Top 10: Skin-crawling Horror Films (Part 1)

For as long as I can remember, I have loved movies, my favorite genre being horror. I have a section of a shelf in my house that is literally nothing but movies and I continuously add to the collection lol. Some of my friends and family even call me a movie hoarder.

Anyways, as I said is my last post about American Horror Story, since I want to start writing reviews of movies, books and TV shows (might throw in some restaurants in there too), and since I love scary films, I decided to start off my review process by giving my readers a list of my top 10 horror movies that I would recommend to add to you watchlist, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie like me. Due to how long this post will be, I decided to separate it into parts. This is part 1, so part 2 will be up shortly after this one.

This list consist of some of my all time favorites, in no particular order and a few extras at the end that I like to call my honorable mention list. I measure the scare factor by four main things…Creepiness, gore, storyline and how realistic it is. five * marks is the highest rating and one * is the lowest.

1. Scream! **** (4)

There are 4 movies total in this series and the storyline follows along with each movie. The plot is pretty much about psychotic people going insane in the small town of Woodsborrow and killing the towns people, including some of their friends. In each movie, there is one simple reason for the killers murderous spree, but each killer in each movie has a different reason than the one before. However, they all have one thing in common, their target and the main character in every movie, Sydney Prescott.

The reality to this movie is what really freaks me out. Lets face it, anyone can snap one day and go on a crime spree, you never know what can happen. To this day, I extremely dislike the killers costume in the movies, which is now a popular Halloween costume (Ghostface). A few years ago, due to someone wearing said costume, I ran and locked myself in a car and refused to come out! LOL at me!

2. Saw ***** (5)

When these movies first came out (7 movies total), I wanted absolutely nothing to do with these movies, simply due to lack of interest. After the first few movies were released and had been out for a while (playing on TV), I watched a few minutes of two of them simply out of boredom really. After just those few minutes, I made the ultimate decision that I wanted no part of them (extremely gory).

However, my opinion changed after I met my current boyfriends, Chris.

He had seen all of them and loved them! For the longest time, he was shocked that I had not seen them (being such a lover of thrillers). Eventually, after hearing “we need to watch them” so many times, I decided to watch them with Chris so we went to Wal Mart and found an entire box set of all the movies for only $10. Each weekend after, we would sit down and watch one and we finished every single one.

I literally have 2 words that could very accurately describe these movies, MIND GAMES!

The plot plays out in all 7 movies, each movie leaves a piece that fits into the next one. A man, who everyone calls jigsaw, creates traps and kidnaps people to test them in his creations. He does so in very clever way, the Annabelle is based around spiritual activity, as in ghost, demons and such. The storyline is abot a family being tormented and ironically enough, everything starts to happen when they come in contact with a doll, Annabelle. movies will give that away for you, as well as his reasoning. At the end of the first one, I was uterly shocked! I had no idea what was coming.

While these movies are not scary, they are pretty gruesome so I would not reccomend them if you are not a fan of seeing the insides of a human. After watching all of them and figuring everything out, I can honestly say I would watch them again.

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” stands good here.

3. Annabelle *****(5)

Me being interested in spirits and loving horror films, I absolutely had to see this when it come out in theaters. Chris and I went to see it with a group of friends. Lets just say I was pretty worried within the first 10 minutes of the movie and it really kept me on edge the entire time!

I am a jumper too when it comes to being scared, so I defintely jumped a few good times and probably cut Chris’s circulation from his hand along with it lol. What I find a lot of newer horror films don’t do though is make your skin crawl or send chills through your body. Annabelle is one of the very few movies I’ve ever seen that did this. There were at least 2 instances during the film when I literally felt shivers goig up and down my spine!

In conclusion, lets just say I slept with a light on the night I watched it!

4. Sinister ***(3)

Sinister is a bit of a challenge to descrie but I will do my best. It is based around a family in which the father is a crime book writer. The family moves into a new home and weird things start appearing in the home. In the midst of the father writing his book, he uncovers disturbing things. As everything unfolds, the unthinkable happens.

I can definitely say I jumped a few times. The first time I watched this, I was in theaters with my best friend. In one instance, I could feel that something bad was about to happen and put my hands over my face. When something popped out, I jumped and smacked myself in the face causing my best friend to hysterically laugh at me in the middle of the movie. LOL at me!

Anyways, I would defintely recommend this to those who like to be creeped out and like a slght challenge as to what’s really going on.

5. The Strangers ****(4)

The plot of The Strangers is about a woman and a man (not too much a couple), who stay the night in a cabin owed by the woman’s family. Everything is fine unti a knock on the door is heard at a late hour in the night. The knock had come from a strange woman who claims to be looking for someone. Of course, they answer the door and everything starts to go south from there. The strange woman, along with others, begin to torment the couple in the cabin leaving them fighting for their safety as they try to escape.

The scariest part, to me, was the reason for all the thrills and chills, but I won’t give that away.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a more realistic sense to scary movies.

Bonus Tip: Don’t try to watch this alone!

Since I decided to separate my list due to length, part 2 with my other 5 recommendations will be up soon!

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs!

If you decide to watch any of the movies listed above, let me know what you think in the comments 🙂

TV Show Update: American Horror Story

As I said that I would, I am making this post as a way of keeping my readers updated. In my first post about TV shows I watch, I stated that I wanted to start watching American Horror Story. I finally made the time to start watching it and have made it completely through the first season.

American Horror Story is a different type of show. Each season has a different storyline and so far, I have figured out that season one has absolutely nothing to do with season two. The only thing the two have in common is the actors who confusingly play different characters in each season.

With that, I will give an overview of what each season is about.

Season one is based around a house, which is the first thing you see in the first episode. There is a lot of weird history that comes with this house. When a family of three decides to buy the house, dark secrets begin to emerge and each episode has twist and turns that will shock you.

Personally, this season is very graphic, honestly, I would’ve skipped this entire season had I known it had no connection with season two. I bet your wondering why I say this, so I will go ahead and warn you. There is a lot of “adult” scenes which I don’t particularly care to watch, o if your like me, I suggest you skip this season altogether. Trust me, starting with season two will not confuse you.

I like season two a lot better even though there are still some sketchy scenes. It’s no where near as bad as season one.

Season two’s storyline is based around a mental institution, in fact, the full title of the show is American Horror Story: Asylum. The basic summary is the show tells the story behind the walls of the ward and shows what goes on to the patients behind closed doors. Each person has a story to tell and for the main characters, their stories as to how they got there are told in the first few episodes.

I’m only about 4-5 episodes in as of right now. Once I watch more, I will update everyone as I go along.

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs 🙂

Tattooed and employed!

Everyone knows of the growing controversy over people who have tattoos and workplaces who don’t appreciate the art. I have personally never had an issue with this, however the one tattoo I do have is in a place that can be easily covered. I plan on adding to it soon but the addition won’t be too much extra to cover of needed.

I got my tattoo when I was 19. Granted that’s a good age, I think, but I was living with my parents and they were not in complete agreement with me wanting one, despite the fact that my dad has one. I had always told my mom I  wanted one and she never openly disapproved until the day I went to have it done. I let her know my entire game plan, what I was doing, where I was going, who I was going with, etc. Ultimately, after the fuss I got from both of my parents, they said it was my decision. Of course, wanting to do what I wanted, I stayed the night with my best friend and her and I went that night to have my tattoo done.

The next day is when it really got bad…my mom called and asked if I had gotten my tattoo which I said yes. When I plain and simple answered her, she went over the edge on me! She went on a rant fussing and yelling at me over the phone. Then she asked if I was coming home and I said, “If all you’re going to do is complain, then no I am not coming home.” By this point, my best friend’s mom had overheard everything and let me know that I was welcome to stay there if I wanted to.

This was the point of my mom’s rant that we went too far with me…  (referring my grandmother, whom I was extremely close to before she passed away in 2012) my mom says, “that woman is rolling over in her grave right now.”

I cried.. a lot and told her she didn’t have to say that to me (my grandma didn’t like tattoos on women). Needless to say, shortly after, I hung the phone and winded up staying with my best friend again.

The next day, I went home and my dad wouldn’t even look at me…my mom wasn’t there due to work but when she got home, both of them asked to see it. I showed it them, skeptically, and BOTH of them proceeded to tell me it looked good and throughout the healing process, my mom would help put lotion on it for me, considering it’s on my right shoulder blade. As she got more and more used to it, she later said that my grandma would’ve liked it too. She even knows about my addition plans and is ok with it and even wants one herself.

I have recently read a post about a mother who said her son broke her into a million pieces, or something crazy like that, by getting a tattoo.

My point here was to let people know that just because you may have a different opinion than somebody else, nobody deserves to be discriminated against or treated badly. I know from experience that things can be said and feelings can be hurt.

Parents, if you have children like me in any way, be grateful their making their own choices, even if you think it’s wrong. Love them anyway!

Thank you for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs 🙂

Book Review: House of Night Series

I have recently decided to post reviews on here for my readers. This includes books, movies, TV shows, etc. So as a starter for this, I have been reading a book series and decided to review them just in case some of my readers are looking for a good book to get lost in.

The House of Night series has a total of 18 books, however 6 of those books I don’t consider necessary reads. Four are considered a mini series or novellas and the other 2 are just extra really. However, I plan on reading all 18 and I am currently on number 5.

The books are written by Authors P.C Cast ad her daughter Kristen Cast. Kristen is also starting another series I believe. The first book was released in 2007 and the latest book, which is an extra, is coming out this year. You have to read the books in order to understand what’s going on and the first one, of course, is very important.

The series is about vampyres, no I didn’t spell it wrong, that’s how they spell it in the book. Anyways, the story is about a girl named Zoey, a typical teenager, who gets marked to become a vampyre, which Marked is the title of the first book. The series is centered around Zoey and all the challenges that is thrown at her after being Marked.

I’m not too far into the series yet and it’s technically labeled as teen fiction but I love them so far! I’m actually not much of a reader either but I read the first book in 4 days. I was instantly hooked with this series and every time I finish one book, I am ancy to get the next one. Unfortunately I keep running into the problem where Books A Million has not had paper back copies of some of the books. In my place of work, I would be allowed to read a paper copy during certain times but I keep having to put the books on my tablet through Barnes and Noble and I’m not allowed to have my tablet at work. I guess it’s a good thing though because I’d probably blow through them a lot quicker.

The books typically run around $9-10. And if you like fantasy novels like I do, I definitely recommend this series.

Thanks for reading ladybugs and manbugs 🙂