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Katie Recommends: What to do this Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

With winter, rather suddenly, drawing in, the nights are getting darker and the world is getting colder. October is just beginning and with the pandemic still hanging around like an unwanted drunk at a party, it’s looking like a socially distanced Halloween is on the menu.

Usually, it’s around this time of year that I start talking about interesting ways to spend Halloween with friends and family, but I’m a responsible adult who gives a shit about my community and the global community at large, so I am not going to be recommending interesting outdoor or group activities this year. Instead, I’m going to turn my focus inward, after all, what could be better on a cold and spooky night than to curl up on a warm sofa and watch some killer films.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made film recommendations and won’t be the last, but where I usually try to explain why I think a film is worth watching, and thus run into spoiler-ish territory, this week I’m just going to be sharing some awesome trailers and let you make your own decisions.

Bonus! As it’s not really a film.

Classic Horror

Classic Horror: The Haunting of Hill House

Welcome home Nell

In an earlier letter, we talked about the different versions of Haunting of Hill House. This is one of my favourite classic horror stories, I love the characters, the setting, the story (obviously).

But most of all I love all the different interpretations that are out there. How we’ve taken this one story and put so many different spins on it, is fantastic in my opinion. However, my admiration for the different incarnations of this story aside, I thought it would be fun for us to have a look at the one that started them all.

The original!

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books v film, Horror Writing

Books v Film: Haunting of Hill House

Welcome home Nell

Personally, I love series’ as a vehicle for turning books to film and I am writing to you about this today.

In my opinion, books going to film doesn’t often work simply because you don’t have the same level of time with a film that you do a book. A series negates that problem, you have tons of time for tension building, character building and storytelling. Take Game of Thrones for an example, there are 69 episodes, at the time of writing, of this show! At least an hour or more a piece. That’s a ton of time! Now imagine each season was condensed down into a 2hr film. Think of what you’d lose.

Recently Netflix released The Haunting of Hill House, its awesome, go watch it. The second season has trailers out now and everything and I’m very excited for it to start. This is a perfect example of why a series worked well, it was tense in places, had great characters and a gripping, engaging story. I’m not saying none of the film adaptations worked but none of them managed to capture the feel of the book as well as the series did.

Anyway, today I want to talk about turning this story into ‘film’

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