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warrenisweird’s 05 favorite NON-horror films

Yesterday when I was typing up a [fairly short] review of one of my favorite films ever: Léon The Professional, I came to realize that not all the films I like are actually horror. In fact, it got me curious about what were some of my other film favorites that didn’t involve monsters or slasher type villains. I mean sure – Frankenstein, Dracula, Freddy Krueger, and even Victor Crowley [points to you if you know who I’m talking about!] are all great, but occasionally — a simple mafia man named Tony or a giant lizard; like in The Amazing Spider-Man can be just as scary as a vampire in tight clothing sparkling in the sun. Ugh, I regret making that reference.

That’s where this list comes in: although many of the films I watch/talk about are in the horror genre, there are actually quite a few that I enjoy that simply; aren’t. [most won’t be included in this list — that would take way too long] Another thing to be aware of is that although Léon The Professional should be on this list, I already talked about that film the other day [imagine it being a bonus in this list!] So here we begin with “warrenisweird’s 05 favorite non-horror films; at this moment in time”

Our first film is a little gem known as Little Miss Sunshine, and it’s quite the catch. It has girls from what looks like “toddlers and tiaras” and swearing Grandpas. It’s about young Olive, who wants to enter the national Little Miss Sunshine beauty Pageant — and her family’s mishaps all the way there. It’s one of those movies that is heart warming but that also kinda makes you sad by the end credits. That dance number finale though!

STAR WARS is an easy choice for this list. I won’t get too into it [should be obvious!] but It has everything I love in film, and more. It was one of the movie series that got me into sci-fi! Though, some may consider me in the lower class “fan base” because I actually [somewhat] enjoyed the prequels, at least for what they were.. Bring on Episode VII!

I actually brought the movie Super up when I was talking about celebrity crushes because of Ellen Page in it. It’s a quirky little film [which is on Netflix!] that has all sorts of familiar names: like Rainn Wilson and Kevin Bacon. any superhero with the battle cry “SHUT UP CRIME!” is fucking great in my books!

When people ask me what my favorite animated film is, I generally think of two: Spirited Away and the one made for this list — How To Train Your Dragon. I remember when I first saw How To Train Your Dragon and I was blown away by the quality in it’s story telling. It made me feel like a kid again, seeing a film that had that much of an impact on me. The sequel was easily as good, if not a little better [which is a rare case!], though I didn’t expect to be feeling on the verge of tears! It made me think one solitary thing: I want a dragon!

Lastly, we have another somewhat ‘unpopular’ opinion.. I loved the Watchmen graphic novel, it is one of my all time favorites, and deserves being near the top as the best graphic novel of all time. However, when Zack Snider made a movie based on Watchmen, I remember a lot of people not enjoying it. However, I was almost mesmerized by the visuals, the camera work, and the music chosen! It’s one [of many] of my favorite superhero films, Rorschach was fucking perfect, especially since I was worried about putting him on screen. But he was perfection and believable! I am still glad that Snider ditched the alien sequence at the end for the film though..

Obviously, as I said above, these aren’t the only non-horror films I enjoy: I could have mentioned Blade Runner, Avengers, Anchorman and/or a dozen other films. These are just the ones I currently enjoy the most. What are your favorite 05 films that aren’t horror? If you don’t even like horror, what are your 05 favorite films outside your favorite film genre. Let me know in a comment or two!



warrenisweird’s TOP 05 CLOWNS IN HORROR FILMS

Being as it’s Throwback Thursday, I figured there this was a perfect opportunity to bring up a short story. So sit down, grab your coffee, and let’s listen to story time with warrenisweird ! I remember when I first watched the Rob Zombie‘s House Of 1000 Corpses with Steph [granted, this was awhile ago] and thinking that Captain Spaulding was the fucking coolest villain I had seen in a long time – even if he is a clown.. he was creepy, funny, and flat out manic! Everything you could want in a villain; he just had to be a clown!

something I like to call “nightmare fuel” right here..

this, of course, had me questioning myself: “if I have coulrophobia, why is it that sometimes [and very rarely] do I actually like the clown-killer in the film?” Which is the idea behind this post: I’m going to share my TOP FIVE clowns that I actually like in film, even if they are fucking creepy. [I won’t be including Captain Spaulding in the list, since I technically already mentioned him..] Please be warned, if like me – you have coulrophobia, this could be considered a ‘trigger’. it’s bad enough I’m doing this to myself. [with my luck, I’m going to find other clowns while finding pictures..damn] Oh, and spoilers will be abroad.. because it’d be asinine not to warn about the spoilers in the next few pictures. If you think you can stomach clowns in scary situations, please read ahead.

