Top 8 creepiest shots from TV shows that I watch

For those of you who like creepy things, here is a list for you. I will try not to give any spoilers, but rather encourage you to check these shows out, or maybe… not. =)

1. 666 Park Avenue

In case you haven’t figured it out by the title, it’s about an apartment building run by the devil, where the tenants have all sold their souls to be able to live there in this supposedly posh society. And obviously, some messed up things occur.

Perhaps this is vague, but most of the shots taken down any of the long hallways from the lower angle looking up, are just simply reminiscent of The Shining in my eyes.

There is also this giant spiral staircase. And that is rather creepy. Just watch, you’ll see what I mean. I should tell you, the show is not SCARY, but there are little moments that are creepy. But that’s what this post is about right? Shots that are simply creepy?

Some other mentions of creepiness? Not scary mind you, but creepy. A lady gets her head stuck in an elevator, and a man gets sucked into some wallpaper. Hahaha, okay, so typing that out, it actually sounds more humorous than creepy, but I digress. And that is the beauty of writing your own blog. I do what I want!

I loved this show. And I hated that it got cancelled. You should probably give it a spin if you’re looking for a show with little commitment, seeing as it got cancelled before season one was finished. Doing some research, I found out it was based off of a young adult novel. I tend to love shows based off of those. =)

2. Being Human (US)

Being an outsider is hard, now try being a vampire, or a werewolf, or better yet! A ghost! I get a lot of slack for watching this show because “the UK one is so much better!” – Oh well. This is the one I have watched at this point. Get over it. =)

So this is a spoiler, I guess. Sally is a ghost, she gets reanimated, and then she starts to decompose all over again. So thats disgusting, and creepy when you see a shot of her face peeling into a black muck. What is also creepy, romantic? no creepy, is her boyfriend making out with her. And she is decomposing. Oh, and did I mention, to slow down the process of decomposition, she needs to eat live flesh. So she went from being a ghost, to being a zombie. I ask you, which would you prefer?

Creepy scene number 2? Her going all animalistic on a mouse. OH, and her zombie buddies, they are eating their entire families. So that’s a thing too!

But really! I do love this show!

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s been off the air for years. It’s got a cheesy name. And yes, they did a musical episode. But for all of you out there that refuse to watch it. You are missing out on a masterpiece. Probably my all time favorite show. And Joss Whedon is the brilliance behind it.

I think one of the most talked about creepy episodes is “Hush” – The Gentlemen were four ghoul like men that came into a town and stole everyones ability to speak. So no sound is made. No one can scream. No one can warn. And the creepiness of this is further displayed in their skull like appearance, but with permanent smiles. I think just the shot of their faces is the creepiest of all.

There is also an episode called “conversations with dead people” where Buffy’s mother is brought back to life. Well, I bet you can guess how well that goes. And how creepy that gets.

WATCH THIS SHOW! DO IT!

4. The X-Files

I cannot pick one scene. I simply cannot. Though I do recall an episode with a doll. And that creeps me out to no end.

This snippet will give you a taste if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Eugene Tooms was also a very, very creepy character.

If you like creepy stuff, this show takes the cake. Yes, it is old. Yes, sometimes its age shows by way of cheesiness. But regardless, it is a good watch. And the fact that the show ran as long as it did, is proof of that. And truly, the show is actually blatantly scary at times. It just is.

5. Supernatural

Well, this show is just full of awesome, but full of creepy as well. I’m fairly certain I have mentioned this show before, but just in case, it’s awesome! And you should watch it!

There is an episode early on in the show that takes place in a haunted insane asylum. The ghost of a doctor (who is awful, as you might imagine) is still going on to torture the souls of the patients he had when they were all living. Some of the shots are downright brutal and creepy. But the episode was intense and beautiful.

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This is not a creepy episode full of creepy shots, but “yellow fever” is certainly one of the funniest episodes. I wont tell you about it, because then you will have to go and watch it!

6. The Following

The second episode is full of Poe masks. And for anyone who knows me, I can’t stand Poe. Poe freaks me the heck out. So this, was very creepy to me.

This show is awesome. Kevin Bacon. Yes please. It’s about a serial killer, and his cult following. Hence the title. It is phenomenal. And you really need to watch it.

7. The Walking Dead

I have barely watched any of this show. Not because it isn’t good, trust me it is. But because I watch so much other stuff that I have yet to get that full on binge mode with this one.

However, I have yet to see an episode that DOESN’T have a creepy shot. I mean, it’s about zombies after all. And they aren’t all cutesy in this. It’s rather gross to be honest. I can’t get too much into this one, because I haven’t gotten far, but I do know that I am going to keep watching it, and that you should pick it up if you haven’t.

8. True Blood

I never got very far in this series, mostly because it was more raunchy than I particularly like. But in the episode “I Don’t Wanna Know” there is voodoo, and there is torture. One of the creepiest shots is of Tara stabbing herself as a child… yikes. And then less creepy, but super disturbing, was Jason holding a vampire captive, in chains, in his basement. It was a horrible depiction of the way prejudice creeps into our society and is masked by stereotypes and justifications.

 

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Super Powers, Go!

Everyone is always talking about what super powers they would want, and why. And that’s all fine and dandy, but I want to talk about the supernatural powers that I would NOT want to have. I feel like there is way more negative to go along with these powers than there are positive. There is a reason humans are made the way they are.

