WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-NOVEMBER, 2015-DANIELLE PANABAKER

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In 2009 Danielle Panabaker was on the run from Jason Voorhees in the remake of Friday the 13th. In 2010 she was pursued by maniacal townfolk in the remake of George A. Romero’s The Crazies. Later, she took a break at the asylum in John Carpenter’s The Ward (also 2010) before fending off razor-toothed fish in Piranha 3DD in 2012. You might say that all that running and fending off has prepared her for her role as Caitlin Snow in the hit TV series  The Flash, a show about a guy (Grant Gustin) with super-speed who runs around the world at least a hundred times each morning before us mere mortals even have our first sip of coffee. Well, maybe not a hundred times but at least ninety.

Born September 19, 1987 in Augusta, Georgia, Danielle started acting at summer camp before joining community theater at the age of 10. Aside from the previously mentioned films Danielle’s other excursions into the thriller-horror genre have been the films Mr. Brooks (2007), Girls Against Boys (2012) and Time Lapse (2014); as well as the TV series Medium (2010) and Flight of the Living Dead (2015).

Danielle’s non-genre credits include Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Home of the Giants (2009) and This Isn’t Funny (2015). Her TV appearances include the series Malcolm in the Middle (2003), C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (2003), Summerland (2005), Family Guy (2010), Mad Men (2013) and Arrow (2014-2015).

Let us stop and take the time to salute the November Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month: the lovely Miss Danielle Panabaker!

The Lowdown on Danielle

Graduated from a California high school at age 14, was then accepted into the Scholar’s Program at a local Community College.

Her favorite actors are Paul Newman, Ed Harris, William Fichtner, Hugh Grant and Ryan Gosling.

She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Peanut.

Received her Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in June of 2007, at the age of 19.

Actress Kay Panabaker, from the show Summerland (2004), is her younger sister.

A Panabaker for Your Thoughts

“It’s wonderful. If anything, this business has brought my family together because we can sit at the dinner table and say, “Oh, my gosh, wait till you hear this crazy story. And my whole family always comes to sets with me, so it’s something we can share as opposed to tearing us apart.”

“You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it’s a technique you don’t like; maybe it’s a style. But you learn different things.”

“I really did graduate at 14, and I go to college in the Los Angeles area near where I live.”

ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: PULP FICTION

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have watched this movie. Like John Carpenter’s The Thing I never grow tired of it.

I hope you enjoy the posters.

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WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: ALEXANDRE AJA

In the last installment of What’s Their Best Film? you fantastic voters were right on top of it in picking The Thing (1982) as John Carpenter’s best film.

The director I chose this week has a somwhat smaller filmography than Mr. Carpenters. Don’t forget to vote in the poll after the posters.

WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: ALEXANDRE AJA

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Happy Voting!

 

 

 

WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: JOHN CARPENTER

The votes for last weeks poll have been tallied and you, readers and voters, chose Inglourious Basterds as Quentin Tarantino’s best film.

This week’s entrant has a more extensive filmography so move this along, shall we? Don’t forget to vote in the poll after the posters.

What’s Their Best Film?: John Carpenter

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING

From what is possibly (perhaps probably) my all-time favorite movie; here are 14 fantastically awesome fan-made posters in an ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT on:

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Got a movie you want featured on ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT? Mention it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

 

 

UPDATE: SCREAM QUEEN OF THE YEAR

Okay, I posted the poll for Scream Queen of the Year on Dec. 7. The poll will be open for a few more days so may I remind you to catsvote, folks.

Here’s how the voting is going so far:

Lily Rabe is in the lead:

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Gillian Anderson and Sharni Vinson are tied for second:

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Carolyn Jones is in third place:

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Danai Gurira and Raquel Welch are in fourth place:

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Christina Ricci and Amber Heard are in fifth place:

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Bringing up the rear are Chelan Simmons, The Soska Sisters, A.J. Cook and Traci Lords:

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VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED IS A LOW POINT IN JOHN CARPENTER’S FILMOGRAPHY

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Christopher Reeve as Dr. Alan Chafee in Village of the Damned

Christopher Reeve as Dr. Alan Chafee in Village of the Damned

Kirstie Alley as Dr. Susan Verner in Village of the Damned

Kirstie Alley as Dr. Susan Verner in Village of the Damned

Linda Kozlowski as Jill McGowan in Village of the Damned

Linda Kozlowski as Jill McGowan in Village of the Damned

Michael Paré as Frank McGowan in Village of the Damned

Michael Paré as Frank McGowan in Village of the Damned

Directed by John Carpenter.

Screenplay by David Himmelstein.

Based on the book “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham and the 1960 film and screenplay by Wolf Rilla, Stirling Silliphant and George Barclay.

John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is a somewhat boring affair that is interesting solely for the common bond it shares with a handful of his better efforts.

A dark shadow passes over the town of Midwich and everything-man, woman, child and animal-faints. They soon awaken, or at least the fortunate ones do; there is the matter of the man who passed out over a hot grill and the other guy who is the hapless victim of a fiery collision. A few months afterward a handful of the women of Midwich (ten in all including a post-Crocodile Dundee Linda Koslowski) become pregnant and the date of conception is traced right back to the day of the fainting incident. Of the ten, including a virgin (Meredith Salenger-go figure), nine give birth and one infant is stillborn. To say these children are different is quite the understatement. Five boys and four girls, they all sport blonde hair, have blue eyes and are devoid of human emotion. They can also read our minds and can persuade us to do horrible things regardless of our reluctance. This leads to several suicides and the film’s gorier moments. It’s up to the town doctor (Reeve) and a government scientist (Alley) to stop the little buggers before the entire town is wiped out. Can Superman and Rebecca from Cheers save the day?

Village of the Damned is based on the book “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham and the 1960 film directed by Wolf Rilla. This is all irrelevant; Village of the Damned is a John Carpenter film through and through as it shares two common threads-an alien being(s) that hide themselves behind a human guise (The Thing, They Live, Starman); and the conquest of earth via enslavement/assimilation. It’s great to see Carpenter come back to these themes. It’s also great to see Christopher Reeve in what would be his final role before a horseback riding accident left him paralyzed for the remaining nine years of his life. The common thread that would have made me, a fan of Carpenter’s work, happy would have been for Village of the Damned to be good but alas, it is not.

TRIVIA

In the scene with the crowd bearing torches, the words that the minister’s wife scream are all from the Book of Job.

Whenever the kids are walking or sitting together, they are lined up 2 by 2 with boys on the left and girls on the right.

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Christopher Reeve also appears in Superman the Movie and Street Smart.

Kirstie Alley also appears in Look Who’s Talking and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Linda Kozlowski also appears in Crocodile Dundee and Almost an Angel.

Michael Paré also appears in Bad Moon and The Philadelphia Experiment.