Quiz – Stephen King and His Movies

As we get nearer to Halloween, it’s only fitting that I make a Quiz on the “King” of horror. This one addresses Stephen’s movies.

Stephen King and Movies

As we get nearer to Halloween, it's only fitting that I make a quiz on the "King" of horror. This one addresses Stephen's movies.

Stephen King has done more to promote Halloween than even pumpkins and Charlie Brown.

Movie Review – Halloween

Movie Review - HalloweenWhat a movie! My long awaited excitement was finally satisfied! This was an event of epic proportions.

Picture it: I walk into the theater, and it is sold out. The crowd was rowdy and ready for Michael. People were chanting, “Michael, Michael!” It was awesome. The lights went down and the theater became deathly quiet.

From the moment the movie started my eyes were glued to the screen. I had extremely high hopes they were going to not only scare me, but toss in some amusing throw-back innuendos. They did! There were four separate times the entire audience cheered and clapped — it’s times like those that a movie screams, “We’re killing it!”

This franchise has stood the test of time; we’re talking forty years, folks. That is an amazing achievement in my book. Jamie Lee Curtis has done it again. Let’s just think about this: forty years ago Laurie took on Michael as a young woman, only to come back and kill him as a grandmother four decades later.

Go see this movie. I want to see some records broke and huge profits made. They said this was the last one, but I think we’re all in for a surprise. Pay close attention to the final scene.

Grade: A-

About The Peetimes: I put 2 Peetimes in for you. They will both work well, but I do recommend the 1st one, since it’s mainly dialog. The 2nd Peetime has a lot more action in it.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Halloween. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Movie Review – The Nun

the nun in the conjuring universe
Some real creepy shit here

Sit back, relax, and pull off your habit. It’s time for The Nun to have some fun. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this movie since the day I was born. I felt it in my bones. The Conjuring Universe has consistently been one of the greatest franchises ever put to film. The amount of expectation for each new release is kind of like the feeling you get when you buy a new car. You sit there and take a deep breath in and smell the newness. They always give us something new, but still remain true to the ongoing saga. I’m in love with it.

The Nun is a prequel to the main Conjuring franchise, expanding on a character that was first mentioned in The Conjuring 2. The way that the makers tie all of these films together is so refreshing and new that I can’t praise them enough.

The setting of The Nun is awesome. It was filmed entirely in Romania. Visiting there has been on my bucket list for years. I felt like I was there. Now I really want to go. The Abbey that they were in was breathtakingly creepy and beautiful. I have no complaints about the movie. You’ll enjoy the many scream scenes. The makeup job on The Nun is spot on. There are a ton of jump out of your seat moments. The season of horror movies is just now starting, so I recommend this one to get your Halloween spirit into high gear.

Grade: A

About the Peetimes: The Nun is a really short movie. I 100% recommend the Peetime at the beginning of the movie. There is a 2nd Peetime listed later, but that should only be used for emergencies. 

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Movie Review – Slender Man

Over a year. Seriously, I have been waiting for this movie for over a year now. With the amount of material available on the internet about Slender Man it should have provided the writers and makers of this movie infinite ideas. The final cut was lacking in almost every aspect.

It starts off okay. Not great, but I could envision it picking up. What I ended up seeing was a disjointed movie that lacked depth and continuity.

Take for instance, in my second Peetime: the scene starts at school. Wren and Hallie are fighting over going to check on Chloe. Hallie refuses to go and the girls walk away from each other in a huff.

Now this is where it ticks me off. The very next scene is the two girls, at night, walking up to Chloe’s house. That’s a big leap. How did they get to that point? We go from fighting over it, to doing it hours later. Maybe editing? Perhaps they filmed a scene that explains how they overcame their differences. But nope, that wasn’t in the movie and it just bothered me, a lot. The movie is peppered with these small annoyances. So many in fact, that I couldn’t enjoy it.

I took my daughter and granddaughter with me to see this movie; what I’m about to tell you should sum up my feelings. They both fell asleep. A horror movie put a five year old to sleep. That says something right there, folks.

