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Loro Parque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 18/02/2017

Orcas here to stay?

Loro Parque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife We stayed in the North region of Tenerife for 7 nights during September, far away from the busy and buzzing South region, without the prettier beaches but it was a nice time to be there during September - after the busy summer holiday period, but weather still good enough to enjoy the time there. This was our first time in Tenerife however we found there was not much to do in the North Region apart from visit Mount Teide, so a trip to Loro Parque it was. Our ticket to Loro Parque Loro Parque is located in Puerto de la Cruz, North region on Tenerfie. Loro means parrot in Spanish, so Parrots are the supposed to be the highlight of the attraction, but it probably won’t be the highlight of your day and it definitely wasn’t for us. Loro Parque (park) place is basically a huge zoo with timed shows – closest thing to a SeaWorld resort, but on a smaller scale. We booked tickets to Loro Parque through the hotel, inclusive of a private ride to the park and spent around 5 hours there which seemed more than enough time to see everything we wanted to, including all the pre-set shows. The opening hours are from 8.30am to 6.45pm. Getting to the park The best ways to get to the park is by booking the transport with your accommodation tour desk or booking a private car. It may also be inclusive as part of your ticket if you book with your hotel like we did. Otherwise, depending how far you are located from the park and if you are familiar with the Tenerife roads, it could be easier to ...

Emelie (DVD) 15/02/2017

Unsetting and uncomfortable watching

Emelie (DVD) ‘Emelie’ is an American horror / thriller film released in 2015 about a babysitter from hell. The film is given a rating of 5.4 out of 10 in IMDB which is quite average and has a guidance rating of a 15 because of a range of its disturbing situations. It runs for around an hour and 20 minutes. This is another one that I decided to watch on my Amazon Prime subscription and just like the previous film I watched (‘Lights Out’), I was glad I decided to watch it on Prime rather than at the cinema as this was another I didn’t really like – it was the conclusion to the film that upset me and many other viewers too I believe. Beginning: The opening scenes has us aware of the fact this is going to be a babysitter from hell – don’t let her near your kids! – It’s the style the film goes for, where the evil is revealed before it even happens, having us wait in anticipation for the horrifying events to unfold as we know they are coming anyway. That’s not a big issue for me though, we knew it was coming, and the beginning of the film was fine - it introduces the babysitter into the house, all the while seeing that evil streak within her as she checks out the house. And how evil she is, we don’t yet know…but it’s the main bulk that had me unsure a little bit… Story: So I watched on and the storyline did have me torn between the dislike of it - obviously none of it is meant to be pleasant – and keeping me hanging on because this was actually effective nail-biting thriller stuff. There ...

Lights Out (DVD) 09/02/2017

Lights Off

Lights Out (DVD) ‘Lights out’ is an American horror supernatural horror film released in 2016 about the experiences of a creepy paranormal creature. It is rated a 6.4 out of 10 on IMDB and given a guidance certificate of 15 because of some of its scary scenes. The film is an hour and 20 minutes long. This one I picked out on my Amazon Prime subscription, on a rainy day as the ratings on IMDB where high and the subtleness of the film picture seemed attractive. So at least I wasn’t too annoyed watching on Prime as actually I didn’t really enjoy the film, but might have been worse if I had watched the film in the cinema. Beginning: The opening to the film achieves its first few scares, lights on-lights off, it definitely had me on the edge of my seat around ten minutes in. Two members of the family, the dad Paul and his young son Martin, are introduced as the opening to the film, but within these first few scenes we are left with a little mystery which has the viewer wanting to know more. These opening scares are definitely a nice bonus to any horror film as it will hopefully keep us hanging on with expectations of more scenes of horror like these. If I had watched this in the cinema on the big screen, surrounded by pitch darkness, I would have been very impressed with the opening. The story: The plot is interesting and a little bit more unique than other films of this genre as it doesn’t seem to try too hard with frights to create scare over-kill and gore, yet on the other hand I felt it ...

