31 days of horror

I decided as soon as October started that I would watch a horror film for every day in the month of October. I put together a list of 31 horror film titles and the year they came out , watched and graded them. Due to a variety of circumstances I actually started the list 16 days late and watched multiple films over the course of spans of days to get caught up. As i write this I have just concluded viewing the 31st film on 10:46 CST of October 31, 2017.

  1. Peeping Tom (1960)
  2. The Devil Commands (1941)
  3. Repulsion (1965)
  4. The Innocents (1961)
  5. Kill Baby Kill (1966)
  6. Tourist Trap (1979)
  7. The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989)
  8. Cathy’s Curse (1977)
  9.  The Duplex (2015)
  10. A Dark Song (2016)
  11. XX (2017)
  12. It Follows (2014)
  13. Hush (2016)
  14. The Innocents (2015)
  15. Little Evil (2017)
  16. The Transfiguration (2016)
  17. Nosferatu (1922)
  18. Kirei-The Terror of Beauty (2004)
  19. Circus of Horrors (1960)
  20. Onibaba (1964)
  21. Exte (2007)
  22. Trouble Every Day (2001)
  23. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
  24. Gerald’s Game (2017)
  25. A Blade In The Dark (1983)
  26. The Devil’s Gift (1984)
  27. Bay Cove (1987)
  28. Lost (2015)
  29. Danger Word (2014)
  30. Uncanny (1977)
  31. Slumber Party Massacre II (1990)


Fame freaks me out

Fame freaks me out, like really freaks me out. Strangers running up to you in public to hug or touch you. Random people tracking down your address or where you will be and camping out to get pictures or close to you physically. The thought of Paparazzi unnerves me.  People obsessively picking away at your every move and behavior, copying your style and such. Being a role model all seems like such a burden and chore. I can not fathom it. I do not want to make films to get a huge following or to be popular , I just want to express myself creatively.

Scared straight for snatches

no one can convince me that pregnancy and childbirth are nothing short of full on body horror. Perhaps my tokophobia (google it) engenders in me a different perspective on this and my thoughts on it are in the minority, but I don’t get how someone could voluntarily want to do that to themselves or others. Childbirth videos to me are like scared straight for snatches. Foreign host takes over and invades your body feeding off your life force? check .  The expelling of bodily fluids, waste and gore, check. Miracle of life my a55.

seen on screen- the last 13

I study the craft of film through observation, for some time now I have kept a list of films I watch completely (has to be from title card to credits for it to count). I note the title of the film and the year it came out then give it a grade on the A to F scale.

To spare redundancy I will disclose that the highest graded are The Eyes of Laura Mars, Svengali and 100 Yen Love (C+), lowest graded was Dark Eyes (D) and everything else was a C. Here are the last 13 films I have watched. It was my first time viewing all thirteen of these films.

1. Antibirth (2016)

2. Crow II: City of Angels (tv version) (1996)

3. The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

4. I Married a Witch (1942)

5. Svengali (1931)

6. Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

7. Strays (1971)

8. The Sect (1991)

9. 100 Yen Love (2014)

10. American Gothic (1988)

11. Dark Eyes (1982)

12. Genuine (1920)

13. Ragdoll (1999)

Book Beginnings on Fridays & The Friday 56

I am enamored of books and want to blog more about them, so what better way to get started than to jump right in, I found a thorough list of memes for book blogs. It being Friday I decided to start out with Book Beginnings and Friday 56. Book Beginnings on Fridays was started by Rose City Reader and it consists of sharing the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section making sure to include the title and author. The blog I found this tidbit on also suggests making note of your first impression based on that first line and whether or not you did or did not like the sentence.


1st line from Bloodlust: Conversations with real Vampires by Carol Page (1991):

The average American child doesn’t get very far in life without meeting a vampire.

Thoughts-I think of fun cartoon vampires presented in animated form,as toys and on cereal boxes  but then I remember what a vampire is in essence, a predatory parasitic being, it grows darker the more I reflect upon that first sentence. I did not like the first sentence because children are not the focus of this book which deals with mature subject matter. I do suppose however that I  get why she included it, to show that vampires are a very popular staple of  mass media that Americans are introduced to from an early age .

1st line from Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg by Lois Jones (2005):

The sun shone down on the half-timbered farmhouse , nestling in the rolling hills of central Germany.

Thoughts- The idyllic and lush green setting as the opening line in no way belies the dark and gruesome truths which are to be unearthed further in the book. If you didn’t know the “meat” of this story, you could easily be reading a fairy tale’s first sentence. I like the first sentence for the false sense of scenic safety it lulls you in with.

Friday 56 is another book meme, this one sponsored by Freda’s voice  where you pick  any book and turn to page 56 and share a sentence that grabs you. I found these bookish memes explained at My Reader’s Block blog.

From page 56 of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present  by Robin R. Means Coleman (2011) :  Blacks found themselves forever associated with Voodoo, black magic sorcery , and zombies , in the horror genre.

the natural look

Picture 298

Picture 301

Picture 295

Picture 296

no makeup and natural hair for reference sake.

“Throw me something, mister!”


The last float of the parade loomed. She didn’t recognize this Mardi Gras krewe; Krewe de Flambeaux. They played a screwed version of Fire by the Ohio Players. She and the other parade goers excitedly reached for the float which had flames painted on it. A krewe member took a hose and began to spray the crowd with a viscous liquid. It covered her and splashed into her mouth. Fire shot out the float’s front into the crowd. Inflamed people screamed and ran.She tried to run.Flames licked her back and melted her hair to her scalp as she fell down.

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