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    Blogmas Day 11: Holiday Movie Watch List

    Guess what?! I have a rant and this time it’s about co-workers and I mostly don’t care who reads this because I work with quite a few ‘long-timers’ who have shitty attitudes and nobody wants to call them out on their bullshit. I think that my one big issue with working in the public sector is that people can sit in jobs and rot for literally decades without little to no concern about improving their skill set or having to compete for raises or promotions. I love my job, I love my schedule, I feel very lucky to have landed the job that I have but I also spent a…

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    31 Nights of Horror – The Ritual (2017)

    Ch-ch-ch-kah-kah-kah. Get ready for a whole lotta’ that because we’re going camping and we’re getting lost, of course and someone’s probably gonna’ die. We meet Phil, Dom, Rob, Luke and Hutch on an ill-fated evening at the pub. The friends are talking about a hiking trip into the wilds of Sweden but ultimately decide against this. The evening at a close, Luke and Rob decide on a trip to a liquor store where they are robbed and Rob suffers a severe beating. Luke, gripped with fear is incapable of helping his friend and instead witnesses the grisly attack from his hiding spot. In the aftermath of Rob’s death, the group…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Misery (1990)

    Kathy Bates is the twisted star of this film adaptation of Stehphen King’s Misery, and delivers an absolutely bone-chilling performance and lends a creepy, new meaning to the accolade of number one fan. When famed romance novelist James Caan (Paul Sheldon) careens off the road outside of Silver Creek, Colorado (real place) during a heavy snow storm, his obsessive fan stumbles upon his comatose, broken body and takes him to her secluded home to safety. Turns out that Annie is not only Paul’s number one fan but also a (bat-shit crazy) nurse who can skillfully tend to his wounds and has a candy-land of pharmaceuticals. Paul was in Silver Creek writing a new…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Mr. Brooks (2007)

    This movie is bizarre, to say the least. The most bizarre aspect being that Kevin Costner makes a really convincing serial killer, still hunky but total creep in this movie. He plays affluent, successful Earl Brooks by day, the Thumbprint Killer by night. We meet Brooks during a period of dormancy, he attends 12 step meetings to curb his addiction to killing. Unfortunately, he can’t fight his alter personality forever and breaks into an apartment to murder a couple. He is meticulous about cleaning up the crime scene and destroying evidence but didn’t account for the couple’s blinds being open and exposing him to potential witnesses. Turns out that someone…

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    31 Nights of Horror – The Exorcist (1973)

    Have you been sleeping too well, blissfully drifting through an innocuous dreamland? Need something to keep you up at night? This is the movie for you. This movie, what a classic. The Exorcist is about a young girl, Regan who lives with her starlet mother, Chris who is just wrapping up her most recent film. Regan starts to exhibit strange and violent behaviour which leads to a whole host of medical testing that never seem to pinpoint what is the matter with her. The medical testing bits are actually harder for me to watch than the body horror, there is this scene where a doctor is putting an IV in her…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Interview with the Vampire (1994)

    I watched this last night and then promptly went to sleep before posting about it so I’ll use it for today’s movie which is cheating a tad. Confession, I have never read the Anne Rice books that this movie is based on, I have never read any Anne Rice. I remember my mother being super anti-Rice but I don’t think that would have stopped me, I read loads of other horror books as a kid. Louis De Pointe Du Lac is a wealthy plantation from the 1700’s who has been living an eternal life as a vampire and agrees to an interview with a nutty reporter who seems to want…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

    Tonight’s film is your classic boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl is dating a complete asshole dentist and boy turns out to be the knight in shining armor that she needs. But the knight is a florist played by Rick Moranis and there’s the whole blood-sucking plant complication. This is my second favourite horror/comedy/rock musical behind Rocky Horror Picture Show but in fairness, I only know the two 😛 Seymour and Audrey work at a struggling flower shop in Skid Row that is on the verge of closing. In a last effort to save the shop and attract more customers, they put an exotic plant that…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Hellraiser (1987)

    Busting out a classic and a re-watch from last year this evening, the one, the only, Hellraiser. This movie is absolutely disgusting but definitely a must see for any horror junkie. Clive Barker’s body horror from 1987 (the year of my birth, how fitting) brings to life all of my childhood fears of the beings that inhabit the depths of Hell. Frank Cotton purchases a puzzle box knowing that if solved, would open a gate to another dimension filled with unimaginable horrors and carnality. He is a total sleazebag who has exhausted the pleasures of the flesh that are available to him in the mortal realm and is seeking something…

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    31 Nights of Horror – Goosebumps (2015)

    Tonight’s film is the big screen adaptation of the Goosbumps books by R.L. Stine. If you grew up reading the books and liked the television series, I think you would appreciate this as an adult otherwise, it could be a little corny if you are older than 12. Zach, that deceptively buff nerd that we all went to school with moves with his mother to a small town in Delaware. He takes a keen interest in his next door neighbor Hannah but her nutty dad warns Zach that he has to stay away from Hannah and their house altogether. Being a teenage boy, Zach does the exact opposite but little…

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    31 Nights of Horror – It (2017)

    I cannot tell you how hyped I was to see this movie, I’m a huge fan of the book and the original 90’s mini-series. I figured that given the talented cast and magic of modern cinema that this remake would be mind-blowing. Legit me: Well, it sucked. We all know the story line, there is an evil being that is tormenting the town of Derry and killing kids but a group of unlikely friends get wise to Pennywise and decide to fight back, 27 years – blah, blah, blah. Please see my comprehensive review of the much better version here. Yes, that is correct, the 1990’s, made for TV, stop-start…