The Conjuring (Review)

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Hello my devils and ghouls. 

Practically everyone I know was begging me to watch The Conjuring. Telling me that it’s new and surprising and a new film I’d actually like! And then… after watching it… I had to question how well these people know me. (Kidding, you guys are great)

Storyline: In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved. (IDMB)

 

Okay, so sounds like a pretty decent story. According to some research is claims to be about a true story…. Hmmm… well… 

 

Firstly, I had to watch the film twice in a row because I was torn. Did I hate it? Did I like it? So I’ll list the things I did find to my liking and list the things I disliked. Here we go…

Likes:  

  • Had a pretty decent story line going.
  • Acting of the Warren’s was pretty believable.
  • Old house! (Like it should be)

Dislikes:

  • Jump scares were not scary; music gave it a  way too easily.
  • Felt like they were meshing every paranormal film from the ’70s into one movie.
  • The paranormal activity started off way too soon – to me there should have been a little bit more of findings before a whole bunch of crap went on.
  • I don’t understand why people call this film new and exciting… (see bullet 2)

My main thing is with this film is it has me torn. I didn’t like it but I didn’t hate it. It’s like one of those movies you’d put on when the people you are hanging out with don’t like horror movies. It’s not one I’d buy nor have anything to really say about. I just wish it could have been more…scary. This whole every horror movie at night has this blue tint to it thing is getting old. My house doesn’t turn blue at night. If we take a look back at the old paranormal films hell even Halloween, there houses didn’t turn BLUE! And it was freaky because it was more realistic. 

 

You guys might call me a nit-picker… and maybe sometimes I can be… but hey, we all have our own opinions. I for one think this is a film to put on just for background noise. I wouldn’t want to sit through it again. Goddamn, I need to get better at writing reviews. But I suppose this is what I get for trying to write one at 10:43AM.

 

– Mercy

 

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Evil Dead (2013) VIDEO Review

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Hello my devils and ghouls! Here is my latest review video about the new Evil Dead that came out in 2013! Feel free to subscribe for more videos and keep an eye out for the upcoming “Mercy’s Macabre” web series that will be uploaded this month! https://www.facebook.com/MercyDesdemona <– Follow me on Facebook!

 

 

 

 

American Horror Story: Coven (Random Ramblings about it… and spoilers)

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Hello my devils and ghouls.

I am an American Horror Story junkie. Pretty much the only show on t.v. besides face off that I actually watch when it comes on. Coven had to be one of the most interesting season of the show yet and I am yearning for more. I have a love/hate relationship with the season finale. I say this because part of me is wanting more but on the other hand — if they dragged it on too much it would be tiresome. So as much as I would love to see more of Cordelia as a supreme, I have to say I’m pleased with the ending. I was angry when Misty Day died. She was my favorite witch and I was hoping as a plot twist that she would be in fact the supreme, but at least it went to Cordelia and not that snotty bitch Madison. I think Misty deserved a spot on Cordelia’s council instead of Queenie. Queenie’s character was rather selfish and had very little group mentality. Zoe was well we didn’t know much about her except for the fact that she’s pretty much a whiny little one. Madison got the fate she deserved. She had to be the most annoying character in the whole story this season but I guess we all need that character to hate in a show. I just thought she deserved to live eternally in hell instead of poor Misty.  😦

I honestly wish I’d have a chance to be even an extra on this show because I think it’s one of the very few horror shows out there that are very well written. I love how the theme changes each season. It is what keeps it interesting for sure! My boyfriend always laughs at me when I get all giddy about this show but hey, I work at a department store not living out my dreams so I live through my favorite characters on t.v. and of course… my favorite ends up in hell… hmmm… hope that’s not my outcome. Anyway, I did think the final few episodes were rather rushed in the story telling. I think that Fiona and Madame Leveau (sp?) should have had more time to be partners and we didn’t hear a lot about the witch hunters part of it. Like, it’s like they knew they weren’t gonna win so lets meet up in an office. Although I did like that part… Gah. Love/hate relationships.

 

I do admire the show and it’s cast very much. Never dull when I turn this show on. Pleased to hear about a 4th season. Hoping it lasts for a very long time 🙂 I mean come on… if crappy soap operas are STILL around and people are STILL drinking the same glass of wine since 1972 because Herbert’s wife decided to cheat on him while he was in a coma in the the dining room with the pool boy then there is no reason why AHS can’t last a bajillion years.

 

With that, I’m tired. I’m going to get some shut eye. I miss you guys and will be back with more!

