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    Happy Halloween October 31st, 2004

    Pumpkin Barf

    Today, the topic of what movies would one want to have onhand to play on Halloween. Some friends stayed with more tradition horror flicks. Here’s my list:

    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Bubba Ho-Tep

    1) “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002) Bruce Cambell, Ozzie Davis. Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the “true” story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his “death”, then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds.

    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Carl’s comments: This one I heard about from several online sources as a small budget movie worth checking out. I really enjoyed this for its quirky humor. Besides I’m a fan of both Bruce Campbell and Ozzie Davis.



    2) “Hysterical” (1983) The Hudson Brothers, Richard Kiel, Julie Newmar, Clint Walker. A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman who killed herself there one hundred years before and now wants him to replace her lost love, Captain Howdy. When Captain Howdy is resurrected, two daring adventure seekers are brought in to solve the case and find out the secret of the lighthouse.


    Carl’s comments: This is a really goofy movie with horror as the basis for its comedy. The Hudson Brothers at this time were on the end of their popularity with its peak being a comedy-variety show in the mid 70’s. This one is for laughs mainly.

    Army Of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    3) “Army of Darkness” (1993) Bruce Campbell. Ashly ‘Ash’ J. Williams finds himself stranded in the 13th Century with his car, his shotgun, and his chainsaw. Soon he is discovered and thought to be a spy for a rival kingdom and is taken prisoner. After proving his merit in The Pit, he decides to help the kingdom retrieve the Necronomicon (which will also help him return to his own time), which they need to battle the supernatural forces at play in the land. Ash accidentally releases the Army of Darkness when retrieving the book, and a fight to the finish ensues.

    Army Of Darkness

    Carl’s comments: This is my favorite of the 3 “Evil Dead” films that I have seen (more have been made that were straight to video that I haven’t seen). Quirky humor balanced nicely with a horror-action format.

    The Fearless Vampire Killers

    The Fearless Vampire Killers

    4) “The Fearless Vampire Killers” (1967) The old bat researcher, professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, go to a remote Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls in love with the inn-keeper’s young daughter Sarah. However, she has been spotted by the mysterious count Krolock who lives in a dark and creepy castle outside the village.

    The Fearless Vampire KillersThe Fearless Vampire Killers

    Carl’s comment: Okay, this one I include more for sentimental and nostalgia value. It’s typical 1960’s era vampire films and has a lot in common with the Hamer films of that era (especially a lot of cleavage) but it’s meant to be more of a spoof of those Hamer films. Notable: directed by Roman Polanski (who also co-stars as Alfred, the assistant) and co-starring his girlfriend-at-the-time Sharon Tate (who can’t act worth a hill of beans but
    looks good doing it).

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    5) “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) After Janet accepts Brad’s marriage proposal, the happy couple drive away from Denton, Ohio, only to get lost in the rain. They stumble upon the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite who is holding the annual convention of visitors from the planet Transsexual. Frank-N-Furter unveils his creation, a young man named Rocky Horror, who fears the doctor and rejects his sexual advances. When Frank-N-Furter announces that he is returning to the galaxy Transylvania, Riff Raff the butler and Magenta the maid declare that they have plans of their own.

    The Rocky Horror Picture ShowThe Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Carl’s comments: Okay so this isn’t really a horror film, but a great film to have on Halloween for your very own home audience participation costume party (keep your guests from bringing stuff to throw however). And if one of the local theaters plays it, it’s a great excuse to go to it in costume. I only went in costume once but I did see it in various theaters over 300 times starting when I was a teenager in the late 70’s through the late 80’s.

    Anyway, those are 5 movies I would recommend in a lighter vein.

    Halloween Moon

    Happy Halloween

    Don't Drink and Fly

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    Professional Wrestling: Masked Wrestlers October 30th, 2004

    Masked Wrestlers

    A friend of mine brought up the subject of his alltime favorite pro wrestler, Mr. Wrestling II. This got me to thinking about wrestlers who perform professionally for most of their careers under a hood. Anyone who was a wrestling fan in the 70’s in the south definitely knew about Mr. Wrestling II and his famous “knee lift.” I admit that I was a fan, too. But I also was drawn into the intrique and mystery of the masked men of the ring. I definitely have memories of old-school masked wrestlers like Mr. Wrestling II, The Masked Superstar, The Assassin, Mr. Olympia, The Spoiler, The Grappler and others.

