Media and communication blog

As a university student studying media i have created a number of projects on the subject.

Here is a link to my reading blog created for my course.



Poltergeist (Gil Kenan,2015) Not as good as the original.

A quick review

As a member of a family who are in love with the horror genre and all of the great classics. When my family and I heard that they were remaking the 1980’s masterpiece Poltergeist we had to all go and see it.  We thought that they would stick to the original story line and keep it rather funny and light hearted compared to film that gets all of its scares from loud bangs and sudden movements. However, we were mistaken. Everything seemed to just be another horror cliché.  People would leave children unattended, someone would be curled up in the corner and when they were turned around it would be a monster and my personal favourite everyone would ignore the child’s warnings until it’s too late.  We have heard it all before!

(Check out my review on Ouija another film with every horror cliché known to man!

Poltergeist is based on a haunting within your average American house build on top of a grave yard.  When the ghosts come out to play Madisen Bowne (Kennedi Clements) is taken by the spirits into the world of the dead. When the family fears for the fate of their daughter a group of paranormal investigators and a Television psychic (Jared Harris) to try and get her back.

Poltergeist 2015 movie poster

Poltergeist 2015 movie poster

The film tries to spend its time improving upon the original and yet changing a percentage of the film for the fans of the original to have a few surprises. Instead of attempting to make a happy family movie that just happens to have ghosts in , everyone is miserable and unable to afford basic necessities, despite the fact that they own nearly every Apple product known to man.  I guess we now know who sponsored the film.  In addition, despite them keeping some of the original features they are not done as nearly as well. This can include the poor attempt of replicating the humour of the farther. Within this version the dad (Sam Rockwell) seems to be more sarcastic and passive aggressive than a light hearted funny, compared to the 80’s classic.

Simple things that made the original great where either removed or poorly redone, this can include the clown. The clown is a famous brand for the franchise; it’s scary and downright creepy. Now don’t get me wrong in the 2015 version it’s scary but seems to be over and done with rather quickly , instead of built up for a dramatic ending. Therefore, I find this goes against the new branding and with the hype of the film based around the clowns new design.  I could also say the same for the tree, which looks far less creepy in my opinion.

New clown

New clown

The Psychic is replaced by a man (nothing wrong with men) but they changed the sex of one of the main characters and I don’t think many films can get away with that. The character is far less family focused and more on flirting with his ex-wife and sharing scary stories with the children.

This house is clean.

On the other hand, the film isn’t entirely hopeless with a rather happy ending and other features added. In this version we get to seen the world of the dead. The world is dark and terrifying, allowing audiences to understand the horrors the poltergeists have seen and shows a convincing depiction of hell.  However, with a film based on jump scares it can be seen as a lot more frightening. But overall it is nowhere near as good as the original.

If you want to hear more from what the audience read the article below!

Check out my movie review on the remake of the Evil dead.

Evil Dead Movie Poster

Evil Dead Movie Poster

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril – April Ely

Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine , 2013)

How have you not seen this?

A quick review .

Check out the trailer.

Once upon a time, in a movie far far away, Monsters and aliens were seen as scary. But now thanks to films such as Twilight (Catherine Hardwick, 2008) and TV programmes like The Vampire Diaries and Doctor Who, all this has change. Can’t we just go back to a time where vampires and monsters are feared rather than become sex symbols!

However, Warm bodies take this to the next level and attempt to make Zombies sexy … Yes Zombies! Zombies with rotting flesh and a slight issue with eating people alive are now seen as desirable in Hollywood. In this feature film instead of having a typical romance, a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) falls in love with a human named Julie (Teresa Palmer), so from this you can kind of assume that the writer wanted a twisted Romeo and Juliet, with the film even…

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Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez ,2013)

A quick Review

The 2013’s remake of the Evil Dead is probably the ultimate guide on what not to do in a horror film. Let’s face it if you are in a cabin in the woods and you see witch craft in the basement and a satanic book made of human flesh, you should probably leave! Or at least stay away from that room.

Plot: Mia (Jane Levy) is forced to go cold turkey with a few friends and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) in the creepiest cabin in the woods. If you know anything about cold turkey, it is obvious that no one would believe you if you said, there is something in the woods and you were attacked by a tree.

Therefore, when the book of the dead has been opened, the demons rise and everyone must fight to stay alive and avoid possession.

Evil Dead Movie Poster

Evil Dead Movie Poster

Do not read from the book!!!

Despite stating every rule, it is a traditional ultimate gore fest. With blood splurging out from every direction, people loosing 50% of their limbs, boiling hot water to the face, needles in the eyes and setting people on fire. If you have a weak stomach I advise you don’t watch it.  Once all hell breaks loose it really is the director asking; how can we gross the audience out as much as possible?

Even though the original is a classic and was banned for some reason, it has nothing compared to the horrors of this remake. If you have seen the original you would know that the only scary part is the creepy laughter of the girls and obviously the horrific special effects of the 80’s. But with the new advancements in the horror genre and the mass improvements to special effects, it’s difficult to find the scariest moment.

1981 evil dead effects.

1981 evil dead effects.

However, all the guts and glory could have been easily avoided if they didn’t read the book that was wrapped up and covered in barbed wire. Honestly if you saw that you would leave it alone. So if you are ever in that situation you should learn from the countless films where this happens and don’t do anything stupid.

Here’s an article to help you survive a horror film if Evil dead isn’t lesson enough.

If there isn’t enough evidence to prove that this film really does meet up to the stereotypical codes and conventions of the horror genre, then the homage Cabin in the Woods should be another.

Check out my review on The Cabin in The Woods –

Cabin in the Woods movie poster - Check out my review !

Cabin in the Woods movie poster – Check out my review !

So if you are a fan of the horror genre then this is one to add to the list.

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely 

The Kingsman: The Secret service (Matthew Vaughn,2014)

A quick review

For me the Kingman is one of the best films I have seen this year and as someone who studies the subject, there is tough competition.  When I first sat down to watch it, I thought it would be a typical British Spy film. It was Just another James Bond.  However, my expectations were exceeded, as the spy genre turned into a comedy, action/ adventure.

When Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) is arrested for stealing a car and taking a joy ride he uses his one phone call to collect his special favour from the Kingsman. After the organisation recognises his potential Eggsy is recruited and put in training with a number of other potentials. Eggsy slowly makes his way to the top but fails at the last moment because he refuses to kill his dog.  Honestly a good thing.  However, this film would be slightly boring without a villain. Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) attempts to resolve global warming by culling the human race through a number of sim cards. Therefore, it is up to the Kingsman and the British to save the world.

The Kingsman

The Kingsman

The film is well directed and uses some of the best film making techniques there are, with the use of music reflecting one of the most famous scenes from Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992). The audience can find it difficult to feel frightened towards the massacre of 99% of the population.   The film really deserves a thumb of for use of sound. The feature length production includes foreshadowing and reputation, reflecting how a hero has achieved his goal and has become a true Kingsman. This was done exceedingly well by Matthew Vaughn with scenes completely replicating themselves. It really is a masterpiece!

Reservoir dogs scene below –

The Kingsman is hilarious from everyone’s heads exploding caused by an tiny chip behind their ear, to people being chopped in half with a prosthetic leg and to Eggsy’s POV shot of the princess’s bottom.  It’s a far less serious version of James Bond. With double the killing and double the weapons.

The film also puts across the message that no matter whom you are or your background you are able to accomplish great things and exceed expectations…… I also learned that Samuel L. Jackson sounds weird with a lisp.

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.