Update on “Mercy’s Macabre”

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Hello my Devil’s and Ghouls!

My absence has been due to the fact that I am working on a web series, “Mercy’s Macabre”. Finally getting the first episode all planned out with a film, music, and more. Hopefully, it will be to your liking. I’m shooting to post the first episode in February. I’m really putting my heart and creativity to work here with this series. And I’m hoping it will spark my inspiration to make music again with Demonic Refusal. I look forward to hearing creative criticism to help me become a better entertainer but also enhance my skills with the camera and editing.

— Mercy

The Mist (2007)

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Stephen King’s The Mist was a better film than I had expected. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Stephen King nerd and have seen almost ever film and read almost every book by him… but when this movie first came out, the trailer didn’t seem to grab my fancy. Last night, I caved and checked it out. Now, I’m completely unsure if I will have ** SPOILERS** in this review or not. I try not to include any form of spoilers but with this film, I think there is a decent amount to say about it. With that, you have been warned and I apologize in advance.

Story Line: A mist consumes a small Maine town with unknown creatures lurking within it. Townspeople are trapped within their local grocery store where they attempt to wait out this eerie “storm” and/or the mysterious creatures. We follow main character David Drayton and his son while they are trapped within the grocery store and meet up with fellow interesting “townies.”

Movie is: Suspenseful; Thrilling; Mysterious; Emotional – keeps you at the edge of your seat!

Films it’s similar to: The Thing, The Fog

Monsters compared to: The Thing

Craziest Character: Mrs. Carmody (Jesus Freak)

This film was long but had a quick pace to it which is perfect for those that aren’t into slow movies (i.e. Storm of the Century), Although the film had a quick pace and jumped right in, it wasn’t too fast to ignore any form of detail or suspense. While watching this film, a lot of different emotions could be felt. Here are a few emotions I felt while watching the film: Anger, Sadness, Annoyance, Thoughtful, Curious.

This film sticks out because although it is a Sci-Fi movie, it picks at the emotions of human and is more human than anything. I guess that’s what happens when you have a great story line and an awesome cast. The cast didn’t make it feel like it was some movie that a college kid thought up in their basement. They did a great job being believable in the roll they were in. Made it feel like you were also included in this grocery store struggling for survival.

Speaking of that – the whole time I was watching this, I was contemplating in my head what I would have done in a situation such as this. Would I have panicked? Would I have been the leader? The follower? Or maybe even, I would be the sacrifice?

I think I am the only one or at least one of the very few that finds deep meaning in films like this. It turns out the monsters are in the mist because of a confidential military experiment that went awry. Scientists became a curious cat and wanted to see if there was life in other dimensions or if it could be traveled through. Well sir, curiosity killed the cat. In this instance, I think it shows how we as humans allow our curiosity to sometimes impair are judgement on making smart decisions. We don’t just want to leave well enough alone and leave certain things up to imagination. No. Can’t have that can we? An absurd thought. Imagination is just for children in their schoolyards. Not mature-i-will-take-over-the-world-because-I’m-an-idiot adults.

Mrs. Carmody is a “jesus freak” who starts reciting scripture from the bible and speaking about doomsday. In the beginning, it doesn’t phase people much until they see the creatures. Then, the start following Mrs. Carmody’s lead in praying for forgiveness and salvation. All the while this happens, she starts wanting to be the leader of everyone in the grocery store. She sacrifices a military man because he came clean about the experiment and offered him as a sacrifice as in order to survive they needed to have a “blood sacrifice to God.” Eventually, she wants to sacrifice anyone that doesn’t agree with her and her doomsday regime. Even tried taking a son away from his own father!

This clearly shows how religion is used to prey on people when they are in their weakest and most desperate state. Instead of using as a tool to up lift spirits like it should be — It’s used as a threatening tool. Throughout the film, Mrs. Carmody (annoyed me all to hell) says that they are all going to hell for their sins and it’s their fault the monsters are here because no one is praying to God. Maybe not the exact words – but the gist of what she blabs throughout the whole film. I’m not saying all religious people act like Mrs. Carmody, but it’s rare to see someone who is religious who uses their faith to uplift those in a dark spot. These people needed uplifting… not being called demons or ridiculed. And surely the innocent army man didn’t need to be sacrificed to the tentacles.

What I did like about this movie **SPOILERS????IDKMAYBE???** was that Mrs. Carmody was right about one thing: Stay within the grocery store, and you will be rescued. Not by Jesus but by the military coming to destroy the town and take out the survivors.

