Sunday, August 20, 2017

Twin Peaks The Return themed cocktails! Part 1

 Twin Peaks The Return themed cocktails! Part 1

With only four more hours left in a world both wonderful and strange, I can't help but feel emotional. As a hardcore Twin Peaks fan, season 3 the return has been a complete dream come true. I intend once it's finished to do a whole week worth of Lynch/Twin Peaks themed fun. Today in celebrating another new episode, here are several Twin Peaks The Return themed cocktails that are damn fine!

The Dougie Jones.
1/2 lime juice.
Dash of fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Limon
2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1 cup of crushed ice.
1 splash of club soda
1 splash of Creme de Menthe 
1 lime wedge for garnish. 

The Blue Rose
1 part blue Curacao
1 part Vodka
4 parts Lemon juice
1 cup crushed ice. 

The Richard Horne
4 cups apple juice
3 oz. pumpkin Vodka
1 cup of ice
Sugar for the rim
2 crushed graham crackers
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 half an apple. 

The Evil Coop.
1 cup of crushed ice
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Kailua 
2/3 Coffee liqueur

The gold shovel
3 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of boiling water
1/2 cups bourbon
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
1 cup of iced cubes

The Jack Rabbit's Palace. 
2 parts Bombay sapphire 
2 parts tonic water
1 cup of crushed ice.
1 sliced lime.

Stay tuned in the weeks to come for another handful of tasty recipes all honoring this brilliant season of Twin Peaks!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sensational Summer wrap-up 2017!!!

 Sensational Summer wrap-up 2017!!!

Today we're wrapping up our third annual Sensational Summer over here at Staystillreviews. It's been a fun and exciting last few months, and we're very much looking forward to all the cool stuff planned for this fall. Look for up coming autumn themed fun! Reviews, interviews, drinking games, convention re-caps, Halloween pick-ups, more from Chip our mascot, and like I mentioned in an earlier post, a re-vamp of an upcoming giveaway as well as Galligangiving! Tons of stuff to look forward to!!! So here's our re-cap of all of the fun topics we covered this summer!!!

- Summer themed films. Top 10 summer feel film posters.
- Summer School drinking game.
- Grandview U.S.A. The ultimate summer movie.
- Ranking of the final Friday girls.
- Best camping vacation spots.
- Tribute to Woodstock from The Burning.
- Thrashin' cocktail recipes.
- Top beach themed horror movies.
- 10 reasons why The Mutilator rocks.
- Chip's summer mixed tape.
- Why Bobby and Brenda were the ultimate duo in the original Hills Have Eyes.
- Chip's drive-in marathon.
- 10 movies that would have worked in 3D!
- 10 reasons why Jaws 3 is a classic. 
- Chip's 4th of July celebration mixed tape.
Top 20 best artwork featured on a VHS.
- Rotten rentals
- Ranking the Friday the 13th openings.
- Amityville 1992 themed cocktails.
- 25 reasons why Amityville 1992 rocks.
- Paying tribute to Mr. George A Romero.
- Top 20 moments of Day Of The Dead.
- George A Romero themed cocktails.
- Top pieces of artwork based off Creepshow and Creepshow 2.
- 10 reasons why Captian Rhodes rules.
- Top 20 moments from Creepshow.
- Top 20 moments from Dawn Of The Dead.
- Top 10 moments from Creepshow 2
- Jaws themed cocktails.
- Top 10 kills from the Jaws movies.
- Why Freddy's Nightmares needs to come out on blu-ray.
- Krueger themed cocktails.
- Ranking of the Elm Street VHS covers.
- Slumber Party Massacre drinking game.
- Slumber Party Massacre 4 dream sequel. 
- Slumber party massacre recipes.
- Top 10 Stephen King books.
- Stephen King short stories that deserve to be made into full length movies.
- Top 20 80's teen school comedies.
- My Science Project cocktails.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer! Stay tuned for more fun from Chip the movie loving kid!

My Science Project cocktails!

 My Science Project cocktails!

Today is our final day of Sensational Summer!!! Yes we still have a few more weeks until the most wonderful time of the year is upon is.


To finish up this kick ass third Sensational Summer, we're whipping up some tasty cocktails based off the 1985 cult classic My Science Project!!!

Harlan's cocktail!
1 1/2 oz Effen Cucumber Vodka
1/2 oz. lemon juice
3/4 simple syrup
1/2 oz. Camper
Sliced up lime.

The time travel twist.
1 oz. Fusion liqueur
1 oz. Sagatiba Pura Cachaca
2 oz. Guava juice or nectar juice.
1 half of a lime.

The T-Rex
2 oz. peach schnapps
2 oz. Tequila Rose
2 splashes of cranberry juice.
1 splash of lemon-lime soda
Lemon twist for garnish.

