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.

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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.

The Conjuring: Movie Review

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Review by shreythemockingjay36

The Conjuring is about the Perron family who moves to a new house and right away something’s off. The dog the next day after they get there is found dead next to the house. They also experience noises, banging in the walls, and voices. The family then calls two paranormal investigators named Ed and Lorraine Warren. They quickly find that this isn’t a normal haunting but a satanic haunting which is trying to take a soul from them. The paranormal investigators decide to set up heat-sensor cameras and bells so they will know where the demon is. Can Ed and Lorraine get rid of the demonic presence or will the demon take a soul? Find out in The Conjuring.

Pros: Very scary, great characters/ cast , good ending and a very smart thriller, which you don’t see much now a days. It also has almost no digital effects which made it more realistic.

Score: 8.3/10

Background Information: This is based on the true story about the haunting of The Perron family. Ed and Lorraine Warren are also real paranormal investigators. They also investigated The Amityville Horror and the Enfield Haunting. Some movies based on their investigations are The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, A Haunting in Connecticut, and The Amityville Horror.

Dolores Claiborne Review

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Stars — 3/5

Summary — Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years. (Goodreads)

Thought — It was okay. I didn’t like it too much, but there were parts I enjoyed. It didn’t really have the same thrill factor as the rest of Stephen King’s books which made the plot less appealing. I was expecting a supernatural horror involved, but turns out the character was just crazy. There really isn’t much to say about it. The book didn’t meet my expectations. All in all, it kind of sucked, but I have enjoyed several other Stephen King novels and highly recommend them.

Age — 4+