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Halloween Recommendations: Books & Movies


Since Halloween is this Saturday, I decided to do a post about books and movies that would be fun to read or/and watch this weekend.

 * Films *

Most of this films are pretty old. They’re some horror films that I watched when I was younger.

Silent Hill (2006)

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

I’ve watched Silent Hill 1&2 a few years ago. I thought they were brilliant, and scary enough. I haven’t re-watch them in a while now, so I think I’ll give them another view this week; at least I’ll re-watch the first one, which was my favorite.

Village of the Damned (1960)

Village of the Damned (1995)

I’ll give it another view this week, but I think I’ll watch the original.

The Ring (2002)

When I watched it, I found it pretty scary, and I loved it. I’ll watch it again this week to see if I’ll have the same reaction.

The Exorcist (1973)

Not much to be said about it. I think everybody saw it at least once. Or they saw the remakes.

The Exorcist (1973 – scenes)

Carrie (1976)

Based on the novel with the same name, Carrie by Stephan King. I saw it a couple of times, and I liked it. There is also a remake, I haven’t watch it yet. There is also Carrie 2, but I’m not a big fan of it.

Carrie (1999)

Carrie  (2013)

Carrie (1976) Full Movie

The Craft

Teenager’s Diary

The Pact

* Books *

Damned (Damned #1)

I haven’t read it yet, but I might read it on Halloween. The synopsis sounds interesting: a book about a girl in Hell.

The newest Palahniuk novel concerns Madison, a thirteen year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to make the best of it.

GoodReads

Firespell (The Dark Elite #1)

This books is a little bit lighter, since it’s YA. Perfect for those who like witches, and are not a fan of gory stuff.

GoodReads

When Lily Parker’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s.

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily is surrounded by an ultra-rich bratpack. She’s pretty sure her spoiled, petty, fashion-obsessed classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face, and surviving them and their cruel practical jokes is proving even tougher than the homework…

But on top of being the punchline to every joke, Lily’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans – but Lily could swear that she’s being watched.

The only thing keeping her sane, so far, is her roommate Scout. But something strange is going on there too – Scout keeps disappearing late at night, reappearing bruised and tired, and she won’t tell Lily where’s she’s been… until, that is, a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school. Lost in the dark Lily hear’s footsteps heading towards her – it’s Scout and she’s running from a real monster.

Scout is part of a group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers: magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. Much as Lily would love to help, it’s too dangerous without powers of her own – especially if she’d have to go up against the firespell herself…

Hex Hall Series

This series is a little bit darker than The Dark Elite. It is also a fast read, and it can be finished in one – two days, depending on how fast you read.

GoodReads

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1)

Again, a series about witches. I haven’t read it yet, maybe I’ll start it this week.

GoodReads

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Ghosts hunters, and an angry ghost who kills. Perfect combination. I bought the book, and started reading it. I didn’t finish it, so Halloween is a perfect day to finish this book.

GoodReads

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth #1)

A lighter series about ghosts. It’s a good read for those of you who like ghosts, but are not into murder, and bloody scenes. I finished it a while ago. A fast, entertaining read.

GoodReads

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

What Lies in the Dark

A crime novel, dealing with a serial killer in an English town. The writing is lovely, and it has a lot of suspense, especially since we get to read from the killer’s point of view, as well as the victims’. You can read my review here.

GoodReads

One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear.
Add three, four and even more, and watch neighbours turn on suspicious neighbours.
Victoria Bullrush � or Bullface, as she is called by fellow police officers � is a stickler for rules. As she tries to maintain a faultless investigation, she can’t ignore the public’s growing anger.
But what lies in the dark is palpable, waiting.
Can anyone stay calm enough to catch the killer?

A Killing Among Friends

Another crime novels, but this time for teenagers. It’s lighter than What Lies in the Dark, and perfect for young people who’ve never read a crime novel. You can read my review here.

GoodReads

Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge…

The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.

More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up…

When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.

Someone is watching Sennie’s every move…

Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue…if they can find them in time.

As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?


How about you? What books are you going to read for Halloween? What films are you going to watch? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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