Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Or, Crank, the Untold Story.

Most people aren't going to like the new Nightmare on Elm Street for several reasons. The main one being we are allergic to change. The second one being that the boundaries crossed are a little too uncomfortable to handle. While I did find much of it to be problematic, I did find a lot of the changes to be interesting and actually helpful to the overall story of the original. Maybe this is all due to my new outlook on remakes, but I didn't think the film was as bad as everyone is hoping it will be. As I've said before, a good remake should take the original and improve on things that maybe did not reach their full potential on the first go. The basic story line may survive but things need to be changed or else we're just watching the same exact movie only with CGI blood. Some changes were welcomed, others were strange and some were downright ridiculous--but they were changes and it could have been worse. Much worse.

Our plot is basically the same only Nancy is changed into a moody, artistic, stringy haired girl who may or may not have suffered from self inflicted wounds at some point. There is one main difference; the question of Freddy's innocence. Instead of simply scaring and killing the kids in their dreams, Freddy has become more resourceful and uses his dreams as a way to give them clues to his past and theirs. An interesting premise and one that gives Freddy a much welcomed sense of depth. I was worried at first that we would get a Rob Zombie style dose of too much backstory on our villain--but the measurement turned out to be just right. We don't find out what made Freddy, Freddy--but we do get to see him before he became Freddy...if that makes sense. The funny thing is--he may scarier looking without the burn marks.

Here's the rub; as horror fans--we all know what it is that Freddy has done in his past, and we are forced to watch these kids grope in the dark for any kind of clue. They have no recollection of their lives as children and cannot remember anything about their preschool careers, which I found odd. Maybe I just have a stunningly great memory-but I can remember some specific details about my preschool career. Small gripes aside, the remake does make one very appreciated change and that is an explanation for why only some of the kids see Freddy in their dreams and others do not. I always found it odd in the original that only our main character's become victims of Freddy's nighttime conquests- so this was an extremely refreshing addition to our plot line. I wasn't crazy about Freddy's innocence being up in the air and I feared for the movie as soon as the possibility hung over my head. Anyone with a brain however can solve the answer to that question- and it's not really a spoiler if you pay attention to his mannerisms and witty one liners.

There are other thorns in my side- a huge one being the insanely high amount of jump scares which literally became exhausting to your heart after the first 5 happened in 10 minutes. The writing wasn't stellar, and most of the parents seemed to be strangely absent at key points in their children's lives. The CGI blood was of course less than desirable in almost all instances, and sprinklings of the newer age Freddy are evident in some of his lines and gets a little bit annoying.

None of these are as distressing as the major boundary that the movie crosses. I won't get into tons of detail until more people start seeing it- but lets just say there is something to be gained from things that are implied rather than things shoved in our faces. While it is comforting to know about Freddy's past and to understand the truth--the general feeling of ickiness was at times too much to handle. The very idea of his crime is upsetting enough, but to see it fleshed out felt pretty awful and I'm not convinced that that boundary had to be crossed.

Moving on to the good things now, there were plenty of homages and direct scene replays from the original that will have most fans smiling. I was quite distressed during the bathtub scene when the audience broke out in laughter- AND in the body bag scene (which I find to be one of the more troubling images out of the entire original film). What is it with these people? Don't they know this shit is iconic?

Then there were also plenty of new and fantastic images, all having to do with the dreams. The snow scene in particular and a pretty well done blood bath kind of sequence all had me wishing my screen grab program was wired to my eyes. Jackie Earle Haley was interesting- and while I still felt he sounded a little too cartoonish his overall sense of being was still much more serious and even darker than the Freddy we know today. One thing that I can't decide if I like or not is the extremely thin line between reality and dreams. I enjoyed how the transitions happened, but the moments where our characters were actually dreaming were such a trick. In the original you could always tell that something wasn't quite right--even if it was the tiniest of hints. Here I felt straight up deceived- just in the way that jump scares force you to be scared, so do these fake outs. But perhaps the biggest blunder in this area is--the explanation for that very problem. Our man hero searches insomnia online and comes up with a timeline. After 70 hours of no sleep our bodies begin the process of "micro naps" instances where we don't even know we are asleep. How convenient for a dishonest ploy at scaring people.

