7 Deadly Things About Winona Ryder

Ryder on doing Heathers for $1

Winona Ryder Heathers featured on 7deadlythings
Winona Ryder as Veronica in Heathers (1988)

The part of Veronica in the deliciously dark Heathers (1988) resonated so much with Winona due to her own experience in high-school, i.e. teenagers being assholes, that the movie’s producer Denise Di Novi recalls the young actress pleading in her office, “I’ll do the script just for $1. I’ll do anything, I don’t care how much you pay me.” In an interview with The Face in 1989 Winona said “it wasn’t a question of wanting to or thinking I should, it was a case of nobody understands this like I do.”

Ryder on Revenge on a Childhood Bully

“I was wearing an old Salvation Army–shop boy’s suit. I had a hall pass, so I went to the [girls’] bathroom. I heard people saying, “Hey, faggot!” They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies. Years later, I went to a coffee shop in Petaluma, and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, “Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?” and I said, ‘Do you remember me? I went to Kenilworth. Remember how, in seventh grade, you beat up that kid?’ and she said, ‘Kind of,’ and I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself!'” Bazaar U.K. interview, August 2000.

Winona Ryder featured on 7deadlythings
‘Free Winona’ Polaroid courtesy of Robert Rich

Ryder on Ryan’s Daughter

Not many young actresses would use Ryan’s Daughter (1970) as a point of reference. However it seems Sarah Miles‘ performance inspired Winona to act. Set in 1915 in an isolated Irish village in Kerry, Rosy Ryan (Miles) has an affair with a British officer to escape her dull marriage. The villagers find out. Disaster. “She bowled me over in that, and everything I’ve seen her in. I think she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world too,” Winona Ryder: The Biography by Nigel Goodall.

Ryder and the Disappearance of Polly Klass

One of Winona’s treasured books is a copy of Little Women where inside the front cover are the words: ‘this book belongs to polly klaas.’ Klass was a 12-year-old girl who in 1993 was kidnapped from her mother’s home in Petaluma, California. Winona had spent part of her own childhood there and offered a $200,000 reward for the return of the missing child. She attended searches, manned phones and helped the Klaas family but after a lengthy search the killer was caught and sentenced to death. In memoriam, Winona saw to it that Polly’s favorite book was made into a movie and she remains a staunch supporter of the Polly Klaas Foundation.

Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis

Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis featured on 7deadlythings
Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis at ‘The Crucible’ premiere (1996)

1993 saw Winona given her first Oscar nomination for her role alongside Wicklow resident, Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. “I was so taken aback that I was cast,” she has said. “It was like a dream.” She would go on to star opposite three-time Oscar winner Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed actors of all time, reuniting with him on 1996’s The Crucible, and appearing in 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, directed by his wife Rebecca Miller, daughter of the playwright Arthur Miller.

Ryder on Bram Stoker’s Dracula

After collapsing due to exhaustion during a costume fitting for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III (1990) Winona had to drop out of the project – doctor’s orders. She had wanted to work with Coppola so bad that she pitched a script to him titled “Dracula: The Untold Story.” According to Coppola, much of the cast for Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) was assembled as Winona’s “dream cast.”

Winona Ryder Gary Oldman Dracula featured on 7deadlythings
Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Ryder on Black Swan

Winona appeared in the Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010) as an aging ballerina who is being cast aside and replaced by a younger dancer (Natalie Portman, who won the Oscar for Best Actress). A case of art imitating life in a metaphor for the mercilessness of the filmmaking machine. Ryder’s cameo was a total scene-stealer and Portman lauded her in an interview saying, “it was just an honor to watch her work and I hope I get another chance.”

Winona Ryder in Black Swan featured in 7deadlythings
Winona Ryder in Black Swan (2010)

Fancy being a guest contributor on 7 Deadly Things?







7 Deadly Scenes that Wouldn’t’ve Been the Same Without a bit of Rain

Psycho (1960) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The ‘shower scene‘ is what Psycho is remembered mostly for and Hitchcock gives us clues early on that indicate Marion’s fate. As she escapes from her past there’s no sunny sunset on the horizon only heavy rain obstructing her view – the slashing movement of the windscreen wipers in the rain foreshadowing the slashing of the knife in the shower.

Jurassic Park (1993) directed by Stephen Spielberg

25 years on and how cool is this scene? The ripples in the glasses of water… the appearance of the roaring T-rex… Lexi and Tim trapped under the glass of the sunroof… the climactic Jeep chases scene… incredible, and the characters plight made even more helpless by all that torrential rain.

