I watch a lot of movies. After every third movie I watch, I like to take a moment and reflect on those last three movies. I do this in a feature I've decided to call Last 3 Movies.
[A quick apology: While reflecting upon and writing about the three movies included in today's post, I completely forgot that our 2nd Lawson Family Movie Night had fallen between my viewing of Creature and The Dunwich Horror. We watched The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, which is a film that follows Sesame Street's Elmo on a quest to retrieve his stolen blankie from Mandy Patinkin. It includes a scene featuring a farting chicken. I don't know how I could've forgotten this shining gem of cinema when compiling this installment of Last 3 Movies, but I did, so, no Elmo in Grouchland. I'm thinking about doing a Movie Penguin Monday for it sometime in the future. Don't worry. I won't deny you nice people my thoughts on the Elmo movie. For now, let's all try to get past this. I realize by leaving Elmo in Grouchland out of this post, I am essentially lying to all of you, and for that I am very sorry.]
Film: Creature (1985)
Why did I watch this?: I dunno.
The viewing experience: Do you like Alien rip-offs? Are you an insomnia sufferer who has yet to find a cure for your lonely, sleepless nights? If you answered 'yes' to either or both of these questions, Creature may be the movie for you.
Look, I don't know why I do these things. That's kind of a lie. I do know. I go into every obscure movie viewing experience hoping to discover something special. I've had some successes (The Deadly Spawn; Tourist Trap; the "Dreamhouse" segment in Screamtime) and I've experienced some crushing defeats (I Can See You; the remaining segments in Screamtime). Creature, unfortunately, falls squarely in the failure column.
This is another one I fell asleep to. Why did I bother even finishing it, you ask? I'm afraid I don't have an answer for you. Wanna hear something crazy? I didn't even finish watching Creature the next evening. Nope, I waited almost a week to watch the second half. You're right to shake your head and frown. I'm an idiot.
Fun Fact: Wendy Schaal, the voice of Francine on American Dad, plays a major role in Creature. It's fun to close your eyes whenever she speaks and imagine it's Francine. Of course, in doing so, you run the risk of falling asleep. Which I did.
This might be a reason to watch? Maybe?: About 30-minutes in, Klaus Kinski pops up as a randy, marooned German astronaut.
Film: The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Why did I watch this?: I am a fan of both H.P. Lovecraft and Roger Corman.
The viewing experience: I totally didn't fall asleep, guys! I actually watched this one on a sunny Saturday afternoon rather than some ungodly hour on a weeknight.
The Dunwich Horror starts off pretty good, then slowly gets worse and worse. Dean Stockwell is fun to watch as Wilbur Whateley, with his buggy eyes and his laid-back Satanic hippie routine, and Sandra Dee is easy on the eyes, but the movie loses its way once the titular "horror" is released.
Recommendation (The Dunwich Horror): Head to your local library and check out a book of Lovecraft's short stories. "The Dunwich Horror" will probably be in it. Read that. It's tons better.
Recommendation (Dean Stockwell): Watch Blue Velvet. He lip-syncs "In Dreams" into a flashlight. It's fucking nuts!
Why did I watch this?: Family Movie Night #3
The viewing experience: Despite it's glaring lack of Elmo, the sole reason for her cruel dismissal of Toy Story 3 on our very first Family Movie Night, my daughter very much enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph. And why wouldn't she? The bright candy colors, the adorable characters, the fast-paced action, the hilarious hijinks: Wreck-It Ralph has it all.
Best of 2012?: If I'd seen it in time, Wreck-It Ralph would've taken the #2 spot on my Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2012 list, that's how much I loved this thing. I recommend watching it as soon and as often as possible.
Memorable Quotes: "If you want to see Daddy cry at a cartoon, look over here right now." --me, to my daughter while watching/sobbing during Wreck-It Ralph