Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Geek Box October 2015 - Afterlife

I'm a lucky little nerd this month, as I've been given the opportunity to be sent October's MyGeekBox(*) to take a look at. For those of you who are in the dark, each month MyGeekBox send you a box full of mystery good that centre around a theme. Previous themes have included; Justice, Sidekicks, Abilities and Toons. This month's theme, in an ode to my favourite time of the year, Halloween, was Afterlife. 

The first thing that I saw when I opened this lovely little box, that surprisingly survived being in the hands of Royal Mail, was an adorable Boo! T-Shirt. I love it when shirts like these are several sizes too big, so I ordered a massive size so that it's long enough for me to throw it on with leggings for lazy days so I can geek out in style. The next thing that I saw absolutely blew my mind, at first it made me think of all the blood stained promos Dexter. It's actually a Bloody Hand Print Tea Towel, as a fan of horror/collector of tea towels I absolutely love this one. There was also some zombie themed decor in the form of a sticker and a metal wall sign, which I'm sure that my boyfriend will be stealing from me.

I don't know if anyone has seen the stocking fillers that most shops have brought in for Christmas, but I've noticed that a lot of them are selling puzzles that come in the form of a little man that you have to turn into a box, so I was pleased to see what is possibly the quirkiest variation of this; a Dracula Petrifying Puzzle! I'm obsessed with brain teasing puzzles, so I will definitely be spending a few good minutes (hours) trying to solve this. Luckily it does come with the answer in case you get too frustrated. Finally, and possibly my favourite item next to the Boo! T-Shirt, is the graphic novel Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson. It's described as 'a series of interconnected psychological thrillers', which I believe comes in the form of eight stories tying in with one another. It's a welcome addition to my graphic novel collection and I'm really looking forward to reading it!

Overall, I was really impressed with October's MyGeekBox, and, seeing as next month's theme is right up my street as it's Movies and Television, I think that I'll be investing in another! What did you think of this month's MyGeekBox? Have you ever invested in a blind box before? Let me know by tweeting me or leaving a comment!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Pop in a Box October 2015

Pop in a Box is something that I've been aware of for quite a long time, but wasn't entirely sure how it worked. After doing a little research and getting some help from Pop in a Box veteran Emily over at The Mini Mermaid, I got to grips with the whole shebang. Basically, you create an account and mark off all of the Pop! Vinyls that you already own and then you can start the 'Thumps Up/Down' process, in which you give a thumbs up to the Pop!s that you'd want to receive and a thumbs down to the ones that you don't. In my case I gave a thumbs up to every Disney and Game of Thrones character in sight and thumbs down'ed every Doctor Who Pop! (sorry guys, it's ain't my thing at all.)

Last week, Pop in a Box celebrated the fact they had launched their website in America by offering a half price subscription for one month only. So, being the Pop!/bargain fanatic that I am, I finally chose a subscription. I opted for the one Pop! per month deal and ended up paying a measly £7.75 (including £3.50 P&P), so I can't complain! When I saw it sat there waiting for me I genuinely opened it with my eyes closed to maintain the element of surprise, I'm not even joking. I was pleasantly shocked when I got Peter Pan's little diva Tinker Bell!

I've been wanting to expand my Disney Pop!s for ages, so she's very welcome in my collection. I love the little details such as her shoes, the ribbon in her hair and her translucent wings. (My only peeve is that dirty mark on the back of her head!) She's actually from the first series of Disney figures, so I'm not sure how easy she is to come across these days. I also find her quite fitting seeing as though November's Tsum Tsums are going to feature the Peter Pan collection! 

Do you subscribe to Pop in a Box? Let me know if it's something that you'd be interested in and what you think of Tink! You can tweet me or leave a comment!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Halloween Watchlist 2015 Edition

As a film boffin I feel obliged to watch as many horror films in October as possible in order to celebrate my favourite time of the year: Halloween! I decided to pick 5 horror films (some good, some bad) that were released in 2015 to watch so as not to bombard you guys with a list of typical horror films such as; A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Halloween. Don't get me wrong, they're classics, but they've been appearing on Halloween watchlists for over 30 years so I just decided to change things up a bit. 

1. The Visit (2015), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Growing up I was in awe of Shyamalan-psychological-thriller-fests such as; The Sixth Sense, UnbrokenSigns, and even The Village. However, after The Happening and After Earth, I never thought that I would enjoy a M. Night Shyamalan film again. How wrong I was, The Visit is almost a cinematic redemption and I hope that he carries on (and betters) with this streak. The Visit is a found footage film that perfectly blends horror and comedy as it follows Becca and Tyler as they spend a week forging a relationship with their once absent grandparents, who aren't typical grandparents at all.

