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Drive-in Trailers: Under The Sea

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2018 by ranranami

I think we can all agree that the world is a dangerous place, and anyone who steps foot out of their home for anything other than absolute necessities (food, water, bullets, Dolly Parton’s latest album) is a fool. That being said, let us make our way back to the topic at hand: oceanic horror. The spooky, the dark, and the non-shark related horror waiting in your swimming pool, bathtub, and not-so-friendly local beach.

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Horror Flick of the Week: Salem’s Lot (1979)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2018 by ranranami

My friends, this is one of the greatest vampire movies of all time. It is one of the greatest Stephen King films. It is also one of the greatest made for TV movies. Not because of phenomenal effects (though they’re pretty solid and simple), but because of acting, writing, and story. It’s the perfect horror film.

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Make no mistake, it’s pretty 70s as far as movies go, which isn’t a bad thing. It suits the Stephen King setting quite well (small Maine-esque town, quaint locals, stranger rolling in a la Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the gradual corruption/death of everyone he encounters). What’s more, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Nosferatu? I know I sure do! Do yourself a favor if you haven’t watched Salem’s Lot yet–which I can’t even begin to understand–you won’t regret it.

Featured Fear: Acrophobia (Fear of Heights)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2018 by ranranami

 

I do not fear heights. I love them. Roller coasters. Sky drops. Winding bridges. You name it, I love it. There’s a certain adrenaline rush a person can get from scaling heights (that’s probably why so many people love climbing hills and mountains.) All of that being said, this scene right here? Anxiety. Sheer painful (albeit comedic) anxiety. Every time I see someone dangling out of a window or over a roof in a movie, even one that reaches the very height of silly, I get incredibly anxious for the main character.

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Jimmy Stewart gets it. Acrophobia is probably one of the most reasonable, and almost primal phobias a person can have. When you’re afraid of the dark, it’s the unknown that scares you the most. But heights? It’s because your brain can probably play out a hundred thousand scenarios of just how brutal and grisly an accident could be if you fell. No matter how safe you may actually be.

It doesn’t just stop with panic attacks. Acrophobia can be so intense, that a person becomes paralyzed, or stricken by extreme vertigo. The danger of this fear is that in some cases, being unable to control your body or force yourself to move may very well get you killed (say you’re walking on a narrow perch or driving around an old road on a steep hill. Panicking isn’t going to help.) Luckily, as with all phobias, psychotherapy, medication, exposure, and even meditation can help to ease the worst of your fears. Just remember. Don’t look down.

Drive-In Trailers: Slash and Trash

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2018 by ranranami

With the Halloween-crazy trend this month, I decided it might be time to tackle slasher movie trailers. What better way to pay tribute to the movie that started it all than to look at some of the many, many, many campy movies it inspired?

A Tribute to Robert Z’Dar

Posted in Media, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2018 by ranranami

I don’t think there is any actor with a more distinctive face than the late Robert Z’Dar. My first recollection of him wasn’t his melodramatic bit role in Tango and Cash, nor was it his most famous part of all as the titular character of Maniac Cop. It wasn’t even the super villain samurai in Samurai Cop (huh, just noticed a theme there.) It was an oddly-voiced side character in the MST3K take on Soultaker. Other than the forgotten Estevez (Joe), Robert just stood out. He always did. No matter the size of the role.

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Robert J. Zdarsky acted in 121 films before his unfortunate and sudden passing at the age of 64 from cardiac arrest shortly before he was supposed to appear at Pensacon, a multi-genre convention in Pensacola, Florida. He was a man of many faces (especially the large-chinned variety), a college football player, a musician (singer/keyboardist/guitarist), a Chippendales dancer, a police officer, and most importantly–an actor.

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He took his genetic condition (cherubism) and used it to his advantage. It didn’t hold him back in the least as a character actor, and in fact added something really fun to his roles. Robert could never be mistaken for the good guy or the typical henchman (even when he was), and he had such a fantastic voice. He fought and beat throat cancer, which changed his voice irreversibly, but there was still something about his delivery despite this when he spoke, and his enthusiasm in his interviews was truly charming. I haven’t found even one negative comment about Robert as a person, and I’m pretty sure he was probably a fun person to be around. Mister Z’Dar, you were one of a kind, and villain or not–you deserve to be remembered. Credit for the following tribute video goes to Vernon Williams.

Horror Flick of the Week: Vampire Party/Le Dents de la Nuit (2008)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by ranranami

I’m not going to lie. This movie is incredibly silly. It’s also quite fun. What could be better than a hodge podge of strangers going to an exclusive late night party on an island out in the middle of nowhere? What if I told you Tchéky Karyo plays an evil vampiric count with the most glorious hair you’ll ever see? Still not impressed? How about a magical spell-book that not only binds souls to Hell, but can also conveniently disguise you like a mariachi player or something else equally as ridiculous and fantastical?

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Listen, it’s just a fun movie. It’s great for the Halloween season, and it’s dark with enough of a light-hearted twist to leave you with only very mild nightmares at best.

Featured Fear: Gynophobia (Fear of Women)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2018 by ranranami

Have you ever seen ‘The Bad Seed’? Perhaps you grew up with a little girl just as evil as little Rhoda, or knew an old woman as mad as Norman’s ‘mother’. Whatever the reason, the fear of women is more than simple romantic anxiety. It’s more than a desperate need to hide when the girl you like or want to meet is in the room. It’s sheer, desperate terror.

 

 

The above is an absolutely fantastic tribute by Nash Mau. I highly recommend visiting their channel.

One might argue that film noir is inspired just a little by the fear of women. Some sexual dynamo of a female tricks a young schmuck into doing something for her, leading him down a dark path that more often than not ends up with more than one death along the way.

Gender and sex are a funny thing. I’m not sure if gynophobia usually translates into fear of transgendered women as well, but I wouldn’t be too terribly surprised. A lot of these fears tend to stem from a history of abuse suffered at the hands of a mother figure, another female relative, or even a spouse over time. I’d like to say it’s easily treated by a simple interaction with one very nice woman to allay all your fears, but this deep-seated issue requires therapy, as with all other phobias.

With that, I’d like to leave all of you with perhaps one of the most sexist quotes, and an example of one of many men who seems to have feared women as deeply as he may have feared his own death…

Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one’s guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. … Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.

– Albertus Magnus