THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014) IS ART IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE AND IT’S NOT BAD

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN-United States-90 Mins. 2014

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Addison Timlin as Jami and Spencer Treat Clark as Corey in The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Based on the 1976 film “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” written by Earl E. Smith

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based on the true story of the ‘Moonlight Murderer’ that terrorized Texarkana in the 194o’s. If you’re not aware of this then that’s okay; this remake of the original film which was based upon those very same murders is quick to remind us of this. It then moves into nostalgia mode as it shows the original film being shown at a drive-in on the Arkansas side of Texarkana before slamming us back into modern times with the brutal murder of a young student and a warning to his date from the assailant to “remember Mary”.

If this seems a bit confusing to you then I must apologize. It is my writing that is perplexing and not the film. The remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is not perplexing in the least as it seams images from the past film and incorporates them and uses them in the present day movie. Yes, a few things are changed for the sake of modern times. For instance it is a young gay couple who are the victims of the knife attached to the trombone scene that was depicted in the original film.

The remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown could be considered a case of art imitating art imitating life. This is not a bad thing since the film pays homage to the original film and to the crimes that inspired it without making either seem gratuitous or exploitative. Addison Timlin is good in her role as Jami; the young girl who gets too close to the killer for her own good. Veronica Cartwright, Edward Herrmann, Gary Cole, Joshua Leonard and Anthony Anderson are excellent in their supporting roles as is Denis O’Hare in his role as the son of the director of the original film, Charles B. Pierce. O’Hare’s casting is not surprising as it appears that he is a favorite of producer Ryan Murphy as is evident of his being cast in 3 out of 4 seasons of Murphy’s hit television show American Horror Story. His character is important to the film as he casts a red herring as to the identity of the copycat killer.

The 1976 edition of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a semi-classic that deserves an update. For this reason I compare it to When A Stranger Calls-another semi-classic that deserved, and received, an update. Sadly, the remake of ‘Stranger’ was an exercise in blandness; ‘Town’ is the winner of this race.

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Addison Timlin also appears in Odd Thomas and Stand Up Guys.

Veronica Cartwright also appears in Alien and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Gary Cole also appears in The Brady Bunch Movie and One Hour Photo.

Edward Herrmann also appears in The Aviator and The Lost Boys.

Joshua Leonard also appears in The Blair Witch Project and Hatchet.

Denis O’Hare also appears in Milk and Michael Clayton.

Anthony Anderson also appears in The Departed and Hustle & Flow.

 

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THE REAPING COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER

THE REAPING-United States-99 Mins. 2007

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Hilary Swank as Katharine in The Reaping

Hilary Swank as Katharine in The Reaping

David Morrissey as Doug in The Reaping

David Morrissey as Doug in The Reaping

Idris Elba as Ben in The Reaping

Idris Elba as Ben in The Reaping

AnnaSophia Robb as Loren McConnell in The Reaping

AnnaSophia Robb as Loren McConnell in The Reaping

Stephen Rea as Father Costigan in The Reaping

Stephen Rea as Father Costigan in The Reaping

Directed by Stephen Hopkins

Story by Brian Rousso

Screenplay by Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes

The Reaping is a movie that I have had on my DVD/Blu-ray shelf for well over a year. I have hesitated to watch it because of the negative word-of-mouth that has circulated about the film since its release in 2007. To make a long story short I looked at the credits on the back of the DVD case and was firmly struck by the level of talent that worked on the film. You have two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the lead role; David Morrissey, who was fantastic as the Governor in AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead; the extremely talented and always reliable Idris Elba and to round it off the film features Stephen Rea in a small but important supporting role. The Reaping even features future The Conjuring screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes. With all the talent this film showcases then who is to blame for its poor quality and bad press?

