And we are showcasing another Stephen King novel, Carrie. This one is a classic in everyway, and the movie is a wonderful choice to start your exposure to Stephen King, if you haven’t watched any of the other movies on this list by Mr. King.
The movie follows Carrie White, a teen girl, who is incredibly shy and sheltered by her overly religious mother. Carrie is the girl in school who is an outcast, and socially excluded because of her mother. Due to a prank during her phys. ed. class the popular girls who perpetrated the prank get punished. Because of this the girls vow to get revenge.
Senior prom is coming up and one of the popular girls, feels true remorse and asks her boyfriend, Tommy, to take Carrie to prom instead of her. Surprisingly Carrie accepts much to her mother’s dislike. Mrs. White believes that most events lead to sin, including sexual intercourse, menstruation, and the prom.
The night of prom, Mrs. White does her best to prevent Carrie from going out and having fun, however Carrie uses the hidden powers of telekinesis to attack her mother. She then goes to the prom with Tommy.
During prom, the final act of the popular girls revenge becomes known, and Carrie doesn’t handle the humiliation and seeks her own revenge on the school.
Sissy Spacek – Carrie White
Piper Laurie – Margaret White
Amy Irving – Sue Snell
John Travolta – Billy Nolan
William Katt – Tommy Ross
Nancy Allen – Chris Hargenson
Betty Buckley – Miss Collins
PJ Soles – Norma
When watching this movie, enjoy the show, grab some punch, and be sure to put in your vote for prom king and queen.
Another movie that I absolutely adore and watch often. This is another movie that I had been introduced to when I was younger and I was hooked on it.
The movie is about three women who are best friends, and single. Some with kids, some with out. One thing they all have in common – is no men in their life. But that all changes after a Thursday night get together when they dream up their perfect man, and unexpected his comes to their small seaside town.
Alex, Suki, and Jane are all seduced by Daryl Van Horne, who takes sleepy Eastwick by surprise. He’s exciting, intriguing, rich, and there is something else almost magical about him. But when the ladies learn that he’s not their prince charming, they have to find a way to send him out of their lives.
Witches of Eastwick stars:
Jack Nicholson – Daryl Van Horne
Cher – Alexandra Medford
Michelle Pfeiffer – Suki Ridgemont
Susan Sarandon – Jane Spofford
Grab a bowl of cherries, a martini (or child friendly drink, but this movie is rated R) and sit back to get a witchly education.
We are talking about another Stephen King short story, Children of the Corn. This movie was released in 1984, and it is a rather scary the thought that an entire small town, can be controlled by a child.
Child preacher, Isaac, arrives in Gatlin, NE. He convinces all of the children to murder anyone over the age of 18, and the children do it. Three years later, a man and woman are traveling across the country and are driving through Nebraska. When they hit a person on the road, they arrive in Gatlin to report it, even though they were told to go around Gatlin.
Soon the children are hunting them to be sacrificed to the entity known as “He Who Walks Behind The Rows” a demonic force that controls the children in the cult. When the woman is captured to be sacrificed, the man rescues her in the night. Now they have to find another sacrifice to take her place. But who will be on the pyre to the demon?
Children of the Corn stars:
Peter Horton – Burt
Linda Hamilton – Vicky
John Franklin – Isaac
Courtney Gaines – Malachai
Robby Kiger – Job
Anna Marie McEvoy – Sarah
Pop some popcorn, grab a cocktail, and settle back to watch a movie about cult loving kids who take their beliefs too far.
A few years ago I had taken over the duty of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family. And at that time, I had to figure out ways to cook dinner for 12-15 people. And I had one oven, but I had a fleet of crockpots that I had won from work (they are very generous in gifts). So I hooked them up and put them to work. This recipe is one that was an instant hit, and I hope you love it too!
Crock Pot Cream Corn
24 ounces of frozen corn kernels
8 ounce package of cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 Tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
Put corn into the crockpot. Cut the butter and cream cheese and place on top of corn.
Add the sugar, salt and pepper. Stir well.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
This works great for holidays or any meal, and you can easily double or triple the recipe if needed.
Everyone who has gone through public school has at one time or another learned about Salem, Massachusetts. How in 1692 there was mass hysteria, and innocent people were accused, tried, convicted, and executed for being a witch.
Books and movies have discussed this subject in great detail and I don’t plan to do that here, what I plan to do is to relay areas of Salem, MA, that are reputed to be haunted whether from 1692 or 2021. We all seem to be fascinated with the haunted locations, and yearn to experience something supernatural ourselves.