General: Bali 08/02/2017

Top 5 Things to Do in Bali

General: Bali I couldn’t imagine anyone not falling in love with Bali the moment they stepped on to it and so did we. To go with this review, I have written one on a great villa accommodation – “Lumbini Luxury Villas and Spa” located in Jimbaran where we stayed at during our time in Bali and which you can check out for inspiration on where to stay! I’m hoping my review will be useful when you need a brief overview about deciding on holiday options and hope it is helpful to determine whether this island is for you and whether it tempts you to go visit! Our stay in Bali This was our first time in Bali where we stayed for 7 nights in November and although this time of year is considered monsoon season, we had a few days of rain but otherwise it was very hot and sunny the remaining days of our stay. Bali is one of Indonesia’s many islands, the country has over 10 thousand islands, around 900 are populated and Bali is one of them. Hinduism plays a huge part in the lifestyle of the Balinese. You will see the Balinese practice elements of Hinduism wherever you go like the offerings of sweet food placed (for the Gods), along with incense sticks in front of shops/businesses, houses, restaurants and temples, as you walk along streets when out and about – it’s a gesture of welcoming the gods for blessings in return. We saw these beautiful temples with intricate carving-work almost everywhere we went. The Balinese culture, the food, weather and climate, the lush natural features and landscape ...

Lumbini Luxury Villas & Spa, Jimbaran 20/01/2017

My Idea of PARADISE!

Lumbini Luxury Villas & Spa, Jimbaran Our stay in Bali This was our first time in Bali where we stayed at the Lumbini Luxury Villas and Spa for a 7 night stay during November – although its considered monsoon season, we did have a few days of rain but otherwise it was very hot and the sun was out most of the day. Just for some info before I start my review on the Villas, Bali is one of Indonesia’s many islands, the country has over 10 thousand islands, around 900 are populated and Bali is one of them. It is predominately a Hindu country, where we saw the beautiful temples almost everywhere we went and the distinctive Balinese culture. Location: Lumbini Luxury Villas and Spa is located in Jimbaran and our main reason for booking this location was really because of the excellent villas. Lumbini Villas is situated on one of the busiest roads of Jimbaran it seems (!) yet it’s amazing to think that once you are taken into the villa, the peacefulness is such a beautiful contrast. A lot of Bali is actually developing so as you step out of this peaceful oasis, you will notice that a lot of the roads are not very good for cars especially when on your tours. Other than that once in the villa, the location feel secluded, there is lots going on outside which we really valued as we did not have to go far to find the buzzing atmosphere when we needed it for a change. Surrounding the Villa: As you walk out of the villa onto this very busy road where lots of cars, vans and scooters pass, you will find many shops and places ...

The Boy (DVD) 18/01/2017

How disturbing!

The Boy (DVD) ‘The Boy’ is American horror released in 2016 about a mysterious life-sized doll. It is rated a very good 6 out of 10 on IMDB and given a guidance certificate of 15 because of some of its scary and violent scenes. The film is an hour and 40 minutes long. Beginning: A very promising start, where we see Greta Evans, the nanny played by Lauren Cohen (‘The Walking Dead’) arrive at the mansion-like house where she bumps into the grocery boy Malcolm (Rupert Evans from ‘Hellboy’) who delivers veg into the house. Greta and Malcolm talk for a bit and Greta tries to find out a little bit of background on the family she will be working for, and within the first few scenes of the film she is made acquainted to Brahms – the 8 year old ‘Boy’. When she is given the rules and expectations of nannying Brahms by Mrs Heelshire, we realise that this is going to be interesting to see how Greta gets on with going along with these. Quite an intriguing start just with these beginning few scenes and it definitely had me wanting to know more about this life-size doll. The plot: This one will remind you of all the horror films where the horror figure are dolls like ‘Annabelle’, ‘Dead Silence’ and the Chucky movies, but really it is quite different to these which we realise once the plot goes on. So basically the story is about an American nanny Greta who takes up a new role in the England. She only realises once she arrives at the British weathly and elderly couple’s home, that the boy she is ...

Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur 08/01/2017

Stylish, luxury, five star hotel

Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Our stay Our stay at the Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia was part of our two week holiday in November for a city break before the relaxing part of our holiday in Thailand. We stayed at the Traders Hotel for five nights and found that Kuala Lumpur was a diverse place to visit as there is quite a lot of do their within a short stay, along with it being convenient as our flight was to stopover at Kuala Lumpur International airport anyway. The Hotel Location: The Traders Hotel is located in Jalan Sultan Ismail, in KL – useful when instructing a taxi driver, although directing them to the Traders is more than enough to know where you want to get to. We found the hotel well located in Kuala Lumpur and it is was promised as being located in the ‘heart’ of Kuala Lumpur. Well, we definitely felt it was - it was easy to find transport on the hotel doorstep like taxis and cars, KL International airport is roughly 40 minutes drives away and it is very close to places like Chinatown, Little India, the local restaurants, food shops and the shopping malls for a leisurely shop, along with the fact that it is situated opposite the famous Petronas Twin Towers. The Petronas Towers is stunning and you will be admiring it from most places around the hotel. Surroundings: First impressions after being dropped off by our transfer at the hotel entrance was not too great as there does not seem to be much around (its feels quite businessey) but once you make your way into the hotel, ...

The Lion King / Lyceum Theatre, London 04/01/2017

Spectacular, vibrant, expensive

The Lion King / Lyceum Theatre, London The Lion King musical is now in its 17th year in the West End at the Lyceum Theatre – the best place to watch the show! But you can also watch it in Broadway in New York if you are there. I am reviewing the show playing at the Lyceum theatre – and like all theatre ticket prices, seats vary depending on the price you paid, the more you pay the better the seats you will get. The Lion King is one of the biggest musicals to watch and if you are a fan of them, it might either be on your watchlist, or you have been to see it already. My ticket to the Lion King: One thing worth pointing out is the Lyceum theatre is not a huge theatre so even if you bought seats near the front row of the grand circle / upper circle (last section of seats) you should still be able to see the entire show with a decent enough view. We chose to book seats in the grand circle and thought our view was great. We went for an evening show on a Thursday (weekdays are always cheaper). Seats and prices: We paid £45 each for our tickets and had seats on row A in the centre of the grand circle. There is obviously a price range to choose from according to what seat you prefer, but the problem with the Lion King is the full priced tickets can go up to £150. You will notice that there are no empty seats at the theatre and obviously not everyone would have paid for the full priced tickets, so there may be on the day sales or other ways of getting discounted tickets. The stall full priced tickets would range from ...

The Conjuring 2 (DVD) 12/12/2016

Amityville vs Enfield

The Conjuring 2 (DVD) ‘The Conjuring 2’ is an American horror film released in 2016 about a house haunted by a demonic spirit. It is the sequel to the 2013 film ‘The Conjuring’ both directed by James Wan (also director of the scary ‘Insidious’ movies). The Conjuring 2 is rated 7.5 on IMDB and has a guidance rating of a 15. The Conjuring films: The first Conjuring film gave an idea of what the Conjuring is about as the first film started it all off and was new to viewers so we didn’t know what to expect, apart from the fact that we knew it was supposed to be based on a true story. The first film features Annabelle the vintage doll which is definately a spooky object. ‘The Conjuring 2’ is also based on a true story and like the first film it is about all of the encounters the couple have with evil spirits where the paranormal investigators are brought in to help the family at the house – this film is about the haunting in Enfield. Story: The story revolves around the haunting on Green Street in the small house of the Hodgeson family – a single mother and her four kids, who experience hauntings encounters linked to the previous house owners need help. The story is based on true events during the 1970s within the North London house. We already know Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) from the previous Conjuring films, and just like they were called upon in the first film to help the family experiencing encounters with the spirits in the farm-house, the paranormal investigators ...