Katharine, once an ordained minister, has lost her faith in God and now spends her times debunking His miracles by proving that science, not divine intervention or intention, is the cause for them. She is summoned for her expertise to a small town in Louisiana to investigate a river whose water has allegedly turned to blood in the same way as the ten plagues of the Bible. Pretty soon there are frogs dropping out of the sky, livestock dying, boils, locusts and the whole kit and kaboodle. The only difference is that the town doesn’t blame God for their trouble but instead they point the finger at a (quite) pretty twelve year-old girl. Is the child a conduit for the wrath of God or is there a darker force at work here? It all sounds pretty scary, right? Wrong.

So where do we affix the blame for The Reaping being such a bad movie when it could have been so much better? On Hilary Swank? Granted, her acting in this film is lackadaisical but seriously she just came off of training with Mr. Miyagi and she has two Oscars to her credit. Therefore, she has a right to be lackadaisical.

How about we lay the blame on the shoulders of David Morrissey or Idris Elba? Again, no. Both were fine in their roles-especially Morrissey; Elba wasn’t given very much to do. Do we blame AnnaSophia Robb as the little girl, Loren McConnell? Come on, that would be like blaming Charlie Brown for Ebola. So at whom do we point the finger of shame and blame?

I choose director Stephen Hopkins. His direction is so heavy-handed and sensationalist that if the man had not become a filmmaker he would have fit right in at the National Enquirer writing articles about Bat Boy and the Kardashians. The only decent film the man has ever directed was Predator 2 and the only reason that was any good was because of Gary Busey and Danny Glover.

So what have we learned here? We have learned that if you have a good idea, a good story, good actors and good writers that it is best that you have a good director to put it all together in a cohesive style. Otherwise your movie may suck just like The Reaping does.

TRIVIA

The film portrays the city of Concepcion, Chile, as a warm, tropical, Third World small town. This caused a furor in Concepcion, with people walking out of the theaters and others calling for authorities to ban the movies.

Filming in Louisiana was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

While Katherine and Ben are at Doug’s house the first night for dinner, Katherine drinks “Purple Haze” beer.

The 10 plagues from the Bible are: river and water sources turn to blood (Exodus 7:14-25), amphibians (commonly believed to be frogs)(Exodus 7:26-8:11), gnats (or lice)(Exodus 8:12-15), wild beasts (Exodus 8:16-28), disease on livestock (Exodus 9:1-7), unhealable boils (Exodus 9:8-12), hail mixed with fire (Exodus 9:13-35), locusts (Exodus 10:1-20), darkness (Exodus 10:21-29), and death of the firstborn (Exodus 11:1-12:36). In the movie, it replaces the gnats with lice and puts it as the 6th plague, after boils. It also mixes hail, locusts, and darkness, putting locusts first, then darkness and hail of fire.

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Hilary Swank also appears in Million Dollar Baby and The Resident.

David Morrissey also appears in Blitz and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Idris Elba also appears in Prometheus and Pacific Rim.

AnnaSophia Robb also appears in Because of Winn-Dixie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Stephen Rea also appears in The Crying Game and Citizen X.

 

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The 100 Scariest Horror Novels of All Time

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I just had to reblog this amazing post. So many books here that I have read and so many that I have not. My personal reading list just got a little longer.

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

Compiling a Top 100 list isn’t easy. I’m bound to offend some and win over others. That’s the nature of the beast, I suppose. Whether you agree with this list or not, you should be able to track down a few new treasures you’ve been missing out on, and you’ve got time to line up some reading material for Halloween. Anticipate loads of familiar names to fill this one up (a few are featured multiple times), but don’t be shocked if you stumble upon some fresh names as well. Check it out, from vintage classic to modern masterpiece, novella to full-length novel, these are the greatest 100 horror books on the market!

