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Learning Life Lessons From Asian Horror…

AAAHHH!!! That’s pretty much all I need to say about the movies I watch. I LOVE scary movies. I watch them every chance I get. The only problem is that my husband actually gets scared and thinks something is wrong with me.

I specifically like the supernatural and Zombie apocalyptic movies. I absolutely love Asian horror and have been delving into Spanish horror. Now the Asian’s have GOT THIS NAILED! Not just because of The Ring or The Grudge, but the many movies that tell a story and generally teach a life lesson in the end. Like, don’t lie to your mother or some ghost with A LOT of hair is going to hunt you down and throw you off of a building, but not before it throws all of your friends and family off first. The Spanish one’s have a lot of gore and some really disturbing scene’s and I have found that I do not enjoy them as much. Like I have said before, I don’t do “real” very well. I tried to watch Schindler’s List and in less than 10 minutes I was ready to hang myself. The same goes for most chick-flicks.

During my last visit to see MJ, she introduced me to the Zombie genre. I love her more now, really. She has no idea how much that expanded my mind.

So, I guess the fact that my favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride doesn’t fit in, but that’s just too dang bad.

My favorite horror movie of all time is The remake of The Day of The Dead. I am also actually in love with Zombieland. I love the characters and I live by the rules, like “#1, CARDIO!” hey, you never know when you are going to have to run. I found that out in a few foot pursuits. Yes, I caught them, caught them ALL..BWAH-HA-HA-HA..aaahh, livin’ the dream, sorry, I got a little excited there.

Now, since I am aware that my husband thinks I am sick in the head, every time he comes home I hurry up and turn whatever movie I have found for the day off. He said “How come when I walk through the door all I hear is someone screaming bloody murder?” I said, “Because they are, get over it.” and then I pretend I’m reading the news. You know, trying to look all smart and stuff.

I have been watching Paranormal Witness and I have to say that show scares the daylights out of me. I don’t scare easy, and some of these people are probably loony tunes, or trying to make money, but some of the stories are really just unexplainable. I guess that is kind of “real” but still, it’s reality TV, so no it’s not real…right? Some other movies that actually scared me recently are Apartment 143, The Innkeepers, and The Road. I didn’t even finish The Road. I’ll try today.

I have watched so many scary movies I can’t think of all of them. That’s a good thing. I can’t have that stuff stick around for too long. Just long enough to get the taste of fear, then go to bed. I made my husband watch The Descent, like a year ago. He still can’t even look at the cover of the DVD! That was fun. He was so scared, he kept shivering and saying “Oh my god, I can’t watch this, wait..what happens next?” Don’t tell anyone I said that.

My daughter used to love to watch the movies with me, but she isn’t interested in them anymore. I think she even thinks I am weird. Oh well, she doesn’t have to partake, but I will continue to try and scare myself silly as often as possible. That just sounded so wrong, on so many levels.

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Brain Candy

I love to read.  Reading is one of my only “Me” times.  Taking a ten to fifteen minute shower twice a week is my other “Me” time – I’ll explain in another post.  I read for one to two hours early in the afternoon during my toddler’s nap and then at night, after she’s fallen asleep, while waiting for my husband to come to bed, so I can go watch “Lost” reruns with my older daughter for an hour or two.  We co-sleep with our toddler.

I did my share of heavy reading in college: genetics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, etc.  And I still do some heavy reading when I’m researching curriculum for my kids.  So when I want to “get away,” I like to read about zombie apocalypses and fantasy realms where magic exists.  I love that in either world it is perfectly legal – and normal! – to kill or beat down any bastard that does you wrong.  Ah, if only outlawry was still around.

If you are looking for reviews on novels like the next 30 Shades of Whatever, or self-help/ historical/ political look-I’m-an-intellectual type books, then you’ll have to go to another mom blog.  I tried to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and only finished the first chapter or so.  I felt stupid.  I thought to myself, “I can understand the intricacies of genetics and not this?”  Maybe if I had trudged through, it would have gotten more interesting, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I honestly don’t see what the hubbub is about, but I’ll watch the movie because I like Daniel Craig.

I also can’t see what everyone loves about the Twilight saga either.  Try reading 13 Bullets by David Wellington.  Now there’s a proper vampire book – where vampires are savage monsters that will eviscerate a body before drinking the blood.

I know everyone loves “The Walking Dead” on AMC.  I was SO incredibly disappointed by the end of the first season.  I don’t watch it now.  The books were outstanding, and I wait with anticipation for my pre-orders from Amazon to arrive.  Sorry.  I can’t stand the show; the characters are beyond irritating and the writers strayed too far from the books.

So just to give you a head’s up, these are the type of books that will be reviewed here – if I’m the reviewer.  I will have my teens review books as well, as they are also avid readers.  I will also review children’s books that I read with my toddler.  We already have amassed quite the library of board books.

If you’re interested in seeing the other books I have already read, you can swing by my Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/abbyandgrr.

MJ