Tonight I’m reviewing Black Christmas – a film that was actually quite good! I cheated a little here, being that I’ve seen parts of this film before but I still picked it up real cheap in the horror movie section of CEX a couple of years back. It’s also a remake!
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Watched : Last night half asleep, and this morning during my lazy day off
Essential movie snacks : Nothing actually!
Watched with… : No one ha
Score out of 5 : 4.5/5
So basically it’s about these sorority girls who are having a Christmas weekend or whatever over the holidays. Picture a snow storm and a house with the most beautiful decorations. We soon find out however that the house has a gruesome past when years ago a guy named Billy was raped by his own mum because she wanted a baby girl and wasn’t happy with her son Billy. Billy went a bit bonkers and killed his mum and step dad because they didn’t love him enough, then, uh, made Christmas cookies out of his mums flesh and ate it. Lovely.
It’s a standard slasher/killer movie where Billy goes on a rampage after a star studded cast including scream-queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination, The Thing, Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street – the remake) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy, 17 Again) – and more. Each death is just as gruesome as the last and this Billy character is a total weirdo and pervert.
He hides in the floors and walls and stuff and at one point in the movie, a floor tile moves in the bathroom and you can just see his one eye watching a girl shower *shudders*.
This movie is quite gruesome but also has a strong storyline. With so many characters, I thought it would be a bit confusing but actually because they were all so different it was really easy to follow. I suppose it isn’t for the faint-hearted in that it mixes death and Christmas and actually received backlash from lots of religious organisations because of this point. 
Overall, so far out of all my B-list horror movies, this one has probably been the best so far. It did disturb me a little, everyone seemed to know how to act and even though there were a few typical unrealistic scenes (yknow, the usual, like them going after the killer instead of just leaving), I quite liked it.
I think it’s the type of movie ideal for a date night or movie night with your other half, or even if you’re just planning on watching a bunch of horror movies with your friends. Just make sure you don’t watch it in a sorority house with a dark history…
My notes are kind of crap because I was watching this half asleep but still.
  • I bloody love Christmas
  • Ewwwww he’s eating her skin
  • Tastes like chicken…because it’s chicken LOL (creepy guy in the prison made this joke about the prison food)
  • Lots of famous ladies!
  • I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead, she’s so cool
  • Ewwww he ripped out her eye
  • Ewwww his eye is in the floor/he’s under the floor watching her shower
  • The house is really pretty
  • I can’t wait for Christmas
  • RUN DAMMIT!!!
This is a film I WOULD actually recommend spending your money on or watching!

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Tonight I am reviewing Episode 50, a film that I thought would be exactly like Grave Encounters but was not (not that this fact made it good).

