Wednesday 7 October 2020

Top 5 Halloween TV Shows on Netflix | prettylittlewriter

 I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, Erin, do you do anything other than watch halloween/horror movies and tv shows? 

There are two answers to this. The short answer is yes, yes I do. 

The other answer being that nothing makes me happier than watching a scary movie or TV show, they are honestly my favourite type of entertainment.

I have watched tons of scary movies and TV shows over the years, thanks to my parents who started me off early as they were huge fans too, and for today's blog post, I've put together my favourite horror TV shows that I think you should binge on the lead up to Halloween #spookyseason.

5. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Number 5 is the most tame of them all, suitable for younger audiences that like a spooky vibe. I was so uncertain when they first announced they were remaking Sabrina, as the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Melissa Joan Hart, was my ABSOLUTE favourite TV show as a kid. I always wanted my own Salem, and a prince like Harvey. 
I think it helps massively that they have made this so incredibly dark and different to the original, it has completely become it's own entity. I love Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, and Aunt Hilda is brilliantly hilarious like the original. However, two changes to it that I was not expecting to like, is 1. the introduction of cousin Ambrose, taking Salem's place as Sabrina's confident (Salem is still there, but he doesn't talk, he is just a cat). 2. Nicholas Scratch. I was a die-hard Harvey fan in the original, Sabrina had to end up with him. But in the CAOS I am 100% team Nicholas. Not only is he gorgeous, but he's kind, a brilliant warlock, and always has Sabrina's back no matter what.

I highly recommend giving this a watch, it is dark, and has a lot of death, so I wouldn't recommend for anyone under the age of 12!

4. Slasher

Slasher is one of those anthology shows where it's a new story every season.
The first season is about a girl who moves back into her childhood home with her husband, where her mother and father were both brutally murdered. Upon arrival, copycat killings start happening, and she is terrified that she may be next.

Season two is about a group of friends that return to a summer camp they were all at the year before, to solve a problem they had created for themselves when they were all part of the murder of a fellow camp councilor. 
Personally I think I preferred the second season, it was gorier and more 'slasher movie' style; it reminded me of Friday the 13th quite a lot.
This one most definitely is NOT suitable for a younger audience, it's pretty brutal.

3. Scream
The first two seasons of this show were brilliant. Close enough to the Scream movies, but had it's own unique characters enough that it you weren't comparing it to the movies. 
The first two seasons were situated in Lakewood, where a string of murders took place. At the center of those murders was Emma Duval, a teenage girl who is somehow tied to the town's dark past. 
The third season follows the story of Deion Elliot, who is tormented by the events of his tragic past. Ghost face uses his darkest secrets against him and continues with a killing spree.
The character of Noah was my favourite in the first two seasons; he was the Randy of the original movies, and they adapted him to be a main character. I loved how he talked about their lives as a horror movie, which they were basically living. He honestly made the show for me, which is why I prefer the first two seasons over the third. There are some brilliant twists and turns, and some outrageous cliffhangers.
More of a young-adult TV show, aimed at teens & twenty-somethings.

2. American Horror Story
If you're a horror fan and you haven't seen American Horror Story, where have you been?!
Yet another Anthology series, they have a completely different concept every season, and most are pretty original concepts. Created by Ryan Murphy, the king of horror TV, I absolutely love this show.
The first three seasons have to be my favourites; Murder House, Asylum & Coven. They're pretty self-explanatory with the titles, Asylum being based in a mental hospital & Coven being witches. 
Each season has recurring actors also, which I LOVE; Sarah Paulson & Jessica Lang are firm favourites. 
Honestly one of my favourite TV shows EVER, I look forward to any announcement regarding new seasons!

1. The Haunting Of Hill House
Now, this is one of the most incredible horror TV shows I have watched, EVER. Loosely based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, t
he plot alternates between two timelines, following five siblings whose paranormal experiences at Hill House continue to haunt them in the present day, and flashbacks that depict events leading up to an eventful night in 1992 when the family fled from the mansion. 
The actors are brilliant, with so many clever twists in the plot and intricate details throughout the show that if you blink you could miss.
If you haven't already seen this one, and you love horror movies, PLEASE watch it! 

I also have to mention season 2, which airs on Friday (October 9th 2020); The Haunting of Bly Manor. It's taken the 2 years to release this one after the success of the first, and although a completely different storyline, I'm incredibly excited to watch. If it's anything like the first, I will be hooked!
What are your favourite horror TV shows?

