Monthly Archives: October 2011
Halloween is still my favourite holiday of the year by far. Candy, costumes, horror films and no family obligations? Awesome. And call it nostalgia or die hard loyalty, but The Simpsons is still my favourite source of Halloween-themed entertainment. So, in celebration of my favourite holiday and my favourite show, I’m happy to bring you my Top 5 Simpsons Halloween episodes.
Horror films are a scary (pun intended) subject for me. For perspective: My best friend’s mom took her and I to see Jurassic Park in theatres when we were nine. I had nightmares about about being chased through my kitchen by velociraptors for almost an entire year. IT ALL SEEMED SO REAL AND POSSIBLE!
That was the first – and last – movie that even resembled frighting that I watched for a decade.
The unexpected snowstorm in the Northeast managed to hit the box office tallies a little bit. At least, that’s what the folks at Dreamworks will be saying is the reason Puss In Boots managed to open with lacklustre numbers this weekend. In the meantime, Paranormal Activity 3 had the expected large drop, while few were willing drink rum with Johnny Depp. Here’s a look at what happened this weekend at the box office:
Of all the genres of film that exist, the one that I am least qualified to write about is horror. I’m just not a huge fan of horror films. Of the original Friday the 13th films, I have only seen Jason X. Of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street films, I have only seen the first and last installments and for the most part, any staple of the genre that I am supposed to have seen, I most likely have not. In fact, I will go so far to say that there are not a lot of horror films that are actually good. I know I’m going to get ripped apart for that comment, but for me it’s rare to find a horror film that I can recommend that others should go and see. I’m not a big fan of slasher films, as I don’t find them scary. When I watch them, they are more to see the inventive death scenes then for being scared. What I do appreciate is a good horror film that doesn’t resort to a ton of violence. Recent films like Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2 and The Strangers did an effective job of this and earned their scares. As much as I enjoyed those films, there is no better horror film than Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. This was a film that I saw at a young age, and was one that I watched behind my parents back, which turned out to be a very bad idea as images from the film stayed with me for months on end.
I love horror movies. As a lot of people have, I started watching them when I probably shouldn’t have been. I would sneak down into the living room when my parents were watching them and watch through the railing, scaring my self like crazy and then running back up to my room, scared out of my mind and having to get myself to sleep with visions of ghouls and ghosts dancing in my head.
There are some scenes that I can remember being the scariest that I have seen, the ones that really stick with you. Here they are in no particular order.
We’ve all had varying experiences with the plethora of faux-documentary horror flicks this past decade, all the result of the true (and worthy) progenitor of the genre, The Blair Witch Project. Many of those films, unfortunately, have been lackluster and uninspired; either watered-down derivatives of the original or poorly made copies of lesser offerings.
Still, very occasionally, a film is made that brings something new, something truly – and deliciously – terrifying to the genre. In the case of the 2007 Spanish movie REC, it was something even more than that.
Despite the fact that I am no longer a kid (damn!), Halloween remains my all-time favourite holiday. I live in a condo so unfortunately I don’t get to decorate or hand out candy every year – so I indulge in other ways. Mainly by scaring the crap out of myself with horror movies! (Oh okay, and maybe also by inhaling mini chocolate bars like they’re going out of style..but that’s irrelevant).
I’m an amature horror buff year-round but there are a few key films I watch every Halloween. Some of them are scary (to me anyway!), some, not so much. Without further hesitation, I present you with a few of my MUST-WATCH Halloween favourites:
It’s Halloween weekend, but when it comes to tricks or treats, I’m guessing that Paranormal Activity 3 is looking at getting seriously tricked by a cat in costume. Here’s how I predict the weekend is going to turn out.
Is there a harder world to try and make sense of in comics than that of the X-Men? Keeping track of the comings and goings of Marvel’s merry band of mutants is ridiculously dificult, and to be honest, I haven’t tried too hard. There have been some fun reads in the last few years (Messiah Complex, the parts of Messiah War that I read), but I didn’t really follow the mutants to San Francisco, where they’d been located over the last few years. Now have I been following Schism, the most recent X-Men Event that resulted in a massive breakdown between Cyclops and Wolverine that leads Wolverine to become…respectable?