Happy Death Day: Review by Holly Bareham

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Happy Halloween guys! However you’re choosing to celebrate I hope you have a great day. I personally am stuck at work and by the time I thought about having the day off I realised there wouldn’t be enough cover in the office so… I’ll probably watch a horror film later tonight though just to say I’ve done something.

So for those of you who never saw this trailer you’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding it because for a while it was all over Facebook and people were freaking out about it. To be honest I thought it looked interesting but I also thought it looked like one of those films that would just annoy the Hell out of me. I assumed right from the start it would be dreadful but I was still intrigued so I decided to give it a go.

‘Happy Death Day’ is about a college student who is murdered on her birthday but wakes up the next morning on her birthday. She is forced to relive the same day over and over again until she can figure out who her killer is and stop her own death.

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I actually really enjoyed it. I was intrigued the entire time and I found the whole thing really entertaining. It didn’t take itself too seriously which is just as well because it simply wouldn’t have worked if it had. Although at first most of the characters were unlikeable this was deliberate for the overall message of the film which was essentially ‘don’t be an asshole’. I ended up really liking Tree, the main character, by the end and I liked Carter right from the start.

Maybe I’m an idiot but I didn’t guess who the killer was at all. My friend told me she’d guessed before we even went in and was really bemused that I hadn’t figured it out. Listen, it’s good to be an idiot when watching films – I’m always shocked when the plot twist is revealed. I really liked this one. It was kind of ridiculous but in a good way.

As long as you don’t take it too seriously it’s a really good film. It’s entertaining and I’d really like to see it again before it leaves cinemas but I’m not sure I’ll have the time. I definitely wanna get it on DVD when it’s released though. I just really liked it and I’m quite surprised to say how many positive reviews it has on iMDB. Maybe we all low-key expected it to be trash but because it wasn’t that bad we can’t help by like it.

Compared to other horror films this year it just feels really refreshing. This is what ‘The Bye Bye Man’ should’ve been like because that was dreadful and took itself way too seriously. ‘Happy Death Day’ mocked itself and it worked really well!

Time for my piece of horror film trivia. There was quite a bit on iMDB and it was all pretty interesting but I’ve chosen this one: The scene where Tree walks across campus completely naked had to be done quickly as it was being filmed on an active campus thus presenting the risk of students witnessing the scene being filmed and taking photos. In the end they managed to do it in just 2-3 takes.

I recommend this if you haven’t already seen it and are looking for something interesting to watch this Halloween. I was genuinely really pleasantly surprised by this film so go into it with an open mind and just view it for it is: a bit of fun.

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The Halloween Prank

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I’ve been trying to write Halloween themed blog posts because I’ve never really bothered celebrating any holidays on this blog but this year I’m all about new things so yeah, this blog is celebrating Halloween this year! Now I’ve written experience posts, reviews and recently a ton of lists but I’ve never really posted any stories which I had intended to do back when I started this blog. Anyway, after asking my friends permission they have agreed I can write stories about the real things that have happened to us. I thought I’d kick it off with a Halloween story so here is the story of the Halloween prank.

I can’t remember which year this was, I have a feeling it was either 2013 or 2014 but I can’t remember. Me and my three best friends all love Halloween so we decided to go to my friend Becca’s house to chill out and watch horror films. Her parents and younger brother were out at a Halloween party so we had the house to ourselves. We were in the kitchen having dinner before we got started on the films when there was a knock at the front door.

I love trick or treaters so me and Hirst went to answer the door even though Becca wanted to ignore it. We took our time getting there because we couldn’t find the bowl and Becca’s front door is confusing but eventually we got it open… To find there was no one there. We didn’t think too much of it, we assumed the trick or treaters had gotten bored and walked away but we couldn’t see them anywhere. We both assumed they’d gone round the corner and shut the front door.

We all sat down to carry on eating when Becca’s house phone started ringing. Now I’m scared pretty easily so I did wonder if there was a connection between the phone and the front door. We weren’t sure though because Becca said there was no point in answering her phone as it didn’t work anyway. So we carried on eating as it rang out. Then there was another knock at the door.

Now at this point we know they’re all connected and we reacted in different ways. Jess was having none of it and marched straight to the front door to open it, Becca grabbed a knife, Hirst grabbed a saucepan and I also grabbed a saucepan but only because they were doing it. It was kind of funny until I went into the hallway and heard Jess yell “They’re in the back garden!” She didn’t waste any time, she rushed to the back door while I stood in the hallway and accepted death.

I didn’t think it was anything supernatural but I was under the impression it was a group of teenage lads who were looking to scare people because it was Halloween. Naturally, my mind also automatically went to a cult who were looking to do some kind of Halloween ritual and they were going to break in and kill us. My concerns only heightened when Jess yelled “Come on out you pussies!” They were definitely going to kill us.

Jess was stood by the back door but you can’t really see through the windows of Becca’s back door so she didn’t know who was out there, how many people were out there etc. Becca was stood in the hallway with me until I shoved her in and she went to stand by Jess because she had a weapon and could protect her. I was in the hallway praying I didn’t die. And Hirst decided to actually be smart and go look out the window and see what was out there. I was watching Becca and Jess so I didn’t even notice until she screamed and leaped backwards onto the sofa.

My mind went into a panic, what had she seen, what was out there, did they have weapons, did we have to call the police? Until Becca said “For God’s sake, it’s just my Dad.”

Her Dad had come home from the party, I can’t even remember why and had decided to play a prank on us. He’d even parked the car up the road so we wouldn’t see it and know it was him. Well, it definitely worked. I’m so glad Becca’s house phone didn’t work properly, if we’d answered it and heard him do some heavy breathing or something I’d have been gone. You’d never have seen me again.

