Reviews - Films

Film: Malignant

Baby Back

Today I want to talk with you about a movie I enjoyed, about a lady who has visions only to find they are coming true.

Malignant is a supernatural horror film, it was released in 2021 and directed by James Wan. It was written by James Wan and Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper.

Setting

Modern-ish day America.

Characters

Our main characters are:

  • Madison – our main character  
  • Sydney – Madison’s sister
  • Gabriel – I’m saying nothing.
  • Detectives Kekoa Shaw and Regina Moss
  • Dr. Florence Weaver & Victor Fields & John Gregory – doctors at Simion Hospital

Plot

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The film starts in 1993, in Simion Hospital, with Dr. Weaver, Victor Fields and John Gregory treating a psychiatric patient, Gabriel. Gabriel has apparently got magic powers, as he is able to eat electricity and broadcasts his thoughts via speakers. Unfortunately for everyone Gabriel turns violent and kills a bunch of people in the hospital. Dr Weaver claims she can’t fix him and they have to cut the cancer out.

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Reviews - Games

Videogame: Haunting Ground

Good Doggo

Today I am writing to talk to you about a videogame called Haunting Ground, or Demento if you happened to pick up a copy in Japan.

The game was published by Capcom in 2005 for the PlayStation 2.

Summary

The story starts with Fiona, an 18-year-old girl, waking up in a castle dungeon, having recently suffered a car accident with her father, who doesn’t survive. She doesn’t remember much and finds her cage to be unlocked. Fiona has to explore the castle with the aid of Hewi, a German Shepard.

Through exploration and unravelling the mystery of the castle, Fiona learns that she carried an alchemic element called Azoth. Riccardo, the master of the castle, wants that element.

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Katie Recommends: The Midnight Meat Train

Choo choo

Today I am writing to recommend a film that you might not have seen yet.

The Midnight Meat Train.

This is a film, starring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones is based on a Clive Barker short story of the same name. In a nutshell, the film is about a photographer who is attempting to track down a serial killer who targets people on the subway.

Clearly, I’m trying to keep spoilers to a minimum here, but there’s a lot more to this story than a deranged person killing people on a train (though there is a bit of that too lol).

I may do a full spoiler-full review of this one as it’s a great film. It’s well worth your time.

Reviews - Films

Review: April Fools Day.

Day of fools

Today is the 1st of April! Which as you probably already know, means it’s April Fools Day.

April Fool’s Day is a day celebrated each year with practical jokes and hoaxes, it has permeated all aspects of work and life, and the horror genre has not escaped. With that in mind today I want to talk about the 1986 classic horror film, April Fools.

While this is a horror film it is a black comedy. It was directed by Fred Walton and centres around a group of college students whose vacation is disrupted by a killer.

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Reviews - Books

Reviews: The Ballad of Black Tom

Lovecraft Inspired

Today I am writing to talk to you about The Ballad of Black Tom, which was written by Victor LaValle and published in 2016.

Being a Lovecraftian fan when I heard about this novella, I was all in there and it is safe to say that I was not disappointed. It is a reworking of Lovecraft’s “The horror of Red Hook.” But it builds on the original story and themes to explore racism, prejudice and isolation.

The novella won a slew of awards including but not limited to the Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Summary

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The novel follows Charles “Tommy” Tester who lives with his sick father and runs schemes as a street hustler in Harlem in 1924. The first part of the novella is told from Charles perspective and the second is seen through the eyes of Detective Malone.  

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Reviews - Films

Film: Antlers

Everyone loves a wendigo

Today I am writing to tell to you about Antlers, which is a film with a lot of symbolism.

It was released in 2021 and directed by Scot Cooper. It was adapted from the short story, The Quiet Boy, written by Nick Antosca.

Summary

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The story takes place in a small town in Oregon, where a drug dealer, Frank, runs his meth lab out of an old mine. Frank is visiting his lab and he; his son Aiden and Franks meth pal are all attacked by a creature in the mine.  Frank and Aiden escape but meth buddy does not. However, Frank and Aiden are not well after the attack and return home to be locked in the basement by Franks other boy, Lucas.

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