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October 12th, 2010

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Guest post from: Issac Bird

Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch Photo by Kevin Dooley © Wikimedia Commons

Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch
Photo by Kevin Dooley
© Wikimedia Commons

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a great children’s Halloween program to watch that is often shown on satellite TV from http://www.cannonsatellite.com. This movie is very popular for both children and adults to watch because children love the cartoon characters and their parents remember Charlie Brown when they were young kids. There is nothing better than snuggling on a couch during a cool fall night watching this movie.

There are many popular characters in this movie that most parents remember including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Pigpen. The plot of the story is about a tale that is going around the neighborhood about a mysterious pumpkin. None of the friends believe in the tale except for Linus.

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September 29th, 2009

At the Movies with Creepy Kids

Creepy Kids at the Movies

Macaulay Culkins plays a creepy kid  Henry Evans in  "The Good Son." Photo by Alan Light (C) Wikimedia Commons

Macaulay Culkins plays a creepy kid Henry Evans in “The Good Son.”
Photo by Alan Light (C) Wikimedia Commons

Do you get “scared” watching a horror flick? Or, do you get “startled?” There’s a difference between being truly scared and jumping when something unexpected jumps out at you. Forget about the bloodthirsty monsters or unstoppable serial killers in these horror flicks, it’s the creepy kids that are the real stars of horror films. Do you think the creepy kid at the heart of Orphan‘ is frightening? Here’s a ghastly collection of worse than ornery on-screen creepy minors that makes her look angelic — from Damien Thorn to Draco Malfoy. And here’s another thought: Have you ever noticed that most all the blonde kids are always bad news? Which creepy kid gives you the heebie-jeebies the most?

Abby / Lucinda (Lara Robinson)

Knowing (2009) - Why do all the aliens send the earth messages through kids? It must be easy to program their minds like when Abby starts writing numbers that turn into disastrous worldly events – even the eventual end of the world.

Barto (Ethan Cutkosky)

The Unborn (2009) - We all know younger siblings can be a pain in the butt – even the unborn ones. Barto, the unborn twin, stalks his older twin sister in hopes of being born into the world where his evil nature will reign supreme.

Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke)

Poltergeist (1982) - “They’re heeeere.” announces Carol Anne while watching late night TV. The Beast, the tree trying to eat the little boy, the chicken that came alive on the counter – they all stemmed from Carol Anne and her not knowing any better than to talk to strangers through the television.

Carry White (Sissy Spacek)

Carrie (1976) - A bullied high school girl develops telekinetic powers just before her senior prom. She exacts revenge, killing them all, at their senior prom.

Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore)

Firestarter (1984) - When you participate in experiments for extra money while in college, there are possibilities of side effects, like, say, mind control. And what happens to your offspring? They develop pyrokinetic abilities, so don’t make her mad. Charlie can set you aflame just by looking at you.

The Children

Children of the Corn (1984) - If just one murderous creepy kid, such as the ones in The Omen and The Good Son aren’t scary enough for you, how about a whole crop of them that are out to kill all the adults?

Claudia (Kirsten Dunst)

Interview with the Vampire (1994) - Typically young bad kids will bite. Child vampire Claudia however, goes straight for the jugular and asks for more.

Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)

The Sixth Sense (1999) - Even though we know Haley Joel Osment is going to say, “I see dead people,” it still sends shivers up our spine when he says it. Osment gives a terrifying performance not because Cole is an evil kid, but because he’s a genuinely good-hearted youngster being terrorized by this fourth dimension.

Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens)

The Omen (1976) - It must be frustrating to pretend to be occupied with kid stuff like Legos and scooters when you are the son of the Antichrist. People should know to beware of children with numbers inscribed on their heads – especially “666”. They are most likely the devil’s child and sooner or later they will start killing people.

Danny Torrance and The Grady Children (Danny Lloyd and Lisa Burns and Louise Burns)

The Shining (1980) - Before daddy starts chasing him with an axe, little Danny has a psychic connection with the demons of the Overlook Hotel. He channels their voices, screaming “REDRUM!” The Grady sisters haunt the hotel halls and taunt, “Come play with us.”

David Zellaby (Martin Stephens) & All the Other Kids

Village of the Damned (1960) - When an army of blonde-haired, blue-eyes, British-speaking kid-demons are all born on the same day they all have telepathic powers that are accompanied by glowing alien eyes. Some call children a gift from God, but these little bundles of terror have clearly been sent by a far more insidious power.

Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)

The Harry Potter sagas - Blonde-headed Draco has been Harry’s number one rival since they first met on the Hogwart’s Express. He’s obnoxiously snobbish, rude, and extraordinarily wealthy, which makes him think he is better than everyone else.

Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman)

Orphan (2009) - Polite, artistic and warm…everything you’d hope for when adopting a child. But not everything is as it seems.

Girls Skipping

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - The grotesquely-disfigured maniac with knives on the end of his fingers is not the scariest bit in the film. It’s the skipping girls who sing that horrible “Freddie’s coming for you” song.

Henry Evans (Macaulay Culkin)

The Good Son (1993) - This flick is both hilarious and disturbing the way Henry expertly holds a cigarette. This blonde bad-boys favorite line that sends shivers down the spine is, “I cause dead people.” He’s a wolf in s- eep’s clothing, willing to kill anyone to keep his secret.

Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair)

The Exorcist (1973) - Linda Blair’s transformation is still arguably the scariest movie ever made. When you’re possessed by Satan anything goes, including killing babysitters and priests, spewing vomit on your decor, and speaking in tongues. Tied to a bed, her face deformed and her mouth spewing forth an array of vulgar insults, her goals seem to be both homicide and suicide. Part of the reason why “The Exorcist” is often held up as the best horror film of all time is because such utter loss of control is a gut-wrenching prospect.

Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack)

The Bad Seed (1956) - Girls will be girls—and in the case of young pigtailed Rhoda being a girl involves murder, mayhem, and baubles like pendants, jewelry and penmanship awards. “The Bad Seed” is not just about a naughty little girl but a perverse universe in which parents defer to children, and where children do pretty much anything they want.

Samara Morgan (Daveigh Chase)

The Ring (2002) - Samara is kept locked in an attic and then thrown down a well, why shouldn’t she be pissed at the world? Now a member of the living dead, she jumps out of televised wells and scared people to death, while tracking dirty well water onto their carpets.

[Sources: Internet Movie Data Base]

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September 14th, 2009

Funny Movies for Halloween Rated PG-13

Some people love to get scared. That’s why they go to haunted houses and watch scary movies at Halloween. But others will not watch any type of scary movie whatsoever. Here are four funny movies for Halloween rated PG-13 that were made just for them. They may sound scary, but really, they are hilarious.

Gremlins (1984, PG) & Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, PG-13)

Rated PG-13 for mild violence, language and frightening elements.

Gremlin Stripe Photo by Inti © Wikimedia Commons

Gremlin Stripe
Photo by Inti
© Wikimedia Commons

Billy (Zack Galligan) has received a special Christmas gift from his dad. It’s a furry Chinese creature called a Mogwai. There are 3 basic rules young Billy must follow to take care of his new pet. 1. Keep the pet away from water, 2. Keep him out of the light and 3. Never, ever, EVER feed it after midnight. Billy tries his hardest to follow all the rules but one day the Mogwai gets wet which causes him to replicate others just like him. Then one night Billy accidently feeds all the Mogwai, except for one called Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel), and they all turn into scary, ghastly reptilian ghouls called Gremlins that wreak havoc all over town. It’s up to Billy, his friend Kate (Phoebe Cates) and Gizmo to save the town from the scary and evil green slimy little monsters. Today’s generation may wonder where all the special 3D effects are for the loveable furry creatures in this film. There are none. Yes, Gizmo and the Gremlins are all handmade – done up by terrific make-up artists.

Young Frankenstein (1974, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and mild language.

Young Frankenstein will forever be one of the classics. By spoofing classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Mel Brooks put together a loving tribute and a respectful parody turning what should be a horror movie into a funny movie. Frankenstein’s laboratory was re-created using the same equipment in the original Frankenstein. This attention to such physical and stylistic detail creates a foundation for nonstop comedy. After finding a book titled “How I Did It” left behind by his late father, Frederick Frankenstein - that’s Fronkensteen - (Gene Wilder) begins to resume experiments in re-animation. Assisting him is the unfortunate hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his not so scary monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity.

The Willies (1990, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements.

Here’s another film with spooky stories that aren’t really scary. The concept is simple. Let the kids have a campout and try to scare each other with their best horror story. The boys share their scary stories about a Kentucky-fried rat and the woman who eats it, a dog in the microwave and a boys’ obsession with flies. Only these scary stories that are told come to life for us on the big screen and it’s not as scary as it may sound. The Willies stars a young Sean Astin with James Karen, Kathleen Freeman, and Jeremy Miller rounding out the cast.

