#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tidbits

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s been a long week. It feels like it’s been at least two weeks since our last coffee discussion, but I know that it can’t have been.

The week has been packed to the gills with things to do for the blog, things to do for the business, and things to do around the house. There’s been writing and commenting for the blog, of course, and there’s a never-ending stream of laundry and dishes to be put away.

I’ve built new social media accounts and improved the website this week for the business, though I’m still working the kinks out of all of them. I’m going to pick up a new camera for us tomorrow, and we’re up and functioning. It’s all very exciting, but it’s all very exhausting, too.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve just watched a really fascinating documentary about American horror films, Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue. It’s a sort-of chronicle of the rise of American horror films and the formula they use.

As I might’ve mentioned once or twice, I’m a real fan of horror films. And I’m an even bigger fan of horror TV. There’s something cathartic about watching a good horror film, especially a good monster movie.

Part of it is that the monster’s nearly always human. Or, at least, they’re monstrous in their own way. The humans kill and maim. They rape and burn and pillage. They torture. They revel in the pain they cause.

Often, our monsters are used-to-be humans. Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, Frankenstein’s creature…Some of the most memorable characters in horror, and they’re Us But Not Us.

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  1. Hey, Diana, yes, life does get in the way sometimes doesn’t it? One job after another and all the time my body wants to be reading blog posts and writing.

    So you’re a huge fan of horror? Now tell me (and I’m sure you’ve written a blog post about this before), but what is the best horror movie you have ever watched? I only ask as one of the best horror movies I ever saw was “Decent” a British made horror movie made in 2005. I loved this movie but have only ever watched it once because it really did scare me so much. 🙂

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  2. Aah, that never-ending flow of dishes and laundry I know all-too-well. I could never watch horror films. That feeling of being scared has never been something I play with. Those times when I do watch horror movies, I end up with nightmares. I’m glad you enjoy them!

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    1. I’ve always been fascinated with the adrenaline rush of being afraid—but within certain parameters. Roller coasters, movies, books—things that I can I can get back from easily.

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  3. I’m quite late with my coffee, but it’s been a long week and I finally figured out how to do the linky you told me about. Off to check out the other posts as well. Good luck with your new business venture! I don’t mind campy horror movies, but if you give me one that has a possibility of happening, like Exorcist or even Nightmare on Elm St. I am a big big baby peeking from behind my covered eyes lol 🙂

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    1. I find that movies that could really happen do scare me a bit more than other films, but that doesn’t bother me much. I can definitely understand why it would, though! What’s your favorite campy horror film?

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  4. I don’t watch scary movies any more. I enjoy the psychological thrillers much more than any kind of gore or monsters. I think The Exorcist did it for me. I was able to watch it on the big screen and I liked it but after that, I was a lot less willing to watch any horror movies. I saw Carrie in on opening weekend in 76. That was different. I was also into all of the biblical references and got into discussing and explaining the symbolism to friens so I went again the following weekend and then again and again. I think I saw Carrie about five or six times on the big screen. Other than those, I prefer stuff like the classic Psycho or the more modern ones like Silence of the Lambs.

    I would also agree with you that it has been a particularly long week. I struggled with a couple of posts on my blog, probably because I’ve been posting every day for the last three months. Whew! I often get ideas for my blog posts from other blogs but this week it was a little different. I’ve also spent umpteen hours going through blogs I’m following, reading every post and following links and joining challenges then trying to figure out how to get those darn little badges on my sidebar. Some of them will work and others won’t. Puzzling and time consuming! Yup, long week.

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    1. I like scary movies, but I do have to be in the mood for them. The Exorcist is one of my favorites. I watched the remake of Carrie a few days ago, and I think they did a really good job with it—a good update, and Julianne Moore was great as Carrie’s mother. Hard to beat that original, though.

      I’m hearing a lot of people echo that it’s been a long, difficult week. Here’s hoping life settles down for everyone soon.

      And I know what you mean about the badges–I find some of them easier to deal with than others! lol

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  5. It HAS been a long week. I passed out last night without actually getting my coffee post written, and am just now up and making the actual coffee. So, will be a little late to the party today.

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  6. I’m looking forward to checking out that documentary! Have you watched Black Mirror or Darknet? Neither are exactly horror, but they’re both dark and very, very good. (I thought so, anyway.) 🙂

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    1. It’s really interesting!

      I haven’t seen Darknet yet, but I have seen Black Mirror. I thought it was absolutely fantastic! I’m planning to write a series review on Sourcerer soon. I haven’t seen the White Christmas episode, unfortunately, because I cannot find it online, and I’ve heard so many good things about it!

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    1. Awesome! It’s a bit gruesome–they don’t hide the gore or nudity from the horror films, but it’s really well done–scenes from films are just the right ones, and there’s a lot of good commentary about how American horror films got to be the slasher-fest, ultraviolence that many of them are today.

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  7. I spent a good many Friday nights as a teenager watching horror movies with friends and I think that ruined me for scary movies now!! But that’s an interesting observation about a monster’s humanity. That documentary would be interesting – if it didn’t have scary bits in it!! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Too funny! One of my dearest friends will no longer watch horror movies after I dragged her to see The Ring. I’m not sure what it was about that movie, but that was the last horror movie I could convince her to watch. It was like she hit a threshold or something. lol

      The doc had a few scary parts in it, but they were mostly used to illustrate the commentary on what was happening in horror films at the time. Clips from movies were really well chosen with commentary from people like George Romero and John Carpenter.

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  8. This observation of the shadow us is a great insight. Monsters are what we do not acknowledge about our culture and ourselves..super propitious for this moment in time, when we still create monsters

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    1. When I was teaching English, I themed a course around monsters. It was a lot of fun to teach because the monsters we create tell us a lot about society.

      I like the idea of the “shadow us.” That’s a really good turn of phrase for what monsters often allow us to see.

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  9. I like that and it’s something I’ve never noticed, that a lot of monsters used to be humans! That is scary. I don’t like horror films or TV programmes though as I don’t like being scared. I’d rather get my extreme emotions some other way.

    I hope you can relax a bit now you have put all that work in. Thanks for the coffee.

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    1. Looks like tomorrow might be more of a relaxing day than today, but at least the days have been god ones, if long.

      I find monsters really, really fascinating. I think they work as stand-ins for cultural fears. And I love that we can, and do, use the same monsters to talk about various fears. Zombies can work as metaphors for everything from monotony to a global pandemic. And often, they’re many things at once.

      And I do love to be scared. I’m not sure when that changed—I didn’t like it when I was younger, but I acquired a taste for it.

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      1. The human = monster is what intrigues me because we’re always told when we’re children that we don’t need to be afraid of monsters. It’s people we need to be afraid of. And very true. So that very obvious evidence you showed – vampires, zombies etc were all humans just makes you stop and think. Great post.

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  10. 🙂 Hugh from Hugh’s Views an News has just written a very gory horror short story on his blog, you should go check it out if you have not don so already.

    🙂 thanks for the coffee.

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  11. I love a good monster! The show sounds fascinating, though I probably won’t have access to it here in the UK. Thanks for the coffee and, as always, the space to catch up with friends. I hope your extra long week slows down and you have a restful weekend 🙂

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    1. Alas! I caught it on Netflix, so there’s always a chance.

      The weekend has been a busy one so far, but it looks like tomorrow might be a day of resting, which is nice. At least I’m not bored! 🙂

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