The Babysitter ~ Netflix

This movie was not on my original list. I switched it out as I had Evil Dead II following Evil Dead, but as I have seen both just way too many times & I decided I wanted something new & fresh. And well, I found another comedy-horror film and it didn’t totally suck.

I found it amusing that I switched out a 1980s comedy-horror film about demon possession to a 2018 comedy-horror about devil worship. The premise is a group of stereotypical attractive teenagers perform a ritual sacrifice whilst one of the members of group, Bee, is babysitting a kid,who is really too old for a babysitter. And as he is too old, he has a major crush on Bee & decides to spy on her & the group’s festivities. And…spoiler alert.. they all try to kill him.

I really didn’t mean to fall into the campy comedy-horror again when I picked this movie. I’m trying to capture all the horror genres, but this film stuck out to me as something I’d rather watch than Evil Dead II. And I’m happy with my choice. It didn’t suck.

Evil Dead ~ Hulu

Evil Dead is the cult classic horror film that has spawned multiple movies & the TV series, Ash vs Evil Dead. Evil Dead films are the quintessential movies of horror-comedy genre. I’ve seen it best described as “slapstick gore.”

So, like most horror movie plots of the 70s & 80s, Evil Dead follows the same plot line of a group of teenagers/young adult partying it up in a cabin in the woods & everyone dies (spoilers I guess) except the one with common sense… the lone survivor. However, Evil Dead isn’t a slasher film of the 80s, but demons & demonic possession.

There are good horror movies & there are bad horror movies. Bad horror movies, to me, are the ones that try way too hard to be edgy & gory. But then there are the ones that are bad on purpose. And that is Evil Dead.

I enjoy all horror from the scary AF to the cheesy B movies that are straight to VHS/DVD. If you are a fan of the cheesy, not taking itself too seriously horror films, you will enjoy Evil Dead. And all the rest of them.

Beyond The Gate

Beyond the Gate (A Kathy Ryan Novel Book 3)

Beyond the Gate by Mary SanGiovanni

This was my first Kathy Ryan book & it was a trip. Kathy Ryan is an occult investigator that is hired to investigate the disappearance of a team of scientists. But this team didn’t disappear under mysterious circumstances here on Earth, but in another freaking dimension. This alternate dimension is discovered in a lab run by the Paragon Corporation, a super shady government research organization. When the Green Team scientists first venture into this dimension, the world appears to be abandoned & void of any sentient life. However, as the team has disappeared, the question becomes whether or not this dimension is as truly empty as they thought.

I was a little worried as this is the third book in the series that I would be missing out on a huge back story, but I think it held up pretty well as a stand alone book. It also makes me want to go back & read the first two books in the series.

Thank you to the author, Mary SanGiovanni, for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A Quiet Place ~ Hulu

Wow, was this an intense movie from start to finish. I was a little skeptical of the PG-13 rating at first, but this movie really doesn’t need an R rating to be scary as hell. The premise I was also a bit skeptical, especially after watching Bird Box, but A Quiet Place is all the things I wanted Bird Box to be. I really enjoyed it.

A family is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters have taken over & they hunt by sound. No words are spoken for about the first 30 minutes & all dialogue is sign language & subtitles. The film starts 30+ days after the “end of the world” & we first meet the family scavenging for supplies in an abandoned town. A significant time jump occurs and it’s about a year later & we see how the family has adapted & survived in this new world where every tiny little sound can draw these monsters in. A dropped plate, the creak of the stairs…these things can hear everything.

The movie is directed by & stars John Krasinski (aka as Jim from the Office) & his wife, Emily Blunt, & is a well acted film, especially considering the fact that there is very little dialogue. This film is like Hush meets Signs.

I give my 5 star ratings out very sparingly & this film is worthy of it. It has a solid 83% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes & 95% critic score. It is a good movie & I highly recommend to any horror fan.

Candyman ~ Netflix

Candyman is another one of my favorite horror films that came out of the 90s. I remember renting this at Blockbuster & watching it with my friends during a sleepover & being utterly terrified. Of course, I’ve seen it so many times over the years, that it’s no longer scary, but has become one of my favorites.

The film is about a woman, Helen, researching urban legends as part of her thesis at the University of Chicago. One of the legends she learns of is of the Candyman, who appears after saying his name 5 times while looking in the mirror. When he is summoned, he guts the person with his hook for a hand. The stories of Candyman told by students & staff around campus brings Helen to Cabrini Green, a housing project in the city where several brutal murders have occurred over the years that have simply been attributed to gang violence.

Candyman still holds up well today & Tony Todd is still just as creepy… And I still have a hard time watching anything with him in it anymore. It is creepy & gory & has enough jump scares to keep you on edge.