George Romero: Remembering a Great

It has disappointingly been revealed that the ‘godfather of zombies’, the great George Romero, has passed away; and with that news the horror genre feels slightly darker…darker than usual of course.

George Romero has always been a staple in horror cinema, ever since he cemented his place there with 1968s Night of the Living Dead. Although Romero did have other work to his name around the same time as the aforementioned film, it was this picture that really defined him as a household name.

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Made on a shoe-string budget of $100,000 Romero created Night of the Living Dead, a film that would influence countless other zombie films in the decades to follow, and began his iconic Dead trilogy. Trapped inside a farmhouse with a stranger named Ben, Barbara must band together with other survivors of the apocalypse in an attempt to fight off hoards of the undead. The film was praised for its character development in such a small setting and its use of practical effects, especially on the extras who were playing the ravenous creatures.

Before Romero brought his legion of reanimated corpses to the silver screen, his most frequently used antagonists were depicted fairly differently by his peers. They were portrayed by other film makers more as ‘voodoo’ inspired zombies that were being controlled by a witch-doctor or dramatic Hammer Horror villain; as seen in films such as White Zombie and I Walked with a Zombie. It was Romero who truly defined the monsters we know and love today, with their infectious bites and lust for human flesh.

After the success of his first film Romero began work on a second, one that would go down in history as arguably the greatest zombie movie of all time… that film was 1978s Dawn of the Dead. This time set in a mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the story follows four survivors as they clear out the undead from said mall, block off the doors and await their impending doom. This second edition to Romero’s Dead trilogy saw everything from the first film being cranked up a notch, with the characters, setting, story-arc and make-up effects all coming together in this horror masterpiece. The latter was largely due to horror special-effects maestro Tom Savini, famous for his work on Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, whose artwork added an extra touch of realism to the film.

Other than spawning movies that shaped the horror genre, Romero has also been commended for touching on issues such as racism, sexism and consumerism throughout his work; something which was rarely focused on in early horror cinema. Some of the ways that he challenged these social norms of 20th century media was by writing strong female characters, often in lead positions and casting ethnic minorities as his heroes. In that respect he was giving a glimpse into the future of a more representative Hollywood that we benefit from today. As Romero said himself, “I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next.”

Romero’s final film in his Dead trilogy was 1985s Day of the Dead. Some fans see this as the weakest of the trio, but it still ranked highly with critics and holds its own as an enjoyable zombie romp. This time adding an element of science fiction to the mix, a group of soldiers and scientists attempt to figure out the cause of the plague, and whether the undead’s humanity can be returned. The film ended the Dead series on an optimistic note, as one of the most famous characters of the trilogy (Bub the zombie) appears to have gained some of his humanity back.

Romero’s dabble with the undead did not end there, however. Throughout the years he continued to create more movies with the ‘…of the dead’ moniker attached to their title, such as Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, although not to the critical acclaim of their earlier counterparts.

As well as heading other horror classics such as The Crazies, Creepshow and Martin, he also dipped his hand into producing comic books with the release of Empire of the Dead; a series written by Romero and published by Marvel. This venture also saw the introduction of vampires to his universe.

With the announcement of yet another Day of the Dead remake it is abundantly clear that the influence of the masterful George Romero lives on through film makers and fans alike.

One can only hope he takes a cue from his own flesh-eating creations and rises from the grave to walk amongst us once more.

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5 Great Horror Films To Watch On Halloween: Part 2

Seeing as it is Halloween soon I thought that it would be fitting to give another list of, what I consider, to be great horror films. Watch these on your Halloween night and it is sure to be an enjoyable, yet terrifying one. This list compiles horror films from a wide range in the genre, so it is likely that it will contain something that will give your spine a shiver.

Film Type: Creepy Classic

Psycho 1960

Where would horror be today if Alfred Hitchcock had not decided to take on directorial duties? Thankfully we don’t have ponder that question, as he created many masterpieces in his time; including the film which will have inspired many horror directors after him, Psycho. Anthony Perkins takes on the role of the infamous Norman Bates, a lonely motel owner who is slightly too attached to his eerie mother. When beautiful women check into Bates’ motel, they don’t usually check out. Perkins gives a stellar performance here, as he convinces the audience that underneath that shy persona a psychopathic mentality lurks, just waiting to strike at his next available victim. Psycho is a complete classic all round, will probably be in most horror fans film collections and contains one of the most famous shower scenes in cinema history. Janet Leigh never saw that knife coming.

