Friday, May 22, 2015

Fear Friday ~ Don't Pick Up Hitchhikers or Why You Should Never Ever Eat BBQ From A Gas Station!


Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. It's Friday and time for another round of Fear Friday. We have been celebrating all of May with a Road Trip theme. While our first three selection where lessor know modern films the rest of the month we will revisit some classics. This week's selection is a gritty, creepy and disturbing film from the early 70's that taught us so many lessons. Do not pick up hitchhikers. Do not run out of gas. Do not enter a stranger's house. And, to be on the safe side, just stay out of Texas!!! Grab some BBQ and 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.


May - Road Trips

Fear Friday - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre



Tagline - Who will survive and what will be left of them?
              Can you survive ...it happened


Directed by Tobe Hooper (Salem's Lot, Venom and Invaders from Mars) and released on October 1, 1974 by Bryanston Distributing. A group of teens are traveling the back roads of Texas wanting to visit the old home two of them grew up in. Running low on gas they try the local gas station but they are out. When they reach the house they decide to visit the neighbors to see if they have any gas they can borrow. Bad idea!

The movie opens with a narrator telling of happenings in a small Texas town in the summer of 1973. Graves at the local cemetery have been opened, bodies removed and missing and one disturbing display left. Many people are making their way to the graveyard to check on their family members. It is made to play as if this is an actual incident and the film is an account of the horrific events that followed.

A group of teens are driving to visit the cemetery to check on two of the teens grandfather's grave. They also plan to stop by and check out the old family home. On the way to the house they pick up a hitchhiker. Then very quickly get rid of the hitchhiker!!! They then stop for gas at the local gas station. The station is out of gas. Tanks won't be filled 'til later. Why don't they come on in for some BBQ?!! They decide to go to the house since it is not far away. When they arrive at the house they notice the neighbors have a generator running which means they should have some gasoline. Let's go see if they will share. *I have a very bad feeling about this idea*

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre still holds up as one of the truly great horror films. One of the main reasons is that it is simple yet very effective. The look of the film is gritty and very low key. There is no glitz and glamor of today's slick looking horror films. While there is blood and violence it is actually pretty tame compared to today's R rated films. It is all there, it is all implied but you do not really see anyone being gutted or chopped to pieces. It is not needed. What you do see if plenty creepy.

While the chasing and killing is tense and creepy the part of the movie that really stands out, and makes this a chilling experience that will not soon leave you, is the mentality of "the family". These people are just so wrong. The big dinner scene at the end is disturbing, horrifying and wrong. Wrong, wrong and wrong! It is the effectiveness of these characters that make the movie more than the average slasher film. It may make you wonder why one would watch this but it does what most horror films fall short of... leaving you with a lasting impression that will creep you out every time it crosses your mind. Hmmm... maybe that is not such a great thing. Oh well, to late for this Vixen. 

It was possibly the first real slasher film. It certainly started a long string of movies in the 1970's which featured a very distinctive style of brutality and realism. This movie is in no way a true story but it did borrow from real life serial killer Ed Gein. Mr. Gein, like Leather Face, did make furniture out of human skin and sold what the locals considered the best sausage around. Knowing things like this only add to the creepiness of the film.

This movie spawned 3 sequels and 3 remakes/re-imaginings. While none of them are great number 2 has Denis Hopper, number 3 has Viggo Mortensen and number 4 has Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger. The first remake is fun enough and follows the original fairly well.

Fun facts -
The narrators voice at the beginning is actor John Larroquette who is well known for his role in the TV show Night Court.


The house that was used in the movie is a functioning restaurant. As of this review it is open as the Grand Central Cafe and is part of The Antlers historic hotel in Kingsland, Texas. Eating dinner in the actual room the dinner scene took place? Yep, no sound stage here. It was all filmed right in the house. It is so wrong and yet I have to go!!! This is now on my bucket list. Find the cafe here and the hotel here.

I have also included a short video below that is a fun look at the actual shooting locations.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is available on most DVD and DVD Streaming services.


Take a look at the original trailer.



An interesting video showing the filming locations.



