Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks- Period Horror


I can honestly say that last Friday was one of the worst pain days I have experienced which begs the question, why do women ever want children? I had to take 2 pills  to open up my cervix for the uterine biopsy...talk about a period Horror! Ok, sorry, yes I hear the ..ewwwwww. What was funny was thinking I could return to work, I did for about. 10 minutes before calling my friend to take me home. The actual biopsy was 10 seconds of  painful crap and, yes, I literally counted down from 10 to 1, per Dr’s orders while she ripped out a piece of my uterus. I went from a loud shriek of 10, hitting soprano all the way to bass before it ended. The pain only increased from the meds I had to take and didn’t subside until the later evening-think your pelvic sides are being stretched by knives. The next day, I woke to my dizziness and a severe sinus headache that lasted into Monday. Monday, hubby’s brother in law drove us to Toronto for the post op of my hubby’s operation and hubby is doing very well but must stay in the sling for 4 more weeks. He had a major amount of calcium taken out plus a tendon from his back was pulled across to his front. He can’t drive for 4 more weeks  but can start physio. OH,  will get my results on October 22nd, so there’s the poop scoop. By the ay, our weather is nuts, 17C to 23C on the weekend. Yesterday, the temps went up to 32 feeling like 40 with the humidex only to fall back to 15 today. Nuts!

Period Horror...it really should be about giving birth but this week it is about horror films that take place from a time in the past. Wandering through the Shelves picked a good theme this week so here are my 3...

1. SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE-2000


Willem Dafoe should have won an Oscar for his performance as a vampire playing Max Schreck playing the vampire, Nosferatu, in FW Murnau’s 1922 film of the same name. This is horrific but quite funny movie as a film crew travels to the Czech Republic to make a very famous expressionist film, now considered one of the best vampire films ever made. Job Malkovich plays F. W. Murnau, the famous German director trying to keep everyone happy especially the vampire who just wants to suck everyone’s blood.  I would suggest to see the great 1922 film, Nosferatu, before seeing this film just because it is worth it.

2. WOMAN IN BLACK-2015


This film stars Daniel Radcliffe as a widower with his young son who travel to an isolated town with a very scary home that he must oversee after the death of the owner. He doesn’t believe the talk about the woman in black and many residents resent this man who has doubts, but, soon, the young man starts seeing this freaky chick and talks to the only person who befriends him. A very spooky tale full of atmosphere that was not one just for shock. It's well done and worth a look.

3. CRIMSON PEAK-2015


A young blonde innocent( well, she couldn’t be dark haired could she?) marries a noble man and travels back to his estate to meet his creepy sister. The gal soon sees things that can’t be believed and notices that sis seems to have the hots for her brother, her husband. Ewwwwww. There are some good scenes in this film but I was disappointed by it because I was expecting more but the ending seem to have gotten away from the writers. Tom Huddleston  was neither here nor there as the man loved by 2 women and Jessica Chastain, who plays his sister, was just too much. It’s ok to watch on tv but if a better movie shows up, watch that instead. I might give it a second chance but I was expecting more.

Which 3 would you choose?

49 comments:

  1. Sorry about the procedure. Did you get the line about feeling slight discomfort?
    Good choices. Crimson Peak was the first one that came to mind. The Burrowers is also a good one. Although my favorite would be del Toro's The Devil's Backbone. Excellent film.

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    2. I am late replying but, yes, I got the"slight discomfort" crap. I will mark down, The Devil's Backbone since I like Del Toro.

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  2. Hi, Birgit!

    You went through an awful ordeal, dear friend, but have proven yourself to be tough and resilient. Maintaining a sense of humor helps. I wish you and your hubby speedy and complete recoveries.

    Horror is my favorite genre. That said, I prefer films that are set present day or as far back in time as the mid 20th century, but am not as interested in earlier time periods. Therefore all three of these period horror films are new to me. I will make note of them. John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe are heavyweights that I enjoy watching. I am familiar with Daniel Radcliffe because of his romantic involvement with one of my favorite actresses, Erin Darke, star of the TV series Good Girls Revolt and known for her supporting role in the hit series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Mrs. Shady and I enjoyed Jessica Chastain's performance in The Zookeeper's Wife and I would like to see her in Crimson Peak.

    Feel better soon, dear friend BB. I am thinking about you!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and it means a lot. I think you would like Shadow of the Vampire because it is based on Nosferatu which I believe you have seen. The Zookeeper's Wife is an excellent film even though it is sad especially near the beginning with the cute camel.

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  3. LOL. I scanned the title wrong and thought it said Period Humor. Anyway, I saw The Woman in Black but never heard of the other two.
    As for having babies, I had three very different experiences during delivery, with one occurring 15 minutes after arriving at the hospital and nurses yelling 'Don't push!' - I wasn't even undressed yet. Wouldn't change a thing as my boys are my greatest asset in life.

