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. 

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.

Watch here

Haunting’s: Edinburgh Vaults.

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The Edinburgh Vaults are said to be filled with paranormal activity. Due to the history of the city and  vaults it’s no surprise that many visitors of the south bridge vaults report ghostly happenings.

History:

The vaults are a series of chambers that were 19 arches underneath the South Bridge in Edinburgh. The vaults were used to house taverns, Cobblers, Tradesmen and other shop owners. They lived down in the vaults and worked on their trade. But due to poor construction, rain came in constantly through the cracks also the waste, blood and other diseases came in as well, making it a hazard’s place to live. After the shops closed the homeless and other people who were a burden to society lived down there. There is some speculation if the victims of serial killers Burke and Hare are buried in the tunnels.  

During the Irish Potato Famine during 1845-1847 thousands of Irish immigrants came to Scotland only looking for survival. They were forced into the vaults; the vaults housed up to 10 people or more, making it horrible living conditions barely any circulation and damp conditions. This became Edinburgh’s red light district; Prostitution, gambling, rape and murder ran rampant as well as disease. By the late 19th century the vaults were closed off for good. In 1988 a local man crawled through a passageway in one of his buildings, he found the closed off vaults. Then reports of ghostly activity poured in.

Paranormal Activity:

There are several ghosts’ that live down in the vaults. Many visitors report cold gusts of air, they claim to   hear voices and have seen apportions of some the spirits.

Some of the ghost’s now have names

A ghost that is named Mr. Boots is said to haunt the back section of the vaults, he is an evil entity that is known to throw rocks at guests and push them. He was nicknamed that due to his large boots that can be seen and heard.

A ghost child by the name Jack, he likes to grab hands in the wine vault section.

There could be more ghosts down there due to its violent history; if you’re interested book yourself a ghost tour and maybe you will see Mr. Boots, Jack or a new ghost.

The popular TV show, Ghost Adventures stopped at the vaults, they claimed to have heard and seen ghostly activity during their visit.  

Click here to watch the Ghost Adventures episode

Hauntings: Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah Georgia.

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The Moon River Brewery Company is said to be one of the most haunted places in Savannah Georgia, the ghosts have been know to attack the staff and patrons of the brewery. Many fear to walk into the place after dark. SavannahGeorgia one of the most haunted cities in the entire world. Many people who have lived their whole lives there claim to have seen weird supernatural assurances. SavannahGeorgia has one of the most brutal history, mostly every battle fought here in the USA has been, had four great fires and you have got yourself a pretty haunted city.   To read more about Savannah click here

The Moon River Brewery Company History:

The building was built in 1821; it was the first city hotel in Savannah, also making it the first postal service branch. In 1851 Peter Wiltberger bought the hotel; put a live lion and lioness on display to grow more business, his last guest checked out in 1864. Just before the civil war, the building was used as a coal and lumber warehouse, it then closed its doors and became public storage, in the 1960s it became a office supply store it featured a large printing press. Hurricane David forced the building to close as it blew the roof off. The building sat empty till 1995 and then was transformed into the place it is today.

Paranormal activity:

The building is said to be haunted by many different ghost’s patrons have seen a women in a white dress, a civil war solider and child spirits which are common to see. Itcould be that the hotel was converted into a hospital ward during the yellow fever, which housed many children and older people.

Lots of paranormal activity has happened, a woman by the name of Christina was attacked during a book party, a supernatural being forced itself onto her neck pushing her back while chocking her at the same time

A staff person saw to bottles flew off the wall and hit the desk

A the foreman’s wife was pushed down the stairs by a woman in a white dress

A ghost called Toby is said to be physical towards anyone

People have tried to renovate the building but power tools would go missing workmen would get pushed off their ladders

Most of the activity happens in the basement near the tunnels

Could it be ghosts? Or demonic entities?

The popular ghost show, Ghost Adventures went to the Brewery and found and heard lots of activity, they also interviewed people who claim to have seen ghosts.

Click here to watch the show

Real or just illusions you decide. If your in the area pop in for a beer and some food and maybe you will see a ghost

The Purge: movie review

The Purge, a movie that tried to re define horror and re define America. This movie was on the top of my list to see, being how we were plagued with many remakes and crappy cliché films over the year. This movie looked promising and full of good action. But did it live up to the hype? Let’s take a look.

The Purge, a movie about once a year all crime is legal in America, due to the new Founding Fathers. The night allows for people to cleanse their souls and cleanse all the hate they harbor inside them. You can do whatever you want basically, but there are some restrictions level 10 politicians are off limits and some weapons as well. You can try to protect yourself by staying inside, or buying a state of the art security system.

The movie followed a family of four as they prepared for the annual purge, James who’s a sales man of a state of the art security system; his home and everyone else’s home have his companies system, so he has made a huge fortune. His wife Mary is a stay at home mom, it seemed like and their two kids Zoey and Henry. They prep for the annual night by eating dinner, and then followed by arming their house and listening to the annual warning system to start the purge.

As the family goes about their daily routines, Henry spots a man trying to find shelter for the night, as he’s being chased by a group of people, his feelings overtake what his dad said, and so he lets him in. The group that was chasing the man shows up at the front door of the Sadin’s residence. They demand him to come out so they can purge, and that’s when the terror and twists and turns begin.

This movie did have a lot of good things going about it. I enjoyed the twist which separated it from many home invasion films; the government encourages this night and many citizens as well.  I enjoyed how it played out and how it ended.

Though it did have some flaws, the acting was a bit awkward, it didn’t seem to have a flow until the movie got going, the movie didn’t really explain how the purge became a thing, nor did it show anything outside (Not that it’s a flaw, it would have been pretty cool to see) Also the scares were good, but some were your average cliché scares that are found in most films.

A few scenes that were really well done, was the ending scene, can’t give to much away but it had some humor in it which made it pretty good and also had a big twist.

The rec-room scene was very well done, lots of great action and surprises.

The gore level was average, not much gore expect, blood and lots of it.

Originality, It seemed original and it took the home invasion concept and twisted it into a thing where crime and murder is legal so you can’t do anything about it, no one but yourself and allies can save you.

I really enjoyed this film; it did have a slow take off but built as it progressed.

I give this film 4/5 stars.