Best Horror Films List

With Hallowe’en being only 52 minutes away in my time zone (by time I post this, it probably will be Hallowe’en), I thought I should share some of my favourite horror films.

This is not a countdown list, as I could never decide which I loved the absolute best. And they’re not the scariest films either. Just 5 horror movies that I love the most.

In no order:

A Nightmare on Elm Street

I was 4 years old when the original Nightmare came out (I’ll leave you to do the math…), and not much older when I saw it for the first time. Absentee parenting for the win! I’ve seen maybe 5 Disney films, total. Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers and Leatherface were the fictional characters that shaped my childhood. This film, and the entire series, brings such a sense of nostalgia to me. The series became more and more jokey and campy over the years, but if you go back to the very first instalment, it’s really quite terrifying and intense. Imagine if your bad dreams were actually happening to you? And the only way to fight them was to not be afraid of them?

 

Carnival of Souls

This is a classic, understated, subtle scare. It’s so creepy and leaves the viewer with a general sense of unease. It has an almost dream-like quality to it, which makes it great for late-night viewing to get the full effect. Never does the movie come right out and say THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING; it leaves a lot unsaid and allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Even if you don’t get it, the individual scenes are so creepy that you’ll definitely still come away from it wanting to sleep with the lights on.

 

American Mary

I’m a huge fangirl of the Soska Sisters, the  twisted twins from Vancouver who created this film. I follow them on every facet of social media I have and love how they’re like most other horror fans I know: they seem super cool and have a wicked fashion sense but when you actually listen to/read interviews with them, you discover that they’re just big dorky fan girls. So I’ve been following American Mary since it was in post-production last year. The film is a masterpiece. It’s so artfully, painstakingly put together. Nothing feels overly gratuitous, even though half of it is set in a strip club and the other half features increasingly extreme body modifications. A cult classic before it was even released, if you see one movie from this list, make sure it’s American Mary.

 

Return of the Living Dead, Parts 1 & 2

Easily my favourite movies of all time, horror or otherwise.

No, I’m serious. They’re super campy and total cult classics but so entertaining. If I’m having a bad day and need some down-time, I come home and put on one or both of these movies. They’re just so much fun. Until part 1 came out in 1985, no one would have ever thought of a zombie as being a shuffling automaton that just wanted “braaaaainns….” This is the film that introduced the idea that zombies = brain eaters. For a couple of silly, slightly comedic movies, the horror, gore and make up effects are really good. Because of this movie, I rarely see an ambulance parked anywhere without saying out loud “Send. More. Paramedics” (which is a fucking genius thing for a zombie to do! If they have to talk, they best impersonate a paramedic to send more people for them to eat). Because of part 2, new housing developments are scary fucking places at night. Seriously, if you like fun and zombies and 80s camp, see these movies.

 

The Exorcist

Everyone and their dog has seen this movie and has an opinion on it. Now, maybe it’s my Catholic upbringing, but my absolute favourite kind of movie is possession/exorcism movies. If something goes wrong and they have to pray it away, I’m in. The Exorcist is the absolute best of that genre. And it holds up, 40 years later (40 years!). Just watching that YouTube clip has convinced me that there’s no need to go to bed, in the dark, just yet. When I was in my first year of college, they re-released The Exorcist to theatres. None of my new friends had any desire to see it, so I went to the theatre alone to see it. I lived not too far from the theatre and didn’t have a vehicle, so I walked to and from the theatre. Alone. My roommate was out of town that weekend and I slept with every single light on all weekend. Those quick flashes of Captain Howdy, the progression of Regan as a sweet little girl to a horrifying demonic entity, the fucking spiderwalk down the stairs… I’ve seen this movie dozens of times, and will probably watch it tomorrow night, and it never, ever gets any less scary to me. It’s reduced me to tears and nightmares so many times. I WISH there were more movies like this, but nothing else even comes close.

So there’s my 5. Now that said, there are plenty of movies that everyone’s seen that have somehow escaped my attention. I’ve never seen: Jaws, Alien, Hellraiser, Nosferatu, Eraserhead, etc.

And then there’s plenty of critically acclaimed films that I just don’t get: Suspiria, Martyrs, Descent, The Woman In Black… I just don’t like them. And I’ve tried watching them several times.

What are your favourites? What scares you? Leave me a comment with your picks!

Happy Haunting,

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It’s Almost the Best Day of the Year!

I love Autumn, and more specifically, Hallowe’en. As such, I end up being so busy in September and October that I don’t have time to update the blog!

I’ve been up to my ears in costuming – for myself, for friends and fellow burlesque/belly dancers. Usually because of this, I’m all Hallowe’ened out by time I actually get to October 31st. This year though, I was able to pull some stuff from my closet and some pieces from a recent burlesque performance to put together a witch costume.

This is the first time I’ve ever dressed up as a witch. It seems like a pretty mundane costume, but growing up with my mom and grandma being seamstresses and later myself, I always had interesting costumes. Some of the homemade things I’ve been over the years are:

The Statue of Liberty

A pop can

A magician’s rabbit (with the bottom half of me being an upside down top hat)

A zombie ER nurse

The Rumor from Umbrella Academy

As well as Big Bird, a bear, a butterfly, a fairy, a pirate (3 times) and a cat (3 times).

Last night I was going to a play that SaskArtGirl was in and it was a costumes-encouraged event. I threw some stuff together and said “Hey, lookit me! I’m a witch”.

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The blouse, skirt and petticoat I made for various other projects (the skirt for belly dance, the petticoat for my regular wardrobe and the blouse for a pirate burlesque piece). The underbust corset I got at Taboo last year. Hat is from Target, socks are from Sock Dreams and the boots are Steve Madden. The necklace came from a vendor at a belly dance show a few years ago.

There was a little costume competition at intermission and I won first prize! (This is the 4th costume contest I’ve won. See – studying costume design in university DID pay off! sigh…)

Screen shot 2013-10-26 at 10.54.44 PMI won 2 tickets to the Regina Little Theatre’s One-Act Plays Cabaret in the Spring, 2 tickets to any regular season production and a bowl of candies!

Tonight I made a wreath for my apartment door. I have some new neighbours who are kind of jerks, so I hope this wreath doesn’t grow legs and walk away..

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I didn’t have a foam base to start on and I’m stuuuupid-broke right now, so I had to work with what I had around the house. I found a tutorial to make a wreath with rolled up pieces of newspaper, so I did that and wrapped masking tape around it. Then I wrapped black and white broadcloth around it and the green ribbon. I had a papier-mache  skull in the closet that I painted black (because I’m the kind of person that just has ready-to-paint skulls and coffins kicking around…). I finished it off with a black lace bow. I have to say I’m pretty impressed!

Next up, I’m got a belly dance costume to make for the end of November (but sooner that later so I can practice in it), and some new things for the True Knit Art Show on November 9th. The fun never ends! (No really, this is fun. Even when I don’t have time to sleep and my house is falling apart around me…)

I’m hoping to get one more Hallowe’en post in with it being the best day ever and all. Hopefully later this week!

Take care of each other and stay spooky!

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OOTD with New Couch!

Super quick, because I gotta leave in 10 minutes to pick up my sister.

It’s cool outside today, so I can finally wear this blazer for the first time since I bought it in the States.

IMG_0002Blazer: Torrid, 1  // Jeans: Old Navy, 16 // Cami: Ricki’s, XL  // Shoes: Alegria, Euro size 41 I think?   // T-shirt necklace: from a crafter at a holiday market last winter. I can’t remember her name though!!

 

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Also, my new couch was delivered today! I LOVE it! It’s comfy and big and squishy and I can’t wait to get real lazy on it later.

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But for now, it’s dinner and then “The Conjuring” with my sister.

Be good to each other!

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OOTD: I Love This Dress!

I made this dress just before my vacation, but my skin was out of control and I didn’t want to take any pictures! It’s cleared up a bit now, so here ya go:

red dress 3 The fabric doesn’t photograph well, but it actually has tiny white microdots on it.

I made the dress from a composite of 3 patterns and sizes. The shoes are Alegria and glasses are  Derek Cardigan. I have a bit of money left in my work benefits for glasses/contacts for the year, and there’s a new pair of glasses I found that really want. I’m just waiting to see if Clearly Contacts holds a sale of some kind and then I’ll probably order them.

