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Drive-In Trailers: Cracker Jacks

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2019 by ranranami

So just this afternoon (meaning yesterday by the time this is posted) I realized I hadn’t done any horror trailer compilations this year! Well, wait no more, my friends. This year, in no small part because I finally watched Fatal Attraction, the theme is all about the unbalanced, the insane, and the demented. Enjoy!

Horror Flick of the Week: The Stranger Beside Me (2003)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2019 by ranranami

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Many of us in the last year are so have found ourselves gruesomely fascinated with serial killers. Just look at how many podcasts are thriving out there based solely on the subject. This isn’t a new phenomenon. It comes and goes from time to time, but ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’ seemed to revive interest in not only Ted Bundy, but serious concern with the celebrity of murderers. Frankly, I found the film a bit disappointing. I’d been incredibly excited to see it, but the structure just didn’t work for me. Anyone who thinks it sensationalized and idolized Bundy just because Zac Efron is pretty probably didn’t see it.

But I’m not here to tear apart a Netflix film that just didn’t work for me, I’m here to actually recommend another Bundy film based on a book by Ann Rule, who one might say was almost a friend of Ted’s. The Stranger Beside me is two stories, the side of Ann as she learns and comes to terms of Bundy’s monstrosity, and a montage of Ted’s more infamous killings that eventually led to his capture and ultimate demise. I really loved Billy Campbell’s performance in this, because he straddled the line of Bundy’s personality so well. On one side, this polished performer who could charm just about anyone with only a few words, and on the other side a seriously disturbed person compelled to commit horrible acts with overwhelming arrogance and belief that no matter what he’ll always get away with it.

It’s a tv movie that doesn’t really need the big budget flair you’d expect from such a ‘celebrity’ in the world of serial killers, and somehow it just really worked as a solid film despite this, or maybe even because of it.

A Tribute to Vincent Price

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by ranranami

A lover, and some might even say expert on art and food, a brilliant dramatic actor, and an even more brilliant character actor who chewed the scenery so well in his performances that he might as well have seasoned and sauteed them first. A man who could bring such charm to his role that even the lowest budget picture he might have worked on had an air of class to it regardless of the plot or dialog. Yes, my friends, it’s finally time – – to talk about my idol, Vincent Price.

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I legitimately tried to think of one role he was lackluster in, one part Mister Price was just obviously in need of a paycheck. Even the many many advertisements he sponsored later in his life. Nothing came to mind. He was just that good. What’s more, half of his villains I couldn’t help but love. Except, of course, for the rare few he played an absolute bastard. Don’t let that fool you though, he was very good at that too.

Born in 1911 in St. Louis to a pretty well-off family, he had the good fortune to begin life with a good education, unsurprisingly getting a bachelors in history and language at Yale. This was also where he began to act, and later in life he would return to a production he likely knew very well, playing Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore which I can’t recommend enough if you’re fond of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Expanding his education at the University of London, studying art and even more history, his acting career began. In fact, he worked with Orson Welles’s Mercurey Theatre. It wasn’t long before he moved on to Broadway, and in 1938 his film acting career began. Dragonwyck (1946) is probably one of my absolute favorite early pictures of his before he truly blossomed as a well-known horror actor in particular. His roles were so varied that it would be impossible to list them all here without turning this short tribute into a lengthy biography, but suffice it to say House of Wax (1953) really marks when the horror element of his career took off.

He did fantastic voice-work in radio, and if you ever get the chance you absolutely have to dig up some episodes of The Saint, wherein he played a sort of detective crime-fighter with a Robin Hood flair.

Vincent was also a bit of an art philanthropist, donating 2000+ works from his collection over the years to the LA College and helping create the country’s first teaching art collection. He wrote many wonderful cookbooks (one of which I’ve had my eye on for several years, A Treasury of Great Recipes). If the world had a dozen more people like Vincent Price, I can’t imagine we wouldn’t have a modern renaissance. Sadly, however, there was only one. A legend in his or anyone else’s time. All that being said, here is a wonderful tribute by LordStoneRaven.

Horror Flick of the Week

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to preface this by saying this is not the greatest anthology film of all time, but it is one of the most iconic. Obligatory pretentious ‘every true horror fan’ (or at least the ones old enough to have grown up with video store memories) remembers the image of the vicious little tribal doll with his sharp teeth and endless torment of poor innocent Karen Black – – which, incidentally is one reason I’m featuring this movie for the week. Karen Black.

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She was memorable. A character actress who may not be absolutely infamous in the mainstream, but still left her mark in 70s tv movies and independent film. Directed by Dan Curtis, based on stories by Richard Matheson, trilogy of terror is a fun and cheesy exploration of Karen Black’s character acting skills. It’s junk food. It’s relatively tame by today’s horror standards. Yet some elements of the movie are still a little disturbing. They stick with you, and if you watch it once, chances are you’ll come back again for several re-watches of Trilogy of Terror.

 

Halloween 2019 Playlist

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to be honest, there was very little rhyme or reason to this Halloween playlist except to have something playing in the background at your Halloween party if you want something for the wallflowers to watch. Or, you know, the horror nerds like us who like just about everything Halloween!

 

Horror Film Outtakes

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2019 by ranranami

 

We’ve seen some fantastic pictures of Boris Karloff in full make-up enjoying his morning tea, and Vincent Price palling around with the gang in their coffin set pieces, but what about the bloopers and the outtakes in the horror films we cherish?

Horror Flick of the Week: The Ritual

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2019 by ranranami

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Yet again Netflix brought another unexpected excellent horror film to the table that I sat down and watched on pain of death. That means my mom made me watch it, but I was pleasantly surprised. A young man is traumatized after his friend is murdered and goes on a vacation about a year later with their remaining group, haunted by more than just bad memories. What I loved about this film is that at the end there were so many things to discuss and figure out, scenes to reflect on. My favorite type of movie, horror or otherwise.