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River Acheron's Question For Imagine October -- Comicality, 04:51:53 09/21/20 Mon
Happy Halloween everyone! This month, I thought I would do something a little different. So far, we talked about fictional characters coming to life and parallel universes, we pondered our own inspiration, we debated sex, and even delved into COVID. Pretty deep stuff! However, to help us all get into the holiday spirit, I wanted to dial it back a bit and talk about something a bit more light-hearted: HORROR MOVIES! It seems that this year, all of our holidays will be more or less abbreviated due to the state of the world right now, but that does not mean we can't get into the spirit of things and keep Halloween alive.
It would probably come to no one's surprise that I am a huge fan of the horror genre. I had a babysitter when I was six years old who showed me the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie and have been hooked into the genre ever since. Now, 20 years later, aside from seeing all the classics, I have delved into the obscure, with movies like 'Death Bed: The Bed that Eats', 'Antfarm Dickhole', 'Bunnyman', 'Violent Shit', 'Night of the Lepus', and of course 'Weasels Rip My Flesh' which was made by a 15 year old boy (Nathan Schiff) in 1979 on Super 8 with a $400 dollar budget! It has since become somewhat of a cult so-bad-it's-good Z-Grade movie. I also recently expanded beyond the U.S. and got deep into Italian horror, checking out directors such as Mario Bava ('Blood and Black Lace'), Dario Argento ('Suspiria'), Lucio Fulci ('The Beyond'), Bruno Mattei, ('SS Girls'), Joe D'Amato ('Porno Holocaust'), Ruggero Deodato ('Cannibal Holocaust'), Claudio Fragasso ('Hell of the Living Dead')
Horror has always been an outlet for me. There's a certain comforting escapism in it, that I think resonates with a lot of people. I use it to reference a lot of my topics here, because horror - along with science ficion) - is influenced by the state of the world, more than any other genre. It acts as a lens for the world we are currently living in. It's always been this way, too. Take Dante, for example. Sure, he had his Purgatorio, and his Paradiso, but it's the Inferno that hit well with readers in the 1300's. It's in Hell that Dante used the most political allegory, while allowing himself to explore the darker side of the human nature (the two are not mutually exclusive! lol). Horror has also been the genre that lets the truly creative have fun with what they are best at...set designs, cinematography, lighting, and ESPECIALLY makeup! This is why I adore gore in horror films, especially if it's practical effects. The problem now, with computers and CGI, is everything can be done with the click of a button and it looks AWFUL! It's a sad state of affairs that a movie like 'Hellraiser' (1987) done on one million dollar budget - using all practical effects and stop-motion...most of which could be done with makeup, a few neat camera tricks, TALENT, and things you can find in your kitchen - looks SPECTACULAR compared with the laughably abysmal Mummy' (2017) on a 195 million dollar budget which was nothing but a CGI crap-fest made by people who obviously have no talent as actual FILM-makers!!
However, I digress. This is an outlet that is based on stories. So, I want to streamline my question this month. What is your favorite horror movie, based on the STORY ALONE? Where it really counts. The tale the author or screenwriter is trying to tell you. We can of course debate the visuals and techniques, but for the sake of this venue I want to concentrate on the tale. So, for now, take the look of the movie out of it, forget cinematography, forget the effects. Think about the best story in a horror movie (or book!) that comes to mind. For me, it's very difficult. It might even be more difficult than being asked to pick my favorite song of all time. In fact, I know it is. However, in the here and now, I would have to say, JUST based on the story - the tale -, taking into account the characters and their development, as well all the mythos that was created along the way, and intended from the start..I'd have to go with Clive Barker's 'The Hellbound Heart' (the Hellraiser mythos). It's easily one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. In terms of the movies, the first two are phenomenal, and captures the mood of the novella exactly. The subsequent sequels after the second movie are hit and miss, as the franchise changed hands many MANY times over the years, and more than once bastardized Clive Barkers vision. (I will post a link of one scene from Hellraiser 3 that still resonates with me, and is DEFINITELY something that one cannot do today! lol).
