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Original Vs. Remake: Halloween H20

I’m a big fan of Catie Rhodes and Tiffany White’s Original Vs. Remake blog series! Every month they review a classic film and its modern remake. Since they both know how much I LOOOOOOOVE Halloween, they let me play along!

I may have reacted like this…

Anyway…

Tiffany kicked us off reviewing the original, John Carpenter’s Halloween, and Catie will be reviewing the Rob Zombie remake.

So, what am I talking about?

Halloween H20:  Twenty Years Later (1998)

Assuming a fake identity, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now headmistress at a private boarding school, still haunted by her nightmarish past. When her psychopathic brother, Michael, escapes the asylum, Laurie’s greatest fears become reality once more. And this time, her son’s in danger too.

Reprising her role as the “Scream Queen,” Jamie Lee Curtis comes back as the female lead, Laurie Strode. Other recognizable faces include her mother, Janet Leigh (Psycho), Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Lucky Number Slevin), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea, NCIS: Los Angeles), Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek, My Week With Marilyn), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Nash Bridges, She’s All That), Adam Hann-Byrd (Jumanji) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun, 50/50). 

The storyline of H20 takes place as if all the sequels after Halloween II, never happened. It picks up from the second one. I gotta admit, I felt really sorry for Laurie Strode. Twenty years after her brother murdered her sister and came after her, she’s still suffering from insomnia, nightmares, living under a pseudonym, working in a gated private school, and raising her son as a single mother.

Does Laurie EVER get a happy ending???

The film is what I would describe as 80% camp-factor, meaning it’s pretty cheesy and all could’ve been well had a nurse not kept her patient files in her HOME and had Laurie Strode hired a security guard who didn’t spend all his time on the phone reading his romance novel to his girlfriend.

Yep.

Seriously, LL. It’s time to get off the phone now.

Fun Facts:

  • Several of the original cast and team were set to come on board, but low budget and tentative timelines caused many to drop out. John Carpenter, the original director, was one of them.
  • There’s a seen with Janet Leigh where she stands in front of her car from the movie Psycho. The music from Psycho also plays here.
  • Sound editors added in music from several of the Scream movies as well as the original Halloween.
  • In the scene where the girls are watching a movie, it’s Scream 2, however that was edited in post-production. Originally, the girls were watching So I Married an Axe Murderer – the joke being the fact that inside the Michael Myers movie, was a Mike Myers movie.
  • The original’s line “Everyone is entitled to one good scare” makes a reappearance in this film.
  • Michael Myers can be seen wearing two different masks. Too far into production, the director changed his mind on the mask and they had to CGI edit it in production.
  • The teenagers in the beginning are watching Plan 9 From Outer Space – voted worst movie ever made so many times, it’s no longer allowed in the running.  (P.S.  I’ve watched it.  It’s pretty bad.)
  • Chris Durand, the actor who played Michael Myers, was a stunt double in Scream 2, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Armegeddon.

So Laurie is living out her life in fear. Her son grew up with that and is desperate to hang out with friends like a normal teenager. Against his mother’s wishes, he and his pals sneak out for a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Michael is on the loose. He’s watching Laurie at the school, at her home, and he knows where her son is too.

Cuh-reeeeepy!

Run for your lives!

Halloween H20 has its moments, but it doesn’t compare to the original. Nothing beats the original Halloween!

What do you think? What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Have you seen this one? What life would you have given Laurie 20 years after that fateful Halloween night?

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Monday Must Reads: Writing, Women, Mummies, and Christmas Lists

Happy Monday Everyone!  I’m madly trying to catch up on my NaNoWriMo goals, finish 2 more books this month, stop this cold I’m getting in its tracks, and still make dinner from a recipe at least once a week.  Here are the blogs that caught my eye this past week.  What else caught yours?

On Writing:

August McLaughlin wrote a beautiful post on Sweet Solitude: Creating Intimacy with Writing and Ourselves.  It’s a little bit about love, about finding creativity, and being a stronger, healthier you.  She also leaves wonderful ideas to get recharged.

Kristen Lamb serves up another batch of awesome-sauce in her post on publishing and author brand:  Beware the Social Media Snuggie – One Size Does Not Fit All!