Ghoulies (1984, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for mild violence, drug use, brief sexuality, and crass language.

The Ghoulies is one of best scary B-movies of the 1980s. The cover art on the video says it all – there are scary-looking little green ghouls coming up put of the toilet. What more could you ask for? Ghoulies is largely a tale revolving around black magic and satanic rituals. Ghoulies has some of the cheesiest special effects considering all the Ghoulies are mostly puppets. There’s also plenty of bad acting and ridiculous jokes involved so have a good time watching this funny movie for its grand entertainment.

Film ratings and descriptions provided by the Motion Picture Association of America Film Ratings.

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August 28th, 2009

10 Best of the Worst Horror Villains

A Freddy Krueger Cosplayer Photo by Nicholas Gemini © Wikimedia Commons

A Freddy Krueger Cosplayer
Photo by Nicholas Gemini © Wikimedia Commons

With Halloween II (H2) hitting the theaters today (August 28, 2009), I thought it would be a good time to visit some of the best of the worst horror villains that have hit the big screen. This are my picks for the best of the worst horror villains that have hit the big screen.

10. Chucky (Brad Dourif) Child’s Play (1988)

This was a creepy movie in 1988 and scary for a young child. But now, as an adult, it’s a funny movie. Only toys from movies like “Toy Story” are allowed to come alive these days.

9. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) Psycho (1960)

A boy’s best friend is his mother. Who doesn’t know about the famous stabbing shower scene from “Psycho” with the screeching music playing in the background?

8. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) The Shining (1980)

Jack becomes the wintertime caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Cabin fever takes control and Jack goes crazy and tries to kill his family in the same manner the previous caretaker did. The most famous scene and line from the movie is where Jack puts an ax through a door trying to get to his family, sticks his head through the cracks and with this eerie, leering look says, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” But what are even creepier than him are the ghosts of children, that Jack’s son Danny can see, that haunt the hallways of the hotel.

7. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) Misery (1990)

When I think about the movie “Misery,” I see Kathy Bates with a sledgehammer. Not only will she break your ankles with a sledgehammer, but she will also ruin a perfectly good sheepskin coat with a shotgun without the blink of an eye.

6. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) Hellraiser (1987)

In the original film, Pinhead did not have a name, but was simply credited as the “Lead Cenobite,” an extra-dimensional being. Pinhead was a name coined by the Make-up Department, who needed reference terms.

5. Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

People today still use the sound of a chainsaw being fired up as a part of a scary Halloween Haunted House. What’s a Haunted House one without it?

4. Jason Voorhees (Ari Lehman, Steve Daskewisz, Warrington Gillette, Richard Brooker, Ted White, Tom Morga, C.J. Graham, Kane Hodder, Ken Kirzinger, Derek Mears) Friday the 13th (1980), Part II (1981), Part III (1982), The Final Chapter (1984), A New Beginning (1985), Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2002), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009)

There have been almost as many actors playing Jason as there have been sequels. The actions of Jason can be summed up by a quote from a witness to his destructive ways in 2003′s “Freddy vs. Jason,” where he says, “Dude, that goalie was pissed!”

3. Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins) Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lechter isn’t actually onscreen for all that long, yet the acting skills of Hopkins make Lechter such a memorable character that he won an Oscar for his performance of Lechter. The freaky voice with its charming ways will pull you in and you begin to like him. But when he gets you close enough all he wants to do is eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

2. Michael Myers (Tony Moran) Halloween (1978)

Michael grew up as your normal everyday boy next door. Normal, that is, until something inside him snapped and he became the evil Michael we all know and love who wears that eerie mask all the time. After watching the movie in 1978, my brother and I checked under the car and behind the seats before we got in to go home. By-the-way, the mask was a spray-painted facsimile of William Shatner’s face, better known as Captain James T. Kirk.

1. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

If the boogey man were real he would look like Freddy Krueger. Just ask my son who, when he was 4-years-old, was being a little monster while we were visiting a friend. It just so happened that said friend had a life-sized cutout of Freddy that she got from the local theater. We warned my son to be good or the boogey man would get him and that he was in the next room. My friend went to get the Freddy cutout and when she came around the corner hiding behind Freddy, of course my son screamed. We calmed him down by letting him touch and play with the Freddy cutout to see that it wasn’t real. He told us later that he was “so scared that his knees were knocking.” And, yes, he still remembers that night. Now we all get a good laugh from it.

If you are not into the scary movies, check out these Funny Movies for Halloween.

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