Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Little Red Riding Hood

"Little Red Riding Hood" (2015) is a low budget horror play, directed by Rene Perez. It stars Iren Levy, Alanna Forte, Robert Amstler and Nicole Stark. Red Riding Hood carries a basket of food and medicine. She walks through the great green forest to visit her sick grandmother. The fairytale is only sort of true at the beginning, then she encounters a zombie knight. He warns her that the forest is too dangerous and not to go further but she's so scared of his appearance that she doesn't listen to him and runs off. Later she's confronted by a ferocious werewolf and she runs away again, chased by the werewolf until she arrives at a castle. The place seems safe for her but the werewolf doesn't go on. There are some very weird characters and a lot of vague moments that don't properly inform the viewer what's happening. Red Riding Hood ends up trapped in a beautiful castle, which is none other than Castello di Amorosa. Despite their sheer loveliness of scenic views of forest and castle, all are haunted by demons, left over creatures from Atlantis.
I got a headache watching this. The most scariest part is that I even watched it at all and making a review on it. I rate this film 1/10.
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Sunday, 27 May 2018

The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare

"The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare" is not quite the original first movie "The Howling" but also similar. It's still also based on the novel "The Howling" by Gary Bradner. It was quite typical 80's cheese with indirect comedy. The main heroine, Marie, is frail, sees visions and hears howling. She's always dressed in white as always Damsels in Distress are. There is her handsome macho husband with a mullet hairstyle who secretly visits a stunningly beautiful witch called Elaenor. Watching elderly werewolves is quite hilarious. The unecessary gore, the poor dog, nuns, creepy townsfolk, creepy sheriff, creepy forest, creepy howling and ghosts. The best scene was the bell tower.
I rate this movie a good 6/10.
Howls ^^

Friday, 25 May 2018

Queen of love and beauty

Game of Thrones is full of symbolism and echo from our ancient stories, myths and legends. There are thousands of these hidden cryptic myths in the novels "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin, that the TV series Game of Thrones is based on.
Lyanna Stark is a character who's been dead before the begining of the books, although she's often mentioned throughout the books in various chapters. Many people say that she was like her niece, Arya, but there are also people who say that she was kidnapped by the crown prince, Rhaegar Targaryen, the dragon.
She was bethrothed to Robert Baratheon the stormlord. He used his war hammer to kill Prince Rhaegar during a battle. Afterwards, the brother of Lyanna found her dying in a bed of blood.
This character Lyanna is associated with blue roses. A crown of blue roses was given to her when Prince Rhaegar chose her as the "queen of love and beauty". He ignored his own wife to crown Lyanna. After this major event, which caused a scandal, Lyanna vanished completely and it was the crown prince who spirited her away.
In ancient myths, roses are linked with goddesses Aphrodite, Freyja and Flora. The lover of Aphrodite, Adonis, was severely wounded by a wild boar, so Aphrodite used blood, tears and white roses to cure him. Aphrodite scratched herself with the rose thorns and her blood turned the roses a red colour. Robert, the bethrothed of Lyanna, was killed by a wild boar although Lyanna had been stone dead for years by then.
Blue roses are associated with royalty and blue blood. Lyanna is a descendant from a long line of Starks, and the Kings of Winter. Blue roses are the colour of frost and they grow in the glass gardens of Winterfell. This action of Prince Rhaegar in crowning Lyanna the "Queen of Love and Beauty" was him flirting with politics. By making this sensual move to the Stark maiden, he was giving a nod to the Winter Kings and rebelling against the realm and his own family. If the novels are in line with the details in the TV series, because future books in the series haven't been published yet, then it will explain that not only is Rhaegar and Lyanna parents of Jon Snow, but that Rhaegar attacked upon the Seven Kingdoms, and started a war that overthrew the Targaryen dynasty. At present, Rhaegar's sister, Daenerys wants to "break the wheel" that her ancestor created. She didn't begin to do this. Her dead brother Rhaegar started it and brought chaos.
Lyanna Stark is in ASOIAF myths, a "winter maiden," "wolf maiden" and "blue rose". Yet she's down in the dark cold crypts, among all the Starks going back centuries, and only her statue is a reminder of what she was like. She reminds us of Persephone, who, was called "Kore" (maiden), and abducted by Hades, and Persephone became Queen of the Underworld.
Lyanna is the only woman to have a statue of herself in the crypt. If, in the books, she was secretly married to the prince, that would mean that she was the mother of the true king. The ancestor of Rhaegar and Daenerys was Aegon the Conqueror, who made the King of the North, Torrhen Stark, bend his knee and become Warden of the North. Now Rhaegar, as open and deliberate as he could be, made Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty. There was more to the silence among the audience who witnessed it. He ignored his pregnant wife, and in front of everyone he used the blue roses of winter to return the crown back to the Starks.
He "married" the newly coronated Queen of the North, and took her away to a hidden tower. This could be why Lyanna was buried in the Winterfell crypt and that she was the first Stark queen for hundreds of years.
What do you think?
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Monday, 21 May 2018

