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Excited About Midnight Madness

Song Lyric of the Day:

Stumble in somnambulance so / Pre-dawn corpses come to life / Armies of the dead surviving / Armies of the hungry ones

The Misfits / “Night of the Living Dead

As you know, I’m going to the Toronto International Film Festival this September. So I was very excited to see the Midnight Madness movie lineup released earlier today (I got my info via Twitter). Despite my initial disappointment that the rumors about The Descent 2 being the opening movie proved to be just that, I’m happy with the official lineup. What exactly is Midnight Madness about? Until I find out via firsthand experience, I have only my friend’s description and the TIFF‘s definition:

This popular, iconoclastic midnight programme highlights the weird and the wonderful, including thrillers, chillers and rockumentaries from directors who prefer to work in genres not usually seen in a festival context.

Now that the lineup has been released, I think I’m most excited about the opening movie, Jennifer’s Body (check out the red band trailer at Shock Till You Drop). It stars Megan Fox, but I’m excited because it’s (1) a horror comedy and (2) written by Diablo Cody. I’m also looking forward to Daybreakers, primarily because it’s by the makers of the very funny Australian zombie horror comedy Undead. Go rent it now. A man punches a zombie fish in the face! A zombie fish! In the face! How many movies can claim that?

Since [REC] 2 is part of the lineup, I now have to rent [REC]; I enjoyed the American remake, Quarantine, which started out slow and ended up scaring the living shit out of me and my sister. Good times. And to think, I hear the Spanish original is even scarier. I’m also intriguted by George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead; I’ve seen all of his Dead movies so far, so why would I miss out on seeing the newest one? Last but not least, I’d like to check out The Loved Ones; the director is a newbie and the premise sounds interesting.

[REC] 2 image courtesy of TIFF.net.

The best part about watching all these scary movie
s? Describing them in detail to the hubby. Because there’s nothing Rich loves more than hearing about horror movies. Well, except not having to watch them.

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Three Years (and a Day) of Blogging: The Horror

Song Lyric of the Day:

Time after time those fanatical minds try to rule all the world / Telling us all it’s them who’s in charge of it all / I’ve got a trick, a magic stick, that will make them all fall / We’ve got the power now, motherfuckers; that’s where it belongs

The Flaming Lips / “W.A.N.D.

Yesterday was my third blogging anniversary. Three years of ranting, opinionating, reviewing, blathering, and song-lyric-of-the-day-selecting, and have I learned anything or made any impact on the world? Nah. Although I have come a long way, personally and professionally, since I started. So that’s something, at least.

I missed blogging yesterday on my actual anniversary since I spent most of my weekend incapacitated with a sprained ankle. I was avoiding getting plowed over by a Hummer backing out of a parking space at the mall Saturday morning and stepped in a pothole, temporarily crippling myself. I can’t blame the Hummer driver, though, since I know how hard it is to notice when a five-foot-eight woman walks behind your vehicle. How I spent my weekend:

The Horror, The Horror
I blame AMC‘s Monsterfest and Sci-Fi‘s 13 Days of Halloween. As you know, I’m a huge horror movie buff (it’s hereditary), so how can I resist non-stop horror movies? I had them on all last week at work, half-listening while I worked, determined not to jump or scream if someone came by my cubicle and inadvertently startled me. (If anyone had come by while the original Halloween was on, after everyone around me had already gone home, well, it would’ve been bad.) So since I was bedridden with ice on my ankle most of the weekend, I breezed through some of my DVDs to keep the scary movie momentum going. I watched When a Stranger Calls, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween: Resurrection (I know, I know — it sucks), and Shaun of the Dead for, oh, the thousandth time or so. (Awesome — SotD’s official site is still active.) I also watched most of the special features for DotD and SotD, which provided impressive insight into the special effects and makeup involved. Tomorrow night I’ll be going to Regal’s Halloween 4 & 5 Double Feature. Because I haven’t been jumpy and twitchy enough these last several days.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get ready for bed. While I continue watching Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood on AMC.

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