Merchandise Monday

A slightly later Merchandise Monday than usual, but still well within the confines of Monday so I’m not cheating yet.  I’ve just watched Insidious so am in need of some serious cheering up and to stop me from finding James Wan to plead with him that not everything needs to be explained within an inch of its life, a good drink.  With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this Merchandise Monday combines two of my favourite things – alcohol and the only film I pretty much watch on a monthly basis, Shaun of the Dead.

 

Behold the Winchester Tavern Pint Glass:

Complete with reassuring slogan ‘Have a nice cold pint.  Wait for all of this to blow over.’ who could resist this?  Quite frankly it’s a steal at $7 from fearwerx.com and I need to find myself a UK stockist ASAP.  The only reason to not consider this is that you need more than one.  Luckily, that’s already been solved as you can purchase a pack of 6 for just $30 so you can face the impending apocalypse with 5 of your closest friends.

I feel much better already.  Now to find that UK stockist…..

As an aside, do check out the Altered Realities Radio site for brand spanking new reviews and features including an upcoming interview with star of Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp!

The Inside Experience

At the moment, films are trying to find more and more inventive ways of staying relevant and getting people into the cinema.  This has largely resulted in a deluge of remakes, reboots, reimaginings and sequels.  While some of these films have been enjoyable, they don’t exactly showcase a whole lot of creativity.  New and affordable technology has enabled many to start their own web series’ and showcase their own ideas on a budget.  The ability to self-promote via social networking sites allows audiences to find series to their liking and subscribe and share with others.  The success of films like Catfish, Trust and even The Social Network seem to have led the way into films relying more and more on social networking on screen.  What better genre is there for social interaction than horror?  It’s arguably the genre where people need the most amont of help.  Director D.J. Caruso, who has played his part in the remake trend by directing Disturbia – something of a reimagining of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and has now turned his attention to the social media trend with The Inside Experience.

The concept of The Inside Experience is a simple one, centering on 24-year-old Christina Perasso (Emmy Rossum) who has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a room with only a laptop to communicate with the outside world.  Using YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Skype she is able to make contact with friends and family, while viewers attempt to decipher clues to help her escape.  Here’s a trailer:

On paper, it sounds like a run of the mill isolated female vs. a mysterious captor film – and that’s all there is to it.  Oh, apart from the fact that the whole thing is a massive advertisement for Intel and Toshiba to the extent that the branding is almost jarring at times.  It’s like Mac vs. PC on steroids (“Kidnapped and trapped in a dank room, there’s no app for that”).  Despite having all the potential to do something different, it plays out pretty much exactly how you’d expect it to.  However, it’s the social aspect of the film that is interesting with people banding together to help decode information, search photographs and discuss the goings-on together.  Also, there seems to be an attempt to get away from the feeling of a revolving door of dispensable characters by having viewers interact directly with Christina.  Emmy Rossum’s performance is pretty good too, considering the limited nature of the production.

So, with it said that The Inside Experience hasn’t ‘quite’ worked, it has still opened the door for more film makers and writers to use social media in order to extend their appeal past the feature film time and get more and more people to watch their films and get attached to characters.  The question is, do you think it’s a good idea and would you enjoy films like this?

Spooky Style

I have a shoe problem.  I am well aware of this, with sections of my house now essentially dedicated to housing a variety of shoes.  Many I haven’t worn for a long, long time.  However I am blessed with the ability to delude myself into thinking I will definately wear the next pair more than any others, no matter how impractical the heel or style of them.

 

That said, I recently stumbled across these fantastic Iron Fist shoes over at online department store Very.  They are £90, which is a price sadly out of my reach, but just look at them.

 

 

I’m a big fan of pretty much anything with skulls on, but I think these are my current favourite item.  The little gold skulls make them very different to any other shoes I’ve found.  If you find these kind of things on a regular basis let me know where and how I can get a room at a reasonable price.  At a fairly ridiculous heel of 4.5 inches there is almost no way I could walk comfortably in them, but sometimes they’re nice to look at on a bad day.  As a compromise, I may invest in some Iron Fist Zombie Stomper flats instead.

 

The next blog post should be on Friday, if I can get this Internet dongle to do anything at all for any longer than 5 minutes at that point.  I’ve finally had to admit that I’m an Internet addict.

Merchandise Monday

For the second Merchandise Monday I’ve gone a little cheaper than last week’s cool but pricey Exorcist-themed entry.  Despite the drop in price, this is still a nifty little horror item:

Who wouldn’t love a Frankenstein-style hand to wander around the house?  It’s good for frightening unwanted relatives, exercising pets or just chilling out with some Boris Karloff films.  It’s currently available from the wonderful I Want One Of Those for the reasonable price of £13.99 – link here.  Remember, nothing says I love you like a disembodied robotic hand.

Merchandise Monday

Every Monday on the blog I’m going to try and feature a piece of horror merchandise that people may be interested in.  I’m always fascinated by the kind of merchandise that comes from horror films and it seems like horror fans are some of the most dedicated collectors around.

The first Merchandise Monday concerns one of my favourite films (in and out of the horror genre) The Exorcist.  My first viewing of The Exorcist came at a time when I was far too young, courtesy of some giggly teenage babysitters turning on the film halfway through Regan’s exorcism.  The image of Regan’s face out of context was utterly terrifying to my young mind and I’ve never forgotten that strange feeling that swept over me upon seeing it.  The only other time I had felt so frightened by something was when my dad allowed me to stay up watching Strange But True and a story about a tiny skeleton (it doesn’t sound so threatening now) kept me in nightmares for weeks.  I believe the night I saw Regan was enough that my mam never got someone to babysit me again.

Fast forward a few years and I was considerably less sensitive, having taken an interest in child-orientated horror things like Goosebumps and SpineChiller magazine, but was beginning to outgrow them and take an interest in more adult horror.  In 2002, I saw The Exorcist for sale on VHS, billed as ‘The Version You’ve Never Seen’ and had to pick it up.  At 13 years old I sat down to watch it in the living room with all the lights off and it blew me away.  While I didn’t find it as scary as I did when I caught those fleeting moments of Regan years earlier, the film had a much bigger impact on me, becoming a firm favourite.  I even screened it at my 14th birthday house party to those who had been warned away from watching it in the past.

With that bit of background, this piece of merchandise makes much more sense.  I recently saw it in Swansea market and fell instantly in love with it.  Such a harmless object to come out of such a controversial film.  I give you….

The Regan Possessed action figure!  She comes in her own little bed and while you can’t quite see the detail from this photograph, her dressing gown is peppered with little green stains.  Surely this would make the perfect addition to any horror fans bedroom.

Forbidden Planet are currently advertising a Web Price of £26.99, but they are all sadly sold out.  However, they do have a ‘Notify Me’ box for anyone who simply has to own one at this link.  I’m finding it hard to resist myself.

Welcome!

Welcome to Scared Sheepless.  This blog will mostly be an output for thoughts and feelings on horror film, television and other mediums.  My name is Caitlyn and I’m from a small village in South Wales and I’ve been a fan of horror for as long as I remember.   This is my first blog so hopefully any potential teething problems will be worked out sooner rather than later.

 

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