April 26, 2016
In honor of April being National Poetry Month, here's a link to a post from my former movie blog on Livejournal. Ah, I impulsively jumped ship to Blogger after having an aggravatingly difficult period of time posting new material on Livejournal, but the other blog still exists.
The post showcases all the Horror Movie Haiku I wrote and submitted to another blog for a contest. The details, my awesome haiku (okay, none of them won anything! Damn you, CRwM!) and my commentary for them can be enjoyed over and over again here.
Here are the films that inspired the SIXTEEN haiku [NOTE: fifteen were entered in the contest, and the additional entry was for yet another blog contest, but in this context it was still arguably horror film related]:
This is the English dubbed trailer, but both versions of the film
(original Italian language w/English subtitles or English dubbed)
on the Redemption DVDoffer their own distinct pleasures
i.e. the English translations aren't exactly the same.
This is kind of a surprisingly trippy trailer. I'm not sure if it was
actually produced during the same time it was originally released,
or if it's some fan-created thing, but here ya go...
Director John Carpenter served up three things to audiences in 1978
and you get elements of all of them in this trailer: 1) the film itself;
2) his deceptively simple yet unforgettable soundtrack;
and 3) foreshadowing for a later horror classic he would make,
his remake of THE THING (1982).The B&W film that the little girl
is watching is the original THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks.
Part of me is loathe to post this trailer but it's the only
thing I had to choose from other than specific scenes on Youtube.
This trailer reveals a lot but since it's a one hour episode from a
horror anthology, I'm not sure how much of a spoiler situation this is.
Still, quasi-SPOILER warning!
FRIDAY THE 13TH
This is the first film in the series, and I wrote three haiku based on Jason.
One specifically concerns him wearing his iconic goalie mask, but...
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3
...he doesn't wear that until the third entry in the franchise.
I don't remember this trailer but its pretty good!
The B&W cinematography is gorgeous and
it's fun to hear Mel Brooks himself doing the narration!
**T.S. Eliot, natch!
BTW, did you know that H.P. (as in Lovecraft) stood for Howard Phillips?
Or that S.E. (as in Hinton) stood for Susan Eloise?
Or that A.A. (as in Milne) stood for Alan Alexander?
Or that C.S. (as in Lewis) stood for Clive Staples?
Or that E.E. (as in Cummings) stood for Edward Estlin?
Or that D.H. (as in Lawrence) stood for David Herbert?
Or that A.S. (as in Byatt) stood for Antonia Susan?
Or that J.K. (as in Rowling) actually is just part of her pen name
(her full name is simply Joanne Rowling BUT
the K does stand for Kathleen after her grandmother)?
Or that J.R.R. (as in Tolkien) stood for John Ronald Reuel?
Hey, you never know when you might be kidnapped and
subjected to some Jeopardy contestant/SAW scenario...