What did you guys do for Halloween? As a stay-at-home mom and blogger, I was home most of the day (when not driving my kids all over town, that is). I’ve been sick this week and decided to start my annual ritual of creeping myself out early while I worked on laundry (a major feat in our house). I think, now that I’m blogging, I’ll make writing horror movie and show reviews a ritual, as well. So, this is my first annual Halloween Review Post.
I started the afternoon with my yearly ritual of watching Nosferatu. I love silent films, and this is a classic and I highly recommend everyone see it at least once. There are different versions available to watch streaming, and I recommend the version that has the original musical score from 1922. It is amazing how creepy and well-made a film this old can be. I give this film a 5/5!
Another Halloween ritual I have is watching a horror/thriller I’ve never seen before, which this year would be Dead Awake. I did enjoy it. I like Nick Stahl, and he did a great job. However, I did find some of the story to be predictable, which, unfortunately, seems to be a common issue in cinema lately. I still enjoyed it enough to give it 3/5 stars.
My kids dressed up and went trick-or-treating, and I passed out the treats (bubbles, glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, and glow bracelets) while playing music from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack over my Bose speaker, blasting the sound out over the court. I definitely enjoyed the festivities of Halloween this year and who doesn’t love that movie or soundtrack? It is definitely one of Tim Burton’s finest animated films (however, I was pleasantly surprised by his recent film, Frankenweenie, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago and will add to my list of Halloween must-sees).
My teenagers invited all the kids they went trick-or-treating with over after for take-out Chinese and a movie. They initially wanted to watch Insidious (one of my favorite horror movies from last year – a firm 4, maybe 4.5/5), but decided on Case 39, as none of them had seen it, and it is another on my recommended horror flicks. It is rated R for violence and language, but as long as I’ve previewed the movie and find nothing racy or too adult, I will occasionally let my older kids watch an R-rated movie, and, if they have friends over, they have to have parental permission. This movie is everything you want from a horror movie – twists and turns, frights, screams, and a good story to go with it. It also stars some of my favorite actors: Renée Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, and Ian McShane. It isn’t a new movie, as it came out in 2009, but I still recommend it and give it a 4/5. There are definitely points where you get the feeling of the direction of the movie, but the acting is incredible and I enjoyed the story. The actress that played the little girl really made the movie (Jodelle Ferland).
After they left, I decided to watch American Horror Story: Asylum. I’ve been recording it, as it looked interesting, but hadn’t gotten a chance to check it out. It is amazing and, if you like horror and/or psychological thrillers, I definitely recommend this. The cast is top-notch with Joseph Fiennes, Jessica Lange, and Oliver Cromwell, just to name a few from this amazing ensemble. It sucks you right in and you can’t believe an hour has gone by when it is over. Each episode stands well on it’s own, but they all play a part of the bigger picture, so following the series is recommended, but, as of yet, I don’t see it as a necessity to understand or enjoy the show. I’m not through the series yet, so I don’t really have a firm rating, but so far I’m close to giving it 5 stars.
Now, tomorrow, I will be hitting up the stores for all of the after-Halloween sales. My son has been bugging me about having more decorations for holidays, and as fun as I had this year, I want to kick it up a notch next year.
If you have any pictures or ideas or favorite scary/Halloween movies you’d like to share, please do! I love hearing from my readers!
I’ll leave you with a picture of my awesome daughter and her sweetheart, who went as Jack and Sally this year.
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