Howling III

"Howling III: The Marsupials" is just as it's described, third film in the Howling series about marsupial werewolves. It was based on the book "Howling III" by Gary Bradner. There are going to be some spoilers in this short description. In Australia there is a remote village in the outback called Flow that is inhabited by strange lycanthropes, who are a species of werethylacines. A thylacine is a Tazmanian Wolf but not a canid, it's really a carnivorous marsupial that was wiped out. One ends up feeling sympathetic with these monsters, who are just different types of humans or non-human humans but anyway the whole film is ridiculous and awkward. Funny piece: Three monster nuns gatecrashing a party!
I shall rate this one 3/10
Howls ^^

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Dark Triple Goddess in Game of Thrones

Here is a close look into "A Game of Thrones" and there is a strong presence of gods from myths and legends. There are characters who stand out as being similar to the Greek gods, others who are more like the Titans and other magical creatures. Let us go into the Dark Triple Goddess.
Now in Westeros, the majority of people worship the Seven gods: Father, Mother, Warrior, Maiden, Crone, Smith, Stranger. Of the Seven, three of them are females: Mother, Maiden and Crone. In our world Maiden, Mother and Crone are the Triple Goddess.  In "A Game of Thrones" there are three female characters who are more feared than loved. They're the darker aspect of the Triple Goddess. They're destructive and have survived throughout the series so far. Each of the three characters are different to all of the other women in the whole series. The Dark Triple Goddess is Arya Stark (maiden), Cersei Lannister (mother) and Melisandre (crone). We all know that Arya wants to kill Cersei and Melisandre. In legends, if the Maiden kills the Mother and Crone, it's a sign that the world is rotten to the core. In fairytales, the princess maidens end up replacing the evil dominant queens and witches. Does this foretell that Arya will survive until the end? Will she complete her list and overthrow Cersei and Melisandre? If she does, will she break the magical spell cycle and end the White Walkers threat? At the end of Season 7, the dead are now walking as begins the Long Night. Cersei and Melisandre have killed far more people than Arya has. All three, Arya, Cersei and Melisandre stand out as figures of evil and death. Arya says she's "Death" a few times. Cersei knows she's evil and has killed so many people. Melisandre has burned innocent people alive, with the view that those are sacrifices. So there are the Dark Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone) (Arya, Cersei, Melisandre).
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Monday, 14 May 2018

I ask myself

This morning, I met up with a lady who was walking her dog. We've met before and she happened to ask me a if I wanted a bird. She was making an offering: a ripe bird, a rooster, and then she went on her way. She was saying that she couldn't keep it because she didn't intend it to happen. Someone gave her an egg that hatched, and she was left with a rooster for a pet. She said nobody else wants it. If I took it, I would eat it. It's in my nature as a lycanthrope.Then again, I don't actually want it either because I will feel very bad for what I would have for my dinner. That would be unfair for rooster. I guess buying a dead bird from a butcher's shop is different than taking a bird as a pet, only to eat it. So shall I leave it? Shall I accept and eat it? Or shall I control myself and give it to someone else? Or release it into the wild? I'm not able to keep such a tasty thing as a pet. Answer: Leave it. She can keep the bird. I don't want it. There now, dilemna solved
Howls ^^

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A close look at Cinderella

Theories of a werewolf.
Who was Cinderella?

A rag-to-riches story, a girl forced to run the house by her wicked step family. She doesn't have anything nice to wear. She's not allowed to go to the royal ball. Her fairy godmother transforms Cinderella's rags into a beautiful gown, pumpkin into a stage coach, newts into footmen, a rat into a coachman and mice into horses. Cinderella went to the ball and danced with the prince, but at midnight, everything transformed back into mice, rat, newts, pumpkin and rags. Cinderella fled quickly before the prince saw anything, only to find Cinderella's glass slipper that fell off when she ran down the steps. The prince wanted to find her so he went out searching, going to every house, asking maidens to try on the glass slipper. It didn't fit anyone because it was small.Then it fit Cinderella and he married her.

