Movie Review: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Back reviewing movies this week, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a recent Netflix release and here’s what it’s about:

“A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house.”

I’m in the minority again. I really liked this movie and was glued to the screen. For one thing, I love Ruth Wilson, who plays the nurse. She was exceptional in per performance and the other characters were equally interesting. The atmosphere of the movie is a modern Gothic and it’s beautifully creepy. The house feels alive with its history of life and death. And the slow pacing and narration are hypnotic. In general the whole movie feels poetic.

This movie is different for a ghost story. I like that best about it. It has a low rating, and I can see where it would lose some viewers. Allow your imagination to flow with the movie and you’ll love it. So I say, give this one a try.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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Movie Reviews: Housebound

HouseboundWhat took me so long to watch Housebound. Here’s what it’s about:

“Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.”

I tried to get tickets to Housebound a few years ago at the Mile High Horror Film Festival but they were sold out in a hurry. I now understand why. This movie is awesome! I can’t believe I waited so long to watch it.

Talk about plot twists, my head was spinning in a good way, trying to keep track of everything going on. Great characters and acting, especially from the lead actress, Morgana O’Reilly, the convincing troublemaker and lawbreaker sentenced to house arrest.

I also got lost in the background distraction around the cluttered house, which was brilliant in making the movie both scary and funny.

What else can I say other than I loved everything about Housebound. Now go watch it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: It Follows

ItFollowsHey, I’m back with a bad one, It Follows. Here’s what it’s about:

“A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.”

I happened upon It Follows while browsing for horror movies on cable. There was no rating for the movie, so I took my chances based on the description. I was sadly disappointed and quickly lost interest.

This could have been a good teen scream movie based on the description. Well, not the description on IMDB above, which says nothing about the true plot. Anyway, the idea of the movie is that the characters can pass a curse on to each other by having sex. To get rid of the curse, have sex with the next person you add to the chain. If the person you pass the curse on to dies, the curse comes back to you. Kinda cool idea, huh? Well, the story goes all over the place and the killings as a result of being cursed just fell flat.

Be careful to read a bunch of reviews before you watch this one. It’s rated way higher than it’s worthy. I was bored to death and never scared. Maybe grossed out a few times, but never scared.

My Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Book Review: The Unsolved Mystery of Ghosts by Michael Martin

Today’s book review is The Unsolved Mystery of Ghosts by Michael Martin. Here’s what it’s about:

Presents the study of ghosts, including current theories and famous encounters.

This is not a Halloween themed book, but ghosts are appropriate for the holiday. You’ll even learn a thing or two. I liked the format of the book. It includes some of the most well-known, real-life, ghost stories, along with other educational information like definitions, historical facts and trivia. This is an entertaining book kids can also use for research for school projects.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: The Witch Casts a Spell by Suzanne Williams

Today’s Halloween book review is The Witch Casts a Spell by Suzanne Williams. Here’s what it’s about:

With its delightfully hair-raising surprise ending, this Halloween frolic is set to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

I had fun reading this story with the music of The Farmer in the Dell in my head. What I really liked about this book is the illustrations. Barbara Olsen did a spectacular job! Very creative! It’s a mix of drawings and fabric that made the visuals very eye catching. I actually went back and browsed through the book a second time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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