Tonight’s dinner: Fish tacos with avocado & pickled cabbage. I can take a picture cause I made it my damn self 😉 #blueapron
Review: An American Ghost Story
An American Ghost Story is the product of a two man team: director Derek Cole and writer (and star) Stephen Twardokus. Twardokus, plays Paul, a writer who decides to jump start his new book by living in a house where some brutal murders went down. He drags his poor girlfriend Stella along for the ride, until she bails (clever girl) after several terrifying nights in said house.
Now, part of what makes a lot of “haunted house” movies scary is that the audience feels the fear of the main character(s) and it amplifies their own fear. Initially Paul isn’t that freaked out when he hears children whispering from his dining room or when there’s a ghost lady sleeping next to him. Eventually however, Paul’s dread increases and it’s made worse by the fact that he can’t just up and leave the house, because he’s put everything he has into this project. You end up rooting for him to have his final showdown with the boss ghost so he can get the hell outta there.
For some reason, I was really freaked out by this movie. There’s no special effects, CG, or even make-up. The only time you can see the ghosts are when Paul throws sheets over them. Doesn’t sound that scary, but trust me, it is. Something about laying in bed and having the sheet next to you rise in a human shaped form makes me glad I live with my boyfriend (and never have to sleep alone).
The well done editing make for very effective scares and excellent pacing. The only negatives are the script is a little awkward at times (sorry Twardokus) and I would have liked a little more follow-up on Stella after she fled the house. Part of the haunting experience is that the ghost singles out one person to intimidate and thus it pushes couples and families apart. It would have been cool to see how Paul and Stella’s relationship deteriorated the longer he stayed in the house.
But overall this is a gem of an indie horror film and I definitely recommend it. I guess it could be compared to Paranormal Activity, but it beats it by leaps and bounds. The fact that An American Ghost Story is NOT found footage is great because A) it doesn’t make you nauseous and B) the director can’t hide behind shaky cam to make ominous shots. Anyway, go watch it, it’s on OnDemand right now!
In 2 weeks I’ll be in Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights! Haven’t been in about 6 years and I couldn’t be more excited. This picture is from an original maze called
Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance
Jemima Kirke at the 2013 VMAs via Us Weekly
I LOVE this look. Sexy without being trashy (not that I don’t love a little trash). Elegant enough for someone who’s a mother but still youthful and interesting.