Movie Reviews

Do you have a favourite movie genre? I do, it’s definitely horror and the trashier, more supernatural and silly the better.

I was recently asked to name my top movies and I really struggled. A lot of what I’ve been watching recently has had a very ‘U’ rating, but sometimes I’ll sneakily watch a horror while mini-human is napping. However, my movie watching has definitely taken a hit so my aim is to watch a horror a week and review it!

So what am I looking for in a ‘good’ horror? And why do so many have such a low rating on sites such as IMDB? Well, firstly I want scares, but in order to be scared, I need to care about the characters. For example, I love the 2002 movie ‘Dog Soldiers’, in spite of some dodgy sets and sometimes off scripts because I was cheering for each of those guys to survive, whereas in contrast I hated the ‘Blair Witch Project’ (1999) because frankly the witch took too damned long to kill them all! Which brings me to another thing that makes a good horror for me: the baddy. Now, this could be either the annoying, bitchy cheerleader you know is going to get a stake through one of her perfect boobs or the evil entity terrorising the block, you need a good, chilling baddy who meets a gruesome and fitting end (I was pinned to my seat in fear by ‘The Conjuring’ (2013) until they showed the witch, such a disappointment. Ditto ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968), I found the whole thing very dull as no one seemed to get their comeuppance. However, I think we can all agree the end met by the killers in ‘Scream’ was fitting AND hilarious while paying fabulous tribute to the whole horror genre).

I also love an independent horror and often find these, with their lower budgets and sometimes dodgy acting, more frightening (in a wide interpretation of that word!). For example, I was terrified by ‘The Babadook’ (2014) and think it’s a shame it didn’t get the recognition it deserved outside of genre fans. Indie movies can be stylistically impressive such as the 2014 It Follows, although in that case I wasn’t really taken with the story or the characters. In contrast I loved ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ (2014) the blood-soaked send up of vampire horror movies. I’m eagerly waiting their sequel.

I’ve been catching up on my older films too and was recently scared stiff by ‘The Changeling’ (1980) and 0f course ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) has been scaring us all for generations.

One thing I don’t enjoy is the growth of ‘found footage’ films. I’ve yet to find one which has an original storyline, or one which I find has some good scares. The quality, both of the cinematography and script is often poor in my opinion and so I tend to avoid them. Ditto slasher movies.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy ‘bad’ movies, there are some fabulous independent horror movies, such as the ones I’ve mentioned above and I’ll really try anything. Keep popping back to see what I’ve been watching and let me know if there’s something you think I’ve missed.



Welcome back!

Welcome Back!

And hello to you! Welcome back to my website, it’s been far too long. Grab a cuppa and I’ll tell you all about what I’ve been up to.

When we last spoke, I was telling you about my impending arrival and the problems I had been suffering with pelvic girdle pain as well as the chaos our new puppy was causing. However, an amazing mini human was brought into the world by the fabulous team at my local hospital and how I’m a mum to two amazing girls, one furry, one not so furry. Casa CH girls.jpg

I took longer than I had planned as maternity leave from my writing. I was surprised to discover that I enjoyed being a mum (as crazy as it sounds, I had thought I’d be desperate to get back to work and adult conversation, turns out, it was the complete opposite!). I adored spending time with my daughter, discovering her quirks and personality as well as trying to guide her to become the best version of herself. I’ve loved learning how to train a puppy, seeing her interact with my daughter, love her and play with her. I’ve spent my time doing footprint art, creating edible slime and going on adventures to the park, but it has meant those voices I spent so much time talking about (and to!) previously have been silenced for too long. However, lots of exciting things have been happening on the writing front. I’ve had my first Young Adult novel ‘Akane: The Last of the Orions’ published by Fox Spirit Books, a couple of short stories published in different anthologies and I’m now Commissioning Editor for ‘Kit the Fennec‘, an imprint of Fox Spirit Books focussing on publishing books for 9-12 year olds.

Fennec iconI’ve also set up a small crafting business called ‘Blue Beagle Baby‘ which was a good creative outlet while I wasn’t writing. It started as I was trying to up-cycle some of the more precious items of my daughters clothing into bibs, and has just grown from there to include bags, clothes (oh yes, I made a skirt for myself that didn’t a) fall apart or b) look totally awful) and decorations. Thanks to a new addiction to Pintrest I’ve got a lot more crafting projects to do so I hope you’ll like what I’m working on and share your own work.

Blue Beagle IconSo, what can you expect from the new website? Well there will be much of the same, with movie reviews every Monday, a mix of Wacky Wednesday and Writer Wednesdays as well as the odd Friday Fiction, random musings, interviews with inspirational women who’ve chosen their own path and I’m sure the odd Righteous Rant. (I’ve discovered since becoming a mother that I find a lot more to rage about, from the genderisation of our children before birth to the removal of women from history and even movie merchandise.) I’m also working on living a more eco-friendly life so I hope you’ll join me in experimenting with natural cleaners, cloth nappies and more! There’ll also be jokes and more so I hope you join me on this crazy ride we call life.