100. A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood

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Alison’s Littlewood’s A Cold Season didn’t win over hearts unanimously, but I found it extremely creepy, fully engaging and chilling to the marrow. There’s a slick Wicker Man vibe to this…

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ANNABELLE OFFERS A FEW CHILLS AND LITTLE THRILLS AS A PREQUEL TO THE CONJURING

ANNABELLE-United States-98 Mins. 2014

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Annabelle Wallis as Mia in Annabelle

Annabelle Wallis as Mia in Annabelle

Ward Horton as John in Annabelle

Ward Horton as John in Annabelle

Alfre Woodard as Evelyn in Annabelle

Alfre Woodard as Evelyn in Annabelle

Directed by John R. Leonetti

Written by Gary Dauberman

There’s an effectively frightening scene near the midway point of Annabelle. My wife and I both felt the goosebumps grow on our arms and she leaned over and whispered that she felt a chill run down her spine. My response in return was “Good because up to now this movie has been completely boring.”

Annabelle as we know is a prequel to last year’s creepy and genuinely scary The Conjuring and of course the titular object, a haunted doll, is featured in the prologue of that film and the same scene is featured as the prologue here, in Annabelle. The powers that be came up with the notion that if Annabelle the doll was scary for five minutes in one film then it would be equally scary and carry a 90-plus minute film. I have to hand it to them; it must have looked good on paper.

The plot of Annabelle is interesting and it does play out quite well. A young expectant couple, John and Mia Gordon,  move into a new home and the husband buys the doll for his wife as a gift. That same night they endure a home invasion from the members of a satanic cult and when one of the cult members is killed her blood drips on the doll and before you know it the paranormal activity commences. As usual it starts out small-a sewing machine that turns on by itself, finding Annabelle in unexplained locations and rocking chairs that seem to rock on their own a little longer than they should. When things escalate and we realize that the demonic force behind Annabelle is after the Gordon’s infant child things begin to pick up and the film becomes scary despite borrowing (stealing?) from better horror films; Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist being two of them. Unfortunately it’s not enough to save the movie.

The problem I saw with Annabelle was not so much in the direction and the writing-although neither was a big help seeing as how there were way too many convenient plot devices to keep the movie going; it was in the characterization. The Gordon’s, especially Mia, move around as if they’re on Prozac and it seems as if she doesn’t raise her voice above a whisper except when necessary. The other thing that burned my balls is that, until the finale, Mia didn’t express all that much concern that her child was in danger from supernatural and sinister forces. There are a few scenes where Mia is noticeably afraid but for the most part she barely registers. I also had fun with the technical and historic mistakes I caught in the film, some of which I list here:

In one scene there is a bag of Taco Doritos on the kitchen table. Doritos were introduced in 1966. Taco Doritos, as far as I can tell, were introduced in 1968. Annabelle takes place in 1967.

In a scene where John is holding the Gordon’s infant daughter the blanket she is wrapped in switches perspective from front to back.

Part of Annabelle takes place six months later and yet the Gordon’s baby looks no older than she did prior.

Am I nitpicking the film? Yes and I certainly don’t apologize for it. In the right hands Annabelle could have been a film to rival The Conjuring in terms of genuine fright. Instead we get this lifeless, disappointing mess.

TRIVIA

The real Annabelle doll is a large “Raggedy Ann” doll. The Warrens had a special case built for Annabelle inside their Occult Museum, where she resides to this day.

Annabelle is the first name of the actress who plays Mia.

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Annabelle Wallis also appears in Body of Lies and X-Men: First Class.

Ward Horton also appears in Letting Go and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Alfre Woodard also appears in Primal Fear and K-Pax.

