Is It Halloween Yet?
Might as well be Halloween already, I've seen Christmas ads on the TV lately. Boy, they keep bumping it up earlier and earlier. I was in Hobby Lobby a few weeks back and they had already put out the Christmas decorating stuff, along with the Halloween stuff. Perhaps it has to do with the economy, I dunno.
The other night I caught several horror movies on the Syfy Channel. They were all jumbled in together. But I caught The Omen, The Omen II, and The Final Conflict: Omen III. There was actually an Omen IV as well, but I heard it wasn't very good. I thought Omen and Omen II were pretty good, but by the third installment it was starting to run a little dry, though it was still worth a watch, and an interesting concept for a movie and its sequels back then. Sort of a demonic Harry Potter, watching the character grow up and develop during different stages of his life.
They also showed Friday the 13th, as well as the sequel, and the third film, which was in 3D. I've seen parts to them before, and I know some people love them, and I enjoy them too on some level depending up on my mood, but they get to be a one trick pony if you watch too many of them consecutively in a row. The same goes for the Halloween franchise films.
At any rate, in The House of Fear, Sherlock and Watson get summoned to an old mansion on a cliff in Scotland. Several odd murders have taken place there, and before each murder, the female caretaker for the mansion gets an envelope addressed to one of the recipients, and then the unlucky recipient dies in a horrible manner. I enjoy stories that use the set up of the old isolated manor house off in the boonies or being along a desolate shoreline. (If you have a favorite film that use that device, let me know.) At any rate, the team of Rathbone and Bruce have played in many other shorter film versions of the duo, and I've enjoyed watching a few of them lately.
While still on the subject of Sherlock Holmes. I ran across a new story about the detective.
Ian McKellan taking on the role of one of literature's most iconic characters is a prospect that, frankly, sounds awesome!
Oh, least I forget. To go full circle and tie-in with the Halloween record above, I ran into it on Archive.org. It sounds like it would be fun to listen to as Halloween approaches, so I've included a link here. I listened to a bit of it already, and it's typical for that sort of chiller thing--sort of spooky and fun. You can check it out here.