Despite all the problems I have, I do think that the movie does many interesting and good things. It's tough of course to watch a remake and not think longly of the original. I will say that it's one of the better remakes out there- although many will probably disagree. It doesn't change the story dramatically and brings some highly interesting changes to the table. Sure sleeping pills are switched out for adrenaline, and our main guy characters appear to be wearing eye liner but sometimes you have to accept the little things. Some of the images are stunning, and the movie takes things to a truly dark place that many people will not be prepared to handle. This is going to be a tough call and I'm not sure how most people will react. Just know that you have to be prepared to accept some changes. Still, there are too many jump scares for my taste.

I will say that on the way home, my subway car lost power, lurching to a stop in the middle of a tunnel, lights and power flickering and then all of a sudden gone--my heart began to race and I would imagine I have Freddy to thank for that.

Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments: Watched, Reviewed and Completed.

Strike up the band, get the hanging munchkin down from the tree and make me a sandwich--I have watched and reviewed every movie on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments list and lived to tell the tale. I know I gripe a lot about what Bravo has chosen to highlight and yadda yadda yadda- but the truth is I actually owe a large portion of my horror movie mania to Bravo. I wouldn't call myself a traditional horror fan, who tells stories about how they've loved horror movies since then can remember and what not. Sure I did my community service for the horror world by looking at the VHS covers at the video store and what not--but the big difference was, that I was terrified of them. I wasn't in any kind of hurry to be able to rent them, and I usually muted any horror movie that found its way to me via the TV set. The curiosity was there but I could just never pull through and watch an entire scary movie.

I did however from time to time, catch Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments program that they would air every Halloween season. Every snippet of a movie that they showed, sparked a little bit of curiosity. I wanted to watch these films and experience what it was that truly made them a scary moment. Using my mother's Netflix account, I began ordering the movies I was most curious about. Suspiria,and The Last House on the Left to name a few- and even though they left me feeling off and in the case of Last House on the Left--dirty, I just couldn't get enough.

So began my great intrigue into the horror world and I made sure to catch every showing of the Scariest Movie Moments to ensure that I knew all the classics, and all the moments that made horror so appealing. When I started this blog its main purpose was for me to watch and review every movie on that list as part of my ultimate horror crash course. With a few months of unemployment under my belt and a brand new Netflix account, I was ready to finally watch and review all those movies that I had wanted to see for so long. Over the course of 9 months, I have achieved this goal. The goal would have been achieved quicker but then something quite mysterious happened.

I started to realize that there was a plethora of great and scary movies out there that were not on the list at all. Therefore my Bravo queue was often overruled by the other scary movies queue. This of course welcomes the debate that Bravo's list is pretty shitty if it doesn't include some truly great pieces of horror. While I both agree and disagree with the sentiment- I think that Bravo's list is actually pretty damn good- and I'll tell you why. The key word is "moments". It's not a list about scariest movies rather, it is a list about individual moments that sparked a true sense of fear within you. I tried to go through the list and find ones that I didn't think belonged, but to be honest, I couldn't. Sure I question the ranking for many, but all of them are great representations of cold and brutal fear- at least at some point during their running time.

The program may be the perfect way to get people interested in horror movies because it has the ability of getting people hooked on the movie after only about a minute or so of talking about it. My one main gripe about it however is that you do get a sense that the "celebrities" talking about the movies know little about it- which is at most times insanely aggravating. Other than that, I find myself unable to say anything bad. Sure they missed out on some other great scary moments, but for the most part, it's a pretty solid list.

Through my journey I've come across some truly great movies that I would have never known about, and the list did of course cause my favorite genre of film to be horror- so I just can't diss it man. I owe my horror fandom to Bravo TV, and also my inner gay mandom thanks to Project Runaway....and also my inner chefdom thanks to Top Chef. I guess I owe my life to Bravo and I never realized it. These days they spit out more scariest movie moments and even scarier movie moment lists like crazy- but my heart will always belong to this first endeavor and the way it established my hunger for horror.

Here's the list with all the links to the reviews. Check out the ones you've never seen and enjoy yourself. Try to refrain from dissing the list--it is like my inspiration and all.....jeesh.

Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments

1. Jaws
2. Alien
3. The Exorcist
4. Psycho
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
6. The Shining
7. The Silence of the Lambs
8. Carrie
9. Night of the Living Dead
10. Wait Until Dark
11. Audition
12. Misery
13. Scream
14. Halloween
15. Freaks
16. The Omen
17. A Nightmare on Elm Street
18.The Haunting
19. Hellraiser
20. The Ring
21. Jacob's Ladder
22. Don't Look Now
23. Rosemary's Baby
24. Suspiria
25. Phantasm
26. Se7en
27. Frankenstein
28. When a Stranger Calls
29. The Serpent and the Rainbow
30. The Blair Witch Project
31. Friday the 13th
32. Pet Semetary
33. The Fly
34. The Hitcher
35. Aliens
36. Cape Fear
37. House on Haunted Hill
38. Peeping Tom
39. Dawn of the Dead
40. Black Sunday
41. The Hills Have Eyes
42. An American Werewolf in London
43. It's Alive!
44. The Game
45. The Wicker Man
46. The Sentinel
47. Nosferatu
48. John Carpenter's The Thing
49. Diabolique
50. The Last House on the Left
51. The Dead Zone
52. The Phantom of the Opera
53. Demons
54. The Changeling
55. The Vanishing
56. Single White Female
57. House of Wax
58. Cujo
59. Fatal Attraction
60. The Beyond
61. The Devil's Backbone
62. The Wolf Man
63. Deliverance
64. Near Dark
65. The Tenant
66. Marathon Man
67. Duel
68. The Black Cat
69. Re-Animator
70. The Stepfather
71. The Sixth Sense
72. Them!
73. Blood Simple
74. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
75. The Candyman
76. The Evil Dead
77. Signs
78. The Brood
79. Dracula
80. Poltergeist
81. The Howling
82. The Terminator
83. The Others
84. Blue Velvet
85. Blood and Black Lace
86. The Wizard of Oz
87. Black Christmas
88. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
89. Alice Sweet Alice
90. The Night of the Hunter
91. Shallow Grave
92. Village of the Damned
93. Pacific Heights
94. Child's Play
95. Jurassic Park
96. The Birds
97. Cat People
98. Zombie
99. Creepshow
100. 28 Days Later

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blue Velvet: A Strange World Indeed

My journey through Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments has come to a close with a 2nd and complete viewing of David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Originally, Blue Velvet was the 3rd DVD that I received when I began my Netflix account back in August, of which the sole purpose was to rent movies on the list that I had never seen before. Perhaps it was a particularly nice day or my head just wasn't in the game--whatever it was I could not for the life of me get past the first 20 minutes without my mind wandering. I attribute this to the fact that you have to be in a certain mood to watch a David Lynch film. I know this because I also attempted to watch Eraserhead not long before my first attempt at Blue Velvet and it didn't work then either. Maybe it's just a summer thing, or maybe I hadn't come to grips with something as strange and unusual as the surreal world of David Lynch yet. But no matter, spring has awoken this ability and I am now able to watch and sort of comprehend what has happened before my eyes.

In all seriousness, Blue Velvet may be the perfect representation of a non-horror movie that sticks with you the way that a horror movie should. The feelings of disgust, brutality and complete and utter fear when Dennis Hopper is involved is quite evident throughout.
Although Bravo only highlights the initial rape/dry humping/ nitrous oxide scene, I think the thing about the film is that after that scene happens, the uncomfortableness that we felt while it was going on, never truly leaves us.

Kyle Maclachlan plays Jeffrey Beaumont, a young man returning home to his town of Lumberton USA after his father suffers a stroke. After cutting through a field, Jeffrey finds a severed ear
and brings it to the local police. Unable to get any information, Jeffrey is told an important clue by the detective's daughter (played by the birdish Laura Dern) who hints about a nightclub singer who may be involved with the crime. Following this lead, Jeffrey is subsequently thrown into a dark and dangerous world surviving on the underside of this quaint little town. Plus Dennis Hopper is a crazy mother fucker.

Perhaps the most terrifying thing, at least for me, was the sheer insanity that is Dennis Hopper. The rape scene is uncomfortable and painfully awkward. It's one of those scenes that would make you turn red if you were watching it with your parents--heck, I turned red just by watching it alone. I even turned my sound down a little to avoid embarrassing questions from my roommate or worse--neighbors. Aside from the embarrassment, it also does something simply amazing. It puts us in the exact same situation as Jeffrey, trapped in the closet and unable to react or do anything about what is enfolding before our eyes. It is the subtle things like this, that truly make me giddy about films and additionally makes me hope that I'm in a David Lynch kind of mood more often.

