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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Tonight I'm reviewing Black Christmas - a film that was actually quite good! I cheated a little here, being that I've seen parts of this film before but I still picked it up real cheap in the horror movie section of CEX a couple of years back. It's also a remake!

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Watched : Last night half asleep, and this morning during my lazy day off
Essential movie snacks : Nothing actually!
Watched with... : No one ha
Score out of 5 : 4.5/5


So basically it's about these sorority girls who are having a Christmas weekend or whatever over the holidays. Picture a snow storm and a house with the most beautiful decorations. We soon find out however that the house has a gruesome past when years ago a guy named Billy was raped by his own mum because she wanted a baby girl and wasn't happy with her son Billy. Billy went a bit bonkers and killed his mum and step dad because they didn't love him enough, then, uh, made Christmas cookies out of his mums flesh and ate it. Lovely.

It's a standard slasher/killer movie where Billy goes on a rampage after a star studded cast including scream-queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination, The Thing, Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street - the remake) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy, 17 Again) - and more. Each death is just as gruesome as the last and this Billy character is a total weirdo and pervert.

He hides in the floors and walls and stuff and at one point in the movie, a floor tile moves in the bathroom and you can just see his one eye watching a girl shower *shudders*.

This movie is quite gruesome but also has a strong storyline. With so many characters, I thought it would be a bit confusing but actually because they were all so different it was really easy to follow. I suppose it isn't for the faint-hearted in that it mixes death and Christmas and actually received backlash from lots of religious organisations because of this point. 

Overall, so far out of all my B-list horror movies, this one has probably been the best so far. It did disturb me a little, everyone seemed to know how to act and even though there were a few typical unrealistic scenes (yknow, the usual, like them going after the killer instead of just leaving), I quite liked it.

I think it's the type of movie ideal for a date night or movie night with your other half, or even if you're just planning on watching a bunch of horror movies with your friends. Just make sure you don't watch it in a sorority house with a dark history...

My notes are kind of crap because I was watching this half asleep but still.

  • I bloody love Christmas
  • Ewwwww he's eating her skin
  • Tastes like chicken...because it's chicken LOL (creepy guy in the prison made this joke about the prison food)
  • Lots of famous ladies!
  • I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead, she's so cool
  • Ewwww he ripped out her eye
  • Ewwww his eye is in the floor/he's under the floor watching her shower
  • The house is really pretty
  • I can't wait for Christmas
  • RUN DAMMIT!!!
This is a film I WOULD actually recommend spending your money on or watching!


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tonight I am reviewing Episode 50, a film that I thought would be exactly like Grave Encounters but was not (not that this fact made it good).

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Watched : Yesterday evening, ever so bored
Essential movie snacks : Crisps
Watched with... : My parents. They didn't think much of it either
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5


The story line turns out to actually be quite different once you get into it. It starts off with following a paranormal investigating team who have their own show debunking supposedly haunted locations. This is quite interesting because normally shows like that are trying to prove the existence of the paranormal, so to have a team actually trying to offer both sides of the story is quite refreshing. Eventually they get the chance to investigate what is supposedly one of the most haunted places ever (by some really creepy dude who is dying) and turn up to film their 50th episode, hoping to make it special. Unbeknownst to them, the creepy old dude has also promised the same thing to another group of rival investigators who are big on religion and insist that ghosts are real. The film promises to show the found footage from this 50th episode that was never aired for some mysterious reason.

So the film is built up really well and although it's a classic horror movie technique to promise the broadcast of footage never seen before, unfortunately the story line doesn't really follow through. There's this whole thing about an evil nurse who killed a boy who then went on to become a ghost, but then it turns out the nurse was actually innocent but possessed by an evil killer demon who opened a portal at another hospital..or something. It all got very confusing and I didn't really understand it. There was also a side story about two lovers from the rival team, including a girl who cried a lot and was supposed to help open this portal? I'm not really sure but it made no sense.

Eventually people get killed off and disappear and stuff and they have to travel to this other location to close the portal which again makes no sense. Why bring in a whole other haunted location that hasn't even been mentioned once in the movie?

The CGI effects are pretty cool other wise but the ghosts appearing throughout actually have nothing to do with the movie and are just there to break up scenes.

And don't get me started on the ending. Again it made no sense, the graphics were really bad and it was a complete anti climax.

The only good thing about this film?

