Wednesday, October 16, 2019

30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Childhood Themed Horror Film…


Tagline: 1...Sight 2...Sound 3...Smell 4...Taste 5..Touch 6...The Sixth Sense

Synopsis: Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable. (Google)
M. Night makes the list again! I took Leah's lead on this one and interpreted today's prompt "to mean horror films in which childhood or growing up is the primary or dominant theme. Not horror films I watched during childhood."

Boy, does Cole do some growing up in this movie. I won't say too much in case anyone hasn't seen it (seriously, who hasn't on this planet?), but this movie is really good. I mean, it did receive six Academy Award nominations. This is probably one of the best ghost stories ever written. Once again with the genius storytelling, Night! With stellar performances by Haley Joel Osmont, Bruce Willis and Toni Collette (seriously, is she bad in anything?), it's simply a must-see movie. Beyond being a ghost story, it's also a story about acceptance, love, and belonging. Also, finding a purpose and overcoming seemingly astronomical obstacles. Like I said, a must-see film.



What is your favorite childhood themed horror film?

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Doctor Sleep Read-Along - Week Six #SomethingWickedFall


Oh man, did I not feel bad for what happened to Crow. Not only evil, but just plain mean. Insulting the intelligence of a little girl (well, preteen, I guess). Just because she has those powers doesn't mean she's learned everything there is to learn in life. Abra and Dan together...that's some powerhouse.


So, the True Knot is not much of a knot any longer, with many leaving the group. Poor Rose...not. Serves her right. I keep thinking of the woman who is playing her in the movie, Rebecca Ferguson. I'm not sure if she's my vision of the evil of Rose the Hat. We shall see. Ferguson is a good actress though. I totally keep picturing Ewan McGregor as Dan. Can't help it.

How about that revelation about Lucy and Dan? I was floored! I did not see that coming at all. What did you think of that element. I'm not so sure it works. Kind of seems like an afterthought. I wonder if that will come up in the movie. I bet they cut that out. Again, we shall see.

Well, we are in the home stretch. One more section left until we reach the end. I'm excited to find out what happens.

More next week...

Share your thoughts on this week's section in the comments, or leave a link to a post. We'll be back next week for the next section. If you need the reading schedule, find it here.



The Midsommar Watch-Along will be Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central. 

We will be using Slack for discussion while we watch (It's free!). Click the Invite link below to join/signup: https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/enQtNzU2Njc0MTkyOTEzLWEwMWE2NzdjOGMzYjAwNmZjMjk2MmUwODRmNTRhYzIwZjBkODVkY2U3ZTMwZGIxNmI0ZWU1NmE4MjcwNDI5YmI

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30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Favorite Serial Killer Film...


Tagline: To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.

Synopsis: Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. (Google)
When I first saw this, I experienced deja vu the entire time. Only after it was over did it dawn on me. I read the book! I've always been an avid reader, but when I was in my early twenties, I wasn't always meticulous about keeping track of what I read. Sometimes that led to me being a bit forgetful about what I had read. Anyway, I digress...

While some might argue this movie is not exactly horror, I would have to disagree. What is more horrific than a realistic serial killer? Also, the scene when Lecter is in the prison cell in the middle of a Tennessee courthouse. What he does when he escapes...that is horror. The whole story is full of horror tropes...cannibalism, skin-suits, etc. And, in this movie, we get two serial killers. Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill. This is just a great movie. I've watched it many, many times and I never get bored, even knowing the outcome. The book was really good too.



What is your favorite serial killer film?

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Monday, October 14, 2019

30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Favorite Zombie Film...28 Days Later


Tagline: Day 1: Exposure - Day 3: Infection - Day 8: Epidemic - Day 15: Evacuation - Day 20: Devastation

Synopsis: A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a medical research lab. When London bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma a month after, he finds his city all but deserted. On the run from the zombie-like victims of the Rage, Jim stumbles upon a group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and cab driver Frank (Brendan Gleeson), and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety. (Google)
We were confident. Zombies were slow...until this movie came along. Suddenly the game had changed. Holy shit. This movie came out of nowhere and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie that is said to have kick started Cillian Murphy's career (thank you!), and sparked whole new possibilities in the zombie genre. The film has a great cast, and there isn't a dull moment. It truly is an edge-of-seat watch. The sequel, 28 Weeks Later, was pretty good too, and I just read that a third movie is in the works. Yay!



What is your favorite zombie film?


