Watching Host

I’ve been watching this podcast called Mee Dark Presents and they were discussing this horror movie that came out recently called Host.

Host is completely filmed on a zoom call. I highly recommend checking out the podcast after watching this film, because they describe some of the behind the scenes part and it was so entertaining to hear about. https://youtu.be/0CRBR22uoNQ

It’s freaky and unsettling. The way they use zoom features to create that feeling of suspense and fear is really creative. It feels very much like the whole of 2020. Just trying to connect with friends in a world that is entirely quarantined and doing something to have some fun that turns out horrifically.

All the actors did an amazing job. They felt so fluid and real. It felt genuine as they were reacting to what was going on on the screen. It’s definitely set in the reality of 2020, but with a paranormal twist that makes it feel something totally brand new.

I enjoyed this movie immensely. I highly recommend it to any horror movie fans out there. This definitely a horror film that fits perfectly in its era and it was beautifully done.

I want to talk so much more about this movie and the things I loved about it, but I do not want to spoil it for anyone and I have a feeling that not too many of you have seen it so this is me saying go on and watch it now or add it to your watch list because it’s amazing!

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Write the Story: 1st Week of prompts

Last week I wrote about the best purchase I ever made. Which was buying a journaling prompt story book at Barnes & Nobel.

Over the past 7 days or so I’ve continued writing in it and have had a lot of fun creating these little stories. I’m so excited to share these little stories with all of you!

Again I want to excuse my terrible handwriting and any spelling and grammar issues of which will be quite a few. I’m sorry.. it is a hazard that comes with being me. I hope you all enjoy these stories anyway!

1. A Family Mystery Uncovered

I liked writing this one it was cute to think about a grandmother with a secret past.

2. Drama in and Out of the Lab

My handwriting got worse in this one I’m sorry, but I loved writing this story. I like the entry formatting and the sciencey background it has.

3. Chasing the Enemy

This was my favorite story to write. It was so much fun and the Mc has this super fiery personality. I don’t know what else to say, but I very much enjoyed it.

4. An Unexpected Union

I struggled with this story. I didn’t like writing it and it didn’t feel like much fun. I liked the idea of an Unexpected Union, but the words for this story had me stuck. For now I think the story is ok, but it’s not my favorite by any means.

5. A Lunch Date Gone Wrong

This felt like a sitcom type of situation to write. It was fun. I liked the prompt a lot.

6. Business as Unusual

It was about time I wrote something paranormal. Just for that reason I really enjoyed writing this story.

7. The Year is 2563…

This was the first prompt that felt like the beginning of a much larger story. I’m super interested in this concept and I think it would make a fun book.

Well… that’s a wrap till the next time!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Watching The Nun: My Thoughts

Of all the movies coming out in recent times this was the movie I was most looking forward to watching. The prequel to The Conjuring movies. I now see it more as a movie within the pocket of The Conjuring that just happened to occur before the events of The Conjuring.

Of all the movies in the conjuring universe this one felt the most different. It wasn’t quite in the same vein of House hauntings and demonic possession, but I enjoyed it anyway. I liked the Monastery setting. I liked the creepiness of it. I just wish the inside shots weren’t shot so dark. It’s hard to be scared when you can’t see much at all.

What I wished was different was the character development. I didn’t really care about anyone. I wasn’t invested in if anyone lived or died. It was of little consequence to me. In the conjuring movies it is much the opposite, I cared about everyone and what happened to them. There were these beautiful relationships that formed and you felt like you were watching a good family undergo something awful.

In The Nun, there is a little characterization, but not much. Basically you have an idea about the people based solely on their job. Sister Irene who is not quite a nun yet as she hasn’t taken her vows. Father Burke who is a pastor. Frenchie whom I don’t know what he does, but sort of provides comic relief. Other then that most everyone is two demential. Which sucks after the previous movies in this universe having some amazing characters that are so enjoyable to watch.

