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Old Hollywood Fashion: The Stepford Wives (1975)

October 28, 2022
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The Stepford Wives (1975) starring Katherine Ross as Joanna Eberhart and Paula Prentiss as Bobby Markowe wasn't just a spooky film about suburban perfection and how far some will go to achieve it but it also had a lot of great fashion. Ross and Prentiss both wore some cute midriff tops which showcased their taut midsections. They also wore a lot of great 1970's causal looks like jeans, buttoned shirts, and leather jackets. There was also some incredible dresses that many of the cast wore throughout the film but especially towards the end.

This film is one of my favorites to watch around Halloween but I also love it because it showcases some great seventies fashion. Have you seen The Stepford Wives (1975)? If so, what did you think about the fashion in this film?

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5 Vincent Price Film Recommendations

October 27, 2022
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 Vincent Price was many things in his lifetime. He was an actor, a horror movie icon, an art historian, a avid art collector, a prolific gourmet cook, a loyal friend, and a dedicated family man. He acted in films, on tv, performed in theater, and lent his unique voice to radio programs. Price was a multitalented man but is mainly known in the mainstream for the spooky films that he starred in. 

In every role Price played you know that you are getting a passionate and professional performance. Price was that way in everything he did in his life. He studied art at Yale University which lead him to pursue art collecting. In 1965 he published his first cookbook called A Treasury of Great Recipes. He would venture into more art collecting and cookbooks as the years went on while he continued to lend his talents as an actor. He also used his ominous voice in audiobooks and voiceover work. You may also remember his iconic rap in Michael Jackson's song Thriller in 1982. 

Price started out as a character actor in the 1930's and eventually established himself in Laura (1944) played the role of Shelby Carpenter. His first venture into the horror genre was in the Boris Karloff film Tower of London (1939). He really made his mark in horror films from the 1950's on. He played the bad guy many times in horror films but he only played a monster once in The Monster Club (1981) as a vampire named Eramus. 

There is no denying that Vincent Price was a renaissance man who lived his life doing all of the things he loved but it is in the horror genre where he left his biggest mark in cinema. I highly recommend trying to get your hands on one of his biorgaphies or his cookbooks to learn more about him. If you want a small taste of Vincent Price's work as an actor here are five film recommendations that I will guarantee you will enjoy especially during this spooky season.

Have you seen any of these film recommendations? What Vincent Price films have you enjoyed?

House of Wax (1953)

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

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The Monster Club (1981)

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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A Little Vintage Nerd: Everyday Vintage Halloween Costumes

October 26, 2022
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Now that I am a little bit older my mom doesn't pick out my Halloween costumes for me anymore. Instead she asks me what I want to be and I usually tell her that I don't know. There is so much to choose from that it can be a little bit overwhelming. 

I love Halloween and I love looking at pictures so I thought I would share with you some everyday vintage Halloween costumes that might help you with your costume. Looking at these old pictures helped me to figure out what I was going to be. I also included a picture of my mom when she was little on Halloween. Let me know which one you think she is and which ones are your favorite. I think I like the last one best which is a vampire girl from the 1960's. Happy Halloween!

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Reflections of the Halloween (1978) Legacy

October 19, 2022

Let's go back to the early 1980's.  It was 1982 this vintage nerd was about 6 years old. I was not allowed to watch horror movies on my mothers watch (after she passed horror movies became a thing my older brother and I shared together) so I never saw the movie Halloween (1978).  So here I was with my brother and the neighbors kids in the kitchen with their little tv on their table and Halloween (1978) was showing. Thank goodness for the moms being distracted because that was the first time I had a glimpse of Laurie Strode and Michael Meyers. That music and those images imprinted in my little mind and it made trick or treating about 1000 times scarier that year. Halloween was never the same for me after that.

Halloween (1978) and the story that John Carpenter and the late Debra Hill created changed the landscape of so many things. It changed how horror movies were made (they had a very small budget), it changed how women were viewed in horror, it changed the horror movie industry, and it changed the Halloween season. The film about the boogeyman and his final girl literally altered the way my generation saw the event of Halloween with its costumes, pumpkins, and masks. 

 Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed Laurie Strode for 44 years and in eight Halloween movies. Halloween (1981) was a great continuation, Halloween III (1982) was what Carpenter and Hill intended the franchise to be which was a series of films about Halloween, Halloween H20 (1998)-Halloween: Resurrection (2002)-have interesting cast but it only got more confusing because of the prior Halloween 4,5, and 6 films. After Jamie Lee Curtis did Halloween: Resurrection there were two remakes by Rob Zombie.

Then comes a brave and perhaps mad idea. Blumhouse Productions decides to try to continue the story of Michael and Laurie with the type of intentions that Carpenter and Hill originally had. Jamie Lee signed on for Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and Halloween (2022) but this time Jamie Lee would be an executive producer and John Carpenter would come back to compose the soundtracks for the films. 

