Friday, December 7, 2018

Van Helsing

Van Helsing

This movie starts out in black and white, taking you back to Transylvania, Romania, 1887 with the classic iconic Victor Frankenstein just bringing his monster to life.
Dracula is there to oversee and wait for his chance to take over and control the monster.
As Dracula attacks Frankenstein and kills him, the monster retaliates, throwing Dracula into the fire.
Monster takes his creator to the classic windmill as the villagers shown at the start who were storming the castle, give chase.

Dracula's brides give chase from there, upset as the windmill catches fire and burns down with Frankenstein and his creation within the fiery tomb.

1 year later in Paris
So enters Van Helsing....Hugh Jackman

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is shown amidst cool weapons and snappy one liners.

The Vatican, Rome
Bennie & the curator from the Mummy movies and he is also in Braveheart, actors: Kevin J. O'Connor and Erick Avari .
A funny friar guy similar to Q from James Bond movies with funny and unique inventions.
Nice crossbow! Great side kick for comic relief.

This movie has great effects but you have to turn up to hear the conversations and then down again during loud action sequences.
Dracula is a bit of a beatnick.

This is a fast paced movie with a not so typical ending.
There are no special scene after credits but the DVD has funny bloopers and extras, some great ones of the background stories.

Not recommended for the kids as there are sexual innuendos and gore.

Belated Halloween Wishes and Update

I hope you all had a fantastic, spooky Halloween this year!
2018 sure has flown by super fast!
I've been sick for several weeks from a trip to San Antonio and it's taken me a while to get better.
BUT! I wanted to update some of the things we did this year.
Although I have gone from the 400 some odd trick or treaters to 5, I am good with that for now as I want to really expand and have something spectacular for people to come all the way out here to see.
That means my own haunt building but that will take me quite a lot of time to afford to do as owning your own home, there are always a ton of other things that have to take priority.
That being said however, I put out a lot more than I have the previous year as I am starting to go through the boxes I have had stashed in the garage. Many of which I still have not opened up at all yet as they are brand new from after Halloween deals.
This year however, we began to built a better entrance for the haunt that I have set up in Bay 5 of my 5 car garage. I do have to say it was a haphazard build and not really measured out too well which means it's crooked and all but you know how that always makes the haunt that much better! It was a start anyway in the front of the garage yet clearing the door so that we could open it up and there it was. Still using black sheets but that will change as I continue with that build next year to add doors and hope to get it all skinned with some Styrofoam and then sculpted as stone and painted or added wood planks for that old decaying and rotting look. I promise I'll post pics of that as I go along.  I also used wood instead of the pvc so it would be stronger and more sturdy. This will tie in for the middle wall so that I can create the route I prefer, a big U for the kids to go in on the right and come out on the left. It also encloses the area and creates the corridor that is narrow so you begin to touch on the claustrophobia and it really makes it a lot more creepy and I can do more with it. This will be a huge improvement for next year instead of the kids going in and coming out.
Picked up some corn stalks and tied them to the shepherd hooks that line my drive and have hanging solar lanterns. These will get changed to all green next year so it's more spooky and tie in better with my winter project.
I did experiment with building a trellis in my garden and grew some birdhouse gourds over it as well as cucumbers. I was hoping that when they died, the leftover vegetation would be nice and creepy but it just wasn't dense enough for me and there are tripping hazards in my garden so that was a no go. I may build some trellises outside of it but again, as the vines and leaves died back, it was much too open. I would have to definitely cover it more. So that's an idea I will put off to the side. It was build with the PVC I had from the other haunted caves interior.
We also got more tombstones out there but it was nowhere near to what I want to get out there nor not even a fraction of what I have in boxes. I really want to get a good cemetery fence going and of course, that means another build! It sure seems like I am starting from scratch in some ways.
Eventually, to start off the haunt, I'll be building a tarot house where I can use it as a front entrance for tarot readings, essential oil sales, and the AromaTouch Massage and then the entrance to a haunt from the back of that building. I hope to tie in things from there and use it as a gateway to each of those interests.
Before that however, I have a few things I need to have built, one being a front porch and then an overhang behind the garage.
Not to mention a greenhouse, garden shed and possible chicken coop and run.
Yea...lots n lots of stuff!
I need to get through the boxes however and start to slim down with what I won't be using and needing and storing what I want to use later for when I can expand.
For now, I have a nice winter project to do. :)
More on that later as I've already started it!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies

Yea...I did watch this one.
All the notes I took on it are the following:
Yea...this was really bad. I mean really bad. All the stereotypes of the title you could think of is in there.
The premise:
Three young snowboarders find themselves in an epic battle for survival when a scientific experiment unleashes a horde of zombies and mutant wildlife in the Austrian Alps.
Well yes and no.
So there are these two older guys on the mountain who made some foul neon green toxic sludge that when put through this contraption, makes fake snow. They have a possible Russian investor there on site to demonstrate it to but he inadvertently gets sprayed into his mouth some of this concoction and of course, he turns into a zombie.
Even have some deer licking away at this foul stuff and of course, they too, become zombie animals attacking people.
The two young guys, one of them has a huge ego and goofs off, snowboarding down naked past a young girl and so thereby loses their sponsor and trudging down to the resort with the irritated girlfriend and seemingly un-phased male friend, they soon realize people are turning into zombies.
This whole thing was pretty far out there and it is described as a horror comedy but it wasn't really funny at all to me.
Except maybe for the very end, after the credits roll by. That had the one funny, chuckling moment. But the rest of the time you will not get back.
Not suitable for kids of course for many different reasons, complete due to the gore as the one lady decides to snow blow the zombies, chucking nastiness all over the place.
Yea. Ok, hopefully I just saved you from watching this one.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ghostbusters (2016)--Who Not To Call

Ghostbusters, Answer the Call.
This movie was a remake of the original  two without continuing on where the others left off story-wise and substituting the male scientists with female ones.
Bad language and not for kids as there are some sexual overtones and innuendos.

There are a lot of nods to the first two movies, same green ghost Slimer, but with his Mrs, a hearse as a repainted vehicle to 'bust ghosts' and you even see the same building being passed up due to it's expense for a spot over an Asian restaurant, to name but a few of the nods. This film even included many cameo performances by the actors, not the character's themselves, but the actors, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson.

This whole plot is about a "...Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square. " (From IMDb: )

The trailers for this movie were so bad, it really made me not want to watch it at all. I had heard that Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd had wished they had not done the cameos afterall.
It was even more painful to see Chris Hemsworth play a character that was -that- stupid.

I did enjoy the nods to the original two movies and really liked seeing our beloved actors in it, but it was so sad to see this whole movie be this bad. I really wish they could have gone with what Dan and Harold were once working on for a 3rd installment instead. It was nice they had a "For Harold Ramis" at the end of this but I have a feeling he would have been very upset to have seen this version.
I don't like to put down a movie, but this is not one I will include in my collection.
RIP Harold Ramis, we miss you!