Salem capitalizes on their heritage especially during Halloween, when people from all over the world come to visit, and see where “witches” were executed, were people may have experience things that go bump in the night, or just to enjoy the festivities that October provides. If you plan a trip to Salem in October, or any time, these may be a few things you will want to check out:
The House of the Seven Gables – This isn’t just a book by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it’s an actual house located in Salem, it was originally owned by John Hathorne, one of the judges during the Salem Witch Trials. After the trials the family and for generations afterward, who were once one of the wealthiest, began to become ill, die mysteriously, or lose their wealth in bad deals. It’s claimed that the “Hathorne curse” remains on the house for any who dare to enter.
The Trial of Dorothy Talbye – Before the Witch Trials began and innocent people were executed, there was the case of Dorothy Talbye. In 1639, Dorothy who was very mentally ill at the time, killed her 3 year old daughter because, “God told her to”. Unfortunately for this act, Godly or not, Dorothy was hung. It is reported that she walks among the Salem cemeteries looking for her daughter.
Proctor’s Ledge – It’s well known that when the innocent citizens of Salem were murdered, they were hung from the gallows. The site of those gallows were on Proctor’s Ledge. It’s now a memorial for those souls who were executed there over 300 years ago. However people report a dark energy in this area, and honestly I don’t blame those who were hung here and unceremoniously tossed over the edge and not provided a decent burial to still have some lingering anger.
The Old Burying Point Cemetery – Judge John Hathorne is said to be buried in this cemetery, and he was known as the hanging judge during the Witch Trials. Many who have visited this cemetery and his 300+year old grave have gotten a glimpse of a shadowy image. He had sentenced “witches” to death whether guilty or not, and now has their blood upon his soul.
The Joshua Ward House – The house is thoroughly entrenched in legend and superstition, many believe that 81 year old convicted witch, Giles Corey cursed and condemned Sheriff Corwin’s spirit to wander the earth for eternity, and in the basement of the home many visitors have experienced feeling choked by an unseen force.
So when you visit the “most haunted city in the United States”, you will have to find out which places are the most active for you.
There is almost a cult-like following for this movie. It is almost as popular as other Halloween themed movies and in some places even more so.
The story follows the Piper siblings, and their grandmother, who is a good witch and resides in Halloweentown. Aggie, the grandmother, comes to visit but really wants to start training Marnie as a witch before she turns 13, or she risks losing her powers forever. But there is another reason for Aggie’s visit, there is a dark evil growing in Halloweentown and Aggie needs help to defeat it.
Debbie Reynolds – Aggie Cromwell
Kimberly J. Brown – Marnie Piper
Judith Hoag – Gwen Cromwell Piper
Joey Zimmerman – Dylan Piper
Emily Roeske – Sophie Piper
This is one that adults and kids will both like, and perhaps it may replace your favorite Halloween movie. Enjoy the show!
2005 saw the release of the movie that all those who traveled, cringed at. Those who backpack through Europe and stay in hostels all the time, may be more hesitant to travel and stay is some unknown places.
Such as with the aptly named movie, Hostel. Hostel starts out in Amsterdam where three backpackers are locked out of their hostel for the night. They meet a man who advises them of a hostel in Eastern Europe where there are women who are friendly to Americans. The next day the three of them board a train to Slovakia.
Once they arrive in the little village and check into their hostel, they meet other travelers and enjoy a night out at the club, where they dance, drink, and then end up having sex. The next day one of them is missing. The remaining two friends, notice strange things happening around the hostel, the town, the people, and they want to find out what’s going on.
Eventually they discover what is happening, but it may be too late for the people they met and themselves.
Jay Hernandez – Paxton
Derek Richardson – Josh
Eythor Gudjonsson – Oli
Barbara Nedeljakova – Natalya
Jana Kaderabkova – Svetlana
Jennifer Lim – Kana
This movie will make you want to book a flight, find a local hostel, and enjoy traveling internationally!
I think this is a great family movie, one that kids and adults will enjoy. All year round. This movie is the start of a soon to be four movie series, and I was pleasantly happy with how the story line was told.
Mavis, who’s father is over protective of her, and oh yeah, he’s Dracula. Mavis is turning 118 soon, and she has a big wish for her father to grant. Dracula has been dreading this day as he knows his little girl is going to ask to go out and see the world. By herself. He had purposely constructed a hotel deep inside Transylvania to protect “monsters” from humans. And for over 100 years he’s been successful, until this year.
Enter backpacking, red headed, human, Jonathan. He’s backpacking through Europe and is oblivious to where he is at, but Dracula knows he’s not a monster. So in his attempt to throw the best birthday party for Mavis, letting her experience the world (or what he constructed of the world for her to see), getting rid of Jonathan before the other monsters realize he’s human, and providing Mavis with the gift her mother left for her; Dracula realizes that his daughter has fallen in love, and he can no longer protect her.
