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Katie Recommends: What to do this 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.

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Katie Recommends: IT: Chapter Two

Who else is super excited for this movie!

I was dubious when the first one came out.

Partly because the original movie freaked me out so much as a kid and I knew this movie (no matter how good) would never be able to recreate that feeling of genuine fear that tiny Katie had felt watching the original. But also partly because I did know what to expect, was this going to be a carbon copy with updated effects (think Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast) or was it going to be truer to the book (think Disney’s remake of The Jungle Book (slightly)).

As it turned out I really enjoyed the first part, it was well-acted and well-paced, with enough of the original film to tease my nostalgia feels and enough new/book stuff to please the reader in me.

I have high hopes for the second part, it has got some good actors and I’m excited to see how they handle it.

Are you excited? Are you worried? Or are you pretty chill?

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Review: IT

Any of you who have followed this blog for a while now will probably have picked up on the fact that I really enjoy Stephen King. I like the way he writes people, the way he builds tension and the atmosphere in his stories. Sometimes his endings don’t quite deliver after the build-up but regardless I love his stories and nothing will ever change that.

Today I want to talk about IT.

With the second part of the remake out this year, I thought it a perfect time to talk about the story which fostered in me (and a lot of others) a terrible fear of clowns.

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