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7 VALENTINE HORROR FILMS FOR TONIGHT

St Valentine’s Day is upon us.  A time for red roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners and giant cards declaring your love for a special someone.

Ugh, enough already.  Ok, so I’m not a total humbug about today, but I don’t need card and confectionery companies telling me how and when I should be declaring my love for another person.co

Last year my boyfriend surprised me with a beautiful Valentine’s gift, which was really nice, but the best way he can express his love for me is by joining me in watching some beautiful horror.  You see, he hates horror, so I would firmly class this as the most romantic gesture he could make.

So as a tribute to all horror fans out there, I have compiled a list of the best valentine horror films to watch tonight, for all different types of relationships…

My Bloody Valentine

An old folk’s tale about a deranged murderer who kills anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day turns out to be true when a group of teenagers throw a party and start being bumped off.

Don’t bother with My Bloody Valentine 3D, stick with this far superior original from 1981.  This film suits all relationships as it is the ultimate Valentine’s horror.  It has candy, kissing, a party and a lot of murder.  What else could you possibly need?

Valentine

A group of female friends find themselves being stalked by an unknown assailant in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

Now I know a lot of people will groan about the fact that I’ve included this film but, honestly, I find it very entertaining.  This horror is best for those who are single so they can enjoy the abundant “totty”.

The Loved Ones

High school student, Brent, soon regrets turning down his classmate’s prom invitation when she concocts a brutal way to make him hers forever.

I love this film.  It has great characters, great acting, torture, an emotional underscore and a great take on the classic prom style horror.  If you have ever been jilted or are feeling angry about a recent break up, this is film should help satisfy your mood without you having to take the drill into your own hands…

Bride of Chucky

Chucky is back for a fourth outing and this time he’s got a little killer help from his girlfriend, Tiffany.

I love the Child’s Play films (we won’t mention Seed of Chucky) and I am eager to see the next installment.  Bride of Chucky is my favourite, as I love that our anti-hero gets a partner in crime to play with, and the havoc they wreak on those around them is gross, fun and features some very inventive kills.

If you’ve been with your partner for a while and you both enjoy sick comedy, this is the horror film for you.

Warm Bodies

This horror-comedy take on Romeo and Juliet, follows a zombie whose encounter with a human helps to restart his heart.

This is a very sweet horror comedy that will suit those couples who are in the early throes of a relationship.  Before your faults (cold skin and a diet of human brains) get in the way of the butterflies in the stomach feeling (or is that undigested brains?).

Candyman

Candyman, a murdering urban legend with a hook for a hand, is summoned to the real world by a sceptical grad student.

Candyman is one of those horror films that has always haunted me.  I love exploring urban legends and myths and Candyman is a truly terrifying one.  This film is perfect for sharing with your partner who is difficult to buy presents for.  If they’re anything like me, they’ll appreciate this scary tale much more than a box of chocolates.

Beetlejuice

A couple return from the dead to find their beloved house occupied.  They enlist the help of bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice to help them scare the family away with malevolent consequences.

Beetlejuice is a very accomplished horror comedy with great special effects, a fab cast and a great story.  This horror is perfect for couples who have been together for a long time, who find themselves still very much in love.

The central couple in this film have a very sweet and tender relationship that shines through amongst the gross horror and scary antics.  This is definitely a must see.

Written for the London Horror Society.

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Nun?

I am not a heaven man.”

The Conjuring 2, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor and Madison Wolfe,  follows the Warrens who travel to Enfield in England to help the Hodgson family who are being tormented by a malicious spirit.

Walking into the screen today, with creepy, opera-style music playing to set the scene, I realised I was alone. I sat in my seat in awe of getting to have this experience all by myself… then a couple walked in. Gutted. My dad always tells me about how he saw The Exorcist alone in a cinema when it first came out and I have always wanted to have a similar experience. In the end there were five of us, which wasn’t too bad especially as the rustling and chatting stopped when the film started. I don’t often enjoy the “cinema experience”. People eating smelly nachos, playing on their phones and getting up and down to go to the bathroom. If I was a less decent person I’d just download the film and watch it at home but I respect James Wan far too much to do that. And I will be buying the DVD so at least I can watch it again. On my own. In silence.

