Crimson Peak

thumbnail_65dfb950-d461-40fd-bde1-449ac3960c70The last review of this little Halloween horror adventure. A horror film about creepy ghosts, a lunatic with a knife and a helpless idiot, that breaks all the rules of surviving a horror movie, seems the perfect way to end this series. Crimson Peak had all this creepiness and alike bit more.

Crimson Peak is about a young woman Edith, who is hunted by the ghost of her dead mother. Her mother returns from the grave to bring her a warning of Crimson Peak. Although terrified by these ghostly visits, Edith decides to ignore the warnings and give it no more thought.

An English baronet named, Sir Thomas Sharpe appears out of the blue one day, at Edith’s father’s business. After only a few day Edith falls deeply in love with Thomas and after the mysterious dead of her father, she agrees to marry Thomas and move to his stately home in England, in a place known as Crimson Peak. Shortly after moving to Crimson Peak, Edith realises things are not as they seem and quickly discovers a horrifying secret about Thomas and the place called Crimson Peak.

With badly decomposed ghost skeletons jumping out from every corner, this movie should by terrifying. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak falls short of this and is more, creepy than scary. This film starts of good and set a scary tone, but sadly this doesn’t last long and is lost, when the film tries to become a psychological thriller. But before I end up ripping completely into this film, I think I should start with, what was good about this film.

The best thing about this film is the ghosts and the stately house. They’re both creepy as fudge and set a really nice tone for a horror film. The ghosts are these horribly mangled figures, that look more skeleton or zombie like then human. The house, you could not pay me to stay overnight in. It just looks like a place you’d meet a horrible bloody end in and screams haunted house. Perfect for a horror film and setting an eerie tone.

thumbnail_8992c439-92a4-4c04-96a3-7911508f1428When the film finally gets going, the storyline is pretty interesting. Before, Edith goes to Crimson Peak the movies a bit boring and not that interesting. However, when she finally arrives at Crimson Peak, things get very interesting and a very nice mystery is unravelled. Along the way, terrifying ghosts appear everywhere. Seemingly with the intent to hurt Edith. But things are not as they seem and the presence of these ghosts deepen the mystery even more.

Although, Crimson Peak has its good points, it unfortunately also has a lot of bad. I could go on and on about what’s wrong with this film, but that would get boring really fast. So, I’ll just touch on the two biggest problems with this movie. Crimson Peak didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. It jumps between horror, murder mystery and twisted romance constantly. If this was meant to be a blend of genres, then they blended the genres very badly. At times it seemed like two different movies. One about a murder mystery with creepy ghosts and the other about jealous twisted love triangle. Making the movies direction seem confused and lost at times.

Also, the main character, Edith was incredibly annoying and a complete idiot. Edith receives numerous warnings from a ghost, but pays no attention. A strange guy and his creepy sister show up from nowhere, looking money. Then Edith’s father dies mysteriously after an argument with this guy. But for some crazy reason, Edith still agrees to marry this guy, despite only knowing him for a few days and the fact her father just died. That whole scenario stinks of black widow. More annoying, Edith even comments on the fact that this guy wants to appear to have money, but clearly doesn’t and you would also think she’d be wary of strangers, after being warned about an unfamiliar place. So, what the fudge was this lady at. She clearly has no sense.

When Edith finally gets to Crimson Peak, she just takes the complete biscuit. From doing ridiculously stupid things that always leads to injury or death in horror movies, to letting herself be treated and talked to, worse than a dog. She was clearly missing a back bone and possibly a brain as well. She had so many warnings and opportunities to escape. It was like was she wanted to be killed.

Overall, Crimson Peak was just Okay. It had an interesting mystery and terrifying ghosts, but seemed to missing that one thing that makes for good horror. It was also very confused about its direction and genre and at times was boring and predictable. However, in saying that, it did have some good going for it.

As a film for a Halloween horror binge watch, I would not recommend this movie. There is just so many other better horror films you could watch, that would more suitable and a lot scarier.