My advice — wait for the DVD. At least that way you’re only out a few bucks.

Grade:  D+

About the Peetimes:
Two Peetimes will work well since the movie is so short. Just to give you a heads up: at the theater there was a warning sign, telling people about a 30 second sequence that has a lot of bright flashing lights that may cause seizures. It was near the beginning of the movie, and they were right. It was bright.

The Origin of Slender Man

I can’t wait to see Slender Man. My adult daughter and I have been hearing stories about “The Slender Man” for years, and my inquiring mind wanted to know more.

Origins
Believe it or not, he isn’t centuries old, being kept alive by generations of families passing down the warnings and stories around a candlelit table. No,  this phenomenon was created on the Internet.  He was envisioned on June 10, 2009 by Eric Knudsen (aka Victor Surge), for a Photoshop contest. Something Awful Internet Forum challenged people to create a paranormal image. Knudsen knocked it out of the park with his submission. Because of one man’s vision, countless Slender Man tales were created to horrify anyone gullible enough to “embrace” the myth. (Of course I never fell for it. Nope, not even once.) And it doesn’t stop with stories. He’s spawned books, video games, and now a movie.

What is Slender Man?
In the dark forest, shrouded in mist and fog, stands a man. He is extraordinarily tall, with a featureless face. His arms are notably longer than any humans’ should ever be. With these branch-like upper limbs, he is able to extend them to taunt, or capture his victims. Slender Man always wears a dark suit and tie, easily blending in with the darkness he prefers. You are most likely to encounter him in the forest, or even an abandoned building, if you dare to seek him. But beware. Anyone brave enough to try and meet him will most likely develop what they call, “Slender Sickness.” Proximity to Slender Man causes a rapid onset of paranoia, nightmares, and delusions that are accompanied with nose bleeds. Are you interested yet? Perhaps a nice moonlit walk through the forest tonight?? Let me warn you: he seems to cause chaos no matter where he appears. This leads me into my next story.

On May 31, 2014, two 12 year old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin took a fellow classmate out into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. That’s a lot of stabbing, folks. These girls claim that they were doing it as the first step to becoming proxies for the Slender Man. Have they never heard of gift baskets? I mean dang, 19 times? Perhaps a monthly delivery of some Omaha Steaks? It’s fairly priced. But no, they chose that method. But here’s the cool part: that little girl, dripping in her own blood, crawled out of that forest, by God, and made it to a road and was found. Yep, she’s alive. She’s ALIVE! Needless to say those messed up little girls are now staying for a very long time in a mental hospital in Wisconsin. There is a plethora of information on this if you want more details. It was a really sad event. Wikipedia is the best place to start.

Back to more of what one photo created. In 2012, a game called Slender: The Eight Pages, was released. In its first month it had over two million downloads. Can we say instant hit? There are games that have developed from that game. The list goes on and on. Many movies and documentaries have been done over the years, but I am waiting for one thing. Slender Man. In theaters tomorrow. I will be there front and center, waiting to see what they have come up with now. 

Meet the Real Megalodon

Megalodon, meaning big tooth, is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago. For reference, the age of dinosaurs (Mesozoic Era) was 245-66 million years ago — so, 43 million years separated megalodon from the dinosaurs. It’s a fish, not a dinosaur, for your distinction. Just a mega-sized one. And, yes, although it is classified as Extinct, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some sort of hold out in a kind of “lost world scenario — its happened before. We can allow this this conceit without too much suspension of disbelief. Okay so far?

