The Haunting of Hill House: Review

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Hello Friend!

I will watch just about anything with a horror theme that comes out on Netflix. Movies, shows, anything! Okay…not just Netflix, anywhere. I love anything and everything horror. Even the bad ones that everyone hates.

I had plans on watching the Haunting of Hill House since I first heard about it. It was always in the plans. But then Mr. Stephen King (my favorite author of all times) decided to comment about how amazing this show was. So of course that made me move a little quicker to watch the show. It took me 3 days to watch all 10 episodes…but I could have easily done it in one day given better circumstances. Work gets in the way of so much stuff!

Let’s get down to business. What you are really here for. What did I think about The Haunting of Hill House?

FREAKING LOVED IT!

Okay okay. Let me talk about all the reasons I love this show. I actually have reasons to love this show and not just an over all “I just love it” excuse.

First, let me talk about the actors. Every child actor in this movie is phenomenal. It made me wonder if these kids were picked out of some cloning field where they just mass produce great child actors. Not a single one let me down with the believability of their fear. It made the show feel so much more real, like there was some bent neck lady standing behind me, watching me.

The adult actors…they were so fantastic. I loved the chemistry between them all, how much they felt like siblings. Not to mention the familiar faces. Carla Gugino who played the lead in Geralds Game, another Netflix Original. She was also on a TV series called Wayward Pines. As well as on Watchman.  Then we have Kate Siegel who played the lead in Hush, Netflix original. She is also the wife of Mike Flanagan who had his hands all over The Haunting of Hill House.

The camera work of this show was something of magic. Seriously, there had to have been magical creatures moving these cameras because it was so smooth. There was a ton of movement but not once did I worry about motion sickness. To go along with the great camera work I want to add the transitions! There are a ton of transitions from present day to the past and the transitions are so quick, smooth, and seemless. They were also very clear and not once did I wonder where in the story line I was at.

The Haunting of Hill House is all over the place. The timeline is not a straight line in either the past or present day. There is a lot of jumping around but it is done is such a way that you know exactly where you are in the story and what happened when. It was so great because you knew what was going on, but there were so many questions you were waiting for answers. It’s one of the greatest things about the show, it answered all the questions, but in it’s own time and it wasn’t stretched out to the point where you just couldn’t continue to watch because you got bored.

This show was actually scary! It gave me tingles at the back of my head, which happens when I am legitimately enjoying a horror movie. It doesn’t happen often anymore because things are just not as scary as they once were. Don’t get me wrong, I love horror and the stories, but they don’t scare me as much. This actually freaked me out a little bit. There was even a few jump scares that got me! One of the jump scares I didn’t even see coming and I loved it!

Now, it wasn’t all fun and games. There was one episode where things went on almost too long and I wanted to rush through it. Good news, this was on the very last episode where everything was being wrapped up and all questions answered. There was only one moment where I was like “Can this scene be over with?”

The question that arises at this point is, Will there be another season? I have discussed this with someone who thinks there shouldn’t be another season. But I think there should. There are things that could be explored from this point on. We could take a look more into the past of this haunted house. We could look into the future of what could happen or go wrong with this house. I realize that this show is based on a book and with the last episode is the end of the book, it has been wrapped up. (I need to read the book!) That doesn’t mean the story has to stop there. Now Mike Flanagan has so much to work with and he is free to do what he wants from this point on. It could be something amazing and I really would like to see a second season.

I would watch this show again and again. It may become something that I need to watch every year in October because it was fantastic and scary and I want more of it. For me it is added to the list with Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas. It has to be watched a million times. Not to mention that I have a weird feeling that every time I watch it, I will notice something new that I didn’t see before.

My suggestion to you, if you have not seen the show yet, go watch it. And pay close attention to it. Don’t look away for a second because you may miss something. There are a lot of little details thrown in that could easily be missed, which is something I absolutely love.

Have you watched The Haunting of Hill House? If so, what did you think about it? If not, do you plan on watching it? I think you should!

Until Next Time!

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Let’s Talk: Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Freddys Revenge

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I have been going through all the old horror movies and checking them out again, because well…I have not seen most of them since I was a kid.  So while I remember loving them and almost being terrified of them, I didn’t exactly remember them.

So here I am watching all these horror movies and I have seen quite a few at this point. Pumpkinhead, Hellraiser 1, 2, and 3, The Shinning…and A nightmare on Elm Street.

I have enjoyed watching these great classics and it’s almost like watching them for the first time.

But!!

And this is a huge but!

Freddy’s revenge was…..

AWFUL!

Does anyone remember this movie? I think it should be wiped from our minds and thrown in the delete folder and the delete folder deleted. There were so many things wrong with this movie. Honestly, was it even a Freddy movie? It wouldn’t have been good if it had been a stand-alone movie and not part of a franchise.