I'm curious as to what fascinates you about the genre, especially the STORY! That doesn't mean your favorite horror movie needs to be based on a book, no not at all, but focus for a moment on the STORY. What is it that you love? What stays with you? Maybe it's something you saw or read as a child that still sends chills down your spine, or maybe it's a new tale that you cannot stop thinking about, for whatever reason.
Horror is a genre that not only lets us play in the furthest reaches of our imagination, but also one that allows us to tap into dark areas of our psyches that may be considered taboo by societies social norms. This is not new. Our counterparts in the Middle Ages (and even prior!) up to the Modern Era understood this. Horror lies on the fringes of social acceptability. Horror fans have been called anti-social for centuries, but in the way that term is used, it need not be a bad thing. Do not be afraid of your own dark side, because it is within that shadow (to reference Jung) that we may find aspects of our self that we keep hidden...that we HAVE kept hidden since childhood. This fascination, and fear is perfectly normal. I hope all of you have a fantastic Halloween. As a suggestion, if you never have seen it, I would like to share with you (IMO) the best Halloween-themed horror movie ever made. It puts you into the spirit of the holiday moreso than any movie I have ever seen, and it's gory, and messed up, and all that fun stuff too! Check out 2007's Trick 'r Treat, directed by Michael Dougherty. It just may be your new holiday favorite! All of that said, my only question for October is this:
This week's 3M selection shows the pros how to make an AWESOME update to an old 80's TV show!
You know, I was a little kid when Robert Urich's, "Spenser For Hire", show was on TV (And I vaguely remember the spinoff, "A Man Called Hawk"), so I remember my mom watching it, but I wasn't much for cop/detective shows back then. Give me "Battlestar Galactica" anyday! Hehehe! But, let me tell you...this movie was one HELL of a good time! I loved it!
So 'Spenser' was once a decent police officer in the town of Boston, taking down big criminals and fighting the corruption that they spread through the dirty cops and politicians that they controlled or had some leverage on. Until he was framed, dismissed from the force, and sent to jail for a five year prison term. Now, getting out and able to start his life all over again somewhere new...no problems, no worries, no danger...he stumbles across a related case to the one he was framed for in an attempt to get rid of him. He can't just let that life go.
With his return home to an older caretaker and a new surprise roommate in 'Hawk', he takes his special brand of justice to the scum that ruined his life in the first place! Great action movie! Lots of good laughs as well! And mystery and detective work at every turn! Very cool! Check it out when you get a chance! Enjoy!
I kinda want to watch the old series now. Is this what I was missing out on? Hehehe! :P
Just finished watching "Humans". -- Mike, 02:18:57 09/24/20 Thu
I've known about the show for years and had it as a possibility to watch, but was just never really excited based on what I'd seen in trailers and such, but it sounded interesting.
Anyway, I saw it on Netflix a few days ago and figured 'what the hell', right? So I binged the whole show, which is only 24 episodes split into three seasons.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
It's about a world, pretty much a parallel version of our own, the only difference is that AI is developed enough that we have "human like" robots that help us do everything from driving them around, babysitting the kids, doing all the difficult and dangerous jobs, etc.
But something happens and the "machines" start to become conscious, and we watch what happens as society learns of it. Will they accept them or seek to destroy them. I found the show really interesting and also realistic. like, I wouldn't expect the reaction to be too different from what played out. Especially in the first two seasons, the third went a little further, but it was still a compelling watch.
Here's the trailer, but it doesn't do the show justice, imo.
Jack Goodacre and his father, Tim, always just made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Hehehe, it was like, "Awwww...father/son duo!" But has it been that long? A year...maybe two years, tops! Jack's gotten big! (And CUTE!) I'm glad they're still making good, meaningful, heartfelt music! New album is coming, so keep an eye out for it!
So...this guy came over to fix the railing on our back porch today while the kids were running around, and he brought this really CUTE brown haired college boy with him as his assistant! Like...you see him and gasp! :O
"Hehehe...hiiii...I'm Comsie. I'll be the guy staring at you out of my back window all day."
