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Originally posted by thefoxandspice

So, as is obliged by me by the internet overlords I have to talk about scary movies since, spoopy season. I started it off with this 2019 horror movie, directed by André Ørvredal and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. 

The story follows, Stella, August, Chuck and Ramón in the small town of Mill Valley. After getting revenge on the town bully they run off and enters a hunted house, where they find the towns legend Sarah Bellows room. After finding her book and bringing it home with her, mysterious things start happening to the kids around town. 

Now this movie actually has a lot going for it, the acting is not too bad, the special effects are very good, the imagery was creepy. There were a few things that were a little less smooth than was preferable and some plotholes that needs resolving. But honestly, this is not a bad movie.

My main complaint is that the rules of these stories are not always clear, and brings up a lot of questions which a lot of horror movies do, which is, do we have free will? The answer is, kinda? I guess? Which is really weird. And some characters can escape their “Story” while others can not, making the rules a little iffy, but in the end, I am willing to look past it. It could just have been a little more consistent with the way it handles these kinds of things.

My other complaint, which might just be a me thing, is actually with too little exposition. Our main character Stella, takes home this guy she has just met, and at no point do we see them introduce themselves. She just invites this complete stranger over, who has a switchblade and while hot and seemingly harmless, she has at no point gotten his name! Like this bothered me so much for some reason! Like why? Why are they hiding his name? It is not relevant to the plot, but it is kind of weird to see a character for 20 minutes on screen without ever introducing himself to any of the characters. And despite this, she just invites him to sleep in their basement. It is a wonder she does not get murdered in this movie! Because that is how you get murdered Stella! 

The story in generel is something I wish they could have done something more with. The concept and story is fine, but character arcs could have been handled better (Seriously what did they do to Ramón, I do not understand his ending but fine, whatever). But it is seemingly a very classical horror story, it does not do anything to reinvent the genre or do anything new with it, far from it. So if you go in expecting that I think it will be a pleasant movie for you.

This movie is on a technical level pretty good, I liked the cinematography very much especially inside the Bellow house in the ending, and the red was super creepy while also very clever. The only thing is I had to turn up the light on my screen to see properly in the first half, which is a little annoying, I know darkness is a staple of the horror genre, but if you want your audience to see something, you gotta put some lights on it. 

I really liked the way they used the soundtrack, and mostly avoided the loud noise shock effect, plus season of the witch is just a great song. I also liked the way they used the horror element of the story. All of the monsters in the movie clearly draws inspiration from other places in pop culture, but they do make it their own. And it is some really good effects. The designs are creepy, and they really knew how to utilise sound, silence, editing, lighting and monsters while also taking the time to be creepy. Which was a really nice pacing compared to a lot of shock, and done kind of horror movies. I also loved the fact that the two jump scares that were in this movie, were actually diagethic. This movie was very good at incorporating all of the horror elements to be diagethic and it works! It is very nice to see this movie where the scares are not just jumping out at you, but actually affects the characters and story! That way it also felt like the creators actually put a lot of thought into, how this could be made possible in this universe. It made it so much more thought through. 

The ending was a little eh for me, I understand why this ending was the right one, I just had an idea of how this could end and I liked that ending better. And I realise that my mind was much more sinister than the movies and that general audiences might think my ending was a bit too cruel, but then it was a little disappointing, imagining this horrible thing was going to be the end of it and then it turns out be something much softer. But then that might be more my active imaginations fault than the movie’s. 

All in all, this is a good scary movie. The horror elements are thought through and the character are not complete idiots, the acting is fine, the story lacks in a few places but it is not too distracting, and while some character arcs could have been a little more fulfilling (looking at you Ramón) in the end, the horror elements are creepy as hell and probably giving me nightmares, and is that not really all we can really ask for in a horror movie? 

I give it 5 out of 10 oh god that spider scene was horrifying’s. 

So give it a watch if you feel like it. I feel like I should mention here in the end that I have never read the books that this is based on so this is solely based on the movie. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with any of my opinions! And if you have something I should watch next. :) 

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I’m digging this version of The Addams Family reimagined in this afrocentric art by Jonathan Soren Davidson a young South-African writer, artist & creator.

# 1 - “The Addams Family”

# 2 - “Lurch”

# 3 - “Cousin Itt”

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Johnny Depp attended a performance of TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The star, who is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast completely fell in love with TOTEM. (May 23, 2015)

Re: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) dir. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

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