Friday, July 18, 2014

Fear Friday ~ They Call It The Buddy System For A Reason!


Welcome to Laughing Vixen Lounge and another round of Fear Friday. This week's selection continues the July theme of what happens when tourists do stupid things while traveling in other countries. This time we go back to 1970 for a tale of two young woman who make a very bad decision while traveling in France. This is classic suspense in the tradition of Hitchcock with a modern remake for those who prefer a little more action with their fear. So find a buddy, sit back and enjoy the film. And for heaven's sake, do not leave your buddy behind!!!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy),  Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me now what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.


July - Vacation Nightmares

Fear Friday - And Soon The Darkness

1970

2010

Tagline - Remember the way Hitchcock kept you on the edge
              of your seat...?


Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and released on September 10, 1970 by Warner-Pathe Distributors. (rated PG). Jane and Cathy, two young British woman, are bicycling through France. After an argument about the pace of the trip, Jane leaves Cathy to sunbath by the side of the road. Frustrated, she heads into town and waits for Cathy to catch up. As time passes Jane will begin to realize that something is very wrong.

The next film in our Vacation Nightmares is a tale of how one bad decision can turn a enjoyable vacation into a horrible nightmare. Our story starts with two young British girls on a cycling trip through France. Cathy likes to flirt and have fun. Jane is more about staying on schedule and not taking risks. After stopping in a small village for a drink the two head back to the road. Cathy complains and wants to stop and enjoy the sun. Jane agrees and they stop to sunbath in the grass. As time passes Jane is worried about making it to their next stop by dark and wants to get going. Cathy does not want to leave and does not care about keeping time. After the two argue Jane leaves Cathy and heads on to the next little town. But as Jane waits and waits and waits she begins to worry about her friend. Is Cathy just trying to irritate her or has something gone horribly wrong?

This film is a great little gem from the 70's. To be fair it is really more of a thriller/mystery than an outright horror film. If you like suspense, mood and story as the driving force of a movie I highly recommend giving this one a try. It is a slow paced movie but worth the time. Like it's tagline says it does play like an old Hitchcock movie. Not quite on the level of his story telling but still an interesting watch. While it does not have the slam bang action of today's movies it is creepy and tense with a few "AH" moments. No real gore or blood.

One of the things that creates the fear and worry in this film is the same element that played in our last two movies... not knowing the language. While Jane seems to know some French it is not enough to really communicate with the locals in the small village. And when there is a real emergency I can imagine how something like that would greatly heighten the feel of desperation and fear. To help the viewer feel this experience the movie makers chose to not include subtitles for the French speaking parts. So we, just like Jane, have no idea what the people are saying. Are they trying to help, telling her to get lost or something worse? It is an effective choice that keeps us, the viewer, a little confused just like Jane. That is of course unless you know French. I did take three years back in Junior High School but that does not seem to help me much. Ha!

Another common theme here is being in an unfamiliar place and not knowing who to trust. Like any good mystery everyone looks like a suspect and we flop back and forth on who is the good guy and who is the villain. While there are not a lot of characters the story still manages to pull this off.

There was a remake made in 2010. This is a much slicker, shinier and livelier version. As most movies today it has more action and violence. That being said it does follow the original fairly closely. This time around it is two American girls cycling through Argentina. All of the same elements apply to the same unfortunate choice except this time around the ending is much more physical.

Both are worth viewing and, depending on your taste, you can either choose one or be adventurous and try them both. The 1970's version is currently available to stream on Amazon and both versions should be available on most DVD services.


Take a look at the original trailer.



Take a look at the original trailer for the 2010 remake.



Sorry, no trivia for this one.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fear Friday ~ I Knew I Should Have Learned A Foreign Language.


It is Friday so it must be time for another Fear Friday review!!! Continuing with July's theme of Vacation Nightmares, this week's film leads us to an unfortunate outing in the jungles of Mexico. Site seeing is not what it used to be and our group of tourists are going to regret their choice. So sit back and brush up on your Mayan. You never know when it will come in handy!!! Enjoy!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy),  Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me now what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.


July - Vacation Nightmares

Fear Friday - The Ruins



Tagline - Terror has evolved.