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Film Type: Uncanny Undead

Dawn of the Dead 1978

The second in the Godfather of Gore, George A. Romero’s, dead trilogy; and predecessor to the film which shaped zombie films today, Night of the Living Dead. Where the first in the trilogy introduced us to these flesh-eating ghouls, Dawn of the Dead was much more character driven and the make-up effects were just spectacular, even though most of the undead did appear blue. Zombies have already risen and two soldiers, with a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend team up to secure a mall to wait out the on coming hoards. From beginning to end this film is enjoyable, not only does it have great a story, characters and make-up but it also brings that creepy 70s vintage film vibe that adds a lot to the atmosphere.

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Film Type: Sinister Supernatural

The Evil Dead1981

The demonic low-budget horror film which, along with its two sequels, has become one of the biggest films in the cult arena. B-Movie superstar Bruce Campbell stars as Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams, as he, his girlfriend and their three friends travel to a cabin in the woods for a night of debauchery. Unfortunately the festivities are cut short as one of the members of the group reads from the Necronomicon; an ancient evil book that is bound in human flesh and written in human blood. From that moment on a demonic force is released and goes on to take control of the various members of the group, forcing them to try to kill their friends. Buckets of blood, amazing make-up that will turn your stomach and cheesy one-liners make this a film one that you will never forget. Oh, and there’s the tree scene, no explanation needed…just watch it.

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Film Type: Eerie Extraterrestrials

The Thing1982
Master of horror John Carpenter has given us some amazing flicks over the years; such as Halloween in 1978 and The Fog in 1980. However, there is one film from this director that was leaps and bounds above what anyone expected it to be – The Thing. Based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr., the plot is that a crew working out in Antarctica find an odd frozen creature at a Norwegian outpost, after they take it back with them and it thaws out it takes the form of any person it can come into contact with. The audience, along with the characters, never know who truly is the alien and who isn’t; you find out quite suddenly though when it starts attacking you as its body morph into all kinds of nasty creatures. The Thing is praised for having effects which were way ahead of its time, and also one of the most suspenseful blood testing scenes ever.

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Film Type: Macabre Monsters

The Descent2005

This British horror from Neil Marshall really gives you that feeling of claustrophobia, as six women decide to take a trip caving and get trapped underground. What they don’t know is that this particular cave just so happens to house flesh-eating humanoids; creatures who have adapted to the dark and will tear at and eat any fresh meat they can find. The Descent plays on the creepy vibe so well, firstly by making you feel trapped in the caves with the characters, but even before the cave-in as it casually shows you the creatures lurking in the distance. The scene that makes this one of my favourites though is after the girls realise the trouble they are in, in the dark one of the group puts on the night-vision camera, and as we look through it a scare happens which I have never forgotten; no matter how many times I’ve watched it.

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Happy Halloween.

5 Horrors To Look For In 2014

What a great feeling it is when you pick up or hear about a new horror film, before you have even watched the film you get a slight rush of adrenaline at the thought of viewing it, because it might potentially terrify you. With that in mind there are a few horror films that I am looking forward to in 2014. New year, new scares.

The Green Inferno

How long has it been since we’ve had a great cannibal film; I know the zombie genre is booming at the moment, but I’m talking strictly people eating people, not the dead eating people. The last one I viewed was Welcome to the Jungle, although it had some shocks, it was nowhere near on par with such greats as Cannibal Holocaust. What terrifies me about cannibal films is that they are actual people, and somewhere is the world this could be happening. Hopefully The Green Inferno can bring back some of those scares. It is based around a group of college students who are attempting to help stop clear-cutting in the Peruvian jungle, however once their plane crashes and they try to take refuge with the very natives they were protecting, they find out that the tribe would rather eat them than be saved by them. Directed by Eli Roth, so the expectations are quite high.