2. The Boy (2015), dir. Crag Macneill
The Boy charts young Ted's obsession with death and how he slowly transforms from an innocent child to a sociopath. It was definitely a slow burner and only peeked my interested during the last 30-40 minutes. Rainn Wilson (more commonly known as Dwight K. Schrute) is absolutely brilliant and child actor Jared Breeze delivers an intense performance as Ted. The Boy is allegedly supposed to be the first in a trilogy that follows Ted's journey as he grows older and becomes a fully fledged serial killer, and I think that I'd stick around for more.

3. Knock Knock (2015), dir. Eli Roth
The only recommendation that I can give in regards to this film is recommending that you don't bother watching it. I think that I'll always been intrigued by whatever Eli Roth does, so I couldn't help but give this one a watch. Basically, doting husband and father Keanu Reeves has a steamy night with two of the most annoying girls in existence that show up at his door and they then proceed to hassle him. 

4. The Final Girls (2015), dir. Todd Strauss-Schulson
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the horror trope 'final girl', think of Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alice Hardy in Friday the 13th, Sidney Prescott in the Scream series, or Jamie Lee Curtis in every horror/slasher film that she starred in during the 70s/80s. The final girl is the woman who faces the monster and is the only one left to tell the tale. After Max's mother, who was a 'scream queen' in the 80s, dies, Max finds herself and her friends sucked into her mother's most famous horror film and they must fight their way to the end. I absolutely adored The Final Girls, it's hilarious and sentimental and plays on horror tropes like there's no tomorrow.

5. The Gift (2015), dir. Joel Edgerton
After Simon moves back to LA with his wife, Robyn, Gordo, a not-so-familiar face from Simon's high school days, reappears and begins to leave him gifts and try and force his way into his life. The Gift is more psychological thriller than horror, and leaves you wondering which of the three characters is actually the one who's on the verge of a breakdown. It's a little predictable here and there, but it's still worth a watch.

My favourite film out of the five was definitely The Final Girls and I insist that everyone gives it a watch! Now that I've powered my way through 2015s horror films I'm going to go and enjoy some classics, starting with The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Have you seen any of these films? Let me know what you think and what you'd recommend by leaving a comment or tweeting me!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsum Collection

The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums were released in September, but I couldn't do a Halloween theme Tsum post when it wasn't October! The collection included Jack Skellington, Sally, Barrel, Shock,  Lock, a Vampire, and Santa Jack and they're all still available on the Disney Store's website if you're on a Halloween roll this month.

I would have gladly bought all eight of them, but my Tsum Tsum collection is getting ridiculous and storing them is becoming a teensy bit of a problem. To prevent a Tsum overload, I decided to limit myself to Jack, Sally and Zero (who I think may be my favourite). I must admit, I'm regretting the fact that I didn't get Santa Jack so that I can parade him around at Christmas! Have you invested in any of The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums? Let me know in a comment, or just tweet me!

Monday, 5 October 2015

September 2015 Digest

I don't know about you guys, but September absolutely flew by for me. I got to spend a day with my lovely friend Dan (who lives too far away, if you ask me), had two blissful weeks off work, added six Pop! Vinyls to my collection, bought some new make up for the first time in forever, and I reignited my love of Harry Potter. I thought that I'd start off the post with a little bit of Instagram lovin'. I think the main theme of this month's posts is socks, I've started stocking up on cosy ones in preparation for Autumn/Winter. I'd like to give a shoutout to Primark for putting my spirit Princess, LSP, on a sock!

As you probably know, I'm a film boffin, so I can't not mention what I've been watching. Embarrassingly I only viewed a rather measly 14 films this month. I began by paying tribute to the master of genre Wes Craven, who passed away at the end of August, by watching the Scream quadrilogy. I can't recommend the first one enough, it's a holy grail for every horror film fan. The only other films from my September viewing that I'll recommend are Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (easily one of the best films that 2015 has produced) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I have watched several times at this point.) 

If you read my last post you'll be aware that I've regressed back into my 10 year old self and I'm on a little bit of a Harry Potter binge. I finished Philosopher's Stone and moved onto Chamber of Secrets, so we'll see how far I get with my Hogwarts adventure by the end of October. I also read Stranger Child by Rebecca Abbott, which I wasn't particularly impressed by but hey, it was free on Amazon Prime, and The Lie by CL Taylor which was quite a gripping read and I believe is only 99p on Kindle.

How did September go for your guys? Please recommend any films or books that you think that I should have in my life! I'm super excited that it's October now, I've always loved Halloween more than Christmas and I adore 'miserable' weather (it's actually chucking it down as I type this), so it's bound to be a fun month for me. I know that I teased the fact that I've got some new Pop! Vinyls and make up at the beginning of this post, so expect some updates on them very soon. Let me know your October plans by tweeting me or leaving a comment!

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