Horror Tropes – women in panties

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Women in Panties in Horror flicks

Here’s one for the guys, well most of the guys, and perhaps some of the gals…

Women in panties is a recurring theme in horror movies, especially in the Slasher sub-genre. Hell, if it weren’t for women in panties, there would be no Slumber Party Massacre.

I thought it would be fun to see some of the best shots of women in panties from horror movies through the years. Try and guess the films these ‘best of the best’ shots came from and we’ll see if you were paying attention. You can scroll over the photos to see the answers.

Count how many you have recognized and match it to our grades.
(if you get the actress or the film it counts as a point)

Okay, take a deep breath. Get ready for round 2

Ready?

Go!


1-5 right answers – You’re an amateur, harmless to the world around you.

6-10 right answers – You’ve not been paying much attention to plot details, story lines or character arcs as you’ve been mezmerized by panties in these films. It would be wise to lay off these films for a while and check out some Family Entertainment.

11+ right answers – You’re a stalker and have been looking too close at the panties in all of these films. You’re a vouyer that borders on Peeping Tom and the neighbors were right to call the police on you after finding you in a tree with binocculars.


Thanks to the following for exposing their frilly, silky and colorful undergarments and adding some cheap thrills to our favorite horror flicks:

Addison Timlin, Alexandra Breckenridge, Annable Odette, Anna Faris, Carmen Electra, Debra Deliso, Elisha Cuthbert, Elizabeth Shue, Gail Harris, JoBeth Williams, Katrina Bowden, Kelly Nichols, Linnea Quigley, Megan Fox, Nancy Kyes, Saffron Burrows, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon, and any others that I failed to mention who had aired their unmentionables.


parlor of horror – movie trivia post

 

Movie Theater Displays of Days Gone By

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Movie Theater Displays and Marquees

In the old days the major studios would put some fun displays together for the theaters. Here’s a look at some of those great designs and promotions.


And here’s some theater marquees with some classic films. Less promo but fun to see these films in theaters, some attracting big lines of movie fans.

HR Giger dies at age 74 (1940 – 2014)

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Amazing, other-worldly artist, H.R. Giger died today, 5/13/14 at age 74

Taking in vast influences from Salvador Dali, HP Lovecraft, and his studies of industrial design at The School of Commercial Art of Zurich, he portrayed alien worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy in his monochromatic paint and sculptures. He called his works Biomechanics and they were featured in his popular books, Necronomicon and Necronomicon II.

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His most widely known work was the designer of Alien (also the mutations in sequels) and Prometheus, but he also did work for Species, Poltergeist II, and the poster art for Future Kill. His work was often featured on the cover of Omni Magazine. His artwork is featured on over a dozen album covers and he designed the microphone stand for Korn’s, Jonathan Davis. Giger also designed a signature series of Ibanez Guitars. There are 2 Giger Bars in Switzerland still opened for business today and the infamous NYC Limelight had licensed Giger’s work for the VIP room.

http://www.hrgiger.com

Take a moment to veiw some of his art in this gallery, to honor a man with a unique vision.

Also, check out my previous giger gallery post: Horror art and music, artists – part II

Alien Abduction (2014) – movie review

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Alien Abduction (2014)

Alien encounter films can be the most cliché and ineffective genre of films. There are few that successfully capture their intended horrific atmosphere. Dark Skies did nothing for me. Altered was a snoozer to me. The Knowing? Blah.

With such a generic title, (Alien Abduction – could you think of anything less original) I wasn’t expecting much. It sounded like one of those budget SyFy, cookie-cutter films – you know, with a sexy, big-boobed, military woman, wearing a camouflage, tank-top, tee-shirt and wielding a huge semi-automatic machine gun. However, the trailer looked interesting enough and I decided to give it a try.

Which reminds me, when is Netflix streaming going to make it so you can watch the trailers? The technology is there… get one of your employees in India to spend a day loading them in. I mean, come on already! Am I right?

