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The Devil’s Rejects

 

The Devil’s Rejects, a movie about a family of serial killers on the run from the law, is one of the few sequels to blow its predecessor out of the water.  House of 1000 corpses made an effort to be weird and trippy, this movie has the same characters but a totally different feel.  It has the feel of a gritty, low-budget horror movie, but…with a budget.  And good acting.  It’s definitely one of the best horror movies of the last ten years, there is zero comedy or camp, and it is full of blood, grossness, cussing, and filth.  It’s definitely not a movie to watch for fun, or if you don’t like horror movies.  I obviously lean towards the more campy side of horror, but this is still one of my favorites because it is so damn good.

This movie has Bill Mosley, who scares the pants out of me just by speaking.  Leslie Easterbrook (Callahan from the Police Academy movies) takes over the role of Mother Firefly (and I think she does a better job).  Sid Haig is a veteran of 70’s Blaxsplotation films.  There are a ton of horror favorites in minor roles and cameos, like PJ Soles (Carrie, Halloween), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Danny Trejo (uh, he’s in EVERYTHING), plus EG Daily (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the voice of Tommy from Rugrats), and Brian Posehn (Sarah Silverman Project), and Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie, MTV’s  Buzzkill).

For this movie, the menu theme was obvious:  the dirty south!  If you have the Hot Damn, Hell Yeah/Dirty South book, anything in there would work.  If not, I picked a bunch of recipes for you!  Seriously, I had trouble not posting 50 recipes.

Entree:  I couldn’t decide between beer-battered tofu with ranch dressing and fried green tomatoes, so why not make both?

Side:  To balance out the fried food, texas caviar makes a great, light side, or roasted okra for something quick and easy.

Dessert:  I swear I didn’t just dig through Fat Free Vegan, but when I googled ‘vegan southern desserts’ and this southern style banana pudding recipe (that I have made and love) was on the first page, I mean, come on!

posted: October 5, 2011
under: 2000s, horror
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Everyone knows who Elvira is, but did you know she made a totally cheesy horror movie in the 80’s?  I hesitate to even define it as ‘horror’ because it’s so campy, and not in the least bit scary or gory.  It definitely isn’t a “good” movie, but I love it.  Some of the co-stars include Edie McClurg (the secretary from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Jeff Conaway (Grease), Kurt Fuller (Zachariah from Supernatural, and a million other things) and cameos from Jambi and Miss Yvonne from Pee Wee’s Playhouse!

Overall, this is a fun movie that is great to watch with a group, although if a lot of people are talking you will probably miss a lot of the one-liners.  The real gem is at the end, where Elvira raps and twirls the tassels on her bra without her hands.  Pure magic.

Main course:  There is a scene where Elvira makes some really horrifc looking stew, so how about some Vegan Beer Cheese Soup?  It certainly doesn’t look horrific, but it’s cheesy just like this movie.

Side dish:  Since this movie is cheesy AND corny, why not make some cornbread croutons for your soup?  Simply make your favorite vegan cornbread recipe (I often veganize the recipe on the cornmeal container by using almond milk and a flax seed egg), cut it up into crouton sized pieces, toss with a little oil, and either pan-fry them or bake them at 350 until they are golden brown and crispy.

Dessert:  When in doubt, go with the obvious:  tittycakes!  Elvira is not shy about her rather large breasts, so don’t be shy about piling a cupcake (black cocoa powder with make it darker to match her soul) with a rounded mound of vanilla buttercream.  You can use a variety of things to make the nipple; you can dye a little of the buttercream pink and add a dollop, use a cherry, some sort of red candy, whatever.

 

 

posted: October 4, 2011
under: 80s, comedy, horror, so bad it's good, teen
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Everyone knows that the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic horror film, but what about the sequel?  I consider it an enjoyable movie, much sillier than the first and pretty gross.  I think the Breakfast Club movie poster spoof is an obvious indication that this movie was supposed to be more campy than the original.  Last year, I watched it with a group of people who had never seen it before…and none of them liked it!  They all said it was horrible.

I will say that this movie is the only sequel that follows the timeline of the original, it has John Siedow (the cook) from the original, and it is also directed by Tobe Hooper.  So unlike some sequels that have nothing to do with their original film, this one has a lot of ties and I think that alone makes it worth watching.  No matter if it seems good or bad, I always want to see where a sequel will take the story of a movie I really like.

Not only does this movie have Bill Mosley (Otis from Devil’s Rejects) at the beginning of his long horror movie career, but Dennis motherloving Hopper plays a grief-crazed uncle hellbent on revenge! Makeup effects by Tom Savini are also a bonus.

If you don’t want to watch the movie, you can just listen to this awesome song by the biggest local band my town has ever had.