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Watched : Yesterday evening, ever so bored
Essential movie snacks : Crisps
Watched with… : My parents. They didn’t think much of it either
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5
The story line turns out to actually be quite different once you get into it. It starts off with following a paranormal investigating team who have their own show debunking supposedly haunted locations. This is quite interesting because normally shows like that are trying to prove the existence of the paranormal, so to have a team actually trying to offer both sides of the story is quite refreshing. Eventually they get the chance to investigate what is supposedly one of the most haunted places ever (by some really creepy dude who is dying) and turn up to film their 50th episode, hoping to make it special. Unbeknownst to them, the creepy old dude has also promised the same thing to another group of rival investigators who are big on religion and insist that ghosts are real. The film promises to show the found footage from this 50th episode that was never aired for some mysterious reason.
So the film is built up really well and although it’s a classic horror movie technique to promise the broadcast of footage never seen before, unfortunately the story line doesn’t really follow through. There’s this whole thing about an evil nurse who killed a boy who then went on to become a ghost, but then it turns out the nurse was actually innocent but possessed by an evil killer demon who opened a portal at another hospital..or something. It all got very confusing and I didn’t really understand it. There was also a side story about two lovers from the rival team, including a girl who cried a lot and was supposed to help open this portal? I’m not really sure but it made no sense.
Eventually people get killed off and disappear and stuff and they have to travel to this other location to close the portal which again makes no sense. Why bring in a whole other haunted location that hasn’t even been mentioned once in the movie?
The CGI effects are pretty cool other wise but the ghosts appearing throughout actually have nothing to do with the movie and are just there to break up scenes.
And don’t get me started on the ending. Again it made no sense, the graphics were really bad and it was a complete anti climax.
The only good thing about this film?
The fact that the lead character – even though he was a complete douche – was kind of cute. So, y’know. Eye candy and all.
Anyway. Here are my not-so-hilarious ‘notes’ I made during the movie.
  • So corny 
  • Hey that guy is kind of hot 
  • But he also looks like a bit of a typical douchbag 
  • At least they’re being honest and not pretending there’s ghosts in this persons house to make money 
  • Why is this creepy guy who owns the haunted place rambling on about all the bad shit he’s done just get to the damn point 
  • It’s actually interesting that were ‘following’ the team trying to debunk ghosts actually 
  • This Damon character always seems to have sweat patches beneath his arms 
  • One of the dead bees moved SO SCARY (not)
  • Wait weren’t those two fighting earlier & now they’re high fiving over catching a ghost on film
  • Okay this guy is screaming ‘After all you’ve seen you have to believe!’ whilst dying. And worlds corniest death goes to…
  • Oh here we go, back to the creepy guy
  • Why are you crying man you sent them in there #idiot

Again, like the last movie I reviewed, I felt the premise of the movie was interesting..but unfortunately the film really didn’t deliver.
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If you remember last year, I attended Salon Du Chocolat, the first year that Salon Du Chocolat was hosted in London. I was lucky enough to bag another invite for it’s return this year and it did not disappoint!
This time around I took my sister, another chocolate fan, and she really enjoyed herself. She and her boyfriend have a small part time business making and selling truffles, so she had fun getting some ideas of the different stalls that attended on Thursday night, and taking note of their selling styles and the presentation of their products. 
We had a great time strolling around the different stalls, trying testers of different products and falling in love with new chocolate brands. Some of the brands we particularly liked were Bad Brownie (adore the name!), Sweet Virtues (who had a stunning presentation of their chocolate) and Whisk & Whites who went all out and had a really interesting back story to their brand which I loved! The story of a chef who would leave secret treats around a house for other servants to find really gave this brand character.
Another favourite of mine especially was A Little Piece & Love who I bought this stunning skull & bones message in a bottle set from! I love anything quirky and hand on heart, have never seen anything like it before. A lot of their products mix chocolate with popping candy too – so retro!
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The fashion show was even more stunning this year. The dresses were breath taking and I also felt that the show was a little more upbeat too with dancers (who were hilarious) and Willy Wonka even made an appearance! 
Anyway, rather then telling you, why don’t I just show you…
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As you can see from the photos, some of the dresses were absolutely stunning. Some of them looked like they belonged in a fairytale! I think, like my sister, one of my favourite parts of the evening (other than the fashion show) was also checking out everyone’s designs and set ups of their stalls. Whisk & Whites had a stunning set up, all to do with the story behind the brand.
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It’s not hard to see how much The Chocolate Show has grown in just 12 short months, doing little to help me overcome my chocolate addiction! However, technically attending was all in the name of the blog ha!
I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to attend next year. In the meantime I’ll definitely be checking out my favourite brands from the evening a lot more…
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What many people don’t know about me is that when I was in college, one of my favourite subjects to study was photography. Although I never really took a liking to the traditional side of photography (probably because it always went wrong when I tried to develop photos myself in the dark room), I’ve always enjoyed taking photos per se and have even been told once or twice that I have a knack to it. My mum has always commented on how photos I have taken always have great dynamics, and I have to admit, I love exploring new places and trying to find great angles to take photos from or ways to set up a photo.

I thought it would be nice to display some of my favourite photographs taken over the years.