Infographic: How Big is Megalodon?
Infographic: How Big is Megalodon?
It was this big Megalodon wasn’t just gigantic compared to other sharks; it was gigantic for any marine creature, ever. Fossil records indicate it was up to 59 feet (18 m) from nose to tail. The Megalodon in the movie The Meg is 75 feet (23 m) long. That’s only 27% larger than what the fossils indicate. By Hollywood standards that’s remarkably conservative, especially when you consider that, while not widely accepted by the scientific community, some marine biologists believe Megalodon could have been even larger than The Meg, reaching lengths approaching 82 feet (25 m). (Maybe the creators are saving the ridiculously large Megalodon for Meg II.) [pullquote position=”right”]The Megalodon isn’t the only titanitifish — I made that up just now — to get the Hollywood Treatment. [/pullquote]The Mosasaurus from Jurassic World was shown chomping on a Great White Shark (as a little Sea-World type “treat”) early in the movie, and then later taking down the Indominus Rex, of which there was no real contest. Mosasaurus was a big gal in the Jurassic World films! It is estimated to have been around 56 feet (17 m) long, roughly the same size of a Megalodon, depending on which scientific paper you put the most stock in. Quick aside: the Mosasaurus isn’t a dinosaur. It’s an aquatic lizard. Although I doubt if the victims of its appetite had any concern for that distinction while being digested. 😉 Never ask a female Megalodon her weight It isn’t just the length of the Megalodon that is “jaw” dropping. Its weight is truly unfathomable. Male Megalodons had an estimated mass with an upper bound of around 34 metric tones (75,000 pounds). Female Megalodons were considerably larger than their male counterparts, at 60 metric tons (132,000 pounds). [pullquote position=”right”]Therefore, realistically speaking, the Meg in question would almost certainly be female.[/pullquote] 132,000 pounds is as meaningless as saying it’s 239,000 miles (384,000 km) to the moon. Those numbers are too far outside the realm of experience to grasp. A better way to comprehend the size of a female Megalodon is that it is about 735 times larger than a 180 pound (82 kg) man. If it helps, consider that a 180 pound man is about 735 times larger than a newborn kitten. Therefore: a man is to Megalodon as a kitten is to a man. (With the notable difference: a Megalodon doesn’t look at a man and think, “Awwww, how cute.”…so much as “Mmmm. Scooby Snack”.)  🙂 Teeth. We need more Teeth… An upper anterior megalodon tooth has been found whose height is 7.25 inches (18.4 cm) , one of the largest known tooth specimens from that shark. By comparison, the T-Rex had teeth that were slightly longer, 9 inches (23 cm) long. However, they were long and thin in comparison to the broad, flat, teeth of a ‘meg’ shark. Thus by mass, the Megalodon had far more massive teeth. Not only did Megalodon have huge teeth, it also had a lot of them — approximately 250 serrated teeth in a mouth as big as 6.6 feet (2 m) across. The T-Rex had about 50 teeth. Big difference to scientists, but less comforting if you’re the chompee. Must go faster… A study linking shark size and typical swimming speeds estimated that Megalodon would have cruised at 11 mph (18 kph), but would have been able to achieve much higher speeds in short bursts. Habitat is crucial to the story The majority of Megalodon fossils have been discovered in warm waters. It is believed that oceanic cooling, associated with the onset of the ice ages, coupled with the lowering of sea levels and resulting loss of suitable nursery areas, may have contributed to its decline. Also, a lot of its larger prey species died off.   

A Quiet Place 2 Announced

Shhhhhhhh. No, really, don’t make a sound. Not even when we announce that A Quiet Place has a sequel scheduled already! (Confirmed by Paramount.)

A Quiet Place offers an interesting concept for movie-going – people constantly report that their theaters were dead silent. Through the whole movie. [pullquote]Apparently this is a great cinematic experience and not to be missed. I’d call this film a sleeper hit.[/pullquote]

Right on the heels of the surprise rise of A Quiet Place, Den Of Geek reports A Quiet Place 2 is in the works already. They say the story could continue where it left off, or could be about another family entirely.  There are many options to explore in the Quiet-verse.

How do you live, when your life depends on total silence? Could you do it? Even clicking the keys on my laptop makes sound. I have a fan on as I work: Alexa belts out my morning playlist. The coffeepot gurgles, percolating, while the dog barks and whines, begging for bacon that pops and sizzles on the stove. I take all this for granted.