 Body Part Substitution: This is the ability to replace your body parts, with someone else’s, and then you can gain their powers too. Which sounds nifty cool in theory, but it actually totally creeps me out! And it seems like a totally cruel thing, to steal body parts from other people. Call me old fashion, but I just don’t think that’s very nice. Example: Clare from Claymore.

Anatomical Liberation: Who in their right mind would want to be able to remove limbs and have the go about their business. I mean… that’s just creepy. I do not want my hand to go do something without me… unless of course it’s to turn the lights off when I’m in bed. Maybe then, and only then, would this kinda sorta appeal to me. Lorne, in Angel, could do this.

Additional Limbs: This means you can grow extra arms… extra legs. Even an extra head. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, but I think I look just fine with what I have. The one good thing about this would be that it would make serving easier. But I just don’t want to be a server anymore. So let’s not go down that road. Spiral, of Marvel comics has this insanely disturbing ability.

Matter Ingestion: You can ingest anything without harm. Now I know it says that there is no harm, but this just sounds like a bad idea. Don’t you think? Now apparently the Dragons in Dungeons and Dragons can do this, but that doesn’t seem too shocking. I mean… dragons typically breathe fire. I would assume that anything can go in or out of their mouth without harm. ha!

Bone Manipulation: Gross, this is just as bad as additional limbs. Maybe worse. They have control of their own bones and others. They can grow them, and change their shape. And all sorts of bizarre things. Like, no. Just no. Marrow from Marvel has this ability. Ermkay.

 Self Detonation: Need I explain this? You explode… and POTENTIALLY recover. There is no guarantee. What… why. Klabamus from The Mask: Animated Series can do this. Have you witnessed this from him? Does he come back? Or is it all a lie?

Cyclone Spinning: Can you say motion sickness? I mean, I suppose if you possessed this power, you probably wouldn’t GET motion sickness, but just the idea of it makes me feel sick. So I’ll pass. Ooba Badasaama from Fairy Tail has this ability. I actually tried watching this show, and thought it would be enjoyable if I didn’t have to read it. I just have a hard time with subtitles. I miss all the action because I’m trying to read. Sigh. 

 Acid Generation: They basically secrete acid. Um, this sounds too dangerous. I mean, what if you like accidentally… oy. I mean, they may or may not have control over this! Gluttony in FullMetal Alchemist has acidic saliva. Um… goodbye french kissing. I like kissing. I don’t want to destroy those whom I wish to lick… Ash Generation: What. Is. The. Point. You can’t create fire, you create the leftovers of fire. Why. Ash in X-Men: The Last Stand. Stench Generation: You smell so bad in one way or another that people go unconscious… or something. Again, I’m a girl. I like smelling nummy. My super power is smelling like a cookie and bringing all the boys to the yard. This is a weird thing. But I don’t think it’s a super power, because I have known so many people with this “ability” – I die. Ed in Ed, Edd and Eddy (who misses this show by the way!) he was a stinky little mofo. By the way, all you dudes out there, I won’t even consider dating a guy if he doesn’t smell good. My nose is super sensitive. And I just don’t want to hold your hand if I have to hold my breath at the same time. Self-Sustenance: Maybe I’m alone in this one. But I like being human. Wait, I may have to take this back… I’d rather not have to pee and what not. But I love to eat. Ugh, see now that I’m thinking about this one, I’m torn. Kryptonians could control their bodies and what they do or don’t need. Lucky them. Okay see now I’m feeling like I’m changing my mind. Ugh, ignore me. 😉 Enhanced Bite: I’m the weirdo who likes to nibble on people. But I don’t want to hurt them dangit! I want to make the laugh, or make a funny face, question my sanity, or ya know, get them all riled up. I don’t want to take chunks. Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist has this ability too. He is stacked with the not so great ones.Bad bite and acid mouth. Gluttony shall not be my boyfriend. Plus he has a bad name… so that goes without saying.

Enhanced Thievery: You can steal anything without a problem. Sounds like a good thing, but see, this makes you a thief. A bad person. I do not want this. I would feel forever guilty! Sly Cooper is a master thief. I guess that’s why his name is Sly.

X-Ray Vision: The ability to see through solid objects or people. The reason I wouldn’t want to have this ability, is because it gives me too much power, too much responsibility, and too much opportunity to screw up. And I already mess up a lot just as a normal human being. Superman had X-Ray vision, and all I can think about is Smallville where he unintentionally peers into the girls locker room. Yeah, not okay. There is just way too much temptation with that sucker!

360-Degree Vision: You can see all around you. Like, all around you. Sounds neat in theory, but to me it sounds overwhelming. I mean, sometimes what I see right in front of me is overwhelming enough. Plus, than you have to deal with seeing what people are saying behind your back, or what that ridiculous coworker is looking at when you walk away. Oy, no. Just no. Some things are better left to the imagination. See Opticoids from Ben 10.

Astral Vision: If you have this ability, you can see creatures and beings in other overlapping dimensions. I don’t know about you, but this sounds creepy. What a way to be freaked out all the time. Not only that, but these creatures are likely to be aware that you can see them, and are then more likely to harm you because they feel threatened. I think not. I do not want this. And if you think about it, some people really do have this ability as far as those claiming to see angels and demons. Same concept really. Magicians in Shadowrun can do this.

