Guest Post: Five Movies To Watch This Halloween

Movies To Watch This HalloweenThe spookiest time of the year is ALMOST here, and to celebrate, I wanted to dedicate a post to one of my favourite Halloween traditions: watching scary movies! It only felt right to invite the person that shares my enthusiasm for spine-tingling tales to get involved, so today I’m handing things over to Gary for a special guest post as he shares fives movies to watch this Halloween…

Halloween is a big deal round our way. Every year, we set aside a day and night to watch as many horror movies as possible with our pals. This ranges from classics to new-school movies via hits and some MAJOR misses that we will never speak of again.

After much deliberation, we pick some films, load up on snacks and binge on both until everyone collapses. And it’s great.

To help speed up that selection process, Lynsay asked me to put together five recommendations for Halloween this year. Now, these aren’t the absolute best horror movies out there – there is no place for Halloween or The Shining on my list because it’s a given that you’ll squeeze them in at some point before the pumpkins go bad – these are some lesser known additions to your horror playlist for 2016.

I’m gonna make it easy by focusing on movies available on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you are anything like me, you have a million horror DVDs and Blu-Rays but they are packed away and the horror of delving into that Monica Geller cupboard is worse than any gore-filled slasher movie.

So, in no particular order, here are my five picks for Halloween 2016…

1. The Skull

I want to kick things off with a classic and The Skull takes us right back to the Hammer Horror-era of genre legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

The story centres around the skull of the Marquis De Sade which afflicts everyone who owns it with a mysterious and deadly curse. It’s stolen from Christoper Lee but he’s none too bothered because well… it’s not exactly a great addition to the mantle piece given the whole death thing…

Lee does his best to warn his pal to keep well away. But, does he heed the advice? Of course not.

2. Hush

Hush centres around a pretty straightforward home-invasion plot as author Maddie is tormented in her rural home by a masked stalker.

Seeking quiet seclusion to work on her latest novel, Maddie is first annoyed by the over-bearing good-nature of her neighbour before being pestered through iMessage and later up-close-and-personal by a mystery assailant.

Maddie suffers from an hearing impairment and the movie uses this to build a real sense of fear – the lack of dialogue meaning that there isn’t much to break the tension.

As is always the case, you’ll be really impressed by some of Maddie’s decisions and horrendously frustrated at others. Given how many times you’ve seen it go wrong, would you go back in the house??

3. Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes follows aspiring actress Sarah as she spends her days longing for success while waiting tables in a Hooters-esque burger joint.

Bubbling under the surface of Sarah’s character is a MANIC frustration that manifests in outbursts of wild self-destruction.

With strong character development and a nice occult twist, Starry Eyes is not an original tale but there is enough slow-burn tension for retro-horror aficionados and plenty blood and guts for the new-school too.

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4. Deathgasm

From the moment the opening credits hit on Deathgasm, it’s pretty clear my 14 year old brain has been raided of its contents and had them splattered across the screen. Skulls, crows, guitars and graffiti’d school jotters – a particular favourite among high-school goths – all explode amongst satanic symbols and a particularly heavy soundtrack.

The film quickly (mosh)pits the new metal kid in town with the dungeons and dragons geek in a war against the cool kids. Sound familiar? Not for long…

Metal fans will find laughs at the in-jokes of horrendous black metal videos while those whose brains have not been mashed by years of headbanging will find plenty satisfaction in the gore-feast of the particularly explicit fight scenes.

AND, in true metal fashion, it is rumoured that the film syncs perfectly with Iron Maiden’s Live After Death.

5. It Follows

Confused teenagers stalked by a mysterious presence, It Follows – on the face of things – doesn’t carry a particularly inventive premise but this is no simple stalk n’ slash.

The film begins with a chase of sorts… The only problem? We don’t know who is doing the chasing! The pulsating soundtrack tells us that things are going to be tough for the pursued and inevitably, before the opening credits begin, ‘It’ delivers victim number one.

Yeah, It Follows is full of allegory about promiscuous teenage behaviour but don’t get hung-up on the metaphor – at its core, It Follows is just a really ominous and creepy horror film.

And, like any effective horror, ‘It’ lingers for days after the credits roll.

With these five movies, we’ve moved from 1965 right through to 2016 and hopefully given a few new titles to haunt their way onto your screen.

Let us know what else is on your must-watch list this year. And, can think of a movie scarier than the thought of clearing out THAT cupboard?

We hope that this gets your Halloween movie night off to an awesome start! And thanks Gary for giving us the lowdown on these picks. Time to plan the rest of this year’s festivities, am I right?

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Friday Hi-Fives: Werk It, Girl!

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This has been one of the busiest weeks I’ve had in a REALLY REALLY long time. With project deadlines looming, my to-do list overflowing and my desk looking less “curated workspace” and more “send for the riot police”, I was pretty certain that Friday would never arrive.

Instead of feeling totally exhausted though, I now feel good – like I’m standing at the top of a mountain having clawed my way up to the top. The satisfaction of not only finishing a pile of work but feeling like you’ve given it your very best shot makes it all feel worthwhile. So, if you’ve had one of THOSE weeks, or if you’ve just been giving life 110% recently, a huge hi-five to you. Werk it, girl – we made it happen!

