An exciting new book to read!!!!

So my totally awesome librarian, Omar, recently graced me with an awesome book.

The Walking Dark by Robin Wasserman

And in addition to it being a book being based off ‘It’ by Stephen King (which I am currently working on), I got a signed copy….WHICH IS SO TOTALLY AWESOME!

I am only a few pages in but I am currently loving it and I cannot wait to see where it goes!

So let the reading begin :D

Spooky, Creepy Seasonal Books

As we are moving rapidly towards the creepy season of Halloween, All Hallows Eve,  El Día de los Muertos,  The Day of the Day and other spooky related things here are some interesting suggestions to get your reading appropriately themed.

Flavorwire has a list of 50 of the scariest books of all time. HERE. Interesting. How many have you read? (8) and what do you think is missing and should be added? (some more Stephen King, and what about Clive Barker?) Comments please.

Penguin Classics has redesigned their horror classics. Very cool. HERE. Might have to get one.

And finally BuzzFeed ponders the question, What if RL Stine’s books were tailed to adults? HERE. REALLY???? This is the best you can do?

Hopefully, there is something here to help you find your fright filled reading!

 

 

It’s coming!

Halloween is coming up in just over a month and Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.

Time to get out the Steven King novels (even though I read them throughout the year) and it is also time to get out the scary movies.

So as I love Halloween, I will be doing mostly Halloween related posts (yes, I know, a shocker…I’m actually going to start posting again).

It’s time to start screaming and jumping at those noises that you hear because Halloween is coming and it’s time to get your fright on :D

So let the terror begin.

Jack-o-lantern

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Summary

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in that house. But the property complete with boathouse and swimming pool and the price were too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror. This is the spellbinding, best-selling true story that gripped the nation, the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe.

-From Amazon.com

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Review

WOW! This truly was a Halloween novel and definitely something you want to read during the month of October.

The thing which I really liked about the book is that it is actually a true story and which added to the scariness and creepiness of the novel :)

There was not really anything gruesome and inappropriate, but it was all based around suspense and just weird things happening to this family. You never actually found out what was terrorizing  them and you never knew where it came from. You also never found out what its purpose was. That also added to the mysteriousness of the story. Since it was a true account, many of the mysterious events were never explained. Many “ghost-hunters” went to the Lutz’s house and tried to find out what was causing all of the terror, but nothing was ever found or recorded. Some psychologists posed the idea that there may have been a mass hallucination by the family and the town.

James Brolin, George and Kathy Lutz during an ...

James Brolin, George and Kathy Lutz during an interview on Good Morning America marking the launch of the first film version in July 1979 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It would take to long to describe what I mean by that, but do a little research on this. It really is interesting but don’t read it in the dark. There were some really interesting theories put into place about what was going on.

Also don’t read this book in the dark when you are home alone. Definitely not a good decision (on my part). :P

But this is a really good book to read for Halloween. So go and check this book out from your local library. And let the horror begin.

*There are also movies based on the book. I am going to be watching it soon, and will be reviewing it :P

A Word From M.O.M.

You may have noticed that posts are a little scarce at the moment. Actually, scarce is being generous. Where are the posts? the funny observations? the book and movie recommendations?

Sophomore year, that’s where. Do you remember yours? (And for our wonderful international readers that translates to second year high school) Essays, readings, lab reports, power points (didn’t have them in my day), piano practice, dance and let’s not forget a little social time too. So, while MLCWO struggles to get to grips with everything (dealing with distractions isn’t her strong point……..) posts will be tended by me. Only for a while. So, the voracious book reader can catch her breath, help with Halloween parties at the library, plan her costume and such like. With Halloween fast approaching (one of our favorites times of the year – such great books and movies) we can’t let it slip by…….silently……and unnoticed.  M.O.M. is here to help.

Need some pumpkin inspiration?

Ever wondered what the connection is between books and pumpkins?

Then check THESE out. Creative, charming and totally cool.

What do you think? Do they inspire you to get creative? I hope so.

