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.

 

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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+

 

Horror Story #3

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I just got out of college and got a job in a small town. The small town is called Cedar Key and is located in rural Pennsylvania. I used to live in California so this is a big change in environment and temperature. I drive my car into my new driveway and the U-Haul follows. I pull my stuff out and inside the house and sit on my couch. The next day, I decide to work on the outside of the house. I get my push mower out, and start mowing. A couple hours later I see a local neighborhood kid playing basketball. I walk over to talk to him. He swishes it the second I walked over there. “Nice shot,” I say. He passes the ball to me and says thanks. I shoot the basketball and miss badly. He rebounds it and swishes it again. “Do you play?” I ask him. ” I used to,” he responds.

I decide to leave him be and I walk to my house. I drive to a local pizza joint and come back to see the kid still shooting the ball! I push it off and walk inside to eat. I go to sleep, but wake up to hear a big noise outside. I run outside fast to see the kid playing basketball at 12:30 at night. In the morning, I walk to the boy’s house and ring the doorbell. His mother answers and I say ” Your son sure does play basketball a lot!” I say. She looks at me shocked. “My son died 10 years ago!!”

It (2017) vs. It (1990) (Movie Review)

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I saw the remake of It a couple of weeks back and here’s my opinion of the movies. This will be separated into categories and whichever wins the most is the best movie.

If you don’t know what Stephen King’s It is, here’s a synopsis. It is about a child killing spree, in Derry, Maine. It all starts with a kid named Georgie. His brother makes him a paper boat and he runs outside to float it with the flood water. It ends up going into the sewage drain and he is greeted by a clown. Georgie is only five and is killed by the “clown”. Similar things happen to other kids of Derry until Bill Denbrough, (Georgie’s brother) has had enough. He teams up with the so-called “Losers” of Derry to get revenge for his brother. They soon find out that “It” is not just a clown but a leper, a werewolf, a mummy, and other nightmares all wrapped into one. Therefore, need to stop the “clown” before he keeps killing kids and before they’re all gone.

1.    Overall story: In 1990 , It was a TV mini series. One episode as kids and one as adults. Since they had so much time to develop the story, it could be closer to the book. Therefore the remake can only be so long, which is why they are making a second movie. Round 1 goes to It (1990).

2.    Characters: In the 1990 It movie, I personally was upset with their character choices. The kids of It were okay and in my opinion didn’t really seem like a “family” like in the books. The adult cast was not good at all and disappointed me as a reader. In the remake, the character choice was outstanding. The cast really fit the reader’s imagination. The Georgie scene was perfect, and the lack of adults was also very important and they delivered. Winner: It 2017

3.     Pennywise (clown): In the 1990 version of It, audiences were absolutely terrified by Tim Curry playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He matched Stephen King’s description perfectly and I wished he had a little more screen time because he was great. When the remake came along Bill Skarsgard, knew he had big shoes to fill. The costume design was not my favorite but the clown’s story had much more time to develop. Winner: Tie!

4. Special effects (horror): Since the 1990s It movie had such a low-budget, it couldn’t spend it on special effects. And let’s just say it didn’t deliver in that department! The scariness was fair but not as scary as some other movies at the time. In the new It, they had CGI and better special effects than the 1990s did. It (2017) was more suspenseful than horror, but it really wanted to focus on the characters not just horror elements. Winner….

IT (2017)!!! I hoped you enjoyed this and I can’t wait for It Chapter 2!