Why Are Dolls So Freaking Evil?

Marionettemuseum, Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria

So this post over at Curious Expeditions where they mention their Flickr set that includes a trip to the Salzburg Marionettemuseum. And just looking at the “disembodied puppet hands” plus the heads of the various marionettes pictured above–they’re just inherently creepy, aren’t they? I started thinking about why these damn things are so creepy–what separates the Muppets from, you know, this:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:14:23+00:00 August 11th, 2008|Stimuli|10 Comments

Halloween Movie Night No. 21: Wolf Man Double Feature

Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory

Well, there’s two reasons to celebrate the upcoming Wolf Man remake. One is that it’s not directed by Stephen Sommers, purveyor of suckfest remakes. Two is that Sir Anthony Hopkins yesterday said that he’s playing the Claude Rains role of Talbot, Sr. And Hopkins is excellent, even in crap films. And we like it when he gets a paycheck.

But no, seriously, even though all remakes are guilty until proven innocent, playing the Wolf Man has been a goal of Benicio del Toro‘s for a long damn time, so let’s hope that his passion for the project keeps it from sucking.

Now, I couldn’t find the original Wolf Man to post, sadly. But I did find a couple of adverse video gems to share with you tonight. First up is the answer to the question: what would happen if Remus Lupin had sought a teacher’s position elsewhere after leaving Hogwarts …and gone bad? The answer is… WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS’ DORMITORY. Well, kinda.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:58+00:00 October 20th, 2007|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Peter O’Toole

Peter O'Toole

There are so many performances from Peter that we love. It’s hard to choose one. I had originally considered something from My Favorite Year, but unable to find anything online for it I went with the film that’s my #1 favorite when it comes to badass dialogue: The Lion in Winter. O’Toole at the top of his game, plus Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins and the screen debut of Timothy Dalton. Here’s a little bit of just about everybody:

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And a great O’Toole moment comes after the break…
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By | 2017-09-24T23:28:59+00:00 August 2nd, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Road to Wellville (1994) – DVD Review

Road to Wellville DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Alan Parker, based on the novel by T. C. Boyle
Directed by: Alan Parker
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Dana Carvey

Released by: Sony Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Nah; presented in a rockin’ 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Catch it on cable.

Because of new scientific knowledge and a reform-minded spirit, good health is the watchword for fin-de-seicle America. The man on the crest of this wave is Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (Hopkins), the developer of corn flakes and self-appointed health guru. While some of his ideas are sensible (increase of grains and vegetables into the diet, chewing food properly, and exercise), the majority are quite insane and possibly lethal (baths with electric shocks, total and I mean total abstinence, and colon cleaning five times a day). Two new victims… I mean guests to Kellogg’s Sanitarium are the Lightbodys, William (Broderick) and Eleanor (Fonda). Eleanor is a true believer and William is going along to please the wife. While being subjected to multiple enemas and other forms of torture, his sexual desires go into overdrive. You always want what you can’t have, I guess. Wanting to cash in on the health craze, Charles Ossining (Cusack) tries to open a new breakfast cereal company with a charming conman and the estranged adopted son of Dr. Kellogg, George (Carvey). Charles oscillates between greed and morality while trying to outrun creditors and the law.

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By | 2008-02-01T07:46:55+00:00 February 10th, 2002|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments