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I am a teacher in North Dakota.

Frightfest: Oct. 16, 2017

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October 16: Tales of Halloween. Rating: 5/5. Comment: This film anthology was made up of ten different stories told using the same actors and costumes, yet each was unique and different from the rest. It was at times horrifying, funny, and terribly sad. I loved it, and the hubby thought it was really great, too. If you are a fan of Trick ‘r Treat, you will like this, as well.

Peace and love.

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Frightfest: Oct. 14, 2017

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October 14: The Other Side of the Door. Rating: 2/5. Comment: The scariest part of this movie (and the part which left me sobbing) was the drowning of the couple’s baby, and the suicide attempt of the wife due to guilt. The rest of the film (seriously — that all happened in the first, like, twenty minutes) was one consistent let-down after another — does anyone know how to follow warnings properly? For goodness’ sake, if someone tells you, “This is the most important part –– the ONLY important part — and you MUST do as I say for the good of all mankind — AND IF YOU MESS THIS UP YOU WILL DIE,” probably listen close. While the credits rolled on this film, the hubby and I had a discussion in which I reiterated the Fornelli rule that, no matter how grief-stricken and insane I am acting, I am not crazy nor making up the visions of demons (just so he remembers when the time comes).

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 13, 2017 Part II

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Bonus Video, in honor of October 13: Friday the 13th: Part 3. Rating: 3/5. Comment: Who are the hippies? Why’s Chris’s boyfriend twenty-five years older than she is? Who pops popcorn, salts it, then puts it back on the stove? How many times is that chick going to wash her shoulders — doesn’t she know how to shower? What purpose does a window into an outhouse serve? Who gets attacked by a gang in a store and doesn’t call the cops? She really fell asleep in the canoe after all that — without rowing to safety first? Why would she try to hang her attacker instead of simply slitting his throat? All of these questions — and more — will remain unanswered at the end.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 13, 2017 Part I

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October 13: Friday the 13th: Part 2. Rating: 5/5. Comment: Is this movie dated? Yep. It’s older than I am. Now that we’ve acknowledged that, let’s move past it. This flick gave me legit heart palpitations due to the genuine suspense built near the climax. I actually jumped at one part — like, one of my legs literally came off the couch. One of us sincerely shrieked. It was me. I shrieked.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 12, 2017

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October 12: Train to Busan. Rating: 5/5. Comment: I cried so hard during this Korean-made, subtitled zombie fest. I can’t express enough how much you should give it a watch. It definitely deserves a viewing, if you think you can handle the realistic graphics, the intense suspense, and the poignant heroism of main characters thrown into situations they never expected and for which they clearly weren’t ready. I think the reason I am so horrified by zombie movies is three-fold: for one, I am terrified by the idea of catching some illness that will ruin my mind and kill my body but not let me die; for two, taking away our compassion and empathy for the suffering of others makes us no different from any other mindless predator, and I’m much too softhearted for that; and for three, I just can’t even with the zombies. I just can’t.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 11, 2017

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October 11: The Midnight Meat Train. Rating: 3/5. Comment: We became somewhat disgruntled when, about a third of the way through, this movie, which presented itself as that of the realistic serial killer variety, transformed into a supernatural thriller. It doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny, and the plot had wide, gaping holes, but overall this one was okay, mainly due to the great actors that played in it.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 10, 2017

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October 10: The Curse of Chucky. Rating: 3/5. Comment: Even though we didn’t watch almost any of the ones before this, I decided to try this one out tonight as I figured indiscriminate serial killing antagonist movies could likely be watched in any order. I was right. In fact, I’m glad we checked this out before watching most of the others, because it explains who Chucky actually is and why he died, tying up loose ends from the first movie. Some of the plot was really well done and some of it was a little stilted, but overall this was a decent “Halloween-y” scare. Pro tip: It helps that we watched it in total darkness.

Peace and love.

Frightfest: Oct. 8, 2017

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October 8: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Rating: 2/5. Comment: As much as I wanted to like this movie, I just couldn’t get past the many glaring flaws. How did the motorcyclist avoid hitting the cow AND the jeep? Why would the cop leave a shotgun in the car with a suspect’s family member? How did the fiance’s brother know where to look for her after she took off in the woods and wound up at the slaughterhouse? Granted, the graphic special effects were realistic and sadistic. Overall, I have to give this one two huge thumbs down.

Peace and love.