I’ve not posted for the past few weeks because I’ve been on a non-stop ride of people, places, and things. I co-hosted a birthday party for a one-year old which I agonized over more than I care to admit, only to finally experience an alien event in which my small child wondered why everyone was singing to him and watching him eat a piece of cake. I don’t blame him, it was weird for me too. There is a part of me that hopes he doesn’t posses my outsider’s nature and that he can conform and not be bothered by the strange rituals and unfairness of our world.
October was a bit rough on my family and I. Schedules for both work and play wrought mighty havoc upon our house almost as soon as we returned from Philadelphia. Also illness…so much illness. This isn’t to say that we didn’t enjoy the holiday. I was particularly proud of my In the Mouth of Madness costume, as well as our Universal Monster pumpkin carvings. I also got to watch TCM monster movies while waiting for trick or treaters. I just need a mustache and a King Cobra windbreaker, and the transformation into my dad will be complete.
The Black Lullaby (2014) Dir. Joshua Hoffine
The United Monster Talent Agency (2010) Dir. Gregory Nicotero
This short is just a lot of fun, imagining that the monsters that we see on screen have their own handlers and agency. It features cameos from Frank Darabont, Eli Roth, Dana Gould, Jeffery Combs, and Bob Burns and it is created by makeup artist Greg Nicotero who has since gone on to direct several episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead. If you like old monster movies, The United Monster Talent Agency is for you.
The Green Ruby Pumpkin (2013) Miguel Ortega
The Green Ruby Pumpkin is not a horror film. Instead it a fable told in verse that gets the feel of Halloween. The reason why I really like this one, aside from it’s gorgeous visuals, is the fact that it reminds me of Pushing Daisies with its narrator and verse. I also really enjoy the animations at the end of the short showing the Green Ruby Pumpkin’s history.
The Sleepover (2012) Dir. Chris Cullari
The Sleepover has the feel of a fun 1980s horror film, full of wonderful nods to horror movies gone by and filled with great ideas and character. The charm of this film comes from the interesting concept, which the filmmakers offer up bit by bit ending in a wonderful comedic pop of a climax. I would be very interested in seeing more stories set in this world.
When two young boys have a sleepover, one of them is unfamiliar with the town’s gruesome history and the preparations needed to survive what lurks in the shadows.
This year Rob Walker Films is participating in the 2015 Countdown to Halloween . This means that I will be blogging about Halloween and horror movies every day this month. Please continue to check in for plenty of macabre goodies and also check the link for other blogs participating as well.
Until fairly recently, no building in Philadelphia could be taller than the statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia’s city hall. Due to this rule, the city was forced to sprawl outward instead of growing upward like New York or Chicago. However, in 1987 a skyscraper was constructed to be taller than the aforementioned statue. This breach of…archaic proclamation…I guess, is the reason why some think Philadelphia’s sports teams began to suck.
By this time tomorrow, I will be on my way to Philadelphia.
“I’m calling Victorian Cut-out Theatre ‘Historical Satire’. That is a genre that we may have invented.”