Thoughts from a Horror Fan: IT (2017)

**SPOILER FREE**

I am currently out of action. I had a pretty rough fall the other day and after a trip to A&E, I’ve been resting & recovering; on the bright side, this has allowed me time to sit down and write and I’m finally going to review the new IT film!

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Being a Horror obsessor and a literature lover, I am, of course, a fan of Stephen King. He is the king (‘scuse the pun) of horror writing and as we know, many of his novels have been adapted, either into films or T.V shows. One of his well known book to movie adaptations is IT which was originally released in 1990 however, as you probably already know, recently, they released a re-make and naturally, I joined thousands of other horror fans in making a trip to my local cinema.

Now, here’s the weird thing. I have had a very strange ‘relationship’ with the original of IT throughout my life, it all started when I was eight years old. My brother and his friend, were having a sleepover and watching scary films. Being the younger sister, it is only natural that I fancied all of my brother’s friends whilst I was growing up and decided that as a way to impress this one friend in particular, I would join them in the living room watching JAWS. Although initially this was fine, once JAWS had ended, they chose to watch the original IT. As I couldn’t chicken out now, I had to force myself to stay and watch this film that I knew would completely terrify me.

IT, is about a small town called Derry where this group of youngsters live. They are the outcasts, a bit geeky and of course they are the target for local bullies and apparently, clowns. One clown in particular, Pennywise, becomes rather prominent in their lives and he’s not the sort of clown you would invite to your birthday party. I wont say much more as I would hate to spoil it for anyone but as you can imagine, watching this film as an eight year old girl set off a pretty intense clown phobia.

For years, I was unable to be within ten feet of a clown and would cry, scream and god knows what else when one was in close proximity however, over the last couple of years, I have worked at overcoming some of my phobias and now, I am a converted lover of the occasional creepy clown story. I now own the original IT on dvd, own a copy of the book and as mentioned earlier, went to see the re-make as soon as it came out. I have become quite the fan and back to the original point of this post, here are my thoughts about the new film.

It’s simple really, the 2017 IT is a fun watch, although unfortunately, in my opinion, it doesn’t match up to the original. A very prominent reason for this opinion is based on the amount of CGI used. CGI is computer-generated imagery and these days, it’s becoming more frequently used in film production. When it comes to horror, I often find that this has a negative effect on films and can often make what’s happening on the screen seem less realistic.

In terms of scare factor, the re-make of IT is jumpy and I imagine a lot of people might find it scary however, I always find that when you see something too much throughout a film, it becomes less scary; does that make sense? It was creepy and there are most certainly a few parts that’s make you spill your drink but it’s definitely far off from the scariest film I’ve seen.

All in all, I would probably give it a 3 stars out of 5, I would watch it again in the comfort of my own home but wont be rushing to the cinema to see itagain.

I’m hoping to write some more review type posts, so let me know if there is anything you would like me to watch and talk about. Until next time, Ciao!

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Pennywise the Clown – IT (1990)
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Health & Happiness.

This week I did something that I never thought I would actually do, I only went and joined the bloody gym!

fc2a9607d32b3cbd6bdee811e662aa81So, I’m all for self love etc etc. this is of course extremely important especially in a society where you are expected to fit into certain boxes to be deemed attractive, and I can not stress enough that this whole expectation has not had even the slightest influence on my decision to work out.

As someone who has spent the majority of their life wanting to cry every time I looked in the mirror, someone who was rejected by boys I liked on the basis that I was ‘too ugly’, someone who was bullied throughout what feels like my entire school life, I have always had the strongest feelings of hatred towards my body, as I’m sure many of you have. These feelings have been conjured up by the media and what they portray as ‘beauty’ and only recently have I done a complete one eighty and have embraced my body’s rebellion against society’s expectations.

In the last year or so, I feel like I have reached my ‘final form’ so to speak and I’ve developed a way of dressing that suits my body type, fits into my style and allows me to feel comfortable at any occasion. Corr I sounded like an advertisement for some shaping underwear just then….Anyway, I have learnt to appreciate my curves and learn how to emphasize them in all the right ways. So, why have I joined the gym?