Death Sense: I don’t know why anyone would want to know when they, or anyone else, is going to die, or how. Especially if you can’t prevent it. Wouldn’t it just cause you to live in dread and waiting for those moments. I think life is too precious a gift to only focus on death. Every single day is a gift, and the uncertainty of it is actually quite beautiful. It makes life mysterious, and less morbid. Naturally, the Death character on Supernatural has this ability. Shocker there. 😉

Feral Mind: Basically you are able to turn to basic primal instincts that causes an animal like rage that’s seemingly uncontrollable. Think of when good boys like Oz turn into a werewolf and hurt the people they love because they cannot control their primal instincts. That and they may not remember the pain and chaos that they caused while in their animal like state. And there’s something to be said about becoming an animal like horny. Them male animals have no control over their instinct to bang. To me, that says disaster and lawsuits ready to happen. Brick Baxter from The Young Guardians is apparently like this, though I have no knowledge of this character myself. Although I do know about Bruce Banner aka The Hulk. And he is definitely in this category.

Divided Mind: Multiple personalities just chillin inside one person. Most cases the “real” person is either not aware that the others exist within them, or they simply have no control over them or when they switch. They are completely sentient in of themselves. Yikabees. No. I think I would lose all my friends. They would find me to be positively insane. And if you get an aggressive second personality, who knows if they would try to take complete control of you! And then you kinda just lose yourself forever, to… ya know… your other self. Think Jack the Ripper in Metal Gear. Or perhaps, more well known, the case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Which by the way… BBC has a version of Jekyll that is pretty dang good. So head on over to your nearest HULU account and check that stuff out yo diggity!

4th Wall Awareness: Means you know your world is fake. It’s all an act. You know you are a character in a world that is not real! I think this would cause complete insanity. I mean are you really living? And if not, then what is the point? Why would you want to continue doing what you’re doing if there’s no purpose? This one boggles my little mind. All I can think about is The Truman Show, only he DIDN’T know that his world was false, but at least he had a chance to go out into the real world. Example: Lyssa Drak, DC Comics. A more well known example would be Neo from the Matrix. Now I want to do that cool arm waving back bendy thing he does. Sigh. I’m not a cartoon, or super agile move character.

Astral Projection: This allows a persons spirit to leave the body and go about their business on the spiritual plane. But this sounds like a terrible idea because your body is essentially dead, and therefore super vulnerable. If an enemy kills the body, than the spirit is stuck. And also it leaves the body susceptible to possession. Super creepy! Professor X! Yeah Marvel!

Mediumship: It’s exactly what you think it is, you can communicate with the dead. And for obvious reasons, I just don’t want to do that. Do you remember watching Courage the Cowardly Dog? Well Shirley was a medium! Or how about Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, played by Whoopi Goldberg. Ya know the movie with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. So good.

Precognition: You can see and predict the future, but the future is always changing, and shifting course. I think that seems like an awful lot of responsibility. And not only that, it seems quite scary! There is a whole bunch of different kinds of precognition that I’m not going to get into. But it’s safe to say that in general, I would not want this! It can happen without warning, whether you want it to or not. I mean, can you imagine the potential for embarrassment? And then add to that all the people that would want to use your skill. You’d end up locked up somewhere by some psycho who constantly wants his future told! Midnighter of the DC comics is a Precog. Or for those of you who are into the Twilight thing, think Alice Cullen.

Memory Manipulation: The ability to completely control yours and others memories. Again the responsibility factor. And on a whim you can be upset about something and all whiny “I wanna forget” and then you do it and then it’s lost forever. I’m sorry, those are the kind of things that cause a person to grow. And then you’d have people again trying to control you. There’s also the potential to confuse your memories with someone else’s. As if my own life trauma’s aren’t enough. I don’t want to have to hang onto other people’s baggage. Hell to the no son. Eric Draven of the Caliber Comic has memory manipulation. Also our super awesome Professor X!

Fear Inducement: Basically, you can make someone very afraid. You control the chemicals in their brain that induces extreme fear. I’m sorry, but that’s just cruel! I know what it feels like to be afraid. I would NOT want to put anyone through that. Turahk from Bionicle is a fear inducer, and so is Freddy Krueger, but that one is just so plain obvious (shivers).

There are likely 1000 more, but I just need to post this already!

15 TV Related Confessions

1. I am such an introvert… that most days I would rather live vicariously through TV characters, than go out and spend the day with real people I know. It’s an actual struggle for me to make plans with people.

2. I often times like shows that other people make fun of me for watching.

3. My favorite shows right now are The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Glee, Once Upon a Time, and most recently added, Mistresses.

4. I just started the Mad Men bandwagon this week. People rave about that show, and it’s been on for what… 6 seasons? I just started it. I do things at my own pace.

5. I have never watched LOST all the way through. Nor did I watch Arrested Development all the way through. I love Jason Bateman. I loved the first season. Everything after that I stopped being impressed with. So I lost interest.

6. A lot of shows that people rave about, I can’t seem to even get through the pilot. Even though I always tell everyone else you have to get to the second episode before you judge a show. Like Shameless and Broad City. I could not even get myself to finish the pilots for those. Ew, just ew.

7. I always fall in love with the most broken characters in the show, but the idea of that in real life is disturbing. At least I know I am sort of sane in that way!

8. I had a beautiful, large, flat screen TV… until I was robbed, and they stole it right out of my bedroom…. boo. This makes it hard to follow through with my obsession. 😉

9. I really hate reality TV… unless it has to do with music. The Voice, American Idol. Or sometimes I will watch ones that have to do with Dance. But I rarely actually watch the entire season. I guess I like shows like Duck Dynasty, and ones that have some learning involved, like River Monsters and what not. I guess what I’m trying to say… is that anything with whiny, over privileged people… I do not enjoy. haha. Example: Keep the Kardashians away from me. Please and thank you.