Rating: 2/5

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Weekend Halloween Celebrations in the City

thumbnail_20171027_201348I was serious when I said I was getting all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171027_201417 thumbnail_20171027_201426I actually broke my crowd rule and went to the Twilight Halloween market in the city.

thumbnail_20171027_201427 thumbnail_20171027_201420Unfortunately, the place was too crowded to take photos (I was also busy trying not to get trampled and concentrating on not freaky out, about being trapped in a sea of people).

thumbnail_20171027_201421 thumbnail_20171027_201423But luckily, I broke free of the crowds just in time to get a few pictures of the fireworks.

thumbnail_20171027_201200 thumbnail_20171027_201159They really are pretty, especially when viewed from the bridge on the canal.

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The Tragic Life of Frederick PumpkinSteiner

pumWith Halloween less than a week away, I might as well express my love for my favourite holiday and get all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171020_123642This post was meant to be a really cute post about carving a pumpkin, I named Frederick PumpkinSteiner. But, tragedy struck and well, I think pictures speak a thousand words.

thumbnail_20171020_134516I left Frederick alone for just a minute and he ended up rolling off the table.

thumbnail_20171020_161428My heart was in my mouth, when I discovered him in pieces on the floor.

thumbnail_20171020_164611I tried mending him, but poor Frederick PumpkinSteiner just wasn’t the same and was left horribly scarred.pum2

World War Z

thumbnail_53651c8f-5636-4f24-b2f5-396cee4908baNo Halloween venture into the darkness, would be complete without a Zombie or two. In World War Z case, super-fast loud zombies, that can really utilise the power of the zombie pyramid. Pretty terrifying if you ask me. Roof tops aren’t even save from these guys. There’s really no escape from these horrifying creatures. Which makes this film, perfect for a Halloween scare.

World War Z is a zombie apocalypse film, about a retired U.N. investigator called Gerry (although you are given the impression, he was more of a secret agent than investigator). While leaving his children to school with his wife, zombies start attacking the city. Causing mass panic and chaos in the early morning traffic.

Luckily, they escape the speedy zombies and the chaos, and eventually find themselves on a floating military base, with Gerry’s old U.N. buddies. Far from the reach of zombies. Unfortunately, to keep their place in this base, Gerry must come out of retirement and help in the mission to find a cure for the zombie virus. This leads to Gerry jetting around the world, in the search for a cure. While of course fighting and escaping from massive herds of zombies.

I’m a huge fan of zombie films, and World War Z truly didn’t fail to please. But to shake this review up a bit, I’m going to review it in terms of the 5 things I look for in a good zombie film.

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I think I may have gone too far with the cat soup kitties. I might need to balance this out with the cute creepy drawing of the kitties.  

Zombie Quality
Plain and simple, the zombie in World War Z are terrifying. Being faster than the average human, surviving over a hundred feet falls and being surprisingly acrobatic, I would place them in the super zombie category. They also make horrifying noises, that will make your blood run cold. I for one, would absolutely not want to come up against one of these zombies. My baby legs would stand no chance at outrunning one of these guys.
Visually, the zombies look just as terrifying. Although most are computerised, the few that aren’t look incredibly freaky. Kind of like angry walking corpses. Making zombie quality, really good in World War Z.

Story
The storyline is pretty straight forward. Zombies attack, man decides he’ll find cure for zombies, man goes find cure, while avoiding becoming zombie food. It’s pretty basic, but is delivered very well. It gets the balance of action and story just right and has a nice twist near the end. My only criticism is that some of the action scenes move a little too fast, for the eye to keep up with. Meaning these scenes can be slightly confusing and it can be hard to tell, which characters have been taken by zombies.
Also, if you have a fear of flying, I would recommend staying away from this movie. There’s a lot of airplane incidents, that will completely horrify you and feed your fear even more.

