“Insidious: Chapter 2” (2013) – Review

Insidious: Chapter 2

Brilliance was defined in a simple one hour and forty-five minutes with James Wan’s highly anticipated horror sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2. This film pretty much gave Leigh Whannel and James Wan a VIP pass into the Masters of Horror lounge.

If you thought The Conjuring was great, oh, how you’ll love this little slice of fright– or should I say, BIG slice of fright! This had each one of my friends jumping and screaming in their seats (maybe a few Icees spilled). There were hardly any jump scares… just the clever brilliance of James Wan.

Insidious: Chapter 2 began right where we left off in Insidious. From there, I can’t say anything else. But, I will say that this film does explain the unexplained. It answers the unanswered. The way Leigh Whannel and James Wan unfolds the story it is just pure genius. The story is amazingly written, the scares are on point, the direction of the film was obviously great as well. Chapter 2 was just overall a fantastic horrifying ride.

…I will say — from what I saw — it looks like there could be an Insidious: Chapter 3… but, that’s just me. You watch it and tell me what you think. #DontGoAlone

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“The Conjuring” (2013) – Review

The Conjuring

James Wan’s latest horror flick The Conjuring has stirred up a lot of talk ever since it’s July 19th release in theaters. Lots of talk about how terrifying and life scarring it is. Every one of my friends who saw the movie in theaters came back shaking and claiming how they will never open a closet, look in a mirror, look at a doll, or peak into a dark area ever again in their lives. I want to feel the terror too! I saw The Conjuring yesterday with my horror movie companion Horror Crone and two of her friends… let me just say, the screaming did not stop.

Horror Crone actually found a new tick that she has, which she never new she had before while watching the movie. Each time a creepy situation or a jump scare happened in the movie, she would tap her feet against the floor as if she were running! I asked her what she was doing and she simply said “What do you mean?”. Just wow. This movie was actually very scary. It’s the James Wan movies that really effect you mentally. You don’t have to see a monster or a creepy looking ghost in a James Wan film to be frightened, but feel and hear what is going on. It’s that same feeling you get when you hear a weird sound in your home when you’re alone, but you don’t actually see what it is… but in The Conjuring, that feeling is twice as horrifying.

The Conjuring

I referred James Wan to be the Quentin Tarantino of horror movies. Why? Like Tarantino, James Wan has specific things in his movies that you can tell are, well, James Wan. In all James Wan movies, he uses the shaky camera a lot, he uses many panning shots, and he uses silence as a scary trigger. In most horror movies, you hear this long suspenseful musical note until the jump scare… In a James Wan film, there is silence. Either something happens or it doesn’t… most of the times it does, but sometimes it still is pretty scary even when nothing happens. James Wan also has some really spine chilling introductions to his movies. A James Wan horror movie never has a slow, non-creative, nor boring opening! And that is why we love director James Wan so dearly.

As for a simple review of The Conjuring: terrifying movie. The acting was brilliant, especially from the young actresses who portrayed the roles of the Perron sisters. One specific young actress who really stood out was Joey King who played the role of Christine Perron. She is definitely going far in her acting career, and I cannot to see what she has in store for us next.

The Conjuring is based off a true story, which also makes it scary to think that something like this could actually happen with the hauntings (most of us have experienced hauntings), poltergeists (we’ve all seen a poltergeist, right?), and so on. If you want to learn more about the true story about Ed and Lorraine Warren’s adventures, click HERE

If you have not seen the film yet, please go as soon as possible. And remember, Insidious Chapter 2 comes out in less than 2 months… get ready.

“One Buck Horror Vol. 1” – Review

Review By HorrorCrone

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We here at Totally Horror were presented with a delightfully frightful collection of short stories under the cover of One Buck Horror.  I read Volume 1, and I have to say, I’m looking forward to being surprised and spooked by the next volumes in the series.  The stories are written with easy to follow prose, and they all have young protagonists, but this is where the similarities among the stories end.  The reader is taken on a fascinatingly scary journey from freaky houses to haunted cornfields, and introduced to characters who seem familiar but are oddly sinister or outright terrifying.  I was enthralled and completely creeped out by turns, sometimes too filled with dread to turn the page and yet too spellbound to stop.

“Jenny’s House,” by Ada Hoffmann, the ideal choice to start the storytelling, initially seemed to be an innocent fable told from the point of view of a young child.  But the tale immediately turned darker with a frightening end that left me rather surprised and alarmed for Jenny and her family, as the author deftly left the true end of the story up to the reader.   “A Lullaby for Caliban,” by Mark Onspaugh is a shockingly tender story which literally left me shaking in reaction, as fun and games for a group of teens leads to a terrifying new reality.  This story is highly recommended, and worth the price of the book on its own.  “The Last Nephew,” by Elizabeth Twist really took me down to the depths of psychological horror, and got under my skin.  The “oogie” factor on this one is not to be missed.  It is a truly frightening, awesome horror.  “The Cornfield,” by Mike Trier is clearly written by a master storyteller: the way in which we are slowly let into this young man’s horror is amazing.  The writing left me breathless and devastated right to the final word.  And, the final story in the book, “The Ginger Men,” by Julie Jansen was a unique take on an old horrifying story, and again, told from the point of view of a teen.

