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Spooky Movies to Watch this Fall.

Hello, friends! A happy Wednesday to you all! (It was Wednesday when I began writing this post, but as per usual, time got away from me… and now it’s Thursday. Oops!) It is officially autumn! And that means plenty of flannel, pumpkin patches, and SCARY MOVIES.

I know that most people have VERY strong opinions about horror movies, so I am a bit nervous compiling this list. I just want to preface this post by saying that it’s okay for us all to have differing opinions! I am also certainly not the most knowledgable in the horror genre, but I really do enjoy it. I will say that I tend to like movies that are more on the paranormal side, as opposed to most slasher films that contain a lot of gore. So, keep that in mind when reading this list!

  1. Scream. I actually just watched this movie for the first time the other day! I love any scary movie that is centered around teenagers. I find them to be quite endearing — if only for the fact that they make me grateful that I’m not in high school anymore. Especially not high school in Woodsboro! I don’t normally enjoy slasher movies, but I really enjoyed this one. I think it’s because the gore that they show isn’t the most believable, and from what I’ve read about the movie, that’s intentional. I think it’s interesting that it’s essentially a parody of the slasher genre, but it’s so many people’s favorite slasher movie. I know that most people have probably seen this movie, but I thought I would add it all the same!
  2. It: Chapter 1 & 2. I’ve never seen the original It, nor have I read the book, so perhaps I’m not the best one to review this movie, but here I go all the same. I love that while they are about a scary clown, they are more so about the friendship between the people in the Losers club. And the fact that Pennywise can manifest himself into every single thing that there is to fear… Yikes! I think that’s why people find these so spooky, because the films touch on so many fears, irrational fears mixed with fears that are all too firmly based in reality.
  3. The Conjuring. When I say The Conjuring, I mean ALL of the movies from The Conjuring universe. The movies in this series are all so aesthetically pleasing, and I favor movies of any sort that are based in the past. I just adore all the characters in this universe, which is quite impressive, because I find most scary movies do not write characters very well. My favorites in the series are The Conjuring and the first Annabelle movie. Great set design, beautiful costumes, and a spooky film universe!
  4. Before I Wake. This movie, as weird as it sounds, is very wholesome. And at the same time, it’s pretty dang spooky. A young boy, Cody, goes to live with a family that have recently lost their son. They soon come to realize that when Cody sleeps, his dreams manifest themselves into reality. Spookiness ensues… I would definitely suggest bringing tissues, too…
  5. The Ring. You may notice a theme on this list, but I haven’t seen the original, Ringu. That being said, I absolutely adore The Ring, and also The Ring 2. Now that I think about it, I think that The Ring was one of my first scary movies. The Ring 1 and 2 follow a mother and her child. I’m sure most people know about this movie, so I won’t go into too much detail, but essentially, everyone who watches a certain videotape featuring grotesque images will soon receive a call saying that they will die in seven days. Very great movies, I recommend both of them.
  6. Us. Bobby and I saw this movie in theaters, and it was such a wonderful experience. This movie definitely lingers in your mind after you watch it. The family dynamic in this movie is fantastic, and the acting is exquisite. A family is vacationing, when outside of their window is a family with people who look exactly like them. This one I REALLY don’t want to give anything away, so pardon my vagueness.
  7. Mercy Black. This movie is one that is a little lesser known, or at least I think it is… It’s available on Netflix! This movie centers around a woman who comes to live with her sister after being in psychiatric care for fifteen years, after killing a friend to appease an entity, Mercy Black. Was Mercy Black real, or merely a figment of the imagination of a troubled girl?
  8. Light’s Out. This movie TERRIFIED me when I first saw it in theaters. I was thoroughly spooked for quite a few weeks afterwards. It’s based on a short film, which I definitely recommend watching before you see it! Not because you need it to understand the film, but just because it’s so great and spooky! This movie follows a young woman who thinks that the terrors of her childhood are over, but when her younger brother begins to experience the same things, she realizes the past may have followed her. (Gah! Writing these summaries are so hard! I have such respect for people who write them professionally!)
  9. The Babadook. It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched this movie, bu I cannot recommend it enough. This movie scared me for quite a few weeks afterward. It’s a movie that’s centered around a widow and her son, and what follows when they find a strange book in their home…
  10. The Village. I’ve always had a soft spot for this movie, I remember watching it at many a sleepover. This film takes place in an isolated community that have a deal with the creatures that live in the surrounding woods. But when the villagers have to break their agreement, what will the creatures do? People seem to be quite 50/50 on The Village, but I think it’s quite wonderful, especially if you’re not wanting a movie that’s too scary. The colors throughout are quite autumnal as well, which makes it even better for fall time viewing.