Zombie Deaths
Sadly, there is no really good or gory zombie death in this film. I think this film is more about the chase then the kill. Meaning, it’s focused more on people running away from the zombies, then fighting the zombies. Although, there are a few one on one zombie kills, there’s none that really stand out. Making this film pretty disappointing, in terms of zombie deaths.

thumbnail_b10903e2-5c9c-49fb-8df2-8ac93baa5a9aAccuracy
I’m very passionate about microbiology (it one of the few things I miss from my time studying Biomedical science). How scientifically accurate a zombie film is, can be a real deal breaker for me. I don’t expect the writers to be experts, but just to get the basics right and at least know, the difference between bacteria and virus or anything a quick google search could tell them.
Luckily, World War Z was surprisingly accurate and had no crazy scientifically inaccurate comments. Best of all, it showed a very good understanding of microbiology and that they actually did their research. It’s probably one of the more accurate zombie films I’ve seen, making it very nice film in my eyes.

Surprise and Originality
It’s pretty hard to be original when it comes to zombie films. Nearly everything been done before, so the littlest bit of originality goes a long way. World War Z is rather typical of a zombie film; however, I’ve never seen zombie pyramids before and I haven’t quite seen someone travel around the world, during a zombie apocalypse. Its twist was also fairly surprising and somewhat original. Therefore, I would say that, World War Z is original as zombie movies get and will definitely please in this area.

Overall, World War Z is a rather good film. Its action packed and full of excitement, but is still focused on telling an interesting story. It isn’t very gory, yet still manages to make its zombie absolutely terrifying. It’s definitely one of the better zombie films I’ve seen and for this reason, I would highly recommend giving it a watch.

Rating: 4/5

Oliver The Cheshire Cat (Bringing a Little Smile to Everyone’s Face)

thumbnail_20170718_123118Thankfully, I’ve survived storm Ophelia, with only minor injuries and still have a roof over my head. (I was sent out to secure the wheelie-bins and the blue recycle bin, blew over on top of me. Now, my ribs hurt). Unfortunately, we’ve now been told storm Brian will hit us on Saturday.

Two storms in one week, the weather is truly fringed. Ireland usually doesn’t get hit by storms, but if Ophelia was anything to go by. We’ll all acted not too bothered, until the news replaces the word storm with hurricane. Then we’ll all start acting like, it’s the zombie apocalypse. Which was actually kind of funny. People were rushing out to buy a month’s supply of bottle water and a life-time supply of candles. You would swear the storm was going to last weeks, not just a day. But in their defence, housing isn’t built to be hurricane proof here and we usually don’t have cellars/basements. So, if an actual hurricane hit we’d all be screwed and quite possibly homeless afterwards (if not dead).

Swapping the word storm with hurricane, put the fear of god in people and caused a bit of panic. So, to ease the tension and bring a little smile to everyone’s face. I thought I’d share, something I painted/drew that always brings a smile to me face and spread that smiley feeling. As always, I’ll share my process, but this time in reverses because I’m in an awkward mood today.

thumbnail_20171011_125525Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite books. I absolutely love the way it uses words. It makes characters appear to be talking nonsense. However, pay attention to the words they speak and I’ll find they’re actually making perfect sense and occasionally have a stab and showing how mad and crazy certain aspects of society actually are. But enough of my deep analysis of the book and back to the painting.

thumbnail_20171010_125317The Cheshire Cat is one of my favourite characters and as the book suggests, there is more than one Cheshire Cat in wonderland. I thought for my own amusement, I’d create my own Cheshire Cat and give him a proper name. Oliver the Cheshire Cat, turned out a lot better than I thought, so now I’m sharing him and spreading the amusement.

thumbnail_20171007_093919To be honest, Oliver looked possessed when I first drew him and was quite unnerving. But thankfully, when I finally painted in his eyes, he looked a bit more smiley and less soul devouring.

I hope Oliver has brought a smile to your face and brightened your evening. Hopefully storm Brian won’t be as bad as Ophelia and I’ll make it through it, without my house re-enacting the scene from The Wizard of Oz or being floored by anymore wheelie-bins.

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Vampire Hunter D

thumbnail_40227db9-e179-4e51-8e3f-484b538e1305_1With Halloween ever getting nearer, I might as well bring on the horror and start my expedition into the shadows. Horror and anime is not something I’ve really mixed, but I’m all up for new film experiences. So, why not kick of this journey into the darkness, by doing exactly that.

