Monday, November 26, 2012

The Holidays

Time has been flying by! Halloween came and went by, then Thanksgiving snuck up right behind it. I'm not sure where this month went to! I'm ready to get into the holiday spirit, though. Macy's has been trying to get me into the Christmas mood since the day after Halloween, which is a bit unnerving if you think about it. Yeah, I know that they want us to spend our money there when we're buying gifts, but I don't want that shoved into my face the day after my favorite holiday. 

I have been getting more into the holiday spirit after all the Christmas specials have started and some fun holiday festivals are going on by me. I've already watched Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), and part of Frosty the Snowman (1969). It won't really feel like it's Christmas until It's a Wonderful Life (1946), though. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Birthday: Gene Tierney

Happy 92nd Birthday to Gene Tierney! I like a lot of her movies, but I have yet to see Leave Her to Heaven (1945), which I've heard a lot of good things about. My two favorite movies with Gene are The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) and Heaven Can Wait (1943). If you haven't watched these before, then you must! They're both so good!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Birthday: Grace Kelly

This was meant to be posted yesterday, but my Internet was acting up. I blame the little flurries outside for the problem! Happy Birthday to my favorite Hitchcock blonde, Grace Kelly! Not sure I'll be able to get around to watching Rear Window tonight, but I'm definitely going to be watching it soon. It's been too long! I love the dresses!

Monday, November 5, 2012

31 Days of Horror: Day 18: La maschera del demonio 'Black Sunday' (1960)

Black Sunday is one strange movie. I'd describe it as gothic horror. It's about a witch, who while being burned at the stake and smashed in the face with a mask of the devil, puts a curse on the royal family claiming that she will one day return.

Centuries later, two doctors, Dr. Andre Gorobec and Dr. Thomas Kruvajan, are traveling into the city for a medical conference when their carriage breaks outside a crypt, the one containing the old witch's remains. There is glass over the coffin, showing the mask over the woman's face and a cross to ward her off if she were to reawaken.

For some reason, Dr. Kruvajan decides to break into the coffin, destroying the cross and stealing the mask. Clearly, this was an enormously stupid thing to do. His blood drops onto the corpse and reawakens the witch. She will do everything in her power to possess the body of her look-alike descendant, Princess Asa Vajda, no matter how many people she and her servant murder along the way.

I love the atmosphere of this film. The use of light and dark makes scenes extra creepy. You never know what could be lurking around the corner! Especially when you're in a graveyard or a gothic castle with hidden passageways! I also liked that the witch wasn't just a witch, she was a vampire-witch. Vampire-witches are extremely evil! Capable of doing both witchcraft and conniving vampire tricks! She's one villain you don't want to mess with.

This is the first Mario Bava film that I've watched. I plan on watching more because I like his style. If you have Netflix, Black Sunday is currently on instant. The dubbing is a bit horrific at times, but it's still possible to enjoy the film.