Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

I truly hope every one has a very Happy New Year! Be safe and enjoy a good horror movie before the ball drops! Looking forward to this year... I'm very hopeful that this will be the year my book gets published. You all will be the first to hear it from me, I promise! Peace and happiness to all who visit my blog. Thank you for visiting and coming back for more! I appreciate it very much! I hope you enjoy my little venture into blogdom!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I saw the preview on this Fox show several months ago on I thought it looked interesting for a Sci-Fi thriller. Unfortunately, I forgot about it and didn't think about it again. Tonight, Tina was flipping through the channels and came across a show on Fox that really caught got our attention. The scene was a young woman in a restaurant, and she didn't look well. The next thing you know, everyone in the restaurant began bleeding from their eyes and all died. After about ten minutes, I found out the name of the show is Fringe. I have to say, I was really impressed with the show. It was interesting and I felt like the show takes chances in their story line. It is science fiction, but like most really good Sci-Fi TV shows it pushes the limits of our imagination. I guess it is safe to say that I will be watching it more often. The only "known" star to me is Joshua Jackson who was on Dawson's Creek and most recently the movie Shutter. His father on the show is best explained as a mad scientist. The main lead is an actress named Anna Trov. Trov and Jackson are FBI agents who work for a fringe group of the Homeland Security Dept. After only watching one show, I can see that this is a show that will be a very innovative, interesting show. Much like The X-Files, but not a rip off of that show. The original trailer for the show is below. Check it out and then look for it on Tuesdays on Fox.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fringe is a science fiction television series co-created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series premiered in the United States on September 9, 2008, on the Fox network. The show is also set in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Fringe is part of a new Fox initiative known as "Remote-Free TV". Episodes of Fringe will be longer than standard dramas on current network television. It will air with half the commercials and promo spots, adding about 6 minutes to the shows' run time.[3]

The series deals with a research scientist named Walter Bishop (described as "Frankenstein mixed with Albert Einstein" and portrayed by John Noble), his son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and an FBI agent, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) who brings them back together. The show is described as a cross between The X-Files, Altered States, The Twilight Zone and Dark Angel.[4][5]

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Tales From The Crypt...

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Tales from the Crypt is a horror anthology American TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. The title was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the four other EC Comics of the time (Haunt of Fear, Vault of Horror, Crime SuspenStories and Shock SuspenStories). The show was produced by HBO with uncredited association by The Geffen Film Company and Warner Bros. Television (all part of a production consortium officially called Tales From The Crypt Holdings). The series is not to be confused with the 1972 film by the same name or Tales from the Darkside, another similarly themed horror anthology series.

It was one of the few anthology series to be allowed to have full freedom from censorship by the FCC, because it was on HBO, a premium cable television station. The station allowed the series to contain graphic violence as well as other content that had not appeared in most television series up to that time, such as profanity, gore, nudity, and sexual situations.

John Kassir... the voice of the Crypt Keeper!

Sometimes it's an enjoyable walk down memory lane. In 1989, one of my favorite shows came on TV. The fact that it was on HBO made it all the better. As stated above, HBO gave this show the freedom to be as graphic in violence, gore, and horror as going to the theater or renting an "R" rated DVD... video tape back then! I watched this all the time and enjoyed most of the episodes very much. The video clip below is of the episode with Ed Begley, Jr. and Tim Curry. Begley plays a tombstone salesman who sells bogus tombstones to people and then kills them. Tim curry plays multiple roles in this show as a family who hates salesmen. It's a great episode and one of my favorites. The other clip at the end of this post is the introduction to the show. There were many big time stars who went on this show... Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Beau Bridges, Whoopi Goldberg, Kirk Douglas, Treat Williams, Tom Hanks, Joe Pesci, Bill Paxton, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Stamos, and Michael Ironsides... just to name a few. All 7 seasons are available on DVD and I would highly recommend taking the time to watch a few of these to get your horror fix. Check out both videos and enjoy!

