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5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURITES
Clockwise From Top Left: Miu Miu Bikini; J. Crew Dress; Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King; Alexander McQueen Clutch; Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open.

5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURITES

Clockwise From Top Left: Miu Miu Bikini; J. Crew Dress; Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King; Alexander McQueen Clutch; Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open.

2012 HORROR MOVIES PREVIEW

As I make my way through all the horror moves I missed in 2011 (and lament my mistakes), I’m excited for all the new movies coming out this year. There are so many on their way and I can’t wait to see as many as I can. This year I am ambitiously hoping to see everything (regardless of what I think they might be like as I’m too often very wrong) or at least figure out a way avoid seeing the crappy ones instead of the good ones. Ones I’m particularly excited to see are The Woman in Black and REC 3. I am a huge fan of the book by Susan Hill and loved the play of it I saw many years ago. As for REC 3, while this instalment seems to deviate from the plot of the previous two I am still hopeful it will be as good as those. I’m also excited for the remake of Silent House starring Elizabeth Olsen and Cabin in the Woods which sounds like it’s going to be very good, fingers crossed it actually is. I’m definitely curious about Rob Zombie’s new project Lords of Salem. House of 1000 Corpses is one of my absolute favourite horror movies and I am hoping that this will be similar to that. Underworld: Awakening and World War Z are two hotly anticipated blockbuster-esque releases and I’ll definitely be seeing both. The last three on this list I am excited to see but with reservations. Dark Shadows sounds good but could end up being this years Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark which was more for kids. The Innkeepers has been released in the U.S. to mixed reviews and The Devil Inside was very poorly received by horror fans, so even though I still want to see them I am not expecting much. Other movies that I’m interested in are The Grey, Prometheus, The Divide, Paranormal Acitivity 4 (yes!) and The Raven. I know there’s more but these are the ones that I’m most looking forward to.

- Lily Liver

REVIEWED: THE WOMAN (2011)
Director: Lucky McKee
Writers: Lucky McKee, Jack Ketchum
Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, Lauren Ashley Carter, Zach Rand
Country/Language: USA/English
Run Time: 101 Minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
My Rating: 7.5/10
Scare Factor: AHHHHH
Synopsis: Chris Cleek is a successful family man who comes across a feral woman while out hunting and decides to take her home and recondition her, putting himself and his whole family in grave danger.
REVIEW
I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a long time now but no matter how I managed my rental list I couldn’t get LoveFilm to send it to me (I hate them FYI). Finally and randomly they did and it kinda worked out because I got to watch it on Friday the 13th which was fun. I have to say I was really impressed with this film. The opening scene was crazy and I was immediately creeped out by the woman. Her voice and eyes were scary but perfect for what she was. Pollyanna MacIntosh who played the role did an amazing job and was very convincing. Everything from her posture to the way she walked was executed very well. The story is an adaptation of a book by the same name by Jack Ketchum and gives a twisted portrait of a seemingly “normal” American family. As with “The Girl Next Door” (which I cried at), what goes on in other people’s homes can be shocking and disturbing. This family seemed so boring and typical but you soon see there is so much messed up about them and not only to do with the woman. There were definitely some scenes that were sickening to watch and I even jumped a few times too. The only thing I didn’t really like about this movie was the music. The songs were good but there were too many and they played too loudly. It was distracting and I wish there had been less. Overall I would definitely recommend this film. It’s very well done and the ending was crazy. Some people might find it hard to watch but if you haven’t seen any Jack Ketchum movies then The Woman is a good one to start with because it’s less intense than some of the others and also has a mildly comical edge. Just be prepared to be shocked.
- Lily Liver 

REVIEWED: THE WOMAN (2011)

Director: Lucky McKee

Writers: Lucky McKee, Jack Ketchum

Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, Lauren Ashley Carter, Zach Rand

Country/Language: USA/English

Run Time: 101 Minutes

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

My Rating: 7.5/10

Scare Factor: AHHHHH

Synopsis: Chris Cleek is a successful family man who comes across a feral woman while out hunting and decides to take her home and recondition her, putting himself and his whole family in grave danger.

REVIEW

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a long time now but no matter how I managed my rental list I couldn’t get LoveFilm to send it to me (I hate them FYI). Finally and randomly they did and it kinda worked out because I got to watch it on Friday the 13th which was fun. I have to say I was really impressed with this film. The opening scene was crazy and I was immediately creeped out by the woman. Her voice and eyes were scary but perfect for what she was. Pollyanna MacIntosh who played the role did an amazing job and was very convincing. Everything from her posture to the way she walked was executed very well. The story is an adaptation of a book by the same name by Jack Ketchum and gives a twisted portrait of a seemingly “normal” American family. As with “The Girl Next Door” (which I cried at), what goes on in other people’s homes can be shocking and disturbing. This family seemed so boring and typical but you soon see there is so much messed up about them and not only to do with the woman. There were definitely some scenes that were sickening to watch and I even jumped a few times too. The only thing I didn’t really like about this movie was the music. The songs were good but there were too many and they played too loudly. It was distracting and I wish there had been less. Overall I would definitely recommend this film. It’s very well done and the ending was crazy. Some people might find it hard to watch but if you haven’t seen any Jack Ketchum movies then The Woman is a good one to start with because it’s less intense than some of the others and also has a mildly comical edge. Just be prepared to be shocked.

- Lily Liver 

5 FRI(GHT)DAY THE 13TH FAVOURITES
I have always enjoyed Friday the 13th since I was a little kid. I celebrated it like it was a mini Halloween and could not wait for the week to be over so I could start the fun. I would have my friends come over and we would watch horror movies all night, eat tons of candy and then camp out in my back yard hoping to encounter something supernatural. Of course, we never did but that didn’t stop us screaming our heads off at any noise we heard and disturbing the neighbours. I absolutely love that today is one of three Friday the 13th’s this year and can’t wait to celebrate each of them as we get closer to the “big day” we all know and love as Halloween. Now that I’m older the format hasn’t changed much - I’m still going to watch some horror movies (The Woman, finally) and eat candy but instead of camping out I did some online shopping (pictured above) as a special celebratory treat instead, definitely a much better than sleeping in a tent. Happy Friday the 13th to you all!
- Lily Liver
Clockwise From Top Left: Miu Miu Dress; The Woman; Eddie Borgo Bracelet; Lanvin Pajamas; Zadig & Voltaire Watch.

5 FRI(GHT)DAY THE 13TH FAVOURITES

I have always enjoyed Friday the 13th since I was a little kid. I celebrated it like it was a mini Halloween and could not wait for the week to be over so I could start the fun. I would have my friends come over and we would watch horror movies all night, eat tons of candy and then camp out in my back yard hoping to encounter something supernatural. Of course, we never did but that didn’t stop us screaming our heads off at any noise we heard and disturbing the neighbours. I absolutely love that today is one of three Friday the 13th’s this year and can’t wait to celebrate each of them as we get closer to the “big day” we all know and love as Halloween. Now that I’m older the format hasn’t changed much - I’m still going to watch some horror movies (The Woman, finally) and eat candy but instead of camping out I did some online shopping (pictured above) as a special celebratory treat instead, definitely a much better than sleeping in a tent. Happy Friday the 13th to you all!

- Lily Liver

Clockwise From Top Left: Miu Miu Dress; The Woman; Eddie Borgo Bracelet; Lanvin Pajamas; Zadig & Voltaire Watch.

