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The Top Five Scariest Villains

It’s time to talk about some scary antagonists. Enjoy!

5. Jack Nicholson in The Shining

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The Shining is a disturbing movie, through and through, and Jack Nicholson’s performance as the crazed father/eventual ax murderer is legendary. He doesn’t have a horrifying mask or a terrifying makeup job to make him scary. He’s just scary by himself with those arched eyebrows and that horrifying face. I watched this movie in complete horror and it wasn’t because of anyone except for Jack Nicholson (and the twins but that’s another story.) He’s definitely one of the scariest villains I have ever seen.

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‘Barry Lyndon’: A Sheer Masterpiece

There have been plenty of great movie directors over the years; David Lean, the genius behind an epic like Lawrence of Arabia and the rarely seen look at Japan’s role in World War II in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Steven Spielberg, the movie making mogul who brought us the unforgettable likes of Jaws and Jurassic Park, Christopher Nolan, a man who makes whatever movie he wants to make no matter how out there it may be, Bong-Joon Ho, the mad scientist of a movie whiz whose films never fail to impress, and Spike Lee, the director who is not afraid to show the power of blackness and how beautiful our stories can be. And then there’s Stanley Kubrick.

My first foray into Kubrick’s immersive world was via The Shining, a film that still scares the heck out of me to this day. As a little girl, I would simply hear the ghost twin girls and began to start getting weepy. As an adult, I hear the iconic shrill ring of The Shining and begin to sweat. It was from my traumatic experiences watching and listening to The Shining three times in my life that I have understood how amazing Kubrick is at making movies.

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Looks More Like a Scary Thriller Than a Horror Movie

In case you don’t know the incredible significance of this story, Doctor Sleep is Stephen King’s follow-up novel to a horror classic, The Shining, and Warner Bros. has adapted that story, which focuses on a grown-up Danny Torrance, and turned it into a movie.

While the first teaser had me silent in mute horror (well, really suspense) this trailer wasn’t nearly as scary but that doesn’t take away from the trailer’s quality because it actually was pretty good.

The movie takes the story left behind by The Shining and modernizes it, adding more women, good and bad, to the equation and revisiting the mansion that made the first film so scary. This trailer was so intriguing in the fact that I actually kind of want to see this movie. And even though I know it will be scary, with plenty of jump scares along the way, I have a feeling this film could turn out to be a worthy sequel to one of the greatest horror movies of all time.

Here’s a poster for the movie.

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That’s somewhat creepy looking…

How did you feel about the trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a very good day.

‘Doctor Sleep’ Looks Scary but Is It Going To Be Good?

Stephen King is an iconic author for his disturbing, super-scary novels that have been transformed into some of the most iconic horror films of all time, one of them being The Shining.

Spoiler-alert, I’m a scaredy-cat. As a child, I was traumatized by The ExorcistChildren in the Corn, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the film that this post is dedicated to; The Shining. As a little girl, whenever I would hear the twins talking I would close my eyes, cover my ears with all of my might, and try to escape seeing and hearing The Shining in my presence. Only a few years ago did I finally muster the nerve to watch the film all the way through–I only covered my eyes once which was an achievement–and when the movie was finished I was proud to say I finally finished the movie.

Yesterday the bestselling Stephen King-novel-turned-sequel-to-The Shining, Doctor Sleep, revealed its first teaser trailer. Before you see the trailer here is the film’s synopsis.

Years following the events of “The Shining”, a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Sounds harmless enough but with Stephen King, nothing is ever that simple. Here’s the trailer. Continue reading ‘Doctor Sleep’ Looks Scary but Is It Going To Be Good?

‘Ready Player One’ Was Much Better Than I Expected

Last spring Steven Spielberg added another movie to his long list of films with Ready Player One and while I first wanted to watch it after seeing the first trailer after a while I wasn’t very excited to see it. So, I didn’t go watch when it came out in the movie theaters. Yesterday, however, I saw that it was available to watch on HBO and so, I decided, what the heck, let me watch it.

Through the first thirty-forty minutes I was kind of bored. The main character, Wade Watts, helped narrate the beginning, allowing us an understanding of the state of the world in 2045. Wade’s goal, the same as so many other’s, was to win the virtual reality game called the OASIS that the creator of the virtual world, Halliday, had created. Whoever wins gets to take control of the OASIS and practically become the most powerful person in the world.

It was basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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The first section of the film helped establish all of the characters and was a tad bit boring, excluding a rather awesome action scene that involved racing and yeah, King Kong. Wow!

It was the second third of the movie however when the story began to ramp up and I found myself growing emotionally invested in the characters and the story.

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While the movie isn’t perfect it is very, very enjoyable. Especially for someone who loves gaming, like me. There were so many hidden references and nods to games and movies in the past few decades that I could only stare at the screen in wide-eyed wonder as I tried to discover it all.

They even had a character from the very popular competitive game, Overwatch, in the film which I LOVED.

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And I loved the section of the movie when the main characters found themselves in a simulation of the terrifying horror film, The Shining. And yes, it was just as creepy as expected.

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The Top Five Scariest Villains

It’s Halloween and that means there was no way I wasn’t going to write a post acknowledging this frightening but fun holiday. And so to celebrate the festivities I am going to write a list of the five scariest movie villains. Enjoy and…BOO! Ha-ha!

5. Alien

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I consider myself seriously lucky that I was introduced to Alien for the first time via the game, Mortal Combat because if I had gone into watching this film without knowing anything about this horrifying extraterrestrial I would’ve been messed up for weeks. For this to have come out in 1979 I am absolutely stunned at how scary this movie still is. Alien is definitely one of the most frightening creations in all of film.

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