I have joined the gym for a few different reasons, the first one being the most obvious; health. The women in my family who I seem to take after physique-wise, were all quite barrel-like and many of them have experienced health problems due to this. On top of this, I have scoliosis which has been known to worsen when a person gains a significant amount of weight, also I’m just generally REALLY unfit and would like to walk up three flights of stairs without feeling like all the oxygen has been removed from the world.

The second reason I have started working out is for my own happiness. So, I am aware that I will always be a curvy lady and I’m completely, 100% okay with that however, I would really love it if certain parts of my body could be slightly less jelly-like and more toned. I have a huge butt, seriously, and I am actually quite happy with that but it wobbles just a tad too much for my liking.

The third and final reason is for my mental health. Joining the gym has given me an extra hobby and something to do when I’m bored; luckily the gym is just down the road from me and is open 24/7 so I can pop along whenever I fancy. Once I have completed a gym session there is a feeling of achievement and my mind is often a lot more refreshed and clearer. I can not stress enough how great it is for everyone to partake in activities that work towards an end goal, it can be the boost that everyone needs.

Most gyms will offer day passeswhich is what I did as a taster, so if you fancy giving it a go I can not recommend it enough. I often find it hard to get motivated to exercise but I have found that going with a friend can really spur me on and make the whole experience more relaxed and a right giggle.

I’m looking for new routines so let me know if you have any, I would love a bit of variety! Maybe I will also update you all on my progress.

B.Viper

Fiends Forever

As I’m sat here preparing myself to watch The Walking Dead, I thought I would talk a little bit about my love of horror. It’s about time you got to know me!

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If you hadn’t realised by now, I love all things creepy, gory and genuinely anything that your average person would cringe at. I have always had an interest in the supernatural and anything ghoulish and this became more apparent when I was in junior school. I would find myself creating ‘ghost clubs’ and constantly researching about the supernatural and discussing it with my friends, regardless of how terrified they would get. I specifically remember a book in the school library about ghosts that I used to read over and over; I wish I could still remember the name of it!

Luckily for a weirdo like me, I had a best friend who was equally as weird (YES ELLIE, I’M LOOKING AT YOU!). We would spend so much time talking about things that most youngsters would have no interest in. We would love scaring ourselves and would often encounter supernatural experiences together. Now, there is a very likely chance that there was a logical reason for all of these goings on and that we just hyped each other up to the point where we thought we saw/heard something, or perhaps it was genuinely real as I’m fairly sure some things I have experienced have been real.In the future I would like to talk more about my spooky experiences because I personally love hearing other people’s ghost stories.

So, from quite a young age, Ellie and I would watch horror films together. I specifically remember watch Hide and Seek, Final Destination and When a Stranger Calls together. I also, from a young age, had an obsession with witches, an obsession which still stands today and I honestly have no idea where this obsession came from. When I was younger my parents would always tell me that monsters and ghosts etc. weren’t real however, as I got older I actually discovered that my mum believes a lot more than she let on; what a little liar right!tenor

As I got older, more and more horror was introduced to my life; Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, Ghosts, Witches, you name it. Then around the age of fifteen/sixteen I discovered the world of serial killers. It all began with an unhealthy interest in Jack the Ripper and progressed from there.

Nowadays, I’m well known amongst friends and family for living and breathing halloween and horror. I love the films, the books, the television programs and I especially love true life creepy stories. I can’t help it.

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Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

**This review is spoiler free**

Slasher Boys & Monster Girls is an anthology of horror and thriller stories written mainly by young adult authors. Each tale has a little note at the end telling the reader where the author found inspiration; these inspirations are usually films, classic novels or songs and are cleverly recognisable without being too similar. When I first heard about this book I just new that I had to read it and I was lucky enough to receive a copy for Christmas.

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The stories are selected by author April Genevieve Tuckolke who also has one of her own stories featured in the book; she suggests that the anthology is ‘For everyone who read Stephen King when they were way too young.’ Well that’s me then!

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is the first book I have read in 2017 and I bloody loved it! I’m hoping that this is a good sign as to how my reading will go this year and that some more amazing novels will come my way.

What can I say about this book? Well, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Each story is as creepy as the one before and some of them are even pretty gory. As a strange individual who loves a bit of blood and guts, personally I loved the more gruesome parts, even though they did make me cringe. I am a firm believer that a horror should make you cringe or at least scare you. This book contains murder, amputation, the undead, The Devil, and tons more to keep you up at night.

