Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Back to the woods

Cabin in the woods 2015
Time flies. This past weekend marked the fifth edition of HalleWeen, a spooktacular two-day stay in the woods in Halle, with only a bunch of scary movies and our nightmares to keep us company. 

Why we keep doing it, I don't know. Closing my eyes in the shower is already no longer and option, as is leaving my room when I'm home alone. Soo... yeah.

Our beloved cabin was, however, significantly upgraded this year. I can't decide what I enjoyed the most. The heating? The indoor plumming? The presence of a functioning kitchen and shower? Can you say... Upgrade?

Beyonce - Upgrade U

Even the food followed suit. My girlfriend went all out with cheese plates, chocolate moelleux and salmon wraps, which was awesome, although it did make me feel a bit self conscious about drinking beer from the bottle. Or not wearing a monocle.

All the fanciness did allow me to focus more on the movies, so jot that down.

My favorite movies from this year's HalleWeen were Paranormal Activity 4: The Marked Ones, Insidious 2Annabelle, and Let Me In.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesInsidious: Chapter 2

The Paranormal Activity franchise will forever be intertwined with HalleWeen. Sure, plot-wise the movies might almost be milked dry, but 1, 2, 3 and 4 had all put a scare in us, so we absolutely had to watch this Mexian American spin-off. The central character of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) is recent high school graduate Jesse (a very entertaining Andrew Jacobs), who one night decides to investigate the apartment of his murdered below neighbor Ana. Paranormality ensues.

I had not seen Insidious, but horror movies can almost always be enjoyed as standalones, so after a brief plot overview I was good to go. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) really spooked me out, as the story is filled with fright and builds tension at a rapid pace. The plot? Husband and wife Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) relocate to Josh's mother Lorraine's house, where Renai starts witnessing strange occurences. When Renai is knocked unconscious by a woman wearing a white dress, Lorraine goes to seek help.

Annabelle movieLet Me In with Chloë Grace Moretz

Last year we saw The Conjuring (Clap, clap!), so it was only right for us to check out Annabelle, its prequel/spin-off by John R. Leonetti. The year is 1969. John (Ward Horton) and Mia (Annabelle Wallis) are expecting their first child. One evening, John gives Mia a doll she had been trying to find. That same night a murder occurs at their neighbors, the Higgins'. When Mia returns home to call the cops, she is attacked by a woman holding the doll and her male accomplice. The women then kills herself, leaving a drop of her blood on the doll.

It's a public secret that I'm a huge fan of immensely talented Kick-Ass actress Chloë Grace Moretz. Just like Sandra Bullock, Moretz is great in everything. When someone pulled up Let Me In (2014), I was immediately drawn to it. The main character of the movie is Owen, a 12-year-old boy who is viciously bullied in school and severely neglected by his divorcing parents. When his new neighbor Abby arrives one day, they soon become friends. Little does Owen know that Abby is hiding an unthinkable secret.

So, how did you celebrate Halloween this year?

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