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Until Dawn (A Scaredy Cat Video Game Review)

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For those of you on a newer generation console, you know the struggle for a multi-player game is real. And today I am NOT reviewing a multiplayer game either. Well, not technically.

However, I will say one thing: Until Dawn is a GREAT survival game, made better if played by you and your partner or at least one other person! And, possibly more epic as a drinking game. Yes. A Drinking Game.

Until Dawn is a horror survival game with a dash of ¬†“mystery”, that hinges on your decisions to make sure the main characters survive their getaway…until dawn (said in my Will Smith “say the title” voice).

I was told to try out the game by a co-worker who said to check it out, and play it with The Tenor (my husband) as a way to see how we would make decisions, and to play it in the dark cause it’s terrifying. We ended up purchasing it!!!

Without giving too much away (and not being done with the game round one, yet) we have already killed off one person successfully…not a brag as the point is to help all 8 of the teens survive.

The game gets a bit gory, and has a supernatural twist worthy of an investigation from Grimm’s Nick Burkhardt! There are PLENTY of jump scares for everyone (take a sip of that vodka, honey). I have legit yelped at some of the jump scares in the game. Ok, I yelled…I yelled at my TV. I can only wonder what the neighbors think considering there’s horror music and sounds plus my yelling.

The graphics can get a bit awkward at times as the game does have a limit on what all you can interact with. But I guess I can understand that, as it’s the control for you.

I would also suggest making your controller be responsive for your torches in the game. It will make it EXTRA eerie!!!

But guys: it’s so much fun!!!

If you have a Playstation 4, do yourself a favor, and get the game!

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And, make it more interesting by playing with your partner, best friends, and (if you’re able to) some alcoholic beverages ūüėČ

I also plan on trying to have a get together where we play the game this way, to see what happens!

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Halloween: 1978 and 2007 (A Scaredy Cat Review x 2!)

Once again (and this time, in the words of River Song) SPOILERS!

Today is a review of two movies, with the same title, but with different years and narratives:

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Halloweeen from 1978 by John Carpenter, and the 2007 Rob Zombie remake both center around the psychotic killer Michael Myers who in his youth kills his sister and her boyfriend as a young child, and is put in a  psychiatric ward for 17 years.

After Michael breaks out (1978: during a transport gone awry; 2007: during a really f**ked-up-and-totally-unnecessary scene where a guard rapes a girl in Myers cell and he ends up killing the guy and breaking free) he heads back home to Haddonfield Illinois. In Haddonfield he wreaks havoc on some teen girls, their boyfriends, and our heroine: Laurie.

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One of the main differences in 1978 is Laurie is not only our heroine, but she is the main focus of the story as well. Jamie Lee Curtis was great, and while Scout didn’t do horribly…well, I mean it’s Jamie Lee Curtis. ¬†In the 2007 rendition however, it is Myers as the primary character…and Laurie just wasn’t that memorable to me. ¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į

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1978 Mask (Scarier w/ blank expression)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The thing I enjoyed the most about 2007’s was the background of Michael’s dissent into madness. While I did enjoy 1978’s jump into “he’s always been this way,” type of character, ¬†Zombie’s¬†background story not only allowed for us to see Michael was not someone we could save, but, that he was only going to get worst. I also liked¬†the ending of 2007’s as Laurie shoots him in the head. Because after You’re Next all I want to see in these killing movies is a death to the bad guy (#SorryNotSorry).

However, I would not call 2007 my favorite of the two. I liked these points, but…that was pretty much it. And then you add to the fact that Carpenter’s didn’t have as many liberties as Zombie’s movie did. The ratings system for Zombie would have been NC17 in 1978, ¬†where as Carpenter’s then-R, seems tame now. While the gore from 2007 helps make it the more disturbing and gory of the two, 1978’s clever use of jump scares and the music in the right places make it more of a scary movie triumph even by today’s standards (well, at least mine hehehe).

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Speaking of the score, one of the strongest feelings I had watching these two movies was just how important a great score is (which, if you know me, means a lot). It set the mood for the film, and makes the viewers hair stand on end. You should totally get it for Halloween music!

In the end, I would say, don’t bother watching the remake, when you have the original in all it’s jumpy, adrenaline-pumping, orchestral brilliance! I rate it:

4/5 Scaredy Cats For pure Original-Movie-Goodness/compared to the remake

You’re Next (A Scaredy Cat’s Review)

Warning, if you haven’t seen this movie, but plan on seeing it: SPOILERS ahead!
Unless, you want to be less scared…in which case, this review may just help.

