Archive for October, 2010

postheadericon Halloweenish Television

I decided to honor Halloween by sharing some of my all-time favorite scary TV shows with all of you.  While most of these shows are classics, we have a few “newer” entries on the list as well. I know many of you will have never heard of a couple of these, but they are well worth “digging up” to watch.  I remember staying up late on weekends to get a good fright with my best friend.  Some of these oldies but goodies still give me goosebumps today!

Now, turn on all the lights in the house and be sure to have someone handy to grab ahold of as we delve into some of television’s spookiest offerings..

The Twilight Zone “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

This episode has stuck with me since I was a kid, especially when I had to fly one night during a storm with lightning crackling all around us.  I had my own little “nightmare at 20,000 feet!”

William Shatner played Bob Wilson, a salesman who sees a gremlin on the wing of the plane he’s flying in.  No one else sees it or believes him.  Bob’s wife is beginning to think that Bob is having another nervous breakdown.  Bob grabs a gun from a cop on the plane and pops the emergency exit door open and shoots the gremlin, almost getting sucked to his own death.  After the plane lands, Bob is hauled back to the sanitarium but the camera pans to the engine of the plane, showing the damage the gremlin did before they landed. 

This gave me the willies big time.  Though this first episode aired in the early 60s, they did a remake in 1983 for the Twilight Zone movie with John Lithgow playing Bob Wilson.  Both versions were quite creepy.

Buffy the Vampire SlayerHush”

This was probably the freakiest episode of Buffy and is probably tied with the episode above for my favorite in this list.  I love this show, but I didn’t really think of this series as necessarily scary, but it had its moments.  “Hush” from the 4th season is at the top of my Buffy list for the spine-tingling “ooh factor”.  Imagine the lyrics below in a sweet little girl’s voice:

Can’t even shout, can’t even cry,
The gentlemen are coming by.
Looking in windows, knocking on doors.
They need to take seven and they might take yours.
Can’t call to mom, can’t say a word.
You’re gonna die screaming but you won’t be heard.

“Hush” was one of Joss Whedon’s (I am in awe of this man) masterpieces of terror.  The “Gentlemen” come in at night and steal the voices of the sleeping residents of Sunnyvale.  They are demons intent on taking seven of their victims’ hearts.  The entire episode is done without ANY dialogue!  I think that just made it even freakier, those being preyed upon couldn’t even scream…ugh..


The Gentlemen

The X-Files “Home”

This ultra-creepy episode aired at the beginning of the fourth season of this blockbuster series.  It was especially freaky because it was one of those shows that could possibly happen instead of just being pure sci-fi.  The premise is that a backwoods family named the Peacocks has been producing children with birth defects due to inbreeding and incest.  Murder, mayhem, and just plain scary people are the basis of this episode. 

The Peacocks bury one of their children
Tales From the CryptAnd All Through the House”

Directed by the amazing Robert Zemeckis and airing in 1989, this was a remake of the segment in the 1972 movie starring Joan Collins.  A woman kills her husband out of greed and is then rewarded by a visit from a slightly psychotic Santa who just happens to be an escapee from the sanitarium.  Merry Christmas and Happy Halloween..

And in the Honorable Mention category we have:

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (he will always be the master)
Twin Peaks (creepy night-time soap)
Fear Factor (just disgustingly gross)
Tales From the Dark Side (the title says it all)
Outer Limits (Rod Serling was a genius of the absurd)
Supernatural (how could a gal NOT want to follow these two brothers)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of TV’s finest fright fests and will share any nominees you might have with all of us. 

postheadericon I Fell Off the Wagon

Well, I didn’t quite make it to the end of the month!  I failed to blog every day here at MoonCat Farms for Blogtoberfest.  Ah well, I’ll try to do better.  In my defense, I’ve been hecka busy riding my horse and working on this overly cluttered house (1st thing fun, 2nd thing yuck).  We ended up having our yard sale last weekend and I’m still trying to figure out what things are going to the hospice thrift store.  They were so wonderful to Mom and us that I wanted to do what we could to help their organization.

I hadn’t planned on blogging yesterday anyway as it would have been Mom’s 73rd birthday.  It is still unreal that she’s not here with us, I miss her terribly.  I have good days and bad days.  The weird thing is that it is the little, seemingly insignificant things that get me.  Silly things such as wanting to gossip with her about the latest episode of “All My Children” or telling her about the newest trick the chickens have learned.  It’s tough, but I take comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain.

We have a full weekend ahead of us as we’re participating in a cattle sorting today and we have Mr. MoonCat’s folks here visiting.  If we get done in time, we’re hoping to meet my best friend and her family for dinner and then watch her oldest play football tonight.  He’s one of the stars of the teams, playing offense AND defense!

Tomorrow we’re having brunch with Dad, Cindy & Chris joining the four of us.  I will be testing several recipes from a great new cookbook I was sent to review on my other blog.  Yummy!

Enjoy your weekend my friends.

postheadericon My Movie Kick

I have been on a movie kick lately.  Usually it’s Mr. MoonCat who is the one who can watch a movie or two a day.  We don’t get cable out here in the boondocks and have a whopping 6 channels on free TV.  So our solution is Netflix or Redbox (especially since our video rental stores have ALL went under).

I tend to find all sorts of obscure and foreign films to check out when I’m browsing their  online sites.  My latest gem was the British film Twelfth Night.  Yes, as in Shakespeare!  It was hilarious and I loved it!  Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favorite “oddball” actresses and Sir Ben Kingsley is such a fantastic surprise in this movie, especially when he sings! The man has a wonderful voice.  A very enjoyable film.

Twelfth Night
So have you watched any really good movies lately?

postheadericon Only a Cat – Sunday Selections

Only a Cat is our pick for today’s Sunday Selections. The author is unknown, but it is obvious they have experience living with a feline friend.

Only a Cat

Only a Cat Sunday Selections Red Barn Blue Skies

I’m only a cat,

and I stay in my place…

Up there on your chair,

on your bed or your face!

 

I’m only a cat,

and I don’t finick much…

I’m happy with cream

and anchovies and such!

I’m only a cat,

and we’ll get along fine…

As long as you know

I’m not yours… you’re all mine!

~ author unknown

 red barn blue skies only a cat
 
 

 

postheadericon Saturday Sweetness – Rum Balls

Yummy treat for the upcoming holidays..

This is a recipe from the ultra-amazing Emeril Lagasse for Food Network.  I’ve had it for several years and it is always a big hit.  Check it out..

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped, toasted walnuts

Directions

In large bowl, sift 1 cup of the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and allspice. Stir in rum and corn syrup. Stir in vanilla wafers and walnuts, mix well. Place in refrigerator to firm up slightly, about 30 minutes. (The mixture may appear crumbly and dry; this is O.K.)

Place remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out portions of the chocolate mixture and press into 1-inch balls. Using your hands, roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar, coating evenly.

Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, placing waxed paper between the layers to prevent sticking.