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Spooky Watchlist for Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

October 31st might not be that big a deal here as it is in North America (though it certainly seems to be catching on), however, it still does bring about the perfect excuse to curl up with a tub of popcorn and frightful movie. And as total movie buffs, we need to revisit our favorites, and this definitely seems to be the perfect time for that!

Here’s a list of our favorites

 

1. The Conjuring

If you haven’t seen this one, then we seriously wonder why you’re reading this piece, because you clearly aren’t a fan of horror movies. With its exceptional acting, eery and near-perfect background score, and unexpected frights galore, it is a dream come true for all horror fanatics worldwide.

Image Source - Forbes

Image Source – Forbes

 

2. Jaws

Did you know more people die from car accidents, plane accidents, even crossing the road, than by shark attacks? No? Don’t care either? This movie is probably why. No matter what anyone says, after this movie came out, it was pretty much guaranteed that only killer ghosts would be considered scarier than a shark attack.

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Image Source – The Irish Times

 

3. A Quiet Place

This is on our list purely because of stellar acting and completely different handling of the horror genre. Sound has always played an integral part in developing feelings of foreboding in any good horror movie, and this movie does the exact opposite of what you expect it to. With the characters having to keep quiet to stay alive, it is the complete silence that creates the foreboding. There are times you want to tell your pounding heart to lower its volume.

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Image Source – IndieWire

 

4. The Shining

Jack Nicholson is a masterpiece. There is nothing that needs to be said beyond this. There’s a reason this movie is considered a classic, and we are hardly fools to disagree.

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Image Source – Esquire

 

5. The Exorcist

We’re not going to bother explaining this one. You know.

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Image Source – Response

 

Have a spooky night!

Last Minute Costumes for Trick-or-Treat Time!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

It’s that spooky time of the year! It’s the night when ghosts and witches come out to play with princesses and cowboys. The night of jack-o-lanterns and fake spiders, and lots and lots of candy. While not really an Indian tradition, millennials the country over are lapping it right up, because what’s not to love about dressing up and partying it up with friends (and do we really want to fight such an easy excuse to do so?)

But, we’ll be honest, sometimes the day just sneaks up on us, and before you know it, bam! It’s the end of the work or school day, and you don’t have a costume ready. Oh, what to do? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you convered. Here are some easy ideas for a last minute Halloween party!

 

Skeleton

One white t-shirt, and one black one. Oh, and a pair of scissors and the willingness to use them. But hey, last minute scrambles for a costume will send you down that path. Holy (Hole-y) costume!

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Image source – CouponCabin

 

Chip on Shoulder

If you’re the funny (or pun-ny) type, then this will be right up your alley. And bonus points because it literally just requires any t-shirt, a pack of chips, and some tape. Seriously, that’s it. And you’re guaranteed to get major eye rolls every time you tell people what your costume is. What fun!

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Image source – Real Simple

 

Bank Robber

Super easy to do. All you need are black pants/jeans, a black and white striped top, a black beanie and a black mask (or just a black stocking with holes cut in for your eyes). Hands up!

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Image source – Styletic

 

Salt and Pepper

If you’re going as a couple, and don’t have a ready idea for either one of you, this one is ridiculously easy. And if you don’t have the fabric paint, don’t worry yourself. Just cut out the letters from black and white chart paper, and stick them on. Tada!

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Ghost

This may be cliched, but it truly is in spirit (see what we did there?) with the theme of the night. All you need is an old, plain white bedsheet, and a pair of scissors, and you’re all set.

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Image source – The Talon

 

Happy Spooking!!!!

5 Great Horror Authors of our Generation

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

With Hollywood finally getting caught up with how awesome the horror genre is (think the seemingly endless series in Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious), we can still sit in our happy bubble, because we’ve been at this a long, long time. While watching a horror movie is all nice and all, it can never compare to the treat of reading a really good horror book. If the author plays his cards right, your imagination runs riot, creating a mental image of the activities in the book that stay with you long after you close the book and move on.

So here’s a list of the top 5 horror genre authors that are sure to send a chill up your spine.

 

1. Stephen King

Often termed ‘The Master of Horror’, Stephen King is synonymous with spooky stuff! And with nail-biting chillers like Carrie, Pet Semetary, and The Shining, he’s created characters that shall live on for many generations to come.

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Image source – Google.com

 

2. Anne Rice

Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice is a sure thing in this list. Her style is considered gothic fiction, and with it, she creates a sense of doom and foreboding that isn’t easy to forget once the book is over.

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Image source – npr.org

 

3. Peter Straub

Having received several awards for his books, Peter Straub is often considered an underground favorite for lovers of the horror genre. But his work hasn’t been noticed just by awarding bodies. Two of his books have been collaborative efforts with none other than Stephen King himself.

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Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. Jonathan Maberry

No stranger to awards himself, Jonathan Maberry is often best known for his Joe Ledger series, which focus on a detective’s battles against extreme science (think zombies and the apocalypse). Interestingly enough, he also recently published a back story to Dana Scully (yes, from X Files), and it’s quite the read for hardcore fans.

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Image source – timesfreepress.com

 

5. Dean Koontz

Okay, okay. We admit, Dean Koontz doesn’t like to advertise himself as a horror author. And we get it. He’s extremely versatile in his writing style and genre. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t write one mean horror novel! So, we’re keeping him here, because we’re just bad like that. And with over 450 million copies of his books sold worldwide, we don’t anyone really minds.

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Image source – Google.com

 

So happy reading!

 

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