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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Inside Out; My Thoughts & Theories

Do you ever get that feeling after you’ve watched, read, seen or even heard something and you just want to talk to everyone about it instantly? I really want this blog to be a space where I can express myself and discuss anything that may be of interest to me, and although this post may seem off topic, it touches on a few things that I am currently dealing with so I’m going to take the plunge.

Yesterday I saw an advert for Disney Pixar‘s film, Inside Out, and told my boyfriend that it has been on my ‘to watch’ list for a while. I had heard great things about it so, last night we sat down together and watched this animated, children’s film. It’s generally unlike me to actively watch an animation, especially when it’s target audience is about ten years younger than me, but there was just something about this film that caught my attention.

Riley is an eleven year old girl and she is also our main character. Her life is turned upside down when her parents decide to pack up and move away. Riley has to leave behind her friends, her school, her beloved hockey team and is expected to start from
scratch. Inside Out is ariley-sass-inside-out creative twist on how the mind works and we see that inside the character’s brains there are human-like creatures representing each emotion. There’s Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust and they each control how Riley is feeling. It turns out that everyone’s brains work in the same way; all controlled by these beings that represent different emotions.

Throughout the film we witness how different emotions affect our memories and we are very cleverly shown how the absence of certain emotions can alter our behaviours. As an audience, we begin to notice that a lot of the situations that occur in Riley’s mind are due to the simple fact that she is growing up and surprisingly, this was tough to watch. Personally, I associated the way that Riley was feeling with my own mental health; when she began to feel that particular emotions were no longer present in her day to day life, I related to that feeling. This is often how I can feel when I’m having a bad day with my mental health, whether that’s anxiety, depression or just generally feeling shitty: Sometimes I feel like my own personal ‘Joy’ will never return! It may not have been the creators’ aim to touch upon mental health, but I think everyone can interpret this film in their own way and this is what I took away from it.

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Overall, Inside Out made me extremely thoughtful and resulted in reviewing how I deal with my own emotions. It is such a clever film that had us on the edge of our seats; it was engaging, intriguing and just a brilliant watch. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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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 knew 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!