2016: Favourites in Horror

Don’t Breathe

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2016 have had some very interesting horror movies; among them, the one which I would consider to be not just my favourite horror movie, but also my favourite flick of the year, is Don’t Breathe. It might look like a home invasion movie in the beginning, but it certainly happens to be more than that. It has the best use of atmosphere and darkness, and lives up-to the title making sure that we don’t breathe as things move forward. Well, as long as you hold your breathe, you are watching this movie in the right way.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/12/09/dont-breathe/

Lights Out
This is one movie that will make you more afraid of the dark than you have ever been. With one creature as the centre of attraction, as it appears with the darkness and disappears with the light, this movie has its scares at the right place. The fear of darkness is where one can strike the best, and this flick seems to realize that right from the beginning. Lights Out is based on a 2013 Swedish short-film which used this same concept of the creature appearing and disappearing with the absence and presence of light.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/12/24/lights-out/

The Conjuring 2

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Getting more popular for its demon nun than the rest of the things, this one surely has almost everything working in its favour. Becoming almost as good as the original, you can trust the paranormal sources on this one. If you have watched the original flick, you will need to watch this sequel too, and if you haven’t, still you need to check this one out. You see a franchise that surely knows what it is doing, and so there can be no doubt about watching this one. The one question that remains is about how many sequels you will need.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/06/22/the-conjuring-2/

10 Cloverfield Lane
Among all the horror movies, this might be the more divergent, being more in the genres of psychological thriller and science fiction, even though the latter is less visible. A great improvement from the miserable movie which was Cloverfield, this spiritual successor makes use of minimum resources to bring the best effect here. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman making the best use of the tale, we have the kind of movie which is clever enough to work the best with what it has.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/11/10-cloverfield-lane/

Before I Wake
Becoming more than just a simple horror, there is some beauty about this flick; of dreams as well as nightmares. Its own creature is also something that we will remember a lot. It is not the darkness that this one will make you afraid of, but it is the fear of sleep that will drive this one forward. The firector, Mike Flanagan has provided us some of the most interesting horror movies, and this one also gets added to that list. Along with the same, we have Kate Bosworth who leads the way here.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/12/before-i-wake/

The Witch

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Being different from most of the horror movies that keeps coming to us, this one will catch your attention, in one way or the other. Anya Taylor-Joy as the protagonist, Thomasin is really good in this one – makes sure that the level is raised. This tale of a Puritan family facing what seems to be the forces of evil in the woods will bring a different of the horror, and there is success related to the same. The movie might be slow, but it is surely a steady. It deserves to be watched by more.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/05/08/the-witch/

Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Boy, The Monster and The Neon Demon
These four movies are entirely different from each other, but leaves a mark in their own ways. There is this sequel to Ouija which is a big improvement from the first movie – it has one possessed child and more scary moments raising it above its predecessor. With a doll as the centre of everything and having Lauren Cohan as the right protagonist, The Boy is a movie which many people are sure to like. The Monster is a very interesting horror movie too, and The Neon Demon will stick to being different, also creating separate effects for each person.
Read Ouija: Origin of Evil review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/13/ouija-origin-of-evil/
Read The Boy review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/05/10/the-boy/

***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Pages of the respective movies.

TeNy

Spirit of the Warehouse

It was darkness all around. Rain had finally arrived to cool down the land and due to the same, darkness had intensified further. Vampire Bat and Vampire Owl slowly opened the door which was covered in spider webs. They entered a space which was separated into many divisions by walls made of some kind of wood. A few empty boxes were kept on the sides and there were barricaded rooms all around, but the central area was open, which they decided to investigate. The roof was leaking and so a lot of rain water had found the way inside.

Vampire Bat: Just keep the vampire twilight vision on. It will make sure that we are ready for any danger which may rise here.

Vampire Owl: The abandoned places are a lot cooler in our realm. Actually, they are not really abandoned as long as they are in our realm, you know – and haunted is rather awesome.

