5 Campy Horror Movies to Enjoy this Halloween!

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All Hallow’s Eve is nearly upon us, and even though I’m drawn to guts, ghouls and gore, this year I’m in the mood for something a little bit less traumatising for October 31st.

If you’re planning on ending a night of trick or treating with a scary movie this Halloween, I’ve come up with the definitive list of campy (yet scary) horror!

1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the film… Not the TV series)

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Yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is, was, and will always be an amazing TV show. Emotional, scary and entertaining, it ticks all the right boxes and it’s no wonder it’s become such a cult classic. However, the same cannot be said about the original film that inspired it all.

Kristy Swanson’s ‘Valley girl’ take on Buffy Summers is so incredibly bad that it loops back around and ends up being awesome! From vampires that just won’t die, to Luke Perry’s typecast bad boy Pike, it’s pure cheese on toast, and no Halloween movie night is complete without it!

2 Scream

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It’s safe to say that Scream was the definitive scary movie of the nineties! It’s self-referencing, self-aware script combined with whodunit mystery and that Drew Barrymore cameo will forever cement it into the horror hall of fame.

What’s so great about it is how much of a genre bender it was, seamlessly mixing horror and comedy elements without seeming forced or unnatural (Scream Queens take note!).

And if you’re going to watch the first Scream, you might as well watch 2,3 and 4. Because, why not?

3 Scary Movie (1 and 3)

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Where Scream was almost a parody of the horror genre, the original Scary Movie was a parody of a parody, combining all the best elements of classic horror movies like The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense . It’s silly, dirty and at times cringe-worthy, but it doesn’t take itself seriously at all and that’s what makes it so charming.

As is the case with most franchises, the first movie is the best, although Scary Movie 3 is arguable just as funny! To this day I still quote ‘Cindy, the TV’s leaking!’.

4 I Know What You Did Last Summer

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If you’re after a straight-up teen slasher movie, then IKWYDLS is definitely the direction to go in. This classic nineties horror flick hasn’t aged very well, but I think that works in its favour! There will never be anything more 1997 than a film starring both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar! (not to mention teen heartthrobs Ryan Phillipe and Freddie Prinze Jr.).

Although the sequel wasn’t quite as good, and the third direct-to-dvd installment was abysmal, they at least provided us with campy variations of the amazingly titled I Know What You Did Last Summer (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and I Will Always Know What You Did Last Summer). I guess the writers were feeling lazy that day…

5 The Cabin in the Woods

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The Cabin in the Woods is the kind of film that I imagine would be amazing if you are completely stoned while watching! It’s just so crazy and out there that half the time I’m trying to decide if I think it’s genius and the other half I have a question mark stamped across my face. But if you give in and accept the crazy it is a fantastic film.

Cabin was a modern day attempt at re-inventing the horror genre, and although I don’t think it was as successful in achieving this as Scream, now that it’s a few years old people have been able to let it sink in and appreciate it for what it is.

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Honorable Mentions:

The Craft – a film about moody, rebellious teenage witches (not Sabrina).

Halloween – Because Jamie Lee Curtis was the original teen virgin who survived a homicidal maniac on Halloween night!

Chucky – To this day I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I see that scary psycho ginger doll.

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5 Pillars of Happiness: How many do you have?

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As I’ve mentioned before, I had a bit of a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I’m 25. I know it’s not old by any means, I just wished that I had my life a bit more together. After almost two months of it though, I’ve come to accept it, even embrace where I am right now.

Of course things could probably be better. Let’s just agree that life, in general, could always be better! But overall, I know things could be much worse too. I remember an episode of Will & Grace where they take a quiz called ‘The Five Pillars of Happiness’ to determine just how content and fulfilled their lives are. Even though it is difficult to summarize our existent into 5 categories, it’s a good place to start!

Health

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Oh dear… Just going right into it aren’t we? In all honesty, I think health is one of the pillars that needs some reinforcement. I’m not obese, and I don’t suffer from any conditions that I’m aware of, but I know this is an area for improvement. I recently found out my blood pressure is higher than I expected, and I think I’m a little bit overweight at the moment, but it all comes down to my sedentary lifestyle. I work in an office, drive everywhere and partake in very little physical exercise. This is something I’ve started working on, so I’m not going to stress too much about it. That’ll just make my blood pressure worse!

Family

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Phew, an easy one! Luckily for me, I have been blessed with a wonderful family. We’ve always been very close, but with my father passing away six years ago, we’ve really come together and learnt to appreciate one another and not take anyone for granted. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.

Love

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Another one that I feel content with. Love and marriage has definitely changed me! As important as it is to take care of yourself and your own heart, it means a lot when someone trusts you to take care of theirs.

Friendships

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Another area that I could probably dedicate a bit more time to. I have one or two very close friends, and I hang out a lot with my husband and my sister, but in general I could probably make more of an effort to see my friends and spend time with them. With most of my friends we can just pick up where we left off, which makes it easier. Also, I am still relatively new to the blogging world, so I’m still getting to know everyone, although I’ve already met some lovely people.

