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Crimson Peak: Movie Review

Crimson Peak: Movie Review

Synopsis: Ghosts!  Ghosts everywhere! At the turn of the 20th century, Edith Cushing (CUSHING!) is wooed by an English baronet, gets married and moves to his not-at-all ominous mansion, nicknamed “Crimson Peak”.  There is a nefarious plot between the baronet and his insane sister in regards to Edith.  And then, of course, there are the aforementioned ghosts. My thoughts: First things first: with this being a passion project of Guillermo Del Toro, you knew the set design was going to…

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10 Cloverfield Lane: Movie Review

10 Cloverfield Lane: Movie Review

Synopsis: Michelle is run off the road and awakens in a bunker with her leg chained to the wall.  She was “saved” by Howard, a large man who is a terrible combination of socially awkward and not-so-vaguely threatening.  He explains that there has been an attack and the air outside is contaminated.  Do we believe him, or is that just something he said so that she wouldn’t try to escape from the bunker? There is also another man in the…

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The Conjuring 2: Spoilery Thoughts

The Conjuring 2: Spoilery Thoughts

I already wrote a review of The Conjuring 2, but I have some questions that would spoil the movie, so I opted to put them in a different post.  Because I am a kind soul. 1. Lorraine was able to defeat the demon – Valak – by saying his name, screaming other things and condemning him back to hell.  Or something.  She only knew his name because Valak told her his name in a vision.  “I know his name, I…

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The Conjuring 2: Movie Review

The Conjuring 2: Movie Review

Synopsis: Based on the Enfield Poltergeist case, one of the more famous hauntings in British history.  An adorable little British family is being haunted by a demon, and one of them is possessed.  Whatever are they to do?  Good thing the Warrens are on the case! Thoughts: I’ll admit to being hesitant about this movie.  I enjoyed the first one a decent amount, but the trailers for this movie looked terrible.  I actually laughed out loud at a couple of…

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Thoughts on Independence Day: Resurgence

Thoughts on Independence Day: Resurgence

Alien invaders count as horror, right? I thought so. Here are a handful of random thoughts about Independence Day: Resurgence. 1. Brent Spiner is a perfectly fine actor, but Dr. Okun was entirely too prominent in this movie.  The first Independence Day was the perfectly amount of Okun: get in, say some awkward things for laughs, have an alien tentacle wrapped around his neck and get out. For this movie, it was almost like someone said, “Hey, what if we…

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Mailbag: June 20, 2016

Mailbag: June 20, 2016

Welcome back to the HW Mailbag.  I apologize for my absence.  I forgot to put out a call for questions last week.  I’m sure all 6 of you who read this were crushed. We’ve got two questions today, both from former writers from the site.  They’re lovely people.  If you’re not following them on Twitter, you should probably fix that as soon as possible. To the questions! Brother, what is a scene that absolutely wrecked you?  Either emotionally or the…

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Remember when two highly successful movies were made about a silent psychopath who killed people like it was his job* and followed it up with a movie about a sinister organization making Halloween masks stuffed with Stonehenge fragments that would activate when a commercial played, turning the mask wearer’s face into a sludge of snakes and spiders?  Do you remember a scene when we saw snakes crawl out of the face of a child? Do you also remember that the…

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The Fog: Movie Review

The Fog: Movie Review

Synopsis: On the eve of its centennial celebration, a fog bank appears off the coast of Antonio Bay in California.  People are murdered.  Windows are shattered.  Electricity flickers.  It vanishes at the stroke of 1am, but it returns that night.  The fog, you guys.  THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE FOG. Thoughts: I have a terrible confession: I had never seen this movie before.  As I mentioned recently, I have seen the remake many times (fine, I’ll say it: I’ve seen it…

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Mailbag: June 6, 2016

Mailbag: June 6, 2016

Welcome back to the HW Mailbag.  Only one question this week, but it’s a good one. Current debate that’s going on at work…What’s scarier, ghosts/paranormal or slashers/killers and why?  Your thoughts? – @kcguru23 @kcguru23 works at a hotel and they have these debates during slow moments.  I wouldn’t mind working in a place like that.  Instead, I’ll just sit alone in my office, telling ghost stories to myself.  As it turns out, my scenario is still more interesting than The…

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Chopping Mall: Movie Review

Chopping Mall: Movie Review

Synopsis: In an attempt to shore up their overnight security, a mall unveils their new plan: metal security doors  that will close at night.  Also, three patrolling robots.  They swear the robots are non-lethal, but that doesn’t explain their onboard head-exploding lasers.  Some teens decide to have an after-hours party in a furniture store.  Lightning strikes the mall, the non-lethal robots are turned into murder machines and the teens try to survive. My thoughts: The original title of this movie…

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Horror School is in Session

Horror School is in Session

As I mentioned in the not-so-distant past, I am a relatively recent horror convert.  Because of this, I have fairly sizable holes in my viewing history.  I haven’t seen a lot of movies that a lot of people hold up as classics.  In a perfect world I would have found all sorts of time to just sit down and give myself a proper horror upbringing.  But it is not a perfect world. So I have decided to enroll in Horror…

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Boo! John Carpenter Returns to the Halloween Franchise

Boo! John Carpenter Returns to the Halloween Franchise

Boo! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise! In case you missed it, Blumhouse has announced that they have brought John Carpenter back into the Halloween franchise.  He will be producing the next installment in the series, set to release in October 2017. I do not like this. As you all well know, Carpenter is the man responsible for first bringing Michael Myers into our world back in 1978, effectively giving birth to the slasher boom of the 80s.  Even after all…

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Yay! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise!

Yay! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise!

In case you missed it, Blumhouse has announced that they have brought John Carpenter back to the Halloween franchise.  He will be producing the next installment in the series, set to release in October 2017. I love this. As you all well know, Carpenter is the man responsible for first bringing Michael Myers into our world back in 1978, effectively giving birth to the slasher boom of the 80s.  Even after all these years, Halloween is just as good today…

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Movie Review

The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Movie Review

Synopsis: Authorities find over 800 VHS tapes made by an elusive killer in and around Poughkeepsie, New York.  We the viewer – most of whom are absolutely not police or FBI agents – get to watch some of these and see what terrible things this killer did.  Awful things.  Twisted things.  Why did they let us watch these? My thoughts: This wasn’t as much out-and-out scary as it was supremely unnerving.  I had to keep telling myself, “This isn’t real,…

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