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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Disney Princesses: Favorite Halloween Activities

What would the Disney Princesses be choosing to do this Halloween?

I have broken them up into 2 groups, the 1 that prefers indoors and the 1 that prefers outdoors.

Prefer to stay indoors on Halloween: 

Snow White: Passing Out Candy
I think Snow White look most forward to passing out candy to all of the spunky visiting children. I think the smile on their faces as she drops the candy in their little bags would make her very happy. I don't think she'd be much interested in any of the more scary elements of this holiday. 

Cinderella: Making Costumes
Whether a costume for herself or all of her DP friends, I think Cinderella enjoys sewing as a hobby and would enjoy challenging herself to make nice costumes on Halloween. Like Snow White, I don't think she'd particularly be much interested in any of the more scary elements of this holiday. 

Tiana: Catering Halloween Parties
There are quite a few reasons that I think Tiana would look forward to this. Bringing people together "from all walks of life" with her good food, showing off her cooking talents and socializing without too much spotlight or expectations (like dressing up and/or dancing). 

Rapunzel: Carving Jack O Lanterns & Making Other Halloween Decorations/Crafts
Very artistic and creative, I think Rapunzel would love this Halloween activity! I think she would want to make multiple Jack O Lanterns and bake the seeds as well. I think she would enjoy going all out, perhaps even building sets etc. for a haunted house. (Maybe she & Cinderella could make the costumes.) I don't think she'd mind going out to see scary events, but I think she'd prefer safer events like Halloween costume parties etc. 

Aurora, Mulan & Elsa: Watching Scary Movies
I think each of these DPs would love watching scary movies the most. I think they'd all like a little scare but not too much. I think they'd enjoy spending time in each other's company and talking about the films more than getting frightened. 

Prefer to go out on Halloween: 
I think each of these DPs would prefer to be out and about on Halloween, checking out all of the themed activities going on. I could see them all checking out haunted/spooky places together. That being said, they'd each still have their own preference or favorite Halloween activity. 
Ariel: Checking out Haunted Locations (i.e. Ships, Graveyards, etc.)

Belle: Checking out Spooky Locations (i.e. Haunted Houses, Asylums, etc.)

Jasmine: Any Halloween Activity Involving Socializing Most likely prefer Halloween parties like Rapunzel but more open to tagging along to see frightening haunted events than Rapunzel would be (especially if it involves a group). 

Pocahontas: Trick over Treat/Pulling Pranks & Scaring Others (Perhaps even Working Scare Events)

Merida: Checking out Halloween Mazes & Walk-Throughs

Anna: Treat over Trick/Collecting Candy & Chocolate 

What do you guys think? What's your favorite Halloween activity? :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Disney Princess Villains: Most Villainous/Scariest Countdown (RATED PG-13)

The content in this article is rated PG-13 for mentioning horror-thematic elements though no explicit details are given. 
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Some Factors in the Countdown: Before I begin the countdown, I want to let everyone know that I think crimes done to children/innocent are the absolute worst and my countdown will no doubt reflect that entirely. Additionally, I tend to believe that it is worse to torture someone than just to kill them. The reason being that their only purpose for living is to live in agony (unless they get away with the scars) where as in death, there is no more pain. I do, however, recognize that torture means chance of survival/rescue whereas death means game-over so sometimes I'm torn. Ultimately I really think it depends on the situation, specifically. (I think that sadly, there can be times when someone might not want to live after the torture they endured and I hope those people know that help is out there.) Furthermore, the more people a villain negatively affects (or tries to affect) the more villainous I consider them to be. For me, less people = More Bully; more people= More Villain. That's not meant to be taken 100%, it's just one factor worth one point in my rating system with many factors involved. That being said, this is a countdown of who I think is the most villainous, as in scariest villains, not who my favorite villains would be. I did not include Mordu as I wouldn't know how to rank him.

Honorary Mention: This Creeper.
Greedy, devious, downright sinister and he owns an asylum! I don't think I have to speak about the horrible things that used to go on in asylums but let's just say, Maurice would not have had a happy ending going there! This guy said himself "Maurice is harmless" but with the right amount of compensation, locking him up was "worth his while". 
"So you want me to throw her father into the asylum, unless she agrees to marry you? Oh that is despicable... (laughs)... I love it!"
12. Duke of Weaselton:
In watching the film Frozen I don't think there is any question that the Duke of Wesealton is certainly a villain (and a weasel). He comes into Arendelle for the first time already looking to manipulate and "exploit" (from his own mouth) Arendelle's secret(s). He is the first person to turn on Elsa and immediately instigate the crowd by calling her a "monster". When Anna goes missing, he tries to do everything he can to paint Anna as a "monster" as well. When the search party is organized to find Anna, he sends his henchmen to kill Elsa so he can try to take over her kingdom. Unfortunately for him, he is very unsuccessful which is why he is a Duke who loses trade with Arendelle and nothing more.

