Monday, January 30, 2012

For Fringe Fans

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Monday, January 23, 2012

"Grimm" - Raves and Rants

"Grimm"...I'm not sure what to think anymore about this show. Call me stupid (I'm sure some will) but I just don't "get" the deal about the different creatures. Only a Grimm is supposed to be able to see the creature's true nature, how they really look, right? So, are you telling me that all these different creatures cloak or mask themselves against humans? No human, except for those of the Grimm heritage, can see the actual creature. All they see is another regular, average "Joe" or "Jane" going about their business. It's one thing if one type of creature (or maybe a few) are able to mask (conceal, cloak - what do you call it?!) themselves, but ALL the MANY varieties have that ability?

I don't know. I guess it's like werewolves and vampires who can look completely human and if they choose, can also transform into their scary-looking version of themselves.

Another rant I have about "Grimm" - When each episode begins, a few sentences are thrown on the screen to be quickly read by the viewer. The lines are from one of the Grimms' fairy tales that relate to the story you're about to watch. The problem is, my husband and I will look at each other and try desperately to figure out WHICH fairy tale the few lines are actually referring to. Of course, as the show proceeds, you get your answer, but I wish under those few lines it would reference the related fairy tale right from the start.

Other thoughts: Nick's fiancee, Juliette, is starting to snoop around and you'd think at some point she's going to figure out Nick's unique "Grimm" talent or he's going to tell her about it. Same for Nick's detective partner. 

My raves about "Grimm": How cool is Aunt Marie's trailer? It's jam-packed with old books that explain about the different creatures, weapons of all sorts for fighting the bad dudes, magic potions, mystical kick-butt thingys, and stuff we have yet to learn about!

Also, I love Monroe. Sorry other characters - but Monroe is the star of the show. On the January 20th episode, it seems the creature community isn't thrilled that Monroe is helping Nick - a Grimm - and in turn beat the crap out of him (Monroe). A scythe symbol drawn in blood on Monroe's car translates into Reapers of the Grimm. Not good for Nick...or Monroe helping him with his detective cases. But the beer bottle toast between the two seal the deal that they are buddies and Monroe ain't backing down. He'll be better prepared next time...Yes!

