TV Review: The Haunting of Hill House

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The  Haunting of Hill House
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Very loosely based on the novel by Shirley Jackson of the same name The Haunting of Hill House is at its heart a family drama disguised as a ghost story.

This shouldn’t be a spoiler, but Hill House is haunted. It is very very haunted. Yet, this is a different story than the one you may be familiar with. The original story is about a group of strangers who meet up for a supernatural experiment within this notoriously haunted home.  You may have even seen the 1963 classic titled The Haunting or even the 1999 film (though the 1999 was not so well received). This new Netflix original series, however, takes the story in a very different direction. Yet, I would say that this adaptation captures the essences of  Jackson’s gothic horror novel better than any of the adaptations that came before it.

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TV: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

 

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Netflix Original

Not all Halloween Classics need to make you reach for the night lights. In the vein of Casper, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown (1 – 3 of course. Who do you take me for?), The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell bring some light-hearted fun and quirky cryptids over for coffee and cake.  Do you enjoy episodes of The Great British Bake Off, the muppets, and macabre humor? Well this is the show for you.

Christine McConnell, runs a sort of foster home for the strange and unusual.  Not only can she bake a replica of her home out of chocolate cake, keep a murderous reanimated raccoon in check, but also sew a new evening gown all before her date arrives for a home-cooked dinner. Her date with perhaps a serial killer, but those kinds of silly things aren’t deal breakers for this accomplished woman.

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Movie: A Quiet Place

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Release Date: April 6, 2018
Directed by John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck & John Krasinski

 

A Quiet Place aka a study in sound and the art of building tension. John Krasinski creates an ever-evolving world of set-up and pay-off.  Scenarios are created scene after scene in which I audibly heard the audience hold their breath and wait for the unavoidable end. An audience full of people sitting at the edge of their seats as this film loaded Chekhov’s gun over and over again. You would think this kind of pace to a film would become exhausting but it never does, because at its heart this is a movie about love and family.  At its heart this film is about two parents trying to protect their children to the best of their abilities in a world inherently unsafe.

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Movie: IT

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Directed by Andy Muschietti
Screenplay by: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga & Gary Dauberman
Based on the Novel by: Stephen King

This was a perfect time to release this movie. There is a definite nostalgia factor for all things 80’s and especially summer 80’s child adventure movies.  IT combines all those nostalgic feelings and makes them utterly unsettling and creepy.  The movie takes a look at those darker childhood moments and at those things that are never meant to be remembered and puts them alongside a whole bunch of terrifying images.

Not to mention, it’s also a great time for a creepy clown movies considering the real life creepy clown sightings that were going on just a few short months ago.

Now seems like a good time to announce that I am an unbiased reviewer (well, I am when it comes to this film). I have never seen the original Tim Curry version and I have not yet read the book (it’ll probably be my very next read, however).  Anyway, when I went in to see IT, I went in with an open mind and just looking to be creeped out for an afternoon. I absolutely got what I wanted and even jumped out of my seat a few times.

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Movie: Annabelle: Creation

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Written by: Gary Dauberman
Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Release Date: August 11, 2017

 

After spending an incredibly long day at work, my roommate and I trekked downtown to sit in line for the free screening of Annabelle: Creation. While we both love The Conjuring films, we had found the first Annabelle film to be lacking.  Of course, sometimes you are just in the mood to be scared and we were in the mood to be frightened out of our wits.  I was kind of hopeful for this film, even though I probably didn’t go in with the most open of minds.  I’ll admit that.

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Movie: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

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Written and Directed by: Burr Steers
Based on the book by: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

If you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice and you love zombie movies, than I have some good news for you… you are going to love this movie.

Let’s just get this bit out of the way…Yes. This movie is exactly what you think it is.  Jane Austen’s British Regency novel revolving around the Bennet Family, but this time with a few more zombies than you remember.  It’s the same classic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy, but this time they are both highly trained in the deadly arts of zombie slaying.

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Movies: Crimson Peak

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Written and Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: October 16, 2015

Let me just get this bit out of the way first.  This movie is visually stunning.  It is so very appealing to the eyes.  The colors are vibrant, the costumes are extravagant, and it looks completely different than so many other movies of similar genres.

Crimson Peak is a gothic romance starring, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing.  In Edith’s words “It’s not a ghost story.  It’s a story with a ghost.  The ghost is a metaphor.”

Edith is a young aspiring writer.  Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is a struggling aristocrat who is trying to raise money for his revolutionary clay mining machine.  Without giving too much away… ghost shenanigans ensue once Edith moves in with Thomas and his sister Lucille (Chastain).  Hunnam plays Dr.  Alan McMichael a close friend, but distant admirer of Edith.

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