11. Gaston:
Stereotypical "jock" type who thinks he's an alpha-male but in reality is too conceited and narrow-minded to be an alpha-male. This guy doesn't understand boundaries and keeps trying to force himself on Belle. On top of that, he's a narrow-minded and idiotic jerk. Idiot + Jerk = Horrible Combination. As Belle accurately described him, he is "rude and conceited". He becomes a greater villain when he develops the plan to throw Maurice in an asylum if Belle won't marry him. Yikes! That is completely despicable and villainous. In addition, he went on a killing mission solely out of jealousy. Killing someone just because you are jealous that they got the girl over you is insane in my book. The way he tries to manipulate the beast when he is attacking him, saying that Belle could never love someone like him when she has someone like Gaston, was absolutely disgusting and inhumane as well. His life could've been spared and he could've gone back to his 3 bimbettes (Paulette, Claudette & Laurette) but instead he refused to stop attempting to murder the Beast, even if it meant losing his own life in the process. That's frightfully insane to me. 

10. Facilier:
Predator for those with struggles in life and looking for an "easy way out". I'm a bit torn on this one. On one hand, I don't believe it's right to take advantage of other people and manipulate them to harm themselves for one's own benefit. On the other hand, I believe in accountability, responsibility and character; So I believe that once you go looking for an "easy way out", you are inviting certain new things in your life that might harm you. In the end, Facilier paid his own price and the predator became the prey. For me, this will always take away from his villainy. 

9. Jafar:
A coward more than anything else to me. He was the king's advisor who thought the king was an "addlepated wit" so he believed that he should be the one in charge. Unfortunately for him, he was not a prince and therefore could not be in charge... That is, until he got the suggestion of finding a loophole that would force Jasmine to marry him. I find this to be very similar to what Gaston did except Gaston tried to take the problem head on with more character, albeit villainous. Since Jafar used his power to become "Sultan of Agrabah", it put everyone's lives in greater danger who lived in that city. The greater power and responsibility gives Jafar a bump in my book otherwise he would be equal or possibly even less villainous than Gaston. His most frightening forms are the beggar in the prison cell and the snake. (He's got a lot of cool secret passageways though.) 

8. Hans:
A person who was born with too much money and too many siblings; self-absorbed and semi-suave. Unlike Jafar, he was not a coward who sought a handicap to help him. Instead, he was more evil and got right down to dirty business. Similar to Jafar though, his goal was to be in command of an entire kingdom. I must say that it was impressive how he took out the Snow Monster and protected Elsa from the arrow. That being said, he's also a master manipulator. He is supposed to come off charming and impressive etc. He was a phenomenal actor at every part of the film where he was acting. The way he leaned in and faked true love's kiss before showing his true colors was absolutely villainous! Especially paired with a line like "Oh Anna. If only there was someone out there who loved you." Poor Anna didn't even realize what was going on at first. The way he spoke of his plan "As heir, Elsa was preferable, of course. But no one was getting anywhere with her. But you... You were so desperate for love. You were willing to marry me just like that." That was cold. Talk about objectifying people. Additionally, he had always been planning on killing Elsa. Someone who is that cold and calculating is definitely a scary villain in my opinion.
PS All of the corny stuff he did with Anna was pure commitment to his role! 

7. Ratcliffe:
Along the lines of villains on this half of the countdown, his villainy comes from his flaws rather than a downright sinister place. He told the king there would be gold in Virginia without knowing if it were true and turned out to be wrong. Instead of wanting to admit he was wrong, as he knew he would pay the price, he developed a fantasy that the Native Americans must have been hiding the gold. He then used this fantasy to justify genocide. That action is downright sinister but he just doesn't embody "sinister evil" the way other villains do which is why he isn't any higher on this list. 

