May 12, 2011 by Amy Hansford
As children, we would tape films from the telly on our vhs. We’d record one film or programme over another, meaning we’d often see a few minutes from whatever was previously on the tape in between our kid stuff. One tape haunted me until this day. Just that one minute interlude, haunting me for 25 years. I never knew what the segment was from, only that it was the end of a film that my parents had recorded. To this day, it terrorfies me.
A woman is stabbed by flying daggers and pinned to the furniture in a crucifix position. Her eyes glow demonically. The camera pans out as the house burns down around her.
I would be captivated by that one minute of film, scared to take my eyes off the screen lest the drama concluding be changed. It’s returned to me in snatches of dreams, teasing me with the fear it unleashes. I never knew what the clip was from. Until this morning.
*** HERE BE SPOILERS!!! ***
A few weeks ago I Sky+d a few films to watch. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Independence Day and Carrie. Loved the first, haven’t got round to the second yet and started watching the third this morning. We are introduced to Carrie and told that her parents have strict religious beliefs. We meet her mother, a forceful preaching Christian who beats her child with a Bible to enforce her values. And that’s as far as I got.
As the mother walked through the house, there was a little piano riff. My whole being suddenly jumped? with recognition- after a quarter of a century being taunted by a frustrating clip, I knew exactly what it was. I had repeatedly seen the end scene from Carrie.
You’d think that with this sense of closure I would be able to watch the rest of the film knowing I had completed this puzzle. But I don’t think I can. I can’t tell you how quickly my hand moved to the stop button, how disturbed I was by that piano ditty. I also am unsure about the finality of seeing that pained face again after all these years.
For now it can sit on the recorder, waiting for me to be as brave as I was when I was a young child.
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August 20, 2009 by Amy Hansford
The fabulous Phil Dunk over at the Timewarp forums has discovered this superb Frank surgeon gown. Notoriously difficult to find, this little beauty is pretty much perfect. Phil suggests that you may wish to snip off the elasticated wrists. Aside from that, this is an incredibly important find, given the difficulty people have had tracking them down. And at just over a tenner each, it’s worth getting a couple! Well done Phil!
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May 23, 2009 by Amy Hansford
The key to decade themed parties is to pick up on key trends. Fashion, music, movies and tv are the things that people remember the most, they being what was represented in the popular culture of the time. Today’s theme is the Excellent 80s, so here’s a few ideas.
Adam Ant – stand and deliver!
Alf (US link) – I have no idea how you’d do this, but I’d be impressed.
Back to the Future – will you be Marty McFly or Doc Brown?
Bananaman from Acacia Avenue.
Basil Fawlty offering the back of his hand to Manwell.
BBC Test Card – blonde wig, chalkboard and freakish cuddly toy.
Beetlejuice who says an alarming number of naughty things.
Blues Brothers – you’ll notice that some of the best and most iconic films were made in the 80s.
Boy George (Culture Club) with braids and every colour of the rainbow.
Breakdancer – don’t forget your bling and practice your moves.
Care Bears – with the Care Bear stare.
Carrie – white dress, red colourant, ace costume.
Charlie’s Angels because it grants the best team pose.
Cocktail – black logo tee and shaker. Everyone’s friend at a party.
Dangermouse with his faithful companion Penfold.
Darth Vader/Princess Leia/Luke Skywalker et al from the Empire Strikes Back.
Debbie Harry (Blondie) with the big blonde hair and dark roots.
Dirty Dancing – don’t spend the whole night in the corner.
Doctor Who was Tom Baker in the 80s. Big hair and big scarf.
Edward Scissorhands although perhaps not in a confined space.
ET – remember to phone for a cab at the end of the night, not just home.
Flashdance – in dance outfit or in overalls, just leave the water at home.
Fonzie from Happy Days. Eehhhhhhhh!
Frank Spencer – keep referring to Betty in your flasherjacket.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – hey – relax!
Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.
Ghostbusters – because it must be in as many of my lists as possible.
Gizmo/Gremlin – I will love you forever if you do this costume.
Grotbags – the greenest witch pre-Elphaba.
He-Man compelte with sword. Could even have a fight with Skeletor.
Indiana Jones – a whip can be very handy you know.
James Bond is the costume for every decade.
Jason Vorhees – the one with the hockey mask from Friday 13th.
