Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Are You Ready? It's Almost Here!!!

That's right. Tomorrow is August 1st and the start of our BIG August giveaway. This is the first of our four big giveaways we do each year. So get ready for the Birthday Murder Mystery Giveaway! We're celebrating August birthdays and trying out a new theme - our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. I think you'll all have lots of fun with this one.

We've got 12 shops for the big giveaway offering lots of fabulous stuff. Plus, we'll have three one day only birthday giveaways.

Make sure to stop back tomorrow so you don't miss the kick off of all the fun!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fear Friday - A Killer Vacation

Fridays at Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog are Fear Fridays where we review a different horror/scary/thriller/classic horror movie. So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection.

Fear Friday - A Perfect Getaway

Tagline - Let The Games Begin
               6 Strangers. 2 Killers. No Getting Away
               Everyone Needs A Place To Escape

Directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black and Below) and released on August 7, 2009 by Universal Studios (Rated R). Newlyweds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) arrive in Hawaii for their honeymoon. Along the way to a secluded beach they meet Cleo and Kale (Marley Shelton and Chris Hemsworth) and Nick and Gina (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez). Could one of these strangers be responsible for the murders back on the main island?

I really like this movie. More of a thriller than a horror film. The fear is set more in the paranoia of what or who might be around you. If you don't know how it ends then I think you'll find it's done well.

The scenery is beautiful. The acting can be a bit on the campy side but that makes for some fun and laughs. There are plenty of cute boys. Steve Zahn a long time favorite of mine, Timothy Olyphant is channeling a young Bill Paxton here and Chris Hemsworth looks quite good as a creepazoid.

I always enjoy watching this one. What do you think of it?

Take a look at the original trailer...

Some trivia about the movie...
1.Director David Twohy has been quoted in recent interviews as saying he had to battle with the studio to allow the movie to continue on with an R-rating instead of a PG-13 version.
2. In addition to working together on this film, Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant have both worked on films that were adaptations of video games. Jovovich was in Resident Evil and its sequels; Olyphant was in Hitman.
3. In the movie Nick (Timothy Olyphant) makes a reference to Nicolas Cage. Olyphant previously worked with Cage on the set of Gone in Sixty Seconds.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wayback Wednesday - One of my favorites!

Today's Wayback Wednesday is a great little music break for you from one of my favorite bands. Pause the jukebox and enjoy this blast from the past courtesy of The Stray Cats. It's so cool daddy-o!!

Keep an eye out for an update on our August Giveaway - The Birthday Murder Mystery Giveaway. Lots of fun to come starting August 1st.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fear Friday - It's that time of the year again!

Welcome to another Fear Friday at Laughing Vixen Lounge. Yes, it's that time of year again. The second one this year! That unlucky day that has been forever linked to one of the greatest Choppy McSlashy movie series of all time. So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and get ready for a little fright. This weeks selection is in honor of today's date...

Camp Blood Deluxe Charm Bracelet  $32

Fear Friday - Friday The 13th Movie Series

May 9th 1980 a low budget slasher film is released and helps shape the face of the horror genre. The setup is simple, a group of kids out in the woods with one shadowy figure out for revenge. Just the right amount of blood with a creepy atmosphere makes for a fun ride and start one of the most successful franchises in horror history. The people behind Friday The 13th, looking to cash in on the success of  "Halloween", shopped the movie around strictly on the title alone. They had no story yet just a great title. 12 movies later it's still a favorite of many horror fans.


I remember back in the sixth grade my friend Mary and I begging my mom to let us rent it. We wanted the original because Kevin Bacon was in it and Footloose was all the rage at the time. In those days the local video store rarely had more than one copy of a title so we had to settle for chapter 3. Problem was it had been filmed in 3D, as was the craze at the time, but looked a bit silly on a regular TV. Lots of holding things out close to the camera for extended periods of time. Not that Mary or I would have noticed much as we spent most of the time with our heads hidden behind the afghan. And yes, we made my mom watch  it with us. It truly scared me and is why these movies, especially the old ones, still creep me out completely.

Being a teen in the late 80's I remember going to the theater to see many of the later ones. At one point I believe they were going to release one a year until they hit 13. Unfortunately the story was worn thin and the chapters became increasingly silly to the point of unwatchable. I mean really, "Jason Takes Manhattan"? In 1993 "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" was released. It's one of the few times I thought about walking out of a movie. A once scary feel had turned into a laughable parody of itself.