Albert Berg is an honest man.  If you’re in need of a grip on reality and write goals, please read his post Nailing NaNoWriMo: Or Not.

On Women:

When Quiet offers us a breathtaking poem about the unity of women in WE.  You’ll want to read this one out loud, it sounds as powerful as your mind and spirit are.

True Life Stories:

Mindi Anders conducts part 1 of an interview with a Michigan Religious Cult Survivor and even the comments are interesting.  Mindi’s done an awesome job of healing herself by sharing her own survival story and creating a place for discussion on the topic.

Gene Lempp’s new edition of Designing from Bones is on The Iceman Plot, the true, or slightly fictionalized story, of a 5300 year old glacier mummy.

Kathy Owen shares the history of Thanksgivings Past from the New York Times in this part 1 edition.  How many turkeys do you think we go through now?

Social Trends of the Season:

Tiffany White blogged about a favorite guilty pleasure show of mine The Secret Circle.  Catch up on Cassie, the new witch in town and her five friends who bind a circle of witchcraft only to be found out by witch hunters and demons!  It’s creepier than I thought and I’ll be sticking with it.

Tiffany also blogged about another favorite topic of mine, Urban Legends.  From the tales themselves to the flicks that made them frightening, you gotta check this out!

Don’t lie, we know you’re already making your holiday gift lists, if not for yourself, perhaps Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life, and Pam Hawley’s got you covered.

Happy Halloween!

Hi ya’ll!  Happy Halloween!  Today’s post is brought to you by Dolly Parton!  And I’m just thrilled to be celebratin’ with ya’ll on All Hallow’s Eve.  Don’t you get to spookified, I’m here to guide ya and keep the ghosts away!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  And since it falls on a monday, I had a whole weekend to celebrate.  For starters, I went to work for Jess on Saturday.  I was a big hit with her team.  They made the credit goal we needed so I agreed to sing for them.  Popular requests were 9 to 5 and Jolene.  Two of my favorites!

Saturday night was the typical celebrity party.  You know, attend a live concert, well, at least I think they were…

     The usual music celebrities were there.  Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and my particular fave, ABBA.

Mamma Mia! It's Halloween again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a full night of autograph signing, I was ready for a lazy day at home on the couch.  The line-up included:  Halloween, The Addams Family, Practical Magic, and The Walking Dead.

To end the night, some great reads that say Halloween!

Tiffany A White’s Ooooh Factor gave an eerie review for The Boo Factor of the scream favorite film Halloween.

Sara Grambusch made a Halloween monster mash-up that talked craft projects, party foods, and even wine and candy pairing in My Magical Halloween Puree.

Albert Berg gave away his book The Mulch Pile for FREE in honor of Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows Read.  Be sure to get your copy of this spooky tale!

The Good Greatsby shared halloween stories from his creative children, The Fonz and Optimus Prime.  Fonz has got a secret and he thinks you’d like to know what it is in Saturday Hallowiener.

Little Miss Vix shares her Top 10 Supernatural Favorites including books, film, and TV series.  See if yours made the list or add to it!

If history is your thing, check out El Muerto: The Texas Headless Horseman by Catie Rhodes.

If you missed the final edition of Haunted Hawleyville by Pam Hawley, check out her last post about camping in the woods with her family, Visits from Jason and Freddy.

     That’s all for this Halloween, folks!  How did you celebrate this weekend?  Hope you all have a fabulous All Hallows Eve!  

Luv, 

Dolly

xox 

10 Random Facts About Me

My too smart for her own good, amazingly lovely co-founder of the Life List Club, and friend, Marcia Richards, just tagged me in the hot blog game of the season: Tell us 10 random things about yourself!  The rules are really complicated:  I have to tell you 10 random things about myself.  And then I select four people to tag and they have to do it too.  I like this so much better than chain letters, so in the spirit of a favorite film, Twister, “Tell us, why you are the way are.”

10.  I like to spend New Years alone.  It’s a tradition long developed now where I gather up a stack of my favorite guilty pleasure films and stay up late watching the movies I want to watch.  Last year, it was Anne of Green Gables, you can read an old post about it here.  I also journal and look back at the past year and use the time to reflect on what things I want to accomplish in the next year.  I love having this night to myself.