Directed by Carter Smith and released on April 4, 2008 by DreamWorks/Paramount Distribution (rated R). A group of American tourists tag along with a German tourist looking for his brother who has not returned from visiting an ancient Mayan temple. Yes, there is a reason why these ruins are not on the map!!!

This week's movie, much like last week's, has a group of stupid tourists getting into trouble in out of the way places in foreign countries. In The Ruins we have 4 young Americans nearing the end of their trip to Mexico. Hanging out at the hotel pool they start talking to a German tourist who is going to visit some ancient Mayan ruins the next day. His brother and his brother's girlfriend had not returned from visiting them so he, and some Greeks he met, are going to go looking for them. Our young Americans think it is a great idea to tag along and see some local history. The ruins are not even on a map. They are so remote that they have to have a map drawn for them . Hey, nothing suspicious about that!

After spending the night drinking and drinking and.... oh yeah, drinking, the Americans, German and only one Greek (the others have not woken up yet) set off to find the ruins. After a bus ride, a truck ride from a local who gives the "don't go there" warning and a small trek down a "why is it hidden" path in the jungle our group arrives at the ruins of a Mayan temple. But in a matter of seconds they are approached by a band of very angry locals. Unable to understand them the group has no idea what is wrong and has no luck in trying to explain that they are there to find their missing friends. The confrontation leads to tragedy and forces the group to flee to the top of the ruins to await their fate.

Unlike last week's movie, Turistas, The Ruins' set up is much easier to believe. There is no dark reason for the people going to the site just the curiosity of seeing some cool ruins. Something most people do on a trip to Mexico. While there are a few red flags along the way they are not as hard to ignore as most horror films. The language barrier between the group and the locals plays a big part in the mood of the film. Not being able to communicate, especially in a situation of such panic and fear, adds to the tension of the story. Not only being in an unfamiliar place but not being able to communicate with the people. This is a common theme in our vacation themed movies and while some of this group knows Spanish, no one knew the language of the locals.

Another thing I find interesting about these movies is how trusting people are with people they do not know. Not sure I would just go off to some remote location with a couple of people you just met the night before drinking. Maybe I watch too many of these movies but it seems like common sense to me. But if they did not then we would not have fun films to watch.

For those who have not seen this movie I will not go into details of what the secret of the ruins is. The film is based on a best selling book and the screenplay was written by the author. For those who read the book the movie changes up what happens to which characters atop the ruins but with the same basic outcome. I found the movie to be enjoyable enough and well worth a watch. If you watch the full film it is very bloody and a bit stomach turning in spots.

Again, you will find some familiar faces in this one. My favorites being Joe Anderson (Across the Universe and The Crazies) and Shawn Ashmore (Smallville and a dozen or so other horror films). Horror films are so much more fun when there are some cute boys (or girls) to watch do stupid things. 

The Ruins is available from most any DVD or streaming rental services.


Take a look at the original trailer. ***While the trailer does not give much away I would suggest not watching it if you would like to have no idea of what happens at the ruins before you watch it***




Some trivia about the movie.
1. The film rights were purchased before the novel was published.
2. Director Carter Smith had just purchased a copy of the Scott B. Smith novel and started reading it when he got the phone call offering him the film adaptation.
3. The character played by Shawn Ashmore wears a t-shirt with a symbol that resembles a bull's-eye. Director Carter Smith remarks on the DVD commentary that this was deliberate.
4. Ben Stiller was involved with this film because he is a friend of novelist / screenwriter Scott B. Smith.
5. The Greek characters, while present in the novel, were not originally included in the screenplay. Director Carter Smith convinced screenwriter Scott B. Smith to add them back into the story.
6. In the novel, there are no "ruins" to speak of, just a hill overgrown with the vines and the shaft cut into it. Director Carter Smith suggested changing it to an ancient Mayan temple, an idea with which writer Scott B. Smith agreed.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Crash, Bang And Boom!!!


Happy 4th of July ~ Have a safe and fabulous holiday!

Fear Friday ~ I'll Never Go Swimming Again!