 

 

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THIS LATEST ADAPTATION OF THE MONKEY’S PAW GIVES W.W. JACOBS REASON TO TURN OVER IN HIS GRAVE

THE MONKEY’S PAW-United States-88 Mins. 2013

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C.J. Thomason as Jake Tilton in The Monkey's Paw

C.J. Thomason as Jake Tilton in The Monkey’s Paw

Stephen Lang as Tony Cobb in The Monkey's Paw

Stephen Lang as Tony Cobb in The Monkey’s Paw

Michelle Pierce as Olivia in The Monkey's Paw

Michelle Pierce as Olivia in The Monkey’s Paw

Corbin Bleu as Catfish in The Monkey's Paw

Corbin Bleu as Catfish in The Monkey’s Paw

Charles S. Dutton as Detective Margolis in The Monkey's Paw

Charles S. Dutton as Detective Margolis in The Monkey’s Paw

Directed by Brett Simmons

Screenplay by Macon Blair

Story by Adam Meyer and Justin Smith

Based on the short story by W.W. Jacobs

Where do I begin with this movie? How about I begin by saying it sucks? Then again, before I make that pointed proclamation allow me to thrill you with a bit of a back story, so to speak.

When I was in school the teachers would give us different stories to read and after we read them we would discuss them. We read short stories ( a lot of Eddie Poe), novels (On the Beach, Alas, Babylon and Lord of the Flies) and O. Henry. The one story that stuck with me and wormed it’s way into my heart and consciousness was W.W. Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw”.  Jacob’s story of a simian talisman that grants three wishes to it’s owner is as frightening and moral as you could ever expect from a story. The moral of the story is not so much ‘be careful what you wish for, you might just get it’ as it is ‘be careful what you wish for because it is going to suck to be you’. A family wishes for money and their son is killed in a horrible disfiguring accident and the insurance money is the exact amount the family wished for. The mother, wanting her boy back, wishes him alive again. The father realizes that if the wish works that his son will be a grotesque, horrific mass of twisted humanity and just before his wife is able to open the door and let this thing inside he utters one final wish and when she opens the front door there is only the wind to greet her.

So what have we learned here today? That with every wish there comes a curse? The family gains money at the expense of their son’s life and the family is left with nothing but a broken heart at the end. I suppose you’re wondering if there’s  a movie review in here somewhere and I can guarantee that there is.

The Monkey’s Paw fails as an adaptation because it takes the premise of the unknown and throws it glaring into the spotlight. There is no surprise in this film, no feeling of dread that creeps into our brains. It is what is and that’s not much.

After a prologue/flashback that introduces the titular artifact to us we are in the modern day and the little boy who receives the paw in the beginning is now a grown man. After being fired from his job he looks for someone to blame and lays it on Jake by giving him the monkey’s paw but not telling him of the consequences of the relic. Jake first wishes for a car that he has had admiration for and finds it with the door unlocked and the keys in the ignition. Joyriding with co-worker Tony Cobb there is an accident and Tony is killed. Jake wishes him alive again and regrets his decision for the remainder of the film as Tony, now soulless, picks off Jake’s friends and family until Jake grants a third and final wish to him.

There are so many things wrong with this movie that I feel as if I could write a companion piece to this article detailing all of them. Okay, so that may be exaggeration but watching The Monkey’s Paw it certainly didn’t seem that way. There is no suspense nor element of impending dread that is found in W.W. Jacobs’ original story. Writer Macon Blair and director Brett Simmons have basically turned the tale into a zombie/slasher/Terminator tale and as I watched I swear I could hear the late Mr. Jacobs turning in his grave. The least I could say to him is that I’m sorry they did this to you, sir.

Oh, lest I forget I must mention Corbin Bleu as the Cajun-speaking Catfish. I mention this because it is evident to me that the man is a horrible actor who brings nothing to his role and nothing to the movie.

I apologize if I repeat myself a few times. This movie pissed me off.

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C.J. Thomason also appears in Transformers and Husk.

Stephen Lang also appears in Avatar and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Michelle Pierce also appears in Sharkskin 6 and Casting Couch.

Corbin Bleu also appears in Galaxy Quest and High School Musical.

Charles S. Dutton also appears in Alien³ and Gothika.

 

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“I SWEAR I LEFT HER BY THE RIVER”-8 SONGS ABOUT MURDER AND WATER

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Let’s get right to it, shall we?

