Halloween Marathon: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

So far, A Nightmare on Elm Street series haven’t been that bad.  Honestly, at this point in the other series, it was getting a little sketchy for the past two years highlights.  This one only has one a little more iffy one in the second one.  A lot of you have been warning me that its going to go downhill after the first.  I’m starting to wonder if this one seems to be working a little too much for than normal.  However, its not a bad thing. Moving on, we’re on the 5th installment and this one is called Dream Child.  Are they pulling this Dream Warriors, Dream Master and now Dream Child thing a little too far? We’ll see, right?

Let’s go!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

a nightmare on elm street 5 the dream child

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Cast: Lisa Wilcox, Robert Englund, Danny Hassel, Kelly Jo Minter, Erika Anderson, Joe Seely, Nicholas Mele

Alice and Dan has started dating after the last installment.  They have been Freddy Krueger free.  Now, its high school graduation except she starts to realize that she’s falling into dream sequences while she’s awake in a way.  She soon realizes that her friends are being picked off while she is fully awake as well and it makes her wonder how its being done until she learns that she’s pregnant.  It turns out that Freddy is attacking through her unborn son and the only one that can stop him is the spirit of Freddy’s mother, Amanda which she and her friends need to find a way to free before its too late.

a nightmare on elm street 5 the dream child

How to write about Nightmare 5: The Dream Child? Let’s start with some good stuff.

First of all, I appreciate that this one continues to build on the previous story.  On top of that, they managed to still have Lisa Wilcox play Alice and Danny Hassel play Dan.  Its great to have familiar faces.  This time, they have built some new friendships.  One of them is a girl whose mom wants her to become a model called Greta, an aspiring comic book illustrator (or writer?) Mark and a smart girl called Yvonne. The last installment had start this rather predictable turn of events of just the order of how the characters are killed off.  One thing that is intriguing is how Freddy wants to kill in the real world now.  Its not about the Dream Warriors and revenging the ones who killed him.  However, I also like the decision to build on the fact that now we know about his background and how he was conceived and they choose to expand that storyline into his mom, Amanda.

a nightmare on elm street 5 the dream child

Another a good thing is that they use a really creepy kid that we soon learn is the Dream Child which is weirdly the grown up version of her unborn baby.  I always think having kids in movies always add some creepy factors in here.  Although this boy isn’t around a lot, the moments he shows up does add some mystery.  Plus, he is a naive character and seemingly influenced by Freddy Krueger. The only thing is that it feels like he wasn’t built on much.

a nightmare on elm street 5 the dream child

We are slowing inching into the bad of Nightmare 5.  My main criticism are in the kills.  Freddy is now brutal.  Even more than he was taking revenge before.  It seems a little weird to me this choice but in this one, the kills are graphic and truly very disgusting.  I can get that it helps increase the insanity of the character of Freddy.  I just found it was such a huge leap from the previous installments.  Let’s step back to the first one where I thought Johnny Depp’s kill was very gory but it was still just blood and campy and a glorious kill in itself.  But for this one, there was one kill that I found really creative and honestly the effects weren’t bad and its the one up there. For those who have seen this, for two of the characters, it was downright dragged out and explicit and just so unnecessary to be hitting that territory.

a nightmare on elm street 5 the dream child

For that, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was destroyed.  Its sad that one aspect was strong enough for me to go from mildly enjoying it to feeling weirded out and then downright disgusted literally by the movie. I’m not one to be squeamish about slasher flicks and blood and most of the time, gore that even bother me too much but I just feel the way some kill choices went down really made me question where this franchise is going and how they are changing who Freddy is.  I can understand that now that the main deed is done and they still found a way to continue the main story (which is a good decision), that they had to find a way to change it but this was not the way I liked it.

Overall, Dream Child is a below average installment.  It wasn’t the snoozefest that Freddy’s Revenge (Part 2) was but while I can appreciate the efforts, I’m starting to feel that the different directors are finally hitting some bumpy roads as the style starts changing. I just don’t even have enough confidence that there’s a good direction to move on after this one.

Have you seen The Dream Child/Part 5? What are your thoughts?

