Monday, October 23, 2006

Nine Planets no More

Certainly it isn't news anymore, but hey you come up with a title dealing with nine, and something to talk about! Poor Pluto, no longer a planet, stripped of it's power. If the Romans who worshipped Pluto were alive today what would they think? Would they have stopped the declassification? Perhaps by violent means? Bloody ritual? Dark magic? Don't forget the Greek counterpart to Pluto was Hades. Perhaps the damned would have risen to put an end to the discussion of whether it was planet or not. Don't mess with the ruler of the underworld.

As you can see it's not hard to find the horror in things that at first glance look as if there is no real connection. There is such a breadth of terrifying material to draw from. Everything casts a shadow. The trick quickly becomes what elements to put together and what direction to go with them. Just as there is power in drawing upon something familiar there is also the need to differentiate your own work. Even a large bit of homage like with tonight's movie (coming up soon) you have to step off the beaten path and forge your own trail. Or of course you can run parallel in the first place before your divergence and have the familiarity without treading the same steps.

Last night's double feature was good. Though there isn't really anything to complain about Waxwork I still can't help but feel that the sequel is better, and certainly I think its a total blast. The spoof with Bruce Campbell in it certainly takes the cake. As soon as it starts I can't help but laugh even though it cuts away to another one for a bit. Going back to the first movie I do have to say I get a real kick out of the Marquis de Sade bit but that's not necessarily for the horror content. People who've seen it no doubt know what I'm talking about.

There is a bit of a connection between last night and tonight because tonight's movie is none other than the huge classic, Evil Dead. What's the big homage in it that I was talking about earlier? Well the cited influence, and it is easily seen that it is a big fancy send up of it, is the granddaddy of horror, Night of the Living Dead. Of course as I said it blazes its own path. That's the point. We have related elements: animated dead, trapped in a house, and unbeatable odds outside. Still, the story is different in just about every possible way. A great example of how it's done.

Mood: excited.
Music: Terrified by Quiet Riot and Nature Trail to Hell by Weird Al Yankovic.

Quiet Riot: Terrified
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Weird Al Yankovic: In 3-D


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