Sunday, November 14, 2010


discovered the reason behind my sudden decline and am making steps toward healing.  This is going to be hard, but I know its for the best.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I've reached a point the last couple days, my depression I have felt has been creeping back up on me more then usual and I'll be honest and say I have relapsed with my cutting a couple times.   A couple things have happened that I cannot go into much detail about on here but it's enough to change me.  I'm not sure where to go from here, I feel lost and foggy, heartbroken and straining to stay steady on rough waters.  I even have told myself to grow up, act like an adult, think of your children but here I am once again looking into the mirror and hating myself, loathing the pain that I see in my eyes.  I know a lot of it is the ongoing battle of mental disorder, I knew that I couldn't escape it forever... I'm used to some bad times from the previous relapses but this.. THIS is just ridiculous.  I listen to love songs and cry, feeling alone in a house full of people yearning for a single hug or kiss, someone to say "It's ok, everyone makes mistakes.  You'll be ok:"  I know I need to take a mental day and just recuperate before I get to the spot where I tell myself it's just ok to be back in my dark spot, to turn Vile and dark. I cannot do that to my children, I know they don't deserve it.  But at the same time I look around and wonder if anyone even cares? I just wanna scream does anyone see me? Do you know who I really am? Do I even know who I really am, or have I just been putting up a facade for my life? These questions are ripping me apart.  What would I give for a walk through the woods communicating with my dryads, or to return to the kelpie pond in the beck and remember his voice, to go to the ocean and lay in the salty water cleansing me... but I am trapped in a house with chaos surrounding me and the feeling that I have no one who truly cares anymore... I have come to this point knowing full well what is to be expected, so I have to make a choice and I know the choice I truly desire is peace.  Freedom from my reoccurring demons..

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I'm sorry I haven't been posting as much as I should, I had some serious personal issues come up and they took up much of my time.  right now things are at a better place so I thought I would write up a quick post.  
My babies and I carved their pumpkins today, was a lot of fun.  Did a Spongebob one for my son and a kitty for my daughter (she seemed pretty scared of them actually and wanted nothing to do with it).  We plan on going out to trick or treat on the 30th here in our city, hope the weather is nice so we don't have to layer to much I always hated that, ruined the point of a costume when you had to wear a coat! Would appreciate some good thoughts if you can spare some, my family and I needs it.  Thank you!
I'll leave you now with some pictures from today of the little ones and I. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Burning Times

I am watching a wonderful documentary on youtube right now called "The Burning Times" telling the story of the witch-hunts that swept across Europe just a few hundred years ago.  I recommend everyone who had time take a break to watch.
this is the link to part one.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Candyman" number 7

From IMDb like always
Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn't believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true?
Starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, and Kasi Lemmons. The movie was released in 1992, directed Bernard Rose from a story by the great Clive Barker.
Helen Lyle is an smart young woman who is working, with her good friend Bernadette Walsh, on a master's thesis involving modern folklore. Her husband, Trevor, is a university professor, of whom she suspects infidelity with one of his younger students, and we suspect her home life isn't quite satisfying, despite the fact that she seems to be very much in love with Trevor.  The first time we see this man laughing and obviously pressing himself up against the student I tasted bile in my mouth, what a disgusting person.

Helen and Bernie have been interviewing numerous people about various 'urban legend' type stories. One young woman tells them a story about "Candyman", a mythical being who has a hook instead of a right hand. The legend goes that Candyman will appear behind you if you say his name five times while looking in a mirror (just like the legend of Bloody mary). As Helen reviews the recorded conversation in an empty classroom one night at the university, a cleaning woman overhears the story about Candyman and remarks on it. She calls in another cleaning woman, who tells Helen about the murders that have taken place in Cabrini-Green, the low income housing project where she lives. The people of Cabrini-Green have attributed the deaths to Candyman, as the victims have been butchered with a weapon determined to be a hook. The mention of the murders leads Helen to research it in archived newspapers, and she finds out the names of the victims. Even more intriguing to her is the fact that her own apartment building was designed exactly like Cabrini-Green; she learns that it was intended as another housing development, but eventually the idea was scrapped when the developers realized that the location was too desirable; Helen and Bernie theorize that the white developers relocated the housing project to a more forbidding area that would keep the ghetto separated from the rest of the city. Helen is aware that the units in her building are connected to one another through the medicine chests in the bathrooms; when removed, they reveal a small space that links the apartments together. Helen knows that Cabrini-Green's apartments must be the same, and that the stories of Candyman coming out of the medicine chest could indicate a human assailant who had also made this discovery.
 With Bernadette in tow, she visits Cabrini-Green and finds the apartment of one of the murder victims; on the other side of the medicine chest is a strange lair, with holes in the wall and elaborate graffiti-style artwork depicting a large man's head with a hole in the wall for a mouth. Helen is fascinated by it, as well as the fact that an altar appears to have been constructed there as well, with candy left behind as an offering.