Saturday 3 October 2020

Top 10 Horror Movies on Netflix This October | prettylittlewriter

 October is here, and my favourite holiday season has begun! 

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd share a little post on my top 10 horror movies that are on Netflix right now.

10. The Babysitter 1 & 2
Am I cheating already with including both of them? I think they come as a pair to be honest, and with the latest one only being released recently, I had to include it! I have literally only just watched these movies today, and I must admit, at first I was skeptical, its a teen horror/comedy that, from the trailer, looked absolutely ridiculous.

But after starting the first one, I was hooked! It's hilarious, with just the right amount of gore and jump scares. I'd put it as a modern combination of Scream & Scary Movie (not quite as ridiculous as SM).
Not to mention you've got the ridiculously attractive Robbie Amell shirtless throughout most of it (I tweeted about him being shirtless, he liked it; life has been made). 

9. Hereditary
This movie freaked me the hell out when I first watched it. I had no idea what was really going on, and there's a car scene which I did NOT expect that I can still see perfectly in my mind (if you watch it, you'll know what I mean).
This movie is thrilling and has the perfect amount of confusion to it to keep you guessing.

8. The Cabin in the Woods
It's been YEARS since I watched this one, but I remember it being brilliant. It's not your typical horror movie. They're all being manipulated by other humans in a lab type setting, which the five friends are completely unaware of. 
Without spoiling it, the ending was impressive. A must watch.

7. Would You Rather
A psychological thriller, will an impressive cast, this is one of my favourite horror movies that I can repeatedly watch. Brittany Snow as the lead actress, she is invited to a dinner where she is asked to take part in a game of would you rather with some other guests to win money. But the game involves some horrific choices, not for the faint-hearted. 

6. Mercy Black
As teenagers, two friends stabbed another classmate because they believed in a ghost called Mercy Black. Fifteen years later, one of the girls is released from a mental institute and goes to live with her sister. The girl starts to question whether Mercy Black was just a figment of her imagination, but things aren't as they seem.

Another brilliant psychological horror movie, it gave me chills just writing this. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, however, 97% of the movie is brilliant.

5. The Visit
Two kids go to stay with their grandparents, terror ensues. This is meant to be a horror/comedy, but I didn't really find this movie comical in the slightest. The grandma freaked me out so much. There's a scene where she crawls underneath the house that gives me The Grudge vibes; did not appreciate that.
Brilliant concept, and has some great scares.

4. The House at the End of the Street
A girl moves to a new neighborhood with her Mother and starts a relationship with the boy who's sister killed his parents then vanished. 
Without spoiling the movie, it has some incredible twists and turns, and Jennifer Lawrence is brilliant in it. Also LOVE Max Thieriot as the love interest. I would highly recommend this one!

3. Prom Night
This is one I have on repeat every single Halloween without fail. More of a thriller than a horror, Brittany Snow stars again as a teenager who's family were brutally murdered by a teacher who became obsessed with her. This is a remake of Prom Night starring Jamie Lee Curtis, but I honestly prefer this one myself. Whilst at her high school prom, things go wrong as the teacher has escaped from prison. 
I love everything about this movie, the casting (including Idris Elba!), the fashion & ESPECIALLY the music; there are some absolute bangers!

2. Eli
A little boy named Eli is taken to a special facility to try and cure a unique disease where is allergic to the outdoors. He begins to experience supernatural occurrences in the house, and he believes it could be haunted.

Now, this movie is my number 2 for a reason, and without going into any specifics, I just really want you to go away and watch this movie if you haven't already. There are some HUGE twists and turns that you do not expect, and the ending is brilliant. 100% would recommend to anyone!

1. Before I Wake
This one got me emotional. An incredible story, scary, thrilling and heartbreaking, all at the same time.
A young couple take on a foster boy named Cody, after their own son recently died in an accidental drowning. Cody has these incredibly vivid nightmares where he is visited by 'The Canker Man', and whilst he is asleep, the dreams become a reality and the foster parents can see what he is dreaming about. 
I won't go into any more detail, but this is a must watch. I love this movie so much.

This was pretty hard to narrow down to just 10 movies, but having to choose those on Netflix made it slightly easier for me. 

Now, in the words of ghost face, what's your favourite scary movie?