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.
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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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.