IN GERMANY BEFORE THE WAR-Randy Newman

I was listening to this song in my car when I realized that it was about Peter Kürten aka The Düsseldorf Vampire. More to the point it was inspired by the movie M; which itself was inspired by Kürten and his heinous crimes. Not so much a song about a murder that takes place by a body of water (although the lyrics subtly imply that it does), I include it because it got the ball rolling for this list.

“In Germany Before The War”

In Germany Before The War
There was a man who owned a store
In nineteen hundred thirty-four
In Dusseldorf
And every night at fine-o-nine
He’d cross the park down to the Rhine
And he’d sit there by the shore

I’m looking at the river
But I’m thinking of the sea
Thinking of the sea
Thinking of the sea
I’m looking at the river
But I’m thinking of the sea

A little girl has lost her way
With hair of gold and eyes of gray
Reflected in his glasses
As he watches her
A little girl has lost her way
With hair of gold and eyes of gray

I’m looking at the river
But I’m thinking of the sea
Thinking of the sea
Thinking of the sea

We lie beneath the autumn sky
My little golden girl and I
And she lies very still

BANKS OF THE OHIO-Johnny Cash (Traditional)

Boy meets girl and asks girl to marry him. Girl refuses and boy takes her to the river and kills her. Ain’t love grand?

“Banks Of The Ohio”

I asked my love to take a walk
Take a walk just a little ways
And as we walked, along we talk
All would be our wedding day

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others arms entwined
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

I asked her if she’d marry me
And my wife forever be
She only turned her head away
And had no other words to say

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others arms entwined
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

I plunged a knife into her breast
And told her she was going to rest
She cried “Oh Willy, don’t murder me
I’m not prepared for eternity”

I took her by her golden curls
And drug her down to the river side
And there I threw her into drown
And I watched her as she floated down

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others arms entwined
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

And going home between twelve and one
I cried “Oh Lord, what have I’ve done?”
I’ve killed the only girl I love
Because she would not marry me

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others arms entwined
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

DOWN BY THE RIVER-Neil Young

Some say it’s a song about a murder and others says it’s metaphorical for the end of an addiction. Neil Young himself said that the song is “about a guy who had a whole lot of trouble controlling himself.” The man has spoken.

“Down by the River”

Be on my side,
I’ll be on your side,
baby
There is no reason
for you to hide
It’s so hard for me
staying here all alone
When you could be
taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

You take my hand,
I’ll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness
is too much sorrow
It’s impossible
to make it today.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

Be on my side,
I’ll be on your side,
baby
There is no reason
for you to hide
It’s so hard for me
staying here all alone
When you could be
taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

THE BONNY SWANS-Loreena McKennitt

This song is based on a traditional song entitled “The Twa Sisters“. A song about jealousy, sororicide and water with McKennitt’s ethereal vocals wrapping it up in a neat little package.

“The Bonny Swans”

A farmer there lived in the north country
a hey ho bonny o
And he had daughters one, two, three
The swans swim so bonny o
These daughters they walked by the river’s brim
a hey ho bonny o
The eldest pushed the youngest in
The swans swim so bonny o
Oh sister, oh sister, pray lend me your hand
with a hey ho a bonny o
And I will give you house and land
the swans swim so bonny o
I’ll give you neither hand nor glove
with a hey ho a bonny o
Unless you give me your own true love
the swans swim so bonny o
Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
with a hey ho and a bonny o
Until she came to a miller’s dam
the swans swim so bonny o
The miller’s daughter, dressed in red
with a hey ho and a bonny o
She went for some water to make some bread
the swans swim so bonny o
Oh father, oh daddy, here swims a swan
with a hey ho and a bonny o
It’s very like a gentle woman
the swans swim so bonny o
They placed her on the bank to dry
with a hey ho and a bonny o
There came a harper passing by
the swans swim so bonny o
He made harp pins of her fingers fair
with a hey ho and a bonny o
He made harp strings of her golden hair
the swans swim so bonny o
He made a harp of her breast bone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play alone
the swans swim so bonny o
He brought it to her father’s hall
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And there was the court, assembled all
the swans swim so bonny o
He laid the harp upon a stone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play lone
the swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my father the King
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And yonder sits my mother the Queen
the swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my brother Hugh
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And by him William, sweet and true
the swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my false sister, Anne
with a hey ho and a bonny o
Who drowned me for the sake of a man
the swans swim so bonny o

THE GHOST WHO WALKS-Karen Elson

This was my first time hearing this song and I have to say I was impressed. It follows the traditional theme of boy, girl, water and murder.