What also threw me for a loop was that some of the shots were so disorienting that they didn’t make sense. A character who was once above ground would be below and then one that was inside would find their way outside. Then the way it would all happen was just in general very confusing for me. Although, I did like the idea of someone being stuck in a coffin alive having been dragged under by a ghost. Plus, the bells above that could be rung should you find yourself buried alive was a nice touch. That made for one of my favorite scenes of the movie.

There wasn’t as much story as I would have liked at the beginning. A lot of the actual story line was revealed later. It was more like these two people were there investigating mostly just because they were told to. Which is fine I guess, but it was not as good of a reason as I would have liked. I mean yeah they are testing to see if the grounds are still Holy, but why those two in particular? I don’t really know.

Maybe, I’m being a little harsh on this movie. I did enjoy it. Some of the scenes were really cool. Yeah, I wish things were different, but overall I did like watching. It’s fun to watch. It was spooky. It had spooky paranormal demon vibes. I do recommend giving this movie a shot.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

My Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies

I’m in a really fantastic mood right now. It’s spooky month and I am so ready to live my best life watching some spooky movies and play throughs of horror games. One thing that surprises a lot of people when I mention this after getting to know me is that I ADORE horror movies and the whole genre in general. I love spooky shows, and spooky books, and going to six flags horror nights (when I have the chance). It’s something that I live for.

So I am so excited to share with you all my top 10 horror movies in no particular order:

1. Mama

So this is my favorite horror movie. I know I said no particular order, but I had to mention Mama first. I love it for so many reasons. It’s a family movie. I don’t mean it’s not scary.. I just mean it’s about family. Two sisters being raised by a ghost found in the woods to be taken in by a family and followed closely by their ghost mom. This makes it sound weirder then it is. Actually this movie made me cry the first few times I watched it. It’s so good!

2. Get Out

This movie deserves all the applause it gets. It touches on so many interesting elements. At first I had no clue where it was going, but when all becomes revealed at the end.. it has one amazing ending. Plus, it has some elements of humor in it and in a horror I really appreciate that. It was tastefully done.

3. The Conjuring 2

Of the movies in The Conjuring Universe this is the one that will be playing in my house almost twice a month. It’s such a fun movie. The romantic elements are really sweet and then the actual story is interesting. I really love this one.

4. Veronica

This is a horror movie completely in Spanish. I could not find subtitles for it so it made me feel really good about my Spanish skill to realize I didn’t really need it. I love the visuals in this movie. I also love just in general how creepy and awesome it was. It was a horror movie done right. I really enjoyed it.

5. It

I honestly think they did a really good job with this adaption of ‘it’ it actually made me laugh? I love when horror makes me laugh. All I can think of is the image in my head of Pennywise and how awful it is. Very well done.

6. A Quiet Place

They did an AMAZING job with this movie. The way they played with sound was awesome. It actually impacted me emotionally. It made me think of so many things about what living in a world like that would be like. Plus it is another family movie.. and they dynamics of it were just so well done.

7. Carrie

This movie is a classic and most of the time I don’t like older films, but this movie was genuinely really good. It genuinely made me feel something and I cared about the characters. There is no other version of this I can accept out there.

8. The Lost Boys

Another classic.. for me I love this because I can hear the music in my head just by looking at the poster. It’s a really great movie. I just have so many memories of watching over and over with my sister and this one has to make this list.

9. The Amityville Horror

I’m showing the (2005) version with Ryan Reynolds because I love Ryan, but honestly.. most versions work here.. I’ve watched a ton of Amityville movies.. some terrible.. some great. I can’t really recall them all they all bleed together, but I can honestly say that the story of this house is one that will haunt the world into eternity.. this list wouldn’t be right without it.

10. The Ring (all of them)

I love the ring movies.. I love the imagery of something crawling out of your television screen and into real life. I love the video that started it all. I love all of it. It’s not the best in the world, but for me.. I really love it as a whole.

Honorable mentions:

11. The Grudge

I have to mention this movie.. it’s one of the first I actually forced myself to watch and I was hiding behind my hands disturbed. I watched it with my uncle and my cousins.. it’s one of the few memories I have with my uncle so it is still special to me.

