Monday, November 01, 2010

MOANday: Halloween Edition

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I know it’s a day late, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pay homage to some of the hottest guys from horror films. Often these films are ensemble casts and rarely have the traditional Hollywood hottie, but there are a few that provide welcome respite from all the blood and gore. I hope you enjoy, even if you aren’t a horror movie fan.

I’m very excited by last night’s premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC. This is a mini-series based on, you guessed it, Zombie Invasion!!!! But at the center of the story is a policeman played by Andrew Lincoln. You got to love a hottie in uniform, especially when his dearest wish is to find and protect his family.

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The Saw movies were never my favorites. I’m a bigger fan of true mystery than gore, but Cary Elwes was a pleasant surprise when I finally gave in to watching the first one. I remember him from funnier movies like the Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and though he spends most of this movie shackled to a wall, he plays the serious roles just as well.

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I’m a huge fan of numerous Stephen King made-for-television mini-series and movies, as my next two choices will avow. The first is a remake of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, starring Rob Lowe, who attempts to save a small town from the evil vampire that has made his home in the mansion where Rob Lowe’s character was frightened as a child.


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The other is Rose Red (my all-time favorite!) with actor Julian Sands playing a telepath with mind-bending abilities. I cried the first time I watched it, because I didn’t want him to die. :)

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And last, but not least, actor Taye Diggs, for his role as a (former) baseball player who ends up at a mysterious birthday party and gets locked up in a possessed house. Lucky for him, he is adopted, or else the house would have eaten him. I have to confess that there are parts of this movie where I still have to close my eyes. And Geoffrey Rush revising Vincent Price's character as the murderous husband? Creepy!!!

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I know I’m one of the few horror fan buffs around here, but I hope viewing these hunky heroes helped you overlook my Halloween indulgence. Until next month…

Angel

8 comments:

Problem Child said...

Umm, why are all these men wearing so much clothing?

Cheryl said...

I love horror movies! And I didn't know they had made a remake of "Salem's Lot"! I love Stephen King and he must like Rob Lowe (who also played in "The Stand" miniseries).

Hey PC - it's hard to run from vampires and flex your muscles at the same time. LOL

Angel said...

PC -- because I couldn't find pictures of them in the movies without clothing. LOL

Angel

Angel said...

Cheryl, The Salem's Lot miniseries is really good, but probably closest to a true Stephen King ending, in that the ending isn't happy and upbeat (as best as one can be in a horror movie). I LOVED the Stand, and have that on DVD too. The horror of having some kind of biological weapon released on the public is SO close to home.

By the way, I took a test on Facebook about surviving a zombie apocalypse, and guess what??? I'd live!!! Of course, I might have opted to sacrifice a few friends along the way... ;)

Angel

Cheryl said...

Angel - "The Stand" is my favorite Stephen King book. I have read the unabridged copy so many times. It scared me terribly because it is possible.

I loved the guy in "Legion" - Beighton is that right? He has a VOICE and a bod. Loved that movie too.

Nas Dean said...

On Stephen King's books, I really liked The other Half, chilling.
Then there's another chilling one The Night Shift. But I didn't get Dolores Claiborne...I just can't grasp whats it about!
Now horror movies...the list is endless. And Angel I dig the hunky guys you posted!

Playground Monitor said...

Stephen King is a brilliant writer and paints such a vivid picture with words. I read The Shining and had to sleep with the lights on. I think that's the last King book I read because I can't handle the horror stuff. Don't watch the movies either. Does anyone remember Shirley Jackson's book "The Haunting of Hill House" and the movie made from it? I spent half the movie with my eyes covered.

You're a stronger woman than I, Angel.

Angel said...

Thanks, Nas Dean! A woman after my own heart. :)

PM, I've watched both the original House on Haunted Hill and the remake by Dark Castle, but I've never read the book. I need to check that out!!!

I'm not a big fan of Stephen King's actual books -- don't get me wrong, he's a brilliant storyteller. And as you said, he can paint a vivid picture with his words and make the most mundane of actions interesting. But he's also a big proponent of unhappy endings or enigmatic, vague endings. I remember reading The Cell and throwing the book across the room at the end. That's why I like the movie versions -- someone at least lives. :) I know the movie version of the Stand offers a much more hopeful finale than the book itself. Wonder why he allows that?

Angel