My Weekly Adventures: Updates, Annoucements and a little more!

Welcome to the next weekly adventures! 🙂

We’re keeping this short and sweet again. These past two weeks have been a lot of catching up and getting ahead with everything.  We’ve had decisions and meetings and changing, adding, removing plans.  Just so much going on but nothing that feels significant for here. Weird, eh? Its been a lot of home and wedding stuff.  Nothing I really want to dive into too much detail.

Still, I tried to keep adventuring something I’m doing. And I have a (hopefully) fun seasonal segment coming up a little later this week.

1) Podcast Update

Lets get a bit of this blogging business out of the way in the first few points!

I’m officially a part of a show with David over at That Moment In. We’re doing random chats on movies.  Its not really a review, more like a talk about questions, themes, etc. Keeping it cool but having fun with whatever movie we choose. It’ll be a biweekly segment for now that may turn weekly in time.  Last time, I totally forgot to mention it when I did the reblog for our last podcast for As The Light Goes Out! If you missed that, its right here below.

We’d love for your support to listen and spread the love! Share with friends and help us grow! 🙂

I’m super excited about this new collaboration.  Its something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m ever so grateful that David took me on to be a part of this podcast over at his channel!

2) Halloween Marathon Update

Its a little early to talk about Halloween but I felt like it should be at least a little mention in advance. For the past 3 years, I’ve done a fully charged month of horror movies from various subgenres with a highlight series.  I did Halloween 2 years ago and last year, I tackled the Friday the 13th series.  With a crossover movie with Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street, I already announced last year that this year would be all about Nightmare on Elm Street series as the highlight.  With the recent death of this talented director Wes Craven, I know there may be a ton of you looking into this franchise as well.  Although this was planned last year, I do feel that its time to learn more about his work.  I’ve only seen My Soul to Take which was directed by him.  You can find the review HERE.  While it wasn’t a great horror movie and its a little blurry but I remembered not being too bothered by it. It had a good atmosphere.  With that said,I look forward to this Nightmare series quite a bit 🙂

a nightmare on elm street

Don’t worry! I’ll still be doing other movies.  However, with the circumstances of this year’s October, Halloween Marathon will be full steam mid-month on October 15th.  It will have daily horror movies reviews (even on the weekends) covering not only the Nightmare but a ton of pre-selected titles that I put together this year.  Next year, we will resume the polls and ask for your choices but I already have quite a bit to do right now so I’m trying to make it the easiest process possible for me. If you do have a movie to suggest, don’t be shy.  Just leave me a comment and I can always replace it.  I do own a few horrors that I haven’t written a review for like Honeymoon, Spring, It Follows, The Guest.  If you want to see any of those, just say so and I’ll get on it 😉

Although, the marathon starts in the second half of October, I have some other posts that will launch in the first half and we’ll try to stay in the horror territory.  I’m working on these posts right now.  So, it’ll be an epic month! 🙂

3) Brossard’s Public Market

Not a whole lot of adventures this past two weeks, I did get a chance to finally head to the second last Thursday of this year where Brossard’s Public Market is still open. Its a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and just produce from local or nearby farms and whatnot.  There’s performers giving some musical entertainment.  Usually, there is a food truck or two. Its pretty cool. I wish I had gone earlier because it probably would be more bustling with activity.

Brossard Public Market

Brossard Public Market

4) Welcome Block Unboxing + New Subscription

Normally, I do separate posts for unboxing but the Welcome Block is a special extra block for people subscribing during the last month or so.  Our Arcade Block subscription ended so I resubscribed for 6 months (since we love it so much) and as I had expected, I also subscribed for 3 months of Horror Block.  With Halloween around the corner, I think we might get some good gear! I’m looking forward to it.

Welcome Block

Another reason that I didn’t go an unboxing is that Welcome Block gives you a taste of each of the boxes they offer.  So, I got a few items similar or same as what I had before.

5) Montreal Oasis Rock n Roll Marathon

I went to help out my friends as they ran their half marathon.  I got a few little things done waiting for them and managed to get a nice bit of the morning taking a walk around the area as they ran their 21.1 km. There was few nice shows starting with a magic show and then gymnastics performance.  After that was a Toronto band called Courage My Love. They were very good.