6. Maleficent:
The Evil Queen had the justification of vanity while Lady Tremaine had the justification of jealousy and maternal instincts but Maleficent has the justification of "not being invited to the party"?! Wow! That's insanely evil. Especially when one goes about the route of punishing an innocent that is close to the heart of the perceived "guilty" party as opposed to taking it out on the actual "guilty" party themselves. Then when the only solution to Aurora's spell appears in Prince Phillip, her plan is to keep him locked up to wither away and die as an old man who was able to do nothing for most of his life but be a prisoner. Geez! When Phillip escapes, she transforms herself into a magnificent evil dragon and that is her best villainous form. Unfortunately, I don't see much more evil actions from her so I cant put her any higher on this countdown but I do think she is a magnificent villain who certainly captures the look and feel of villains. Her powers and dragon transformation are astounding! She has the best entrances and exits of all of the villains. 

5. Lady Tremaine:
We are warned right off the bat in the beginning of Cinderella that the "evil stepmother" here is "Cold, cruel, and bitterly jealous". I believe it is also implied that she is "vain and selfish" which is where her two daughters get it from. Though she is not entirely selfish as she does have the maternal instinct, albeit evil version, to do everything she can to see her daughters thrive. (I personally know that a woman can be selfish enough to not have maternal instinct so that's why I make that distinction. She treated Cinderella bad but not her own two daughters.) Unfortunately, anything means belittling and degrading competition regardless of the fact that they are (were) children. She forced Cinderella to be a servant in her own home and gives her an almost unbearable amount of work to do. She never lets Cinderella speak or defend herself, she simply punishes her regardless. What makes her sick is the fact that she knows that poor Cinderella isn't responsible for what she gets blamed for yet Lady Tremaine berates her for it anyways. She is a master of psychological torment, adding little sentences to Cinderella like "Now, it seems we have time on our hands. time for viscous practical jokes. Perhaps we can put it to better use." She goes on an ego trip, degrading Cinderella and making her redo chores that she has already done on top of countless others that are very back-breaking and time-consuming. She is constantly doing what she can to keep Cinderella looking bad and feeling bad. This is disgusting behavior of a woman towards a child. I can relate to Cinderella in many ways so I understand the torment inflicted by an "evil stepmother and her two daughters"; The evil stepmother who makes you work hard in taking others' chores on, feeds you the bare minimum that she has to only because she has to, doesn't give you proper housing, always blames you just because you are there, never lets you defend yourself ever and on top of it tries to psychologically manipulate you into believing that you are less than you actually are; The two daughters who constantly degrade you and try to put you down and make you feel like less than them as well as get spoiled while you are neglected and they love to rub it in your face. Lady Tremaine knew full and well that Cinderella had nowhere else to go and no way to escape so she just allowed herself to get as nasty with her as she wanted. Even worse, she taught her two little minions to do the same if not worse to Cinderella. She knew exactly what to say to set her daughters off on Cinderella with ripping the dress too as she was a master manipulator. Excuse me, the one route of escape that Cinderella had was finding a man who Lady Tremaine could not stand a chance against rescuing Cinderella. That's why she locked Cinderella in her room during the glass slipper fitting. While I completely respect and admire the maternal desire for one's child(ren) to do well, I find it downright sinister to treat another child like that under the basis of "competition". Nobody should treat children this way and Lady Tremaine started this treatment of Cinderella while she was still a young child. Having met a woman just like her in real life, I don't believe they have souls in the sense of the word. PS I'd like to note that I don't think Cinderella realizes that her strength makes Lady Tremaine treat her worse. While Cinderella does occasionally try to speak up for herself but is silenced right away, she mostly tries to be obedient, thinking it will not make it worse. In one way she is right but I don't believe she recognizes the other side at play because she's too close to the situation as well as doesn't think that way, herself. I think it is only in retrospect that she would be able to realize that Lady Tremaine would never let up until she had completely broken Cinderella's optimistic and innocent spirit.

4. Ursula:
The competitive, cruel, cold-hearted manipulator. She preys on "Poor Unfortunate Souls! It's sad but true." What makes her different, and worse, than Facilier is the fact that she is more like the devil herself than Facilier. She even has contracts which are representative of "making deals with the devil". She lures in "the lonely, the miserable and the weak" in their times of despair, manipulating them so that she can turn around and trap them in a torturous state for the rest of their lives/eternity? While we don't necessarily know if Facilier makes deals with "children", we certainly know that Ursula does. Now I don't think of Ariel as a child since in her time and place, she was a young adult but the main point here is that Ursula called her a "child", therefore saw Ariel as a child and decided to proactively take advantage of her. Ariel was just a "necessary casualty" in Ursula's war for power against Triton. She wanted to hit him where it would hurt him most and she knew his youngest daughter was the perfect way to do that. Unlike Maleficent though, she took it a step forward and manipulated it into a plan to gain power over all of the seas, affecting merpeople and humans alike; Whereas Maleficent just got revenge. She oozes evil with her aggression and devious scheming. She also manipulated the power of love to her advantage, knowing that Ariel would naturally want to do anything to attain her true love. That's despicable to me. She does whatever she wants and she doesn't care about what anyone else thinks or feels. A cold-hearted snake.... 