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    1. I think most women would never change a thing. My mom said she didn't even think of the pain afterward but I just don't get that one. I have no kids so that explains it. My mom would never had changed a thing either

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  4. LMAO A+ period horror pun.

    We match on Crimson Peak! I saw The Woman in Black too but I didn't like it, though I wanted to for Radcliffe.

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    1. Glad you like my humor. Crimson Peak is the popular one this week. I liked Woman in Black...very eerie, not just shock value.

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  5. Sorry you're going through so many medical difficulties right now but hopefully they'll be able to straighten everything out and it will all be just an unpleasant memory.

    The only one I saw in full is Woman in Black which I liked quite a bit while still realizing it had flaws.

    I've seen bits of Shadow of the Vampire but really should sit down and give it a proper watch someday.

    Crimson Peak looks to be popular today but I haven't seen it.

    I'm not much of a horror guy but liking period films I've seen more period horror than other types so coming up with three was not hard.

    The Others (2001)-On the English coast during WWII Grace (Nicole Kidman), a young mother with strong religious beliefs lives mostly in darkness with her two children who suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease hoping to hear word of her husband who is missing in action. A sense of dread permeates the house as the daughter claims to see ghosts and ominous events continue to transpire. I’m not a fan of Kidman but she’s good in this solid creeper.

    Interview with the Vampire (1994)-In a San Francisco mansion 200 year old vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) tells the story of his transformation at the hands of the seductive Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) to reporter Daniel Molloy (Christian Slater). He spins a tale of bloodlust, domination and his attempts to break free only to be further enslaved by Lestat’s conversion of Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) a girl Louis holds dear. Cruise is miscast but not a bad adaptation of the book.

    The Haunted Palace (1963)-In the 1760’s condemned warlock Joseph Curwen (Vincent Price) curses a New England village just before being burned alive. Jump forward a century and the kindly Charles Ward (also Price), Curwen's great-great grandson and his wife Ann (Debra Paget) arrive in town to take up residence in Curwen's old mansion assisted by caretaker Simon Orne (Lon Chaney Jr.). But before long the ancient curse overcomes Charles who is driven to evil deeds. Roger Corman directed pastiche of a Poe poem and H. P. Lovecraft novella is a boilerplate 60’s AIP release with Price chewing the scenery most enjoyably.

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    1. Joel! I often think we are in sync with what we like and don't like. I saw the flaws in Woman in Black but I enjoyed the film because it was not just shock value.I love the visuals of Crimson Peak but felt the story got away from the director and I thought Chastain overacted at the end of the film plus couldn't get into Hutchinson. I love The Others and felt the dread and eeriness of the film was similar to the great film The Innocents with Deborah Kerr. Interview With The Vampire was good but Tom Cruise was ok ..yes he was miscast....love the books. I have yet to see The Haunted Palace but I want to as I love Vincent Price.

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  6. We share Crimson Peak. I wasn't a big fan of it either but it's very beautiful visually and the acting is good.

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    1. I agree but felt Chastain overacted at the end but it was very beautiful.

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  7. That is a miserable-sounding procedure. Fingers crossed for good news!

    I adored Shadow of the Vampire - brilliant movie. Woman in Black is on my list to see. For some reason I can't think of any other period horror movies at the moment - Pride & Prejudice with Zombies? (That was pretty fun, actually)

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    1. That is a good pick and I want to see it along with Lincoln Vampire Killer:)

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  8. At least the procedure is over. Here's hoping you get a clean bill of health.

    Interesting picks. All recent. That's unusual for you.

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    1. I know! I almost went with Nosferatu and The Innocents but I chose them before.

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  9. What a horrible ordeal, Birgit! I hope you feel better soon and that there will be good news in the end. Best wishes for you and your hubby. ♥ Mine just had carpel tunnel surgery on his right (dominant) hand and he's having a hard time adjusting.

    As for this week's topic, I'm generally not a big fan of the horror genre, but did enjoy Interview With The Vampire and The Others, as mentioned above. A favourite classic film would be Rebecca. Does that qualify as horror? Or, how about Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie? Love that one!

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    1. I hope your hubby is behaving as mine is..hahahaaa. no he is not! He now feels he can walk our freak dog who is so phobic of the outside that he pulls and lunges to get back home. Thank you for your sweet words and I hope all goes well. Rebecca fits....Miss Danvers...shudder! Marnie fits as well as that gal had an issue with Red. The Birds would fit too.

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  10. I haven't seen any of these.

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  11. Seems like they should have "put you under" for that procedure! Hoping the results turn out good! It seems hard to believe that Daniel Radcliffe could be "old" enough to play a father in a movie. I haven't seen any of these.

    betty

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    1. It was the meds to open up my cervix that made me double over in pain for hours. The dr said there would be a slight discomfort...yeah and the Pope is Muslim. Daniel Radcliffe still seems a kid to me but he could be my kid and I could be a grandmother..ugh, shudder.

