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Movie Review: The Evil Dead (1981)

January 11, 2010 3 comments

Movie poster of a woman clawing her way out of the ground.Summary:
A group of five 20-somethings head for a long weekend in a cabin in the woods.  In the basement, they find an old tape recorded by the previous resident–a professor.  This professor reads passages from The Book of the Dead that he’s been studying.  Playing the tape accidentally raises demons, and the group are left fighting against possession and for survival throughout the night.

Review:
This low-budget B movie is the quintessential cabin in the woods horror movie.  Written and directed by Sam Raimi who went on to direct the Spider-man movies and more recently Drag Me To Hell, it pits these 20-somethings against an evil force that infects them as opposed to a serial killer.

You guys, I absolutely loved this movie.  I already have a weakness for low-budget horror movies, as I love a good chuckle with my jumps, but there is so much more awesome to this movie than the summaries out there tell you.  They tell you this is a zombie movie.  Zombie movie is so not the right definition.  This is an evil trees movie.

In the first half an hour, there is motherfucking tree porn.  What’s tree porn, you ask?  It’s tentacle porn, only with tree branches.  The girl who gets raped by the tree is now infected, and the infection gets spread via wood.  The infection makes them mindless attacking machines, but they do not eat flesh.  They just chant “JOIN US!”  Even more awesome is the fact that when their limbs etc… get cut off not only blood but tree semen comes out of them.

Adding to the awesomeness that is the tree venereal disease is the stop-motion special effects.  They give such a different vibe than cgi and are truly well-done.

There are also your typical B-movie, chuckle-worthy lines.  Plus if there’s nothing too horrifying going on on the screen, you can always watch Bruce Campbell’s chin.  I dubbed him “Cro-Magnon Man.”  His face is just that awesome.  Plus he has a faint unibrow.

If you want a creative twist on a typical horror set-up, definitely check out The Evil Dead.  I mean, you’ve at last gotta watch the first half hour for the tree porn.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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Friday Fun!

December 4, 2009 11 comments

Reading other people’s blogs (most notably The Story Siren and Medieval Bookworm) made me decide my blog needs a bit of a consistent humanizing element to it.  Non-opinion posts that just give you a general sense of who the hell this person is who’s yacking to you about books, movies, and general opinions.  To that end I’ve decided to start this new (hopefully consistent) feature–Friday Fun!–in which I will ramble about general Amanda-stuff.  I hope you enjoy.

This week I became the proud owner of both a menorah and a 3 foot tall fake Christmas tree.  I can hear my family now.  “Whaaat?!  You bought a fake tree?!”  But you see, a fake tree is easier and cheaper, so I’m happy.  I’ll also need to skip the tinsel for the first year ever due to the presence of the kitty.  She totally would eat the tinsel and we’d get to spend a lovely night in the MSPCA ER.  As for the menorah, it’s the first time I’ll be the one in charge of lighting it.  For the last five years, it was always a roommate or hallmate who did, so I’ve taken it upon myself to learn the Hanukkah prayers.  My friend Nina helped me get the basics, but I found this website last night to help me practice when she’s not around.

I am a major online holiday shopper, and a lot of the presents I’ve been buying arrived this week.  I have quite the stash in my closet, and I need to acquire wrapping paper so they can wind up under the tree.  Seeing all the wrapped presents is one of my favorite things.  I’ve looked for wrapping paper twice so far, but finding non-holiday-specific ones for my Chrismukkah celebrations hasn’t been going too well.  And no, I don’t like snowman paper.

On the sour note, last night my downstairs neighbors complained about me walking around my apartment.  Yes, walking.  Personally my first reaction is that they should suck it up and deal because they knew what they were getting into when they chose an apartment that’s not on the top floor.  It’s not like I was dancing or running circles or something.  Upon reflection after she left, however, I realized that the new kitty addition does have a tendency to run circles (and bounce off walls and randomly do dances) in the evening, and perhaps this is what the neighbors have been hearing.  I can sort of sympathize with this, but it doesn’t seem to me there’s much I can do about it.  It’s not my fault the landlord has wood floors on the top floor of the apartment building.  I’m thinking of stopping by and letting them know it’s probably the cat they’re hearing, so they at least know (unless that’s unnecessary?), but in the meantime, any suggestions on how to deal with the neighbors?

This weekend my plans are a bit up-in-the-air, but I do plan on decorating the tree, maybe hanging out with some friends, and reading more.  It’d been a long time since I’ve read a series, and I’m really enjoying the cozy familiarity I’m starting to feel with the main characters in both The Dark Tower and Sookie Stackhouse.  Of course I also have a couple of movies on my radar to watch.  You’ll just have to wait til next week to find out what they are!

Peace!