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SHOCKTOBER: The Serpent & The Rainbow October 13, 2009

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real life zombies?  seriously?  this thought alone is something i’ve pondered forever.  ever read Max Brooks’ World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War? it’s roughly about international interviews, testaments, &  accounts of the zombie apocalypse.  with The Serpent & The Rainbow, which is based off of a true story, a ‘zombie-like’ state occurs, along with a lot of voodoo’ in Haiti.  here’s the plot summary:

Dennis Allan is an scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug’s effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the “zombie” legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace.

this story evolves from the true account of Clairvius Narcisse: According to reports, [3]Clairvius was poisoned with a mixture of various natural poisons to simulate death. The instigator of the poisoning was alleged to be his brother, with whom he had quarreled over land.[4] After his “death” and subsequent burial on May 2, 1962, his body was recovered and he was given a paste made from datura which at certain doses has a hallucinogenic effect and can cause memory loss. His new ‘master’, a bokor (sorcerer), then forced him, alongside many other zombie slaves, to work on a sugar plantation until the master’s death in 1964. When the bokor died, and regular doses of the hallucinogen ceased, he eventually regained sanity (unlike many others who had suffered brain damage from being buried alive) and returned to his family after some time, though only after finding his brother had died.

i could go on and on about my theories on zombies or the possibility of such.  i truly like the idea of this movie and was immediately intrigued by it.  i was also intrigued by…Bill Pullman!  (my first thought was Independence Day.  what a great film. WELCOME TO EARTH!)  i thought it was entertaining that the skinny young Pullman was in this film!

with the incredible success rate of a Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven decided to create something different.  i was a little shocked that he worked on this film, judging a book by it’s cover.  but i can see his talent emerge towards the end.

it was very slow in the first half of the film.  then it just decided to get crazy!  i felt like i could have been internet surfing, cleaning, knitting, playing a DS game, or something else while trudging through the first half of the film.  but when the climax occurs, and things start rolling, i was committed.

its not the GREATEST, but it is an interesting and entertaining film.  it brings about good topics of conversation, especially if you’re a zombie lover like me!

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: Shutter October 12, 2009

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you can never go wrong with an original asian horror film.  all american remakes  never seem to be worthwhile.  but the severe shock value alone will horrify you.  Shutter seals the silver lining of paranormal activity in photography.  those mysterious blurs, smears, shadows, images, and other sorts of bizarre effects remnant in photos are a mystery to many.  in this film, they are a warning, a caution, a sign.

A young photographer Thun and his girlfriend Jane discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after fleeing the sceen of an accident. As they investigate the phenomenon, they find other photographs contain similar supernatural images, that Thun’s best friends are being haunted as well, and Jane discovers that her boyfriend has not told her everything. It soon becomes clear that you can not escape your past.

quite frankly, this film had all the hair raising, goose bump inducing, shock value that i could ask for.  i screamed many times.  it made me turn on the lights afterwords to watch something ‘funny.’  i love it when you get the adrenaline rush of being frightened.  this movie definitely gave me that rush.  i enjoyed the plot twist at the end.  please do n0t watch the american failure of a counterpart, watch the original Shutter.  it will make you think twice about taking a picture.

❤ kt

G4tv.com’s Feedback (starring me) October 12, 2009

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Pixel enjoys a birthday treat October 12, 2009

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We picked up a treat from a local dog bakery (it’s LA, these things make a mint) for Pixel to help celebrate her birthday, even if it’s not actually her birthday (we just picked the date we adopted her) and we don’t know how old she is (we think she’s 3). Clearly, though, she loved it.

SHOCKTOBER: Grace October 11, 2009

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this film swept the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  it’s reported that 2 people passed out during the first premiere screening at the festival.  although Grace deals with women issues and maternal instincts, it was written and directed by men.  here’s the plot summary:

Madeline Matheson is eight months pregnant and determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby’s corpse to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers, the baby miraculously returns to life… With an appetite.

Grace is a natural birth control, to say the least.  after finishing the film, i had all sorts of sympathy pains.  it was a touching story of maternal love and the horror that comes along with keeping something alive that should be dead.  not only did this movie perfect the fear of motherhood, it took bloody to a whole new level!

i immediately thought of another horror classic,  Larry Cohen’s IT’S ALIVE and Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, while reaching the climax of the film.

i loved the fact that Paul Solet incorporated an organic vegan lifestyle into the film, something not always present in modern films.  having a natural midwife child birth with a past lesbian lover and a mother-in-law obsessed with maternal fantasies, this film has it all!

Grace is gorrifying.  do it: see it.

❤ kt

Happy birthday, Pixel! October 11, 2009

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Today marks what we’re declaring Pixel’s birthday, since it’s been a full year since we signed the papers to take her into our home (then San Francisco, now Los Angeles). We don’t actually know how old she is, but we’re pretending it’s 3-years-old, since that’s pretty close. I refused to let Katie purchase the hat Pixel was wearing, but it did make for a cute picture.

Spoon vs. Pixel October 11, 2009

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We have been watching Katie’s boss’ lil’ (and old) chihuahua Spoon for the weekend, while they’re away on business. Spoon’s an old man for a chihuahua — 11-years-old. Pixel has been pretty kind to Spoon, despite being pretty whiney sometimes.


SHOCKTOBER: The Dead Next Door October 8, 2009

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in an attempt to watch some new horror movies, pk & i the most expensive 8mm zombie movie ever made!  The Day of The Dead:

The government sets up a Zombie squad after an epidemic has made the world run rampant with living corpses. Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and others head off to Ohio to try and find a cure to the epidemic but soon run into a crazy cult of zombie lovers who are set on preserving the zombies and letting a new world be born because they believe that it’s God’s will. When Mercer gets infected with the zombie virus, Raimi and the others must work quickly to find a cure and avoid the cult.

quite frankly, it was very entertaining!  i loved the zombie kill scenes!  anytime i can see bodies being ripped to shreds and eaten, even alive, is worth while.  the  Zombie Squad, Unit 20 set out to fight the dead for the living.  with tight pants, mustaches, and overdubbed voices, this 80’s movie quickly captivated & entertained me.  its not going to scare you, but you will enjoy it!

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: The Mangler October 8, 2009

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the Director of Poltergeist, horror star Robert Englund, and based off of a Stephen King short story…you would think that The Mangler would be a masterpiece!

Detective John Hunton is investigating an iron folding machine that has found a taste for eating people. While he tries to solve the mystery, Bill Gartley, the owner, wants to find new victims for his machine.

on the contrary, this was a painful movie to get through.  too much overacting, slow moving at times, and really sweet kill scenes, The Mangler was an overall disappointment. i am a HUGE Robert Englund fan, and although is character was entertaining, it wasn’t enough to captivate me.

perhaps the premise alone (a killing laundry machine) should have raised questions and doubt in my mind.

looking forward to tonight’s horror film!  no spoilars, i’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: ‘Martyrs’ October 7, 2009

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pk & i made a vow to attempt a horror movie viewing every night during the month of October to celebrate Halloween!  last night, we kicked it off with the French film, Martyrs.

here is the plot summary:

Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old.

this movie is not for the weak at heart.  it’s incredibly moving, horrific, brutal, and abusive.  the strong willingness to survive, the yearn to be loved, and the quest for the unknown are all themes of this movie that are displayed visually through the director’s eyes.  the movie almost feels like it’s separated into three parts, each significant.  i was thoroughly impressed by this movie, although it was squeamish at times.  it can definitely be categorized as a torture film.  i highly recommend it though!

❤ kt