What makes One Buck Horror Volume 1 work so well is the fact that the stories are told from the vantage point of young people who take the reader with them as they make horrifying discoveries and deal with fantastic situations.  Many times throughout the book, I found myself wondering how I would deal with the issues they faced, and if I would have the same level of success.  It’s a question I’m glad I don’t have to answer.  For only 99 cents, be sure and pick up One Buck Horror Volume 1 for a creepy, scary, terrifying good time.

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“Eyes To See” Review

by Horror Crone

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I had the fearsome pleasure of reading Eyes To See, the first installment of the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles.  The cover art was tempting, and the first few pages snatched me into the story.  The protagonist, Jeremiah Hunt, exhausted by the vain search for his missing daughter, finds himself enmeshed in an occult underworld that exists within our own, complete with engrossing characters and truly frightening monsters.  Not since the work of Charles de Lint have I read such amazing urban fantasy, but with a far darker cast than de Lint’s and true chilling mystery at its core.  The resolution of the story was very satisfying, and I truly grieved turning the last page.  This is the first book I have read by Joseph Nassise and it has left me hungry for more.

The author has a wonderful website http://josephnassise.com/ where you can learn about his books, appearances, and upcoming events.  This is definitely an author to watch in the world of urban fantasy.  Go out and grab or download a copy of Eyes To See; you won’t be disappointed!

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Halloween (2007) Review

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The film “Halloween” first came out by John Carpenter in 1978 starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Years later in 2007, Rob Zombie remade the horror classic starring Scout Raylor-Compton as the great Laurie Strode. The 2007 remake was very well made! Daeg Faerch, who mastered the role of the 10 year old Michael Myers, was amazing! He made his character look so crazy and psychopathic (which was good). His acting was great. He also apparently did his own stunts in the film! My favorite scene with Daeg was when he was beating up his bully.

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Tyler Mane (also former WCW wrestler), who played the role of the grown Michael was great too! Although he never spoke during the film, he brought out the psycho in Michael Meyers. I think he was the perfect choice for the grown Michael because he is very tall and looks threatening. And if you’re playing a dominant killer like Michael Myers, you need that look.

Scout Taylor-Compton who mastered the role of young Laurie Strode, did an epic job! She is a very talented actor in my opinion. You can see more of her in “Halloween II” (2009) which is a sequel to “Halloween” (2007).

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This film didn’t have that much of a budget. But when you think of it, for a film like this, all you need is a mask, some knives, good sets, and a whole lot of blood.  I rate this film a 7.8/10. With great acting, great costumes, great make-up, and great sets!

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Sy-Fi’s Zombie Apocalypse Review

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Zombie Apocalypse‘ premiered last night on Sy-Fi apart as 31 Days Of Halloween. ‘Zombie Apocalypse‘ is another great low-budget film that takes place months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population. A small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina.

One of my favorite actors in this film was the great, Ving Rhames! Ving played the role of a very courageous and strong zombie killer named Henry (Which is my name). I was shocked at the end. The end of the film was very shocking! Horror Crone and I were not expecting that type of ending!

Although this is a low-budget, cheesy zombie flick, I still enjoyed it. It was very entertaining, bloody, gory and a lot of running. In case you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of blood and gore in horror movies. I feel that without blood and gore, it can’t be a zombie movie! Duhh! The special affects in this film were kind of sucky, but whenever they slash a zombie or a zombie slashes them, the blood splatters out oh-so epically. My horror movie companion, Horror Crone was extremely grossed out.

I rate this movie a 7.5/10 because the acting and cinematography. The acting was very realistic which is what made it a great TV movie as well. It’s rare you see good acting on Sy-Fy. But Sy-fy does have a lot of interesting movies they play on there.

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‘The Walking Dead’ S2 – What Lies Ahead Review

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After a year off the air, ‘The Walking Dead’ season 2 has finally arrived. ‘The Walking Dead‘ season two premiered Sunday October 16th @9pmE. I read a few of the comic books and  just started watching ‘The Walking Dead‘ series on AMC exactly five hours before the new season premiered. I was shocked! I didn’t think the series would be as good as it is.

I think there are three main things that every zombie movie/TV show should have and that is great zombie makeup and special affects, great acting, and great writing. And I feel that ‘The Walking Dead’ has those three things. Which is why it is as successful as it is today!

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The new season had a great start! The first few scenes were quite emotional yet awesome.

About 10 minutes in, the crisis starts to get worse and worse for the gang. First they get stuck on a highway with cars that have rotting corpses instead of a living driver and passengers. Which, as you know, is never a good thing in a zombie apocalypse show like this one. And that’s when the episode kicks off.

Suddenly, a wave of drooling, moaning, slow zombies start walking through the abandoned highway. The protagonist, Rick Grimes notices one zombie at first and knows that something bad is going to happen. It was pretty obvious. And then as Andrea was putting together her pistol, you see the zombies out of the interior window. But she doesn’t notice it! Which I thought was pretty cool. The cinematography is always epic in ‘The Walking Dead‘.

The season premiere was awesome, scary, gorey, and well-written! This season is off to a great start. Watch ‘The Walking Dead‘ Sundays at 9pm/8pm Central on AMC.

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