Release date: September 5th 2014

Click here for trailer

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Cooties

The last horror-comedy which I viewed was Cockneys vs Zombies, and although it made for a laugh, it didn’t bring to the table the aspects of, say, Shaun of the Dead. Hopefully Cooties will, it is a new American horror-comedy starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson in which the staff members of an elementary school must fight off their students after they are infected with an unknown virus which turns them into violent savages. I think this could be a great twist on the genre by having the killers being children, and that concept alone sounds quite amusing.

Release Date: October 10th 2014

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The Babadook

After the disappoint that was the 2005 film Boogeyman, it has been hard for me to get on board with another one of these types of films since. However The Babadook is looking to be quite the shocker from its trailer. What I like about films which focus on childhood nightmares and ghouls is that it can force you to revisit what scared you when you were younger and were trying to get to sleep at night. A mother is trying to come to terms with the death of her husband, and at the same time attempting to comfort her child with his fear of a monster lurking in the house. But as she also begins to feel the presence of an evil being, her son’s nightmares become all too real. From the mysterious being in the trailer I know that I would be terrified as a child, or even an adult, if I saw it.

Click here for trailer

Release Date: Not Yet Known

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REC 4: Apocalypse

The REC franchise is one of my favourite in the horror genre, and although I didn’t think that REC 3: Genesis was a complete bomb, it definitely was a lot weaker than it’s two amazing predecessors. Thankfully the fourth instalment is going to continue on the original story line more than the third did, and hopefully it will stick to just the hand-held camera rather than switching between the two. Juame Balaguero, who co-directed the first two, is back to deliver this Spanish horror flick which centres on Angela (who you will remember as the reporter who gets infected with a demon in the first two) who is rescued from the building and is taken away by soldiers to be examined; unbeknown to them she is still carrying the servant from hell inside her.

Release Date: Not Yet Known

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Tusk

Haley Joel Osment returns to the horror genre in Kevin Smith’s new film about a man who goes searching for his best friend in the backwoods of Canada. Although Smith has dipped his hands in various genres throughout his career, I didn’t think horror would be on that list. However from reading about the film’s plot and seeing images from it, it may not sound scary, but it certainly sounds like an interestingly original idea. It seems that Smith came up with the idea on one of his own podcasts, about a man who let someone live in his house rent free; so long as they dressed like a walrus. Justin Long and the southern-talking Micheal Parks are also set to star.

Release Date: Not Yet Known

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The Purge 2 is also set for release on July 2nd, however due to regrettably not viewing the first one I can’t place an opinion on whether I would be looking forward to it. But from the reviews I’ve read it would appear that the second is being made because the first was so successful.

Bring on the rest of 2014.

Recognition of a Genre

We all know the feeling. You are sitting there, watching the television, and suddenly the hairs on your arm start to stand on end, and an explosive chill rushes up your spine. As you begin to grip the arms of your seat and clench your teeth, you wonder…why did I watch this film. The answer is simple, you watched it precisely for this feeling, for this exhilarating adrenaline rush that forces you to hide behind your cushion until it is over. This is the beauty of the horror genre

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I have recently been thinking about what the benefits of being a horror fan are. We obviously buy/watch horror films because that is the genre which we enjoy, but there is a difference between our films and massive blockbuster films. Whereas popular movies will have gone through the cinema and then landed on the DVD chart, only to stay on there for months on end at a ridiculous price. Although some are put onto the chart, a lot of horror films, especially low-budget ones, are straight-to-DVD films which you can pick up quite cheap. I know, and I’m speaking from experience, there are a lot of these films out there which are passable. But every now and then you will come across a little hidden gem, that you just happened to grab out of the £3 bargain bucket. It is in that moment, after you have viewed the film, that you realise the benefit of horror films. You’ve got an enjoyable film, and have saved a few quid.

Audiences might pass off horror films as being ridiculous and just made up of over-the-top gore, but in my opinion, horror films portray more truth than many other genres. Ruggero Deodato – director of Cannibal Holocaust – explained that the reason he makes films about things that aren’t nice is because he likes to make films about real life, and real life usually isn’t nice. People may try to bury their heads and look past the horrors of everyday life by watching more typically made happy-ever-after films. But the truth is the seedy underbelly of civilisation which is portrayed in horror films, is all too real, and we need to take it head on to get ourselves ready in case we are forced to experience it first hand.

