Whenever I make these list, I always try to include at least one older movie because not only are those still fun movies, but it’s a fun reminder that everything has been around forever in horror. The 80s are kind of king when it comes to evil toy movies, but Dead of Night from 1945 did it long before that.
Dead of Night is structured a little like an anthology with a framing device. A man goes to a country home and realizes he has had dreams about all of the other guests. He and the guests share stories about strange experiences like his dreams, and the stories are presented like shorts. One of which is about a ventriloquist who believes his dummy is alive and trying to drive him insane. It’s an interesting movie, particularly because of how you can see many of the classic b-horror cliches that are associated with newer movies being used.
I was at my part-time job a few weeks ago, and I started to notice a breeze on my elbow. I looked notice and was dismayed to see that I wore through the elbow of my grey Marion. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me again! I’ve worn through the right elbows of three sweaters in the last two months. The other were bad enough, but I knew I had yarn around for them to do repairs, which wasn’t the case with my grey Marion. Being someone who loves to vent, I went to my coworkers office to whine about it. She’s also a knitter, so I knew I’d get some sympathy , but that’s not all I got! When I walked into her office and showed her what happened, she said, “That’s worsted weight Sincere Sheep in the cumulus colorway, right? I have some in my bag.” And she turned around, fished out her yarn, and broke off a piece for me to do my repairs! Can you believe that luck? She was using a slightly different base, hers was Cormo and mine was Shepherdess, but they’re the same weight and close enough!
I wear this cardigan a ton to my office job, so it was the first I sat down to repair. That might not have been the best decision because I’m out of practice so the first half I did isn’t very neat, but oh well! I had a two-stitch-by-four-rows hole and a bunch of weakened stitches to fix and reinforce. I used duplicate stitch over the weakened stitches and extended it out over the sturdier stitches. To bridge the gap of the hole, I formed partial stitches as I duplicate stitched across a row and left them dangling to be picked up on the next row. You have to really understand the way stitches are formed to use this method, and in retrospect, it might have been easier to just leave strands of yarn across the hole and then ladder up when I was ready to join the repair stitches with the remnants at the top of the hole. Anyway, my plan was to go back and tighten up my stitches by hand when I was done, so at the time I didn’t think it mattered much, but I accidentally stitched through plies so my messy early stitches got locked in place. Oops!
It’s lumpy and bumpy, and the yarn doesn’t quite match, but it’s fixed! The repair is right on my elbow, so it’s not very attention grabbing, even if it’s not as invisible as I had hoped. And my sweater is wearable once again!
I spent a long time debating whether or not to include Child’s Play on this list. I usually try to avoid the obvious choices, but Chucky is one of the most iconic evil toys, and I think many people might have forgotten that the franchise started out played straight. You were really supposed to be scared of this little doll, and it wasn’t until after the first movie that the franchise realized that Chucky was more silly than scary.
Child’s Play starts with a shoot-out between a cop and a serial killer in a toy store. As the killer lays dying, he does a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a nearby talking doll. The doll is given to a little boy, who he tells his name is Chucky. Even though he could easily hide out as a doll without attractive suspicion, Chucky can’t resist killing, and the little boy who owns him starts to get the blame for the deaths. The boy insists the doll is alive, but no one believes him, including his mother until she discovers that the talking doll has no batteries inside.
I finished binding off the body of my Blaster cardigan yesterday. I used my current favorite stretchy BO, the modified stretchy BO that’s a combination of the chain BO and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy BO. I just love how stretchy and attractive it is! Now it’s time to get started on my sleeves.
It’s my favorite time of year! October is when I let myself blog about my favorite thing to watch while knitting: B-horror. For the last five years, I’ve shared some of my favorite bad b-horror movies once a week for the whole month. I call it the Month of Horrible Movies. The first year had no theme, but the second year was all about trashy vampire movies. The third year’s theme was mid-century horror movies, and the fourth year of MHM was about ghosts and haunted houses. And last year was focused on creature features. This year is going to be on a classic irrational fear: toys. I’ve got movies with puppets, dolls, and even evil teddy bears in the line up.
Let’s kick things off with a movie featuring creepy dummies! Dead Silence is a movie that I had seen screenshots of all over the place, but it took me some time to figure out where exactly they came from. I finally found out that it was James Wan‘s followup to Saw. It looks super scary, right? But it’s not. This is the story of a cursed ventriloquist doll that leads to death wherever it goes because it’s original owner was mocked for moving her mouth while performing and is forever looking for revenge. It’s so over the top that it’s absurd, which I have to assume is an intentional throwback to old b-horror movies. Dead Silence is a little on the gory side, but the aesthetic is nice and spooky. It’s great for an October night’s knitting entertainment.