Us (Jordan Peele, 2019): Review by Hollie Bareham

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I can’t remember when I first saw the trailer for ‘Us’ but from the moment I saw it I was excited to see the full movie. There’s nothing I love more than a horror movie and this looked promising. I’d also enjoyed Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and the whole psychological element, so I was pretty certain I’d enjoy this film too.

CAUTION: This review will contain spoilers.

Once the movie was released I booked me and my friend’s three tickets and before I knew it we were at the cinema ready to watch the movie. All three of us were looking forward to it and hoped it was good – generally horror movies are either amazing or rubbish and we were keen to see which category this film fit into.

When the credits rolled at the end my first thoughts were ‘… What did I just watch?’ It was one of those films that had the three of us talking the entire car ride home because we were all quite confused about what happened. When I got home the first thing I did was pour over the imdb page, Wikipedia page and any articles I could find that explained the plot. Although I’m more with it now I’m still not sure if I 100% understand it.

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Firstly, the film was amazingly done. The cinematography was on point and the acting was phenomenal, especially from Lupita Nyong’o – she played both her parts incredibly well, especially ‘Red’ who was super creepy. When the doppelganger family first enter the house and Red starts telling them a story her voice was really putting me on edge, it was excellent acting.

I love that this movie didn’t 100% rely on jump scares and managed to be creepy in its own way. The shots of all the tethered holding hands across the country was somehow super creepy and superbly done, it’s definitely something that will stick with me for a while. In fact just seeing the tethered go through their clumsy movements in the tunnels had me on edge. It wasn’t entirely ‘terrifying’ as there were some moments of comedy and I feel like these were executed well whilst still keeping the atmosphere.

What bothered me the most when initially watching it was the ending – it’s hard to explain for those who haven’t seen but we are shown that the doppelgangers are called the ‘tethered’ and they were a government experiment to see if US citizens could be controlled with a copied version of their bodies. When the experiment failed the tethered were abandoned underground having to copy the actions of the ‘real life’ versions of themselves – it’s implied these people don’t have a soul, any real emotions or much freewill. We’re sort of taken along this journey of the tethered deciding that it’s their turn now to live and they all come to the surface to kill the other version of themselves in order to replace them.

When Adelaide was a child she met her tethered (Red) and throughout the film Red mentions how she and the rest of the tethered grew up without sunlight and says something along the lines of “I wonder what would have happened if you’d taken me with you” to Adelaide. Except in the final moments of the film we find out Red was the original Adelaide – when they met, Adelaide knocked her out, took her down to the tethered and left her there so she could replace her. It was an interesting twist but unfortunately didn’t seem to fit in with anything we’d heard previously to that.

The thing I find confusing is that part of the deal with the tethered was that they were soulless and were forced to just awkwardly follow their counter-parts movements. Why was Red different? How were her and Adelaide able to meet? Surely once she’d been dragged down to the tethered she could’ve found her way back out – it didn’t seem that complicated and it’s not like the other tethered would’ve tried to stop her considering how lifeless they were. How did the tethered snap out of their copying regime to follow Red’s orders to go to the surface? Why did the government leave millions of people underground without destroying their creations when the experiment failed? It’s an amazing idea but I just don’t fully understand it.

It’s never really clear whether Adelaide or Red remember that they were swapped round until the end when it’s revealed to the audience. Surely they were more than old enough to have remembered and I assume Red must have because she retained her speech whereas none of the other tethered could talk. But neither of them mention it. I suppose the filmmakers wanted to save it until the end as a big reveal but it seemed to contradict everything they’d been talking about. For example it was Red that explained the tethered experiement to Adelaide – as a tethered she should’ve already known what they were and Red would’ve known that she knew.

They did throw in a few hints that Adelaide was a tethered (her savagery when killing other tethered for example), but I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could’ve been. It seemed a little bit thrown in at the end to add shock.

