“There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.”

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So says Uncle Stevie, aka Stephen King, who was actually quoting Lon Chaney in his interview with Bangor Daily News.

BDN went to King for commentary on why he chose a clown as the face of evil in his novel IT, and why he thinks clowns are so scary. His “expert” opinion is interesting, especially in light of the creepy clowns in South Carolina who were reportedly trying to lure kids into the woods. (Reports have now spread to North Carolina, where a local man chased a creepy-masked clown into the woods, machete in hand, according to The Washington Post. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, boils and ghouls!)

King compared the situation to other “low-level hysteria” phenomena like The Slender Man, but the article notes that people have turned to clowns to scare and prank the public in the past in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

The article is an amusing, quick blurb of a read, but like most clowns, it made me smile uneasily. I love King’s take on the situation, but at the end of the day, I’m grateful it’s not MY town with the clown infestation!

“Lon Chaney said (or is reputed to have said), ‘There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.’ Meaning, I suppose, a clown seen outside of its normal milieu, in the circus or at the fair,” King said. “If I saw a clown lurking under a lonely bridge (or peering up at me from a sewer grate, with or without balloons), I’d be scared, too.”Pennywise-featured-2.jpg

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in the upcoming IT, due out September 2017.

Charge the lines, create the vortex, break the barriers.

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Break the barriers, indeed! I saw Ghostbusters last night and was thrilled with what Paul Feig and his talented cast have created. The kerfuffle over the new flick can finally be put to rest: women are funny, (as is Chris Hemsworth), they certainly can be badass, and no childhoods were harmed in the viewing of this film. It was not mass hysteria! It was fantastic, phantasmic fun! If anything, my love of the ghostbusting universe just grew tenfold and to top it off, I spent a Saturday night laughing heartily and making memories with my family (which includes two young female Ghostbusters fans).

I was only six when the original boys in gray hit the streets of NYC to bust ghosts in 1984, but I recall renting the movie on VHS and watching it on many weekends and at sleepovers as a kid. I laughed at the antics, I squealed in excitement and fear over taxi cab corpses and at a class five free roaming vapor with hotdogs falling from his mouth. I wanted to be a paranormal investigator. I wanted to bust ghosts, too. The only movie I wanted to rent as often was Pee Wee’s Big Adventure or Fright Night (or sometimes Witchboard, if my older brother was around to convince my parents).

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I remember trading my cousin Allen all of the Little Debbie snack cakes from my lunch box for a week straight for his Ghostbusters soundtrack on cassette (my favorite tune not being “Ghostbusters” by  Ray Parker, Jr. – which you could see on MTV or hear on the radio pretty often – but rather the instrumental “Main Title Theme (Ghostbusters)” that I could only hear in the movie or on the cassette. When I listened to it on my little red boombox, I was instantly whisked back into the movie, envisioning Venkman and the boys climbing twenty flights of stairs to Dana’s apartment and trying not to barf!)

So yeah, you could say I’ve been a Ghostbusters fan for awhile. I introduced the movie to my pixies when they were about five and three years old, and we took them to see it on the big screen for the 30th anniversary two years ago. At this stage of their young lives, (ten and twelve), they can quote the movie, name the characters and give you insights and opinions on things like only kids can. (“Why is Dana always in her bra or towel in the second movie?” “I don’t like Jennine as much in the second one…I liked her better with Egon.”) Yes, they were somewhat nitpicky about the 1989 Ghostbusters II, and while they enjoyed it, they didn’t like it as much as the original. (But who does, honestly?) So I was curious what they would think about this new flick with a new cast and adventure.

And let me be honest… when it was first announced that there would be a remake of Ghostbusters, my first thought was WHY?! How could you recast and remake a movie that is lightning-in-a-bottle perfect? How could you recreate the chemistry and comedy and the eerie eighties effects? Simply put, you can’t. But that was also my concern when Anton Yelchin became Charlie Brewster and Colin Farrell took on the role of Jerry Dandridge in 2011’s Fright Night. I was skeptical going into the theatre to see it opening weekend but walked out impressed and enthralled by the performances, the music, the effects and the essence they captured from the original film that spiced the new version. (Too bad the same couldn’t be said about 2015’s Poltergeist!) The new Ghostbusters movie has made it’s own magic with it’s strong and talented cast. They captured a bit of that charming quality from 1984 and coupled it with a new and exciting story. I can’t wait to watch it again.

As for my pixies, well, they couldn’t stop talking about it… favorite characters (Patty, Kevin and Holtzmann) funny lines, (“You know an aquarium is a submarine for fish”), and awesome effects (Autumn now wants to cosplay as the first apparition we meet in the movie.) Ghostbusters is Pixie Approved! They are thrilled that they get to have their own ghostbusting team for their generation and that they, as little women, are represented in a genre comedy on the big screen. It’s magic. It gave me goosebumps. What more could you want?

Specifics?

Okay. A bit spoilery, but I won’t go crazy with details…

 

 

 

 

Jillian Holtzmann. She was my favorite character! She’s zany and hilarious, but also the brains and brawn, too. I loved how we got to see her in action, not only toasting ghosts while licking her blaster, but creating the tools they needed for their job. She was kick-ass and I so want to be her! (Maybe for Halloween?) She’s the embodiment of the paranormal investigator that I wanted to be as a child in the ’80s!

Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth showed off his comedic skills as Kevin and had some fun one-liners that have kept us laughing all weekend. He did a great job in the gender-reversed the role of the ditzy blonde secretary quite nicely. (“Why do they call him ‘beefcake?’ Beef is not attractive.”)

Leslie Jones. Jones is one of my favorites on SNL right now. She was my big buy-in on this flick and helped me get more and more excited about this new universe Feig was creating. Jones did not disappoint in the role of Patty. THE POWER OF PATTY COMPELS YOU! 

The ghosts! The glorious, creepy, eerily beautiful ghosts! The effects were well done and I’m guessing would be even more gorgeous in 3D or IMAX, which I’m really looking forward to. (NOTE: I bought our tickets online for a 3D viewing but upon our arrival at the theatre, we were told there was a mistake and the viewing wasn’t actually in 3D. We were given passes to see the glorious, creepy, eerily beautiful ghosts in 3D next time, though, so there’s that.)

The details. I love that we saw more of the equipment being created and explanations for all sorts of little things that maybe just happen in the original. We see our group coming together, yes, but other things were interesting to see happen, too. How’d they come up with the name? The logo? Why is NYC suddenly overrun with ghouls? Also, the little allusions to other movies I love (Jaws anyone?) It was a fully developed story and I enjoyed that (even if it meant they didn’t actually get the awesome firehouse building…or did they?)

I like cameos. Cameos are my favorite. So much awesome. Just watch and enjoy as they roll out the wonderful cameos! I only wish we could’ve seen the late, great Harold Ramis pop up somewhere. It was nice that they dedicated the film to him in the credits, though. And speaking of credits…

For the love of Gozer, STAY AFTER THE CREDITS! Why I have to tell people in this day and age is beyond me, but please stay for the upbeat, dancey credits and for the after-credits scene. You’ll be glad you did.

 

That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say. Go see it and have fun and laugh and giggle, then come back and we can discuss in more detail.

BOO-YA! Emphasis on BOO!

Smokin’ Summer Read

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I’m an 80s kid at heart and I love a good compilation, so when I read that Joe Hill created a playlist of songs he listened to while writing his now bestselling novel, The Fireman, I had to give it a listen. Any compilation including Elvis, Bowie and Nine Inch Nails is fine by me, but throw in some dark Chim-Chim Cher-ee and I’m really sold!

Check out his list here. 
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Much like when I read Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane, I’m savoring this one and reading it when I have those quiet moments to myself (these are rare moments, mind you, as an easily distracted stay-at-home-mom). So far, The Fireman has really drawn me in and left me thinking about it even when it’s not in my hands (or when I’m not listening to Kate Mulgrew’s sizzling narration through my headphones).

Joe Hill is excellent at weaving supernatural landscapes in each of his novels and The Fireman is no exception. I’m finding myself really empathizing with Harper and her need to find the silver lining in every situation. She’s entertained by classic Disney, is drawn to taking care of others and tries to remain an optimist even in the worst of times. All things you might find in my personal carpetbag, methinks (I wonder if she gets laughing jags after 10pm, too?) But The Fireman is certainly not all rainbows and little drops of sugar. It’s an eerie, cinder-ridden backdrop of fear and flame, an apocalypse unfolding as we follow Harper on her journey.

I’m not sure where that journey ends yet (NO SPOILERS, folks!) but I’m happy to have Joe Hill’s soundtrack to accompany me on my adventure. I’m taking my time with this one, because with every book, when it’s complete, there is a sense of bittersweet.

“You must really like Halloween…”

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If you’re anything like me, you’re already counting down the days until Halloween (154!) So when you find out amazing news, like this preorder for Sam exists, it’s almost as joyous as the chocolatey/fruity scent you get from sniffing your sack full of Halloween treats!

