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Classic Horror Masterpiece: The Haunting (1963)

Halloween is finally here! It’s the day when it’s so okay for girls to dress slutty, guys get free passes to stare at them and not be slapped, and it’s that time of year when it’s okay to terrorize little kids with classic horror flicks. Movies like Paranormal Activity, Saw, and other popular Halloween related movies aren’t really that scary in my opinion. If it’s not about all the blood and gore, which is just disgusting, then it’s about a bunch of demons, ghouls, possession, and big budget scare tactics.

The scary movies that come out nowadays have the potential to be very scary, but at a certain point it loses that original vibe that makes a classic horror film. When I was attending the Colorado Film School, I had the opportunity to learn why the best horror films ever created came from the 50s, 60s, and of course the 80s. I was exposed to a lot of different film titles, but the film that stood out the most was a chilling movie called The Haunting.

The Haunting, the original 1963 film (remake was horrible,) is a classic horror masterpiece that will scare the crap out of you. It’s not filled with a lot of blood slashing and upfront confrontations with a supernatural being, but it’s driven by a subtle element of horror and detail that is psychologically teasing. It’s one of those rare horror films that focuses is what can’t be seen. In the film you never see a murder or the supernatural force tormenting the family, but the details in the narration and the visual effects, including amazing sound, create such a chilling sense of fear.

Robert Wise‘s The Haunting is truly a one of a kind horror masterpiece that was revolutionary during that time period. While some studios wanted to opt for bigger thrills, introducing more blood, deaths, and monsters, Wise decided to embark on creating the perfect psychological horror film. Even if you don’t get all terrified, you will still feel jumpy and mental be over analyzing each detail and sound. There are some moments in the film that catch you off guard and have you pondering what on earth could possibly happen next? Was it a murder? Did a supernatural force shake the door? Is a priest going to save the day? Should they run? Etc,etc,etc. You just can’t help but to begin rattling off questions.

I honestly can say that The Haunting is perhaps one of the scariest psychological horror films I have seen. It doesn’t have all the visual thrills and gore, but it’s such a powerful suspense film that is propelled forward with excellent characters, mind blowing set design, and eerie sounds that will give you the spooks! It’s a film that I’d highly recommend watching, and today you’re in luck! Turner Classic Movies has an all day classic horror movie marathon called “The Monster Mash!” It’s a great selection of some classic horror masterpieces from the 50s and 60s. Dracula Has risen From Grave is about to go off now, but then lineup is: The Curse of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Mummy, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Village of the Damned, Night of the Living Dead, a segment called “A Night at the Movies,”  then The Innocents, and finally at 2am EST The Haunting.

The Haunting is worth staying up till 2am to watch, but since I barely sleep anyways I’ll be up eating popcorn and trying not scream. It’s best to cut off all the lights, get comfy, and settle in for a petrifying psychological horror film that focuses on what can’t be seen. As the movie tagline says, “You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!”

The Original Trailer for The Haunting (1963)

Great Fan-made trailer

The First 7 Minutes of the Film!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAo6WwpV3jk

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Kaskade, Rebecca & Fiona – “Turn It Down”

I love how one moment I can be off in this world filled with the soulful vibes of house, neo-soul vocals of Jill Scott, and even the melodic jazz sounds of Kirk Whalum. I can become so easily peaced out on this down-to-earth bohemian type vibe, but then moments later I can have this mega adrenaline rush and starting jumping up and down as the sounds of dance music serenade me. Now, I’m not actually jumping up and down, but I visualize a little caricature of me jumping up in down inside my head, screaming for a bunch of friends that actually like dance & house music, so we can go out to clubs and just tear it up!

The thing that sucks is all the night clubs I really want to go to our mainly 21 and up, but in April I’ll finally be legal! For now I’m just grinding away on school work, hitting the gym like crazy, and having little parties of my own inside my head. But sometimes my imagination gets overworked, so I’m forced to go ask YouTube to find me some creative music videos that are worth watching. Sometimes it takes hours of searching, but today all I had to do was log in and on the home page was a suggestion for Kaskade’s new music video “Turn It Down.” I’m a Kaskade fan, so I didn’t skip a beat. I pushed play, and fell in love.

