Crazy as I am about Halloween (The spookiness! The movies! The treats! ….!), I haven’t had the time to blog about the holiday yet. Until now. We (me and misses NxG) started our preparations early this year. We went to the store and bought a truckload of treats.
Behold: our loot.
You see that glorious pile of junkfood goodness? I’ll be talking about each of those items this week. Halloween-haters, you are warned.
“So what’s the yearly tradition at the NxG headquarters?” I thought you’d never ask. The tradition is thus: we submit ourselves to a plethora of scary movies and assorted snack food for as long as we manage to stay awake (or until we enter cardiac arrest from a sugar overdose).
That’s all there is to it.
The program this year was made up of movies that we suspected of being crap, but might still turn out to be good. We started off with The Uninvited, a remake of the Japanese “A Tale of Two Sisters”. A real stinker up until five minutes before the credits start rolling. Then there’s this huge mindbending plot twist that manages to salvage half the movie. If only the other half was decent… Still wide awake, we followed up with The Unborn. The trailer for this one had me excited enough (I simply love scary little kids) and it didn’t disappoint. Not great, but not exactly bad either. With our eyes heavy and our stomachs a bit more bloated than usual, we soldiered on and watched the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Which was okay, I guess. But only if you can disconnect that part of your brain that constantly reminds you of the original. You know, the part that goes “Ooh, they really handled this differently than in the original one!” and “I liked Johnny Depp and Robert Englund better.” After that, we were still not fast asleep, and decided to pop in John Dies at the End. And were pleasantly surprised. We had expected a B-movie crapfest and… Well it was a B-movie crapfest, but an extremely enjoyable one! Witty, clever story, decent acting, funny, touching all the right popculture clichés… I loved it!
After four movies and too many treats we decided to turn in. All in all, I’d call this edition of the Halloween-a-thon a succes. Stay tuned for more on the spooky treats that gave us indigestion the next day (Burps!) (I’m sorry.)