Some trivia about the movie.
1. The movie wasn't released in Australia until the early 1980s.
2. When it was first released, the film was so horrifying that people actually walked out on sneak previews for it.
3. The film was rejected by the British film censors in 1975, but it did get a limited cinema release in the London area thanks to the GLC (Greater London Council). It was banned again in 1977, when the censors' attempts to cut it were unsuccessful, (for the purposes of a wider release), then it was banned again in 1984, due to the growing controversy involving 'video nasties'. In 1999, after the censors finally changed their policy, they took the plunge, and passed it uncut, for the cinema and video, after 25 years, since they first banned it.
4. The film was originally entitled "Headcheese", but was filmed as "Leatherface", then changed again at the last minute to "Texas Chain Saw Massacre".
5. Due to the low budget, Gunnar Hansen had only one shirt to wear as Leatherface. The shirt had been dyed, so it could not be washed; Hansen had to wear it for four straight weeks of filming in the Texas summer. By the end of the shoot no one wanted to eat lunch with Hansen because his clothing smelled so bad.
6. Tobe Hooper intended to make the movie for a "PG" rating, by keeping violence moderate and language mild, but despite cutting and repeated submissions, the Ratings Board insisted on the "R" rating for the effectiveness of what is onscreen and what is implied offscreen. Hooper had a similar ratings problem with the sequel.
7. According to John Larroquette, his payment for doing the opening narration was a marijuana joint.
8. Some urban legends say that the the "real" Texas Chainsaw Massacre took place near Poth, (a small town about 50 miles south of San Antonio). This is false. The film is fictional and based loosely on the life of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein (as is the classic Psycho (1960).

Monday, May 18, 2015

Day 15 Of The 1st Annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway


Welcome to day 15 of the 1st annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway. Visit the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and enter to win a $300+ Prize Pack full of goodies from 13 amazing shops. Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Vintage and more! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends May 18th. Follow with #lvlspringgiveaway.

Ocean Blue Deluxe Bracelet

Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through May. Use code MAY10 at checkout.


Daily Posts & Extra Entries
Stop by each day for Daily Giveaway Posts. Summer is right around the corner and we will be celebrating the Summer Vacation with some of our favorite vacation photos. Each day you will find one right here from Laughing Vixen Lounge and below from that day's Featured Shop. We will also be sharing some of the best Summer Vacation Movies to enjoy this season along with Road Trip themed Fear Fridays each week. You can earn yourself  EXTRA ENTRIES each day by visiting these posts.


James Dean Grave Site ~ Fairmount, Indiana ~ 1994
In 1994 I took two big road trips and covered a lot of states. Being a huge James Dean fan I had to make a stop in Fairmount, Indiana where he grew up and in 1955 was laid to rest. You will also find the house he lived in and the James Dean Gallery which has a large amount of memorabilia.
Below ~ Elvis Presley Grave Site at Graceland ~ Memphis, Tennessee.
Even if you are not a big Elvis fan, Graceland really is something to see!



No featured shop today so instead we present...

~SUMMER MOVIES~

Laughing Vixen Lounge loves movies so here are some fun Summer themed movies to chase away those Summertime Blues.


Summer Rental - Classic 80's comedy with one of the greats, John Candy. Simple silly fun about taking the family on Summer vacation to the beach. Includes a big boat race that, for some reason, was a very popular theme of '80's Summer movies.


The Great Outdoors - John Candy and Dan Aykroyd take the family, once again, on vacation. This time to the woods. I think this one is the better of our two John Candy films. Most likely because it was written by the great John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and Vacation).


Stealing Home - A lessor known film from 1988. Mark Harmon (NCIS) and Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs) take us on a very nostalgic trip to the 1960's. A summer filled with being young, coming of age and heartbreak. If you haven't seen this one I highly recommend it!!!


American Graffiti - This one is eye candy for anyone who is a fan of retro culture. Funny, nostalgic, an amazing soundtrack and loaded with familiar faces in their very early years.


One Crazy Summer - John Cusack (Say Anything) and Demi Moore (Ghost) do their thing in this 80's teen comedy. And yes, there is a big boat race!!! Silly fun.


Meatballs - Topping it all off is another offering from the 1980's Summer Camp movies. An adult comedy with boy humor, a little sex, a little nudity, kids getting in trouble, councilors getting in even more and placing itself firming as one of the best camp movies. Racy for its day but probably tame by today's standards

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Day 14 Of The 1st Annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway


Welcome to day 14 of the 1st annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway. Visit the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and enter to win a $300+ Prize Pack full of goodies from 13 amazing shops. Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Vintage and more! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends May 18th. Follow with #lvlspringgiveaway.

Summer Time Blues Charm Bracelet

Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through May. Use code MAY10 at checkout.