To be fair I imagine this prank was pretty mild compared to some played on Halloween, apparently the power went off in my cousin’s house once and my uncle put a sack on his head and scared the life out of all of them.

If you’ve ever had a prank played on you or been the asshole that played the prank on Halloween let me know in the comments, I love hearing funny Halloween stories!

Top Ten Favourite Horror Films

As Halloween is coming up I thought it’d be fun to write a few spooky blog posts – they won’t be particularly spooky but I’ll be reviewing/talking about spooky stuff. As I’ve already reviewed the horror event at Tulley’s I thought I’d move into a list ‘cos you guys know how much I love lists! So here are my top ten favourite horror films!

10. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)

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This is the one horror film that absolutely terrifies me and I refuse to watch by myself. I feel like one day I need to overcome that fear because I do love this film but right now I can barely watch the trailer by myself. The basic plot is a widowed mother who is plagued by the violent death of her husband has to battle with her sons fear of a monster lurking in the house but soon realises a sinister presence is all around her.

When I saw this film at the cinema I was too scared to look at the screen during some scenes. However I do remember looking at my friend Jess and watching her yawn so I don’t know if it’s just me or if this film is genuinely terrifying or not? Yes, I do get scared during horror films but this took it to a whole new level. You know how watching a horror film is less scary when you’re watching it at home? Not the case here. I made my Mom watch it with me and I peed myself all over again. It’s a good film with great symbolism but yeah, not a film I’ll be watching alone this Halloween!

9. The Woman in Black (James Watkins, 2012)

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You’ve probably at least heard of this film right? The one with Daniel Radcliffe? Who hasn’t at this point? Most people have seen this one because it’s only a 12 therefore meaning more people could see it. I went into the cinema to watch it with my Mom naively thinking that as a 12 it couldn’t be too scary. I was wrong.

My friend Jess argues that this films not scary at all but her opinion doesn’t count because hardly anything scares her. It is scarier because of the amount of jump scares I still think it does a brilliant job of keeping up a creepy atmosphere whilst also having an interesting plot which is something most horror films can’t manage these days. I also think it’s pretty impressive that there are literally long scenes with no dialogue whatsoever yet it still manages to keep my interest. You can choose to agree or disagree but I really like it.

I also really love the stage show and I would argue I love the stage show more because it’s so cleverly done and it’s also more true to the book. Not that I’ve read the book the entire way through but I think the ending in the stage show is sadder than that in the film. Definitely a show I recommend!

8. Hansel & Gretel (Pil-Sung Yim, 2007)

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I first watched this film on holiday in a caravan with my friend when I was maybe fourteen or fifteen. It was late, my parents were bed and we were channel surfing when we came across this film already halfway through. We watched it to the end and although I hated horror films at the time I thought it was really interesting. I kept intending to get a copy and watch it from the beginning but I didn’t bother until I found the DVD in HMV in London last year. Even then it took me almost a year of owning it to finally sit down and watch it and I loved it all over again!

‘Hansel & Gretel’ is a Korean horror film about a man who gets into a car accident and finds himself lost in the woods. He meets a young girl who takes him back to her home and he meets her two siblings and parents. But when the parents leave the next day he starts to wonder if all is as it seems and he soon finds himself desperately trying to find a way out of the forest.

It’s not particularly very scary but it’s such an interesting plot and the house and everything is so pretty. It’s definitely one I’d recommend if you’re just starting to get into horror films because trust me, it’s not that bad. If you’re looking for something new to watch this Halloween I 100% recommend this one!

7. Annabelle: Creation (David F. Sandberg, 2017)

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I absolutely hated the first Annabelle film so I was extremely annoyed to discover they’d made a sequel. It was so bad that I don’t have a single positive thing to say about it. However as a horror movie reviewer I knew I needed to watch the sequel and to be fair the trailer looked kind of okay but then so had the trailer for Ouija 2 and just like the first one, that had been absolute trash as well. The point is I went to watch the film and my expectations were zero. And I ended up being pretty impressed.

This is a prequel to the original Annabelle film and it’s about a doll maker and his wife who welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home twelve years after the death of their young daughter. Soon they all become targets of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

To be honest I think I was more impressed because the first film had been so bad, had this been a standalone film I’m not sure I would’ve enjoyed it as much. But I ended up really liking it, I thought it was cleverly done and slotted in well with the first film. It was also really creepy and it’s a film I want to see again.

6. Paranormal Activity Series

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Listen, you either love or hate the Paranormal Activity series and I am one of the sad people who actually really enjoyed it. Except for ‘Ghost Dimension’, that film can literally rot in Hell. I know that ultimately if you look at it, the series is complete trash that just doesn’t make sense but I still really like them. Here are my favourites in the series in order:

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‘Ghost Dimension’ doesn’t even deserve to be on the list, I hated it that much.

Yes they’re bad but I think they’re scary and they’re fun to watch when you’re just looking for a few cheap scares. I think the trouble is that because these films were so cheap to make the producers just kept firing them out to make money without thinking too much about the plot because with each new film they bend the plot to fit the new film and I kind of accepted this until the release of ‘Ghost Dimension’ which was honestly the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Even though they’re bad and everything I hate about horror films, I still really like them and I might re-watch a couple of the movies for Halloween. I’m feeling ‘The Marked Ones’, I love that film so much.

