Get your flu shot!

You know you’re getting old when you find yourself complaining publicly about your minor illnesses, as I am doing here. From about lunch time Friday to now (Monday morning) I’ve been completely wiped out with what I assume is the flu (fever, aches, tired, and tired). Which totally sucks as I missed several Halloween parties, trick-or-treating in town with my daughter (and taking her to t-o-t with her cousins the next day, as my town and my sister’s town had t-o-t on different days), and generally doing anything at all to enjoy my favorite holiday.

What I did manage to do was (1) think about all the stuff I’d like to prepare for the D&D game I’m running (but every time I tried to sit up and work on it I got cold & tired so fast I just wanted to go back to sleeping) and (2) watch a marathon of TV (I’m not normally much of a TV viewer, at least by American standards — there are two half-hour comedies I watch weekly, plus the odd episode of John Stewart, Adventure Time, or Metalacolypse).

Halloween is a good time of year to catch horror movies and such on cable, and I watched both stuff that was on this weekend and stuff I’d recorded earlier. Since my wife doesn’t care for horror I only watch this stuff when she’s out or I’m home sick anyway. I ended up watching, in no particular order:

  1. The brain eaters (a 1950s sci-fi/horror movie)
  2. Boy eats girls (a recent Irish zombie/teen comedy film)
  3. Beowulf (the Christopher Lambert version)
  4. Grendel (a SyFy made-for-TV movie)
  5. Odysseus: journey to the underworld (another SyFy movie)
  6. several episodes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
  7. the first episode of The Walking Dead
  8. Silent Hill
  9. about three minutes of Zombie Town (even I have standards)
  10. Dark Relic (yet another SyFy movie)
  11. Haekel’s Tale (Masters of Horror series; mercifully edited for TV)
  12. The Dead Set (a British miniseries about a reality TV show like Big Brother that is interrupted by a zombie apocalypse)
  13. My name is Bruce (a very funny movie about, and starring, Bruce Campbell)

The SyFy channel movies were actually decent (apart from Grendel), at least by the low standards of cable TV movies. The Odysseus movie, as you’d expect (if you’re as cynical as I am) just used a few names from Greek mythology and the epic, but generally had very little to do with the Odyssey. For example, Homer accompanies the warriors to record their exploits in a book. Where to begin? But the monsters were OK, and the party has to figure out how to defeat them. (Fortunately Athena comes to Odysseus in visions so he doesn’t have to put to together the clues his men gathered. Sheesh.) I just pretended it was a Mazes and Minotaurs adventure and in that light, it works.

Beowulf was better than I’d expected, but still I fast-forwarded through a lot of bad acting and stupid action sequences where Lambert’s stunt double does an endless series of back flips.

Zombie town was awful even by the low, low standards of low-budget zombie films. Maybe it got better but I didn’t watch past the opening credits.

Everything else was pretty good, either because they were entertaining in their own rights or because they gave me some ideas for gaming.

So the weekend was not a total loss.

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