Jessica Rabbit from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’
Knightmare – with an oversize horned helmet.
Labyrinth – but only if you play with your glass balls.
Madness – bonus points if you do the walk.
Madonna all in white with lace and bows. Remember your beauty spot!
Magnum PI – genius excuse for a massive moustache.
Mermaid from ‘Splash’
Miama Vice with a white suit and coloured tee, remember to roll up your sleeves.
Michael Jackson with his silver glove, white socks and loafers, team with black leather jacket for a ‘Bad’ look or a red leather jacket to give a ‘thrill’.
Mork from Ork in his red lycra suit with shiny triangle.
Mr T or indeed anyone from the A Team.
Olivia Newton John from the ‘Let’s Get Physical’ video – legwarmers, headbands and lycra agogo.
Orville the Duck with the man attached.
Ozzy Osbourne as the Prince of Darkness always lights up a party.
Pob – no spitting please.
Prince all in purple with a bit of stubble for ‘Purple Rain’
Prom night – consider your taffeta gown, your corsage and your perm.
Punk was all the rage. Think black leather mixed with denim and bright hair. Love your lipstick.
Queen in a group of four, each wear a black top and choose a member of Queen to dress the head as. When questioned on who you are, run into a group? with your heads in the right place and start singing.
Rainbow – such choice in puppetry!
Rainbow Brite – shiny fabrics ahoy!
Ralph Macchio (the Karate Kid) in your white uniform, head tie and a bit of wax on, wax off.
Red Dwarf with a H head, robot face, Cat clothes or boiler suit, you’re set. Or just a black rollneck.
Robert Smith (The Cure) – black black black, with a smidgeon (or smudge) of red lipstick.
Rod Hull & Emu available from all good retail outlets.
Rocky – ADRIAAAAAAAAAN!!!
Roland Rat – Alright ratbags!
Rubix Cube – it’s amazing what you can do with a cardboard box.
Scarface – white suit, water pistol and scar.
She-Ra – Brilliant chance to wear a cape.
Smurfs and of course, Smurfette
Spit the Dog worthy of his own entry.
Superman – see, that stag night costume *can* be worn again.
Superted with his friend, Spotty.
The Breakfast Club if you can blag a gang of you to go, this would be mega fantastic.
The Incredible Hulk – green it up!
The Young Ones – choose from Neil, Vyvyan, Rick or Mike.???? ***new***
Thundercats because everyone fancied Cheetara as a boy.
Tiswas – Are you OOOOkaaaaay, the Phantom Flan Flinger, or HoudiElbow?
Toni Basil in a cheerleader outfit from ‘Hey Mickey’.
Top Gun with a jumpsuit and helmet. Don’t forget the shades.
Toyah Wilcox because we love her. Colour, glam and attitude!
Transformers – hey, people are really inventive with cardboard!
V – get with the lizard face!
Weird Science – jumpers + bras on heads. Pazzaz.
Wham – choose life, and a quiff!
Willo the Wisp with Mavis Cruet the Fairy.
Withnail gives you the golden opportunity to demand booze.
Wonder Woman – the tv heroine of the 80s.
Worzel Gummidge – don’t forget the robin inside your tummy. And Aunt Sally.
WWF – not the animal one, the wrestling one. Spandex, masks, and the occasional snake in a bag.
Yuppie – with the introduction of mobile phones the size of a large brick, another sleeve roller. Remember the hair slick.
Zombie from ‘Day of the Dead’
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February 8, 2009 by Amy Hansford
You know when you remember the detail of a film but not the name of it or anything else about it. It drives you crazy, right? Well my friend is having just that problem.
If you recognise any of the details below, please, for the love of all that is holy, comment or email on the title. Or even a ‘oh, that one, with the ______ thing where they _______ – nope, can’t remember the title’ is just as valid*. More information is a great help.
“Anyone remember this…
Quite an old film about a family who have no father and then their mum dies and the kids have to learn how to live on their own. One of the brothers slowly gives away his other siblings to other families to look after. I remember the youngest sister being a toddler and he wraps her up loads of blankets and puts her in a sledge/toboggan and pulls her through the snow to another family.
I think that boy dies at the end of the film or something.
Heh, so if you recognise it, let me know because it’s driving my mum and me crazy!”
*I’m not in any way suggesting by a ‘fill in the blanks’ statement that this was a porn flick.
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