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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Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

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It was a lot like the time I had ordered David Bowie’s latest album online, then the next day we all were informed that he had died. I was watching Star Trek on MeTV and Chekov (Walter Koenig) could be heard over the ship’s intercom system. I then thought of Anton Yelchin and how he took the part and made it his own. I had thought of Mr. Yelchin the day before they told us all that he had died. Both these times it was like a kick in the stomach.

 

I didn’t just think about this young man’s take on a classic science fiction character. No. I thought about how good of an actor in general he was. And, how likable of an actor he was. (Was? Wow; it’s going to get hard to get used to that). I’ve liked Mr. Yelchin’s work for a number of years before his entrance into the Star Trek universe. It really was his likability that sealed the deal with me. He came off as approachable and down to Earth with his characters. A nice guy actor like Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, or, even James Steward. And, the acting chops to boot. By all the  accounts that are coming out from people that knew him, that worked with him, who loved him, he was very much the nice guy that he came off as on screen.

 

Based on Imdb there are five more of his films coming out, including the new Star Trek film. Five more times we as fans can catch this talented actor perform for us. He will be missed. But, it’s important to remember, no matter how much we fans will miss him, his friends and family will miss him so very much more. Respect.

 

To keep this post topic regarding the theme of this blog here’s a list of genre related titles for you to revisit.

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Terminator Salvation

The Smurfs (voice: Clumsy) This includes the sequel,a couple shorts, and video games

Fright Night (a remake that doesn’t suck)

Odd Thomas

Only Lovers Left Behind

Burying the Ex
And, even though it’s arguably a crime thriller, Green Room has as many frightening sequences as any horror would want to have.

–Charles T. Cochran

My Top 5 2015 Horror Flicks

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Here’s just a quick look at my top favorites in Horror Cinema for 2015. In my opinion it wasn’t a great year for Horror. There’s some outstands films, but not much more than small handful of them. And, it should be noted that I was not able to see every film in release.–Charles T. Cochran

1. Goodnight Mommy

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2. Bone Tomahawk

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3. What We Do in the Shadows

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4. We Are Still Here

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5. Crimson Peak

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FRIGHT METER AWARDS SEEKING SHORT HORROR FILM SUBMISSIONS

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SEEKING SHORT HORROR FILM SUBMISSIONS
(June 29th, 2015)—The Fright Meter Awards Organization is seeking submissions to be considered for the “Best Short Film” award. To be eligible, the short film must be submitted to a film festival or available on social media outlets such as YouTube, Vimeo etc. between December 1st, 2014 and November 30th, 2015 and be available for the Fright Meter Awards Committee to view.
Now in its eighth year, The Fright Meter Awards are presented annually by the Fright Meter Awards Organization, dedicated solely to honoring and recognizing excellence within the horror genre. The nominations and winners are determined by members of the Fright Meter Awards Committee. Past winners of the Fright Meter Award include John Cusack, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rutger Hauer, and Marcia Gay Harden.
The Fright Meter Award Committee consists of horror fans, bloggers, actors, producers, directors, and others involved in the industry. The aim is to select and nominate worthy films regardless of budget, means of release, or popularity. The Fright Meter Awards Organization intends to make the Fright Meter Award one of the most prestigious horror awards given.
If you are interested in having your short film considered, please contact us.
Individuals can visit http://www.frightmeterawards.com for more information about the organization.

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Godzilla 2014–movie review

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This review is late on two different counts. Firstly, I have not written anything for this blog in a long time. Also, it’s a late review of the American version of Godzilla. I had planned on doing a review of this film long before its release. So, even though I’ve been busy with life I stuck with this plan.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the plot. But, I’ll point out that this film is closer to one of the sequels from the original Japanese films than a true remake. It could be viewed as a sequel to an altered past for this character; or a reboot using a structure of a standard sequel where the Big G is a sort of hero battling a bigger menace than he is. And, this is one of the things that this film gets right. It really feels like a Godzilla film. I don’t believe that there’s a single scene or action in this film that wouldn’t be out of place in a Japanese Godzilla film. It has that going for it.

Before I saw the film I heard a friend complain about how long it takes for Godzilla to make an appearance. A wait like this is not uncommon in any of the Japanese films. I had no problem with the wait. But, this introduction leads to the first of two battles Big G has with the Muto; a battle we only get a glimpse of on a live TV report. Even though I didn’t mind the wait, I ended up feeling cheated of some great kaiju action. In fact, we all did. We see a lot of the Muto, which is great. But, it was time for something big to happen with the title character and all we get is a tease. Oh come on!

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Thankfully, the second battle was what I really wanted, even though it was a bit too dark.

I think director, Gareth Edwards has successful moved up from his small low-budgeted kaiju flick, Monsters to this big epic kaiju flick. But, the biggest problem that it has is that the film seems bigger than the main attraction, Godzilla himself! I’m not saying that whole scenes should’ve been cut from the film; I’m saying that most of the scenes could have used some trimming. This has a steady pace and does not really seem to be slow moving. But, this is a big style B movie that runs two hours long. A little tightening up would’ve have helped, big time.

I went to see this film two times. I actually felt that I would liked it better the second time since I didn’t have to worry about my expectations. I was wrong. All the problems I had with it in the first viewing stayed with me and seemed to be amplified. In the end, I think I’ll stick with Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Film rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Carrie – notes

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Some great insight from Kim Newman regarding the new Carrie movie.

The Kim Newman Web Site

NB: these are my notes on the film, not a review – so you might not want to read them if you’ve not seen it yet.

There was a TV miniseries remake of Carrie in 2002, with Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson … not to mention Katt Shea’s The Rage: Carrie 2, with Emily Bergl as a hitherto-unmentioned sister of Stephen King’s (and Brian DePalma’s) Carrie White. So this redo of DePalma’s 1976 adaptation – the original screenwriter (Lawrence D. Cohen) gets a co-writing credit with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa since so much of his script is just reused – isn’t exactly unprecedented. For obvious reasons, none of the screen Carries are fat, spotty and stupid in the way that the novel’s antiheroine is (you have to look to a young Pauline Quirke in Nigel Kneale’s ‘Special Offer’ for a telekinetic who looks like King’s character – though that TV play was…

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