Movie Review: The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: James Wan
Lead Actors: Vera Farmiga | Patrick Wilson | Madison Wolfe
Production Company: New Line Cinema | Atomic Monster | Evergreen Media Group
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Rating27-10

 

Storyline: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy’s youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.

Review

I can be very harsh in reviewing horror movies. I have seen so many and not many scare me anymore. I stopped looking for a movie that scared me and more of a horror movie that I enjoyed and felt I could watch again. I enjoyed the first Conjuring movie. I thought it was really good and I have seen it several times now.

The second one is going to be no different. I have actually found myself thinking of a movie and wanting to watch it again, only to realize the movie I am thinking about is The Conjuring 2 and I can’t really afford to go see that again at the moment.

As far as the storyline goes, it was well written. It kept me interested throughout the entire movie, trying to figure out what exactly was going on. At times it even had me believing it was about a hoax instead of a haunting. The storyline moves along fairly quick and I don’t recall finding myself bored at any moment in the movie.

There are a few jump scares that I thought were very well done. Of course, you can see them coming for the most part, but a few will still surprise you.

As far as scary goes, there is one character in this movie that I thought might actually fallow me into my dreams. And I promise it wasn’t the nun that you see in the previews.
Although, the nun character is rather sinister and creepy, we all have seen her in the commercials. Everyone knows she or rather, it, will be in the movie. The character that really got me is called the crooked man, and while the animation of him is 80’s style CGI the concept was spine tingling.

 

The actors were fantastic as always. I love Vera Farmiga in everything she has done and she is the perfect actress for Lorraine Warren. Madison Wolfe, who plays Janet Hodgson is such an amazing actress. While I have not seen her in other movies, I do look forward to seeing her career flourish.the conjuring 2

Final Thoughts: I do not feel that I wasted my money to see this movie. I thought it was fantastic, suspenseful, and an overall great horror movie. The last few minutes of the movie was so intense that I think I forgot how to breathe. It had me on the edge of my seat. That is what I look for in a movie. A story that will put me on the edge of my seat and capture my attention so completely, I forget I am only watching a movie.

Have you seen The Conjuring 2 yet?

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review

There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Review: Hush

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Rating

9-10

Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan/Kate Siegel
Production Company: Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions
Lead Actors: Kate Siegel/John Gallagher Jr./Michael Trucco/Samantha Sloyan/Emma Graves
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): A reclusive author who went deaf as a teenager finds herself hunted by a deranged masked killer inside her isolated home, sending her into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in order to survive the night.

Review

I have been hearing a lot about this movie. Everyone seems to be watching it. Then I came across a tweet from Stephen King and he was giving it high praises as well. So of course, because of King’s tweet, I had to watch the movie and I am glad that I did! I didn’t know what I would walking into, with the main character being deaf. I thought it would be a retro silent film, to put you in the POV of Maddie. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

Maddie is an author and she lives out in the woods, alone. You see little glimpses of what it is like for her, from the loud flashing smoke detector, to the silence of cooking dinner. Her only help in the world is feeling vibrations or seeing what is around her, which is where the problem comes in.

A killer figures he has found easy prey and he begins his break down of this deaf woman who is all alone.

I don’t usually like movies like this, but it was so well done. I like movies that are going to freak me out, which most of the time are the supernatural horror movies. But I am a lover of horror in any form and will give anything a chance. This is a simplistic thriller, just a killer and his chosen victim.

By the end of the movie I was on the edge of my seat, hoping that Maddie would make it out of this alive, but then afraid it was going to turn out to be one of those horror movies where the bad guy wins.

Overall it was a fantastic movie. The actors were fantastic and the thrill was a great ride. It had me wondering what I would do in the situation and how different things would have gone had Maddie had the advantage of hearing.

There were a few times I caught myself yelling at the screen for dumb things that all horror movie characters do, but it wouldn’t be a good movie without a few dumb mistakes.