Vampire Bat: The whole design has changed here because these humans don’t know that the supernatural beings are a lot better people and their realm’s so called intelligent people are the boring, overrated creatures.

Vampire Owl: Yes, they should understand that there is the need for the supernatural creatures to remain attached to a particular piece of land or building. They should not be disturbed for the same reason, and the humans should co-exist with the creatures.

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Vampire Bat: They don’t co-exist with the people of other religions, even though in the end, they are worshiping the same creator of the world – they are just too stupid. Even otherwise, there are castes, communities, languages and races to fight for. The reasons just never end for them.

Vampire Owl: So, this is an abandoned warehouse. That much is clear now. Why are we here actually?

Vampire Bat: We have to save this particular ghost from here before the evil humans bring a priest to destroy its existence.

Vampire Owl: Shameless humans showing their true colours as usual. Why would they want to do that? Can’t they co-exist with at least one ghost?

Vampire Bat: Co-existence has been historically their big problem. I once tried to count the wars which they have fought and I suddenly became weaker in Mathematics, even though that subject has been my dark nemesis for a long time already. Counting their wars is impossible; each war has too many battles, and it is the kind of list which the Lich Queen uses for the dead and the risen all over the world.

Vampire Owl: Wait! There is something here. Are those ashes flying in the air?

Vampire Bat: Oh no! They are the burnt part of a soul. It seems that we were late. They have already vanquished the spirit.

Vampire Owl: I guess they just wanted to start their programs in here as soon as possible, without respecting the spirits which were bound to the building. Quite a natural thing for disrespectful people.

Vampire Bat: The ashes are grey; light grey to be exact; there was no evil spirit here. This particular spirit would have disappeared after a few days. I can see that it just held onto an emotion, that of loss of a loved one. It is such a shame that they decided to vanquish it.

Vampire Owl: It is a terrible crime which was committed here. Shall we get these humans and take them to the inter-realm court of justice? or at least to the league of all races?

Vampire Bat: Let them live in peace because there will be none of it for them. They shall perish by murdering each other in the name of the multiple divisions which they themselves have created. They are the destroyers of their own kind, and no other creature can do that in a better way.

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Vampire Owl: So be their means of destruction then. Divided they stay, the sooner they fall. As you said, lets leave it to what is in their blood, as the hate and the terror shall finish them off.

That ended the mission for them, as they prepared the notes on this journey to be taken to their world. They walked out into the rain, watched over by the greater and lighter part of the vanquished spirit’s soul which had transformed into a faerie of the wind.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the animated movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy

Horror Genre: Impact on Life

I have answered the questions about my favourite genres by adding something with the word “horror”. If you have been reading my blog, you might already know that I was always attracted to the genre of horror. It is also the genre which had the most impact on my life. Here are the results of the horror influence on my life, and it is why I need to watch more and more horror movies to keep recharging the impact!

I was very much not immune to fear during my childhood and the early days of reading horror. But that was only for a very short time period, as things changed, and horror was not really about bringing fear anymore. It was not about being scared. The whole thing became the reflection of entertainment. It changed my love for fairy-tales into a world of dark fantasy, and my life became different; unlike being the same as that of other kids.

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Horror helped me to understand another important thing in life, which can be considered as the biggest impact that it has made on me. It made me realize that horror is just part of life. This dark side which forms an inevitable factor in human society, has to be embraced to accept that horror is real, and after that horror movies have been the path to knowing more of the truth in my case. Ghosts are real in one form or the other, and so is horror – I realized that with my relationship with horror genre.

Another realization came with the horror impact in the form of the thoughts about the presence of evil. I came to the acceptance that evil is part of our lives, and only by an extra dose of goodness that this evil can be kept away from our lives. The inherent evil in humans will come out at one moment or the other, and it is by understanding the nature of horror which has been created by evil or occuring naturally, can we be equipped enough to fight the battles.