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However where there are positive points about a certain subject, negative ones will surely be there too. There is a big concern that I have about the general public when it comes to horror films, and that is that a vast majority do not take the horror genre as a professional one; and this is from listening to people in person. The fury which boils under the surface is hard to contain when an audience just look at what is on the surface of a horror flick; the shaky camera or the cheesy acting. When will they learn that more often that not more hard work will go into creating one of these films; some of the costumes, make-up and scenery that I have seen – which have been made from scratch – are unbelievable, as oppose to some high-budget Hollywood blockbuster that sheds out a load of money for CGI.

Although a lot would complain that all they see is the typical horror storyline over and over again; and I’ll admit it has been done to death. But because the story line has been done over so many times, you are able to focus on other aspects of the films, such as the music, the effects and character development. Meaning that if the movies have an effect on you from these aspects, then the film makers have put in that extra bit of effort to ensure every characteristic of the film is up to scratch.

The horror fan base is still over-whelming, and I can’t see it decreasing any time soon; it’s just a pity that the genre has to be looked down upon from certain audiences who can’t open their minds to try to enjoy a different type of film. Like I said before, there are horror films in the chart every now and then, but that only ever seems to be movies which have starred big Hollywood actors. Such as Sinister; this film starred Ethan Hawke and to be fair it had a great plot and a great ending, but there have been so many horrors that have gone straight the DVD which would walk all over Sinister.

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I wrote this because as I strolled into HMV the other day to have a gander at the horror section, I noticed that it wasn’t where it normally was. No, it had been pushed aside to make room for a section called ‘General Interest’. I mean for god sake, surely those films would come under ‘Feature Films’; the section was barely full anyway, there was no need to move such classics as The Exorcist, Hellraiser and Rosemary’s Baby.

This may come across as me just having a rant about the fact that I think horror films are the best genre, that is far from the truth. I adore the majority of film genres, horror just needs the recognition it deserves.

Maybe they’ll be sorry that they didn’t watch them and learn how to fend off evil when the next person reads from the Necronomicon, and the Deadites rise. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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What Are You Scared Of?

What is it about horror films that scares us? It could be a number of things, or it could just be one element of the film. Whether or not you will admit to it, there will have been a film that has made you feel uncomfortable whilst you have been watching it. It could be the dialogue, the characters, the setting, the effects or the story line. While some films will scare certain people, others will not be so terrified by them. The tone of the film and what is in it is what determines who will get scared by it. I think that there are at least 5 different categories in horror and everyone falls in to one of them. Whether you like it or not, there is one film out there that will have had the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as the cold chills ride themselves up your spine.

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Jump Scares

We have all been there, you have just sit down to watch a horror film and as you begin to get into the story and know the characters there comes a loud bang and the appearance of the antagonist; which is usually followed by your arms flailing in the air and your vocal chords letting out a loud, screeching yelping noise. You have just been the victim of a jump scare. They are one of the oldest types of scares from horror films and generally are given when the antagonist, another character or an animal jumps out onto the protagonists. However after so many horror films have used them through the years, the building music followed by total silence and then a big bang has become a cliché. Therefore they have lost some of the ‘oompf’ which used to terrify audiences.

Example: The Descent

 

Gore

This aspect of horror films has been constantly getting improved on throughout the years (unless they decide to use CGI) which means bad news for anyone who is squeamish around the sight of blood, disembowelment or limbs being pulled apart. Apart from affecting the squeamish, gory films may also be so effective because if is done well it can make the film and the scenes which are depicted so much more realistic to the viewer. Sometimes gore can improve a film when the plot is lacking a bit; the make-up effects can keep you gripped throughout. For example with the 1979 film Zombie Flesh Eaters, it is an iconic film in the horror genre; not so much for the story as it is for its exceptional make-up work on its characters. I have seen a lot of gory horror films in my time, but the effects still astonish me, and on more than one occasion have made me clench my teeth together and make a disgusted face.