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Regardless of this I did enjoy the film. It held my interest from the start and kept me guessing right until the very end. It was certainly something new – my friend once told me we are living in a generation of remakes and sequels so to see something like this was so refreshing. I love the whole idea of it and wouldn’t mind another movie exploring it a bit more but I doubt that would happen – it could very well just ruin this film anyway.

Overall, this is definitely a film I’d recommend to any horror fans. Regardless of my confusion with the plot, which could probably be explained away, the film has left a lasting impression on me and I’m just really impressed. I’m looking forward to any future horror releases by Jordan Peele.

Time for my piece of trivia which I now include with all my horror movie reviews – Lupita Nyong’o based Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr and specifically the spasmodic dysphonia he suffers from. There were quite a few pieces of interesting trivia on the iMDB page to be fair but I went with this one as Red’s voice really did put me on edge.

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on the movie and if you haven’t already seen it then I definitely recommend it.

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Five Worst Horror Movies

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Let’s be real, most horror movies aren’t that good. I often count down the days for a new horror’s release and pray it’ll be good but most of the time it just isn’t. I wanted to write a quick list of five horror movies that I just can’t forgive for being so bad that there was almost nothing redeemable about them.

5. The Unborn (David S. Goyer, 2009)

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I feel like this could’ve been decent but they tried to get too deep with the plot. They took it too far back by including all that World War Two stuff and it just made the whole thing a bit ridiculous. For those who don’t know anything this film it’s about a girl named Casey who is tormented by visions and nightmares of ghosts. They soon discover a curse has been placed upon their family that dates back to Nazi times.

When I watched the trailer for this film I assumed it was just like one twin died in the womb and now it was seeking revenge which like yeah is far-fetched but not as far-fetched as the rubbish I had to sit through when I watched this movie. What a bunch of rubbish. Honestly don’t recommend wasting your time on this film, it sucks.

4. Ouija (Stiles White, 2014)

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Can you believe they made a sequel to this movie? The first one was a bunch of nonsense and although the trailer for the second one looked promising it, of course, let itself down. The idea of the film is that after the death of her best friend a girl decides to do an Ouija board to say goodbye to her. However what they’ve summoned is not her best friend but a spirit determined to wreak havoc on her and her friends.

This movie was such a waste of my time and I really wouldn’t recommend anybody else subject themselves to this. The characters were all completely unlikeable and the whole thing was just super unrealistic. Laine’s best friend has just died and yet her Dad is taking a business trip? Spoiler alert – by the end of the movie all her friends are dead and the police have nothing to say about that? It was just a stupid film.

3. Apartment 143 (Carles Torrens, 2011)

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This one will contain spoilers so I apologise in advance but what the fuck even was this film? It’s got the typical set-up of a family experiencing supernatural occurrences in their home after the death of their Mother except this one is filmed in found-footage style with a team of paranormal investigators looking into the case.

The main issue I take with this film is the ending because it was STUPID. Basically, the eldest daughter gets possessed towards the end of the film, starts talking in a demonic voice, throwing things round the room with her mind, I’m pretty sure she crawled along the walls at some point, all the typical stuff and you think ‘oh okay’. And then for some reason the film ends with a discussion between the paranormal investigators where one says “I knew from the start she was schizophrenic, that’s what caused all of this.”

I’m sorry, forgive me if I’m wrong, but since when do schizophrenic people have telekinetic powers? You could’ve maybe pulled an ‘it was all in her imagination’ on me at the end but the film was shot in found-footage style which suggests that everything we saw was real. And then the film ends with a demon girl crawling towards the camera when the apartment is now empty – have I missed something here?

Even without the stupid ending it’s just cliché ridden and wasn’t a particularly interesting watch so I wouldn’t recommend this one at all. Don’t waste your time.

2. Slender Man (Sylvain White, 2018)

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I wrote a review of this movie a while ago here but like… What were they thinking? Realistically a film about Slender Man was never going to be good was it? But this took it to a whole new level.