This is currently my favourite dress (even if it did blow right over my head while leaning into my car this afternoon!).  I wore it to meet a friend for coffee tonight, even though I got pen on the skirt at work  and should’ve taken it off to clean it. It’s one of those garments where I just don’t want to take it off! Ever.

I said I was going to go to bed early tonight. And I believe myself every single time I say that!! Currently, I’m working my way through Community on Netflix, so my routine lately has been to get into bed and watch a couple episodes. But then I just keep watching and before I know it it’s 1:30 in the morning! That’s not happening tonight. It’s not.

Take care of each other and go to sleep!

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One Season in Two Weeks

Happy Labour Day, friends! I hope everyone reading this is fortunate enough to get a long weekend. It’s now September and summer activities are starting to wind down. If you’re like me, you’ve done all your summer living in the last two weeks!

Let me explain myself. We had a decent-ish June, but July was cool, rainy and windy, for the most part. Most of August was nice and summery, but I was too busy to enjoy much of it.

Come mid-August, I was out of here, on my first “big” roadtrip by myself. I’ve always travelled by myself and prefer it because I can do what I want, when I want and don’t have to wait around for anyone else, or get stuck doing something I don’t want to for half a day (in case you haven’t learned by now: I’m pretty stubborn and obstinate!). My first solo trip was to Paris in 2009 and I’ve been hooked ever since! However, I’ve only been driving for not even 2 years, and I was a pretty nervous driver in my first year. Last summer, I finally decided to be a big girl and drive on the highway all my myself to Saskatoon for a weekend.

As you can see, I didn’t die.

Then, my plan for the spring was to visit as many National and Provincial parks in the 3 prairie provinces as possible. Then we ended up having snow on the ground until May. So I was pretty psyched to get on the road in August and drive out to North and South Dakota. Driving in the hills and mountains in South Dakota was challenging, I’m not going to lie. But it was scary or “too hard”. I just had to remain hyper-aware while making blind, hairpin turns. Uphill. It was definitely something I just wouldn’t have been equipped to handle a mere year ago.

It was SO worth it – the scenery and views in the Black Hills and Custer State Park are amazing. I really wasn’t expecting how beautiful it all was.

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I did a bit of shopping, but spent most of my time outdoors, either wandering around in the cities or out in the parks. It was awesome. I didn’t get a chance to do or eat everything I wanted; I stayed in an historic, haunted hotel and didn’t encounter any spirits, but I still really enjoyed myself.

There was a yarn store in Rapid City that was closed on Sunday and Monday, so I all but charged in there a minute after they opened on Tuesday! I got a couple gorgeous sock yarns.

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I really love the use of colours in the skein on the left. They’re mostly muted, except for that pop of lime green! I’m working with it now, in the Waterfall Socks pattern, from WendyKnits.net

I also got some clothes that it is currently too hot to wear right now. But watch for future OOTD posts in a few weeks!

Yesterday, I went to the beach for the first and last time this summer. With the weather being hit and miss and my time being at a premium, I just didn’t have a chance to go before then!

I went to Katepwa Point Provincial Park, which I hadn’t been to before. I wanted to go somewhere in the Qu’Appelle Valley, but I didn’t want to pay for it, as it’s a week before payday! That mean Echo Valley Provincial Park was out, as you can use the beach for free, but not the picnic area or hiking trails. I usually go to Echo, but just to the beach. I really wanted to hike this time, so Katepwa it is!

It was gorgeous out there! The weather wasn’t overly cooperative (BIG surprise…), so I went on my hike first. The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the park, so I did about 3kms on the trail and then turned around to come back and have the lunch I packed.

The trail is really pretty.

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Some of it is secluded and away from the highway and some runs directly parallel to the highway, so you have to deal with loud vehicles from time to time (and Saskatchewanians LOVE to rev the engines of their motorcycles and impossibly oversized trucks!)