Watch at Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible man, and a whole cast of monsters, witches, ghosts, and suspicious cooks celebrate a milestone birthday.
Hotel Transylvania stars:
Adam Sandler – Dracula
Selena Gomez – Mavis
Andy Samberg – Jonathan
Kevin James – Frankenstein
Steve Buscemi – Wayne
David Spade – Griffin
CeeLo Green – Murray
Fran Drescher – Eunice
Molly Shannon – Wanda
This one is for the whole family, get those jello cups, red juice cups, and sit back and laugh along with the hijinks of the monsters.
In 1973 the world was introduced to a movie that showed evil on a different level. It was something that you couldn’t prevent, as it could happen to anyone. I’m talking about the movie The Exorcist, about a young girl who is possessed by an evil entity, and goes through the exorcism performed by the Catholic church.
The Exorcist starts out in Washington DC, when an actress and her twelve year old daughter are staying in a rented brownstone house while filming a movie. During their stay the mother starts to hear odd noises, and notices odd things happening with her usually calm daughter.
Things get worse and Regan, the daughter, exhibits more extreme violent and super human acts. Chris, the mother, contacts a doctor and when medications do not help, Chris is drawn to contacting the Catholic church.
Father Damien Karras is having a crisis of faith due to his mother’s illness. Father Lankester Merrin is much older and realizes he will have to face a demon he had previously encountered. With their combined faith be strong enough to force the demon out of Regan, or will they fail and lose the child forever?
The Exorcist stars:
Ellen Burstyn – Chris MacNeil
Max Von Sydow – Father Lankester Merrin
Linda Blair – Regan MacNeil
Jason Miller – Father Damien Karras
So grab that bowl of pea soup, have a glass of water, holy or otherwise, and enjoy the movie.
Normally I try to focus on the victim of a crime, and not so much the perpetrator. However in this case it is hard to determine who the victim was, yes, Dee Dee did die by the hands of her daughter’s boyfriend, but what Dee Dee did to her daughter is horrible and is also a major factor in this case.
This case is a little bit longer and more involved so please have patience.
Let’s start with Dee Dee – Born in 1967 and christened Clauddine Pitre, she had four siblings and her parents were Claude Pitre Sr, and Emma Lois Gisclair. Her relatives remember her as stealing from her family, primarily when things didn’t go her way. They also suspected that Dee Dee with held food from her mother when she was ill and eventually she died.
Dee Dee got married at age 24, to Rod Blanchard who was 17. They got married for the wrong reasons, and they divorced shortly before their daughter was born. Dee Dee took her newborn daughter home to her family.
Let’s have Gypsy join the story – Rod remained involved in his daughter’s life as much as Dee Dee would allow, eventually she prevented him from seeing his daughter and informed Gypsy that her Dad wanted nothing to do with her, and didn’t even send support checks for her. This was a lie. One of many that Gypsy would be told.
During Gypsy’s younger years, Dee Dee had been arrested for bad checks and other fraudulent activities, she was sent to jail. After her release, Dee Dee was positive that her daughter had sleep apnea, and she began to take Gypsy to the doctor for sleep tests which found no sign of any conditions. But Dee Dee was positive that Gypsy had a wide range of illnesses due to an unknown chromosomal disorder.
Due to a minor accident where Gypsy got an abrasion (read – scrapes) and Dee Dee insisted that she needed to use a wheelchair that the doctors and given her. This replaced the walker that Gypsy had been using due to her mother claiming that she had muscular dystrophy. These were also lies.
Not being able to attend school due to her severe illnesses, Gypsy was homeschooled by her mother. She learned to read on her own through the Harry Potter books. Gypsy and Dee Dee lived in public housing and paid their bills with the child support checks, and with public assistance, as Dee Dee was unable to work due to her daughters medical conditions.
Most of their time together was spent visiting specialists for the the illnesses that Gypsy was reported to have, which now included both hearing and vision problems. A muscle biopsy found no sign of the muscular dystrophy, Dee Dee was successful in getting treatment for the other issues. She claimed that Gypsy had seizures every few months, and was prescribed an anti-seizure medication. Gypsy also went through many surgeries and was taken to the emergency room for minor ailments.
In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina came through New Orleans and devastated the area, including the apartment where Dee Dee and Gypsy lived. A doctor suggested that they relocate to Missouri and a month later they were airlifted there.
Leaving Louisiana – Dee Dee and Gypsy were living in Aurora, MO, and were renting a home. It was during this time that Gypsy was awarded the 2007 “Child of the Year” from the Oley Foundation which advocates for rights of feeding tube recipients. A year later Habitat for Humanity built them a home in Springfield, MO. The story of Dee Dee, a single mother, and her severely disabled child garnered a lot of community interest.