2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. Cactus pear syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice.
Sliced up watermelon or lime.

Remember, don't drink and travel to the ozone flow zone!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Top 20 80's teen school comedies

Top 20 80's teen school comedies

I know, I know...I sorta feel behind with Sensational Summer. In fact I was even on the verge of just forgetting this week and wrapping it up. Still, I decided to say fuck it, and finish up our final week which is "School Time blues." I do apologize for not reposting the giveaway I was planning on doing at the end of July. Like I said tons of stuff was all happening at once so I decided to just re-vamp the giveaway and add more goodies for next month so stay tuned kiddos! Any who, with summer believe it or not just a few weeks away from finishing up, and autumn coming up on horseback, let's celebrate some of the greatest teen comedies from the 1980's that featured school, and some serious school time blues!

1) Fast Times At Ridgemont High

2) The Breakfast Club

3) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

4) Heathers

5) Sixteen Candles

6) My Science Project

7) Can't Buy Me Love

8) Summer School

9) Valley Girl

10) License To Drive

11) Three O'Clock High

13) Class

14) Dream A Little Dream

15) Teen Witch

16) Secret Admirer 

17) Losin' It

18) Peggy Sue Got Married

19) Say Anything

20) Private School

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chained (2012)

 Chained (2012)

PLOT - Tim, a young nine-year old boy goes to the movies with his mother one day after being dropped off by his father. Taking his advice in splurging and getting a cab instead of taking a bus later that afternoon, they make the fatal mistake by getting into the wrong cab. Here the driver kidnaps them, driving them to his isolated farm house in the middle of nowhere. After murdering Tim's mother, he decides to keep Tim prisoner, by chaining him to a bunk, and forcing him to wait on him as well as cleaning up his messes. It seems that he's a serial killer who kidnaps, rapes, and murders women. Here Tim is beaten, traumatized, and forced to witness these graphic crimes. After years of being held captive, the man decides to teach Tim everything he knows, hoping to pass the torch down to him soon.


I think it's pretty clear that I love David Lynch. For years I've been a massive Twin Peaks fan girl, and have basically adored everything he's done. I'm also a huge fan of his daughter Jennifer Lynch who's a very talented director herself. In fact, I have early memories staying up late one night to watch in my eyes her masterpiece Boxing Helena on HBO. Instantly I felt I shouldn't be watching this movie, but even at the age of 11 or 12 I could understand the beauty behind it. First off massive Julian Sands fan. "swoon, memories!" as well as the absolutely stunning Sherilyn Fenn, who is of course iconic by her work by working with Jennifer's father as well. Boxing Helena was a very erotic film being obsession, hidden desires, and how honestly someone could become completely taken over by wanting to preserve the beauty and love of someone. I for one have always been a huge fan of this movie and have always stuck up for it. I get what Jennifer was trying to capture, and can't believe people didn't get her vision back then. Tonight I witnessed the second film I've ever watched by her. I'll admit, I'm guilty by not checking out more of her career. This is what Hollywood needs, more creative women who write and direct. Women who aren't afraid to show the gritty dirty side of people's life's and minds. Besides a few Walking Dead episodes she's directed, Boxing Helena was seriously all I had seen from her. In fact, there was a Boxing Helena reunion at Texas Frightmare where Lynch appeared at, and still to this day I'm kicking myself for not going to. I can only hope I'll get another chance, and this time be able to rave about this film as well.

I discovered Chained after noticing the very handsome Eamon Farren who plays Richard Horne in Twin Peaks The Return. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'm very interested in this character since fan theories are flying that Richard is a result of Evil Mr. C and Audrey. I mean it makes sense, and he does look a lot like Audrey. I'm praying with 5 episodes left we get more light on who he is, and what his backstory is all about. So I looked up on the IMDB to see what this guy was in and instantly I saw Chained, and the fact it was directed by David's daughter Jennifer. Instantly I nabbed the film and decided to dive right in knowing nothing about the movie.

First off Jennifer does a brilliant job. This woman has such a great eye, and honestly captures the mid-western small town. We get actor Jake Weber in a brief but important role, as well as showing Farren's character at age nine with his mother. The tension starts off right away the second they get into that cab, and it passes the right exit. Like any horror movie, this seems like a complete nightmare since you honestly have to wonder..."What if this really happened?" This movie doesn't hold back on the violence. It's made to make the audience uncomfortable. 

Vincent D' Onofrio plays Bob, the twisted driver who kidnaps Tim and his mother. These types of moments in a movie always make me pinned back to my seat. Here we witness how ugly and truly disturbed Bob is as he drags Tim's mother who clearly loves her son so much, leaving him in the cab parked inside the garage. Here Tim sits locked inside the back seat, frightened, and horrified as he listens to his mother's screams. 

