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{February 24, 2013}   Sixth Spotlight Sunday of 2013


Welcome to my Spotlight Sunday! Every Sunday I put someONE or someTHING I love IN the Spotlight!

Anyone is welcome to use the idea on their own blog and spotlight whoever or whatever THEY choose, but if you do, please use my lovely graphic that my friend made somewhere in your post to show that the idea came from here! And I would love it if you left the link in my comments, so I could go check out what YOU spotlighted!

I know it’s February and NOT October, but today I have decided to spotlight Horror Movies!

My love from horror movies started when I was a baby. My mom didn’t exactly “allow” me to watch them but my brother watched them a lot so I would sneak peeks at them and then wind up having nightmares. Having nightmares didn’t keep me from wanting more, though! I remember a distinct fear for Freddy Krueger and those long nails of his, in particular. As the years went on, the nightmares ceased but my love for the movies grew. Instead of screaming and having nightmares, I would watch the movies like others watch comedies or romance. I got so used to the scares that I could predict them coming and it STILL is rare for me to find a movie that scares me so much that I look around in fear of a monster coming after me.

The BEST Horror Movies to me are the ones that are unpredictable(which also means no suspenseful music right before the jump scenes!) and the ones that have a twist. For this reason, I have a love for M. Night Shymalan films. I know a lot of people who hate his moves and that’s their opinion, but I just LOVE how his movies always have a twist that you didn’t see coming. You can always rewatch and see clues that you missed that would have helped you put it together. Another movie, other than one of his, that has a really unique twist is “The Others”. I’m not going to tell you the twist because if you know the twist already, what’s the point? The twist is what makes the movie. Another example that freaked me out NOT only for the twist aspect but because of the realistic was “Orphan”.

Movies that have a real life serial killer or say a disease are more terrifying for me than the supernatural ones because part of the fascination with horror is you get the scares but you talk yourself out of it by saying, “It’s just a movie”. Well, sometimes, it’s NOT just a movie. Real Life Horror does give me chills!

As a part of my spotlight, I have decided to list 10 of my favorite horror movies of all time, in no particular order! 🙂

If you love Horror Movies and haven’t seen any of these, I highly recommend them!

1. “The Exorcist”- I honestly can NOT imagine a horror list WITHOUT this movie. Who didn’t get nightmares from that head twist or the backwards walk down the stairs? People who originally watched this movie in the theaters fainted and went into hysterics!

2. “Village of the Damned”(Remake)-I have seen the original, too, but I just couldn’t get into it. A whole town of women being mysteriously impregnanted with alien children who kill? Creepy!

3. “Nightmare on Elm Street”(1984)- Seen the remake…no one can do Freddy like Robert Englund. This movie used to give me nightmares, now it’s nothing for me to watch it! The character of “Fred Krueger” was partly based on a kid who bullied Wes Craven…way to use the bullying as inspiration!

4. “The Birds”-I’ve heard talk of a remake and I hope it lives up to its predecessor! This movie is Hitchcock at his best! I’ve never been scared of birds before but wow…after watching this movie, you look at big flocks of birds differently! Just realized this fact, BUT “The Birds” is based on the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier, the author of “Rebecca”, one of my favorite books of all time!

5. “Rosemary’s Baby”-This is just a disturbing movie….The year after this movie was made, the Director’s wife, Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers. The followers were supposedly inspired by the Beatle’s song “Helter Skelter”….what’s more eerie? In 1980, John Lennon of the Beatles is murdered in the apartment building where this movie was filmed

6. “Jaws”-I blame this movie for my fear of swimming in the ocean! …Ok, so I don’t know how to swim anyways, but still! Watching this movie NOW, the shark looks obviously fake, but back as a kid, scary! The first shark shown dead in this movie IS a real one, though…shipped from Florida and said to be already decomposing! yuck!

7. “The Tingler”-This is a 1959 movie that I watched a few years ago and I admit it’s pretty comical because of the effects but I love it because of all the added effects they used in the theater. I really wish movies did something like this now! The idea of the Tingler is it lives inside you and grows when you are scared and is controlled by screams. They hid buzzers in the seats to make you scream for your lives!

8. “Return of the Living Dead III”- Yea, I guess it’s weird I picked the 3rd one but this movie scared me to death the first few times I watched it!

9. “Carrie”-My favorite Stephen King movie, partly because I related to the poor girl who was bullied and while I KNEW it was bad what she does, I also rooted for her. I ALSO love the fact that this was the first big hit Stephen King wrote and he thought it sucked! He actually threw it in the trash and his wife found it and told him to try to publish it!