Death of Some Salesmen (Episode Clip)Ed Begley Jr. stars as a door-to-door salesman who has come to the wrong house; Tim Curry plays multiple parts as the oddly eager family looking to buy what he has to sell.

Intro to the show...

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Friday, December 26, 2008

They Wait...

After all the Christmas gifts and cheer, I sat down this afternoon and watched this movie. Asian horror (this is an American movie in the Asian horror style) is really an interesting style. More importance is placed on creepiness and fear than all out gore. In many ways, I like it better than just gore for the sake of gore. Creepiness and fear do more to make a movie worthwhile to me than just about anything in the horror genre. I love being scared. I love the tension that a well made "creepy" movie has. If you feel it on your chest and it feels like a weight upon your heart... well, you have a great movie. That's the feel I get from many Asian horror style movies. I don't watch true Asian horror because I don't watch movies that are all subtitles. Subtitles are just too distracting to me. However, the style is quite impressive for fear! The movie They Wait is not really a "great" movie, but it is a really good movie. The story line is not the most original "ghost" story either. However, it has all the elements of a very entertaining horror movie. The ghost in this movie are not exactly like the ones in The Ring or The Grudge, but they are effective. The movie will entertain you and I'm sure it will be one you can recommend to a friend. The description for the movie is below, as well as the trailer. Check it out!

After living in Shanghai for three years, Americans Sarah (Jaime King) and Jason (Terry Chen) return home for a funeral. Soon after their arrival, a mysterious illness strikes their young son, Sam (Regan Oey). In their quest for answers, Sarah and Jason make a shocking discovery. Sam is in the grip of a malevolent spirit that will kill him if it isn't vanquished by the close of the Ghost Month festival -- an event that ends tomorrow at sunrise.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Black Christmas...

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought about this movie. It is actually a remake of a 1975 film that Tina and I saw as well. Both are pretty good movies and in this Christmas season, you really should do yourself a favor and see this "Christmas" movie. Here's a description of the 2006 remake...
Black Christmas
(2006) UR
It's Christmas break and the phone won't stop ringing at one sorority house, where the ghost of a killer lurks and coeds are being systematically murdered one by one. In this remake of the 1974 slasher flick, a bloodthirsty psychopath is on the loose -- will sorority sisters Kelli (Katie Cassidy), Dana (Lacey Chabert), Lauren (Crystal Lowe) and the others escape with their lives? Jessica Harmon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Andrea Martin co-star.

Here's the description of the original 1975 flick...
Black Christmas
(1975) R
Terror reigns inside a sorority house a few days before Christmas break as a series of menacing phone calls -- and the discovery of a dead girl's body -- transform yuletide cheer into fear. Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey and Andrea Martin ("SCTV") co-star as just a few of the petrified sisters at the mercy of an unseen stalker in this 1970s horror gem from director Robert Clark, who told a much happier holiday tale with his 1983 classic, A Christmas Story.
There's a trailer for the 2006 remake at the end of this post. I will end this post by telling one an all to have a very Merry Christmas! I hope it is a safe and happy holiday season for all of you!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Against The Dark...

I know what you're thinking... "Steven Seagal in a horror movie???" That's right, Seagal is entering the horror genre for the fist time. The 57 year old martial arts expert is stepping into hollowed ground. The movie will be coming out in early 2009 and involves Seagal kicking vampire butt. Now, I'm not a Seagal hater by any stretch of the imagination, but several of his latest Direct-To-DVD movies have been average at best. Early in his movie career, his movies were really good IMO. I liked Above The Law, Hard To Kill, Marked For Death, Out For Justice, Under Siege I and II, and The Glimmer Man. The rest that I've seen have been just OK. However, I'm going to give him a chance to prove me wrong in this one. For one thing, I love vampires. If they stay true to the genre and have good special effects, then it ought to be fairly good. I realize Seagal isn't the best actor in the world. When you watch his movies (I've watched a ton!), you know exactly what to expect. Whether he's a renegade cop or a vigilante out to right a wrong, there will be plenty of ass-kicking martial arts style and guns. So for that reason, I'm really wanting to see this one. The synopsis below describes what the movie is about and there is a trailer for the movie at the end of this post. Whether you love him or hate him, Seagal has made a decent living giving us an escapism world where good does conquer evil and good guys do finish first. His religious views and political themes are all throughout his films. That aside, he's an interesting, although I would believe him to be arrogant, man. So check out the trailer and look for the movie sometime early next year...