The Gallows (DVD) 06/07/2016

Tragic

The Gallows (DVD) ***Please note this is a FILM ONLY review - not a BluRay or DVD review*** ‘The Gallows’ is an American ‘reality’ (‘found footage’) supernatural horror film released in 2015 about being trapped in a school with an evil spirit possibly 20 years old. It is rated 4.2 on IMDB which is a really poor rating, after watching the film I would score it less. Luckily the film is only around an hour and 15 mins long so the torture is minimised. The beginning: The beginning of the film doesn’t have much to keep the viewers hooked, so I suppose it might be the viewer’s mistake that they continue watching the film but I’ve seen a few films where they seem to drag at first, only to get better. To be fair, the plot idea is not so bad - its sounds interesting and could have been interesting, but what we get as we watch on is not good. I should have known with the poor rating that it really doesn’t but when the film is released, you don’t bother going into too much detail about the rating as you just want to check it out for yourself. The film opens with video footage now belonging to the Police Department in Beatrice, Nebraska. It’s this video we see opening the film where a similar tragedy occurred 20 years ago and is witnessed by the entire audience – but at this stage as viewers we continue watching in suspense (a good thing) waiting for something to happen – its actually turns out to be a bit confusing as it doesn’t make any sense as the scene goes on until the actual events of ‘the ...

It Follows (DVD) 29/05/2016

Weird idea

It Follows (DVD) ***Please note this is a FILM ONLY review - not a BluRay or DVD review*** ‘It Follows’ is an American supernatural horror released in 2014 about a supernatural thing that follows. The film is given a guidance of 15 years +, has a run time of around an hour and 40 minutes and is rated quite a generous 6.9 out of 10 on IMDB. The Film Plot idea: The plot I thought is a little on the bizarre and creepy side – that is based on the actual idea of the plot. It is a horror film and definitely has all the horror elements to it, but it also is different to lot of other films I have seen when comparing to other decent horror films, which is probably what has made the film quite appealing – its uniqueness or maybe its unpredictable plot, and it definitely is unpredictable. So basically the plot revolves around an unknown supernatural thing or a collection of things which they call ‘It’ and which basically follows its victims. You will however only become a victim if you have slept with the person who carried it before you and then it will haunt and torment its new victim, until you then pass it on to another person…by sleeping with them. Very original. Storyline: The story therefore revolves around the lead character, a girl named Jay, who when we first see her in the earlier scenes is out on a date with her new boyfriend, that she knows as ‘Hugh’. Jay begins to suspect something strange in his behaviour whilst at the cinema with him as they have to leave because Hugh says he sees ...

10 Cloverfield Lane (DVD) 28/05/2016

Surviving at Cloverfield

10 Cloverfield Lane (DVD) ***Please note this is a FILM ONLY review - not a BluRay or DVD review*** ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is an American psychological horror released in 2016 about a possible apocalyptic event and survival. The film is given a guidance certificate of 15 year+, has a run time of around 1 hour 43 minutes and is rated an impressive 7.4 out of 10 on IMDB. (Not to be confused with 'Cloverfield, and neither is it a sequel to 'Cloverfield'!) The Film Beginning: The film begins with one of the lead characters of the film a woman named Michelle, who we see is in a situation following an argument with her fiancé and is therefore leaving her home in New Orleans and on the road, driving to Louisiana through the night. It’s not exactly clear what has happened and who is involved including the full details behind this - but lately we will learn that Michelle’s background is not important as what turns out to be important is the situation in which she finds herself next. The film trailer has shown Michelle in a car accident so we know this is coming and later she will find herself in an isolated room tied up, only to be told that she is being protected from a chemical attack in this underground bunker. This is a really interesting start, because since the beginning of the film until this point in the film, we have followed Michelle through the events which led her to this bunker. As much as she knows, we know - therefore there is definitely the curiosity and a bit of suspense that allows us to ...