When I got back to the beach, I decided it was still too chilly to hang out in my bathing suit on the sand, so I sat in the picnic area and read and watched the boats on the water. By about 5PM, I decided that if I sit directly in the sun, I might not freeze to death in my bathing suit. I laid out my towel and took off my shoes and tank top. I was still too chilly though and left my shorts on. There was definitely no swimming in the cards for this girl! After about an hour, the sun was starting to disappear so it wasn’t directly overhead and most people, I discovered when I sat up, had called it a day and were starting to go back to their vehicles. I decided my day was over too.

I bought this bikini 2 years ago and have worn it like 5 times, max! Maybe I need to go on a tropical vacation or something and get some use out of it…

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Anyhow, I’ve got more ideas, but I’ll save them for future posts. Maybe if I’d actually post more often, I wouldn’t have to write a novel! I’ve updated the background and title colour and finally figured out how to do a signature. I quite like it.

Enjoy the last bit of summer and be good to each other!

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A Dress Making Machine

I’ve made (finished) 3 dresses in the last week! There was, of course, the previously-blogged zebra dress made for a friend’s wedding, and then I made a darling red & white polka dot dress that I didn’t photograph because my skin is out of control and I felt hideous on the day I wore it. Of  course, after I changed out of that outfit at the end of the day, I thought “dude, you could’ve just photoshopped your skin to look better!” Duh. Next time!

Then, on Saturday, I was at the Folk Festival here in Regina, which is always a great venue for people watching. After looking at all the gorgeous dresses and skirts my fellow festival-goers were wearing, I decided that I really needed a jersey knit maxi dress. It would be the ultimate comfy garment for festivalling. I didn’t have tickets to the main stage acts this year, so I was home around 7 last night. Plenty of time to whip up a dress for Sunday at the festival!

I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use and knew exactly where it was. So when I got home, I got to work and after just a couple hours, I had a new, comfy dress to wear today!

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Dress has POCKETS because every dress should have pockets, especially when you’re going to an all-day event and need a place to stash money and your phone, while still having it at the ready.

Also: sunglasses! These glasses have been lost all summer and I found them last week in my car (which I had searched 3 times already). I have several pairs of shades, but these are my absolute favourite. I bought them when I was a 15 year old Riot Grrrl, after seeing a picture of Courtney Love wearing ones similar in Spin magazine. For a pair of cheap sunglasses, they’re really held up over the last 18 years!

Folk Fest is now over for another year and I have a wicked sunburn to show for it (I even had sunscreen on!). I guess I’ll have to wear a strapless dress (with a cardigan) to work tomorrow because I really can’t handle straps digging into my red shoulders right now!

I do want to make a new cross-body bag for my holiday yet (because I’m crazy and always need to sew all the things before going on a holiday), so I might update with that later in the week. If not, watch for vacation pictures when I’m back!

Take care of each other and wear sunscreen!

A Quick OOTD!

I went to a dear friend’s wedding on Saturday and naturally, I needed a new dress.

I needed a new dress that I made.

The intention was to have the dress made the weekend before the wedding, but it took me a long time to get the fit right (I made it without a pattern, so I had to make lots of little adjustments once the principal seams were done). But it was done the night before the wedding! IMG_0002

In addition to the dress, the necklace is also made me. I picked up the shoes for $9 at WalMart the morning of the wedding. I really shouldn’t have, but finding a comfy pair of heels that aren’t sky-high are hard to come by!  The belt, I believe, is from Zellers a few years ago.

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I’m still not 100% happy with the fit in the bust, but by 9PM on Friday night, I got sick of fucking around with it. As my grandma would say, “a train going by Moose Jaw could never tell the difference”.

I got tons of compliments and can’t wait to wear it again! I think I could probably wear it to work with a cardigan and flats.

Also, I started using Instagram again this month, and made a photo challenge list for August.

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Feel free to follow me on Instagram @deannetheresa, and post your August photos with the hashtag #augustphotochallenge2013!

I also still use Flickr for “real” photos, I take with my “real” camera. You can find me there under the user name “deannetheresa” (yeah, you can pretty much find me anywhere under “deannetheresa”).

Hopefully I can get another post in soon, but I am leaving for vacation in 10 days! Given my track record lately, let’s not hold our breath. But I’ll definitely update with vacay pictures when I’m back.

Be good to each other and enjoy the rest of summer!