-demon out. And sometimes, that inner demon is a succubus.
But sometimes the makers of the sexy costumes let their creativity get a little ahead of their brains, and turn out costumes that probably didn't need to be sexified to begin with.
So here are my top 10 Needlessly Sexy Costumes (in no particular order)
Yes, Chucky may be kind of cute when he's in Good Guy mode (at least that's what the characters in the movies seem to think. I've always found him to creepy no matter what state he's in). But the fact that the heels make it impossible for him to get any good killing done just renders this costume impractical, in addition to ridiculous.
Cabbies aren't traditionally sexy. In fact, historically, they're kind of gross. There is the exception to every rule, certainly, so if you're a cabbie, don't take offense, but you spend all day sitting in your car and you probably don't always smell so great.
If there is anything my childhood was missing, it was blonde hair and long legs on my crayons.
Sexy Garden Gnome
What? Really? These things are creepy enough when they are dotting your grandmother's lawn. But the idea that the might come to life and seduce you is just terrifying. In fact, if any directors want to work with me to turn that one into a screenplay, I would be happy to sell you the idea.
Sexy Gene Simmons
Okay, I know that Gene Simmons is his own brand of sexy - he would kind of have to be in order to have bung the 2.5 million women that he has gotten busy with over the years. But this is just kind of ridiculous.
Sexy Twix Bar
Like last year's Sexy Blowpop, this is just stupid. also lazy, considering it's just a dress with the Twix logo printed on it.
Again, not to slam anyone's profession, but plumbers are not generally known for sex appeal. If the costume included fireballs, that might be something different, but since it doesn't, it's just needlessly sexifying something from my childhood.
Pumpkins aren't sexy. They're vegetables. Vegetables that we carve cute/funny/scary faces into once a year to scare away evil spirits.
Sexy cat, I get. You get to dress up in a short skirt or a skin-tight outfit and strut your stuff in the most alluring manner possible. But a raccoon? At least with a cat you're emulating a particular mannerism. Raccoons are bumbly creatures that dig through the garbage.
I don't know that this should necessarily not be sexy, I just don't know what the fuck it is...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
It's impossible to go into Halloween without at least touching on The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's a film that plays perfectly to both holidays (which means double the excuses to watch it throughout the year). Tim Burton's artistic style is childhood Halloween incarnate, and that is perfectly represented in the opening segment, "This is Halloween."
I am the who when you call who's there...
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I came across this short film earlier this week and immediately wanted to share it. Axelle Carolyn wrote and directed The Halloween Kid, a story about a little boy and his unusual connection to the things that go bump in the night.
The Halloween Kid from Axelle Carolyn on Vimeo
The Halloween Kid from Axelle Carolyn on Vimeo