Review: Scream TV Series

If there are some of my readers out there that have not yet heard, I was super excitd a while back about a new TV series being released. The series was a spin-off of the Scream movies (the director of the movies, Wes Craven, played a part in the tv show as well…may be rest in peace).

Anyways, I told everyone that when I watched the show, I would let them know what I thought of it. After watching the entire first season, getting addicted and being mind-blown with the first ever season finale, it is safe to say that I don’t want to wait until next year for season number two!

I was a little skeptical when I read an article that informed everyone that the iconic killer mask in the movie was going to be changed for the show. After reading the aticle, I had a different understand and mutual respect for the reasoning behind it. After reading and learning, I decided to try and find a picture of the new face that would be haunting viewers dreams come June 30, 2015.

I succeded in my task and I must say, the new face of horror is quite terrifying. Very well created with the image of a realistic human face in mind but with an edge.

Moving from graphics to the actual plot of the show which aires on MTV…if you have watched even one out of the four movies, then you have an idea of the story, however…since this is a tv show, there are some differences that will allow the story to drag on while moving forward at the same time. For those who need an idea…a group of high school students are confronted with a horrific and confusing problem when one of them turns up dead. After that being said and to give you a better sense, I am going to qoute a character out of show… Noah, the video-game nerd states in one episode, “Once the first body is found, the blood bath soon comences.” Which is exactly what happens, people lose their lives and friends are left trying to get answers. They put the puzzle together piece by piece and when the truth is finally revealed, they learn the tormentor was right under their nose the entire time revealed in a season finale that every viewer saw, but yet didn’t see coming.

Season two will be unveiled sometime next year, when I get a specific date, I will let all of my readers know!

If this show seems like something you would be interested in…I use xfinity online. All of the episodes are available for free as long as you have cable through xfinity…if not, hulu is another option. I will also be watching for it on Netflix.

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs! 🙂

Also, I apologize for my silence…life gets in the way sometimes!

Movie Review: Magic Mike XXL

To all my Manbugs out there, don’t shut my post down simply because it says Magic Mike in the title lol

Anyways, I decided to do another movie review this week, it’s been hard for me to post anything lately, but that’s a whole other story in itself. For my apologies sake, I’ll put my reasoning in simple words…my job and my search for a new job.

Let me start of my review by saying that if you’ve seen the first movie, then you know that there is a storyline to the plot, it’s not just a bunch of good looking guys throwing their clothes all over the place. The first movie’s plot is really about Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), who is a male entertainer, meeting this girl and trying to win her over, they wind up together in the end.

Magic Mike XXL is about the same group of guys but their story is trying to get themselves to a “stripper convention” which is going to be the group’s last show together. They go through some wild experiences and wind up really figuring out who they all really want to be and what they want to do most. They even wind changing their routines for the convention and I must say that the routines are amazing! I’m pretty sure I would faint if I ever saw that in person lol

While there is a good amount of taking off clothes in the movie, as you can see, the story is really about the group and what they do. There were ups and downs and quite a few parts that will make you burst out in random laughter. And the ending will leave some of you melting in your seat, which I think is great for any movie! I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who’s interested in watching it. And to those of you who don’t want to give it a chance, just try the first movie. See how it is, then maybe move on the XXL if you want.

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs J

If you watch the movies, leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Movie Review: Jurassic World 3d 

I would’ve really liked to have had the opportunity to do this movie review the first night it came out, but do to my job, I was not able to. However, it’s the review itself, not so much when you write it. 

My mom really wanted us to go see a movie the other day and she chose to see Jurassic World, which I wanted to watch too. Her and I both have seen all the older Jurassic Park movies so we get the storyline, but Jurassic World was a bit different. The previews of course don’t tell you the whole story, so when I figured out what was going on, I thought wow this is a pretty cool twist verses the other Jurassic movies. 

It’s set in modern times and starts off by showing a family of four. The two kids in the family are leaving to visit their aunt who just so happens to be a part of Jurassic World. One of the kids loves dinosaurs so he’s pretty excited about the trip, the other not so much but warms up throughout the movie. 