Daily Posts & Extra Entries
Stop by each day for Daily Giveaway Posts. Summer is right around the corner and we will be celebrating the Summer Vacation with some of our favorite vacation photos. Each day you will find one right here from Laughing Vixen Lounge and below from that day's Featured Shop. We will also be sharing some of the best Summer Vacation Movies to enjoy this season along with Road Trip themed Fear Fridays each week. You can earn yourself  EXTRA ENTRIES each day by visiting these posts.


Universal Studios ~ Orlando, Florida ~ June 1994.
That's my mom Rosemary and myself Kris in front of the Psycho set used for Psycho IV. The first movie to be filmed at Universal Studios in Florida. The movie was a prequel so if you walked around to the back side of the house it was still bright yellow from the flashback scenes. But don't go to Universal looking for this. It was taken down in '98 to make way for the Curious George Water Park and a Barney attraction. Hmmm?!
Universal Studios ~ Universal City, California ~ Summer 1990.
That's me with Jaws!



No featured shop today so instead we present...

~SUMMER MOVIES~

Laughing Vixen Lounge loves movies so here are some fun Summer themed movies to chase away those Summertime Blues.


Dirty Dancing - A fun retro romp with wonderful music and great dancing set against a 1963's NY Catskills Mountain summer resort.


Summer School - A personal favorite. Mark Harmon (NCIS) in his glory days playing a teacher who gets stuck teaching Summer school to a group of misfits. Classic 80's comedy.


Jaws - Making people afraid of the water since 1975. It will make you think twice before swimming in the ocean this Summer break! Always a fun watch.


Little Darlings - No summer movie list would be complete without a few 80's Summer Camp movies. The subject matter may seems tame by today's standard but was daring for its day. Funny camp humor with some touching coming of age moments. Bonus points for a very young Matt Dillon.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

5th Supernatural Cares Giveaway And Fundraiser - $80 Prize Pack


Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog and our 5th Supernatural Cares Giveaway and Fundraiser. With the help of my partner-in-crime Cat, from Deep Midnight Perfumes, and our Co-Hosts the lovely ladies at WinchesterBros.com, not only can you enter to win an $80 Prize Pack but also help raise money for WildCat Haven and Saved By A Whisker.

Supernatural Protection Necklace - Style G

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to Laughing Vixen Lounge where you can choose from lots of Supernatural inspired designs (plus tons of non Supernatural designs). You will also receive a $30 Gift Certificate to Deep Midnight Perfumes were you can pick from many dark and spooky scents.

Supernatural Inspired Black Wings Perfume Oil

Laughing Vixen Lounge will be donating $2 from each Supernatural design and $1 from all other designs sold during the giveaway to help sponsor Tasha the Lynx from WildCat Haven. It takes $500 to sponsor one animal for a year. Since November 2013 Laughing Vixen Lounge has sponsored DJ the Cougar, Cha~Cha the Serval, Carrie the Caracal and Kujo the Bobcat. Now it's Tasha's turn. Read Tasha's story and all about the fundraising project here.









Laughing Vixen Lounge will also be offering this limited Supernatural inspired Rules of the Road T-Shirt during the giveaway. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go to WildCat Haven to help sponsor Tasha. The shirt is available in 3 styles and 8 colors. They will be through June 2nd!!! Don't miss out on this fabulous way to show the world your Supernatural love. You can purchase the shirt here.



Deep Midnight Perfumes will be donating $1 from each bottle of the SPN inspired Black Wings, during the giveaway, to Saved By A Whisker Rescue. This organization is a small, no-kill, foster based, non-profit, cat rescue in Eagan Minnesota. Donations help with food and supplies for these cute little guys until a permanent home can be found.



 

 

Laughing Vixen Lounge ~ Bangles, Baubles and Other Needful Things for the modern Vixen. Pop Culture, Retro, Horror and Custom Designed Jewelry and Accessories. Check out the Supernatural section of the shop here.

Custom Supernatural Charm Bracelet
Choose From 200+ Charms

Lilith Dreaming Perfume Oil

Deep Midnight Perfumes ~ Bringing History, Fantasy, Legends and Lore alive to tantalize your senses! 200+ unique artisan crafted perfume oils to choose from.

It's A Supernatural Thing Compact Mirror

The Crypt Perfume Oil

Stop by the shops and take a look at the 500+ designs from Laughing Vixen Lounge and the 200+ scents from Deep Midnight Perfumes.

