Cat and the Canary


1927   unrated   Classic  Silent B/W    Comedy, Horror , Mystery   Laura La Plante

 

The heirs of Cyrus West must spend a night in his creepy manse 20 years After his passing to claim their inheritance.

Annabelle West (Laura LePlante) is first in line but must be of sound mind to do so, as all of them claimed Cyrus to not be in his right mind plus she also must find the West diamonds. Of course where there are heirs, like in the middle ages, there is of course one that tries to take it into their own hands by scheming.

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Winchester


2018      PG-13       1:29    Jason Clarke, Helen Mirren, Sharon Snook

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A biographical drama on the house Winchester Riffles built, or more so said ‘The House that Ghosts Built’.

The Heiress Sarah, believes the’s haunted by the spirits of those that have been killed by the riffles her husband’s family invented.  She constructs s labyrinth of a mansion to ward off (or is it hide from) the spirits of ‘he riffle that won the west’ and thinks her family is cursed for it.

Jason Clarke’s Eric Price is there to give the widow a check-up from the neck-up as the board thinks she is unfit and not of sound mind to be controlling her 50% of the company. He is a rare one as rarely is anyone ever invited to the house, let alone to set foot and stay inside. There are some rules that need to be followed in this house under construction 24/7. No weapons. No Drinking No Drugs. She wants you to witness, no make that experience the haunting while sober.

Sharon Snook plays the daughter and widow Marion Mariott and mom to Henry Mariott. The Boy Henry (played by Finn Scicluna-O’Prey) seems at first to sleepwalk, but It’s worse than that.

Sarah Winchester keeps records of everyone that died by a Winchester Rifle, even ones that only did so for a few minutes. One in which is staying at the house. He even carries around a talisman of sorts, the bullet that killed him! (he had refurbished).

Sarah also draws out the plans for the rooms, which she does in the Witch’s cap (or whatever it’s called. I think its the main tower, but watch Image result for Winchester Mystery House postcardthe features its on there.: The Making of Winchester)  being guided by whichever spirit the room is for. I must say i want the window in that room. It’s (I guess stained glass) to look like a spider’s web. Which if you think about it, is what the Winchester Mystery house is, a SPider’s web that catches the spirits killed by the Riffles.

Once a spirit is ‘captured’ in its room, 13 nails (i’m guessing iron)  seals them in. Once the spirit moves on, then the room is de-constructed and another room put up.

There are 2 Stained Glass windows that I believe were said to be from Shakespeare plays one being Richard the 2nd?

Wide unclasp The Tables of their thoughts

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THese same thoughts people this little world.

One of the ghosties did give a bit of a scare, do to a little misdirection. You think you know what’s coming and the timing and it’s not where you think it will be.

I would have appreciated a couple more scares and most definitely seeing more rooms than we did.

There are aspects I did like about the movie the colors, and crispness of the rooms, the dark tones where and when it should be. But there were other things I wasn’t happy about. One big one being is it wasn’t suspenseful or even jump scares.

At one point in the history of the real Winchester Mystery House, it had 600 rooms before the earthquake of (i thin it was) 1906. You can see the Witch’s Cap on the far left.

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Lost After Dark


See the source image2015             NR     1:25

Robert Patrick,  Sarah Fisher, Justin Kelly, Jesse Camacho, Eve Harlow, Kendra Leigh Timmins

 

You thought the 80s were dead, right?

Not in this slasher homage, whose opening scene which takes place in the 70s.  I’d compare (which I hate doing)  to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre style. Then we come to what is supposed to be the present day but it’s 1984 and Oh My GODs! The CRIMPED hair.  I would say they did a good job on the 80s fashions. I almost thought they raided some time traveling Closets (the Tardis anyone?)

Its some school dance and a goody-good is planning to go out with her friend, or is that friends? At the dance the Vice Principal, none other than Terminator 2 and Scorpion’s Robert Patrick keeps an eye on the kids, or so tries.

Goody girl and her group of friends get on a school bus and take off. Yeah, school buses in my day could be party buses or at least when there was no aide on the bus to keep us in line. So the bus runs out of gas and we all know that spells doom in any horror movie, and so are stalked by a killer.

Honestly I thought it was going to be predictable, but this slasher flick doesn’t play by the rules! One of the two girls that should have been a ”final’ girl” by the rules of horror movies.  Definitely a surprise or 2 in order of killings as well as cliches.

I would say it is modeled in a Texas Chainsaw style after seeing the full movie, but still fresh in a way. There’s even a spot where the film looks like it burned in the projector.

 

 

Uncharted


See the source image2009     1:30    Horror    * No one special

Off the Gulf of Mexico, a documentary crew’s private plane crashes on a remote island. The crew is there to try to film some rare animal.  The crew captures the carnage as some of the crew goes missing, it is found months later.