The other things I loved were the little touches, little by nature but big in the overall scope of themes. Bug imagery and blue imagery for instance were my favorite. The termites below ground in the beginning, giving way to the overarching theme of the darker, less pleasant side of a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Then there is of course my favorite thing- a terrible kind of beauty that is evoked when we see a beautiful robin chomping on a bug at the films end. The list goes on- and don't forget about all that blue stuff. From the more obvious song Blue Velvet, and Dorothy's robe- to the less obvious police sirens and usage of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Even the town's name Lumberton has the word blue scrambled up inside of it. It's a blue kind of town and a blue kind of movie. Sadness, beauty, happiness....I never thought until now how interesting of a color blue is- at times standing for both happiness (blue skies), sadness, and even as a form of reward (blue ribbons!). It's all so wonderful and you could sit around and think for days probably about underlying meanings, and symbolism and never get bored.

Even at *gasp* two hours, I found myself enthralled and terrified at everything that was happening and insanely curious to see how it would all play out. There is no big revelation or conclusion or twist about the crime. Pretty much everything we assumed is true and happening- but that doesn't mean the film doesn't keep us excited about the rest of the happenings.

Some of the creepier moments are easy to find, the final discovery of Frank Booth's last victims--utterly terrifying and so strange and wonderful all at the same time. Then there's the insanely weird feeling you receive upon watching pale faced pimp daddy Ben,
lip syncing into a work light for the brothel and unwilling guests- and BONUS the even more awkward hooker dancing alone on top of the car while Dennis Hopper puts on lipstick and kisses Jeffrey. Good stuff.

And a HUGE huzzah for the return of the marble rye lady from Seinfeld,
I'm beginning to think she has more cameos than Dick Miller. Also if one ever questions Dennis Hopper's true insanity, look no further than his best friend--Brad Dourif who is probably the surest sign out there of a loose cannon.

Naturally I'm more pleased and thrilled than ever, that I was able to experience Blue Velvet while in the right mind set and I cannot wait to be in a similar mind set to watch some more Lynchian classics. Bring on the cow fetuses and awkward dancing radiator chicks with chubby cheeks. I'm ready!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jerusalem's (Salem's) Lot: Wait... I Thought This Was About Jews in Maine?

Yes that is correct. I have finally finished the uber long made for TV extravaganza that is Salem's Lot. Now you know me and my short attention span to movies that are longer than an hour and 30 minutes, so it was no surprise that I had to watch this in a few installments, with a few dance breaks in between. Once all is said and done, I find myself only getting angry at how many outstanding moments of horror are present that are bogged down by the length and the soap opera like tone of the freeze frames and "scary music".

It made me think how Salem's Lot would be if all the scary moments were kept alive- and possibly made scarier (without extraneous CGI) AND if it were cut down to the good old hour and a half of perfect viewing time. A pipe dream perhaps and even though most of us hate remakes (listen to the latest Vaultcast at the Vault of Horror featuring ME for more info on why you should lighten up on the hatred) I think Salem's Lot deserves some actual movie cred. Before we get into that let's just talk about what I thought, shall we?

Having just finished the book some odd months ago, I was greatly intrigued to find out how one of the creepiest books I had ever read would translate on screen. I figured since it was so long they would make time to build up characters and their relationships, but for some reason this never happened and I found myself wondering what actually happened in those 3 hours? It's tough to judge a made for TV movie in movie standards because the same rules just don't apply. Aside from the obvious TV soap opera-like blunders like the bad music and freeze frames, it did do a great job of capturing the incredibly off putting and creepy tone of the vampires. The window scenes were great- although I could have done with one visit from Ralphie Glick instead of 20, but still, was there ever a better way to make people fear windows?

As you know from my random post Sunday night, the first appearance of Barlow practically made me pee my pants. I even screamed out loud.

I will say it was kind of a random point to have him appear, and I'm not really sure why that decision was made, but it was terrifying and I guess that's all that really matters. The Nosferatu like appearance of Barlow is a decision I can whole heartily agree with and getting that face shoved in your face without any warning is both cruel and wonderful at the same time. Thank God for vampires that aren't attractive.

You may be noticing a pattern in that all the good things I have to say about Salem's Lot have to do with the way that the fear was handled. The rest of it however is questionable. Here are some things that I didn't exactly love. I missed the real camaraderie that happens between Ben, the teacher and Mark Petrie. Also, since when was the teacher 80 years old? I guess that explains how he got a heart attack- but I prefer the idea of him being younger and getting a heart attack because what he saw was so frightened not because he was so old. Speaking of ages, Mark Petrie also felt way too old. I wanted him to have a more bad ass little kid kind of role. Although the main relationship that ended up fleshing out in the film was Mark and Ben's it still felt static to me. There was a strange almost disconnect where I just didn't believe they even really liked each other. There's no room to make the connection that are alike in their imaginations and that really bothered me.

