Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Scary Movie Remakes

Those of you who know me, know I'm a lover of all things scary.  Especially when I'm alone at night.  Ha!  Not really, that's just usually when I tend to watch horror movies or Supernatural or Ghost Adventures on TV.  I don't plan it that way, it just happens!

Anyway, I read an article today about old scary movies and their recent remakes.  The news is all abuzz, with the recent remake of Poltergeist on it's way to theaters on Friday (yay!).  I decided that I wanted to create a perpetual challenge for myself and watch all of these horror films!
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist (2015)
Frankenstein (1931)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
The Omega Man (1971)
I Am Legend (2007)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (2009)
The Hitcher (1986)
The Hitcher (2007)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (2011)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolfman (2010)
The Crazies (1973)
The Crazies (2010)
Fright Night (1985)
Fright Night (2011)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (2013)
Let the Right One In (Swedish, 2008)
Let Me In (2010)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Invasion (2007)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville Horror (2005)

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Vampire Prince

The Vampire Prince
Cirque Du Freak #6
by Darren Shan

196 pages

Published September 2004
Read May 2015

Within these pages, we find Darren labeled a traitor and he has no idea who he can trust. Yet, he returns to the people he knows, where he will surely be put to death, to warn them of the impending danger they all face.  It's right under their noses and they are oblivious.

Again, the saga of Darren Shan does not disappoint.  It's a fast read with plenty of action and a great storyline for awesome characters.  So what's my deal?  I think I'm burning myself out.  On book six, I loved the idea of familiar characters and an ongoing storyline, but I need to move on.  I need some new faces, names, and a change of scenery.  I will put the Saga of Darren Shan on pause for now and return at a later date.  I have books 7,8,9, and 10 on my shelf awaiting my return.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trials of Death

Trials of Death
Cirque Du Freak #5
by Darren Shan

224 pages

Published April 2004
Read April 2015

In this fifth installment in the Darren Shan Saga, Darren must prove himself worthy of being a vampire.  He must complete five trials chosen by the leaders.  If he fails, he is sent to the Hall of Death to die the most dishonorable vampire death.  In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding his trials, Darren discovers a traitor among them. 

I really enjoy these books and its nice to have familiar characters that return book after book and pick up exactly where they left off.  What I most delighted in from this book is the transformation of a character when a split decision is made.  On to the next.....

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites #10: Wedding Dresses

Tis the season for weddings!  Many people are putting the final touches on their gorgeous summer affair.  My 11th anniversary is coming up at the end of the month, and one of my sisters is getting married in August.  Yay!  I love to plan a party and help decorate, and while she has her own wedding planner, that doesn't mean I can't look and offer big sister advice =)

I've been looking at everything, but one of my favorite things to look at are the dresses!  What little girl didn't have her wedding planned at 10 years old?!  I knew exactly what I wanted my dress to look like; however, when I was tasked with actually looking for a dress for my own wedding, I was overwhelmed with the choices!!  There are so many amazing dresses to choose from.  Here are a few of the dresses and styles that I love.......

This dress is by far my favorite! It comes from the Stella York 2015 Collection.  I love the classy look and the lacy look really appeals to me.  My own dress was lacy and I loved it!  This dress is stunning. If I had to do it all over again, this would be my dress!

This one comes from the Amelia Sposa 2014 Collection and I think it's gorgeous!  Can you tell I love lace?  My dress and the lacy long sleeves as well.  They are surprisingly cool and not itchy like I thought. This dress just radiates class and sophistication.

I am a sucker for the Vintage, Old Hollywood, Roaring 20s style.  It's elegant, sophisticated, and quite stunning.  Check out the Brit + Co article All That Jazz to find more of this head-turning looks!

Last but not least, the fairy tale wedding complete with the princess dress!  If I could afford a wedding of my dreams with all the most beautiful details of a fantastic story, I would be a princess bride with the big, poofy dress, straight out of Cinderella.  Love it!  Alfred Angelo even designed a Disney Princess Collection.

Do you have a dream dress?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vampire Mountain

Cirque Du Freak: Vampire Mountain
The Saga of Darren Shan Series #4

by Darren Shan

208 pages

Published Sept 2003
Read April 2015

I'm pleasantly surprised about this series!  They are easy to read and very entertaining.  This one I put down halfway through, only because I was determined to finish Outlander.  I picked it right back up as if I never stopped reading it.

Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and a few friends make a long trek up to Vampire Mountain.  During their journey they encounter more than a few obstacles before they reach their destination.  Finally at Vampire Mountain, Mr. Crepsley must face the Vampire Princes in order to explain why Darren is the youngest vampire in over 90 years.  In this fourth installment, we learn a little more of Mr. Crepsley's back story, we meet a few more of his old friends, and we dig into the inner workings of the council of vampires.