All Hell-o-Weenish Stuff


SAME? Keeping with the October theme I want to shed some more light on my favorite thing to do this time of year and that is watch horror movies without getting weird looks from friends and family. Trust me, I have watched Jacobs Ladder on Easter morning and got more than a few raised eyebrows. It was my silent protest after spending two hours outside, freezing for sunrise service. But anyway, I do love the frightful TV programs on AMC and The Chiller Channel so much. It is what makes Halloween now that I am an adult. So today I will talk about some of the more memorable scenes, some fellow website pals that do a better job of listing horror favorites and some my odd childhood scares and items that I still hold close to my heart thanks to Tobe Hooper and the like.

MOVIES!

Ho-Boy! The 1981 classic, Ghost Story, isn’t well known to those who are fans of SAW or The Grudge but it will beat them hands down when it comes to the creepy factor. This movie has a little bit of everything for everyone and includes gore shots, boob shots and the controversial full frontal male nude shot. I wasn’t a fan of the penis shot but in a genre full of boobs I guess there should be equality.

The premise of the film is a group of four gentlemen who befriend a young woman and they accidentally kill her… so they thought. In their panicked state they load her body in a car and push it into a lake only to see her scream as it slips under the frozen water. Tormented with grief they vow never to tell about this until they are old men and she comes back to haunt them, taking their lives one by one. Excellent. Plus Alice Krige is super hot in this film, for a ghost. Take a look but please put down anything that can be spilled or dropped (i.e. coffee, tea, water, cat, baby….)

GOOOOO! That’s just great, isn’t it?

Robert Wise 1963 film The Haunting is the creepiest movies of all time and I say the with hesitation. I know in a day full of special effects and gore, the possibility of a black and white film to be of the same scare caliber might seem iffy at best, but it blows any film away. I have seen this countless times and it keeps getting better. It truly holds up and even the remake by director Jan de Bont in 1999 couldn’t touch it proving that the only thing special effects do is remove the viewers imagination. And that is a crime.

This movie was as much psychological as it was supernatural. The camera angles, the inside the head conversations and the muffled ghostly sounds makes The Haunting truly terrifying. Wise hit a home run and please, please watch this clip. This has to be the greatest ghost moments of all times in the cinema and probably made our parents completely sleep deprived for weeks. Enjoy.

Poltergeist. (whistle) Just the name sends shivers down my spine. Who hasn’t seen this Spielberg/Hooper classic? Well if you haven’t, stop what you are doing, go to the movies store and get it. That’s an order. I can’t decide which scene is the best so I’ll just leave you with the trailer. I love the dude’s voice. I have already reviewed the movie here, so, that’s that.

SITES!

Robert Berry’s site, RetroCrush is by far the greatest site on the web when it comes to pop culture. He does an amazing job of archiving, interviewing and listing all things cool from yester-year and today. Recently he made a top 100 horror movie character list and it will have you blowing at least an hour out of the day scrolling through the actors. Even though I would move a few of the characters’ places around, he hit everyone and that takes eminence effort.  Stop by and don’t forget to check out his list of the worst Halloween costumes. Hilarious!

Mystie has done some great work when it comes to Halloween reviews for the holiday, both food and cinema. If you haven’t been there it’s a trip down memory lane especially if you are a girl that grew up n the 80’s and 90’s. To me, her snarky sense of humor makes even an article about Polly Pockets fun. What can I say? I’m a fan and she is a very good friend. Click the Crown Combo picture above!

The Flesh Farm is all things great when it comes to archiving, reviewing and sharing clips and trailers to every horror movie available. J.P. Butcher and staff have outdone themselves with this site and I have been a fan for a couple of years now. Be careful when viewing this because there is some language and nudity so it’s not for the office or public computer viewing but when you get home, late at night, it’s a great way to spend the time. I give this site two severed thumbs up! Click the picture above to see what I am talking about.

Oh you didn’t think that was going to exclude X-E from the site shout out list did you? Of course not. It’s not like I haven’t plugged it about 300 times. But Matt is the king of holiday preparation and review so he earns a spot anywhere that Halloween centers as the topic of conversation. Even though the past couple of years haven’t been like the previous in scale it is still the place to go to find out what is hip in the world of spooy treats and decore. You can’t blame him. It’s near impossible to keep 45 days of holiday  reviews alive while working full time and having a life. But we appriciate his efforts. Again, click the picture above to visit Matt and all of the X-E cult.

TV SPECIALS!

“You owe me restitution!” Who doesn’t love the classic, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charley Brown! ? Well besides one person I know. I won’t say who but you know who you are! Anyway, this signifies that Halloween is upon us and much like A Christmas Story, I will never miss this CBS Special that, for some reason, generally lands on a Tuesday night. I haven’t figured that one out yet. This is one of my favorites and no matter how many times I have seen it, it never gets old. My dad has seen it, I have seen it, my kids will see it, their kids will see it, their kid’s kids will see and then maybe an asteroid will hit. So, with that said I am going to go out and bury a copy in an airtight titanium case in the backyard. It must survive.