There are horror movies which have told us that quick death is only an escape from pain and misery, as the world has too much of horror for a common person. Pain and suffering are just parts of the horror which are unleashed on us. The basic nature of the world itself is horror, as we look at those wars, terrorism and natural calamities. Easy death is rather a lucky thing, and considering the nature of the world around, death or the closeness to it can come in the form of horror and suffering.

Horror’s impact has also made me believe that ghosts are rather better. Humans are worse, and if we are to be killed, it is is better to have it done by the hands of some ghosts which are just tormented souls looking for revenge most of the time. Ghosts are not known to attack others of their own kind too, but it is not the case of humans. They have more evil inside, which is boosted by the materialistic world, and this means more horror from humans than the ghosts.

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I also provide you with some time to think about it. There are many genres from which you can choose your favourite. But is there a genre which is as close to life than horror? Can any other genre make that kind of an impact on life staying close to reality? I have found these genres like romance and science fiction as two big lies, both of these never really happening to the common man. But horror is everywhere – you will see something belonging to this genre everywhere, because it is that close to human nature; it is why you feel the impact better with horror.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, The Cabin in the Woods and Your’e Next.

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TeNy

Official Prayer Time

Vampire Owl: My dear vampire brethren, lets take this opportunity to spend some time in prayer. We know that you are attacked by the evil forces from both outside and inside, and there is the need for prayer to get rid of them. Even as we are basically immortal, we are going to be under the same law according to which God has created humans, angels and devils. So, each of you rise and say this prayer which will be helpful in feeling the truth of life, and it is also helpful to those who are not here with us. The credit for this particular edition goes to the Vampire Bat.

“Thank you God for waking us on this day. It is a beautiful day. Life still seems to have no meaning, but there is a lot of time for finding the existence of that meaning; as much as you allow it. So bless us on this day by getting rid of those relatives who have become the shadow of worthlessness on us. It might be a difficult task because they pretend to pray a lot, and while doing the same, they end up as actually giving some prayers. But as you can see into their hearts, it will be quite easy for you to come up with a decision; you know their souls and the darkness in them. We are also seeing through the murkiness.

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I hope that you will start by putting some effulgence in the minds of those uncles who are always boasting about their children. We have always been friends with these people because they were our cousin-brothers and cousin-sisters. But the relationship has been going awry and might reach a state of pitiable disaster unless something is done about the ridiculous talk done by these uncles. There is so much boasting of their own children and the degradation of the others going on around that it will only bring a radical animosity among the cousins. After all, there is a limit to everything.

We also love the fact that our cousins have come up with good achievements, whether it is about getting a job with a high salary, buying some new asset, having a respectable position in the society or marrying an incredibly rich person. It is always good to have friends and relatives at high places, and we are only proud of them. But the problem comes when these uncles who make the vain father figure, comes to attack us for not having what their children got. By degrading us and praising their sons and daughters, they create that cloud of acrimony which stays and only gets worse as time passes.

The advice that they provide is even more unendurable, as it is absolutely clear that they know nothing about us or what we have studied. With their pathetic knowledge of the world except for the little well in which they live with their tailless amphibian kind of contacts, they come to our homes to provide their nonsense. As we are not against good advice and positive opinions, we sometimes get fooled and end up agreeing to it, and the result is that our situation gets further worse. We just can’t help it and we really needs to be saved from them and their pathetic advice which they force upon us.

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It is from these shameless people that we need to be saved, O Lord. It is from this situation that we need redemption, unless it is indirectly a part of our absolution. We haven’t known these in the form of concomitant worries in the path of our life, dear Lord. So, please save us from the iniquitous environment that surrounds us, for it devours any kind of effervescence that we are struggling to keep for ourselves. We are unable to keep ourselves away from the perpetual trepidation that surrounds us and refuses to let us go. We need to escape, but we don’t want to run away.