The movie did have a sad and unexpected ending, but I do think it’s perfect for the film. I think there is symbolism with the group Mr. Drayton led into his car to try to escape the mist by driving away. Instead of sitting back and using our minds, in a desperate situation we sometimes act to quickly not giving anything a single thought. That’s exactly what Mr. Drayton did at the end of this film. He acted to hastily which lead him to live with a sadness and regret for the rest of his life.

Over all, I give The Mist 10/10 Corpse Fetuses.

Definitely check it out and tune in next time when I write about whatever the hell I want.

– Mercy Desdemona

Yellow Brick Road (2010) Review

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Hello Devils & Ghouls!

Today we will take a look at the film Yellow Brick Road that came out in 2010. I don’t normally do recent movies, but this one really left me with a lot to say. When browsing upon Hulu with my love, we stumbled upon this film due to it’s interesting description, we thought it would be a good film to watch. Here is the description/storyline from IDMB:

One Morning in New England, 1940, the entire population of Friar New Hampshire – 572 people – walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. They left behind their clothes, their money, all of their essentials. Even their dogs were abandoned, tied to posts and left to starve. No One knows why. A search party dispatched by the U.S. Army eventually discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar’s evacuees. Many had frozen to death. Others were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of the remaining citizens are still unaccounted for. Over the years, a quiet cover-up operation managed to weave the story of Friar into the stuff of legends and backwoods fairy tales. The town has slowly repopulated, but the vast wilderness is mostly untracked, with the northern-most stretches off limits to local hunters and loggers. In 2008, the coordinates for the “YELLOWBRICKROAD” trail head were declassified. The first official expedition into a dark and twisted wilderness (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398428/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

 

As you can see, from the description of the film it seems like a great story line filled with wonder and adventure! I hate to say this, but the small description is the most exciting of the film. In my opinion, the whole thing was rushed. It starts off by showing old photos of the mishap in the 1940s, and a man with his wife are writing a book about the amazing mystery of the Yellow Brick Road. They get a team to go up the trail in search of any clues that may help them write their book. Right away though, everything is moving so fast it’s hard to follow. They don’t really go deep into the history of why these people are going in the expedition. All you think is, okay this guy is just going for a hike. The lack of detail made the film quite annoying. After you get the gist of what is going on, you follow the people on the trail. Slowly one by one they start going insane, especially after finding an old hat. You get interested in where they are going because you want to know whats at the end of the trail.

The movie has this big build up to a sucky ending that just leaves you confused. I really don’t get why it ended like that, maybe they didn’t really think out their storyline or there were some issues I don’t know but it is the worst ending after all the craziness and build up in the world! There really is never an explanation as to why they all went bonkers on the trail — My guess is because they ended up like the people from the 1940s — but on the other hand, there were some survivors that was gathered by a few interviews they did with people so I really don’t know.

 

If you are bored and just need something on in the background, I recommend this film. I don’t recommend it if you actually want to sit and watch something.

-900/10

 

– Mercy

Halloween III (1982) Review

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Hello my Devils & Ghouls! Happy Halloween!

Today is the most fantastic day of the year for myself. Since I will be busy traipsing around in cemeteries and haunted places this evening, I thought I would post a review of one of my favorite films (Yet, it is disliked by many fans of Halloween): Halloween III Season of the Witch!

 

A killer in a shatner mask not included...

A killer in a shatner mask not included…

 

Here is the catchiest thing in this movie… The Silver Shamrock Commercial:

 

 

 

So what is the story line if Michael Meyers isn’t chasing Lori Strode around? Well, an evil corporate mask making company plans to kill many innocent children with a surprise they have with in the masks. Leave it up to corporations to kill many innocent children… Anyway, kids all over the world are begging their parents to buy them a silver shamrock mask. A man was coming back from the company to warn the town about the evil ways of the silver shamrock company. He reaches the hospital where he is seen as a loon and is mysteriously killed by a man in a trench coat who killed himself in the car afterwards. An investigation begins. The doctor who cared for the man follows the man’s daughter to the company town where they are on the hunt for her father’s killer. Naturally, the doctor is a big play-boy and there is a silly overly acted love scene in between it all so when you watch it with your children they will feel awkward and you will laugh at them.

 

What I like about this movie is the silly references to John Carpenter’s Halloween. It is being played on two television sets within the movie. You can also tell that it’s a Halloween feel movie because the killers sort of act like the great michael myers himself.

 

Check out the trailer here:

 

 

 

I rate this 10/10.  🙂

 

– Mercy