Amber Alert (Film review)

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               What would you do if you saw the exact match of an Amber Alert driving next to you?, would you call the police… or follow? That’s what happens in the film Amber Alert.

               Amber Alert tells the story of two lifelong friends who are auditioning for a reality TV show, find that they are driving right next to a car which was listed in an Amber Alert. They decide to follow the car, and what follows after that is for you to see.

The film is a found-footage type that documents their journey. It’s full of emotion, and heart pounding suspense. The two main characters are definitely believable in this film. The found-footage filming does work in this film, it adds more suspense. The film definitely pulls you in more and more. Though sometimes some of the characters can get under your skin. But that adds more to the suspense.

Like most found footage films, this film has some originality following an Amber Alert and chasing the car down. They’re not exactly being hunted by a killer or demon. Like Paranormal activity where the camera just sits in a few places and we watch the video, this film throws you into it.

This film has more tension than scares. Towards the end it gets scarier with someone popping out of nowhere.  It builds a rollercoaster ride for you, by following the car and the characters making hard decisions if they should follow or not.

I recommend this film to anyone who likes found-footage horror films or people who like good tension building movies. 

Trailer. 

Grave Halloween. ( Film Review)

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A young woman who is studying in Japan for college, seeks to honor her mother in the Suicide Forest, her mother committed suicide there.  On Halloween, a ritual is held to honor those who have past and make sure they pass on. Miko, and her friends go to the forest to document their journey. As they venture into the forest they encounter weird and unusual happenings; voices, visions, and ghosts.

Grave Halloween is a SyFy original movie, which premiered October 19th 2013. The film uses western and Japanese horror which worked well. The film was well made for TV, knowing most SyFy films, it didn’t feel cheap or cheesy.

The film seemed original in the sense, there hasn’t been a lot of movies featuring the Suicide Forest.  There are been numerous documentaries about the forest where people from around the world come to kill themselves. The premise seemed interesting, being how the forest is controversial.

The script was good for a TV movie, it flowed really well, and there weren’t any plot holes. The acting was also good and believable. The main actress, Kaitlyn Leed was very good in her role as Miko.

Regarding special effects, they were well done. The mysterious ghosts in the forest were well done and made to look real. As mentioned earlier, SyFy tends to go cheap on effects and make up.

Some scenes that I thought were well done are, the dream sequences. The film-makers made them dreamlike and allowed them to tell the back story. The chase through the forest by the ghosts gave it an eerie feeling and allowed for some great scares.

Overall thoughts, the film was great for a TV movie. The acting was great and so were the effects. The story flowed easy and was left open for a second film. I recommend this film to fans of the genre as well as to new fans who are curious to see more films.

Trailer

An American Ghost Story ( Movie review)

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A low-budget film titled An American Ghost Story, is about a man and his girlfriend who move into a haunted home, so he can write a book about the things that happen to them while they live there. After settling into their new home, his girlfriend begins to experience weird things that happen, then he does as well. Which only leads to chaos and haunting’s throughout their stay.

               This film was a pretty low budget with a not so stellar script, but okay acting. It’s not a low budget film with the camcorder and your friends handling the equipment. I found this on a Red-box, while leaving work and thought it looked pretty interesting after seeing most of the horror movies already out on DVD, I thought I would give this a try.  

               The scare-factor: The scares in this film are pretty tame, I would say one scare got me while the rest were predictable and ruined by music.

               Blood and gore: This film contains no blood or gore.

               Originality: Like most films these day’s that are about haunting’s, this one falls into the predictable part. Though, it’s not a found-footage type it still uses some scenes from other films.

Final thoughts, this movie could have been better, the repetitive music that plays throughout the film gets old and ruins the scares. The script could have been better, also better special effects as well. The film could have provided some fresh ideas and fresh innovative ways for the haunting sub-genre for horror. But, it plays it safe. 

 

The trailer 

Sorry for the MIA

I started school August 19th and started a new job last Thursday. So I’ve been pretty busy with both. I’ll have some time to post weekly posts….. AND!! who cannot forget that Halloween is around the corner:)  So i’ll have the usual haunting’s posts and also some posts including recipes, crafts, and other Halloween related things. 

The Conjuring: Movie review.

 

 

 

                The Conjuring which based on the true story of the of the Perron family, and Ed and Lorrain Warren’s investigations, the film is somewhat of a tribute to Ed and Lorraine and their many paranormal investigations.

