This has to be the year I've seen the fewest movies in like, ever. I saw this movie when it played the Times last summer - for whatever reason, it interested me enough to make the effort to leave the house - which is saying something. I work in the community and after spending all day in the freaking blazing heat we had all summer, it had to be something pretty stellar to get me back out in it again once I was home.
If you don't like the POV style movies like Blair Witch, Diary of the Dead, and Cloverfield, I'm probably not going to sell you on this one - but I'd still suggest giving it a chance. It's original and funny and, yes, I was creeped out more than once. A couple of reviews I read seemed to be think that the filmmakers failed by showing more of the trolls than they should have - and while I'm usually a proponent of 'less is more', I think I would have been disappointed if I hadn't seen any trolls. Maybe for some people, it didn't work, but I thought the trolls were scary and interesting enough to see more than once.
Yay for monsters back in movies!
Just a simple girl,
I have to mention this play before we get much further into the month. I had the pleasure of seeing it at the Alchemist Theater in Bay View last weekend, and it ROCKED. The first 15-20 minutes take place in the theater, and after that, it's all on you to see how much you want to see. You wander all over the theater watching scenes unfold with the actors only inches from you. Stand in the wrong place in the wrong time and you might just get hit by a door. Buy your tickets soon, though, as they're selling fast, apparently.
Go here to get tickets - weekends appear to be sold out but as of this writing,
Thursdays all have tickets available.
And if you don't make this production by the Alchemist, keep them in mind for
Yeah, I run it every year, I'm lame, I know. But I have to give my cats the pimp spot, and this list makes Mama's lil black heart happy.
Keep in mind for Halloween, it is worthwhile to remember a few
simple rules to help keep this season healthy, happy and SAFE!!
Please use these helpful hints this and every year.
1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to
see if it's really dead.
2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.
3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone
4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language
which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you
a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take
several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to
kids who speak with somebody else's voice.
5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go
6. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.
7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would
apply to any other house of the dead as well.
8. If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and
find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HECK OUT!
9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for
short circuits, just get out.
10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good
reason for it. Don't stop and look around.
12. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure
you know what you're doing.
13. If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down
at least twice, more if you are female. Also note that, despite the
fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along,
it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you.
14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic
behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes,
increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.
15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are
listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in
trouble if you recognize this one), anywhere in Texas where
chainsaws are sold, the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.
16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go
to the nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help. If you think
that it is strange you ran out of gas because you thought you had
most of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway,
and most likely be eaten.
17. Beware of strangers bearing tools. For example: chainsaws,
staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines,
lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any
devices made from deceased companions.
18. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the
time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that
had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in
some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic
19. Dress appropriately. When investigating a noise downstairs in an
old house, women should not wear a flimsy negligee. And carry a
flashlight, not a candle.
20. Do not mention the names of demons around open flames, as these
can flare suddenly. Be especially careful of fireplaces in this
21. Do not go looking for witches in the countryside.... you might
You see, we've got a show coming up next week Friday. Char and the gang at Soulstice Theatre are throwing a benefit - One Night Only - and asked us if we would like to throw our puppets into the mix. A little background - many of us at the core of Angry Young Men have worked with Soulstice over the last decade. Soulstice is a wonderful Community Theatre, but not in the way you'd expect. They do thoughtful, provocative, and lesser-known pieces, not another @#$%-ing version of "Our Town" starring bored suburbanites. They even donate a percentage of ticket sales, every show, to a local charity. Who else does that? So when we were asked to 'Bring our puppets", we decided we were going to do so much more. First off, the whole of Act 2 is the NOTLD puppet show. If you missed us around Halloween, here's your chance to see us live. If you've seen us in the past, there's plenty of surprises up our sleeves for this time around. It's never the same show twice, trust me. We've also come up with some new characters that'll be capering underfoot during Act One. We were well overdue for singin', dancin' puppets, anyway. So come on down to the Marion Center (3195 S Superior St, Milwaukee) on Saturday, March 19th. There'll be a Reception and cash bar starting at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30. Oh, and, it's Pay-What-You-Can. So Give, Baby, Give!
While I was on my extended leave of absence, I was very saddened to hear that Ingrid Pitt had passed away. I was especially down because I was working on a portrait of her and planned on sending her a print. I was just about finished with it when I heard the news.
I really only had the background to finish - so I went for a kind of ethereal feeling.
I took this from one of her glamour shots from the 60's - I wanted to avoid the more iconic photos of her (although I love them).
I was really looking forward to contacting her again - I wrote her once about five years ago, and she was kind enough to write me back. I'm glad I did that - I just wish I'd done her portrait sooner.
I used watercolor and only blue and burnt sienna again. I'm working on a second watercolor of Ingrid, larger (this one is only 5 x 7) and not limiting the color palette this time.
Yeah, I'm a nurse, alright. Whatcha gonna do about it?
I heart The Scary. I started watching scary movies around the same time I started watching Sesame Street, and while I've never been scared of a puppet, I have been comforted by Frankenstein movies from time to time. I have a Boat-load of scary movies. Yeah, I said it. BOAT LOAD. If you're nice to me, I'll even let you count them all. I'll make the martinis. Counting is fun when you're tipsy.
Too much direct sunlight makes me feel yucky inside.
I'm never happier than when the sky gets overcast and cloudy, the winds pick up, and you can feel the rain in the air.
I love most parts of the genre from Lon Chaney Sr silent films to Universal Monsters to 50's monster films to Vincent Price to Hammer to Grindhouse/Exploitation to Herschell Gordon Lewis to Ted Mikels to Bava to Fulci to Argento to Romero to werewolves to the French horror films of the last couple years.
My four favorite films (in order) are:
1. Dawn of the Dead (the ORIGINAL)
2. Devil's Rejects
3. Young Frankenstein
4. Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
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