The fact that the lead character - even though he was a complete douche - was kind of cute. So, y'know. Eye candy and all.

Anyway. Here are my not-so-hilarious 'notes' I made during the movie.
  • So corny 
  • Hey that guy is kind of hot 
  • But he also looks like a bit of a typical douchbag 
  • At least they’re being honest and not pretending there’s ghosts in this persons house to make money 
  • Why is this creepy guy who owns the haunted place rambling on about all the bad shit he’s done just get to the damn point 
  • It's actually interesting that were ‘following’ the team trying to debunk ghosts actually 
  • This Damon character always seems to have sweat patches beneath his arms 
  • One of the dead bees moved SO SCARY (not)
  • Wait weren’t those two fighting earlier & now they’re high fiving over catching a ghost on film
  • Okay this guy is screaming 'After all you’ve seen you have to believe!' whilst dying. And worlds corniest death goes to…
  • Oh here we go, back to the creepy guy
  • Why are you crying man you sent them in there #idiot

Again, like the last movie I reviewed, I felt the premise of the movie was interesting..but unfortunately the film really didn't deliver.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

If you remember last year, I attended Salon Du Chocolat, the first year that Salon Du Chocolat was hosted in London. I was lucky enough to bag another invite for it's return this year and it did not disappoint!

This time around I took my sister, another chocolate fan, and she really enjoyed herself. She and her boyfriend have a small part time business making and selling truffles, so she had fun getting some ideas of the different stalls that attended on Thursday night, and taking note of their selling styles and the presentation of their products. 

We had a great time strolling around the different stalls, trying testers of different products and falling in love with new chocolate brands. Some of the brands we particularly liked were Bad Brownie (adore the name!), Sweet Virtues (who had a stunning presentation of their chocolate) and Whisk & Whites who went all out and had a really interesting back story to their brand which I loved! The story of a chef who would leave secret treats around a house for other servants to find really gave this brand character.

Another favourite of mine especially was A Little Piece & Love who I bought this stunning skull & bones message in a bottle set from! I love anything quirky and hand on heart, have never seen anything like it before. A lot of their products mix chocolate with popping candy too - so retro!

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The fashion show was even more stunning this year. The dresses were breath taking and I also felt that the show was a little more upbeat too with dancers (who were hilarious) and Willy Wonka even made an appearance! 

Anyway, rather then telling you, why don't I just show you...

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As you can see from the photos, some of the dresses were absolutely stunning. Some of them looked like they belonged in a fairytale! I think, like my sister, one of my favourite parts of the evening (other than the fashion show) was also checking out everyone's designs and set ups of their stalls. Whisk & Whites had a stunning set up, all to do with the story behind the brand.

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It's not hard to see how much The Chocolate Show has grown in just 12 short months, doing little to help me overcome my chocolate addiction! However, technically attending was all in the name of the blog ha!

I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to attend next year. In the meantime I'll definitely be checking out my favourite brands from the evening a lot more...

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Sunday, 19 October 2014


What many people don't know about me is that when I was in college, one of my favourite subjects to study was photography. Although I never really took a liking to the traditional side of photography (probably because it always went wrong when I tried to develop photos myself in the dark room), I've always enjoyed taking photos per se and have even been told once or twice that I have a knack to it. My mum has always commented on how photos I have taken always have great dynamics, and I have to admit, I love exploring new places and trying to find great angles to take photos from or ways to set up a photo.

I thought it would be nice to display some of my favourite photographs taken over the years.

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I'm by no means a professional, but it's definitely something I'd like to explore further, especially when I'm on my travels. It kind of amazes me how all of these photos were taken just on an iPhone too, not some fancy camera!

I think these also serve as a way to look back and remember good memories; we don't always need to take selfies at happy moments and sometimes photographs of your view at the time can transport you back to that moment even more so. Some of favourite photos of Bruges feature above, and even some images just taken on afternoon countryside strolls with my family. The photos from Paris are also particular favourites,

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Today I have the second review for my 'B-list horror movies challenge'. Basically, I love horror movies, and even find it kind of fun and amusing to watch the really bad ones. Don't ask me why, because I couldn't tell you why exactly. I also used to have a knack of always buying lots of unknown horror movies just because they were cheap or looked scary from the DVD case, which led me to having a whole stack in my room that I'd never actually gotten around to watching. Now I'm watching them and reviewing them for all of you, so now you can read MY review of these terrible movies before you go out and waste your money buying them yourselves...