In a post-apocalyptic world sucked dry by vampires, a few remaining survivors are trapped in an infected hospital. Tao (Steven Seagal) and his special ops squad of ex-military vigilantes is their only hope.

Born in Lansing, Mich., on April 10, 1951, action star Steven Seagal moved to California with his family at age 5. He developed his interest in martial arts a few years later and began studying Aikido at a Japanese dojo near his home.
At age 19, Seagal left for Japan to study Buddhism and Aikido. When he returned to the U.S. in 1982, he opened martial arts schools and trained many Hollywood elite, including Michael Ovitz, who got Seagal a role in his first film, Above the Law (1988). This success was followed by a series of vigilante/renegade cop roles in Hard to Kill, Marked for Death and Out for Justice.

It was his role as Navy cook Casey Ryback in Under Siege (1992) that got him his first critical acclaim. Since then, Seagal has tried his hand in key supporting roles (Executive Decision), comedies (The Glimmer Man) and environmental awareness efforts (Fire Down Below).

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Al "Grampa" Lewis...

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Al Lewis (April 30, 1923 [1] – February 3, 2006) was an American actor best known for his role as "Grandpa" on the television series The Munsters. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster.

From 1987 to 1989 Lewis hosted an afternoon horror movie show on the Turner Broadcasting network in his Grandpa Munster outfit.

One of my fondest TV memories was watching The Munsters when I was a kid. Of course Herman was my favorite back then, but I really liked Grampa. Al Lewis was a unique character on and off the screen. The main reason for this post was remembering Al Lewis as the host of an afternoon horror movie show on TBS from 1987 - 1989. I was in a retro mood and searched old TV horror shows and a link came up with old TV horror movie host and there was old "Grampa". The show featured mainly old, sometimes campy horror movies and it was on Saturday afternoons. I was around 30 years of age then and watched it when I wasn't working. I really enjoy the old horror classics. Al Lewis was on the old show "Car 54, Where Are You?" Didn't watch this a lot... I was only 4 years old, but I remember seeing the show a few times. He played with Fred Gwynne who he would later hook up with in the classic The Munsters. His politics were out there. He ran for governor of NY in 1998 for the Green Party. He was on the Howard Stern Show often and had his own radio show for a while. Very colorful man indeed. Just a quick look back to some of the things I remember as a kid. Al Lewis died in 2006. Very interesting man... there's a video tribute at the end of my post.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Remaking The Crow...

I really don't know how I feel about this... The Crow is one of my top 10 movies of all time. Brandon Lee seemed to embody what the character truly was... a lost soul, searching for revenge. Stephen Norrington (director of Blade) has said he has a new take on the character. I don't know about that at all. The 1994 Crow movie was very gripping, yet comic relief played a role in Lee's sarcastic vengeful spirit. Jason Statham is rumored to be interested in doing the role, but that is not final. He's a fair action actor, but I don't know if he's suited for the role of Eric. This thing is all over the web. I have seen it on at least a dozen sites. They all say the same thing and have about the same information. There's no set date for production, cast, or release date as of this writing, but you can rest assured that I will keep a close eye on this movie with high expectations and curiosity. There's a video of the trailer for the original The Crow at the end of this post... check it out!

