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Thursday, 19 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - Q is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


Q is for ...

Q is always a difficult letter on the AtoZ, but it's one of those letters I have always liked - no idea why *shrug* :). That being said I only have two monsters for you today, but I hope you will like them both.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Marsha Quist (The Howling)

Marsha is a werewolf, and not a very nice one at that. She is the sister of Eddie, who is even nastier and a serial killer to boot.

In the Howling, Karen White, a reporter, is sent to the Colony by her therapist to recover after being stalked by Eddie and helping the police to apprehend him. What Karen and her husband, Bill, do not know is that everyone at the colony is a werewolf.

Marsha uses her feminine charms to try and seduce Bill, and when she is refuted, turns him into a werewolf instead. She's something of a fruit loop, wanting the werewolves to revel in their nature rather than trying to hide in the colony.

The Howling is something of a cheesy 80s movie, but I enjoyed it.

Quetzalcoatl (Q - the Winged Serpent)

You might be surprised, but in this Quetzacoatl is female. She is a winged, dragon-like lizard and in this film takes up residence in The Chrysler Building. Of course she gets hungry, and New Yorkers make a nice snack, which puts her in conflict with the local authorities.

She's also nesting and has a cult of followers performing bizarre Aztec based rituals.

The effects are all stop motion because this movie is from way before CGI and it's not the greatest film, but I needed another Q :)

Q: Do you know any Q movie monsters that I didn't manage to find? What is your favourite stop motion creature?

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - P is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


P is for ...

Be warned, today there is a five red skull monster and several others who are up there in scariness value. P seems to be a letter that loves evil :). Hope everyone is still enjoying the AtoZ and all the wonderful posts. I managed to get way behind at visiting at the end of last week, but I am trying to catch up.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Pennywise (IT (1990, 2017)

This is one scary monster. Pennywise is a clown, but he's not the kind you would like to invite to a birthday party.

He is the personification of an ancient evil in the town of Derry from Stephen King's book IT. He likes to drag people, especially children, down into the sewers under the town, where they float forever with him.

Once you've been got by Pennywise it never ends because he takes your soul as well as your life.

Tim Curry is brilliant as Pennywise in the 1990 made for TV mini-series of IT, and Bill Skarsgard is superbly scary in last year's It movie. Both are worth watching if you like being scared and I look forward to Bill's return in It 2.

Predator

Predator, the movie with every action hero stereotype crammed into one film.

Predators are the game hunters of the universe. Think rich white men with guns, but with spaceships, cloaking technology, alien armour and energy weapons.

In Predator this hunter is up against Arnie as a special forces commando and his team in the Val Verde jungle. The Predator is after trophies, which to him are the skull and spine of the humans  he kills.

He doesn't care that his prey are sentient, or that he has an unfair advantage. All he cares about is his sport.

Predator and Predator 2 are both worth a watch, but I can't say I go a bundle on any of the Predator's other outings.

Puppets (Puppet Master)

Okay, so you thought dolls were creepy, try puppets.

These puppets are called Blade, Tunneler and Pinhead and they were brought to life by Andre Toulon, the last great alchemist. The Nazis wanted to use his knowledge in their war effort, so he killed himself and put his puppets away.

However, fast forward to 1989 and a group of psychics have gathered in Bodega Bay to uncover Toulon's work. Unfortunately for them, one of them had already figured it out and used it to make himself the new puppet master. The puppets may only be small, but they can be deadly.

Blade has a lethal knife, Tunneler's head is a tunnelling screw which can penetrate flesh easily, Pinhead has two huge hands that pack a large punch and they have more friends as well.

There are actually 11 canon films in the Puppet Master franchise and it is being rebooted. I've only seen the first 2 movies and I enjoyed them both, but beware, these puppets are scary.

Pinhead (Hellraiser)
The original Hellraiser film was written and directed by Clive Barker, so we know the monsters are going to be good.

Pinhead is the head of the Cenobites, a group of inter-dimensional explorers who seek carnal experiences and they can no longer distinguish between pain or pleasure.

There is a puzzle box, which, when opened, allows them access to the dimension of, and the person who, opened the box. The victim is them subjected to extremes of sadomasochism ending in their death.

Once upon a time Pinhead was human, but was transformed after he too opened the puzzle box. As Pinhead he has no memory of who he was and is dedicated to serving the deity Leviathan. Of course, with there being 9 Hellraiser films, things change a lot for him over them, but I suggest you watch them to learn more.

Q: So, which is scarier, Pinhead or Pennywise? Any P monsters I should have had on the list?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - O is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


O is for ...

Can you believe how far through we are already. To everyone visiting, if I have no visited you back yet, please accept my apologies, I got behind last week and I am playing catch up - I will get to you I promise. And not on to my monster choices for 'O'.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

The Other Mother (Coraline)

If you haven't seen Coraline, I cannot recommend it more. It is a stop motion dark fantasy adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name. It is brilliant.

One of the reasons it is superb is The Other Mother. Coraline is a young girl who is unsatisfied with her life. She just moved, she has no friends and her parents are so busy with a book project they have little time for her just at the moment. She finds a door into another world where everything seems perfect.

The Other Mother is a perfect version of her own mother, who cooks and does everything for Coraline. But she has buttons for eyes and wants Coraline to let her sew buttons into her eyes too. When Coraline won't let her she isn't so nice. The piccie is from after she's begun to reveal her true self.

Frankly she's a bit terrifying! If I had seen this as a child I am sure I would have been hiding behind cushions.

Count Orlok (Nosferatu)

Okay, so I'm cheating a little because I do have V is for vampire coming up, but how could I do O without the original movie vampire Count Orlok (well almost there are two lost films that predate him).

