Friday, September 12, 2014

Fear Friday ~ Does That Look Like A Vacation Cabin???!!!


Welcome to another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge. All September long the movie selections will share a common theme... the woods. A great and creepy setting for many horror films. Tonight's movie is a B movie classic and made the woods a terrifying nightmare. A mix of cheese, gallons of fake blood and an instant horror film hero. Sit back 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.


September - Into The Woods

Fear Friday - Evil Dead


Tagline - The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror
              Can They Be Stopped?

Written and directed by Sam Raimi (Darkman, The Gift and Spiderman I,II & III) and released on April 15, 1983 by New Line Cinema (original rating X, 1994 rating NC-17). A group of friends head into the woods to spend the weekend in a "rustic" cabin. After finding a book and tape recorder in the cellar they make the mistake of listening to the recorded tape. Soon they have unleashed a woods full of demons ready to wreak havoc. The only one who seems untouched by the evil is our hero Ash (Bruce Campbell). Can he save his friends and himself from the evil that surrounds them? Hmmmm...it ain't lookin' good!

The first time I watched this movie it was on SciFi channel and it made little impression on me. I just didn't see what people were making a fuss about. Over the next few years I continued to hear people talk about their love of it and their love of Bruce Campbell. Then I heard an interview with Bruce on a local radio morning show and I decided I needed to give it another shot. Being a huge horror fan I obviously just missed something the first time. So one weekend I went out and rented all three of The Evil Dead movies and watched them in a row. I was immediately under the charm of Bruce Campbell and these movies and well, the rest is history.

If you have never seen this movie before here's what you need to know. This is a low budget movie. The writing is not great nor is the acting. The effects are greatly outdated by today's standards. This is a B horror film. But, if you like your horror with a bit of cheese then I highly suggest you give this one a try. Be warned that there is blood flying, pouring, oozing and gushing all through the movie. It was billed as "The ultimate experience in grueling horror" and it is a very brutal movie. While there is plenty to make you giggle at there is also plenty to turn your stomach. If you make it to the end and feel game there are two more in the series. Evil Dead II (not really a sequel it's more like a remake. A very unique movie!) and Army of Darkness (less gore more silliness).

Not to be missed is the great style of Sam Raimi's filming. Most noticeable in the last 10 - 15 minutes of the film. The tilted camera angles, the rushing camera shots and the framing of shots using the door frames is just beautiful film making.

And Bruce Campbell is just too cute. I became a follower of his from these movies and he has remained one of my favorite. Since he lives here in Oregon, we usually get a stop on his promotional tours. It's always great fun to get to see Bruce and his latest work.


Take a look at the original trailer.



Some trivia about the movie
1. After completing principal photography in the winter of 1979-1980, most of the actors left the production. However, there was still much of the film to be completed. Most of the second half of the film features Bruce Campbell and various stand-ins (or "shemps") to replace the actors who left.
2. Director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell were friends from high school, where they made many super-8 films together. They would often collaborate with Sam's brother Ted Raimi. Campbell became the "actor" of the group, as "he was the one that girls wanted to look at." (I've seen some of these super-8 films. Great fun!)
3. The opening sequence of the evil moving over the pond, is actually Bruce Campbell pushing Sam Raimi in a dingy whilst he films the shot.
4. Was one of the first films to be labeled as a "Video Nasty" in the UK.
5. There's a ripped poster of The Hills Have Eyes (1977) visible. Ostensibly, this was in reference to a ripped poster for Jaws (1975) that appeared in that film; Sam Raimi and the others interpreted that as Wes Craven suggesting that "Hills" was much more frightening than "Jaws", thus they showed a ripped "Hills" poster because their film was to be even scarier yet.
6. A closet is opened and a T-shirt with the word "Tamakwa" is visible. Director Sam Raimi went to Camp Tamakwa as a child. The movie "Indian Summer" is a tribute to his summers at Tamakwa and is a movie well worth watching. One of my favorites! Sam plays "Stick" in it and it makes me cry laughing just thinking about the character. 8)
7. The film was given an X rating when it was finished. Not wanting the label of X on their film they went ahead and released it as unrated.
8. In 2006, The Evil Dead (1981) was turned into a Broadway musical.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

4th Supernatural Cares Giveaway And Fundraiser - $80 Prize Pack


Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog and the 4th 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, Kelsey from Supernatural Is The Best Show On Earth and Dean Winchester is a Sexy Beast on Facebook and Gina and Suzanne from Stories From The '67 Impala on Facebook, not only can you enter to win an $96 Prize Pack but also help raise money for Wildcat Haven and Saved By A Whisker Rescue.


