Normally when I recommend something it’s a great book, a fantastic movie, a wonderful creator (usually on YouTube) or just something fun.
Today however I’m going to recommend some really good advice.
An amazing film!
I just wrote a blog about writing skills in films and I mentioned a film in my final segment of that blog, His House. This is an amazing film and I highly recommend it!
Just look at this trailer.
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.
Scratching an itch
I feel like I’ve been giving you a disproportionate amount of recommendations lately, but honestly, I can’t help it. I find something awesome and want to talk about it and share it. Sometimes I do this in the form of reviewing and other times I don’t want to spoil stories or put ideas in peoples heads when the best way to experience things is via your own lens.
Besides, one of the reasons I created this blog was so I could gush about awesome stuff. I was tired of seeing reviews that were primarily negative, even if they were fun. I’m a fan of looking for positives and enjoying things, enthusiasm rocks!
That justification aside, today I want to talk to you about the Suicide of Rachel Foster.
I love video games, they are one of my top three ways to relax and experience a good story. I think games are a fantastic medium for the horror genre as they are immersive and effective in a way that books and movies can’t always be. You can do things in a game that you simply can’t do with a less interactive medium.
I’ve been replaying a lot of the Dark Pictures Anthology lately (another recommendation if you’re interested) and they have gotten me hooked on the photo-realistic, story-based games. Honestly, the walking-simulator type games are my favourite kind of games in the horror genre. They really let you experience feelings of powerlessness and thus tighten the ‘horror’ aspect. I get frustrated when you play a ‘horror’ game but you play as a badass, just putting me against horror-themed enemies does a horror game make.
Looking to scratch my photo-realistic story-based game itch, I picked up a copy of The Suicide of Rachel Foster and really enjoyed it. Check it out on Steam.
Today I want to give you some game recommendations!
Today I am writing to share with you some amazing horror games that I think you would enjoy.
Resident Evil: Village
Take on the role of Ethan Winters and set out into a remote European village in search of your kidnapped daughter. Twisted lords, vampiric creatures and much more beside stand between you and salvation.
The Evil Within 2 – Accolades
Take on the role of traumatised police detective Sebastian Castellanos and enter the surreal nightmare realm of Union – a once idyllic recreation of rural America corrupted by madness – in search of your daughter Lily.
Explore the abandoned Greenwood High School in Taiwan in a tragic twist on classic supernatural horror. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil during the 1960s, Detention is slow-burning and atmospheric trip towards horrifying realisation.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
The latest entry in the long-running Fatal Frame franchise, Maiden of Black Water continues the series’ eerie and ghostly brand of horror. Take on the role of three different protagonists as you explore the shrines of Mt. Hikami and solve its haunting mysteries.
Christmas movie night
Today I am writing to share with you my top three Christmas Horror films.
Christmas Horror Story
I’ve talked about this before, Katie Recommends: A Christmas Horror Story. but it bares repeating. This is a great film!
Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host. A family brings home more than a Christmas tree. A student documentary becomes a living nightmare. A Christmas spirit terrorizes. Santa slays evil.
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Fatman is a 2020 American dark comedy action film written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms and starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride serve as executive producers of the film. The plot follows an unorthodox Santa Claus who must fight off an assassin sent by a vengeful naughty kid.
Today i am sending you something amazing.
Working at a dead-end retail job in the middle of nowhere can be hard. The long hours. The helpless customers. The enormous eldritch horror living deep below the building. As the only full-time employee at the 24-hour gas station at the edge of town, Jack has pretty much seen it all. But when he decides to start an online journal documenting the bizarre day-to-day occurrences, he unwittingly attracts the attention of much more than just a few conspiracy theorists.
With the body count steadily on the rise and a dark, ancient force infecting the dreams of everyone around him, Jack will do everything in his power to stay out of the way and mind his own business. After all, he’s just a gas station clerk. It’s not like he’s getting paid enough to wage battle against the nightmarish aberrations plaguing his community. Besides, he already has his hands full attempting to manage all those mysterious lawn gnomes, the mutant raccoons, and the charming phantom cowboy who lives in the bathroom.
Based on the award-winning creepypasta by GasStationJack, Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One is a love letter to the pioneers of classic horror tailored to a generation that grew up in the era of smartphones and WiFi.
Smoke gets in your eyes
Today I want to talk to you about Caitlin Doughty.
Caitlin runs a YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician.
Now you might think I’m recommending this becuase, after all we are a horror appreceation blog, and oooOOooo dead bodies, that’s got to be horror. But that’s not why I’m recommending her, Caitlin works hard to demystify and remove the ‘ick’ and the ‘horror’ from death, and she does this well, in part due to her humor and delivery.
I am an avid horror fan but I do also think it’s important that we reconnect with certain things that have been labelled as ‘horrifying’ and realise just what’s involved.
That and it is morbidly fascinating.
Sadly Caitlin does not have a channel trailer for me to share with you, so I’m going to try and sum up her channel and share with you one of my favourite videos. She does a great deal of discussion about the funeral industry, demystifying it, but she also does other series like her iconic corpse series, fave of mine linked below.
Today I want to recommend another YouTube channel.
While the main focus of our letters is horror, True Crime has been an interest of mine for a long time, often the real world can be scarier than fiction.
With that in mind I highly recommend Kendall Rae on YouTube.
Kendall’s channel has a wonderful collection of True Crime videos where she dissects everything, from the events that happened, how the story was covered in the media/social media, and her opinion on it. She also encourages discussion and if the story hasn’t been resolved she posts updates. She also puts out videos about people who have gone missing and people who have been found, again dissecting the situation and presenting all the information in an easy to watch way.
Lastly, I want to also bring to your attention the amazing fund raising work she does for Thorn. Thorn is an organisation that builds technology which protects people, partially children from sexual abuse and human trafficking. Kendall and her subscribers create awesome clothing designs which she then sells via her channel and all the profits go to Thorn and she’s raised an amazing amount.
Overall, it’s a great channel, a must watch for anyone interested in real world horror.