Time to get us back on track here for our Halloween Fright Film Review Festival before we turn from pumpkins to jack-o-lanterns. This time out, how about some lesbian vampire schoolgirl antics with a peek at 2012’s “The Moth Diaries”? Hmmmm? Lots of virginal nubile young women and the always popular supernatural lesbian vampire threat from beyond the grave. Hey… it’s worked pretty well since “Carmilla”… so why not give this old idea one more try? ;)
Our synopsis goes like this: “As she begins a new semester, Rebecca is suspicious of the new girl at her boarding school, Ernessa. Darkly pretty and mysterious, she easily comes between Rebecca and her dearest friend Lucy straining their intimate friendship. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa’s blossoming bond with Lucy, or does the new girl truly possess a dark and terrible secret desire to steal away not just Lucy’s heart, but her immortal soul as well?”
Vintage old private school… lots of precocious nubile girls on the cusp of womanhood… creepy goings on all surrounding the stereotypical mysterious beauty from old Europe… who may or may not be a blood drinking creature of the night. Yep. Sounds like oodles and oodles of horror movies this wee lady’s seen before. Not necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but will “The Moth Diaries” do that old story something novel or new? Let’s all find out shall we?
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Well…. I’ve certainly been a lazy unfocused unambitious and downright blue mess of a Magical Catgirl of late. As much as I tried to shake it off and basically pretend it didn’t worry me, I couldn’t make it go away. Couldn’t make it stop. It really… and I mean reeeaally… started to scare me. Was I slowly going crazy? Was it some kind of depression? Was it gonna get worse? I had no idea. It wasn’t until my sweet Carolyn cornered me one evening last week as we slid into bed and let me know she’d noticed my uncharacteristically odd mood and wanted to know what was bothering me. Annnnd… I kinda lost it. Yep… started crying and couldn’t explain to her why I was so moody and sluggish and confessed finally that I thought maybe I was losing it. Going all loony tunes… “Cray-Cray”… whatever. Not understanding why I felt so weird all the time was the worst thing in the world. Now…. apparently Carolyn really was serious about all that “for better or worse” thing when we got ourselves married, and after letting me cry myself stupid she did what she does best and told me to stop trying to fight this mood all by myself and get some help. So, I plucked up my courage and went to see my doctor the very next day. After a few tests…. some good news… apparently I’m not going insane. Nope. Apparently Mother Nature has just decided it’s time for yours truly to enter the wonderful world of Perimenopause.
Ummmm? “Perimenopause”? What the heck is that exactly? I certainly had no clue. Now I do…. and if you want to know all about what goofy hormonal hazards this wee Catgirl has slid into the by all means, “Read On”…. (Heck… while I’m feeling chatty I might even get around to updating you all on my other recent Holiday antics… ;) )
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Well… weird funk or not, it’s time this wee lady forces herself to get with it and get back to what we do here at the ol’ Litterbox, and that’s reviewing all the goofiest horror movies any other self respecting lady would pass up in a heartbeat. It’s October… and as promised, we’re celebrating Halloween with my annual Halloween Movie Review Festival. This time out… vampire movies, and what better way to start than with my first ever Cambodian horror movie, 2004’s “vampire-witch with flying head” film, “Nieng Arp”?
Our synopsis? Ok… “In the middle of a long night, a young woman and her boyfriend are confronted by a group of gangsters on their way home. The girl is then violently raped and her lover is killed by the brutal action of the cruel gangsters. During her loss of consciousness, she later is possessed by an old vampire witch because the saliva of a witch’s head accidentally fell on her mouth, immediately making her part of the next generation of Arp ghosts. After becoming an Arp, she takes vengeance on the gang that raped her.
A group of students come to her house, discovering her true identity by unlocking several secrets in the basement under her lonely villa. One by one the students are killed by the Arp. However, all of the female students are spared. One male survivor does escape and manages to find a new way to be rid of the evil spirit of Arp and thus save his lover, who happens to be the Arp’s daughter, from inheriting the curse of the Flying Vampire”
Oooohhh!! Sounds like a winner. Right? At least it certainly did waaaay back when I first heard of it about a decade ago. However, Cambodian DVD’s are about as difficult for me to get here in the good ol’ US as they can be, so actually finding this one was a major undertaking. But… as with all things, that just means your Favorite Catgirl has to be patient. If I’m lucky, a film like this eventually finds it’s way into my grasp. Just this month, it finally did, English subtitles and all. So now… if you are curious about just how good Cambodian Horror films might possibly be, then just “Read On” and let this obsessive Catgirl tell you all about it. ;)
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(Sorry I’ve been sooooo darn tardy getting back for this but it seems I’m still feeling oddly out-of-sorts for some unknown reason… Honestly I just don’t know why… and that despite the title of the post, you aren’t going to get much of what it promised. My apologies in advance, but I’m going with this Diary post exactly the way it came out.)
