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WWW Wednesdays are hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
Terry Pratchett – Snuff (Discworld 39)
I am now about two-thirds of the way through and, as fans would expect from a Vimes / Watch novel, it is nothing short of sublime! Pratchett always seems to be at his best when Vimes it at the heart of the story and so far Snuff is no exception. I can hardly wait to turn the pages, but as it’s my reading-in-bed book, I don’t get to turn as many as I’d like!
Charles Dickens – Great Expectations (e-book)
Till now, I’ve only ever read A Christmas Carol, as I confess I was a little afraid of reading Dickens. However, I am finding this a surprisingly humourous read and am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Let’s just say I now have great expectations of this novel. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist the pun! *shame* I’ll be some time with this…
What did you recently finish reading?
Absolutely nothing! I’m still reading last week’s books…
What do you think you’ll read next?
Georgette Heyer – Regency Buck
A colleague has loaned me this, so it’s been bumped up to the top of the list. I’ve never read any Heyer before now, but I know Stephen Fry is a big fan (he mentioned on a TV show once that The Reluctant Widow is one of his favourite books) and that’s good enough for me!
Lew Wallace – Ben-Hur (e-book)
This is the March choice for Kindle Klub, so we’ll be reading and discussing it HERE. If anyone would like to join us, we’d be glad to see you there!
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Who are the best child horror characters in film history?
Well, the obvious one to go for is Regan MacNeil – the demon-possessed child in The Exorcist (1973), so I’m purposely not choosing her, although she gets honourable mention. Special mention should also go to Rosemary’s Baby (1968) who is the child of the Devil!
So, who to choose? Well, how about an entire village filled with some of the most chilling children ever committed to paper or screen? John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos has been adapted for the big screen twice as Village of the Damned – in 1960 and 1995. As the later version starred the likes of Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve, Rebecca De Mornay and Kirsty Allie, I’ll leave you with that trailer, but I recommend checking out both versions and definitely get hold of the book if you haven’t already!
And how about a pint-sized bloodsucker? Well, if glamourous vampires are your thing, then Interview With the Vampire (1994) is the film for you. Starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and with Cristian Slater in a cameo role that was originally meant for River Phoenix (before his untimely demise), it was the petite “daughter” in the vampire family, Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst, who sparkled with a maturity of performance far beyond her young years.
Finally, I’ll leave you with the creepy twins from The Shining (1980). These ghostly girls aren’t particularly scary to look at, but the haunting voices begging Danny to “Come play with us…” are more than a little freakish. However, instead of leaving you with the trailer, I will leave you with the brilliant 30-Second Bunny Theatre version…
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What are your favourite creature feature movies?
I’ve always loved vampires, but as Dale has already gone with Dracula, I’ll go with The Lost Boys (1987). It was the movie that reinvented vampires for a new generation, replacing the dusty old relics with young, good-looking, sexy, bad-boy bloodsuckers that were cool as Hell! Starring Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patrick, Diane Weist, Jamie Gertz, and both the Coreys (Haim and Feldman), and featuring a rockin’ soundtrack, it was the birth (or should that be rebirth?) of the genre that opened the door for all those young adult vampire novels and movies. So perhaps I should actually condemn it as being influential on the likes of Stephenie Meyer (who is singlehandedly responsible for turning cool kid vamps into sparkly emo teens), but I still love this film. For me, it never grows old, and it never dies!
Next up is a classic, both in terms of creature and film – An American Werewolf in London (1981) was perhaps the first properly scary comedy horror. The special effects for the transformation sequences were so far ahead of their time that audiences were stunned – they’d never seen anything like it before and it paved the way for all manner of new developments in make-up effects. There’s a heavy dose of humour alongside the horror; it holds up even thirty years after its original release, and it launched writer/director John Landis into the Hollywood stratosphere, as well as showing Jenny Agutter (previously seen in the likes of The Railway Children) in a very sexy new light. Trailers back then were pretty tacky and this one’s particularly bad, but don’t let that put you off watching this classic of the creature-feature genre, because you’ll be missing a treat if you do!
Finally, I’ll highlight a more recent film featuring an alien invasion, albeit on a very small scale. Attack the Block (2011) kind of slipped under the radar, but it’s something of a gem. The premise is simple – what would happen if an alien invasion happened right in one small inner-city area and the only people who could do anything about it were the kids from the wrong side of the tracks? The only “big name” was Nick Frost, who played a very minor comic-relief role, but the young unknowns are the ones who really make this film – they trurn in great performances. Made on a modest budget of around $13,000,000, this one has yet to recoup expenses (according to IMDb), but I would love it if more people saw this one. Don’t expect to be mentally challenged, but do expect to be entertained far more than you thought possible from such a simple idea and young unknown cast. It really is a diamond in the rough!
So which are your favourites? Let me know below and also let Dale know at Smurfin’ The Web HERE.