    Today, masked wrestlers in the United States are somewhat rare with only a handful wrestling mostly under a hood. However in Mexico and Japan, masked wrestlers are a long time tradition based in legend and lore. Classic luchadores like El Santo, Mil Mascaras and Blue Demon have evolved into modern masked luchadores like Rey Mysterio, Jr. and La Parka among others. In Japan, Tiger Mask was a legend in pro wrestling. Today, there is Ultimo Dragon, Jushin Thunder Liger and many others.

    I rarely get the opportunity to watch taped matches from Mexico and Japan but what I have seen have been quite entertaining.

    Of the current crop of masked wrestlers, I have to say my current active favorite is Rey Mysterio, Jr. whose speed and agility amazes me. Although he is not a large man like most in the WWE, he has carved a niche for himself in that company and has fans all over the world. I first saw him several years ago on TV while watching ECW and he pulled off moves I had never seen before in my life. The WWE doesn’t want its stars to pull many high risk maneuvers like they used to because of the chance of injury but back then Rey Mysterio, Jr. was doing things that just were incredible. If you can find some of those old ECW matches on tape or DVD, I really encourage you to watch them.

    As to my old-school favorite masked wrestlers, I would say it’s a tie between the Assassin and the Masked Superstar. When I was a kid, I was a major fan of the heels and any good masked heel got my attention. Two of the best were the Assassin and the Masked Superstar. They drew heat week after week and managed to do fantastic interviews on the mic. I remember the Masked Superstar’s interviews were calm and intelligent with him rarely screaming like a lot of other wrestlers. He really managed to relay a major intensity during those interviews. Now the Assassin on the other hand, was just mean. Downright dirty dog mean. He looked mean and he acted mean. And was able to work a crowd with that nastiness.

    I miss those days. I wonder if someone might break out in either the WWE or NWA:TNA under a hood in the future. I doubt it in the WWE but NWA:TNA? Perhaps.

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    MSU pt2 October 27th, 2004

    Just an update…

    Apparently UF’s loss to Mississippi State was the straw that broke the camel’s back for head coach Ron Zook’s job and he was fired effective at the end of the season. Gator fans are hoping for the grand return of Steve Spurrier. Speculation is running rampant.

    This is going to be fun to watch.

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    MSU October 23rd, 2004


    MSU over UF

    I would have never predicted that.

    Ring them cowbells, fans!

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    Victoria Snelgrove October 23rd, 2004

    Wednesday night fans of the Boston Red Sox were celebrating the defeat of their long time rivals, the New York Yankees. Sometime during that celebration in the Kenmore Square neighborhood of Boston, police decided that the crowds had grown so large and unruly as to constitute a riot and as a result projectiles designed to disperse pepper spray were fired into the crowds. One person, Emerson University student Victoria Snelgrove, was struck in the eye by one of these projectiles. As she lay bleeding on the sidewalk, police prepared to fire more of these projectiles into the crowds.

    Several hours later, Victoria died.

    Video footage from the scene showed large crowds but no sign of rioting. Snelgrove, a journalism student, was lying on the ground with blood running down her face. The police have subpoenaed all television footage of the after-match celebrations and alledged rioting.

    Reports indicated upwards of 80,000 Red Sox fans swarmed onto Boston steets with many reports of fires being set and vandalization of property. However only a handful of arrests were made.

    Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino is now considering banning alcohol sales near Fenway Park during the World Series.

    Okay, those are the reported facts so far.

    Some, including Victoria’s parents claim she was not rioting and was only an innocent bystander.

    The mayor now wants to consider banning alcohol sales during the Series games played in Boston.

    I wish people would celebrate without going absolutely insane.