So… the days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the leaves are doing their annual colorful display and you all know what that means o’ Gentle Visitors? Yes, indeedy! Your Favorite Catgirl’s most creepy holiday, Halloween is almost upon us! Yay!
I know my mental lethargy has continued to keep me in it’s headlock of late but I’m hoping the fun I usually try to enjoy this very scary time of year will be the trick to break me past it and get my goofy butt motivated again. As always, I’ve been thinking to do my traditional Halloween Movie Festival Review series, and this time out our subject is “vampires”…. those blood drinking creatures of the night that have crept into just about every culture’s collective subconscious to become one of the universal critters that just about everybody knows and fears. Yep… oodles and oodles of movies, That’ll be the just the ticket for moi! ;)
What, you say? What else have I been up to these last couple months of relative obscurity? And what other “Tricks & Treats” might I have in store for this most creepy of months? Well… if you wanna know all that, you have to “Read On” and see just what sort of stuff a certain goofy lady’s been up to with all her free time then won’t you? ;)
Seeing as I’m finally back on track from a looooonnng dry spell, how about we get back to things with a movie that’s been a looooonnng time in making it’s way to my DVD player? Sound good? Well then I guess that means it’s finally time for another trip to the Gothic wilderlands of old Russia and a look at the super late to actually get released, long, long, looonnng delayed, always just out of reach, never thought I’d actually ever see it, Russian remake of the 1967 classic fantasy film, “Viy 3D”.
Our synopsis? OK… OK… it goes sorta along these lines: “Early 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods somewhere in the hinterlands of the Ukraine. Nothing but chance and heavy fog could bring him to this cursed place. People who live here do not resemble any other people which the traveler saw before that. The villagers, having dug a deep moat to fend themselves from the rest of the world, share a naive belief that they could save themselves from evil, failing to understand that evil has made its nest in their souls and is waiting for an opportunity to gush out upon the world.”
Can’t tell you how long this one has teased me from afar. How about since waaaay the heck back around 2005 or so? Yep. This particular film has been kicking around in some fashion or another for well near a decade before finally seeing a release in it’s home country of Russia, let alone any sort of DVD that yours truly could lay her hands on. I had figured that would eventually turn out to be China, Thailand, or maybe Malaysia…. but nope. Just when I’d about forgotten to keep checking around for it, it turns up at my local Walmart under the somewhat goofy and WTF? title, “Forbidden Empire”. Oh well… no passing up a gift of the Movie Fairies… But was it worth the wait to see? One way to know, right? ;)
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Yep… you aren’t imagining things. Just when you probably thought this wee Catgirl had completely disappeared off the face of the earth, I’m back. I’d love to be able to say I’ve been away because I got sucked through an eerie warp in space/time into an alternate dimension where a plucky Magical Catgirl Princess was desperately needed to stave off the horrors of the dreaded Zombie Apocalypse and bring peace and love to a alien world that had lost all hope….. But no such luck. Interesting things like that never seem to happen when you want them to. Too bad…. I’ll bet the amazing stories of my adventures would have been darn pretty sweet too…. ;)
Instead, all I can say is that I think that I’ve finally shaken the crazy funk that came to live in my head these last two months and I’m ready to get back to things here at the ol’ Litterbox once more. As to what it was… who the heck knows? Certainly not lil’ ol’ me… I’m more than a little goofy and neurotic at the best of times, this is just probably another crazy bit of the essential “me” bubbling up to the surface to say “Hellow”.
Anyways… I’ve got today and tomorrow off from work, and Carolyn is busy, busy, busy with her work now that college is back in session, so I’m going to try to do a couple of more posts while I’m fired up. Those of you who missed me…. keep your eyes peeled. ;)
My freaking goodness… It’s like my brain is stuck in the mud of late. I had soooo hoped to be all fresh and revitalized by our recent vacation that I’d finally shake this lethargy that’s gripped me for the last month and let me buckle down and get back to stuff here again. But despite being in a relatively good mood… with lots of energy and no real Life problems I still just keep find myself just running on empty lately when it comes to getting anywhere at the Litterbox.