To ignore 9 films and continue the story where it left off for Laurie in Halloween (1978) after her friends were killed and she was left fighting for her life, was a huge risk and pure genius. The storyline was tight, there was nostalgia, they gave homage to those 9 films of the past, and characters were fully fleshed out and realistic. Some might say that these last three films were too realistic and not enough of that mysterious, boogeyman vibe but Halloween (1978) was not about a mystical monster but rather about a monster that was just a man. 

These last three films gave the Laurie Strode character a chance to come full circle and answer the question, how do we live our lives carrying such deep trauma? Laurie was shown as broken and slightly mad by the living through the pain of losing her best friends by a crazed boogeyman. These films showed that the final girl can live but asked whether she could have a life. We learn of Laurie's daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson, and the trauma of the events of October 31, 1978 that impacted Laurie so much that she inadvertently passed it down to her own child and then to her grandchild. 

In Halloween (2018) we see where Laurie is after 1978, what her relationships are like, who her family is, and how she is existing in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. In Halloween (2021) we see how the town is affected by the brutality and violence that Michael's senseless murders have caused. That film also brought to light how people as a collective handle trauma and how many times communities lean towards violence instead of healing. But it is in Halloween (2022) that we see what can happen when people make choices for themselves on how to live their lives despite experiencing trauma. We see characters attempting to heal and find joy, characters leaning into the hatred and evil in the world, and characters just trying to move beyond the pain and find their place in the world.

Halloween Ends (2022) gives us everything we needed and didn't think we needed in a horror movie. There are scares and frights but there is also depth and wisdom. Laurie Strode proves she isn't just a girl who survived a horrible night of babysitting on Halloween but that she could rise above the pain of her experiences and embrace it as part of who she is. Her trauma no longer defines her but it helps her to become the person she wants to be. Laurie doesn't want to be known as the final girl or the victim of the boogeyman but rather a person who is living with their suffering by embracing her past to finally find peace in the life she has.

John Carpenter and Debra Hill created some iconic characters in Halloween (1978). Jamie Lee Curtis gave us a strong, brave, and vulnerable character in Laurie Strode. She reminded us that bad things don't go away overnight but that we need to acknowledge them for what they are and accept them as part of our story. A story that has marked and molded an entire generation with scares to last us for a lifetime.

Outfit: Halloween (1978) themed tee from Spirit Halloween, 1960's Orange Cardigan is vintage, Jeans are thrifted, Orange Beret is from Amazon, and my special guest is my youngest son as Michael Meyers

Old Hollywood: Did You Know? Halloween (1978)

October 18, 2022

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Halloween (1978)  was made with very little money or time but it had a lot of great talent behind and in front of the camera. 

Here are some things that you might not have known about Halloween (1978):

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Halloween (1978) was shot in just 20 days.

The mask that was used was a mask of William Shatner as Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

The original draft of the screenplay was titled The Babysitter Murders and The Night He Came Home.

Will Sandin (Young Michael Myers) became a police officer in Los Angeles. He had no interest in pursuing a full time acting career.

The story is based on an experience John Carpenter had in college touring a psychiatric hospital. Carpenter met a child who stared at him "with a look of evil, and it terrified me."

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The filming took place during the spring of 1978, hence why all the trees were green.

Tommy Lee Wallace who was the production designer hand painted the leaves you see in the film.

They would collect all the leaves that were on the ground and recycle them for another scene.

The house that was the Meyers house was originally dilapidated as you would see it in the later scenes. The crew eventually fixed it up so they could film the opening scene with Judith and her little brother Michael Meyers.

Of the female leads (all the girls are supposed to be in high school), only Jamie Lee Curtis was actually a teenager at the time of shooting.

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John Carpenter came up with the idea of having his name in the title as John Carpenter's Halloween. He was ahead of his time when it came to branding.

The first scenes with Judith and Michael were filmed using a Panaglide, allowed the camera to be rigged to the operator for long, unbroken shots.

Jamie Lee Curtis admits she made up the "Just the two of us" song she sang to herself at the movie's beginning when she was walking home from school.

The car that was used when Michael escapes from the asylum is a 1976 Ford LTD station wagon and it was rented. The car rental company was never told that the car was going to be used in a film.

The kids that were trick or treating in the film were local kids, not actors.

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The movie that Tommy and Laurie are watching is The Thing from Another World (1951).

The stabbing sound effect is actually a knife stabbing a watermelon.

The co-creator and producer of Halloween (1978) Debra Hill was a the one who killed Judith Myers. The hand that we see from Michael's POV stabbing his sister repeatedly is that of Hill, as she was the only one small enough to fill the part.

Debra Hill wrote most of the dialog for the female characters, while John Carpenter concentrated on Dr. Loomis' speeches.

Originally, Dr. Loomis was supposed to have a phone conversation with his wife. Donald Pleasence didn't do it, saying he thought the character shouldn't have a family or a past.

