Many of you do not know this, but I am in University, doing a specialist in Women and Gender Studies. I love being back in school (I did two college programs and then was out of school for two years) and want to do something with my life where I can help people! Since I’m doing a specialist rather than a major, I need to take a lot of Women and Gender Studies courses, but I do get to take some general interest courses too! This year, in the winter term, I will be taking a Cinema Studies course in Horror Film! The paragraph about the course says that the class will be focusing on three types of horror: the un-dead (yay for zombies!), body horror and the supernatural, which I think are three fun types to focus on. Topics of the course include: the aesthetics of gore and violence, technologies of fear, J-Horror, new French extremity, cult fandom and paracinema, and media convergence. I think it will be a lot of fun, and I’m hoping we get to watch some horror movies in class too! When I take my Horror Film class, I’m sure I will be writing all about it! Has anyone else taken a Horror Film class?


Posted: September 1, 2014 in Movies
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Prowl is a movie I just watched on Netflix. It is a horror movie about a girl trying to get to Chicago with her friends, when their car breaks down and they end up hitching a ride with a man in a cargo truck. What they don’t realize is that the truck is carrying blood, and the driver is driving them to what may be their deaths. It was released in 2010.

I guess the word I would use to describe the film overall is decent. The characters are okay, but there is little character development. The film has flashbacks which is a bit confusing, and I was unclear on whether they were flashing to the past or the future. There is a good amount of gore and suspense, which I was thankful for, but the movie has a very strange pace. It is very slow, until all of a sudden something happens for a few seconds, and then it goes back to being slow. The entire film is not like this, but a big part of it is. It was difficult to stay awake at times but I wanted to power through and watch the film until the end. The film stops very abruptly, which is a shame. Overall, I would rate Prowl a 5 out of 10. Better than getting a 1 or 2, meaning it was awful, but not anywhere near a 9 or 10, an excellent film.

“I’m insane. What’s his excuse?”

Spike says this about Xander, in season seven, episode three of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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“Angel’s our friend… except I don’t like him”

Xander said this in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He never liked Angel!

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I watched Hostel all the way through for the first time recently. Hostel was released in 2005 and stars Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson. It is about three backpackers who head to Slovakia for a good time. They check into a hostel, meet some local girls, and have some fun until one of the three disappears. The other two worry at first, but eventually believe he’s out having a good time.. they don’t realize that he’s dead, and soon they may be too.

It was written and directed by Eli Roth, so I was weary about watching the film at first, because I didn’t like a few other films he’s been a part of. I was actually surprised by Hostel. The first half hour or so of this 94 minute film is rather slow and filled with way too much nudity, which I didn’t like at all and don’t think was necessary, so that was disappointing. I decided to continue on watching the film, in hopes that it would get better, and while there are other times throughout the film that are also slow, it did get better. There was much less gore than I was expecting (I was actually a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more gore, seeing as it’s Eli Roth), but it was gross at times (there is vomiting which is rather gross to see lol). The characters in the film are not the greatest, but everyone gets what they deserve, whether that is good or bad. There are a few moments of suspense, which I appreciated, and the ending is actually pretty good, and surprised me, which can be difficult for a horror movie to do. Overall, if you can get past all of the slow moments and stupid nudity in the beginning, not to mention the stupid-ness of some of the characters, it’s not a bad film. I would give Hostel a 6.5 out of 10. It’s not great, but it’s alright.

The fun fact I want to share today is about Final Destination. Interestingly enough, Final Destination, which is about Flight 180, was originally a concept for an episode of X-Files. I am guessing after scrapping that idea, they decided to make it a film instead.

“One tiny piece of metal, destroys everything”

Willow says this in season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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