Our spoiler free review of A Quiet Place gives this film an A, and reports the tone is more like a cross between Alien and Signs (both being top notch films). RunPee Creator Dan says, “[pullquote position=”right”]Every scene felt like it was hand crafted, over and over, until it was perfected. There isn’t a wasted second in a single scene.[/pullquote]”. My spoiler-full review awards A Quiet Place a rare A+ ( I was slightly more impressed).

With the care, commitment, and attention to detail by the director, cast, cast and crew, we can hope any sequels or prequels will add to the richness of this dystopia, and not just toss out a trashy cash cow.

Want more details on the sequel? CinemaBlend provides some details with major spoilers in the article, while Emily Blunt and John Krasinski discuss what they know and how they feel in this clip:

A Quiet Place Review – No Spoilers

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Movie Review – Happy Death Day – Very Fun, Almost Cute Horror Film

Movie Review - Happy Death DayI was really surprised with this movie. I thought it was going to be totally predictable and played out. They surprised me; it was really good. I loved how the same day would start over and over again. You’d think that it would get boring, but the way they kept switching things up kept you on the edge of your seat. I thought twice that I had figured out who the killer was, but they kept spinning a great story, and I was wrong both times. The ending was a surprise and really fun to watch. There was an underlying message to the movie; it wasn’t just a slasher flick. This would make a great date night movie.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: Two Peetimes were submitted for this movie. Both work equally well, but I’ll warn you, after the second Peetime you shouldn’t leave your seat. 

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Happy Death Day. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

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Movie Review – Get Out – Jordan Peele Hits A Home Run

Movie Review - Get OutJordan Peele hit a home run with his first attempt at writing and directing. Get Out was a refreshing look at the horror genre, and I can’t wait to see more of his creative juices.

The movie was both frightening and funny, often at the same time. The acting was good, the pacing was perfect, and of course as I stated above, the directing was excellent.

The only reason I’m giving Get Out a B is because I didn’t feel the ending met my expectations, but this is only my critique.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: This movie is what I like to call a mind bender. It made getting Peetimes almost impossible. I would start one, and two minutes into it something would happen that was either a spoiler, or way too confusing to try and explain. I am only going to submit one Peetime due to those reasons.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Get Out. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Movie Review – I, Frankenstein

Movie Review - I, FrankensteinWhat I found most surprising about this movie is the quality of the acting. Usually movies like this pluck their main characters from the B-list. But somehow the creators managed to land Aaron Eckhart, who is an outstandingly good, but underrated, actor. Eckhart brings gravitas to the character of Frankenstein that the story depends on. Without him, this movie might have been rubbish.

More surprising yet, they got Bill Nighy as the lead for the evil demons. Nighy did a fantastic job of showing a character that can just barely manage to keep a seething anger under control. It feels like his character wants to smash everything to bits, but he knows that won’t be an effective strategy, so he keeps his cool and pursues a more complex plan of attack. Bill Nighy is one of my favorite actors because he has such an astonishing range.

The rest of the cast is pretty much the B-listers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t act. Jai Courtney, John McClane’s son in “A Good Day To Die Hard”, Miranda Otto, Eowyn from “Lord of the Rings”, and Yvonne Strahovski, from the TV series “Chuck”, all do a fine job with what they have to work with.

Where the movie suffers is in the storytelling. First, they only have 80 minutes of actual movie time to tell a story that involves a fairly rich and detailed universe. Or at least it could have, if they had made the movie an hour longer and given the audience a chance to see the universe they created, instead of spoon feeding every little detail with heavy handed exposition. Let’s put it this way: if Peter Jackson had directed this movie, it would have been a trilogy with nine-plus hours of screen time. 🙂

This movie was better than I expected, because I was expecting it to be rubbish, but ultimately is unsatisfying because of the heavy-handed storytelling and brevity.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: Both Peetimes are pretty good but I’d recommend the 1st. The movie is only 80 minutes long, excluding the end credits. The 1st Peetime is mostly a long, slow, scene with no dialog, but it ends with a short fight. The 2nd Peetime has a lot of exposition that is easy to sum up. Note: if you want to see the best shot of Frankenstein’s (Aaron Eckhart) physique then don’t use this Peetime.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of I, Frankenstein. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror

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