Movie Review: The Unbroken

The Unbroken

Rating

4-10

(4/10)

Year Released: 2012

Production Company: In The Dark Entertainment

Directors Name: Jason Murphy

Lead Actors: Aurelia Riley/Daniel Baldwin/Patrick Flanagan/Ryan Quinn Smith/Warwik Davis

Genre: Horror/Thriller

 

Movie Blurb(From IMBd):
Sarah Campbell has to start her life over again after a messy divorce leaves her broken, lost, and alone for the first time in years. Having to live in a dumpy apartment complex with some interesting people is the least of her worries when strange things begin to happen in her new home including visions of a little boy in the mirrors. Passing them off as her “crazy imagination”, things intensify when Sarah starts to have nightmares about being murdered and tossed into a shallow grave by a “shadowy figure”. As her nightmares become more vivid, so do her encounters with the ghostly child who begins terrorize her and cause “accidents” wherever she goes. After a visit to a local “psychic/Paranormal expert”, Sarah is told that she must help the ghost complete his unfinished business so he can cross to the other side. Through an encounter with her charming next door neighbor, Sarah realizes her neighbor is the “shadowy figure” that she has been dreaming about…and that he murdered the little boy. Now knowing what she has to do, Sarah along with her friend Tommy set out to prove that Mr. Middlebrooks is not the perfect neighbor he seems to be.

ReviewThis movie is full of bad acting…it has a Baldwin brother in it, that is all you need to know. With that being said, I actually liked this movie! Yes, the acting was terrible, but the plot was not that easy to figure out! Seriously, I spent the entire movie trying to figure out exactly what was going on, who killed the little boy, and why everyone was so…weird when it came to this stupid clown doll.

There are a few things that bothered me about this movie, other than the bad acting. First being the “spiritual guide” that Sarah goes to for help. He is so lame and you can tell in an instant that he is just some rip off “psychic” throwing out gimmicks and charging a ton of money for it. Yet, Sarah continues to go to him for advice and help. FIND SOMEONE NEW! Or at least watch a ghost movie or something.

Warning: There are spoilers after this point.

Sarah has obviously been painting pictures that the kid ghost has been sending her. He is trying to tell her how he died, yet she doesn’t put it together until the kid throws her paintings in the floor and puts them together for her. Like…really? You couldn’t figure that out on your own?

We are led to believe that the neighbor, Bruce (Daniel Baldwin) is the killer. Then…Tommy is killed and we are led to believe that Bruce killed him.

After Tommy is killed it seems like the only one upset about it is Sarah. Not even his aunt or what ever she was, seems to be all that upset. No one is crying…except Sarah, the girl who has only known this guy for a few weeks. Also, I was really cheering for Tommy to get a little action from Sarah. I went above and beyond to help her with her problem. And Sarah seemed to start to like him.

Anyways, the thing that saved this movie for me was the end. The last line the little boy says is “Thanks for playing with me.” It was all up then. I knew something crazy was going on, but Sarah is still too stupid to put the pieces together.

Conclusion:

If it wasn’t for the odd twist ending, this movie would have been a total flop. I still would have enjoyed it somewhat, but the ending made this movie. If you have time to sit down and waste an hour and 40 minutes, do it! What horror movie fan doesn’t love a good…bad movie?

Netflix Movie Review: The Babadook

If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of…The Babadook.
Rating4star

Let’s get a little information out of the way first.

Release Date: November 28, 2014
Director and Writer: Jennifer Kent
Main Stars: Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman
Production Company: Causeway films and Smoking Gun Productions
Length: 93 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

IMDb Blurb
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

My Blurb
Amelia was in a tragic accident while on the way to the hospital to give birth to her son, Samuel. The wreck caused the death of her husband, leaving her alone with their child. Now, Sam is a trouble child who is always making things difficult on Amelia. It’s so bad that her own sister doesn’t even want to be around Sam. Leaving Amelia even more alone.
Sam also has a fear of monsters, and it’s not until Amelia reads a childrens story to Sam that she starts to realize, that maybe the monsters are real after all. Or at least one, the Babadook.

My Thoughts
I went into this movie the way I go into all horror movies now days, ready to be disappointed and not expecting much out of it. I took the advice of a blogger friend TheRobotDrummer and decided to check it out. Again, a little leery because the movies that most people like and find scary, I end up laughing at and questioning why I watched it in the first place.

