Sunday, November 5, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
spook - EEEEE!
sometimes it's fun to be scared. . .
following are some of my favorite scares. . .
"The Mist" (2007) Director: Frank Darabont Writers: Darabont and Stephen King
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives as the fog and creepy things settle in! A good interpretation of Stephen King. A great cast! Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
"Children of the Corn" (1984) Director: Fritz Kiersch; Writers: Stephen King and George Goldsmith; Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong
Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton play a young couple who get trapped in a remote town where a cult of children who believe everyone over the age of 18
must be killed. The couple are driving around and around on these country roads as someone is changing the direction signs? They end up getting lost and they are running out of gas. The incidents that happen draw them into a group of killer kids. Great late night flick with the laid back atmosphere of a spook- EEEEE adventure.
REMEMBER "The Cable Guy" (1996) Directed by: Ben Stiller Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black
A lonely and disturbed cable guy who was raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer (Matthew Broderick) rejects him, with bad consequences. Jim Carrey took this character to another level! The critics did not like this film. They were used to Carrey being the happy-go-lucky dumb guy in his other films. It had an initial short-term negative affect on his career. However "The Cable Guy" was a great financial success worldwide grossing $102 million worldwide!
CHUCKY MOVIES -Chucky is the antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series. Chucky is a doll inhabited by a notorious serial killer. He constantly tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body. The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons often mentioned alongside Freddy Krueger. In 1999, the Chucky character was nominated for the MTV award for Best Villian for the film "Bride of Chucky." He was created by writer-director Tom Holland and is portrayed and voiced by Brad Dourif in both live-action and voice-over. The Chucky films are now available from Universal in a complete 7-movie Collection Blue-Ray. You might also find these streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or other live streams. Look for: "Curse of Chucky"; "Seed of Chucky"; "Bride of Chucky"; Cult of Chucky"
"IT" (2017) Released Sept. 2017 - In theaters Now! Directed by: Andy Muschietti Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
A group of bullied kids band together when a demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. This demon emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. If you are not scared of clowns, watch this movie and you will be!
"Creep Show" (1982) An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. and D.C. horror comic books of the 1950's. Director: George A. Romero Writer: Stephen King (screen play)
Starring: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Ted Danson, Fritz Weaver, E.G. Marshall and Stephen King as his first film acting debut
The five stories are "Father's Day" "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" "Something to Tide You Over" "The Crate" "They're creeping up on you."
The film was shot in Pittsburg and Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburg where Romero leased an old boys academy (Penn Hall) to build extensive sets for the film. This fill earned $21,028,755 in the US.
"THE DEAD ZONE" (1983) Director: David Cronenburg Starring: Christopher Walken, Brook Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom
Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances as Johnny Smith, a school teacher who gains the ability to touch someone and see their future as a result of a car accident indused coma. This ability leads him to a senatorial candidate, Martin Sheen (who will be elected president and blow the whole world up.)
There are many types of horror movies and monsters such as ghosts, aliens, vampires, zombies, psycho humans and the list goes on. Sometimes these genres cross over and a film could be listed for example as (horror-science fiction-alien invasion) or a (horror-dark comedy) film.
Since these monsters and aliens are included in several genres, I have added a few links you might find interesting:
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HERE ARE SOME MORE FANTASTIC HORROR MOVIES!
1. HALLOWEEN (1978) Director: John Carpenter
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Director: ToBe Hooper
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Director: Wes Craven
4. Friday the 13th (1980) Shawn S. Cunningham
5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Director: George A Romero
6. Scream (1996) Director: Wes Craven
7. An American Werewolf in London (1981) Director: John Landis
8. The Exorcist (1973) Director: William Friedkin
9. The Evil Dead (1981) Director: San Raimi
10. Psycho (1960) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Monday, October 9, 2017
Do you believe in Aliens? Some individuals claim they have been abducted by them. Do you believe them? Would you be friendly to them? Do you perceive them as being mean? The following writers and directors take us on a journey into worlds unknown and use their skill to spark our imagination and materialize our dreams.
Directed by: Ian Softley (2001) Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack
Writers: Gene Brewer (novel) Charles Leavitt (screenplay)
Prot (Kevin Spacey) believes that he is from another planet called K-PAX. He has all the credentials and is very convincing! Tested by the scientists, he has all the right answers that only a genius would know. Jeff Bridges, who plays his doctor, tries to help him connect with Earth; so to speak. I was drawn in immediately and was totally entertained by this Alien - or is he? This film is a drama rated PG-13 (streaming on Netflix)
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey and Francois Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with unidentified flying object (UFO.) Roger Ebert gave this movie 4 stars and the updated version by Spielberg 4 stars. This year was the 40th anniversary for this film and a special anniversary edition was released.