10. Mindy Kaling is amazingly funny and talented. The Mindy Project is snort worthy and a pleasure to watch. But with this confession, comes the part where I tell you that I can’t stand The Office. I don’t think it’s funny. It actually stresses me out. I feel physically ill when I watch it. Perhaps someday I will be able to revisit it and try again, and maybe I’ll like it! But I know that the last few years or so when I have tried, I just can’t stomach it! And I need to tell you that I think the entire cast is incredibly talented, so it’s not even that. I just think that what happens on the show is so uncomfortable that it actually stresses me out! haha!

11. I am outraged and terribly sad that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland got cancelled. I thought it was amazing. But I am super pleased to hear rumors that Will Scarlett will become a main player character on Once Upon a Time next season.

12. I haven’t watched through all of How I Met Your Mother. I start, then I get distracted by something else, and end up having to start over.

13. I thought Heroes was brilliant, and then it got weird, and desperate. And it made me sad because I felt like they were trying too hard, and I never finished watching the series.

14. I absolutely LOVED Dr. Sam on New Girl. I just thought he was drool worthy on so many accounts.

15. I love kids cartoons. Even preschool shows. Sometimes I just want to watch the shows I grew up on, ya know those cartoons from the 90’s? Love em!

Honorable mention confession: A lot of people like to complain that JJ Abrams doesn’t make good TV. And I know I said that I have never watched Lost all the through (I intend to at some point), and I haven’t seen Alcatraz. But dude, I love Revolution! And his movies are fantastic too. I am a fan.

Top 10 Movies I Had a Very Strong Emotional Reaction to

1. Remember the Titans

Well, this one is just plain obvious. It’s a true story. True stories always tend to get me more emotional because… it ACTUALLY HAPPENED!  But for real.

Football, racial issues, Denzel Washington.

I cried over the brotherhood and friendship of Julius and Gary. The journey they took from hating each other, to  the love that they had for each other once they gave each other a chance. They became each others family. And that is beautiful and touching. And over the accident that happened, and then the death at the end. Are you kidding me. You aren’t human if you can get through this movie without shedding a tear.

Also, just the way that people treat each other, and the obstacles they face. It is eye opening, it is real. And the actors made it so very moving and honest.

Yes there is language in this movie, but would it have done justice to the truth of the story if they hadn’t put it in there?

2. Titanic

This is another one of those, based on a true story. Well, not the love story part, but the ship sinking. That actually happened. Many many people died! If that doesn’t make you emotional, then arg on you!

The characters in this made me so angry. Rose’s husband was a dick. The Captain was a pushover. The richies were insensitive, hoity toity jerkoffs. All over the place was the potential to get mad!

Let’s go faster he says! So now the running into the iceberg cant be corrected because they were going too fast.

Let’s not have all those boats on board because it doesn’t look as nice. And now tons of people drowned.

Let’s not fill the boats to capacity because its not comfortable. Again, dead people.

Only the wealthy deserve to be saved, because money means that you are clearly more important.

Rage! RAge!

Then Jack and Rose. They made me feel all mushy and gushy. And I cried. So I got angry at the stupidity of people, and I cried because a sad love story makes one… well… sad.

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Jack: Don’t do it.

Rose: Stay back! Don’t come any closer!

Jack: Come on, just give me your hand. I’ll pull you back over.

Rose: No, stay where you are! I mean it! I’ll let go!

Jack: [He approaches slowly, gesturing to his cigarette to show that he is approaching merely to throw it over the side into the ocean] No, you won’t.

Rose: What do you mean, “No, I won’t”? Don’t presume to tell me what I will and will not do, you don’t know me!

Jack: Well, you woulda done it already.

Rose: You’re distracting me! Go away!

Jack: I can’t. I’m involved now. You let go, and I’m, I’m ‘onna have to jump in there after you.

Rose: Don’t be absurd. You’d be killed!

Jack: I’m a good swimmer.

Rose: The fall alone would kill you.

Jack: It would hurt. I’m not saying it wouldn’t. Tell you the truth, I’m a lot more concerned about that water being so cold.

[pause. She looks down at the water. Jack is slowly removing his boots]

Rose: How cold?

Jack: Freezing. Maybe a couple degrees over. You ever, uh, you ever been to Wisconsin?

Rose: What?

Jack: Well, they have some of the coldest winters around. I grew up there, near Chippewa Falls. I remember when I was a kid, me and my father, we went ice fishing out on Lake Wissota. Ice fishing is, you know, where you…

Rose: I know what ice fishing is!

Jack: Sorry. You just seem like, you know, kind of an indoor girl. Anyway, I, uh, I fell through some thin ice; and I’m telling you, water that cold, like right down there…

[He gestures with his chin down toward the Atlantic Ocean]

Jack: … it hits you like a thousand knives stabbing you all over your body. You can’t breathe. You can’t think. At least, not about anything but the pain. Which is why I’m not looking forward to jumping in there after you.

[They exchange glances]

Jack: Like I said, I don’t have a choice. I guess I’m kinda hoping you’ll come back over the railing, an’ get me off the hook here.

Rose: You’re crazy.

Jack: That’s what everybody says but, with all due respect, Miss, I’m not the one hanging off the back of a ship here. Come on. C’mon, give me your hand. You don’t want to do this.