One of my favourite stories was The Dark, Scary Parts And All by Danielle Paige who is also the author of the Dorothy Must Die series. This tale was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 1976 film The Omen. The main character in this story is Marnie who loves to read, is seen as a bit nerdy and gets severely bullied by a girl called Everly and her band of loyal followers. I genuinely felt like I could relate to Marnie so much as her time at school was extremely similar to my own. One day, the most popular boy in school, Damien, notices Marnie and every thing begins to change however, something doesn’t seem quite right. Unexplainable things begin to happen around Marnie and she begins to wonder whether it has anything to do with her mother’s suicide or her new friendship with Damien. If black magic, devil worship and a teeny bit of romance is your kind of thing, then you’ll love The Dark, Scary Parts And All.

Sleepless by Jay Kristoff was another incredible story. Kristoff ‘does not believe in happy endings’ and this most definitely shows in Sleepless. With more twists than I can count, I was gripped all the way through. A whirlwind online romance between wolfboy_97 and 2muchc0ff33_grrl quickly goes wrong when they finally meet. When it’s time for ‘coffee girl’ to meet the parents, it throws a real spanner in the works and she quickly finds herself in a catfish situation in the least predictable way. This story is inspired by the 1960 film Psycho and Mudvayne’sNothing to Gein“. Sleepless is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat and re-thinking your internet friendships.

That’s just an insight to a couple of the amazing tales in this anthology. I seriously suggest this to any reader who loves horror and wants an easy yet exciting read. This is the first time in a while that I have read short stories and I really enjoyed the variety and it’s always a bonus to discover new authors to explore.

If you decide to read this book I would love to hear your thoughts & remember…..

READING IS COOL! 

 

Biters, Battles & Babes.

**THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS**

It’s February & we all know what that means….THE WALKING DEAD RETURNS!

So here’s the thing: Since I can remember I have fallen for the bad guys. How cliché, I know! Seriously though, I often start to wonder if there is a point where it has gone too far? Apparently the answer is yes, I have in fact gone too far this time; Negan.

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead as religiously as myself will know exactly who I’m talking about, let’s face it, he’s pretty hard to miss. When Negan first came onto our screens in the last episode of season six, I felt like I had been hit in the face with a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat…heh heh…my knees buckled and my jaw dropped, metaphorically speaking of course, and before I knew it, I was in love.

Negan is a bad guy. He is a very, very, very bad guy; I think we’ve pretty much established that by now. With the help of his band of loyal followers, The Saviours, and of course his trusty sidekick, Lucille, he has killed off more than one of our beloved characters and does not seem to be slowing down the massacre. However, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, there seems to be something about Negan’s slicked back hair, salt and pepper stubble and charming yet sadistic demeanour which leaves me desperately wishing that he would leave the fictional world and somehow stroll into my life.

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The return of The Walking Dead means the return of Negan and quite frankly, I can’t wait! The real question is though, what’s going to happen next?

The last we saw was Daryl Dixon being reunited with the gang after escaping as Negan’s prisoner, and it seems as though Rick is preparing everyone for a war; this is the first time in a long while that we have actually seen a snippet of the old Rick. Let’s face it, recently Rick has been a bit of a cry baby and it’s about time that he pulled himself together!

I know that many of you will be hoping that Negan meets his comeuppance in the second half of season 7 however, I can honestly -hand on heart- say that I do not share that hope; in fact, I have a strong feeling that a few tears may be shed if we do witness Negan’s demise. I should probably begin preparing myself for it now as unfortunately I don’t believe that this post-apocalyptic world is big enough for both Rick Grimes and Negan.

Let me know in the comments if you share this love of Negan & reassure me that I’m not the only one!

xXx

My Bloody Valentine

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Let’s stay in 
and watch Nosferatu.”
Bex Viper

I have never been one for Valentine’s Day celebrations if I’m honest. Okay, I’ll admit in the past I have surrendered to the Hallmark invented holiday and celebrated with partners and, of course, enjoyed it at the time. Nowadays I just see Valentine’s Day as a day for companies to make money; surely that’s not what it should be about? This year will be my first Valentine’s with my other half but I’m going to stand firm with my inner Scrooge and let the day bypass me like any other Tuesday. At the end of the day, as disgustingly cheesy as it sounds, I love him all year round, not just on a day that society throws upon me; I will not conform!