It is Friday and time for another Fear Friday review here at Laughing Vixen Lounge. Summer is here and that means it is vacation time. All of July the Fear Friday movies will have a tourist on vacation theme. We'll start it off with a great little example of why you should not be so trusting, drunk or just plain stupid while in a foreign country. So think twice before trusting the locals and enjoy this week's pick.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy),  Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me now what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.


July - Vacation Nightmares

Fear Friday - Turistas



Tag Line ~ There are some places tourists should never go.
                 You'll be dying to stay


Directed by John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Crazy Beautiful and Into the Blue) and released on December 1, 2006 by Fox Atomic (Rated R). When their bus breaks down in Brazil, a group of tourists find themselves at the mercy of the locals. Trust me, it won't end well!!!

After the local bus has a wicked accident a group of tourists are stranded in rural Brazil. They decide to go enjoy the local beach and it's bar while they wait for the next bus to come along... in two days. My, those locals are awful friendly and quick with the booze! Our group of stupid American, British and Australian tourists are not too overly concerned by anything. They are there to have a great time. That is until they wake up the next morning realizing that their drinks were drugged and all of their belonging have been stolen.

That alone is a great scary story, because it could easily happen, but it is only the beginning of this story. The choices these people make from here on out seem hard to believe that anyone would be that trusting. But if you put it in the context of being in a panic situation in an unfamiliar place, that works very differently than what you know, it makes their choices a bit less questionable.

After a horribly stupid move by one of the group, they find themselves not only receiving no help from the locals in town but in serious trouble. One very nice young man offers to help them by letting them stay at his uncle's house while they wait for the next bus. This is where is becomes a little unbelievable that they would go through as much as they do to get to this house. But let's just go with the thinking that once your in the middle of it you do not have much choice.

Of course what awaits them at the house is not pleasant and the film has actually been letting the viewer in on what it is from pretty much the start. I would rather my reviews entice a person to watch the film, instead of ruin it for those who have not seen it yet, so I chose to leave this part out. But the trek to the house and back has plenty of horror film fun. If you watch the full film, not on TV, there is a lot of blood and violence. If you are claustrophobic at all (and I am) there is a panic inducing scene involving underwater caves that should make for a truly uncomfortable experience.

No, it is not the best horror film ever made but I find it to be a good watch. With the likes of Josh Duhamel, Olivia Wilde and Melissa George there is no shortage of good looking people to watch. A special treat here is that it is directed by John Stockwell. A personal favorite of mine from his acting days in movies like Christine, North and South and Losin' It. He now mostly directs but does appear from time to time in his movies. Watch closely in this one and you will see him as the man at the very end that is warned to not take the bus.

You should be able to find Turistas on most DVD and steaming services.


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. The people seen in the passport photos in the opening credits montage are all employees of the film company 2929.
2. The crashing of the bus was done in one take.
3. The extras in the soccer game scene were local kids from Brazil. In fact, many Brazilian locals were cast as extras in the movie.
4. The story was originally set in Guatemala in an earlier draft of the script.
5. The entire film was shot on location in Brazil.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Christmas In July Sale ~ You Choose The Deal

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It is that time again. Laughing Vixen Lounge's Christmas in July Sale. This is one of only 2 sales the shop has each year so take advantage before it ends on July 13th.

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And a little heads up...
Laughing Vixen Lounge will be closed somewhere around July 23rd through August 9th while this Vixen takes a vacation. I will be taking a big road trip and hope to share some photo opts with you along the way.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fear Friday ~ That's One Toe-Tapping Death Scene.


Welcome to another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. This week is the last of the summer camp themed movies. While most of the films reviewed came from the early 1980s this one is a new movie just making it's way to video. Definitely not your typical horror film. Think Phantom of the Opera meets Scream meets Glee meets Friday the 13th. That's right. Wrap your mind around that one. Enjoy!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy),  Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me now what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

June - Summer Camp Blues

Fear Friday - Stage Fright



Tagline - Sing Your Heart Out!
              Sing Until You Scream.


Directed by Jerome Sable (The ABCs of Death 2) and released on April 3, 2014 by Magnet Releasing (rated R). Camilla is about to get the chance of a lifetime playing the role her mother made famous on Broadway. Only problem is her mother was killed during the run of the show and now it looks as if Camilla will be too!!!

Finding movies for this month's theme, Summer Camp Blues, seemed like an easy thing to do. Then I started looking and found that there really are not that many horror movies set at camp. And some are just hard to find. So when I came across a new horror movie, just coming to video, set at camp I thought "Yay!!!". Then I read the description of the plot. Wow! And I thought I had seen everything.

Yes, this is a horror musical! Set at the Center Stage performing-arts summer camp, a brother (Buddy) and sister (Camilla) work as hired hands for their adoptive father that owns the camp. 10 years have passed since their mother, a Broadway actress, was killed backstage during one of her plays. Now, as the camp prepares to bring the same production back to life, Camilla will get the chance to follow in her mother's footstep. In more ways than one.  

This is Phantom of the Opera meets Scream meets Glee meets Friday the 13th. It is a full on musical with people breaking out into song at any moment. While some of the songs do have humor in them, I do not think it should be billed as a horror comedy as it has. The play the movie revolves around is Phantom...erh, I mean The Haunting of the Opera. There is a fair amount of killing going on but, after an opening scene, most of the death and destruction takes place in the last third of the movie.

This is by no means a great movie and I found it not that exciting for a horror film. It is however the first horror musical I have ever seen and for this alone it should be watched. It may have fallen short of what it could have been but I still think it is well worth watching. If for no other reason than it is such a bizarre combo of genres.

You should be able to find Stage Fright on DVD now.


Take a look at the original trailer.



Sorry, no trivia on this one.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let Your Inner Vixen Soar


Here's to life in the front row. It makes the ride a hell of a lot more fun!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fear Friday ~ Children Shouldn't Play With Fire or Why You Should Not Send Your Kid To Camp Near The Abandoned Institution



It is Friday and time for another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge. The Summer Camp Blues theme continues with a lesser known, but well loved by many, film from the early 1980's. This tale mixes standard 80's slasher horror with a character from an actual urban legend. It makes for a fun watch so sit back, enjoy and be happy you do not have to go to camp anymore!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy),  Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me now what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

June - Summer Camp Blues

Fear Friday - The Burning


Tag Line ~ It will take you further than fear.
                Gather Around the Campfire to Die!

Directed by Tony Maylam (Split Second and Journal of a Contract Killer) and released on May 8, 1981 by Filmways Pictures (Rated R). A prank gone wrong severely burns the caretaker of a summer camp. Years later councilors at the same camp start dying. Hmmmmmmm......

Following the success of Friday the 13th, The Burning brings the horror genre back to summer camp for another tale of terror. OK, so maybe it is not that terrifying bt it does make for a fun horror film. It has all the standards of a 1980's slasher film. Boobies, sex jokes, shower scenes, scary stories around the campfire, sex, the picked on kid and lots of point-of-view shots when the killer attacks or is lingering in the woods. It even shares a very similar score to Friday the 13th.

You will also find a few familiar faces here. While you will have to look for Holly Hunter (usually amongst the the group of girl councilors but no real speaking parts) you will get more than you would ever ask for from Fisher Stevens and Jason Alexander! Yes, a little "mooning" shot. It was even produced by Harvey Weinstein. And while the killing is slow to start it really gets going with the well know raft massacre. A brilliant and most amusing scene.

An interesting bit that goes along with this movie is that the writers used an actual urban legend to create the vengeful caretaker named "Cropsy". A legend that has been around for a long time and has been used to terrify campers at summer camps all over the New York area. Usually a tale of a man and his son who lived near that camp until the son was accidentally killed by a couple of campers. Now, the man has become a recluse living out in the woods and coming into camp once a year (on the anniversary of his son's death) to kill one unsuspecting camper with an axe. Wow, I wonder how many kids were traumatized by that campfire story?!!!

Unfortunately the legend of Cropsey got a real face when an ex-orderly from the Willowbrook Mental Institution in Staten Island, NY was arrested for the kidnapping and death of a 12 year old girl. This man, Andre Rand, had been living out in the woods around the then abandoned institution as well as in it's underground tunnels along with many other vagrants. While only convicted of the one murder he is suspected of being responsible for many other children who went missing in the area.

Pouch Camp has been a long existing Boy Scout camp located just down from the abandoned Willowbrook Institution (currently the Staten Island College. Yeah, nothing creepy about going to school there!) where many young campers have been told the tale of Cropsey the maniac. Whew, I am personally going to thank my parents for never sending me to camp.

You should be able to find The Burning to rent from one of the various online streaming or DVD rental companies and you can currently find the documentary "Cropsey" on Netflix streaming.

Take a look at the original trailer.



Some trivia about the movie.
1. Film debut of Holly Hunter, Fisher Stevens and Jason Alexander.
2. The concept of the film (originally scripted as "The Cropsy Maniac") is based on a campfire story told at summer camps in and around New York. The story is still in circulation.
3. Tom Savini turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to work on this.
4. Tom Savini was not particularly happy with Cropsy's burn make-up as he was only given three days to work on it.
5. This is the film that launched the careers of acclaimed producers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. Their mother Miriam Weinstein is also a pre production assistant on the film.
6. The wardrobe of the film is vastly the actual wardrobe of the cast. There was rarely a costume-person on set.
7. This film was one of the first movies to land on the UK's Video Nasties list, specifically because of the infamous raft massacre.
8. Harvey Weinstein claims that he actually wrote this film before the release of Friday the 13th (1980), which many critics say this film imitates.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fear Friday ~ Why Do They Keep Opening That Camp?!!


Welcome to another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. As the "Summer Camp Blues" theme continues all month this week's featured film is the granddaddy of summer camp films. The one that started it all and brought a whole new "fun" to today's date. You know him, you love him and he made going into the woods a horrifying experience. Enjoy this tribute to a much loved franchise.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy this week's selection. Please feel free to share your comments on the film. Bad or good let everyone know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog is proud to present this week's film.

June ~ Summer Camp Blues.

Fear Friday - Friday the 13th



Taglines - You may only see it once, but that will be enough.
                They were warned. They are doomed... and on Friday
                the 13th, nothing will save them.



Directed by Sean S. Cunningham (A Stranger is Watching and Spring Break) and released on May 9, 1980 by Paramount Pictures (rated R). In 1958 two counselors were murdered at Camp Crystal Lake. Fast Forward 20+ years as Camp Crystal Lake is getting ready for it's grand reopening. This seems like a good idea to the owners despite the fact that the locals call it "Camp Blood". Hmmm...could this have been an early warning sign? Soon enough the counselors start to disappear one by one. Seems someone does not want Camp Crystal Lake to reopen. But who???


May 9th 1980 a low budget slasher film is released and helps shape the face of the horror genre. The setup is simple, a group of kids out in the woods with one shadowy figure out for revenge. Just the right amount of blood with a creepy atmosphere makes for a fun ride and starts one of the most successful franchises in horror history. The people behind Friday The 13th, looking to cash in on the success of "Halloween", shopped the movie around strictly on the title alone. They had no story yet just a great title. 12 movies later it is still a favorite of many horror fans.


Friday the 13th part III was the first real horror film I ever saw. I was in the 6th grade or so and it scarred me to no end!!! The original, and some of the early sequels, still creep me out to this day and have made camping in the woods a whole different experience. While they may seem tame by today's standard those early films still hold up as creepy, scary and fun classic-style slasher films.


Being a teen in the mid to late 1980's I remember going to the theater to see many of the later films. At one point I believe they were going to release one a year until they hit 13. Unfortunately the story was worn thin and the chapters became increasingly silly to the point of unwatchable. I mean really, "Jason Takes Manhattan"? In 1993 "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" was released. It's one of the few times I thought about walking out of a movie. A once scary feel had become boring and tedious.


Then, in 2002, came a revamp of the series with "Jason X". OK, so Jason goes to space sounds absurd but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was something different for the series and Jason was back in fine killing form. Long gone was the truly creepy feeling of the originals, but this was a fun slasher film none the less.


Then, in 2003, came "Freddy vs. Jason". This made me sad. My nephews where old enough to see horror films and they begged me to take them. It was fun enough just a bit sad to see these two franchises go from scary to completely campy.