And that’s my list, my dear friends! I hope that there are at least a couple of movies on this list that you haven’t seen yet, or if you don’t care for horror movies, I hope that you haven’t seen any of them! 😉

Thank you so much for reading, my friends! And happy fall to you all! ❤

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Watch with me: Annabelle Comes Home.

Hello, friends! Happy Monday to you all! I woke up today with some sort of cold, so, I’ve been laying in bed for most of the day watching my stories. Speaking of stories…

Bobby and I saw Annabelle Comes Home last night. Bobby HATES any sort of scary movie, so I was quite pleased that he agreed to go with me. I really love all of the Conjuring/Annabelle movies, even if sometimes they are just a tad bit cheesy. I personally have no problem with a little cheese in my horror movies.

It’s usually around this time of the year where I begin to get extra excited for Halloween, which results in me watching loads of scary movies. October is one of my favorite months of the year, and this year it will mean even more because that’s when I’m getting married!!!

Back on topic…

I have a soft spot for horror movies that take place in different eras, and perhaps that’s why I enjoy these movies so much. The 60’s/70’s vibes are so wonderful, and the soundtracks for all of these movies are so good.

It’s been out for around a month, so I feel like everyone who REALLY wanted to see it has, so there may be SPOILERS from this point forward.

The first thing I wanted to talk about is the characters. All of the characters in the Annabelle/ Conjuring films are so great. It’s one of my favorite parts of the franchise. I feel like in horror movies, I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to the characters. So often they don’t take enough time to develop the characters or they make them completely unlikable. I’ve never found this to be true in this franchise.

I think that the acting in this movie was really great, especially the actress who played Judy! I think that’s another thing that this franchise does really well — hire actors and actresses that are very believable as their characters. Characters written well accompanied by actors and actresses playing them well.

The room full of terrors! Eep! I loved that so much. I also like the fact that spinoffs could be done based off the artifacts. I think that I would be most excited for companion films about The Bride and the Ferryman. I don’t think it needs its own spinoff, but I also really liked the haunted typewriter in the room that wrote out “Miss me?”, over and over again.

I normally don’t like romance in my horror movies, mostly just because the characters in horror movies tend to be so darn unlikable, but the romance subplot in this movie was SO SO cute. I’ve seen a lot of people hate on it, but I am firm in my opinion that it was ADORABLE. Bob and Mary Ellen were so wholesome. Speaking of Bob… how the heck did he survive the wolf outside? I’m still a bit confused by that, but thank goodness he wasn’t harmed, and an extra thank goodness for him saving Judy!

I know that a lot of people dislike the Goosebumps/ Scooby Doo vibe of this movie, but I really liked it. This movie certainly wasn’t the scariest one I’ve ever seen, nor do I think it’s the scariest in the franchise. That being said, I do think it’s a good movie to watch when you’re feeling a little spooky, but aren’t looking to get too scared. This is a movie that will cause you to jump during it, but afterwards, there’s no lingering scariness. Which, depending on your mood, can be good or bad. I personally really like the Conjuring/Annabelle movies because of that.

I will say that I do wish that Ed and Loraine were in this movie more. They’re in it for a bit in the beginning, and then a bit more at the end. I just really enjoy the actors that play them, so I suppose the fact that I want more can be considered a compliment. And for the plot of this movie, it makes sense why they wouldn’t be in it as much.

I thought it was a nice little touch when the girls were watching a game show that one of the prizes was a Raggedy Ann doll, which, for those that don’t know, is what the real life Annabelle is.

I don’t know if it was just me, but when watching this movie, I thought that the ghost of the priest following Judy was the same priest as the one in the first Annabelle. Upon reading other reviews of the movie, I don’t believe that this is the case, but did anyone else think it was him? Maybe I just need to wear my glasses when I see movies…

And a quick little mention about how happy I was at the end of the movie where everyone came to Judy’s birthday party! It warmed my heart so much to see that!

And this, my dear internet friends, is the end of my review of Annabelle Comes Home! As I said in my Raconteurs blog post, I am not a professional critic by any means, but I really like sharing my thoughts and opinions on the media I consume.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae