Musings on a Tuesday Night

Hey fellow Insomniacs! I really had no intentions of getting back in touch so soon. But, sometimes events get you thinking. And since it feels good to to be talking to you again, here we are.

I had intended to just talk about the developments concerning our friend with the hockey mask and machete, but I can’t let the passing of today’s genre star go untalked about. Richard Hatch, of the original and new Battlestar Galactica fame has passed away at 71.

Sunday nights, 1978! You couldn’t tear me away from the TV my parents had in their bedroom. It was exciting times, we now had two TVs and I had the bed littered with Star Wars figures. The theme song would come on, I can still hear it! Battlestar  Galactica was on! Starbuck was cool, but I wanted to be Captain Apollo. We were treated briefly to the show, and it was gone too soon. I know Richard Hatch had a long career with many roles, but Captain Apollo will always be how he’ll be remembered to me. Sad to hear he has passed today.

The Final Chapter? The Final Friday?

In other news, apparently Paramount has pulled the plug on the upcoming Friday The 13th reboot. And though I am saddened, I am also a little relieved. We didn’t really know what we were getting into. Was it a new beginning or found footage, going to focus on growing up a mongoloid? Paramount thought it was a good idea to slit the throat on this version. I haven’t read much on the why’s, so I won’t speculate. But, it got me thinking, what do I want to see in the next Friday The 13th film? 

I asked my wife her opinion. She wants to see a prequel focusing on how the family became so screwed up. What kind of crazy was Pamela Vorhees? I thought briefly about the supposed Friday TV prequel that’s been threatened the past couple of years. Bates Motel has pulled off the origin of Norman Bates quite well. I worry that the show would have covered much of the same ground. A prequel would work, but I want Jason doing what Jason does best.

And then I realized, I want a Friday The 13th movie set back in the 1980s. To me, the first four original movies are just awesome. Everything a slasher film should be. And maybe it is my age, but set in the perfect timeframe. Jason doesn’t belong in the modern times. He belongs in a time before cell phones, WiFi, and other modern trappings. Modern camping is different comforts for today’s teens. 

So, what will paramount do? Time will tell. Maybe Netflix will woo the rights and make their own original film (that comes from my wife too and I loved the idea). The new video game should be out soon, and hopefully will garner enough buzz for Paramount to revisit it. Let’s strip the concept back down. We don’t need a whole origin story. We know who Jason is and what he does. No need to over think it.

Till next time Insomniacs…

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Women’s Camp 119 and Domestic Disturbance


Greetings fellow insomniacs! It’s been too long since we had a chance to talk. The cobwebs have grown thick and we’ve spooled up two features this week. One is  grindhouse classic and the other is a more polished modern thriller. Let’s see what the drive-in has to offer…

Our first feature is a Nazispoitation film from 1977. It’s called Women’s Camp 119 aka SS Extermination Love Camp. It was filmed in Italy and it has all the qualities that made the grindhouse movies profitable in their time. Lots of T & A, large doses of violence, and a low budget. Directed by Bruno Mattei, I felt like a needed a good hot shower afterwards. Basically, a fresh group of female slaves arrive at the Nazi camp and become unwilling specimens in ongoing experiments to revive frozen German soldiers. Most of the depraved things you think, make their way into this film. It was interesting to see a piece of Grindhouse history. Not my favorite kind of film, but parts of it kept me entertained. I do not recommend for the younger crowd.

The second feature is a good thriller named Domestic Disturbance. This one came out in 2001. A great cast of John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, and Teri Polo add to an enjoyable story. Matt O’leary plays the son of divorced Travolta and Polo. He gets into some trouble in school and lies sometimes. Vaughn plays the new husband with a dark past. I love when Vaughn plays these kinds of characters. Steve Buscemi makes an appearance trying to collect some money. He’s just a great character actor. Vaughn kills him and the son sees the whole thing but no one believes him. It’s a good premise, executed well. Travolta has been a staple of my movie viewing history and he comes off well and convincing, as a man fighting for his son. It’s a straight forward, popcorn thriller and I had fun revisiting it. I do recommend and safe for the pg-13 crowd.

It was nice touching base with you all. Hoping to do this on a  more regular basis again! It’s been a long road to get back to this spot. And I was nervous wondering if the words would come back out. And I got some of them out. You may not all comment, but I appreciate that you stop by and see what’s playing. Say hi now and then. And the Insomniac will help keep you awake. Till next time, friends…