12. It Follows

I finally watched this.. maybe two weeks ago. But an old friend of mine asked me and everyone else he knew to watch it (almost 2 years ago) and the entire time all I could think that the movie was so him in every way. It’s a good movie.. not my style, but 12 was always both of our favorite numbers and in a way.. watching this and talking about this feels like commemorating him and the impression he made on my life in a nice way. It just feels right.

13. The Boy

The Boy.. and Annabelle.. all the creepy dolls of horror.. I adore those movies. I have to mention them. The Boy was really well done and it’s on par with Annabelle as my favorites of this genre of horror.

Thanks for reading! What made me really happy was to realize that even though this list is long.. there are so many other movies I could have mentioned. I feel really good about myself.. like I am the horror junkie I proclaim myself to be. This puts me in the best mood ever for Halloween. I feel proud.

What are your favorite horror films?

We All Fall Down: A Review

We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

My Rating: 4 Stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks FIRE

Publish Date: October 1st, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Theo and Paige are desperate to forget the night that tore them apart. But someone is playing wicked games with them to make them remember…

Theo’s always been impulsive. But telling Paige how he feels? He’s obsessed over that decision. And it’s time. Tonight. At the party on the riverbank, under the old walking bridge, site of so many tales of love and death.

Paige has had a crush on Theo since they first met, but she knows her feelings are one-sided. She’s trying to move on, to flirt. A party at the river is just what she needs. Except a fight breaks out, and when Paige tries to intervene—Theo’s fist lands in her face.

All Theo and Paige want to do is forget that fateful night. But strange events keep drawing them back to the bridge. Someone, something is determined to make them remember…and pay for what they each did.

*Subject to change*

Opening Sentence: Theo April 4:

“I stay in the car because I’m not welcome at the door.”

Musings:

A twisted romance that crawls over your skin and turns everything you think you know on its head. Theo and Paige are the best of friends until one night when things go awry and then they are simply not anything anymore. However, evil soon drags them back to the bridge where it all ended in a mix of visions and other terror and the only way for them to let go of their demons may just be with their working together.

I fell into this book with unbidden music playing in my ears. Music that made me feel off and twisted and at times angry (seriously one major part of this book made me so mad). This book got me in the mood for October with its dripping paranormal terror ripping me towards adventure. But it’s characters are what really drew me in.

Theo:

A boy with ADD who can’t sit still and is always full of energy (often putting that energy into uses from anger ending up in bad situations).

Paige:

A geeky girl with anxiety who doesn’t know quite where she fits in in the world.

Together:

They balance each other out, but sometimes it isn’t always for the best.

Then there is Theo’s “fun” uncle and a teen paranormal investigator adding some spice into the mix.

Perfect for the coming months fall months We All Fall Down will creep you out and entice you into its dark pages where evil lurks within the bridge.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of We All Fall Down down in the comments.

-Till next time!

The Diviners by Libba Bray Review 


The Diviners by Libba Bray

Rating: 5/5 stars

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Published: September 18th, 2012

Received: Thrift Store find 

Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble/ Book Depository

Book Blurb: 

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. 

Musings: 

Some mornings, she’d wake and vow, Today, I will get it right. I won’t be such an awful mess of a girl. I won’t lose my temper or make unkind remarks. I won’t go too far with a joke and feel the room go quiet with disapproval. I’ll be good and kind and sensible and patient. The sort everyone loves. But by evening, her good intentions would have unraveled. She’d say the wrong thing or talk a little too loudly. She’d take a dare she shouldn’t, just to be noticed. Perhaps Mabel was right, and she was selfish. But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all? “Oh, Evie, you’re too much,” people said, and it wasn’t complimentary. Yes, she was too much. She felt like too much inside all the time. So why wasn’t she ever enough?

First off I just want to say that this book was incredible and I am so mad at myself for reading it so slowly and not reading it sooner! 

This book emerges you completely in the 1920’s, every moment you learn more about the culture, the music, and the thoughts of the time period and that was not something I was expecting while I went into this book. One of my favorite touches to the story was all the lyrics for songs in the period. It made me want to listen to the actual songs and to dance the charleston. 