Example: Hostel

 

Creepiness

This is one of my favourite elements of horror films. It is great when you see a film that just sets the tone of the plot so well, that it can have you shaking just from listening to the dialogue of the characters. Like the imagination element creepiness is used best when not much of the antagonist is seen on camera, but just snippets or the feeling that an evil force is lurking nearby. What is great about the creepy aspect is that film makers can use nearly every part of their movie to give you that creepy feeling. Diegetic/non-diegetic sounds, lighting, settings and even silence can be used to immerse the audience into that state of them being in danger from a deadly presence. A great example of this is M. Night. Shyamalan’s Signs. In this personal favourite of mine Shyamalan uses all of these aspects to give a creepy notion throughout the entire film. Although you could argue that it was slightly ruined with the CGI ending, there is no doubt that you constantly feel as though the characters are being watched, something which is rubbed off onto the audience.

Example: Signs

 

Our Own Fears

Probably the most obvious element of a horror film scaring a viewer is if they watch one that uses something they are scared of in their daily lives. For example with me it would be aliens and therefore The Fourth Kind brought the heebie jeebies to the surface. Other examples could include REC for a fear of disease, It for a fear of clowns, Ju-On: The Grudge for a fear of ghosts and Buried for a fear of small spaces. It just all depends on what you are scared of because film makers will have thought about what scares people when they aren’t watching films and will use that idea to make a movie which will probably force the viewer to be even more terrified of their fear.

Examples:  The Fourth Kind/It/REC/Ju-On: The Grudge/Buried

 

Imagination

Your imagination might be thought of as a fantasy place where you can create whatever you want and do whatever you want. However, your imagination is also the doorway to the deepest, darkest fears which lurk inside your head. They are just waiting for you to turn off that light or walk down that dark alleyway so that they can unleash whatever it is that scares you the most. I think that this element is quite possibly the best one to use for a horror film. As well as it delivering the creepy factor and playing on your own fears, it gives the audience the ability to form the idea of the antagonist themselves. Thus making them release their inner fears and project them into the film. Films which use this factor generally do not show the villain at all, or if they do it will only be a slight glimpse. Therefore they use suspense to their advantage. If the film makers can keep the suspense at a high throughout most of the film then that is great, but ending the film on a high without showing the ‘bad guy’…now there is the real challenge.

Examples: The Blair Witch Project/Atrocious/Paranormal Activity

Let me know what it is in horror films which scares you and why.

The Enjoyment Of A YouTuber

Technology has never been my strong suit, and when it comes to the internet; I am probably the least internet-savvy person out of my friends. The point I am trying to get across is that I am still finding out new things about the world-wide-web, which many other people have known for a couple of years. One of which is YouTubers.

I have only recently realised that you could make a living out of it, and, I know a lot of people probably say the same, but the first YouTuber I saw was Pewdiepie (Felix Kjellberg). The world-famous Swedish internet personality has gained fame because of his warming welcome and hilarious personality. However what it was about him which first got me watching was his attitude towards horror games. Although he jumps at the slightest things, he has not let that stop him playing through games which would make Schwarzenegger crawl in to a ball.

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The way he acts does remind me a lot of myself as I am the worst for jump scares, literally a penny could drop and I’ll jump for the ceiling (it’s weird that I love horror right). Even horror games which aren’t made to have that scary of an atmosphere. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been creeping around a corner on Left 4 Dead and have laid several bricks due to a Hunter pouncing on my face; the instant reaction is: jumping, screaming and then yelling “Zoe get off your bloody arse and kill some zombies.”

Through Pewdiepie I have found out about new and exciting horror games, whether he’s playing through the incredible game series’ such as: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, The Walking Dead, Outlast and Lucious, which offer scares but also great character development. Or if he’s playing short indie games such as: Slender, Erie, 7 Days and I See You, whose sole purpose is to make you turn from a man into a mouse in a matter of seconds. They are all enjoyable to watch, mainly because I think most of his viewers see themselves in his place; it feels as though you are playing the game too, but you have the relaxation of realising that you’re not.

I think that feeling of experiencing a game together, makes him seem closer to his fans. It is an overwhelming feeling when both you and ‘Pewds’ jump out of your skin at the same time, and what adds more to it is the laughter which is created after you see his over-the-top reactions.

Whatever the future holds for Pewdiepie, if he keeps making them…then I’ll keep watching them.