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You’re Next is a thriller that I had heard good things about, but, I wasn’t too sure because I get squeamish with the whole “Random Acts of GRUESOME Violence” thing (thanks a lot The Strangers). The movie starts out with the Davison family meeting up for a reunion for an..anniversary…IDK it was a family dinner with grown up¬†kids (no one had little kids with them, which is good because people die…duh). As they sit down to a family reunion, they start to squabble over basic family crap…except the one brother Crispian who is a professor, and has brought student-turned-T.A.-turned-girlfriend to the dinner, Erin. Apparently this Student turned girlfriend thing happens a lot with Crispian as his brother, Drake calls him out on it at the table. Drake is apparently the “respectable brother” and has brought his wife, Kelly. Youngest son, Felix has brought current girlfriend Zee (who we know is menacing because *gasp* she’s edgy, wears dark eyeliner and has a dark, sharply cut bob…cause stereotypes are important…**rolls eyes**). Last, is daughter¬†Aimee¬†and her boyfriend Tariq are there as well.

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The thing I like about this movie is that while you can predict a lot of things, the thing that did surprise me was Erin. See,¬†Erin was raised on a survival compound, and kicks so much ass in this movie, that even if you’re not into movies like this, she’s worth watching. Erin is officially on my fictional-character-based zombie-apocalypse team!

Anyway, The Davisons have dinner underway and they’re squabbling. Tariq gets up from the table and looks out the window to “leave” the situation…and then he took an arrow to the forehead. Drake also gets hit and pandemonium ensues! The family leaves the dining room and and makes it to the hall, where they try dialing 911, but apparently the villains are jamming their signals. Erin texts 911 because apparently, they¬†have to answer those texts (I mention this as while watching this, I made sure to learn tips and tricks from Erin…you know, just in case…). Since the cell numbers are blocked, Aimee is elected to make a run for the cars. Crispian and his dad are at the ready to throw open the door so as to throw their terrorists off. So Aimee takes a running start, and make it out the door…only to have her jugular caught by a piano wire. Her throat is slit and the family watches as she dies in the hall.

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Slowly, but surely the family is picked off one by one, and as father Paul dies, we find out¬†Zee and Felix are the masterminds behind the chaos. They have hired some hunters/basement-dwelling-serial-killer-types to off the family and inherit everything. Naturally, Bad-Ass Erin has to kill them, because they are out to get her and as J-Lo taught us in that one movie: “self-defense is not a crime.” Erin kicks Zee’s ass and blends Felix’s skull, after she takes out the crazy hillbilly hunter assassin’s.

In the end, the one Davison who has gone missing, Crispian (who left to call for help) turns out to not only be guilty of a horribly stereotypical rich-kid name, but also, being one of the masterminds in the whole debacle. He¬†claims he wanted Erin to make it out alive, and that she was needed to be the innocent eyes and testimony to the whole ordeal. But Erin ain’t having any of what he’s serving. She says she’s telling the cops, and Crispian doesn’t like the idea. He goes to stop her, but she ends up stopping him…permanantly!

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I would actually really recommend this movie as it is pretty great to see the trope of the Final Girl realized in a super bad ass way. She’s not all jigglypuff, and she plots against the villains, and rather than run from, she confronts them with the power of knowledge, and keeping her cool (as much as possible in a situation like this) to fight back! She starts fighting back from the get go, and I feel like Erin and Data (from the Goonies) would make wonderful babies who love to make booty booby traps!

I liked the twist this movie had, and I liked how it ended! I would super recommend it! It’s not terrifying, but people harassing you you at home gets me spooked.

3/5

The Babadook (A Scaredy Cat’s Review)

Warning, if you haven’t seen this movie, but plan on seeing it: DON’T READ THIS! Unless, you want to be less scared…in which case, this review may just help.

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The Babadook has been rated by many different people I know as a terrifying movie…even people who LOVE horror movies. So when I sat down to watch this, I figured I wouldn’t be getting any sleep.

But the movie is–if you let it be–more than a ghost story. In fact, the movie seems to be more about grief, and how we deal with it: in healthy, versus unhealthy (a majority of the movie) ways.

The movie is about a widow named Amelia, and her son Samuel. Amelia’s husband died in a car crash on the way to taking her to give birth to Samuel. It’s something that is sadly tied to Samuel’s sense of self. He even says “My [dad]…got killed driving mum to the hospital to have me.” Samuel’s behavior is often disruptive and (for lack of a better word) “bratty.” Part of this is everything he is going through, but a LOT to do with who he’s already been made out to be. Additionally, Samuel is not allowed to explore his father’s things, which are kept in the downstairs basement. This is because Amelia, is still unable to deal with the loss of her husband.