[She reaches her hand back, he reaches his forward, and he helps her back onto the deck]

Jack: Whew! I’m Jack Dawson.

Rose: Rose De Witt Bukater.

Jack: I’m gonna have to get you to write that one down.

3. Pearl Harbor

I think I must have a soft spot for movies based on real events.

The moment I got the most emotional… when Danny died. It kills me every time.

Best friends join the military together. Boy one falls in love with girl. Goes off to war and is presumed dead. Best friend and girl are miserable and lonely. And end up connecting. And hooking up. Baby is created. Boy one shows up, tada! Not dead. Awkwardness ensues. Best friends fight over girl. Girl is distraught. Girl tells Boy one that Best friend got her pregnant. Then Japan gets a bug up its tooty and decides to bomb Pearl Harbor. Best friends get shipped off to war, leaving girl behind with child. Best friend gets shot and Boy one is holding him telling him he can’t die because he’s going to be a father. Best friend starts crying, as he’s dying and says…. “No, you are.”

Hell. I cried. Dang.

If you don’t like romance movies, you probably won’t love this. Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. Yes. But I will tell you, in you like action, the movie won’t be completely lost on you. There is about a 40 minute sequence of action that is beyond terrific.

Michael Bay directed this movie that came out in 2001.

Rafe McCawley: Danny, you can’t die. You can’t die. You know why? ‘Cause you’re gonna be a father. You’re gonna be a daddy. I wasn’t supposed to tell you. You’re gonna be a father.

Danny Walker: No, you are.

4. Lion King

This is not based on real life. 😉 This movie made me laugh as a child, and it made me so sad as a child. And to this day I have the same reactions.

When Mufasa is killed by his own brother, I am filled with rage, and when Simba cries for his father to wake up, I am filled with tears and great sadness. Then when he meets Timon and Pumba… I am full of giggles! My emotions are all over the place with this one!

This is one of those Disney movies that I am dying to have on DVD. Someone buy for me? 😉

Also, as I was reading up on this movie I have seen hundreds of times, I had these super weird revelations while looking at the cast list! So I encourage you to head on over to IMDB and re-discover the voices of these characters. I was laughing as it was all coming together in my head!

5. Eight Below

Can we all awwww right now. This is a movie about sled dogs. And when some of those dogs died because they had to be left behind in the cold Antarctica, I bawled like a baby. Something about animals dying guts me more than watching a person die. And I can’t say I understand why that is, because I don’t. But man I bawled in this one.

Paul Walker (RIP beautiful soul) is the owner and lover of this team of dogs, but the film circles and centers specifically around the dogs. So if you don’t like animal movies, again, don’t watch it. But it is wonderful, I think.

The screen counts how many days the dogs spend on their own. So you get the idea of how long they are fighting for themselves.

The dogs show compassion and love for their teammates. Animals seem to be more compassionate than human beings. This was another emotional point for me. One of the dogs gets hurt and crippled, and the other dogs work together to hunt and feed their teammate.

I have read that the concept of this movie did sort of derive from a true story, however, they went off course almost completely. From what I understand, there were 9 dogs left behind in the true story, and 7 of them died. And as far as how everything came to pass, I think most of it was written out of creative inspiration and not from fact.

The dogs are not given human characteristics, they are represented as true animals with true feelings. And no, they don’t “talk”. It all seems to be represented authentically. A beautiful, heartwarming thing.

Walt Disney Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment.

6. War of the Worlds

I know you are all going to laugh at this one. And to be fair, I really don’t blame you. But the title of this post is movies I had a very strong emotional reaction to, and this one falls under that category.

Not only was my body physically stressed through much of this alien invasion film starring Tom Cruise and a very young Dakota Fanning, but I actually cried at one point during the film.

They weren’t even tears of sadness, or even joy, but perhaps pure relief. At one point you are led to believe that the son has died at the hands of the evil alien invaders. And that really sucks. But at the end, you find out that he’s alive. And at that moment is when I cried. I think because it was this moment where I could release all the built up tension from the entire movie.

There is also a scene shot in a basement with a crazy man, and this causes more of a physical reaction. You get very tense, and in the moment with the characters. Sometimes I feel like the slower paced scenes that are drawn out and suspenseful are more emotional and allow you to get more attached than the ones that are all gory and frantic. Both types of scenes are essential to this type of film though. Some believe that the slow scenes are lame, but they are important for the story building and arch of the characters. They are also important for the audience to breathe and slow down for just a little bit. Yes, I did say they can be more intense, but at the same time your brain is not trying to keep up with the 1000 things going on in the very fast paced action sequences. You need both to carry a film to a more satisfying completion.

7. Every single Harry Potter Movie

I’m fairly certain if you have ever seen these movies, that it needs no explanation. If you have NOT seen these movies… shame on you.

Giggles over Neville.

Anger and rage over Voldemort.

Annoyance and Rage over Umbridge.

Glee and frustration over Ron and Hermoine.

Sadness over Dobby.

Laughter over the Marauders map

Crushes and tears over the twins.

That hardly covers anything.

8. My Girl

Just bought this a couple months ago, because I remember how much I loved it growing up. And then I made my roommates watch it with me. And guess what. I still love it.

And what made me so emotional? When Vada’s best friend Thomas J was killed by a bunch of bees because he was trying to do something nice for Vada. And Vada just cries her little heart out. So I get all choked up every gall darn time too. Even though I know it’s coming!