They'll be back tomorrow too. ::Nods:: I'm praying for a heatwave. Maybe he'll work the whole day with his shirt off. Sighhhh...thanks, God! You made me smile today! :)
Hey...its been awhile... -- Jake, 03:31:10 09/20/20 Sun
Hey this is Jake. Idk if anyone even remembers me but I used to hang out on the IRC and here on the forum when I was a kid. I stopped hanging out here but lately ive been thinking about all my old friends who helped me through my super annoying angsty teen phase. Just wanted to say hello...i miss yall.
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Because a bunch of the storylines surrounding Scarlet Witch in the comics are EXTREMELY dark! And she lost her brother, and was snapped out of existence for five years, and accidentally killed a bunch of people in Civil War, and then watched her husband murdered right in front of her...she's got a lot of power and a lot of issues to go along with them. I just can't see where they might take this series. I'm ready to find out though!
You can't have someody who can completely control the fabric of reality losing her marbles while trying to fix it, now can we? >:P
I mean...you guys all know that I have NEVER been a fan of Donald Trump. I think he's one of the most heartless, most incompetent, most racist, most corrupt, most unfathomably SHAMELESS sons of bitches that has ever lived on this fucking planet!!!
There's a part of me that really feels sorry for him. It bothers me. Because I should loathe him with every fiber of my being, but...he's weak and insecure and a tortured immature soul that simply can't ever understand reality as it is. He's a toddler in a world of adults. And I think that's so fucking sad.
Like...he is *INCAPABLE* of answering a simple question without blaming someone else or deflecting to something irrelevant! Think about that for a second. What the...? Democrats? Pharmaceutical companies? Biden? Obama? China? He can't take responsibility for ANYTHING!!! His whole entire life is a fucking lie. And he knows it's a lie. When he goes to bed at night...he KNOWS goddamn well it's all a lie. Blame, blame, blame, blame, blame! All day, every day. He's such a pathetic little loser bitch. And I feel bad for him. Because he could be better if he just stopped being an asshole. :(
Imagine how EXHAUSTING it must be...to live each and every single day of your life as a lie. To lie to other people and force them to repeat that lie back to you, ovr and oer again, to feel validated and cared about. To have to hold giant rallies CONSTANTLY for applause from strangers because you have no way to generate a sense of self love on your own. Think about it. Imagine hating yourself sooooo much, that you can't ever tell the truth to somebody for fear that it will expose you for the deplorable fraud that you are and have them turn away from you in disgust. That would be endless torture, in my mind. To never be able to look yourself in the mirror and have some level of love and respect for what you see looking back at you? I screw up all the time! And I laugh about it! Like, "Oops! My bad! Yeah, I was being an idiot on that one!" LOL! But he can't do that. Like...he CAN'T! It's impossible! I can't understand that at all. So think about that...imagine that it was you...
You're a complete and total fucking BASTARD! You are despicable filth! Scum of the Earth! The laughing stock of the entire planet! You are what everybody hates about humanity or a lack thereof...and you're too much of a fucking COWARD to hear us out, stand up like a man, take responsibility, and try to be anything better than that. If only to not ruin your family name for generations to come, and become an eternal shit stain on American history forever and evermore. Imagine that being you. God....that must suck.
I don't know...maybe it's the empath in me. But all hatred and vitriol aside...I'll admit, I kind of pity him. I think we all should. His own wife won't even hold his hand in public. What kind of life is that? At the end of the day, Trump is a human being like the rest of us. He might pretend that he doesn't have feelings, but his feelings are probably more fragile than anyone else's. And I feel like I'd be a lesser person if I took pleasure in that. I DO...hehehe...but I shouldn't.
Just...it bugs me to give a shit about such a vile and repugnant excuse for a human being. That's all.
Maybe I'm crazy. I want him gone...but it sucks that he's so damaged as a person. He's beyond help at this point. And I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
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