Montreal Oasis Rock n Roll Marathon

Courage My Love

6) Life Updates!

There’s usually workout, wedding, gardening that I do separately but honestly, these things are all mixed together now. Running is becoming increasingly hard to find time for with the daylight shrinking.  When I get home from work, I can probably get in a 45 mins run if I leave right away before it starts getting dark.  My new neighborhood is lovely but it is REALLY  dark so I try to avoid especially because I run through a park and that place is rather dark after night falls with lots of trees surrounding the area. I am still doing Zumba, however, the studio had a week off for renovations and moving and they are still working on certain little things. Because of that, there are also schedule changes so we’re trying out some new instructors.  This dude we trained with last week destroyed me.  I was in pain for 2 days afterwards. My abs and legs were burning about halfway through. It was CRAZY! Fun but so crazy!

On the wedding front, things are almost all settle! 3 week countdown now.  Just one more little detail to take care of that I need to do a little cost calculation to make the decision.  Then its little deicsions like music and all that stuff.  Doing a wedding on budget is impossible.  I kind of started tossed things out the window.  We did change out centerpiece idea which was taking a whole lot of time. Other than that, I only have one thing to say from this week.  Wedding dress altering is ridiculous expensive! I got my dress on a pretty decent price but the alterations were almost the same price.  Well, my comforting thought is that: at least I got the dress for much less than I expected 😉 Glass half full is how I’m working through this.

Upcoming:

Last time, I did the post at the end of the week so I calculated the upcoming weird so it’ll overlap a little for the next few weeks before I head back with more.  It might be after the wedding. For now, I have a lot of catching up so I might be getting about 6 posts up a week.

  • Netflix A-Z: K-P (at least)
  • Alaska Cruise on Norwegian Jewel: Remaining days
  • A new seasonal segment coming up
  • A list inspired by another blogger
  • TV Binge: Veronica Mars Season 3 (wrapping the series now) + Veronica Mars movie review

Finally, a little music! I just love these one take medleys.  I can’t believe that I missed this one this summer…

Thats it for this Weekly Adventures! Hope you had fun!
Happy Monday! Stay awesome, my lovelies! 🙂

Halloween Marathon Finale: The Shining (1980)

A little delayed with the Halloween marathon but its FINALLY here. 🙂

The final movie in my Halloween Marathon was The Shining and one that my boyfriend has been wanting for us to sit down and check since I announced the Halloween marathon.  Seeing as this is a classic, I decided to put it as the finale to give it a special spotlight 🙂 Unfortunate was that I needed to finish this over Saturday and Sunday because I was so exhausted from my huge deadline that I couldn’t keep my eyes open to finish the movie.

Lets check this out!

the shiningDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is hired to look after the deserted and secluded yet prestigious Overlook Hotel during the closed season. A perfect opportunity for him where he can focus on his writing while having his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd) with him.  Before he takes on the job, the hotel manager informs him of peculiar instance of a previous caretaker that murdered his family there.  When a snow storm brews outside, having them on lockdown, Jack grows restless and more and more unstable in his personality.

Everyone knows the story, right? Well, I actually didn’t until I saw the movie.  The only thing I knew was that “Here’s Johnny” line that goes with the poster image on the side.  As I was watching this, I was wondering what makes The Shining scary and at the same time, hoping that I’ll like it because no disrespect to Stanley Kubrick as a director, but I’ve had a hard time enjoying his movies.  Its not really my style, I guess.  I’ve only seen a fraction of his movies so I do hope to find one that’ll pull me right in.

The Shining is a slow, gradually building story.  There’s a lot to love about it.  The premise of it all, especially set in an incredibly huge closed space (mostly) is pretty genius.  Is it evil lurking around? Is it what people thought was cabin fever? What is The Shining exactly?  Because thats something that Danny apparently has, from what the cook says.  There are questions that build up as bizarre things happen to everyone.  Jack Torrence mostly experiences mood changes until when he starts getting a lot of alone time and for Danny, he sees more physically than everyone else.  I’m still a little confused with what actually went on but there is one particular highlight of The Shining.

