Top 10 Horror Movies For Kids and Parents(who also love the genre)

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baby pinheadOne of the biggest problems I’m sure a lot of parents face is what what should their kids be expose to and what should they hide them from.  Yes, we all know that the world itself is a scary place and so showing them a few scary movies.  It may just help prepare them for what lies ahead.  I don’ t fully agree with that statement although I do think there are other venues to show the problems of the world.  Horror movies shouldn’t be one of them.  Some of the movies on this list are scary to youngsters, but they won’t be traumatized by it.  These ten frightful films show that being scared can be a lot of fun and as long as they are with attentive parents. They should be able to sleep with the lights off after watching it.


Note***  The following list is not a worst to best list.  All of these movies are good. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Vol 8

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insomnia2With As You Watch finishing up it’s latest season.  I’ve been having some more time to watch things then I have before, and one of those is more TV series. But only two are current right now, the rest have been cancelled.  That is how I like to watch a show is when it ends.  That way I can watch it straight through and not haft to worry about missing any episode.  I also looked at a few movies too.  Continue reading

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Perfect Blue: a very unique animated thriller.

This post originally appeared on The Vern’s Videovanguard.


   Perfect Blue:

Writers: Yoshikazu Takeuchi(Novel), Sadayuki Murai(Screenplay)

Director: Satoshi Kon

 It saddens me that animator Satoshi Kon died so suddenly in his career.  He has created some of the most amazing animated movies of all time.   Each movie is different from the next one, but they all have Satoshi’s visual stamp on them.    If you are an animator or just simply love the stuff.   You really do need to check out this director’s other movies.   This week I have decided to focus on his debut feature “Perfect Blue
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The Vern’s Quick Review of Stories We Tell(2012)


stories-we-tell-uk-film-movie-quad-poster-design-london-artificial-eyeStories We Tell” is unlike any documentary I have seen before.  Yes I realize that in saying those words, it could make me sound like a pretentious asshole, but it really is something different and also quite special at the same time.    The basic premise alone may be a bit difficult to sell you on.  I’ll admit, I had my doubts when I first heard about this project.  But the way it made me pay attention to not only the story of this one family, but the stories of my family and all other families is really quite astounding.  There are tons of stories of my family that have been told before and some I still don’t know about.  Not to mention the  tales from other families connected to me and  the ones by close friends as well.  This movie’s main message is  that some of the greatest stories we know are a lot closer then we think. Continue reading

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The Vern reviews “The Witches” and hopes that he doesn’t get turned into a mouse.

The Witches
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson
Writers: Roald Dahl(Book) Alan Scott(Screenplay)
Director: Nicholas Roeg.

The WItchesOn the As You Watch podcast.  My cohost Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer mentioned that this was one of the movies that scared him the most when he was younger.  So when I saw this movie at my local library,  I had to check it out.   I’m a big fan of darker kids flicks and am a bit disappointed that they don’t make them to this level much anymore.  “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie“(click on each name to read my reviews) are a few recent examples, but those are a little bit more tame because they are animated and this one is  live action. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Vol 7


insomniaSo on the net this week,I hear that someone has hacked into many actresses’ accounts and posted nude pictures of them online.  While this is indeed an invasion of someone’s privacy and those involved should be prosecuted fully.  I can’t help but wonder if some of the problems could be by the user themselves. If you are going to take sexy pictures of yourself to send to that someone special you like.  Make damn sure you got a good security system.  Maybe post that shit in a different file and label it as something lame. Like cooking pictures or better yet blanket making.  The same thing could have still happened.  When, let’s say someone’s mother stopped by to use the laptop and oh no.  She’s sees your naked photos.   I wouldn’t worry too much about Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence.  If the worst thing that happens is that people see you naked.  I think you will be OK.  Well I saw a shit load of flicks this past week and I’m taking a break from movies to watch some TV shows so look out for that article coming soon.  Here is what I have seen so far. Continue reading

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The Vern visits Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for the 1984-A-Thon

1984_blogathonMy good friend Todd from Forgotten Films and co host of Walt Sent Me Podcast has a cool blogathon that is all about movies from the year 1984.  Why have one about 84?  Well a lot of great movies that came out that year, that’s why. “Ghostbusters“, “A Nightmare on Elm Street“, “Gremlins“, and my choice “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“are just a few of the awesome titles that came out that year. Continue reading

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Thoughts From The Booth review’s Surf Nazi’s Must Die for Vern’s Troma Blogathon


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troma-logoI’m very happy to see that more people are taking an interest in my Troma Blogathon. It officially ends in September, but if you want to send me links of ones you did in the past.  I can gladly post them on here.  This time Joe from Thoughts From The Booth reviews one I myself have not yet see but his review makes me want to.  Especially when he writes that the main villain in this one is a good inspiration for the Daniel Plainview character in “There Will Be Blood“.  I’m talking about the 80’s war epic. “Surf Nazi’s Must Die”   Click the link below to check out the full review and be sure to check out the other great reviews on the site as well. Continue reading

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The Vern defends Death Proof for French Toast Sunday’s Quentin Augustino Month


DeathProof 4It’s indeed a challenge for any critic to defend a movie that he or she likes when that film is hated by most people.  It becomes even more difficult(especially for this critic) when that same flick is attacked by the director himself.  Quentin Tarantino himself has stated in interviews that “Death Proof” (his collaboration to the Double Feature “Grindhouse“) was one of the worst films he made.  Well maybe not a bad one but certainly not as highly regarded as the others on his filmography.  Since the fine folks over at French Toast Sunday were hosting a blogathon about Quentin Tarantino(Which they have dubbed Quentin Augustino)  I thought it would be best if I took a look and defended a movie that shouldn’t get as much hate as it does.   Here is “Death Proof“. Continue reading

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Cinematic Catharsis’ Reviews Citizen Toxie for Vern’s Troma Blogathon

Toxic animatedThe following review was brought to us by Barry of the great site Cinematic Catharsis.  I put a link to his twitter feed when you click the name because I’m going to link directly to his review later on, but you should still check out the other reviews he does if you haven’t already.  I haven’t had as much participation with this blogathon as I had hoped, and that is mostly my fault.  There wasn’t much promotion on my end, and that was due to writing up other posts on here, keeping up with editing for As You Watch podcast , and my job as well.  However, if you are still interested in sharing with me your Troma reviews.  I will gladly posts them on here. But first, let’s get on with this review. Continue reading

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