Markozen’s top 10 Horror movies

This is a very subjective list as I am not a movie aficionado and there are dozens of great horror movies that I have not seen.  But here it is.

Number 1

The Exorcist

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I saw this movie when I was 14 years old.  Not a good idea.  I was an altar boy at the time and therefore still believed in Angels and Demons.  This movie so terrified me that I almost went to see a priest to discuss my possible possession by a demon.

This movie takes horror to a whole new level.  There is the blatant visceral demonic possession scenes, but at the same time subtle underlying terrifying messages that come at you from all angles.

Number 2

Hellraiser

The Cenobite Demons in this movie are radical.  The torture chambers and dark cenobite world is shocking.  Pinhead causes cold streams of angst to penetrate your very soul.  The Uncle Frank character is a classic.  Clive Barker creates a brand new world of horror like nothing that came before.

Number 3

The Shining

Jack Nicholson at his creepy best.  What you don’t see in this movie is scarier than what you do see.  The Overlook Hotel is the perfect haunted mansion.  The horrific history of the hotel is something that the moviegoer will ponder for weeks after seeing this movie.

Number 4

Alien

Great monster, great spaceship, great planet scene, great story and great crew on the ship.  Enough said.

Number 5

Black Christmas

Very creepy psycho in the attic murdering sorority girls.  A young Andrea Martin is worth revisiting this classic.  The strange sounds and noises that the thing in the attic makes is enough to make your hair stand on end.

Number 6

Dawn of the Dead

Zombies run amuck in a shopping mall.  Lots of gore which is typical of Zombie movies.  After seeing this movie you will never look at a shopping mall the same way again.

Number 7

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974

Very disturbing hillbilly killers who also double as cannibals.  These gruesome psychos are on a mission from the Devil himself.  Sticking innocent victims on a meat hook is just one of their nefarious techniques.  The old grandpa killer is an island of hilarity in this dark tale.

The Grandpa scene, not for the faint of heart.

Number 8

The Silence of the Lambs

The Antagonist in this movie is one of the best of all time.  Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter is a genius killer and cannibal.  His dispatch of the 2 policeman is done with such cunning and precision that it makes your head spin.  Great story combined with amazing characters.  A classic.

Number 9

The Thing 1982

One of the most innovative monsters in movie history.  This Thing can copy and replicate any biological form.  You never know who the enemy is.  Your best buddy or pet could be an evil alien life form that wants to eat you whole.  Set in the Antarctic on an isolated base this movie leaves you with a very cold chill indeed.

Number 10

The Hills Have Eyes

Grotesque mutants that prey on unsuspecting travellers.  This movie has enough blood, guck and gore to nauseate the toughest horror fan.  The mutants got this way from exposure to radiation from atomic bomb tests in the desert.  They are seeking revenge on the normal folk.  And pity the poor normal folk that wander into mutant territory.

Another Girl, Another Planet

“Another Girl, Another Planet”

I always flirt with death
I look ill but I don’t care about it
I can face your threats
And stand up straight and tall and shout about it

I think I’m on another world with you
With you
I’m on another planet with you
With you

You get under my skin
I don’t find it irritating
You always play to win
But I won’t need rehabilitating

I think I’m on another world with you
With you
I’m on another planet with you
With you

Another girl, another planet
Another girl, another planet

Space travel’s in my blood
There ain’t nothing I can do about it
Long journeys wear me out
But I know I can’t live without it

I think I’m on another world with you
With you
I’m on another planet with you
With you

Another girl is loving you now
Another planet is holding you down
Another planet

Striking Skyscraper in Chicago

Aqua is an 87-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago designed in the Modern architectural style.

Aqua was designed by Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, and it is her first skyscraper project.  This is the largest project ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.  Loewenberg & Associates are the architects of record, led by James Loewenberg.

The building contains 55,000 square feet (5,100 square meters) of retail and office space, in addition to 215 hotel rooms (floors 1-18), 476 rental residential units (floors 19-52), and 263 condominium units & Penthouses (floors 53-80).  Aqua is the first downtown building to combine condos, apartments and a hotel.

The name ‘Aqua’ was assigned to the building by Magellan Development Group LLC. It fits the nautical theme of the other buildings in the Lakeshore East development, and is derived from the wave-like forms of the balconies; the tower’s proximity to nearby Lake Michigan also influenced the name.

Sustainability was also an important factor in Aqua’s design. Gang and her team refined the terrace extensions to maximize solar shading, and other sustainable features will include rainwater collection systems and energy-efficient lighting. The green roof on top of the tower base will be the largest in Chicago.

Construction started2007
Completed2009
CostUS$300 million
OwnerAqua Realty Holdings LLC
Height261.8 m (859 ft)
Technical details
Floor count87
1 below ground
Floor area1,990,635 sq ft (184,936.0 m2)
Lifts/elevators24

Imagine having cocktails on the 75th floor balcony.  One hell of a view.  And drinking a few cocktails is the only way I would walk onto that balcony.

Las Vegas in the early days

The Mighty Vegas Strip today.

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The Beginnings…

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Las Vegas started as a stopover on the pioneer trails to the west, and became a popular railroad town in the early 20th century. It was a staging point for mines in the surrounding area, especially those around the town of Bullfrog, that shipped goods to the rest of the country.

With the proliferation of the railroads, Las Vegas became less important, but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam in 1935 resulted in growth in the number of residents and increased tourism.The dam, located 30 mi (48 km) southeast of the city, formed Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States.

The legalization of gambling in 1931 led to the advent of the casino hotels for which Las Vegas is famous. Major development occurred in the 1940s, “due almost entirely” to the influx of scientists and staff from the Manhattan Project, an atomic bomb research project of World War II.

American organized crime figures such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Meyer Lansky managed or funded most of the original large casinos. The rapid growth of Las Vegas is credited with dooming the gambling industry development of Galveston, Texas; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and other major gambling centers in the 1950s.

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Historical Heritage Wall

In downtown Winnipeg is Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park. Upper Fort Garry was a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in what is now downtown Winnipeg. It was established in 1822 on or near the site of the North West Company’s Fort Gibraltar established by John Wills in 1810 and destroyed by Governor Semple’s men in 1816 during the Pemmican War. Fort Garry was named after Nicholas Garry, deputy governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It served as the centre of fur trade within the Red River Colony. In 1826, a severe flood destroyed the fort. It was rebuilt in 1835 by the HBC and named Upper Fort Garry to differentiate it from “the Lower Fort,” or Lower Fort Garry, 32 km downriver, which was established in 1831. Throughout the mid-to-late 19th century, Upper Fort Garry played a minor role in the actual trading of furs, but was central to the administration of the HBC and the surrounding settlement. The Council of Assiniboia, the administrative and judicial body of the Red River Colony mainly run by Hudson’s Bay Company officials, met at Upper Fort Garry.

In the park is a heritage wall. The wall is made out of steel and using LED lights historical events are depicted along the wall. Audio is also provided.

Interesting Photos

France

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Giant crypt in Saudi Arabia

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Mt. Etna

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North Dakota Sunset

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Harvard University

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Cats and their love for small spaces

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Garbage dumpsters

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Amish raising a barn in New York state

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 Nuremberg rally headed by the evil and attended by the brain washed

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Florida flood

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Moving cattle in the Netherlands

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Lightning storm over England

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US soldiers with Dutch children dressed in traditional garb 1944

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