Dracula by Bram Stoker

We all know who Dracula is, but I feel that not many know the actual story. We all know that Dracula is a vampire, but of course there is more to the story than that! (I myself did not know much about this story).

The story begins with a young man named Jonathan Harker (he writes about his experience in his diary). He is traveling to Transylvania to help Count Dracula buy a house in London. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Jonathan Harker’s diary is not the only one we read from (we do not read from Dracula’s ).

I’ve decided to start with my dislikes so we can end on a more positive note (I was not a huge Dracula fan).

Jonathan Harker was not the brightest bulb in the room. It’s okay for certain characters to be like this, but Harker was horror movie character dumb and I’d say he was the protagonist. On his journey to Transylvania, Jonathan runs into some locals. When he tells them where he’s going (Castle Dracula), they’re all like you don’t want to go there. Guess what Jonathan does. Guess. What. He. Does.

He goes.

Number one rule when in an unfamiliar situation: when the locals are sketched out, believe them! They are for a good reason! Anyway, Harker meets Dracula and let me say that if the locals were not enough to scare Harker away, Dracula himself was. This guy has elongated teeth, extremely red lips (whatever could that be?), and startlingly pale skin. Even if Harker didn’t know what a vampire was (although I reckon he did), normal people do not look like that!

There are many more things that Harker does that is just horror movie dumb and thoroughly frustrated me.

Another thing I found quite strange was once Harker realized he was a prisoner to Dracula, he didn’t do anything about it.

No! That is not what we do! We make a plan and escape! It was also strange that once he realized it, Harker and Dracula never discussed it. They just acted as if everything was normal (even when Harker found Dracula sleeping in a coffin).

I also found the story slow and boring at most times, though I enjoyed reading from Mina Murray’s diary because she was more intelligent. But I overall did not enjoy this story a whole lot.

One thing I did like was the fact that Dracula was trying to buy a house in London. Imagine a rich vampire being your next-door neighbor. I found it very amusing.

I also liked my girl Lucy. She is Jonathan’s girlfriend’s friend. While we don’t get to hear a whole lot from her, we do get to see her sleepwalking adventures. (I also found this amusing).

There were other small things like that I enjoyed, but overall, I did not absolutely love the story. However, this book is definitely worth reading because it’s a classic and the story of Dracula should be known to all.

The Experiment

Here I am, the place where the letter was addressed to me. Sent by my old friend Mikey. He was a highly regarded scientist back in the day before he went rogue. He started messing with things he shouldn’t have, made him go crazy. I lost touch with him ever since. He was just too unstable for me. Time went on, and I forgot about him until he sent me a letter. The letter said to visit him again and help him with an important project. I didn’t want too until it mentioned getting paid $10,000 for the work I would be doing. I needed cash, after getting fired from my job, so I was desperate for money. Knowing Mikey it was probably something absurd and dangerous but I needed that money. All my job applications have been denied so far.
When I finally reached the meeting place, Mikey was nowhere to be found. He was probably in the giant abandoned building. This place looked extremely run down and old. The walls were rusted up and the hallways were trashed. The ceiling leaked with an unknown fluid. I stopped in the middle of the hall and shouted.
“Mikey are you out there!” I paused, “You’re wasting my time.” I shook off the feeling of dread and moved on. As I moved, things got creepier. Broken shards of glass were on the ground along with some blood. What if someone was hurt? Should I call 911? I moved onward. But it grew worse I heard creepy footsteps around me and heard scratching from the walls. Where was Mikey? I got ready to shout again before I heard a scream. I ran to where the noise was. I saw Mikey’s lifeless body laying there. I looked up from the carnage to see who the culprit was. I couldn’t comprehend what I was staring at. It was not human. It had scarred skin with popping veins, dark soulless eyes, with spider-like limbs and it’s flesh popped like pop rocks. Its limbs cracked and twisted to see me. On its mouth was Mikey’s flesh. It unrolled it’s large and long tongue and crawled to the ceiling. Its limbs cracking to look at me again. I ran as fast as I could to get out of there. Tears leaked from my eyes until I hurdled to the ground in pain. Glass pierced deep into my skin, blood seeped out of my body. I had to keep going, I looked back to see the creature running to me at an alarming rate. It screeched with ascending power. I saw a room near me. I limped to it and locked the door behind me. I looked to see if there was anything for me to use. I saw an ax, but saw no bandages. I cursed under my breath and used part of my shirt to wrap the wound up. I heard pounding on the door before the creature broke into the room. There was nowhere else to go; no windows, and no other rooms. I was trapped in here. It moved at a slow pace as if it knew there was nowhere for me to go. I clutched onto my ax, as the creature ripped off my leg. I screamed in pain as it got closer and grabbed me by the other leg. It pulled me. I slashed its arm off. It let go of my leg as green blood came from the creature. I got up and slashed another arm off. I limped out and down the hallway. I saw the light, then fell back down as darkness covered my vision.
“Sir, I have the documents.”
“Put them on my desk, your work is done for the day.”
“Can I ask you a question, sir?”
“Go ahead.”
“Did you ever manage to solve those murders in the abandoned building on Burnham Street?”