9.  When I was little, I played by myself a lot, not out of choice, really, I’m just a lot younger than my siblings.  So I got really good at speaking in different voices and having elaborate musicals, puppet shows, and plays with my stuffed animals.  I practiced this talent by quoting movies, and reading aloud switching accents every page-which helps grow your vocabulary!  In high school, our librarian noticed this talent and got me involved with Forensics, and not the CSI kind.  It was speech really, but a whole lot more.  My category was quickly decided as storytelling.  I had to know 5 stories that dealt with specific topics and be able to tell them on cue by a judge.  I did Irish legends of kings, kid’s pirate stories, lisping time machine inventors, gargly three-headed Greek sisters, and a whole rainforest of animals.  Because I could do all the voices and was very animated, I brought home several first place trophies over the three years I was involved.

8.  To coincide with my stories, I also learned by heart any number of musicals and performed these in dress on my neighbor’s porch to an audience of squirrels and sparrows.  (I liked to pretend I was Sleeping Beauty and Snow White a lot.)  I did entire song and dance numbers from Yankee Doodle Dandy, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain, State Fair, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, and My Fair Lady.  I loved it.  And for those of you with kids who like to play dress up, my bag included: old nightgowns and slips (evening wear), poodle skirts (for twirling at parties), button up shirts with crazy prints on them (for playing school/work), and lots of costume jewelry and shoes.

7.  When I learn how to make something, I go a little overboard.  In third grade, we learned how to cross-stitch.  My entire family and penpal received Christmas gifts that were cross-stitched bookmarks, magnets, and wall hangings.  Then they all got friendship bracelets.  A few years later the bead babies became popular, and my whole family got keychains.  I had so many I started using them as diving toys in the pool for the kids I babysat years later.  Next was knitting.  I made so many scarves so quickly, I gave myself carpal tunnel, and had to wear a brace for several weeks.  Let’s hope the next binge I go on is just my writing one.

6.  The name of my first cabbage patch doll was Adele Patti, but I couldn’t pronounce or remember Adele, so I called her Patti.  She was a premie and I loved the way she smelled like baby powder.  Subsequently, the following Cabbage Patch Dolls that joined my family were Heather, Tay, Humphrey, Barney, Sara, Suzette, Keri Ann, and Sloane.

5.  My place of zen has always been by the water.  In high school I often walked down to the Rock River and read Wuthering Heights or wrote poetry.  My Anais Nin/Sylvia Plath obsession created a boho-confessional style of writing that, though extreme and indulgent, was full of passion, and for that, I love the girl I once was.  Now, I make my peace by the mighty Mississippi or far inside Myrick Marsh.

Photo courtesy arras-france.com

4.  One of the most mesmerizing things I’ve ever done is hike the rainforests of Guadaloupe and swim under the Chutes du Carbet waterfall on this Caribbean French Island.  I was 16 and had never left the country before.  I was invited on a rare opportunity to go on a cruise with my best friend’s family and we stopped at several caribbean ports.  Guadeloupe made the biggest impact on me with its thick rainforests, rich temples, and caribbean-french people.

3.  You know the scene in Eat, Pray, Love where Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts in the film version) eats pasta to Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen by Amadeus Mozart?  That was me on my trip to Italy, with every dish of pasta I ate.  Orchestras played as I savored my mostaccoli.

2.  A year later I went to Ireland, and I wanted to make sure I remembered more than just the food I ate, like in Italy.  I remember sitting on the cliffs of the Aran Islands and journaling.  I told myself to remember this moment.  I stared at the water rolling below me and snapped a mental photograph.  It’s been seven years, and I still vividly remember that day and how the water looked below me.

1.  I have been every form of Jessi(e) imaginable.  I started as the most common Jessie.  Then I was convinced by my sister to spell it Jessy, and a year later changed it myself to Jessi, which I stayed with since second grade.  Cousins and siblings would try out grander adjustments like Jessiki.  But over the years, it’s become more and more evident that I am a Jess.  I never fit the full on Jessica, too high maintenance for me, but Jess is just right.  Jess is friendly, Jess swaps food with you at dinner, Jess loves coffee dates, Jess likes to blog.  🙂  Hence, it’s just Jess.  And it’s nice to meet you all.

