The Woman in Black Review (2012)

There is no such thing as a horror movie without the use of darkness, jumpscares and haunted houses. So in order to find a horror movie that uses all those elements I decided to watch The Woman in Black, which is said to be the most typical horror movie to watch. I’ll be the judge of that.

The Woman in Black is based on a book by Susan Hill – whilst slightly changing elements of the book for the film, the movie follows a young man by the name of Arthur Kipps. He’s a widow who aims to keep his job by travelling to a small village and sort out the paperwork of a deceased woman. He stays in the house of the deceased woman in which strange supernatural incidents happen and many, many children die.

This wasn’t a very scary film for I didn’t jump, scream nor feel my skin crawl with chills and goosebumps. It was a good storyline I admit, but I felt it lacked a spook element. The sounds and everything were perfect but I felt it missed out a lot. The Woman in Black definitely follows the conventions of a typical horror movie:

• Haunted house
• A local myth
• Creepy children
• A lack of light
• Dark colours

There are a few positives like the fact that you don’t see the ghost a lot which helps to alleviate the spook factor a bit and to present a face of terror. There are very very few positives for there are mostly negatives like there was not a clear understanding to the ghost’s purpose and the most obvious question: “Why does he not leave the house and town if he knows that there is crazy supernatural ghost acts happening?”

Daniel Radcliffe -who plays Arthur Kipps, does an okay job, I mean he does show himself to be a very adamant on keeping his job. He was a terrible father and human being and what happened to him was very deserving. I was also very anti-climactic and it drained the story out of the horror movie. Overall it was a well-made film that perfectly used all the horror conventions but it lacked clarity in conveying a story.


Christmas Shopper Simulator 2: Black Friday Review

This coming Friday is a long awaited day. It is the Black Friday sale in which many items: TVs, Game Consoles and clothes etc. get sold for very cheap prices like £50 or even £20 pounds. This is the day in which many people push and battle to get the cheapest items they don’t necessarily need. It is a day of violence. Instead of being shoved why not just stay at home and play Christmas Shopper Simulator 2: Black Friday.

This game is a promotion for the British retail company GAME in the UK and it is a solo sequel to Christmas Shopper Simulator. It released last year on November 20th and it was made with a similar idea to Goat Simulator in which you have law-defying physics and unstoppable amounts of humour. The plot is simple: Buy the items in the list and … that’s about it? The entire game really is about messing around and doing crazy things.

Playing the game brings out laughter in you and it certainly made me laugh many times when I did hilariously stupid things like increasing the speed on the escalators which sent twenty people flying straight into a wall. The game is a great coping mechanism if you are ever feeling low during the season of Christmas. Although I would like to draw out a few criticisms for the game.

Firstly and the main thing is that the game needs to run smoothly and this can allow for the comedy of the game to be more realistic. The game runs very slowly and the best I can get out of the game is nine frames per second which makes the game lag and be a huge pain. If the game ran smoothly, it would definitely make the comedy of the game more hilarious and jovial. I mean if the developers deliberately made the game run very staticky to annoy gamers, then hats off to them -they managed to annoy a lot of people.

Secondly and finally, the game should be more plot driven. I do understand that the main aim of the game is to allow users to mess around and have a laugh but I feel like there should be a bit of a more story. The story is basic – You have to go buy a list of things for your family members as well as complete a range of challenges. However if it was plot driven, it would definitely intrigue a greater audience and make for an interesting game but all in all the game does attract a different audience.

There is a free demo of the game on the GAME website but to get the full game would require some money. Honestly I would recommend downloading the free demo of the game as it will cheer you up if you ever feel down. Christmas Shopper Simulator 2: Black Friday is definitely a game that one should play in the holiday season with a mug of hot chocolate and a close companion to watch you torture a computer avatar.

Supernatural Character: Charlie Bradbury Opinion Piece

*****TINY SPOILER*****

Charlie Bradbury is a name, I and many fans will never forget because she is such a great character that represents most teenage girls. Charlie is a character so relatable that what she does, is a prediction of what would happen if the fans were to work with supernatural hunters and legends, Sam and Dean Winchester.