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    What It Was Was Football October 16th, 2004

    Okay, so I was wrong. Virginia didn’t beat FSU. Didn’t even come close. This was not the same FSU team that nearly was beaten by Syracuse. This was a Seminole team that played angry. Angry that no one, including myself, was giving them any respect. Well, to be honest they didn’t earn any respect seeing how they were soundly beaten by Miami at the beginning of the season and we almost beaten by a mediocre Syracuse team.

    This Seminole team was unstoppable. Every aspect of the team (offense, defense and special teams) played better than they ever have this season led by Wyatt Sexton who, so far, has proven himself better that season starting QB Chris Rix (who, in my humble opinion, has been such a disapointment over his career as starting QB for the `Noles – he just seemed to never reach his potential and had too much arrogance for his own good). Running backs Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker were both solid and explosive on offense while Ernie Sims was simply outstanding on defense.

    Man, if they only played with this intensity and explosiveness at the beginning of the season, they would have trounced Miami and would be undefeated at this point. They play Wake Forest next week. Let’s see if FSU can keep this level of play going.


    The Bulldogs lose to Bye.

    Okay, okay…that was a bit harsh since they have the week off, but my alma mater is really playing so lousy (remember they lost to Maine and UAB for cryin’ out loud) that it wouldn’t be surprising that somehow they’d find a way of losing even though they weren’t playing anyone.

    They play Florida next week. Doesn’t look good for the Dawgs.

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    Animal Shelter Blues October 16th, 2004

    I got back from volunteering at the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center a few hours ago. Nancy and I go there to take pictures of dogs for the shelter’s online virtual kennel. I figure I would take this opportunity to encourage you to adopt a dog or cat from your local animal shelter if you are willing and able to do so. And be responsible by spaying or neutering your pet. There are thousands if not millions of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the U.S. and Canada (and most likely other places around the world) and I know shelter dogs and cats make great companions.

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    Thoughts on Boredom October 15th, 2004

    I’m bored.

    Mind-numbingly bored.

    So bored I thought I’d write about it in the hopes it would make me less bored.

    No such luck.

    There’s nothing on TV worth watching.

    Since I’ve been awake since 3am EST (U.S.) I’m too tired to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.



    I’ve already visited all the sites that normally interest me.

    None of them really have much new material today.


    Nothing good on TV. Friday wasteland.

    No movies worth watching playing around here. Besides, I’m too broke to go anyway.


    Just one of those days where nothing really interests me in the sleightest.

    I’m going to bed.

    My dreams will probably be boring, too.

    RANDOM THOUGHTS October 10th, 2004

    I know, I know…it’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything. Well, I never intended to do this on a daily basis but instead only when the mood hits me or when I am inspired or goaded into writing by some event.

    Just some random thoughts for today…

    Politics really bores me while it also aggravates me. I already know which candidates will get my votes in all the local, regional, statewide and Presidential elections. The Presidential debates only went to show me who debated better not who can lead the country better. All show and no go.

    Call me cynical, but the political ads ought to come under truth in advertising laws. Otherwise, it’s legal deception.

    And despite who gets elected, there’s going to be months and months of whining by supporters who lost. Get over it.

    Gee…Florida State nearly got beat by Syracuse…who’d a thunk it? Frankly, it’s not surprising. I feel they are overrated. Next week, they face Virginia. I see FSU losing that one. Just being as objective as I can.

    Oh, and my alma mater (Mississippi State) got beat by UAB. That’s University of Alabama at Birmingham! Pathetic. Head coach Croom has a long way to go to bring back MSU back into mediocrity. I’m willing to give him the chance. It’s only his first year and he inherited a terrible team from Jackie Sherrill. It’s still painful to watch.

    Upcoming new CD releases on my wantlist:
    Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked for the Holidays
    Sister Hazel – Lift
    Everclear – Ten Years Gone (The Best of Everclear 1994-2004)
    R.E.M. – Around the Sun

    Speaking of CD’s, one old vinyl album that I still wish would be released on CD is Paul Kantner’s “Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra.” I really loved that album but for whatever reason it never was released on CD. Too bad. I am still hoping.

    Gotta start looking to see what new Christmas CD’s will be released this year to add to my collection.

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