Blade Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” says dying replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in one of the most moving death monologues in cinematic history.

Suspiria (1977) directed by Dario Argento

N’er was there an opening scene so foreboding. What with our protagonist (Jessica Harper) arriving to a foreign destination, at night no less, in the lashings of rain. Heavy saturated colours and a suspense–setter song by Goblin make for an entirely creepy scene altogether.

It (2017) directed by Andy Muschietti

Georgie’s boat would never have floated down the drain had it not been for the rain. This scene featured in our blog ‘7 Deadly Opening Scenes to Scare the Hell out of you this Halloween‘ and it’s still as spooky as all hell. No idea why Bill Skarsgård didn’t pick up an Oscar for playing Pennywise the clown with such petrifying perfection. 

Magnolia (1999) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

“Why are frogs falling from the sky?” Phil Parma (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)

Not exactly rain but that time cats and dogs became frogs in American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia. What was this amphibian downpour? Is it something spiritual? Apocalyptic perhaps? Or just some freaky meteorological phenomenon  – what does it all mean?

Withnail & I (1987) directed by Bruce Robinson

The heavy rain matched to this monologue makes Withnail’s melancholy, maybe even suicidal mood, even more heart-wrenching. We watch as a wine–filled Withnail delivers a sad soliloquy from the Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.


7 Deadly Ads Made By Super Famous Directors

Apple HomePod | Spike Jones (Her, Being John Malkovitch, Where The Wild Things Are)

It’s easy to be cynical about the age-old idea that a product has the power to elevate the humdrum of everyday life into something so fantastical it transforms your world into a far more vibrant and magical one. Yet Spike Jones pulls it off in this new chromatic Apple ad featuring FKA twigs dancing to a track by Anderson .Paak.

Cadbury’s Flake | Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth, Under The Skin)

One of Glazer’s most notable works is his iconic Guinness Surfer ad but he also made this bonkers one starring Denis Lavant (the guy from the “Rabbit In Your Headlights” video) as a dancing devil throwing Flakes at women who smear the chocolate all over their lips. The strapline, “succumb to the crumb” is a little more lascivious than “tastes like chocolate never tasted before” – not surprising then it was canned by Cadbury’s.

Citroën | Jean-Paul Goude

Fresh off the set off A View To A Kill and from the success of her compilation album Island Life, Grace Jones was hired by Citroën and director/designer Jean-Paul Goude. Jones and Goude had met in the 70s and they had been dating and dancing at Studio 54 since. The ad launched in 1985 but was taken off the air in several countries because of what they deemed “excessive speeding”.

Sony PlayStation | David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive)

David Lynch’s distinct style even has a term named after it: Lynchian. It’s impossible to pinpoint but it feels like being dropped somewhere between an otherworldly dimension and someone else’s dream. Sony approached Lynch to make a series of PlayStation ads prompting the director to create some of the most memorable ads ever made.

Levi’s | Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep)

According to Guinness World Records 2004, Gondry’s ad for Levi’s titled “Drugstore” holds the distinction for “Most Awards Won by a TV Commercial.” Although it didn’t air in the U.S. because it showed a guy buying johnnies it marked the beginning of a mighty career for one of the most creative directors in music, film and advertising.

PlayStation | Chris Cunningham

Lucky the suits at Sony were cool enough to trust British video artist Cunningham enough to give him full creative license because the result was outstanding. Best known for such music videos as Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy” and “Windowlicker” and Björk’s “All Is Full Of Love” Cunningham produced this warped piece of work entitled “Mental Wealth” featuring some eerie teenage/alien hybrid.

Apple Macintosh | Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner)

Ridley Scott says prior to his feature debut he probably made 2,000 commercials; he was 42 before he made Alien. “I stayed in it [advertising] for 20 years because I just loved it,” the director says. “I was working in film, working on celluloid, I was working in quick time. They were very competitive days. Today you’re considered busy if you’re doing 12 bits a year; in those days I would be doing, personally, 100 commercials a year, averaging two a week. And they were big.”


7 Deadly Golden Oldies from Oscars Past


Sufjan Stevens | Mystery of Love 

A top contender for Best Song this year is “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens written for the exquisite Call Me By Your Name. The song captures the sweet sentiment of the film about being young and falling in love and coming-of-age and all that whimsy.