Interestingly enough, I just read an article that states that the two actors have not kept in any sort of contact. And since they won the MTV movie award for best kiss, it’s a bit of a bummer that they didn’t remain friends. I guess it’s not surprising as their lives have run in very different paths.

Did I mention that Vada is obsessed with death, so her best friend dying just adds this intensity to her already confusing life. (Her mother died and her father runs a funeral parlor, death surrounds this poor girl.)

9. Catching Fire

I almost feel like this needs no words, but that just wouldn’t be fair.

I get frustrated at Katniss for ignoring Peeta, and I hurt… ache really… for Peeta as he has to love her daily only to have her pretend nothing ever happened between them.

The government enrages me the way they treat their citizens. And I tear up when they kill innocent people and beat on Gale.

Then there’s the part where they find out that they have to go back into the arena, it’s gut wrenching.

Then you get to the end and they leave it at this tantalizing cliffhanger. It is the most abrupt ending. And you are left panting on the edge of your seat.

This movie gets a 90% approval rating. Even Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 89% approval rating! So if you haven’t seen it, first off, you shouldn’t have read through this post, and secondly, you obviously cannot go wrong.

And this is information that none of you will care about, but they filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and if you know me, you know how much I love Georgia. They are filming so many more movies in Georgia, just goes to prove how much my desire to live there is warranted!

10. To Save a Life

Hands down, one of the most incredible movies I have ever seen. And no, I am not talking about talent, or skill, or epic film making. I am talking about story, inspiration, truth. This movie had my emotions all over the place. You have GOT to watch this movie. It touches every aspect of hardship.

Chris Vaughn: Maybe your life was always falling apart, but now you’re starting to care

I think sometimes this quote from the movie is true for a lot of people.

The film came out in 2010 with Randy Wayne (yum) as the lead.

Amazon.com says “To Save a Life is a powerful Christian film about suicide, faith, and the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of many. ” You need to watch it, whether you are a believer or not. It may just speak to you in one way or another. It is a movie I own, and watch over and over. 

Honorable Mention: Twilight’s New Moon and Captain America: Winter Soldier

Well, I never say much about my honorable mentions. New Moon is on there purely because of the way my life was at the time of watching it. And I just saw Winter Soldier on Saturday, it’s still in theaters, so I refuse to give anything away because that would be rude. Most of the above movies have been out for a fair amount of time, so you should just have already seen them by now. 😉

Well, there it is folks. I feel like I have been working on this post for a very long time. Please enjoy.

Damon Salvatore

This is where I begin my list of fictional television crushes! Starting with the incredible, Damon Salvatore.

If you don’t know who he is, (sad) I shall tell you, he is from The Vampire Diaries. This started as a book series and is now a very popular TV show on the CW. The book and the show are incredibly different.

Damon is played by one of the sexiest actors of our time, Ian Somerhalder.

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When Damon was 24 years old, he was turned into a vampire. And everyone who knows me, knows I love a good vampire story. He’s got a sweet brother, Stefan, who I like, but not nearly as much as Damon.

And let me tell you one thing, Damon was with this girl Katherine, and I hated her. Most people who watch the show hates her. And now she is dead. And if you ask me, the best thing they ever did on the show, was bring Damon and Elena together. Elena and Stefan was way too boring.

Damon is dark, both physically and emotionally. He is incredibly handsome with piercing blue eyes. But what I love about him is how strong-willed he is, but how incredibly fragile he is at the same time. His heart is bigger than any of the characters and that’s precisely why he is the most guarded of them all.

He is disgustingly charming, and I mean that literally. He makes the worst possible decisions and yet you still love him. And yes, he has this ego that is really just a way of hiding behind his feelings and insecurities. So incredibly sad and frustrating.

OH and did I mention he is snarky. And for some reason, his wit and charm just make me swoon. Plus Ian has this crooked smile and sparkly eyes that bring Damon to life.

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When he is not hiding behind his evil side, he turns out to be an incredibly compassionate person, assuming you can peel back the layers. And while he rarely admits his wrongs, when he ends up with Elena, she completely changes him and those moments happen way more often.

He is so afraid of being good, because he is so afraid of letting people down. Another proof of how much he actually does care. And it all turns out very twisted and backwards.

Perhaps he is, or seems to be flippant with the lives of the people around him. I will not argue with that. But when he truly loves someone, he puts them first, every time. First and foremost with Elena. Maybe that’s why I love him. Maybe that’s why he has become one of my all time favorite characters, and definitely a huge character crush.

Damon to Elena: “I will always choose you.”

 

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Hollywood Bound!

Hollywood Bound!

I am raising money to reach for my dreams! 

Since ya’ll know my passion is for film, and performance, here is a way you can help get me there. I would like to bring my faith into the media by just being a positive light. Please consider a contribution and pass this along!

 

Maria

Ten Movies that are totally out of my comfort zone, and yet I still watched them.

Be aware, this post does contain spoilers. These are in no particular order

1. House of Wax (2005)

First of all, I’m not good with horror. This is just fact. I can sometimes watch it and be okay with it, but mostly I’m not a fan. I do, however, have this bad habit of wanting to watch movies that contain some of my favorite actors. And Jared Padalecki is in this movie. Most people know I love Supernatural, and Gilmore Girls. And I just plain ol’ love me some Jared. Chad Michael Murray also starred in this disgusto-fest. And at the time of me sitting down with my little brother to watch the movie, I loved me some Chad too. I still like Chad now, but not nearly as much. I think his time on One Tree Hill is the best of him, honestly. Oh, Paris Hilton was also in this movie, and her existence is sometimes enough to make a person uncomfortable. In fact, for her role in this, she won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress of the Decade and Worst Supporting Actress. Kudos.

