Sunday, October 29, 2006

Death Comes in Three's

It's been a long standing adage around where I come from that death comes in three's generally. You will never just see one death in any given short time, like say a month maximum. There will always be three people you know that end up dying within days of each other. For people you don't know, the numbers might not apply, but certainly when the first death is an acquaintance, then you can kiss two more people goodbye. Thankfully though, the closeness of each of the passers-on can vary. So if you lose a close family member or your best friend, then the other two people to die don't necessarily have to be that close to you, you can know them in passing only.

I always ponder how it is that ideas like this come about initially. They're as old as the hills, and I have to guess quite often it's hard to track down the origin, or the reason it originated. They're not like trying to sort out word etymologies where the oldest written use of a word is the most important find. What is also funny about them is how easy it is to see them to be true. It pretty much seems like always three people die close together. I used to joke that you were safe crossing the street if there was only two people crossing at the same time. If you had three then something might happen. If there were four you had to hope that you would be the survivor.

It sure was a joy last night to watch The Howling again. The transformation scene with Robert Picardo--yes, baldy from Star Trek: Voyager, though back when he was younger and had hair... or at least a nice wig--is still amazing to watch. Rob Bottin is just an amazing physical special effects guy. Actually, seeing him in one of the documentaries you might think Rob is a werewolf himself. It would be really hard to judge who is hairier, him or Robin Williams. Another great thing in this movie is the woods and the fog. Just excellent fog in that film.

Tonight is a visual extravaganza of horror, the remake of an old movie that starred Vincent Price, and now the big star is Tony Shalhoub. Matthew Lillard is also in it, in a role he seems perfectly made for. Thir13en Ghosts is the movie for tonight. I will admit the first time I saw it, immediately afterward I said to myself, boy did they go overboard with the special effects and making them most if not all of the horror. It seemed badly gratuitous (unlike excellently gratuitous in Blade II). By time the next day rolled around I had decided, that it didn't matter if it was all eye candy, I liked it anyway. The house is just awesome, and I do like the classic special-glasses angle.

Mood: peaceful.
Music: Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf and Horror Teria by Twisted Sister

Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell
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Twisted Sister: Still Hungry


At 4:27 AM, Blogger Scott Derry said...

It may be Ed McMahon


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