To my surprise I very much enjoyed this movie. The whole thing was fantastically put together. The whole movie had a dark look to it, everything was washed out. It was the perfect mix of dark and light to give it a good scary movie feel without having to cut out all the lights so you could see what was going on.

There were a few jump scares that I enjoyed and while I didn’t have trouble sleeping that night, I did have a moment of panic while I was watching the movie. The hair on the back of my neck, though only a second, did raise.

If you plan to watch the movie, avoid this next section. I can’t help it, I just have to talk about it. But when you watch it, come back and let me know what you thought.

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There is one part in the movie where I was certain that the mother had just gone crazy. She is super stressed, as she is the only one providing for this small family. She has no time to date because she is too busy working and taking care of her son. She is lonely, and her son can be a handful.

About mid way through the movie I was wondering if maybe there was no monster at all, but the mother had flipped her lid and was harming her son without actually realizing it.

There is one part where the mother goes to the police station to tell them about the book and that there may be someone stalking her. Her hands are covered in black, which I first thought was the soot from where she burned the book. I then remembered earlier on in the movie her sister had said something about Amelia had been a writer. It made me think that the black on her hands was ink and she was the one who had written the book to scare her son.

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Okay, safe to read again.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It kept me on edge. It really messes with your head too. I would totally watch this movie again and would add it to the shelf of favorite horror movies.

Toodles

Netflix Movie Review: Silent House

Silent House Movie

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Okay people of the internet…and those wonderful enough to follow my blog. It’s high time I brought you a new movie review. My goal here is to review at least one movie found on Netflix, once a month. Simply because that allows me to have an excuse to sit down and watch a movie, but it’s not a ton of time out of my busy schedule. It’s a win win for everyone.

I went searching for a movie to watch and came across Silent House. I remember the previews for it and decided I wanted to watch it simply because another Olsen sister has surfaced and there is a possibility she is a better actor than her sisters. Let’s face it, the Olsen twins are not great actors…they were cute once.

Moving on. This movie waste no time getting into the thrill. Maybe ten minutes into the movie, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), starts hearing things upstairs.

But let’s back up for a minute. The movie is about a girl, her father, and her uncle, working on a family vacation home. They are renovating it so they can put it on the market. You will notice that all the windows are blackened out and the only light source in the house are the lanterns and flashlights that the three have.

As I was saying before, it’s not long before Sarah starts hearing things upstairs. Her uncle has left the house to blow off steam, leaving Sarah and her father alone to explore the house, to find what is making the noise. Once every room and corner has been checked, Sarah is scolded by her father for not having her room packed. She is left in her room to finish. A few minutes later something bangs the wall, causing pictures to fall.

Of course, Sarah is going to go check it out. What kind of horror movie would this be if she didn’t. She finds her father knocked out in one of the rooms. Of course, the house has no phone line and the cell phones have no service. Sarah tries to get out of the house, but for some odd reason they have locked the door from the inside, and the key that usually hangs beside the door is missing.

Blah blah blah. We all know how the story goes. Now, I am not going to lie. I had this movie figured out in the first five minutes. It was too obvious!

So, if you want to watch the movie, go right ahead, but skip to the end of the post to avoid spoilers. If not, scroll on down and read the spoiler!

SpoilerSo here is what happened. Sarah was molested by her father and evidently her uncle knew about it. Or he was in on it too.. I didn’t really understand that much. Being back in the house has caused Sarah to go a little mental. Why wouldn’t she though? She was molested by the one man a girl should always be able to trust!

The person in the house ends up being her. She is the one who knocked out her father and she is also the one who kills him, though it’s obvious when this happens. It’s just like the story line of “The Uninvited.” They could have at least tried to hide it a little better.

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Let’s talk about the other parts of the movie that annoyed me. I understand this was supposed to be one of those “in the moment” movies where you follow the main character, almost as if you are in the movie. But…didn’t they learn anything from “Cloverfield?” Can we please be over the movies where the camera moves all over the place? It bothers my eyes and I just can’t enjoy the movie.

So why only 2 Jason Mask rating? Because it was predictable and not at all scary. It didn’t make me jump…”Not even a little bit, Not even at all.” (Tell me what movie that quote is from and I will give you a cookie…Hint: It’s not a horror movie.)

Have you seen Silent House? What did you think?

Toodles