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  12. BIRGIT ~
    Glad to hear your husband is getting there. Ick! Both of you have been going through The Nasties, but I hope your biopsy results come back with good news.

    Hmmm.... this Cinema topic didn't bring many titles to my mind, but then I'm not really a big fan of the Horror genre, so no real surprise.

    The only two I could even think of - both of which I like - were 'NOSFERATU' (naturally) and (going in a very different direction) the animated Disney classic 'THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD CRANE' of Sleepy Hollow fame.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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    1. Thanks Stephen...now is the waiting period..um..there's that word again:). Nosferatu is excellent even the remake with Klaus Kinski. The Adventures of Ichabod Crane is an excellent pick and scary actually.

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  13. OMG, Birgit. Ghastly doesn't begin to cover it. Horrific, maybe.

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  14. Birgit, that’s appalling! I hope you have a good outcome to make up for it all.

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  15. I feel so sorry for you. I can't begin to imagine the pain you must have been in and the pain you suffered even after the procedure. I just hope you learn something from all this misery and suffering. BTW, I haven't seen a single one of these films, but I'm not into horror, anyway. Get well soon, dear friend.

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    1. Thank you so much. That was a very unpleasant day but now it is over and the wait begins. I think all will be aok to be honest. Horror is not for everyone and I don't like the slasher flicks but I do like more intelligent films. Watching some nut with a chainsaw walk with a limp towards a dumb ass gal trying to run in high heels down the middle of some road is just not appealing.

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  16. Can't say I'm really a fan of such horror. Definitely not a fan of that procedure, blah, awful by the sounds of it. Hopefully some good results are found, and you aren't told that you are "normal" or some crap when you aren't.

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    1. Horror is not my favourite unless it is an old film or one that seems intelligent. It was a bad day when I got that procedure and glad it is over.

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  17. I'm with you about child birth, Birgit. I can only imagine how rough it is. I used to have a polyp pulled out of my cervix every few years because I wouldn't get a hysterectomy (that eventually happened 2 years ago when a polyp showed signs of cancer). The pain was horrible. Three doses of Aleve didn't work. The last time the Husband came with me. He said he heard me screaming from the waiting room. hahaha. I can laugh now. Medical procedures can be more horrifying than horror films.

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    1. Oh my goodness! You poor thing to have to deal with that so many times. I am glad you got the hysterectomy. I know Aleve would do squat so I am happy I have tylenol 3. You must be happy that you don't have to go through this any more.

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  18. Althoughing filming it might be too much info for everyone, your biopsy sounds like it could be a great horror film. (smile). Hugs-Erika

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  19. I feel sorry for you. Sending healing vibes.

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  20. You describe a disturbing situation. Who needs horror films? I've seen the Woman in Black but not the other two. I know I've seen many films that fit this bill. First that comes to mind is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but then I started thinking of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. For some reason I really liked this film.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You are right that I didn't need horror films that day. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an excellent pick and there are so many films about this story. I have seen the John Barrymore and Spencer Tracy film plus Hammer films but I still have to see the one with Frederic March' I have to see that Lincoln movie because it sounds like fun.

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  21. Oh my goodness, the procedure sounds awful Birgit, you had your own horror scene. I hope you are better now, and that Hubby is doing well.
    I've seen Woman in Black and Crimson Tide. These supernatural films are not really my thing, and the latter I couldn't make head nor tail of it. Take care of yourself, Kate x

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    1. Yesh, Crimson Peak could have been so much better and the ending was just nuts.

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    1. Birgit,

      Well...your procedure sounds awful! Why on earth your doc not put you underl for this is beyond me. I hope your results are good and there's nothing serious going on. Also glad to hear your hubby is on the road to recovery. We're all experiencing things at this stage of life can be troublesome.

      Thanks for the movies suggestions. I haven't see any of these, either. 'Shadow Of The Vampire' filmed as a B&W vintage movie is an excellent idea and Jon Malkovach reprimanding the Count in arrognatly is funny. I kept thinking, that vampire is going to eat him alive but then he'd be out a director. :)

      'The Woman In Black' looks like a good creepy movie and 'Crimson Peak' ooh that one might be too scarry for me but I'm intrigued to watch it. I'm jotting these day to look for them on Netflix. :) BTW, the video for the last movie wasn't the movie trailer. I found one on YT to view, though.

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    2. Thanks for your kind words. The procedure was 10 seconds of hell but the meds to expand my cervix was horrible. She said it would be slight discomfort..?? I don't see that as slight. On google chrome, the videos won't play for some reason so I thought I got the trailer but I didn't thanks for letting me know and watching it!

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  23. I sure the there are quite a number of Period horror movies...not even child birth...Carrie and Ginger Snaps comes to mind.

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