Jack Nicholson’s take of Jack TorranceTHE SHINING

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THE SHINING

So, I know nothing about the source material of The Shining but I was reading that it was supposed to be descent into madness for Jack Torrance.  I never have movies being carbon copies or not with movies. I think that for movies to work, they sometimes need to approach things differently than the book because of the description and whatnot.  Jack Torrance already seemed like a questionably sane man when the movie started.  He had creepy and awkward reactions and expressions and as the movie progressed, his character got more chilling in a very entertaining way.  Does that make me crazy that I wasn’t scared by the movie? I do think it was really entertaining to watch because if anything, the final act was really where it was completely crazy and that was when it shot from good build up to great development.  (Sorry Tyson, 10/10 maybe not for me but I’d give this one 9/10 if I had to rate it).

Another really nice thing about the movie was the camera angles.

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Like not just the straight lines and the elongated hallways and all that but just how its structured: the colors and contrast and the patterns.  There’s so much detail to every scene and thats pretty impressive.  It makes it feel a bit like the movie is set in an illusion.  There’s something unreal about the whole Overlook Hotel scene.  And then don’t even get me started how I really liked the whole labyrinth set-up.

Add on the violin music (which I think bothered my boyfriend a little) to add on the intensity and mood of the scene. By the way, violin music eternally remind me of that horror movie directed by James Wan. I think its Insidious.  I have horrible memory with horror movies just because sometimes, I hide behind my blanket to watch some of them and can’t remember exact scenes.  But this one, didn’t bother me so much and was pretty awesome.

the shining

The entertaining part was watching Shelley Duvall act as Wendy.  She was really fun to watch because she panicks A LOT.  Thats part of the movie and the plot and it matches to the context.  Everyone in The Shining borders on extreme in everything.  She’s a pretty awkward character as well.  Who isn’t in this Torrance family anyways? They all have something to learn about them.  What I like about her character is that there is a big development because she’s literally oblivious to everything around her because whatever’s happening, her son can see it so he’s scared and her husband is just being affected and going nuts, she just gets thrown into this craziness and then freaks out because it makes sense to. That scene with the bat: stellar performance and my favorite scene in the whole thing.

The Shining had 3 stars and since I’ve already mentioned the Torrance parents, I have to talk a little about Danny, played by Danny Lloyd. I have my issues with child actors but Danny is different.  Somehow he is the key in all this because he has The Shining.  I’m still trying to figure out what that is exactly. Is it communicating with others and foreseeing thing? I have to rewatch it or read the book, either/or. The kid has the best scared and shocked faces ever.  He has some pretty nicely shot scenes too.  Like the whole rolling down the hallways in high speed.  Love it! That goes back to my camera angles compliment.  Plus, he’s smart, like in that last scene, just in case you haven’t seen it (and I’m not judging because I only saw this the first time), I’m going to keep it at just that.

I expected a lot from The Shining.  There’s a lot of great aspects about it: camera, characters, story (although confused a little with the ending).  I’m looking at this solely as a movie and nothing related to source material because I haven’t check it out.  I’m not even familiar with any of Stephen King’s writing except for some of them adapted on the big screen or TV.  It was entertaining, Jack Nicholson gave a chilling performance and the setting was great.  Nothing build atmosphere like seclusion and shifting human behavior (aka crazy) and evilness all around.  I don’t think its perfect but then its pretty close to it 🙂 I still have a few issues to work out and it’ll probably require a second viewing but I’ll gladly do it.

Thoughts on The Shining? Have you read the source material? Enlighten me on how it differs!