REVIEWED: ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)
Director: Joe Cornish
Writer: Joe Cornish
Cast: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway, Alex Esmail
Country/Language: UK and France/English
Run Time: 88 Minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
My Rating: 9/10
Scare Factor: AHHHHHHH!
Synopsis: It’s Bonfire Night in London and a bunch of anti-social youths are about to get into more trouble than they bargained for when it seems like an alien invasion is taking place on their block.
REVIEW
I really need someone to punch me in the face. Not seeing this movie in the theatres has to be one of my biggest mistakes of 2011. I think I am ready to accept that I have the worst judgements when it comes to deciding which films are going to good or bad so I need to just stop doing it and go back to seeing EVERRYTHING. Like did I really see Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark instead of Attack the Block at the movies this summer?! REALLY?! I cannot regret this decision enough.
So, the reason I didn’t want to see this movie is because I am usually not a fan of horror comedies and while that is still true I have realized there is an exception to the rule and that is BRISTISH horror comedies, which are completely different and far superior to American ones. I loved so much about this film that I have already ordered my own copy so I can watch it again and keep it forever and forever. It’s THAT good!
I thought it was going to be too immature for me and in the beginning I still sort of thought that but then I started to enjoy seeing the London youth “brapping” and such because here it was comical and not threatening. Even so, I still found myself conflicted about the group of friends. Anti-Heroes to the extreme, seeing them mug a woman at knife point and be so aggressive and then try to root for them was hard, but more on that later.
One of the most surprising things about the movie was how scared I was. I jumped more than I’d like to admit and the aliens were very well done. I loved how they looked (reminded me of the “Scrunts” from Lady in the Water) and there were some scenes that later made me afraid to look out the window. I wasn’t expecting this at all and to quote the movie, “You know what? I [was] shitting myself, innit.”
This movie had layers. I laughed, was scared, I enjoyed the high energy chase/fight scenes but what I also experienced that I wasn’t expecting to was sadness. There was a hint of it when Moses (lead hooligan) made the comment about the aliens being intentionally sent to the block because they weren’t killing each other fast enough. This is such a horribly pessimistic thought for a teenager to have but the truth is a lot of the underprivileged youth do feel abandoned and victimized by the government. When the sadness really hit me was towards the end where we get to see where Moses lives. Even though in real life, situations like this are very typical, after seeing the fairly normal homes the others came from it was still shocking, especially when we see his super hero bed sheets. It was heart breaking and I almost cried. This insight had such an impact on me because it’s so easy for the general public to see things like the riots over the summer and just make sweeping generalizations about these kids and why they do the things they do but they’re just children trying to survive and get along in this world anyway they can. I liked that this film gave this depth to Moses because it showed such an important and necessary side to his character.
I also think it’s no accident that his name is Moses because like the biblical one he delivered his “people” (or neighbours) from evil and throughout the movie we are really going on a journey of self-discovery with him. The whole time I was watching it I had huge reservations about him and his tough persona but in the end I loved him dearly. The way the residents of the block chant for him at the end (and the fact that he finally cracks a smile) shows what a great leader he could be too.
In end you see that these are just a bunch of misguided kids who could be so much more if given the opportunity. As far as the movie is concerned, if they were a group of suburban “goodie two shoes” would they have been able to protect their block and fight the aliens? Realistically no – it’s the fact that these kids are well practiced deviants that allows them to save the day. The scene at the end with Moses and the aliens was truly brilliant and visually amazingly, I was mesmerized. I think I could easily write a dissertation on how great this movie is but what it comes down to is that it’s just brilliant and now one of my absolute favourites. If you haven’t already seen Attack the Block go rent it right now and if you have, rent it again.
- Lily Liver

REVIEWED: ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)

Director: Joe Cornish

Writer: Joe Cornish

Cast: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway, Alex Esmail

Country/Language: UK and France/English

Run Time: 88 Minutes

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

My Rating: 9/10

Scare Factor: AHHHHHHH!

Synopsis: It’s Bonfire Night in London and a bunch of anti-social youths are about to get into more trouble than they bargained for when it seems like an alien invasion is taking place on their block.

REVIEW

I really need someone to punch me in the face. Not seeing this movie in the theatres has to be one of my biggest mistakes of 2011. I think I am ready to accept that I have the worst judgements when it comes to deciding which films are going to good or bad so I need to just stop doing it and go back to seeing EVERRYTHING. Like did I really see Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark instead of Attack the Block at the movies this summer?! REALLY?! I cannot regret this decision enough.