I also loved how true the speaking was, the girls spoke to one another authentically thinking of going to speakeasies, drinking giggle water, thinking of love, and updating their style. It was all so well developed. 

Careful there, Poet. I might start to believe you.

I also loved the diversity in this book, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. The interracial relationship that was absolutely beautiful and even more beautiful the relationship between Theta and Henry. How he took her in and cared for her, stuck by her side no matter what spoke of a true friendship and a bond that could never be broken. The fact that he is gay and the amount of acceptance and encouragement from Theta was awe-inspiring. 

Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.

The paranormal elements were so well-done as well. They created a tension that pulls you through the novel and leaves you wondering up until the very end. Whistling will forever unsettle me for the rest of my life. The change of view for the murders was heartbreaking, and it also reminded me of almost all the beginning parts of Supernatural, when you know that that person is dead and you just hope in your heart not to like them too much, but in the Diviners you often do, but they die anyway. 

This book is rich in atmosphere, it created this fascination for the occult and the glamour of the 1920’s that I didn’t realize I had. This book is one that you can really live inside. It is as much of an experience as it is a story. 

You can’t blame a fella for kissing the prettiest girl in New York, can you, sister?” Sam’s grin was anything but apologetic. 
Evie brought up her knee quickly and decisively, and he dropped to the floor like a grain sack. “You can’t blame a girl for her quick reflexes now, can you, pal?

I also enjoyed how the love triangle between Evie, Sam, and Jericho, was done to where it is more of a slow burn and you really get to know each one of them. Sam is impulsive, a quick thinker, and knows how to stay out of trouble while still being fully immersed in it. Jericho is a friendly giant, intelligent, caring, and in a lot of ways adorable, although Sam is definitely adorable in his own way (Sam can be an adorable idiot at times, in a very good way). I have a place in my heart for them all. 

Your mother and I do not approve of drinking. Have you not heard of the Eighteenth Amendment?” 
“Prohibition? I drink to its health whenever I can.

Evie herself is definitely the definition of a flapper and she embraces every part of life. She can be careless, but she has a big heart, everything she does is with good intentions even when they don’t always work out her way. I admire her for her ability to speak and do things solely because it is a part of who she is and what she believes in. Her confidence and spunk make her who she is and I really appreciate seeing a character created this way. 

I love the friendship between Evie, Theta, and Mabel. They stick together, but they are definitely each unique individuals. I can’t say the last time I read a book where so many characters were so fully developed. 

This book is so great because it is so well balanced, it feels like life is being lived, it paints a picture of a time that is threatened by a deep evil, one will take strength to defeat. Hidden like gems in these pages are friendships, hopes, dreams, murder, and love in all of its forms. This is a story well-told, one that I can’t wait to see what’s just ahead for. 
-Till next time!

The Diviners Playlist


I just started reading The Diviners by Libba Bray and I am getting so many flappers vibes that I decided that I wanted to make a 1920’s Diviners Playlist! 

When I was in high school my English teacher was a huge enthusiast of the 1920’s and after we read “The Great Gatsby” we learned how to dance the Charleston, as well as other 1920’s dances. 

If you are interested here is a How to Dance the Twisting Charleston (My favorite!) click here!

On to the Music! 

Ain’t We Got Fun Peggy Lee (first lyrics meantioned in the book) Link.

Angel Child Louis Armstrong Link.

“Yes, Sir! That’s My Baby!” Lee Morse Link.

Who’s Sorry Now Marion Harris Link.

“Ain’t She Sweet?” Gege Austin Link.

Swanee Al Johnson Link.

Look for the Silver Lining Marion Harris Link.

Down by the Ohio The Andrews Sisters Link.

Here is a quick video of flappers dancing in memorium to Ruta Badowski (the start of it all) here.

I am so so happy that I thought to do this post! It was so much fun to do. I hope you enjoyed reading it! (I think this encaptures how big of a nerd I actually am) I love the 1920’s and I am so excited to be reading a book in that era. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

-Till next time!