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Sunday, October 13, 2019

30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Favorite Horror Comedy...Scream


Tagline: Someone's Taken Their Love Of Scary Movies One Step Too Far!

Synopsis: Wes Craven re-invented and revitalised the slasher-horror genre with this modern horror classic, which manages to be funny, clever and scary, as a fright-masked knife maniac stalks high-school students in middle-class suburbia. Craven is happy to provide both tension and self-parody as the body count mounts - but the victims aren't always the ones you'd expect. (Google)
I went with a sentimental favorite here. I'm a huge fan of the Scream series, especially the first movie. Even the sequels were good (except for maybe 4, but I still liked it, being a fan and all). Scream did a great job of being scary, while also adding some well-placed comic relief, courtesy of Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, and David Arquette. The story line was intriguing and it really kept me guessing. Never did I expect who the Ghost Face killer turned out to be. The thing about Scream is it's still entertaining even after seeing it many times. I'm thinking it's time again for a marathon.



What is your favorite horror comedy?

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Favorite Occult Horror...Midsommar


Tagline: Let the festivities begin

Synopsis: A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. (Google)
I've talked about this before in recent posts. I'm really fascinated by folk horror and I guess I always have been. I can remember when I first saw The Wicker Man film from the 70s, and the Harvest Home TV mini series (The Dark Secret of Harvest Home) based on the excellent book by Thomas Tryon. I was immediately intrigued and it became a lifelong fascination. With the release in recent years of movies like The Witch and Hereditary, the subgenre is having a revival and I'm loving it. When Midsommar dropped over the summer, I was so excited to see it, and I wasn't disappointed. Admittedly, it's a slow burner, but that just adds to the increasing menace as the film progresses.

Occult means hidden, and the sect in Sweden these friends travel to for Midsommar has definitely stayed hidden...and for good reason. I don't think what they're getting up to would be smiled upon. All I can say is, I know me, and I can spot a cult from a mile away. I would have left way before getting to the actual "village." Of course, then there wouldn't be a movie.

I like the direction Ari Aster is going with his film making. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.



What is your favorite occult horror movie?

P.S. I'm hosting a Midsommar watch-along in conjunction with my Something Wicked Fall event. The watch-along will be Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central.

We will be using Slack for discussion while we watch (It's free!). Click the Invite link below to join/signup: https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/enQtNzU2Njc0MTkyOTEzLWEwMWE2NzdjOGMzYjAwNmZjMjk2MmUwODRmNTRhYzIwZjBkODVkY2U3ZTMwZGIxNmI0ZWU1NmE4MjcwNDI5YmI

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Friday, October 11, 2019

30-Day Horror Movie Challenge: Science Fiction Horror...Alien franchise

Alien (1979)

Tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.

Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma. (Google)


Prometheus (2012)

Tagline: They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.

Synopsis: The discovery of a clue to mankind's origins on Earth leads a team of explorers to the darkest parts of the universe. Two brilliant young scientists lead the expedition. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) hopes that they will meet a race of benevolent, godlike beings who will in some way verify her religious beliefs, while Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) is out to debunk any spiritual notions. However, neither the scientists nor their shipmates are prepared for the unimaginable terrors that await them. (Google)

My favorite SciFi Horror...

I'm going with the entire Alien franchise because two of the movies are my favorites. I saw the first movie when I was about 11 years old. To say it had an effect on me is an understatement. I was scared, and it was so gross, I literally got sick to my stomach. I remember I had to leave the theater for a few minutes, but I don't remember throwing up. I did feel quite ill though. The next time I watched it was probably on video in the 80s. It didn't make me ill then, but was still scary as hell. Even now when I watch it, it doesn't fail to scare me. Part of it is the alien itself, but it's also the finality of space, and being trapped on a spaceship. There's no escape.

Prometheus comes along 33 years later and I was completely blown away. I know there are people that hate it. I get flack for loving it all the time. I don't care. There was just something about the story...the archaeology aspect, the search for human origins in space, Michael Fassbender (oh...sorry!)...it was compelling. Also, some genuinely funny parts with comic relief provided by Idris Elba (swoon). I have probably watched this one over 20 times. I've seen it more times than all the films in the franchise combined. I was so excited when the next film was released, Alien: Covenant. I liked it, but it just didn't live up to my expectations after Prometheus. Still, Michael Fassbender. lol I'm hoping they will make another one. I guess it remains to be seen.

Alien trailer here  Prometheus trailer here

What is your favorite science fiction horror film?

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