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Rosemary’s Pixie’s First Anniversary!

Published October 17, 2013 by vfdpixie

It’s hard to believe, but Rosemary’s Pixie is one year old!  But before we raise a glass, I have a confession to make…

I started this blog because I was in distress.  Last year, life handed me a giant shit pie.  For a little over eight months, it was difficult to leave my apartment because I was consumed by either anxiety or crushing grief.  As I tried to regroup a la Howard Hughes,  I was comforted by the knowledge that I could always throw in a cheesy horror DVD from my vast collection, order a slasher movie on cable, or crack open a horror novel and lose myself for a couple of hours.  You see, horror was always my first love.  I know, it sounds counter-intuitive.  Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Horror as a therapeutic outlet for someone who was haunted by death and anxiety?! You’d be surprised…

Watching film after film got me thinking.  I  felt the writer I used to be wake up and started to see things that I wanted to comment on and point out.  Many of my wonderfully supportive friends didn’t shared my enthusiasm for the genre, so I started writing about my opinions and observations right here, on good ol’ WordPress.  It didn’t bother me that I didn’t have an audience.  I just liked writing.  A lot.  I would reward myself by watching a movie and writing a post after several hours of job searching.  I started to venture out to Suspect Video to get a couple of cheap rentals here and there, and to chat with the knowledgeable staff.  Typing away on my laptop, with my cats snuggled close by, I started to feel better.  I was able to focus on something other than my troubles, and I only now realize how much that helped me regain confidence in many areas of my life.

I was shocked when I got my first follower and called my friend, Laina D., a seasoned journalist/published author/blogger, who applauded my tiny triumph.  Someone liked what I had to say!  This fueled me to carry on, and here I am today.  I am in a much better place, and I am very glad I took the chance to do something creative again.  I am also very, very grateful for the support of my fabulous friends and sisters, and for all the followers, visitors, retweets, favourites, and likers I have gained through Twitter, Facebook and WordPress.  I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my twisted heart!  Who knew something I started as a distraction would bring me such joy, just by adding my voice to the internet throngs.

Some highlights from the past year:

My lovely friend L.F. (who wants to remain pretty much nameless), designed the gorgeous pixie logo for me.  I was thrilled with her talent and will love that pixie forever!

After writing my first book review on The Demonologist, author Andrew Pyper found and retweeted the link to the post.  I was floored, since I was too chicken to tag him in my tweet.

The indie film Hate Crime disturbed me so much that I reached out to the director, James Cullen Bressack, to answer some questions about his film.  He did so within a day, and became my first interview.  Still very grateful for his time, retweets and all the traffic that he brought to my blog.

The dashing Neville Page, Face Off judge and Hollywood creature and concept designer extraordinaire, started following me on Twitter. A judge from my favourite reality show!  Imagine that?!!  And he is super lovely too!

Interviewing The House of Haunt band members Fang and Skull.  Really fun guys who are passionate about their music and horror.

Meeting writer Steve Niles!!!  This was a big deal for me.  I totally nerded out, and you can read about that here.  I am not ashamed of my er, coffee fueled spaz attack, and he is the nicest man!

I love this blog, I write about what interests me, and I’m glad to be a part of the blogging community as I grow as a writer/reviewer.  I think it’s only fitting that I celebrate this anniversary today with my one true love.  I plan to start with something from my collection (maybe Horror Express), and end with a big finish.  Tonight is the opening night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and since I missed the entire festival last year, I wouldn’t be anywhere else!   So now we can raise a glass, toast to pixie’s first anniversary and hope for many more here in the blogosphere!

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Um, o.k….so I’m raising two glasses…yeah, one’s for you…er,yeah…that’s it…

Hats off to McHattie!

Published December 30, 2012 by vfdpixie

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I felt it only fitting to make my first entry into my Love Letters category about Mr. Stephen McHattie, one of Canada’s hardest working actors.

It all started one late night a few years ago.  I was up with my darling sister channel surfing, and we happened upon a sequel to Rosemary’s Baby, which is my all time favorite movie, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby.  Indeed!  This 1976 made for T.V. movie starred a young, handsome Stephen McHattie as Satan’s son Adrian, all grown up and torn between his devil and human sides.  Shlocky and groovy, I was immediately taken with this piece of horror cheese, and was determined to own a copy.  It would take some diligent searching, but after a few months, I tracked one down on Ebay.  During my search, I was delighted to find that Mr. McHattie was a Canuck!  And the amount of indie horror and sci-fi films he was in made me like him even more!  It made me think that he loves what he does, and although he has done gripping serious roles (Life with Billy), he also has a sense of humour.  He has also been nominated for Gemini and Genie awards several times, and took home one of each in 1995 and 2007 respectively.

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Mr. McHattie has one of those faces that you recognize from a million things he’s been in.  He is a chameleon and I feel like I’ve only seen a fraction of what this versatile actor has done.  From Broadway to big budget blockbusters like 300, and made for T.V. gems like Red, he continues to pop up, adding much-needed originality and natural grit to his roles.  I even sat through most of that stinker Exit Humanity because of him.  I thought he was the best thing in that film with his devil-may-care delivery.  He was definitely a prince among thieves (of my time) that night.

I almost met him too.  If I remember correctly, it was when Pontypool debuted at TIFF 2009.  He happened to walk through a department store that I worked in at the time and I saw him ask another salesperson for directions.  I so wanted to say hello, but I was swamped with rabid ladies desperate for a touch of lippy and lashes.  And so I watched as my chance to shake his celebrity hand ascended the escalators to a shopping no man’s land.  Sigh!  Such regret.  I wished I had shoved those ladies aside since I hated that job anyway, and gone after him, but then they would have called security.  It’s not like I fantasized about being his neighbour and trading recipes over our backyard fence and having barbeques and getting free tickets to his premieres and stuff.  Not at all!  Because that would be weird.

Hollywood has been good to him, probably because he is talented and tenacious, has a good agent, and I suspect because he is a good guy.  I mean, he is from the East Coast where the friendliest Canadians I’ve met hail from.  Anyway, I just felt compelled to give props, a shout out, or whatever the kids are saying these days, to Stephen McHattie.  He is an amazing Canadian talent.  I feel he is on par with Donald Sutherland (whom I also love-I mean, Don’t Look Now?!!!  Creepy classic!) and I’m waiting for his induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame.  What the heck are they waiting for?!!

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