So, the reason I didn’t want to see this movie is because I am usually not a fan of horror comedies and while that is still true I have realized there is an exception to the rule and that is BRISTISH horror comedies, which are completely different and far superior to American ones. I loved so much about this film that I have already ordered my own copy so I can watch it again and keep it forever and forever. It’s THAT good!

I thought it was going to be too immature for me and in the beginning I still sort of thought that but then I started to enjoy seeing the London youth “brapping” and such because here it was comical and not threatening. Even so, I still found myself conflicted about the group of friends. Anti-Heroes to the extreme, seeing them mug a woman at knife point and be so aggressive and then try to root for them was hard, but more on that later.

One of the most surprising things about the movie was how scared I was. I jumped more than I’d like to admit and the aliens were very well done. I loved how they looked (reminded me of the “Scrunts” from Lady in the Water) and there were some scenes that later made me afraid to look out the window. I wasn’t expecting this at all and to quote the movie, “You know what? I [was] shitting myself, innit.”

This movie had layers. I laughed, was scared, I enjoyed the high energy chase/fight scenes but what I also experienced that I wasn’t expecting to was sadness. There was a hint of it when Moses (lead hooligan) made the comment about the aliens being intentionally sent to the block because they weren’t killing each other fast enough. This is such a horribly pessimistic thought for a teenager to have but the truth is a lot of the underprivileged youth do feel abandoned and victimized by the government. When the sadness really hit me was towards the end where we get to see where Moses lives. Even though in real life, situations like this are very typical, after seeing the fairly normal homes the others came from it was still shocking, especially when we see his super hero bed sheets. It was heart breaking and I almost cried. This insight had such an impact on me because it’s so easy for the general public to see things like the riots over the summer and just make sweeping generalizations about these kids and why they do the things they do but they’re just children trying to survive and get along in this world anyway they can. I liked that this film gave this depth to Moses because it showed such an important and necessary side to his character.

I also think it’s no accident that his name is Moses because like the biblical one he delivered his “people” (or neighbours) from evil and throughout the movie we are really going on a journey of self-discovery with him. The whole time I was watching it I had huge reservations about him and his tough persona but in the end I loved him dearly. The way the residents of the block chant for him at the end (and the fact that he finally cracks a smile) shows what a great leader he could be too.

In end you see that these are just a bunch of misguided kids who could be so much more if given the opportunity. As far as the movie is concerned, if they were a group of suburban “goodie two shoes” would they have been able to protect their block and fight the aliens? Realistically no – it’s the fact that these kids are well practiced deviants that allows them to save the day. The scene at the end with Moses and the aliens was truly brilliant and visually amazingly, I was mesmerized. I think I could easily write a dissertation on how great this movie is but what it comes down to is that it’s just brilliant and now one of my absolute favourites. If you haven’t already seen Attack the Block go rent it right now and if you have, rent it again.

- Lily Liver

5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURTIES
Clockwise From Top Left: Dino Skeleton Bracelet; Current/Elliot Jeans; Alexander McQueen iPad Case; Zadig & Voltaire Sweater; Chanel Graphite Nail Polish.

5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURTIES

Clockwise From Top Left: Dino Skeleton Bracelet; Current/Elliot Jeans; Alexander McQueen iPad Case; Zadig & Voltaire Sweater; Chanel Graphite Nail Polish.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Happy New Year, everyone!

2011 IN REVIEW: HORROR MOVIES I LOVED

Between all the horror movies I missed and the terrible ones I did see, this year wasn’t the greatest viewing experience for me. Thankfully it wasn’t a complete waste and I did see a few that I actually really liked. So here it is - my list of the best horror movies I saw in 2011 and just in time! I think my favourite has to be Rec 2. As a sequel I thought it was perfect and really enhanced the original story. I have always been a huge fan of possession/ghost stories which is why I also loved Paranormal Activity 3 and Exorcismus. With PA3 I jumped all over place and Exorcismus completely creeped me out. Other notables on this list are I Saw The Devil, which was amazing and intense, Retreat (totally underrated) and The Ward. Even though this movie got mixed reviews, I really enjoyed it. Another movie that didn’t get the best reviews but I still liked was Vanishing on 7th Street. I loved the story and was pretty scared by it. Rounding out the list is Stake Land, which I was so surprised to find I liked so much and Contagion which sent my germophobia into overdrive. Of course, I could not leave out Scream 4 which had what I think was the best franchise comeback ever and I can’t wait for the next one. Well, that’s it for 2011 – definitely a mixed bag but not all bad and now I’m looking forward to what 2012 has to offer. HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL!