Here's a brief look at what Norrington's take is on the character Eric... It will have to be a wait and see on this one...
From IMBd, The Internet Movie Database...
His approach won’t be the Gothic style Alex Proyas used to such good effect in the 1994 original, but rather a ”realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style” film. That’s a little bit odd, as the Gothic style really worked for the story of a murdered rock star who comes back for revenge one year after his death, but Norrington seems pretty confident in his vision.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Three Dog Night...

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The name
An official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s then-girlfriend June Fairchild thought of the name when she read a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs, and if a night was especially cold, it was a “Three Dog Night"[1]
This story is rebutted by Van Dyke Parks. According to an essay on Danny Hutton at his website:
"Danny sought my help when he had a dream for Three Dog Night. I've been under the impression that I'd discovered the name, but Danny tells me 'tain't so. He says the name was discovered by June Wilson [Fairchild]. I doubt it. I remember "Mankind" magazine as bathroom-reading matter in Danny's Weepah Way house in Laurel Canyon. There was a picture of an aboriginal Australian at night, curled up in the cold with three dogs. Somehow, I suspect that June Wilson just wasn't "into" anthropology. I may be wrong, but it's true, the group became "Three Dog Night" because I refused to promote a group with the name "Tricycle." I thought it was puerile!

[Upon further reflection]: I'm correct on [naming] Three Dog Night. It was me. No doubt about it. Everyone else was inhaling!"

I've been in BMG Music Group since 2000. As many of you know, I'm a huge music fan. My taste are wide ranging. I love Classic Rock, Country, Alternative, Modern Rock, and Heavy Metal. I've got a few hundred Cd's in my collection and I would rather listen to music than watch TV. I bought one and got five free the other day. Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits was one I picked up. One of the lead singers, Cory Wells was from Buffalo, NY. My brother-in-law is from there and his older sister knew some of Wells' family members... don't remember if she actually knew him or not. The music is a mix of hard rock to soft rock, with a love song or two mixed in. I've been a fan of this group for years, but never got a CD. I heard "Never Been To Spain" on Rite-Aid's radio at work a few weeks ago and thought, "I really need to get their greatest hits CD." It came in the mail two days ago along with Theory of a Deadman's latest, George Thorogood's Greatest Hits, 3 Doors Downs latest, and a couple others I can't mention because they are Christmas gifts for Tina. I listened to the whole thing on the way to work and back home yesterday. What a great CD. Their music is timeless. Joy to the World has almost a cult following and you can see a video of it at the end of this post. I've also got a list of the tracks from the CD as well. I can't believe it took me so long to get one of their Cd's. I hate to admit it, but I did have an 8-track of one of their albums back in the day... man, I'm old! Any way, do yourself a favor and find a CD of one of the best groups for vocal harmony and sound that you will ever hear... Three Dog Night.

Artist: Three Dog Night
Album: Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
Year: 1975
Tracks 1. Joy to the World
2. One
3. Sure as I'm Sittin' Here
4. An Old Fashioned Love Song
5. Let Me Serenade You
6. Shambala
7. Black and White
8. Never Been to Spain
9. One Man Band
10. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
11. I'd Be So Happy
12. Liar
13. Family of Man
14. The Show Must Go On

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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Night Stalker...

Independent News Service reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) investigates the supernatural in this 1970s series. Kolchak has his work cut out for him as he tracks down Jack the Ripper, aliens, zombies, werewolves, vengeful spooks, Satanic dogs and a boogeyman from the Louisiana bogs. Guest stars include Richard Kiel, Phil Silvers, Keenan Wynn, Jamie Farr, Bernie Kopell, Tom Skerritt, Scatman Crothers, Dick Van Patten and Erik Estrada.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Darren McGavin (born William Lyle Richardson; May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006) was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He also appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the TV series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

I remember this show so well as a kid... more like a teenager I should say. Darrin McGavin played Carl Kolchak, a report for a tabloid type newspaper who reported on strange and supernatural events. The show was one of my favorites and I loved the story lines as well as the comic relief in it. McGavin was brilliant in delivering the "funny" line at the right moment for the best effect. The show had a wide range of topics from the truly supernatural to true horror. I guess we all want to go back and relive a few special TV moments in our lives. Darrin McGavin passed away in 2006, but his work lives on through DVD. The entire first season is on DVD... there may be more, but I know for sure the first season is available. There's a small picture tribute to McGavin and the show below. If you remember this show as a kid, check out the video and look for it on DVD.