Firstly, there’s none of the lore that everybody loved from the Slender Man games. The premise of the game is that the user is trapped in a forest and needs to find the eight pieces of paper to leave. Not the case with this movie. It’s about four girls who watch a video and this somehow summons Slender Man to come and wreak havoc on their lives. I mean really, they summon him by watching a video!?

Most of my issues with the film were written in the review but the film just doesn’t go anywhere! It’s like they show you something and then they go ‘yeah but we’re not going there’. I was so surprised when it ended because we still had so many loose ends and not in like an ‘I wonder what happened there, that’s mysterious and intriguing’, just a ‘you clearly threw that in and had no idea what to do with it so now you’re ignoring it happened’.

This film is just garbage, I’m glad I have an Unlimited Card so that I didn’t have to spend actual money on it. Throughout the film at least three groups of people decided to get up and just leave, more than I’ve ever seen at any other movie before. Avoid this at all costs.

1. The Bye Bye Man (Stacy Title, 2017)

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This film was weird because I remember seeing the trailer in the cinema and then for months the movie just disappeared before cinemas started promoting it again. I’d already made fun of the stupid movie title with my friend Jess and I already knew it wasn’t going to be good. But I’d gotten up early after a sleepless night to meet my friend up town and when they left I didn’t want to go straight home so I decided to kill some time by watching this movie.

First of all, the title and the name of the villain. Could we not have come up with something a bit better than this? I mean seriously. He sounds like a character from ‘In the Night Garden’ or something. Watching the characters on screen running around saying his name with such fear felt really out of place with such a pathetic name. A little more time and effort on the guy’s name couldn’t have saved this movie though.

So the premise is that if you say or think his name he will haunt and kill you. The main character finds out the name by reading it on the bottom of a drawer in the house he’s just moved into. He then tells all his friends about it and they start experiencing things too. And I just… That’s stupid. That’s so stupid. What if I made up a joke and the punchline was ‘The Bye Bye Man’? Would I then die? What if I was trying to write a book and I was like ‘a great character name is The Bye Bye Man’ – am I now a goner? It’s just STUPID.

I don’t remember an awful lot that happened in this movie ‘cos I was really tired and it was just a boring mess but I’m about to reveal a stupid spoiler. At the end of the film the main character’s brother is outside trying to get in to the main character and to stop himself from telling his brother and niece about the ‘Bye Bye Man’ he kills himself. Brother then drives home with his niece and both seem relatively chill that the main character is now dead. It was honestly just a complete pile of rubbish.

So there you have the five worst horror movies in my opinion. Feel free to leave the ones you think are the worst in the comments and if you actually enjoyed any of the films I listed then feel free to comment on what you liked about them!

Review: Slender Man

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I feel like this movie was released a little too late. Sure, there was a lot of Slender Man hype when I was maybe fifteen or sixteen but since then I personally feel like the hype died downed a bit. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places but he was definitely super popular when I was a teenager. I played the game myself a few times with my friends and although really the game play is arguably a bit boring it used to scare the crap out of me.

For those who never played the game the premise is that you are in a woods being haunted by this figure called ‘Slender Man’. To escape the forest you need to find eight pieces of paper. 90% of the game is walking aimlessly around a forest, going back on yourself and only really gets interesting if you find a piece of paper or bump into Slender Man. Still, me and my friends were teenagers and the game was popular so we played it quite a few times and enjoyed it. There’s probably some old videos lurking around somewhere of us playing it.

I didn’t have high hopes when the film trailer was released. A film about Slender Man released this late is probably not going to be good. The film didn’t really follow the game as the premise of the movie was that four girls summon Slender Man and think nothing of it until their friend Katie goes missing. Soon the other three girls experience a supernatural presence stalking them and need to figure out how to stop it before it’s too late.

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First of all, the characters. None of them were particularly likeable. My least favourite had to be Hallie who just seemed so fucking moody all the time and for what? She was rude to her sister Lizzie all the time over the most innocent things and just seemed like a pretty lame person to be around. She was also quick to brush away Wren’s concerns even though she’d been experiencing creepy things herself. She was honestly just super annoying throughout the entire thing.

