Category: Horror

Watch Out! The Witches Are Back!

The Witches have made a comeback! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since Roald Dahl’s masterpiece book was first adapted into a movie back in 1990, starring the fabulous Anjelica Huston!

 

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You’d think we’d be safe this time around, but the clan of evil women have joined forces with the fabulous Anne Hathaway as the The Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer as additional cast! Spooky, we know!

 

 

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Director Nicolas Roeg did a spectacular job with the movie in 1990, because it still has a cult following to this day. But rumor has it, Roald Dahl did not approve of the film, as the ending was changed from the book, so lets see how things turn out this time around.

 

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Even though the book came out in 1983, I remember reading it as a kid much later and being downright terrified. And the movie was perhaps one of the single most horrifying and equally thrilling children’s movies to have ever been released, in my opinion!

 

 

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So, safe to say, we are quite excited and thrilled for the upcoming adaptation, and hope it does justice to the previous fantastic 1990 movie, as well as the timeless book. And maybe this time around, Roald Dahl would finally be content!

 

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Inside The Outsider

Long live the King, because he’s done it again! Stephen King launched his newest thriller, The Outsider, in 2018, and trust us when we say that it is bone-chilling. And HBO seems to think so too, because yesterday they launched the premier of the 10 episode mini-series based on the book.

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The Outsider presents the viewers with a case that is, in every literal sense, impossible. In small-town USA, an 11-year-old boy is found murdered and all evidences—eyewitnesses, security camera footage, fingerprints, DNA—point to one man, Terry Maitland, played by Jason Bateman (Bateman also directs). Here, however, is the catch — there is also legitimate proof that the prime suspect was elsewhere, and thus couldn’t have done the deed. So, this gives rise to an unexplained situation in which two polar opposite things are simultaneously true.

An impossible problem, of course, can only have an equally impossible solution, and the pressing issue in the plot is that the only place for it to go, eventually, is into supernatural territory, and we’re not mad about that. This makes The Outsider an even more gripping and haunting tale, which highlights an unspeakable crime and the strangeness it brought with it.

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The series may be slightly different from the book, but rumor has it that they may share the same ending. The book and the series continue to cast a chilly spell that creeps into ones bones, and its horror elements are used to amplify the investigation of everyday people’s struggles, with death, tragedy and adversity.

 

If you missed the trailer, here’s a sneak peak! But be careful, because it is creepy.

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Start The New Year Right With Netflix & Hulu Adaptations

Now that the Holiday season is coming to a close, the time is nigh for some relaxation, personal reflection, and more amazing adaptations.

 

 

With the beginning of a whole new year, and decade, there is a lot for fantasy lovers to rejoice about. Two big franchises are hitting the streaming block. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are now on Netflix to kick us off on some fantastic adventures, and for all you Twilight fans out there, all four movies will be out on Hulu to start the year as well.

 

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Shine bright like a Vampire | Image via Tenor

 

To the delight of horror fans, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is making a comeback with a new Netflix Original Series, to be released early this month, and for younger fans of horror, and the supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back with its 3rd season. To no surprise, Stephen King is receiving attention with his two adaptations Cujo and Pet Sematary on Hulu.

 

Joy and childlike memories can be found with the release of the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryOnce more we can relive the wonderful vocals and acting prowess that is Gene Wilder. Smile brightly with this adorable and fun film for the whole family!

 

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Sadly, not all is happy, and sometimes a new beginning means saying goodbye. Starting January 3rd, fans of Anne With An E must bid farewell to the lovable freckled redhead, Anne.

When any series, book, television show, movie franchise, etc, comes to a close, there can be a process of letting go and moving on. This is especially the case with inspiring and heartfelt shows like Anne With An E — but such is life. We move on and grow, and, thanks to these beloved shows, we have been able to take a break from the rough battles of reality!

So that being said, let’s take 2020 by storm, with some amazing books and book adaptations to support us along the way.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Watch These Battles of Epic Proportions and more January 1st on Netflix | Image via Gyfcat

 

 

 

Horror

 

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  • Cujo (1983 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel (January 1st, Hulu)
  • Pet Sematary (1989 Film) & Pet Sematary II (1992 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary (January 1st, Hulu)
  • The Ring (2002 Film) – American adaptation, originally based off the book Ring by Koji Suzuki (January 1st, Netflix)
  • Dracula (2020 Netflix Original Series) – based on the novel by Bram Stoker (January 4th, Netflix)

 

 

 

Drama

 

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Fans are saying goodbye to the beautiful cinnamon roll Anne January 3rd on Netflix | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Morgan Freeman is on the case in the thrilling film Kiss the Girls  | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

 

Comics

 

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The lovely and, at times, frightening Sabrina Spellman is coming back to put a spell on you January 24th | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Children

 

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Can’t you just hear his beautiful voice? Gene Wilder, you’ll forever bring joy to us all | Image via imgur

 

 

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5 Ghost Stories to Read on Christmas Eve

Though we might not readily associate ghost stories with Christmas Eve and winter celebrations, it was actually a very common practice to tell scary tales during the 19th century and even earlier on than that. For a number of reasons, some of which can be cited back to Puritan ancestry, this story telling tradition fell out of practice in America.