“The Ghost Who Walks”

The ghost who walks
she’s on the prowl
for the man she loved,
he cut her down
it was an ordinary night in June
when he drove her to the lake
so they could watch the full moon

The ghost who walks
she’s on the prowl
for the man she loved,
he laid her down
in the tall grass
he kissed her cheek
but with a knife in his hand
he plunged it in deep

She looked at him with pleading eyes
he softly spoke,
“my dear the love has died”
and then he muffled her desperate cries
under the moonlight

Ghost who walks
she’s on the prowl
wanders in the moonlight
she’s crying to herself because
eyes never once looked cruel
but the moon in the blade
shimmered like a jewel
she looked at him with pleading eyes
he softly spoke,
“my dear the love has died”
and then he muffled her deadly cries
under the moonlight

Under the moonlight
under the moonlight
under the moonlight

HAZARD-Richard Marx

Hazard is not so much a song about a guy who kills his girlfriend down by the river as it is a song about a guy accused of committing the crime. Arguably speaking it may indeed be his best song.

“Hazard”

My mother came to hazard when I was just seven
Even then the folks in town said with predjudiced eyes
That boy’s not right
Three years ago when I came to know Mary
First time that someone looked beyond the rumors and the lies
And saw the man inside

We used to walk down by the river
She loved to watch the sun go down
We used to walk along the river
And dream our way out of this town

No one understood what I felt for Mary
No one cared until the night she went out walking alone
And never came home
Man with a badge came knocking next morning
Here was I surrounded by a thousand fingers suddenly
Pointed right at me

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town

I think about my life gone by
And how it’s done me wrong
There’s no escape for me this time
All of my rescues are gone, long gone

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town

TWO SISTERS-Tom Waits

Like Loreena McKennitt’s “The Bonny Swans” this song by Mr. Waits is inspired by the tale of “The Twa Sisters“. It’s always good to hear two versions of the same tale.

“Two Sisters”

There was an old woman
lived by the seashore
bow and balance me
there was an old woman
lived by the seashore
a number of daughters
one two three four
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

there was a young man
come there to see them
bow and balance me
there was a young man
come there to see them
and the oldest one got stuck on him
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

he bought the youngest a beaver hat
bow and balance me
he bought the youngest a beaver hat
and the oldest one got mad at that
and I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

oh sister oh sister
let’s walk the seashore
bow and balance me
oh sister oh sister
let’s walk the seashore
and see the ships as they’re sailing on
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

while these two sisters
were walking the shore
bow and balance me
while these two sisters
were walking the shore
the oldest pushed the youngest o’er
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

oh sister oh sister
please lend me your hand
bow and balance me
oh sister oh sister
please lend me your hand
and you will have Willy and all of his land
then I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

I’ll never I’ll never
will lend you my hand
bow and balance me
I’ll never I’ll never
will lend you my hand
but I’ll have Willy and all of his land
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

some time she swam
some time she swam
bow and balance me
some time she sank
some time she swam
untill she came to the old mill dam
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

the miller he got his fishing hook
bow and balance me
the miller he got his fishing hook
and fished that maiden out of the brook
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

oh miller oh miller
here’s five gold rings
bow and balance me
oh miller oh miller
here’s five gold rings
to push the maiden in again
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

the miller received
those five gold rings
bow and balance me
the miller received
those five gold rings
and pushed that maiden in again
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

The miller was hung in the old mill gate
bow and balance me
the miller was hung in the old mill gate
for drowning little sister Kate
I’ll be true to my love
if my love will be true to me

KNOXVILLE GIRL-The Louvin Brothers (Traditional)

I tried to throw in as many genres of music I could in this list and I end it here with this country harmony murder ballad by the Louvin Brothers.

