Mad Sometimes is a movies blog. I analyze and review primarily horror movies that I grew up watching as a kid.
I have loved the horror genre my entire life. Part of that can be attributed to my Aunt Vickie who is as big into the film genre as I am, part of it can be attributed to Drew Barrymore (See here), and part of it can be attributed to author R. L. Stine whose books taught me early on that horror can be fun. I have been rereading and analyzing Stine’s books for some time. Revisiting them has made me crave to do the same with horror film series I love: Scream, Child’s Play, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, and Jaws to name a few, and so Mad Sometimes was born. While I will certainly review films as I (re)watch them, reviewing is not all I want to do here. I want to analyze characters, I want to compare and contrast films, I want to write about themes I come across… and that is why I am not calling this a movie reviews blog.
I am not knowledgeable about or trained in cinematography and I don’t pretend to be. What I focus on here is primarily story: plot, characters, themes, symbolism, and writing. If I comment on an actor’s acting or a director’s decisions, it is because it pulls me away from the story or stands out for all the wrong reasons, and I will describe why. I once had someone tell me, “watching [a horror movie] for the story is herein like reading Playboy for the articles.” I don’t think this person could have been more wrong. I watch these movies for their stories, and I hope in my analyzing some of them, you’ll understand why.
Mad Sometimes is named from a quote by Norman Bates in Anthony Perkins’ classic 1960 film, Psycho. It is quoted by Billy Loomis in reference to Psycho in my favorite movie, 1996’s Scream, and it is referenced in a several other horror movies and TV shows.
“We all go a little mad sometimes.”
-Norman Bates, Psycho (1960, 1998)
When brainstorming names for this site, I came up with several ideas, but kept coming back to this quote. I bought madsometimes.com in July of 2020 and launched the site on July 18th.
The header image in the layout was created for me by Todd Larkey, an amazing artist. Not all Todds are as awesome as we.
The best way to contact me is to leave me a comment on any entry here (or even on this page). I get an e-mail notification when someone comments on my blog, and I respond to every comment. You may also feel free to shoot me an e-mail at todd(at)farplane.org.
Here are some answers to questions I anticipate:
- If you have a films blog or a site with similar content, I would love to exchange links with you. Just send me your URL.
- I do my best to mark major spoilers in entries, but it is difficult to write about a movie without spoiling something. In general, the movies I write about are so old that the spoilers are almost common knowledge. You will be able to identify what movie I am writing about at the beginning of each entry. Just watch your step if you see a post about a movie you haven’t seen yet and don’t want spoiled.
- As I move through series to review them, I will hit entries in most series in order so that my reviews cover stories chronologically. The exception will probably be Halloween 3, which I may hold off on for a while. It has a separate story that does not focus on the world of Michael Myers. Exploration pieces are different from reviews and will jump all over the place.
- I plan to cover every entry in every series I begin, but will likely be making my way through several series at once.
- I do take requests and recommendations. If there is a movie you think I will like or that you would like to see covered, please recommend it!