Helen and Bernie meet Anne-Marie McCoy, the neighbor of the deceased victim. Anne-Marie is initially hostile to them, as she feels the presence of white people in the all-black housing development indicates nothing but trouble (Bernie herself is black, but Helen is white, and the tenants they meet on the way inside mistake them for police officers). But eventually Anne-Marie softens and invites them into her apartment. Helen is taken by Anne-Marie's baby boy, Anthony, admitting she would like to have a child of her own one day. Anne-Marie says that she is determined to make a better life for her son, one that does not involve Cabrini-Green or the drug-dealing youths that loiter on its grounds.

While at dinner one night with Bernie, Trevor, and a few of Trevor's colleagues, Helen makes the mistake of baiting Philip, a snobbish folklore expert, by mentioning her thesis project. Philip attempts to belittle Helen by telling her that he's already written an essay about Candyman. Philip shares with her Candyman's strange back story, revealing that he was the son of a slave who had come into a great deal of wealth due to an invention that became hugely successful. Candyman grew up well-schooled and comfortable, and was a prodigious artist who was in high demand among the wealthy to paint their portraits. Eventually Candyman had an affair with the daughters of one of his wealthy white clients, and when she became pregnant the man exacted a horrible revenge on Candyman. He sent hired goons to attack Candyman, cutting off his right hand, stripping him nude, and smearing him with the honeycomb of a hive of angry bees. He was killed by the numerous bee stings. Philip claims that it all took place on the site where Cabrini-Green now stands.

Even more intrigued, Helen returns to the building on her own. When she finds Anne-Marie is not home, she meets a young boy named Jake who gives her more information. Another death in the project was attributed to Candyman, the brutal castration of a young boy who entered a filthy public men's room only to meet an attacker who cut off his genitals, resulting in his death. When Jake takes Helen to the site, she goes inside and starts taking photographs, but a group of young toughs enters after her. One man approaches her and announces that he is Candyman, and his is carrying a large hook, which he uses to beat Helen's face, knocking her unconscious. Later in a police lineup, she identifies her assailant, much to the satisfaction of Detective Frank Valento, who informs Helen that the young man who beat her was suspected of the previous murders. He had been using the legend of Candyman to frighten the residents of Cabrini-Green into silence, and Helen's testimony will help to put him away. Helen meets Jake there at the police station, and she thanks him for his help, explaining that her attacker was human and that Candyman is not real. Jake almost seems disappointed.

Some time later, Helen and Bernie have a discussion where Helen reveals that she is unsettled by the fact that the two murders, both of which featured black victims, went practically unnoticed, while her own mere assault caused a lockdown of Cabrini-Green, presumably because she was a white victim. Bernie surprises her with slides from her camera, which Helen had assumed was a complete write-off after the attack in the men's room. On the way back to her car, Helen looks at the slides, when suddenly she is confronted by a strange figure, a tall black man wearing a long coat and speaking in an unearthly voice. She realizes this is Candyman, although she can barely comprehend how it is possible. Candyman urges Helen to become his victim, almost as if he were speaking to a lover. He tells Helen that because she has exposed the real killer at Cabrini-Green, she has caused a sudden rift in his world; the belief in him by hundreds of people is what allows him to go on living. Helen's incident has caused this belief to drop, and now he is in danger of ceasing to exist entirely. Candyman intends to kill Helen, which would then give rebirth to his legend and cause belief to surge once more. Helen swoons and loses consciousness.