Tribute to Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Assigned to nab a killer before he or she strikes again, tough homicide detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) knows it's a dangerous assignment, and that he's uniquely suited to the task. But there's more to it than he realizes. Turns out he's not just up against a killer -- he must face an evil spirit that can morph from one innocent bystander to the next. John Goodman and Embeth Davidzt also star.

Denzel Washington
John Goodman
Donald Sutherland
James Gandolfini
Elias Koteas
Embeth Davidtz

Denzel Washington is a great actor. I can't count how many of his movies I've seen... OK, at least 16. He is one of my favorite actors and brings intensity, strength, presence, and believability to every role he plays. The movie Fallen is one of the few horror/thrillers that he has done. Bone Collector would be another... GREAT movie as well. Fallen has a Sci-Fi feel to it because of how the "Evil" movies from body to body. The acting in this movie is top notch. Goodman, Sutherland, and Gandolfini are good in supporting roles, but in actual screen time the majority of screen time goes to Washington. The supernatural nature of the movie begins when a killer is executed and his spirit enters another person and begins the terror all over again. The movie is a thrill ride with everyone close to the Washington character believing he is crazy because he believes the "spirit" is now doing the killing. This is a great movie that I highly recommend. Check out the trailer below...

The first time I remember seeing Denzel Washington on anything was in the show St. Elsewhere. It was the best hospital drama ever on TV. The quality of the acting talent has not been on any hospital show since... not Grey's and not ER. Check out the cast below. You have seen just about every one of these actors in movies and TV since St. Elsewhere went off the air. The show was intense but had great comic relief. The characters were developed to the extent that you really were interested in everyone of them. I can't say enough about the show. It was one of my favorites.

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St. Elsewhere

St. Elsewhere is a U.S. drama series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series is currently being aired in the U.S.A. on the American Life Network (ALN) on Sunday evenings, and in the U.K. on Channel 4. The series was set at St. Eligius, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood (said at the time to be based on Boston City Hospital, now Boston Medical Center). The hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere," is medical industry slang for poor hospitals that serve patients not wanted by the more prestigious institutions. As a medical drama, St. Elsewhere dealt with serious issues of life and death, though episodes also included a substantial amount of black comedy.

Although the series never ranked higher than 49th place in the yearly Nielsen Ratings, it maintained a large enough audience to last six seasons and 137 episodes, and the show's famously provocative ending is frequently mentioned in discussions about television series finales. It was produced by MTM Enterprises, which found success with Hill Street Blues around the same time. (The shows were often compared to each other for their ensemble casts and serial storylines.)

Howie Mandel, Norman Lloyd
Cynthia Sikes, William Daniels
Ed Flanders, Denzel Washington
David Birney, Christina Pickles
Terence Knox, David Morse
G.W. Bailey, Ed Begley Jr.
Mark Harmon

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gavin Rossdale - Love Remains The Same...

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Gavin McGregor Rossdale (born 30 October 1965)[1] is a British[2] musician most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist of the former rock band Bush and later the lead singer and guitarist of Institute, which broke up in 2006 after only one album.