Work 

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This was always the one that I had the hardest time with. Not because I’ve had terrible jobs or anything, just because I’ve always felt like I should be on some kind of career ladder. Going from promotion to promotion, pay rise to pay rise. However, it’s simply not been the case. Now that I’ve accepted this, I feel much better about my career path. I’m working hard, pushing myself and getting recognized for it. And this is already opening doors of opportunity for me, more so than before when I was worried about the money or the title.

Result?

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3/4 out of 5 pillars. Not bad… If they are only metaphorical pillars that are not necessary to hold anything up!

The point is, we are always going to have something to work towards. It’s hard to build up all of these aspects of life at the same time without the occasional crack. The important thing for me is to have a strong foundation if it starts to crumble. Whereas before I wanted to see how high my pillars could reach, now I’m more focused on how much they can withstand.

#ManCrushMonday: Matt Bomer (Part Two)

MB3Oh Monday, how quickly you come back around! Following a week of very extensive journalistic research, I’ve come back to talk about the very talented, very delicious Matt Bomer.

Last week I mentioned how Mr. Bomer has been a star on the rise, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy for the openly gay actor to receive the recognition that he deserves. More than once he has missed out on high-profile roles, and although no one would ever admit it, it seems to be due to the fact that he is gay. He was even rumoured to have been up for the role of Christian Grey, before he lost out to Jamie Dornan. As much as I love Jamie, Matt would’ve made an excellent Grey (he’s who I would’ve pictured!).

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Being a handsome, openly gay actor in Hollywood can be a blessing and a curse, so it’s good to see him coming out on top! As well as choosing leading man roles, Matt has pushed himself as a method actor too. His role in Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart saw the actor lose 40 pounds to play a gay man dying of AIDS. He continues to challenge himself as an actor, and his filmography is extremely diverse, as well as entertaining.

MB8One of the things that I really admire about Matt is his relationship and family life. He has been happily married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011 and is the father of three sons. In an interview with Out magazine in 2014 he very eloquently described how he balances his personal life with his acting persona:

‘I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of, “This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public,”. That trumped any type of professional repercussions that it could have had.’

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#LifeGoals #FamilyGoals #RelationshipGoals

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  • Matt Bomer’s sexuality was always considered an open secret, and although he never really publicly came out, it came to be general knowledge when he thanked Simon and his boys during an acceptance speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.
  • Believe it or not, Matt has been a DILF for over ten years now! The couples three sons were all born via surrogacy. Kit was born in 2005 and Walker and Henry (a set of twins) were born in 2008.
  • As well as missing out on the role of sex-enthusiast Christian Grey, Bomer was also rumoured to be in the running for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel before Henry Cavill won the role. He had also auditioned for the role in the 2006 film Superman Returns. He eventually went on to voice the character in the animated film Superman: Unbound. Close enough I guess!
  • Bomer practices the Transcendental Meditation technique. This requires the use of a mantra and 15-20 minutes of eyes-closed meditation per day.
  • Matt Bomer is a distant cousin of Justin Timberlake! They both share descendance from Edward Bomer, who was born in 1690. Random! (they also shared a screen in the film In Time).

And there we have it. I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of Matt Bomer’s two week run as #ManCrushMonday! but rest assured, I will continue to keep a close eye on him, just in case we find it necessary to feature him in a part three! 😉

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Lazy Sunday…

After the week I’ve had, I want nothing more than to continue to lay in bed, watching time go by. At least for a little bit longer.

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This week, I’ve been on a training course for work, which was both fantastic and exhausting. Living in suburbia and having to trek to south east London has been like Frodo taking the ring to Mordor! But it was all for a good cause and actually made me look at my job as more of a career than just a place where I get paid every month.

I work for a fantastic company and I just feel like I could benefit from being in a different sector. I don’t know if I’m quite ready for it or if my bosses will think I’m ready right now, but it’s definitely a possibility and a challenge, which makes me optimistic.

However exciting that may be, I don’t want to think about it now though. I am very content next to my sleeping husband on this cold Sunday morning, and don’t want my mind to be anywhere else!

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I find that when it gets started its a one-stop train to crazy town, imagining all the best and worst possible outcomes and overthinking every little action. It’s hard to get a grip at times, so the best thing is not to wind it up.

I suppose all of us are a little bit like that. When we achieve one thing we are looking for the next. Which is good, overall. But we should just take the time to enjoy what we have, and appreciate the little moments too. Or even the non-moments, like the one I’m experiencing right now. I know tomorrow will come eventually, but I’m in no rush for it to arrive.

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#ManCrushMonday: Matt Bomer (Part One)

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I’ve been waiting for the right moment to pull this one out of the bag! To celebrate his debut as a series regular on American Horror Story: Hotel, and as a belated birthday present (he turned 38 yesterday!), I present to you, the almighty Matt Bomer!