 

Poltergeist – 1982

Starring

Craig T. Nelson – Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams – Diane Freeling
Beatrice Straight – Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne  - Dana Freeling
Oliver Robins – Robbie Freeling
Heather O’Rourke  - Carol Anne Freeling

Summary

“What a combo! Tobe Hooper, the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, teamed up with family-oriented producer Steven Spielberg to make Poltergeist. The film is about a haunted suburban tract home in a development very much like the Arizona one in which Spielberg was raised. (Because it came out the same summer as Spielberg’s E.T., it was tempting to see both movies as representing Spielberg’s ambivalent feelings about childhood in suburbia. One was a fantasy, the other a nightmare.) Spielberg also cowrote the screenplay, which taps into primal, childlike fears of monsters under the bed, monsters in the closet, sinister clown faces, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. At first, some of the odd happenings in the house are kind of funny and amusing, but they grow gradually creepier until the film climaxes in a terrifying special-effects extravaganza when 5-year-old Carole Anne (Heather O’Rourke) is kidnapped by the spooks and held hostage in another dimension. Though not nearly as frightening as Hooper’s magnum opus, or the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, which came along two years later, Poltergeist is one of the smartest and most entertaining horror pictures of its time. –Jim Emerson”

- From Amazon.com

Review

This was a very….interesting movie. It was rated PG but this movie is about 30 years old and I would say it definitely was not PG. It was more like PG-13. The movie was not scary when you compare it to todays standards, but it did have its moments which were definitely not  PG moments. There was a scene where The Beast made one of the ghost hunters hallucinate that something really gruesome was happening to his face and it was creepy. It would not be considered that to todays standards but the rest of the movie was so harmless that it was not expected and made you jump.

Then there was the clown. Don’t get me started on the clown. I hated clowns to start with but this just did it.The clown was there and then it wasn’t. I HATE clowns. Except Bello and Grandma.

    

But I hate these clowns.

Never have and never will.

This is a definite movie to watch as it is a classic (along with Nightmare on Elm Street (not seen that yet )) but I would definitely wait until you are at least 13 years of age to see this one. Just for a few reasons.

To read CommonSenseMedia.org’s review click here.

I did enjoy this movie and I may just have to check out Poltergeist II and Poltergesit III.

Hope that you enjoy this one.

“They’re here!”

Van Helsing (2004)

As Halloween is just around the corner I thought that I would start watching some Halloween movies. So, the other night I saw this DVD beckoning me, and it was an interesting one. So, I decided that it would be a great Halloween movie. Scary, exciting, with a little undead. So here we goooo…..
Starring
Hugh Jackman – Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale – Anna Valerious
Richard Roxburgh – Count Vladislaus Dracula
David Wenham – Carl

Summary
“Legendary monster hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is summonded to mysterious Transylvania on a mission that will thrust him into a sweeping battle against the forces of darkness. With non-stop action and electrifying special effects, VAN HELSING is an adrenaline-powered monition picture even Roger Ebert calls “Spectacular!””

-Back of Movie Box

Review

This is the classic Dracula story with a nice twist. It had Frankenstein, it had werewolves, and other demonic creatures as well. This story is about Count Dracula and his mission to make his kind thrive, but then Van Helsing, his old enemy, arrives to make his life just a tad more difficult.

This is an amazing Halloween movie. The action was non-stop, there were some things which made you jump, but it was not too scary  - for teens. This is the perfect movie for younger teens and up (14+.) There was some gore but it was not too bad. The monster got cut and the blood spurted but it was literally a frame and that was it. Some of the creatures in this movie were a little scary, like Dracula’s brides. I though that Richard Roxburgh was the perfect actor for Count Vladislaus Dracula. He looked like a Dracula to me and he played the part extremely well. Hugh Jackman was the hero of this film and he played his party of Van Helsing very well. He made his character come alive with his subtle jokes now and then. Then Kate Beckinsale played the beautiful Anna Valerious. She was not your ordinary woman. She would kick butt along side Van Helsing.

This story is perfect for a family with older teens. There is nothing sexual in this at all and there is only mild language like “godda**” and words like “oh my God.” Nothing too extreme at all. I loved this movie and I recommend  watching it as it is a perfect Halloween movie,  and Halloween is just around the corner.

I hope that you all enjoy it and tell me what you think!!

Looking For Some Scary Reads??

Just as the season of the seriously creepy has arrived with darker nights, billowing leaves, sighing in the trees the nights are longer, lonelier….. in case you are stuck for something seasonal to read Book Riot has just the answer with a list of Spooky Reads. There are some great suggestions to keep everyone happy – including wimps! Be sure to check out their piece on Dracula. A classic tale  - reviewed here.