THIS IS IT. The last post of the October Challenge for another year. With a tally that’s close to twice the minimum requirement, it’s time to close the books on another Challenge well spent. There were few films that I didn’t care for, but a lot of first time views that were simply outstanding. I also spent a lot of time revisiting favorites that I haven’t seen in a long time. All in all, it was a lovely Challenge. Here below are the final views for the month. Continue reading
It’s over! The October Horror Movie Challenge has ended. While I’m sad that the month-long horror marathon is over, I’m happy to move along to calmer waters for a little while. I love a good scare, but I like changing paces, too. So here are the last several films I watched in October… Continue reading
I’m using a very loose definition of “week” here. While we reconsider our concepts of time, here’s a another roundup of reviews! Continue reading
I have been awful about blogging the Challenge this year! My apologies. Here’s week two of my views, all in bite-size review form! Continue reading
Hello again! Welcome back to another year of the October Horror Movie Challenge! Here’s a round-up of the films I watched during week one of the Challenge: Continue reading
This is a new series I’d like to call “Hey, this chick looks totally like that one chick in Creepshow!”
There is a small section of people in the world that might agree with me, or at the very least find it amusing.
Creepshow doppelgänger case # 1
This chick who played Debra’s psychiatrist in Dexter…..
…..totally looks like Lois Chiles from Creepshow 2’s “The Hitchhiker”
Creepshow doppelgänger case # 2
This chick who was The Door’s Jim Morrison’s muse (and longtime girlfriend)…..
…..totally looks like ‘Rachel’ (ie. Page Hanna, sister to Daryl Hannah) from Creepshow 2’s “The Raft”
Gregory Hatanka’s film Mad Cowgirl is an iconoclastic, absurd, hilarious and touching story of a woman’s mental deterioration.
‘The woman in trouble,’ is the beautiful and quirky Therese (played brilliantly by Sarah Lassez) – in one of my favorite themes in movies, especially in horror genres. For my money, it just doesn’t get any better than when you have a woman who has a gorgeous exterior, but is obsessed, mentally unstable or just a bit psycho in the interior – because a woman who has let go of conventional worries and day-to-day requirements is completely free in her actions. Watching a crazy, carpe diem woman is uplifting, in a way.
Therese’s plight involves a brain tumor that is quickly altering her perceptions in the world. As a meatpacking inspector, she is aware of the ‘mad cow disease’ that is emerging in Britain. This news, which is oft in the background of the movie, is not the reason for her despondent behavior, but is continually offered up as a red herring as the cause for her problems. Dying of a brain disorder is not ‘funny.’ But a meat inspector who is given tainted meat from her incestuous brother and is then convinced that she has the brain-wasting disease IS funny. This belief sets her off on a wild journey of pastor-banging, eating steak, brother-banging, eating more steak, girl-on-girl action, late nite kung-fu TV show obsession, eating raw steak, and, oh, a murder spree.
The overt campiness of some the shots were reminiscent of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. The character portrayal, however, was strongly set on Therese with minor distractions, so her anguish and loneliness came through despite the wild and crazy situations she would find herself in, namely boning Commandar Chekov of Star Trek (the pastor), which is a heartache in itself. Her inappropriate relationship with her brother is also overwhelmingly sad, because the viewer knows he’s the only one that could save her from herself.
The beginning of the film (after the some minute cow interlude) there is a news brief from Japan that is explaining the dangers of eating cow, for fear of contracting the ‘mad cow disease’ that forms holes in your brain tissue. The brief offers an alternative lifestyle that will keep you healthy – a vegan lifestyle. Seeing as how the rest of the movie is absolutely littered with shots of (troubled) people devouring steaks like beasts, I’m convinced the director is making a statement on the carnivore diet. I could be wrong, and it’s probably my recent experiment with a vegan lifestyle coming through, but wouldn’t it be delicious if this movie was one giant propaganda tool to get people to lay off the beef? It’s as if the director is saying ‘Therese brought her problems upon herself.’ You are what you eat: ingesting a mad-cow steak will make you into a Mad CowGirl… with a thunderbolt kick!