Ghost Rider

We watched Ghost Rider last week after returning from camping. I had four thoughts about it I’d like to share.

THOUGHT #1: Peter Fonda is in this movie. Some of you may recall I mentioned I have a cousin who used to be a stunt girl. She is actually my third cousin, but my cousin nonetheless. Her heyday was back in the 70’s and at one point she actually lived on Peter Fonda’s yacht. Not with Peter Fonda. As far as I know, anyway. Knowing what I know now about Peter Fonda I wonder if she ever partied with him and Dennis Hopper and anyone else. The speculations boggle the mind.

THOUGHT #2: This movie brought back memories I had stashed away. When I was young I traveled with my parents and one sister from Southern California to West Texas to visit my oldest sister. If you’ve ever been in the deserts of California, Arizona and New Mexico in the summer then you know how oppressive the heat can be. So we left early in the morning to take advantage of the cool darkness.

One particular dawn we were somewhere in the middle of Arizona, nothing but flat desert on all four sides with the faint outline of a mesa or two in the distance. The sun hadn’t shown itself yet, but the sky was turning a beautiful periwinkle in anticipation. Stars still glittered and I remember seeing a planet – it must have been Mars because it shown red against the lightening sky.

My dad had picked up an AM station and country music played softly from the radio. All was well with the world until Ghost Riders in the Sky came on. Suddenly the planet was no longer an exciting sight, it was an evil red blip. Staring out over the panorama I could almost see the spectral horses kicking up fire and their skeletal riders. I remember shutting my eyes tight, but the macabre was too powerful and I had look again. It was, of course, my vivid imagination. But to this day the song sends shivers up my spine.

THOUGHT #3: The heroine’s name was Roxanne and you all know how I feel about that name. If not, read here.

THOUGHT #4: Sam Elliott, a favorite of mine, is also in the movie. One of his lines was, “Good morning, Bonehead.” We all got a good chuckle at that one because I’ve said that to Taylor many times.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.


  1. CindyS on June 24, 2007 at 3:19 am

    I don’t know about Peter Fonda but I enjoyed him as the Devil.I had to go and find the Ghost Riders in the Sky song and yeah, that would have scared the spit out of me as a kid!I’m also a Sam Elliot fan but I didn’t get why he rode with him to that place cause he didn’t do anything afterwards – I thought he was going to help him fight. Weird.CindyS

  2. Travis Erwin on June 24, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Two questions.Was the movie any good?And is it too rough for littel kids?

  3. Travis Erwin on June 24, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Or little kids? Where is spellcheck when you need it?

  4. Jenster on June 24, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Cindy – I didn’t get that part with Sam Elliott, either. Was he just showing him the way? I don’t think so. Who knows??Travis – It might be a bit much for your kids. My youngest is 12 and I was a little concerned about her. There are some pretty gruesome ghouls and demon-like things in the movie. As for whether it was good – it was cheesy and I love cheese! LOL I was thoroughly entertained. Not much of a critique, but there you have it.

  5. Jen on June 25, 2007 at 1:10 am

    My DH (who is very Sam Elliot-esque …. lucky me!) wants to see Ghost Rider. I was not all that keen on it until I read your post and found out Sam Elliot is in it!! Whoo hoo!! Headed over to to put it in my que! The kids will not be watching though……it sounds like it may be to scary for me :)!

  6. T-girl on June 25, 2007 at 2:51 am

    Not sure about this movie, sounds kind of bizaar for me. Maybe though since you said it is good! LOLBTW- if it was right before the sun came up towards the location of the sun it most likely was Mercury, which is also kind of orangy and always appears at sunrise or set because of it’s proximety to the sun! Sorry, worthless random facts from college in my head. The only reason I know this one is I saw the EXACT same thing when I lived in NM and was taking the class! When I said it to the instructor he looked at me like I was from Uranus and promptly corrected me! ROTFL It would depend on where it was in the sky though… sigh, sorry just kick me off now! LOLHugs- T

  7. Jenster on June 25, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Jen – Your husband IS very Sam Elliottesque. Lucky girl!T-Girl – Where in New Mexico did you go to school??? I lived in Las Cruces when I was little for a couple of years (my dad worked at White Sands) and I have all manner of nephews, neices, sisters (okay – only one) BIL, etc. all over the state!I love New Mexico. It’s so beautiful!And thanks for the lesson! Ya know, I didn’t think Mars sounded right, but I was thinking of the movie “The Red Planet.” lol

  8. Prunella Jones on June 25, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    I too love the cheesy movies. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  9. radioactive girl on June 25, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Thought number 3 is exactly why I love you.

  10. Jenster on June 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Pru – It’s fun stuff!Radioactive Girl – :o)

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