Keith Carradine | I’m Easy

“I’m Easy” truly deserved to win the Oscar as when Keith Carradine performs this to Lily Tomlin, with just him and his guitar, it complements exactly what’s going on in the scene. It’s a perfect marriage of song, actor and camera work as they work together to let the story unfold. A beautiful song from Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975).

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová | Falling Slowly 

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová won the Oscar in 2007 for their harmonious collaboration “Falling Slowly,” from the film Once, a movie about two musicians falling in love in Dublin. The story was also adapted to the stage becoming a multi-award winning Broadway musical. Have you ever seen a happier moment than this at the Oscars?

Karen O | The Moon Song

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O reunited with filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2013 for the movie Her. Karen previously contributed music to Jonze’s 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. In the film, the song is sung by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s characters – who did a fine job.

Björk and Thom Yorke | I’ve Seen It All

In 2001, Björk performed beautifully Dancer in the Dark’s signature tune about a nearly blind woman accepting that she’ll never be able to save her sight. The song with Thom Yorke was nominated for Best Song but lost to “Things Have Changed” by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys.

Stevie Wonder | I Just Called To Say I Love You

In 1984, Stevie Wonder beat Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” as well as the theme songs from Footloose and Ghostbusters. “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” featured in Gene Wilder’s The Woman in Red and was a controversial win as it was suspected it wasn’t even written for the movie. In any case, it’s hard not to love this tune with it’s simple tempo and Stevie’s wonderful voice.

Dusty Springfield | The Look of Love 

At the Academy Awards in 1967 one of the most successful British female singers of all time (who’s mother came from Tralee in County Kerry) was nominated for her song “The Look of Love,” from the James Bond parody Casino Royale. Disappointingly Dusty lost out to “Talk to the Animals” from Doctor Doolittle.




7 Deadly Shots From Academy Award Nominated Films 2018


Get Out

4 nominations | Original screenplay Jordan Peele | Actor in a leading role Daniel Kaluuya |Best picture “Get Out” | Directing Jordan Peele

Get Out featured on 7deadlythings
Daniel Kaluuya in ‘the Sunken Place’ in Get Out

The Florida Project

1 nomination | Actor in a supporting role Willem Dafoe

The Florida Project ft on 7deadlythings
The Florida Project


8 nominations | Sound editing Richard King and Alex Gibson |Original score Hans Zimmer | Film editing Lee Smith | Sound mixing Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo | Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema | Best picture “Dunkirk” | Production design Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis | Directing Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk ft on 7deadlythings

The Shape of Water

13 nominations | Actress in a leading role Sally Hawkins | Actor in a supporting role Richard Jenkins | Production design Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin | Sound mixing Christian T. Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier | Costume design Luis Sequeira | Best picture “The Shape of Water” | Original score Alexandre Desplat | Actress in a supporting role Octavia Spencer | Film editing Sidney Wolinsky | Sound editing Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira | Directing Guillermo del Toro | Original screenplay Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro | Cinematography Dan Laustsen

The Shape of Water ft on 7deadlythings
Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Blade Runner 2049

5 nominations | Cinematography Roger Deakins | Sound mixing Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth | Visual effects John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover | Sound editing Mark Mangini and Theo Green | Production design Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola

Blade Runner 2049 ft on 7deadlythings
Ryan Gosling entering Las Vegas in Blade Runner 2049

Lady Bird

5 nominations | Directing Greta Gerwig | Actress in a supporting role Laurie Metcalf | Best picture “Lady Bird” | Original screenplay Greta Gerwig | Actress in a leading role Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird ft on 7deadlythings
Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird”

Call Me By Your Name

4 nominations | Best picture “Call Me by Your Name” | Original song Music: Sufjan Stevens. Lyrics: Sufjan Stevens “Mystery of Love” | Adapted screenplay James Ivory | Actor in a leading role Timothée Chalamet

Call Me By Your Name ft on 7deadlythings
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name

The 90th Academy Awards are set for Sunday 4th (1am-ish Irish time) but you can join Jimmy Kimmel and a kaleidoscope of shining stars at a more reasonable hour on RTÉ on the Monday.

For a full list of all the nominees click here.


7 Deadly Oscar Movies where Snowy Landscapes Shaped the Narrative

In many films, snow, rain, sun or fog may emerge almost as characters in their own right. The elements can help to define mood or reflect the emotional and psychological states of the characters – images of The Overlook Hotel surrounded by snow in The Shining come to mind – *shudder*

So while we’re all snowed in and the whole country is on lockdown let’s have a look at some movies that were acknowledged by Oscar that feature snowy landscapes.

