Disturbing Movies of the 1980s

There's a real oddness at the core of many of the films from my childhood. Was I just young and impressionable or did the movies of the 1980s often delve into the disturbing side of life... sometimes in a very goofy way? It's almost as if filmmakers of the 80s enjoyed exploring dark, unsettling themes, and yet couldn't take them too seriously. The other main theme that comes up often, of course, is class division, often with a love story woven in.  On this Halloween day, the very best of all the holidays, I'd like to revisit some of the strange and wonderful movies of my youth. … [Read more...]

The Season of the Witch

Do you remember the 1980s? I do, and I can tell you with certainty that "beautiful" usually meant bouncy blonde hair, blue eyes, small features, and a wholesome popular girl energy. In other words, cheerleaders were the thing. I was not a cheerleaderesque kid. I was artsy and moody with stringy black hair, large features, and dark eyes. And I sure was not athletic. … [Read more...]

Happy x-mas for Freaks!

Yay Halloween, it's my favourite holiday. New Year's Eve comes in a close second with its promise of new beginnings, but Halloween wins on the strength of its extravagant strangeness. I've always loved dressing up. I remember my first day in kindergarten; many kids were upset, crying, and wanting their mommy. But I was positively joyful! My teachers were my mom's friends (she is a kindergarten teacher to this day) so they weren't frightening. And I got to spend the entire half-day in the dress-up centre. When my parents arrived, I didn't want to leave! I want to stay with the costumes, please. … [Read more...]