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Saturday, 21 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - S is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


S is for ... Sharks

Today we have another theme within a theme post, because what list of movie monsters would be complete without sharks? It was a bit of a shock when I realised I can name more shark movies than I can werewolf movies! I have chosen just five :)

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

3-Headed Shark (3-Headed Shark Attack)

The 3-headed shark is an Asylum special. The Asylum specialise in crazy monster movies and mock-busters and they have some of the most diversely cast films out there. They have low budgets, but often great scripts (although I can't always attest to the great acting).

The 3-headed shark is a mutated great white and chomps its way through cast members like Jaws could only dream about.

You'll be glad to know this is the sequel to 2-headed shark attack, and it has its own sequel called 5-headed shark attack. They're silly, but lots of fun and I chose this one because it has Danny Trejo.

Ghost Shark

This is one badass shark. In life it ate the fish a fisherman had his eye on, so they tortured it to death. Little did they know its body would end up in a supernatural cave at the bottom of the ocean, that brought back its spirit for revenge.

We can't really blame the shark for going after its killers in this one, in fact it's a time for cheering, but then it decides its going to take revenge on all humans in general. Its ghostly powers means it can attack through any source of water, be it a river or a bowl.

This film has a ridiculous premise, but it goes for it and it's highly entertaining. There is even a Ghost Shark 2!

Jaws

Of course I could not mention sharks without the classic.

Jaws was the first movie that made us afraid to go into the water. The shark is a rogue great white that terrorises beach-goers on Amity Island in New England. Of course the shark's arrival has to coincide with the 4th July.

Some of the most iconic shots in Jaws were created because the mechanical shark didn't work as well as it was supposed to. I can only imagine what the film would have been like with more shark, because this is one terrifying monster anyway.

My husband and I watched this movie again the other night and, I have to say, when it comes to shark against Quint, I was rooting for the shark! But I do love Roy Schieder, so when it came to Chief Brody vs shark I had to root for Brody.

Sharknado

Don't you just love portmanteus? :) Sharknado is exactly what you think it is, a waterspout tornado with sharks in it. The movie is a comedy and hence the laws of physics do not apply as strictly as if it was straight sci-fi.

In this movie a waterspout dumps sharks from the ocean onto LA and the sharks proceed to eat people. No, I am not kidding.

It's a silly movie, but they're up to number 5 now, so they have to be doing something right. Yes, I have all of them.

Snow Shark

And you thought a tornado of sharks was silly, wait until you hear about the last monster I have for you.

There's been an earthquake near a small New York town, and subsequently some strange animal deaths. Of course intrepid biologists want to know what is going on. They both die for their science as they discover the creature - the snow shark!

This is a prehistoric beasty that can swim through snow rather than water and it  has a taste for human flesh. No one standing in the snow is safe!

I feel there should be a Dun Dun Dun at the end of each of these descriptions :) I was rather surprised to realise I can count more shark monster movies off the top of my head than werewolf movies.

Q: So, which shark would you least like to go up against? Do you have any favourite shark movies I have not mentioned?

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Friday, 20 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - R is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


R is for ...

Greetings and welcome on R day for the AtoZChallenge. Most of my monsters today aren't overly scary, but to make up for Q having so few, there are 5. Hope everyone is well and enjoys my picks.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Rowan North (Ghostbusters)

Rowan North is the epitome of whiny man-child who isn't recognised by those he feels are inferior to him, so he wants to destroy things. In his case, the world.

He is a mad scientist who has developed devices to summon ghosts, which will open a portal to the ghost dimension and bring about the apocalypse. As a human he is a monster who cares for no one but himself.

Later he becomes a real monster is still a whiny man-child, just a more powerful one. He's a great villain with no redeeming features at all.

Raven the Shadmock (The Monster Club)

A Shadmock is a monster hybrid of vampire, werewolf and ghoul of some combination. Raven is a shadmock and lives a reclusive lonely life.

Shadmocks only have one supernatural ability - they whistle.

The whistling is an emotional reaction they find difficult to control, hence Raven's hermit type existence.

Whistling might not seem like a particularly horrific monster thing to do, but a Shadmock's whistle can destroy in terrible ways.

Raven is a sad figure and to be pitied, especially when he is a very kind monster who cannot help what he is.

I'll let Vincent Price explain monster family trees :).


The Red Queen (Resident Evil)

The Red Queen is an artificial intelligence created by the Umbrella Corporation. In the original Resident Evil film she run their base called The Hive. When the Hive is contaminated by the T-virus she shuts it down and kills everyone inside.

