Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dead and Buried (1981)

Ah, November.

It's been a good couple weeks off but now back to the horror movie watching business.

I'm totally kidding about the horror movie watching business thing - I've been watching horror movies the whole month. I'm just taking a break from typing a review because wine, LOL cats.

No, in all seriousness, I've not actually been watching that many movies lately. Dead and Buried is the first horror movie I've seen since October. Why? Because I'm busy...and wine and LOL cats....

This image of the film has haunted me for DECADES:

So when Netflix was like, "What's up? You going watch this or not - 'cause it was like, mailed to you months ago." I was like, "Oh... yeah. YEAH  - this movie, that's right... totally forgot you sitting there by the TV...."

When my Husband saw the cover of this film he was also like, "OH Hey! I remember this cover..."

Yes, I think anyone born after 1981 may always remember passing by this image at the rental store, the title and image being vague, familiar...

And yet, 30 years later, I actually knew nothing about the film. Nothing.

Until today.

Today I now know that if you are in the mood for a suspiciously H.P. Lovecraftian smelling story that also sounds like 1980's camp but feels like a gory 1970's classic: Then Let Me Introduce You to:

Dead and Buried

This is a good/not good film.

Good: story line is, dark, interesting and twisty. Not good: if you are into zombies AND want answers, prepare to be disappointed or always questioning.

Good: overall scenery is spooky, delicious, and I think it would make Stephen King proud. Not Good: Really - seriously - you couldn't have tried just a little bit harder on the details because, for instance, this headstone in particular looks like it's something out of a 3rd grader's Christmas play. Seriously.

Good: the characters were interesting, creepy, a little silly and totally disturbing. Not good: Well.... the acting was okay, and yet - it totally made the film, so I guess this could also be considered Good.

In all this is a strange, dark, and messed up film that will surprise you in multiple ways. Great film for a dark, quiet Saturday night alone or with a small group of trusted friends.

This is a classic and not classic so recommend pairing is any dish and drink that you wonder why everyone loves so much until you try it and then you're like, "... Oh yeah...now I get it. It's... different, but...pretty good."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Spider (A Personal Experience)

It was been one very exciting, fun, scary, thrilling, and epic October Challenge this year. I watched scary classics, tons of gore, a few side-ticklers, and a fine collection of mind benders.

So, before the week is out, I'd like to tie up the Halloween season with a personal story about the one and only thing I saw that actually gave me nightmares.

I'm talking waking-up-in-a-cold-sweat-and-still-fighting-something-off-you nightmares.


Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.  Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. 

That's right folks. This spider. This massive female black and yellow Argiope (I THINK!?!) was the one thing I saw this October Challenge that straight up gave me horrifying nightmares.


She posted it on Facebook early in October and my life hasn't been the same since. So there you go folks, this one did it for me. 

Thanks for a great October Challenge! See you again in a couple weeks ... and SWEET DREAMS!