“‘Arrrr, I been Orange Beard The Pirate Cap’in, and this be me first mate….Odie the Stupid.”

This comes in a close second to Chuck Schultz’s master piece above, but still, it’s a classic. I can’t remember if they aired it last year or even the year before, but I hope so. When I was little I owned all things Garfield and the Halloween special really was close to my heart. Even the pirate ghosts were scary. Ok, ok…are scary. Happy?

COSTUMES!

You see this? When I was 8 I would have sold my soul for this plastic and cloth piece of shit. I begged for it from August to the last week of October. There were so many dreams of showing up to school, dressed in my amazing costume and wielding my deadly fist of blades. But when my Dad finally caved and bought the Freddy Glove, the thrill quickly faded. First off, it didn’t fit. Yeah I was eight and had hands the size of a cellphone but even today, and I still have it, it doesn’t fit. If I had bear paws for hands, maybe, but human hands? So that year I was knight. I love my Dad.

Here’s another one! I saw Halloween II and I knew that I was destined to be Mike Myers for Halloween in 1991. That meant my parents needed to shell out another $25 bucks for latex shit. And it was. The mask above pretty much looked identical and when I was at home looking in the mirror, the realization that I would be the subject of ridicule was eminent. Not only did I not look like “the Shape” but I didn’t even look scary. I looked like a dead Don Knotts. So that is what I went as. I put on a Hawaiian shirt, khaki pants and took off to plunder treats from the neighbors as a zombie Mr. Furley. This was my father’s idea and that makes him uber cool.

CANDY!

Fruit Stripe Gum was always in the Trick or Treat bag and I loved it. It’s too bad that the flavor only lasted 3.2 seconds. I remember that a lady went the cheap route and gave out individual sticks and later on that night it did not pass the parents/customs treat inspection. Still bummed and now that I am an adult and can buy mt weight in Fruit Stripe gum I must say, the thrill is gone.

Here is my second favorite Halloween candy, Spree! Doesn’t the sight of these just make that thing behind your jaw and under your earlobe tingle? Mine does. In fact, one year I ate so many Spree I numbed my tongue out until Christmas. Honest! Moderation is key when it comes to Spree.

OLD DECORATIONS!

Holy Hell! Remember these wall decorations? Tell me these weren’t all over your homeroom walls and windows in elementary school! I remember being truly terrified of the eyeball skull and witch as a child. But back in the early eighties, the folks thought the fright was cute and even tormented me by putting them on the outside of the front door. Do they even make these classics anymore? Or do I have to roam around the neighborhood and steal them off the elderly home’s like I did last year. Am I joking? Maaaaaayyybbbeeee……

Here are some more of the classics. God I love this time of the year! But seriously, that flaming skull still fucks me up.

I apologize about this post. There isn’t really any organized thought process behind it other than just verbal vomit of all things Halloween. But it was fun to write and I hope it was fun to read. Please check out the sites. They do a much better job but then again, they get paid for it. So they should.

25 Comments

  1. You can still get those kinds of decorations wherever teacher’s supplies are sold. Party City should sell them. Also that one store that is called the learning village or center or something like that that major malls have. I love those rippled borders that are stapled around every bulletin board of every classroom I attended in elementary and middle school.

    Did you see the blog someone shared a few days ago? This person reviews Halloween specials and if they can find them they post a link to view them online. I have already watched Garfield’s Halloween Adventure on youtube. Unfortunately I don’t think they play it on tv anymore.

    Anyway here’s the link:

    halloweenspecials.blogspot.com

    Ooooh! I like that blog! Thanks for the like Jodi!

  2. So just shoot me because I don’t like Charlie Brown. Not the Halloween special nor the Christmas special. Or Spree. Or scary movies. I used to work in a haunted house during my high school years so those, along with Fruit Strip gum, have lost their flavor. Latex masks make me nauseous. I do like Garfield, however. 😉

    And here I was going to keep you anonymous. Halloween Grinch! Have not seen the Grinch either? 😉

  3. You already know how I feel about horror movies, Halloween, and the like, so I would just like to take the time to reiterate that someday I WILL be a shower for Halloween and finally pay homage to The Karate Kid. That’s a promise.

    That will be the costume of the year. I think I might be the Kobra Kai skeleton. “I’ll decide when he has enough!”
    OH! Or I might be Sarah Palin with a big sign that says “Drill Here, Drill Now!”.

  4. Oh jeez….that would be HILARIOUS! We can make buttons and a t-shirt that says “Maverick”.

    goose!

