VeganMoFo, Day 31: Ginger Snaps, Vegan Zombies & Hallow-weenies

October 31st, 2009 11:37 am by Kelly Garbato

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And the consumer becomes the consumed!

It’s October 31st, folks! You know what that means: Halloween and the end of VeganMoFo. Thirty-one days, thirty-one posts. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted….and totally looking forward to VeganMoFo IV!

The Mr. and I will spend the day taking in an orgy of Halloween horror movies and vegan junk food, so I don’t have enough time to put together a cohesive post. But that’s okay, because hopefully you don’t have time to read a cohesive post.

On the schedule for today, movie-wise, is:

The Alphabet Killer (2008)

The Alphabet Killer is based on the double initial killings in Rochester, New York in the early 1970s. Eliza Dusku stars as Megan Paige, a police officer who is highly committed to the job. She develops schizophrenia, lasting for more than six months, and includes one month of active symptoms such as illusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior. Megan’s obsession leads her to a breakdown and a violent episode which lands her in the hospital. She eventually loses her fiance, Kenneth (Cary), and her job. Two years later Megan is back working as an advisor, but her more or less normal life goes to hell again when another murder is called in. Her fire rekindled, Megan sets out to find the killer, and this time she plans to get the job done, with or without the department’s assistance.

Fairly B-grade stuff, but it’s set in my hometown, so it’s a no-brainer. Still waiting on the Arthur Shawcross Lifetime movie-of-the-week.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die.

Feminist horror: yes, please! (See also: Teeth. No, seriously, go watch it. Now!)

Quarantine (2008)

Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew’s videotape.

There had better be zombies!

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old “halfling.” Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent onto an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization she works for, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil patriarch of all vampires. Using her superhman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base’s general that Saya learns of her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection…

Vampires and swordplay – how can you go wrong?

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.

Okay, so Underworld: Evolution sucked, but the third installment looks to be a do-over (read: prequel), so hopefully they’ll recapture the awesomeness of 2003’s Underworld. And while I’ll miss Kate Beckinsale terribly, Rhona Mitra kicks some serious ass, too.

Mary Reilly (1996)

Mary Reilly is a lonely servant in the home of Dr Henry Jekyll, devoted to her position and her master. Slowly, a gradual friendship between Mary and the doctor begins as well as a growing attraction. However, Mary’s quiet presence is thrown upside down when she meets Henry Jekyll’s assistant, the handsome but enigmatic Edward Hyde. Although initially repelled, Mary soon finds herself drawn towards his passionate nature. But Edward Hyde is not all he seems…

A thriller with a female lead! As a feminist horror aficionado, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen this film.

Possibly we won’t be able to fit them all in today, but that’s cool; there’s always next weekend. Of course, I’ll be watching with notebook in hand, so I can enter these flicks in The Bechdel Test Movie List.

If the list looks light on zombies, it is – I think we’ve already watched every zombie movie out there. Speaking of which, do yourself a favor and go see Zombieland this weekend. Zombies, vegan Twinkies and a 50/50 male/female cast – what else might a flick need?

As for eats, we’ve got:

Vegan pizza!

– Leftover pasta – just a simple linguine in red sauce – from last night. (Hey, you don’t want to have to do too much cooking during a movie marathon, am I right?)

– Black bean brownies and green tea cupcakes, which I made during yesterday’s VeganMoFo penance spree.

– Freshly popped, movie theater quality popcorn!

Go Max Go bars (even though VeganMoFo has come and gone, I still plan on reviewing these, swear!).

– Dandies! (Great for snacking.)

– Homemade ice cream!

– Generic (read: vegan) Chex Mix, Veggie Stix, and Kettle Chips Salt & Vinegar potato chips – with Onion/Tofutti Sour Cream dip, natch.

Not for eating, but also on the menu, are five festive doggies:

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Okay, okay, you got me; these are all photos from Halloweens past. The weather has been very dreary this month, so I haven’t been able to take many costumed photos of the dogs.

Sadly, this is the best I could do (top to bottom, as always, are: Ralphie, Peedee, O-Ren, Kaylee and Jayne):

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I will totally make up for it this FSMas. (Cue evil laugh.)

While we’re on the subject (well, in that area of the house), check out this adorable button Warrior Two gifted me!

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Total cuteness. Don’t worry, my flying spaghetti monsters are all vegan. They love…soy balls!

Of course, no vegan Halloween post would be complete without mention of the Vegan Zombie Food Pyramid!

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This piece of VeganMoFo/Halloween awesomeness is based on the Zombie Food Pyramid:

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Which in turn is based on the old school USDA Food Guide Pyramid. (Yawn. Boring. Meat and dairy, no want.)

(Via Ida, who tweeted me the link in response to “my” GRAAAAAAINS! joke.)

And that’s it for me. Barring any unforeseen yard work, I’ll talk to y’all tomorrow, which is World Vegan Day (the celebrations, they never end!). Please join me in sharing your vegan “a-ha!” moment, if you’ve a chance.

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Opening photo via Flickr user biblicone.

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3 Responses to “VeganMoFo, Day 31: Ginger Snaps, Vegan Zombies & Hallow-weenies”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Looooove “Ginger Snaps.” Total campy deliciousness. I recall hating “Mary Reilly,” though. I can’t remember much about it other than disliking Julia Roberts. But hey, Jekyll & Hyde for the win!

    I watched all or part of “The Hunger,” “Psycho Beach Party,” and “Dawn of the Dead.” Very satisfying. :)

  2. Geek Uncle Says:

    Looooove “Ginger Snaps.” Total campy deliciousness. I recall hating “Mary Reilly,” though. I can’t remember much about it other than disliking Julia Roberts. But hey, Jekyll & Hyde for the win!

    I watched all or part of “The Hunger,” “Psycho Beach Party,” and “Dawn of the Dead.” Very satisfying. :)

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