They received a lot of support from the community and other charitable organizations including: Free flights to see special doctors in Kansas City, trips to Disney World, free tickets, and back stage passes to see Miranda Lambert. The singer had her picture taken with Gypsy.
Dee Dee continued to tell friends and neighbors that Rod, didn’t support Gypsy as he was an alcoholic and an abusive drug addict. Anytime Rod would make plans to come see Gypsy, Dee Dee would change the plans. On Gypsy’s 18th birthday, Rod called her but had been warned by Dee Dee that he couldn’t tell Gypsy that she was 18 years old, she told him that Gypsy thought she was 14. That was to keep Gypsy dependent on her, and to keep the support coming in. It also helped with the ruse that Gypsy was mentally stunted to that of a 7 year old child.
Dee Dee was also abusive, physically, to Gypsy as well. If during an interview, Gypsy spoke too much out of character, or portrayed herself as more intelligent than her mental capacity limited her to, Dee Dee would squeeze her hand tightly. Afterwards she would slap her or beat her hands with a hanger. Mommy Dearest indeed.
You all wonder why the many doctors that Gypsy saw, didn’t report suspicions to authorities. Well a pediatric neurosurgeon did have misgivings. Dee Dee originally claimed that all of the medical records for Gypsy were lost in Katrina. However the doctors and hospitals in New Orleans advised that they didn’t agree with the diagnosis that Dee Dee presented; in short, there was nothing wrong with Gypsy. The doctor, suspected Munchausen by Proxy, and was advised to treat them with “golden gloves” and he didn’t pursue the case any further.
Gypsy knew she wasn’t sick. She followed her mother’s directions because she had no choice. However Gypsy was allowed to attend SciFi/Fantasy Conventions, often in costume. In 2011, Gypsy attempted to escape her mother and went with a man to a hotel. Gypsy was over the age of 18, but her mother found them and produced the birth certificate reflecting her younger age, and threatened to call the police. At home, Dee Dee smashed Gypsy’s computer with a hammer, and said she would do the same to her fingers if she tried to escape again.
It wasn’t long until Gypsy was online again, and was in contact with Nicholas Godejohn who was from Big Bend, WI. Nicholas wasn’t without his own problem, he had a criminal record for indecent exposure, has Asperger’s syndrome, a history of mental illness, and was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. In 2014, Gypsy paid for Nicholas to come to Springfield, by bus. They had it planned that he would “bump” into Dee Dee and Gypsy at the movie theater. But when they first met, Gypsy led Nicholas into the bathroom and they two had sexual intercourse. The plan to meet her mother didn’t work out, so the pair continued to talk at night, and plan to murder Dee Dee.
In June of 2015, Nicholas came back to Springfield. After Dee Dee had gone to sleep, Nicholas arrived at the house. Gypsy let him in the house, and it was believed that she gave him duct tape, gloves, and a knife. Gypsy stayed in the bathroom, covered her ears, and Nicholas stabbed Dee Dee 17 times, in her bed. The pair then had sex in Gypsy’s room, and took $4000 and went to a motel outside of Springfield before planning their next moves.
They mailed the knife to Nicholas’s home in Wisconsin, so they weren’t caught with it on them. They then got on a bus and went to Big Bend to stay with Nicholas’ family. At this time, they felt they got away with their crimes.
After arriving in Wisconsin, Gypsy and Nicholas were waiting for any news on the murder. But nothing had been reported. So they posted some messages on Dee Dee’s Facebook account, that neighbors tried to get in contact with Dee Dee. Eventually the police were called, and it was learned that Dee Dee was dead, and they all feared the worst as Gypsy was missing, and they believed she was weak, helpless, and in danger without her wheelchair, medications, or other necessary equipment.
But investigators searched and found the IP address for the messages that were posted Dee Dee’s Facebook. It was from Wisconsin. The next day police were in Waukesha County. The murderers were extradited to Missouri, and eventually put on trial.
Nicholas Godejohn was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, for first degree murder. Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second degree murder. Hulu has an adaptation of this case, called The Act, and it is worth watching.
Now I’m not saying that what Gypsy and Nicholas did was right, there were certainly other ways to escape from her mother. But what Dee Dee did to her daughter, was beyond abuse. It was cruel.
No mother, should put her child through what Gypsy suffered including the claims of having; leukemia, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, vision problems, hearing problems, asthma, chronic ear infections which required tubes put in her ears, allergies, a feeding tube, surgery to remove her salivary glands, her head routinely shaved, her teeth pulled, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. As shown above Dee Dee had a medicine closet due to all the medications that she had obtained for Gypsy.