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. Plus, a full sized bottle of the new Supernatural inspired scent Black Wings!!!
















Laughing Vixen Lounge will be donating $2 from each Supernatural design and $1 from all other designs sold during the giveaway to help sponsor Carrie the Caracal from Wildcat Haven. It takes $500 to sponsor one animal for a year. Since November 2013 Laughing Vixen Lounge has sponsored DJ the Cougar and Cha~Cha the Serval. Now it's Carrie's turn. *don't you just love those ears* Read Carrie's story and all about the fundraising project here.



Laughing Vixen Lounge will also be offering this Supernatural inspired T-Shirt during the giveaway. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go to Wildcat Haven to help sponsor Carrie. The shirt is available in 3 styles and 4 colors. They will only be sold until September 24!!! 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 the entire retail price from each sale of their Charity Sampler 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.

Supernatural Premium Charm Bracelet
Customize Your Own Edition

NEW ~ Supernatural Inspired
Black Wings Perfume Oil

Deep Midnight Perfumes ~ Bringing History, Fantasy, Legends and Lore alive to tantalize your senses! 170+ unique artisan crafted perfume oils to choose from.

Keep Calm And Love Supernatural Compact

Lilith Dreaming Perfume Oil

Stop by the shops and take a look at the 400+ designs from Laughing Vixen Lounge and the 170+ scents from Deep Midnight Perfumes.

Supernatural Protection Amulet Necklace
Customize Your Own Edition

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.

Supernatural Keychain
Customize Your Own Edition

Garden and Graves Perfume Oil

Deep Midnight Perfumes offers Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Preservative Free Perfume Oils. 170+ 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, The Blog and Pinterest. Visit Deep Midnight Perfumes.

It's A Supernatural Thing Compact
 
Ghosts In The Attic Perfume Oil

$3 from each item from the new Hep Cat Collection will go to help LVL sponsor Carrie the Caracal. New items will continue to be added to this collection. Keep an eye out for other new cat themed collections that will donate the higher $3 per item.

Hep Cat Compact - Style A Compact

Charity Surprise Sample Set

Deep Midnight Perfumes offers a Charity Sample Set that donates all of the retail price to Saved By A Whisker Rescue. You will receive a random selection of 4 scents. This is a great way to try out the amazing scents offered while helping this wonderful charity.

Anti Possession Small Photo Pendant

Deep Midnight Perfumes


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 12:00 am September 7th 2014 (PDT) through 12:00 am September 22st 2014 (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.

Keep Calm And Hey, Tuesday! Compact

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Help Laughing Vixen Lounge Sponsor Carrie The Caracal


One of the main things I wanted to do when I started Laughing Vixen Lounge was to use it to help raise money for charities. In the past LVL has raised money for the Jeffrey Dean Morgan Birthday Project, which raised money for The Brittany Foundation (a dog rescue), and Support Supernatural, who raises money for A Dog's Life Rescue. It's been lots of fun and overall the shop has raised over $1,500 for these organizations.

~ Wildcat Haven ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge is proud to be supporting Wildcat Haven a non-profit, no-kill, "last hope" sanctuary for neglected, abused and abandoned captive born wildcats which is just down the road a ways from the shop. This private sanctuary, located in Sherwood, OR, is home to over 60 wildcats and hybrids. One visit to their website is all it will take to fall in love with these sweet and fuzzy faces. Visit their site here.

 ~ Carrie the Caracal ~


Since November 2013 the shop has sponsored DJ the Cougar and Cha~Cha the Serval. Now it's Carrie's turn. *don't you just love those ears*

It takes $500 to sponsor one animal for a year. Laughing Vixen Lounge will be donating $1 from each item sold through the shop to sponsoring Carrie. The fundraising stared on September 6, 2014 and will go until the whole $500 has been raised. You can check back in to see the current total here and I will update it each week. Laughing Vixen Lounge will get the opportunity to visit Wildcat Haven to see Carrie when we have sponsored her.

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Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started 9/6/2014
Current Total 9/6/2014 ~ $4 


~ Read Carrie's Rescue Story ~

Carrie, a caracal, came from Wild Animal Orphanage in Texas. Due to poor management and dishonest directors, the facility was shut down. We were contacted to see if we could make room for their small cats.