When she awakens, she is disoriented, and realizes that she is somehow in Anne-Marie's apartment. She is covered in blood, and Anne-Marie is screaming hysterically in another room. A meat cleaver is lying next to Helen, and she picks it up, terrified at what she may find going on in the other room. She finds Anne-Marie's dog, decapitated, its blood everywhere. Anne-Marie is screaming over the empty crib of her son, who is now missing. When she sees Helen approaching her with a cleaver, she immediately thinks Helen is responsible, and she rushes at her, attacking her. When it seems as if Anne-Marie may kill her, Helen strikes her with the cleaver, wounding her shoulder, just as police break though the door of the apartment and surround Helen.

At the precinct, Helen is subjected to a strip search and Detective Valento appears, this time speaking furiously to Helen. It is clear that everybody thinks she is responsible for the attack and kidnapping of Anne-Marie's child. She makes a phone call to Trevor, only to discover that Trevor is somehow not home, even though it is 3am. The next day he comes for Helen and takes her home, helping her though a throng of reporters and news cameras. A lawyer tells Helen that the prosecutors seem to have released her because they think the child's body will turn up and they will then charge Helen with murder 1, which he thinks is unlikely to stick. Helen is somewhat comforted, but she still cannot comprehend what has happened to her.

Now we follow along as Helen almost seems to be loosing her sanity.  I don't want to give much more of the story away but I recommend this movie completely to everyone.  This movie still scares me everytime I watch it, there is just something about a story holding so much power.  I give this terrifying story  5 out of 5 skulls and if you have not seen it do!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Betrayel is never fun

I needed to vent a little bit so I decided to come here where I knew not many people would see it or judge me.  I found out some information today that I wasn't supposed too.  My best friend leaves his computer here at my house for me to use.  Instead of logging onto my account today something was messing up so I had to sign onto the admin account.  I opened up the internet and saw my friend leaves his facebook, twitter accounts signed in.  I happened to see that he was talking about me... some of the phrases that come to mind are basically saying I am a user because I have my friend take me places and that I was a awful friend.  Seems he had hacked into my facebook and read all my personal messages between myself and some other friends, and now he thinks I do not love him enough or as much as the other friends.  
For one my friend offered to take me places I needed to go, and if it ever was going to be a problem he should have told me.  And if an awful friend is one who listens to his depressive rants and pulls him away from suicide over and over again that must be me!
The thing that really bothers me is instead of talking to me about his issues he decides to go onto a public place and pulling the"poor me poor me" card out and doing it for attention so he has other people joining in on this without knowing both sides of the story and calling me names.  I specifically remember someone referring to me as a skank and my supposed to be best friend did nothing to defend me.
My friend suffers from some severe depression and I try to be there for him but I cannot deal with him doing this.  I don't know what to do.

"Dawn of the Dead" move number 6

The movie synopsis is once again straight from IMDb
In this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, a group of four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amidst the armies of the dead and a vicious gang of militant bikers.Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Directed by the great George A. Romero the movie was released  May 24, 1979.  Starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross.
Our movie opens in the midst of chaos in a TV station. There are shouts back and forth about channels going off the air and what they should be doing to try to stay on the air.  The TV show they are trying to broadcast now has a man talking about "dead coming back to life," It is obvious we are in the middle of a zombie outbreak.  We meet our main lady Francine  (Ross) and her sometimes man as she says Stephen (Emge).  They are planning on taking the studios chopper to escape away from the chaos.
Elsewhere we see a police unit of some kind getting ready to storm a apartment building searching for survivors and zombie alike.  We watch as they barge into the building shooting sometimes without abandon.  We reach a downstairs basement area and we are established with our other main characters Peter (Foree) and Roger (Reiniger).  They go into a blocked off room and find a pile of zombie's, some sewn into pillowcases to keep them trapped.  The following quote says it all.
Roger: "Why did these people keep them here?"
Peter: "'Cause they still believe there's respect in dying."

Soon we have a small unit trying to escape the epidemic, our leads end up meeting and taking the news copper hoping to go to Canada.  Soon they realize that the gas they have isn't going to be able to take them.  They finally come to their big stop, a shopping mall.  A swarm of the undead are lingering around the doors but they land on the roof and break in.  It isn't long before they realize they have everything they could need in the mall and they decide to do some "cleaning up"

Their is one little thing that happens but I won't go into here because I don't want to give it away in case you haven't seen it.
our charcters settle into a routine, enjoying the shopping spree they can have in their haven.  Taking wads of cash from the bank just for fun, eating whatever they want, wearing whatever they want.  It's obvious they have it made.  Soon however cabin fever begins to set in and Francine demands to learn how to fly the copper in case something happens.  Wrong move entirely.  A band of road warriors sees the movement and decide to raid the mall to take what's there's...
A pretty brilliant and original zombie movie from the zombie man Romero, the make-up by Savini is always superb, the script from help from horror director Argento is pretty enticing itself.  A definite see for anyone who loves the horror genre.  For being such a fun time this movie deserves 5 out of 5 skulls.