We are not asking for too much, O Lord. Just make sure that these uncles stay with their lovely children. Take them to their sweet, innocent off-springs for at least one week a month or three months an year. It will be better if you take them and keep these people there for their sweet little eternity. If their children are so awesome, the parents should also be with them and show us the example of a perfect family. Without doing that, staying away from them and the children rarely coming home, they have no right to criticize those sons who stay with their parents and a family taking care of each other. Isn’t this the deadly sin of envy, my Lord? Save us from these deadly sinners”.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy

Queens of Horror

I consider horror as the most genuine genre among them all. I would say that horror is more closer to life than anything else, as what life has in store for most of the people is just horror. There is some kind of horror awaiting us in every corner, and sometimes it has a lesser effect or sometimes it just misses us. Evil always finds us because if you search for evil in the common man, you will find enough of it to sell it in the black market. It is where the world stands now, and so this horror genre, which is the reflection the trust concerning the universe, needs to have more and more attention.

The first thing that we remember about the horror movies are the antagonists, and with the slasher-horror, we have those lovely villains waiting to take the heads of the other characters – may be they will play football with it; who knows? But people who get less attention in the same are the main characters, and some actresses have been part of horror movies for very long – they have been there for very long, but people don’t notice them because they are all looking at the villain and how he kills the ever-running people. So, lets take a look at five of the Queens of Horror.

Katharine Isabelle :: She is known mostly for her role in Ginger Snaps and its sequels. Still, her most noticed performance in a single movie might be as Mary Mason in American Mary; I am not a big fan of that movie, but she was very good in that. She was there in 13 Eerie and Torment, and came up with a very funny and interesting role in See No Evil 2 as she surprisingly provided great humour in that movie – Kane would be proud of that one. I would consider her best performance as Margot Verger in the television series Hannibal – she becomes another one of the strangest and the most complicated characters as the lady comes late into the series and grabs a lot of attention. At certain points, I felt that she was the best reason for me to watch that series!

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Danielle Harris :: Among the scream queens who are still there, Danielle Harris is a person who has been there for a very long time. She started her career with two horror movies of a big franchise, with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and was also part of the two newer movies of the franchise, making it four Halloween movies in her list. She took over from Tamara Feldman for two movies of the Hatchet franchise, and was also a part of the movies Urban Legend and Stake Land. She also acted in two horror sequels, See No Evil 2 and ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 making her a part of four of the biggest serial killer movies with Michael Myers, Jacob Goodnight, ChromeSkull and Victor Crowley.

Amber Heard :: Well, she is that kind of a person who seems to be custom made for horror-thriller flicks, and I have approved the same long ago. She has been my first preference in a horror movie among the younger actresses. If you have watched All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, you will know that people will just die around her, no matter whichever way you look at the situation. It is where you need to watch her first. It was her first big horror movie, and she made a grand impact with it as Mandy Lane. She was nice in the ordinary movie And Soon the Darkness, and very good in two other interesting horror movies The Stepfather and The Ward. Drive Angry, despite being more action had those horror elements along with Amber Heard.

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Odette Juliette Annable :: I first noticed her in the movie, The Unborn which has a demon waiting to cross over to this world through her. I was watching the movie and I thought that she was Megan Fox. Well, they do look alike unless you have watched them both a lot in different movies; even their birthdays are closer – I would say that Odette surely looks more original, and has surely got better acting skills. If you back in the timeline, she actually had a little role in Kindergarten Cop and also played a small role in Transformers with Megan Fox. She joined the other queen of horror, Amber Heard in And Soon the Darkness and was also there in Cloverfield. My favourite work from her would be The Unborn, no matter what the critics have to say.

Briana Evigan :: Despite being known more among the common audience for Step Up 2: The Streets and the return in Step Up: All In, I have known Briana Evigan more for a number of horror movies. She was part of the thrilling horror movie Mother’s Day with Jaime King and was also part of The Devil’s Carnival and Stash House. She was one of the main characters of the horror-slasher flick, Sorority Row. She fights for life against a tiger throughout Burning Bright, and manages to come out alive – she is one of the only four characters in this movie, and gives a stunning performance. In Mine Games, she gets caught in a loop of horror which never ends. She will back for the sequel to The Devil’s Carnival, called Alleluia! and remains one of the most charming scream queens ever.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these titles.