The beginning of their visit goes great, they’re both having fun and enjoying Dino world. While sight-seeing in a field full of all kinds of dinosaurs, things start to go bad. They decided to explore an off limits area and are soon greeted with a not so friendly visitor who has been reeking havoc in Jurassic World faster than any human can keep up with. 

Things go very much downhill from there. Lives are lost and Jurassic World comes to end as we know it in one of the greatest movie battles I’ve ever seen. However, in the end, an unlikely hero is released to save the day. 

I highly recommend this movie. It was very exciting and even made me jump a little bit in my seat. I did see it in 3d which was good, but it would’ve been just as amazing in 2d. 

If you watch/watched the movie, leave me some feedback in the comments 🙂 thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs! 

Movie Review: Furious 7!

My boyfriend and I are huge fans of the Fast and Furious franchise. With the new Furious 7 movie being released this past weekend, of course my boyfriend and I went to see it and it just so happened to be our one year anniversary as well.

Since I am starting movie reviews, I thought the Furious 7 would be a great movie to review, especially in light of Paul Walker’s sudden passing.

Like most of the other Fast and Furious movies, this one picked up where Fast and Furious 6 left off.

With that, the beginning of the movie is action, however they threw in a lot of humor in this one which I thought was great! To me, from the very beginning, I was giggling and on the edge of my seat.

The plot in this one though is slightly different than the others. The usual crew, Toretto, Letty, Brian, Mia, Roman, Tej and recent team member Hobbs (The Rock) along with a few others play the good guys in a way. The crew has been targeted as the 6th movie led you to believe and in order to fight back with an advantage, the crew has to go on a rescue mission. Through that mission, they also gain a new member, Ramsey, but I won’t go any further than that.

There is a battle throughout the entire movie, but the war begins after the rescue is complete and the crew, who is being hunted, becomes the hunters in an attempt to get revenge on the one who has put their lives in danger.

My eyes were glued to the screen and there’s something exciting and unexpected around every corner, however I didn’t expect any less and I can definitely say the producers didn’t let the fans down on this one and I can’t wait for even more excitement to come.

As expected, of course they did a tribute to Paul Walker at the end but I absolutely love the way they did it. To me, they made it seems as if it was part of the movie. Toretto (Vin Diesel), plays a big part here which gave it that much more meaning and love. I can honestly say I didn’t cry, but my boyfriend teared up some, so if you plan on seeing this movie (which I highly recommend), bring some tissues!

“If one day speed kills me, don’t cry because I was smiling,” Paul Walker.

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs! J

Enjoy the movie!

Top 10 Horror Movies (Part 2)

Since this is part 2 of my top 10 horror movies list, I will start off with number 6. If you’re reading this, be sure to check out part 1 so that you don’t miss any good films 🙂

  1. Ghost Ship *** (3)

This movie is a few years old, being released in 2002, however, it i definitely one of my favorites.

The storyline is about a group of people, explorers really… who hunt for abandoned and sunken ships and treaures out in the ocean. They run into a guy in a bar one night who knows of their work and has found a boat that he thinks they might be interested in. While they are skeptical of the job, they accept but te guy insist that he go with them and also gets a cut of whatever it is they might find in the depths.

As in most plots, everything weird starts to present itself once they find the abandoned boat they were looking for. As each of the crew members are picked off one by one, a frightening twist is revealed with the help of a probably unwanted and unlikely visitor.

While this movie doesn’t keep you on edge, it does have surprises you didn’t see coming.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes flicks that you have to figure out as you go along.

  1. I Spit on Your Grave **** (4)

There are two versions of this movie. One is older being made in the 70s, the other was released in 2010. I have seen both and personally think they are both good, but if I had to choose, the 2010 ersion is better as far as graphics go since it’s newer.

