Thursday, October 27, 2005

4 More Days 'Til All Hallowtide

I'm seeing a small bit of a trend lately in the TV shows I'm watching and it's kind of annoying. It has to do with what people consider 'growing up' or being 'mature' and it just isn't right. I want to preface this by saying that I'm not blaming the TV people, while they are making up the stories a lot has to stem from reality otherwise these scenes would be really fake and they wouldn't be causing me to go off on a rant about them. People try to pin everything that they don't like on the writer, but of course we don't agree with the stances of everyone we write about otherwise we'd have no villains because we don't stand behind mindless mayhem, betrayal, or murder.

Anyway, what these characters are voicing is that certain things are childish or immature. The first example is about a boy and his lizard. Somehow either having a pet is immature, or having something that isn't cute and cuddly is childish. I'm like what? What are these people smoking? Up next we have a woman who despite her age says she must be growing up or something because she no longer wants to stand by a man who is a hero and has a job that he is on call for all the time. Great, now police people, doctors, and fire fighters are childish. Then on a slightly different tack we have an actual real person talking about a real subject in an interview who has suggested that until they are like thirteen or older children shouldn't be shown that not everyone can be trusted. What? Lay down the crack pipe!

Okay, now that's out of my system... Today I'm just going to go ahead and drop the big huge bombs, get them out of the way. First suggestion is the longest running horror franchise we have in the sense of the greatest number of films. It is “Friday the 13th” with eleven movies all told, so far, counting Freddy vs Jason. Eleven movies ties it with the kiddie series The Land Before Time, and the science fiction juggernaut the Star Trek motion pictures. Friday is definitely a landmark franchise that spawned countless imitators that had mostly little success except for the occasional gem here and there. The Friday films themselves will always have an audience from me. There isn't a one in the bunch that I don't like. Thanks to the semi-recent boxset the only one I don't have yet is “Jason X” and that's because the set has only one through eight, and nine, “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” is so utterly stupendous I had to have it. It's awesome and somehow seems to be the most violent movie I've ever seen, there's just a particular quality about it.

I don't know about anyone else but I can't mention such a monumental franchise as Friday the 13th without mentioning the other giant of horror, a decidedly bigger giant if we look around the world. You got it, can't mention Jason without mentioning Freddy. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and its sequels are just phenomenal. It's hard to find anybody who hasn't heard of Freddy Krueger. Freddy rocks, Freddy is the coolest, Freddy just won't die, and who can blame him, he has such fun, and enjoys his work so much. He's the king of chewing up the scenery and his co-stars too. Not to mention there's something magical about him, and I'm not talking about the wicked dream powers. During the filming of some of the Nightmare movies they have tried to get stand-ins for Freddy to do certain things and time and again they can never get them to look right, they always have to get Robert Englund to come over and do them. I love that. It's the best accolade an actor could ever have.

With so many films to see from these two franchises alone I think my job is done here today. More to come tomorrow.

Mood: playful
Music: This House is Haunted by Alice Cooper and Halloween by Helloween


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