Well, that’s it. It’s over. Not sure how I feel. I can tell you I have had a blast. First the thank yous. Of course my wife, who championed thru this summer with me. She didn’t watch it all 92 times but she definitely watched this movie more times than most normal people would. Dan, for hosting a fun final viewing party and going all out for that outdoor projector, and thanks to all the people that showed up to it. Freddy from Night of the Living Podcast for introducing me to wordpress and promoting the blog. And anyone who read this, I honestly thought this would just be a fun blog that my friends would visit every once and awhile but a lot more people jumped on to it and that is really cool to me. So the big question is, What did I learn this summer? Well the easy answer is saying you are going to watch a movie 92 days in a row is a lot easier than actually doing it. I learned that my list of movies that I said I could watch 92 days in a row shortened greatly. I also learned that I probably will not ever commit to watching a movie any amount of times in a row ever again. The fluff stuff I learned is that the Predator species name is the Yautja, so that’s cool. Seriously though, this adventure has been great. Was it a challenge? Of course it was. I am very relieved that it is over but I do not regret it for one minute, I have had a blast talking to people about it. As crazy as it sounds Predator even helped me out a little this summer. My dog, Ash, died last week and if there was a time I was the closest to calling this whole thing off it was then. But I sat down with tears in my eyes and watching it that night really helped take my mind off of losing my friend of 13 years. But enough sad stuff. To the friends I have made over the summer and what I have learned. Dutch – You taught me to stay strong thru even the toughest odds. Dillon – You taught me to never lose focus of my true self. If I do I may end up armless screaming in a jungle. Mac and Blaine – You taught me the true meaning of friendship, and to always look out for the ones closest to you and don’t chew tobacco. Poncho – You taught me to keep my cool thru tough times and that if you don’t you can just blow shit up. Billy – You taught me the lesson of what happens when you don’t keep your cool in tough times and when you go bat shit crazy in the jungle to not throw your gear into a ravine. Hawkins – Always quick with a joke, taught to me to always have a sense of humor even in the face of impending doom. Predator – You taught me…..nothing really. I can’t think of anything you taught me. You are a murderer and murder is wrong. So that’s it. I faced the Predator, I sat thru the count down and I survived the explosion. The chopper has picked me up from the smoldering crater, the difference though is that instead of looking off into the distance with a defeated look, like Dutch, I am laughing maniacally.
Day 91. Wow. It is really starting to hit me. It’s odd, I feel like a child on their second to last day of school. I am excited because of the repetitiveness is really starting to get to me, but I am sad that I am saying good bye to my my friends. I feel like I have been thinking so much about what movie challenge I am going to do next that I have completely overlooked how much I love Predator. I won’t miss watching it though. Listen to me, I’m talking like it’s already over! I still have 1 more viewing! And damn it I am going to watch the shit out of it tomorrow night! Any way, next topic, and here I go contradicting yesterdays blog, but I have decided on what my next marathon will be. My friend, Andy, had a great idea. I am going to watch a different zombie movie every day for the next 61 days. He wanted me to go for as long as I can but I don’t know if I can do that, so I have decided to watch one everyday from Sept. 1 thru Halloween. No stipulations as far as which ones I watch, just a zombie movie everyday for 61 days. Good or bad, doesn’t matter. And that leads me to my next question, what the fuck is wrong with me?
I can’t believe the amount of people asking me “What’s next, what movie marathon are you going to put yourself thru next?” Have you not been reading this blog? I am going insane counting down the days! And people have the balls to ask me “What’s next?”! What’s next is me not committing to any more Summer movie adventures! Though I guess there have been some interesting ideas thrown out there. I mentioned my Planet of the Apes idea. Where I just watch all things POTA, movies, tv show, cartoon. And a good friend just brought up a zombie marathon. Where I just watch a different zombie movie everyday for however long I can stand it. I like those ideas. My lord, my the hell is wrong with me? I’m not even done with this one yet and I am already talking about the next one. Why don’t I just punch myself in the face 92 days in a row, would that make you happy!?
