The Ultimate Halloween Film and TV Guide

Hello and Happy Spooky Season,

With Halloween falling mid week this year, not many of us will be out partying the night away in our costumes. Instead, it’s more likely that you’ll be cuddled up, nice and toasty eating some spooky snacks and flipping through the TV channels to find something decent to watch. If that sounds like you, or if you’re having a few pals over for a movie marathon then let me help you pick a few to watch.

I spent pretty much the entire first year of university watching everything creepy and supernatural possible during the flat movie sessions and since I’ve been hooked. I’m a bit of a thriller snob and like a properly produced horror to those that seem to mess about with effects more than plot, so hopefully this list will narrow down some great watches and sweep aside all the films and TV shows that aren’t worth the time.

 

Family: 

These family picks are all rated PG unless stated otherwise. (All ratings by BBFC)

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Scooby Doo and The Witch’s’ Ghost (U)
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Casper
  • The Witches
  • Monster House
  • A Simple Wish (U)
  • Coraline
  • Frankenweenie
  • Scooby Doo
  • Corpse Bride

Horror Classics:

Rated 15:

  • Stephen King’s IT
  • The Shining
  • Psycho
  • Halloween
  • The Omen
  • Jeepers Creepers

Rated 18:

  • The Exorcist
  • Scream
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Carrie
  • Friday the 13th

Supernatural Horrors:

All these picks are rated 15.

  • The Conjuring 1 + 2
  • Paranormal Activity (film series)
  • Insidious (trilogy)
  • Sinister
  • It Follows
  • Grave Encounters
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • Jessabelle
  • Oculus
  • Annabelle
  • As Above, So Below
  • The Tunnel
  • The Uninvited
  • Before I Wake
  • Mama
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • Lights Out
  • The Craft

Psychological Horrors

All picks are rated 15 unless stated otherwise.

  • Shutter Island
  • Case 39
  • Orphan
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Mother! (18)
  • Split
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • A Perfect Getaway
  • Prisoners
  • The Call
  • The Others (12)
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Seven (18)
  • Panic Room
  • Frozen (2010 film)
  • The Strangers
  • House At The End Of The Street
  • Hush
  • Zodiac
  • Knowing
  • The Shallows
  • Open Water 1 + 2

Killer/Gore Films

Rated 15:

  • Final Destination (film series)
  • Get Out
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Purge (trilogy)
  • The Collector
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Rated 18:

  • Wolf Creek 1 + 2
  • Saw (series)
  • You’re Next
  • Eden Lake
  • The Wrong Turn
  • Gone Girl
  • Hostel (film series)

TV shows:

Rated 15 unless stated otherwise

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Haunting of Hill House
  • Harper’s Island
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Bates Motel
  • American Horror Story (18)

 

Happy watching!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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Things you might be missing on Netflix

Hi,

At this point, I’m pretty sure almost every man, woman and dog has used Netflix at some part of their life. Whether it’s been for just the free trial or as a dedicated subscriber, the streaming site is a blessing when it comes to avoiding boring Saturday night TV and annoying adverts every 5 minutes.

As we already know, Netflix stream hugely popular television and films from Hollywood production companies such as Breaking Bad, Suits and Peaky Blinders, which all have cult followings. However, Netflix also produce their own content that has proved to be wildly popular and challenges the global broadcasting giants. These shows include Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things and most recently, Queer Eye.

However, as talked about these shows and films are, not all content on Netflix is given the same amount of publicity. I filtered through some of my favourite shows on Netflix that may have gone under the radar but are well worth the watch!

 

The Get Down

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I’m going to start off with my favourite find ever on Netflix…The Get Down. When the show first premiered on Netflix, I believe it had amazing press reviews and still I had no real intention of watching. For no particular reason either. It wasn’t until I realised that the show was the brainchild of Baz Luhrmann aka. the genius behind Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet, that I thought I’d give it a watch. My god, what a sensational show!

Based in 1970’s South Bronx, the story follows Ezekiel, a young teen with a talent for poetry and words who finds himself in an unlikely friendship with a aspiring DJ and part time criminal, Shaolin Fantastic. The pair begin to produce music together and form ‘The Get Down Brothers’. The show incorporates love, youth, friendship, betrayal and the struggles of the Bronx.

I can’t praise this show enough, the musical talent is insane and the characters are easy to love. I’m devastated they’re not doing another season.