So my brother and I decided to watch this movie. Stupid me. Stupid us. Horror is already outside of my comfort zone, and then we watched it in the dark. And the title itself. House of Wax. *shudders* Wax museums. No. Just no. Dolls scare the bajeebers out of me. Now you have life size replicas of people and characters. Hell to the no. (I just channeled Mercedes there, did you catch it?)

These psychopaths kidnap people who come through their town, and then cut their achilles tendons, and “wax” them alive. They make wax dolls out of LIVING HUMAN BEINGS. Can you say… WICKED UNCOMFORTABLE… terrifying and disturbing. I did not finish the movie. My lovely Jared gets waxed alive, and when his buddy see him and realizes that its his actual living friend because his eyes are moving… he tries to help. But see… the wax is sealed on. So when he tries to de-wax him. Half of his face falls off. And there, my friends, is where I turned the movie off. Holy bananas was that about the worst thing I have ever seen. And one of the very few movies I actually could not finish because I was so uncomfortable and so freaked out and sad and disgusted. And yes. Moving on.

2. American History X (1998)

So, don’t get me wrong. I LOVED this movie. Edward Norton is incredible. He is the picture of redemption and change. The ability to forgive others and oneself for things that are both in and out of your control.

But lets be real here. Racism is a hot topic. It’s a real topic. It’s an important topic. But it’s also an uncomfortable topic. Mostly because you never know what’s going to come out of someones mouth. I spend much of my life wondering how people could think certain things about other people. For any reason. You can’t make sense of cruelty. It’s painful, and… uncomfortable.

Going beyond just the “simple” -yeah right- topic of racism, you have intense graphic violence. The kind that is so brutal, you literally have to be numb to be able to actually watch it fully engaged. Someone getting their skull cracked on a curb is nauseating, and beyond brutal. There is rape, there is language that makes you shudder and then there is nudey bits flopping about at time. Call be a prude, I care not, but excessive nudity has always bugged me. I do not need to see your wang and doodleberries. Keep it zipped Hollywood.

The family treats each other not so nicely, until later Derek is trying to save his younger brother from becoming like himself. And then when you get to the ending. Well, you will just have to watch for yourself.

It was nominated for many awards, a lot of them for Edward Norton, and he did win the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

3. The Rules of Attraction (2002)

James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Ian Somerhalder. You’d think, yes. But the whole thing is about sex, drugs, and doing the stupidest possible things.

James Van Der Beek is deplorable in this. Right from the get go, he is frighteningly sadistic and cruel and disgusting. Which makes sense that his character is the younger brother to Patrick Bateman (American Psycho’s main character), but man, I do not like when I have to hate Dawson Leery. But man oh man, if he was trying to shy away from his days as Dawson, he succeeded, but he made me want to cringe at the mere sigh of him in the process. He’s a drug dealer, he gets into money issues for obvious reasons, and he treats women like toys. No, like less than toys.

Then you have Shannyn who lost her virginity in a drunken rape while it was filmed. I’m sorry, but that scene was beyond uncomfortable, because yes, that whole thing takes place on film. Times 2 because one of the characters is not only filming her being raped while she is unconscious, but he is also egging it on because he somehow thinks that it will be a good film project. Idiot, disgusting horrible idiot.

Ian. Anyone who knows me, knows of my unconditional love for my darling Ian. In this movie, he plays a scrawny (more so than usual) bisexual, who has little self respect, in that he’s so desperate for affection that he’s looking in all the wrong places. He gets himself beat up by a straight guy, who he gets all drugged up with and tries to kiss. All because he has a crush on James’ character, which might I just add, especially in this case, ew. His character is not even likable, and yet Paul (Ian) wants him. Uncomfortable.

I don’t think I could have even kept up with the number of times the F-bomb is used in just one of the scenes. The drug guy who Sean (James) works under, in just one scene, uses it so many times that I don’t think you even understand anything else he is saying, its just one big “ef” fest from beginning to end. And truly you can’t take the character seriously because he comes across as being the dumbest bag in the garbage lot.

Even in the test screening, people walked out and screamed at the screen. Did not go over well. Is not funny. Is bizarre, uncomfortable, and yes, some scenes were uniquely shot, and yes, there is some awesome art in some instances in terms of how it was shot and pieced together, but the important parts, ie. the characters, the story… that was all shit. And yes, I’m sorry for the language, but there really is no better word for it.

Uncomfortable sex, insane drug use, that leads to the worst possible behavior, language that can only be described as beyond uncreative and then of course the violence, with Ian getting beat up for kissing a dude, and then violent rape (dude, why do people think watching that sort of thing is okay?!?!)

Did it win any awards? Why yes it did, it won a Golden Trailer award for being the Trashiest. Well I’ll be a monkeys uncle, that just takes the cake.

Don’t watch this, and don’t judge me when you come to my house and see it on my shelves, I don’t even know how that happened.

4. Any and all of the Omen movies

There are many. And essentially, this one is easy for me to answer. I won’t be going into detail, because it’s not necessary.

The anti-christ. It’s about the anti-christ. That makes me uncomfortable. And now… ever since seeing any of these.. the name Damien, makes me uncomfortable. And that is all.

