Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Ward is also the title of a book I'm reading at the moment, the author is S.L. Grey and it is very good, but the story is completely different to the film in case you made that connection.
Knowing that John Carpenter directed the Halloween films, amongst many others in the horror genre, it was probably what decided me to give it a go. The story focuses on a young woman called Kristen who inexplicably hides in the woods and makes her way to a farmhouse that she sets fire to. The police arrive and drag her away to a mental hospital. I should point out that the film is set in the 1960s and there are some scenes that involve ECT shock therapy but they are few and far between. The film is about this young woman and her relationship to the other members of the ward, who are all pretty young women also. They mysteriously start to disappear one by one and Kristen becomes more and more determined to escape. I won't spoil the film for you but the story does have a good twist. There is a malevolent entity in the ward that appears to be knocking off the other young women, someone called Alice who was once a patient herself. The hospital staff aren't pleasant but they are not the bad guys in this movie. If you find yourself wanting a gentler horror film, with some but not an overwhelming amount of violence and with a twist in the tale, then I'd say this would be a good comfort film. Does it seem weird that I describe a horror movie as a comforting? Maybe it does but if you like horror, I think you'll know what I mean.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Afterwards, I took my son (just the two of us went) into Piccadilly Square and we walked down Shaftesbury Avenue past Charing Cross to visit one of my favourite stores, Forbidden Planet. While we were there we bought a few items. Then it was back to the station and a Burger King for supper before we caught the train home. A grand day out. And even better, tomorrow I can do it all again at a show called Collectormania in Milton Keynes. And one more thing, I'm now off work for a week!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Denmark won the competition but my personal favourite was Ukraine, whose singer was carried on by a seven foot plus giant. Most odd! Norway also had a good song I thought and would have been my second choice.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Another part of me is just old fashioned. I grew up as a child with 3 TV channels and very little choice. You had to watch what was on either BBC1, BBC2 or ITV. The stations closed down at midnight and there was no breakfast TV either. It is hard for my kids to understand how little choice there was. But despite that, I enjoyed TV immensely and it didn't bother me not having a choice - I watched and enjoyed the films that were scheduled. True though, I did have to wait for the films to be televised and that could be a very long time. VHS changed all that. I remember video rentals shops booming and going along on a Saturday to rent a horror.
Well, I've decided to move into the new era and subscribe to an online downloadable film service. I've chosen to go with Love Film, due to the scale of their choice and the features they offer. It's finally the time...really, I don't know what took me so long!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I rented this movie last weekend and watched it on Saturday night. I couldn't tell what side of the horror/suspense side it was going to fall but judging just by the cover art alone it was probably going to err on suspense and it did indeed. The pacing was good and so the story unfolded with a good rhythym. Jennifer Lawrence is always very easy on the eye, infact the whole cast was. The story involved a mother and daughter making a fresh start and trying to connect with each other. They moved in to a large house that they could only afford because it was next to a neighbouring property where there had been a tragedy. The surviving member of the family lived there alone and seemed to be a nice, intelligent but shy young man. The other neighbours seem to care very little about this person and are instead pissed off that their property values have been reduced.
The daughter befriends the young man, which causes tension between her and her mother. The mother is trying to get closer to her daughter and be a good mother but it's not going very smoothly. There is a lot of built up frustration in the relationship and the mother seems to be a doctor in a hospital where she has to work late shifts a lot.
If you are looking for a little suspence without being terrified, it's an entertaining romp. But don't expect a water tight plot and credible story. It's not a film that will haunt you or stay in your memory long.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Stonehenge is a much more famous and recognisable monument. In order to respect and preserve it, due to the numbers of visitors every year there are some restrictions. You can't walk among the stones but you can get within 30 feet I'd say. There's only a small chain link fence so it's not like you can't feel their power or significance. The stones are so huge when you consider how deep they are too, that you wonder how on Earth they got there. The visitor centre nearby tries to explain all of that and it is fascinating when you think that it was done by early man. Although we can now only speculate why.
These photographs were taken by me with my manual SLR, it was a Praktica MTL5. A very trustworthy and reliable camera. I think I had a 35-70mm zoom lens and may have used that or it might have been a more powerful zoom, I was broke in those days so can't remember exactly what I did use.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The first is the London Comic Con and the second is Collectormania in Milton Keynes.
The other event is Collectormania and again it is always worth a visit. I've blogged about this event before but we missed it last year and I'm not even sure we went the year before, I'll have to look that up. I got some great shots of Dr Who and Blakes 7 props and I could even get Jenna-Louise Coleman's autograph - she's dreamy! Best of all, admission for this one is free.