Thursday, March 23, 2017

Family Ties - "Humbug"




Sometimes, especially at this point in The X•Files, an episode with wit and dark humor could be welcome. Mulder and Scully had endured quite a bit so a case which includes carnival acts "taking vacation" and a crawling "disappointed twin" seeking "a new brother" could be just what was needed to wind down from the intensity of losing loved ones, battling governmental forces creating road blocks from discovering the truth of possible extraterrestrial life, and contending with those truly wanting the x files to be closed for good. So the Alligator Man is attacked while swimming in his pool. A dwarf hotel manager is attacked after receiving payment while his dog barks. Michael J Anderson of Twin Peaks fame is the manager and his monologue towards Mulder about seeing him as a stereotype circus performer and then "insulting" him by describing how he resembles an FBI agent is one of the best scenes in an episode chock full of them. Mulder is out morning jogging and spots a tattooed man ferociously gnawing away at a fish is teethed from the nearby lake. The local artist who designs grotesque characters for a funhouse close by soon is also the victim of an attack. Vincent Schiavelli (Ghost (1990)) resides in the Florida town of Gibsonton after serving as a sideshow act himself for years, a "twin" attached to his side provided enough freakish curiosity to support him until Anderson's Mr Nutt convinced him that it was degrading and beneath him. So Schiavelli decided carrying visitor's luggage would be more meaningful! The irony. Schiavelli's Lanny heavily drinks and is suffering a failing liver. The development of his brother Leonard "disengaging himself" from Lanny​, in the hopes of finding another to "attach to" offers quite a macabre twist to the proceedings. "Blockhead" (Jim Rose), a performer infamous for nailing objects into various parts of his body and escaping from Houdini acts and "Conundrum" (the Enigma), the tattooed man who eats everything and anything are also inhabitants of Gibsonton during an "offseason". Rose is especially a treat due to his seemingly high intellect and healthy vocabulary. Scully pretending to eat a bug as Mulder is convinced she does is quite a moment as is Blockhead's critique of how sad the world would be if society looked "normal" like Mulder (Duchovny's pose while looking off is hilarious). Scully's visit to a local "human curiosities" tourist spot, whose proprietor (Alex Diakun) provides historical anecdotes is a hoot if just because of how the direction creatively uses objects to distort and hide his face from explicit plain sight...also a human "abnormality", his speech and demeanor are anything but menacing or lacking in normalcy. Mulder finding Nutt under Scully's room and insinuating voyeurism instead of a plumbing fix and the true intentions of Leonard, responsible for something like 28 attacks explore the theme of misinterpretation and falling prey to misunderstanding human nature in those considered outside what society might consider normal. This is quite brilliant, really. And the development involving the sheriff's link to a "dog boy" is the icing on the donut. Couldn't forget to mention Scully in a funhouse and Blockhead bursting from the earth of the cemetery during Alligator Man's funeral, shaking his coffin and causing quite a scene!

"You really shouldn't complain about banality, Scully, when your main suspect is the human blockhead." - Mulder.

"Now you know how I feel..." Mulder says in passing as the sheriff is opinionated in his disbelief and skepticism in Scully's theory of Leonard.

When looking at Conundrum, Mulder is concerned about his condition, which turns out to be indigestion after gobbling up Leonard (!), commenting, "I hope it's nothing serious..." For which Conundrum replies, "Probably something I ate"!!!

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The Girlfriend Experience- Boundaries

Before I sod off, I have had this on paper for a week! Been either forgetting about it or just avoiding it. Last Thursday night I watche...

Ahs

Ahs

Edc

Edc
Blog's Dead all Over
"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

Sbut

Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

hal1

It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

Jtm 2

Jtm 2

Rave

Rave

Mrub

Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

sm6

sm6

Rv1

Rv1

Nas

Nas

nos3

nos3

Lok

Lok

Po

Po

Ra6

Ra6

dawn

dawn

Dracula's Daughter ('36)

Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

mh2

mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

Ghspo

Ghspo
Movie, so-so, but poster, cool

Enl

Enl

nos4

nos4

gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


No 2

No 2
Jason Lives

clothes line

clothes line

Ahorr

Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

Fdfn2

Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

Sh fr

Sh fr
Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

f133

f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

ring 2

ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

exc4

exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

Ps89

Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

pcushig

pcushig

His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

wb

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

WZ

WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

h1

h1
Look behind you!

Bs

Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

linnea

linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

Hp

Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

Hill

Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Frere and dummy

Frere and dummy

Mlove

Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

Lips

Lips

Fhz

Fhz

Ph

Ph

Vestron

Vestron
Vintage VHS

sm 3

sm 3

Monique parent

Monique parent
Erotique in Review

Were5

Were5

f13

f13
November 2015

Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

Ms45 w

Ms45 w

Churcvh

Churcvh
The Church 1989

Ww

Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

Ckvh

Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

Bw5

Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.