I’m a big fan of Kaskade, but I will admit I’ve never heard of Rebecca & Fiona until today. But after a Google search and listening to some of their songs on YouTube, I will say that even though these girls suck at dancing, they have some great music! They have this chilly yet intriguing sound, and they first made their debut over a year or so ago with a hit track called “Luminary Ones.” The girls are a Swedish music duo, but they also DJ as well.

The hot new track “Turn It Down” gives Rebecca & Fiona a chance to show off their playful side, while as usual Kaskade brings forth an impeccable mixture that can have the crowds screaming “turn it up” instead of “Turn It Down.” Man, I can so just imagine what it would be like going wild and listening to this song while the strobe lights are pumping, crowds cheering, and folks are getting all sexy. I swear once I turn 21 and like graduate, I’m so finding some new friends who like to go out and listen to some good house and dance music. I’m not going to spend all my twenties staying at home on Friday nights, no sir! That’s a time to travel the world, go to art shows, dance the night away, and somewhere along the way maybe run into a hot guy with potential to be more than a friend. ;)

But for now, it’s all about finding that good music and still being able to enjoy it even when the strobe lights are pulsating and the crowds are going crazy; you can still chill out at home and get lost in the beautiful ice skating, the quirkiness of Rebecca & Fiona, and the intoxicating beats of Kasade’s music video for “Turn It Down.”

The song is on Kaskade’s latest album Fire & Ice, so be sure to check it out!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Sexy & Soulful Visuals for Jill Scott ft. Paul Wall “So Gone (What My Mind Says)”

Without a question of a doubt, Jill Scott is looking so soulful and sexy in her new music video for “So Gone(What My Mind Says.)” The video was released earlier this weekend, and Miss Scott playful teases us with tantalizing poetry that sends ripples throughout our bodies. She has such an amazing way of elegantly putting words together and creating soulful music that is classy, yet filled with such a sensual vibe of sexuality.

The track features some surprisingly smooth vocals from rapper Paul Wall. I haven’t seen or heard him on the scene in a while, but it’s not like I really pay attention to him or his music. However, in this case, I will say that he drops a solid flow that fits just right with the soulful seductiveness of Jill Scott’s voice.

If you happen to be a huge fan of Jill Scott, then peep the visuals below. She looks great, and losing weight has definitely given her a nice thick figure that shows off the curves of a real woman; you go girl!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Hot New Deep House Releases From Shur-I-Kan

It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a compilation disc from Defected Records. Every year I try to get the Defected in the House Evissa series or Miami, but there are so many other great records from the Defected name I need to get. The record label works with some of the best deep house, electro, dance, acid house, and other electronica artists in the world. Whether you’re looking for beach soundtracks, Ibiza infused music, or soulful deep house tracks, you’re guaranteed to find something on the Defected label.

I always end up getting lost on www.defected.com for hours. The site usually has so many house related goodies, and today I happened to stumble across a hot new release that is driving me crazy! On their website they have a little playlist you can listen to while you browse. The playlist typically offers up a variety of tracks that can be heard on current releases, upcoming releases, and the weekly Defected in the House Podcast. A lot of the songs on the playlist right now our pretty hot, but the latest release from DJ/Producer Shur-I-Kan is pure fire!

Shur-i-kan has been making a pretty good name for himself in the house scene, and his new EP Body Double is a collection of two tracks that are too deep for words. He’s known for pumping out some great remixes, collaborations, and other deep house tracks, but his new tracks “Joy” and “Body Double” are by far my favorite! A true deep house track immediately grabs your attention and you can’t help but to keep moving; it makes you just want to, in the words of classic house anthems, “jack your body.”

If you haven’t heard of Shur-I-Kan and his deep house tracks & remixes, then you need to check him out! He’s worked with Miguel Migs, Fred Everything, Milton Jackson, and so many more! Both of the tracks can be downloaded from the number one resource for house music, http://www.tracksource.com. I’m telling you, if you’re a fan of that good deep house music that gives your body chills and sends you into a state of euphoria, then you need to peep these hot new releases from Shur-I-Kan.