I think maybe the worst part though is that it just… Wasn’t scary? Slender Man himself didn’t look scary and I think they showed him too much. It would’ve been better if it was a ‘The Blair Witch Project’ style movie where we see creepy things happening but we don’t see much of what’s causing them. Hints of Slender Man would’ve looked better than outright showing him because it just wasn’t scary in the slightest.

Also, it felt like the film kept randomly jumping and leaving things out? For example Hallie had a crush on this boy called Tom and it’s implied that by the end he was experiencing Slender Man related supernatural occurrences too but this wasn’t explored or resolved. There was also a sort of plot twist towards the end but this was just… Left. It’s difficult to explain without giving the plot away but it’s like we were just starting to get somewhere but then we didn’t.

And I’m sorry but the way they ‘summoned’ him was stupid. Spoilers ahead so beware – they summon him by clicking a video link and watching it. That’s literally all they did. I mean I’m no movie maker but I feel like it could’ve been something a bit more creative than that. It just felt really lazy and also stupid because who posted the video on the internet… Slender Man? Slender Man’s choosing his victims by uploading videos to the internet now? Okay then?

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Maybe it could’ve been saved with a decent ending but nothing happened? I was watching and waiting for something to happen to actually explain the ridiculous events I’d just seen but I didn’t get anything. It just kind of ended with no conclusion whatsoever. The entire movie felt pointless because like really in the grand scheme of things nothing happened.

Overall, this film is pretty much every awful horror cliché rolled into a film and honestly it just sucks. When I went to see the film the cinema was packed and I watched several groups of people leave midway through and honestly I don’t blame them. I didn’t leave because I was hoping it would all piece together at the end but it did not. It was just a mess.

Time for a fun fact about the movie because we know how much I love them – the father of the girl whose life was nearly claimed by the ‘Slender Man stabbings’ spoke out against the movie saying it was a disgrace that Hollywood was making a film about events that led to a tragedy.

My final words for this movie are this – don’t go and watch it. Save your money and go watch a decent film instead.

Unfriended Dark Web Review

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Heads up, this review does contain spoilers so please don’t read if you’re not interested in that!

I’m pretty sure I didn’t know that ‘Unfriended’ was getting a sequel until I got a trailer in front of a YouTube video I was watching to advertise this movie. It caught my attention so instead of skipping it like I do with most YouTube ads I watched it and was immediately intrigued. I liked that this time they weren’t going for the supernatural element but for the whole hacker dark web thing instead. I’d say it was more realistic but I’m not sure that’s the right word – it just wasn’t supernatural like the first one.

I’m not really sure what I thought of the first one, I like the idea of it and how it’s done but I think the overall storyline could’ve been a bit better. I watched it at home with Becca once and she hated every character and only really liked Val (the mean one, typical Becca) which made me realise that actually none of the characters were particularly likeable. I think that was part of the point by the end but it was just also a bit pointless.

This wasn’t really the case with ‘Unfriended Dark Web’. I actually liked the characters, especially Serena and Nari. The only character I wasn’t sure about was Matias which was a bit annoying as he was the main character. All he seemed to do was make stupid decisions and I’m just not sure I liked him that much.

I’m getting ahead of myself – for those who haven’t seen the trailer, ‘Unfriended Dark Web’ is about a young man, Matias, who takes a laptop after he notices it’s been sitting in lost and found in his local web café for a few weeks. He manages to log into the laptop and begins skyping his friends but notices the system keeps crashing so his friend advises him the laptop might be full. Matias investigates and finds a series of sinister videos and messages which creeps him and his friends out. Before long the group notices they’re being watched by the original owner of the laptop who warns them that if they disconnect or contact the authorities they will die.

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Some aspects of the film were a little unrealistic. Matias tries to convince the group that the scary videos and messages were part of a game he was developing in the hopes their lives will be spared but the group are sent a video of one of their friends being pushed off the top of a building. Matias finally finds a way to warn the group that the whole thing is real and the group return to their game night in the hopes of convincing the hackers that they’re unaware of the truth. None of them seem too panicked that their friend is now dead at this point.