I always thought that the big V Day wasn’t really my thing, after all, I’m quick to cringe and make gagging noises when my friends are soppy and always go out of my way to heckle couples who insist on PDA-ing in front of me, I swear I’m not mean, but there’s a time and a place guys! However, after a quick Google, I discovered there is a side of Valentine’s Day that’s designed for weirdos much like myself, who’da thunk it?!

My favourite discovery was these vintage horror themed card designs:

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Unfortunately I was unable to hunt down the source of these dreamy card designs; if anyone knows then please pop it in the comments below!

I also discovered a whole page full of horrifically romantic messages for you to just print off and hand out to whoever has stolen your heart this year:

You can find the rest over at: Thought Catalog

The more that I am researching, the more I am feeling the need to partake in Valentine’s purely so that I have an excuse to creep people out with these amazing cards and whatever else I can find; perhaps I will just give out a few anonymously and really freak out some innocent victims

Rest assured there are still plenty of vomit-worthy cards out there for you lot who love to revel in the soppiness of February 14th. Of course I’m just kidding; the way the world is at the moment I think everyone is in need of a little loving; Enjoy it!

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‘Till Death Do Us Part’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Vamps Unite

I am a horror obsessed ghoul, I always have been ever since I can remember. I am also vintage mad, anything that allows me to escape the modern day is welcome in my world. I always thought about crossing the two things over but, as they are both seen to be quite quirky interests I wasn’t sure how to go about it. However, I have finally clawed my way out of the coffin and have embraced a lifestyle that combines my mad love of all things horror related and vintage obsession!

When I first discovered my love for vintage I was mainly intrigued by the 60’s and the 70’s, I took on the style of a traditional Skinhead/Suedehead girl, dressing in a way that slotted right into the late 60’s, early 70’s. Now some of you might be thinking ‘what the bloody hell is a skinhead or suedehead?!’, and this is something that I will address in the near future; for the purpose of this post I will insert some old pictures of myself here:

 

So there it all began. My passion for all things vintage stemmed from my wonderful parents who introduced me to the subcultures that they knew and loved such as; Mod, Skinhead, Suedehead, Rockabilly. Being one of those quirky folk, I was drawn in like a moth to a flame. My parents always warned me ‘Don’t get into it otherwise you’ll never get out again.’; that was nearly eight years ago and they could not have been more correct.

After visiting the 60’s and 70’s, I spent a bit of time in the modern day, shock I know! Although I was wearing high street clothing, I never succumbed to the ‘normal’ fashions, I ensured that I always had a twist on my style. Whilst I was in the modern day, I charged up my time machine and it has now transported me to the 1950’s and I’ve really made myself at home. Okay, so I might not particularly stick to a style that is 50’s through and through however, most of my style inspiration is derived from that era.

It was strange how I noticed that The 50’s/Rockabilly look went hand in hand with so many things, it seemed to crossover with a number of different styles; there’s the Hardcore Punk scene, Psychobilly, Latino Cholas and so much more; each of these styles takes influences from 50’s fashion. Naturally I was in awe when I stumbled across a whole online presence of vampish, vintage enthusiasts. These Vamps are embracing that vintage, horror crossover; this crossover seems to be heavily influenced by people such as Elvira, Morticia Addams, Lily Munster and Vampira. These Queens of Darkness pull off the vampire-esque look with elegance, beauty and pure sass, whilst maintaining that 50’s Hollywood glamour.

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For the first time in what seems like forever, I am beginning to feel comfortable in my own skin. I am able to express myself through my style and lifestyle. I can attend different events without feeling the need to mould myself to my surroundings; I can finally just be me. It sounds cliché I know, but it has taken me a long time feel confident and happy about who I am; don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely there yet and there’s still some work to do however, it feels great to have made a start!

One of the benefits is that for a girl of a curvier physique, like myself, the 50’s style is rather complimentary and can make me feel attractive and glamorous whereas modern styles can often make me feel like a condom stuffed with potatoes.

Thanks for reading & if you want to keep up to date with posts there’s a link on the right to follow this blog.

xXx