"PAUL" (2011) Director: Greg Mottola; Writers: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost; Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen (as voice of Paul), Mia Stallard - This movie is rated R because of some of the language and conversations.
Two British comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. specifically Area 51 pick up a hitchhiker named Paul. A true to life Alien joins them on their roadtrip! This little guy makes the road trip an adventure to remember! He has an attitude and enjoys being one of the guys. I was so impressed by Paul that I made one for our vendor shows (see green alien below.) Customers loved taking their photo with Paul. Note: I have never seen a Simon Pegg movie that I did not like. Check out "Shaun of the Dead" (streaming on Showtime) and "Hot Fuzz" (streaming on Netflix.) These two also starred in another science fiction movie "The World's End."
"The Thing" (1982) directed by: John Carpenter
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both humans and canines in the camp. They discover that the dog can take take the shape of its victims. Kurt Russell and Richard Dysart lead the camp crew in a desperate battle against the vicious creature before it picks them off, one by one. Note: This movie was not a hit; but over the last 30 years has become a respected classic. It is on every science fiction list that I come across. This remake remains faithful to the original film. The last time I looked, it is streaming on Netflix.
Director: James Gunn (2006) Starring: Nathan Fillian, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker.
"Slither is old-school gooey, slimy, silly B-movie fun," Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Men in Black" (1987) Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Who says fighting aliens can't be fun? When a giant cockroach from another world arrives on Earth and threatens the entire planet, it's up to agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and a new recruit Agent J (Will Smith) to stop him. Vincent D'Onofrio gives a bizarre performance in the film. "Men in Black" was a huge hit spawning a cartoon TV show, a sequel in 2002 and a third film in 2012.
"This is a snappy, clever, often funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction style action with comic dialogue." James Berardinelli, Reel Views
"The Blob" (1958) Directors: Irvin Yeaworth and Russell S Doughten Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut
A drive-in favorite, this science fiction classic follows teenagers Steve McQueen and his girl (Aneta Corseaut) as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatin alien that engulfs. This film helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose title song is just on the film's nice surprises.
"The Blob is yet another terrific 1950's Sci Fi monster flick that is among the best in the genre. This is a genre classic that is a memorable and fun film to watch." Rotten Tomatoes
Did you know Tom Cruise was in an alien sci-fy?
"War of the Worlds" (2005) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin and Miranda Otto
Tom Cruise is a dock worker who tries to build a positive relationship with his children when his ex-wife drops them off.
"The War of the Worlds" is a science fiction novel by H.G. Wells written around 1898. This novel spawned a half dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, comic books, and a television series.
"Dr. Who" is a world of aliens. We all have our favorite Dr. Who as he regenerates into a new body instead of dying when his time is up. Over 36 seasons there have been many of them. Matt Smith is one of my favorites. Dr. Who, a time traveling alien, travels through time and space in a blue tardis. He is probably the most famous Alien of all time.
This is the most non-lazy space show I have sever seen. It is worth taking the time to get to know the Dr. Who world.
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Here are some more great films:
1. "Predator" (1987) Directed by: John Carpenter Starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar Action-Alien-Science Fiction
2."The Faculty" (1998) Directed by: Robert Rodriguez teen movie-science fiction-horror
3. "Dreamcatcher" (2003) Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan starring: Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant
4. "Independence Day" (1996) Directed by: Roland Emmerich starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell Alien invasion-action
5. "Sphere" (1998) Directed by Barry Levinson; Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L Jackson Adventure-Alien Invasion-Science Fiction
6. "Village of the Damned" (1960) British film - Directed by: John Carpenter Starring: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski
7."Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978) Directed by: Philip Kaufman Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum Sci-fy-Horror-Thriller-Alien Invasion
8. "Cowboy & Aliens" (2011) Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde Action-Alien invasion-based on comics
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
What is the definition of a comic book?
A comic book or comic is a publication that consists of comic art
in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. The dialog is contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form.
Comics has some origins in the 18th century Japan and 1830's Europe and were first popular in the United States during the 1930's.
Comic film has a vast world of followers and has flooded our movie screens. I will talk about a few of my favorites in this blog.
"Superman" (1978) with Christoper Reeve
was the first modern comic book movie adaption. A ground-breaker! Great acting and will always be a favorite.
Director: Richard Donner and actors Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder along with Christopher Reeve