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via Mezco Toys

As described by Mezco…

“Sam comes complete with his infamous and mysterious sack and his deadly oversized lollipop. He wears his film accurate removable hood mask and his orange footie pajamas. Sam stands 10″ tall, features 5 points of articulation, and comes packaged in a collector friendly, specially die-cut window box.”

This little demonic darling from Living Dead Dolls ships sometime in October. I can’t wait to see him hanging out on my bookcase next to my Coraline doll. They’ll be best buds with button eyes! O_O

Christmas in April!

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Yes, it’s April and everyone is dreaming of sunny skies and warmer days instead of a white Christmas, but Krampus has arrived on DVD (and streaming, of course) to treat all the boils and ghouls who enjoy a good scare and a hearty laugh!

I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t mix my December delights with other months of the year, but I made an exception for Krampus. I’ve been so excited to see it again, it doesn’t matter if the bees are buzzing and the flowers are in bloom. As soon as I got a day where April showers hit my town, I closed the blinds and pressed play to watch Krampus again.

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I originally saw Krampus back in December when it first hit theaters and was amused and enamored, reveling in both the holiday glow and the creepy antics thrown our way. (There are even some homages to other Christmas classics if you know your xmas flicks!)

Michael Dougherty, the man behind another holiday favorite, Trick ‘r Treat (2007), mingles a sentimental whimsy with family disfunction and frightening fairytale horror. The result makes for an eerily entertaining flick that I immediately wanted to watch again. It’s like mixing a cup of Gremlins with a dash of It’s a Wonderful Life… It’s funny and unsettling and by the end, you’re eager for another viewing.

Much like Trick ‘r Treat did for Halloween, Krampus is thick with holiday tradition and fun, but also delivers on the scares. I’m not just talking about the usual scenes that make you jump, either. I’m talking creepy monsters (some of which are costumed and not just CGI), scary sound effects (that Jack in the Box scream!), a beautifully eerie animation flashback (ala Coraline) that will make you as warm and fuzzy as any Rankin/Bass Christmas special, and suspense that will leave you biting at your nails. Still, it’s really not a gory film at all and can be pretty lighthearted, at times, as well. The cast is strong and the soundtrack plays on both the dark happenings and the lightheartedness of the film and makes for an overall fun hour and a half.

At home I viewed the iTunes version of the movie, which included a gag reel, alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes.

My suggestion to you is to crank the AC and snuggle under a blanket with popcorn and hot cocoa and welcome the holiday spirit into your living room… even if that holiday spirit is evil and creepy as hell!

Just when you thought it was safe…

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…to go back to the shoe store?!

I’ve never owned a pair of Sperry in my life, (probably because Jaws scared me enough as a youngling that I never had the urge to go out on a boat), but I certainly would dig a pair of these!   (I’m looking at you, Seacoast Shark shoe!)

Even the box and blood-soaked packaging is spiffy!

Which are you most looking forward to sporting when they go on sale on May 5th?

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Check in. Unpack. Relax. Take a shower.

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“We accept her! One of us! One of us!”

Okay, so I couldn’t resist starting with a quote. I fear that will be the case from time to time, boils and ghouls, so I hope you don’t mind. But I like this quote, not just because it’s from a disturbing movie I first saw on Dialing for Dollars as a kid, but also because it feels somewhat fitting for what I’m attempting to achieve with this blog.

I want to write and chat about horror movies, creepy fiction, frightening television and the like. I plan to discuss and review new movies, old shows, crazy collectibles, and all sorts of stuff in between. I’m sure there are plenty of other blogs and pages out there that aim to do the same, but I’m hoping that I’m coming at it from a different angle… That of a thirty-something year old female who is performing in the circus sideshow as a mom, wife and pop culture obsessed chick.

No one ever said I had to grow up.

I chose the name MOMster Movies because, hey, I have kids and I love horror pictures. Novel, right? But I also haven’t really found another place online where I feel like my favorite genre and my life collide to create a horrifically happy marriage.

So what am I aiming for? Not just women, and not simply horror. I’m thinking topics like “When should I introduce my tween to horror movies?” needs discussing. Nostalgia trips discussing classic movies and shows, favorite books and comics. I’m sure you’ll also get subjects like, “Here’s my two day old discussion of The Walking Dead (because my kid was up sick on Sunday night and I didn’t get to watch it on time).”

Sound like your sort of freakish fun? Check in. Unpack. Relax… you get the idea.

In short: I am a horror loving, pop culture obsessed female who is married with children and I want to connect, discuss and run amok with you on these fandoms.

Join me, won’t you?