Let’s look at this. Freddy could attack people in their dreams. But he is weak from the first movie where he basically had his a$$ handed to him. So…he attacks one guy who moves into Nancy’s old house. It could totally make sense that Freddy can only attack the people in the house where he was last defeated. I can go along with that.

Then it goes all wonky. Suddenly Freddy can possess Jesse and kill people in the real world instead of attacking them in his dreams. I have read the things that the idea is that Freddy is weak and this is how he gets stronger. But it doesn’t make sense. He is a dream demon basically. How can he be so weak he can’t attack people in their dreams, but he can possess someone, look like himself to them, and kill?

Also, the whole point of the first movie is that Freddy was attacking the kids of the adults who had a part in killing him. Jesse’s parents had nothing to do with it!

This movie was an embarrassment to the whole franchise. It completely throws out the whole concept of Freddy. The scary guy who attacks you in your dreams. It was ridiculous but I could still appreciate some of the special effects. People were really creative with special effects in the 80’s and I kind of miss it.

I need to get back to watching horror movies, but I have been a little distracted with things lately. There are some great shows going on at the moment too and I hope to touch on those soon this month.

So tell me, what is your favorite horror film? Old or new I want to know so I can watch them!

What did you think of Freddy’s Revenge?

The Horror of it All

Today I wanted to talk about something else that I am passionate about, other than reading and writing. Crazy that I have time for anything else, right? I know, I know. And you can probably look back at my blog and figure out what it is.

I was 3 when I got into it. My parents would take me to the movie store and I would run straight for it…HORROR MOVIES! Oh yeah, three is a little young to be in love with crazy monsters. But it was something that I did myself. They never scared me too much, and when they did I was thrilled. Have I ever mentioned that I am an adrenaline junkie? You can’t tell because I don’t have the money to do all I want to do, but horror movies create an adrenaline that I can live with for now.

My favorite horror movie was Poltergeist. I love that movie and I am not sure how I feel about the remake, but I assure you, I will see it. The movie that scared the crap out of me was Exorcist. I just couldn’t take it.

I have always had an overactive imagination. The chick on Exorcist reminded me a lot of an imaginary friend I had as a child. I was terrified this imaginary friend was going to turn into this crazy demonic thing who twisted her head all the way around.

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Not even going to lie, I still have trouble with this movie. I know that it more than likely wouldn’t scare me like it used to, but that childhood fear lingers. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid and I’m pretty sure I only saw it once then.

I found this nifty little thing on Buzzfeed the other day about 16 Problems Only Horror Movie Fanatics will Understand. And to be honest it was pretty spot on. My favorite is #5 that says “You were probably way too young when you saw your first horror film.” I honestly thought I was the only one.

My love for horror movies is probably what created my love for Stephen King. I did see “It” when I was a child and loved it. Though, I hated “Cujo” simply because it was an evil dog that was killed at the end. I didn’t like that it was killed! And let’s not forget “Pet Cemetery.” Another movie that scared the crap out of me, but I still watched it over and over again. What isn’t creepy about an evil demonic kid calling for his mommy?

And yes, I have watched a ton of B-grade horror movies to find a good one. It may not count, but I loved “Cabin In the Woods.” It was an actually fresh new concept!

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And to be honest, if you don’t like horror movies, I am probably not going to like you very much. It may actually contribute to my singleness as well. I have talked to a few great seeming guys only to find out they didn’t like horror movies. Out of all the things I love to do, horror movies is probably pretty high on my “passionate about” list. I don’t want to date a guy who can’t appreciate a good horror movie with me. Am I wrong for that?

Enough rambling, Do you love horror movies? What was your favorite? And if you don’t like horror movies, tell me why.

Toodles

Movie Review: Oculus

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There are very few movies that I will see in theaters.  The trailers have to be extremely interesting to get my attention.  Or it has to be a movie that is part of a series that I am already invested in, like Hunger Games.  I see even fewer horror movies in theaters simply because they lack the scare factor now days.  But I had to see Oculus.  One, because it’s about a mirror and I have a weird thing about mirrors.  I just know they are the gates to something different whether it is evil or Wonderland.  Second, because Karen Gillan was in the movie.  As a Doctor Who fan I felt it was my duty to see what Amy Pond has been up to!

Synopsis

Oculus is about two siblings, Kaylie and her brother Tim, who have lost their parents to a horrible tragedy.  Tim was institutionalized, because he was accused of killing his father after he killed their mother, while Kaylie was thrown into foster care.  Tim was entered into a psych ward partly because he kept blaming the mirror that hung in his fathers office for his fathers death.