Halloween Poem

On a hazy, moonless, October night,
The house glowed with an ominous light,
Like a moth to a flame,
The man was drawn just the same,
Through the creaky door,
The man heard a wailing roar,
Every hair raised on the back of his neck,
He pondered whether to leave or to check,
To the contrary of what he first saw,
The room was now as dark as a black cat’s paw,
He stumbled in and to his dismay,
The man felt breathing every which way,
The lights flashed on as he heard “Surprise!”,
He was surrounded by red beady eyes,
The man was never seen again,
And that house remains a vampire’s den.

Insidious: Movie Review

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Insidious is a 2010 horror film directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and more.

Some people say this is one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Do I agree with this? Partly. It may be because I am not frightened very easily, but whatever it is, it did manage to satisfy my scare craving.

The movie revolves around a kid named Dalton, who falls into a coma. Nobody knows the cause at first, but over time it becomes apparent that something unusual is causing his state. Something rather….. Insidious. After a set of strange occurrences, it’s up to supernatural investigator Elise Rainer, her crew, and Dalton’s family to figure out what, or who, is causing his state.

As stated earlier, I wasn’t too scared by this film. I will say, however, it is the scariest horror movie I’ve seen so far, although I’ve only seen 2 others. If you do watch it, watch it alone, at night, by yourself, with no distractions.

Now, I will go over different aspects of the film and how it executes them.

Writing: The writing of the film may seem cliched and predictable at first, but it makes up for it by its insane twist ending.

Writing score: 8/10.

Acting: Nothing to say about this other than it’s pretty good overall.

Acting Score: 8/10.

Directing: James Wan did a great job with this film, really proving he’s a great horror director.

Directing Score: 8/10.

Overall, Insidious is a scary reminder that a horror film doesn’t need to be rated R to be scary.

Overall score: 8/10.

Annabelle: Movie Review

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Synopsis:  Annabelle is the story of a young couple who are expecting a baby.  Since the husband is going to medical school, and doesn’t see his wife often, he buys her a doll. One night their neighbors are brutally murdered by Satanists, and after, break into the couple’s house. The couple is saved by the police, but the cultists conjured a horrible demonic presence into the doll.  After the baby is born, the demon uses the doll as a conduit and tries to capture the new born’s soul.  Can the couple get rid of the demon or will the demon take the baby’s soul?  Find out in the movie Annabelle.

Pros: The doll looked perfectly creepy but looked nothing like the real one. Pretty good acting, and characters.

Cons: The story was awful, shallow, and confusing. The movie was not scary, but more suspenseful.  Annabelle also copied parts from Rosemary’s Baby but failed.

Rating: 5.5/10, Very Bad

I was looking forward to this movie to see how Annabelle fit into The Conjuring universe, but it was just another overhyped horror movie that will be forgotten if it hasn’t been already. Thankfully, The Conjuring creators saved the Annabelle franchise with a spectacular prequel to this trainwreck.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Jonathan Harker, an English lawyer, is traveling to the Castle Dracula in Transylvania, to transfer real estate in England to Count Dracula. Harker becomes nervous when all of the local citizens react in fear after they hear of where he is going; regardless, he continues on the road to the castle until he meets the Count’s driver in the Borgo Pass. The mysterious coach driver drives on to the castle, arriving in pitch darkness, surrounded by the howling of wolves.

 

Even though his rooms are comfortable, Harker finds Count Dracula to be a strange man and Harker is confused when, after accidentally cutting himself shaving, the Count lunges at Harker’s throat in “demoniac fury.” Harker soon finds himself locked inside the castle and attacked by three female vampires, whom he can barely fight off. Harker also discovers the Count’s secret, which is that he drinks human blood to survive and, now he wants to kill Harker. The Count escapes Jonathan’s attempt to kill him, and he leaves the castle with boxes of earth, toward England. Jonathan Harker is now weak, sick, and left alone with no way of escaping from the castle.

Back in England, Dracula is wreaking havoc on Harker’s family and friends. With the help of Van Helsing and others they finally track down Dracula and put an end to his destruction.

I definitely recommend this book if you like a good classic with a mix of romance and horror.

Horror Story #4

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I yawn and look at the clock, 12:30 am, time for bed. I take a quick hot shower and brush my teeth. I walk into my room and see my window open. Wind poured through the window. Did I leave it open? I shut the window  anxiously and wished I had a roommate. Then, I set my alarm for 9:30 am and hopped into bed. Beep, Beep, Beep, the alarm clock goes off and I look at the clock. 3:41 am? I rub my eyes and feel a breeze coming from my left.

The window is open? I… I closed it, I thought in confusion. I walked over to the window carefully and slammed it shut. I walked back into bed and put the covers  over my head. I closed my eyes in hope of finding sleep again but there was no hope. I lifted the covers over my head to see an 8 foot tall black creature looking down at me. I screamed and tried to run but it grabbed me by the neck. Tears ran down my cheeks as he lifted me up by the throat. I struggled to get loose but it’s clutch was too strong. He grabbed my face with his other hand and made me look into it’s dark, pitch black eyes. As I saw them, my chest burned as if someone had put a match to it. The creature lifted his blade-like arm, and as the arm broke through my flesh, my eyes opened and I realized I was back in bed. I stood up in pure joy realizing it was all a dream and that I was alive. I looked around, and smiled; well, until I saw the window open. I ran over and looked at the glass pane. In the reflection, dark, pitch black eyes stared back at me.