10. “The People under the stairs”-Very under rated movie by Wes Craven about a boy who burglarizes a house and finds the consequences very disturbing! Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after seeing a real-life news story about parents who locked their children up inside their house, never allowing them outside.

There’s 10 of my favorites, but by no means, ALL of them! See you next week to find out what I will be spotlighting next! 🙂

{August 7, 2011}   Old Movies that Rock

In the midst of that evil creature called Writer’s Block, I perused many random topic generators online and finally found an idea I felt like I could use today.

In no particular order, here is a list of Old Movies that I, personally, love and I think ROCK!

1.) Labryinth(1986)-I watched this movie over and over as a child and I still absolutely adore it. Maybe others might find it a little cheesy or be afraid of David Bowie’s dancing in it, but it’s one of my all time favorite movies. I still remember the infamous line I loved so much…”Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me.”

2.)The Goonies(1985)-If you’ve over the age of 25 and have never seen this movie, then where were you at? Seriously? Who didn’t love The Goonies? I admit to being kind of scared of One Eyed Willy at first but after awhile, I learned to love him just like the characters in the movie. “Hey, you guys!”  (A fun piece of trivia about this movie was that the Pirate ship in this movie was entirely real and the shots were actually shot in the ship. After the film, the ship was offered to anyone who wanted it, but there were no takers so the ship was scrapped. Would YOU have taken it?

3)Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)-If  you’re older, I can forgive you for never having seen this but seek it out and watch it! The Turner Classic Movies(TCM) Channel plays it every once in awhile and Netflix probably has it available. It IS in black and white, which admittedly, is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this movie is SO hilarious. I watched it after I did this play in college and just loved it!

4)Seems like Old Times(1980)-Also based on a play, this comedy stars Goldie Hawn as the ex of Chevy Chase’s character, who is trying to hide him out when he is wrongfully accused of being a fugitive. Unfortunately, she is remarried to a prosecutor and she is a public defender, so it gets pretty interesting….and hilarious!

5)National Lampoon’s Vacation(1983)-The first of a series of vacations that included European, Christmas AND Vegas trips ALL starring Chevy Chase and they are ALL incredibly funny from start to finish

6)The Exorcist(1973)-Why, you ask? Because I am a HUGE fan of horror movies and this movie is pretty scary! One of my fav. scary movies of all time

7)Sound of Music(1965)-I know this is almost comedic coming after The Exorcist, but I do have a wide range of movie tastes, I suppose. This movie is just a great musical…I loved it for the songs and dances as a kid and then as I grew, I actually understand the premise of the movie and liked it even more.

8)Rear Window(1954)-I actually watched this for the first time a couple of months ago…another black and white movie that is oh, so good! With all the fancy special effects and everything movies TODAY have to offer, it takes a lot to really keep my attention…this movie did. (Revision on this: It was actually in technicolor, but the color is still nothing like today’s films!)

9)Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?(1962)-Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters, one an old child star who never made it big, the other never made it as a child star but made it later in life and became a movie queen. A tragic accident forces the movie queen into retirement and Jane is left to watch over her…..This is a chilling tale of jealousy and what it can do to a person.

10)The Wizard of Oz(1939)-Believe it or not, I have met adults who have never seen this film….If YOU are one of them, go see it as soon as possible!

11)Jaws(1975)-In honor of Shark Week just ending, I am adding Jaws to this list. It was written on the basis of the Rogue Shark Theory that was circulating at the time, but due to the response this movie had on people, it led to more people wanting to learn about sharks and marine animals and find out what really lead sharks to attack.

12)Howard the Duck(1986)-Who doesn’t love a talking duck? Seriously? Am I the ONLY fan of this movie?

13)Mannequin(1987)-By now, you have probably already decided I have a strange taste in movies and that’s fine if you feel that way…..I promise you this is a great movie, though…if I DO say so myself. 😉

14)The Princess Bride(1987)-A Classic fairy tale….Ahhh 🙂

15)Airplane!(1980)-Ever wanted to know what happens when a plane crew all becomes ill and the only one left is an ex-pilot afraid to fly? This movie answers that question and makes you laugh along the way…..Surely you will love it…just don’t call the pilot Shirley 😉

And for now, this is where I will end this post. There are many, many more old movies that rock but this is just some of the ones I love the most. What Old movies do you think are the best? Do you agree with the ones I picked or disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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