5. The Conjuring (James Wan, 2013)

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This is another horror film that literally just blew up upon its release. I was only just becoming a fan of horror and I didn’t go see it at the cinema because it looked way too scary for me. So I waited until one night when my friends Becca and Hirst slept over and we watched it in the living room. We all peed ourselves, it was honestly hilarious.

For those who haven’t heard anything about ‘The Conjuring’, and I doubt there are many, it’s about a family who move into a new house who are soon terrorised by an evil presence haunting the house. They contact the ‘Warrens’, a couple who have dedicated their lives to helping people who believe they are being haunted. It’s based on a real life case as both the ‘Perron’ family and the Warrens are all real people.

People were really hyping this movie, like there was talk of people going in with bottles of holy water, priests you could speak to after the film and people even reported supernatural occurrences happening to them after seeing the film. It’s not that bad people. Like it’s a good film and it is scary but it’s not that bad. It’s scarier when you think about how it’s based on a true story but how much of it is true, who knows?

I really like this film and the sequel. It’s made me want to visit the Warrens museum but I’m from England so it’s doubtful that will ever happen. This is one I would recommend watching on Halloween if you haven’t already seen it because it is scary and it’s just generally a good film. Definitely recommend!

4. Mama (Andy Muschietti, 2013)

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I can already tell that any horror fans reading this are going to disagree with my top four choices.

I love the film Mama. It’s got a special place in my heart as one of the first horror films I saw at the cinema and I have great memories of watching it and peeing myself with Becca while Jess was sat there completely calm. The film is about a man who spends four years looking for his missing nieces and brother. Although his brother is not found they do find his nieces who have been living alone in a house in the woods all these years. They are brought back home with to live with their uncle Lucas and his girlfriend Annabelle who soon believe that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

I don’t know specifically what it is about this film that I love I just know that I do love it. It’s probably just because I loved it upon first seeing it. To be honest at the time I loved almost any horror movie I watched just because I’d only just become a fan of them. I have a feeling if ‘Mama’ had been released this year I wouldn’t have been as big of a fan of it. But I really like it, I’ve watched it tons and tons of times and I’m not sick of it. I’ve heard there’s a sequel in the works and although I don’t really understand where they’re going to go with it I’m still looking forward to it!

3. The Boy (William Brent Bell, 2016)

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I saw a trailer for this film on Facebook and ended up counting down the days until it was finally released. I was so excited for it. I tend to get excited for horror movie releases but this was something else completely. The trailer did look really good though. ‘The Boy’ is about a young woman who takes a job in a large house in England as a nanny but is surprised to find when she arrives that the child she’ll be looking after is actually a doll. Before long she starts to feel a presence in the house and believes maybe the doll is alive after all.

After being so excited for the release I was convinced the actual film would let me down completely but it didn’t! I thought it was so good and had such an interesting plot twist that I hadn’t seen coming. I really couldn’t recommend this film enough. It’s not too scary, I made my friend sit down and watch it at my house and she agreed that it wasn’t that scary. I’d quite like a sequel to this film but equally it might ruin it. It’s so good though, I recommend watching it if you haven’t already.

2. The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)

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I think this is another one that you either love or you hate and I just happen to love it. When the trailer was first released I thought it looked interesting so when the film came out I saw it at the earliest opportunity. It’s about two siblings Becca and Tyler who go to stay with their grandparents whom they’ve never met. However they soon become frightened by their grandparents’ increasingly disturbed behaviour throughout the visit.

I feel like whenever I watch a film I turn into a bit of an idiot because I never know what’s going to happen in most cases and this film was one of those occasions. I sat down to watch this film with my Mom and within minutes she’d guessed the plot twist which I was really annoyed about. Luckily for me I just did not see it coming and it makes the film more enjoyable.

Everyone has their opinion on this film, some people hate the comedy aspect whereas I really enjoyed it and thought it made the film a lot better. A lot of people seemed to dislike Tyler as well but like his rapping is the best part of the film, I don’t? I might re watch this one soon actually because I think it’s brilliant.

1. Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009)

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Okay I used to be obsessed with this film. If I made a new friend and they hadn’t watched this film I would sit down and force them into it. I once watched this film three and a half times in one day. I know more about this film than any other film in existence. I wrote a report on it in my film studies class. Although I haven’t watched it in a while this film will forever be my favourite horror.

Orphan is basically about a couple who adopt a nine year old girl and welcome her into their family. However before long their newly adopted daughter Esther starts showing disturbing behaviours and her new mother, Kate, looks to find out more about Esther’s past before it’s too late.

I don’t care what anyone says, I love this film and I think it’s brilliant. Anyone who is friends with me knows how much I love it. I actually haven’t seen it for a while now, I need to re watch it even though I know the whole thing word for word now. If you haven’t seen ‘Orphan’ then you’re honestly missing it, it’s brilliant and I highly recommend it!

So that’s my top ten favourite horror films, feel free to leave a comment if you agree, disagree or if you wanna tell me your top ten! I’d love some recommendations because I feel like I’m running out of horrors to watch now. Or let me know what you’re planning to watch/do on Halloween because I still haven’t decided and there’s less than a week left now!

Tulley’s Farm ‘The Howl’ Experience

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Over the weekend me and two of my friends visited Tulley’s Farm for their ‘The Howl’ event in Leighton Buzzard. We’d been on about it for a while so this year we finally booked it and travelled three hours to get there. We ended up staying in a hotel in the middle of nowhere (we had to walk along a road with no path for half-an-hour to find it) and had to fork out extra money for taxis to get to the event but it was definitely worth it!

Now although I enjoy horror movies I am honestly the biggest wimp ever so when we got there I was thinking ‘oh my god why did I sign up for this I’m an idiot, I’m gonna have to sit out of all the haunts’. We joined a queue for the first one we saw and I was convinced I’d come out the other side and think ‘nope can’t handle that’ and would’ve wasted all my money. So I’m writing this for people like me who are nervous but want to give it a go!

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House of Hounds

We were given a ticket for the person at the front of the queue to sign off before we went in and I believe they were in order of how scary each attraction is so the order was: Topper’s Twister, Hotel de Basquervilles, House of Hounds, Squealers Yard and The Shed. That’s not necessarily the case but that was how we interpreted it. We didn’t think too much about this though so we just joined the queue for the first one we saw which was ‘House of Hounds’.

This one was good because although the farm had been open for half-an-hour the haunts had literally only just opened so the queues were short. As the queues were short we were allowed to go in by ourselves with the group we were with. So for example if you were with three other people the four of you would go in alone instead of teaming up with other groups to make it larger thus speeding the queue up.

Now I’ve literally never done anything like this before, I went to a zombie event at Blists Hill once but it wasn’t scary it was just confusing. So I was stood outside with my friends Becca and Jess absolutely peeing myself because I didn’t know what to expect. The three of us walked inside for the short briefing you get before each haunt and I held onto both their hands and I was shaking so bad! Then it started.

Because I’m such a wimp I held both their hands the entire way with Becca at the front and Jess at the back and although it was scary it was also so funny. I don’t wanna give away too much to anyone else who’s thinking of going but ‘House of Hounds’ is obviously hound related so there were people in cages who screamed and jumped out at you. There were little nooks so they could leave their cages and they’d come right up to you and scare the hell out of you.

I think I would’ve been a lot more scared had Becca not been there. My friends are like two opposite ends of fear, we had Jess at the back who was having fun but wasn’t the least bit scared and Becca at the front who was screaming and jumping at every little thing. My favourite bits were when we rounded a corner and I heard Becca yell “No! Hollie no, look, I can’t!” So I looked around the corner and found someone crawling on the floor, and when we were near the end and someone ran right at us and screamed at us. The amount of times me and Becca cowered into the wall was hilarious while Jess was so chill the entire time.

Also I don’t know how but two minutes in my shoe almost fell off and I was walking around desperately trying to put it back on properly because I didn’t want to lose it. The back of it went under my heel and luckily after a while I managed to kick it back on, it wasn’t like I could stop and pull it back on!

We came out and we were all crying with laughter but my throat hurt so badly from all the screaming I’d done but luckily we exited right by a drinks stand so I grabbed a tap water before we headed into the next haunt.

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Topper’s Twister

So this one is supposedly the least scary of the five but it’s also the clown haunt so I was not looking forward to it. Yes I’d had fun in ‘House of Hounds’ and at least I hadn’t lost it yet but I do not like clowns so I was worried this would be the one where I started to freak out. As the haunts had been open a bit longer the queues had gotten longer which meant we went through as a group which we kind of preferred.

We went in with the same formation, Becca at the front, me in the middle and Jess at the back but this time we had a couple in front of us and a few people behind us. This meant the entire way round Becca kept screaming “Guys we’ve gotta keep up with the people in front!”

Although I hate clowns this one was really fun with inflatable walls that made me feel extremely claustrophobic and a bridge that made you feel like you were going upside down when you weren’t. And also clowns at every turn making you jump.

As I said, I really hate clowns. So at the end there’s a triangle shaped door and a clown standing just in front of it so Becca ducked through the door and as I went to the clown came right next to my head and started creeping me out so I moved to the left, rushed forward – and banged my head on the bloody doorway! I pulled back and of course Becca didn’t know why so she dragged me forwards again and luckily I made it through the door this time but my head hurt so bad! Five minutes later I asked my friends if they could see anything and it turned out there was a lump on my forehead! So yeah it was a fun attraction but make sure you watch where you’re going guys!

Hotel de Basquervilles

The queues were really starting to get quite long at this point because it was mid-event so my advice is to show up as soon as the haunts open because that’s what we did and we were there until nearly closing time and you definitely don’t want to miss any of the haunts! Also I went to the bathroom before we headed into this one and found one lady sat on the floor on the edge of a panic attack because she’d found the haunt too scary. Only do what you’re comfortable with guys, it’s not worth risking your mental health for!

We had to queue quite a while to get into this one but we didn’t really mind because long queues meant having a quick emotional break and for us it meant discussing the last haunt in great detail. The only trouble was that it started raining and although the queues are under some cover the rain still found a way in so bring a rain coat!

This one was brilliant too, it’s set in a hotel that’s haunted and you walk through and the actors pull open doors, windows, paintings etc. to jump scare you and it works really well. We went through in the same formation again and this one was making me laugh because Becca started yelling angrily at the people scaring her “No! Stop it! It’s not funny!” There was also one point where a girl was stood on a table screaming “You’re not welcome here, you’re not welcome here!” to which Becca started saying “That’s fine, okay, that’s fine!”

I’m making fun of Becca yet I was just as scared.

I was not a fan of the girl in the exorcism position on that bed and was even less of a fan when she turned around and screamed at us.

It’s not as scary when you go through with bigger groups which was fine by me and Becca because we kept letting people go in front of us. Also the couple in front seemed really chill and kept looking back and laughing at me and Becca screaming every couple of seconds. I’m pretty sure I screamed my throat raw at this event.

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Squealers Yard

I don’t think I was prepared for this haunt at all.

The first three had scared me but they were manageable. This one hit us like a ton of breaks and even Jess said she was slightly scared at this one!

It all starts when you go in and they start splitting people up, mostly sending in men by themselves and splitting them up from their girlfriends etc. Me and Becca stood there praying to God he wouldn’t ask us to split up while Jess genuinely didn’t mind because she’s bloody mad. When there was maybe six or seven of us left he let us go through together. However, throughout the haunt the actors still manage to split us all up but as we were all holding hands we managed to stay together we just lost the rest of the group.

For the first few minutes I was scared but I was also having a great time because Becca was making me laugh so hard – until we encountered a lady who told Becca to stand against the wall and then pinned her against it. I didn’t wanna be next so I let go of her hand and me and Jess carried on walking but I think because Becca looked so panicked by this the lady let her go. I feel a bit bad because I’d have killed her if she’d left me so Becca, I am truly sorry! I won’t ditch you again!

Because of that the formation changed with Jess, the brave one, going first with Becca holding her hand and me holding onto Becca’s shoulders. We went into a room which was so foggy that we couldn’t see a thing until some man was right in front of Jess’ face telling her to squeal like a pig. I was honestly terrified, my head was in Becca’s back and we shuffled out of the room. We ended up outside but none of us could say anything, I genuinely thought we were in a pitch black room until my eyes adjusted.

The last room was another one where you can’t see a thing, there’s strobe lights going off and all I could hear was this really loud chain saw so I was screaming at Jess to get a move on and when I came out I needed a minute to get my chill together. Definitely the scariest haunt there and it was so much fun, Jess gave it a 10/10 and I have to agree. Probably the longest haunt as well it was just really well done and the actors in there were the best of the lot – just make sure you don’t get split up from your friends!

However my only complaint would be that I wasn’t a fan of the fat-shaming like I understand it’s a meat haunt and it’s all meant in good humour but I don’t know, it made me feel pretty uncomfortable. I think had someone said something to me I would’ve just felt like crap so I’m glad no one did.

The Shed

I was not looking forward to this one, I’d overheard one man telling one of the members of staff that the haunts weren’t too scary but ‘The Shed’ had creeped him out a bit. After the trauma of ‘Squealers Yard’ I really wasn’t sure I was ready for this one. I’m not really 100% sure what the backstory for this haunt was because it was hard to hear the safety instructions and I was pretty scared as it was.

Although it was scary it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Squealers Yard. This time Jess went first with me in the middle and Becca at the back, all of us holding hands again because I was honestly bricking it. Becca at the back did not work just for the record, the girl stood on the back of both my shoes so they nearly fell off, nearly dislocated my thumb and ripped my hair out when she got scared. She is funny though.

The walkways were really narrow on this one like the actors couldn’t stand on the ground because there’d be no room for us to walk at all. We were at the back and Becca was screaming at us to keep up with the people in front of us which was great until we got to the end and they dropped something and they calmly tried to find it while we were screaming and trying to get away from the man with the giant leaf blower.

Although it was scary it didn’t have a lasting impression on me like Squealers Yard did.

Overall, my favourite haunts were ‘House of Hounds’ because that was our first and it was fun going through by ourselves, and ‘Squealers Yard’ because it was just so terrifying. We’ve decided that Tulley’s Farm is going to become a regular tradition but next year we want to go to the one with eight haunts because we had so much fun!

Rules and Tips for The Howl
– Each safety briefing is generally the same: no going on your phone, no hats/masks and no touching the actors. Also you’re not allowed to go through if you’re pregnant or have asthma, a heart condition or just generally if you’re anywhere near the end of your life
– I cannot stress the whole no touching the actors rule enough. You see it on the internet all the time about people who are like “sorry my reaction to getting scared is to hit out”… Well then don’t come? Although it’s scary it’s not hard to remember that they are just actors at the end of the day so even when people were crawling on the floor or right in our faces, there is no need to touch or lash out at them. It works both ways, they will not touch you either so just stick to the damn rule. If your reaction is to lash out then do what I did and hold hands with someone for crying out loud to stop yourself!
– If you’re nervous go with a group of friends. People went in couples but I think three or more works well if you’re scared. It was nice to have a really brave friend and a friend who was peeing themselves. I’d have been 100x more scared if I hadn’t been laughing at Becca the entire time so yeah, if you’re nervous go with a group!
– Start from the least scary and work your way up. Although I don’t regret jumping straight into the third scariest I probably would’ve felt differently if I’d entered Squealers Yard right off the bat!

But yeah, I survived the night and that’s the important thing! Definitely give it a go if you’re thinking about it, it’s so much fun.

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Ten K-Pop Songs I Disliked But Now Love

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I apologise for all the K-Pop posts recently but I’ve been having writers block and it helps to write about stuff I’m interested in: hence all the K-Pop posts. So occasionally groups I love will release songs that I just don’t feel on the first listen. But the more I give them a listen the more they grow on me! So here are ten K-Pop songs I disliked at first listen but now love.

10. Girls’ Generation – I Got A Boy

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I had only just gotten into K-Pop when I first listened to this song. I was a big fan of Crayon Pop and I wanted to start listening to more K-Pop groups and I’d heard of Girls’ Generation so I checked out a lyric video for ‘I Got A Boy’ and I couldn’t stand it. For someone who grew up listening to purely Western music it was difficult to get into and it put me off listening to any other Girls’ Generation songs. But I kept coming back and giving it a listen and eventually I started to really like it. That song is still my favourite era of theirs to this day and I’m now a massive fan of Girls’ Generation. They actually slay my entire existence.

