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  • Westin
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    2018 horror movie challenge -- preparations

    Okay, guys, I am not responsible for movie chat, so please notice that I only want to discuss our 2018 horror movie challenge, if we have one.

    This year I want to watch the minimum of 10 movies. Because my life gets busy, I do not know the days in which I will watch each movie. Depending on the circumstances, I will try to announce here which movie I plan to watch with plenty of time ahead (should anyone care to join me in chat).

    My unofficial selection for this year is:
    1. Saw II
    2. Saw III
    3. Saw IV
    4. Saw V
    5. Saw VI
    6. Hostel
    7. Leatherface (prequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
    8. Seed of Chucky
    9. The Conjuring
    10. The Conjuring 2

    Depending on my time and on Netflix's possible additions, my list may change and/or I may add new movies to the list.
    Last edited by Westin; 09-02-2018, 05:52 AM.

  • rossi
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    Originally posted by Chex View Post
    October 30th

    103. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

    When Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers, Escape from the Planet of the Apes) loses his sweetheart, Jan (Virginia Leigh, Violent Saturday), in a car accident, he refuses to give up hope for her life. Scooping up her decapitated head, he brings it back to the lab for resuscitation. But keeping her head alive is one thing—finding her a new body is quite another. So while the mad doctor is out looking for spare parts, she’s stuck at home going out of her mind—literally! And nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who is keeping her as a trophy girlfriend.

    I know this movie is a schlock burger deep fried in camp, but I eat it up every year. Hell, I own multiple releases of it including the blu-ray! Bring on a 4K release and I’ll pick it up as well, so I can see more clarity in Jan’s neck juice.

    I first became aware of Brain through TV’s MST3K and my love for it has only grown since. I know some movie viewers hate the show as they feel it’s disrespectful to laugh at a product that was created through hard work. I can’t say I agree with that. Movies are made for entertainment first and foremost. If they can break through that barrier, fantastic, but the number one reasoning for me is to be entertained. I can appreciate the work that went into any project, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also find something like this entertaining for reasons the filmmakers didn’t intend. I love Halloween and The Evil Dead, but some of the enjoyment came from friends and myself making jokes and laughing at little moments. We still respected the movies but found other reasons that they became endearing to us. Same applies here. I find Brain to be an effective little B movie that steps outside of the comfort zone most horror / sci-fi films restricted themselves to. At the same time, there are so many odd moments that I find humorous even if they’re played straight. SNIP

    I try to toss this into my October rotation and barely just made it this year. Usually the last few days leading up to Halloween are loaded with movie watching, but I’ve been swamped with work and social events that I did well just to squeeze in a movie a day sometimes. Tonight was no exception. Here’s to hoping that I can fit in my regular titles for tomorrow.



    I did so per the recommendation of someone. No big deal though as I'll still check out the other versions soon.
    I saw this beautiful movie It's a scary movie
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  • Chex
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    Thanks fellas. None of it was anything special, just some random musings. Sometimes more or less than others depending on how many I watched that day. I discovered a few titles that were awesome and saw a few that I could probably not see again and be content.

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  • Westin
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    Very good reviews, Chex.

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  • Monkey
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    Chex, you must have one hell of a horror collection. So many horror movies on your list unavailable on streaming service. Would like more variety. Loved your reviews.

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  • Westin
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    I didn't make it even to 5. I tried, tho.

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  • ChildrenoftheDamned
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    Yay! I made it to 31! I honestly didn't think I would, ha ha. I didn't get to fit in all the films that I wanted to but, oh well.

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  • Chex
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    October 31st

    104. The Fog (1980)

    The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word “vengeance.” This seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret…a past seeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge. Starring Tom Atkins (Halloween III: Season of the Witch), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York), Jamie Lee Curtis (1978’s Halloween), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow) and Janet Leigh (1960’s Psycho).

    I didn’t have enough time today to hit up all of my Halloween favorites, but did manage to include the Tom Atkins double feature. First up is The Fog!

    Having watched The Thing from Another World recently, I can really tell the influence it had on Carpenter in this. Nick’s dialogue often crosses over the other dialogue in each scene, a staple of what occurs in Thing. This technique makes its way over in the narrative with how the groups of characters intersect one another’s story and ultimately culminate at the church.