"Rabid" number 5

Straight from the IMDb site
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.
Directed by the wonderful David Cronenberg starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, and Howard Ryshpan.

The movie was made in 1977 and it's painfully obvious in points.  Besides the great fashion there is some scenes of smoking indoors and in a hospital none the less! We first come across our main characters as they drive down a country road on their motorcycle.  A family in a RV decides they took a wrong turn and instead of doing the smart thing and turning around in a drive way they block the road completely.  Our main stars hit the RV and somehow ramp over the front and crash land in a wheat field.  The couple, Hart & Rose are both injured but Rose is trapped beneath the cycle as it explodes.
At a nearby plastic surgery clinic a couple patients notice the commotion and alert their nurses.  The clinic sends over their ambulance (why does a plastic surgery place have a ambulance???) and rescue the couple.  Instead of taking them to an actual hospital they perform surgery on Rose there... as far as I could tell they did some sort of experimental stem cell skin graft on her wounds.  As I watch this surgery I can't help but wonder how she even survived having a motorcycle blow up on her, she has no burns at all, and a small cut on her chest.  After the surgery again instead of taking her to a hospital they admit her there.  She is in a coma and her boyfriend is healing up with a pin in his arm for shoulder surgery to repair his wounded back.  He is sent off to wait till she wakes up.  That's when things start to get a little strange....
Our dear Rose awakes from her coma screaming and disoriented.  A plastic surgery patient comes in to calm her, he embraces her and suddenly he is screaming out in pain as a strange blood stain spreads across his back.  After this altercation Rose seems to pass back out again.  From this moment on things begin to move quickly... we see Rose has something wrong with her, every time she has a altercation with another person they begin to turn into for lack of better words a "zombie."  At first the DR's think it may be a strain of rabies similar to mad cow disease... We watch the progression of the disease as it reaches epidemic stages, people having to get immunizations and only being allowed through government blockades with plastic ID cards saying they are disease free. 
     As we watch the city fall to pieces we still see Rose walking around the carrier of the disease, she still feeds off of others and I won't tell you how because you will not believe it when you see it.  I will stop here because I do not want to give much more away, if you like zombies this is the movie for you.  There are times where I caught myself going WTF and being confused but for it's time it is a pretty good movie.  For the change in the zombie story I give this movie 3 out of 5 skulls.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Samhain, that time of year

Samhain ( /ˈsɑːwɪn/, /ˈs.ɪn/, or /ˈsn/)[1] is a Gaelic festival held on October 31–November 1. The Irish name Samhain is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end". A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and continued to be celebrated in late medieval times.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because some animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.
The Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.Samhnag — turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns — were also used to ward off harmful spirits.  Thus was the beginning of our modern day Jack-o-lanterns.

The Gaelic festival became associated with the Christian All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and has hugely influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween, a name first attested in the 16th century as a Scottish shortening of the fuller All-Hallows-Even. Samhain continues to be celebrated as a religious festival by some Neopagans.

