We saw¬†Murder on the Orient Express this past weekend, and since I (the Collectress) went in knowing nothing about the book or previous films, the Collected Mutineer suggested that we do a dual review from both perspectives: mine as a first-time experiencer, and hers as a longtime Agatha Christie fan. Enjoy our rambling. ūüôā¬†

Disney

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise began nearly 15 years ago with a film that nobody thought would amount to anything. Today the famed and favorite Disneyland ride has 5 movies under its belt, with the latest installment having premiered this weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has all the makings of a fun pirate romp, not dissimilar from the original 2003 movie. But does it succeed?

*You’re off the edge of the map, mate. Here there be spoilers!*

Prolific maestro of the horror film genre, Wes Craven, died yesterday, August 30 at the age of 76, leaving behind a legacy of films that has forever changed the way audiences experience horror movies. Below are my favorites. Leave me a comment and let me know which movies I missed and what else I need to put on my Netflix queue.

 

1) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

This was the first horror film I ever saw. It was at my mom’s friend’s house and, while the grown ups were distracted by booze and wedding planning, I hid behind the couch (I was ten, ok) and watched this film about voodoo and necromancy and became hooked on the genre.¬†the-serpent-and-the-warrior

2) The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

I recently went to Las Vegas and, during the drive through Baker, immediately made reference to this film when discussing what terrified me lurking in the shadows of the hills all around us. That’s the thing with Wes Craven films–they are not only horror-filled,¬†but they’ve also become part of an iconic pop cultural phenomenon that mean something to almost everyone.

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I love the holiday season. Decorations at my house go up as soon as Thanksgiving is over, while Christmas music hits the stereo around Halloween. As soon as school is out for me and the kid, we spend much of our time snuggled up in the living room with a fire, fresh baked cookies and a Christmas movie. So, let’s pop a bowl of popcorn, roast a few marshmallows and enjoy a few good films, shall we?

5) Gremlins

I want a Gizmo for Christmas and I cross my hearts I will not feed him after midnight. These mischievous monsters will steal your heart and your car keys in this classic eighties film that just happens to be set at Christmas time.