- Lily Liver

  

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5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURITES
Clockwise From Top Left: Alexander McQueen Tan;, Delfina Delettrez Skeleton Hand Bracelet; Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrella; Andy Warhol x Globetrotter by Hysteric Glamour Luggage; Jennifer Fisher Vertebrae Ring.

5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURITES

Clockwise From Top Left: Alexander McQueen Tan;, Delfina Delettrez Skeleton Hand Bracelet; Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrella; Andy Warhol x Globetrotter by Hysteric Glamour Luggage; Jennifer Fisher Vertebrae Ring.

2011 IN REVIEW: HORROR MOVIES I HATED

Unfortunately, because I don’t like to know too much about movies before watching them, I end up seeing a lot of crappy ones that had known more I would have avoided. Even so, I can’t bear reading long reviews that lay out the whole movie for you or seeing trailers that give away the best bits. Sometimes though, it’s not my fault and I ended up being completely blindsided like with Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, which I consider to be my worst movie of 2011 and my biggest disappointment. I loved the original, LOVE Guillermo Del Toro but hated the remake so badly I almost walked out. Another epic disappointment for me was Insidious. Through most of it I was right there - terrified and jumping in my seat but the movie turned into a complete joke towards the end when we are introduced to “The Further” and the stupid psychic and her annoying sidekicks. It totally broke the spell for me and ruined the whole movie. If it wasn’t for the disastrous ending Insidious would have been my favourite movie of 2011. Moving on, there are some instances when I should have known better like with Episode 50 and Damned by Dawn. In both cases I was duped by the very well done DVD covers which ended up being the best parts of both movies. There were many more I saw and hated but these are the only ones released this year. As for the other films on this list they were just a waste of my time and I wish I hadn’t seen them. 

- Lily Liver

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2011 IN REVIEW: HORROR MOVIES I MISSED

Well, it’s that time of year again! Time to reflect on all the horror movies I have seen over the past year and compile my best and worst lists of 2011. This category is a new addition because even though I definitely saw a lot of movies, I also missed out on seeing a bunch too. The past 12 months were particularly busy and I travelled a lot and often I found myself in a country where a movie that was out in theatres in the U.S. had not been released where I was and then by the time I got home it’s run was over. To give you an idea, I only spent 6 months of the year in the U.S. and I am currently in the U.K. where their movie release dates are far behind the U.S. Even with some horror movies that have been available on DVD in the U.S. for some time now, I am still waiting for them to be released. I don’t know how much longer I am going to be here but solely for my horror movie watching, I hope it’s not much longer. So, this is a list of the horror movies I didn’t get to see this year and I wish I had. There are more than I don’t have room to include here but these are the main ones I am most disappointed to have missed.

- Lily Liver

MERRY CREEPMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD FRIGHT!

MERRY CREEPMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD FRIGHT!

5 FRI(GHT)DAY FAVOURITES: CREEPMAS EDITION

While during the holidays I can’t resist classics like Home Alone or more recent favourites like The Family Stone and Bad Santa, some nights I have to get my horror movie fix and what better way than with ones with a Christmas theme? Even though there are more obvious choices like Silent Night, Deadly Night or Jack Frost (that I would also recommend), these are my 5 favourites. The Tales from the Crypt Christmas episode And All Through The House is holiday horror perfection and the old and new Black Christmas are a must see. P2 and The Blackout will help mix things up because while they take place during the holidays they are different from the standard slasher fest that you usually get with these types of movies. Whatever you end up watching, I hope your weekend is amazing and full of lots horrorday cheer! Merry Creepmas!

- Lily Liver