3. Mother Gothel:
A sick, manipulative, outspoken woman who stole a baby out of vanity. At least the Evil Queen married the father and waited for him to die (most likely) before going after Snow. Additionally, she made Rapunzel live in near-total isolation her whole life. It's surprising that Rapunzel has such a good vocabulary and conversation skills. She should've come out far more socially awkward and ignorant than she was. Back to Mother Gothel. If it wasn't bad enough that she made keeping herself young the sole purpose of Rapunzel's existence, the way she went about it was just atrocious. To keep Rapunzel from leaving the tower, not only did she make the world seem honestly like "hell" but she also made Rapunzel very insecure. Her tactic was to keep Rapunzel down, describing her as "sloppy, under-dressed, immature, clumsy, gullible, naïve, positively grubby, ditzy, vague and getting chubby". This would be horrible coming from a stranger but coming from someone you believe is your mother is just horrifying. It's actually inhumane in my opinion. When Rapunzel believes that Eugene might have feelings for her, Mother Gothel's solution was to completely destroy Rapunzel's confidence and break her heart. She gets even harsher on Rapunzel than ever before by saying "Likes you? Please, Rapunzel, that'sdemented.... Why would he like you? Come on now- really! Look at you- you think that he's impressed?" Ouch! She could've just painted Eugene as a liar and went with the "he's a deceiver who will leave you" argument but no. Instead she decides to make Rapunzel feel like the problem starts with her not being worthy of love. This is heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking. I experienced a lot of this growing up (except with my real mother unfortunately) and I can tell from first-hand that mental abuse like this should not be underrated. Thank goodness Rapunzel was strong and able to overcome Mother Gothel because if she didn't then it would be a devastating ending, in my opinion. I hate to imagine Rapunzel's live if this villain had been successful; forced to be isolated with only a cold manipulator using her for the rest of her life. What makes this all worse is that Mother Gothel is pretending to be Rapunzel's mother. Anyone who knows about psychology, and child psychology in particular, knows that as humans we idolize our mothers and hold her as a pinnacle in our minds and hearts. So to hear such horrible, awful, belittling things from one's mother (or perceived mother in this case) is just heartbreaking, as I said. Plus she hired thugs to frighten her "daughter", thank goodness she didn't take that any further. And she forced Rapunzel to carry her weight up by her hair every time she came and went from the tower (which was quite often) even though she had a (secret) door the whole time! Oh, and she forced Rapunzel to watch as she stabbed and murdered her boyfriend right in front of her eyes... Proof about the psychology towards "mothers" is the fact that even after everything, Rapunzel still couldn't help but feel sad in the moment Mother Gothel died in front of her eyes as well. That makes the whole situation even worse to me. The fact that someone so innocent as Rapunzel had to live so closely bonded with such a monster without even realizing it (for the most part).

2. Evil Queen:
Completely horrible human being. This woman actually wanted to kill a child solely out of vanity. Talk about sinister. She is incredibly villainous, with her jealousy knowing no bounds or limits. She believes she can do whatever she wants, including killing someone because they make her feel bad about the way she looks. She is ridiculously competitive and stubborn, never ceasing to go after Snow when she finds out that her plans to kill her have failed. The simple fact that another female who is prettier than her could even be alive, was too much for her to bare. That's a woman with some serious issues and this woman had authoritative power over a kingdom? Yikes! She also practices witchcraft, black arts, black magic, and sorcery which is incredibly frightening. She is very symbolic of a Satanist, in my eyes. Those people are truly frightening to me as their #1 rule is self-centeredness: Do whatever you want, whenever you want it (regardless of what anyone else thinks). It is their excuse for all kinds of horrors. As she goes deep into her dungeon we see many skulls and one skeleton of a prisoner that she clearly had locked up and starved to death. Upon seeing this forgotten prisoner, she kicks it's bones! She is called the "EvilQueen" for a reason. She combines torture and murder. When I was a young girl and went to Disneyland, I remember her in the window and it frightening me as well as everywhere she was on the "Snow White" ride. I do think they should've shown more assassination attempts on her part to be more accurate with the original tale. The lightning bolt death was the most amazing villain death ever though, it was like nature claiming her because she was so vile. 