While they are fucking terrifying, I find the klowns from Killer Klowns From Outer Space not nearly as bad as they seem: I mean yeah, they’re certainly weird looking, and they are killer, but they’re more comedic [as is the film] than anything..thankfully. Speaking of, I need to find this film on DVD.

I’ll admit, I really didn’t like the ‘zombie-clown’ from Zombieland at first. If there’s any bad combination, it’s this one. but after a couple viewings, I came to the realization that it isn’t that bad. Sure, he’s covered in blood, and he’s grinning like no tomorrow, but my fear seems to stem from the excessive make-up.. at most, this guy is covered in blood more than anything, which makes him alright..

Drive Thru is a ‘hella’ weird film. It’s about a clown, who was a mascot at a local restaurant called: “Hella Burger” before being killed by a bunch of adults. Naturally, Horny The Clown [I wish I was making up that name] takes it upon himself to go all Freddy Krueger on his murderer’s kids, and hunts them down one by one.

Feel free to call this a cop out, but as far as I’m concerned – Billy from the SAW franchise totally counts as a clown in my book. Sure, he’s not the killer in the film [but, if you wanted to delve deeper: technically, neither is Jigsaw..] but he’s involved in the deaths of the victims. Billy probably stands as my favorite on this list, hands down. as proven by the fact that I own this in it’s original box and everything!

It seems that when I search the internet for clowns [which I plan on never doing again..but probably will end up for another post in the future] The Laugh [as seen above] from the film Amusement seems to be on everyone‘s ‘most terrifying clowns’ list[s]. Yet, someone like me, doesn’t seem to see the creepy-factor.. maybe it’s how boring the film was that makes him less scary to me. The only Laugh I’m going to have is watching this film with it’s lame story, acting, and other garbage.

I think I seem to like LEGO lately..even if it is a ‘zombie-clown’, this is hardcore

Somehow or another, I managed to get through looking at pictures of clowns for this post, It wasn’t simple finding clowns that aren’t scary, but amazingly enough I found five I can stand, [and a billion that I can’t stand]

So now I turn to you: Do you find yourself with Coulrophobia? [fear of clowns] If it isn’t clowns, what are you afraid of? [if anything specific] Let me know in a comment or two, or on Facebook! Join me for my next post!


warrenisweird’s top 05 favorite foreign horror movie posters!

When it comes to films being released, I feel like at least 60% of the delivery isn’t just the trailer, but the accompanying cover art/poster. In my [internet] travels, I’ve seen them some of the good, the bad, and the terrible horror film posters that the world has to offer. However, I actually came across a pattern when I see the bad posters – and I’m going to share it with you: they are all from another country than the film was initially filmed in. [ ~ if that makes sense] The thing is, although the bad posters are considered ‘terrible’, sometimes they’re hilariously entertaining to look at.. and other times they just spoil the whole plot. In this post, I’m going to share my top 5 favorite foreign horror posters – in no particular order. viewer discretion is advised. [possibility of spoilers]

For the first poster, we have this masterpiece from Ghana. Where do I begin with this one? Well for starters, North American posters don’t generally show the gore content .. wait, the gore wasn’t even that grotesque in this film! At least this poster is more entertaining than the version we got as seen here.

Hailing from Japan, this particular poster is just strange with it’s large cans of [Bruce] Campbell soup to dolphins swimming through coat hangers. this poster really has everything that isn’t about the movie. Fun Fact: Army Of Darkness in Japan was called “Captain Supermarket” due to the fact that Ash works at “S-Mart”. the North American poster however looked completely different then this one [except for Ash and Linda], check it out here!

Probably the best of the best [or was it ‘worst of the worst’ ?] when it comes down to terrible movie posters. Coming all the way from Poland, the poster looks like an advertisement for an old Nintendo game! If you were to see this poster and not have seen the trailer, would you be able to take it seriously? I didn’t think so. At least the North American poster is more mysterious: see it here!

Leave it to Japan [again] to make one of the best horror films [in my opinion, anyway] into an anime feature.. It looks too happy and/or too quirky. I do not mean this in a good way, I assure you. Don’t forget to check out the North American poster here.

Ending with a poster I feel is almost better then the original, we have this Creepshow poster from France. I say better because it actually shows Billy sitting on the comic book which ends up being the 5 shorts from the film! For the North American poster, click here!

and that makes five.. It’s almost as if we traveled the world, through posters! From Poland to France to Japan, we saw it all: the good, the bad and the strange. Which was your favorite? Did I miss a poster that you thought of? Let me know! be sure to follow warrenisweird for more top fives about film, comic books and super heroes! and as always: