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All Good “Things”…

Posted in Books, Horror, Movies, Music, Opinion, Sci Fi, Soundtrack with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

June 25, 1982 was the date that John Carpenter’s The Thing came out, I was seven years old, far too young to have been able to see The Thing in the theater. I do however, remember going to the theater to see E.T., which had been released June 11, 1982. As it turned out, the masses embraced E.T. and were caught off guard two weeks later when The Thing came out. This alien was not about to use a Speak and Spell to phone home. Funny, I think that The Thing had a better and longer lasting effect on me. It probably was a good thing that I didn’t see it back then, considering the damage that Alien and Aliens did. I am referring to a few months of nightmares, thanks dad. Just kidding.

My father seems to think that the Hawks version called, The Thing From Another World is better than the John Carpenter film. I will argue with him incessantly that the “Frankenstein Carrot Man From Space, On Ice” film can not hold a candle to the masterpiece that is Carpenter’s The Thing. Continue reading

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These are definitely not the Droids you were looking for

Posted in Books, Horror, Movies, Music, Sci Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings and welcome my friends. Today I am going to talk about some of the robots that I think are the most interesting or the coolest. Robots are common characters in Science Fiction, and occasionally in Horror also. When I was a younger, every kid wanted to turn their garbage can into R2-D2. Who could blame us, R2-D2 was the coolest. R2-D2 delivered the Death Star plans to Obi-Wan, later flew through the trench with Luke Skywalker, and he hid Luke’s light saber when they infiltrated Jabba’s Palace. He was like an animated Swiss Army Knife that looked like a trash can.

Unfortunately, most robots in these genres are not as upstanding as R2-D2. Some are Bad, Evil, Malfunctioning, and/or Homicidal. Continue reading

You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Posted in Books, Horror, Reviews with tags , , on August 7, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Welcome friends, to The Scarecrow Blog.

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water”. That was the tagline for Jaws 2. In honor of it being Shark Week, let’s take a look at the “Original Summer Blockbuster,” Jaws. The 1975 film was based on the 1974 New York Times Best Selling novel of the same name, written by Peter Benchley.  Benchley’s story was inspired by the July 1916 real life shark attacks in New Jersey at Matawan Creek. Over the course of twelve days, the shark claimed five people as victims. Four of the victims died as a result of the attacks.

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For the Love of Money

Posted in Books, Horror, Movies, Opinion, Reviews, Sci Fi, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings and salutations, my friends. The following post was not what I had initially planned on, it’s just what flowed as I sat down to write while having a conversation with my cousin. Hopefully you enjoy it.

I used to think that the sequel was the death of creativity and integrity. Looking back and knowing what I know now, I was mistaken. The “reboot”or “remake” seems to be the true death of creativity and integrity. I have a hard time believing that there are no more original thoughts or concepts. Has our love of money exceeded our love of creative expression? At the very least sequels further a story and delve deeper into a character, while introducing new characters and situations. Remakes, are merely someone else’s interpretation on another person’s idea(s) just to cash in. They are all about the dollar signs on the bottom line.

There are of course some exceptions to the rule. Not every remake is bad or horrible, but in my opinion most are. Money seems to be the only motive Hollywood feels they need to remake a movie, or reboot a franchise. If the formula works, then update it and maybe put a slight spin on it. This way there is minimal marketing needed because it already has name recognition.

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Pilot

Posted in Books, Horror, Introduction, Movies, Music, Reviews, Sci Fi, Television with tags on August 3, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Greetings readers, and welcome to my first post titled Pilot, like what they do with TV shows.

My love of the horror genre started at a young age.  It began on a Halloween night (when I was about five or six), after a day of trick or treating, followed by a Halloween party at the neighbor’s house, then a brief visit to my grandparent’s house (that seemed to have some eerie mystique to it).  When I got home my dad put the TV on and there was a movie on. I remember two girls walking down a sidewalk on their way home from school.  One was fishing through her purse, not paying attention while the other noticed a man staring at them far ahead from where they were. As they continued walking the other girl told her friend what was going on.  With that, the friend plowed ahead to investigate.  When she reached the hedges where the man had been, there was no sign of him. That first scene that I witnessed,  the mood of the movie just captivated me. The movie was Halloween, and I was hooked from that moment on.

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