Favourite Pewdiepie indie horror games:

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The Goosebumps Books

You know how every now and then you will be sat just lounging around and then BAM, something will remind you of that which you used to love as a child; and it is such a great feeling when you experience these things again. Well this happened to me the other day, and it got me thinking about the other things which I enjoyed whilst I was growing up: the Indiana Jones trilogy, Robot Wars and Super Mario Bros to name a few. I then began to think about what really got me in to the horror genre, although talking with my uncle (he is a blooming horror nut) is the main reason I am obsessed with it, I think where it actually started is when I began to read the Goosebumps books.

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The Goosebumps book series, along with the Mr. Meddle books by Enid Blyton, was the first book series I actually read by myself. For those of you not familiar with the books, they were a series of different horror stories which were aimed at children and young teens. The original series spanned for 62 books and were written by American author R. L. Stine, who is often referred to as the ‘Stephen King of children’s literature.

The Goosebumps books were that point between children’s books and young adults ‘point horror’ novels. What was great about them was that they offered chilling stories which, when you’re a child, sent shivers up your spine, but weren’t too scary as to keep you up hiding under your bed covers until the early morning. In the short stories that generally stayed under 150 pages, we were introduced to imaginative characters which would create new nightmares for our imagination. However ‘Stine’ would also sometimes use famous horror icons such as mummies, werewolves and vampires and add a new twist to their stories.

Although the stories were the main enjoyable part about the books, what also intrigued me was the cover artwork. Along with the colourful bubbling goo which bordered around the edges, we were also treated to a centred picture which depicted what was to be expected in the novel. They were so creative, but also creepy, and along with the Goosebumps tag-line – ‘Reader, beware, you’re in for a scare!’ – it made you enjoy the books before you had even started reading them.

Here is a list of my top 5 favourite Goosebumps books from the original series:

Welcome To Dead House

The first book in the series kicked it off well, after the Benson family moves to their new house in Dark Falls strange things begin to happen, such as children appearing and disappearing throughout the house. Then the town appears to be the living dead and try to attack family. It eventually becomes apparent that the house needs new blood each year, and this year it’s the Benson’s turn. Once they realise this they must escape the house before they become part of the horrible tradition.

Tag Line: It Will Just Kill You.

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Stay Out Of The Basement

Casey and Margaret have always been curious about what their father gets up to whilst he is in the basement, apparently doing his work. So when their mother goes away and their father is out they decide to go down and have a look, and find out something quite shocking. Not only does there appear to be living and breathing plants down there, but their father also seems to be turning into one.

Tag Line: Something’s Waiting In The Dark…

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Say Cheese And Die!

This story was so enjoyable because it was so original. Four friends decide to go and check out an old spooky house and upon doing so find a camera that appears to only take pictures of people in accidents or in pain. Brushing this off, the kids still take more photos and find out that they really should have left the camera in the house as the ones they love begin to get hurt.

Tag Line: A Picture Worth A Thousand Screams

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The Girl Who Cried Monster

This is one of the first books which I had to actually stop reading because I got too scared. It is a sort of ‘boy cried wolf’ type story for the horror genre. Lucy Dark is always telling her little brother scary stories about monsters to try to frighten him, and gets a kick of his screams. But when she stays late in the library one night and witnesses the librarian doing something unspeakable she realises that her stories are all too real. However because of her story telling ways she has a hard time trying to convince people of what she saw.

Tag Line: She’s Got The Monster Of All Problems.

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The Blob That Ate Everyone

This was one of favourite stories in the Goosebumps series, mainly because I loved the cover art. Zackie is an aspiring horror writing, and after he comes across a free typewriter (and a pen) he feels that he has to write a new story with it. However the story he writes consists of a blob which devours everything in its path, and unbeknown to him, whatever he writes on the typewriter comes true.

Tag Line: He’s No Picky Eater!

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The Goosebumps series evolved into various spin-offs such as: Tales to Give You Goosebumps, which consisted of numerous stories in a single book, Goosebumps Series 2000, Goosebumps HorrorLand and Give Yourself Goosebumps in which you decide how the story will play out yourself. Due to its popularity some of the stories were turned in to a TV series in 1995, which ran until 1998. It brought the fear of the books to life, and although some were adapted quite terribly, there were a few which were very enjoyable, an example is the adaptation of The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, which was quite chilling.

Did you enjoy the Goosebumps books series, what were your favourites? Leave a comment and let me know.