“Knoxville Girl”

I met a little girl in Knoxville
A town we all know well
And every Sunday evening
Out in her home I’d dwell

We went to take an evening walk
About a mile from town
I picked a stick up off the ground
And knocked that fair girl down

She fell down on her bended knees
For mercy she did cry
Oh, Willie dear, don’t kill me here
I’m unprepared to die

She never spoke another word
I only beat her more
Until the ground around me
Within her blood did flow

I took her by her golden curls
And I drug her ’round and ’round
Throwing her into the river
That flows through Knoxville town

Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl
With the dark and roving eyes
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl
You can never be my bride

I started back to Knoxville
Got there about midnight
My mother she was worried
And woke up in a fright

Saying, “Dear son, what have you done
To bloody your clothes so?”
I told my anxious mother
I was bleeding at my nose

I called for me a candle
To light myself to bed
I called for me a handkerchief
To bind my aching head

Rolled and tumbled the whole night through
As troubles was for me
Like flames of hell around my bed
And in my eyes could see

They carried me down to Knoxville
And put me in a cell
My friends all tried to get me out
But none could go my bail

I’m here to waste my life away
Down in this dirty old jail
Because I murdered that Knoxville girl
The girl I loved so well.

I hope you enjoyed this list. Maybe, like me, you discovered a few new songs you never heard before. If I made any mistakes do not be angry but simply point them out to me and I will correct them. One more thing: I didn’t write the songs and as always I try to give proper credit. Take care…and stay scared.

 

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WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER, 2014-AMBER HEARD

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Alright, so Amber Heard hasn’t been in a ton of genre films; look at her and ask yourself one simple question: does it really matter? The girl is hot with a capital MEOWWWWRRRR!!! and sexy with a capital WHOA!!! So, is the fact that she’s only made a handful of forays into the horror and thriller genre going to let those of us here at Written in Blood stop us from making her our October Scream Queen of the Month? Absolutely not!

Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin Texas on April 22, 1986 to internet researcher Paige Parsons and contractor David Heard. She made her acting debut in 2004 in the pilot episode of the TV series Jack and Bobby. Her genre credits include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, released 2013), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), John Carpenter’s The Ward (2010), And Soon the Darkness (2010), Drive Angry (2011) and Machete Kills (2013).

Her non-genre film credits include Friday Night Lights (2004), Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Spin (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Rum Diary (2011) and Three Days to Kill (2014).  TV credits include roles in The O.C. (2005), Criminal Minds (2006), Californication (2009) and The Playboy Club (2011).

Use both hands and join us here at Written in Blood in welcoming the gorgeous Amber Heard as our October, 2014 Scream Queen of the Month!

WHAT WE HAVE HEARD

Dropped out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.

At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand and George Orwell.

Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.

Good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Engaged to Johnny Depp.

WHAT AMBER SAYS

“I’ve worked really hard to bring something more to “pretty girl” roles over the years. I consider it a challenge.”

“I am constantly struggling to show people that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the chance to be more than how they look. There’s two categories for women in Hollywood; you’re either sexy and that’s it, or you’re not and because of that you often get given better opportunities. You can’t be sexy and get as many good roles, fact. It’s so frustrating to see women compartmentalized in those ways, but it’s not going to change until the amount of female filmmakers and producers get to anywhere near being half. So many female characters and stories are written by men. It’s a flawed system.”

“The last few years have been non-stop for me. I’ve been going from job to job without even going home in-between jobs for the last year. And I’m doing what I love. I’m enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time being a shape shifter and I’m really getting a kick out of it. I love my job.”

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