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Thursday Movie Picks: Horror Movie Houses

Happy start of the spooky season, folks! Anyone else waiting for the plot twist in our lives that reveals we’ve been living in a horror movie since the start of 2020? I’m still hugely out of my depth in the horror genre but I reckon I’ve seen enough to take part in the Halloween editions of Wandering Through the Shelves‘ Thursday Movie Picks this year. According to my Letterboxd account I’ve watched a total of 118 horror movies which isn’t a lot at all, but I’m embracing it this October!

This week’s theme is Horror Movie Houses. Generally speaking, I hate the kind of horror movies that take place in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere when it’s always dark and forever raining, but I do have 3 choices to share with you today. They’re all from 2019, the year I welcomed the horror genre into my life, and all center around a house in some way or another.

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The Lighthouse (2019)

I have to thank my local cinema for showing this again for one night only this week – feeding the Pattinson obsession but also giving my ideas for this week’s theme! It’s a tough movie to sell to your average movie fan,  and I don’t do a good job of explaining it, either. I mean basically, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go crazy whilst working together in a lighthouse. Dafoe gives a cracking shouty rant about lobster and Pattinson craves a steak so badly he would…well, let’s say it’s the first time I’ve ever envied a steak before.

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Vivarium (2019)

Put this at the top of the list of movies NOT to watch whilst in lockdown. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a young couple looking to buy their first home. An unnerving estate agent shows them to a house in a new-build neighborhood but they find themselves trapped. No matter which direction they head in, it always leads them back to this house. I’ll admit that the idea wasn’t executed perfectly, but it has so much potential.

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Ready or Not (2019)

I saved the best till last. Please give this a watch if you haven’t already! Samara Weaving marries into an unusual and wealthy family, their funds all thanks to their board game empire. As is tradition, on the night of the wedding the bride picks a card which determines the game they all play. She picks hide and seek. Harmless, yes? Think again. If she gets found, she is to be murdered. And so commences the greatest, goriest, yet funniest game of hide and seek in a beautiful house full of great hiding spots.

Movie Reviews

What I Watched: February 2020

I’ve watched so many movies this year so far, but I’ve been really struggling with finding the creativity to actually write, which is why I’ve fallen off the radar a bit this last week. I’m here today though with a little summary of all the movies I watched in February but never got around to writing full reviews for. It’s been a very mixed bag, which is expected at this time of year when the cinemas are dumped with mostly ‘meh’ movies. I’ve started March on a high though, so let’s hope the trend continues!

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The Lighthouse (2019)

Any movie distributed by A24 is well worth a watch and I’d been dying to see The Lighthouse. It’s absolutely mental, and like nothing else I’ve ever seen. In fact, I think I need to give it another watch to truly appreciate it because I’m not sure how I feel about it quite yet. It’s a stunner though, and worth it to see Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson scream at each other.

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

This has been on my watchlist for too long now, and whilst I didn’t love it, I’m glad I watched it because I think I’ve come to a realisation. Noir movies just aren’t my bag. Which is a surprise to me, because I started seeking them out after loving playing the video game LA Noir, but what can I say? I guess I’d rather be a part of the story than a spectator.

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Playing with Fire (2019)

UGH. I wasn’t expecting some fantastic comedy with excellent performances or anything but this movie was terrible. Predictable, unfunny, and contains some of the worst acting I’ve ever actually seen. I gave it an extra half-star on Letterboxd just to save it from getting the same score from me as Cats, which nothing deserves.

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The Room (2019)

This was a recommendation from my family who loved it. If you’re okay with an absolutely crazy premise, you might enjoy this too. A couple move into this house, and discover that it has a room that will grant you any object you desire. There are catches, of course, and it’s quite the twisty tale.

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Secret Window (2004)

Fun fact – this was a recommendation from my husband who watched it all the time when he was in his teens. Weirdly, on loads of reviews on Letterboxd so did many other people! It’s based on a Stephen King novella and stars Johnny Depp as a writer who one day gets an angry visitor from another writer who claims his work has been plagiarised. It’s twisty, and I enjoyed it.

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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

This has been in my watchlist for ages now, and if I’d known it was a Netflix movie I’d have seen it a lot sooner! It’s a wild little indie movie about a woman suffering from depression who finds her house has been burgled. The police are less than helpful so she turns full-on detective and vigilante with her neighbour. It’s a lot of fun!

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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

I jumped on the ‘To All the Boys’ bandwagon last year when everyone fell in love – and I kinda fell for it, too. Sure, teenage romcoms are all kinda the same, but when the characters have so much personality and chemistry it just works. I didn’t love this sequel as much as the original but there was still plenty to like. Also – I’m very much #TeamPeter.

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Hustlers (2019)

I only ever saw 1 trailer for Hustlers before it got released. I immediately wrote it off as some trashy flick that didn’t interest me. You can imagine my surprise when the reviews were glowing. I was even more surprised when people were mad that J-Lo got snubbed come awards season. It still took me way too long to finally see it for myself but I’m so glad I did. This is a gem of a movie!

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Charlie’s Angels (2019)

I started a full review for this one last week and just couldn’t find enough to write about. I actually liked it a lot more than I expected, it’s nothing new but it’s a lot of fun and it’s flashy. Kristen Stewart literally made me question my sexuality at least 3 times, too.

In case you missed any of my full reviews from February, here they are for you now:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Black Swan (2010)
Uncut Gems (2019)
Birds of Prey (2020)
Dolittle (2020)
Emma. (2020)
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Brahms: The Boy II (2020)