Hey December!

It didn’t hit me until I grunted my way out of bed this morning, the overcast sky greeting me a late good morning. And now that I have had my fill of Smashing Magazine’s December calendars for our desktops, it sank in: It’s December 2011! It’s the month of greens and reds, of candy canes and Santa and his pack of reindeer, of eating anything and everything (without needing to have an excuse), of Christmas lights and Christmas trees, and vacation!!!

This side of the world, I think they started December right. All because this local horror film had begun to be shown in movie houses. You guys! You already know how I will be spending my next weekend! And where!

The Road” is creepy and eerie and mysterious all at the same time. The trailer (see below) was well done. It merged both the past and the present. The summary of the movie’s plot is that when some teenagers went missing in a certain road, the authorities’ investigation led them to an unsolved killings 12 years ago. Those killings happened in the very same road.

Enjoy the trailer! 🙂

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Excuse Me, I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole but Now I’m Back

All was not lost when I had momentary (selective *cough, cough*) amnesia, which is my excuse for ignoring this blog the past three — okay, almost four, almost — four months.

Why is that? Why do I claim that all is not lost? Because I have managed to watch a few horror movies, read one horror book and I’m planning to watch more horror films and read one weird book. (I forgot the titles of the other horror films I’ve watched so I mentioned the most recent film I’ve seen. You’ve got to excuse me. My memory isn’t good at past 1 in the morning, apparently.) They are as follows:

Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes

It’s the classic king of horror delivering his usual style of creepy stories that sears into your brain. And haunts you from time to time.

Aswang
Aswang

This is actually a local horror film which surprised me because I was expecting it to be mediocre. But it surpassed my expectations. It’s eerie, it’s funny without trying too hard, it’s well-delivered, and most of all: It showed the story behind the aswangs, a local term for creatures who eat humans and are able to transform into different forms. You can read more about them in this link.

Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

This is a book I have yet to read and I am quite excited to read it. I am not a big fan of sci-fi but this one seems like the best way to start getting into it. Here is a snippet of it if you’re interested. I got it from here.

Three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. Piecing together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, the narrator’s final line is ”The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

“Grave Encounters” – Another Upcoming Horror Movie

And today is yet another day for my not-so-regular horror movie fix. There’s a lot out there, depending on your definition of horror. This one, called “Grave Encounters”, catches my eye for one main reason:

The abandoned mental hospital/asylum setting
I don’t know about you but there’s just something really creepy about empty mental hospitals. Is it the traces of paranoia, of fear, of madness that managed to linger there long after the people who once stayed there are gone? Is it those countless stories you’ve heard about the weird things that keep happening to those uninhabited asylums? Whatever your reason may be, one fact remains: Mental hospitals/asylums are scary places. I wouldn’t have the guts to go in there alone, even if I was paid a million bucks to do it.

Except maybe 1.5 million bucks. I’d have second thoughts about actually stepping inside.

But kidding aside, I think “Grave Encounters” is one of the movies I’d love to see (with friends. Ahem!) The format of this movie is the documentary type. A group of people take the challenge and sets up their tools in order to provide the public the proof that yes, there is something weird going on in there. And that’s when crazy things start to happen. You can watch the trailer here. And if you want a detailed review of this upcoming movie, you go click here. Enjoy!

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

My love for the scary things never wavered since I was a child. Books, movies, stories from people I know — I devoured their tales the same way I would devour Sbarro’s baked zitti (white sauce, please!). With gusto.

My favorite horror film to this date is still “Ju-on: The Grudge.” The original Japanese version, mind you. But if we’re talking about the scariest movie I have ever seen, one which turned me into a scared three year-old then it is “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” I couldn’t be left alone for three days. I still bear the scars I got from watching that film. *shudder*

Right now, I’m looking forward with moderate interest to the horror film “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” It’s the usual house is haunted story but the execution of the movie (for example: the lighting, the angles) caught my attention. And the child being the object of the haunting? Let’s face it. It just adds to the creepiness factor. Think “Insidious” or if you want to go way back, “Child’s Play.”

The movie revolves around a little girl who moves into a new house — sprawling, imposing and old. The little girl then starts to feel and hear things in the house, especially in her room. The story takes off from there. It spirals and escalates into haunting occurrences, making the father’s girlfriend (Katie Holmes) dig deeper into the mystery and history of that house.

If you want to watch the trailer, you can do so here