Have I seen this before?


I went to the cinema a few days ago to see ‘Gone Girl’. It was enjoyable, bit long and watching Ben Afflecks muscle mass getting bigger throughout, was a bit off putting. I always like to see the previews and when my eardrums had recovered from the usual adverts for war pics and bloated sci- fi productions, a preview for a film about an ouija board came on. I watched hoping it was something a bit different from the tired slashery trope, in fact I had to ask my fella, ‘Is this a remake of something we’ve seen?’

Says it all I suppose.

We went into town to have a nosy in our local ‘That’s Entertainment’, home of the cheapo CD’s and dvd’s, and was met with wall to wall horror flicks on display for the Halloween sale. They all seemed to have the same covers-bloodied female,horrific clownface, cabin surrounded by woods- it was only when I saw them together that I realised just how much modern horror cinema is becoming generic. Anyway, I ended up buying a favourite, ‘Daybreakers’ ( Sam Neill as a vampire, can’t go wrong in my opinion. ) and feeling a bit marginalised. I’m not a teenage boy into heavy metal, watching young ladies in bikinis get chopped up, well not last time I checked.

I like a story; something that has you waking in a sweaty fear in the middle of the night, and has you feeling twitchy for a few days after seeing it. ‘Ah well’ I thought, ‘maybe something will come along’, it always does in horror. Every few years we seem to get a ‘Blair Witch’ or  ‘The Ring’ to keep me happy, and I hope, I hope this is good. The Babadook. ( A female director! Punches the air!!) I had read about it, thought ‘that’s sounds great… but don’t get too excited, hype has a lot to answer for’. Then I saw a small preview. Still excited. So if you have seen it and thought it great or rubbish, please don’t tell me yet. I have to have something to look forward to this Halloween, apart from my old dvd’s of tried and tested favourites, and hopefully The Babadook will be added to that collection.

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(released in U.K. 24th October 2014)

Style from the Small Screen


I’ll let you into a secret … I don’t watch Downton Abbey, I’m more of an ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ person, but I appreciate it, I understand why people LOVE it, but that didn’t stop me legging it to The Lady Lever Gallery to see their recently opened exhibition, ‘Style From the Small Screen’.


The exhibition had costumes made by ‘Cosplay’ for the show. Exquisite work, with a detailed description at the side of  each mannequin telling who each outfit was for and some historical details and references. There is one particular dress, all pastel sequins and mermaid colours that was made for one of the characters to wear in a Christmas special, that is amazing.

The exhibition also contains outfits that were originally made in the era of Downton. They belonged to a Mrs Tinne, a mother of five, married to a doctor, and owner of an extensive and beautiful wardrobe. These original dresses in the exhibition, I felt, very slightly outdid the modern copies, although this could be due to the way they were sewn and the glass beads used as decoration rather than imitation.

Mrs Tinne’s wardrobe has been photographed and collected for a book. It shows  her outfits, evening and daytime as well as some lovely photographs of the shops from that era and her children. If you love fashion history you will enjoy it, ‘Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe. A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes 1900-1940’


It’s a great exhibition, and for a costume junkie like myself a return visit will be needed.

Donna goes to Hollywood


I saw a movie being made yesterday. Some people waved mobile phones to get a snap shot of the leading actors (whatever happened to a camera?), some people carried on drinking their coffee,  pretending to be blase. Heads turned as the camera swept past, with a Jeep driving up a steep incline behind it, actors acting in the front seats. Production assistants hid in shop doorways watching the ‘normal’ people, making sure they did not spoil the action by getting on with their normal lives… or get hit by the Jeep. It all just looked a bit mundane, business like people with walkie-talkies, all looking that little bit too relaxed to actually be relaxed because a lot of money is being spent!

People asked the production assistants what the film was called, excited and interested; they received curt replies  from the puffa jacketed,woolly hat wearing folk,

‘It stars Blah Blah. And its called Blah Blah Blah.’

…and they would walk away because they had very important doorways to wait in. I watched for a while and then moved myself on. I saw the actor (Toni Collette!!!) who I think is talented and even got a smile, but honestly she looked as bored as I felt.

And nobody shouted “Action!”

That’s a wrap.

Howarth (again)


Not long home from my annual holiday in Howarth,Yorkshire. Lots of hiking and hill walking ( and lots of stopping to get my breath!). Halloween has hit this little village early. The ghost tours have begun, ‘Howartheen’ is being advertised and the pharmacy has one of the best shop window displays ever seen, I just wish I could have taken a better photograph.

need to take better pics...

need to take better pics…

Despite the weather being ridiculously warm for this time of year, the trees had begun shedding their leaves, the foliage was beautiful.

Autumnal colours everywhere!

Autumnal colours everywhere!

… and to round our trip off, a treat for every Goth, Hammer Horror fan and cliché ridden ghost film; a black cat in the Bronte Parsonage graveyard!

on the prowl...

on the prowl…