The Horror of it all!

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My reply when asked if I would like to watch a horror movie!!

When I was younger I used to love horror shows / movies. At the weekends there was plenty of choice, my personal favourite being Hammer House of Horror, which I am sure nowadays would be considered quite mild.

My Dad used to go to the pub on a Saturday night and I would start watching a movie, usually in those days it was something black and white, and probably not all that scary. When he arrived back from his mini session I would make him stay up until the end of the movie, just in case there were any ghosts or ghouls lurking on the stairs.

The older I got the less I liked them, these days I would not watch one at all, I am not afraid to admit they scare the absolute shite clean out of me!

I remember one night in the house we were watching ‘Carrie’,  I can’t remember if my Sister was there or not, I must ask her. I made it the whole way through the film without screaming, there was plenty of hiding behind pillows, but I am proud to say no screaming, that is until right at the end when I thought the film was actually finished and the hand shoots up out of the grave. Well I must have leapt about 10ft in the air and I squealed like a baby, which everyone thought was really funny except me.

Not much later I decided to venture up the stairs, but unbeknown to me my Mum had already gone up before me and as I went to take the last step on the stairs she grabbed my ankle, at which point I pretty much had a mini seizure and was inconsolable.  So was my Mum, she laughed so hard the tears were tripping her, she thought is was soooo funny!

Fast forward about 30 minutes or so and having calmed a little I ventured back down the stairs, at which point my Mum was going into the downstairs toilet, telling my Dad to keep watch at the door, she must have been a little more spooked than she let on. So I went outside and crept up the path at the back of the house and banged as hard as I could on the toilet window, laughing so hard I was in danger of needing the toilet myself. Well the scream was unreal and I am sure could be heard for miles around, perhaps that’s where the stories of banshees come from. My poor Mum who had been in the process of sitting down on the toilet, was scared witless and bolted out the door almost bowling my Dad over in the process. When she caught sight of me laughing and realised what had happened she tore strips off me, she was none to pleased! Apparently what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander!

The moral of this story; You can grab as many ankles as you want but you better be peepared for the consequences!!


I must have had a physiot…a physc….one of those premonition type things because exactly one month ago today I wrote my post for both the Okay, What if? Weekly Challenge and also for todays (10th October 2013) Daily Prompt: Fright Night – now that is scary! Some of you will already have read it, but it’s my best example of being scared and scaring someone else!

Super Soundtracks!

I love music.

I love it for the way it makes me feel and how it can change my mood.

One of my bosses says that my music  makes him want to  go and find razor blades to slash his wrists. I can see where he is coming from, I do have a preference for all things melancholy.

Despite this though I have a very varied collection of all kinds of everything and I am always open to new ideas. My In My Music Bubble page gives a fair indication of the current play list.

I tend to chop and change though, I’ll play something for weeks or even months on end and then forget all about it. I make myself weird little play lists like, Chilled, Sad, Dance and Cleaning to name but a few. Each contains just the right amount of songs with a suitable beat for the task in hand.

One thing I keep coming back to though is soundtracks. I LOVE them and rarely tire of them. It’s something about the mix of the music and how it can transport you, different styles and beats blending seamlessly into one. I’ve happened across soundtracks to films I have never even seen, meaning I have to rely on my imagination to supply the visuals. So here, in no particular order 5 of my favourite movie soundtracks:

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Red Planet

This was a bizarre little find. We used to have this music store that every so often would put on a sale where you could buy 4 CD’s for £10. I used to buy them and then sell them on Ebay. More often than not I made no profit. I decided to have a listen to this one before I sold it, fell in love and needless to say it’s been on my shelf ever since. I think I did see the movie, but it obviously was not that memorable.

Best Track: Canto XXX – Emma Shapplin

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Shopping

Shopping in this film is in the form of Ram Raiding. I saw this movie one Saturday night at a friend’s house. We’d all been like, you want us to watch a film about Shopping, wtf! It was nothing like we imagined. I loved both the film and the soundtrack.

Best Tracks: Water Pistol Man – The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Why don’t you take me – One Dove and Heaven or Hell – Salt ‘n’ Peppa

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Sucker Punch

With regards to the film, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The soundtrack however was different. Old songs got a new funky twist making them just that little bit more sinister than before.

Best Tracks: Sweet Dreams  – Emily Browning, White Rabbit – Emiliana Torrini and Tomorrow Never Knows – Alison Mosshart.

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Gladiator

Not to be confused with the original soundtrack, this is actually entitled More Music  from the Motion Picture and it’s much better than its predecessor.

I didn’t watch Gladiator until a couple of years after it had been released because I thought it wouldn’t be my type of thing. It completely blew me away and I was annoyed I had waited so long.

Best Track – Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard

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Avatar

I love this soundtrack. I also loved the film. There are parts that are truly uplifting, but also parts that can make you sad when you remember which part of the film they came from.

Best Tracks: Climbing Up Iknimaya  and Jake’s First Flight– James Horner

This is only a few of the many soundtracks I like. If you have any suggestions for ones I should listen to I’d love you to leave me a comment. I like being introduced to new music!