In 2009 a new modern "Friday The 13th" was released. Not really a remake since they acknowledged the happenings of the original movie. I like to think of it as the next chapter in the series. Lots of people didn't think much of this one. I went and saw it at a midnight showing and it was entertaining enough. It had a creepy atmosphere, classic "stoopid pretty people in the woods" setting and had some creepy moments. As usual, way over the top and not much we have not seen before. One thing I really give them credit for was down in Jason's creepy underground dwelling there is one shot of all these camp councilor's whistles hanging on the wall. Like little mementos of his kills. I thought this was a great addition to the character. Showing him not as a stupid mindless creature but as someone who is quite aware of what he is doing.


Spoilers Below ~ Beware!!!

Jason was not even in the first chapter. It was his mother, Mrs. Voorhees, seeking revenge for her son who drowned in Crystal Lake while councilors where not watching him. Jason appears, all grown up, in chapter 2 as the killer but does not sport his infamous hockey mask until the end of chapter 3. For the first part of the movie he wears an old gunny sack on this head. Blaaah, ick and yuck! That was way creepier to me and I was happy when he traded it in for the hockey mask. He is killed in chapter 4 by a machete. Chapter 5 leads us to believe Jason's back or maybe it is the boy who killed him in chapter 4 (all grown up). No, it ends up being some random person (Rip Off!!!).


He is zapped back to life by a bolt of lightening in chapter 6 and is pretty much invincible after that. Chapter 7 he is brought back by telekinetic powers. Chapter 8 he hitches a boat ride to Manhattan. Oh my! Chapter 9 he is suppose to "go to hell" basically meaning they were killing him off. I believe Mr. Kruger's hand helps at the end. Mostly it just bored me to tears. Then in chapter 10 he is cryogenicly frozen, thawed out and then taken into space a few centuries down the road. Just goes to show you can not keep a good man down!



Stars that appeared in the movie series...
Kevin Bacon (ch 1), Corey Feldman (ch 4), Crispin Glover (ch 4), Tony Goldwyn (ch 6), Steven Williams (ch 9), Erin Gray (ch 9), Jason Ritter (FvsJ) and Jared Padalecki (ch 12).


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. The movie was filmed at Camp Nobebosco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation to date, and they have a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor the fact that the movie was set there.
2. Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "chi chi chi, ha ha ha" in the film's score is actually "ki ki ki, ma ma ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "kill kill kill, mom mom mom" in Mrs. Voorhees' mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Mrs. Voorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants "Get her mommy....kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "Ki" and "Ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
3. While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during the filming, some of the loyal cast and crew members, including Tom Savini, and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies (Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976)) on videotape to keep themselves entertained, so each night they would watch one of these movies. To this day, Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
4. Victor Miller had originally given Jason the name of Josh. After deciding that it sounded too nice, he changed it to Jason after a school bully.
5. Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".
6. The movie was sold to investors strictly on it's name. There had not been a movie called Friday the 13th so they grabbed it, made up a poster and shopped it around. No one knew that they had no idea or script for it.
7. Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script she called the film a piece of sh*t.
8. The scene with the snake was not in the script and was an idea from Tom Savini after an experience in his own cabin during filming. The snake in the scene was real, including its on-screen death.
9. Willie Adams was a crew member for the film. Although he spent most his time working behind the camera, he played the male counselor in the 1958 scene, and holds the unique distinction of being the first murder victim in the Friday the 13th film series.


10. The film has been spoofed a number of times, most notably in Saturday the 14th (1981).
11. Most of the location and set were already there. The crew only had to build the bathroom set.
12. Sally Field auditioned for the role of Alice Hardy.
13. Sean S. Cunningham wanted to cast his son Noel Cunningham as Jason, but his wife Susan E. Cunningham wouldn't let him do this.
14. Crazy Ralph was called Ralphie Ratboy in an earlier draft of the script.
15. Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".
16. There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween (1978) took place. The documentary _Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) (Video)_ shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname "Voorhees" is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
17. In the french dubbed version, Jason is called Jackie. His named has been restored to Jason in each of the following sequels, including the intro of Part II which is the ending of Friday the 13th.
18. Sean S. Cunningham has been quoted as saying that the type of actors that he sought for the film were "good-looking kids who you might see in a Pepsi commercial."

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fear Friday ~ Dear Mom And Dad... Help!!!