Here is a list of Grimms' Fairy Tales found at:
All Family Resources

  1. The Frog King, or Iron Henry
  2. Our Lady's Child
  3. The Story of a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
  4. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
  5. Faithful John
  6. The Good Bargain
  7. The Twelve Brothers
  8. Brother and Sister
  9. Rapunzel
  10. The Three Little Men in the Wood
  11. The Three Spinners
  12. Hansel and Grethel (called Gretel in this version)
  13. The Three Snake-Leaves
  14. The White Snake
  15. The Valiant Little Tailor
  16. Cinderella
  17. The Riddle
  18. Mother Holle
  19. The Seven Ravens
  20. Little Red-Cap
  21. The Singing Bone
  22. The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
  23. The Girl Without Hands
  24. Clever Hans
  25. The Three Languages
  26. Clever Elsie
  27. The Wishing-Table, The Gold-Ass, and The Cudgel in the Sack
  28. Thumbling
  29. The Elves (two stories)
  30. The Robber Bridegroom
  31. The Godfather
  32. Frau Trude
  33. Godfather Death
  34. Thumbling as Journeyman
  35. Fitcher's Bird
  36. The Juniper-Tree
  37. Old Sultan
  38. The Six Swans
  39. Little Briar-Rose
  40. Fundevogel
  41. King Thrushbeard
  42. Little Snow-White
  43. The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn
  44. Rumpelstiltskin
  45. Sweetheart Roland
  46. The Golden Bird
  47. The Two Brothers
  48. The Queen Bee
  49. The Three Feathers
  50. The Golden Goose
  51. Allerleirauh
  52. The Hare's Bride
  53. The Twelve Huntsmen
  54. The Thief and His Master
  55. The Three Sons of Fortune
  56. How Six Men Got On in the World
  57. Gossip Wolf and the Fox
  58. The Pink
  59. The Old Man and His Grandson
  60. The Water-Nix
  61. Brother Lustig
  62. Hans in Luck
  63. Hans Married
  64. The Gold-Children
  65. The Singing, Soaring Lark
  66. The Goose-Girl
  67. The Young Giant
  68. The Elves (another story with that title)
  69. The King of the Golden Mountain
  1. The Raven
  2. The Peasant's Wise Daughter
  3. The Three Little Birds
  4. The Water of Life
  5. The Spirit in the Bottle
  6. The Devil's Sooty Brother
  7. Bearskin
  8. The Willow-Wren and the Bear
  9. Sweet Porridge
  10. Wise Folks
  11. Stories About Snakes (called paddocks in this version)
  12. The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat
  13. The Two Travellers
  14. Hans the Hedgehog
  15. The Shroud
  16. The Skilful Huntsman
  17. The Two Kings' Children
  18. The Cunning Little Tailor
  19. The Bright Sun Brings It to Light
  20. The Blue Light
  21. The Wilful Child
  22. The King's Son Who Feared Nothing
  23. Donkey Cabbages
  24. The Old Woman in the Wood
  25. The Three Brothers
  26. The Devil and His Grandmother
  27. Ferdinand the Faithful
  28. The Iron Stove
  29. The Four Skilful Brothers
  30. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
  31. Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
  32. The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
  33. The Six Servants
  34. The White Bride and the Black One
  35. Iron John
  36. The Three Black Princesses
  37. Knoist and His Three Sons
  38. The Maid of Brakel
  39. Domestic Servants
  40. The Lambkin and the Little Fish
  41. Simeli Mountain
  42. Going A-Travelling
  43. The Donkey
  44. The Ungrateful Son
  45. The Turnip
  46. The Old Man Made Young Again
  47. The Three Sluggards
  48. The Shepherd Boy
  49. The Star-Money
  50. The Stolen Farthings
  51. Brides On Their Trial
  52. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  53. Snow-White and Rose-Red
  54. The Glass Coffin
  55. Lazy Harry
  56. The Griffin
  57. Strong Hans
  58. The Hut in the Forest
  59. The Goose-Girl at the Well
  60. Eve's Various Children
  61. The Nix of the Mill-Pond
  62. The Poor Boy in the Grave
  63. The True Sweetheart
  64. The Spindle, The Shuttle, and The Needle
  65. The Sea-Hare
  66. The Master-Thief
  67. The Drummer
  68. The Ear of Corn
  69. Old Rinkrank
  1. The Crystal Ball
  2. Maid Maleen
  3. St. Joseph in the Forest
  4. The Twelve Apostles
  5. The Rose
  6. Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
  7. God's Food
  8. The Three Green Twigs
  9. The Aged Mother
  10. The Hazel-Branch
  11. Cat and Mouse in Partnership
  12. The Wonderful Musician
  13. The Pack of Ragamuffins
  14. The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
  15. The Fisherman and His Wife
  16. The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  17. The Bremen Town-Musicians
  18. The Louse and the Flea
  19. The Tailor in Heaven
  20. The Wedding of Mrs. Fox (two stories)
  21. The Elves (one more story)
  22. Herr Korbes
  23. The Dog and the Sparrow
  24. Frederick and Catherine
  25. The Little Peasant
  26. Jorinda and Joringel
  27. The Wolf and the Man
  28. The Wolf and the Fox
  29. The Fox and the Cat
  30. Clever Grethel (called Gretel in this version)
  31. The Death of the Little Hen
  32. Gambling Hansel
  33. The Fox and the Geese
  34. The Poor Man and the Rich Man
  35. Old Hildebrand
  36. Doctor Knowall
  37. The Jew Among Thorns
  38. The Flail from Heaven
  39. The Three Army-Surgeons
  40. The Seven Swabians
  41. The Three Apprentices
  42. The Lazy Spinner
  43. The Fox and the Horse
  44. The Lord's Animals and the Devil's
  45. The Beam
  46. The Old Beggar-Woman
  47. Odds and Ends (called hurds in this version)
  48. The Story of Schlauraffen Land
  49. The Ditmarsch Tale of Wonders
  50. A Riddling Tale
  51. The Wise Servant
  52. The Peasant in Heaven
  53. Lean Lisa
  54. Sharing Joy and Sorrow
  55. The Willow-Wren
  56. The Sole
  57. The Bittern and the Hoopoe
  58. The Owl
  59. The Moon
  60. The Duration of Life
  61. Death's Messengers
  62. Master Pfriem
  63. The Little Folks' Presents
  64. The Giant and the Tailor
  65. The Nail
  66. The Hare and the Hedgehog
  67. The Peasant and the Devil
  68. The Crumbs on the Table
  69. The Grave-Mound
  70. The Boots of Buffalo-Leather
  71. The Golden Key

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - And Now I Am!

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" DVD promo

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - August 26, 2011 (USA)-released in theaters. DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012. Rated R, 99 min - Fantasy | Horror | Thriller.
Ratings: 5.7 out of a 10 from 11,943 voters at Internet Movie Database.

Brief Synopsis:A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison.

Official Movie Trailer - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark".
Official Movie Clip - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark".
Official Movie Website: - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."

