LaCreeperie Guest Hosted Episode of the DFC Podcast

Heck yeah! Once again, I don the headphones and try not to make an ass of myself as I play music for the masses, with the hopes of introducing you to something "new" and exciting. Tony of the Damn Fine Network graciously asked me to guest host an episode of the illustrious Damn Fine Cast, and I happily accepted the challenge.



This episode mostly focuses on songs from some of my favorite films, but with a few surprises too. When I embarked on this journey, I quickly became obsessed with finding vinyl singles on 45 (only with picture sleeves, cuz I'm that much of a snob) of film tracks of my youth. But I found more, much more, and began exploring titles I hadn't heard before, but felt compelled to include in the episode. To be sure, I took a few chances, but I think it came out all right in the end.

Speaking of the end...it may be the end of The Damn Fine Network if the Patreon campaign doesn't improve soon. The content provided well outweighs the $5 monthly commitment (the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte, come on guys!) and provides you with hours of listening pleasure. Be sure to sign up so we can keep the DFN on the air!

Writing and recording this episode had me toying with the idea of a special Halloween episode of A Shadowed Path Podcast. Whether that shows up via the Damn Fine Network, or a standalone episode here on the blog remains to be seen...

Stay tuned!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #3 - Psychophobia / The Island / Ed and His Dead Mother

Thrilled to have made it to the third installment in this blog series, whether anyone is reading them or not! I am really enjoying finding odd (and some not-so-odd) films to review so much that it may as well be a running log for myself. In any case, let's dig into the titles for this edition. Each one is a different genre and style this time around...

PSYCHOPHOBIA AKA EL SER - 1982

Despite the bitchin artwork promoting this film, it's all about the last 10 minutes, I'm afraid. This is a poorly dubbed (aren't they all?) Spanish supernatural thriller, as slow as slow burn can be. But like I said, it's worth the wait for the final 10 minutes for a truly fascinating and unusual plot twist I personally had not seen before.

Don't cheat and skip to the end, you'll deprive yourself of the hilariously bad editing and all-around strangeness. Oddly enough this film doesn't feel Spanish..I was thinking more along the lines of Finnish, Norwegian or some other Nordic country.

Put it on while you're doing something else, you'll be able to follow along. Just give it your full attention well before the payoff so you don't miss the best part.


THE ISLAND - 1980

Another film I've always been aware of, but had just never gotten around to watching. WOW. Written first of course by Jaws author Peter Benchley, I haven't read the book but now I definitely want to. I went through several emotions while watching this, from "What is this bat-shit insanity?!" to "Holy crap that was a great movie!" and a little of everything in between.

This is filmmaking of the finest kind. Big budget, big studio, classic talented actors. The cinematography is simply gorgeous, I wish I had seen it in the theater, while mindlessly devouring a big bucket of popcorn. A movie like this filmed today would have gone way over the top. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, that The Island just may make it into my personal collection. Highly recommended action/thriller!



ED AND HIS DEAD MOTHER - 1993


First off, um, hello early 90's Steve Buscemi, am I right ladies? He was the only reason I needed to watch this super fun Black Comedy. Well, that and the fact that it was written by my husband's uncle's neighbor. How's that for fittingly wacky?

This film is filled to the brim with a band of beloved character actors, most notably Ned Beatty who plays Ed's (Steve Buscemi) Uncle, and is absolutely heee-larious. John Glover is our resident shyster-with-semi-good intentions, and it was a joy to see Jon Gries (giving us shades of a yet-to-come Uncle Rico). Most impressive, I think, was how spry Ed's portly mother (Miriam Margolyes) turns out to be, and a real delight.

Give it a shot when you're in need of something light, and a good laugh. Oh, and I almost forgot; the set design and art direction are remarkably stellar. The film has a retro-vintage vibe, expertly executed, and a real rarity in 90's cinema. Enjoy!

That concludes this installment of mini-reviews, I hope you enjoyed them. Perhaps I would get more eyes on these reviews if I mentioned they are spoiler-free. No one likes a tattle-tale. Join me next time for another round of what I'm watching, and let me know if you have any titles that you think should be included. Stay tuned!

Follow Up to the Upcoming Closing of the LaCreeperie Website


Ch-ch-ch-changes! If you've read this blog or followed me for any length of time, you'll know that I am constantly changing things up to not only stay relevant, but to try to maximize the success of my micro-sized e-commerce business. So, with that, this post is a follow-up to the previous one I wrote about closing down the shops for good.

I've recently had a tiny bit of success in getting my writing career off the ground, enough that I feel comfortable with the decision I've finally come to regarding the future of the shops. What this all boils down to is time management, largely. It's time I could spend writing, which has a better potential for earning me money than $8 books do. And let's be honest, I'm not doing this for my health, I need to make some sort of a living.

