O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 18: Crimson Peak (2015)

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This is hands down the best film Guillermo Del Toro has ever done, and is a special treat for fans of older cinema.  Imagine if Mario Bava directed a Gothic romance horror film, you’d end up with something as breathtaking as Crimson Peak.  Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowsa, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) is an aspiring writer in the 1800’s living with her father and trying to write a ghost story after having been visited by her dead mother’s spirit when she was a child.  Publishing companies do not take her seriously due to her sex.  An aristocratic stranger, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, aka Loki from Thor and The Avengers), visiting her father (Jim Beaver, Justified, Deadwood) on business takes a keen interest in her and her writing.  The two end up courting and eventually married, and Edith finds herself whisked away to the Sharpe’s decaying English home, Allerdale Hall.  Allerdale Hall is situated on a mountain top where clay is a natural resource and is given the nickname Crimson Peak because of it.   Oh, and her mom made it a point to come back from the dead twice to tell that damn girl never to go there.  It’s as this point our resourceful heroine realizes what kind of predicament she’s gotten herself in and has to figure out what is happening and solve the mystery of the Sharpe family. Continue reading

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A Coffee Fueled Rant On Silent Hill

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As most of you know, yesterday a big announcement was made for the scariest game franchise of all time:  Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro are teaming up to make a new Silent Hill game, called Silent Hills.  The project stars Norman Reedus as what seems to be the  games protagonist.  The project re-teams Del Toro and Reedus who previously worked together on the kick-ass Blade 2.  We can probably bet that Reedus is the star of the game, but Silent Hill by it’s very nature is designed to mind-screw with people and is now being supervised by the evil genius Hideo Kojma (who has his own history of subverting players expectations), he could turn into Tom Cruise…..or Clint Howard, midway through the game for no real reason.

But I’m going to back up a bit before I get more involved in talking about Silent Hills.

Way back in Spring Break in my junior year of high school (1999) quite a few of my classmates went to the beach, or on vacation, or somewhere fun.  I was in a pretty terrible depression at the time for various reasons, and just wanted to be left alone.  I took the week off work, planning to sleep and watch re-runs of Dark Shadows on Sci-Fi.   However, a trip to the mom and pop video store led me to rent a video game that changed the way I saw the medium.  I took a vacation all my own.

I went to Silent Hill. Continue reading

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