Happy Death Day: Review by Holly Bareham

Happy Death Day.png

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.

Jungkook gif.gif

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.

Advertisements

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)

The Babadook.jpg

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)

The Woman in Black.jpg

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)

Hansel and Gretel

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)

Annabelle Creation.jpg

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

Paranormal Activity.jpg

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:

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Christopher Landon, 2014)
Paranormal Activity 4 (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, 2012)
Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2009)
Paranormal Activity 2 (Tod Williams, 2010)
Paranormal Activity 3 (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, 2011)

‘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)

The Conjuring.jpg

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)

Mama.jpg

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)

The Boy

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)

The Visit.jpg

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)

Orphan

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

The Howl

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!

Tulley's

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.

Tulley's 2.jpg

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.

Tulley's 4

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.

Tulley's 3.jpg

The Bye Bye Man: Review by Holly Bareham

the-bye-bye-man

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.

yuri-scared

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.

Review: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley

the-silver-eyes

So I was really late to get into Five Night’s at Freddy’s… It was only recently after the release of Sister Location that I started to get interested in the storyline, even though I can’t actually play the games myself (if you want to see an attempt then click here to see me and my friend playing it [x]). So I was googling theories and a few of them were referencing this book so I decided to read it to get a bit of context.

The basic story is that ten years after the horrific murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, Charlie, whose father owned the restaurant and her childhood friends reunite on the anniversary and find themselves at the old pizza place which has been locked up and abandoned for years. After they discover a way inside, they realise that things are not as they used to be. The four adult-sized animatronic mascots that once entertained them have changed. They now have a dark secret… And a murderous agenda.

j-hope-scared-gif

I was really looking forward to reading this and it started off well. There’s enough going on to keep you intrigued and the characters aren’t that dislikeable. Then by the time I was halfway through the book it started to go downhill. I can’t say I wasn’t interested anymore but I wasn’t particularly getting any enjoyment from it. I finished the whole thing quite quickly because I wanted to find out what was going on but I feel like I haven’t particularly learnt a lot from it to be honest.

For me, I think the problem was that there wasn’t enough focus on the animatronics. They don’t even start moving around until you’re about three quarters of your way into the story. The emphasis is on Charlie and her friends and I suppose there’s no problem with that but it was boring unless they were at Charlie’s house, Freddy Fazbear’s or the original restaurant. From the description I assumed they went to Fazbear’s and then suddenly they were locked in there fighting to survive against the animatronics. That’s what we got for about a chapter.

Also, I don’t understand when this book is set in terms of the game? So surely the game must take place before this, when Charlie’s Dad is still alive right? So why are the suits possessed? To be honest I’ve never seen the first game completed the whole way through so maybe I need to see that to understand but I couldn’t figure out when it was supposed to be set, there was never any reference to them hiring a night guard to keep an eye on the place. Even the control room that the characters hid out in didn’t sound anything like the ones from the game even though you could recognise every other room?

To be honest though I think it was better than you would expect a Five Nights at Freddy’s story to be but it still wasn’t brilliant. It’s not particularly scary and it doesn’t really add much (as far as I’m aware but maybe I’m just an idiot) but I did find it interesting so I guess I would recommend it if you’re a fan of the games. If you didn’t like the games then I definitely wouldn’t bother with the book.

Review: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Just recently there haven’t been many new books out that have caught my attention. Considering Frozen Charlotte was released over a year ago it can’t be classed as new but I hadn’t seen it before when I went for my usual browse in WHSmith. It looked interesting so I decided to give it a chance.

‘Frozen Charlotte’ is about a girl named Sophie who goes to spend the summer with her cousins, Cameron with his scarred hand, Lilias with her fear of bones and Piper who seems too good to be true. Then there’s her other cousin. The one with the room full of dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.

Dan and Phil scared gif

I haven’t really read many horror books. I attempted to read ‘The Haunting of Sunshine Girl’ but got bored before I’d even begun. So the scariest thing I’ve ever read is probably ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ – exactly. So reading ‘Frozen Charlotte’ was interesting.

