“The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Sorry for the lateness of the hour, but I had a library board breakfast meeting this morning at 10. I actually set my alarm, a jarring way to wake to the day, so I’d have time for coffee and a paper before I left.

It is already getting hot and will reach 84˚ today, not hot for other parts of the country but it is for us, and when you add a bit of Cape humidity, the heat becomes even a bit more miserable.

Last night was movie night. We had appies first and played Phase 10, our favorite of all card games. Supper was chicken and Waldorf salads, perfect for a summer evening. The movie was Night of the Hunter, one of my all time favorites. I love all the angles of the rooms, the play with light and dark, the river and the views of the animals along the river. My friends, who had never seen it or even heard of it, liked it and thought Robert Mitchum creepy and perfectly evil. We munched lemon bars as we watched.

One Saturday matinée I saw was Over the Rainbow. It was probably sometime in the mid-50’s before movies on TV so I knew nothing about the movie. I remember being totally amazed when it went from B&W to color after Dorothy’s house crashed in Munchkin Land. I still think that whole scene is one of the prettiest in the film, and I especially love the flowers.

When I saw Aliens, it was with my friend Annie. We were both sitting there with tubs of popcorn watching Ripley and Burke walk through a lab with specimens in glass containers. One of the specimens jumped at the glass. We all jumped, but my friend Annie was even more dramatic. She jumped so much that her popcorn went flying all over the people in front and in back of us. It was pretty funny and is what I remember most about the movie.

Jaws made me jump as well. It was when Matt Hooper was diving to check out Ben Gardner’s sunken boat and Ben’s face floated out of a hole at Hooper who jumped, and I jumped right with him. The music from that film still haunts me.

I like being scared by a movie because I know nothing will happen to me; I’m perfectly safe. It is, after all, only a movie!

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17 Comments on ““The stuff that dreams are made of.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    “Jaws made me jump as well. It was when Matt Hooper was diving to check out Ben Gardner’s sunken boat and Ben’s face floated out of a hole at Hooper who jumped, and I jumped right with him. The music from that film still haunts me.”

    Back when I was a young Hedley (I know, I know) this was the perfect date movie and you have described the perfect date moment ….sigh 🙂

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I can see it now-young Hedley comforting his frightened date with his arm around her shoulder…

      • Hedley Says:

        Was it Jaws ? Was it my square gold case Bryan Ferry wannabe Omega watch ? (leather strap of course) Was it the Squash games at the BofE at Roehampton?
        Guess I will never know but it certainly wasn’t the 1961 Triumph Herald

  2. morpfy Says:

    The timing is right.The summer BBQ season is here. Why not try this BBQ sauce.
    ——————————————————————————
    Coffee Barbecue Sauce

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong, dark coffee
    1 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    1 onion, peeled and finely chopped, about 1 cup
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    3 fresh hot chili peppers, such as jalapeno, or hotter if desired, seeded
    2 tablespoons hot dry mustard mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons ground cumin
    2 tablespoons chili powder

    Instructions
    Put all of the ingredients in a small pot,
    stir them together,and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
    Lower the heat so the mixture is just simmering and let simmer for 20 minutes.
    Remove the pot form the heat,let the mixture cool,
    then puree it in a blender or food processor fitted with the steel blade.

    The barbecue sauce can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

    Yield: about 3 cups

  3. olof1 Says:

    Alien was the first horror scifi I’ve ever seen. One had to be over fifteen to see it and I had to bring my mother to help me in since I didn’t have any ID. The worst thing I’ve ever done 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I couldn’t sleep more than minutes for over a week and I had nightmares for over a year 🙂 I can’t for my life understand why a monster in space scares me so much but it does. I haven’t seen any of the following ones and I’ll never never never see Alien again 🙂

    Warm and nice day over here and today I decided to shave off all hair on my head 🙂 Most annoying flies are gone now so I took the chance, but I guess mosquitoes will have a fiest on my scull 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I wasn’t all that scared by Alien but I was an adult when I saw it. The House of Wax with Vincent Prince scared me. I was watching it in my room when the heroine started whacking Vincent in the face and his face fell off. It was wax to hide scars from a fire. I ran to my parents room when his face fell off.