Today I'm reviewing Hidden.

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Watched : Wednesday evening after work
Essential movie snacks : A crisp sandwich and a cup of tea
Watched with... : Alone, before going to sleep.
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5


The general premise of this film is that a scientist used to conduct experiments to help 'combat' addiction, believing that addiction can be separated from a person and almost made into it's own life form...Yeah it didn't make much sense to me either. But as these movies go, eventually the whole thing is covered up, the lady scientist dies, and her son receives a letter saying he has inherited her hospital or whatever. He gathers some friends and goes to check it out, apparently unaware of this secret underground chamber where his mother conducted these experiments DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE START OF THE FILM SEES HIM SITTING THERE ON THE FLOOR ALL CHEERY AS HIS MUM DOES SAID EXPERIMENTS.

Despite the dodge story line, the film is actually alright in a not-really-scary-but-interesting-for-an-hour-or-so way. I mean it isn't terrible and the scares are few and far between, but I admit that it held my attention throughout for the most part and I was eager to see how it ended. A few (okay, a lot) of the dumb characters were annoying and the ending was really predictable but overall, for a budget horror film it was an interesting concept.

I took 'notes' throughout the film which probably won't make sense unless you've seen it but here's what else I thought -

  • I like that his mum was the scientist. Usually the bad guys (or the ones who started it all) are old balding men. Ladies can be smart & bad ass too!
  • Why was she doing those experiments with her son sitting there WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER IS SHE
  • wait don’t answer that
  • How did he get into the apartment without a key
  • NOONE SITS ON CHAIRS BACKWARDS ANYMORE what are you doing
  • Why isn’t there snow on the trees outside the place (church, hospital, whatever)
  • Why are they going in search of a fly DOES IT EVEN MATTER
  • Is that Walter whites son
  • So it’s just about killer flies?!?
  • Simon is hilarious in a corny way with his constant HEY BABY ness
  • The side story about the lead dude and his ex is really unnecessary and boring
  • Why is she crying like a lil bitch
  • Hey that kid looks like me when I was young
  • Dodge fringe and all
  • So she cries at all the cages that held the children AND THEN THEY KISS IN THE same place
  • Got over that quickly didn’t ya
  • When his girl gets taken away from the demons and he screams don’t you touch her MATE SHES ALREADY GONE 
  • This film literally makes sense - someone’s addiction is born as a demon child? So what about sex or smoking addiction why do the children just go bonkers and kill everyone what addiction is that supposed to signify
  • That curtain looked like a bubble wall
  • Whatever that is
As you can see, for the most part I was very amused at this film. It was worth a watch - just the once - but I really wish I hadn't wasted money on it. I can't remember how much it was but it was the type of film I'd rather have streamed for free and watched with friends as a laugh. Still, it wasn't a total waste and at least I didn't feel like I wasted an hour and a half of my life watching.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I recently read this inspiring post on Zoe London's blog and having seen her ask the question 'How has blogging changed your life', I felt inspired to write my own post on the subject!

Firstly, I have to say that even though it's fairly obvious, I'm not a 'big blogger' and I am forever constantly grateful for the opportunities I DO receive through blogging. I've blogged for almost four years now and love having my own little corner of the internet - but it has taken hard work to get my blog where it is. Maybe reading this post might inspire some of you new bloggers to carry on and not give up! When I first started blogging I'd often ask if there was much point in blogging when so many people seem to do it these days. I'd read other blogs and feel jealous at all the glam events these girls got invites to and wonder why it wasn't me. In fact, I still feel like this sometimes now.

But I'm so glad I never gave up. Someone recently reminded me that I've been running this blog for so long - updating continually, putting in time and effort - that it would be a huge waste if I was ever to give it up. I felt proud when they reminded me of this, proud that I'd stuck with it for such a long time! 

I truly believe blogging has changed my life.

I've had some amazing opportunities that have no doubt come about simply from running Inspire Magazine Online. In fact, when I first started writing this blog, I wanted to be a journalist of some form and was studying Magazine Journalism at university. This blog has probably led on to more opportunities than having that degree. From attending a free Spa Day and having the best massage of my life, to being able to interview one of my all time favourite bands, I'm definitely a lucky lady when it comes to blogging opportunities.