9. BTS – Save Me

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I absolutely loved BTS’ ‘Fire’ when I first heard it and had it on repeat for ages but I was really disappointed when the music video for ‘Save Me’ was dropped. It wasn’t really my kind of thing so I didn’t listen to it much. I ended up seeing them at ‘K-Con Paris’ though so I started to listen to their songs more to prepare myself and soon I started to love ‘Save Me’. Although it’s not high on my list of favourite songs I do really like it a lot more now than I did when I first listened to it!

8. IOI – Pick Me

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IOI were another group at ‘K-Con Paris’ and the only song I’d heard by them was ‘Crush’… Which they did not perform. They did open with ‘Pick Me’ which is their iconic song that I’d never heard before. Although I’d enjoyed it live, when I got home and decided to give it a listen I thought it was one of the most annoying songs ever. But I really liked IOI’s ‘Dream Girls’ so I kept going back and listening to it again and again until eventually the song grew on me and now I love it! It may be repetitive but that beat drop is iconic, let’s be real.

7. Bastarz (Block B) – Make It Rain

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When this song was released my friends recommended it to me and I gave it a listen but really didn’t like it. I replied to them to say it was ‘too intense’ and that I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t particularly like ‘Zero for Conduct’ either but I heard it a lot in my friend’s car until eventually it grew on me. And because I loved that song I decided to give ‘Make it Rain’ another try and ended up really liking it the second time! I was actually really disappointed when they only did ‘Zero for Conduct’ and not ‘Make it Rain’ as well at their concert in London earlier this year.

6. AOA – Mini Skirt

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It took me a really long time to become an ‘AOA’ fan because I kept listening to ‘Heart Attack’ and assuming all their songs sounded like that. I still can’t stand that song but I soon became a fan of songs like ‘Good Luck’ and ‘Like a Cat’. But when I first heard ‘Mini Skirt’ I didn’t particularly like it, I thought it was kind of annoying. What sold me was the choreography, I really love the dance practice video for this song and now it’s my favourite by AOA. It’s also probably the song that made me start to stan them; I love it so much now compared to my first listen!

5. Black Pink – Stay

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I really liked Black Pink’s debut with ‘Boombayah’ and after a few listens I started to like ‘Whistle’ as well. However I wasn’t that impressed with their comeback after that. Everyone was fangirling over ‘Playing with Fire’ but I really didn’t like it and I liked ‘Stay’ even less. I’m not particularly a fan of slow songs, with some exceptions obviously, but I thought ‘Stay’ was really boring. I’m not even sure why I went back to give it another listen but it started to really grow on me and although it’s not my favourite Black Pink song I definitely prefer it to ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘As If It’s Your Last’.

4. GOT7 – Just Right

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Although it’s now my favourite GOT7 song I didn’t like it that much at first listen. This song is definitely not the first thing you should show to your friends who don’t know much about K-Pop because if you don’t get the song then the music video is really weird. I really liked GOT7 personally but I couldn’t get into any of their songs – I’d given this one a listen a few times and just couldn’t like it. Until my friend suggested we try and learn the choreography and through learning the choreography I started to really like the song which lead me to liking more of GOT7’s songs. I think GOT7 are still one of those groups where I prefer them as opposed to their songs but I love ‘Just Right’ now!

3. Red Velvet – Russian Roulette

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As I wrote in my last post, I fell in love with Red Velvet’s ‘Dumb Dumb’ on first listen so when ‘Russian Roulette’ was released I was really disappointed. I had felt that until then Red Velvet had been getting better with each comeback and I thought the song was a real let down. I also wasn’t really a fan of the music video. However, I ended up watching them dance to this at two times speed on ‘Weekly Idol’ and that’s what made me eventually start liking the song and it’s now my favourite! I also really love the music video now too; I’m not sure why I didn’t like it originally. I have more faith in Red Velvet now and always give their comebacks several goes if I don’t like it at first listen and they have yet to release a song that I truly dislike.

2. EXID – Hot Pink

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When EXID dropped ‘Hot Pink’ I’d only ever listened to ‘Up & Down’ which I wasn’t a massive fan of immediately but the song did grow on me. I gave ‘Hot Pink’ a listen because the song title sounded interesting… But I really didn’t like it. As with most of their songs it sounded all over the place and I just couldn’t get into it. I started to like it through listening to their other songs like ‘Ah Yeah’ and decided to give ‘Hot Pink’ another chance. I feel like that with a few EXID songs though, I hated ‘Lie’ when it was first released because it was all over the place too but now it’s my favourite song by them. EXID are one of those groups where I need to give their songs a few listens to get used to it before it suddenly becomes my shit.

1. Mamamoo – You’re The Best

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Similar to EXID, Mamamoo are definitely a group where I need to give their songs a few listens before I like them. Everyone and their dog was going on about Mamamoo and how talented they were so naturally, I decided to give them a listen. I listened to ‘You’re the Best’ and couldn’t stand it; I really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I kind of gave up trying to like Mamamoo until someone I followed on Tumblr posted a funny moments montage of them and I thought they were hilarious. I learnt all their names and decided to give their songs another try. Eventually this song grew on me and I started to love them! I tried listening to more of their songs and had the same initial response of disliking them but in the end they always grew on me. Mamamoo are insanely talented so if you haven’t given them a listen I definitely recommend it, they’ve got to be one of my favourite groups and I’d love to see them live one day.

Ten K-Pop Songs I Loved At First Listen

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I’ve seen a lot of compilations on YouTube of ‘K-Pop songs I loved at first listen’ and I don’t have the patience to make a YouTube video anymore because I only have MovieMaker which keeps freezing every twenty seconds so I thought it’d be a lot quicker to just write a list. So here are the top ten K-Pop songs I loved at first listen!