5. Love & Other Drugs (2010)

I love Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. I just do. He’s hot and talented, she is gorgeous and extremely talented. Look how far she has come!

So Anne Hathaway’s character has parkinson’s, super big bummer. Jake Gyllenhaal is a drug rep. They collide. No really, like many naked times. So much nudity. I have never seen so much boobage. Sorry Anne, but I saw your tatas way more than was acceptable in my book. Super not comfortable for me. Then there was naked man ass, and more boobs. And there was under the underpants fingering. and a whole lot of Maria going… ew why. WHy why WHY.

Honestly, I was super disappointed in this movie. I thought it was tasteless, and not good. And so many people raved about it. But truly, no.

Anne Hathaway did win a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for this role. And I’m not saying she’s not talented, or that she didn’t act well, or deserve the award, but the movie as a whole, I personally thought was just… not up to par for the standards that have been set for these two actors.

6. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Well, I have been telling people for years that I have this huge talent crush on Anthony Hopkins, and they always respond with… “the guy who plays the cannibal???” At this, I chuckle, indeed.

This movie is intense, and so good! But anything that involves cannibalism and skinning human beings, is, in short, out of my comfort zone. A movie like this is not for the faint of heart.

Have you ever heard someone say “Clarice” in a creepy way? Well, this is where that came from. And Jodie Foster is the face of Clarice. So yeah, we have Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in a film together. Full of win.

There is sex and nudity, and some perverse language. So definitely be aware of that. Not to mention that it is violent and a bit gory and freaky as hell. To put it bluntly. I mean, this is a movie about a serial killer. I love thrillers, but some of them are so outside of my box.

Even if you don’t have the stomach to watch this film… which I can’t really blame you… you in the very least need to know how brilliant it is, even just so you can have a conversation about it a bit. It won FIVE Oscars, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Anthony Hopkins, Best Actress in a Leading Role – Jodie Foster, Best Director – Jonathan Demme, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published – Ted Tally.

Side note… I am wigged out by butterflies and moths. Do some research.

7. RENT (2005)

I love this movie/musical. Like, LOVE it! Idina Menzel is personally one of my heroes. I don’t love her character in this, but I love her regardless.

The reason I say this is out of my comfort zone is because it deals with a lot of hard issues. Drug use, AIDS, homosexuality. Things that are sometimes hard to talk about, or that can cause controversy. But what I truly love about this movie, besides the killer cast and the awesome music, is the true loyalty, love and friendships that exist between the main characters.

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Chris Columbus is a brilliant director. This broadway show put on film is so beautiful. They mixed the arts brilliantly.

Rosario Dawson won a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical. Well deserved too, her version of Mimi is shockingly better than the Broadway actress.

8. Saved (2004)

Jena Malone, Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin. Good cast. I mean, perhaps B rated cast, but at least not no-namers.

Why was this out of my comfort zone? Because it portrays Christians in the worst possible way. Granted, I know there are “Christians” out there who are like this, but it sucks that a few people give the whole faith a bad name. And that this is the way we are portrayed in movies.

That pretty much sums up why it was out of my comfort zone. A girl gets pregnant in a Christian high school, and essentially demonized by her peers. People who should be loving and supportive and forgiving and non-judgmental. Yeah, there is something to be said about teen pregnancy, but there is no excuse for cruelty. Ever.

It did win Best Feature at the Gen Art Film Festival.

9. 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

The whole movie is about a guy vowing to stay celibate during lent. So really, the whole movie is about sex. I mean, I still enjoyed the movie, but it is totally out of my comfort zone. Nudity, ech. There is essentially a rape scene, some language,

I really do love Josh Hartnett. When Pearl Harbor came out, I probably watched the movie 30 times. I’m a huge fan. He’s just plain adorable, plus he’s from Minnesota! Shannyn Sossamon is also in this movie (she was mentioned above in The Rules of Attraction).

Apparently this movie won a Bogey Award which is something from Germany that I have not heard about. So I’m not sure what that even means. haha!

10. The Good Girl (2002)

So this is another super weird movie that I own. Only this one… I do kinda like this one. However, I can only watch it once in a great while.

I adore Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal. They are  both phenomenal. It’s just… this movie is just really out there as far as comfort levels go. Jennifer is married to John C. Reilly. Right there, that’s just a weird couple combination. And John’s best friend is played by Tim Blake Nelson, who’s characters name is Bubba. Yes, Bubba.

So Jennifer Aniston is bored with her life, and she strikes up an affair with her younger coworker, who is the lovely Jake. But dude, his character thinks he’s Holden Caulfield. And eventually you find out he’s a little bit crazy.

There’s a lot of adulterous sex, some language, her husband and Bubba smoke a lot of weed. And  Bubba finds out about the affair and blackmails her into sleeping with him. And the worst part of that is that you see him completely naked, frontally naked. Pube hairs and all. Like, no one wants to see that.

There is death by poison berries, there is betrayal, there is lies and deceit and pain and confusion and also suicide. And really, at times its super uncomfortable.

Jennifer Aniston won a Teen Choice Award for this movie for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/ Action Adventure

Honorable Mention: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

I’m not really going to go into too much depth with this one, as it is an honorable mention, but its creepy. It’s about the anti-christ. There is a lot of nudity, and a scene where Rosemary is raped by the actual devil. Just so not okay. I loved Mia Farrow in this. But man, the movie was sooooo outside of my comfort zone. Remember what I said about the Omen movies? This is in the same line.

Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

So what is your top 10?