This meme was going around in the spring. I meant to do it back in June when I found it on Krell Labs. Now it’s August, and I’m just now getting around to it. If you’ve been reading this blog long or know me personally you’re not surprised, I’m sure. I have been known to put off procrastinating for another day, woka woka. Some of these answers that leap to mind won’t be from horror movies, but it’s all in the interest of Getting To Know Each Other Better, I’m sure.
1. Movie you love with a passion – Prom Night fits into this category just fine. Everyone talks about Jamie Lee Curtis’s disco dancing (“let’s show ’em what we can do”) but forgets that Leslie Nielsen also does the White People Dance pour un moment, which is also culturally significant. Prom Night is also the first instance I found of the “for the rest of my life” horror rule, meaning, if you utter the phrase then the rest of your life is going to last until the end of the movie or less. Now, about that Slick. I would not have liked to do the horizontal disco with Slick, or have my throat cut in his supervan, but I would have liked to party with the dude. I like how he rolled. And let’s face it, for people like me who were about as popular in high school as Carrie White, Prom Night is the best vicarious prom experience you can buy. (Yes, I went to my prom, but it was lame. I looked fabulous though.)
2. Movie you vow never to watch. – How ’bout Cannibal Holocaust? I think it’s hilarious that the director got dragged into court because people thought it was a documentary, though. If PETA had been in full force back then he surely would have been charged with something, or at least they would have hung around his next production forcing him to smell their b.o. I’m not an animal rights activist, but I don’t like seeing animals hurt. Not to mention that rape scenes are almost always completely unnecessary.
3. Movie that literally left you speechless. – Midnight in Paris. I was so caught up in it that I had tears of joy in my eyes when it was over, and I made my husband take me to the closest thing we have here to a European city, St. Augustine, for dinner. You can read more about what I thought of the movie here. You can see that I obviously didn’t stay speechless.
4. Movie you always recommend. – The Changeling. Those EVPs have haunted me since I first saw it on HBO as a little kid. Now, as a supposed adult, they still chill me. They don’t make ’em like this anymore, to coin a phrase. They really ought to try. It’s just a good, classy, effective ghost story.
5. Actor/actress you always watch no matter how crappy the movie. – Patrick Swayze was definitely one. And let’s be honest, a lot of his catalog was crap. I even went to the theater to see To Wong Foo, and I paid to rent Waking Up In Reno. Hell, I saw Father Hood in the theater, now that I think of it. I had it bad for the man.
6. Actor/actress you don’t get the appeal for. – Sean Penn. He irritates me, unless he happens to be Spicoli at the time. First he was married to Madonna and punching out photographers (I guess they were paparazzi, although the word wasn’t in common use at the time), and now we’re supposed to think he’s some humanitarian with the Katrina and Haiti things. I know people change, but I just don’t like the guy on a gut level. I’m sure he wouldn’t like me either.
7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you’d love to meet. – I gotta be honest, I’m not much on the meeting celebrities thing. I have nothing to say but, “you’re so great.” Or if they’re not so great, “hey I saw you in that movie.” I always feel uncomfortable when I meet ’em, although all my experience has been with musician type celebs and not actors. Although, I dreamed I met Travolta, and I told him they really should do a Grease sequel which was set at a class reunion so they could bring back the old cast. This was before Kenickie died of course. I guess if I had to, I’d like to meet Kevin Bacon, because my husband has this crazy screenplay for which we’ve always thought Bacon would be great in the lead. Also, I super duper love Footloose.
9. Dream cast. – Katharine Ross as the Final Girl, George Hilton as her boyfriend, Edwige Fenech as her slutty friend, Paul Lynde as the red herring, Burton Cummings as the prankster friend (he totally made a movie once, ya know), and Oliver Reed as the killer.
10. Favorite actor pairing. – Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Happy Together. The characters made a terrible couple, of course, but Leslie was so gorgeous and Tony is so cool, and they both are great actors and the story made me want to move to Argentina and be an expatriate and I wanted the movie to go on forever. Oh, man, all that beautiful food Tony kept cooking and that dance scene with the two of them. So, yeah. Tony + Leslie = 4evah
13. Chick flick or action movie? – Obviously I’d like to answer action, but if you counted up my favorite movies and separated them into two columns, chick and action, I’m pretty sure more of them would fall into the chick category.