Custom Supernatural Bookmark

The Devil You Say Perfume Oil

Laughing Vixen Lounge offers Charm Bracelets, Necklaces, Compacts and Photo Pendants. Pop Culture designs with a flair for Retro, Horror and Custom Designs. The Lounge also specializes in Supernatural inspired designs with lots of "Customize Your Own" options. If you're a fan of the show Laughing Vixen Lounge is your "go-to shop" for Supernatural goodies! Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and this Blog to keep up with the BIG giveaways we'll be having this year! Visit Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Custom Supernatural Necklace
Choose From 200+ Charms

Gardens and Graves Perfume Oil

Deep Midnight Perfumes offers Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Preservative Free Perfume Oils. 200+ original scents inspired by mystery, magic, myths, legends, and romance topped off with the darkly gothic, the sweet and enchanting, and the stuff of our dreamings. You can follow Deep Midnight Perfumes on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Pinterest. Visit Deep Midnight Perfumes.

Custom Supernatural Keychain
Choose From 200+ Charms

Deep Midnight Perfume Oil


How to enter the giveaway ~ It's easy!

1. Login in to the Rafflecopter widget below with either your email or Facebook.
2. You must do the first 2 entries to qualify for this giveaway.
3. You can do as many of the extra entries as you like.
4. Please read each entry's directions carefully. If you do not do what is asked of you for each entry the entry will not count.
5. If you have any questions feel free to ask for help. You can leave your question as a comment below and I will answer as soon as I can.

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The Fine Print... Giveaway is open worldwide. Past winners are more than welcome to enter again. Giveaway will run from 12:00am May 16th 2015 (PDT) through 12:00am May 30th 2015 (PDT). Winner(s) will be picked randomly from all eligible entries. The winner(s) name and choices will be posted on this blog as soon as the winner(s) has been contacted. If selected winner(s) does not respond back within 48 hours a new winner(s) will be chosen. All decisions made final by Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Got Salt? Photo Pendant

Three Sample Set Perfume Oil

Day 13 Of The 1st Annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway


Welcome to day 13 of the 1st annual Fabulous Spring Giveaway. Visit the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST and enter to win a $300+ Prize Pack full of goodies from 13 amazing shops. Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Vintage and more! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends May 18th. Follow with #lvlspringgiveaway.

Eiffel Tower in Pink Necklace

Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through May. Use code MAY10 at checkout.


Daily Posts & Extra Entries
Stop by each day for Daily Giveaway Posts. Summer is right around the corner and we will be celebrating the Summer Vacation with some of our favorite vacation photos. Each day you will find one right here from Laughing Vixen Lounge and below from that day's Featured Shop. We will also be sharing some of the best Summer Vacation Movies to enjoy this season along with Road Trip themed Fear Fridays each week. You can earn yourself  EXTRA ENTRIES each day by visiting these posts.


The Eiffel Tower ~ Paris, France ~ 1985
That's me Kris at the Eiffel Tower. In 1985, the summer before 9th grade, I was lucky enough to get to go on a class trip to Europe. 9 countries in 28 days. It was fast paced, we traveled by bus, the hotels were far from fancy and some spots might not have been too pleasant but I am so glad I had the chance to do it! Hopefully I will get to go back again and see it as an adult.
Below ~ The Leaning Tower of Pisa ~ Pisa, Italy
It was very interesting and fun climbing to the top of it!



Featured Shop ~ Apocalypso
Apocalypso is run by Faith from Crazyville, NJ. Her shop is filled with designs inspired by Day of the Dead, Vintage and Retro.

Day of the Dead Earrings

How did you choose your shop name?
"I wanted to have a fun retro name combining my love all Rockabilly and kitsch. I asked my book club girlfriends to help and one of my friends came up with Apocalypso and I added Hula Tallulah as my Alter Ego."

Maleficent's Raven Inspired Necklace

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"It is a combination of things I love and things my friends love."

Amazonian Jungle Barefoot Sandals

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"Everything and anything! I am a sponge. I think that is why my store is so varied. I find things of from all walks of life inspire me."

Tiki Voodoo Goddess Anklet

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"More bohemian and gypsy inspired pieces."

Mermaid's Treasure Bracelet

The magic maker, Miss Faith herself.



You'll have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Apocolypso. Enter now on the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST.

Shannon Ring

I asked each shop to share one of their favorite Vacation Photos with us.
"This picture if from my last trip with my family to the islands, our home away from home, and stopping on the roads on the hillside to admire the view of the islands in the distance. You can see them reflected in my sunglasses. The proof is in my frazzled, frizzed sea salted hair. Pure contentment."


Visit Apocalypso on Etsy and use coupon code BIRDS5 at checkout for $5 off your order.
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Check out Faith's new shop "Sirens and Starlight" on Etsy.

Mermaid Sisters Earrings