1. Shan Yu:
Based largely on a real-life villain, Attila the Hun. Anyone who knows this part of history knows that this guy was evil incarnate. "This name was synonymous with terror among his enemies and the general populace of the territories that his armies swept through." Did anyone else see the village that Shang's father failed to protect? That was the work of this guy, Shan Yu. Talk about a frightening scene. He had to have slaughtered the entire military as well as every townsperson including the women and children. I wont speak about this in detail but it's likely that the women of the village had slower and more painful deaths than everyone else in town. What an absolutely horrendous way to die. This guy was murdering countless people with his hands and simple weapons. He was killing people up close and personal in gruesome fashion. He also killed people "just because" as shown in his line, "How many messengers does it take to send a message?" and he clearly commands equally sinister people as one of his soldiers gave an evil smile and answered "Just one." before setting up his bow and arrow. An avalanche couldn't kill this guy and when he popped out of the snow along with his hardiest soldiers, well that was the stuff scary movies are made of. (Another thing scary movies are made of: Shan Yu perched at the top of the building like a gargoyle, so scary!) This is hands down to me, without a doubt the all-time worst DP villain as he combined torture and murder for nothing other than his own ego and power. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Disney Princesses: Halloween Movie Recommendations [Rated PG-13]

Keeping along with my Halloween/Autumn-themed articles, I wanted to make a "Scary Movie" post! I LOVE to binge watch scary movies in the month of October; I suppose it's my way of celebrating the Halloween holiday since I don't do trick-or-treating or anything like that. Since most of the material on my blog is on family-friendly topics, I will only be providing films with a rating of "PG" or "PG-13" to be more content-friendly. (I even provided the rankings for each film along with the year since there was no "PG-13" rating pre-1984 [coincidentally!].) The films I chose can be looked at 2 ways: (1) a film I think the Disney Princesses would like most as a scary movie or get most scared by and (2) a Halloween/Scary movie that I would recommend to you based on your favorite Disney Princess!

Snow White: When a Stranger Calls (2006) [PG-13]:
I picked this one for Snow White because it seems to me like Snow White is so motherly and caring that she could never abandon children, especially in danger. I think this would be a very scary movie and situation to her. She might feel helpless to help the children on one hand but also she will feel obligated to do what she can to keep them safe.
During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.
Cinderella: Darkness Falls (2000) [PG-13]:
I picked this one for Cinderella because she got help from a fairy godmother so the idea that the miraculous helper would actually be the villain, I think, would be very frightening to Cinderella. I also think Cinderella would find the concept of taking a friendly, positive childish image and turning it into a creepy, frightening image to be brilliantly scary.
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Aurora: The Witches (1990) [PG]:
Evil female witches who stalk on children? I think this one is right up Aurora's alley and would definitely remind her of Maleficent. I think she would find all of the witches motives and actions to be very frightening and she could relate to the horror that some of the kids in the film go through. I think she would also appreciate that the main child's goodness prevails. Furthermore, there is a mystical magical element to this scary movie, just like there's a magical element to Sleeping Beauty!
A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.
Ariel: Jaws (1975) [PG]:
At the risk of being obvious and cliché, no one would understand the real fear of sharks the way Ariel would since she's actually experienced them up close. I think she might find it very frightening that both mermaids and humans are equally afraid of sharks. She's definitely safer on land but even the "landies" fear the sharks.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
Belle: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) [PG]:
This movie, in particular, watches very much like a book reads so I think Belle would particularly enjoy this. It's a very atmospheric and mysterious piece, watching much like a mystery novel. Since Belle has been known to break the rules in the name of adventure, I'd think she'd feel a special connection to the plot as well as the overall concept of the film and the way it is done.
During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
Jasmine: The Others (2000) [PG-13]:
Since Jasmine spent her whole life feeling trapped and not able to explore and socialize the way she wanted to, I think she would find this story absolutely horrific. Particularly, Jasmine would find the ending to be very frightening. To find out that you were more trapped than you even thought would possibly be the worst thing Jasmine could imagine.
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Pocahontas: The Mothman Prophecies (2000) [PG-13]:
Why? Because it is a creature of nature[?] providing a sign of bad things to come. Since Pocahontas loves to look for the meaning behind things and this is based on an unexplainable true story, I think she would find this particularly spooky.
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Mulan: Stephen King's IT (1990) [PG-13]:
I don't know why, but I get the sense that Mulan would find clowns to be creepy. (Then again don't a lot of people?) What I mean to say is, I think Mulan would find clowns to be especially creepy. Perhaps because of their hiding who they are behind all of the make up and costume which she doesn't agree with as shown in her song "Reflection". Anyways, this is technically a TV-Series and not a movie but it's still incredibly frightening and very well done nonetheless. (Plus I always thought it was a movie as a child since that's the only way I ever saw it.)
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Tiana: The Skeleton Key (2005) [PG-13]:
Much like in Ariel's case, I think Tiana would find this extra frightening because of her personal relation. I think she would find the voodoo element to be quite scary and realistic. Especially since the concept here is believing in it makes you subject to it and she certainly believes in it already as she's seen it's power.
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Rapunzel: Watcher In The Woods (1980) [PG]:
A girl who gets lost in the woods and is never seen from or heard from again? I think this sums up all of the fears Rapunzel had trying to leave her tower. Woods, ghosts, spirits, séances, etc. This might even be a movie Mother Gothel would show her as a young girl to keep her from ever leaving the tower.
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Merida: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) [PG]:
Since Merida is so passionate about sticking to her beliefs and who she is, I think she would find the concept of "You are you but not really you" to be the most frightening of all of the DPs. Merida is far from a conformist so she would not want her body taken over and being forced to convert to a lifestyle she doesn't agree with.
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Elsa: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) [PG]:
The struggle between good and evil is something Elsa heavily identifies with in relation to her powers. I think she would really appreciate that good/evil battle element a lot. Since it is the Carnival coming to town that is bringing the "wicked", I think Elsa would also like the symbolism of something that seems fun might not always be. (PS This one's a Disney film! ❤ Bonus!)
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Anna: The Twilight Zone Movie (1983) [PG-13]:
I think her quirky and spontaneous kind of character would love this anthology type of film. Without giving anything away for potentially new viewers, I think she'd enjoy all 4 stories and find a special little connection to them each, which would make the overall film much more enjoyable.
Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Disney Princess Villains: Songs Countdown 