Halloween Marathon: Sleepwalker (2011)

Moving right along with the review, last night wasn’t quite as productive as I wanted it to be but I did manage to get one movie done and its the one I was looking forward to. With Oxide Pang at the helm and Angelica Lee as the main actress, I was pretty excited to check out Sleepwalker.  My all time favorite horror is The Eye (the original one) and very much in to the top ones are Re-cycle (which is more of a fantasy horror).  I’ve never written a full review of either but I remember those movies like I watched it yesterday.  Fully engraved in my mind.  Of course, he has a few flicks that I’m not too excited about either and some I still look forward to watch but a few weeks ago, Sleepwalker landed in my recommended list on Netflix and I added it right away and made a note to watch it before the month is through.  After all, whats a little horror marathon without touching some Hong Kong films, right? I mean, I always pop one  in every little while and its been a while I haven’t watched one.

Lets check this out!

sleepwalkerDirector: Oxide Pang Chun

Cast: Angelica Lee, Siyan Huo, Charlie Yeung, Hee Ching Paw, Kent Cheng

Yi (Angelica Lee) wakes up from the same dream every night and it feels extremely real and eerie.  Not long after, she is suspected to be related to the disappearance of her ex-husband.  Its then she realizes that she may be sleepwalking after various events link together.  It makes her wonder if she has been killing in her sleep.

Seriously, nowhere has a good description of this movie.  Not Netflix, not IMDB…its really hard to sum up this movie because there are two stories going on at the same time.  Its essentially a kidnapping case where a mom (played by Charlie Yeung) is looking for her boy thats been kidnapped for 3 months and the kidnapper never returned even after ransom was paid.  On the other hand, you have Yi, played by Angelica Lee who is learning that she sleepwalks and as she starts suspecting that she’s doing something questionable during her sleepwalking experience, she is being suspected of murder also.

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Sleepwalker was a bit of a disappointment. I understand that its hard for a director to be equally efficient in many movies.  Except I can’t really put it on the same scale when its the Pang brothers versus just Oxide Pang himself. There is a lot to like in this one though.  There are some slow parts and some weird moments and a whole lot of building up the mood and atmosphere but the story behind it is a good one.  They even add a pretty nice twist to it.  I didn’t figure it out so extra points for that. From the start, it has this creepy feeling to the whole thing.  The main scares are trying to use abrupt sounds and movements and increasingly loud background music to create it.  Maybe that works for you, maybe it doesn’t.  I guess that depends on the person.  For me, it worked alright.  Except at the end, I started feeling like the story wasn’t much of a thriller and turned into a mystery drama.  But, I like the ending because it kind of takes the audience in a full circle and gets back to that nagging way that it started and wondering why that beginning was there. If you’ve seen this I don’t mean the ending ending but like the way the mystery unfolds.

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Angelica Lee is amazing in these thriller/horror/fantasy/drama.  That sort of thing really works for her.  I think that some actors are great with a certain type of director and she is fantastic with Oxide Pang.  Any faults in this movie doesn’t relate to her role in being Yi.  I liked the girl who played the cop.  For a newer actress (to me), she did pretty well, even if at times, I felt she was a little too rigid.  I always wish that Charlie Yeung (actress above) had more on screen time because she was once a really good actress and she can still do it more mature roles now.  The one person I didn’t like and might cause me to not watch this again was one of the guys.  I’ve never seen him before and he played  the friend of Angelica Lee and he did really bad in what he had.  I felt his character wasn’t hiding what he was supposed to hide too much and it turned out that it completely helped me guess part of the twist.

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I’m going to keep this short because I really don’t have much to say.  Oxide Pang and his Pang brothers directing effort in Re-cycle and The Eye is amazing. Sleepwalker has a good premise and creates a creepy atmosphere successfully. As always, Angelica Lee is great as the main lead.  There are other factors that make this not so effective as a thriller and it had the potential to be better and thats why I’m a bit disappointed.  I still think its worth a watch 🙂

Halloween special going up by midnight! I’m not even sure what I’m doing for it yet but I’ll figure it out by then 🙂

Happy Halloween! 🙂

Halloween Marathon: Wolf Creek & A Lonely Place to Die (Double Feature)

Its a bit hard to get so many movies up in a week so I’m going to keep up this double feature going.  It’ll help me cover a few more movies and not have to over analyze any of them.  How does that sound? The main features will get full reviews.