Tracks can be bought at: http://www.traxsource.com/index.php?act=show&fc=tpage&cr=titles&cv=119177&alias=new_rel

Shur-I-Kan – “Joy”

Too deep for words!

Shur-I-Kan – “Body Double”

I’m so loving this track!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

 

 

 

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Check Out Mary J. Blige’s “25/8″ Music Video, Jamile McGee Is in It!

Good afternoon!

It’s a wet and snowy day here in Maryland, but I plan on spending the day inside playing Battlefield 3( love the online play and amazing graphics) and doing some school work as well. I know a few weeks ago I posted information about my brother, dancer and choreographer Jamile McGee dancing with Gloria Estefan on The View, but he was also on The Rosie Show and Jay Leno. He did a great job performing and had a lot of fun working with Gloria and the other dancers, but I also forgot to mention that while he was in New York tapping on The View, he had gotten a direct hire to dance in Mary J. Blige’s video “25/8″.

Through out most of his dance career after making it big on season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance?, Jamz (Jamile) has had the opportunity to work with many great artists and appear in their music videos, as well as commercial, television, and tour work. He’s met some pretty cool people, but he did say that Mary J. Blige was very nice and so down to earth. Her new song “25/8″ is such a great song and the video features some pretty nice dance scenes as well. I’m so proud of Jamz for being such an amazing dancer and showing people that you can make a career out of dance, you just have to believe in yourself, and being insanely talented doesn’t hurt either. ;)

Check out the video below! You can see Jamile in some of the dance scenes. At one point he’s in front on the ground next to Mary J. Blige and she pushes his head back with her hand. I love how she looks in this video, so powerful, confident, and just doing her thing!

Mary J. Blige – 25/8

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Boo: The World’s Cutest Pomeranian

I’m not really a fanatic when it comes to Facebook, but I will admit that I like a lot of random pages. I may not ever comment on the pages or partake in conversation with strangers, but I do love the page updates that concern my favorite musicians, films, celebrities, artists, and videogames. There seems to be a Facebook page for almost anything and everything out there. I’m even part of the Facebook page for people who love dating, since I’m a huge fan of dating.

But in the midst of all the random pages, there is one page out that there has become a worldwide sensation. The page I’m talking about is Boo, who’s FB page is listed as a public figure. You’d think that perhaps a public figure is a person that is important in regards to the public, but Boo is actually this adorable Pomeranian dog. I had no idea that people actually created pages for their dogs, but after taking one look at this adorable dog named Boo, I can see why the owner would want to show off this precious dog to over 2.2 million fans on Facebook.

The funny thing about Boo is that nobody knows who the owner is! If I owned this precious little dog, I’d proclaim it worldwide and even give people tips on how to style their Pomeranian’s hair like Boo. But the owner of the dog prefers to keep it low-key and just continue blessing the world with adorable photos that evoke that “awwwwwwwww” moment. Now I’m not sure if the owner of Boo gets any proceeds for showing the dog off, but I imagine the amount of money the owner received from the book deal is a nice lump sum. Yes, believe it or not, there is actually a book called Boo: The Life of The World’s Cutest Dog and it’s written by J.H. Lee.

The book is written in a witty first-person perspective as if Boo could talk. In the book, the writer channels the personality of Boo and writes about things he likes to do. I personally wouldn’t buy the book, but I will admit that is a pretty witty and creative idea. It’s amazing how one little Pomeranian with a unique hair style has become such a Facebook celebrity. I may not own a dog, but I love Pomeranians! They are so cute and adorable, you just want to play with them all day! I don’t see how someone could have a horrible day if you’ve got a dog like Boo around. You’d wake up every morning and his big eyes, cute little smirk, and playful paws would greet you with such enthusiasm.

I’m still blown away that a dog can have so many fans on Facebook, but it just goes to show that even in the midst of all the negativity in this world, there are still the small joys of life that can brighten up any day; in this case, that small joy of sunshine is the adorable little Pomeranian named Boo.

For more information on the world’s cutest dog, check out Boo’s Facebook page and take a second out of your day click like. You’ve got to admit, this dog is such a cutie! http://www.facebook.com/Boo

 

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com