I had a lot to choose from, but any film that promises slithery demons, vampires, hunters and a creepy evil Migi hand, is a film I’m going to want to check out. Vampire Hunter D promised this and delivered so much more.

Set in a dark future, where humans must fend off vampire, demons and other creatures, to survive. A young lady, Doris Lang is attacked by a Noble vampire (Count Magnus Lee) and is bitten. Doris somehow escapes this first attack, but is still at risk from Count Lee, as he plans on kidnapping Doris and forcing her to become his bride.

Suspecting Count Lee will come for her again. Doris hires a mysterious stranger known as D, to hunt down Count Lee and kill him, before he can attack her again. This leads to a series of bloody events, as D enters Count Lee’s lair and set out to save Doris Lang.

To be honest, Vampire Hunter D (1985) is quite a bit older than myself and has some of the typical problems of anime from that time. Such as bad dubbing, weirder shaped heads and random nudity. So, to be fair when rating this anime, I’ll overlook these problems. It just what 80’s animation is like and isn’t isolated to Vampire Hunter D alone.

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Despite being an older anime, Vampire Hunter D was actually pretty good and had a half decent storyline. Granted it didn’t wow me to a great extent, but was still very watchable and had a good element of mystery and excitement. It very nicely unravelled, the mystery surrounding D and managed to capture my attention right up until the end. Making it very enjoyable to watch.

Vampire Hunter D also had a nice amount of gore, which is always a bonus for any horror fan. In addition to this, it had a good share of unintentional comical moments. Including scenes that look, all so wrong and that could be hilariously misconstrued as something else. If you’re as immature and dirty minded as I, you’ll have great fun with this movie. Particularly the ending scene, where characters shout “I love D” from a hill-top. I’m not even joking, they actually shouted that. Makes you wonder how the hell, they let that one slip without noticing and if it’s unintentional, at all.

I think the biggest selling point of this film, is the Mysterious D himself. As vampire hunters go, D’s pretty kick ass. If I was a vampire and heard, D was coming to whip my butt. I wouldn’t sit around sniggering and acting pretentious, like Count Lee. I’d be shaking the kittens from my trouser legs and heading to the nearest airport. D just made mincemeat of whoever stood in his way, without much effort. Not to mention, he sounds like Liam Neeson in Taken.

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Blast from the past. You might recognise this drawing. It’s the first vampire drawing, I did for this blog. I occasionally like to throw an oldie into my posts, for nostalgia purposes.

Like all films, Vampire Hunter D has its short coming. Its biggest being, the huge plot holes and things that didn’t make sense. For example, if D could kill Count Lee that easy, why the hell did he not kill Lamika and the mutant, the first time he fought them. He could have saved himself a butt kicking later on, as well as a lot of time and bother. It also would have sent one hell of message to Count Lee. It would have made it very clear to Count Lee, that he would have to be prepared to die, if he wanted to take Doris.

Another rather annoying aspect of this anime is the flashes. They were a bit excessive with the flashing lights, in Vampire Hunter D. The odd flash of light is fine in a film, but not whole sequences lasting minutes. I felt like I was at a 90’s nightclub and my eyes were starting to sting, from looking at the blinding light. I like being able to see after watching a movie, so this really wasn’t good.

Overall, Vampire Hunter D was good for an old anime horror movie. However, in saying that, if you dislike old anime, you’ll probably not enjoy this film. It’s very typical of 80’s anime and if this isn’t too you’re taste, then Vampire Hunter D will not impress you much. On the other hand, if like me, you have a soft point for older anime and love horror, Vampire Hunter D is worth checking out. It would make for the perfect start, to a horror or old anime binge watch. It has a real creepy weird feel to it, that is great for putting you in the mood for more horror.

Rating: 3/5

Sorry this post, was so long coming. I originally was going to review Akira, but after watching it I realised it was a massive hint at something else. Although I did really enjoy Akira, reviewing it would have turned into a deep analysis of the film.
To do this properly, I would have had to re-watch Akira a few times and had to pull apart some of the scenes, to explain its hidden clues and its hints at other things. Basically, Akira was making so many hints, it would have taken me ages to collect and analyse them all and the review would have been so long, I fear it would put people of reading it. So, I had to find something else to review, last-minute.