I remember being fourteen and watching Tru Calling (an amazing, although shortlived, supernatural series starring Eliza Dushku), where I discovered the incredibly beautiful Matt Bomer for the first time. Now, more than eleven years on and he’s an ABSolute superstar! (see what I did there?).

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Matt is simply one of the most handsome men in Hollywood, the planet and maybe even the universe (depending on what we discover on Mars!). I’m not usually a big fan of blue eyes, but pair them with a healthy head of tussled black hair and the body of an Adonis and I’m sure I can make an exception.

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From taking the lead role in the hit series White Collar, to debuting his stripper skills on Magic Mike, Bomer has worked hard to secure himself a very successful career in both television and film. As I mentioned above, he’s currently starring in the latest incarnation of American Horror Story, and he had me drooling the second he appeared in the opening episode. I did my hardest to keep a straight poker face (I was watching with my husband, my sister and her boyfriend), but he is simply hypnotizing!

There is a lot more that I would like to say about Matt Bomer, but to make things a little bit more interesting (and for me to have an excuse to do more “research”), I’m going to drag this one out a little bit longer!

Yes, in a Pink Suburbia first, #ManCrushMonday is leaving you with a cliffhanger! So for now, make the most of these images and know that there will be more to follow next week…

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The Rise of Amy Schumer: 10 Best Sketches from Inside Amy Schumer

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As far as female comedians go, Amy Schumer is probably at the top of the pack at the moment. She’s had a year filled with great highs, from her super successful leading lady cinematic debut, Trainwreck, to her recent Emmy win for the brilliant sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, but what is it about her that makes her one of this year’s funniest stars?

I’d seen a few of the sketches from Inside Amy Schumer online, as well as the adverts on heavy rotation over on Comedy Central, but after watching one or two episodes a couple of weeks ago out of boredom, I was instantly hooked. Her sense of humor relies heavily on referring to herself as an ugly, fat slut, but it’s so tongue in cheek that it’s not nearly as offensive as it should be!

I’ve watched all 3 seasons in the span of about a week, and it’s one of those shows that’s very easy to get caught in a binge-watch spiral. I’ve picked out some of my favourite sketches that I think best represent the funny lady’s style of comedy, and hopefully they are enough to get you interested.

1 Girl, You Don’t Need Make-Up

2 Last F**kable Day

3 Urban Fitters

4 Compliments

5 Amy Schumer Doll

6 Foam

7. Milk Milk Lemonade

8 New Body

9 Pretentious Hotel

10 Generations

It’s definitely worth watching the full episodes, because as well as these hilarious sketches there are also some other segments; which include stand up, on the street interviews, and a segment called  ‘Amy Goes Deep’, where she interviews interesting people (such as a porn director, a 106-year-old woman and a transsexual to name a few).

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As far as comedy shows, this is one of the most original, interesting and hilarious series currently airing. Amy Schumer is a very talented and creative woman, and I’m just glad she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves.

#ManCrushMonday: Jensen Ackles

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It’s officially the first week of October, which can only mean one thing: the new season of Supernatural is about to start! After years of being behind, I spent the last few weeks finally catching up on this fantastic series, and as a result, surrendered myself to the lovable, crush-worthy Jensen Ackles!

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On the show he plays bad boy Dean Winchester, the rebellious older brother with an appetite for demon killing, fast food and internet porn. Which basically means he ticks all the right boxes!

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of cast interviews and behind the scenes specials, and it appears that as the show progressed, the line between Dean and Jensen continued to blur, and art started to imitate life. Jensen (and Dean) seems to be the life of the party. He’s often pranking his co-stars and pulling faces to camera, which make him absolutely adorable!

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The only disappointing thing about Jensen is his lack of on-screen shirtlessness. I’ve managed to dig up a few shots, although the internet is mostly filled with Sam/Dean gay fan fiction. Do people not realize they are brothers!? I’ve managed to find a few though… even if he’s pulling faces:Skin2013_jpg-sergeiphotoca

Anyhow, Take a look at the lovely Jensen Ackles in all his glory! He’s handsome, funny and manly as hell, in a demon-hunter kind of way!

Fun Facts About Jensen Ackles

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  • Before Supernatural, he had a season-long arc on Smallville as Clark Kent’s love rival (Both were after the affection of Lana Lang).
  • But don’t worry, in real life he got along very well with Clark Tom Welling, they even became golf buddies!
  • Jensen began a modelling career at the ripe old age of 2. In the 90’s he took part in a cringey cowboy photoshoot. Yikes! I love him too much to post the pictures, but Google away, people!
  • As well as being a natural in front of the camera, He’s also taken to directing a few episodes of Supernatural.
  • You’d think being hot and a model would have made him very popular in school, but such was not the case: “When I was in middle school, some of my so-called friends found a catalog ad I did for Superman pajamas. They made as many copies as they could and pasted them up all over school.”

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