What’s up everyone. This is just a post to tell all of you that I will be making a type of Vlog video where I will be talking about myself (blog related) and just things about the blog in general. I hope to make this video sometime in the next 2 days, but I just wanted to post this to see if anyone had any questions they wanted me to answer in my Vlog (it can be blog or movie related). Thanks for reading and enjoy the Oscars tonight everyone!
I love receiving these awards, the fact that i get views enough makes me happy, but when I get recognized like this I just feel ecstatic. I was nominated by Skyfiend all of you should check out his amazing site. Thank you for nominating me !!
The rules for this award are:
- Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
- Link to the blogger who nominated you
- Answer 10 questions about yourself
- Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
- Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
My answers to the questions:
1. What are your hobbies?
I love playing basketball and I recently just grew a love for blogging.
2. What is your favorite movie genre?
Horror, I’ve always had a great passion for the genre and love reviewing these types of films as well.
3. What do you do when you’re all alone?
I watch movies, I guess you can say I’m kind of boring.
4. What do you believe in life? (Your way of life) and who taught you this?
I believe that things always happen in life for a reason, you can never avoid what’s supposed to hit you, just have to accept it and continue to be strong. Everyone has basically taught me that.
5. What do you think of “dream”? (The one we have while sleeping)
Some say it’s a good get away, a place where you can escape the real world and be happy.
6. Tell me about the person that you hold dear the most (It is fine if the person is already deceased)
How can the answer not be my mother? The woman is always there for me and always helps me when I’m in need, she’s an amazing woman and I’m beyond grateful to have her in my life. Love you momma!
7. Do you believe in the concept of parallel worlds? (That there are other “us” living completely different lives in another worlds)
Hmmmmm…… I believe that there are other lifeforms that live in the universe, it’s very hard to believe that it is just us.
8. Tell me about your lover (Why do you love him or her?)
My girlfriend has dealt with my annoyance for the past two years, and is always there to support me when I’m in need. She’s amazing and I wouldn’t trade her for the world, Love you beautiful!
9. If you can sit and chat for an hour with someone, who will it be? And what are you going to say to him or her?
Carmelo Anthony, we would probably just talk about basketball and how much I Idolize him, hey maybe I would even ask for a season pass, lol.
10. Are you satisfied with yourself now? (Have you achieved your goals?)
I am satisfied with myself now, I’m still pretty young, only 19, but I’m happy with what I’ve done s far. It would be better if I had a job right now, but I’m really focused on school.
My 10 nominees:
My 10 Questions for nominees:
- What’s your favorite movie genre?
- What’s your favorite horror movie?
- Do you love horror (if so why)?
- What are your hobbies?
- If you could be in a movie which movie would it be?
- If you could meet someone who would it be?
- What is your favorite sports team?
- Why did you start blogging?
- What have you learned from your time on WordPress?
- What is your biggest fear?
I’m sorry if I didn’t put your name on the list, it’s hard only picking 10 people. Feel free to leave a link to your site if you want in the comments. Once again thanks for the nomination, now I shall go watch some more horror films, lol.
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson
“Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.”
Hostel is a trilogy I’ve been eager to review for a while and now, I’m ready to get on board to write my opinions. I saw this movie originally a few years ago and I was obsessed with it and what it had to offer and now, I can think about this movie in a whole new light. I’ve always found this movie’s base incredibly absurd and genuinely interesting: The Elite Hunting group is something that I’ve always wondered about, could it really exist in these kinds of places or not?
Within the entire introduction to the movie, we’re treated to dingy and unsanitary shots of a torture chamber that is accompanied by uneasy music and a faint whistling. This whole collection of scenery and audio is instantly unnerving and gets you on edge, ready for what may happen during the course of what you’re about to watch. I think that this selection of imagery prepares you as an insider as to what is really going on within the movie, this makes you feel a little more included as part of the journey.