Gaelic folklore

The Samhain celebrations have survived in several guises as a festival dedicated to the harvest and the dead. In Ireland and Scotland, the Féile na Marbh, the 'festival of the dead' took place on Samhain.
The night of Samhain, in Irish, Oíche Shamhna and Scots Gaelic, Oidhche Shamhna, is one of the principal festivals of the Celtic calendar, and falls on the October 31. It represents the final harvest. In modern Ireland and Scotland, the name by which Halloween is known in the Gaelic language is still Oíche/Oidhche Shamhna. It is still the custom in some areas to set a place for the dead at the Samhain feast, and to tell tales of the ancestors on that night.
Traditionally, Samhain was time to take stock of the herds and grain supplies, and decide which animals would need to be slaughtered in order for the people and livestock to survive the winter. This custom is still observed by many who farm and raise livestock because it is when meat will keep since the freeze has come and also since summer grass is gone and free foraging is no longer possible.
Bonfires played a large part in the festivities celebrated down through the last several centuries, and up through the present day in some rural areas of the Celtic nations and the diaspora. Villagers were said to have cast the bones of the slaughtered cattle upon the flames. In the pre-Christian Gaelic world, cattle were the primary unit of currency and the center of agricultural and pastoral life. Samhain was the traditional time for slaughter, for preparing stores of meat and grain to last through the coming winter.
With the bonfire ablaze, the villagers extinguished all other fires. Each family then solemnly lit its hearth from the common flame, thus bonding the families of the village together. Often two bonfires would be built side by side, and the people would walk between the fires as a ritual of purification. Sometimes the cattle and other livestock would be driven between the fires, as well.
Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the evil spirits or placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white. Candle lanterns (Gaelic: samhnag), carved from turnips were part of the traditional festival. Large turnips were hollowed out, carved with faces, placed in windows to ward off evil spirits.
Guisers — men in disguise, were prevalent in 16th century in the Scottish countryside. Children going door to door "guising" (or "Galoshin" on the south bank of the lower Clyde) in costumes and masks carrying turnip lanterns, offering entertainment of various sorts in return for food or coins, was traditional in 19th century, and continued well into 20th century. At the time of mass transatlantic Irish and Scottish immigration that popularized Halloween in North America, Halloween in Ireland and Scotland had a strong tradition of guising and pranks.
Divination is a common folkloric practice that has also survived in rural areas. The most common uses were to determine the identity of one's future spouse, the location of one's future home, and how many children a person might have. Seasonal foods such as apples and nuts were often employed in these rituals. Apples were peeled, the peel tossed over the shoulder, and its shape examined to see if it formed the first letter of the future spouse's name. Nuts were roasted on the hearth and their movements interpreted - if the nuts stayed together, so would the couple. Egg whites were dropped in a glass of water, and the shapes foretold the number of future children. Children would also chase crows and divine some of these things from how many birds appeared or the direction the birds flew.

So fellow pagans what are your plans to celebrate the mystical Samhain this year?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"Henry: Portrait of a serial killer" movie #4

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 film (released in 1990) directed by John McNaughton about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis’ sister. The character of Henry is loosely based on real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
We start the movie out seeing a murdered woman laying in a field staring off into oblivion, soon after we meet Henry and we watch as he goes about his morning routine with added shots of more murdered victims.. a couple in a liqueur store, a naked woman in a river.  We never hear or see the story behind their murders and can only assume that is was dear old Henry that did it.  Soon we meet Becky, a woman waiting at an airport for Otis (her brother and Henry's roommate).  We hear a little about her back story, a nasty divorce, a child left behind with her mother and she is here to make money to get her own place and bring her daughter into town.
We progress into the movie, watch as another murder is done by Henry and our main characters are introduced.  Otis mentions to Becky that he had met Henry while they were in prison together, he has been there for chilling his mother. He makes her promise not to mention it to him and what does she do?? Later that night as the two of them play cards she asks.  It was a rather hard scene to deal with, them talking about their disturbed childhood.  I for one would not be telling a complete stranger about that sort of thing but they seemed to form a bizarre sort of bond over it.
As Henry and Becky bond over their childhood, Otis and Henry form a completely different bond.  We see earlier that Otis is selling drugs and seems to be a bit on the twisted side himself with a sexual advance on a young teenager.  In a uncomfortable moment between him and Becky he tries to kiss her but Henry puts a complete stop to it.  Henry lets Otis see his darker side, the murderous side.  He takes Otis beneath his wing and shows him the beauty of murder... They even video tape one awful segment to enjoy again at home.
This is a movie where plenty of things are suggested but never shown, you feel dirty just by watching it.  It's a disturbing peek into the mind of a murderer and someone who could be so naive not to notice.  All in all this is a amazingly creepy and somewhat hard to handle story, I would give it 3 out of 5 skulls.

