FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE...beware yon spoilers!

Sep 25, 2012

SHOCKtober ahoy!

Holy crapping crap, it's that time of the year again! Yes, the best time. The Halloween time. The time when everyone becomes a horror fan. The time when you might see an old woman purchasing a bag of skulls at Target. The time when you buy a 10lb bag of candy "for the children" knowing full well that you will eat 9.88lbs of it yourself. Like I said, THE BEST TIME.

It's also busy season for most of us horror blogging folk, and I try to be no exception. But what to do? I think my idea is an okay one, and surely it will drive me mad by the end of THE BEST MONTH...but it'll be worth it. I mean, I'll have 9.88lbs of candy to sooth my jangled nerves. Unless all that sugar actually jangles 'em all up even worse, but you know what? I don't care. Because at Stately Final Girl Manor, we live on the edge.

OF SANITY HA HA AMIRITE

Okay. Surely you remember the epicosity of SHOCKtober 2010, right? Where I asked you guys to send me a list of your 20 favorite horror movies and I'd thought that would result in a master list of like 80 movies but instead the list was 732 movies long? Yeah, that SHOCKtober. Well, here is the haps for 2012:

I've chosen 31 films from that master list and plopped 'em into a schedule. Each day I'll be talking about one of the movies in some capacity- sometimes a review, sometimes...who the crap knows...and I hope that YOU will be talking about the day's pick as well. Whether it's on the Final Girl Facebook page, in the comments here, or on your own site, I'd sure like SHOCKtober '12 to be like a month-long blog-a-thon Film Club spectacular spooktacular. That's right, this is also the time of year when people make stupid puns like "spooktacular". IT'S THE BEST!

Now then, let me say this much: I want to link to your content, should you have any, each day. You can email me links at stacieponder (at) gmail (dot) com. But it's going to be a nutcake month for me outside of this nutcake stunt, so I'm already asking for your patience. Depending on when I receive them, some links might take a few hours to be added. And so, you can also leave a link in the comments on the Facebook page when I post my piece. Is that confusing? Sorry. I'm just saying, time is tight for me at the moment, so don't flip out.

In the meantime, here is the schedule for the month- the films I'll be discussing on each date- so you can totes plan accordingly. Do what you want each day, if anything!

  1. Sunshine (2007)
  2. Let the Right One In (2008)
  3. The Haunting of Julia (1977)
  4. Audition (1999)
  5. Nosferatu (1922) / (1979)
  6. Slither (2006)
  7. Cat People (1942)
  8. Tenebre (1982)
  9. Dead Alive (1992)
  10. Possession (1981)
  11. Pulse (2001)
  12. Shivers (1975)
  13. Left Bank (2008)
  14. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
  15. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4 (1988)
  16. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
  17. The Tenant (1976)
  18. Santa Sangre (1989)
  19. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
  20. And Soon the Darkness (1970)
  21. Battle Royale (2000)
  22. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
  23. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
  24. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)
  25. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  26. Triangle (2009)
  27. Calvaire (2004)
  28. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  29. The Horde (2009)
  30. Planet of the Vampires (1965)
  31. Martyrs (2008)
Man, it is going to be an awesome month.

Sep 14, 2012

well well


I made a Final Girl page over at Facebook. Isn't that just the most? It is and you know it. So if you're on FB, head over for some jibber jabber and whatnot. If you're not on FB, don't worry, all posts will still be here. Over there is like the donuts after church or something. Don't people eat donuts after church? I don't know, I don't go to church. But if they're NOT eating donuts afterwards they should really reconsider.

Once More Unto the Saw

So have you seen the trailer for the forthcoming Texas Chainsaw 3D yet? Well no more excuses, you...here it is.



What a brave attempt at filmmaking from Lionsgate, the way they recycled all the exact same shit we've been seeing in Chainsaw-related movies since 1974 but added that extra dimension to the proceedings.

Why am I even talking about this? I'm not going to make any effort to see it. I gave up on modern-era Chainsaw flicks after The Beginning, which made me want to run face-first into a swarm of bees wielding very tiny chainsaws of their own.

Upon viewing the trailer for the first time, the only thing that ran through my mind was "Why would I ever watch this instead of the original movie?"...but now I find my blood getting oddly fired up about it. Maybe because giving this trailer the time of day again just highlights the laziness of it all, the propensity for mainstream horror to simply go to the same well AGAIN even though it dried up 25 years ago rather than take a chance on something new.

Wow, this trailer has me feeling all curmudgeonly! And old! It's like the total opposite of a Crystal Pepsi.

BUT WAIT. Just a few hours after watching that TC3D trailer and feeling all I'm getting too old for this shit, my eyes meet the trailer for Mama, produced by Guillermo Del Toro and a-comin' in January. The creepiness factor is high, and I am already all over it. I feel so young again!