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Yuletide 2016

Dear Yuletide (insert vaguely festive noun of your choice here)...


I've been reading past Yuletide letters from me and other people and it's got me thinking – maybe it's finally time I overhaul mine. Not because of any displeasure with past gifts (I've been so happy to have had great writers every year) but because it's that time of year and I'm excited about Yuletide and I can obsess over politics or I can obsess over this.


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僕だけがいない街 | ERASEDCollapse )

影鰐 | Kagewani (Anime)Collapse )

金田一少年の事件簿N(neo) | Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) (2014 TV)Collapse )

Subete ga F ni Naru | The Perfect Insider (TV)Collapse )



So if you're writing for me, thank you so much! I appreciate you taking on one of my fandoms and hope you find something that appeals to you.

Yuletide Assignment!

Call me genuinely surprised - but pleased - this year by my assignment. I will say it was a fandom I added on the last day of sign-ups solely based on the letter writer's prompts, which sounded awesome!

Yuletide 2015

Dear Yuletide (insert vaguely festive noun of your choice here)...

Thank you so much for offering to write one of my fandoms! This is my 12th Yuletide, but it never fails to fill me with glee when it rolls around so thank you for being a part of it!

You can check out my previous letters on this journal for a general idea on what I like - quick summary: not a big fan of the "rocks fall, everyone dies" ending but feel free to add non-excessive angst when needed; I love dark humor, scary moments, and just plain strangeness; I'm not picky on structure, style, or narrative viewpoint as long as it works for the story. Gen, het, and slash are all fine; be as explicit or as subtle as you want.

I'll also add that I'm fine with both happy and unhappy endings if they make sense for the story. I enjoy canon, but I appreciate AUs quite a bit - all of my requests this year have room to play around in.

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Ripley Series - Patricia HighsmithCollapse )

京極夏彦 巷説百物語 | Kyōgoku Natsuhiko Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari | Requiem from the Darkness (Anime)Collapse )

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12:30 AM and 9:00 PM
The Amityville Horror (1979) [Encore Classic]

Watch the original before the next film in the series comes out to terrify you with the tale of people who keep making bad real estate choices. Honestly, most of these horror movies boil down to "Oh, crap, we bought a house with ghosts/demons/an unfinished basement and asbestos pipes, but we must stay in it because of finances/family issues/ill-defined vague reasons that cause us to use Ouija boards instead of getting the hell out."

3:15 AM
State of Emergency [Showtime Showcase]

Another entry in the low-budget independent horror movie featuring zombies oeuvre. Could be good, could be bad, most likely features nothing you haven't really seen before.

8:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Jaws 3 [Independent Film Channel]

Sharks in 3D! Take that, Sharknado! Or don't, because this movie is accidentally terrible instead of deliberately so. But hey, if you like Dennis Quaid and you're fond of things being randomly shoved in front of your face to prove how awesome certain special effects, then this is the movie for you.

11:20 AM and 11:05 PM
Amityville 3-D [Encore Classic]

The unholy combination of crappy 3D and stupid Amityville movies comes together to produce this piece of dreck in which... you know, what, it doesn't really matter. It's haunted, people are stupid, and there's a banister that keeps making inexplicable appearances.

10:00 PM
Aliens [Sundance]

Sundance enters the Halloween movie game with the awesome film featuring badass Sigourney Weaver, a bunch of marines, and some very slimy xenomorphs.

5:00 PM
Topper
7:00 PM
Time of Their Lives
8:30 PM
The Canterville Ghost
10:15 PM
A Place of One's Own [Turner Classic Movies]

But of course, the clear champion every Halloween is always TCM with their themed nights and tonight is "Ghost Stories." The first three are classic comedies, but I'm most intrigued by the last, since it seems like a fairly obscure, but lovely little movie.

This is the zombie movie I'm really waiting for.

1:00 AM
Prom Night (2008) [SyFy]

Did you really expect quality movies at 1 a.m.? Perhaps not, but even by early morning standards, this remake's pretty lackluster. It's your usual stalker kills people because of random motivation, and honestly, I wish it was the 1974 movie with Jamie Lee Curtis. Oh, well, at least this one has Idris Elba, so it's not completely horrible.

3:00 AM and 4:30 PM
Dead Season [SyFy]

And this where you just sort of bury movies that you don't know what to do with. There's zombies, there's people named Elvis and Tweeter fighting them, and the tagline is "On This Island, Survival is No Game." And for what it's worth, at least one IMDB reviewer stated "The positive thing is that we watched it to the end, with quite a few other zombie flicks we have not managed to do this." Glowing praise right there.

11:15 AM
Creepshow [IFC]

If you liked Tales From The Crypt, you'll most likely enjoy this anthology series directed by George Romero and written by Stephen King. Naturally, it's chock full of gore and dark endings, as befitting something inspired by EC comics.

2:00 PM
The Dead [SyFy]

More zombies, more people trying to fight them, and more people ultimately failing due to the general downbeat nature of a zombie epidemic. Because really, who wants to be a zombie? Vampires are sexy, werewolves are sexy, but zombies? Generally rotting and not sexy at all. Anyhow, this is supposed to be a decent zombie movie.

6:30 PM
Halloween II (2009) [SyFy]

And SyFy takes an early lead in who can show the Halloween movie series the most times, although I think showing a sequel to a remake only should count for a quarter point.

11:00 PM
Battledogs [SyFy]

"Really, now, why should characters in a movie pause to ask a questions like "How did that werewolf drop from the sky into the middle of this empty airport? And shouldn't I mention that to someone?" What right does an audience have to demand the merest of nods to reality in the portrayal of a high ranking U.S. Army Officer by having the actor shave his goatee? And who made you God with your petty requirement that the director set up things by actually showing someone with a magical vial of the virus so it would be handy to turn the hero into a werewolf so he sacrifice himself to save the day? Linear cause and effect is so twentieth century." -- IMDB reviewer LordJiggy, who has clearly grasped the raison d'etre for this film.


Turner Classic Movies

At midnight, it's Tod Browning's Freaks to kick off a fairly awesome line-up. We really get into the swing of things at 6 a.m., however, when Peter Cushing makes his grand appearance in The Curse of Frankenstein, followed by The Mummy (1959) at 7:30 a.m. In both cases, Christopher Lee lends able support as the monster - no coincidence, considering it's a Lee marathon today on TCM.

Later, it's creepy Gothic architecture in Horror Castle at 9 a.m. and Castle of the Living Dead at 10:30 a.m., both of which teach you never to be young and nubile near a castle. Then we get some classic Dracula goodness in Dracula, Prince of Darkness at 12:15 p.m.; though it lacks Peter Cushing, we do get Barbara Shelley. There's a brief interlude of heroism as Lee saves the day from Satanists in The Devil Rides Out (The Devil's Bride) at 1:45 p.m. It's back to Dracula, however, at 3:45 p.m. with Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, still sadly lacking Cushing's Van Helsing portrayal. But we do get the dynamic duo in Horror Express at 5:30 p.m., this time as rival scientists who team up to investigate murders on a train.

We then say farewell to Lee and hello to Vincent Price as TCM kicks off a Price/Poe marathon beginning at 8 p.m. with Pit and the Pendulum, which does indeed feature the titular items as well as Price losing his mind. At 9:30 p.m., it's the lesser-known The Haunted Palace, where an inherited estate leads to even more creepiness as things are wont to do in such films. Then a masquerade ball disguises sinister plans amidst a plague in The Masque of the Red Death (1964) at 11:15 p.m.