Carrie and Sebastian, a serval, arrived via Alaska Airlines and made the trip unscathed. They both came out of their crates like they had lived here their whole lives. Both cats came infested with fleas but seemed relatively healthy other than that. Carrie is a crazy little girl, romping and playing, and just living life to the fullest! We found that Carrie is allergic to hay and straw, so she has to have blankets as bedding. But she loves them, pulling them out of the dens, tossing them around and just having a great time. She has so much character and has made us all fall in love.

~ Hep Cat Collection ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge presents the Hep Cat Collection. This collection of cat themed pendants, compacts and more will donate $3 from each item sold to help sponsor Carrie. You can find the Hep Cat Collection here. Look for more collections coming soon.

Hep Cat Compact - Style A

Hep Cat Small Photo Pendant - Style F





Our first sponsored cat from Wildcat Haven. 
~ DJ the Cougar ~

Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started November 1, 2013
Goal met February 23, 2014

 ~ Read DJ's Rescue Story ~

Ask any school kid what kind of animals are found in barns, and odds are, they'll rattle off a list of old standards like cows, pigs and horses. The odds are also pretty good that they won't include cougars on the list.  Which makes the story of DJ and Nada all the more astonishing. The two fully grown cougars are now on their way to a wildlife sanctuary in Oregon, after a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer found them living in a pole barn in Jones.

Cass County Animal Control Director Patrick Fetherston said the animals belonged to Harold Brown, a Newberg Township resident who has owned them since 1996. But after Michigan DNR officer Jeff Robinette discovered the animals in January, there was no question that they would have to be removed, due to the fact that they were not in compliance with Michigan's Large Carnivore Act.

"Number one, the animals were in violation of the act," Fetherston said. "Number two,  what happens if they get out?"

Brown, upon notification of the violation, was open and cooperative with authorities about giving up the cougars. The trouble was, no one knew whom to give them to. Zoos do not generally take privately owned animals as donations. 

"We called every zoo in the state," Fetherston said. "It was suggested to us that we check with the American Sanctuary Association, which lists sanctuaries according to what types of animals they deal with."

And that's how Fetherston found Tammy Quist, who heads up The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. The nonprofit, 10-acre operation relies entirely on public contributions to provide a last-hope, no-kill haven for unwanted or abused wildcats.

Unfortunately, Quist's operation is at full capacity now. But that didn't stop her from going to bat for DJ and Nada. Instead, she offered to arrange for the cougars' pick-up, their spaying and neutering, and then to drive them to Wildcat Haven, another sanctuary in Sherwood, Ore., where the cats can live out the rest of their days in peace.

"People get these animals when they are little, then they don't know what to do with them when they reach adulthood," said Quist, who started her sanctuary after witnessing the mistreatment of a group of wildcats by a photographer. "Unfortunately, most states don't have laws against purchasing these animals and keeping them in pens and cages."

But Michigan does, and DJ and Nada needed a new home. Which is why Fetherston, Quist, and Robinette, accompanied by Dr. David Visser, a veterinarian from the Roseland Animal Clinic, found themselves at Brown's home on Sunday, looking to remove DJ and Nada from the 10- foot-by-10-foot pens they've lived in since 1996 and get them on their way.  It was not the easiest of jobs.

"They are very unsocialized animals," Fetherston said. "The owner could get in and pet the female, but he pretty much didn't have anything to do with the male."

A tranquilizer gun was used on Nada with little effect, but she was eventually enticed into a transport cage by disguising it to look like a dark den. DJ was also caged, and the cats were driven to Minnesota, where they were given thorough checkups and underwent spaying and neutering operations.

"They were healthy, although they were both very overweight from all those years of being cooped up in those small pens," Quist said. "But they came through OK, and we will be moving them out to Oregon soon."

There, DJ and Nada should have the time of their lives. Quist said the operators of Wildcat Haven plan to house the big cats in 36-foot-by-64-foot pens, which will include perches for climbing, plenty of room to roam, sunshine, and things the animals have never experienced before, like natural grass.  In the meantime, Fetherston, said, he'll be hoping that folks who hear of the cougars' saga will think twice before making the decision to bring any more big cats into Cass County.

 ***UPDATE*** April 2014 ~ DJ, at the age of 18, passed away. Laughing Vixen Lounge is saddened by this but we are glad we had an opportunity to help DJ in his final month.