      It was nice all day today.

      With winter coming, I’m thinking baldness might not be all that warm!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Jaws movie night with fish soup and shark cupcapes ?
    http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/2012/08/shark-week-cupcakes/

  5. katry Says:

    MDH,
    It was Jaws and that squash game!

  6. Bob Says:

    Thanks for Springtime for Hitler. Only Mel Brooks could spoof Hitler and get laughs. Hitler was no laughing matter.

    When I was a kid I went to see “The War of the Worlds” with Gene Barry. That movie gave me nightmares for years. I have never gone to see any of the remakes because I still remember that 1953 version and many nightmares I endured. I did see Alien as an adult and didn’t really like the scary parts. I guess I am an afraid of the dark kind of guy. Give me Mel Brooks or John Cleese or any other good comedy anytime over a scary Horror movie.

    The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr is one of the best movies of all time. No one can sing Over the Rainbow like Garland did in 1939. Imagine the surprise the theater goers got when the movie went to color when Dorothy left the house in the land of Oz. That was one of the first movies in shot inTechnicolor. The movie holds up well even today.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      You are welcome for Springtime, one of the all time funny songs in a musical. It is so ludicrous.

      War of the Worlds is a favorite of mine, but I can understand how it is scary. I remember one of the scary scenes in the house when the alien is looking around then loses its head or whatever it is. The remake was really good but scarier I think. Gene Barry and the female star from the first movie were at the end of the remake in a cameo.

      I was totally surprised as a kid when it turned into color. It was like magic. I still love watching the movie every year. You’re right-it really hold uo well/

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Horror films are not my thing. The first “alien” movie I remember was The Blood Rust but it may have been called something else. Blood Rust was the name of the Thing From Outerspace that was in it. Every now and then it will show up in my dreams even after 50+ years. It’s not scary in the dreams. Just annoying. I assume it is a personal metaphor for minor aggravations. 😀
    When it comes to horror or alien movies, I would rather read the books. I like to control how scary my imagination wants to make them. The movie is usually nothing like the book anyway. Jaws is a perfect example. The book was about relationships between people and the movie was about how many people a shark can eat in 2 hours. Way different point of view. 🙂
    Thanks for Springtime for Hitler. Also thanks for Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead. I have a lovely solo jazz guitar version of it but I can’t remember who does it. It’s on a cd somewhere and not loaded to my computer so it will take a while to find it. But I am motivated now.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Caryn Says:

      Found it; Earl Klugh, Naked Guitar.

      • katry Says:

        Hi Caryn,
        I’m into scifi more than horror. I prefer aliens to destructive creatures from someone’s nightmares, but I do like the classic horror movies like Frankenstein, The Wolfman and The Mummy. You never see Dracula bite anyone, but when he folds his cape around them your imagination works just fine.

        I don’t remember my first alien movie but Invasion from Mars is a favorite, and I do remember seeing that on TV. It is really fun to watch as you can see zippers on the backs of the costumes and the heroine never does get the alien thing in her neck-it just goes on and on never getting there so she can be saved in time.

        Usually I like the books far more, but there is one notable exception and you’ve mentioned it. I didn’t like Jaws the book and liked the movie more. I thought the adultery was an unnecessary plot device and was happy it never made it into the movie.

        I know the I need to find it craze!! Thanks for hunting!!

  8. Bob Says:

    What is the world’s worst movie ever made?
    Plan 9 From Outer Space. It was written and directed by the king of B movies, Ed Wood.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I love that movie!! It makes me laugh every time I see it. I, of course, own a copy!! I do love those awful movies.


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