Archive for January, 2010

A sad aside from the regularly scheduled programming…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by annamae3

Greetings, Bitch House readers;

This is the sort of post no one wants to write, and one that is unfortunately long overdue. My sincere apologies. On January 4th, 2010, we lost one of our own. Jennifer Scanlan Mudrick, known to many as SunnyJ, passed away after losing a battle against liver failure. She was one of the key contributors for our podcasts, and a beloved member of our horror community.

None of us here got to meet her face to face, and for that, I am truly saddened and almost jealous of those who knew her ‘in real life.’ Her voice – which reminded many of Annie Potts’s voice – was one of great warmth and passion for the genre and despite her long bout with a variety of medical issues, she was enthusiastic to participate in this project. She was truly one of the kindest people to grace us with her presence, and her absence from future podcasts and posts will be greatly noticed and missed.

Our thoughts go out to Jenn’s family and loved ones at this time.

From here, we continue on, even though the wind in our sails has eased off a bit. We have regrouped and the podcasts will return. This project continues on in her honor and memory.

Rest in peace, sweet, sunny Jennifer. We love you.

Horrors Out Of Time #1: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 by Renee

Disclaimer:  I haven’t actually seen the movie I’m about to review.  In fact, no one has, because it hasn’t been released yet.  But I don’t intend to let that stop me; that’s why we have trailers and pre-release materials after all.  Some stuff I just made up though.

No disrespect to the late, great John Ritter, but Three’s Company kind of sucked.  Maybe it was funny the first time we ever saw a character on a sitcom overhear only part of a conversation, jump to some ridiculous conclusion, and then act in an even more ridiculous fashion as a result of the misunderstanding, but that horse was already dead by the time Three’s Company arrived on the scene.  Rather than beat it further, someone needed to breathe new life into the idea.  They needed to resuscitate that sucker.  We needed an undead one-trick pony!

Now, had Chrissy Snow arrived home late one night to find Jack in the kitchen with a dead woman (actually she’s just asleep, a sufferer of chronic narcolepsy) and discussing with an unseen person the best way to dismember a body (actually giving instructions via telephone to the sou chef at Jack’s Bistro for tomorrow’s prime rib special), leading her to burst through the door in an attempted ambush of her suddenly murderous roomie, but losing her balance and falling towards the sink where her arm becomes lodged in the garbage disposal, and where it is subsequently ground off almost to the elbow in a geyser of bone and blood…now that would have been awesome.  And that, my friends, is Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.

As if the premise wasn’t awesome enough, T&DVE stars Alan Tudyk.  I love Wash, I mean Tudyk.  He’s not Nathan Fillion, but he’s plenty awesome in his own right.  *Spoiler* His death in Serenity actually chokes me up a little, a great moment in a movie that otherwise doesn’t live up to the promise of the TV series (geeks take notice, that’s just my opinion).  But Wash, I mean Tucker, survives this time, so that’s good. *End Spoiler*.

Not that it’s a perfect film.  Tyler Labine’s Dale is a likeable doofus, but his shtick wears thin pretty quickly.  Thankfully his character arc allows him to dispense with some of that as the film progresses.  And his romantic subplot doesn’t have legs, but whatever, that’s not why we’re watching this movie.  Also, there’s a twist in the third act which is completely betrayed in the trailer…I suspect it would have been obvious even without, but still, I hate it when they do that.

And of course, this being a horror comedy, it’s already being compared to Shaun of the Dead (because as we all know, Shaun of the Dead was the first horror comedy to treat both the horror and the comedy respectfully, not Re-Animator or Return of the Living Dead or a probable slew of other films I just can’t think of right now).  Which is major suck in my book because, really, that’s a losing battle.  Shaun of the Dead was funny, but it was also sweet and tragic and smart.  It transcends easy labels.  T&DVE owes more to Evil Dead 2 than it does to Shaun of the Dead, and even then it’s not a fair comparison because try as he might, Eli Craig isn’t Sam Raimi.  Bottom line, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is a fun movie, one you definitely want to see with your friends, but at the end of the day, it’s still the Three’s Company of horror movies.