That's why I've decided that the website will be the thing to go. I will continue business as usual in the Etsy Shop from here on out. I will have a much lighter presence on social media (mainly Instagram) because joy-of-all-joys I don't have to spend the time hawking my wares on social media, begging people to buy my shit. This is because Etsy has it's own traffic, and it's enough to keep my shop happily chugging along. Oh, and don't worry if you're not signed up on Etsy, you can always check out as a guest, and it has all the same payment method options that I have on the website.

So for those who were sad to hear that LaCreeperie was going to be no more, rejoice! At least for the foreseeable future, unless I hit the literary jackpot! The website will stay open for a little while yet, probably until the first of the year (2019) I just won't be adding too many new titles to it.

I feel good about this decision, it is very freeing in more ways than one. After all, my motto this year is "work smarter, not harder" and this change will help me to do just that. I hope website customers will embrace the Etsy Shop, as there is now no difference in inventory, just a different look and actually a more efficient checkout system. Join me, won't you?

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #2 - Fear / Hideaway / Raising Cain

Here we are at the 2nd installment of Triple Movie Mini-Reviews! This little venture is one I am enjoying immensely-despite lack of feedback-simply because I'm having fun writing about movies that 10 billion other people haven't written about. Given that I have had a bit of idea block lately (I call it idea block instead of writer's block, because I write something most everyday) it's nice to freely write about these films with the hope of bringing awareness to at least one person about one film. And I've just watched a batch of interesting films, so it's time to share them with you here...off we go!

Oh, and one more thing...normally I like to switch up the genre of films to review, but this batch happens to be all supernatural thrillers. It's just the way it worked out, so I'm rollin' with it.


FEAR - 1990 

Once again, a title that had previously escaped me, but thanks to Amazon Prime, it popped up in my recommended list one day, and I decided to give it a shot.

I think this is Ally Sheedy at her best. Granted, it's not far from the brat-pack golden years, but I really enjoyed her in this role. Ally plays an author and psychic who helps the police catch killers. She is able to psychically connect with the evil-doers and see what they see. All goes well until a particularly nasty slasher gives her a taste of her own medicine, and calamity ensues...

Fear is definitely one I will revisit again soon, I really enjoyed it way more than I was expecting to. I love a good supernatural thriller, especially when the heroine is not only psychic, but a writer as well. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed!



HIDEAWAY - 1995

Amazon Prime is batting 1000 for me lately. When I saw the cover for this film with Alicia Silverstone and Jeff Goldblum, I was like, what?! Then add in (a very young) Jeremy Sisto, Christine Lahti, Alfred Molina AND a cameo by Rae Dawn Chong (whom I freakin LOVE), it didn't take two seconds to hit that play button.

Admittedly, it was difficult for me to buy Super Sexy Jeff Goldblum as Alicia's DAD, but I'll watch him in anything anyway. Also, Christine Lahti is a fab actress, but I wasn't buying her and Jeff's marital chemistry either. Regardless, the supernatural thriller element begins almost immediately (um, hello first five minutes, did I just unknowingly ingest psychedelic mushrooms??).

Ok, so the CG is suuuuuuper cheesy, even for 1995, but I'm willing to overlook it. The soundtrack by Trevor Jones is of course great, and helps keep the tension building. I have not read the book the film is based off of by Dean Koontz, but he wanted his name removed from the credits after screening the film. Hmmm. Well, I enjoyed it, but it is probably a one-and-done viewing. But wait, be sure to continue watching for a post credit blurb...were they perhaps vying for a sequel?


RAISING CAIN - 1992

Now here's one I actually had seen before, but it has been a very long time, probably since the film was released, since I had seen it so it was time for a revisit.

As I recall, this was the first time we had seen John Lithgow play a "bad guy" so it was intriguing on that level, not to mention it's Brian DePalma written and directed, so that warrants a looksee right off the bat. Mr. Lithgow has of course revisited the bad guy role in Dexter, and proves he's GENIUS at it.

I love me some Lolita Davidovitch, but I thought her character was too sweet, and not really believable as a surgeon/doctor. But I love her face so much so who cares? Steven Bauer is plenty easy on the eyes too, and look out for a younger Frances Sternhagen, who always brings natural authenticity to anything she's in.

It certainly keeps you guessing right up to the end, even though it's played out maybe just a wee bit too conveniently? Since DePalma brilliantly adapted Stephen King's Carrie, you have to wonder if this was perhaps his version of The Dark Half.

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If you're enjoying these little mini-reviews, please let me know! Got a film suggestion? Feel free to contact me. Another installment will be coming soon to this blog near you. Stay tuned!