I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the eleventh week’s entry. I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, a television show, and a book.
Week 11: Childhood Favorite
Movie: Labyrinth (1986)
From IMDB: A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Jim Henson
While I watched many movies as a kid, Labyrinth was my favorite. On my desk, I have artwork of the goblins waiting to hear the right words for the Goblin King to come. I can still recite most of the movie by heart and sing all the songs. Whenever someone says “That’s not fair!” I have to refrain from saying “You say that so often, I wonder what your basis for comparison is?”
Television: Fantasy Island (1977-1984)
From IMDB: Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected. Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett
Sunday nights on ABC ran Love Boat and then Fantasy Island. I watched them both, but Fantasy Island had more of a supernatural dark twist that downplayed how warped the show was. It was closer to Twilight Zone but billed as a comedy for some reason. I still remember a few episodes involving mermaids and Lady Godiva. They tried to reboot it a while ago and play up the darkness of the island, but it couldn’t compare. I’m tempted to watch an episode, but I fear the memory of the show won’t live up to the reality.
Book: Remember Me (1989) by Christopher Pike
From Goodreads: Shari Cooper hadn’t planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow – a thing more horrible than death itself – is the key to Shari’s death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.
Before moving up to Stephen King books in high school, I read every book Christopher Pike wrote. I wrote my first fan letter to him and unsurprisingly occurred after reading Remember Me. High school and death provided key themes in all his books which make sense as they are synonymous with one another. Unlike the other books, this one had the main character solving her murder as a ghost. It had some nice twists and turns, and I still remember some of the descriptions decades later.
Coming Up Next
Next week will be “Makes Me Want Dessert”