Entree:  In this movie, Drayton Sawyer is famous for his chili.  Texas chili is special though, no beans allowed!

Side:  Who wants to eat chili without cornbread?  I find most cornbread recipes too dry, so when I discovered corn spoon bread (recipe below), I was in love.

Dessert:  I’ve never been to Texas, but I remember one of my mom’s friends was always bringing Texas Sheet Cake to get-togethers (I think she just used german chocolate frosting from a can, but whatevs).

 

Corn Spoon Bread

This recipe is from one of my zines, which is no longer in print.  This is a veganized and modified version of a recipe I found years ago. I hate most cornbreads because I find them too dry. But this bread is dense, extremely moist, and flavorful. I used to put whole kernel corn in it as well, but about half of the people who ate it that way didn’t like it, so i’ve omitted it from the recipe. But if you really love corn, go ahead and add it in.  I don’t go through things like vegan mayo or sour cream very fast, so this is a good way to use things like that up.

 

1 1/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c corn meal
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 c non-dairy milk
1/4 c canola oil
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c vegan sour cream, plain yogurt, or vegan mayo
1 can creamed corn

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a square nonstick baking pan (or a muffin pan).

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the rice milk, canola oil, maple syrup and sour cream (it’s okay if the sour cream is a little lumpy). Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Add the creamed corn and gently mix until just combined.

Pour the batter into the pre-greased pan, and bake in the oven for twenty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out cleanish. This is a spoon bread so it’s not supposed to be completely dry, but the center shouldn’t be liquidy at all. If making muffins, check after ten minutes.

posted: October 3, 2011
under: 80s, horror
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Sleepaway Camp

 

If you’ve seen Sleepaway Camp, you can already guess what this menu is going to look like.  If you haven’t seen it, Sleepaway Camp is one of the few movies where I can honestly say you will be surprised at the ending.

Sleepaway Camp is your basic slasher camp film from the 80’s…with a twist at the end.  I will admit that there isn’t a whole lot else that stands out about it, except that Aunt Martha is an amazingly creepy character.  Who the killer is isn’t the twist as that’s pretty easy to figure out within the first 30 minutes.

Sleepaway Camp spawned two of the most ridiculous sequels ever, both of which I love for how incredibly bad they are.  Bruce Springsteen’s sister Pamela plays the killer in both (which is revealed quickly so that’s not really a spoiler), and it’s just a string of bad puns, cheesy one-liners, and cheap effects for the gruesome deaths.  Death by portapotty, anyone?  There was also a fourth movie, but it was so bad it never even finished filming.

Some of the original cast and crew got together to make Return To Sleepaway Camp, which is a direct sequel to the first one.  It wasn’t great, but I like the fact that so much of the original cast and crew are involved.  The same people are making another sequel, which will have Aunt Martha!

Entree:  Beans and franks, ’nuff said.

Side:  ‘Honey’ glazed carrots (steaming is kind of like boiling, right?)

Dessert:  Raw chocolate walnut balls, or you can make smores since it’s a camp movie.

posted: October 2, 2011
under: 80s, horror, teen
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Little Shop of Horrors

 

I don’t think Little Shop of Horrors is actually considered a horror movie by anyone, but when I was trying to think of movies that fall on the lighter side but are still Halloween appropriate, this immediately came to mind.  This is one of my favorite movies of all time, several VHS copies were worn out during my childhood.  I think it has everything:  singing, comedy, suspense, an amazing cast…I really can’t think of anything bad about this movie.

On the off chance that you have never seen or even heard of Little Shop of Horrors, it’s a musical about a guy who is a total loser, until he discovers a weird plant that attracts a lot of attention to the flower shop where he works.  And then he finds out it needs human blood to grow.  Wacky hijinks ensue, with songs!

EVERYONE is in this movie.  Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Jim Belushi need no introduction if you liked to laugh in the 80’s.  Ellen Greene is amazing as Audrey, you might recently know her as Vivian Charles from Pushing Daisies, or Sylar’s mom on Heroes.  Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold (from Martin) make up 2/3rds of the girl group that wanders around singing.  Bonus:  their names are Crystal, Chiffon, and Ronette, all famous girl groups from the 60’s.

I think it’s clear that the best food to eat while watching this movie is lots raw vegetables, to exact our revenge against Audrey II!

Entree:  Raw falafel with tahini?  Yes please!

Side:  This root vegetable salad looks amazing, and perfect for fall.

Dessert:  If you want to continue with the raw theme, chocolate avocado mousse is a really popular, easy dessert.  If you want to get fancy, you can make these amazing looking gluten-free cardamom and rosewater cream puffs, since Audrey herself is a cream puff.

 

posted: October 1, 2011
under: 80s, horror, kid friendly, musical, sci-fi
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