Perhaps the thing that threw me off the most however was Susan. Here we have the possibility of a great and tragic relationship--that just gets completely destroyed. All we basically know is that they had sex at the lake and then she went to find the vampire and disappeared. We don't see her again until the last 5 minutes of the film- and she's in Central America showing up one day on Ben's bed,wearing a silky vampire night dress. How is she getting around, and why are we just throwing in that relationship like it was this huge thing. To me, it just wasn't justified. I would have much rather liked a more dramatic staking Susan through the heart scene! The ultimate crime of passion.

Speaking of staking vampires through the heart- the death of the vampires was a little.....easy. I'm not saying I'd raise my hand to douse them in gasoline and light them on fire--but let's just say that it is easier than finding the hiding places of the vampires and staking them each individually. I had this great picture in my head of Mark and Ben emerging from the houses covered in blood, with an intense look of being severely emotionally exhausted. The actual action of staking a vampire like that is one of the most brutal things out there. It takes serious guts and the whole lighting them on fire thing is just so throw away to me.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for--here is where I talk about George A. Romero. Originally slated to direct the made for TV movie, Romero enjoyed the final product but greatly detested the way that Barlow became an attack dog for Straker. This is insanely true because Barlow is the real villain. Taking him and making him obey Straker and not giving him a real voice and what not, greatly hinders not only his role as a vampire--but all the vampires in the town as well. And forgive me but, the whole thing is suppose to be about vampires!

So in conclusion, I did enjoy Salem's Lot but I think it had the potential to be much, much better. This is my proposal: Will some fantastic Spanish director (I'm talking to you, the guy that directed I'm Not Scared) please make this remake happen and make it good. I want the poetic nature of how utterly terrifying a ghost town really is. I want to be both terrified and ecstatic about what is happening. I want to feel a connection to the characters but not the entire town. I want it all basically--and I know I probably can't have it but a girl can dream can't she?

P.S. what is the deal with the holy water that glows blue whenever a vampire is nearby?What is that? This isn't Lord of the Rings people.
Humans already have an advantage by vampires not being able to go out in the sun--let's not give them an even greater advantage mmmk? Oh and P.S. again--I think I remembered a few vampires opening their eyes and being all....fine and dandy in the sunlight? Not possible. No sparkling allowed.

I know many of you will be upset with me and that's A-OK. But this movie is largely a deep breath of nostalgia and forces you to remember when you saw it as a young one and just how scared you really were. I'm not saying it's not scary--I'm just saying it could have been better. And it could be better if you just let me make the damn movie....with the help of a superb, preferably Spanish director. That's all I'm sayin'.

Also, if any great Spanish directors see this and want to collaborate, let me know.

P.P.S. I hope this title misinformed other people as well. When I was little and reading book covers at Stop and Shop, I thought this was about witches. Jeesh Stephen a little more confusing next time.

Something Scary Happened on Friday Night....


It's funny. I've seen Barlow's blue Nosferatu face about a million times in picture form but when it comes at you suddenly out of nowhere in Salem's Lot, it seriously makes you pee yourself. I can't believe I have to do a 2nd load of laundry this week. Balls.

A review of Salem's Lot to come soon. After I erase Barlow's image from my head.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Black Cat: Dracula, Frankenstein ('s monster) and a Cat, All In One Movie. YES.

I’ll tell ya something. It felt extremely good to be watching The Black Cat that we were all intended to see and not this. Although both movies refer to Poe’s story of the same name, both films have little if anything to do with the original story. Fulci comes closer with a hanging cat, and securely bricklaying our heroine in the wall but, Edgar G. Ulmer‘s version has absolutely nothing to do with the story at all. In fact it has been said that Poe’s name was only attached to the film to gain popularity for the film. Resemblance to the original story or not, The Black Cat is absolutely wonderful. It’s almost shocking to see some of the creepy images this early on in movie history and certainly stands as a film that uses the art of shadows to it’s advantage. As you know from my Night of the Hunter review, shadows and “interesting” angles are representative of the German expressionism era, the Black Cat however branches out a little more and uses something very creepy known as dead women suspended in glass cases (most likely used for sexual gratification). Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm. And I know what you’re thinking and it is NOT like this.