She is monstrous to our human sensibilities because she has no feelings and does what she has been programmed to do. She kills at will to complete her task and cannot be reasoned with, only blackmailed, since her own existence is important to her.

In Resident Evil she is only part of the enemy, but she's a really great part. The Resident Evil films are basically post-apocalyptic zombie movies, which I don't usually like, but there's something about them that just grabs me.

Darryl Revok (Scanners)

Scanners are human beings altered as fetuses by the drug ephemerol, which was designed to relieve adverse symptoms of pregnancy. Those exposed to it developed psychic powers including telepathy with a side of mind control, empathy and psychokinesis.

However, many lose control of their powers, unable to deal with the voices their hear in their heads and go insane, or turn to anyway of suppressing what their hear.

Revok is a scanner who successfully controls his powers. He also has a network of scanners at his disposal and has a habit of killing any scanner who refuses to join him. When a human is scanned at full power, or another scanner is scanned by a scanner stronger than them, it can result in physiological reactions so extreme their heads literally explode. Revok is very good at using this technique to remove anyone in his way.

He see humans as tools and is perfectly happy to control them any way he sees fit. He is a monster with a human face.

I love the Scanners franchise. The first is a David Cronenberg, with lots of gore and spy level stuff going on, and they get cheesier from there, through Scanners II: The New Order and Scanner III: The Takeover, with Scanner Cop and Scanner Cop II as spin-offs.

Have the first head exploding scene from Scanners from youtube.


The Rabbit of Caerbannog (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

This rabbit has "wee pointy teeth" and it'll have your head off in a second. This is no fluffy bunny we're dealing with. Of course it has 5 red skulls, because what's scarier than a killer rabbit? ;)

This rabbit guards the cave where the location of the Holy Grail is inscribed on the wall in the hand of Jospeh of Arimathea himself.

What could possibly have created this evil beast is a mystery. Maybe it was the hand of god himself, to make sure only the worthy could reach the cave. We may never know. Only the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is a match for this monster.

Q: Which is your favourite Monty Python film? What other R monsters have I missed?

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - Q is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


Q is for ...

Q is always a difficult letter on the AtoZ, but it's one of those letters I have always liked - no idea why *shrug* :). That being said I only have two monsters for you today, but I hope you will like them both.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Marsha Quist (The Howling)

Marsha is a werewolf, and not a very nice one at that. She is the sister of Eddie, who is even nastier and a serial killer to boot.

In the Howling, Karen White, a reporter, is sent to the Colony by her therapist to recover after being stalked by Eddie and helping the police to apprehend him. What Karen and her husband, Bill, do not know is that everyone at the colony is a werewolf.

Marsha uses her feminine charms to try and seduce Bill, and when she is refuted, turns him into a werewolf instead. She's something of a fruit loop, wanting the werewolves to revel in their nature rather than trying to hide in the colony.

The Howling is something of a cheesy 80s movie, but I enjoyed it.

Quetzalcoatl (Q - the Winged Serpent)

You might be surprised, but in this Quetzacoatl is female. She is a winged, dragon-like lizard and in this film takes up residence in The Chrysler Building. Of course she gets hungry, and New Yorkers make a nice snack, which puts her in conflict with the local authorities.

She's also nesting and has a cult of followers performing bizarre Aztec based rituals.

The effects are all stop motion because this movie is from way before CGI and it's not the greatest film, but I needed another Q :)

Q: Do you know any Q movie monsters that I didn't manage to find? What is your favourite stop motion creature?

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - P is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


P is for ...

Be warned, today there is a five red skull monster and several others who are up there in scariness value. P seems to be a letter that loves evil :). Hope everyone is still enjoying the AtoZ and all the wonderful posts. I managed to get way behind at visiting at the end of last week, but I am trying to catch up.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Pennywise (IT (1990, 2017)

This is one scary monster. Pennywise is a clown, but he's not the kind you would like to invite to a birthday party.

He is the personification of an ancient evil in the town of Derry from Stephen King's book IT. He likes to drag people, especially children, down into the sewers under the town, where they float forever with him.

Once you've been got by Pennywise it never ends because he takes your soul as well as your life.

Tim Curry is brilliant as Pennywise in the 1990 made for TV mini-series of IT, and Bill Skarsgard is superbly scary in last year's It movie. Both are worth watching if you like being scared and I look forward to Bill's return in It 2.

Predator

Predator, the movie with every action hero stereotype crammed into one film.