It’s not been all work (I’m going to stop saying werk now!) and no play this week though! On Saturday Gary and I grabbed lunch at Stereo (AH-MAZING vegan gnocchi!) and a quick dash around the shops before having our besties round for dinner later that day.

During the week, Halloween came extra early at The Academy of Makeup and I went along to a super spooky SFX & gore makeup workshop to get me in the mood for the witching hour. After watching an awesome demonstration by MUA Sophie Edwards, I had a go at creating faux wounds on myself which was a lot of fun! It’s safe to say I’m feeling very inspired now!

Last night I headed to Blythswood Square Hotel and enjoyed an evening with ila Spa and The East India Company. Talking (and drinking) tea, treatments and third eyes while in one of my favourite spots in the city centre was a very relaxing way to spend the evening.

Today I had a couple of beauty appointments (including my regular paw pampering at Swoon Nails!) and a rather exciting meeting with the team at Paulin Watches. More on that VERY soon but for now, let’s get the weekend started, shall we?

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…I’ve been reading the latest updates about Jon Favreau’s live-action reimagining of The Lion King and I think if it’s even half as good as The Jungle Book I am totally on board with it!

…Next week I’m going for my very first appointment at the LUSH Spa and I can’t wait

…Nord are bringing their delicious Scandi-inspired cuisine to For Fika Sake this month in a series of pop-up nights. Especially excited about the a veggie menu on the 28th!

…Feeling gutsy? The Academy of Makeup are running their insanely popular Halloween Makeup competition again this year and are looking to find the most gruesome and imaginative looks you can conjure up! Find out how to enter plus more details on the prizes here

…This adorable necklace by The Buddy Bear Design Company reminds me of holidays up north, Toblerones and one of my favourite Prince songs. Plus, if you fancy a pay day treat, you can snag a 20% discount on any of their necklaces by using WestEndGirl20 at the checkout!

Here’s to the weekend! See you next week, kitty cats.

Love,

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Friday Hi-Fives: Happy Halloween!

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The decorations are up, the pumpkins have been lit and biscuits shaped like bats are in abundance – it’s officially the spookiest weekend of the year! Happy Friday – and happy Halloween, you guys!

I hope you’ve had an awesome week since we last hi-fived. For me, this week has been a blur of celebrations, yummy food and good company! On Saturday, I had a long, girly brunch with Lori at Hutchesons before getting ready to spend the evening with my BFF’s. We also managed to squeeze in a little podcasting fun – you can find our Halloween episode here! On Sunday we grabbed an overdue catch up with some lovely friends we hadn’t seen in ages and hear all about their new flat.

During the week, I went along to the launch of the new Isle of Skye Candle Company store on Buchanan Street, and loved seeing how far this Scottish company has come in the last 5 years. As well as stocking oodles of their beautiful candles, the store also has a curated selection of independent brands to browse. Meanwhile, up on Bath Street, Apex City of Glasgow Hotel flung open their doors and threw quite a party to celebrate! If you’re looking for somewhere stylish and well-placed for a city centre stay, look no further. Plus, anyone that serves me UV candy floss at their soiree is pretty much a pal for life!

I always look forward to seeing what John Lewis have up their sleeve for Christmas, so I popped along to their media event on Thursday evening to get the lowdown. And, OH (Santa) BABY, it’s good. I’ll be sharing more on that soon! A hop, skip and a jump later I was in Byres Road checking out (and sniffing!) the new store from Glasgow-based company Shearer Candles. It’s opened just in time for the festive season and is a welcome addition to the West End’s boutiques.

Bar Soba in Merchant Square is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to eat if I’m in that area of town – and on Thursday night I went to a fun event with the Time Out Glasgow team and learned how to make a few tasty treats with head chef, Nick. It was a fabulous night and a great way to kick-start the weekend!

For the next few days, I’ll be indulging in all things super spooky, how about you? To get us in the mood, I’m serving up some Halloween-themed hi-fives…

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Looking for some last-minute costume inspiration? Check out Helen’s Chucky and Kimberley’s Bride of Chucky to get you started

Gary is sharing a Halloween movie night must-watch list – can you spot any of your favourites?

These no-bake pumpkin cheesecake truffles from Tiffany look like the perfect Halloween treat (and they look like mummies!)

Jen is sharing her list of the greatest Halloween TV episodes of all time

I was over the moon to receive a Monster Mash box from The Clever Badger this month – and over on their blog, they’re interviewing one of their contributors, the rad Sara M Lyons

Also Making Me Smile

Munching on super sour sweets from Candy Kittens – the blueberry flavour is my new favourite!

Decorating the flat for Halloween

Listening to themed Spotify playlists

This weekend’s Halloween street food festival – see you there?

Sipping bubble tea and talking Halloween plans with Ayden

 

I hope you have a wicked weekend filled with lots of treats (and no tricks!) – see you next week!

With candy corn, cauldrons and cackling,

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