FILLERWEEN- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
Hello and welcome to the final week of FILLERWEEN: Where movies go after they die, celebrating the movies associated with Halloween. This week I’ve decided to have a movie review per day leading up to October 31st, not only to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, but because if I don’t, I’ll be marooned in a Halloween-themed purgatory being tortured for all eternity… It’s a long story. Anywho, when looking up film’s people love to rewatch this time of the month, I decided to look back at one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. And why shouldn’t I? I have a long history with it, being born three years after it was released to theaters, watching it on VHS promos, rediscovering it time and time over the years, and finally owning a copy to myself. So seeing how I grew up rewatching it time and time again, how does it hold up?
In the town of Halloween town, the monstrous inhabitants
FILLERWEEN-A HALLOWEEN CAROL (SIDE STORY)
(In a dark smokey void lies Jarvisrama99 laying on the ground. Whispers and faint voices are heard in every direction. Jarvis is apparnelty having a bad dream)
Jarvisrama99: (Talking to himself) “...killer dolls...invisible men... vampires...the Universal Monsters...twice...David Fincher...Boris Karloff...Vince Vaughn...Coming at me with a knife! Aaah!” (Jarvis bolts up, heavily breathing. He checks his chest, finding no stabbing wounds) “What a relief! For a second I thought I was killed by some lousy actor! Hahaha where’s my house?” (Jarvis stands up, and for miles around lies nothing but pumpkins) “The hell? Where am I?”
(Jarvis is answered by a familiar voice)
Voice: “You’ll find out soon enough, blockhead.”
(Jarvis turns in the direction of the voice. In the shadows lies a small shape, somewhat similar to a small child. As Jarvis focuses his eyes, the kid steps closer. He has a striped red and black T-Shirt, a pair of blu
FILLERWEEN-TOP5 ODD UNIVERSAL MONSTER FILM MOMENTS
Hello and welcome to FILLERWEEN: Where movies go after they die. Have I ever brought up how much I love the Universal Monster films before…
Jarvisrama99: (Loud noises are heard from outside. Jarvis goes to the window and is horrified to see an angry mob via black and white stock footage out on his yard, yelling in anger) “Okay, more than I should have.”
Yeah, I’ve gone on and on about how much I really enjoy these movies. And why shouldn’t I? From 1923 to 1956, Universal Studios was king of the monster movies. Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Dracula, the Gill Man, the Invisible Man, these guys were the greatest monsters to ever scare the living bejesus out of audiences for years.
...But they’re not perfect.
Jarvisrama99: (Crash is heard offscreen) “Oh, C’mon! I didn’t even give an example and now you’re playing shattering glass sound effects instead of breaking one of my windows?!?” (Another crash is heard
FILLERWEEN-ALIEN 3 (1992)
A cold war metaphor, an alien army. Corporal Hicks at the main antagonist, an opening where the crew of the Sulaco killed off by xenomorphs. Ripley being in a coma, xenomorphs on Earth. A wooden planet run by monks. A prison planet run by inmates. It’s no secret that the third installment in the Alien franchise was one of the most troubled films to ever be created, with 20th Century Fox demanding a release date in 1992, with the story beginning to take shape in 1989.
Alien 3 is often credited as “the most hated sequel”, due to it’s troubled production and downright depressing feel when it was released in 1992, under the ‘direction’ of then newcomer David Fincher. Yet for one seeing the film following the 1986 James Cameron film, you couldn’t help but notice something was off. And when looking up the film’s troubled production, you’d be shocked to see how many stages the film went through, how many story ideas were thrown around, how