One Lovely Blog Award

heartThis is the second award my blog has been Nominated for. But, I’m a scatter brain and this is the first I’ve respond to. Responding to the other, completely slipped my mind and I apologise to Foodzesty, for my forgetfulness.

I would like to start off this post by thanking both the Foodzesty and The Pantless Anime Blogger for nominating me.

Foodzesty, thank you for nominating me for Blogger Recognition Award. Your food is amazing and recipes are always so delicious. Reading your blog has greatly improved my cooking ability. Thank you so much, for the nomination and I apologise again for forgetting to respond. I feel awful for forgetting.

The Pantless Anime Blogger, I’m so happy and thrilled to be nominated for the one lovely blog award. Thank you so much, for the nomination. Your anime reviews are brilliant and so detailed. They’ve made deciding which anime series to watch next, a hell of a lot easier.

I would highly recommend checking out the both these blogs. They are both awesome.

The Rules of the one lovely blog award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 Things About Me

Hmm, this is kind of hard to do on the spot. But like always, I’ll try my best to give you 7 interesting facts about myself.

  1. This is actually my 2nd blog. My first blog was on blogger, but blogger’s just glob awful. I started this blog to give WordPress a go and it was a hell of a lot better. I ended up killing the other blog and staying here. WordPress is a lot more enjoyable and friendly. The community here is so much better. (Blogger was so, so cold. I only lasted a few weeks on blogger).
  2. I have Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, which is probably the most surprising thing you will learn about me.
  3. Always laughing, always smiling, always messing, singing and telling really cheesy jokes.
  4. I’ve drawn nearly 100 digital drawings for this blog. Unfortunately, someone was taking my drawings and using them without asking, so now I have to initial everything I draw K.H.
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My very first digital drawing for this blog. I was afraid to actually draw something, so I made the night sky.

Glob, this is hard. So, I’ll add in three random things.

  1. I’m quite the cook (although, I did make boiled eggs explode once).
  2. It probably doesn’t seem like it, but I’m actually extremely shy.
  3. I can’t function without coffee and chocolate. Mocha made with coconut milk, is heaven to me.

Who I want to Nominate.

I’m not 100% sure how I’m meant to do this, so I might make a bit of a dog’s dinner of it. But I’d like to nominate a few of my favourite bloggers.

Raistlin0903

The Otaku Judge 

Alternate Dimension

Karandi (100WordAnime)

Foodzesty

Dweezer19

Mr. Bobinsky

Dinosaurs, donkeys and ms

Confessions of a Quirky Film Lover.

thumbnail_6d43605c-e7ae-41e8-9af4-83c2f6f02509I’ve had this blog for a while now and I’ve never done a “get to know me post”. I’ve thought long and hard about this and have come to the conclusion: “Naaa, I’m a bit too odd for this crack” (crack, being slang for stuff, not the other sort of crack). “My complete space cadet-ness could leave everyone very bewildered. I’m going to need to think up, a less direct approach. If I’m to make a friendly and insightful post.” So, that’s exactly what I did.

The best way to “indirectly” get to know someone, is through what they love. An even better way, is through what they wouldn’t normally admit, about what they love. Since my anime confessions, could quite possibly start war world 3 (I’ve been on the forums, it’s very scary). I think it’s a lot safer for us all, if I make this confession about my love of film.

I’m not sure if this idea is genius or Glob awful. But either way, let’s begin my film confessions:

thumbnail_0d2d8f72-9c78-452c-98c7-2b9ee44ecd16I love watching horror in the dark. But sometimes I get a little too afraid and have to turn the lights back on and check all the hiding places, in the house for evil things/monsters. I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. It sounds so silly, but sometimes horrors really know how to scare the plop out of you. Add in the fact, I live in the middle of nowhere, in an old creaky house and one’s imagination can run away with itself.

I don’t think Rebel Wilson is funny. I cringe every time I’m forced to watch something she’s in.

I have an appreciation for all types of animation, not just anime.  