  5. I’ve seen the Grinch… and I like the Grinch. Not so much that goofy song the Whos sing at the end but I do like the Grinch. I can relate to the Grinch. At times my heart is 3 sizes too small and that evil smile with the eyebrow lift? I know it well… my family invented it.

    Hee. I can see that smile and eyebrow lift

  6. I’ve seen the movies and I agree that a lot of the old movies do a better job of creeping me out than the new ones and all their CGI effects.

    I haven’t seen the TV specials since I was a kid. I’m not too big of a fan of cartoons unless there smartass grown up oriented ones. Or maybe Fritz the Cat…8)

    A couple of years ago I watched The Great Pumpkin in a bar and there was about 20 people who started to watch with me. I just think it’s neat that people get into a classic like that one. It has personal meaning to different people.
    I agree. I hate CGI in horror. Imagination is what makes the movie.

  7. am i the only one who clicked to see the full frontal male nudity? that is a hottie hot picture and you are all missing out.

  8. Amy: I guess so you dirty girl. 😉 I clicked only after you mentioned it. And yeah, I can hardly contain myself after that!

    Ha Ha! you guys are funny. Dirty girls.

  9. Ghost Story is one of my favoritest movies ever ever. I am so glad I’m not the only person under 50 who knows about it.

    I don’t know if you could really pass for Sarah Palin, but it sounds like a good effort.

    Can I be Iceman? *CHOMP*

    I knew there was a reason you and I get along! Ghost Story! And yes.

  10. You could dress up as someone that is about to go parah salin with an up do 🙂

    OMG I can’t believe I didn’t see that link this morning! Your blog was one of the last things I checked out online last night I must of been just really tired. I AM NOT afraid of full frontal nudity I in fact would of clicked on that link if I wasn’t so sleepy. Your a cutie in that picture. Your so cute when you are mad. I bet as a kid you got away with murder. How would a mother be able to punish you with that cute face?

    Jodi, I get away with everything. No one can stay mad at me.

  11. When I was a kid, network television would reliably air the Charlie Brown, Garfield, and other classic holiday cartoon specials. I remember watching the Garfield Halloween show and being scared out of my gourd. For some reason (Binky the Clown notwithstanding), that particular show still gives me the creeps.

    Me Too!!! Mind if I call you Megs?

  12. I freakin’ loved The Haunting clip and looked up the cinematographer. A man named Davis Boulton. I am not at all surprised to report that he did a lot of still photography first for the camera dept… Those low-key lighting noir shots, that framing. Yum. I’m not a fan of horror in general (though admittedly uneducated to the genre) but that movie I would definitely see…

    As to Garfield – big fan of that sarcastic lasagna-loving feline. Had several cartoon books as a kid. Never saw the cartoons on TV really, as far as I can recall… Not so fond of real orange/ginger tabbies though… They always seem a bit loutish and dumb to me… Some animals, cough, are just better as cartoons…

    I have a feeling we might become pretty close friends.

  13. Your fruit stripe gum lasted 3.2 seconds? I think I got ripped off…mine only lasted 1.8 seconds…though its saving grace was the awesome tattoos. I was such a badass with my barely discernible zebra on my hand.

    Where have you been, young lady? I’m happy you are back. You have been missed.

  14. I don’t know how I skipped the part about the costumes… A kid in my 4th grade class was Freddy Kruger for Halloween, and he wore the gloves the day we could wear our costumes to school (this totally ages me – this was back in the day before wearing a glove with fake razor claws would get one expelled). Since NoE was one of the first scary movies I can remember seeing, and that kid sat across the aisle from me, I was a basket case all day.

    I just added the first two movies on your list to my Netflix queue (I’ve already seen Poltergeist several times). I’m all about movies from before the 90s, especially bad horror or sci-fi from the 60s or 80s, and I’m all about psychological horror – gore is fine, but it’s not so much scary as it is gross. Combining the two makes for a perfect evening, in my opinion.

    Thanks Megs! You will love those movies! promise.

    Calling me Megs is just fine…just be sure to call often. 😉

  15. I love old-school decorations.
    I really do, the BF hates ’em, loves more gore and horror than nostalgia.

    That halloween cat?
    The coolest thing ever.

    I want that as a tattoo.

    Oh! i have to go show off my halloween decorations on my blog, this weekend, I hope.

  16. Hahahaha….you totally caught me, I clicked that full frontal nudity link! Judging by your picture you were not very pleased with me..sorry! 😦

    And wow, just watched that clip from The Haunting, that was awesome! You keep opening up my eyes to great classic films and other great shows to watch…thank you! 🙂

  17. Great! Horror movies on Halloween are perfect. I must agree that The Hunting is terrifying. Freddie’s gloves are also great (He is one of my favorite old horror/suspense movies) but it would be better if with a mask.

    Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

    -John

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