"The Changeling" movie #3 for 31 Days of Halloween horror fest

straight from the IMDb site
It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends, rents an old turn of the century house. Mammoth in size, the house seems all the room that John needs to write music and reflect. He does not realize that he is not alone in the house. He shares it with the spirit of a murdered child who has homed in on John's despair and uses him to uncover decades of silence and deceit. With the help of Claire Norman, the one who aided John in procuring the house, they race to find the answers and soon learn that a devious and very powerful man guards them.
A 1980 film starring George C. Scott, and Trish Van Devere.
 We begin the movie in upstate new york during winter watching a family pushing a car that obviously broke down.  A man, his wife and daughter.  They reach a phone booth and the man, John, walks over to call for some assistance.  We seem at ease as the wife and daughter begin tossing snowballs at each other in play.  A car and truck approaches from opposite ways along the road, that's when the tone of the music begins to change.  We watch in horror as the car spins out and the truck swerves, John fights the telephone booth doors calling out to his doomed family.  Then his family is struck from the world in a split second and we watch as John collapses against his glass prison in shock.

We are quickly immersed in the story of a poor man who lost his wife and child, we watch as he chooses to keep his daughters toy ball as a memento for her short life.  I was so saddened by the piano music that played and the sadness that lingered in his eyes. 
The house that John leases is amazingly beautiful, from what I could tell a mansion in its own right.

We meet the Historic society that had leased the house, Claire their worker and the Gardner (which I can't help but love for his name Mr. Tuttle).  He settles into a routine, playing beautiful music on the piano.  I can't help but notice how beautiful the scenery in this movie was, the sets were so delicious.  A feast for the eyes if you watched.  The movie is a bit of a slow burner, but this story is a beautiful piece, a chilling ghost story.  The creaks and groans of the house made my heart pound, when we finally hear the voice of the ghost I about gasped out loud.  I won't go into much more detail from here because I do not want to ruin the story for anyone but I do highly recommend this movie.  It is a wonderful ghost story, and a truly amazing story.  I give this movie 5 out of 5 skulls

Monday, October 4, 2010

"The Evil Dead" movie #2 for 31 days of Halloween Horrror Fest

From the IMDb site the synopsis for the Evil Dead is
Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.
Directed by the wonderful Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly.
I have always had quite the fondness for the Evil Dead series, even though I started out watching the movies backwards.  I saw "Army of Darkness" first.  When I decided to watch this movie for the number 2 movie it was because of the gratuitous A+ blood and gore and the superb make-up.  The acting at times leaves a little bit to be desired but for the most part a pretty gosh darn good movie!

We start the movie out by seeing a car full of friends driving to stay in a run down old cabin for a night for who knows what reason.  First thing that comes to mind when I see our characters for the first time is 'What the heck is going on with Ash's hair??' Maybe it's because I saw him as the muscular sexy hero of Army of Darkness this bowl cut geek version sorta throws me off. 
After a narrow brush with death by a stupid truck and a cross across a treacherous bridge we find ourselves at the run down old cottage.
First off I would never stay in that thing, can you imagine the type of animals that could sneak in there at night? Ewww and another that stupid swing hitting the side of the house would drive me bonkers.  Then when Scott goes in the door for the first time do you see how much dust flies up in the air, how nasty.
One part I will say that I rather enjoyed is the creepy first person monster/spirit that you never get to see, how it spies on them and they look right through it.  Then the "join us... join us" gave me heebyjeebies up my back.  Then Raimi also used noise and music to his advantage, the creaks and silence building anticipation as your just waiting for something to jump at you.  Then I still fell for it every time
Did anyone notice when they find the tapes and the Necromanicun in the basement there is a "Hills has eyes" poster on the wall? Nice little touch.
As the movie progresses and poor Cheryl begins to loose her cool how stupid is that girl for running outside?? Seriously if you think there is someone in the woods don't go running out there trying to pick a right, at least take a flashlight and tell someone your going outside! And that god awful tree rape scene, that's enough to make anyone hate camping forever. And also why did it take them so long to get to the damn door?? Seriously!!