Here this poor nine year old boy gets taken into the house which is all bordered up and locked up tight. Here Bob explains that he didn't count on him being in the cab, but decides to make the best of it. Here he lays down some rules to this poor child who's terrified, and knows his mother has been murdered. Bob explains he'll stay in the house at all times. That he'll always be watching him. That he needs to stay out of his way, and clean up all of his messes. He tells him a signal on when to unlock the many locks on the back door which means he's bringing in a new victim. That he'll serve him, not steal, not fight back, and basically only eat what he's left over. Here we watch a twisted routine take hold. He cleans the house, and watches every few weeks as Bob returns from his late night cab rides, dragging in new young women before taking them into a room, raping, and murdering them. Here he teaches Tim how to bury the bodies in a small crawlspace that has a dirt basement. He's allowed to wear rags, sleep on a small bunk in the kitchen, and only eat left over cereal every morning. He's also forced to cut out news clippings of missing persons, since it appears no matter how many victims Bob has gotten, the police have no clue who's doing it.

When Tim (who's now nicknamed Rabbit) tries to escape, he finds the house is truly in the middle of nowhere, and Bob is in fact always watching. D' Onofrio does a killer job, mostly in the scene where he shows Tim a clipping that his father has re-married maybe a year or so after him and his mother originally went missing. He convinces him that his father has forgotten about him, and he can either keep trying to escape and lose his trust, or do as he's told. Here he chains him to a bunk where Tim is forced day after day to so chores, and continue cleaning up Bob's messes.

Flash forward to Tim now a young teen. Now played by Farren. It's shown he's a timid, skinny, frightened young boy who's been so abused by Bob he simply stays back in the shadows as these crimes still continue to happen. One night one of Bob's victims actually gets loose and begs a frightened Tim where she can escape before she's murdered before his very own eyes. Bob insists that Tim reads medical books, since he preaches that he wants him to learn something (almost acting like a father figure, and that Tim is his son.) for months Tim stays chained to the bunk and reads all these anatomy books, becoming lost in his own world. Still, he begins to show defiance by questioning on Bob kills all of these women and doesn't seem to show any sign of stopping. Here Bob decides he needs to get a taste of it. Not just having sex for the first time, but to kill. One night he brings in a drunk girl, and slits her throat right in front of Tim. Finally one night he unchains him, and teaches him the only way to earn his trust is to follow in his footsteps. Here he grabs a yearbook from he area and forces Tim to pick a young girl to be his first.

It's shown that Bob has a history of abusive. One day while he's actually doing his day job by driving his cab, he picks up a father and son and listens to them argue. Here he has flashbacks of the abusive he suffered under his own father. In another scene he lays in bed moaning, and it's shown in a very disturbing flashback that his father one night forced him to have sex with his mother while his younger brother watches. It's revealed why Bob is unstable, which shows why he has sexual and violent outbursts. We witness as clearly Tim is becoming unstable and hates the man who has kept him all these years. Finally the night comes where he brings in a young beautiful college student from the year book that Tim and him looked over. He hands him a knife, and leads them into a room. He tells him to have sex with her, and later kill her or he will. When Bob tries walking in, he witnesses Tim stab the young woman right in the side. Looking crazed he demands Bob leaves. Proud, Bob leaves and waits. Afterwards Tim drags the body to the crawlspace, and reveals himself covered in blood. He tells Bob he's ready to go hunting. Like a proud parent, Bob shows Tim respect, thinking he's finally a man, and like a father, gets him a chair, and explains that he'll go with him on his next hunt. Taking him in his cab, they ride around, and Bob tells him when they get home they will watch the movie of his first time. Instantly Tim panics, and Bob reveals he has cameras hidden in the house. That he hasn't watched the tape yet, but it's a rite of passage. That's when he notices that Tim wrote HELP in blood on the side of the cab. Furious, he races back home understanding that Tim can't be trusted.

Here it's revealed in a brilliant flashback that Tim never actually killed the girl. Thanks to all those medical books, he knew exactly where to stab her without actually killing her. He whispers to her that she can't make any noise, and he'll leave her in the crawlspace with some water while he tries to get help. In present time, Bob races into the house, knowing he wants to finish the job, and bursts into the crawlspace to get the girl. Luckily Tim gets there in time, and kills Bob. Here we see him nurse the girl back to health as well as discovering tons of letters that have been kept in Bob's trunk. Flash forward whatever amount of time later, he's tracked down his father all these years later who's remarried with a young son himself. At first his father doesn't recognize him. It's heartbreaking to witness this scene. Here it's quickly reveals in yet another mind blowing twist that all along Tim's father was actually Bob's younger brother. That he sent Bob a photograph of Tim and his mother, and wanted him to kidnap and kill them so he could break off all ties, re-marry, and stop worrying about money. This scene legit made me gasp and was floored over how violent it became. All along Tim's father was responsible for what happened. A product of abusive himself, he used his disturbed brother, to take care of these things and here it cost Tim his mother's life, but years of his childhood, and his own mental well being. When he tries to tell his dad he's going to tell everyone what he's done, his father becomes violent and tries to kill him. In self-defense he hits him over the head killing him as his frightened wife witnesses the whole thing (maybe being abused herself) After hearing the horrible thing her husband did, and seeing this happen, she tells Tim to get out of there and dials 911 and says she's the one who accidentally kills her husband. The last haunting shot shows Tim returning to his uncle's house where he's been held captive all these years. It's left to make you wonder...did Tim finally break free? Or will be follow in his family's footsteps. We can only hope for the best.

