|Nov. 4th, 2014 11:43 pm "Maleficent" released on DVD today !|
When Pan’s Labyrinth was released seven years ago, fairy tales were allowed to explore the dark side of metaphor if the film was successful. Some of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales presented gruesome descriptions of a wicked step-sister who sliced off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s slipper. Leave a comment
Maleficent is Walt Disney’s attempt to interpret the dark side of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent tells the story of a flying fairy. When she confronts the heart of darkness, she is betrayed by “true love’s first kiss.” Proving that hell hath no fury like a fairy scorned, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) plots revenge upon her lost love, King Stephan (Sharlto Copley), who marries a Queen and has a daughter. When Princess Aurora is born, Maleficent places a curse upon the child.
From this point forward, the film creates a dead pan comedy showcase for Angelina Jolie. With excellent cinematography and artistic design, Jolie takes the underwritten material and creates a memorable character. Maleficent is not a great movie, but it’s a fun summer movie at a matinee price.
Three months after being released on the big screen, Maleficent has been released on DVD/Blu-Ray. The DVD retains the stunning visual quality that will likely be Oscar nominated next February.
|Oct. 31st, 2014 03:54 pm Happy Halloween from Sinister Simon |
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It was Thanksgiving break 31 years ago when Simon “walked into” Palm Aire at Coral Key. This ventriloquist dummy was a gift from my brother and Simon was a “hint” that the first grandchildren were on the way for my parents. Immediately, I saw Simon’s potential as a Sinister horror movie star.
When I was a communications major at Florida State, I had scripted a short subject silent movie about Simon stalking a sorority sister. The film was never shot. Simon laid dormant for many years until I decided to clean out my apartment. In the current digital age, Simon came alive and created his own YouTube Channel. His most watched episode features local Scream Queen Linnea Quigley, which fulfilled Sinister Simon’s dreams of becoming a horror icon.
Automatonophobia is a morbid fear of ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues and any inanimate object that simulates a sentient being. Besides having a similar sounding name, the most profitable movie of October, Annabelle shares this morbid fear of inanimate objects coming alive.
Annabelle, the doll, was introduced as a peripheral prop in last year’s sleeper hit, The Conjuring. Both movies rely on stillness and routine domestic situations, similar to successful motion pictures like What Lies Beneath, The Exorcist and The Sixth Sense. Yet, one thing all five of these movies have in common is the audience recognition that the characters on the big screen are living in a dangerous situation.
Before Hannibal Lechter became his public alter ego, Sir Anthony Hopkins starred in Magic, costarring Burgess Meredith and Ann Margaret. Hopkins portrayed a night club ventriloquist who has a fear of success. As Hopkins loses his nerve, his alter ego – “Fats the Dummy” – decides to aggressively pursue success. This 107 minute movie feels like an extension of three Twilight Zone episodes that starred Telly Savalas, Cliff Robertson and pesky dolls that seek to dominate the protagonist’s soul.
Eight years ago, vampires were in the forefront of popular horror culture, only to be replaced by zombies. After zombies, what is next? Perhaps, it will be puppets and dolls that will spread automatonophobia to the masses. The Curse of Chucky returned to the serial-killer possessed doll to big screen box office success, after a two decade hiatus.
Tomorrow night, Fright Asylum converts Cinema Paradiso into Cinema Inferno. Sinister Simon will NOT be in attendance, because Fright Asylum hosts Woody & Manny find Simon too frightening. BOO! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
|Oct. 15th, 2014 01:56 pm Happy Birthday Bailee, who is really NOT Afraid of the Dark anymore !|
Little Bailee Madison looks "Afraid of the Dark" in this movie trailer, Leave a comment
However she turns Sweet 15 today and as one can see, Bailee ain't so little anymore!
This young lady is the Spokesperson for "Alex's Lemonade Stand,"
which helps raise money for cancer research.
|Oct. 14th, 2014 06:35 pm Fright Asylum Halloween Program Countdown with Sinister Simon !|
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Anybody who is anybody who in Monsters & Horror movies wants to be a guest of "Fright Asylum!"
Look who tried to weasel in a few years ago,
|Oct. 13th, 2014 09:42 pm Fright Asylum Halloween Special - "The Last Man on Earth" is Vincent Price |
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Vincent Price proves that he is "The Last Man on Earth," which was remade as "The Omega Man" starring Charlton Heston. Will Smith portrayed the same role in "I am Legend."
All three movies are based on the novel written by Richard Matheson, which also inspired George Romero and the "Night of the Living Dead" genre.
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