Welcome to another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. June is here and that means a new theme for the new month. It was an easy decision this time as June is the only month this year to have a Friday the 13th. That's right, school is out, summer is here and it is time for parents to ship their children off to Summer Camp! Oh camp. Is there any better setting for death and doom? Well actually, I found most of the time it makes for a pretty bad movie. But as any fan of the genre knows that is where the fun lies. So lets start it all off with a movie that has gone down in horror film history as having the most shocking twist ending. Enjoy campers!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy this week's selection. Please feel free to share your comments on the film. Bad or good let everyone know what you thought of it but please be respectful when it comes to giving too much away. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog is proud to present this week's film.


June ~ Summer Camp Blues.

Fear Friday - Sleepaway Camp




Taglines - You won't be coming home!
                A nice place for summer vacation. A
                perfect place to die!



Directed by Robert Hiltzik (Return to Sleepaway Camp) and released in November 18th, 1983 by United Film Distribution Company (rated R). After a boating accident kills her entire family, Angela is sent to live with her aunt. She is the sent, along with her cousin Ricky, to spend the summer at Camp Arawak. Swimming, hiking, campfires and some nasty murders. Have fun kids!!!

While looking for horror films with a summer camp theme, I found that there are not as many as you might think and most are not great films. That being said, many horror films are far from great but still loved by many fans. Sleepaway Camp was the first obvious choice to use after the Friday the 13th movies. I saw this movie once before at a friends house back in the late '80s but really did not remember too much about it. So here are my thoughts after re-watching it the other day.

Oh my, where to start. First, the acting here is a whole new level of bad with a specially campy performance by Aunt Martha. The filming and the sets are nothing to write home about and the story is nothing new. So why bothering watching if it is that bad?

The Eighties!!! More than the screams of dying camp councilors you will hear this film screaming "I was filmed in the early 80's". It is all there. Girls and boys are both sporting their best feathered hair and headbands. The shorts have never been shorter or tighter! One male councilor wore a pair of shorts the whole movie that seemed like a very poorly disguised Speedo that proved to be scarier than any death scene! Boys in cutoffs and girls with their waistlines up to their chest. Mean and nasty Valley Girls relentlessly bullying the strange girl. We even get to hear the classic Valley Girl slang "Eat Sh** and die" passed back and forth during a not so intense baseball game. And I am about 98% sure I saw the main nasty councilor girl wearing a swimsuit I used to have.

Aside from all that fun, this movie is probably best known for having a very shocking twist to the ending. If you have not heard what it is yet I will not give anything away. And please be respectful of this if you leave a comment below. Nothing like having the ending ruined. It also spawned about five sequels but I felt no need to explore the story any further.

So if you enjoy the fun of a bad film or just like to watch the, um, classics then this is worth a watch. The gore is fairly low compared to today's films. While it can be a hard film to find I was able to rent it on Amazon streaming.



Take a look at the original trailer. **There really are not any spoilers in this one**




Some trivia about the movie.
1. Jane Krakowski was originally cast to play Judy.
2. Director Robert Hiltzik dedicated the movie to his mother.
3. There were 3 original songs (which were not just orchestrated) used in this movie, but only 1 ever made it out to a soundtrack album.
4. Pamela Springsteen, younger sister of musician Bruce Springsteen, took over the title role of Angela after the first film.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sweet Summertime Giveaway ~ $62 Prize Pack




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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fear Friday And May Monster Madness ~ A Boy And His Mother


Welcome to Laughing Vixen Lounge and a very special Fear Friday. As part of the May Monster Madness hop and the final film in the May Road Trip theme, this week's film has one of the most iconic monsters in cinema history. A classic tale of a fateful stop for the night after a long drive. A brilliant performance and an unforgettable setting makes this experience something that will stay with you long after the movie stops. Enjoy!

Enjoy more May Monster Madness 
posts by following the linky list 
at the end of this post.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.


Fear Friday - Psycho



Taglines - No One ... BUT NO ONE ... Will Be
               Admitted To The Theatre After The Start
               Of Each Performance Of Alfred
               Hitchcock's Psycho.
               It Is Required That You See Psycho From
               The Very Beginning!
               Don't give away the ending - it's the only
               one we have!