This brilliantly written and directed movie left be floored. The acting was amazing, and this was a smartly crafted script. I can't recommend it enough to anyone, and hands down one of the best movies I've seen this year!

5 stars!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stephen King short stories that deserve to be made into full length movies.

Stephen King short stories that deserve to be made into full length movies.
 Over here at Staystillreviews we're currently at the Atlantic Chapter for the next few days, enjoying our latest theme which is Castle Rock Terror aka all things Stephen King. Today we're talking which short stories of his deserve to be turned into a full length movie. Now take into mind that some of these, if not all have in fact been turned into a short film. These are called Dollar Babies, which King allows up and coming filmmakers buy the rights to his short stories for just a dollar as long as they don't promote it and keep it strictly to the film festivals. Here is my top 5 list of which ones I think would make killer movies.

1) The Monkey 
- I remember for years I mixed up this short story with the George Romero movie Monkey Shines. Still, this is a super spooky story that I honestly am blown away that's never been on the radar to be made into a movie. It's got enough material to do so, most of all to elaborate on. The Monkey tells the story of a middle aged married man with two sons, who goes to his late aunt's house shortly after she passed away to help clean out some storage closets. Here his young son discovers one of those old fashion toy monkeys with symbols. Instantly the man is frightened seeing this toy since he clearly remembers throwing it down a well when he was a young boy after he became fully convinced that the monkey was responsible for several deaths every time it banged it's symbols together.

2) Trucks
- I know, I know. This was made into two separate movies. One was King's first time directing with the coked out mess otherwise known as Maximum Overdrive. The second was back in 1997 as Trucks, which I'll admit I've never seen. I think this short story honestly deserves another shot at life. If you ever do read the short story it's really unsettling. Think...Night Of The Living Dead but with trucks. This story is about several strangers who are stranded at a highway side truck-stop/diner. Here they watch as giant 18-wheelers are speeding around. It appears out of nowhere that all the vehicles have developed a mind of their own and are running over and killing anyone outside.

3) Strawberry Spring
- Strawberry Spring has gotten some pretty decent short films made based off this highly underrated story by King. I think if expanded, it could make a really awesome full length movie. Strawberry Spring is about a series of brutal murders that plague a Maine campus one winter many years ago durning what locals call Strawberry Spring is when tons of the snow melts and there's a brief week of thick fog, and warmer weather as if spring has come early. Several students at the college are found butchered as one student recalls how scary that period was when he was attending the school at that time.

4) Gray Matter
- Gray Matter is another one of King's best short stories. Personally I remember really loving re-reading this one over and over again. As far as I know some great short films have been based off this one, but I think it deserves it's very own full length movie. Like I said expand a little, and you got one scary story. Gray Matter is about how a group of old men are passing a blizzard inside a local market when a young boy comes in completely terrified. He tells them that his dad has changed into something horrible. It appears a few months back the father drank a bottle of beer that didn't taste quite right, and slowly began to transform into a giant slug. He locked himself into his apartment, making sure there was no light, and hiding from everyone. The young boy watches helplessly as his father transforms into this creature, and one night after witnessing him eating a dead cat, he runs off to seek help. Here the men begin to think of some locals who have recently gone missing, and decide to make the walk up the hill to the apartment building to confront whatever has become of their friend. For those who have read the short story, the ending lines are beyond creepy and I'm stunned he never made a sequel to this one.

5) Gramma
- Gramma is one of King's best short stories. It truly was made to justice with the re-vamp of The Twilight Zone from the 1980's. It got remade a few years ago as a movie called Mercy that's sorta grown on me, but honestly I feel they really missed the boat. Gramma has rich backstory, and a KILLER ending. I would have died to see them capture the spirit between this segment and the short story. Gramma is another classic story that takes place in Castle Rock (there is even a mention of Cujo in this one.) It shows how a young boy is left home alone with his sick grandmother who he's very scared of. It appears that there have been rumors for years at grandma is a witch, and ever since she's become sick, she's become very violent. I can't urge people enough to watch the Twilight Zone segment. They make that grandmother is one of the scariest monsters ever!

Long live King's short stories!!!