Friday, February 5, 2016

Movie Spotlight: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a 2015 found footage movie starring Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Krawic, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Hallie Foote, and Don McManus. A new family moves into a house that stands on the spot where Katie and Kristi (from the other Paranormal Activity movies) grew up and finds a video camera that can see spirits, as well as some disturbing videotapes. They realize that something evil is in the house...and it wants their daughter.

Like the other Paranormal Activity movies, The Ghost Dimension succeeded in building tension and making me feel uneasy during the whole movie. In this one, we finally get to see the demon, but the effects in this part of the movie seem out of place in the Paranormal Activity series (everything in the other movies generally looks realistic, but the demon and some of the effects definitely did not). The Ghost Dimension was creepy, but it didn't make much sense. Despite the fact that this is supposedly the last Paranormal Activity movie, I hope they make another one since most of the fans seem unhappy with this movie being the end of the series.

My rating: 6/10


Monday, February 1, 2016

Encounters: U.F.O. Experience in Anaheim

In September 2014, I visited an exhibit called Encounters: U.F.O. Experience in Myrtle Beach and loved it. (You can read about my experience here:  http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2014/09/encounters-ufo-experience.html). If you live in or near Anaheim, California, now you can see it for yourself at the Anaheim Garden Walk...you can get all the info here:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/weekend/news/tn-wknd-et-0117-ufo-exhibit-20160117-story.html

It's a really cool exhibit, so if you're interested in aliens and UFOs, make sure to check it out. : )

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Movie Spotlight: Zombie Shark

Zombie Shark is a 2015 Syfy channel movie starring Cassie Steele, Ross Brity, Roger J. Timber, Sloane Coe, Becky Andrews, Ladson Deyne, Leslie Castay, Laura Cayouette, and Jason London. Four friends must spend their vacation fighting off "zombie" sharks after a virus-infected shark escapes from the island's research center.

Since I reviewed Ghost Shark for the blog (http://paranormalcrystal.blogspot.com/2013/10/movie-spotlight-ghost-shark.html), of course I had to review Zombie Shark too. As with Ghost Shark, the deaths in Zombie Shark were hilarious, but not quite as creative as the ones in Ghost Shark. The acting in Zombie Shark was generally better than the acting in most of the other Syfy original movies I've seen, and Roger J. Timber stole the show as Lester, the desk clerk who feels comfortable telling resort guests that a burrito gave him "the squirts." I would've liked to see more of him in the movie and would definitely watch a Zombie Shark spin-off all about Lester (Get on it, Syfy!). Though I wouldn't call Zombie Shark a great movie, I did enjoy it and really liked the ending. : )

My rating: 6/10


Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Wait is Over...

The X-Files returns tonight! Don't forget to watch it (or set your DVRs) on Fox at 10:00 (Eastern time), and catch episode 2 at 8:00 tomorrow. : )

http://www.fox.com/the-x-files

And just for fun, you can find out which X-Files character you are before you watch the new episodes. I'm Mulder, of course. ; )

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/which-x-files-character

Friday, January 22, 2016

Movie Spotlight: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a 2015 movie starring Tye Sheridan, David Koechner (yay!), Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, and Sarah Dumont. When zombies invade their town, scouts Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) join forces with cocktail waitress Denise (Sarah Dumont) to fight the zombies and save their town.

I really liked Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse...all of the actors did a great job, it was really entertaining, and it was funnier than I thought it would be. I generally don't enjoy zombie movies as much as other types of horror or paranormal movies (ghosts, demons, aliens, etc.), but this one was better than most of the zombie movies I've watched. : )

My rating: 7.5/10


Monday, January 18, 2016

Book Review: The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow

The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a 2015 young adult novel written by Micol Ostow and illustrated by David Ostow. I don't read young adult novels often, but I enjoyed Ostow's Amity, so I decided to give The Devil and Winnie Flynn a try (and I'm glad I did). When Winnie Flynn goes to New Jersey to work as a production assistant on her aunt's reality show, Fantastic, Fearsome, she begins experiencing strange things that make her think the Jersey Devil might not be a myth.

The Devil and Winnie Flynn is mostly told through Winnie's journal entries (which she addresses to her best friend), but also in Fantastic, Fearsome transcripts, which was a really cool way to tell a story. I loved the illustrations too...they really added something extra to the story. The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a great book, even if you're not the typical audience for a young adult novel (I'm 35, and I enjoyed it). I really cared about Winnie and wanted to find out the truth behind her mother's death. I liked the ending and would love to read another book about these characters...and if Fantastic, Fearsome were a real show, I would definitely watch it. : )

My rating: 8/10


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Movie Spotlight: Stitches

Stitches is a 2012 movie starring Tommy Knight, Ross Noble, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Shane Murray Corcoran, Thommas Kane Byrne, Eoghan McQuinn, Roisin Barron, and Tommy Cullen. Stitches the clown (Ross Noble) is trying to entertain some kids at a party, but they make fun of him instead. (Apparently none of these kids have seen Stephen King's It, so they don't know that they should be afraid of clowns.) When one of the kids ties the clown's shoelaces together, Stitches ends up with a knife in his eye and dies. Years later, he comes back to life to seek revenge on the brats (now teenagers) who were responsible for his death.

I was pretty sure that Stitches wouldn't be a great movie, but how am I not going to watch a movie about a clown coming back from the dead to get revenge on a bunch of kids? It was better than I expected, and the death scenes are pretty cool and creative. If you've ever wanted to see a clown make a balloon animal out of someone's intestines, Stitches is the movie for you. ; )

My rating: 6.5/10