Next up was a last minute addition since it expired today: A Lonely Place to Die.  I like Melissa George a lot in thriller-esque movies so I was pretty excited to add this in.  Its more of a thriller than a horror but I like to group in thrillers for these marathons.  And for the next horror, I decided to finally watch Wolf Creek.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect for either so lets check it out! 🙂

 WOLF CREEK (2005)

wolf creek

Director & Writer: Greg Mclean

Cast: Nathan Phillips, Kestie Morassi, Cassandra Magrath, John Jarratt

Ben (Nathan Phillips), Kristy (Kestie Morassi) and Lizzy (Cassandra Magrath) all go on a backpacking/road trip. Their plans are to go hike to Wolf Creek before making it to party in Cairns. Outside Wolf Creek, the car ends up dying and they are stranded in the middle of nowhere.  Luckily, they get help from a man driving through the area.  This man offers his help however, it turns out he ends up taking them captive instead.

wolf creek

Wolf Creek is a pretty effective horror movie.  It builds up slowly in the beginning to how everything just turns to crap afterwards.  I found the ending bit a little bit predictable but the whole setup of the movie and the building up pulled me into the movie. There was a part where I was yelling at the character to do something. I usually am pretty contained when I watch movies so thats a pretty good thing.

wolf creek

I expected this one to be more gory than it actually was but then I’m not saying that the torture/kills weren’t sadistic because they were.  They were actually pretty different than others I’ve seen.  It really helps that the bad guy is extremely creepy and just gets under your skin (at least he got under mine). The three backpackers don’t exactly make great choices and some of the dialogue just makes this into a typical horror movie but the premise of it all, the sum of everything makes it a pretty good and effective horror movie.

What I’m saying, despite some flaws, Wolf Creek is a worthy horror film and I was highly thrilled and entertained by it (for the most part). 🙂 If you haven’t seen this, you might want to give it a chance.

A LONELY PLACE TO DIE (2011)

A LONELY PLACE TO DIE

Director (& co-writer): Julian Gilbey

Cast: Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Alec Newman, Kate Magowan, Garry Sweeney, Holly Boyd, Douglas Russell, Alan Steele, Sean Harris, Karel Rodden

A group of five mountain climbers: Alison (Melissa George), Rob (Alec Newman), Ed (Ed Speleers), Jenny (Kate Magowan) and Alex (Garry Sweeney), go for a climbing trip in the Scottish Highlands.  While hiking to the mountain, Ed hears a sound and alerts the others. Following the sound, they find a breathing tube buried in the ground.  Collectively, they decide to dig out whoever is under there.  They find a frightened little girl, Anna.  When they pull her out, it becomes clear that she’s valuable to a hidden presence in the forest as they get targeted.

a lonely place to die

A Lonely Place to Die is a pretty awesome thriller.  There was a lot of evading, running in the woods and fast-paced action filled with bullets flying all over the place as they try to save Anna.  It was an exciting watch.  Unlike Wolf Creek, this one builds up pretty quickly and we never really quite get to know the characters before we dive straight into the action and adventure portion of things.  We quickly get an idea of where the story is headed but we never quite know at any point whether any of them will get out of this mess.

I always expect pretty good flicks when Melissa George is on board. I saw her in 30 Days of Night in last year’s Halloween marathon (review HERE) and it was pretty good.  There is no doubt that Melissa George’s Alison was the main character in this even though it didn’t really start that way.  Still, its not as much about the character as the situation they are in: stranded and preyed on in the middle of unknown grounds trying to get back to civilization where they will be able to get more help.  Whats nice in this one is that this one has really smart characters and they actually work out some viable and believable solutions.

There’s a whole lot to like about A Lonely Place to Die.  You want to hold on to the edge of your seats? This one is paced to be that way and it doesn’t fail itself.  Its remains a constant till the ending and that makes this an exciting experience.  Not to mention the Scottish Highlands are extremely beautiful to see, except I might want to hold off on any hiking trips there after this 😉

Have you seen Wolf Creek and/or A Lonely Place to Die? Thoughts on these two? 