    I forgot how painful the kills are. They’re not gory or full of blood, but each stab or slice feels and sounds deep. It’s also all (or mostly) on camera as the ghosts enact their revenge. I know Carpenter wasn’t satisfied with the film and having to do additional shootings hit his confidence hard, but those pickup shots really sell just how pissed off Blake and his crew are.

    Something I noticed this viewing is how, when Elizabeth and Nick leave the bar to travel to the lighthouse (before receiving instructions to head for the weather station), she goes to put her beer on the counter. Instead of doing so, she glances at it and decides to take it with her anyway. Just a little moment that stuck out to me and has no significance.

    What a perfect evening for this as there’s a slight chill in the air, a light drizzle of rain, and a fog that is moving in. Must be a sign to stick and enjoy tradition.


    105. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

    When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital babbling and clutching the year’s most popular Halloween costume—an eerie pumpkin mask—doctor Dan Challis (Tom Atkins, Night of the Creeps) is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman’s daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin, Get Crazy), Challis traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy, Robocop).

    Part two of “Tom Atkins plays a womanizer” double feature. Or just two good, solid, entertaining movies that always hit that sweet spot for me. The subject matter of Halloween III is just a perfect way to close out the month of October. There’s no happy ending or feeling of good conquering evil. Instead, the movie leaves me feeling unsettled and wondering what would happen next like any good horror story does.

    I remember there would be discussions (and probably still are) about Ellie and when she’s turned into a robot. There are theories believing she always was a robot. I can’t subscribe to that idea in the slightest. What purpose would that serve narratively? Why lure some random doctor with an awesome moustache to Santa Mira and risk jeopardizing the entire operation? Some have said her stamina in bed is a hint towards her inhuman qualities. To me, that simply shows their age difference. The robots don’t show much, if any emotion, and Ellie is full of that in the scenes before this and the scenes after. Her facial expression is really the dead giveaway. Before she’s abducted, she constantly keeps her mouth open. Watch her expression at the company office when asking about her dad to see an example. Now look at her after she’s “rescued.” That mouth stays shut and she has a blank face. Why does she allow Challis to destroy everything? No answer given in the film other than what we can guess at: she’s a failsafe for if he made it out of the town. Honestly, robotic Ellie is one of many moments in the story that when you go “hey, wait a second!”, you realize it doesn’t fully make sense.

    Something that caught my attention this viewing is watching Ellie’s father run for help in the opening. After the initial skirmish, a message flashes across the screen that one hour had passed. We then see him arrive at the gas station and warn the attendant. Why did the audience need to know one hour had passed? It doesn’t come into play later in the movie with Challis is trying to reach a phone and ends up at the gas station. There doesn’t seem to be a purpose to it. Again, another one of those “hey, wait a second!” moments.


    Yet despite all the hang-ups, I still enjoy this movie. I wish I could go back and watch as a first-time experience. I don’t remember much other than being surprised Michael Myers wasn’t in it and focused on that. It’s a shame as there’s a neat mystery in it. The assassin stalking the halls of the hospital, breaking the guy’s face, and sitting himself on fire is crazy and would have left me on the edge of my seat nowadays. At the very least, I can still enjoy the “that’s a dumb question” scene today as I did back then—with amusement.

    That wraps up October of 2018. I haven’t done one of these October-horror-a-thons in years, so it was great getting to participate. I managed to whittle down my stack of needing-to-be-seen movies, but there’s still so many. Just gialli alone I have over 20 more. I got to see some great new titles. One of my favorites is Disconnected as it’s stuck with me ever since. I’m very surprised I surpassed the 100 titles mark considering I slowed way down the last week due to work and social events. Sometimes it was just a challenge to fit in one movie. I never did feel burned out like I have in the past. All in all, it was a lot of fun.

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  • sagittarius
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    Originally posted by Chex View Post
    I did so per the recommendation of someone. No big deal though as I'll still check out the other versions soon.
    I consider Argento's cut to be his cleverest and most playful thriller ever. The export is just a mindless, albeit stylish, slasher movie by comparison. Though at any rate, I'm still impressed he flat out shows you the killer so early in the movie and manages to pull the trick off. Huge balls that man.

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  • Chex
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    October 30th

    103. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

    When Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers, Escape from the Planet of the Apes) loses his sweetheart, Jan (Virginia Leigh, Violent Saturday), in a car accident, he refuses to give up hope for her life. Scooping up her decapitated head, he brings it back to the lab for resuscitation. But keeping her head alive is one thing—finding her a new body is quite another. So while the mad doctor is out looking for spare parts, she’s stuck at home going out of her mind—literally! And nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who is keeping her as a trophy girlfriend.

    I know this movie is a schlock burger deep fried in camp, but I eat it up every year. Hell, I own multiple releases of it including the blu-ray! Bring on a 4K release and I’ll pick it up as well, so I can see more clarity in Jan’s neck juice.

    I first became aware of Brain through TV’s MST3K and my love for it has only grown since. I know some movie viewers hate the show as they feel it’s disrespectful to laugh at a product that was created through hard work. I can’t say I agree with that. Movies are made for entertainment first and foremost. If they can break through that barrier, fantastic, but the number one reasoning for me is to be entertained. I can appreciate the work that went into any project, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also find something like this entertaining for reasons the filmmakers didn’t intend. I love Halloween and The Evil Dead, but some of the enjoyment came from friends and myself making jokes and laughing at little moments. We still respected the movies but found other reasons that they became endearing to us. Same applies here. I find Brain to be an effective little B movie that steps outside of the comfort zone most horror / sci-fi films restricted themselves to. At the same time, there are so many odd moments that I find humorous even if they’re played straight.

    I try to toss this into my October rotation and barely just made it this year. Usually the last few days leading up to Halloween are loaded with movie watching, but I’ve been swamped with work and social events that I did well just to squeeze in a movie a day sometimes. Tonight was no exception. Here’s to hoping that I can fit in my regular titles for tomorrow.

    Oh man, you watched the export version? The director's cut kills it. The export version throws out all of the stuff that really makes it special IMO.
    I did so per the recommendation of someone. No big deal though as I'll still check out the other versions soon.

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  • Westin
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    Just watched a movie named "Truth or Dare" that was streaming on Netflix. It had Heather Langenkamp.

    I thought I was watching Blumhouse's "Truth or Dare," but the one I watched was by SyFy.

    This brings the question: why are there two "Truth or Dare" movies with the exact same premise and story??

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  • sagittarius
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    Oh man, you watched the export version? The director's cut kills it. The export version throws out all of the stuff that really makes it special IMO.

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  • Chex
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    October 29th

    101. House of the Living Dead (1974)

    In the seemingly peaceful and rural colonial vineyards of South Africa, a mad scientist plots to steal people’s souls and place them into jars for eternity. To complete his twisted experiments, he begins to undertake a bloody rampage in the nearby countryside. Stars Mark Burns (Count Dracula) and Shirley Anne Field (These Are the Damned).

    With the cast full of Brits, this reminds me of a Hammer film if it were to be made outside of England and with a lesser budget. That surprisingly works as a strength because it feels so alien despite the familiar elements of melodrama mingled with moments of murder and mayhem. Unfortunately, I found myself bored regarding the relationship of the main character and his fiancée and the history of the family. You can get away with this stuff with actors like, say, Peter Cushing who elevates the material just a bit to make it interesting, but Burn and Field are average at best. Also, while the South Africa landscapes is unique, much of the story takes place inside a mansion that looks like other tales of this nature. This is one of those “gotta be in the right mood” movies. Knowing what to expect, maybe it’ll play better in a future viewing.


    102. Deep Red (1975)

    One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Eye of the Devil), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator…or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where is what it seems. Also stars Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena)

    Despite seeing so much “Italian trash”, I really haven’t seen much of Argento’s work outside of two or three titles. Deep Red is one of those that I’ve heard so much about for years that I figured it couldn’t live up to the hype. Having finally seen it, I can safely say it deserves its reputation. It’s as if Argento used every technique he had been developing in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and The Cat o’ Nine Tails and took them a step further.

    The characters each stand out, the pace is great, but most of all is the story. The idea of a psychic being used to open the story seems hokey. Argento makes it work from the moment she reads the killers thoughts and emotions up to Hemming’s finding her body is pure suspense. Also, talk about a brutal murder! A meat cleaver and glass to the throat? Makes me wonder if he decided he needed to outdo himself for the opening of Suspiria and that’s why the opening death there is even more grande.

    I should mention I watched the export version which is longer than the American version but shorter than the original. I think. I’m interested in checking out the longer version to see what was cut out. I suspect more character moments. Maybe more scenes with Nicolodi’s character. I expected her to have a bigger role considering she’s the journalist in the story, but she takes a back seat to Hemmings.

    I’m glad to have finally caught this. I’ve got a huge stack of gialli to get through and was hoping to do so this month. Of course, it didn’t work out that way. At least I’ve been able to check out a couple of Argento titles as they’ve each delivered.

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  • Chex
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    October 28th

    99. Thinner (1996)

    An obese attorney (Robert John Burke, Robocop 3) is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight. Also stars Joe Mantegna (The Godfather Part III) and Kari Wuhrer (Anaconda).

    A friend told me that this also stars Bethany Joy Lenz from TV’s One Tree Hill, but fuck if I know anything about that. Apparently, the actress who plays the wife, Lucinda Jenney, just married Bill Mosely. Looks like she’s in 3 from Hell so maybe they met there.

    Anyway, I’ve never actually seen Thinner despite remembering the trailer for it. It was on all the damn time. Having now seen it, I can’t say my life is any better for it. It’s like a long episode of Tales from the Crypt. I’d rather watch Demon Knight or Bordello of Blood if that’s what I’m seeking, but this was ok. The subject matter about dieting and fads seem more current today than it would have back in 1996.


    100. Crypt of the Living Dead (1973)

    After arriving on a remote island to bury his father, a young American engineer (Andrew Prine, Grizzly) opens the crypt of a vampire queen. He inadvertently unleashes a terrible and violent force of evil on the unsuspecting townspeople, making them fight for their lives, while a few townsfolk aren’t who they appear to be. Also stars Mark Damon (House of Usher) and Patty Sheppard (Rest in Pieces).

    Andrew Prine in a Spanish gothic vampire movie. Prine’s always entertaining although the man cannot carry a moustache. Leave that to the pros like Burt Reynolds or Tom Atkins. Once Hanna the vampire appears, no time is wasted to show she’s got all the Dracula transformations as she turns into mist and a wolf. This doesn’t transcend to anything above what it promises, but rather delivers on expectations. It’s moody, dripping with Spanish atmosphere, and features a woman sinking her teeth into the locals while Prine runs around as the hero while Mark Damon acts crazy. Could it have used more blood or nudity? Sure, but that’s what the Paul Naschy films are for. Best of all is the ending as it hits a home run by being so surprising and somewhat melancholy to the point the victims briefly feel sorry for Hannah.

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  • Chex
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    October 27th

    96. Death Ship (1980)

    An ocean liner carrying vacationing passengers collides with a mysterious freighter. The handful of survivors seek refuge aboard the sinister freighter, which turns out to be possessed by the evil forces that once commanded it! Stars George Kennedy (Just Before Dawn), Richard Crenna (Wait Until Dark), and Nick Mancuso (1974’s Black Christmas) and story by Jack Hill (The Swinging Cheerleaders).

    Man, oh man, what a disjointed movie! I figured you couldn’t go wrong with George Kennedy and Richard Crenna on a haunted ship, but this showed otherwise.

    The first 10 or 15 minutes is such a waste as it’s all about waiting for the two ships to collide. Any character development in that time? Other than Kennedy’s character being a dick, no. It gets worse after the survivors climb aboard the derelict. Right away, it’s obvious something isn’t right with the ship as various doors and ropes move on their own. Even if it weren’t the result of haunted happenings, the second logical choice would be to think it’s a lunatic. I know slasher victims (i.e. teens) are considered the dumbest characters in horror movies, but this group takes the cake. Constantly splitting up, thinking that it’s safe to eat 40-year-old candy, thinking it’s ok to drink green water, parents letting their kids wander around after numerous strange occurrences, and taking showers after admitting the ship is haunted by ghosts. Each one of these characters deserves a grisly end.

    I’d say steer clear of Death Ship if it weren’t for the last 20 minutes or so. Once the shower of blood happens, the movie finally kicks into gear and decides it’s time to turn on the fright other than closing doors or making the lights flicker. Dead bodies, psychological torment, and George Kennedy running around like a madman are just a few of the highlights.