There aren't many Disney Princess villain songs overall but I came up with at least 9 that were good enough to use for the sake of this countdown. I rated each of the songs against how villainous the lyrics were, how villainous the music sounds, how villainous the scene that accompanies the song in the film is and how villainous is the goal of the villain (or just the villain itself) singing the song? I ranked each song in the 4 categories and then ranked them overall by accumulative "evil" points. The countdown begins:

9. Mine, Mine, Mine by Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas - Lyrics: 8; Music: 9; Scene: 9; Goal: 7.
It's hard for this song to come off very villainy when John Smith starts singing about discovering a new wondrous world right in the middle. The music doesn't come off villainous at all and the lyrics and goal are self-centered and deluded but not predominantly villainous. The most villainous part of this song, to me. is the cutting down of the trees as the song is playing.

8. Prince Ali Reprise by Jafar in Aladdin - Lyrics: 9; Music: 8; Scene: 8; Goal: 6.
Thanks Jafar, Ali is Aladdin and that doesn't end the world. Jafar's intentions far exceeded his success in his villainous goals. He thought telling Jasmine the truth would ruin their love but it was really a trivial thing while he's trying to take over and rule the entire kingdom of Agrabah. The music and scene weren't very scary but they didn't come off kind of neutral like "Mine, Mine, Mine".

7. Friends on the Other Side by Dr. Facilier in Princess and the Frog - Lyrics: 7; Music: 5; Scene: 7; Goal: 9
Definitely one of the creepiest scenes in a DP film as well as creepy sounding music but then it kind of loses steam. The lyrics aren't to frightening to me because I don't believe in voodoo. The music is more jazzy than scary and the scene isn't that scary until the ending. The ending comes off more like Facilier drugged Naveen as it looks very psychedelic. Additionally, Facilier pays his own price in the end which makes him less frightening for me as he is clearly not at the top of his villain line/film.

6. Mother Knows Best by Mother Gothel in Tangled - Lyrics: 3; Music: 7; Scene: 5; Goal: 8.
The lyrics here are pretty frightening thanks to the delivery of Mother Gothel and the (forced) ignorance of Rapunzel. Mother Gothel has done everything to shelter Rapunzel in a way that she will believe every word, in addition to making her believe that she is her mother. Basically Mother Gothel thinks of all of the horrible things in the world and names them off in a way that makes them seem more common and unavoidable then they actually are. One of the most frightening things overall is that everything she names off is true with the exceptions of "the plague" (mostly gone and extremely rare) and "men with pointy teeth" (what?). The music is very catchy and not too scary. The scene is disturbing the way Mother Gothel messes with Rapunzel's psyche and tries to frighten her. (i.e. Mother Gothel hugging Rapunzel then turning into a mannequin without a head; Mother Gothel slapping Rapunzel in the back of the head with a mop; etc.) The goal of Mother Gothel here is definitely immoral but not completely villainous as it only hurts three people (she and her parents) by keeping Rapunzel trapped for Mother Gothel's own selfish gain. (I would rate it worse if she were trying to kill Rapunzel or hurt other people as well.)

