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Mar 152013
 

Highly skilled warriors have always been both inspirational and interesting heroes in pop culture. From martial artists to “chosen ones” with special powers, these ladies really make an impression with their amazing skills. Here are some of my favorites, who I find fascinating.

#10) Red Sonja (Brigitte Nielsen) from Red Sonja: This warrior is not only highly skilled with a sword, but also has an amazing jumping ability. I like to think of Sonja as a pre-Xena kind of warrior woman, even though she is difficult, especially when it comes to winning her heart by defeating her in a fair fight.

#9) Yim Wing Chun (Michelle Yeoh) from Wing Chun: Now here’s a martial artist like no other. She not only has fast reflexes, some of which are highly exaggerated, but also has a comedic wit. Wing Chun makes all of her fight moves look so smooth and easy that not even the toughest bandits can touch her. Her only limit is that she never kills. She only toys with her foes. It’s all part of what makes Wing Chun a big favorite of mine.

#8) Alice (Milla Jovovich) from Resident Evil films: Amazing combat skills and smooth moves are what make her the hottest heroine in the franchise. Whenever faced with ravenous zombies, mutant canines, or other dangerous beasts, Alice will fight it. Alice’s abilities are so extraordinary that Umbrella Corp decided to make many clones of her, which keep getting killed in their deadly obstacle course. It just seems so wasteful.

#7) Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: She was once a high school cheerleader, only to receive the strength and skill of a type of warrior called the slayer. Now Buffy spends much of her spare time battling evil supernatural beings from vampires to demons and sometimes the rebellious slayer Faith with her martial arts and comedic wit. Luckily, Buffy never has to fight alone.

#6) Helen (Gina Torres) from Cleopatra 2525: She leads the trio of freedom fighters and is the only one who can communicate with the anonymous Voice because of the receptor inside her ear. Helen is a courageous fighter, but has a personal grudge against Creegan for murdering her father. Whenever Helen faces Creegan she struggles to stay focused on the task at hand. Luckily, her teammates Sarge and Cleo are always there to watch her back.

#5) Princess Amelia (Amber Benson) from Attack of the Gryphon: She is the princess of Lockland and a noble leader. Whatever the adversary, man or beast, Amelia shows no fear, especially when there’s a task. I admire her devotion, but she hardly ever loosens up. I wonder what Amelia does on her leisure time when she’s not fighting battles, or going on quests to save her kingdom.

#4) Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a. the Bride (Uma Thurman) from Kill Bill: She was a trained assassin specialized with any kind of weapon. When Beatrix decides to give up that lifestyle, she gets hunted down and nearly killed by Bill, her lover and sensei. Although Beatrix’s main focus is revenge, I sure admire her will power. Even against overwhelming odds, she never lets up.

#3) Chun-Li from Street Fighter franchise: Ever since her first appearance on the Street Fighter 2 Super NES video game, Chun-Li has always been a huge favorite in the franchise with her jumping skill, powerful kicking moves, and sex appeal. There have been at least several versions of Chun-Li over the years, but her story is always the same. She didn’t become a street fighter for personal glory. Chun-Li merely wants revenge on Bison for her father’s murder. Here are a few of my favorite movie versions.

Street Fighter: Ming Na plays the role as a reporter covering the war in Shadowloo, but also goes undercover in an attempt to take her revenge.

Street Fighter 2 the Animated Movie: In this Anime film, Chun-Li is an Interpol agent. She has the same grudge against Bison, but always keeps a clear head because she knows that duty comes before personal feelings.

Street Fighter the Legend of Chun-Li: The most recent version played by Kristin Kreuk features more of Chun-Li’s background, including how she learns to use the Hado fireball from later Street Fighter video games.

#2) Xena (Lucy Lawless) from Xena Warrior Princess: She was once a dangerous warlord, but thanks to Hercules she now uses the many skills she developed over the years to become a heroic warrior. Like Hercules, Xena travels around helping others in need while making up for a lifetime of evil. Some of her fighting moves are highly exaggerated, but I admire her strength because even while Xena is vulnerable, she can still kick butt easily.

#1) Charmed Ones from Charmed: If there’s one team of women that deserve to be on top, it’s the Halliwell sisters.

Prue (Shannen Doherty) is the courageous leader. Combined with her telekinetic powers, I definitely see Prue worthy of the title Noble Warrior.

Piper (Holly Marie Combs) has the power to freeze anything in its place. Her powers eventually expand with the ability to blow up enemies. Of course it’s really Piper’s comedic persona, which usually comes from being irritated, that makes her a big favorite.

Phoebe’s (Alyssa Milano) power is only limited to premonitions, but don’t underestimate her. Phoebe’s martial art skills always pack quite a punch in battle.

Then there’s Paige (Rose McGowan), who is half witch and half white lighter. Her telekinetic power is different from Prue’s, but still just as useful in battle. It’s also neat that Paige can orb anywhere at anytime, which gives the Charmed ones more of an edge.

Jun 152012
 

Now here’s a killer that shows a new meaning to the title, “Mad Doctor”. He is Dr. Evan Rendall (Larry Drake), but goes by the name Dr. Giggles. He’s like the Joker without the makeup/acid.

