Sunday, October 20, 2013

A top-flight horror movie with the biggest demon you’ve ever seen.

In this post: Sunday crapola, demons from hell, introducing Ethel.

It’s 4 a.m. and I’m wide awake. There’s not much to do around here in the middle of the night except for horsing around with the Howdygram so I guess you’re stuck with me for the time being. Sam is asleep, fortunately. He worked 18 hours on Saturday (most of them downtown at the office) and will probably have to work all day today, too. He’s not eating much, either.

And now for our latest movie review! Curse of the Demon (1957) starring Dana Andrews and Peggy Cummins is a top-flight horror movie from noted director Jacques Tourneur.

Set in England, the story features mad scientists, devil worship, snooty houses, a visit to Stonehenge, the biggest demon you’ve ever seen, people getting hypnotized, scary shadows, somebody getting electrocuted, appointment books with missing pages, a nice car, wind, a séance with singing, train rides and zero wardrobe budget because the leading lady wears the same tacky coat in every scene. Sam and I loved this movie, although technically I was the only one who stayed awake all the way through. Sam fell asleep shortly after the singing séance.
While I’m on the subject of movies, have any of you seen Ethel on HBO? It’s a documentary about Ethel Kennedy directed by her daughter Rory (she was the baby born six months after Robert Kennedy’s assassination) and it’s POSITIVELY AMAZING.
Seriously, even if you’ve never been a fan of the Kennedys you should treat yourself to this unique slice of American history. There are lots of never-before-seen home movies and some personal stories of strength in the face of adversity that will leave you clutching a wad of kleenex. All of Ethel’s children participate in the documentary (she had 11; nine are still living) and it’s so good I can’t wait to see it again. This time with Sam.

I think I’ll migrate into the family room for a while and watch TV. Thank you for reading this.

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