Questions: Where was Cinderella's dad? Who was the fairy godmother? Why didn't the glass slipper transform back to nothing? Does Cinderella have really such tiny feet?

Answers: There isn't a father mentioned. There is only stepmother and stepsisters. We can only guess that both Cinderella's parents are dead. The fairy godmother is a magical being such as a fairy or a goddess. The glass slipper was unique and probably made from magic and can't change to anything. Yes Cinderella must've had very small feet, and her glass slippers moulded to suit the shape of her feet.

Most favourite part of the story: The ballgowns. The original story as told in classic fairytale books have Cinderella wearing three gowns because there were three nights of the royal ball.

Least favourite part: Cinderella forced to stay home cleaning.

Mythical counterparts: Not sure but the fairy godmother reminds me of the goddess Freyja, the goddess of love and beauty. She made Cinderella look stunning and so beautiful, and brought love into Cinderella's unhappy life.

Magical pieces: The ingredients of pumpkin, rat, mice and newts. All of them make food ingredients and fed poor people in the Dark Ages. Pumpkins have been used as a protection tool against evil spirits. Mice are often unseen, they're too small and quick, living in hidden places. They're considered delicate and fragile, like Cinderella. A rat is considered a survivor and greatly fertile. Newts and the witchy saying "Eye of the Newt" with other grotesque things like bat wings and frogs comes from Shakespeare.

Cinderella's traits: She's got tiny feet. Chinese women used to bind their feet so that they could wear tiny shoes. 

Overall message: The story of Cinderella is telling all girls that their dreams can come true if they work hard. What Cinderella appears to have done to deserve being rewarded is being mistreated by her step family. The supernatural can come to help a girl find happiness, as this is what the story projects. But the glass slipper itself, despite being small, is made of glass, that is shiny and casts rainbows, and reflect things within. Glass can dazzle and hurt eyes too. Cinderella drew attention to herself because of her sparkling and flashing glass slippers.

My Werewolf Theory: The story of Cinderella has darker undertones. The presense of mice and rats indicate that the house was unlean, or there was an infestation or a plague. The pumpkin always used to symbolise two things in times passed, the spirit world, and poverty. Pumpkins can feed an entire village for weeks, and if sown with just a few seeds, it's going to make a bountiful harvest the following year. Cinderella communicated with animals and she had a lot of bird friends. The fairy godmother is a recent character, to replace something more depressing. Cinderella planted a tree over her mother's grave, and one day when her stepsisters went off to the ball, Cinderella found beautiful gowns under the tree each night for three nights. The stepsisters sliced off their toes to make their feet fit into the little glass slipper, although Cinderella's birds informed the prince of the deception. He looked at their bleeding feet without toes and was horrified. After Cinderella and the prince marry, a flock of birds swoop down and peck out the eyes of the stepsisters. It looks like Cinderella was quite a villain in the older stories before the retelling by the Brothers Grimm.   

What do you think? Shall I do more like this? Let me know by leaving a comment or just tick your reaction in the boxes underneath and choose either "Cool," "Funny" or "Weird".
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

The film "Howling II: Your sister is a werewolf" made in 1985, is a sequal to "The Howling". Directed by Phillippe Mora and includes stars, such as Christopher Lee, Marsha Hunt, Sybil Danning and a few others. The review I'm making will have some spoilers. The beginning of the film starts with the funeral of Karen White, who doesn't rest because she's a werewolf. In the Howling series, werewolves have some sort of immortality because they can come back from the dead. Karen's brother, Ben White, is warned by Stefen Croscoe, a paranormal investigator as well as a monster hunter. Ben meets up with Jenny, a friend and colleague of Karen. Ben and Jenny are talked into going to Transylvannia, the home of the most powerful alpha werewolf, Stirba. There is much scenes of gorgeous artwork and scary statues, villagers dancing in the streets and hidden community of werewolves. Stirba lives in a castle and is like Bathory. I shall give this movie a 6/10 because it was extremely funny in places, cheesy and weird.
Style: It has the look of an 80's film.
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Baby werewolves

Feeling soft today.
I came across a video featuring a talented woman called Asia Eriksen and her wild creations, the werewolf babies. She made these realistic looking werewolf pups and they all look so sweet. They're dolls that are photogenic and fluffy with sparkling eyes.
Be active for the full moon and look at the werewolf pups, even adopt one. They certainly have made me feel broody. They're cute and I couldn't resist mentioning them.
There is a page on what they are, gallery, names, pack, news and lots.
Howls ^^