5. Poor Unfortunate Souls by Ursula in The Little Mermaid: Lyrics: 5; Music: 6; Scene: 6; Goal: 2.
I don't find the lyrics to be frightening so much as clever. I do think the lyrics give a great description of what it is that Ursula does, play off of people who are "miserable, lonely and depressed" and then tricks them into making a deal so that she can force them to live in pain and agony the rest of their lives. The lyrics also show her manipulation tactics, distorting the truth to her advantage, as well as her cruelness. She makes some sense and argues quite the case, making an offer that Ariel and others can't refuse. The music is dark but not the creepiest of the villains. The music is very memorable but also too catchy and broadway-esque to be frightening. The scene is dark and creepy but also slightly comedic, it isn't until Ursula takes Ariel's voice away after the song that the scene fully reaches it's creepy/frightening height. As a villain I find her to be far worse than Dr. Facilier because she is more of a she-devil than a sea witch. While Dr. Facilier works for his "friends on the other side", Ursula works for herself which means she does this solely for her own pleasure. She tricks Ariel into "making a deal with the devil" and then proactively does everything she can to keep Ariel from fulfilling her end so that she can transform her to live in agony and misery like her other captives.

TIE 3. Friends on the Other Side Reprise by Dr. Facilier & Friends on the Other Side in Princess and the Frog: Lyrics: 4; Music: 4; Scene: 3; Goal: 5
Definitely creepier than the original in every way. The lyrics are more frightening with Dr. Facilier's clear and adamant protests that he is "not ready at all". His pleading makes the scene and song far more scary. The music here is much more dark, haunting and eerie unlike the original jazzier version. The scene is the most frightening in the entire film (to me) showing the dark spirits (worse villain) closing in on the (lesser) villain. The creepy zombie dolls, shadows, graveyard, masks and flying colors make for a very disturbing setting and scene; Especially with Facilier's tombstone at the ending of the scene (engraved horrified face is a really nice touch). The goal of this villain isn't more frightening than Facilier's goal but I find this villain to be far more frightening than Facilier as he clearly has more powers.

TIE 3. The Mob Song by Gaston in Beauty and the Beast: Lyrics: 6; Music: 3; Scene: 4; Goal: 3.
The lyrics are definitely frightening to the townspeople with lines like "The Beast will make off with your children... He'll come after them in the night... Set to sacrifice our children to his monstrous appetite." I can see why the townspeople would be frightened by him as well as Belle frightened for the Beast's safety but the lyrics are more like a "scary story" than anything else. The music is one of the darkest songs in DP history, definitely. I have always remembered this song as a child because it was so dark and scary and always stood out to me. The score is perfectly dark, eerie, haunting and matches the story that Gaston is giving about the beast. The scene is frightening if you care about Belle and her love, which I absolutely do. Additionally, it was frightening to see this man lead his whole town to march for a kill. Very reminiscent of Frankenstein and this reality of people frightening what they don't know and often opting for murder is very scary and villainous. The goal of Gaston is very despicable, he is killing for jealousy of his own shortcomings. He is not good enough for Belle and he hates that Belle would choose someone else over him, despite the fact that Belle made it clear she would never choose Gaston. This is also very frightening because Gaston won't even gain anything here but killing Belle's love as getting rid of him won't ensure him anything but hate from Belle (not her love or hand in marriage).

2. Mother Knows Best Reprise by Mother Gothel in Tangled: Lyrics: 2; Music: 2; Scene: 2; Goal: 4.
The lyrics to this reprise are even worse than the original when Mother Gothel crushes Rapunzel's hope of love with Eugene so harshly. Rapunzel: I think he likes me. Mother Gothel: Likes you? Please, Rapunzel, that's demented..... Why would he like you? Come on now, really. Look at you? You think that he's impressed?..... If he's lying don't come crying, mother knows best!" Even if she was 100% right and Eugene didn't love Rapunzel and was just using her, this would still be too harsh a way to deliver such news. She wasn't just trying to warn Rapunzel of some potentially bad suitor, she was trying to make Rapunzel feel as though she wasn't worthy of love or affection from any guy and furthermore that she was foolish to believe such a thing. It is just awful to be degraded this way, especially coming from one's mother (or believed to be mother). The music is a classical dark and eerie piece with no notes of joy. The scene is completely disturbing especially considering the lyrics of the song and goal of Mother Gothel. The scene is almost completely black and blue, very dark and fitting of it's dark song. Mother Gothel's aging from her lack of magical healing also serves to make the scene even creepier than with the original song. Mother Gothel's goal in the Reprise is far worse than her original song because now she's not just trapping a little girl but proactively trying to break Rapunzel's heart and destroy her innocence, hope and chance at love on top of manipulating her to go back to being trapped.