Halloween Marathon: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

I took last week to catch up with a few priorities like Gone Girl and reblog and neglected post and well, Thanksgiving (which is actually today but I already celebrated yesterday).  Now, I welcome you back to the Halloween Marathon and lets get right into business (because I am now behind) and check out Friday the 13th The Final Chapter.  Supposedly this franchise was going to end with this one from what my boyfriend told me and I guess I can’t really argue with that because of how they wrap things up.  We all know it didn’t or else this marathon wouldn’t be happening.

friday the 13th final chapterDirector: Joseph Zito

Cast: Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover, Clyde Hayes, Barbara Howard, Lawrence Monoson, Judie Aronson, Camilla More

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.-IMDB

This killing spree involves not one but two houses along his way home.  One housing a group of teens (of course) and another is a family.

Friday the 13th The Final ChapterThe change in location and number of targets is what makes this Friday the 13th jump back into good territory.  It was really fun to see the slashing action swap around.  Plus, it took the audience on a little Michael Myers adventure of how Jason Voorhees is equally unkillable because after the ending of Part 3, he still managed to come back and this time, he was engineered to go back to his home on Camp Crystal Lake and he was ready to kill whoever got in his way.

Friday the 13th The Final Chapter Jason Voorhees is a pretty menacing character in this one.  He really does get pretty creepy and his killing methods although still varies for his characters, and it seems the director liked a lot of face crushing, he still brought a lot.  Plus, this time the equation brought in a family consisting of a mom, daughter and a younger boy. When you bring young kids in, there’s always a question of whether they will be really annoying and Tommy Jarvis played by Corey Feldman, brought a lot to the final act, especially since he was actually quite clever.

friday the 13th the final chapter

Finally, the tone of this one varies a little and that scene up there is cheesy and so hilarious.  There something about this one that is a little different from the rest.  It has a little humor, a few scares and adds a few extra elements because its not out in Camp Crystal Lake.  Jason still keeps the alive factor that he has where he does a few chases and he has a few brutal kills (that was actually pretty disgusting).

Although, none of Friday the 13ths are great movie masterpieces in any way, they do always promise some form of fun.  So far, I’d have to say that the first one was the most dull to watch.  This one is pretty entertaining 🙂 We all know it doesn’t end with this one, so obviously, our journey into the Friday the 13th series continues.  These are feeling a little formulaic though and when I’m looking for pictures, I get confused which character belongs to which one.

My Weekly Adventures (plus a final callout for votes)

Welcome back to my weekly adventures! Its been refreshing to not have to waste my brain cells on writing some smart title because I really never have any stuff. Not that talented in that area 😉

This week’s adventures are really not quite adventurous and I really had to strive to find what to do for this.

We’ll do this day by day and step by step.

1) Girls Movie Night

maze runner poster

On Tuesday  night, I went with my girl friends to go see The Maze Runner.  I miraculously managed to get the review up the next day.  If you happened to have missed it, please head over HERE to check it out if it interests you 😉

2) Montreal Comic-Con Tee Turtle Shirt came in!

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Ghibli characters crossing the street? Enough said, no?

3) Vampire Diaries Season 5

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On Friday night, I came home to wrap up the last two episodes of Season 5.  Although the first few episodes of the fifth season was a bit slow, it does pick up relatively fast.   The season finale has me looking forward to Season 6.  Plus, it gave me a pretty weepy evening when I couldn’t help but shed a few emotional tears with that somewhat dramatic ending. Cliffhanger season finales are just so great but just so frustrating also.

Next season is starting Oct. 2nd (I think) and you bet that I’m going to be catching that episode whether its on TV or the day after streaming on CTV (Canadian channel when I only have bunny ears).

4) Afternoon Date with my Boyfriend

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Our Tuango coupon deal was going to expire at the end of September so we used Saturday afternoon to go on a little trip to downtown and visited one of the newer museums.  What the museum is? Can you guess with the picture on top?

I’ll be posting up on that tomorrow once I have time to sit down and sort through the pictures tonight 🙂

5) Getting started on watching the Halloween Movie Marathon

With the extensive series of Friday the 13th being the main feature, my boyfriend and I have started watching the Halloween movies this year.  Only the main feature ones for now.  How far I am? Well, I’m not going to dive into those details but once October starts, I’ll have my reviews up. I have a general run down set from the current results.  I’m taking the top 3-5 movies in each category in the voting polls that I had up 2 weeks or so ago.

