Creepy Cinema 2019: Season of Nostalgia Week One

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I know it’s a bit surprising, but I’ve managed to live 35 years on this planet and have never seen Halloween. I actually didn’t even know the plot of the story. I’ve seen heaps of memes, but always confuse Michael Myers with Jason Voorhees. For Markus, this is one of the films that he talks about fondly because he is a huge John Carpenter fan. We’ve even seen Carpenter perform the Halloween theme live, which was pretty awesome.

Halloween is a classic slasher flick from 1978. The film is about Myers, a serial killer who escapes a sanitarium on the eve of Halloween night. He returns to his hometown and begins to stalk a teenage girl and her friends. The girl is played by a very young Jamie Lee Curtis. Since I went into the film not knowing a single thing about it, it was very fun and entertaining. I tend to not like movies from the 70s because I feel they they have a tendency to drag sometimes are a little too “experimental.” However I think Halloween was just right - a tight, well contained story. It doesn’t linger much and builds the right amount of suspense and tension. As I was watching it, I felt a bit of a Hitchcock vibe and remembered that Jamie Lee Curtis was Janet Leigh’s daughter. Leigh is famous for starring in Hitchcock’s infamous Psycho shower scene. I really enjoyed Halloween and it was the perfect film to begin Creepy Cinema: Season of Nostalgia.

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Scream is such an iconic horror flick from my teenage years and came out when I was in eighth grade. I actually remember watching this movie multiple times because I liked it so much. I think because it was a teen slasher flick with bit of comedy, I didn’t feel as scared by it. Scream is an homage to the classic slasher flicks from the 70s and 80s. The film follows Sydney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, and her classmates who are being tormented by a serial killer known as Ghostface. It’s been almost 15 years since I last watched it, so I was excited to watch again and see if it still holds up to the hype. 

After watching it again, I have to say that Scream is still really fun, but there are few things that don’t necessarily hold up. The acting isn’t that great and all these teenagers look like they’re In their 30s. As a teenage girl, I remember thinking Skeet Ulrich was so hot. He dominated 1996 with this film and The Craft. This time around, I found him creepy as hell and very suspect throughout the whole movie. There was also a lot of foreshadowing with his character that I totally missed in past viewings. Despite these few setbacks, the story was well planned executed cleverly. They really made you think the killer was someone else, but in the end it’s who you always thought it was. I also loved that this movie was meta in its writing, and knew who its audience was. There were so many Easter eggs that I caught this time around. I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching Scream, and letting those waves of nostalgia wash over me. 

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Arachnophobia is another 90s film that I managed to miss. Like most people, spiders aren’t my favorite, so why would I watch a movie where they kill people? The main premise of the movie is a bit out there, but sort of believeable? After the discovery of a new species of spider, said spider is transported to small town America and wreaks havoc on a small town.

For some reason, I always thought this was a super serious movie with super scary people sized spiders. Boy was I wrong. Now it wasn’t my favorite movie, but it was enjoyable. The first 15 minutes of the movie is epic. There’s some great cinematography, which isn’t surprising because it was produced by Steven Spielberg. I was definitely getting some Jurassic Park vibes with the shots of the South American jungle. One thing that I found a bit too “convenient” was the intelligence of the spider/spiders. How do they know how to strategically kill people, hide in certain places and sneak around like little 8-legged ninjas? A little too on the nose for me. Jeff Daniels as the lead was a great choice. I liked seeing him in something where he was just a dad trying to protect his family. John Goodman as the exterminator is the real highlight of the film, and I thought he was one of the best parts of the movie. His theme song was great, and added a nice level of comedy to the film. Overall, I’m happy with Arachnophobia and think it’s a fun watch for the spooky season. 

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Creepy Cinema 2019 : Season of Nostalgia

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It’s my favorite time of the year once again. Fall definitely crept up faster than I thought, but I won’t complain. Not going to lie guys, Markus and I have had our Halloween decorations up since the second weekend of September.

For our eighth year of Creepy Cinema, we’ve decided to watch 12 films that remind Markus and I of our youth. There are a lot of classics that I haven’t seen so I’m excited to see how they’ve held up over the years! Check out the list below and let me know if any are your favorites, and get ready for Creepy Cinema: The Season of Nostalgia!