    There are some questions I’m left with at the end, however. What was the point of tossing the wife in a locked room when, out of nowhere, she’s able to leave it just fine? She’s screaming for help. Next thing we see, she’s out on the deck of the ship fine and dandy. Also, why does the ship stop caring about the family? I guess because Kennedy is down and out for a few moments, but so what? The ship itself is what purposely tracked down the cruise vessel in order to destroy it and then sought out the survivors in order to kill them. Why would Kennedy’s character matter?

    Far from perfect and I would almost write it off, but the third act was good enough to make me consider checking it out again. Maybe I’ll just skip through the first 70 minutes or so.


    97. Red Roses of Passion (1966)

    Carla (Patricia McNair, My Body Hungers) is fed up with her dull home life living a prudish existence with her spinster aunt. After being introduced to a tarot reader, Carla quickly finds herself involved with a mysterious sect known as The Cult of Pan, who have learned to harness the carnal powers of roses to entrap men into sexual liaisons. But as Carla delves deeper into the occult world, the true and much more sinister motives o the cult star to become apparent.
    Exploitation with a dash of horror. It’s easy to scoff at this stuff, dismiss it, and move on, but this paved the way for illustrious titles like Sorceress and other movies to appear on skinamax as presentations of babes thinly veiled horror trappings.

    Even better is when films like these would take familiar stories and then take them into dangerous territory as the filmmakers didn’t care if they offended mainstream audiences as that wasn’t the target audience. Nudity would first come to mind, but there isn’t much here. This is incredibly softcore stuff. Rather, the goofy witch cult using magic to empower themselves is the heart of the story. Remember that this is 1966 and the women’s movement was only a flicker of flame. Women asserting themselves and commanding a position of authority is unheard of at the time. Of course, there’s something to be said about using witchcraft to achieve such a role and seems silly in today’s society which is where Red Roses serves as a (mild) peek at American social history.

    There’s also a voyeuristic angle as the ceremony containing sheer-dressed women gather together to act out unholy rituals. There’s a shot of someone’s eye looking through the curtains at the ritual, displaying both shock and awe. I’m not sure if it’s because of the scantily clad women or because of the practice of the black arts, but either answer is sound.

    As far as the acting is concerned, it won’t win awards, but it seems like a notch above this type of material. Maybe it’s because the last title like this was the Flesh trilogy and, well, the acting goes from “so bad” to “so bad and it’s entertaining.” This is at least competent and never feels distracting.

    Lastly, there’s something alluring about this. The black and white cinematography, the capable music, the subject matter without being too “out there” made for an enjoyable viewing. I’m sure this is one of those situations where I was simply in the right mood, but it was relaxing while fascinating if that makes sense.


    98. Pets (1973)

    Teenage runaway Bonnie (Candice Rialson, Chatterbox!) has escaped the clutches of her controlling brother, only to become immediately embroiled in a twisted web of sexual manipulation. Initially convinced to aid in a carjacking, Bonnie is then taken in by a lecherous lesbian artist who hopes to groom her into a sapphic lover, only to have her plans thwarted by the perverse advances of a local gallery owner whose bizarre proclivities include the keeping of an unusual assortment of “pets.”

    Continuing the spree of eroticism fare with horror genre elements comes Pets…except it turns out it doesn’t have much to call traditional horror. The women being held captive by a demented collector doesn’t dive into the madness the genre could offer. There’s nothing on the level of, say, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or House of 1000 Corpses. The real horror comes from how inhuman people treat one another through psychological domination in relationships. It’s an interesting companion piece to Red Roses of Passion if only be accident. Don’t misunderstand, this is still very much a quirky story but its exploitation and drama for two-thirds. It’s a lot of fun, especially seeing Candice Rialson from the Corman produced movies like Summer School Teachers. You’ve got attempted rape, pimps, and evil lesbians before spiraling into the human bondage and prisoner elements. Dull is not in this movie’s vocabulary.

    The structure reminds me a bit of The Centerfold Girls and how it has separate stories connected by a common thread. In this instance, it’s Bonnie. Each scenario shows different, and more harmful, situations of people controlling others to use for their own devices. From what I can recall, this is based on a stage play that was set up in three acts so it seems faithful.

    I remember first reading about this on the Temple of Schlock website and was bummed to discover that the Code Red DVD went for big bucks at the time. Thank goodness for Vinegar Syndrome’s blu-ray.

    I have always loved this scene. Guy looks so cool wearing the sunglasses.
    Wade is all about the Foster Grants.

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