Like the other night, when we watched Frankenweenie in the barn attic.
It’s a great tradition. We throw a sheet over the rafters for a screen, lay out in dusty pool chairs, drink ciders and eat candy corn mixed with popcorn, and watch a creepy flick. But I’ve written about the tradition before. Like here. And here. And I feel like I post about the barn too much in general, honestly. It’s getting to the point that I should just move my family into it during the Halloween Season. I guess I need to start exploring my house attic instead. Or attics. Somehow we have two.
The upside to the glitch is we burned some daylight and got to watch the movie in pitch darkness with all our cricket friends. The downside is we couldn’t finish the movie until the next day because apparently responsible parents make their kids go to bed at a reasonable hour for school the next day.
But it was fun. Frankenweenie, which I hadn’t watched since its theatrical debut, seemed particularly apt, especially the point where the main character Victor is projecting a movie on a sheet, giving us the strange reality-vertigo of watching a movie on a sheet that’s in a movie on a sheet, or when he slips into an attic that looked very much like the one in which we were sitting and watching him. Minus the junior mad scientist equipment.
I always loved the original live-action short film it was based on, but I remember finding the stop-motion, full-length movie kind of cold and stiff (sorry, didn’t have the energy to actively avoid that pun) when I first watched it. Granted, I was also fresh off watching the amazing ParaNorman in theaters just a few weeks previously and that’s a hard act to follow. But on this rewatch I liked it a lot more. The smell of old wood and candy corn helped, I think.
Still, even after we returned back to wifi sweet wifi, I wasn’t planning on writing about it. Then my wife told me, “I took some pictures. I’ll Dropbox them to you.”
So I wanted to post the photos. And to do that I gotta wrap some words around them. And these are those words. And those are vague pronouns.
But know this: If I invited all of you over to my house, this is where and how we would party.