I don't often put music or artist on my blog that are not in some way affiliated with horror. However, I have to make an exception with Gavin Rossdale. I was listening to the radio a couple days again and I heard a song that really sounded great to me. As is often the case with most radio stations, they don't tell you the name or artist of the song after the song ends. I heard the song again this morning after my eye appointment and I was hooked on it. As some of you know, I love music probably more than movies and just about anything else... except Tina of course! My fascination with music began at a very young age. Music, like no other media touches or moves you with lyrics and sound. However, I'm much more drawn to the sound of the music than the lyrics. That's why I can like a groups music even if I don't agree with their lifestyle or political views.

Gavin Rossdale was the former lead singer of Bush. A group I liked, but not a huge fan. They had several songs in the mid 90's that were really good... Countdown and Glyerine being my favorites. In 2002 he married Gwen Stefani the lead singer of No Doubt. The song I have the video to is Love Remains The Same. It is an awesome song. Check out the video and listen to it several times...

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Sunday, December 7, 2008


The product of a broken home, Davey Rice (Hayden Christensen) is looking for a way to escape from his abusive father -- and finds it when he discovers he can teleport himself at will. But Davey's newfound powers soon become a double-edged sword that exacts a terrible price … and attracts unwanted attention from the National Security Agency. Director Doug Liman's sci-fi thriller also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane and Tom Hulce.

Elise, Dan, Rico, Chris, Aaron, Ashley, and Laura (friends and co-workers) came over tonight for some snacks and a movie. After about 4 hours, it ended up being Elise, Dan, Ashley and myself watching the movie. Aaron came back about an hour into the movie to watch the ending because he had seen it before. I actually watched the movie a few nights ago and wanted to see it again. Tina was even to tired to watch the movie and about half way through went in Molli's room and fell asleep. I guess they all can't hang with the "old" man! LOL. Any way, the movie was Jumper. While I'm really not a huge Sci-Fi fan, I do like the idea of science fiction. It's basically dreaming the impossible or improbable and putting it into a movie. I know horror is a lot like that as well, but to me there is a big difference between the two genre's. For one thing, Sci-Fi is the "smart" man's horror. Science Fiction has always been looked upon as the more intelligent genre just solely on it's subject matter. Think of the old Star Trek shows. Taking a ship into space at warp-factor speeds. That's science, math, physics, and all the fancy school subjects that I hated as a kid! On the other hand, you can have a horror movie based solely on death. I know I've simplified the two genre's, but I think you know what I mean. I'm a horror fan, pure and simple. I like the fear. Fear is like a drug to me. I don't know if you've ever felt true fear before, but it is like an adrenaline rush to me. OK, enough of my "fear" addiction...

Jumper is a movie about people who have the ability to teleport themselves, objects, and others anywhere they want to go in the world. Not back in time, or forward in time... present time. The whole concept of the movie was interesting to me. Think about what you could do if you could take yourself anywhere!!! What did our main character do in the movie first... he robbed a bank, by teleporting INTO the vault and taking all the movie back to his room. Interesting... I would not have thought of that. I was thinking more about world travel and the like. Anyway, he was around 15 when he left home and honed his craft for 8 years before things began to catch up with him. Samuel L. Jackson played the leader of a cult that hunts these jumpers down and kills them because he believes only God should have that kind of power and ability. The action scenes were very well done. It was difficult to tell that several things were CGI... I appreciate that very much, because I really hate too much CGI crap in a movie. You might as well watch a cartoon in my book. We all enjoyed the movie and I would have to say that I would recommend this to any movie fan of action, thrillers, or Sci-Fi... but I must admit, I think any movie fan would be able to enjoy this movie. That's just my opinion. Check out the trailer and give it a look... teleport to your video store and get a copy. Enjoy...

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan...