10. 2Eyes – Pippi

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I’m not as big of a fan of this song anymore because I’ve listened to it one too many times but when I first heard it I had it on repeat for the rest of the night. I watched the dance practice video over and over again and for a few hours, this song was literally my shit. I listened to some other 2Eyes songs and I wasn’t as impressed with them as I was with ‘Pippi’. I don’t listen to it much anymore but I still think it’s a great song.

9. SISTAR – Lonely

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I could’ve also put ‘I Like That’ for Sistar because I had that on repeat when it first came out but ‘Lonely’ has a special place in my heart as it was the last song they released as a group before they disbanded. I was a casual fan and the moment I started listening to more of their music and decided to stan them they went and disbanded! When they released ‘Lonely’ I fell in love not only with the song but with the music video which is probably one of my favourites. I was getting ready to go out with friends when I first heard it and I listened to it on repeat until they arrived. It’s definitely still my favourite Sistar song.

8. AOA – Excuse Me

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I did not like AOA when I first heard them. That’s because the song I chose to listen to was ‘Heart Attack’ which is a song I still cannot stand, no matter how much I now love AOA. However I liked their ‘Good Luck’ comeback so I listened to more songs like ‘Like a Cat’ and ‘Miniskirt’ and soon I started to like them. But I absolutely loved ‘Excuse Me’, everyone else seemed to prefer ‘Bing Bing’ or not like their comeback at all but I had ‘Excuse Me’ on repeat for ages the day it came out. It’s another one that I’ve listened to so many times that I’ve gone off it but I still think it’s one of their best comebacks yet.

7. CocoSori – Dark Circle

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‘Dark Circle’ is CocoSori’s debut song and I loved it from the moment I first listened to it. I also loved their second song ‘Exquisite’ and for a while that was my favourite song but I think I prefer ‘Dark Circle’ that little bit more. The music video’s a little weird but I love it, it’s another one of my favourites and the song is brilliant too. CocoSori need more viewers so give them a watch!

6. Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb

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For the last three Red Velvet comebacks I haven’t liked them after the first listen. I have to listen to them a few times until they grow on me and I start to love them. But ‘Dumb Dumb’ was definitely a one listen and I was sold. Although I prefer ‘Russian Roulette’ as a song, I hated it the first time I listened to it. However ‘Dumb Dumb’ has always been a jam ever since the first listen. It’s really catchy, I recommend giving it a listen!

5. Oh My Girl – Liar Liar

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‘Liar Liar’ was the first song I ever heard by Oh My Girl and it only took one listen for me to love them. Their other songs took a few listens until I became a fan but ‘Liar Liar’ had me hooked when I first heard it. It’s another catchy song that easily gets stuck in your head. I’m also a big fan of the music video – as I’ve previously said, Oh My Girl’s music videos are aesthetic goals. Although my favourite music video is ‘Closer’, ‘Liar Liar’ will probably always be my favourite song.

4. BTS – Mic Drop

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I also could’ve picked ‘Fire’ for BTS because that was a jam right from the start (I need to stop describing every song as a ‘jam’ it’s not ironic or funny I’m just lame) but I went for ‘Mic Drop’ because I didn’t particularly like ‘DNA’ when I saw the music video and I was a bit worried I was starting to go off BTS. Then I listened to ‘Mic Drop’ which confirmed that yes, I am still complete and utter trash. I’m convinced the whole album is worth buying just because of this one song, I love it that much. I first heard it only a few nights ago and I didn’t want to listen to any other song for the next couple of hours. BTS are honestly still my shit.

3. G-Friend – Fingertip

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G-Friend have always slayed my existence but it took me a few listens to get into ‘Rough’ and ‘Navillera’. I liked ‘Me Gustas Tu’ at my first listen but I didn’t particularly love it. Then they released ‘Fingertip’ and I was blown away, it’s so different to their other comebacks and I loved it. It’s one of those songs that I’ve listened to again and again and again and I’m still not bored of it. I think this song will always be my favourite of G-Friend’s just because I wasn’t expecting them to release something like this and it’s a jam (I’m sorry)!

2. Strawberry Milk – OK

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I’d heard Crayon Pop were having a sub-unit for a while but to be honest I wasn’t particularly sure what a sub-unit was or what the point was until I watched Strawberry Milk’s ‘OK’ music video. I remember listening to it the day I left for ‘Asylum 13’ and I listened to it the whole way there on the train and between each panel I’d head back up to my hotel room to listen to this song. I honestly loved it so much and it’s still catchy as fuck, and one of my favourite choreographies to do. Listen, I love this song so much that I was going to cosplay as a Strawberry Milk member for London Comic Con. The only thing that stopped me was lack of money.

1. Dreamcatcher – Chase Me

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A lot of people were talking about Dreamcatcher’s debut and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I absolutely loved it. When I was a teenager I listened to nothing but rock music so to change to K-Pop was quite weird but this song took me back and I fell in love with it. It’s like a mixture of my old taste in music combined with my new taste in music and I love it. It’s also another music video that is aesthetic goals as fuck. Also this choreography always blows me away whenever I watch it. I had this song on repeat for hours after I first listened to it and there weren’t any other Dreamcatcher songs to listen to at the time so this was the only thing I had! I’m so glad they’ve released more music still then and I’ve still got my fingers crossed that they’ll come to the UK.