In fact, Amelia appears to be equal parts resentful and indifferent towards Samuel. She doesn’t even allow him to celebrate his birthday (it’s about to be his 7th in the movie), on his actual birthday because the pain is too much to be a consistent reminder. It’s a bit like she is going through Post-Partum/resentment of her child plus grieving her husband’s death combined. While her blame of Samuel isn’t logical, it is understandable however considering how things played out. She also doesn’t address some of his more violent behavior towards her (like him choking her, and pushing her) and their house (breaking windows and knocking things over).

Things start to change for the stranger when Amelia sits down one evening to read Samuel a bedtime story (their nightly tradition). She reads him “Mister Babadook” which is a scary as hell pop-up book for kids (so basically, it’s a proper fairy tale, sans Disney-fied editing). In the book it goes on to say how simply mentioning the Babadook, or thinking about him, leads to him never leaving. Because the book upsets Samuel (a lot, like, a huge fit of screaming a lot) Amelia gets rid of the book, ripping it, and putting it in the trash.

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Samuel is the first to see the effects of the Babadook, and because he hasn’t been allowed to cope with his father’s death (nor has his mother coped either) everyone just thinks he’s being “Samuel.” While on the way home from his cousin’s botched birthday party (he ruined the fun to be honest) Samuel has a seizure after seeing the Babadook. Amelia takes him to the doctor and gets sleeping aids for them both. The first night they have a good nights rest, but, the following morning, the book is back!¬†In the returned book we see that the Babadook is under her skin, and–in pop-up form–Amelia kills their dog, and, Samuel as well.

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And so too does Amelia begin to be haunted! She stops sleeping peacefully, and that is NEVER-EVER-EVER good for your brain! She begins hallucinating, and seeing dead Samuel, who though he is alive, she is standing over him with a knife. The freakiness of the movie compounds, and compounds over itself, to where, you can see why this movie is considered one of the best movies in the horror genre ever!

The scene where Amelia becomes possessed, and starts telling Samuel how she “really” feels (not truly how she feels, but, more she snaps and verbalizes her resentment of Samuel to him). She also says she wants Samuel to “meet” his father, implying death, and Samuel understands that she means exactly that. He stabs her in the thigh and runs downstairs to a boobey-trapped basement. There she is tied to the ground and Samuel huddles in a corner, letting her know that she is not alone, and that “[he’s] not leaving [her].” ¬†He also lets her know that though, the Babadook won’t allow her to love him, he still loves her.

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She breaks free from her ropes and proceeds to choke out Samuel who as he is being strangled strokes her face. She let’s him go, and, breaks free of the Babadook, vomiting it up in a black-tar-blood.

She is free of the Babadook, but it tries to claim Samuel instead, dragging his little body up the stairs. Amelia goes to claim him and she tells that spooky bastard off, effectively casting the Babadook out.

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They’re free! And Amelia let’s Sam celebrate his birthday, on his actual birthday. Amelia and he tend their backyard garden, and they gather their worms in a bowl. Thought the basement is locked off Amelia brings the worm bowl down and feeds it to the shadows we can only assume is the Babadook.

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One of the coolest things about the movie is the way its shot. While it is filmed in color, the house that Amelia and Samuel live in is very cold and grey and sparse with other colors. It really makes them stand out. Another thing I really enjoyed was how the Babadook represented Amelia’s grief and depression. In the end, she and Samuel feed it worms, and are in charge of it, rather than letting it rule their life. The Babadook is still there, looming in the shadows, grasping for some control, but, Amelia won’t let it. She allows those feeling in fleeting moments because she’s a human, and their necessary. But that’s it. She doesn’t let it rule her.

While I didn’t find The Babadook to be as scary or terrifying as promised (thank you Lord! I won’t be having nightmares! *phew*), I do think it’s a MUST SEE! Like the classic Les Diaboliques this movie is beautifully shot, and perfectly suspenseful! Jump scares are not necessary for these films as they prey on our more natural fears (in my opinion at least). The Babadook is a great way to show grief and how it can effect a person.

I give The Babadook 5/5 not because it was terrifying, but because it’s bloody brilliant!

5/5 for BRILLIANCE!

 

Children of the Corn (A Scaredy Cat’s Review)

Hey rebels, Joie here, and this Halloween I’ve been tasked with catching up with the pop-culture lexicon I’ve been most scurred to understand: horror movies! While I love good old monster movies (which I totally blame for my Monster High addiction) the more spooky, slasher-y and zombie stuff scares the crap out of me. This Halloween however, it’s time for me to face my irrational-but-totally-legit fears!

This is Scaredy Cat Reviews!