With that said, as relentless as this sounds, FINAL CALL OUT for the voting on Halloween movie marathon! Tomorrow is the last day! 🙂

If you didn’t vote and would love to participate or just help a girl out or voice your opinion, head on over HERE!

If you already did, thank you so very much! You’ve just chosen the movies I’m going to watch for Halloween and I really hope that your choices get picked.  If there is any particular ones you’d like me to look at, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll make sure to add it to the marathon or the next recommendations month 😉

ALSO, as a bonus,  I’m planning on going to see some horror movies in the theatres. There’s a few I’m interested in but I’m going to need my boyfriend to go with me so he has the final decision in these situations.  Lets hope it happens 😉

6) Water and Transportation support for Oasis Half-Marathoners!

It was the real deal yesterday for my friends.  I woke up bright and early to take 3 of them to their 10K/half marathon.  I spent another hour and a half navigating through all the closed roads.  Thank you to my phone GPS, I managed to figure and regroup and finally found a parking spot. Then proceeded to wait for them to get back.

Oasis Marathon

Oasis Marathon

Everyone did great times and some had their personal high.  Plus, they all got a bonus with the run with a free beer.  They were all tired but extremely proud, I’d have to say 🙂

I’m not much of a runner but there are times, I do consider training to attempt a 10K.  Who knows? Maybe one day I will.

7) Painting almost done!

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Our basement is completely done painting. Its looking pretty joyful and colorful, which is good because its also extremely dark already. The lighting is bad here but the walls are mint green 🙂 I think it turned out lovely. While I was busy with helping friends out, my boyfriend was hard at work. That leads us to my next point…

8) Gardening progress!

Sunday was indeed a busy day and it took a lot to keep going. I came back and had lunch and eventually got back to my place to continue the gardening.  I actually drafted out the yard setup in my notebook to know how to proceed. A few things were accomplished after that.

Raspberry plant in the ground

Raspberry plant in the ground

Crimson Star moved and Spring bulbs planted

Crimson Star moved and Spring bulbs planted

My side plot is getting most of my attention.  You can see the green leafy plant next to chrysanthemums and thats the crimson star.  It flowers in summer.  Also, right next to it, with all the black top soil is spring bulbs.  I’m not sure if I planted them too deep, so we’ll see in Spring 2015, right? Thats just the first phase.

I’m clearing out some plants and making them smaller in the front yard so I can keep planting more bulbs.  My yard is mega depressing in spring on the flowers front so I’m seeing to it that next year, it’ll be different 😉

9) Planning for some Changes

Its a bit early to talk about it and life’s been really kind of taking a front seat over the blog(s).  Between the house and getting anything on Tranquil Dreams, its taking me forever to get some write-ups to other bloggers that I said I would.  That makes me feel pretty bad so I’m going to be working on those ASAP. If I owe you anything for any blogathon/series, I promise you, they will get there soon. I’m a bit fuzzy on deadlines right now but I’m trying to get them in.

Surprising fact is that my brain loves to overwhelm itself even more as I try to organize myself.  I think it just likes to be in constant chaos.  What do I mean? Somehow, I’m inspired for a few tweaks for the blog, which I’m sorting out the little bits and pieces to launch for next year.  Perhaps, I’m playing around with a rating system, a long term project and I’m deciding when that new segment, Crush of the Week/Month should launch. I’m just debating if it should be weekly or monthly. 

10) Ending these adventures off with some music…

You thought it’d never end, right? Well, I like to end in style and here we are. The first is a little piece from The Piano Guys called Batman Evolution.  The score arrangement is pretty genius!

Second, its a song I recently heard on the radio: Wanderlust by The Weeknd.  It has a nice beat 🙂

Thats it for this week’s adventures! 🙂

How was your weekend? What series are you watching? Anyone also closing up their gardens before the frost arrives? Any music addictions lately? 

HAPPY MONDAY, MY LOVELIES! 🙂