I love the make-up effects for this movie, the way they turn into creepy old ladies with really bad wigs just is superb.  I also would have slapped Linda like crazy with her giggling at me and "we're gonna get you we're gonna get you" ugh
The end scene will stay with you forever, yes you can tell it is a bit dated but for it's time it is so amazing the way they purify right in front of your face.  It's enough to make me, a hardcore gore girl feel a whee bit nauseous. All in all "The Evil Dead" is a pretty decent movie, A+ make-up and effects for it's time, the story is very interesting, the acting is a little weak in some parts but they do rather well for the most part.  I give this movie 4 out of 5 skulls.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Red Dragon"

I decided in order to celebrate Halloween I would undertake a personal goal of watching 31 horror movies for the 31 days of Halloween and I'm calling it "31 days of Halloween Horror Fest." This is actually a pretty easy task for me because I watch waaaaay to many horror movies ;) This just adds to my addiction.  My first movie is "Red Dragon." I have a serious love for Hannibal Lecter so why not.  Here is my review:

From IMDb the synopsis is " FBI Agent Will Graham has been called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer, known by authorities as "The Tooth Fairy". He asks for the help of his arch-nemesis, Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, so that he can be able to catch "The Tooth Fairy" and bring him to justice. The only problem is that "The Tooth Fairy" is getting inside information about Graham and his family from none other than Dr. Lecter."The Cannibal" Lecter."  The movie is directed by Brett Ratner starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, and Ralph Fiennes.
 I watched this movie with the previous knowledge that I simply adored Hannibal Lecter and would probably end up loving this movie any way I cut it because of that character.  I had watched and rewatched "Silence of the Lambs" to catch him in his measly 24 minutes of screen time to here the hiss as he talks about eating the surveyors flesh with  "fava beans and a nice chianti"

I was very surprised to find I actually enjoyed the movie for itself.  Edward Norton seemed to play his character very well, even though sometimes he seems too young to have been the retired FBI prodigy he was supposed to play.  As for Sir Anthony, spot on as always for his performance as our favorite serial killer then Ralph Fiennes always performs beautifully in anything and everything he does.

I was also surprised at how well the music and sound of the film would draw me in, the creak of a stair and I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and a cord of music my stomach twisted into knots.  It added to the feel of the film beautifully.

The final thing that drew me completely to the film was the devil himself, I have always loved William Blake's work and to see it portrayed as a huge device in the film just made me smile with simple glee. To see how a mad men's obsession drove him.

so I believe this movie did it's job, drew me in and made me believe in the humanity of the poor red dragon.  I give this movie 4 out of 5 skulls.

Please join me along this journey as I explore and review more horror and nightmare filled explorations.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My birthday

It was my 23rd birthday yesterday! I'm still reeling in the thought that I am moving further and further away from my youth.  Looking back I never would have thought I would have my two beautiful children by now, but am I so glad that changed.  For my big day the little fairies stayed over with my fiance's parents.  The night before we went out for dinner like we usually do, I choose a restaurant called "Applebee's" and we had some yummy food and drinks.
yummy kiwi-melon Sangria
Then the next day one of my best friends Stacy and her sister took my fiance and I to our capital to do some shopping at the mall.  I had a nice little stash of money to go book shopping so I was pretty excited.  We stopped by a used clothing store called "Platos closet" and I was able to find myself a pair of pants for 10 bucks which is a steal and a miracle since I'm so short it's hard to find pants! We went to the mall next through the Barnes and Noble entrance but I closed my eyes as we walked through *giggles*  I found my little fae a ADORABLE dress that I had to buy, pictures are below.  She's my punk rock little princess.

I had to get my little fairy girl a punk rock princess dress.

Here's my bestie and I trying on lacy hats and flowers looking oh  so beautiful    
I managed to find a cute little pink shirt at Pacsun for 2 bucks, we went through Hot Topic of course but everything was way out of my budget.  A sweater for 40 dollars is a little pricey methinks.  We had lunch at the food court, chinese which is always my favorite! Yummy!  When we finally went to Barnes and Noble I felt like a tornado running through snatching up books left and right, I had quite a little mountain.  It was torture having to go through and select a few to purchase.  I still ended up spending nearly 100 dollars on them.  I am so satisfied tho with my selections, reviews will be coming so be looking for them!
love the Element Encyclopedias, I have quite a few.

This so far is a very interesting read.

love anything with weird history.
new goal is to watch every single movie in this

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The novel of the manga and issue number 7.

After the expensive book shop we also swung by my favorite used book store.  I managed to find some more awesome reads.

The whole series I believe

this was just to cute to pass up, going to use it as a decorative book on my table.

happy birthday to me!
I think I had a pretty good birthday and have so many good reads to go through.  I am a pretty happy girl :D