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Blogging has a glam side too! Yes, we often complain about how tough blogging can be. It's not easy trying to constantly think up new content, research posts, take photos, write the actual posts and then actually promote the posts. It's definitely not easy when you choose to work with companies and give yourself deadlines, or when you throw in networking (online and offline) too. But, it's always worth it in the end. Having freebies like make up or clothes has saved me so much money in the past, and being able to attend glamorous events has helped me create memories I'll never forget.

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Quite possibly one of my favourite ways that blogging has changed my life is the friendships I have forged through blogging. Two of my closest blogging buddies, Bex and Lisa, are two friends I have made for life through blogging and even though Lisa lives about a five minute drive away from me, without blogging I never would have met her or Bex. This means not only do I usually always know a friendly face at any given blog event, but we also try to get together for lunch or a movie night when we can!

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And finally, much like Zoe, it's given me a certain kind of confidence that has followed around and helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin. To browsing other blogs for fashion advice and therefore helping me become more fashion savvy, to talking about parts of my life that I'd never even talk to my friends and family about - what I have put IN to this blog, I've most definitely gotten back. It's benefited me in ways I never knew how.

So we may not be the biggest or most famous bloggers out there. We don't get all the opportunities under the sun, and it can be bloody hard work...but we do it anyway. Because we're passionate. Because we like to inspire others. Because blogging has changed our lives.

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Friday, 10 October 2014

I'm trying to be really good with my money lately by not splashing it all on nights out and things I don't actually need - and for the most part I think I've done pretty well. The things that I HAVE splashed out on have been travel for gigs and random adventures - aka the type of memories I'll always remember.

So since I've been so 'smart' with my money, it's no surprise I'm already eyeing up a lot of things I want to buy one payday comes around. Here's what I'm lusting after at the moment...

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I think these over the knee tights are super cute and perfect for the party season. Since treating myself to a couple of pairs of new boots, I've been eyeing up lots of funky knee high socks and tights with cute designs like the one above. These tights are really simple but cute and would be perfect paired with a plain black dress over Christmas - or Halloween. The glitter makes them stand out whilst staying classy at the same time.

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These snowflake necklaces are absolutely adorable for winter! I remember when I was a teenager I'd always go Christmas shopping in Milton Keynes with my best friend and every single time - without fail - we'd stop in Claire's Accessories and buy lots of over the top corny Christmas jewellery, like Christmas tree earrings that would light up. These days I still love to wear seasonal jewellery but I'd like to think I've toned it down a little since then. These delicate necklaces are so cute and stylish and I love the pastel colours that they come in. I can't help but think they'd look gorgeous worn with a fluffy Christmas jumper on a crisp winter morning. They also look like they could be ideal as a little present for someone too!

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This ombre stripe scarf would be the perfect addition to any outfit this winter. I've recently treated myself to a lovely new winter coat and have been on the look out for a scarf that goes ever since. This scarf has quite a few subtle winter colours, which I think means it'll no doubt be very versatile. It also looks super thick too which means hopefully it'll keep me really warm. Looking at this, I can already see all the outfits I can build around it - lots of layers, thick socks and a pair of chunky winter boots. Perfect.

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Look at all the pretty colours! A while back, I was always hooked on my winter nails collection from Models Own, loving all the subtle browns and greens. But this year I think I'm going to go a bit more bold with my nails and this set could be just the answer. The beautiful colours are perfect for whatever the occasion - work, a Christmas party etc and there's even two double ended polishes to help create some stylish nail effects. For such a little set you really do get a lot of choice and even though it's a 'festival collection' I think it's just right for a seasonal one too. 

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I also really, really need a new winter bag and so I'm just putting this out here - I kind of want this for Christmas. The colours are super cute and versatile, it looks really high quality and it's just so, so cute. I don't think anything more needs to be said...

Well that's my payday wishlist, a collection of items to help me prepare for these cold winter months that are on the way. If you like anything you see, just give the image a click and do let me know what your favourite item is with a quick comment!

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

So I don't go to university anymore, meaning gone are the days where I'd adore picking out brand new stationary with an air of positivity about me, preparing for the new school year. I work in retail - in a shop - so I don't need to take down notes in regards to my job. Yet I CAN'T STOP buying new notebooks. I've always been like this. Show me a quirky or colourful notebook, anything with an edgy saying on the front or a funky pattern and guaranteed, like a magpie attracted to anything shiny - I will buy it. Despite having no use for notebooks at all (and certainly no use for the many I already own) I cannot stop myself.

It's gotten to the point where I actively have to avoid places like Paperchase unless I have a specific reason to go in and buy something...

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My latest purchases - this 2015 diary (yes, I know, it's far too early for me to be buying one of these) and this 'I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met' were both found in TK Maxx, that glorious isle filled with odd bits and bobs. I'd love to use the notebook for any travel plans as I adore the quote on the front! Maybe this will help me to get my bum in gear and start saving?

Likewise, there's something kind of scary about buying a pretty notebook, opening it to reveal the crisp white first page...and wanting to do something amazing with the first page of a new book. It's the perfect opportunity to get your creative juices flowing, but the pressure to write something that lives up to the oh-so-pretty cover can be almost mind numbing!

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Monday, 6 October 2014

A few weeks back, I talked about how scary it can be when boys know you have feelings for them. I spoke about how hard it is when they don't necessarily return those feelings and why it's much easier to just keep my mouth shut then deal with the possibility that a guy can go on to judge me for thinking he's somewhat good looking.

When I wrote that post, I'd almost forgotten that there can be one thing scarier then a boy not returning those feelings - and that thing is when they DO return them. Because at that point, a silly little crush suffered quietly from afar suddenly becomes so much more real. It's no longer a situation where you'd potentially like to bone said guy and gossip about him to your friends. At this point, it all gets a little scarier and a little more...possible. You start questioning their actions, the idea of actually being able to date them is fresh in your mind.

But it also leaves you feeling ever so vulnerable. Because if you like someone, that gives them that power over you, that gives them the opportunity to play with your feelings as they see fit. Now, I'm not talking about a full on head fuck where a guy plays you like a puppet, but feelings are complicated. Just because you like someone and they like you back, it doesn't automatically mean things are plain sailing from then on out. They might have issues; they might not be over an ex or they might be just as scared as you are. But they can take that hope and happiness away; just as easily as they gave it.

In mere months you can go from a happy carefree girl who not only accepts being single but enjoys it, to constantly checking your phone and wondering what exactly that text meant. If you don't hear from him, a running commentary takes place in your head, the kind that would scare even the most laid back of guys (is he busy? I probably put him off. Is there anything I did? What if I accidentally farted in my sleep and he's so disgusted that he's phasing me out? What if he's met someone else? What if he's having sex with her RIGHT NOW? What if I was such a bad date that I sent him running and screaming into the arms of someone else or back to his ex? GOD DAMMIT WHY DO I PUT MYSELF THROUGH THIS) And then, oh god, you know it's real when you can't stop listening to Ed Sheeran on repeat.

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I mean, it's really, really bloody scary to know in some ways you've put your happiness in someone else's hands. You should never, ever focus your happiness on a boy and let him define your feelings, much like you should never get into a relationship just cause you're lonely. Love yourself before you find someone to love you; a boyfriend should be a benefit, not a necessary...yada yada yada. But we all know you can't help but feel a little gutted when he doesn't text, or ecstatic when he does.

So I know the fun parts of a relationship. The companionship. The sex. The always-having-someone-there-for-everything (going to see a new movie, a gig buddy, a night pigging out in front of the TV). But I also know the really scary parts too...although, they're kind of fun as well. It's sort of exhilarating & romantic in a really odd way to put yourself out there, to allow yourself to fall for someone without knowing if they'll be there to catch you at the bottom. It's both simultaneously one of the most magical and most petrifying feelings that come along with admitting to yourself, or him, or someone that you might just sort of be developing feelings for them a little lot.

And then, it all kind of clicks. Sure, you're still kind of a doubting mess when you don't hear from him for a couple of days...but deep down you know it's okay, because you know he's a good guy. If you've ever been with one of *those* guys - the 'players' - then you'll know what I mean when I talk about listening to your gut instinct. Don't get me wrong, when my gut instinct tells me that a guy is like that, I still go ahead and date him anyway...but I think that's how you can tell when you've met someone kind of right for you for the first time in a long time. Because your instinct doesn't tell you he's a douche. It tells you he's kind of alright. It tells you that maybe you should stop worrying so much (even though you will) because everything will work out naturally, the way it's supposed to.

And that's why even though it might seem easier to stay single, you realize the worry that comes along with NOT being single is worth it.

Or maybe you know deep down you shouldn't worry so much because you're not really that into him anyway and when it inevitably doesn't work out, surprisingly you care a lot less than you thought you would.

Either one of them.

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Today (a little late, I know, I said I'd be posting the very night after but that just didn't happen...) is my review of The Amityville Haunting.

Admittedly I had high hopes about this film, I'm absolutely fascinated about anything to do with the whole Amityville saga. It's always interested me and I've watched countless documentaries based around the murders and the hauntings, so although this is the tenth film to be released based on this subject, I was hoping it would be a good one.

I was wrong.

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog: My B-List horror movies challengel, The Amityville Haunting, Geoff Meed

Watched : On a cold rainy Friday afternoon
Essential movie snacks : A cornish pastie and a cuppa
Watched with... : Just Jasper, who was hounding me for food. I dared to watch it home alone which bore no difference to me as it wasn't very scary at all.
Score out of 5 : 1.5/5


The trailer makes it look extremely scary but I'm sorry, it's just not. The main character, who is a boy who films everything and just gets under everybody's feet, really cannot act and just comes across as annoying. 

The film bores little to the original details of the hauntings - things such as the demon pig or the red room - that actually made the amityville hauntings stand out among other ghost 'stories' - were not included. Kudos for trying to break away from what is typically expected, especially being that it's the 10th film to be inspired by the amityville hauntings/murders, but unfortunately this just removes anything original from the whole plot and leaves the film to just blend in with other typical ghost stories.

Here's what else I thought, presented in quick bullet form, just because ;
  • At least the realtor attempted to look a little bothered about selling a murder house to this family.
  • I think maybe the over friendly dog walking neighbours were the best actors in this film.
  • It doesn't even look like the house. So I guess by removing the looming windows that the house is famous for they're trying to be more realistic, but it's obvious that it's a completely different house. I mean yeah, that much is obvious, but they could at least choose a similar looking house to film in.
  • His feeble screams (the boys) make me laugh. If I'd just seen a black shadow appear, I'd scream the house down and run out, or at least go tell someone. His reaction is priceless. 'AHH'. That's it. 
  • And the sex in the haunted location thing? Yeah, okay, each to their own but I'm sorry, you're not Adam Levine and we're not in American Horror Story so that just doesn't work. Mmm. Adam Levine.
  • The dad is kind of an idiot. He's the typical type of dad that tries to install his unnecessary 'call me sir and do what I ask like we're in the army' attitude. Still, he broke down crying like a little girl towards the end, and I have to admit this was amusing. And it was pretty funny when he starts shouting after the daughter about being punished. 'GOOOO. GO AND PACK YOUR BAGS LITTLE GIRL. OFF TO MILITARY SCHOOL WHERE THEY'RE GONNA CUT OF ALL YOUR HAIR'.
  • He also calls a two step wooden step boost a ladder as well. For some reason, this annoyed me. He spends a good few unnecessary moments glancing around a room deciding where to put this ladder - oh, you know, how about the only free corner right in front of you which you've already cleared from furniture - before placing it over one of the haunted vent things before exclaiming 'piece of crap ladder!'.
  • It's really obvious that the dude playing the dad totally wants to do the actress playing his daugther too. Awkward...
  • Oh and it also tries to be a bit like Paranormal Activity with using a found footage approach before installing cameras in the house. It doesn't really work. If you thought that Paranormal Activity got bad with all it's sequels, well, you haven't seen anything yet..

I actually fell asleep halfway through watching this. The cover, and trailer, makes it look like it's going to be very scary; or at the very least disturbing. But even the CGI used to create the 'ghosts' is below par. You'd expect at least some ghosts with freaky faces or jumpy moments to make up for the terrible acting and lack of storyline, but nothing comes.

And finally, the most cringe worthy and hilarious part of the film, one that almost made me spit out my tea in laughter and that I actually deemed funny enough to post a video of on Instagram, is the dad's priceless reaction to discover his daughter has an imaginary demon friend.


This was a tough one, because his over dramatic death was pretty funny too. And his breakdown, where he pulls a gun out and starts screaming at the floor and walls, pretending he's in the army and dropping to the floor and dragging himself along the floor.

In conclusion? This movie was NOT worth £5...


P.S Check out the Halloween tag for more Halloween related posts and further horror movie reviews of this kind!

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