1. Savages Part 1 & 2 by European settlers & Native Americans in Pocahontas:Lyrics: 1; Music: 1; Scene: 1; Goal: 1.
So because I like to watch the special features on DVDs, I watched Pocahontas with the audio commentary. The neat thing though, was that they talked about how Governor Ratcliffe was kind of the villain, but in reality "hate and prejudice" was the real villain. That's from the commentary on the Blu Ray disc. That being said, it only made perfect sense that this song is the most villainous in every which way. The lyrics are atrocious from both sides "They're not like you and me, which means they must be evil. We must sound the drums of war.... They're different from us, which means they can't be trusted. We must sound the drums of war...." Talk like that is incredibly frightening. The music is certainly dark and has the feel of urge and anger. Amazingly done score that does have the feel of war, fright, anger and anxiety. The scene is very scary and powerful, showing both sides jumping to war and dehumanizing the enemy. This scene is only showing the preparation for war and not a war itself but it is just as frightening as a scene of war. The lightning bolt at the end of Savages part 1 as the two clouds of each group collides is an excellent artistic touch. The goal of each side is despicable since both are thinking in terms of genocide and it was very accurate to label the concept/way of thinking going on as the real evil villain. Even worse, this hate war birthed from love since it was Pocahontas and Smith's love/kiss that started the killing. By far, this is the most villainous and frightening song of all DP films.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Disney Princess Villains: Evil Laughs Countdown

It is the month of October which, in reference to Disney Princesses, definitely makes me think of the villains!

Since I enjoy themes, October will have a "Halloween, Autumn, or Villain" theme in most of my posts. This one is going with Halloween & Villains! I only included the villains that I actually remember doing an "evil laugh" in their original film:

9. Governor Ratcliffe- Pocahontas: Not really an evil laugh, more of a "bad person" laugh. Not too scary.

8. Lady Tremaine- Cinderella: Although it's evil, it's not a laugh. She only ever chuckles albeit in a sinister manner.

7. Mother Gothel- Tangled: More of a chuckles overall but still bigger of a laugh then Lady Tremaine's. This laugh comes off more like a light cackle.

6. Jafar- Aladdin: Sometimes referred to as the most sinister laugh in many countdowns, but not to me. I think this laugh sounds like a mad man, definitely, but isn't exactly more frightening than the "evil laughs" that beat it on my countdown.

5. Dr. Facilier- Princess and the Frog: Definitely a creepy laugh but never too loud or long so it was actually hard to rate. It's often lost in the creepy songs around it.

4. Gaston- Beauty and the Beast:
Some people might find this surprising but I thought this was completely sinister, especially as he was going after the beast to kill him. This laugh was incredibly confident and assertive. Perhaps it's just me, but a man who confidently laughs before he's about to make a (basically) human kill is definitely frightening. His assertiveness in his "killing/hunting" talent conveyed by his laugh scares me.

3. The Evil Queen- Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs:
The old "hag" cackling is absolutely sinister. As a young girl I remember hearing her laugh in the "Snow White" ride at Disneyland and how haunting it sounded. For an old lady, she nails sinister and scary.

2. Ursula- The Little Mermaid: The heartiest cackling of all of the villains, this one sounds like it's coming from a very evil woman. Not only is Ursula a huge and scary looking woman, her laugh actually sounds like she eats children or people. You can tell that she loves being evil and that oozes out of every "evil laugh" she gives, whether as Ursula or Vanessa.

1. Maleficent- Sleeping Beauty: Was there any doubt? Her cackling is so feminine yet it is the most sinister of all. Her evil laugh would make the perfect one for haunted houses. If I ever heard this laugh anywhere in the world, I would definitely get very frightened and very alert. Her evil laugh definitely takes the cake when it comes to "sinister and malicious". The most frightening and evil of all, by far.

Do you agree? Disagree? Would you rank differently? Let me know in comments below!