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Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken


Well…. I thought it would be a super-awesome Halloween kick-off to start loading my dvr and my Netflix queue with all those scary, spooky, creepy, scare-the-living-daylights-out-of-you movies that I would never watch in my right mind have always meant to watch.  So, I turned off all the lights and turned on the Netflix.  And then I completely chickened out.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE movies.  ALL kinds.  But I don’t need scary movies to freak the frack out of me, no I’ve got my subconscious to do that all by myself.  I am in serious need of a scary-movie-buddy, as apparently, I have scared them all away—My last three are in WI, MN, and AL, respectively.

*deep breaths*

Ok, so it seems that I’m going to have to ease my way into the scary movie genre.  *not a scaredy-cat* *deep breaths* *I can do this*

But before I turned the lights back on, I thought I’d give my queue one last look.  And low and behold, I found a compromise= The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

First off, I’ve already seen it.  Secondly, it has Don Knotts.  So how scary can it be?  But, it does have murder and ghosts, which makes it a perfect choice for getting in the Halloween spirit!!!

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And I was right!!!

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) stars Don Knotts as the irrepressible Luther Heggs.

Luther’s a good-hearted guy, who just can’t catch a break.  Everything Luther does seems to go wrong, and not only that, but it seems to go wrong in public, in front of EVERYBODY.  Luther is the kind of guy that the joke is always on him.  So when it looks like Luther is finally going to be able to cover a big story for the town paper, he jumps at it!  Of course, spending the night alone in the Simmon’s house on the 20th anniversary of the famed murder-suicide is not exactly what Luther had in mind. 

And when Luther’s stay at the haunted house turns out to be more than he bargained for, it’s a toss-up whether Luther will become the town joke all over again, or if he just might end up the town hero.

Two things hit me immediately once I started watching—The soundtrack and the Technicolor.  I just can’t say enough about how awesome Technicolor is (not to mention it definitely lowers the scariness quotient!)!!!!—There is just something about the way that Technicolor softens, and kind of romanticizes the past, like nothing bad can happen if it’s full of pastel hues.  *sigh*

As for the soundtrack—LOVE!!!  It was an upbeat mix that sounded like a combination between the Scooby-Doo and Addam’s Family theme songs.  Über-fun way to set an ominous, yet light-hearted tone to the movie.

As for Don Knotts.  FANTASTIC.  AMAZING. INCREDIBLE.

When I started the movie, I was ready for something comical and goofy, with some gags and physical comedy, along with a Halloween vibe.  And I got all that.  But the best thing, above all, was the way that the entire cast, with Don Knotts at the lead, completely committed to the story!!!!  I found myself aching for the loveable Luther, who just couldn’t get a break.  He was nervous and jittery and twitchy—and proud—and brave.  You could just see that his pride was going to get him into trouble, and even when Luther could see himself putting his foot in his mouth, he still couldn’t let people walk all over him, so as a viewer, you were proud of Luther for standing up for himself.  And even if it looked like he might just die trying, Luther above all things kept his word.

But really, the whole cast goes all in, making The Ghost and Mr. Chicken a movie that is just as much fun to watch today as it was when it was made!


 Scariness factor=Pumpkin




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