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Dismissed--My take on the movie with spoilers!

Even if all of us were not straight A students, there was always that one subject that we excelled in. A subject that we could grasp the knowledge of easily and do well on the tests.
Now imagine getting all A's in the tests, being praised for answering in class but get a B in the midterms. Would that drive us forward to do better or simply drive us crazy?
Dismissed does this very clever trick of starting the movie from the teacher's point of view. We see how much Mr. Butler loves teaching and how popular he is in class and the chess club he supervises. Everyone loves him. At home, he is a caring father and a loving husband.
All this is shown to us so that we don't bring forth our suppressed empathy for Lucas who doesn't score well in his midterms.
At some point, maybe we did feel like we deserved a better grade and that the teacher had it out for us. It is only later that common sense prevails and we realize they were only doing their job and sometimes it is okay to swallo…

Sinfully Stupid Seven

When seven high school students fail their finals, it gives three bumbling scientists a chance to try their new experiment on them.

All the students have to do is pass the test.

All the scientists have to do is, inject them with the right serum to make them smarter.

But of course, nothing goes according to plan.

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The Midnight Man-- My take on the movie with spoilers!!!

There wasn't a lot going on in the 1950s. The lack of video games, thrilling TV shows, movies and adventure sports caused people to experience utter boredom to the extent they did anything they could to feel some modicum of excitement.

So what did they do?

Contact ghosts and demons.

The Ouija board started to get popular because the people who used them thought they could contact their dead loved ones.

That, I can sort of get.

What I can't get is people purposely contacting a demon to chase them around.

The Midnight man is about a creepy game 'The Midnight Game' that is basically about calling a creepy demon to your house, have him feed and manifest your fears. After that, for three hours and thirty - three minutes, you must dodge him, keep your candle lit or stand in a circle of salt.

I cannot imagine why people would want to play this weird game and put their lives at risk, but in the 1950s people did. Then later on when it is found in an attic, two teens decide to play it …

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No one can hear you...


The path through the forest was endless and the further Preeti looked, the more she felt discouraged. There were trees, hedges, ferns and rocks. Apart from that, there were no sounds to be heard except the weighing silence. Rudra was walking a few steps ahead from her, apparently lost in his own thoughts. He had left behind quite a few trees unmarked and she had to make up for his absent-mindedness. She picked up a rock and started chipping away at the bark. A little dust flew out, but she had barely caused a dent in the wood. She sighed, feeling defeated and then her eyes fell on a vine lying by her feet. She picked it up and tugged, feeling the tautness of the green vine. She tied the vine around the trunk and pushed the rock under it. This would be her sign that they had passed this way. She saw a few more vines lying on the ground and bent over to gather them. Rudra kept walking, oblivious to her activities and when she looked up, she felt fear dawn on her when she saw how…

My Wicked Intent---Excerpt


He called for the check and I stopped him. “Shouldn’t we get something for the road?”

“Two sandwiches.” He told the waitress. “One egg and one vegetable roll.”

I stared at him. “You ordered for me?”

Robin nodded. “Yes, I didn’t want to waste any more time having menus handed over to us so you can deliberate.”

“I may not have wanted a vegetable roll.”

“You don’t eat eggs. You don’t eat meat. As a vegetarian, that is your only option.” Robin asked for the bill when a waitress passed by.

“How did you know that? Just because I didn’t order eggs now...I do eat them, I just didn’t feel like it.”

“I know,” Robin said. “It says on your profile that you are a vegetarian. Not a vegan. I remember that.”

“Oh,” I said in a small voice. Of course, that was how he knew. How else would he? I watched him as he checked his phone and when he did look up every now and then, it wasn’t at me. I was starting to get frustrated. Why wasn’t he interested in me?

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Forest of the Dark-- Book Excerpt

Taking one last deep breath, she closed her eyes, using the woman’s soft voice to lull her deeper into sleep.She thought she would see only serene darkness, instead, she found herself in red-orange burning void. There was nothing above her and nothing under her feet. The only things she saw was a wall of orange smoke surrounding her. There was no escape and no choice but to watch the images presented her on the screen of orange smoke. “Like in the drive-in theatre Mom and Dad used to take me to when I was a child,”She said in a numb voice. She didn’t see her father; only her mother. Her mother was young with thick black hair which she was combing in front of a mirror. She was humming to herself as she picked up a ruby bracelet and draped it over her wrist. Her mother looked happy and carefree—in a flash that was gone. She saw strange men in the translucent screen, throwing money at her mother and walking out the door. She, in turn, picked up the wads of money and screamed obscenities at th…

Bed of the Dead-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

Consider this: You go to a hotel, climb onto the bed and realize you can’t get down. Because the minute you touch the wooden framework of the bed and you touch the floor, you will be punished for your wrongdoings.
At first, the premise seems really ridiculous. Really? You can’t get down from the bed or you’ll die?
Nevertheless, I was bored, so I continued even as the first scene did little to impress me. Discordant music plays, a man is struggling as two men bring him to a tall, narrow tree that doesn’t look like it could weather a gust of wind. Still, he is hung and stabbed multiple times. The branch does not break.
In the next scene, a woodcutter or carpenter cuts down the tree and begins making furniture out of it. In this case, a bed frame. He even makes a weird symbol in the center that looks like a tree or wispy hands holding each other. At this point, you wonder where the wood from your bed came from.
The movie progresses to a group of four friends who are in a club/hotel and …

The Haunted Empath-- Excerpt

Jadeline could feel a flutter in her eyes. She opened the car door and got out. “Hey!” she screamed with whatever energy remained. Charging forward she focused on what she wanted to ask rather than blame him for taking her health and peace of mind away. It didn’t help that Hedson looked even more handsome and that he had gained all of his vigor, whereas she was huffing for breath in the five strong steps she had taken. He pulled down his sunglasses with one finger, saw her, and ushered his companion into his luxury sports car. Jadeline picked up a rock by the parking lot and grasped it tightly in her raised hand, aiming for his car. “Get in and I’ll break your car!” she warned. “Will you calm down?” he said, raising his arms in truce. “What did you do to me?” Jadeline demanded. “You ruined my life!” Ruth joined her and stood before him. “How dare you play games with my sister!” “I have no idea...” “Four people are dead because of her. Because of you!” Jadeline pointed a finger at…

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Pari-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

If there is one word that can be used to describe this movie, it would be: disturbing.
Yes, disturbing to the point that it haunts your thoughts long after the movie is over.
Advertised as a horror movie, Pari does little to actually scare, instead, it keeps you hooked to the proceedings that make you guess what is going to happen next.
However, as mentioned above, the movie will make you flinch, clench your stomach and generally make you feel bad about the characters' predicament.
I have to mention that literally, every actor in this movie impresses. As for the characters, each of them possesses qualities that have both good and bad shades to them.
In fact, the characters introduced as sweet, innocent, babe in the woods, actually harbor a creepy secret. Those that appear stern and aggressive, actually have good intentions though misplaced.
It won't be easy to take sides in this one. But the end result is that all performances leave a lasting impression. The fact that these characte…

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