This morning I woke after less sleep than desired, but staying up later than intended did allow me to finally finish the first volume of Swamp Thing
, so I'm counting that as a win. I got up and moving to the sounds coming from the kitchen, so I went to see what was going on in the world, and more specifically, my home.
was up and had already borrowed the wife's car to run and see the judge, which took about and hour and change but effectively got his whole estate thing taken care of for good, closing the book on his mother's equity here in town. He had just returned as the wife was about to run Yorkie
to the Groomer
. Sensing that life is too simple right now, the Yorkie
throws up, so we gave her some medicine and hope for the best, postponing the whole Groomer
thing for another day. I got dressed and we piddled around the house for a bit, then decided to visit the Mother In Law
and the Beau
to see how they were doing, maybe try to make some kind of dinner plans.
We visited for a half or or more, then nailed down a restaurant for an early dinner at a Mexican
place across town. This naturally meant that we'd need to head to lunch immediately
if we were to be eating dinner shortly after 5:00, so we headed downtown to a local place that I usually forget about because it's sort of a niche market in that area, and we're rarely down there for more than a few minutes to drop things off at someone's office or what have you.
We had a quick bite, then left ahead of the actual lunch rush, grabbing a beverage at Starbuck's
on the way back to the house.
|A Welcome Return? Welll...|
Sort Of, I Guess...
I spent time on the web with the blog updates and other time-sink bullshit, while Morris
and the wife chilled in the bedroom, he working on some school work on his laptop while she watched some bad TV and eventually napped for a bit. With the wife crashed out, I eventually relocated to the den and Morris
joined me in pretty quick succession, then we watched Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
, which I'm fairly certain is a film that I had never seen up to this point, or if I had seen it, I'd completely blocked out the experience. As they started to flesh out the idea that there's yet another Myers
sibling out there for Michael Myers
to try to track down and kill I'd say that the series started over thinking things a bit much, even if this does introduce us to an adorable little Danielle Harris
as his niece.
|Poor Little Danielle Harris.|
and I had actually finished that film and started in on Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
just to see how far into we'd get before we had to be out the door to go to dinner. The wife got up and moving shortly after 4:00, and we were soon on our way to the South
side of town, kinda crossing our fingers that this place opened as early as we thought it did. They were indeed open for business, and as the first guests we were seated by the owner, who I always describe as that sweet guilt-tripping aunt that I never had, because she has this weird way of thinking you for coming but also kind of trying to make you feel bad for not being there more often. It's weird. The In-Laws
soon turned up and we had a nice little meal and visited some more, then eventually said our goodbyes and went our separate ways, heading back to the house to relax for the evening.
Back at the house Morris
and I hopped back into the Halloween
marathon because the wife had to split for an evening meeting, which was a big part of the reason we'd eaten so early. We finished out Halloween 5
, which proved to be another film that may've been entirely new to me (?), as I recall very little of the action, and what I did know about it could easily be chalked up to trailers, reels of various 'kills' from horror films and just reading about the series in the context of people comparing and contrasting where they think something went wrong with the franchise. As with the 4th film, I was left feeling like it was watchable
, but ultimately not all that great as it continues to build towards things that are completely scrapped later when they unceremoniously dropped the continuity of several
chapters in favor of going back to the well with Jamie Lee Curtis
in the '90s for a fresh take.
|It Was Certainly A Pain In The Ass|
To Get A Copy, Maybe It IS
' friend ST
and his boyfriend (former
boyfriend? I honestly can't recall anymore and they seem to still hang out a lot) turned up to visit and watch movies with us as we moved into the 6th installment: Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers
, a film that is fun for the deliriously unhinged performance from Donald Pleasance
, whose Loomis
character gets nuttier and nuttier as these films go along, to the point that he's just this crazed old man almost on par with that nut Ralph
in the Friday The 13th
series, yelling how they place has a death curse or something. Wild stuff, but definitely a low point in the series save for the introduction of Paul Rudd
as a grown up Tommy Doyle
, one of the few survivors from the first film, who's been studying Michael
and has all these strange theories about Celtic
legends and blah blah blah - they really went apeshit with this one and it almost killed the franchise.
|Sneaky, Sneaky Sister, Hiding|
Out For 20 Years...
The wife returned eventually and visited with the boys for a bit while we enjoyed a lot of booze during the next film, Halloween H2O
, which I'd watched fairly recently while we were on vacation in San Diego
and I happened upon it in the hotel room. It was nice to revisit in the context of the series, as well as without a ton of fucking commercials every five or ten minutes, which was what I'd most recently seen. The film isn't the best, but it does tell a reasonably well put together story, with Laurie Strode
living under an assumed name as a headmistress of a school in California
, being overly protective of her teenage son, who doesn't know anything about his infamously crazy uncle Michael
. Honestly, had this one ended the series, I could've have been perfectly happy with things as they ended here.
The wife tapped out around this point, about halfway through the film and I finished it up with the boys.
We were kinda calling it a night after this one but then we noticed that ST
had, um, passed out
and wasn't very responsive to being woken up, so I said fuckit and popped in the next film in the series, the one that essentially poisoned the well and un-did any
goodwill fostered by H2O
|Busta, Please, For The Love Of|
GOD, Will You STFU?!?
basically gives a hamhanded 'out' to the apparent death of Myers
at the end of the last film, brings back Jamie Lee Curtis
' Laurie Strode
character as a Linda Hamilton
-esque woman living in an asylum and waiting around to fight her brother, just long enough to (SPOILER ALERT
) be killed off! We're then introduced to a young new cast to be butchered in the Myers
house as they participate in a reality television stunt led by fucking Busta Rhymes
. His appearance adds credence to the idea that rappers turning up in your horror franchise are never
a good sign, as they seem to sound the death knell of virtually any franchise. Plus, his character is always
talking, which is annoying as hell - even when he's fucking ALONE
, he's talking aloud to himself
, which makes you hate him more than you really need to, because he seems like such a smug asshole.
We were about halfway through that film when ST
finally surfaced and we got the boys on their way after seeing how the movie turned out, then Morris
and I chit-chatted a bit before calling it a night ourselves.
I decided to pass on the blogging for the day and work on it on Wednesday
I headed to bed and read the first chapter in the second volume of the Swamp Thing
collection before crashing out.
Be seeing you.