I love the works of Tim Burton. He’s actually my favourite Director.

I enjoy watching really sad but meaningful movies, usually ones based on true stories or human rights abuse. I’m not sure how to explain this. I think it’s the educational and true human nature aspects, that appeal most to me.

I’ve watched more old cowboy films, then I care to admit. I don’t actually enjoy them. I just like watching them with my father and he really enjoys these films. Which takes me to my next confession.

There’s a huge place in my heart for ould boy films (movies the older gentleman enjoys).

thumbnail_5f33385b-831a-4a9b-b7a8-b82d468a183cI love dinosaurs, but can’t stand Jurassic Park. My hatred of those films, cannot be described in words.

I really like musicals and yes, I sing along.

My evil superpower, is being able to pick holes in any plot, find editing and film errors and point out scientific inaccuracies. I can pretty much ruin any film on someone, no matter how much they love it. Luckily, I’m not an a-hole and I only use this power when cornered, by that one person that won’t quit and doesn’t take “I don’t like the film”, for an answer (we all know one).

I’m a huge fan of stop motion and puppets. I also love watching how stop motions are made. I’m fascinated by it.  

Every time I see something dead on the road, the song from Watership Down comes into my head. If it’s really sad, I might also end up singing it. 

I really like Will Ferrell, especially in Elf. I know he’s a bit silly and all his characters are essentially the same. But, you have to admit he puts a hell of a lot of effort and energy into playing the fool.

I laugh at the most inappropriate things in horror films. The list would be endless, but at the top of this list is, zombie deaths, demon attacks and people trying to fight ghosts.

The jump scare gets me every time and not just a little. I pretty much jump out of my skin, even if I see it coming.

thumbnail_c85bda52-98c5-476c-b23c-163aacbb7ec0I thoroughly enjoy watching bad or low-budget zombie movies.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, is my favourite Xmas movie. (I also really like the book of the original story)

Sometimes I just want to watch something weird. There’s times when I get extremely bored with film and the only thing I find stimulating, is weird and experimental film.   

Hope you enjoyed my film confessions and hopefully you don’t think I’m a complete Gobshite. If you’re brave enough, I’d love to hear your film confessions in the comments. 

Thanks for reading.

Woohoo, I’m Finally Finished! (The Winter Sun and Bathing in a River of Poison)

paint1This last week or so, I’ve not been posting at my usual rate. However, this has been for a very nice and creative reason. The reason being, I’ve been messing around with paint in my free time and I truly mean messing.

Last time I painted, was as a child. As an adult, painting is actually kind of intimidating and sharing what I’ve painted, is even more nerve-wracking. These are my first attempts at painting. I hope you enjoy. If anything, I’ll up lift your mood with my attempts at painting.

thumbnail_20170929_144136I started off with watercolour. As you can see from the shape of my page, some thorough messing took place.

thumbnail_20170929_193219But, it’s fine. I just waited until it was dry and painted a winter tree on the page. Then pretended that, I meant to do this and named the piece, The Winter Sun.

After my messing with the watercolours, I had to be a bit more serious with the Acrylic paint and actually set of to paint something. Which was kind of hard, when all I wanted to do was throw the paint at the page and see what happens.

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The pretty purple colour I used in the first layer.

The Acrylic paint wasn’t as straight forward as the watercolours and had to be done in layers. So, it took a hell of a longer to complete and because of this, I thought it might be nice to share each stage of the process, instead of just posting the finished piece.

thumbnail_20171002_165203Layer 1- Painting the blueprints.Drawing lightly in pencil first, might have been a better idea. I just painted straight onto the paper and I messed up a lot.

thumbnail_20171003_174707Layer 2- Adding colour and trying to correct my mistakes in Layer 1. Essentially, were you can save the painting and hide your muck ups.

thumbnail_20171004_160703Layer 3- Highlights and adding light and white. (Last Layer)
I like to give everything a name, so I’ve named this painting, Bathing in a River of Poison.

Hope you enjoyed this post. I had loads of fun messing with paints, but to be honest I still prefer pencil drawing a lot more.