The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Yes, it's a classic book and later a classic movie starring a very young Judy Garland, but you haven't experienced it until you've read and/or seen it in the original Vulcan.

d'Oro t'Hy-Gale heh wuh Yar-khush Kahr

The Vulcan book is titled "d'Oro t'Hy-Gale heh wuh Yar-khush Kahr." The best translation for us Earthers would be "d'Oro t'Hy-Gale and the Emerald City."

The Vulcan's also have a movie version of the book, although only us Earthers would call it a movie. The Vulcan's prefer to describe it as a visual essay on the benefits of logic to overcome even the most dire of situations. The only copies of the Vulcan's video essay can be viewed at the Katric Arc, or at the Vulcan Science Academy. (Unless you are a subscriber to the Kelvin Timeline, then you know that these have been lost forever).

Similar to the Terran version of the story, the original follows the adventures and pitfalls of a young Vulcan girl name d'Oro t'Hy-Gale who is abruptly ripped from the security of her family home, not by a tornado, but by a quantum string anomaly and emerges in a very strange land. Her emergence from the string, also killed a denizen of the land and immediately causes an uproar. Her only comfort upon emergence was that her pet Sehlat named t'Oto was also caught in the anomaly.

d'Oro, although very young, was trained and excelled in the Vulcan disciplines of logic, but logic may not be enough for d'Oro, because she is nearing the onset of her first Pon Farr.

The locals realize that d"Oro needs help in getting home and advise her to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City to find the Wizard, an omnipotent being that is the only one able to assist her in traversing the anomaly to get home.

On her way, she meets many strange characters, some helpful, some hindering, but she will need every bit of her logical will that is rapidly waning under pressures of Pon Farr to overcome the vengeful wrath of the Pulaski, who blames d'Oro for the willful killing of her sister upon d'Oro's emergence from the quantum string.

The Original Cast

Of the Vulcan Video Essay - d'Oro t'Hy-Gale heh wuh Yar-khush Kahr

d'Oro t'Hy-Gale

t'Oto, d'Oro's pet sehlat

Auntie Em and Uncle h'Enry

The Pulaski - d'Oro's Nemisis
This character is believed to be the inspiration for the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's version.

The Munchkins:
Foreground The Mayor, Background, The Solicitor

Believed to be the basis for the Good Witch of the North, the Wicked Witch of the West's other sibling

The Tin Man

The Scarecrow

The Cowardly Gorn

The Masseuse:
An expert in Vulcan acupressure massage, The Tin Man recruits her services to help d'Oro, for her Pon Farr is getting more intense and he believes that her skills in acupressure may reduce the severity of d'Oro's mating urges. (Who says that the Tin Man doesn't have a heart)

The Capitalists
The Capitalists were a constant hindrance to d'Oro in her quest to find the Wizard in order to get home. They are the ultimate scam artists and would appear in hoards to steal yellow bricks to press in counterfeit Latinum, thus altering the path that d'Oro has been set on to find the Wizard. The Capitalists became the winged monkeys in the Baum version.

The Bartenders (Left: d'Ozzie, Right, Foxxfyrre)
They are the Bartenders at the t'Atooine Cantina in Emerald City. The acupressure sessions with the masseuse did not help to reduce the pressures of d'Oro's Pon Farr. d'Oro and her entourage ended up at the Cantina on a fancy dress themed night. Willing to do anything to end the suffering of her Pon Farr, d'Oro comes to the logical conclusion and takes matters into her own hands and 'cures' her Pon Farr with the eager help of these two 'stooges'.

You guessed it--The Wizard

d'Oro t'Hy-Gale heh wuh Yar-khush Kahris the finest example of Vulcan literature and the movie-or should I say Visual Essay- is a masterpiece. Emotional, heart-wrenching, humorous, at times horrifying, and at times sexy to near risque, are not terms that one would normally associate with Vulcans.
To the Vulcans, it is revered as a teaching tool to instruct their children in the benefits of logic over emotion, but to the rest of the galaxy it's an epic. And us illogical Terran's would not have our beloved Wizard of Oz without it.
Hope you enjoyed my Star Trek Wizard of Oz Mash-up
Just having a little bit of fun with my nerdiness :)
Foxxfyrre aka Frank Sirianni

That's Not Me

Foxxfyrre Flicks

That's Not Me

Not too many things creep me out any more. The ghoul/demon/she-devil/or what ever you want to call what is in this short film did bring out the creep factor. That's Not Me is only three and a half minutes long, but that is more than enough time to get the hairs on the nape of your neck to stand.