Our second sponsored cat from Wildcat Haven. 
~ Cha~Cha the Serval ~
 
 
Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started February 25, 2014
Goal met September 5, 2014

 ~ Read Cha~Cha's Rescue Story ~

Cha-Cha came to WildCat Haven through the Oregon Humane Society. They called asking if we could take a serval that had been surrendered to them at Portland International Airport by a woman who was leaving the country. When the authorities wouldn’t let Cha-Cha on the flight because of false paperwork, she called OHS and signed custody over to them. She said if they couldn’t find him a home that they should euthanize him.

We were more than happy to take him in and save his life. Today, Cha-Cha lives with two other servals, Chirpy and Uche, and these three boys are inseparable!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fear Friday ~ Oh My Stars, I Think This Movie Is Giving Me A Panic Attack!!!


Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. While Fear Fridays went on a little vacation in August it's back with a vengeance for September with Into The Woods. All the movies this month will be set in, quite possibly, the most creepy and scary of all settings... the woods. This week's selection is a tale of fear which is confined to one simple location. A car. Trust me it works!!! 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.


September - Into The Woods

Fear Friday - Penny Dreadful



Tagline - Don't forget to breathe...



Directed by Richard Brandes (Dead Cold and Devil in the Flesh) and released on November 18, 2006 by After Dark Films. (rated R). To overcome her fear of cars that steams from a long ago accident, Penny and her psychiatrist head into the mountains to where it all took place. But an unfortunate incident will leave her fighting an even more frightening fear.

The first time I watched this movie it made me so anxious and nervous waiting for what was going to happen next. To me this is a good thing. It means the suspense factor is working well. So when I re watched it before writing this review I wondered if it would be able to deliver that experience again. Happily I was not disappointed!!!

Our story starts out with a psychiatrist and her patient taking a drive into the mountains. The patient is a young woman who is so traumatized by an accident that killed her parents she has major panic attacks whenever she tries to get into a car. In an attempt to conquer her fears the two set out to revisit the site where the accident happened. Never mind the fact that they are heading towards the mountains while the radio is broadcasting a massive snowstorm approaching.

Things go wrong very quickly when an unexpected incident happens and leaves the women in the company of danger. Most of the movie takes place within the car with the "danger" roaming around outside. The car is stuck in the deep woods, in the dark of night and with a variety of factors that keep anyone from escaping. The car works well as the setting as it is a false sense of security. Yes, you can lock the doors but really, with all those windows how safe are you. And with the darkness who knows what is outside or what it is doing. It all adds to the tension and suspense. 

So if you like a story that is heavy on the suspense factor instead of just gore give this one a try. No worries, there is still plenty of yuck factor here but it's really more about the feeling of just not knowing what to expect next.

You can currently find Penny Dreadful on Netflix and Amazon streaming and on most DVD services.



Take a look at the original trailer.



No trivia for this one.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fear Friday ~ The Slaughtered Lamb??? How Was This Not A Warning Sign!!!


Welcome to Laughing Vixen Lounge. Come on inside and enjoy this week's Fear Friday review. July is coming to a close and so is our Vacation Nightmares theme. All this month we have visited some very unpleasant places with some not so bright tourists. This week brings us a classic that takes us to jolly old England with a couple of backpackers that have trouble following directions! So get cozy, dim the lights and for goodness sake... stay clear the moors!!!

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 - An American Werewolf in London



Tagline - Beware the Moon.
               A masterpiece of terror.
               The Monster Movie.
               From the director of Animal House... a
               different kind of animal.


Written and directed by John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Thriller) and released on August 21, 1981 by Universal Pictures (rated R). David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are on a backpacking trip around Europe. While hiking through rural England they stop at a little pub called "The Slaughtered Lamb". After upsetting the locals they are sent out into the cold wet night with one simple warning. Will the boys be able to follow this warning or will they soon find out what the locals were warning them about?

The last of our Vacation Nightmares movies brings us a classic from the Werewolf genre. The previous movies built on the fear of being at the mercy of not knowing the local language and not being able to communicate. This time our tourists, back packers from the US, are visiting a country that speaks the same language, England. So when the locals warn the boys to "Beware the moon and stick to the road." they have no excuse for not paying attention.

In no time flat David and Jack are off wandering the moors in the middle of the night with a full moon *wink* to light their way. Laughing and joking soon becames panic and fear as the sounds of something stalking them becomes louder and closer. Lost on the moors they are at the mercy of their own stupidity and the werewolf that is about to eat them!

The base of the movie is David trying to deal with the fact that he is changing into a werewolf. Visited by the many that have died during his midnight walkabouts David is told what he must do to end the madness. The visits from the dead are some of the most entertaining moments of the film. Jack in his early stages, ripped skin wobbling back and forth as he talks. Humorous and creepy at the same time. A great blend of dark humor and horror makes AAWIL a true gem. While many have followed since it really was a bit unique in it's day as there were not as many horror films that had intended humor in them. There are some truly creepy moments in the film like the late night walk through the Tube station. The movie is then so creatively offset with bouncy upbeat moon related songs that seem out of place and yet work so well! Can you hear Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival or Blue Moon by the Marcels and not think of this movie? Brilliant!

The effects are the other reason this movie is as loved as it is. Rick Baker did for effects with this movie what the effects people did with the Matrix. The werewolf transformation scenes were groundbreaking and helped shape the direction of movie effects. So popular they even made the Academy Awards finally add an award for Special Effects. While they may look a little outdated around the edges these effects are still impressive! I will take them any day over sub par digital effects.

In 1997 there was An American Werewolf in Paris. More boys traveling around but this time Paris. If it is on TV and you haven't seen it it can make for an OK watch. Not great but not the worse either.

You can find An American Werewolf in London available on most DVD and streaming services.


Take a look at the original trailer.



Some trivia about the movie.
1. John Landis originally wanted three other songs to add to the soundtrack: Cat Stevens wouldn't allow "Moonshadow" to be used because he had stopped allowing his secular music to be licensed for films following his conversion to Islam; Bob Dylan wouldn't allow his version of "Blue Moon" to be used in an R-rated film, as he had just begun his brief conversion to Christianity; and Elvis Presley's version of "Blue Moon" proved unavailable due to the ongoing lawsuits involving his estate.
2. The legal disclaimer in the closing credits reads, "Any resemblance to any persons living, dead, or undead is coincidental". This was also placed at the end of another John Landis project: Thriller (1983) (TV), which was reportedly inspired by this film.
3. David Naughton was reportedly cast because John Landis had seen him in a television commercial for Dr. Pepper (I remember this commercial!) He also had a top 40 hit song!! He was on a TV show in '79 called "Makin' It" and he sang the theme song (Yes, I also remember this song!!).
4. In 1997, the movie was re-recorded as a Radio drama by Audio Movies Limited for BBC Radio 1 in England. It was broadcast during Halloween that year, in short snippets throughout the day. Brian Glover, John Woodvine and Jenny Agutter reprised their roles from the movie.
5. Studio executives hoped John Landis would cast Dan Aykroyd in the role of David and John Belushi as Jack. John Landis refused.
6. John Landis came up with the film following an incident while shooting Kelly's Heroes (1970) in the countryside of Yugoslavia. While driving along a country road with a colleague, Landis encountered a gypsy funeral. The body was being buried in a massively deep grave, feet first, while wrapped in garlic, so as he would not rise from the dead.
7. Director Cameo: [John Landis] appears briefly near the end of the film. He is the bearded man who gets hit by a car and thrown through the plate glass window in Piccadilly Circus.
8. When trying to call home, the telephone number that David Kessler gives the operator (516-472-3402) contains a Long Island, New York area code. It is also an unusual case where an actual phone number is used.
9. At the very end of the film, an advertisement for Universal Studios is shown along with a suggestion to "Ask for Babs". This is a reference to a "Where are they Now" item featured towards the end of Animal House (1978), another film by John Landis.
10. This is the first film to earn the Academy Award for Best Makeup. That category was created in 1981.
11. The final look of the werewolf beast was based on make-up creator Rick Baker's dog Bosko.
12. The Werewolf Howl that was used for the film, was a combination of a actual wolf and an elephant, it was also said it was played backwards by the producer 'George Folsey Jr'. in the "Beware The Moon" documentary. Director John Landis also stated on the "Beware The Moon" Documentary that the Howl was a combination of 7 or 8 different animals.
13. Frank Oz, who's know for voicing Fozzy Bear and Yoda, plays Mr. Collins of the American embassy, who attempts to console David. His voice is also heard later, during the Muppet Show.

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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There are 3 different deals to choose from.
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So whether you are looking for holiday gifts, or just a little something for yourself, now is a great time to do it. You can find full details on the shop's Policies Page.

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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!!!