Tag Archive | horror

Review: Dark Celebrations

Title: Dark Celebrations

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: October 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Each year, people all over the world celebrate special festivals and days, shining light on what they wish to remember and revere. But sometimes, inhabitants of the dark arrive with the desire to disturb proceedings. Dark Celebrations is a collection of twelve short stories. And the holidays will never be the same.

My Review:

This was a great collection and I loved that I could read through each story quickly! My favorite would have to either be Prom Screams or Trick or Death! There was true imagination that went into these stories and the writing, along with the dialogue, was excellent!! Wonderful and horrific descriptions! My favorite kinds of things!

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Do you read short stories?

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Movie Review: It Chapter Two

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IMDB Summary:

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

 

My Review:

Let me first say that I wasn’t the hugest fan in the world of the first IT. I thought the CGI was super odd and distracting, and I was more interested in the group dynamic of the kids which I loved, loved, loved!

Now, on to chapter 2! I really, really, liked this one. Like, the first movie, the group dynamic—this time the adults—was just as stellar. I mainly went into this movie thinking I’d love James McAvoy the best, because he’s my fave, but I actually thought Bill Hadar’s character shined here! James Rasnone, who plays Eddie, was also awesome! However, I was super disappointed in Jessica Chastain’s character as Beverly, because Sophia Lillis had done such a phenomenal job with the character in the first movie. But for some reason, Jessica always comes off as stiff to me!

If you liked Bill Skarsgård in IT, then you’ll love him here. He pulls off the clown rather well, and I always get a thrill when I see him on the screen versus some of the strange CGI for the other fears. I’m actually confused why the CGI looks so weird when there is such a good budget for these films.

Anyway, I did shed some tears in this one and the ending was utterly perfect! There’s blood and gore and friendship bonds! My faves!

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Have you watched IT?

Movie Review: Ready or Not

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Imdb Summary:

A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

My Review:

I knew after seeing the trailer for this that it would be one of my most anticipated movies of the year. It’s totally my style! There’s some blood, romance, humor, running, a game, and lots more blood!

I’m not the biggest Adam Brody fan in the world here, but he was so good and was my absolute favorite character. The weapons in the movie were awesome, and can I also just say I loved Grace’s bridal dress with the converse and the gun—totally on point!

There were some awesome twists, and I was so glad it was rated R because sometimes when horror movies have a PG-13 rating then they are just so watered down. Anyway, absolutely loved this one and am so glad it did not fail me!

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What is your most anticipated movie coming out?

 

SpecLitChat Tonight!

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Tonight at 7PM CST, Katya de Becerra, author of the What the Woods Keep, and me, author of Clouded By Envy, will be hosting an hour event with ten questions for anyone who writes speculative fictions such as fantasy, horror, etc, anyone who writes in general, or anyone who wants to know more about what writers write! Come join us by using the hashtag, #SPECLITCHAT

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Hope to see you guys there!

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Are you joining in tonight?

Review: Stranger Things Season 3

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Review:

No surprise here, but I absolutely loved season 3! I loved the old characters and the addition of some of the new ones! Especially Alexi!

Erica really stood out for me with her awesome sarcasm and Billy was still the boy I wanted to give a big hug to! And I wanted more of his backstory!! Eleven is still great and I really enjoyed seeing her friendship bond with Max, and of course her ongoing friendship with Mike.

The banter between Joyce and Hopper was on fire! Steve and Dustin were still super adorable. And Will I also wanted to give a big hug to. The special affects were pretty dang fantastic, especially with the people disintegrating into blob-like things! Give me all the horror vibes please! And after the ending I’m packed with emotion!!

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Have you started Stranger Things yet?

Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 12th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect in this sequel, but what I got was something I didn’t think I wanted or needed. But oh, how I did!

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What I loved about this one was that it was a lot different than the first book! It took a different route, the way I feel like a place like Wonderland truly would. I loved Alice, loved Hatcher, and loved this story! There was wonderful character growth for Alice, and I feel like she very much discovered herself!

There was magic, and reveals, and emotions, and horrifying whimsy! The writing was on point and honestly, I want more of this world!

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Who is your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland?

Review: Lost Boy

Title: Lost Boy

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

My Review:

Peter Pan has always been quite the iffy story for me. He always struck me as a creepy kind of character. A super old boy stuck in a young boy’s body, dragging young children to an island. Super odd. So therefore, I was always intrigued by Captain Hook! And this was truly his story!

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Jamie was relatable, completely relatable, even though he had done heinous things over the years. Yet, it was all because of Peter’s urge to “play.” I loved Jamie because he was like a daddy hen to a lot of the boys, especially Charlie. And there were twists and turns along the way. Since this is prequel, I’m sure you guys know how it all ends, but it is the character driven story that gets you there that is truly unique and horrific! And it definitely can be gruesome!

I’ve read a couple other books by Henry, and like the others, this one did not disappoint whatsoever! The world was terrifying with devious deceptions hidden in small places, and it was one that I couldn’t get out of my head, even after reading!

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Who is your favorite Peter Pan character?