 Then, in 2002, came a revamp of the series with "Jason X". OK, so Jason in space sounds absurd but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was something different for the series and Jason was back in fine killing form. Long gone was the truly creepy feeling of the originals, but this was a fun slasher film none the less. Then, in 2003, came "Freddy vs. Jason". This made me sad at first but my nephews where old enough to see horror films and they begged me to take them. It was fun. Just a bit sad to see these two franchises go from scary to completely campy.

In 2009 a new modern "Friday The 13th" was released. Not really a remake since they acknowledged the happenings of the original movie. I like to think of it as the next chapter in the series. Lots of people didn't think much of this one. I went and saw it at a midnight showing and really liked it. It had a creepy atmosphere, classic "stoopid pretty people in the woods" setting and was just fun. One thing I really liked was down in Jason's creepy underground dwelling he had mementos of his killings. There are camp councilor's whistles hanging on the wall. A wheelchair is noticeable in one scene which recalls one councilor in chapter 2. It gave an extra creepy feel to the character.

 Jason Voorhees... Little Boy Drowned

Jason was not even in the first chapter. It was his mother, Mrs. Voorhees, seeking revenge for her son who drowned in Crystal Lake while councilors where not watching him. Jason appears, all grown up, in the second chapter as the killer but does not sport his infamous hockey mask until the end of chapter 3. For the first part of the movie he wears an old gunny sack on this head. Blaaah ick yuck! That was way creepier to me and I was happy when he traded it in for the hockey mask. He is killed in chapter 4 by a machete. Chapter 5 leads us to believe Jason's back but ends up not really being him (rip off). He is zapped back to life by a bolt of lightening in chapter 6 and is pretty much invincible after that. Just goes to show you can't keep a good man down!

Stars that appeared in the movie series...
Kevin Bacon (ch 1), Corey Feldman (ch 4), Crispin Glover (ch 4), Tony Goldwyn (ch 6), Steven Williams (ch 9), Erin Gray (ch 9), Jason Ritter (FvsJ) and Jared Padalecki (ch 12).

Don't have time to watch all 12 movies? Here is a fun compilation of kills from the series.

A little trivia...
1. The movie was filmed at Camp Nobebosco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation to date, and they have a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor the fact that the movie was set there.
2. Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "chi chi chi, ha ha ha" in the film's score is actually "ki ki ki, ma ma ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "kill kill kill, mom mom mom" in Mrs. Voorhees' mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Mrs. Voorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants "Get her mommy....kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "Ki" and "Ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
3. While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during the filming, some of the loyal cast and crew members, including Tom Savini, and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies (Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976)) on videotape to keep themselves entertained, so each night they would watch one of these movies. To this day, Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
4. Victor Miller had originally given Jason the name of Josh. After deciding that it sounded too nice, he changed it to Jason after a school bully.
5. Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".
6. The movie was sold to investors strictly on it's name. There had not been a movie called Friday the 13th so they grabbed it, made up a poster and shopped it around. No one knew that they had no idea or script for it.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fear Friday - Space is always creepy!

Welcome to another Fear Friday on Laughing Vixen Lounge. The shop has been on vacation but we're back now and ready to go. Enjoy tonight's movie.

Fear Friday - Apollo 18

Tagline - The reason we've never gone back

Directed by Gonzalo L√≥pez-Gallego and released on September 2, 2011 by Dimension Films (Rated PG-13). In 1973 NASA sent a secret maned mission to the moon. That mission was Apollo 18. Decades later found footage from that mission reveal the real reason we never went back to the moon!

I found this movie completely effective and a fun watch. It's only a PG-13 rating and has no real gore factor. What it does have it great atmosphere and creepy suspense. Plus a good "your government is out to screw you" message 8) It balances the look of actual super 8 footage with real movie quality for a great look.

If you like a spooky movie that works on a creepy level instead of an all out horror level then give this one a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Oh, and if you like Warren Christie then that's an added bonus.

Take a look at the original trailer (beware some spoilers)...

Some trivia about the movie...
1. The film was shot using old camera lenses from the 70s.
2. The film has no score.   
3. The opening scenes introducing the three main characters was the last footage shot for the movie.   
4. The prologue text at the beginning of the movie states that the documented footage of the secret Apollo 18 mission was uploaded to the website "www.lunartruth.com". If you type that address into your browser, it redirects you to "www.lunartruth.org" and it displays a page which states that "This website was forcibly censored. It's contents can be seen in the film. DISCOVER THE TRUTH." Also on that page, very well-hidden, is a small white dot that, if clicked on, will send you to the website missioncontrolblog.org - a mock website which was created to "Uncover the truth about the Apollo missions".