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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (pronounced [ˈʃaməˈlan]) (Malayalam: മനോജ് നെല്ലിയട്ടു ശ്യാമളന്‍ ) (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Academy-award nominated Indian American writer-director of major studio films, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that usually climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

There is so much controversy about this director... love him or hate him, he has a list of very good movies under his belt. I for one am a fan. M. Night's movies are very well written and well thought out. He weaves a story together, wrapped with a few twist and a usually surprising ending. Out of the nine films listed below, I've seen seven. My favorite is The Sixth Sense. Bruce Wills stars in this, but Haley Joel Osment steals the movie as the young boy who claims to see dead people. What a great movie. I highly recommend seeing it. The trailer for it is at the end of this post. Unbreakable with Wills and Samuel L. Jackson is another interesting look at a "super" hero who doesn't really know he is one. Good movie, but not great. I enjoyed Signs a lot. The acting of Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix was very well done and the story of crop signs was well told. Really good movie. The Village in my mind was a great movie because it had you believing one thing and the end told you something totally different. Well worth watching in my book! Lady In The Water was an interesting fantasy story with Paul Giamatti. The story of a water nymph trying to return to her home. Movie critics hated it... I liked it. You can judge it for yourself. The Happening was an interesting movie with Mark Walberg, but it fell a little short of all the hype surrounding it. It wasn't bad, but it left too many questions unanswered. It was just "OK" for me. So whether you like M. Night or not, you cannot deny the man has some talent when it comes to telling a story on film. If you only watch one M. Night movie, it has to be The Sixth Sense!!! Check it out...

1 Praying with Anger
2 Wide Awake
3 The Sixth Sense
4 Unbreakable
5 Signs
6 The Village
7 Lady in the Water
8 The Happening
9 Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wes Craven...

From Wikipedia,
Wesley Earl Craven (born August 2, 1939) is an American film director and writer, perhaps best known as the creator of many horror films, including the famed Nightmare on Elm Street series featuring the iconic Freddy Krueger character and as the director of the Scream trilogy. Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Caroline (née Miller) and Paul Craven.[1] He had a strict Baptist upbringing.[2] Craven earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University.[3] Prior to landing his first job in the film industry as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York, Craven briefly taught English at Westminster College and was a humanities professor at Clarkson University. Cousin of the infamous Meredith Craven, a resident of Louisville, KY and all state athlete in tennis and cross country.

Wes Craven will forever be linked to Freddy Kruger, the razor hand villain of Nightmare on Elm Street. It is a ground breaking film in the horror genre in my mind. The idea of an evil entity that enters your dreams with the ability to kill you is truly terrifying. However, there are so many of Cravens movies that I really have enjoyed.

2005 RED-EYE

These are just a few of his movies that I have really enjoyed. All these movies are unique in their own way to deliver quality horror entertainment. You can click on the post title and go to Wes Cravens official website with a lot of interesting information about the man and his work. It's an interesting web site with information on his upcoming projects and more. While Craven isn't my favorite director, writer, or movie maker. I respect his abilities and have appreciated many of his movies. I recommend taking the time to watch all the movies that I have listed. I'm sure you will not be disappointed!
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Monday, December 1, 2008

The Mothman Prophecies...

This is a pretty good Richard Gere movie. Tina and I saw it a few years ago and found it to be a tense and creepy horror/thriller. The story itself interested me because it happened in West Virginia where I grew up. I was around 8 years old when the Silver Bridge collapsed. I remember it very well. Tragedies like that are not forgotten. 46 people died as a result of the collapse. I knew very little about this movie other that it dealt with a mysterious bird/man creature that always appeared before a tragedy. The movie was set in WV and that's pretty much all I knew. Like I said before, it was a good movie and I recommend it to any one interested in this type of film. I was looking at some history on the Mothman and found some interesting things on Wikipedia that I printed below. I never remember hearing anything about this as a kid, but I found it all fascinating. It really surprises me that they even put a statue of the creature near the where the bridge collapsed in Point Pleasent, WV. That is pictured below. I also have a trailer for the movie at the end of this post. Check it out...

