Friday, October 13, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Thirteen

Welcome back to day thirteen of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

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Happy Friday the 13th! I'll be honest, I hate this day because I'm that really annoying superstitious person that is just a complete ball of anxiety all day, waiting for the worst to happen. I know today would have been the perfect opportunity to talk about the Friday the 13th films but honestly, I've actually never watched the originals and I haven't watched the remakes since I was a teenager because they're not something I loveI could of been fake and made the post anyway but instead let's talk about a film I do actually love: Addams Family Values (1993) 

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The film follows the Addams Family once again as they celebrate the arrival of their new baby boy - Pubert. However, siblings Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are not pleased by the new addition and are doing everything in their power to eliminate him for good. Meanwhile, new nanny Debbie (Joan Cusack) is set on controlling Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) and isolating him completely from his family. Will she be stopped in time?

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I've already spoken about how much I love The Addams Family (1991) and today it's time for its sequel that was released two years later. Usually when I love a film, the second instalment just doesn't match up to its first counterpart very well and is just really disappointing. However, this is the exception to the rule and is still brilliant. In fact, I much prefer it to the first. Everything that made it great the first time around is still just as good but that little bit better and I personally find the plot to be a lot more interesting. I think it's because this time around they don't have to focus on setting the groundwork for all the characters so much. They've been established and by now we're well accustomed to their personalities and little quirks. 

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I would say that is probably one of my favourite screenplays to date and I really do think it has held up to the test of time and is something I still find funny all these years later. In fact, I probably laugh more now because I actually understand all the jokes that I didn't as a child. It's definitely a very quotable film and even when it's not Halloween, I'm always seeing people posting quotes on social media and I love that even 23 years later, it's still relatable and funny. I'm also so glad that the production design and cinematography are still as beautiful and in that respect, it didn't lose any of its magic. 

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Sadly, Raúl Juliá (Gomez Addams) suddenly passed away in early 1994 and this actually happened to be one of his last films he ever made. I never knew this until quite recently and that makes me so sad, he was such a talented man.

As a result, we would never have any more Addams Family films but I feel like they may have been a couple more otherwise. They did try and revive the franchise in 1998 with Addams Family Reunion...But we honestly shouldn't even talk about it because it's absolutely dreadful. I think they thought if they got a big name like Tim Curry to play Gomez, it would be a success. NO. It wasn't just its gothic themes and macabre humour we loved, it was the cast that really made it what it was. They were all perfect for those roles and no one else would ever compare.

Halloween or not, this is a great film to watch anytime in my opinion. Wednesday Addams will always be my queen and Gomez and Morticia are definitely what the youth call "relationship goals". My boyfriend is a huge film snob and most films I make him watch he hates and rates them really poorly on Letterboxd but I noticed he even gave this four stars which in my eyes, confirms how amazing this film is. 

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“I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade."

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