Just some thoughts and ideas going around in my head while trying to figure out where I am and where everyone else is going.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Room for one more...

You will have to know what I'm talking about to see how the title of this piece fits in, but it’s Halloween and you can have all your Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger or Friday the 13th movies. You can have all the slice and dice, slash and burn, cut ‘em up and throw some fake blood about and make you jump movies, but they are don’t make you think movies and that to me is the true horror.

Speaking of thinking, I remember hearing when Michael Redgrave died and wondering, “Who’s he?” Then hearing that he was a famous actor and the father of Vanessa Redgrave and wondering, “Who’s she?”

I would find out later that Vanessa had a sister, Lynn who had a TV show about some sort of hospital that I’ve forgotten the name of that I would watch. Vanessa also had an actor brother Corin and a daughter Natasha Richardson who I had seen star in a movie with Christopher Walken and would later marry the actor Liam Neeson. Vanessa had another daughter whose name is I’m not sure of, but since I don’t think I’ve seen any of her work, it doesn’t matter right now.

In time I began to learn about the contributions that all the Redgraves had made to film and cinema, if not the theatre. I began learn that each time one of them was the screen, the father, the daughters, the granddaughters, even the son now and again, there was that special spark that lights up the screen and made you take notice of what was going on. The best of them was of course the father, the original, and I don’t know why that is but it just is.

You can see how good he is in many of his movies from the mid 30’s and early 50’s but since it’s Halloween the one that I want to show here is Dead of Night where Redgrave plays a ventriloquist whose dummy starts to take on a personality of its own. This was or is a sort of early version of the Twighlight Zone where in fact many parts of the movie could be found as whole episodes of the later produced TV show sans Rod Serling doing the prolog. 

I’ve only seen this movie once before when they used to show classic movies on regular TV on a regular basis, but it’s always stuck with me.

Like the guy says, if you’re looking for something to curl up to this Halloween weekend, you could do worse by passing up this movie.

Oh and Happy Halloween.


  1. The Redgraves? I remember them well Vanessa at least and her dad.

    The Halloween Horror or Horror Flicks in general are not my niche, but I have a younger sister that introduced me to some of those movies and you're right if they can't make one think, then it is a horror in itself. She is a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Ron Sterling, Freddy and Jason.

  2. Nice blog... I just stumbled upon it while attempting to put off doing more work... The distraction was much appreciated.

  3. Chet - Speaking of thinking, even though Alfred Hitchcock was more a suspense movie director than a horror movie director, he was the master when he had all his spark plugs firing in time and Bernie Hermann doing his music and a producer strong enough to tell him no. Your sister has great taste.

    BosGuy - Nice of you to drop on by. Feel free to come back again there'll be no charge until the 4th of 5th visit.


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