  • Halloween (1978)

  • Phantasm (1979)

  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)

  • Aliens (1986)

  • Lost Boys (1987)

  • Child’s Play (1988)

  • Arachnophobia (1990)

  • It (1990)

  • The Addams Family (1991)

  • The Craft (1996)

  • Scream (1996)

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Vete-Katten & Medelhavsmuseet | Stockholm, Sweden

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On almost every blog and must see list for Stockholm, Vete-Katten would almost always be included. I figured if that many people though it was a place that had to be visited, then Markus and I had to go. On the day that we went to Vete-Katten, it was really rainy and gloomy so we didn’t do as much sightseeing and shopping as we planned. Luckily, we stumbled on a hidden gem, the Medelhavsmuseet and ended up spending most of our afternoon there!

I don’t know if it was because it was a rainy day, but Markus and I did not enjoy our visit to Vete-Katten. It’s terribly unfortunate because we were positive we would get the ultimate fika experience. Fika can be translated in many ways, like “coffee and cake break”, but it’s much more than that. It’s an important part of Swedish culture and means to take a break with family and friends and have something to eat. The dessert I was most excited to try at Vete-Katten was the princess cake, a traditional Swedish cake. The sweet dessert is made with alternating layers of jam, whipped cream, pastry cream and sponge cake and then covered with bright green marzipan.

Since it was breakfast we ordered a whole spread consisting of shrimp and chicken salad sandwiches, a slice of princess cake, a cardamom bun and coffee. Honestly, everything was just alright. Personally, I think we paid way too much money for things that could be found at any bakery. Markus and I ate a lot of pastries and buns on our Scandinavian trip and I remember all of my favorite ones and I can’t even recall what the bun from Vete-Katten tasted like. If we were ever in Stockholm again, unfortunately, I wouldn’t go go back.

After a bit of a disappointing breakfast at Vete-Katten, Markus and I walked around a bit looking for shops and things to see. We got tired of the rain and wanted to find a place that we could relax for a bit. As we were trying to figure out what to do, we came across the Medelhavsmuseet. Located in central Stockholm, the museum is focused on relics from the Mediterranean area and the Near East. We walked around the Greek, Assyrian and Egyptian areas. They even had a lovely little cafe on the second floor with a view of the museum below. The best part? The museum is free and has great wifi. Markus and I thought we would pop in to escape the rain, but ended up spending a few hours. It’s a nice little spot to escape the crowds and also soak up some culture.

Gamla Stan | Stockholm, Sweden

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Gamla Stan is probably my favorite area in Stockholm. We were only in Stockholm for five days and we found ourselves in the area more than once. The first time was a failed attempt at a Christmas photo and the other was at one of the greatest bars we’ve visited.

Gamla Stan or Old Town is one of the most preserved Medieval Towns in Europe. Stockholm was founded in 1252 in the area of Gamla Stan, which makes it one of the most visited areas. Markus and I went early one morning in the hopes of capturing our Christmas card photo. When we arrived, there was a large truck blocking the iconic colorful buildings. Not wanting to waste the morning, we found a cute cafe and ate breakfast on the terrace. While we waited for our food, Markus went out to get video footage of the beautiful square. A family stopped and asked him to take a photo. I saw this as a one time opportunity and quickly ran over to ask them to take photos of us too. The photos weren’t too bad, but honestly they weren’t that great either. Thank goodness we decided to go to Nyhavn later in the week and took photos there.

After breakfast, Markus and I did a little sightseeing elsewhere, but planned to return to Gamla Stan later that evening. Markus found this amazing bar right in the middle of the square, Pharmarium. Even though it’s in the middle of a tourist heavy area, the vibe at Pharmarium is anything but that. The bar was inspired by the first pharmacy that opened nearby in 1575. Inside it’s dark and moody with tons of Persian rugs and leather chairs. I loved everything about Pharmarium and felt right at home. The vibe is definitely witchy and alchemical since all the cocktails are prepared with seasonal ingredients and traditional medicinal herbs. Markus and I only planned on having one drink, but the first two we ordered were so good that we had another round. There are few bars that I wish I could go back to and Pharmarium is 100% in my top three bars in the world. If you ever find yourself in Stockholm, this is the one place I would recommend!

Steam Hellsinki | Helsinki, Finland

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When traveling, Markus and I try to find interesting and unique bars. We were both researching spots on our own and we both stumbled upon Steam Hellsinki. The bar was in a bit of an odd location, near the central train station and inside of an outdoor mall. Inside the bar is another story and nothing like the surrounding shops. Somehow they managed to fit a dirigible inside and that also functions as the main bar.  It was pretty amazing. Especially when the bar started spraying fog. It really set the mood. Steam Hellsinki focused heavily on gin and had bottles from all over the world. To add to the ambiance, they had the place decked out with old antiques and other steampunk accents. The interior looked like a Hendrick’s Gin advert come to life. The drinks were great and the atmosphere was even better. Unfortunately, since this past August, the bar has permanently closed, which makes our experience even more special.