Anyway, below are my thoughts and feelings on this little gem of a film (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD):

Problem areas

  • This film was definitely made for an American audience. When the action moved to Enfield, we were treated to a London montage accompanied by ‘London Calling’ by The Clash. Personally, I think this was a bit overkill. I know James was setting the scene for what London was like in the 1970’s but, for us Brits, we’re already bashed over the head enough with everything London as most Americans seem to think that is the only city in England.
  • I wasn’t totally convinced by the London accents but only mildly.
  • The banishment of the Nun at the end seemed a bit rushed and easy. If the way to have power over a demon is to know its name, why would the Nun give its name to Lorraine so easily?
  • I hated ‘The Crooked Man’. I think he looked terrible and really CGI-ed even though James insists he is played by a real person. I don’t think it added anything to the film and hope he doesn’t get his own spin-off.
  • A small thing but Ed says “bloody hell”. A very British remark and not one I think an American has ever uttered.
  • The Hodgson children decorate a Christmas tree, which was already up and decorated in a previous scene.
  • There is a violent incident in the kitchen which affects Janet’s brother Johnny. Afterwards, Janet is comforted by her mam and Johnny is nowhere to be seen. Where is he? Poor lad.

Best bits

  • Madison Wolfe, who plays Janet, is brilliant in this. For such a young actress her portrayal of fear is incredibly realistic. In one scene she is under the bed covers and I genuinely felt terrified for her as she shook, grasping her torch, tears running down her face.
  • Bill Wilkins, the spirit haunting the family, has a really creepy voice and presence.
  • The relationships in this film: the Hodgson family, the Warrens’ marriage, the friendly next door neighbours were utterly believable and heart-warming. I honestly teared up a couple of times especially when Billy offers his mam some biscuits and Ed sings to the Hodgson family. You even end up feeling sorry for Bill’s spirit. Horror is most effective when it has heart. And this film has oodles.
  • The camera work is brilliant. James knows what he’s doing with horror and he does it well. There are some awesome camera angles with darkness oozing from every pore.
  • The scenes with Vera and Patrick are the best. The acting is great by everyone throughout but these two really represent the heart of the film and you root for them every step of the way. Any film with these actors is top notch, horror or not.
  • Both Bill and the Nun have yellow eyes. If you were paying attention you’d figure that yellow is not the colour for all demons’ eyes but that these spirits are one and the same. Especially when you consider that Bill was blind when alive so why can he see as a spirit?
  • The credits were very well done, especially for including the original recording of Janet’s interview.

Coincidences?

I noticed a few nods to other horrors, whether they were intentional or not:

  • The Warrens’ daughter, Judy was only in one scene and was wearing an outfit very reminiscent to Chucky’s in all Child’s Play films.
  • The Nun standing at the end of a long hall reminded me of the twins in The Shining.
  • Johnny’s tent is similar to Cole’s in The Sixth Sense which also houses creepy spirits.
  • The sisters’ messed up bedroom looks just like Carol Anne’s in Poltergeist once the spirit has unleashed its rage. Also there is a tree directly outside the bedroom window.
  • The song ‘This Old Man (Knick-knack Paddy-whack”) is sang menacingly by Bill. It is also whistled and played by the serial killer in Nightwatch (the one with Ewan McGregor) so is always a sign to run far, far away; this song really gives me the creeps.
  • ‘The Crooked Man’ zoetrope is reminiscent of the human-sized version used as a torture device in House on Haunted Hill (remake).

Questions

  • I am not sure why the Nun was included. I read that James actually went back into production to add her. Was this simply to have another spin off aka Annabelle? The Nun first appears at the beginning of the film when the Warrens are investigating the Amityville case. Why is she there? Where is James going with this?
  • Has Ed’s sight been irrevocably damaged? Or is he okay now?
  • Was Bill’s spirit freed when the Nun was defeated?

Overall, I loved the film (it made me jump three times, which is rare for me). It may even be better than the first one. I have thought about it all day and that can only be a good thing. Do I believe the real story behind this? I don’t know but one thing is for sure, this is one hell of a story. Congratulations again James Wan. Let’s just hope I can get to sleep tonight…