Thanks for coming to my Happiness Project social hour!  I hereby tag these people to keep the game going:

Little Miss Vix     Tiffany White     Mark Petruska     The Good Greatsby

Everyone can play along!  What are some random facts about yourself that I might not know?  I’d love to learn more about all of you!

Bon Voyage Blog Mash-Up

Hey Writers and Readers,

Yours truly is taking a blogging week hiatus to go on vacation!  It’s a much needed break from work, and yes, even writing, to spend a week with my honey.  We need to put in the quality time with each other, and finally, our schedules have matched up enough to take a trip.  I’ll be back in two week’s time to tell you all about sunny Toronto.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll post in the comments any links from blogs you’ve read or written and want to share with me.  I promise to read them all and leave a comment.  Plus, you’ll make sure I don’t miss anything fabulous while I’m away.

I’m sharing with you a quick mash-up of awesomeness to peruse through while I’m off.

You can read about my meltdown and why this vacation is perfect timing in Writer Meltdowns: A Case of the Mean Reds, my Life List Club guest post over at the amazing Gene Lempp’s Blog.

Pam Hawley, my secret east coast twin, shares her writing tips in a fun-flippered way in her guest post at my place Sit, Waddle, Scoot and Swim.

Kristen Lamb served up a slice of self-discipline that was just my size in Self-Discipline-The Key to Success.

Amanda Rudd discovered one of her favorite science fiction writers was actually a woman!  She sleuths out the truth in Is He a She? Using Pseudonyms to Hide Gender.

Tiffany A. White’s got the Ooo Factor on Long Lost Childhood Reads.  Share your favorites too.

Selena Wolff shares with us her tarot spread and the karmic balance of relationships in Tarot Tuesday-Love and Relationships.  Very interesting read for writers and readers alike.

Sonia Medeiros is hosting a blog prize giveaway in her post 100 Posts…What? Already!  Go stroll down memory lane with her and maybe you’ll win a prize too!

And announcing the publication of my awesome friend, Mark Petruska’s book, No Time for Kings, here him discuss the self-publishing route and what it feels like to see his name on the book spine, and he also complains about the price of eggs! Congrats Mark!

Monday Mash Up: Best of the Ghoulie Awards

Hey All, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a mash-up, but lately I’ve been satisfied by such awesome ghost and mystery blogs, that I had to do a mash up for those of you interested in the strange just like me.

First one comes from the amazing Catie Rhodes, over at Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie.  If you haven’t checked out Catie’s blog yet, you’re missing out!  She posts on 80’s cult classics, historical southern serial killers and big time murders, all things Bonnie and Clyde!, and forces invites her husband along on many cave/creepy jaunts.  Her post, The Ghosts of Longhorn Cavern, was full of interviews and film footage, and the duo’s own personal ghost catch on camera.  What are you waiting for?

Full of Fabooolousness, Tiffany White writes about things that make you go Oooo.  Her post on The Kiss and Kill Murder was a fascinating murder story, but it also comes to her from her mom’s hometown school days.  Take a walk through High School, if you dare, and learn the story of Mack Herring and Betty Williams.

One of my favorite new bloggers is Ellie Ann who started up Spirit Saturday.  Every saturday she writes about a new possible spirit or legend.  I had fun reading her post on The Weretiger, a story told by a missionary about a shaman in Thailand.  Go get your say in on whether it really happened like he said!

Mindi Anders is a religious cult survivor.  Intrigued?  If you’re unfamiliar with her work in progress, Playing God, you can hop over to her sight by clicking the link to check out the synopsis.  She recently did an interview with writer, Matt Shields at his blog explaining why writing about her experience leaving a cult is more therapeutic than therapy.  Check out Buffy the Cult Slayer.

In some sort of world where you get the opportunity of a lifetime and you’re invited to go on a ghost hunt with a paranormal investigative team, you’d be my friend, Mark Petruska.  Mark just got that opportunity and wrote about the ghosties he encountered, some of which weren’t nice, in Just Another Night in the Ghost Hunting Business.  If you believe in ghosts you’ll be freaked out, if not, maybe Mark will change your mind.

That’s the Best of the Ghoulie Awards this week.  Any others I missed?  Leave a link to them below, I love ghost stories and mystery!

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