Plan B

Blogging has been sparse since the wonderful #blogtober wrapped up and I don’t really like that, so I’m setting myself some writing goals for the next couple of months.

November is half done of course so I’ve been slack as usual but it’s never too late to pull it together. I’ve got plans for #blogmas too, my own take on bloggers fave #vlogmas. Continue reading “Plan B”

Don’t Talk to Irene (Film) Review

Things are feeling a little gloomy all round (on both sides of the Atlantic) so Jill chose this charming little underdog indie to cheer us both up. Frankly, any movie that starts with Heart & Soul by T’Pau and has Geena Davis as a spiritual guide to our protagonist is going to be A-OK with me. Continue reading “Don’t Talk to Irene (Film) Review”

Hold The Dark (Film) Review

Jill and I have settled on a Free for All month for November because December will most likely be Shit Christmas TV Movies month. Look, we’re not machines and thinking of themes every month is hella difficult. So movies from our wish lists it is.

My pick this week is by one of my favourite directors and the screenplay is by Macon Blair so colour me pretty excited. Continue reading “Hold The Dark (Film) Review”

I Wish I Knew How To Quit Boo – A Spooky Reading List

I’m finding it hard to hang up my Halloween hat and move on this year. It’s been such an awesome month. November will be just as cool – it’s birthday month! – but I don’t want to turn my back on spooky things just yet.

Continue reading “I Wish I Knew How To Quit Boo – A Spooky Reading List”

Blogtober 2018 – Round Up

Not my finest Blogtober but it wasn’t a complete disaster by any stretch. I managed 28/31 posts and that’s okay with me. I had two Halloween parties and lots of other October engagements, what’s a gal to do?

I do really love writing a post every day though, it really inspires me to think outside the box when it comes to content and the Halloween theme is delightful. I’m already psyched for next year.

Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Late Night Lady DJ
  2. Autumn Projects
  3. Veronica (Film) Review
  4. America Horror Story Rewatch
  5. Autumn Book Recommendation: The Little Stranger
  6. Autumn Bucket List
  7. 3 Contemporary Horrors
  8. CopenYAYgen
  9. The Scariest Tale of All
  10. Patchwork (Film) Review 
  11. American Horror Story Rewatch: Part 2
  12. Final Girl Friday: Helen Lyle, Candyman (1992)
  13. Autumn TV Recommendation: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
  14. Horror F(r)iends
  15. The Monday Feeling
  16. Scream Queen Girl Gang (Modern Edition)
  17. Ouija: Origin of Evil (Film) Review
  18. 3 Witchy Horrors
  19. Final Girl Friday: Sara, Creep 2
  20. Autumn TV Recommendation: Haunted
  21. Autumn TV Recommendation: The Haunting of Hill House
  22. Fall Anthems
  23. You Can’t Handle the Tooth
  24. Horror & Anxiety
  25. Spooky Podcasts
  26. Final Girl Friday: Laurie Strode, Rob Zombie’s Halloween I & II
  27. Autumn TV Recommendation: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  28. The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (Film) Review

It’s been real. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Until next time!

31 Horrors 2018 – The List

Here are my 31 horrors from October. What a ride.

  1. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
    ~ Terrible effects. The scariest thing about these films is the supposed curse attached to the series
  2. Tales of Halloween (2015)
    ~ Total trash. I love it
  3. Pyewacket (2017)
    ~ Surprisingly effective for a low budget chiller
  4. Veronica (2017)
    ~ Full review here
  5. The Sound (2017) – UK Title ‘Paranormal: White Noise’
    ~ Makes no sense
  6. Malevolent (2018)
    ~ Means well but takes a while to get going

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    Tales of Halloween (2015)
  7. Patchwork (2015)
    ~ Messy in more ways than one. Full review here
  8. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
    ~ Quite a sassy little indy. Witches be cray
  9. Candyman (1992)
    ~ Perfection in every way
  10. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
    ~ Not the worst ever sequel but isn’t fit to lick the boots of the original
  11. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    ~ Remember when I was madly in love with Tim Burton? I do
  12. Halloween (2007)
    ~ Rob Zombie’s ‘reimagining’. I kind of dig it
  13. Halloween II (2009)
    ~ Over long and a little convoluted but I do appreciate what RZ is trying to do here, especially with the character of Laurie

