Halloween Week Day 4: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” live show

This year will be my fourth time going to The Rocky Horror Picture Show live show, and I honestly cannot wait! It’ll be my first time going on Halloween night, which is apparently the funnest one. If you’ve never been to one if those nights, I really encourage you to go. It is a great occasion to be who and what you want to be, without being judged by anyone. You can meet a lot of great people, and have an amazing night.

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The event takes place in a theatre, where the movie is projected, but there is also a cast of people who acts it out in front of you. There is also a narrator, known as “the voice”, who comments and makes jokes about the movie. The crowd also interacts with the movie, shouting at characters at times, and throwing stuff at each other when necessary. You can also bring a water gun, that way you can spray water on people when it rains in the movie. You can go dressed as your favourite character, or whatever costume you feel like, or you can also come wearing your everyday clothes. I once saw a guy wearing a very elaborate Frankenstein’s monster costume; he asked me to marry him, I said yes, I’ve never seen him again. There was another guy once, with a gorilla mask on and wearing nothing but a speedo. And the amount of people wearing their cutest lingerie is amazing. You can honestly wear whatever you want and you’ll be just fine. People don’t care there, everybody seems so free, it’s brilliant. And don’t forget to stand up and dance when the Time Warp comes on!

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The experience remains strange and surreal, whether you’ve seen the movie/been to the live show before or not. There is always something new, every time you go; it is always a different show. Don’t be afraid to let yourself go on that night, as long as you remain friendly with everyone there, you’ll have a lot of fun. After all, a mental mind-fuck can be nice…!

 

Halloween Week Day 1 – Part 2: Top 5 most annoying horror movie clichés

1. The jump-scare

In older horror movies, jump-scares are not that annoying; most of the time, they are put to good use, whether the scare is a real one or not, and there is not one every 10 minutes or so. In most recent horror flicks however, jump-scares, and especially false ones, are over-used and it is becoming truly annoying. How many times has a movie made us jump just because the music suddenly got really loud? Or because the main character bumps into a friend? If used once or twice in a movie, a false scare can be somewhat effective, but I feel like in horror movies nowadays, false scares constitute more than half of the scares in a movie. We are becoming so used to jump-scares that, whether real or not, they are becoming ineffective.

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2. “We should split-up”

Yeah, great idea. Why not just walk up to the killer and gently ask them to slit your throat?

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3. The black character usually dies first

Most horror movies are filled with cliché and token characters: the jock, the nerd, the slut (usually also known as the blonde girl), the virgin, the stoner, the black guy… the list goes on and on. Most of these clichés and tokens come in a few variations, but one thing is almost always certain: the black guy dies first. Why? Except inculcated racism, I can’t seem to find a reason. It has become so “usual” that every time you see a black character in a horror movie, you have a pretty good idea of what’s gonna happen to them.

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4. The phones don’t work

Whether you’re in the middle of absolute nowhere or in your own home, the phones never seem to work properly. I know it is supposed to give us the isolation vibe, make us understand that the main characters are totally alone against whatever evil is attacking them, but still, it is highly unlikely. And when the phones actually work, the main character often doesn’t even use it to call the police or, when they do, the police doesn’t believe them or gets killed upon arriving at the house. All in all, phones are pretty useless.

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5. The villain has to die twice or just can’t die

Whether you stab it in the heart or chop its head off, it never seems to be enough. The villain either has to be killed twice or just can’t seem to be killed at all. This cliché is mostly used to create sequels (often unnecessary or unwanted ones (isn’t Jason X (2001) the worst?)), or to provide one last “scare”, but we are so used to this cliché that we expect it and aren’t surprised at all when it happens.

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Honorable mentions

  1. The car won’t start/Dropping the car keys
  2. The ankle-grab
  3. Adults and authority figures are useless
  4. People can’t seem to remember how to run

A little recommendation

Hello there people of the Internet. Okay, I know, I suck at starting texts, so let’s just move on.

I have a little recommendation to make. You might already know about him or you might not but anyway: I think you should check Bertie Gilbert over on youtube. I’ve been watching his short movies for a few years now and they always impress me. So yeah, the guy’s 19 years old and makes some good short movies, so that’s really cool. Not only is he a filmmaker, he is also an actor, playing in his own movies, but also in some of his friends’.

His last short, Let It Be, was pretty good, probably one of my favourites. Like most of his movies, it is dealing with an important subject, in a quite creative way. Kind of like being in some kind of a dream, but awake. Anyway, that’s pretty much all I wanted to say about that right now, just go over on youtube and watch his shorts, they’re good.

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Why I love watching bad movies

Confession time: I adore bad movies. Example, “The Room” (2003) is a movie I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. It is sooooooo bad, yet I can’t keep my eyes from it. I think the best part of it is the “acting”. I’m not even sure I can call it acting, it’s too bad. Over-acting might be a better word. Anyway.

I watch a lot of bad movies (sometimes more than once), mainly because I think they are highly entertaining, but also because they give me a great idea of what not to do when making a film. I really do think that watching terrible movies is as important as watching great ones. Of course, you want to understand what you’re doing, so watching classics like “Citizen Kane” (1941) is crucial, but I think it is as crucial to understand what not to do, hence, “The Room”.

Some of my favourite bad movies (if you’re interested) are:

  1. Batman & Robin (1997)
  2. The Happening (2008)
  3. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
  4. The Room (2003) (obviously)
  5. Troll 2 (1990)