As the last film in the May Road Trip theme and as part of the May Monster Madness hop, this film fits both perfectly!!! Could there be a more classic tale of horror on the road or a more iconic film killer? Psycho may be over 50 years old but it is still the stuff of nightmares.

Alfred Hitchcock directed this film version of the novel by Robert Bloch. Released by Paramount Studios (but actually owned by and filmed at Universal Studios) on August 25, 1960 (Not rated). Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) decides on a whim to steal $40,000 and run off to be with her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin). She may have gotten away with it if she had not made one fatal error...stopping at The Bates Motel for the night. Caretaker Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his "Mother" make this an unfortunate night for Marion. Can her sister Lila Crane (Vera Miles) and Sam solve the mystery of what happened to Marion or will they fall prey to the Bates Motel too?

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I simply adore this movie. The black and white is gorgeous and the music is divine. It truly is one of the scariest scores out there. The fact that it is over 50 years old, there is no gore and not a lot of violence, and it can still scare you is a testament to how well made it is.

Anthony Perkins is brilliant as the overgrown child Norman Bates. His dialogue with Marion in the parlor is engrossing. He goes from innocent to dark and back again with ease (this probably should have been her cue to leave right then and there!). The whole scene where he cleans the bathroom just makes my skin crawl.

I know I am probably the only one that actually liked the Gus VanSant remake of Psycho but Vince Vaughn did a great job at the role of Norman. It is always tricky stepping into an iconic role like that but I think he did good at capturing Anthony Perkins' Norman while still making it his own. Either way you look at it it is still creepy watching either of them eating those candy corns with that slightly evil boyish smile.

The fact that the movie took inspiration from the real Ed Gein and his life makes for an all the more creepy feel. After watching the 2012 movie "Hitchcock", about the making of Psycho, it was very interesting to learn all the connections between the two.

And there is the house. I love it and the motel. Just plain creepy and wonderful! It was largely based on the painting "House by the Railroad" by Edward Hopper, 1925.



And of course now we have the TV show "Bates Motel". While it takes some liberties with the story and setting I am OK with most of it. Not real fond that they make Norman a killer from the beginning, and that he channels Mother before she is dead, but it does not bother me enough to stop watching it. The set is gorgeous!!! They rebuilt the entire motel and house up in British Columbia. It is great to see it brought to life again and this time used in much more depth. But my favorite part has to be Norma or "Mother". Vera Farmiga does an amazing job at making the character a full rounded human instead of just the overbearing mother. Her performance and the set is what really makes this version of the story a must see each week. The big problem with this show? It only airs 10 weeks out of the year!!! So unfair!

Norma and Norman arrive at their new home. 
Originally the "Seafairer Motel" will soon 
become the "Bates Motel".


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for only US$9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.
2. Alfred Hitchcock's cameo is about four minutes in wearing a cowboy hat outside Marion's office.
3. Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made "that disgusting movie "Psycho".
4. In the opening scene, Marion Crane is wearing a white bra because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show her as being "angelic". After she has taken the money, the following scene has her in a black bra because now she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, before she steals the money, she has a white purse; after she's stolen the money, her purse is black.
5. Marion's white 1957 Ford sedan is the same car (owned by Universal) that the Cleaver family drove on "Leave It to Beaver" (1957).
6. First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
7. The novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actually part of a series of pulp novels marketed in conjunction with the popular spooky radio show "Inner Sanctum".
8. To ensure the people were in the theaters at the start of the film (rather than walking in part way through) the studio provided a record to play in the foyer of the theaters. The album featured background music, occasionally interrupted by a voice saying "Ten minutes to Psycho time," "Five minutes to Psycho time," and so on.
9. The Bates house was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The canvas is called "House by the Railroad" and was painted in 1925 by American iconic artist Edward Hopper. The architectural details, viewpoint and austere sky is almost identical as seen in the film.
10. In the murder scene in the shower, we never see the knife actually touching the victim's body.
11. The last shot of Norman Bates' face has a still frame of a human skull superimposed on it, almost subliminally.
12. Alfred Hitchcock strictly mandated, and even wrote into theater managers' contracts, that no one arriving after the start of each showing of "Psycho" would be admitted into the theater until the beginning of the next showing.


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