AHS 1984

Every Friday night we watch an episode of American Horror Story, I already loved the TV-show, but 1984 is amazing! We’ve skipped a few seasons only to watch this one, and it was worth it. Weirdly enough, season 9 got a lot of bad reviews. In my opinion, it’s one of the best seasons with such an electrifying 80’s vibe, it makes you want to plunge into the Camp Redwood bloodbath.

While it doesn’t fail to capitalise on Camp Crystal Lake references, Jason Voorhees, or the notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, the TV-show is full of 1980’s nostalgia with a compelling story that keeps you engaged. You have to hand it to the creators, they’ve got it all right, from the aerobics-scenes, to the music (Kajagoogoo, Billy Idol, Greg Kihn,…), the fashion,… it’s a straight trip down memory lane. The opening credits alone are worth the watch:

Also, the casting is as great as always, among my favourite characters this season: Matthew Morrison (Trevor), Emma Roberts (Brooke), Billie Lourd (Montana), and Zach Villa (Richard Ramirez). The scenes have enough gore and horror to keep any slasher fan entertained, and has a somewhat happy and satisfying end. AHS 1984 is an instant add to our regular rerun list, now I only have to find it on blu-ray and we’re all set.


Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

The first time that I heard about the Elisa Lam case was during this documentary, and it was also the least interesting part to me. After having watched all 4 episodes, I still wonder though: was it really an accident, did she kill herself or did she get murdered anyway? I guess we’ll never know.

The most entertaining was the history about the Cecil Hotel. I never knew about its’ excistence, yet a lot of things have happened there throughout the years. The place even welcomed the famous serial killer, Richard Ramirez. After having watched “The Nightstalker”, he’s now mentioned in the “Cecil Hotel”, he seems to be in a lot of things lately, a new star is born? From what I’ve read and heard about this hotel, you don’t want to set a foot in that place. Also, the surrounding neighbourhood, Skid Row (wait, wasn’t this an 80’s rock band?), seems less than uninviting… where is the L.A. that everybody dreams about? The palm trees, the beaches, the beautiful people,… I guess that Hollywood has sold us a beautiful image.

I’ve also learned a new word while watching this docuseries: websleuth, apparently it’s an internet community that is focused on crime and missing people. Well, what can I say… I don’t know who to be more afraid of, them or the criminals? I previously called them the internet police, and to be honest  they seem way too obsessed with a girl they’ve never met, it’s just creepy. I mean, look at the black metal musician “Morbid”, he was falsly accused of her murder by these websleuths. They’ve shattered and destroyed his life, in my opinion, he is the true victim in this documentary. Yet, nobody ever apologized once for the injustice that was done to him.


The Final Girls (2015)

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer. – Imdb

The trailer looked like this movie was going to be a badass slasher, so what could go wrong, right?! While it was entertaining, it looked like a horror for little kids. The woods looked too fairy, the few drops of blood (is this supposed to be a slasher?) looked like bright red sugar water, and there was too much emphasis on the “I’ve lost my mother” drama.

If it wasn’t for the casting, I think that we wouldn’t have been able to make it to the end. Taissa Farming, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev,… made it work.

Unlike the 80’s slashers, this movie is free of the iconic gore and nudity. For the film to be absolutely true to the genre, there should have been at least one skinny dipping or sex scene, not to mention a decent amount of splatter. All it can offer, however, is a few bloodless death scenes and a couple of the actresses showing off their bra. Shame on you guys!

One funny trivia though: During rehearsal, Thomas Middleditch tripped over the velvet rope in the movie theater. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson decided to add that as a gag in the film in order to momentarily linger on the cardboard standee for “Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer.”

All in all, we’ve watched the movie until the end, but wouldn’t recommend this to any slasher fan. Maybe it would be good for introducing your kids to the horror genre…


Life is Strange: Before the Storm

This game was on the top of my bucket list for a long time, I still can’t believe that I’ve finally played it.

Before the Storm is a three part standalone adventure set three years before the first “Life is Strange”. The game is a straight forward storyline where all you do is try to make the “right” choices. This may not seem challenging, but who wants challenge when the story is this badass (btw, I hate the combo of the words games and challenging).

One thing I appreciate in any TV show or movie is character development. Life is Strange, manages to do this in a game, and it’s amazing. Chloe and Rachel are compelling characters, you just want to see them succeed in anything they do, no matter how bad the idea. I literally felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Seriously, it manages to make any grown person cry (source: steam reviews).

Also, the visuals are stunning, I sometimes stopped to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. If only we had such views in real life.

I may be forty something, but “Before the Storm” made me feel like a teen all over again. Having this said, I’m off to play another teen adventure in Life is Strange 2. Something tells me that I should keep a box of tissues at arms reach…


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina goes High School Musical and it makes the most corny among us cringe.

I remember watching the first season of this tv-show and being surprised on how much I liked this new version of Sabrina. It’s darker with a satanic twist and has more gorey scenes compared to the original series, which instantly got me hooked.

Then came the dreaded third season, it was such a disappointment. The great witchy adventures turned into a cringe worthy Scooby club meets High School Musical, I absolutely hated it. In season four, you feel that they’re trying to pick back up from where they’ve started, but it still has huge ups and downs. Too bad, cause this could have been such a great TV-show.

I wonder if there’ll be a fifth season, until now the show seems to have been cancelled, but you never know these days… If it won’t be renewed, I’ll miss the show never the less. I really like dark witches, don’t ask me why. I guess it must be my utmost repect for characters with a stong personality, unlike all of those Disney princesses out there. Like the actress, Kiernan Shipka, the show grew on me. At the beginning, I thought Ms. Shipka was a poor choice for Sabrina Spellman, but the further the story advances, the more I liked her. One of my favourite Sabrina-scenes so far (also; I really love this song of Billy Idol):

Will this be the last one? Or will there be more chilling adventures coming our way one day? Only netflix can tell.


Gibbous – A Cthulhu Adventure

From crazy cultists to a talking cat, Gibbous takes you on quite an adventure where you explore a Lovecraft inspired world as three protagonists.

Like most adventure games, some puzzles defied all logic, which made me sometimes have a peak at a walk-through guide. Even though, I must admit I’m not always the most patient, and probably would have figured it all out by contemplation and time. Nevertheless, Gibbous was quite fun with a mostly freed game play, and an unexpected ending.

One of the things I love most is the art style, it’s hand-painted and gloomy, perfect for a Lovecraft inspired story. I’m also glad that it was Cthulhu heavy, unlike some stories that are supposed to be Cthulhuesque but miss out on all the elements. From the order of Dagon to Curven to the tentacles, and the insanity, they didn’t miss a thing. These guys in Transylvania got it all right.

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.


Five Star Island

Well, I didn’t see that one coming. My island is far from what I want it to be, it’s messy and I need to do something about the wild growth of ugly flowers.

Out of curiosity, I talked to Isabelle the other day, expecting a 2, maximum 3 star rating. Imagine my surprise when she told me it has 5 stars. I guess that the Miskatonian residents don’t mind the mess, or maybe they are just loosing their sanity… that’s what happens when the name of your island is inspired on the Cthulhu universe.


Supernatural: Season 15

Well, I guess that this is it, Sam and Dean Winchester are now officially done saving the world and hunting monsters.

While this TV-show kept us entertained during our dinner times for years, the very last episode nearly killed us with sadness. I know that this sounds dramatic, but they did everything possible to make even the toughest cookie shed a tear or two. SPOILER ALERT! Especially the entire scene with Dean’s death on “Brothers in Arms” of Dire Straits… They surely picked up the saddest song in the history of music. Seeing him afterwards with Bobby in heaven kind of lifted up the spirits though.

So many cool characters have joined and left each season, amongst our favourites were Castiel, Jack, Bobby, Crowley, Meg (our favourite bad mouthed demon), Rowina, Garth, and last but not least, Lucifer. Admit it, the man has class:

After the last episode both actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles made a little goodbye speech for their fans. I think that it must have been hard for them ending their 15 year long adventure as the Winchester brothers.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite episodes that I’ll never forget:

  • Scoobynatural was one of my absolute favourites. I’ve always been a fan of Scooby Doo and seeing a crossover with SPN was awesome. Also, we had a super delicious pizza while watching this particular episode so, it’s branded in my memory as a perfect evening;
  • We’ve literally rolled over the floor of laughing with Yellow Fever. Seeing the normally fearless Dean scream like a little girl was hilarious;
  • Another one that made us laugh was Bad Day at Black Rock. Dean ends up having incredible luck which meant that the most unlikely things could happen. Writing this makes me realise how much we liked the character of Dean, the dude could be dead serious (way too serious at times), but also be the biggest clown. To end up on that note, here’s one of our favourite videos that we’ve watched quite a few times:

Like the show’s musical anthem says; “Carry on Wayward Son. There’ll be peace when you are done.” – Kansas. Rest in peace guys. It was one hell of a ride!


Paranormal Activity rerun

Another serie we love to rewatch every year during the hot summetimes. Paranormal Activity still remains, in my opinion, one of the most unsettling horror series ever made. No matter how many times I’ve watched these movies, they still make me feel ill at ease at night. Evil witches, and possession always do the trick for me.

One thing is for sure, I’ll never set up a camera in my place at night. Whatever happens at night, will stay in the night, like they say: “ignorance is bliss”. I prefer it that way.

Every time we’re watching Paranormal Activity, Sardoken and I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous the houses are in these movies (with exception of the Marked Ones). Even though, I prefer my normal little apartment over a haunted place anytime. I wanted to add some stills to this post, but they were too dark and didn’t do any justice so, instead I’m adding a picture of the the livingroom in The Ghost Dimension:

On the right you see a fraction of what is the biggest and most glorious Christmas tree I’ve ever seen in a house. It’s beginning September, and I’m already in full Christmas spirit… thank you Ghost Dimension.

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