So this is a two for 1. I don’t know how, it’s not like this post is going to be SOOOO amazing it’s going to the equivalent of 2 post. I know the last couple of blogs have been “downers” and some people may be questioning my commitment to this, even though I only have 3 viewings left, well to wash away those doubts allow me to explain what I am in the process of. Yesterday (the 27th) I woke up and instantly started the movie, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to get it in later after work. So I have to decided to get my today viewing in NOW (the 28th) at midnight. That’s right I am watching this movie twice in a 14 hour period. Anyone who questions that can F off! This movie and I are now contacted on a spiritual level. We can finish each others sentences and order each others dinners! So now, let me guess, you are looking for some witty/funny observation about the movie. Well guess what? There aren’t anymore! After 89 straight damn days of this movie I have officially made every damn witty observation about it! You think this is a game? This is a way of life! For 89 days in a row this movie has held me down and smashed my face in, so I am allowed to get a little hostile in return. Doesn’t mean we don’t love each other any less. It just means that after the 31st we are going to be spending some time apart.
So I caught some flack for yesterdays blog post. Let me just say this this. You try watching a movie, ANY movie, 92 days in a row and see how you feel on day 86! Oh wait, you couldn’t! I am a man of action! If I say I am going to watch this 92 days in a row I am going to! And you know what? You’re going to sit there and read about! Predator and I have a special bond now, and yeah there are going to be bumps in our relationship but they just make us stronger in the end! Predator and I have something that no one else has! We are like Dutch and Dillon, we have out disagreements but at the end of the day we are brothers in arms! When Predator runs off to save a fellow soldier I am going to throw it an extra machine gun and keep that damn chopper waiting for it! We are Mac and Blaine, when this summer is over I am going to go cut my yard down with Ol’ Painless while screaming! I love this damn movie and I can’t wait till August 31st! How you like that?!
OK, confession time. I am ready for this to be over with. We have had our fun, I love this movie, it will always be one of my favorites but I am really ready for this to be over. Allow me to explain why a little bit. I am a avid movie watcher. It is a hobby of mine. I have a dvd collection of about 1500 dvds, which is growing constantly, I have acquired quite a few dvds over this summer. Some of which are movies I have been really looking forward to watching. Now generally I have about enough time to watch 1 movie a day, sometimes more sometimes not at all, so on the days that I know I may have a little time to squeeze a movie in and I get excited “Cool! I’m finally going to be able to watch (fill in the blank here)! Oh wait, I have to watch Predator.” I think you can see why it would be a little annoying. Now let clarify somethings here 1. I already said this and I want to say it again, I still love this movie. 2. I do not regret doing this at all. I have had a blast and I love talking about it with people and seeing them get a good laugh at my expense. I was able to go on Horrorhound Magazines podcast and talk about this summer adventure and that was amazing, all because of Predator!
The fact that I am in the single digits of this summer adventure is just blowing my mind. I really thought that maybe watching Predator 92 days in a row would slow my summer down but it didn’t at all. The kids are back in school and I only have 6 more viewings. But oh well, more about the Predator now. Like I said in the last post, or maybe I didn’t, but the novelization of Predator really isn’t a very good book. But there are two things I love about it. 1. Anna, her character makes a lot more sense in the book. In the book she is a guerrilla soldier and the whole time she is captured she is cursing them calling the team “American dogs” and so forth. She comes to their side when the Predator kills Hawkins. At that point she pretty much becomes catatonic. 2. I think they give a better explanation for Billy’s descent into full on crazy. In the book they explain that Billy is 50% military soldier and 50% Sioux warrior. When he gets into the jungle and starts witnessing all of the Predators shenanigans he slips into full on Sioux warrior and he is getting scared because it is hinted that a Predator was once on earth and hunting Sioux tribes and because of that the stories were passed down generation to generation, so Billy knows exactly what is happening and tries to get them all out as soon as possible. I thought that was a great idea. I think that would make for an awesome book.