Firstly who is Charlie Bradbury? Well she is a red head lesbian who is a big nerdy fan of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Star Wars. As well as that she is a I.T genius with an incredible ability to hack into any system. Charlie was the epitome of all the fangirls. A shy person who eventually came out of that shell by fighting supernatural monsters.

She was played by actress and real life nerd Felicia Day. Charlie’s first appearance was in Season 7 Episode 20, ‘The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo’. Her introduction is reminiscent because it references Christian Bale’s entrance, in American Psycho, when he listens ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves after a good night of murders. (Not that Charlie is a serial killer) The entrance just summarises her personality of joy and great taste of music. The song is a symbol of irony as the day she expects to great turns out to be a mess of events when her boss is eaten by the monster clone CEO of the company she works for.

Charlie was a hero of mine because she inspired me to be confident and accepting of who you are. In addition she showed me that you can be a hero as well as a badass. This geeky redhead is a beloved character which we deserve and want to see more of. Her relationship with the hunter brothers Dean and Sam have shown to me that family does not necessarily have to be about blood. In fact Charlie and the Winchesters are an idyllic image of friendship and kinship.

This is what female characters should be now as it shows to girls that it is okay to be a nerd. In addition not all female characters have to be used as a love interest or a pretty gaze. Charlie Bradbury is a extraordinary average girl who has different tastes in dating people. The fact that Charlie is a lesbian shows that it is perfectly okay to have a different sexuality and that you can get who ever you want, for looks do not matter when personality is more crucial.

I honestly want there to be more Charlie Bradbury and she deserves to be a bigger character on the show because she is the perfect hunter, geek and hacker that every person should aspire to be.

Until Dawn Review

I still can’t sleep especially after seeing this game. Until Dawn, which released last year, is a terrifying game with exceptionally detailed graphics and an unexpected plot line. This interactive survival horror game is one which cleverly uses horror cliches to derive the gamer from the actual hidden monster of the game.

Until Dawn focuses eight teenagers who return to a cabin in the woods, a year after twin sisters: Hanna and Beth, of a member (Josh) from their group went missing.  Just after arriving: Sam, Ashley, Chris, Mike, Emily, Jessica and Matt are led through saw-style torture games by their friend Josh. However the story thickens as the forest is ruled by a monster known as the Wendigo. These teenagers have to wait and survive until dawn for help and rescue.

I’ll be honest when I first saw the game, I had continuous nightmares as the game was intricately designed and despite knowing it wasn’t real, it still felt real and that was because the plot line always kept you engaged. Especially the explanation of the game with the Butterfly effect. This reminder ensures that the gamer makes the right choices because certain choices have certain consequences like for example if you lead Ashley down a dark tunnel towards a voice, the wendigo beheads her and eats her.

So your choices have consequences, but the great thing about this game is that you can once you finish the game, you can replay it to find other secrets and discover different endings to the game: You can be a hero and save everyone or a heartless psychopath and kill everyone. The opportunities to endings are endless. I decided I would kill everyone except for Sam because everyone else were jerks. Although Chris, Ashley and Matt are not meant to be jerks, they were part of a prank against Hanna which led caused her to run out to the forest and to her demise with her sister Beth.

As well as the graphics and characters, the monster and psychopath were perfect as the first impression of the monster, given to the gamer is that it uses heat vision. Immediately, like every other geek, I thought “Oh my god! That’s Predator!” But as the story progressed we are introduced to the lore of the wendigo. It intrigued me and I did my own research about wendigos, which by the way seem genuine. I was impressed with the game developers research and it helped to make the game plausible. I was begging for Sam and Dean (Supernatural characters) to come and rescue everyone and kill the monsters with style.

The game is available to everyone. Just make sure you can handle gore because once you see it, it will take more than just holy water to just cleanse your eyes; it is horrific. Also do not expect a sequel because it seems hard to create a sequel from a game with multiple endings. Honestly I think you should play the game and see for yourself whether you are a hero or a psychopath.