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It was Jamie Lee Curtis' first feature film. She was paid a reported $8,000 for her efforts.

John Carpenter composed the score in four days.

Inside Laurie Strode's bedroom there is a poster of a painting by James Ensor (1860-1949). Ensor was a Belgian expressionist painter who used to portray human figures wearing grotesque masks.

According to screenwriter/producer Debra Hill, the character Laurie Strode was named after John Carpenter's first girlfriend.

Donald Pleasence suggested the ended that was created for the film. It was filmed with Loomis discovering the body is gone. Rather than register any shock, he stares fixedly down, resigned to the fact that this battle is not over.

Classic Film Spotlight: Halloween (1978)

October 17, 2022
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Halloween (1978) changed the horror genre forever. We get introduced to a serial killer with a mask who never speaks but has unnatural super human strength and an innocent, intelligent teen girl who is stronger than she realizes. Michael Meyers, is a violent murderer who escaped a psychiatric facility because he murdered his older sister when he was a child seeks out for more death in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

 Laurie Strode is just a regular teenage girl who babysits to earn extra money. She has two besties in Lynda (P.J. Soles) and Annie (Nancy Loomis) who are more outgoing and extroverted than she is. Laurie thinks a good time is studying for her next test or tucking in the kids she babysits to bed, Lynda and Annie on the other hand prefer to party a little harder. 

On Halloween, Michael notices Laurie drop off a key to the long abandoned Meyers house that her father is trying to sell. After that brief encounter it seems as though Michael has taken a liking to Laurie and begins to stalk her. Things escalate quickly as the stalking turns violent and deadly for Laurie and her friends. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) who was Michael's  psychiatrist seeks out Michael because he fears he is pure evil and will seek out only violence and death. Dr. Loomis is soon proven right as the Halloween day turns into Halloween night. 

Things start out creepy from the beginning of the film and towards the end things are just terrifying. Halloween (1978) introduces a monster who isn't something from outer space or from the depths of the black lagoon but someone who is human. John Carpenter who directed and co-wrote this film alongside Debra Hill, tells us a story of a creature that is flesh and bone just like the rest of us. We don't know why he kills or if he is truly evil like Dr. Loomis states, but what we do know is that he is real and he kills without remorse. 

Halloween (1978) changed the horror genre by introducing a monster who not like any other we have seen in films before. Was he human with supernatural strength or was a a sociopath that was inherently evil? The film also introduced the idea of a final girl, which is a girl or woman who is the last to live at the end of a movie. Laurie Strode not only becomes the first final girl in horror movie history but also a scream queen. She is the person who overcomes an impossible monster but is left to live with the aftermath of what she saw and experienced that Halloween night in 1978.

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My 5 Go-To Horror Movies To Rewatch

October 16, 2022

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I have people asking me for movie recommendations all the time. I love to share what films I have watched and maybe introduce them to movies they never heard of before. Recently I was asked what are my go-to horror movies that I enjoy watching. It is the season for all things spooky so after much thought I put together a short list of my five go-horror movies that I love to watch over and over again.

These are five films I have no problem watching outside of the Halloween season. I watch them at least once a year. Ghost Story (1981) has a legit spooky ghost story with a heap of Old Hollywood stars as the leads in the film, The Legacy (1978) has a creepy gorgeous house with a mysterious satanic ring of power and a beautiful couple trying to figure out whats happening, The Changeling (1980) is set at another spooky house with an outstanding dramatic performance by George C. Scott, The Frighteners (1996) has some great twists and turns and a performance by Michael J. Fox that I can watch over and over again, and lastly The Haunting (1999) has Lili Taylor set in yet another spooky house that tells a deeply sad story that just always haunts me. 

Each of these films has enough scares that keep you interested but also twists, romance, drama, and mystery. A good movie with great writing always keeps me coming back for more. These are some of my go-to horror movies that I love to watch over and over anytime of the year, what are yours?


The Legacy (1978)
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The Changeling (1980)
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The Frighteners (1996)
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The Haunting (1999)
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Falling in Love with Plaid

October 15, 2022
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 It's true. I have a thing for plaid. The pattern tends to remind me of Fall days and chilly weather. There is a comfy quality to plaid that I have always loved. I have a few staple plaid pieces in my closet but I am always looking for more to add. 

What patterns evoke cozy and comfort to you? What are your favorite patterns to wear during the Fall? 

Here are some more plaid looks I have worn in the past:

Channeling a 1940's School Girl

Being Inspired by Dorothy

6 Years as a Blogger-Yay!

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater 

Holiday Ruffles 

When life gives you lemons, Treat yourself to flowers

Celebrating my curves with Modcloth

7 Easy Tips on how I created my own Personal Style

Wrap me in plaid

A Day of Thanks

A Vintage Nerd Book Club: Wear Vintage Now

Escaping into the Fall

Embracing the Changes 

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