Thursday, March 19, 2009

VEGETABLE

Okay, so this is my first attempt at Theme Thursday. The theme chosen for this week was VEGETABLE.

I thought a bit about this, of a way to tie it in to something I like. I finally decided on Vegetable Horror Movies. Course, then I realized I hadn't seen many Vegetable Horror Movies. But I went ahead and here is what I came up with. And I know a tomato is considered a fruit, but I just went for vegetable as in the "animal/vegetable/mineral" sense. Anyhoo... Away we go:

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THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Horrors

My favorite version is the 1986 movie, with Rick Moranis, the awesome Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and more. Great fun.

Audrey II is quite the demanding (and growing) plant. "FEED ME SEYMOUR!" Not really a scary horror movie, this is more a comedy/musical hybrid. Great entertainment!

However, the 1960 version is something special, too, for it features a young Jack Nicholson. (This version was also the very first VHS tape I ever owned, given to me as a Christmas gift by my brother a looooong time ago!)

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THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS

Triffids

Okay, I have to admit I haven't seen this. Or, at least I don't remember seeing it. It could have played on "Creature Double Feature" back when I was a kid, but I don't recall.

Based on the 1951 book by John Wyndham, it has been adapted for TV, movies and even comic books, and a remake is supposedly in the works with Dougray Scott.

Triffids are like animal-plants who eat raw meat, walk on three "legs" and have whiplike stingers. Zoinks! May have to add this movie to my Netflix queue!

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ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES

Tomato

From 1978, this is the cult classic movie about... Killer Tomatoes. Also done in the comedy vein (guess it is hard to take killer plants seriously), this is sort of a spoof on B-movies. But it isn't very good.

The movie does have it's fans, though. And, of course, a remake is also in the works.

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PUMPKINHEAD

Pumpkinhead

Okay, it's really about a demon of vengeance, but hey, it's called PUMPKINHEAD! And it's a horror movie.

A dad loses his son and, in despair, seeks revenge on the kids responsible. Big theme for a "little" horror movie. Lance Henriksen is great as the mourning dad. And Pumpkinhead can be scary. Good flick.

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THE RUINS

Ruins

I have seen quite the variety of opinions on this one. I sat down to watch it, not expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked it and it held my interest.

Some young people vacationing in Mexico set out to look at ruins, led by a Greek traveller. Upon finding the ruins, they also find some angry locals who proceed to do bad things. Trapped by these angry, violent people, the group seeks refuge atop the ruin, only to find that the vines here aren't so friendly either.

Granted, this isn't the greatest movie ever, but for a "killer plants movie", I think it is the best of the bunch. Sort of reminded me of "Cabin Fever".

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SHROOMS

Shrooms

Another flick I have yet to see, this one was reviewed recently by Jason at The Mad Ravings of an Entertainment Junkie. He liked it, giving it 4 out of 5 Skulls and causing me to add it to my queue.

The 'shrooms are ingested in this one, making them sort of inadvertent villains, and they cause hallucinations. Or do they? Well, I dunno, as I have yet to see it. But it looks good!

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FRIDAY THE 13th: THE SERIES - "A Cup of Time"

Cup

I had to end this post with an episode of my favorite television show, "Friday the 13th: The Series". This is the show's fourth episode, a very early one, and features a cursed tea cup. How does that tie in to vegetables?

Well, the curse is such that the user must get someone to drink from the cup. Once they do, the drinker is killed when the ivy pattern on the side becomes real and strangles them. The user is then granted what they desire, in this case a youthful body.

The effects aren't awesome (as I said, it was an early episode), but it is a fun watch, with a strong 80s vibe. Always a good show! Check out some screen shots from Vendredi Antiques, a great fan site for the show.

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So, there you go. My first time posting for "Theme Thursday". I had fun and hope to keep doing it.

30 comments:

  1. good luck with the new theme. Veggies was a good starting off point. does Swamp Thing count as a vegetable?

    i haven't seen pumpkinhead in a looong time. gotta netflick that one.

