Sunday, July 31, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Personally, although I have always enjoyed the Dracula story, I don't subscribe to the notion of the Count as a romantic hero. He certainly knows how to charm the ladies, but his motives are always completely selfish. Call me crazy, but I just don't find statements like "You shall cross land or sea to do my bidding" particularly alluring. However, I will say that Langella's Dracula certainly knows how to set the scene for a dinner date. The Count transforms the decaying ruins of Carfax into a dark, gothic masterpiece of interior decoration with little more than copious quantities of candles and cobwebs.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
One of the notable exceptions to that rule is the movie, The 'Burbs. This is a movie that seems to polarize opinion. Either it is dismissed out of hand, or it is revered as a classic. In my opinion, virtually every line from The 'Burbs is quotable, and indeed, has been quoted by those living under our roof, and amongst close friends. Add to that the neighbourhood haunted house theme, and well... what more could anyone want from a comedy?
Monday, July 18, 2011
I knew that doing an Etsy search for The 'Burbs (or as it is known in my household, the funniest film, ever), would glean some great results. I discovered Swelser, a husband and wife team, that designs and sells extremely cool vintage-style film and superhero posters.
You can see more Swelser posters here.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
The house was constructed from intersecting cardboard walls that created 4 rooms with a central fireplace. If you were unlucky enough to draw the 'Ghoulish Gerty' card, a ball would be dropped down the chimney threatening to knock down the plastic game pieces, which were in the shape of children. One of the many other hazards was having your game piece turned into a plastic mouse and therefore being unable to continue around the board.
The other board game that I remember especially fondly was another Milton Bradley game based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of The Addams Family. The game was a pretty basic throw the die and move around the board type, but from memory it had the perverse bonus that the last one to finish was actually the winner.
Sadly, I don't know what became of these games as my family moved house a few times when I was a child and my mother probably gave them away. (Sigh!)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
One of my all-time favourite shops on Etsy is Gothicrow. Not only does photographer Donna produce the most beautiful gothic images but she is also such a lovely lady and passionate about animal welfare.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
So, now that I have become a bit of a zombie convert, I can't wait for the second series to start in October and, as is my wont, I already have a theory about the message whispered in Rick's ear.