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    Why the long face? Halloween II (2009)
  14. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
    ~ An absolute joy from start to finish
  15. Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
    ~ Surprisingly good. Full review here
  16. Creep (2014)
    ~ So simple yet effective. One of the best films on Netflix
  17. Creep 2 (2017)
    ~ Not as good as the first but the addition of Desiree Akhavan is inspired
  18. The Company of Wolves (1984)
    ~ An absolute banger
  19. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
    ~ Superb, obviously
  20. Halloween (1978)
    ~ Found out that my husband hadn’t seen this before this year. Who did I marry?

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    “Avon calling”. Halloween II (1981)
  21. Halloween II (1981)
    ~ Cheesier than the first but a pretty fun time
  22. Halloween (2018)
    ~ A pretty solid return to Haddonfield but it’s got lots of plot holes
  23. Sinister (2012)
    ~ I bloody love this movie. That lawnmower scene, man
  24. Scream (1996)
    ~ Near perfect and that opener…
  25. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
    ~ A pretty decent sequel with a Scream-lite flavour
  26. The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (2018)
    ~ Very beautiful and very French. Full review here
  27. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
    ~ Glorious in every way

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    I know that feel, bro. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
  28. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    ~ An absolute masterclass in less is more film-making
  29. Lake Mungo (2008)
    ~ Spine-chilling
  30. The Village (2004)
    ~ I’ve a real soft spot for this folktale
  31. Summer of ’84 (2018)
    ~ Freaky deaky

I only wish I could be as focused in all my endeavors.

What did you watch?

The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (Film) Review

Or La femme la plus assassinée du monde (original title)

Not much preamble today but I will say this. This film is very French and very confusing. Beautiful though.

*Minor spoilers*

The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

Paula Maxa is the Parisian Grand Guignol Theatre’s leading lady, famous for being murdered on stage every day. But is there a link between the theatre and a series of gruesome real-life murders?

My Review

Um. Let’s not rely on anything I say here in this review, I may well have the wrong end of the stick. Paula Maxa (Anna Mouglalis) is a beloved by some, hated by a lot actress at the Grand Guignol Theatre in good old gay Paree. She’s been slaughtered on stage more times that she’s had hot dinners and relies on stage-hand Paul (Jean-Michel Balthazar) to make it look as real as possible.

The theatre itself is run by some right oddballs who seem to have a very bizarre arrangement in place. Although the shows they put on nightly seem to do alright there is a very real threat on the horizon: the birth of cinema.

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Rattle dem bones

When journalist Jean (Niels Schneider) arrives to interview Paula, a friendship is formed and there’s possibly something more a-brewing, though our girl is rather closed off. Via Paula’s own mouth we learn about the terrible secret that haunts her – the very driving force that keeps her screaming night in, night out. Meanwhile, there seems to be a plot to turn Paula over for real to a mysterious gentleman who might have a connection to her past… What the devil is that all about?

TMAWITW is gorgeous looking. It seems to capture the time period perfectly. All the costuming is wonderful and Paula’s supporting actresses are a lot of fun. Mouglalis is soulful as Paula, a haunted woman with a sad story, one that revolves around the death of her sister at the hands of a very bad man – and her inability to do anything to save her.

Guilt is a powerful emotion and it eats at Paula, who stays at the theatre as some sort of penance. Here she can scream as much as she likes, something she failed to do to save her sister’s life. When Jean arrives to offer her a way out, she’s torn. Can she leave this place and make it in Hollywood?

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The ending is a little bit confusing, I won’t lie. But it doesn’t really matter. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this movie, which has some suspenseful moments and really is wonderfully OTT. The murders on stage are gloriously bat-shit and the audience laps it up. They come complete with bibs to capture the splashes of blood that coats everything around them.

Ooh la la!

My Rating

3/5.

What does my leading lady think of this one? Would she beg it for an encore or slit its throat? Find out here.