We jumped several times watching this movie. The special effects are great for the little creatures. I kept trying to figure out exactly WHAT they were...the body shape, size, etc. The DVD has special features that you definitely need to view to learn more about the house, the creatures, the original movie, etc.

I dug up some info about the original...
Released in 1973 on TV, Unrated, 74 min, 6.9 out of a 10 rating.
Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton and Barbara Anderson.
TRIVIA (from current movie):
>The runes carved into the stone over the furnace that the creatures live down spells out "Be Afraid" in Elder Futhark.
>Appropriately set in Providence, RI as that was the home of H.P. Lovecraft who wrote the story "The Rats in the Walls" which apparently inspired this film.
>Guillermo del Toro (Writer for film): he played a cameo as a passenger on the plane, sitting behind Sally.
>Plot hole:  While supposedly alone, the worker is slashed, beaten and stabbed to the point of near death. Yet nobody once questions how this "accident" could have happened or how he managed to end up with scissors sticking out of his neck.
Love this stuff!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"The Devil Inside" - Raking in Bucks with Mixed Reviews

The Devil Inside Movie Poster Promo
"The Devil Inside" (2012),  Rated R,  87 min - Horror | Thriller -  January 6, 2012 (USA) in theaters.
Ratings: 3.8 out of a 10 from 2,433 voters at Internet Movie Database.
Brief Synopsis:
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

Stars: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth.

Movie Clip HERE.

Wow! The bulletin boards have been jerking this movie all over - "love it!", "hate it!", "not bad, but not high up there on my favorite list." (Isn't that the case for all movies though? Yeah, but the chatter has been quite blunt and the number of people commenting is super high.) So, here are tidbits of what I've gathered to give you insight into "The Devil Inside", and to prepare you for watching it...IF you choose to:

The BAD:
>Barely any scary moments, plot holes that left you hanging, the ending was NOT satisfactory, theater booed when credits rolled, tired of documentary style horrors with shaky "realistic" camera movements, dialogue is a bit slow sometimes, all the questions weren't answered, you knew what was coming next, should've saved for Halloween release.

>Certainly worth a look, the strong intro and scene's involving the possessed/exorcisms are what really make the film worth while, the tone was very scary, will end up with a good cult following, story itself is very good, could easily make a sequel next, acting was pretty good, shroud of mystery was a perfect touch, was entertained and freaked out-what a good horror movie should do to you.
Here's something to look for when watching the movie or if already watched, think if you recall this:
>When Maria is thrown off the table during her exorcism, one of the cameras shows her heart monitor with her vitals flashing. They should not be reading anything as the throw would have disconnected the wires.

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Fright Night" (DVD) - Entertaining!

Fright Night DVD Movie Poster

This movie was much better than what I had anticipated and expected from a remake in this genre. I cannot recall if I had ever watched the original Fright Night (and neither could my husband) which probably helped or influenced our positive opinion on this movie. #1: My husband didn't fall asleep during it. #2: The humor mixed perfectly with the horror at the right times. #3: The special effects were at times mind-blowing but average during other scenes. #4: We could actually follow a plot - a storyline - without any confusion. And the vampires (especially Jerry!) were entertaining. Here are the details for you vampire and movie-lovers:

Fright Night (2011), R rating, 106 min - Comedy | Horror -  Released August 19, 2011 (USA) in theaters; Released December 13, 2011 on DVD & Blu-ray.
Ratings: 6.6 out of a 10 from 22,068 voters on Internet Movie Database.

Official Synopsis:
Meet the sexy new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell). He’s dangerously charming – and utterly lethal. That's because he just happens to be a vampire, and out for blood…buckets of it. After high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) makes the connection between Jerry’s suspicious activity and a steadily rising body count, he vows to end the reign of terror next door. But he can’t do it alone. His only hope is Las Vegas magician/vampireslayer Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Together, this unlikely duo set out to end Jerry's evil rampage. But Jerry is a ruthless, relentless killer, and he’s not going down without a fight. Get set to sink your teeth into this thrilling re-vamp of the terrifying horror classic. Featuring a star-studded cast and crawling with bonus, FRIGHT NIGHT will captivate you from the very first bite!

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots

Taglines:   You can't run from evil when it lives next door.
>Peter Vincent is named after two horror icons, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.   
>The club scene originally included a fight between feuding frat boys that was broken up by Jerry with the use of his hypnosis powers. Although the scene was cut, the frat boys can still be seen around the DJ booth when the t-shirts are thrown into the crowd.
>Cameo: 'Chris Sarandon', who played Jerry in the original Fright Night, plays the man who hits the Brewsters' car and ends up bitten by Jerry on the road.   
>Jerry has five stages of makeup, with the last one (when Charley fights in the basement) entirely in CG.