Why the heck is that? Darned if I know. By now most of my Gentle Visitors must be firmly convinced I’m just chucking in the old towel or something. All I can say is that’s definitely not the case. I’m just mired in some crazy fugue or something. Bear with me… I’ll shake this mood somehow…. Goodness, I’m so neurotic at times…. :???:
If that happens soon, hopefully I’ll stop messing around doing my “Diary” post for our vacation… writing and re-writing it over and over again… and it ought to be the next thing I accomplish. Just when… now THAT’S the real question.
So… I know, I know…. I’ve been pretty much MIA of late at the ol’ Litterbox and haven’t been posting like I should. Again… Sigh….
I wish I had a single good reason for it all, but mostly I’ve found myself spending practically all my free time these last few weeks with my darling wife instead of on my own personal stuff. It’s amazing how much fun we’ve been having together…. almost like we did waaaay back in college. Our recent wedding anniversary really reawakened that sense of fun and companionship for both of us just like we had back in those days when we were young and crazy and completely carefree with the whole world waiting for us around every corner. It’s just soooo darn hard not to want to “play hooky” with my best friend every single minute of every single day….
Still, I do want all my Gentle Visitors to know that their Favorite Movie watchin’ Catgirl hasn’t given up on things hereabouts. There will be more posts soon… but first, I’m happy to announce that we’re taking off for another Adventure. A whole week’s Wilderness Hiking excursion to the mountains of New Hampshire. Yep. That’s right… EEEEEEHH!!! Yes!! We’re Finally Goin’ Camping!! :D
So that means we’ll be out of town starting tomorrow, but should be back from our adventures come August when hopefully… all revived and refreshed… I’ll be able to get back to being more active around here. (And maybe even with some wonderful tales to share of our experiences out in the Great Outdoors…)
Till then, stay well, and “Meow, meow for now!!”
Time for another nostalgic trip back to a certain wacky Catgirl’s innocent childhood and a “Lil’ Kitten Classics” review of one of those films of my youth. Our subject this time? Why the 1983 Space Opera 3D epic, “Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone”. 3D? But… but… “Miyuki,” you ask, “Ummm… Don’t you reeeaaally dislike the eye wrenching torture of 3D movies?”. Yes, Gentle Visitors. Yes, I do… But as a wee girl, this particular one showed up at my local cinema in the early 80’s as one of that decades glut of such 3D films during the effect’s attempt at a revival back then. It was the legacy of those 80’s films that pretty much convinced me just how much I despised this particular film special effects gimmick.
Our synopsis? Ok.. ok.. just hold your horses, we’re getting to it. :) “In 2136, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Wolff answers a distress signal that leads him to the plague-ridden planet of Terra Eleven, where he teams up with a spunky orphan girl named Niki to rescue three shipwrecked women from the evil clutches of the sinister mutant cyborg dictator Overdog and his twisted minions.”
Yep. Nothing amazing or novel about this one. It pretty much celebrates the two-fisted pulp scifi serials of an era bygone combined with the post-apocalyptic feel of an Italian “Road Warrior” rip-off. Still, back then it really did make a certain lil’ kitten one happy, happy lil’ girl one hot Saturday afternoon. However, you do have to realize I was all of 10 years old the summer this one came along…. ;)
So… wanna hear about it all? Then hitch up your blaster, boot up your trusty android companion, and buckle up for the jump to hyperdrive and by all means… “Read On”!!
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Time for another Review… a really waaaaay overdue one… and this time out, yours truly has herself another goofy “Hopping Vampire” tale from good ol’ HK, the 2014 Horror/ Comedy “Sifu Vs. Vampire” by prolific HK genre producer/ director Wong Jing. Expecting some more of the riveting Jiangshi horror we saw in “Rigor Mortis”? Ha!!! I said “Wong Jing”… so leave all expectations of serious Asian horror right by the door as you enter… Wong Jing don’t play that way… ;)
Our synopsis goes like this here: “Small time gangster Nicky and his friend Boo get the assignment of a life time, to threaten Charlie Jiang, a feng shui master into exhuming the corpse of the great grandfather of TV station tycoon Kelvin Chow. A new burial is said to bring Kelvin great fortune and prosperity but things take a turn for the worse when his great grandfather’s corpse turns into a deadly Vampire King and is let loose inside the TV station while a show about zombies is being filmed. Soon our heroes are up to their necks in both trouble and the hopping dead!”
Yep. From our trailer, looks like we’re going to get all the retro Jiangshi antics we HK movie fans know and love. Hopping Vampires… Taoist Vampire Hunters… a lovely romantic ghost girl… and two hapless boobs to scream and run around like idiots. Yep. They seem to have all the usual bases covered. So what the heck are you waiting for? Neko’s ready to spill the beans if you’re ready to “Read On”, o’ Gentle Visitor. Let’s get hopping!! :o
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