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  2. Nice post for your first TT. I haven't thought about some of those movies for a long time. Wow! The ivy comes to life and strangles them? Cool!

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  3. welcome to Thursdays...this was good...i remember reading the Tiffids book a few years ago; it probably would make a good movie, can't wait to see it.

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  4. Very creative...as always! I think the only one I saw was Little Shop of Horrors!

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  5. nice addition to the TT crowd. i will be singing the attack of the killer tomatos song all day now. would you believe they actually made a cartoon at one point. oh my. little shop of horrors is fun but i have only seen the most recent, may have to check out jack in the other.

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  6. Really great post. I like how it ties in so well with your own theme.

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  7. Cool Post! I like the 1986 version best myself...also saw a cool Community College version live years ago.

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  8. most excellent take on theme thursday!! clever ...who'd have thunk there were so many horror flicks with vegetables!

    thanks for playing!

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  9. haha! this is great. I've actually seen "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"...well, I made it halfway through anyway...

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  10. Nice angle on the theme. The thought of some vegetables does send me screaming. Particular if somebody is cooking asparagus. I have to run away. Back to your theme though, I recall some good Night Gallery or Twilight Zone episodes with vegetable themes too.

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  11. Wings, great first post! Welcome to Theme Thursday :) And if you didn't know already; they're doing a remake of the original Killer Tomatoes. I can't stand it! And awesome Friday the 13th reference; I had forgotten that one...

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  12. Wow - what an impressive first theme post!

    Great photos and what fun to remember these.

    I have to add that Audrey really gives me the willies. I cannot sit through that play or the movie!

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  13. Happy Theme Thursday and welcome! Thank you for the pics and info. Quite interesting. I have to watch killer tomatoes now :-)

    take care
    xoxo

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  14. Cool post and cool blog!!
    I remember "The little shop of horrors" and "attack of the killers tomatoes"so funny!Ha!
    I'm too a big fan of Horror movies!But you won't make me watch anything about zombies,I have been traumatised by my auntie and cousin way too young!Freddy's cool!

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  15. lol. it's funny coz nothing is scary about veggies at all. haha.

    i think Little Shop of Horrors, the musical, is great too!

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  16. Great take on this week's theme.

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  17. How cool & clever!
    I just love that very young Jack Nicholson. what a scoundrel!
    mmmmm, this is my first visit at your blog. i see you like coffee too.
    i'm dying for my second cup, right now, but i can't leave my desk.
    wah.

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  18. Excellently done, sir!

    I must add one - Invasion of the Body Snatchers! The pods, the pods!!

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  19. Many of these I'd not heard of before; great line up!

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  20. We did Little shop of horror back in University. Cool first TT participation. :o)

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  21. Great post. I am not a big horror flick fan, but I do enjoy your telling about them. The plots are really funny in their improbability. I do like how you adapted the veggie theme to your blog's own style.

    Personally, I can't imagine a teacup being cursed. Coffee mug maybe, but teacup??? They are too innocent and benign to be so evil. But then what do I know, not being a big horror fan and all. -k.

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  22. Brilliant start! A couple of those are in my DVD store right now just waiting for a 'rainy day' on the couch! Totally with you on little shop of horrors! Used to call my son Audrey his appetite was so voracious.

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  23. very very interesting...remember that line? I am too much of a chicken to enjoy a horror, although I did love Little Shop of Horrors.

    see you next week!

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  24. There's a good one that came out a few years called the Cabin.

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  25. Thank you all for the comments! Made for a great first Theme Thursday!

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  26. great post - very creative take on the theme

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  27. Poor Triffids. They were simply misunderstood.

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  28. Theme Thursdays are really the dress rehearsal for Freaky Fridays, just an fyi.

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  29. Just When You Thought It Was safe To Go Back Into The Green Grocers...........Arrrrhh!

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