My advice when reading ‘Frozen Charlotte’ is, pick your location when reading this book. When I read it at home it was all good but when I read it at work, in a dark Victorian candle factory it was a hell of a lot scarier. I suppose that rule applies for any horror book. Pick your location and don’t read at night if, like me, you scare easily!

It didn’t take me long to get sucked into this book even if I think the beginning was slightly difficult to believe. However, it still managed to creep me out and make me feel uneasy, a feeling that wasn’t lost throughout the story. I did worry that maybe it would lose its scary atmosphere but Alex Bell did a brilliant job of balancing the plot and the scares.

Also, the characters were actually written decently. I found myself caring about Sophie and what she went through. I especially loved strange Lilias. You know how sometimes you watch a horror film and every character is an unlikeable moron? Well, luckily there was none of that in this book. I found every characters actions justifiable and believable.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book at any horror fan or any young adult fan. It made for an interesting, scary read!

The Boy: Review by Holly Bareham

The Boy

I’m long overdue on several reviews including The Other Side of the Door and The Witch but I’m going to write this one first and I’ll explain why in a second. I’m pretty sure I have a book review to write as well… I will get round to all of this, I’m just having a bit of a writer’s block at the moment!

Just so you guys know, I’m thinking of writing a spoiler version of this review soon so be sure to look out for that but I’ll try and get my other reviews out first…

SPN Sorry gif

So I have been driving my friends crazy about this film for the past couple of months. I saw the trailer on Facebook ages ago and I have been counting down the days until its release. You would honestly not believe how mad I was going for this film. When it finally arrived in cinemas I was prepared to be disappointed. That might sound daft but after imagining this film for months and months, the anticipation, the build-up, even if the film was good it surely wouldn’t meet my expectations?

I’m so glad I was wrong.

Harry Potter thumbs up gif

For anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer, ‘The Boy’ is about an American woman named Greta who comes to England to be a nanny for a wealthy families eight year old son. When she arrives she’s shocked to find that the eight year old boy is a doll that the family treats as if he’s alive. However, when the parents leave she starts experiencing a supernatural presence and starts to believe that maybe the doll is really alive after all.

I’ve seen a lot of people comparing this film to Annabelle, which I wrote a review about a while ago, and I think the two films are completely different. ‘Annabelle’ barely felt like it was about the actual doll whereas ‘The Boy’ is definitely centred on Brahms (the doll). I wasn’t too impressed with ‘Annabelle’ whereas I found ‘The Boy’ to be everything I love about a horror film: atmospheric, creepy and my personal favourite, an amazing plot twist.

I’m gonna talk more about the plot twist in my spoiler review, assuming I write it, because obviously I don’t want to give anything away but I honestly did not see it coming. I went with two friends, one didn’t see the twist coming, the other kind of guessed it but wasn’t sure. However, when the reveal came, all three of us were honestly terrified – I was holding hands with one of them. I’ve been reading through the iMDB forums as I do and a lot of people have been complaining that the plot twist ruined the entire film but I completely disagree. I think it was the best, most reasonable ending it could’ve possibly had. But again, I’ll talk more about that in my spoiler version.

Harry Potter brilliant gif

One thing I hate in a horror film is when they include random jump scares that aren’t even necessary to the plot. Now, while The Boy did this I feel like their jump scares were almost a foreshadowing of what was going to happen so I can forgive them. There was one jump scare that really terrified me – I admit that I jump a lot in horror films but this one really got me, my heart was pounding for a full five minutes afterwards.

Anyway, I cannot stress to you how good I thought this film was and I urge you not to listen to the negative reviews and just judge the film for yourself. Before watching it I was told by my Mom “It has really bad reviews” to which I replied “I didn’t expect anything more”. It was honestly better than people are saying it is, just trust me!

I almost forgot my fun fact! The cast members used to prank each other with the doll until one cast member got so scared during one prank that they threw the doll out of their trailer window and a replacement had to be made. Hooray for fun facts.

Go and watch the movie!