Top 10 Underrated K-Pop Group Recommendations

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I’ve been procrastinating so many blog posts that I wanted to write so I decided to write about something I really like in the hopes that I’ll start to feel more inspired to update. I haven’t written a review in what feels like forever but for now I’m going to be recommending 10 K-Pop groups you should listen to! These aren’t necessarily my favourite groups as I’ll be leaving out some of the more famous groups.

10. ASTRO

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I first discovered ASTRO when my friend slept over at mine and we were too tired to actually do anything so we scrolled through Netflix to see if there was anything interesting on. In the end we found the K-Drama ‘To Be Continued’ and that’s how we first discovered ASTRO. I’ve been low-key trash ever since.

They have an innocent concept and their songs are usually quite chill but I’m not normally a fan of but ASTRO have some brilliant songs. Also all the members just seem so sweet and lovely and it’s so easy to fall in love with all of them. Plus their visuals are no joke. I just recommend them so hard.

Favourite song: Hide & Seek
Bias: Moonbin

9. Dreamcatcher

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Dreamcatcher were originally a girl group called Minx but they redebuted with two new members earlier this year as Dreamcatcher. They debuted with the song ‘Chase Me’ and when I first heard it I had it on repeat for like three hours. They have a dark concept and it just really works. Their music videos are so interesting and their dancing is no joke either.

There’s talk of them coming to Europe at some point to tour and I am praying they come to England because I’d love to see them live. They’re so talented and their songs are brilliant, 100% recommend.

Favourite song: Fly High
Bias: Yoohyeon

8. CocoSori

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Not many people mention CocoSori, which isn’t surprising as their debut video only has about 500,000 views and their second song has even less. And I get why, they are a little weird. Their debut song ‘Dark Circle’ does feature a large man dressed as a piece of broccoli. But the song’s still good! Right now they only have two songs but they’ve recently started a fundraiser so they can have another comeback and I really hope they raise enough!

I just love that CocoSori don’t take themselves too seriously and their songs and music videos are just really fun! Yes, they’re a little strange but they’re also different and I love them. I definitely recommend giving them a try.

Favourite song: Dark Circle
Bias: Sori

7. Block B

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I wasn’t particularly a big fan of Block B until last year when I saw them at K-Con Paris. I didn’t know their songs that well but I kind of knew them from my friends playing them while I was around. They honestly had one of the best sets at K-Con, they were so lit and even though I barely knew them I was having the best time ever watching them. So when they announced they were coming to London me and my friend Becca made sure we had tickets – even though they were super expensive it was absolutely worth it.

They’re another group whose songs are just upbeat and fun to listen to. I think I love them even more after seeing them live twice; they have such great energy and know how to get everyone pumped. You have to give them a listen at least once.

Favourite song: Very Good
Bias: Kyung

6. Oh My Girl

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I was a casual fan of Oh My Girl but now I suddenly love them so much. Their music videos are such aesthetic goals and they’re all so talented. They’re one group that I would love to see live but the chances of that happening are slim. They’re also all so pretty – if I could look like anyone I would absolutely pick YooA she’s honestly beautiful.

Oh My Girl change concepts for every comeback and I love each one. My favourite song keeps changing all the time because they’re all so different and I love all of them.

Favourite song: Liar Liar
Bias: Hyojung

5. Sonamoo

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To be honest I don’t really know much about Sonamoo but I checked out their song Déjà vu a while ago and loved it. I was a bit disappointed to hear they’d changed sounds and I wasn’t a big fan of their other songs but I soon started to love them, especially ‘Like U Too Much’. They’re another group whose dancing skills aren’t to be messed with.

They recently had a comeback with their song ‘Friday Night’ which I recommend!

Favourite song: Déjà vu
Bias: Nahyun

4. Matilda

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Matilda are another group that I don’t know a great deal about but I came across one of their songs and really enjoyed it! They’re another group that are extremely talented but are constantly slept on. I don’t know that many songs by them but I will definitely be checking out more of them, they’re so good!

Favourite song: Summer Again
Bias: Haena

3. EXID

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I love EXID so much. The first song I heard about them was ‘Up & Down’ which let’s face it, is an iconic jam. I started listening to more of their songs and was lucky enough to see them at the ‘London Korean Festival’ earlier this year and they were absolutely brilliant. They have some brilliant songs and I could jam out to all of them.

This is another one of those groups where my favourite member and song keeps changing because they’re all so lovely and all their songs are brilliant. You’ll see what I mean if you gave them a listen!

Favourite song: Lie
Bias: LE

2. G-Friend

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G-Friend are rising in popularity and it’s definitely well deserved! All six of them are so talented, especially at dancing – their choreographies are so amazing, their dance practice videos are definitely my favourite ones to watch of any group ever. They haven’t had a comeback yet that I disliked.

All the members are so sweet and talented and they’re just such an easy to stan group. They’re another group that I’d really love to see live if given the opportunity because they’re such amazing performers and I know they’d be brilliant. Here’s hoping they come to Europe one day!

Favourite song: Fingertip
Bias: Umji

1. 24K

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It’s no secret that I love 24K, okay? I have been trash ever since they come to London in January and ruined my life. But they are so talented and nice to their fans yet they keep getting slept on! They’re one of the few K-Pop groups who show Europe love regularly and I appreciate them so damn much for it.

I really can’t recommend 24K enough, watch literally any of their music videos because they deserve all the views they can get. You honestly won’t regret it, they’re so talented and I could go on about them all day but I won’t so just watch one of their music videos!

Favourite song: Hey You
Bias: Cory

This list was a mess and didn’t particularly make much sense but that applies to most of my posts, let’s be real.