It’s better. And not ruined by awful Mr. Freeze puns.

Our plot centers on Peter and Joan, a pair of honeymooners who have passed on the obligatory honeymoon to Niagra Falls, for the less romantic country of Hungary. On the train ride they share a train compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast played by the eternal Dracula, Bela Lugosi, who claims he is traveling to reacquaint with an old friend. Once in Hungary, the trio gets into a wild bus/car thing which gets into a horrible accident due to the “rain” but probably due more to their loose cannon of a Hungarian driver. Joan is badly injured and Vitus and Peter carry her to Vitus' friend's manor. Boris Karloff makes his entrance as the stony and menacing Poelzig, who reminds me of someone else but we’ll get to that later. Anyways. Poelzig is actually a Satan worshipper, and has been sacrificing young women and keeping them suspended in glass cases in his basement. We soon realize that Poelzig is less of a man to play chess with and more of a man to run away from immediately.

My favorite part about The Black Cat aside from the fantastic images,

the fabulous shadows

and the engrossing modern set pieces, is the fact that Bela Lugosi is really just Dracula in a really nice suit,

and Boris Karloff is just Frankenstein's monster with some phonics lessons under his belt. I suppose it speaks more to the fact that these men are incredibly iconic and as much as they may try to take on different roles- their pasts forever rule their careers. I really had a nice laugh about it all, because it was just pretty damn hilarious. Bela Lugosi is this odd yet entrancing kind of figure who has a creepy habit of stroking those that do not belong to him. He’s actually just like Dracula except instead of fearing crucifixes, he fears cats.

Boris Karloff does a bit better, since it’s unusual to hear him speak full sentences, but his first few appearances still brought back too many familiar feelings.

This screen grab of the two staring at each other is a prime example of how a few years have nothing on these guys. We may as well just call this film Frankenstein's monster without his shoes on vs Dracula.

But yes yes, I suppose these two do ending up moving away from their previous characters. We finally get to feel sympathetic for Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff is evil based on his own doings and not a mad scientist's. The main thing to focus on however, is that the ending of The Black Cat may be one of the first instances of the impending doom that is Saw and Hostel. The ending torture scene makes me cringe, even though we see nothing- but it still provides that feeling of skin crawling goodness. Of course we have evolved to showing everything possible, where as The Black Cat is classy and refined and old…..which is most likely why but whatever. The point is, it’s extremely interesting to see this kind of scene so early on in horror movie history. It's almost jolting to see such a scene in such an old and classic film. It reminded me of how amazing and eye opening it was to actually see a face being surgically removed in Eyes Without a Face.

Overall, The Black Cat is a film that one twitter friend referred to as shitting all over the Universal Monster movies. I agree that it is one hell of an enticing film that does not leave me on the fence about whether or not I like it based on the fact that is a classic. Not all films are great or classics just because they are in black and white- but The Black Cat is unquestionably tantalizing to my horror senses. Remember, do not accidentally rent Fulci’s the Black Cat unless you want to and make sure you see this instead. The women suspended in the glass cases are waiting for you.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Results Are In! Winners and Answers to The Ultimate Screen Grab Challenge!

Well that's it kids. 6 o'clock has come and gone and with a total of 14 entries and some contestants with really good eyes and evidently, thinking caps--we have come to the winners.

1st Place: THE MIKE! With a whopping 27 correct! Nice job The Mike- I was very amazed you got some of the these because they were HARD. Seriously great job! You win John Carpenter's Master of Fear Collection and another prize that you will get hopefully soon!

2nd Place: Emily Cline (which I hope is my super commenter Emily C?) with 17 correct answers! Great job. Especially on a few of those which no one else was able to get. You win the Shallow Grave DVD and a $10 gift card to Amazon! Congrats!

3rd Place: Was a tie between Rob and Dorian Gray who both got 10 correct. I'm not sure how to handle ties so I made Emmy Doomas pick out of a hat and Dorian's name was picked! But since I love you both, Dorian will get the copy of a Carnivore's Inquiry and the amazon card and Rob will just get the amazon card (I only have one book guyz). Congrats to you both!

Honorable Mention goes to Chuck Conry who guessed All Dogs Go to Heaven for picture number 20, who will receive a cyber pat on the back.

And now the moment you've all been waiting for.....THE ANSWERS!


(A movie that many forget also takes place on Halloween!)

















































Well, there you have it. Huge thanks to everyone who played and I hope you had fun!