Paradise my ass, not so unless you are a rock diver.

I saw one of the creatures, it looked like someone dressed in animal skins and BAD ones too.

This was such a shit show of bad acting and a bore of a storyline for Tuesdays Trash, that this is all that was worth mentioning about it.

Basically, its just people dressed as animals that are cannibals NOT animals.

 

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Amusement


20o7 R  1:25  Horror  Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

I thought this was going to be some sort of demented amusement park or funhouse because of the title. 

Winnick plays Tabitha who is in a (near)O catatonic state while being interrogated by the police psychiatrist as to why she and her two childhood friends are being hunted by a serial killer.

Tragic secrets from their past are just dying to come out. Not to mention, this is the crap that happens when you don’t tell someone about that creepy kid, and his cruel ‘art’ for the science fair… its more along the lines of an express ticket to a padded cell (and the 10th level of hell I’ve created for people like this.) We see a few stories concerning the girls first, which lead up to the last. It’s almost like an anthology only its one whole movie with a little backstory.

Through the years the girls forget about the creep but apparently, he never does, making them his rats.

If you are in the mood for some dark horror *and maybe you could say morbid humor) then this is for you. I would make this part of a Halloween movie marathon as there’s a trick but its no avengers type treat.

 

 

 

 

Book Bind ~ Zombie Island


13004927A Shakespeare Undead Novel

by Lori Handeland

Pages 265

started april 9

finished  29

I don’t remember how I acquired this but I’m sure I got it at a thrift store, dollar store or something like that. Considering it said Shakespeare on it, I guess him as a character in a book interested me, oh and I guess the fact he’s a vampire in it helped as well!  Funny he doesn’t look like he would be, not even n the book cover does he have the physical characteristics that tell me one is a vampire. (takes one to know one 😉  )

Anyway aside from the two mentioned, the story interested me for some reason. I guess maybe I thought it sounded like a cross between Romeo and Juliet, and Walking Dead meets Lost?…

 

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In order to rid the love of his life the Dark Lady Katherine Dymond from the embrace of the encumbrance of her husband, Will concocts a plan to make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once everyone is convinced she has passed, he plans to awaken her, then spirits her away to London where she will assume a new identity and they can live happily ever after. What could go wrong?

But of course as often is the case with true love, all does not go smoothly as planned. When the two are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a Wizard and a Nymph, and is infested with zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot aloof, one that leads to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.

a Sorcerer, Vampire, and Zombies  OH MY! Oh,  and an Elf too!

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The Terror


By the way the featured image above looks, it reminds me of the posters for ‘The Thing‘ back in the 1980s. Could that be a hint to what we should expect?

AMC   Monday’s @ 9pm est  (10 ep)      Based on true events 

Period Drama, Mystery, a tiny bit of horror

stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Nive Nielsen , Adam Nagaitis , Tom Weston- Jones  imdb

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Adapted from The book by Dan Simmons  The Terror: A Novel by [Simmons, Dan]

1846 A Royal Navy Expedition discovers a seemingly unseen predator in their search for the Artic’s Northwest Passage 200 miles away. They think it a very cunning polar bear, but just might be something bigger, and undiscovered.  The ships of the expedition are the Erebus (wasn’t that the name of the Vampire Bible in Blade?) and ahem.. Terror.

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We open to a couple of text scenes one of which is “last seen by European whalers in Baffin Bay awaiting good condition to enter the Arctic Labyrinth”  then what I’m guessing is the aftermath of the events. Some Naval men speaking with an Eskimo, who is not only trying to relay a message left with him by the Captain (Francis)they call ‘A’Gluka’ but also trying to explain what happened to them, how or by what. ‘made of muscles and spells’ (not sure if he said walks on 2 and fours or eats on 2 and 4s.

When you start seeing your compass go loopy, it’s time to reassess your plans or at least have a plan B for direction. The first episode has a really nice looking, not sure if I should call it a rainbow but some sort of light anomaly in the sky.  When they hit some ice,I love how the  floating ice looks like lily pads.

As they race to beat the pack ice, one of the inhabitants of the ships falls ill and has an hallucination, or is it more of a forewarning, a premonition of sorts? Stuck, a group is sent to find some sort of help.

The group experiences hail the nice of baseballs (or maybe it was tennis). The predatory being attacks and I did catch a glimpse of a shadow coming out of the ice wall, it could be a very big Polar Bear or Wolf (talk about hunting tales making things bigger than what they are.. this is not one of them).

The show plays on suspense more than scares which is a good thing and hopefully, we’ll get a nice climatic reveal. Maybe even a scare for those of us that would like one. My only problem is that they aired the show at the end of the winter instead of July or August when we need to look at some cooling, calming ice and snowscapes. (if I could I’d live there. talk about picturesque. I wouldn’t mind seeing that out my window in the morning.

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