I, however, am a horror story buff, and I will look for any excuse to spin a scary yarn with friends and family.

 

Here are five ghost stories to read on Christmas Eve.

 

 

1. A Christmas Carol

 

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This is most definitely the longest ghost story on the list, but it definitely fits with the season. Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is a culturally significant tale that has countless adaptations credited to it. This narrative follows Ebenezer Scrooge, an embittered old man who doesn’t just hate Christmas, but he just hates people in general. Yet out of everyone, he despises individuals who would dare to ask him for his time or, even worse, his money. He intends to spend Christmas Eve alone, as he does every year, but his plans are uprooted when the ghost of his former business partner comes to him and says that three more phantoms will be visiting him that night. Scrooge is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, and he is urged to change his ways. If he doesn’t, his actions won’t only result in ruining his life, it will also harm those directly impacted by his decisions.

 

 

2. The Turn of The screw

 

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Henry James‘s novella, The Turn of The Screw is an eerie tale that spans roughly seventy pages. The story begins with the narrator and his friends telling each other ghost stories one Christmas Eve, and the narrator claims that he is in possession of a one hundred percent real account of a haunting. What follows is the story of a governess who is hired to teach and care for two children. While her employment begins without incident, the governess soon begins to see strange, ghostly figures from a distance. She soon learns that these phantoms have sinister plans for the children, and she must do everything in her power to protect her two pupils.

 

3. The Kit Bag

 

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Written by Algernon Blackwood, The Kit Bag is a short story that follows Johnson, a lawyer’s secretary. Johnson is set to go on Christmas vacation after his boss wrapped up a case where he defended a man convicted of murder. He borrows a kit bag from his boss, but there is something very, very wrong with it. Johnson begins seeing images and hearing voices near the bag. This story is suspenseful and frightening, and it is definitely an excellent ghost story to read this winter.

 

 

4. The Canterville ghost

 

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This one is most definitely a breath of fresh air after the last two stories on this list. Oscar Wilde‘s The Canterville Ghost is a comedic story that plays with the tropes found in English ghost stories. This narrative follows an American family who moves to England and takes up residence in a haunted house. Try as the ghost may to frighten these new tenets, his efforts are in vain—the family just isn’t scared of rattling chains and random bloodstains. Unlike the previous two entries on this list, this story also has a happy ending. *Spoiler Alert*: This story begins as a playful ribbing of English ghost stories and ends with redemption for the ghost.

 

 

5. Oh, whistle, and i’ll come to you, my lad

 

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So many of the images for M.R. James‘s short story Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad, are terrifying. This one is pretty tame by comparison to a few that I found. Professor Parkins, the story’s main character, goes on a golfing vacation. While on vacation, he comes across some old ruins and, and in these ruins, he finds a small whistle. Almost immediately after finding this item, Parkins begins to see a figure, have visions, and experience an oppressive energy. This all culminates in the final chilling encounter, where the figure that Parkins has been seeing in the distance appears in his bedroom.

 

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Hulu & Netflix ‘Sleigh’ With December Adaptations

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means—families coming together to bicker and brawl about politics, panicking about decorations and dinners, and gifts, gifts, and more gifts! So hide away from all the chaos in either these book adaptations or the original books themselves.

 

 

This month we have the long-awaited release of Netflix’s adapted series, The Witcher, to be released December 20th. Marvel fans can find entertainment on Hulu with the 2008 Iron Man film released, and, for those of you who dare to watch it, Spider-Man 3 is being released at the end of December as well.

December is also bringing a whole lot of intense action and drama. The award-winning adaptation of No Country for Old Men will be shooting its way onto Hulu at the very start of the year, and the legendary martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also be released to start the month.

The Silence of the Lambs will be available to chill the already chilly season, on top of a new season of You.

 

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Experience this horrific sight all over again December 31st on Hulu | Image via tenor

 

There’s even more streaming to look forward to this December! Check-out the full adaptation list below.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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The Witcher will make his entrance December 20th on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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You’d be crazy to not watch this new season of You on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Watch No Country For Old Men, it’ll blow your mind! | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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While Morgan Freedman is Driving Miss Daisy, you can  “drive youself” to Hulu to watch the film December 1st

 

 

 

Action

 

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While the holidays “dragon”, find peace in the action packed film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

 

 

 

ROMANCE

 

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 Tired of Holiday Shopping? Chill at home by watching A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Netflix

 

 

 

Comics

 

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Suit up for Iron Man, December 27th on Hulu

 

 

Who knew all these movies and shows were based on book? Granted, its obvious that the book will always be better, but we’re glad that these authors are receiving the recognition that they deserve!

 

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