The film starts and it’s a found footage film. I had no clue from the trailer that it was an FF film. Points off for that.alien abduction 2014 film

A young autistic boy is hyper-attached to his video camera. He barely says ten words in the whole film. His family is on a camping trip to Brown Mountain. On the first night the kids are awakened by strange lights. Emerging from their tents they see strange balls of light in the sky above the peak of Brown Mountain. In the morning, the video camera is dead and they can’t show their parents the footage until the batteries recharge. By that time, they are on the road again and get lost on a back road leading to Brown Mountain‘s summit. With the video camera back in service they come upon abandoned cars. They reach a tunnel in the mountain with cars and vehicles clogging their path. The Dad and his two sons go to investigate while Mom and the daughter stay back at the Caravan. When the men enter the dark tunnel, all hell breaks loose! From that point on, the film turns into a jarring creep-fest as the family is hunted down by aliens. They are picked off, one by one, in a thrilling attack and retreat cycle, which really boosts the tension and elevates the terror of the film.

At times the usual FF techniques are a bit monotonous and all too familiar, but there are enough tense scenes to keep you interested. The anger of the Dad about getting lost seems over-the-top. I remember being on road trips as a boy and my Dad getting mad, but not like that.

alien abduction 2014 pic 5think the quick flashes of aliens in the moving camera adds to the creepiness, showing just enough of the creatures to be freaky. There’s no strong violence in the film – as with most alien encounter films – it relies mostly on mood, atmosphere and suspense, which it does a good job conveying.

If you scoff at the premise of an alien abduction film, you’d be better off to leave this be. And if you dislike FF films, you are best advised to stay away. However if you are okay with both of these concepts, Alien Abduction is a very good entry into this genre. While it doesn’t offer any new ideas to the genre, the first person POV puts you squarely in the action. Decent acting, likable characters, and alien effects/make-up by the Chiodo Brothers make for a well-made film.

A tense alien encounter and abduction film in the found footage style – worth a watch for those who like the genre.

I give the film 3.8 illuminations on the strange lights in the sky scale.

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The film includes interviews of residents who actually witnessed the Brown Mountain Lights, a phenomenon that has occurred frequently in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Foothills for the past century.

Read more about the true phenomenon here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/26/brown-mountain-lights-nc_n_1302204.html

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And, for a completely different veiw/opinion of Alien Abduction 2014, check out the review at John’s Horror Corner

 

Super 8 (2011) – movie review

Summer blockbusters of years gone by:
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Super 8 – (2011)

super 8 posterThis movie is a cross between Stand By Me, and E.T. with a bit of Cloverfield thrown in for some intense action. It is just what you would expect from a collaboration between JJ Abrams (writer/director) and Steven Spielberg (producer). It has all the makings (and perhaps the pitfalls) of a ‘summer blockbuster’ hit – tense moments, high action, laughs, drama, and over-the-top special FX. At the center of the story is a group of young kids trying to make an amateur film for a film contest. I completely identified with this group of youngsters struggling for accomplishment and battling the forces that be to get it done. The young cast was considerably talented playing each of their characters to believability. Sneaking out of the house late one night to film a scene, the youngsters witness a terrible train wreck. Upon closer examination it is clear that something alive and quite unusual has escaped from one of the train cars. The military soon quarantines the small town as they prepare to hunt down the enemy life form.  Some viewers had questions and negative comments about the alien and its motives. I think they were perhaps expecting a Riddley Scott ‘Alien’ type of movie. This alien is more like the one in ‘It Came From Outer Space’ where its only concern is to procure the materials it needs to get home. In fact, the film seems to intentionally mirror a throw-back to older sci-fi films. Like all ‘fantastic story’ films, if you look too close you will find imperfections, that’s just the nature of the beast. In the end, this movie was really about a group of kids forced to grow up very quickly when faced with a serious situation. Make sure you sit through the end credits to see the completed ‘Super-8 film’ submission – an amateur zombie film.
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Precursor: Movies that influenced movies

Precursor: Movies that influenced movies

These are films with striking similarities. In most cases, if you like the blockbuster film, you will like the film that came before it.

There wouldn’t be this, without that…

The Terminator (1984)
This blockbuster movie featured the unstoppable, self-governed, android killing machine. Although it had a relatively small budget sci-fi fans loved its ideas and concepts and helped turn Terminator into a succesful Franchaise. At the time, the film seemed to be a one-of-a-kind look at a possible and dismal future…

however,
11 years prior…

Westworld (1973)
Westworld is a luxury resort for the wealthy, where you could re-enact gunfights and showdowns and live the life of the old west. The reason you are able to shoot the bad guys is they are all actually advanced robot androids. Everything was going well until one android in particular (played by Yul Brenner) was no longer satisfied with constantly losing his gun battles to the inferior humans. He loads his gun with real bullets and becomes… an unstoppable killing machine. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, you can also draw some parallels to Jurassic Park.

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The Matrix (1999)
This mind-bending blockbuster movie melded the real world with the cyber world. It really changed the game for action films and was praised for its modern concepts. It felt like a totally new and unanticipated field in science fiction.

However, It probably would not have been
created if it weren’t for 8 years earlier….

The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Based on a story by Stephen King, a simple-minded landscaper is linked/ interfaced with a computer as a science study for improving intelligence. He becomes a super-genius and within a short time learns how to control aspects of the cyber world with his mind. In the final act of the film, he leaves his physical body and becomes a cyber entity only, as he prepares to take control over all computer systems of the world for his own conquest. The film uses some early CG effects that are not all that impressive by today’s standards but really contrast the advances made in the field within the decade. There is a big nod to The Lawnmower Man at the end of the Matrix, when Neo says, “It will start with a million phone calls…” This line is also the ending of the Lawnmower Man as he tells the scientist how he will connect with all the computers in the world.

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Avatar (2009)
Avatar features a race of different beings that live in a world that honors a sacred tree. The film became a blockbuster hit and won awards for its depiction of this strange new world. The films use of CGI to create a whole new universe of fantasy and sci-fi, is praised by fans and critics…

But six years previous,
a lesser known film…

Kaena – the Prophecy (2003)
A young female rebel wants to know more about her tree bound existence and questions her elders about whether there is something beyond their tree-world. As unseen forces threaten to doom their world it is up to Kaena to discover ancient secrets and save her race from utter annihilation. Decent CGI was praised for creating a convincing and beautiful fantasy and sci-fi world. This film is not nearly as advanced as Avatar but fans of the animation and fantasy/sci-fi genre will enjoy it.

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Alien (1979)
This groundbreaking film brought sci-fi and horror together like no other while overtones of social issues and human conflict highlighted some of the issues of the human condition. The movie featured magnificently filmed spacecraft moving amongst the stars, a small crew in dense confinement that breeds dissention and conflict, and an uninvited visitor that hitches a ride with one of the characters (like a Trojan horse), getting into the secure inner sanctum of the ships confines. Compare that to a film 11 years earlier…

The Green Slime (1968)
It is stunning how the plot points and pacing parallel each other in these films. An unknown life form on a meteor hitches a ride back to the space station on one of the films characters, penetrating the secure inner sanctum of the ship. There is heavy conflict among the two main characters on how best to handle the situation. The alien life form breeds and mutates threatening to take over the whole station. The main concern in the film is to not give this life form a path back to earth where it could breed out of control and threaten mankind’s existence. There are some impressively filmed space craft scenes in this movie for its time. The dialogue is cheesy at times and the acting a bit stiff but those who like B-movies will enjoy this. The aliens are a bit rubbery looking and not all that impressive by today’s measure and seemed more like FX-techniques left over from the 1950’s sci-fi era.

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here are some photos:

more to come….