TeNy

New Generation Slashers

***Newer slasher list with a few interesting flicks. Don’t expect awesome story-lines with these. This is just a drill to prepare you all very early for the next Friday the 13th in November 😀

You’re Next (2011): Among the lesser known slasher movies which turns amazingly good, You’re Next has a special place, and it is well supported by the critical appreciation. You have Sharni Vinson of Step Up 3D here, bringing the chaos to the masked killers who attack the family in a remote cabin rather than falling victim to them. The home-invasion slasher thriller becomes a full entertainer here. It is one of those movies which doesn’t take the story to the next level, but manages to deliver with such nice and energetic sequences which keeps you interested. It is also a reflection of the new generation family which has too many problems, and the link of love is missing.

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Friday the 13th (2009): The reboot of the Friday the 13th film series happens with this movie, and it manages to work with all the elements of a slasher movie without adding anything new. It might feel like a repetition, but the same also makes this a perfect slasher movie with the legendary villain Jason Voorhees returning to murder more people in a hockey mask. There is nothing like seeing one of those few killers who provide nostalgia to go on the murder spree again. The cast which includes Danielle Panabaker, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Guill and Aaron Yoo becomes the right choice for this horror movie with a slasher fan’s favourite day on its title. If you have missed any of the movies of this very long franchise, do watch it on a Friday 13th 😀

The Collector (2009): You can also continue this journey with the sequel, The Collection which released in 2012. This one happens to be a movie with a lot of blood and gore; it was supposed to be a prequel to the Saw franchise before things changed, and so you can guess how it is going to work. As an ex-convict in desperate need for money breaks in and attempts to break the lock to the safe, he realizes that another person has already got in and has locked up the whole house including the windows and anything can initiate a trap good enough to fatally injure him. The family is held hostage and he finds himself in trouble with no chance to escape as deadly traps and deadlier psychotic killer awaits.

My Bloody Valentine (2009): There are only a few movies which instantly gives the feeling that it has done better than original, and is qualified enough to be a righteous remake – this is one of them. It has a good cast lead by Jaime King, and it is just pure slasher fun without leaving much to think about. The fans of the genre can surely be happy that this one has returned to give them what they wanted. This movie in 3D might have been a great joy for them. It goes through the expected lines with the killer on a spree, and what you will see here is a reminder of how those slasher movies were during their best times, and how they have still managed to keep that essence.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006): Amber Heard is Mandy Lane whom everyone has a crush on. As she remains the center of attraction for everybody during a party at a farm, people start dying. It is said that some people are worth dying for, but this goes the rather brutal way. A former outsider with secrets who turns out to the dream girl for everyone, there is something about falling in love with her and dying. Amber Heard is one of the official horror queens, and if you have watched her other horror movies, you will know. There is a certain amount of artistic style associated with this movie, and there are some nice twists related to this one, and some moments are really smart.

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Halloween (2007): I remember liking the 1978 movie and I also liked the 2007 version, the remake which was not that much liked by the critics, but you can’t go with the critics on a slasher movie. Michael Myers is one of my top five slasher villains of all time, and so I have no second opinion about liking this movie. The one who might be the best scream queen for the horror fans, Danielle Harris is also there. It is the highest grossing Halloween movie by a good margin, and I liked the sequel which released in 2009 too – may be it should have released after the mall culture had further developed here, and the multiplexes would have made it more popular!

Laid to Rest (2009): This one has an young woman with no memory breaking out of a coffin in a funeral place, but her trouble doesn’t end there as she is chased by a woman with a chrome skull mask. With no knowledge about where to go, the man chasing her shows more skills in brutality that anything else. Bobbi Sue Luther plays the protagonist who keeps running from the unknown murderer. ChromeSkull is actually another interesting slasher villain, and there is also a sequel, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 which released in 2011 with the scream queen Danielle Harris. With limited resources, the movie manages to create a fine experience for the slasher fans.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies.

TeNy