But just because it hits November 1 doesn't mean the marathon's quite over. At 1 a.m., it's the very awesome The Abominable Dr. Phibes with Price seeking revenge for his wife's death by using the Egyptian plagues to murder those he believes responsible. There's an anthology of Nathaniel Hawthorne tales at 2:45 a.m. with Twice-Told Tales featuring Price playing three different characters, none of whom meet pleasant ends. The previously mentioned The Tomb of Ligeia replays at 5 a.m. for those night owls/early birds looking to catch it again.

If you're up at 6:30 a.m., you can catch the very dark The Conquerer Worm (Witchfinder General) with Price as a corrupt witch hunter looking to destroy a young couple. Finally, we wrap up the truly epic series of movies with Theatre of Blood at 8:15 a.m. as Price plays an actor who gets revenge (surprise!) on critics who mocked his work.

Whew.

American Movie Classics

Did you miss catching Halloween or any of the first five sequels to it? Then AMC has you set as they run them in sequential order beginning at 12 p.m. with the original and concluding at 10 p.m. with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

SyFy

Likewise, if you have a desire to watch some Freddy Krueger, you're in luck as SyFy's playing the second, fourth, and fifth installments in the Nightmare on Elm Street series starting at 9 a.m. and repeating again at 3 p.m. There's also two showings of Freddy vs. Jason at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m. Meh.


Another day of repeats on AMC - we got a bit of Tremors in the morning, and a bit of Halloween in the evening. Yay. SyFy's showing a marathon of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Mine, which apparently is a show about haunted mines. And TCM has nothing. Seriously disappointed today.

6:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Red Dragon [Independent Film Channel]

Since Hannibal's on hiatus until next year, get your fill of Hannibal Lecter trying to screw with Will Graham's mind in this delightful film. While perhaps not as visually stunning as the TV series, it does boast some great performances by Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, and Ralph Fiennes.

3:30 PM
The Craft [ABC Family]

And if you want to kill time until tonight's episode of American Horror Story: Coven, how about watching a cautionary fable about how any teenager can fall into witchcraft... even yours! No, but seriously, it does have a good soundtrack and a vaguely hilarious finale.

8:00 PM
Zombieland [FX]

I would never pass up the opportunity to watch madcap zombie hijinks, especially when they star Woody Harrelson. Neither should you.


I should just point out that AMC's running the Friday the 13th movies today - parts 5-10. I mean, they've been running them all month, but hey, if you're looking for something mindless to watch...

Other than that, gah. It's pretty slim pickings today. At 2:50 a.m., Starz is showing the remake Silent Night (they removed the Deadly Night from the title). It's a guy who goes around killing Santas and honestly, it's not that great, but it does have Malcolm McDowell being snarky, for what it's worth.

Independent Film Channel has The Blair Witch Project at 11 a.m., followed by its sequel at 12:45 p.m. While I still admit to being scared by the first movie (once you've gotten lost in the woods, you can identify with the characters), it seems like a bad idea making a sequel to a found footage movie. And yet Paranormal Activity keeps going with theirs with increasingly stupid rationale for why everyone videotapes everything, but doesn't report it to anyone.

And that's it. The premium channels are repeating movies and there's always on demand for those, so really, you shouldn't miss too much if you subscribe to them. SyFy has a marathon of "Face Off," which isn't really scary, but has the possibility to show some gruesome make-up effects. And TCM is surprisingly empty of any horror movies, given we're only two days out.


Not a great selection today - AMC's repeating a lot of mediocre movies, while SyFy's got a marathon of Scare Tactics. TCM has a couple early morning picks worth checking out.

1:00 AM
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [Turner Classic Movies]

The classic Lon Chaney version, it's one of the best silent horror movies out there (along with Vampyr and Nosferatu). One of the few to actually get the whole "The Phantom is supposed to look like a corpse, not a handsome man with a few facial scars".

2:15 AM
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Independent Film Channel]

It's not the same watching it at home (for one thing, you have to clean up your own props), but at least try to watch it with other people. It's a little sad when you're the only one saying the "Call backs."