As we delve into the story, we’re introduced to three typical ‘lads’ Oli (Gudjonsson), Josh (Richardson) and Paxton (Hernandez) that are vacationing across the world in search of drugs, girls and a good time. I find that Paxton’s character is highly dislikable during the first part of the movie, his harshly misogynistic tendencies start to interfere with the enjoyability of the movie, though it does in fact add to his character progression. Whereas Oli is likeable as a highly charismatic party-boy and Josh shows more of an introverted, personal approach to life, which is why I relate to and sympathise with him more. The dialogue works well for this movie, though some lines were delivered worse than others. I was a huge fan of Jan Vlasák’s performance as the Dutch Businessman and found his character to be horribly uncomfortable yet truly tragic at the same time. During the course of the movie, we’re aware that these three young guys will do anything for a quick fling with a slutty woman and this ends up with horrible consequences for them. Some characters we’re introduced to such as Kana (Jennifer Lim) and her young friend Yuki (Keiko Seiko) have such a sad amount of screen time, yet are lovely additions to the cast. The same can be said for Svetlana (Jana Kaderabkova) and Natalya (Barbara Nedeljakova) who have more screen time but definitely add to the overall quality of the cast as a whole. The two are charismatic yet intensely uneasy to watch, tying the whole thing together perfectly. During the second half of the movie, the character seem to improve dramatically and that’s where things really start to get interesting and you really start to get to know each character who then has depth to themselves. I started to like Paxton half way through and began feeling sympathetic toward him and his struggle despite the fact that he decided to be a hero and investigate the situation. One character that did ruin things a little for me was the German surgeon (Petr Janis) who added more of an uncomfortable comedic value to one of the more important scenes in the movie and I did feel it was a little overdone. Cameos and additional cast were amazing, I enjoyed Eli Roth’s cameo in the Amsterdam coffee shop and also Rick Hoffman’s entrance as the terrifyingly exhilarating American client.
With all that being said, the story does start off a little bit rushed, and things to actually kick off relatively early on in the movie, unlike others but I actually think of that as a good thing. I often find that movies tend to always wait until the last ten minutes or so to really show the good stuff but Hostel is different and doesn’t even lack character detail, which is a good thing for me. Soon enough we realise along with the characters that things are little more than they’d bargained for when they end up in a small Slovakian village with the promise of no holds barred action with some incredible girls. When our main trio of travelling guys enter the infamous Hostel, they find out that they are sharing a room with two gorgeous female roommates and that’s a huge win for them, especially seeing two of them are ready for a fling. Without much introduction, the group goes for an innocent night of clubbing and then they proceed to have sex with the girls they’ve found and usually, sex scenes in horror movies can be well done but these, just like the rest of the movie feel wrong and a little bizarre. But that may be due to the fact that they’re all doing it in the same room. Soon, when the trio’s ‘king of the swing’ Oli goes missing and coincidentally Kana’s friend Yuki goes with him, things start to get fishy and that’s when the naivety comes into play. Josh and Paxton eagerly try to find him to no avail and soon, after feeling woozy at a bar, Josh goes missing too and it’s up to Paxton to ‘solve the mystery.’ This is really where things start to get interesting, as Paxton begins investigating into his friends’ disappearances as now, Kana is no longer around after saying she’d leave for the train with him that day. Upon insisting he finds his friends, Paxton is taken to find out the truth about Elite Hunting and the following of sadistic rich folk behind it.
Within Hostel, the gore is really well done and it definitely makes you clench your toes at the best of times as you see scenes of cut tendons, drilling into knees and lots and lots of vomit. The cinematography and the overall direction of the movie has this off coloured unsanitary colour scheme to it which adds to the uncomfortability factor of the entire movie, and I think that works in Hostel’s favour. You really get to see a darker side of humanity with unhelpful police officers and corrupt children that’ll do anything for a stick of gum. The whole movie is clever and intense and I really enjoy talking about it. The soundtrack on top of everything else really makes for a stand out film as a whole, each track fits the scene it’s used in to make everything come to life that little bit more.
Personally, I do really adore this movie, and I think it’s got one of the best endings to a horror of all time. It’s an excellent look into revenge and hostility toward wrongdoers. I’ve also seen the directors cut ending that really changes the character of Paxton, as we see him as a kidnapper and actually then feel sorry for the Dutch Businessman instead. The alternate ending doesn’t entirely work as a solid, reliable ending to the movie so I’m glad they didn’t include it as the final cut. All in all, I really would recommend Hostel to any horror fan.
I’m also currently changing my rating system to skulls out of 10 instead of 5. This gives me a much wider range to work with. So I give Hostel a sold eight skulls out of 10 (☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠).