A basic summary of this without giving away too much is a woman decides to stay out in a cabin in the middle of no where in order to write a book (she is a writer). Her thoughts are, of course, it’s going to be peaceful and quiet and a perfect place to get her work done and relax along the way. However, once she gets out there, relaxation is far from what she recieves.

She begins being tormented by a group of redneck boys who don’t take no for an answer. Their sick torture “game” is the entire first half of the movie. Warning: it is very graphic!

The second half is really the reason why I added this movie to the list. However, I will give you another warning…this half is even more gruesome than the first. The reason is because the traumatized girl shows her backbone and gets her revenge on the boys who made part of her life hell and let me say…she gets them good!

Special Hint: This is supposed to be based on a true story.

  1. Evil Dead ****(4)

Like I spit on Your Grave, this movie is a remake of a 1970s version. The storyline for both movies is pretty much the same, but of course, the 2013 version is better graphics wise and has a better quality.

A group of friends stay in a cabin owned by one of their families. The whole reason they go is an intervention program for one of the kids, so of course in the middle of the woods seems like a perfect spot.

Upon arriving, everyone decided to go exploring. In the cellar of the cabin, they come across what appears to be creepy voodoo type items and books. While checking out one of the books found, one of the guys in the group accidently and unknowingly releases an unspeakable evil that begins to haunt and attack the group in different ways. It targets one person in particular which is the beginning of more gory horror.

I have both versions and I definitely prefer the newer version due to how more realistic it looks. I would recommend either movie as far as creepiness goes, however, if you’re looking for something with a little more adrenaline and gore, I’d say go for the 2013 version.

  1. 13 Ghosts ****(4)

13 Ghosts is a bit of an older movie, being release in 2001, but I still find this movie pretty freaky and weird.

It’s about a guy and his family earning an expensive home and EVERYTHING in it due to a death in the family. The guy’s uncle, who died, was a collector of unique and different things which includes spirits lurking around every corner.

As the name suggest, there are 13 spirits in the house and when the family moves in, the spirits are not as welcoming as the family would hope. A crazy twist is that the family can only see the spirits through these special glasses and there’s not enough for everyone.

One the ghosts start to violently attack, the only hope for the family to get out alive is to use the glasses and fight the spirits off to the best of their abilities.

For me, the scariest parts are when you don’t know where the spirits are. Because of this, there are ghosts popping up when you least expect it.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes a few adrenaline rushes during movies and to those of you who just like to be scared a little.

  1. Dead Silence ****(4)

The legend in this movie is based around an old woman (Mary Shaw) who is a ventriloquist. Once she dies, her legend and dolls live on in a not so good way.

The movie starts off with a couple who receives one of Mary’s “dummies.” Although the woman is unaware of who sent the doll, she displays it in her bedroom. After receiving the strange gift, something terribly gruesome happens in the home leaving the legend alive and a few others fighting to save theirs as they try to break the supposed curse.

As said earlier, parts in the movie are pretty gory, not too bad though. The creepy factor on the other hand is a seven on the scale. If you like thrills and chills and don’t mind a little blood, this movie is a good choice for you.

Grab some popcorn, a blanket and probably a friend or significant other to hide behind lol.

Now that I have shared my top 10 with everyone, I decided to add some honorable mentions too. These are movies that were good but just didn’t make the cut. Feel free to watch trailers of any of the movies listed. If you watch any of them I suggested, leave me comment and tell me what you thought!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (classic – 10+ movies total)

Halloween (classic – 10+ movies total)

Friday the 13th (kind of ironic I’m posting this on Friday the 13th lol) (classic – 10+ movies total)

See No Evil (2 movies)

I know What you Did Last Summer (3 movies)

Stay Alive

IT (Stephen King)

Cold Creek Manor

Maximum Overdrive (Stephen King)

The Woman in Black (2 movies)

As Above so Below

Dracula – I love the legend of Dracula and know the whole real story but haven’t found a good movie yet. If you would like to hear the legend I found, let me know.

Also if there are any movies not on this list that you would like to suggest to me, I will gladly take a good scary movie to watch J

Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs! J

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 🙂

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 🙂