The Gold Rush (1925)

Nominated for 2 Oscars for Sound and for Music

With stunning opening scenes and Charlie Chaplin trekking across icy Alaskan cliffs this epic from the silent movie era is worth its weight in gold. Chaplin even has to eat his boot, but does so in an ever so charming way. As for the “Roll Dance” – genius.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Won 5 Oscars out of 10 nominations

Incredibly, most of the snow-covered scenes in Russia were actually filmed on location in Spain, and during the summer months. The film’s most memorable set was unquestionably the ice palace in Varykino.

Misery (1990)

Won 1 Oscar for Kathy Bates as Best Actress

Poor poor Paul. He loses control of his cockadoodie car while driving down a mountain road in a blizzard and winds up in a snowbank. Luckily for him he’s found by his “No. 1 fan” and nursed back to health. Unlucky for him she’s an absolute lunatic madperson.

Fargo (1996)

Won 2 out of 7 Oscars nominations including Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Screenplay for the Coen Brothers

Fargo is “based on a true story” that took place in Minnesota in 1987 and the film uncovers what smalltown life might be like in the frigid winter landscape of Minnesota and North Dakota.

The Revenant (2015)

Won 3 Oscars out of 12 nominations including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio (finally) and Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu

DiCaprio’s raw performance here is a force of nature. Left for dead by his hunting team after being mauled (and possibly sodomised) by a ferocious grizzly bear he trails on through the wilderness in a tale of betrayal, revenge and survival of the toughest.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Nominated for 5 Oscars

It’s A Wonderful Life is one of those movies that improves with age. It’s uplifting but goes darker in that the disillusioned hero is prevented from committing suicide by the intervention of an angel. One of the finest feel-good films ever made.

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay

Set in the Ozarks, in a small community where the meth trade flourishes in a devastated economy of southwestern Missouri. The landscape is bleak and cold, much like the weathered residents that inhabit it. Chilly movie just like the title.


7 Deadly Movies that Didn’t get Invited to the 2018 Oscars


When that creepy clown came back to scare the hell out of us again It became the highest-grossing opening for a horror film of all time. That said, it’s a well known fact the Academy doesn’t err on the side of horror. So even though Pennywise could’ve easily appeared in the Best Makeup category for turning a tall, blonde Swede (Bill Skarsgård) into a monster, they left him hanging, or… floating.

Pennywise featured on 7deadlythings

The Beguiled

It’s a shame this sensuous southern Civil War tale was shut of the Oscars given Sofia Coppola was the first woman to take the Best Director prize at Cannes since 1961. With gorgeous, dreamy cinematography and costumes evocative of Peter Weir’s Picnic At Hanging Rock surely The Beguiled could have fit into at least one category.

The Beguiled featured on 7deadlythings

A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story might be just that bit too arthouse for Academy tastes, but then again in 1990 Ghost won two Oscars out of five nominations. Both movies have a similar story but director David Lowery goes much further bringing us to bolder places and his risk-taking pays off leaving us with a movie that lingers on in your head. The original score was a winner not to mention the final act for film editing.

A Ghost Story featured on 7deadlythings

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

I haven’t stopped banging on about how brilliant Barry Keoghan is since seeing this movie. Never has eating spaghetti looked so sinister. His performance is perfect as he goes from awkward teenager into someone so unnerving it’s hard to watch, albeit rather mesmerising. Keoghan is definitely award worthy here, helped along by Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer featured on 7deadlythings

Good Time

This New York thriller is hella sketchy from the get-go. It brings you on a bumpy night out with some shady characters you never ever want to dabble with. The Safdie Brothers who directed it deserved to get an Oscar nomination, as well as Robert Pattinson who proves he’s becoming a serious talent playing such a convincing convict. Plus the electronic score throughout is sleek too.

Good Time featured on 7deadlythings

Personal Shopper

Like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart bids to be taken as a serious actor now that her Twilight years are behind her. Having seen her shine in Clouds of Sils Maria, Stewart delivers again here in what critics are calling her career-best.

Personal Shopper featured on 7deadlythings


In this film about… what was it about? This link may help. Unfortunately for Aronofsky it seems it was just too polarising a film to be a best picture or best director contender. However, Michelle Pfeiffer was epic and the sound design was even epic-er so I’m beginning to think I need to write a strongly worded letter to the Academy.

mother! featured on 7deadlythings


Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: