Happy Death Day 2U

Hello, my darling readers!
The other day I talked about the movie Happy Death Day, which I ended up enjoying a fair bit. Well, of course I also sat down to check out the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U. So, let’s find out how that one holds up in comparison!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

The Rating:

Let me begin this with saying that I definitely liked this one less than the first movie. But I do appreciate that while working with the same concept they tried to give it a different spin. The question is, however, is this a spin I particularly liked.

We start off almost exactly like we did in the first film – somebody is stuck in a loop, it’s just a different character this time. To be honest, for a moment I thought they’d just unoriginally copy-pasted the first flick and got very annoyed. While I liked the first film, I wasn’t so sucked in to the whole thing that I’d want to watch another movie just like that. Especially because sequels that do the copy-past thing usually pale in comparison to the first film.

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Thursday Movie Picks Halloween Edition: School

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s finally October and you all know what this means! It’s almost Halloween and I couldn’t be more excited. To match the vibe this month’s TMP posts will be horror themed as well, kicking things off with some horror flicks featuring schools.

#1 The Faculty

This was the very first thing that came to my mind when I read the theme. I’ve only ever seen The Faculty once but for some reason it really burned itself into my brain. Also, so many famous faces in this one!

#2 Final Destination

Okay, so this is a bit of a cheat. Final Destination is technically not set in a school. But – hear me out – it’s about a class on their way to France when one of the kids has a premonition that the school trip would go horribly wrong. This was another one that immediately popped into my head, so I’m including it. 😉

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Hereditary

Hello guys!
My friends and I did an online watch party to get into a bit of a Halloween spirit and this is the first film we watched. As per request of my friend who is a big fan of Hereditary. He may or may not hate us now.

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

The Rating:

So, my other friend and I basically did a running commentary throughout the entire film, pointing out every little mistake or thing that didn’t make sense. While we certainly had a lot to say and to critique, I still enjoyed the film a lot.

It’s quite intricate with lots of little hints and plot twists, so make sure to pay attention. Otherwise you’ll end up very confused (especially when it comes to the ending). Even though we basically did an in-depth analysis of the entire movie while watching it, I had to think about the ending for a moment!

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Top 5 Tuesday: horror/thriller tropes that don’t scare you

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
It’s finally October so we’re doing loads of spooky themes this month. To kick it off, we’ll talk about horror/thriller tropes that don’t scare me. To be honest, there are only very few things that scare me, so this was pretty simple. 😅

#1 Monsters

Any type of monster doesn’t really faze me. Be it werewolves, vampires, zombies or any other basic bitch creature you can think of just doesn’t get under my skin. No matter how well written, it’s just never realistic enough to do the trick for me.

#2 Conjuring Evil

So, while the evil that gets conjured could admittely be a little spooky, I always get stuck on the usually rather stupid people who do the conjuring. You know, kids in a cabin in the woods who find an old book and start reading kind of vibe. 😅

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The Love Witch

Hello, my darling readers!
Today I bring you a rather weird movie that I can’t even put into a certain genre. There’s comedy, there’s tragedy, there’s horror. But most importantly, there are the 1960s!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she at last meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.

The Rating:

I first heard about this movie when I came across a couple of pictures on tumblr. At first, I honestly thought The Love Witch is a movie from the 60s I just hadn’t heard of before. Oh boy, was I wrong.

Mind you, this 2016 flick made every effort to make the 1960s come to life. It was shot on 35mm film, to then be printed from an original cut negative. Most of the costumes are geniune vintage dresses from the time as well.

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Audition (1999)

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The Plot (according to RT):

This disturbing Japanese thriller follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend (Jun Kunimura), Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn’t as reserved as she appears to be, leading to gradually increased tension and a harrowing climax.

The Rating:

This was quite a ride. I went into Audition basically blind. I had no idea what the story was, all I was told was that’s it’s a horror movie. You can imagine how intrigued and surprised I was watching this!

So, first things first. The story twists and turns a lot and will leave you wondering. We get moments that reminded me of David Lynch. Which basically means at times you will not be sure what exactly is gong on and even after the movie is over you’ll be left speculating on some aspects. Personally, I really enjoy films that make you think, that require some effort from the audience. I like movies that are smart and don’t just spell everything out in giant glowing neon letters. For me, the story worked. It’s a great film that keeps you on your toes but I can see why other people might feel frustrated after the credits have rolled. Consider yourself warned. 😉

I want to talk about some specific details after the *read more* so beware of spoilers from here on out!

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