A 12-foot-tall, stainless steel
sculpture of the Mothman
by artist Robert Roach,
located in Point Pleasant.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mothman is the name given to a creature reported in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia between November 12, 1966,[1] and December 1967. Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large moth-like wings. The creature was sometimes reported as having no head, with its eyes set into its chest. A number of hypotheses have been presented to explain eyewitness accounts, ranging from misidentification and coincidence, to paranormal phenomena and conspiracy theories. The Mothman phenomenon is sometimes associated with a mystery man named "Indrid Cold," although the relationship between the two varies from story to story.

November 26, 1966
On November 26, Mrs. Ruth Foster of Charleston, West Virginia reportedly saw Mothman standing on her front lawn, but the creature was gone by the time her brother-in-law went out to investigate. Further, on the morning of November 27, the creature allegedly pursued a young woman near Mason, West Virginia, and was reported again in St. Albans the same night, by two children.[4]
I was 7 years old at the time this was supposed to have happened. It's weird to me that I have no memory of any of this happening. I lived in St. Albans, WV from the ages of 2 through about 17years of age.

The Mothman Prophecies
(2002) PG-13
Reporter Richard Gere is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) crafts a subtle chiller that brings otherworldly terror down to earth.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Stephen King Post...

The Author

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.

Last night, Tina and I watched Desperation, a Stephen King movie. I know that the movie and the book are not one in the same. I really get annoyed by people who complain that the movie wasn't as good as the book. To me that is a stupid argument. How on earth does someone think you can put over 400 pages of a book into an hour and a half movie. Doesn't make sense to me. Any way, the movie is an OK movie with a lot of fear, tension and gore. But the interesting thing to me is the presence of God mentioned throughout the movie. The ultimate "good vs. evil" theme. The acting wasn't all that bad, but Steven Webber (Wings- TV and the remake of The Shining... terrible idea to remake The Shining!!!) as a lead actor should tell you something. It's the story that I found so interesting. Stephen King puts a lot of thought behind his works. The things that run through his mind are unbelievable at times. I told Tina last night, "How does he come up with some of the stuff he writes?" She said, "He's crazy." Well, I think you have to be a little twisted to write, read, or watch horror to begin with... case in point, ME! LOL! Imagination is a gift, but it is also a gift that is nurtured from all of our experiences. Life's lessons can be tough and how we deal with them is based on our experiences, education, and our minds. To me, Stephen King has a great mind. Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, It, Pet Cemetery...(way too many to mention), these books show the genius (I use that work respectfully, and carefully) of a mind that is not afraid to explore the deepest and darkest areas of what we fear. As in Desperation, we have a group of people with the single goal of surviving this evil. Together they are strong, separated they have weakness'. It was just a very interesting and entertaining movie to me, because I was looking for it's meaning. There's a description of the book below, as well as a copy of the official Stephen King web site. You should really check out the website. It has a ton of information on his life and all his works... good stuff!

Formats: Hardcover/Paperback/TV Movie/DVD
First Edition Release Date: 1996

Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. Miners at the China Pit have accidentally broken into another dimension and released a horrific creature known as Tak, who takes human form by hijacking some of the town's residents. The forces of good orchestrate a confrontation between this ancient evil and a group of unsuspecting travelers who are lured to the dying town. This rag-tag band of unwilling champions is led by a young boy who speaks to God.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Clive Barker's Book of Blood...

It would be redundant of me to say that I am a HUGE fan of Clive Barkers. If Clive Barker never did anything other than the original Hellraiser, he would still be a genius in my mind. I've seen some information, including the trailer below, on the new movie Book of Blood which should be coming out soon. The movie is based on a series of books that Barker wrote around 1985 titled Books of Blood, with Midnight Meat Train as one of the volumes as well. There is a total of 6 books in this series. You can go to his official website for all you ever wanted to know about the great Clive Barker. This movie is so creepy...

Paranormal researcher Mary Florescu's investigations lead her to Simon McNeal, a college student who appears to be channelling messages from the dead. As their erotic relationship develops the line between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred and finally collapse in a stunning and astonishing climax.

Clive Barker's official website...

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