Goosebumps (DVD) 22/05/2016

Childhood horror favourites

Goosebumps (DVD) Goosebumps! My favourite childhood ‘horror’ books, by R.L Stine. I was a big fan, so I didnt hestitate to watch this one. These little series of books called Goosebumps from the early 1990s, had to be the books we read before Stephen King was later introduced into my life. They were great. Goosebumps the film, is an American fantasy comedy horror released in 2015, in 3D when first released and rated 6.4 out of 10 on IMDB, about those horror characters escaping the books of R.L Stine and creating havoc. Beginning: The film starts with the introduction to one of the lead character Zach Cooper and his mother who move from New York to Madison, Delaware and whilst moving into their new home, his neighbour Hannah gets his attention, a girl who lives with her father Mr Shivers. This is the simple introduction to the film and nothing much more than what expect with light horror films like this, but like most other similar film, the plot then carries on in a slightly speedier pace as the plot gets going when whatever suspicions Zach had about Hannah’s father (reinforced by the name Mr Shivers) are discovered as the curious boy goes next door to investigate for himself when he hears a disruption. He, and us as viewers, are soon enough introduced to R.L Stine himself, one of the central characters in the film. Characters: This film really is all about the characters more so than the actual storyline which is why I thought it makes sense to talk about the characters first. Mr Shivers, ...

Poltergeist (2015) (DVD) 19/05/2016

No spirit

Poltergeist (2015) (DVD) ‘Poltergeist’ is a remake of the Spielberg supernatural classic horror released originally in 1982. This version of the film was released in 2015, a 3D version when released, about a haunted suburban family home. It is rated 5.0 out of 10, an average rating on IMDB and is an hour and half long. Plot / Story: The plot is too similar to the original, only that it has attempted to be modernised with a few CGI special effects, an overall modern look and modern technology of course with useful gadgets to the plotline like smartphones, drones and laptops. I was not keen on the original Poltergeist film so hoped that this one would take on a different plot and style for it to be a bit more interesting and inviting. The film is still based on the same everything - the energy within the house is where the spirits seem to thrive and that they are first to ‘take’ the member of the family that they felt suited to take, just like they do in the original. In comparison to the original film, the pace is however faster moving in that a bit more action is fitted in and the scares are introduced into the film quite earlier on as opposed to the original where it was really a waiting game for the scares to occur I thought. But overall the story which you got in the original is pretty much what you get here. Characters: The film stars Sam Rockwell as the father and the characters revolve around the family consisting of the Dad and the mother Eric and Amy Bowen and the three kids, the eldest ...

Insidious: Chapter 3 (DVD) 24/04/2016

Part 3 for the Insidious fans!

Insidious: Chapter 3 (DVD) 'Insidious Chapter 3' is an American supernatural thriller released in 2015 about a haunted house and possession. It is the prequel to the 2010 film also called ‘Insidious’. "Insidious" from the first film basically referred to the evil spirits which lurked around waiting to take over the body of a boy who is believed to be in a coma. The prequel relates to the same thing, but in this film it is the past story of the medium who helped the boy free of the spirits trying to take up the body of the boy. Despite plenty of horror films released recently based on prequels of events occurred, this was one of the more consistent ones where the third film is as good as the first two. This film is rated 6.1 on IMDB and is around an hour and 40 mins long. The events before /Story of INSIDIOUS: Since this is a prequel, the plot is based around the events before the story of ‘Insidious’ and ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ (2013). Both the first and the second involve Elise Rainier, the parapsychologist/medium who was brought in to help the couple’s son free the evil spirits inhabiting the boy’s body which became an empty vessel after he become trapped in a coma. The second film goes on with the work of this medium where the same couple from the first film also appear in this film, but things take a turn in chapter 2, as something bad happens to Elise and focuses on her quite a bit. This film (Chapter 3) therefore takes up the story of Elise and explains to us how she came about helping detect ...
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