Predators are the game hunters of the universe. Think rich white men with guns, but with spaceships, cloaking technology, alien armour and energy weapons.

In Predator this hunter is up against Arnie as a special forces commando and his team in the Val Verde jungle. The Predator is after trophies, which to him are the skull and spine of the humans  he kills.

He doesn't care that his prey are sentient, or that he has an unfair advantage. All he cares about is his sport.

Predator and Predator 2 are both worth a watch, but I can't say I go a bundle on any of the Predator's other outings.

Puppets (Puppet Master)

Okay, so you thought dolls were creepy, try puppets.

These puppets are called Blade, Tunneler and Pinhead and they were brought to life by Andre Toulon, the last great alchemist. The Nazis wanted to use his knowledge in their war effort, so he killed himself and put his puppets away.

However, fast forward to 1989 and a group of psychics have gathered in Bodega Bay to uncover Toulon's work. Unfortunately for them, one of them had already figured it out and used it to make himself the new puppet master. The puppets may only be small, but they can be deadly.

Blade has a lethal knife, Tunneler's head is a tunnelling screw which can penetrate flesh easily, Pinhead has two huge hands that pack a large punch and they have more friends as well.

There are actually 11 canon films in the Puppet Master franchise and it is being rebooted. I've only seen the first 2 movies and I enjoyed them both, but beware, these puppets are scary.

Pinhead (Hellraiser)
The original Hellraiser film was written and directed by Clive Barker, so we know the monsters are going to be good.

Pinhead is the head of the Cenobites, a group of inter-dimensional explorers who seek carnal experiences and they can no longer distinguish between pain or pleasure.

There is a puzzle box, which, when opened, allows them access to the dimension of, and the person who, opened the box. The victim is them subjected to extremes of sadomasochism ending in their death.

Once upon a time Pinhead was human, but was transformed after he too opened the puzzle box. As Pinhead he has no memory of who he was and is dedicated to serving the deity Leviathan. Of course, with there being 9 Hellraiser films, things change a lot for him over them, but I suggest you watch them to learn more.

Q: So, which is scarier, Pinhead or Pennywise? Any P monsters I should have had on the list?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - O is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


O is for ...

Can you believe how far through we are already. To everyone visiting, if I have no visited you back yet, please accept my apologies, I got behind last week and I am playing catch up - I will get to you I promise. And not on to my monster choices for 'O'.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

The Other Mother (Coraline)

If you haven't seen Coraline, I cannot recommend it more. It is a stop motion dark fantasy adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name. It is brilliant.

One of the reasons it is superb is The Other Mother. Coraline is a young girl who is unsatisfied with her life. She just moved, she has no friends and her parents are so busy with a book project they have little time for her just at the moment. She finds a door into another world where everything seems perfect.

The Other Mother is a perfect version of her own mother, who cooks and does everything for Coraline. But she has buttons for eyes and wants Coraline to let her sew buttons into her eyes too. When Coraline won't let her she isn't so nice. The piccie is from after she's begun to reveal her true self.

Frankly she's a bit terrifying! If I had seen this as a child I am sure I would have been hiding behind cushions.

Count Orlok (Nosferatu)

Okay, so I'm cheating a little because I do have V is for vampire coming up, but how could I do O without the original movie vampire Count Orlok (well almost there are two lost films that predate him).

Nosferatu is an obvious knock off of Dracula and, in fact, we are lucky to be able to see it at all because the producers lost a court case and all copies were ordered destroyed.

Count Orlok is basically Dracula, but, as you can see, he's no where near as pretty as most portrayals of Bram Stoker's original. Orlok is very much vulnerable to daylight, unlike Dracula who is only weakened by it, and it is his nemesis. Other than that he's pretty much the same, sleeping in coffins, preying on others for their blood.

Nosferatu is a classic and well worth seeing at least once.

Ocatman

Octaman is an old fashioned movie monster in that he is a man in a rubber suit. He's from the 1971 film of the same name. Now this movie starts with a voice over, so you can guess the level of story telling, but he's a classic example of the genre, so I had to include him :),

He's the result of radiation in a remote Mexican fishing village. Half man, half octopus he's out to get all those who might threaten him and his creatures. In true monster movie fashion he's also after the girl. There are even also smaller octopi-hybrids that can move on land.

The effects are terrible, but sometimes, that's what makes such films fun :).

Q: What would you do if you suddenly discovered a perfect world you could visit at will - would you stay? Any 'O' monsters I am missing?


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