Hey everyone Good News,
I am taking a class once again that requires me to do some blogging and guess what topic I picked to write about. Yes that’s right I picked horror, so maybe I will be able to start posting a few reviews, since I am required to do so for this class as a part of my grade. So I will have a little more time to write some reviews!
Check out the other site and tell me which one you think looks better. You all better say Horrorville, or else…. Haha I’m just kidding, but look at it and tell me which site is more appealing. Here is the site: http://horrormoviesinnewyork.wordpress.com/
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley and Angeliki Papoulia
“Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet.”
Dogtooth is a raw, bizarre look into the lives of an estranged, alienated family who survive on a whole new level. This movie is included on a list of disturbing movies and you know what, I can see why. Involving a family living in an isolated country home in rural Greece, three children are brought up in a primal, submissive environment where words from outside the walls of the home are given new meanings so as not to jeopardise their minds and the way they live. ‘Phone’ means salt, ‘zombies’ are flowers and ‘the sea’ is a leather armchair. Things seem like this family could easily be living on another planet aside from earth, purely because of their lack of knowledge of the world and how life really is. The movie is filmed in a drab, bland manner that really makes the story seem solemn and intense throughout.
Throughout the film, sex and relationships are not acknowledged in the slightest so the two young girls are left to their own devices to realise what sex is through unfortunate bribery by a woman who is paid to relieve the son’s sexual needs. Anything sexual is dismissed by the parents who assign sexual terms new meanings. The games played in the movie get increasingly stranger as it progresses, and they involve using anaesthetic to see who wakes up from it first. The winner of some of these strange games are given stickers which add up to being able to choose the family entertainment for an evening. It shows a severely ostracised way of getting by in a rural society. The acting that was put into this movie needs credit, purely because the actors involved did such a good job at keeping the movie within that creepy, naive boundary that really did the entire piece justice. I do think that the film involves a subtext of growing up and how it can feel alienating and lonely if you don’t have the help and love you need, but that is my personal interpretation.
The film does not contain gratuitous violence, but just enough to get the general point across, such as when the eldest daughter knocks out her canine teeth in order to fulfil the prophecy of being able to leave the confines of the home. There are a few little bits that can be much, but it’s mainly due to sexual nature. There’s moderately graphic sexuality, but it is quite necessary for the development throughout the movie and it’s not a great movie for the easily offended or those who are quick to get weirded out. I would say that this movie is disturbing, purely because of the pure bizarre storyline and cinematography. I really would recommend this film to those who love foreign cinema and for those who are interested to see a slice of the weird and wonderful. It’s not necessarily gratuitous, it’s enough to make a point without shocking or unnecessarily disturbing their viewers to the extremity.
I consider this movie to now be one of my favourite pieces of foreign cinema, so I give Dogtooth a high 4 skulls out of 5.
Hey what’s up everyone, unfortunately it’s that time of the year again. This means that I will not be able to post as much as I have been and I just want to apologize in advance. I will try to post around twice a week, but can’t make any promises, as I have a lot going on this semester. I do have guest bloggers but they have school and their own sites that they will try to post more on instead of Horrorville. So again, I apologize if the posts on Horrorville start to decrease. I’m sorry everyone!
I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by: http://apoetryjourney.wordpress.com and I just want to say thank you for nominating me. You should absolutely go and check out his amazing site!
Some people may feel like a blogging award doesn’t mean anything, but I love receiving these. It shows how ones passion for blogging gets recognized and I just want to thank all of you that are following me or even just stop to view my page. It means so much to me and I just wanted to let you all know I appreciate it!
Here are the rules for this award:
1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
7 facts about me:
1. I am a big movie person, I would love to just sit at home all day and watch films.
2. Although I don’t consider myself a gamer, I do love playing NBA 2k14, I play whenever I have the time.
3. I have grown a passion for blogging, every time I watch something I have to blog about it.
4. If I were offered a Movie Critic job, I would take it right away.
5. I’m an animal person.
6. Halloween is my favorite holiday, you can probably guess why.
7. I’m in love with chicken cutlets, can eat them 24/7.
Now for the 15 nominees:
If I didn’t put your name down I am sorry, it was difficult only choosing 15 people. If your name wasn’t on the list feel free to leave a link to your page in the comment section.
I lastly just want to thank my guest bloggers, they are a major part of this site and I appreciate all of your work. Thank you for being guest bloggers on Horrorville, you guys are the best!