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Review: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


Synopsis:
The Turn of the Screw was written by Henry James and published in 1898. The story is a rather ambiguous ghost story told from the perspective of a governess of two children. This governess starts off her post in a peaceful state and then things escalate when she starts to see two sinister figures around the estate.

Storyline:
The storyline was quite good in The Turn of the Screw. It had a wonderful creepy atmosphere and was a good ghost story. The story however is quite ambiguous and isn’t a traditional ghost story, even though you think it might be for awhile. You are left with many questions, which was part of the interesting nature of this story.

Setting:
The Turn of the Screw was set in the 19th century on a country estate. The estate was a perfect and rather typical setting for a ghost story. Like I said though, this is not a typical ghost story.

Characters:
There weren’t very many characters in The Turn of the Screw. The story is dominated by the governess who is our narrator. She is definitely an unreliable narrator, which was interesting. It was fascinating to see how her narration changed as the story went on. It became quite psychological in regards to her. The two children Flora and Miles were interesting as well, but I felt like I never knew what to make of them since I was seeing them through the governess’s eyes.

Did I Like It?:
Yes I did ! This was quite an interesting ghost story. The ambiguity of it had me thinking a lot about it. This was my third Henry James ( my first being The Wings of the Dove and my second Daisy Miller ,which was in a bind up with this novella) and I am really enjoying his work! Everything that I have read seems to be quite different from each other, which I did not expect. I am liking the variety though. I will definitely pick up more of his work in the future.

Do I Recommend it?:
Yes! Particularly if you like ghost stories and 19th century lit. This reminded me in some ways of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, so if you like that you may like this as well.

~Katie 

The Top 10 Films of 2016

Another year has passed, and since I remember people being interested last time, I have put together a fresh list running down my top 10 films of 2016. Enjoy, and look out for my top 10 most anticipated films of 2017 list @starwarsnonsense (which is my Star Wars blog)!

Honourable mentions: Rogue One, Kubo and the Two Strings, When Marnie Was There and Love and Friendship.

1. Paterson

One line review: An exquisitely understated and sweet portrait of the poetry of the mundane, elevated to the level of transcendence by a marvellously genuine and appealing performance from Adam Driver.

2. Nocturnal Animals

One line review: Not style over substance as some have claimed (though every frame is gorgeous), Nocturnal Animals is a deeply unsettling portrait of a seemingly immaculate life fractured by festering regrets.

3. Moana

One line review: My favourite of all the CG Disney animated movies, Moana is a wonderfully refreshing adventure that has relationships between women at its core.

4. Arrival

One line review: A beautiful piece of cinematic sci-fi that is ultimately a celebration of linguistics and love - this underlines that 2016 is truly the year of Amy Adams.

5. Your Name

One line review: A Ghibli-shaped hole in my heart was filled by this movie, which features wondrously detailed animation and some of the most ingenious and rewarding plotting I’ve ever seen.

6. Midnight Special

One line review: I bought a ticket for Adam Driver but loved Midnight Special for Michael Shannon, who delivers a powerhouse performance as a father willing to go to any lengths to protect his terrifyingly powerful child.

7. Zootopia

One line review: A perky and remarkably imaginative animated movie with a central message that promotes tolerance and compassion without resorting to preachiness.

8. Tale of Tales

One line review: The year’s best looking movie (sorry, Nocturnal Animals!) and one of the best and most authentic presentations of fairy tales I’ve ever seen on the big screen.

9. The Witch

One line review: The year’s most unusual horror movie relies on historical authenticity and the gradual build of a creepy atmosphere as opposed to cheap thrills, and is a remarkable evocation of the paranoia and superstition of the earliest European settlers of America.

10. The Girl With All The Gifts

One line review: This movie basically means Hollywood shouldn’t bother with a film of The Last of Us, since there’s nothing left to accomplish - the killer premise of child zombies is exploited to the fullest extent here, and the weird, faintly surreal ending truly lingers.

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May’s Featured Game: TRÄUMEREI

DEVELOPER(S): Veynn
ENGINE: RPGMaker VX Ace  
GENRE: Horror, Exploration
WARNINGS:  Suicide
SUMMARY: One day, a young boy wanders into the woods with only the twisted, mangled remnants of dreary branches obscuring the bleak horizon. As the sun starts to set beneath ruby-red clouds, the boy, Noël, happens upon a desolate cross-bridge atop a river of blood. Upon crossing over it, he finds himself standing by a gate wrought from stone.
Confronted by the fantasies his beloved grandmother read to him as a child, the boy finds himself lost in a dark ‘Wonderland.’ However, all is not that it seems.
While exploring, Noël must gather the memories of those forsaken souls who roam lest their hearts shatter.

Our Interview With The Dev Team Below The Cut!

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beginner’s guide to horror movies

Okay, so you’ve seen a few scary movies and enjoyed them, and now you’re looking to expand your horror prowess. Maybe you’ve been reading/listening to a lot of creepypasta, and you feel like you’re ready to take the plunge. Or maybe you just have a feeling that you’d like horror, but have no idea where to start. 

I’ve been a huge fan of all things creepy and scary for years. I was just reading an article called, “Horror Gems You Haven’t Seen Yet” and realized that I actually had seen almost every film on the list, so I guess that makes me an expert. So, my new baby horror fans, allow me to introduce you to the genre.


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