Nosferatu is an obvious knock off of Dracula and, in fact, we are lucky to be able to see it at all because the producers lost a court case and all copies were ordered destroyed.

Count Orlok is basically Dracula, but, as you can see, he's no where near as pretty as most portrayals of Bram Stoker's original. Orlok is very much vulnerable to daylight, unlike Dracula who is only weakened by it, and it is his nemesis. Other than that he's pretty much the same, sleeping in coffins, preying on others for their blood.

Nosferatu is a classic and well worth seeing at least once.

Ocatman

Octaman is an old fashioned movie monster in that he is a man in a rubber suit. He's from the 1971 film of the same name. Now this movie starts with a voice over, so you can guess the level of story telling, but he's a classic example of the genre, so I had to include him :),

He's the result of radiation in a remote Mexican fishing village. Half man, half octopus he's out to get all those who might threaten him and his creatures. In true monster movie fashion he's also after the girl. There are even also smaller octopi-hybrids that can move on land.

The effects are terrible, but sometimes, that's what makes such films fun :).

Q: What would you do if you suddenly discovered a perfect world you could visit at will - would you stay? Any 'O' monsters I am missing?


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Monday, 16 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - N is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


N is for ...

Half way through the AtoZ - hope we are all still having fun :). I have a few real nasty monsters for you today, so be ready.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Demon Nun (The Conjuring 2)

I so love a horror movie that can scare me and The Conjuring 2 can really do that - all because of the Demon Nun. She's so scary she has her own movie coming out soon too.

Not only does she look creepy, but she is a full on demon, capable of causing what looks like poltergeist activity and taking over people. She is the physical form of Valak, a very powerful entity.

She is also quite capable of killing, but what she really wants is souls. She is very, very scary, coming out of pictures and appearing in shadows. She really gives me the creeps.

The Conjuring 2 is a movie all about the Enfield Haunting in the 70s, although it bears little resemblance to what actually went on, it's a good film. Be ready to hide behind a cushion though.

Niklas (Sint)

Sint is a Dutch horror film, with a hint of comedy. In this reality Sinterklaas was actually an evil bishop with a gang of looters, who was brutally killed by a mob for his villainous ways. When the date of his death coincides with the full moon, he and his goons return as vengeful ghosts.

Niklas is an undead horror out to murder as many as he can as they celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th December. His is virtually unstoppable and in a very bad mood.

Sint it a great film if you like scary horror. It is in Dutch, so be prepared for subtitles though.

Nezulla the Rat Monster

Nezulla is a murderous monster created by scientists in a lab. He is half human and half rat and all malevolence. Thanks to the tampering with his DNA he is also clever and bullet proof.

When he escapes his containment, Nezulla has only one thing in mind, kill those who created him. He also seems to enjoy games as he kills those sent after him one at a time.

I have to admit, this is one movie I have not yet seen - I just can get my hands on it :(. But I want to.

Q: So which is worse, a demon nun or Niklas? Any N monsters I should know about?

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - M is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


M is for ...

Hello and welcome all. M is for monster and I have some good ones for you today. Yesterday all my choices were very much 1 skulls, but today we have a couple of nastier ones too.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Molasar (The Keep)

Now if you visited for G you will know I already mentioned The Keep. Molasar is the bad guy of the piece. The whole keep is a prison designed to keep him in and stop him ravaging the world.

He is at first imprisoned without form, all smoke and not a lot else. However, when Nazi's remove one of the crosses they give him and opening to kill them and, with each kill, he becomes stronger and stronger, slowly taking humanoid form. The picture to the left is about halfway through his evolution.

He has unspecified powers, but shows an abundance of ways to kill others, as well as the ability to heal a human being. He has absolutely no problem lying and encourages allegiance with these falsehoods. He is both a murderous monster and a trickster.

The Keep has many problems as a movie, mostly because it was cut to hell by the production company against the wishes of the director. There is a happy ending floating around somewhere, which was shown on TV once, but the DVD cut doesn't have that part. I still enjoy it immensely though :).

Marshmallow Man (Mr Stay Puft) (Ghostbusters)

So I absolutely had to mention the Mr Stay Puft the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. He is such an original monster and he looks so happy. Like Ray was thinking, how could anyone be afraid of him?

He'd huge and is there to devour all who stand before him. He is Gozer the destroyer. He is also white and looks squishy. Mr Stay Puft is an amazing monster in an amazing film. Ghostbusters is definitely of it's time, but it has become a classic because it is so enjoyable.

Medusa (Clash of the Titans)

Medusa from the original Clash of the Titans is another masterpiece from Ray Harryhausen. Her image has stayed with me since the moment I first saw the film. The CGI'd lady beside her is from the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans.

Medusa is a fantastic monster. A gorgon, she is a fantastic shot with a bow, and anyone who looks her in the eye turns to stone. She is the ultimate badass, with snakes for hair to prove it.

Once she was a woman, but she was cursed, so I always feel sorry for her. The fact that her stare still works after she is dead and her blood is a deadly poison also count to her inclusion in this list.

Mike (Monsters Inc)

Now I suspect even Mike would agree, he's not very scary, but he is definitely a monster. Mike is from the wonderful world of Monsters Inc.. He works with his best friend Sully to make up the most successful scarer team in the business.

Mike is actually a very sweet monster, so much so that his girlfriend, Celia, calls him 'Googlybear'.

He is terrified of Boo, the child, when she comes through to their world, but he backs Sully when he needs him. He also comes into his own when comedy is needed rather than scares.

I love Monsters Inc, it is a fabulous family movie. It has thrills and spills, laughs and just enough drama.

Q: If  you have a monster in your closet, would you prefer Mike or Molasar to have a chat with (no danger involved)? Any M monsters I am missing today?

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