Dr. Giggles is very witty and crafty. He uses various doctor tools to kill people and is quick with a doctor joke. And that cheesy giggle, don’t get me started. This guy has all of the makings of a super villain out of a comic book. The only thing missing is a superhero, despite that this is actually a slasher film.

Before Holly Marie Combs was Piper Halliwell from Charmed, she played Jennifer, a teen with a heart condition, which prevents her from doing any strenuous activity.

It was also real exciting to have met Holly Marie Combs at Spooky Empire Mayhem 2012.

Meanwhile, some of Jennifer’s friends decide to explore an abandoned house, which happens to be Dr. Giggles’s childhood home. And what a coincidence that Dr. Giggles is inside getting back to his roots. Sounds like a recipe for trouble. As the teens explore, Dr. Giggles comes after them. At this point, I thought his killing spree would be contained inside the house. It turns out that it’s not. He’s killing people all over town. There was a brief exception, which was a sedated young boy playing Dr. Mario. All Dr. Giggles could say was, “Terminal”.

Soon Dr. Giggles finds out about Jennifer and her condition. So he sets out to capture her for something special. After tracking her to the fair, it becomes an exciting search in the funhouse because it’s very spooky and full of echoes.

Jennifer does escape, but not for long. Dr. Giggles attempts to do a heart transplant on Jennifer, using one of the hearts of his other victims. It was real creative how Dr. Giggles sets up the bodies in the waiting room. At first it convinced me that they were all still alive.

Luckily, Jennifer’s boyfriend Max (Glenn Quinn) and Officer Reitz (Keith Diamond) rescue her, but it’s not over yet. Dr. Giggles chases them and attacks with… Golf clubs? “Time to do what doctors do best.”

It becomes an exciting chase, but the pressure is on with Jennifer’s weakened state. However, Jennifer really steps up later on when she goes up face to face against Dr. Giggles, who is very hard to kill.

This was an interesting horror movie. The murders were gruesome, but it was so creative with all of those doctor puns.

May 282012
 

Another excellent year of MAY-HEM here in Orlando Florida. Here are a few of the highlights.

While all of the guests I met this year were incredibly nice, I was most excited to meet the beautiful and talented Holly Marie Combs.

All weekend everyone was discussing the incredibly sweet Linda Hamilton.

The very cool Verne Troyer was also a guest.

An Addams Family Reunion with Lisa Loring, Felix Silla, and John Astin. Amazing!

The fabulous Vivica A. Fox gave a lively Q&A.

Adorable Joey Lauren Adams made her first convention appearance ever.

Wrestling legend Roddy Piper was a blast!

The convention wouldn’t be complete without scream queens.

Monica Keena from Freddy vs. Jason (2003) was cute and charming.

Caroline Williams star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Halloween II (2009) was one classy lady.

MAY-HEM 2012 was an excellent convention!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store next year.

Nov 092009
 

Charmed: The Complete Series (1998-2006) was definitely a favorite. Three sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) are a team of witches who fight evil beings like warlocks, demons, and other evil spirits to protect the innocents of San Francisco. They’re known as the Charmed Ones.

This show is along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When the Charmed Ones vanquish an enemy, they burst into flames with neat effects and echoed screams. Most of the witches, warlocks, and demons don’t really have a particular look. In fact, they look no different than ordinary citizens, which makes it easier to blend in as long as nobody uses their powers in public.

One of the toughest issues was that the Charmed Ones always have to keep their identities a secret. Since the crimes the demons commit involve police business, it’s only fair that a police officer knew about them also. It starts with Prue’s boyfriend Andy (T.W. King), but he gets killed off too soon. So the secret was passed on to his partner Darryl Morris (Dorian Gregory).

Later on, a white lighter named Leo (Brian Krause) joins the team. Not only is he good to have around the house as a handyman and as Piper’s love interest, but his healing powers and teleportation are very helpful in battle.

Charmed also has its share of humor, especially from Piper. She’s so funny when she’s irritated, and a lot of strange things keep happening to Phoebe. One of my favorites was when her grandmother’s wedding ring turns her into a happy housewife from a 50s sitcom, who only cares about cooking and cleaning. Some of my favorite episodes are the ones based on old myths and legends. It has a creative take on fairytales and creatures of folklore.

I met several Charmed stars at several different conventions. The first was Jennifer Rhodes, who played Grams, at MegaCon 2008. She was nice and asked me how long I’ve been a fan of Charmed. I told her that I have been for a long time and that I have the whole series on DVD. She also told me that this was one of her favorite photos.

Jennifer Rhodes

Then I met Dorian Gregory at Mini MegaCon 2009 and Brian Krause at Spooky Empire 2009. Both were really nice guys and were thrilled that I was a big Charmed fan. And I told them that these autographed photos were going on my wall, which is filled with Charmed pictures.

Brian Krause and me

 

Charmed is still a cult classic and will be for years to come, just like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Keep in touch and check my blog for Charmed part 2, when I’ll be talking about meeting the lovely Charmed star Shannen Doherty.