Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Best Cary Grant movie ever!!! I just love those movies that seem to have five hundred things happening all at once with the one character that’s trying to keep it all straight. Mortimer Brewster has just gotten married. As he is getting ready to leave on his honeymoon, he makes the discovery that his two sweet old aunts are homicidal maniacs. The plot thickens as his criminal brother returns home and the craziness gets crazier. Love love love this movie!

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Fun fact : Ronald Reagan was originally offered the part of Mortimer Brewster but turned it down.

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Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

I think my brother described this movie pretty accurately – a Frankenstein for kids! (And of course for all adults that wish they could be kids this time of year!) It’s another Tim Burton/Disney production so big surprise that I love it, right? πŸ™‚

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We happened to be at Disneyland the week after Frankenweenie was released and they had collector cards at different points around the park that you could ask for. When you put them all together, they made a puzzle. Guess who collected them all? This nerd right here!

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Gremlins

Gremlins

Ok, who can list the three rules for taking care of a mogwai? πŸ™‚

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I have to be honest here… While Gizmo has got to be one of the cutest little monsters on film, I just don’t like this movie. As I was watching it the other night, I remembered why I never watch this movie.

Fun fact though : The name “Mogwai” in Chinese means monster or devil. Mogwai is the Cantonese pronunciation and Mogui is the mandarin pronunciation.

Dracula Untold

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I had to coerce my husband to go see this with me because of the poor reviews it received. It wasn’t too bad though! Not my favorite but I did enjoy seeing a different take on Dracula’s story.

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The acting was good, the special effects were great and like I said, I liked the different story. The problem I had with it was the story and character development. It seemed a little rushed and left little chance for you to really connect with the characters. Aside from that though, it was entertaining!

Ghostbusters 2

Ghostbusters

My favorite of the Ghostbusters movies. Vigo and the river of slime used to scare me to death when I was little. And how about the Yanush/Nanny/Ghost that comes to steal the baby? Cracks me up now but still creepy enough to give me a little of the heebie jeebies. Yanush is definitely my favorite character.

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“Everything you are doing is bad. I want you to know this.”

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Fun fact – they are making a Ghostbusters 3!!!Β HereΒ is an article about the casting possibilities. It seems they are looking for an all female cast this time. I’m so excited! I vote for Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone!

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Another favorite! We got to watch this with my family this year. My brother’s girlfriend had never seen it before. Always fun to watch this one with a first timer! Especially since the end has such a good twist.

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The first time I saw this movie, I went with my best friend Julie. It was a late night showtime and it was a theatre that had just recently been built so the area around it had been mostly empty fields at the time. When we got into my car and started leaving the dark parking lot, I looked in my rearview mirror and foundΒ a big truck pulling a boat behind it heading in our direction. Needless to say, we both screamed our heads off and drove away as fast as my piece of crap ’83 Honda Cvic would take us. πŸ™‚ Fun memories of being silly girls! haha

The Haunted Mansion

Day 11 movie – I’m getting behind in posting again!

Β The Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland – couldn’t pass this movie up this year. It’s just a silly family friendly movie that is essentially about the importance of family. Fun movie!

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Another cooky Tim Burton favorite. Victor Van Dort (voice of Johnny Depp… who also happens to be a favorite) is engaged to Victoria Everglot, whom he has just met. Nerves and a series of circumstances however, find him married to the Corpse Bride. Great film! Very weird. You’ll love it. πŸ™‚

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Fun fact : Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have teamed up for 8 movies over the past 22 years.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Day 9 Movie

AKA The Best Movie Ever Made. πŸ™‚ Saved my favorite for my birthday!

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For anyone who has not braved it… this movie really is worth watching. The music, the stop motion, the characters and the story are all so unique… and creepy. Yes, it’s a little dark. It’s Tim Burton! And perfect for Halloween. πŸ™‚

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So there are a ton of fun trivia facts for this movie. One I thought you might like was the fact that the movie is actually based on a poem that Tim Burton wrote in the 1980’s when he worked as a Disney animator.

You can listen to the original poem, narrated by Christopher Lee, here.Β 

Another fun fact: Disney at one point wanted to make a sequel to Nightmare but Tim Burton talked them out of it. “I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind,” Burton explained. “You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.” – from IMDB

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It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- Day 8 movie

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“Just look, sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

Love this one! Nice and short for a busy night too. Dawson even liked the music. πŸ™‚

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Fun fact: “Actress Kathy Steinberg had almost finished recording all her lines of dialog as Sally when the producers received a phone call from Steinberg’s mother informing them that one of Kathy’s teeth was loose. Fearing that a sudden lisp would ruin the continuity dialogue, the producers rushed the young actress into the studio to finish recording her lines. Just as Steinberg was speaking her last line, the tooth came flying out of her mouth.” – from IMDB