While Tim is in the psych ward, Kaylie is passed through the system and is released at 18.  Once released she starts to track down the mirror.  When Tim turns 21 he is released from the mental institution and his sister decides it’s time to destroy the mirror that destroyed their family and prove her father and brother innocent.

Kaylie has found out that her family was not the first to fall victim to this possessed mirror and she plans to get revenge for all who fell to it’s evil.

My Analysis 

Over all I thought this was an okay movie.  It’s not as scary as I thought it might be, but I could see several people getting freaked out after seeing the movie.  All the actors did a fantastic job and I am extremely impressed with the kids that played the young Kaylie (Annalise Basso) and Tim (Garrett Ryan).  They are so young, but very amazing actors.

Thought’s on the Plot (WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Skip ahead to the suggestion section if you don’t want spoilers.) 

A few things bothered me about the story.  I understand the need for these things to keep the story going, but I am going to complain anyways.

  • Kaylie’s decision to drag her brother into the mess again.  Tim had developed this whole story about what actually happened.  He took things in his mind and twisted it so things made more sense.  Then Kaylie ruins all the progress and creates chaos in his life again.
  • Returning to the scene of the crime WITH the mirror.  First, sell the house!  It is full of bad memories.  Second, why track down the object that created so much heartache?  Third, why the heck would you bring the two back together again?? If Kaylie and Tim had an undying need to destroy the mirror they could have done it somewhere else.  Did they ever think that maybe the house made the mirror stronger? I understand Kaylie wanting to prove everyone innocent, but if that was my family I would just leave it and try to live a happy life. I know that is what my parents would want for me.

The thing I actually enjoyed the most were the eyes of the souls trapped in the mirror…or rather, the images the mirror released.  Their eyes were like mirrors.  I thought it was rather creative and I have never seen something like that done before.  If there is another movie with monsters with mirror eyes, please tell me about it.

My Suggestion

I did enjoy this movie and I didn’t feel like I wasted my money to go see it.  To say I wasted my money because it didn’t scare me would just be wrong.  Not a lot of horror movies scare or freak me out any more.  The story line was different and fresh.  The actors were great.  If you feel like going to see a horror movie, go check it out.  While I probably won’t buy it when it comes out on video, it was fun to see in theaters.

 

Horror Movie Freak

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I have been watching horror movies since I was 3 years old.  It’s true.  When my mom took me to the video store I would go straight to the horror section.  I asked my mom how I got that way, because parents don’t sit a child so young in front of a TV and tell them to watch a scary movie.  My mom isn’t even sure how it happened to be honest, it just did.  I was a demented and morbid person from the start.  Even now, nothing has changed.

I am crazy when it comes to horror movies and even short films you find on YouTube.  There are so many amazing short film creators on YouTube from BlackBoxTV to Drew Daywalt.

Drew Daywalt created one of my favorite short films.

 

I will watch anything under horror at least once, or at least the first 10 minutes of it.  Netflix has the tendency to bore me with their cheap horror films.

There is just something about a good horror film that I love.  It’s like an adrenaline rush that last through the entire movie.  What is going to happen?  Who is going to die?  What is after them?  How much blood will there be?  So many questions and so many possibilities.

Sadly there have been a lack of good horror movies on the market.  They are all so predictable and used up ideas.

While I love horror movies there are a few that I will not watch.  Maybe it’s because of my need to not like what everyone else loves or maybe they really are boring.

The Hills Have Eyes are one of those movies that I do not care for.  It turned my stomach in a way that is not comfortable nor worth the lousy movie.  Actually, I can’t stand movies about backwoods inbred monsters that get off on torturing and eating people.  Although, these movies are also the reason I am terrified of getting lost while I am driving alone.

The Saw movies are another horror film/films that I can not stand.  The first one was okay, I guess.  Then they just kept pumping them out like Leprechaun or Halloween.  They should have stopped with the first one, but watching it once was still enough for me.

I have been trying to figure out what my favorite horror movie is.  What movie really freaks me out enough to keep the lights on while I sleep.  I can’t think of one, but if I had to pick a favorite horror movie it would be Nightmare on Elm Street or Child’s Play.  When I was younger they terrified me, but as I got older it became harder to scare me.  Seriously, not a lot freaks me out anymore. Okay, I still get freaked out by Exorcist…but there are reasons for that!

Oh, I have fears, but they have nothing to do with monsters that live under the bed or Freddy killing me in my sleep.  I don’t even fear being possessed by demons or haunted by ghost.  I will have to share my other fears another day.

The worst part about my love of horror movies is that guys just don’t enjoy them.  I thought all guys loved horror movies or at least loved taking girls to see horror films. Every guy I have found interest in has either hated horror films (little pansies) or just didn’t like them.  Where are all the cool guys that love horror movies?

Enough with my crisis of being single.

What is your favorite horror movie?  Or do you avoid them?