Two very big and twitching thumbs up.

Frank Sirianni aka Foxxfyrre

5 All Time Favourite Horror Flicks

The following movies--in no specific order--are my favorite horror flicks. I'm an big horror fan, so to reduce the list to only 5 was really a difficult task for me. To make this daunting task a little easier, I narrowed it down by answering the following questions:
  1. What movies had a lasting impact?
    1. Such as KEEPING ME UP ALL NIGHT, and for HOW LONG
    2. Couldn't help but talk about the movie with friends
    3. Made me think or, more precisely, made me try NOT to think about the movie.
  2. Were there some good OMG and WTF moments?
  3. Was the Creep-Me-Out-Factor high enough?
  4. Was the publicity and hype about the movie just hype, or were the hype and reviews spot on?

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist, bar none, had to be the scariest movie that I can remember seeing. I was 13 years old when it came out in theaters and I remember the hype surrounding the movie. Everyone was talking about it. Some loved it. Some hated it. Some swore they would never see it. It seemed like someone had some opinion about the Exorcist. I finally got to see it later that year by bugging my parents enough to them finally agreeing to go see it with me (I needed adults to accompany me to get in--thank God my parents are horror buffs too).

From the above criteria that I used to put this list together, The Exorcist meets them all in spades. Creep factor--There's more OMG and WTF's in that movie than I can count. The hype was tremendous. Did it have a lasting impact--well, let's see--Did I lose sleep? You Bet. The night we saw The Exorcist, we had just moved from Vancouver to Ottawa and were staying in an older hotel in the down-town area. The room we had was beside the elevator--not the modern automatic, but the wrought-iron-bird-cage-heavier-than-hell-rattling-deathtraps. And it shook everything when it stopped. I didn't realize how much it shook and rattled until I was ready for bed that night. I think you get the idea--I slept on the floor just to be safe!

One of my best friends in High school told me about his Aunt that went to go see The Exorcist. Apparently, she really enjoyed the movie until she got home. She was greeted at the door by her daughter who was the same age and the spitting image of Linda Blair as Reagan. The Aunt fainted!

The Omen (1976)

The Omen is another of my all-time favourite horror flicks. I saw it when it first came out in 1976. I knew nothing about The Omen before going to see it. I went to the first show at 1pm and just stayed right through to the last show of the day.

As much as I loved the movie, there was one thing that I did not take into consideration at the time. By staying for all showings that day, it was now past 11:30 pm. I didn't even think that the buses wouldn't be running in order to get home. Now I had to walk 40 or so blocks--in the dark--in the city--at night--and I was only 16 at the time. So, yes, still a little impressionable. It was a walk home that I'll never forget.

In Ottawa in the summertime, it's not unusual to get sudden thunderstorms brew up in the late evening. The calm followed by a blustering wind are the normal first signs that one is coming. And one was. To top it all off, I had to walk past St. Patrick's Cathedral--a beautiful church with it's gardens, gargoyles, and towers topped with SPIRES. It was just as I was approaching St. Pat's, that the blustering winds and first flashes of the coming thunderstorm started. With the scene with the lightning-struck-spire-impaling-a-Priest-on-church-grounds very fresh in my memory, needless to say, the last fifteen blocks home were ran in record time.

So, for creep factor--The Omen was very high. Not only for the above playing havoc on my nerves, but the kid (Harvey Spencer Stevens) who played Damien Thorn couldn't have played the part any creepier.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie was just a hoot for me. It still had it's creep factor, and shock-scares, but being 16 when I saw it in the theatre, I could relate to the movie from a student level. There were your bullies, inside cliques, outsiders, you name it, it was school. So much so was it school that I forgot it was a horror movie, until the movie would pull you back into its horror roots one creep factor at a time.