3:00 AM
Diabolique (1955) [Turner Classic Movies]

Later remade in 1996 with Sharon Stone and Cathy Bates, this is the classic black and white one about a mistress and a wife that team up together to get rid of an abusive husband. They succeed, but then the body disappears.... So good, so French.

10:00 AM
The Happening [FX]

Hee. The only thing really scary about this movie is the acting. And the writing. And the plot. And...


All right, since there's so much occuring today in the last week of Halloween, I'm going to format this a little differently. Seriously, they're ramping it up on cable TV. [Note: There would have been even more covered, but oh yeah, LJ went down as I was trying to post.]

We get homicidal children at 2 a.m. with Orphan on TNT, whose twist I dare not spoil and more ghostbusting fun at 2:30 a.m. with Ghostbusters II on Comedy Central. It later repeats at 5:30 p.m. TCM gives us Lon Chaney, Jr. in the horror comedy Spider Baby at 3 a.m. in which he plays a caretaker looking after a trio of psychopathic siblings. At 4:30 a.m., the Village of the Damned gives us even more murderous children. It's just a morning designed to teach you never to procreate.

However, should you actually wish to get some rest, you can sleep in until 9:30 a.m., when AMC shows begins its marathon of all things scientific and creepy with Alien. So awesome and scary, even in broad daylight. If you want something a bit more obscure, Turner Classic Movies has a lesser known offering from Hammer, Maniac (1963), about a man who gets tangled up in the affairs of a family with a violent past.

Did you watch NBC's Dracula last night and crave more bad accents? Have an aural feast with Keanu Reeves being Southern in The Devil's Advocate at 11:30 a.m. on SyFy. I kid - they're both fun watches, but honestly, sometimes your ears bleed a little. However, if you'd like to keep your hearing, Lifetime airs The Hand That Rocks The Cradle also at 11:30 a.m., giving you all the paranoia about nannies you can handle.

AMC airs Aliens at noon, giving you some more quality horror/sci-fi. You might as well keep your TV tuned there for the 3 p.m. showing of Alien 3, although we're now rapidly descending down the quality ladder. If you're determined to stick it out until the end, Alien Resurrection concludes the marathon at 5:30 p.m. Sadly, no Prometheus follows, which is a real shame, given its place in that cinematic universe.

If you're looking for things on the lighter side, there's a few options starting in the afternoon. At 4 p.m., ABC Family gives us the "ghost with the most", Beetlejuice. The fact that there might be a sequel this many years later is half baffling, half promising. And if you stick to ABC Family, you'll be rewarded with a double feature of The Addams Family at 6 p.m. and Addams Family Values at 8 p.m. I miss you, Raul Julia.

SyFy has its own marathon today, beginning in the early evening, with the theme of zombies. Given that the choices are SyFy original movies (read mostly The Asylum pictures), you might want to be drunk for most of them. At 5 p.m., Zombie Apocalypse kicks it off, starring Ving Rhames as the leader of a group of survivors looking to survive... well, read the title. There's a Rise of the Zombies at 7 p.m., with Mariel Hemingway looking for the cure to zombiism, with French Stewart and LeVar Burton also playing scientists. Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall try to give Zombie Night some 80s-starpower credibility at 9 p.m., but I've seen the box art, so I'm not holding out any hope. And if you missed either Apocalypse or Night, SyFy's rerunning them again at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. respectively, so...

Probably the best bet for the evening is, as usual, on TCM with their themed movie selection of "Monsters Need Love Too." How sweet. We begin our tragically romantic tales with Bride of Frankenstein at 8 p.m., in which rejection from a loved one is the greatest pain of all (even surpassing your limbs getting ripped from your body). At 9:30 p.m., Boris Karloff's just looking for the reincarnation of his dead love in The Mummy (1932), but once again, prejudice against ancient Egyptian monsters rears its ugly head. And we finish for the evening (though not our TCM marathon) with The Cat People (1942) about a woman convinced she will turn into a monster if her emotions are too strong. You know what I'm convinced of? Her husband's an asshole.