Easy

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Now, here’s a show I bet you’ve either never heard of/heard little about. If you didn’t catch the show on it’s release then there’s a good chance you won’t even know it exists because no one really talks about it!

Easy is one of those, super-easy, stick it on whilst you’re having brekkie kind of programmes. However, it does have quite a bit of nudity so if you have little one’s it’s maybe not the breakfast show for you!

Easy is a series that covers all sorts of relationships and their issues, whether romantically or sexual. Each episode brings a new scenario with new people, with a select handful of couples making a return for the second series. Definitely worth a watch!

 

GLOW

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Although I’ve seen quite a lot of advertisement for GLOW, I’ve not seen many people raving about it, which I don’t understand because it’s fantastic.

GLOW, Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling, is a TV series based in the 80s which features a bunch of struggling, aspiring actresses who join the cast of a brand new TV programme where women wrestle. A popular concept or the era.

I found it so easy to get attached to the characters and the second series is just as enjoyable as the first. Girl Power!

 

Santa Clarita Diet

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If you’re into weird, out there programmes, then this one is for you!

Drew Barrymore plays a happy go lucky, real estate agent who lives a peaceful, simple life until one day contracts a disease which transforms her into a flesh-eating zombie. The show follows how her character finds human food, by help from her devoted husband and daughter, all whilst trying to find a cure.

The show is quite strange and gruesome, but the light-hearted humour makes the story enjoyable and hilarious.

 

That’s all from me,

Thanks,

Chanel

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ABQ London- Breaking Bad Bar Experience

Hello,

If you’re a TV show fan like myself then you would have definitely seen or if not, heard of the television king that is Breaking Bad. A show all about a chemistry professor on his mission to pay for his own cancer treatment through the production and distribution of crystal meth, which leads to some… interesting scenarios.

I watched the show about 3 years ago and was completely blown away with the quality of the production, script writing and the performances by the actors on the show. Who doesn’t love Bryan Cranston?

As me and my best friend, Ellen, are both huge fans of the show we decided that whilst we were in London for a short break, we’d visit the Breaking Bad bar which we’d seen a friend post photos of a few years ago.

The bar is located in Cambridge Heath, close to the Cambridge Heath overground. Although we found it easier to just hop on the tube, get off at Bethnal Green and do the 10-15 minute walk to the bar. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the bar, we ended up having to run in 21 degree heat to make our time slot!

Once we arrived, we found the infamous RV, which was already blasting music and were greeted by energetic staff who were hyping the energy up. After we clambered inside our yellow jumpsuits and felt like true cooks, we stepped inside the RV to be greeted by insane decor. A array of little tables with metal drums to sit on, a massive Heisenberg wall feature, mood lighting and scientific apparatus. Fitting in about 25 people into one RV, they made fantastic use of the space they had.

On arrival, we were met by Z and Becks who, along with the rest of the staff were always in character and helped us feel at ease and made sure we were making our drinks correctly.

We were given two Mojito’s with an extra twist as a welcome drink as the drink list and mixing were explained. We then got a choice of what drink we wanted to make for ourselves first. Being prosecco lovers, the Wendy Martini was a certain pick for us.

With the Wendy Martini, we first had to infuse the alcohol through funnels and beakers. Possibly the most fun/tastiest part of the whole night was then creating white chocolate bubbles by blowing into a beaker filled with a concoction of food science goodness. After, we served up the drinks and maybe overdid it with the amount of bubbles we scooped on!

By this point we were already pretty tipsy (hence the bad photography, I’m sorry im incapable of using my camera at the best of times and a few drinks don’t help).

Our second choice of drink experiment was ‘Blow’. We asked which drink was the strongest and that’s how we came to pick this particular mix. When the ingredients arrived, Ellen and I gave each other a suspicious look…we were definitely in a Breaking Bad bar. But don’t worry it’s just sugar and all part of the fun.

Once we’d finished our drinks, we took a few pictures, had a quick chat to the staff and the lovely couple we were sat opposite too before taking off our jumpsuits and heading off into the night (onto another bar…and then another…and then my head was down the toilet bowl).

We had an absolutely fantastic time at ABQ London and I’d highly, HIGHLY recommend the experience, especially if you’re a fan of the show! Great atmosphere, lovely staff and a whole lot of fun making the drinks. It’s definitely amazing value for money!

You can find the link to their site and more information here.

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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