We were on holidays when we saw Carrie in the theatre. We were in Peterborough, Ontario touring around Southern Ontario when we saw Carrie. I can't remember the name of the theatre, but it was one of the most unique theatres that I've been in. The theatre was very wide, but very shallow. There was only about 12 rows of seats that were in wide curved rows. The screen was also on a tilt instead of vertical, which gave the appearance that the rows were all uphill toward the screen. Because the rows were so close to the screen, the backs of the seats reclined and the seat slid forward much like a La-Z-Boy chair would, but without the leg rest. It was quite comfortable to sit in this theatre. But I'm sure you remember the final hand-grab-from-the-grave-dream-scene, well, watching Carrie in this theatre led to the funniest things I've ever seen in a theatre. Everyone was nicely nestled in their mock La-Z-Boys when Carrie White's hand poked out of the grave and...and...and...then someone in the front row screamed. Then the whole front row screamed and the row jumped from the seat. The seats made a unified LOUD bang as they slid back to position, which made the second row scream and jump and seats banging, then the third and so on. It was such a slow motion delayed reaction as each row screamed and jumped out of their chairs, that as this WAVE of terror ended by the last row, everyone in the theatre just burst out laughing, with a few 'HOLY-SHITS' thrown about.

Morale of the story--avoid theatres with too comfortable of seating for it may scare the crap out of you.

Of all the Carrie revamps after the original 1976 version, I'd have to say that Sissy Spacek is the true Queen of the Prom. Her creep factor along with Piper Laurie, as her fanatical mother, was just too good of a pairing. I will say that the recent version with Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore was quite good as well.

The Thing (1982)

I love old sci-fi classics, so when The Thing came out I couldn't wait to see what they would do with an old classic. I had seen the classic "The Thing from Another World" in a drive-in double feature (just like you're supposed to) and loved it. I naively thought that I would 'know' what was coming with John Carpenters version. And boy was I horrified pleasantly surprised with his version.

Creep factor for The Thing was way up there, as was gross out factor and shock-scares. It was a good roller-coaster ride that never stopped until the credits rolled.

My first viewing of The Thing was not in a theatre. A group of us used to go to a local hotel and watch movies. The hotel had a cosy lounge downstairs that had a large screen TV and good sound system. The owner was a friend of ours and let us do this when good movies would come out on video. One area of the bar was set up like a theatre. There was 10 of us that would get together to watch horror movies or good sci-fi. This hotel was great for horror movie watching, because if you knew the hotel and its history, you would have known that the hotel was reported to be haunted. It was even investigated by the Alberta Paranormal Ivestigation Society (TAPIS) in 2010 just before the hotel was demolished. Even if you didn't believe the ghost stories or didn't believe in hauntings, watching horror movies in such a setting really added to the AMBIENCE!

Did you hear that?

Village of the Damned (1960)

I was younger when I watched this move than I was for any other movie on this list. My Dad was a horror fan too, and I can remember him talking about this movie. When we talked about horror movies, he would always mention The Village of the Damned as a good horror. I was only a year old when it came out, so I never got to see it in a theatre. When I was around 9 or 10 years old, my Dad noticed it listed in the TV guide and we made an evening out of watching it.

Creep factor--OMG, those kids were as creepy as hell. The tension in this movie was thick, and without any gore or gross scenes it could still grab you. I've watched it recently and it still holds up. If I ever run into a young flaxen haired child with a British accent, if his eyes start glowing, I'm outta here. This Village of the Damned is far creepier than the 1995 remake even if I did like the remake.

The Amityville Horror (1979)

I know this list was supposed to be only 5 movies, but as I worked through it, there was no way I was going to leave The Village of the Damned out or The Amityville Horror. I saw this when it first came out, and it was the first horror movie I watched with my wife as newly weds. At least now, if there was a chance of losing sleep by over-thinking a movie either one of us wasn't going to bed alone. This was one movie that I'm glad I wasn't going to bed alone.

I really wouldn't care whether this movie was based on a true story. It was very creepy even if it wasn't based on the 'true' Lutz's story of living in the house. It had the right balance of tension and scare tactics. One of the motifs that the movie used to accelerate the plot was the flip-number alarm clock where when it reached 3:15 am, something was going to change or happen. Ever since seeing this movie, if I get the urge to look at the clock I guarantee it will show 3:15 (am or pm). The remake uses 3:17 am, but 3:15 or just the number 315 shows up everywhere for me. As a matter of fact, all the default sizes for the YouTube videos were set at 'height = 315', so I changed their size just to be safe!

The Amityville Horror came out two years before my friends and I formed the movie group at the hotel. It's too bad, because to watch a 'true-life' horror movie about a haunted house in a real-life haunted hotel would have just been awesome. We did watch The Shining at the hotel, and yes that was a trip.

Hope you enjoyed me list of favourite horror flicks. I know there are a lot of movies I could have added or changed up. What were your all-time favourite horror movies? I'd like to hear why.

Thanks for reading,
Frank Sirianni aka Foxxfyrre