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I’m by no means a professional, but it’s definitely something I’d like to explore further, especially when I’m on my travels. It kind of amazes me how all of these photos were taken just on an iPhone too, not some fancy camera!

I think these also serve as a way to look back and remember good memories; we don’t always need to take selfies at happy moments and sometimes photographs of your view at the time can transport you back to that moment even more so. Some of favourite photos of Bruges feature above, and even some images just taken on afternoon countryside strolls with my family. The photos from Paris are also particular favourites,

What do you think?

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Today I have the second review for my ‘B-list horror movies challenge‘. Basically, I love horror movies, and even find it kind of fun and amusing to watch the really bad ones. Don’t ask me why, because I couldn’t tell you why exactly. I also used to have a knack of always buying lots of unknown horror movies just because they were cheap or looked scary from the DVD case, which led me to having a whole stack in my room that I’d never actually gotten around to watching. Now I’m watching them and reviewing them for all of you, so now you can read MY review of these terrible movies before you go out and waste your money buying them yourselves…
Today I’m reviewing Hidden.

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Watched : Wednesday evening after work
Essential movie snacks : A crisp sandwich and a cup of tea
Watched with… : Alone, before going to sleep.
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5
The general premise of this film is that a scientist used to conduct experiments to help ‘combat’ addiction, believing that addiction can be separated from a person and almost made into it’s own life form…Yeah it didn’t make much sense to me either. But as these movies go, eventually the whole thing is covered up, the lady scientist dies, and her son receives a letter saying he has inherited her hospital or whatever. He gathers some friends and goes to check it out, apparently unaware of this secret underground chamber where his mother conducted these experiments DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE START OF THE FILM SEES HIM SITTING THERE ON THE FLOOR ALL CHEERY AS HIS MUM DOES SAID EXPERIMENTS.
Despite the dodge story line, the film is actually alright in a not-really-scary-but-interesting-for-an-hour-or-so way. I mean it isn’t terrible and the scares are few and far between, but I admit that it held my attention throughout for the most part and I was eager to see how it ended. A few (okay, a lot) of the dumb characters were annoying and the ending was really predictable but overall, for a budget horror film it was an interesting concept.
I took ‘notes’ throughout the film which probably won’t make sense unless you’ve seen it but here’s what else I thought –
  • I like that his mum was the scientist. Usually the bad guys (or the ones who started it all) are old balding men. Ladies can be smart & bad ass too!
  • Why was she doing those experiments with her son sitting there WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER IS SHE
  • wait don’t answer that
  • How did he get into the apartment without a key
  • NOONE SITS ON CHAIRS BACKWARDS ANYMORE what are you doing
  • Why isn’t there snow on the trees outside the place (church, hospital, whatever)
  • Why are they going in search of a fly DOES IT EVEN MATTER
  • Is that Walter whites son
  • So it’s just about killer flies?!?
  • Simon is hilarious in a corny way with his constant HEY BABY ness
  • The side story about the lead dude and his ex is really unnecessary and boring
  • Why is she crying like a lil bitch
  • Hey that kid looks like me when I was young
  • Dodge fringe and all
  • So she cries at all the cages that held the children AND THEN THEY KISS IN THE same place
  • Got over that quickly didn’t ya
  • When his girl gets taken away from the demons and he screams don’t you touch her MATE SHES ALREADY GONE 
  • This film literally makes sense – someone’s addiction is born as a demon child? So what about sex or smoking addiction why do the children just go bonkers and kill everyone what addiction is that supposed to signify
  • That curtain looked like a bubble wall
  • Whatever that is
As you can see, for the most part I was very amused at this film. It was worth a watch – just the once – but I really wish I hadn’t wasted money on it. I can’t remember how much it was but it was the type of film I’d rather have streamed for free and watched with friends as a laugh. Still, it wasn’t a total waste and at least I didn’t feel like I wasted an hour and a half of my life watching.
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