                The film follows the Perron family who just moved into a beautiful secluded farm house. As they settle into their home many strange occurrences start to happen. Odd noises, an invisible being pulling the girls legs at night. After one night, where the mother is locked in the basement and their oldest daughter is attacked, they reach out to Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are what you would call ghost specialists.  They go up to the home, only to find what Carolyn, the mother said was true. After the Warrens start their investigation things start to get worse.

                This movie was really great. It lived up to the hype that is surrounding it. The film doesn’t feature hardly any gore or blood. Its rating is based on the terrifying scenes.  I enjoyed ever y minute of this film. I liked how we got a peak into Ed and Lorraine’s life while following the Perrons. In the beginning of the film, we start with one of the Warrens most interesting case, which was Annabel. The haunted doll.

                A couple scenes that really stood out was, the maid scene, when Carolyn gets trapped in the basement, and the exorcism. It has so many twists and turns that makes its brilliant. 

                The movie raises the bar on ghost movies, since most ghost movies like to focus more on the exorcism part, this movie focuses on the stuff that happens before and does a great exorcism scene. The movie doesn’t feature any cliches. I loved how the music was synced and matched each scene.  You can tell that James Wan directed it by the music and decoration, the creepy doll, old creepy location.

                A really fantastic film that took you on a rollercoaster ride from the beginning all the way to the end, it beats all the remakes and other horror movies that have come out this year. I give this film 5/5 stars.

                

Haunting’s: Wyoming Frontier Prison.

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The Wyoming Frontier Prison, a place of overcrowding, horrible deaths, living conditions were many of America’s most horrible criminals held their sentences. It’s said to be haunted by the past criminals that once lived there. Lets what the Wyoming Frontier prison has to offer.

History:

The Wyoming Frontier Prison was the state’s first state penitentiary, the prison was laid in 1888 but due to events like weather and funding issues the prison didn’t open its door’s till  1901. The prison has 104 cells. It also had no electricity, heating and no running water.  Some of the executions were hangings, and gas chambers. 14 men were executed all together nine were hung and five were gassed. The prison had different disciplinary actions, a dungeon, several solitary confident and a punishment pole were inmates were handcuffed and whipped by a rubber hose.   Many deaths beside executions happened at the prison, it’s reported that over 200 inmates have died due to living conditions, some guards were murdered by inmates who tried to escape. Lots of stress and death plague the prison.  Many of the executions were slow and painful, the gas chamber took up to 10 minutes, and eyes popped tongues bloated, slow suffocation all happened. The hanging was a slow process as well.

The prison wasn’t all grizzly; it produced many goods for four major industries during the years of 1901 and 1917 the prison had a boom factory, but the factory was burned down by some of the inmates during a riot. The factory was then rebuilt and was used a shirt factory it brought more revenue to the state. The last products the prison made were blankets for the military and license plates. The prison then closed in 1981. It sat abandoned till 1987 were a movie was filmed, significant damage was done due to the building not being recognized as a historic place. In 1988 it was dubbed a museum and was named a historic place, it now gives tours too many visitors.

Paranormal Activity:

Due to the deaths of the executed and deaths of the inmates who died from the living conditions the ghosts are reportedly to roam the halls. Maybe the ghost’s are scared that they will go to hell, so they haunt the prison instead.  The inmates were murders, rapists, burglars and committed other crimes. These men who committed horrible crimes now haunt the prison, so imagine what type of things the ghosts do to visitors.

Ghost Adventures was there to see if the prison was really haunted, here is what they found.

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Haunting’s: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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The Trans-Allegheny lunatic asylum in West Virginia, in the town of Weston, the asylum has a history of death and torture. The asylum is reportedly haunted, making it one of America’s top 10 haunted places and maybe the world. Due to its history it may make it clear as to why.

Brief history:

The asylum was built in 1858 – 1881; it opened to patients in 1864. The hospital’s first patient was a female housekeeper. The hospital was designed as a Gothic revival and Tudor revival style, the architect was Richard Andrews, the hospital is also the world’s largest cut stone masonry building in North America.  The hospital was only supposed to house 250 people, but it had overcrowding issues making the guest grand total to 2,400 patients in 1950. The conditions were poor and not well, the hospital was closed due to the changes in treatments to the patients and the physical deterioration of the building, it closed its doors in 1994. Now it’s used for ghost tours and other tours. (To read more about the history click here)

Ghosts:

Hundreds of people have died at the hospital, which would make sense for the supposed haunting and paranormal activity. Many staff members and guests have seen apparitions, heard voices, and felt something touch them.

Many ghost hunters from around the world have visited the hospital, including the popular show, ghost adventures

They hosted a live special from the hospital; they locked themselves in for several hours.

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A group called Adventure myth stopped by as well

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