A Story For Father’s Day

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As long as I can remember my Mother took me to movies. It seemed like a weekly event, much like how I do it now on my own. That’s probably why it’s my preferred way to view films, on the big screen.

 

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Now, on the other hand, My Father rarely went to the theater to see a movie. When he did it would be my Mother and I would be there as well. Most of these pictures would be comedies like Airplane! or the latest Pink Panther flick. But, one time we three went to see Visiting Hours. Odd choice, really. Still, it scared the hell out of my Father. It didn’t do much for me, though. A fact that was not lost on my Father.

 

There was only one time, just one time, when my Father took me to see something as Father and Son. That was for my birthday for that year. I would’ve been turning 16 years of age in 1981. At that time it was rare that many movie theaters cared if you were 17 or older to see R rated (or even unrated gore fest, for that matter). I could’ve seen it on my own or with friends. But, this was for my birthday and my Father wanted to take me to see anything I wanted to see.

And, that film was An American Werewolf In London.

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Needless to say we were both impressed. I had already saw The Howling earlier that year, so I had experienced that style of transformation effects. But, my Father was floored, to say the least. He went on about how he was used to The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr. He wasn’t expecting what was presented to us that night.

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The thing is, that was the first and last time we ever went to see a movie together as Father and Son. The film was released in 1981. Eight years later, in 1989, my Father died. An American Werewolf In London isn’t just a fun and scary horror film, it holds a special place in my heart for the reason stated above.

Thanks to John Landis, David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, and Rick Baker for a fond memory of my Father.

–Charles T. Cochran

 

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A Blog that Facebook Views As Dangerous?

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About two hours ago fellow blogger Kweeny Todd announced that Facebook decided to block any link to her blog’s page. No matter what she tried she had no luck in successfully sharing a link. I even tried to do it and, that’s right, no luck on my part. Even fans and friends are prohibited from sharing a link.

I find this rather scary. I mean, let’s get real here! Kweeny does nothing more than write about her love of all things horror. Much like many of us. Like me! Who will be next? You, me, Your mother?

Is it her subject matter they don’t like?

When I tried to share it myself a message popped up that stated the site I was linking to was ‘unsafe’. What does that mean? My visus protection doesn’t think it’s ‘unsafe’. Could it actually be the subject of Horror that they have an issue with?

Whatever the unknown reason is I decided to share her blog and other links that lead to all things Kweeny Todd here. It pisses me off when someone tries to silence me. And, if I want to share something and someone blocks my attempt to do so, I find a way to share it louder!

So check out Kweeny below:

http://kweenytodd.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/demon.kweeny.todd?fref=ts

http://www.myspace.com/demonalissa

http://kweenytodd.tumblr.com/

Feel free to share my blog posting for Kweeny and for us all that simply want our voices heard.–Charles T. Cochran