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"Word To Your Mother!" A Tribute To Charlotte Grissom

"Word To Your Mother!" A Tribute To Charlotte Grissom

Through the years, horror movies have had their fair share of domineering mothers. From Mrs. Bates, Pamela Voorhees, the Xenomorph Queen, to well, Mama from 'Mama',  strong willed mothers haven't always gotten the best representation. Well, that has all changed with Charlotte Grissom, played with wit and grit by Annette O'Toole.

BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE

BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE

It’s not hard to understand why we develop crushes on movie stars. They’re famous, beautiful, rich, talented (sometimes). They exist on our screens, and we know they’re real, but there’s always that disconnect. We’re unlikely to ever meet one, let alone develop any genuine relationship with one… but what if we did?
 

Real Hauntings Make for Realistic Horrors

Real Hauntings Make for Realistic Horrors

Haunted houses are a fright lover’s dream. People go out of their way to attend “haunted” house events every Halloween and there are some that even operate year-round.

You Can't Kill the Boogeyman

You Can't Kill the Boogeyman

Not only was I getting a glimpse into what teenagers were like in the 1970s, but it was gritty and gory. Little did I know, I was watching a “slasher” classic.

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: September 2016

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: September 2016

Summer is almost gone and the season of pumpkin spice is about to begin. September brings fall, football, foliage, and, according to what is coming new to Netflix, the season to get caught up on some really great SciFi and Horror TV series. So go grab yourself a PSL (if you’re in Texas like us at OWA, maybe get a cold version) and hunker down because there is a lot to watch this month!

 

 

THE COMMENTARY’S THE THING: the OWA Terror of Frankenstein Screening

THE COMMENTARY’S THE THING: the OWA Terror of Frankenstein Screening

I remember when DVD’s were a new thing, and the Director’s Commentary was what sold me. I converted all my old VHS tapes to the new format to hear words of wisdom from the creators of the film. It was a film class for those of us who weren’t going to spend ridiculous sums on grad school

MonsterVisions of My Youth

MonsterVisions of My Youth

The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series. 

Darkness Falls, Paranoia Rises

Darkness Falls, Paranoia Rises

Childhood can be a wonderful time. It can also be the critical point in life where horrific fear becomes ingrained, which later evolves into adult anxieties. I am of course referring to my excellent dental care, and the extreme care with which I attend my teeth—all because I watched the 2003 film DARKNESS FALLS at far too young an age.

All Dolled Up and Nowhere to Run

All Dolled Up and Nowhere to Run

Somebody thought it would be hilarious to put that creepy antique doll at the end of my bed staring at me while I was asleep. And I would wake up to it looking at me. For years I assumed it had been my brother (sorry Dusty!) playing a prank on me, but when I brought the story up to my father he got a sheepish look on his face and confessed that it was him and mom all along.

So You Like to Watch People Die?: The Appeal of Freddy Krueger

So You Like to Watch People Die?: The Appeal of Freddy Krueger

To this day, the visage of Freddy Krueger peers down at me while I sleep. A poster of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street signed by Wes Craven himself adorns the wall space above my bed, a meta-reconstruction of the famous scene from the film in which Freddy presses his face through the back Nancy’s bedroom wall. Yes, if I had to pick one of the many horror personalities and series that I devoured in my youth, Freddy and his nightmares on Elm Street would be hands-down my number one choice.

Tannis Root is the New Black

Tannis Root is the New Black

A few years ago for Christmas, my sister gifted me a necklace that looks like the tannis root pendant that Minnie gives Rosemary for “protection.”  It was silly and thoughtful and remains one of my most-worn pieces of jewelry.

How Vincent Price Taught Me to Scream in my Sleep

How Vincent Price Taught Me to Scream in my Sleep

I remember very distinctly my first real experience watching a horror film. I was in 5th grade and a girl from my school was having a sleepover. After we looked through and ogled over pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio, JTT, and Devon Sawa in Teen Beat, it was time to watch a movie. In pops HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price.