Also, I liked the ending and I like the idea but it also seems a bit… Coincidental? How did they know he would take the laptop and go home and skype a group of friends? Sure I skype my friends occasionally but only really when we’re planning something and none of us like doing face cam so we only have the mics on. What if a lonely pensioner had taken the laptop instead of Matias, would they just have stolen it back immediately? It was really very dependent on Matias taking it and I just don’t know how they could’ve predicted that he would. This paragraph probably only makes sense if you’ve watched the film but I didn’t want to spoil the ending.

Equally, Matias was given the opportunity to return the laptop but didn’t because he found a message that intrigued him and that’s how he discovered the videos in the first place. What if the message hadn’t caught his attention though and he’d just shut it down and taken it back? Would the events still have happened or not?

While we’re at it I think logic went a bit out the window at some points. The owner’s email address and password is saved for most websites but Matias deletes this and logs into his own Facebook account – yet he gets pop up Facebook messages for the owners account even though he’s not logged in? Everyone has logged into their own Facebook on a friends computer before and that just doesn’t happen. I suppose it could be argued that the hackers did this to trick Matias in the first place but he didn’t even seem surprised that he was getting notifications for an account he wasn’t logged into.

I’m going off on a tangent here. Regardless of the logic and coincidental unfolding of events I did actually enjoy the movie. It made a lot more sense than the first Unfriended and I’m actually glad they made the sequel this way instead of going for another supernatural movie. This one seemed more like a thriller film than a horror and it worked so much better.

My piece of trivia for this horror review is that in the original plotline the movie was set to follow on from the events of the first movie and revolve around Laura Barns targeting college freshman for their role in her suicide. I’m very glad they didn’t go down that route and instead went with this.

Overall, I did like the movie and I would definitely go and see it again. I recommend it for any horror fan and you don’t need to have seen the original to get this one. In fact, don’t watch the original ‘cos that one pretty much sucked anyway. But go and see this one!

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.

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!

The Bye Bye Man: Review by Holly Bareham

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This film was advertised absolutely ages ago, I remember watching the trailer at the cinema towards the start of last year. I can remember because me and my friend made jokes about how non-threatening something named ‘The Bye Bye Man’ was and how ridiculous the concept seemed. Then another one of my friends popped up saying the trailer looked alright and we should all watch it. In the end none of us could agree on a date so I went and watched it by myself. Oh boy.

For those who haven’t seen this advertised the film is basically about three friends that move into a house who soon learn about something called ‘The Bye Bye Man’. However the moment they think about it or say it they put themselves in more danger. The Bye Bye Man can make them hallucinate and manipulates their sense of reality to kill them off.

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I hadn’t heard anything about this film but I had suspicions that it was going to be shit. I’m sorry but anything with a title like ‘The Bye Bye Man’ is bound to be awful. However I like to keep an open mind when going into films so I put that aside and tried to get into it. And oh boy did I try.

I think I nearly fell asleep. I’d not had much sleep the night before and this film was lulling me to sleep. I don’t like films that only rely on jump scares and it felt like this film was trying to rely on them, the only problem was that they weren’t scary enough. There was no atmosphere and even the jump scares weren’t working. So all we were left with was the plot and that was pretty shocking.

It was bad. I don’t really know what else to say about it. It was just a bunch of nonsense. Where did ‘The Bye Bye Man’ even come from and why is he so angry? What if someone randomly thought ‘a good character name would be The Bye Bye Man’ would they then die as well? Also, pretty big spoiler alert, but Elliot’s brother and niece were relatively calm and chill considering he’d just killed himself.

I don’t know if I was just being an idiot or what but nothing seemed to make sense. It was one of the most pointless films I’ve ever seen in my life and we didn’t get enough time to get to know the characters so it was hard to particularly care about any of them.

Overall I don’t particularly recommend this film to anyone because it was just plain awful. Don’t waste your money.