Tag Archives: horror

Terribly Common Yet Fun | Review of ‘The Belko Experiment’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Belko Experiment starring John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Josh Brener & Michael Rooker
Orion Pictures & BH Tilt
Image Credit: IMDB

“In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.”

—IMDB

This is one of those movies that is enjoyable, just as long as you remember to shut your brains off. The Belko Experiment isn’t an entirely unique or fresh take on the cliché story of putting people in a room and seeing who will kill to survive and who won’t. Battle Royale did it, The Hunger Games did it, and many more. This film is just another film on that list. Does that make it any less enjoyable? No, just as long as you just shut your brain off, otherwise you won’t enjoy this film at all.
Continue reading Terribly Common Yet Fun | Review of ‘The Belko Experiment’

Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)


By Cynthia Ayala

Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare & Olga Dihovichnaya
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”

—IMDB

The alien in space movie is not new, many are failures, but others have become staples of the genre. Life is part of the latter. The premise of the film is about a team of scientists who have discovered life on Mars. At first, the creature is docile, but when provoked, the alien has entered monster territory, if only for its desire to survive. The problem is it doesn’t know when to stop feeding, creating a being that is incredibly dangerous. What makes it even more dangerous is how smart it is. It evolves, and with its evolution, it grows bigger. It’s a sinister being and the writers knew how to develop the creature, its needs and everything that made it dangerous.
Continue reading Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)

Racially Empowering…and Thrilling | Review of ‘Get Out’


By Cynthia Ayala

Get Out starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams & Bradley Whitford
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.”

    —IMDB

An amazing film that really looks at society and racism, taking it to another extreme that isn’t all that unbelievable. This is one of those films that’s just incredible because it works so well and builds so well. The beginning is so stark, it’s amazing how it works to create this atmosphere of eerie suburbia that everyone sees and no one talks about. But it also tackles society and racism in a remarkable way. It’s a fresh new take on racism and how it functions and can mutate in society taking on several forms, all of which are harmful to any individual. Acting like you’re not racist doesn’t make it true and this film addresses that.
Continue reading Racially Empowering…and Thrilling | Review of ‘Get Out’

The Horror Here is the Flat Ending | Review of ‘Asylum’ (Asylum #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
HarperTeen
Image Credit: Goodreads

Dan Crawford, a sixteen-year-old, has taken off to the New Hampshire College Prep program for the summer. It’s exciting, but for Dan, he has discovered that his dorm used to be a sanatorium that housed the criminally insane, some of which were tortured in barbaric experiments. With his newfound friends, Abby and Jordan, they explore the dark depths of the sanatorium, they discover that some secrets were better left unburied.

Published August 20, 2013, by HarperTeen, Asylum
by Madeleine Roux is the first in her Asylum series, a young adult horror that brings the past and present into a twisted collision course.
Continue reading The Horror Here is the Flat Ending | Review of ‘Asylum’ (Asylum #1)

Weekly Reading List #79


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Not much time for reading lately. Or writing. It’s so hard to find time. I’ve set aside time in my calendar for writing and editing and all my files FINALLY seemed to have synced up so I can FINALLY continue editing my book and preview the first five chapters up for readers to read. So much to do before my August 30th pub date. Here’s hoping I won’t have to move it back. Wish me luck!

Anyway, all work and no play is never fun so check out these titles and hand me some reprieve from my workaholic schedule.
Continue reading Weekly Reading List #79

Shyamalan Does it Again | Review of ‘Split’


By Cynthia Ayala

Split starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley & Haley Lu Richardson
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.”

—IMDB

Shyamalan does it again. Split is such an amazing film that takes the scientific basis of dissociative identity disorder and expands upon it in an extreme way. Enter James McAvoy with a breathtaking performance. McAvoy plays a variety of personas within this film, creating a different identity for each, well, identity. He’s amazing. Not once does he break character, but he creates and moves between the characters, between the personalities so effortless it’s scary. What makes it scary is how good he is at switching between the personas when he brings them to life.
Continue reading Shyamalan Does it Again | Review of ‘Split’

Weekly Reading List #78


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey, there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I’m still trying to catch up on my reading and my writing, but, more importantly, my book which is slated for publication this coming August. It’s approaching fast, especially if I want to send out advanced copies in May-June. Man do I need more time. But all work and no play is never fun and this week I have been enjoying some 10th Kingdom! Woo!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Check out these titles and see if they tickle your fancy or should be added to your To-Read list.
Continue reading Weekly Reading List #78

All Hail the Glow Cloud | Review of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’


By Cynthia Ayala

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor Harper Perennial Image Credit: Goodreads
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Harper Perennial
Image Credit: Goodreads

Following the visit of a mysterious man, no one can seem to remember; Jackie Fierro and Diane Crayton are teaming up to solve the mystery of who the mysterious man is and what his part to play in their lives means.

Published October 20, 2015, by Harper Perennial is a novel by the creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, of the podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale bridges the gap between podcasts and literary fiction.
Continue reading All Hail the Glow Cloud | Review of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’

An Action Packed and Surprisingly Emotional Ending | Review of ‘Resident Evil: Endgame’ (The Final Chapter)


By Cynthia Ayala

Resident Evil: The Last Chapter starring Milla Jovovich. Ali Larter & Iain Glen
Screen Jems
Image Credit: IMDB

“Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.”

Screen Jems/Constantin

Ah, what a perfect ending for a franchise. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it a little bit. It wasn’t perfect, but it was almost there. Aside from being ill-titled (it should have been titled Resident Evil: Endgame vs. being titled Resident Evil: The Last Chapter — I dare you to argue with me) the film was not without plot holes.
Continue reading An Action Packed and Surprisingly Emotional Ending | Review of ‘Resident Evil: Endgame’ (The Final Chapter)

Addicting, Enthralling, and Just Damn Good | Review of ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Jimmy Patterson
Image Credit: Goodreads

Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with wealth and privilege. But tea time, dress fittings and proper decorum are not where her passions lie. Against her father’s wishes and what society expects, Audrey slips away into her uncle’s laboratory, his protégé in forensic medicine. Being in this line of work brings her the bodies of Jack the Ripper’s victims where the danger begins to lurk closer to come than she ever thought possible.

Published September 20, 2016, by Jimmy Patterson, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is her debut novel that takes the history of Jack the Ripper and weaves her own unique story around it in this YA thriller.
Continue reading Addicting, Enthralling, and Just Damn Good | Review of ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)