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Gatlin, Nebraska…with all it’s corn…cornier than Kansas in August even. This movie opens there, ¬†three years prior to our main story taking place, with all of the kids in town having all been to a meeting in the corn field with resident-anti-Christ Isaac, (who bears some resemblance to Joffrey Lannister to me). The only two children missing are brother, Job and sister, Sarah. After the children arrive back to Gatlin (from said fields), they¬†put their corn-laden plan into action: Anyone over the age of 18 must be put to death.

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Cut to “Present Day” where Sarah Connor Vicky and her husband Burt are on a cross-country drive to Seattle¬†for Burt’s new job. While passing through Nebraska they hit a child escaping Gatlin’s Crazy Kid Cult. Though the child already had his throat slit, they did hit him and want to do the right thing and bring the child’s corpse to the authorities. The only problem is, Burt chooses to go to Gatlin.

That’s when ish REALLY goes down. Vicky and Burt are terrorized by the local kids, and most especially by Isaac and, his 1st mate and resident soul-less “child” Malachi.

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This movie was not as freaky as I remember thinking it was. In fact, I was laughing at it a lot. What does weird me out is the use of blades, as I think stabbing is such a personal act of malice…but that’s just me. ¬†And on a side note, it’s interesting to see how times have changed, where in the 80’s kids are using sickles and knives and stuff, but, I’ve been led to believe middle America was very gun loving…so I found myself asking where the firearms were. But maybe it’s a more recent thing than people really want to recognize, eh?

Any who, one thing I think was underutilized was Sarah’s gift of sight. It played a part in a few places, but didn’t seem to really matter after about 25% of the movie was underway. I also found her brother Job’s yelling about “THE COAST IS CLEAR,” or, “I HAVE A HIDING PLACE THEY DON’T KNOW ABOUT! KEEP FOLLOWING ME AND THE SOUND OF MY VOICE!” to be very conspicuous…and major league unbelievable as those he was attempting to escape, were within listening distance. Also, when Vicky and Burt first hit the kid, Joseph, the body keeps switching from being on it’s side, to on it’s back, to¬†on it’s side again. It’s a little bit hilarious, but I do think that’s the part where I lost all sense of “taking this ish seriously.”

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One thing I didn’t expect (which was silly of me) was the fact that He Who Walks Behind the Rows…let’s call him, IDK, Corndemort), was “real.” I thought Corndemort was going to be one of two things: a. Isaac possessed, or, b. something Isaac was making up to gain power. But no, these little Corn Eaters were in fact following a crazy demon leader entity ¬†who hated mudbloods adults and saw kids as easy pickings to worship him.

Kind of like Voldemort praying on the fears his Death Eaters have of non-purebloods in the wizarding world, or, Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler (boom!).

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Any way, Corndemort rolls under the ground like Dugtrio using dig about to get all crazy on your party, and he even eats up Malachi and Isaac because, hey, why not? The movie has to end somehow right? Seriously, though: the movie requires an ending, so, the natural course is to kill off the two young psychopaths first, then attempt to go after Burt and Vicky. Corndemort thought it was best to kill his faithful followers before the “interlopers”/adults who are there to bring him down. At least, based on Sarah’s psychic drawings that he had to have seen through Isaac’s eyes, right?

Side note: Corndemort is a LOT like Voldemort…he has the¬†stupidest¬†plans ever, and keeps the¬†obvious heroes alive so that they can go back and kick his a$$ with flourish and fire! Fire being the main ingredient for Corndemort as Job and Burt burn his field to the ground ending in the Special Effects “dream” that is his face in a fire cloud, and a pyre of fire which are obviously animated over (but hey, 1984, right?).

After popping the fields corn (you know, cause of all the heat from the fire), Vicky, Burt, Job, and Sarah get the hell out of Dodge…well, sort of. As tradition dictates there’s one more jump scare to be had by the last of the faithful to Corndemort, in young Bellatrix LeMaize (corny puns for all!). While Burt and Vicky empty out their now defunct car, LeMaize tries to sickle-slice Burt (“It’s not very effective”) but he slams the door on her face knocking her out. And, instead of idk…tying that that kid up and dragging her with them to the police to get deprogrammed, he just LEAVES HER THERE!!! IDK about you, but I’d take that kid to the cops and to a psych ward. But Burt apparently already feels pretty weighed down by Job and Sarah (whom he’s already confessed to NOT wanting to adopt/be his wards). ¬†So he just leaves her there, likely for one of the 6 sequels (IDK…I’ve only seen the first one now). And with that, the movie ends with our four heroes walking off into the night…for 19 miles (just under a full marathon, so they’ve got this).

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All in all, the movie is just too old to be scary. and a little too cheesy. Maybe it’s the fact that South Park had a hilarious episode where they made fun of the movie. IDK, but I will say Joffrey Isaac and Malachi were super¬†eerie.

2 out of 5 Scaredy Cats