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Move Review: Clown

 

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Long time readers of She Scribes know that I have a thing for horror movies. I have always been a horror movie fan – even when I was a young girl. At a very young age I was attracted to the old Vampire movies that stared Christopher Lee and Lon Chaney. Vampire, mummies, Frankenstein, werewolves… none of them scared me and I found the movies entertaining.

The only time I think I was ever scared watching a horror movie was when I was about 12 years old. It was night time and I was home alone. I was watching an old black and white movie, The Deadly Mantis (1957) about a giant Praying Mantis. I am not too keen on those insects to begin with. The movie scared me and I ran, barefoot in the pouring rain, to my grandparent’s house next door.

Some people find vampires scary. Other people cringe at the thought of zombies. I think one character that probably frightens the most people are clowns.

What is it about clowns that make some people’s skin crawl and shutter with fear? Aren’t they supposed to be happy characters?

Clowns have popped up in horror movies like It, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Clownhouse. And let’s not forget that creepy clown doll in the original Poltergeist. 

If clowns scare you – and you enjoy being scared – you might want to check out a new movie that is available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download called Clown. 

Kent (played by Andy Powers) is an unassuming husband and father. He has a nice home and a good job selling real estate.

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His son, Jack, is having a birthday party. Jack loves clowns and is anxiously waiting for a clown to show up at his party. Sadly, his mother, Meg (Laura Allen) receives a phone call that the booking agent messed up and the clown was sent to another party. There will be no clown for Jack’s party.

Meg calls Kent to tell him the bad news. Being a loving dad he wants to make sure Jack has a clown at his party, so he frantically looks for clothing he could wear in the basement of the house he is trying to sell. The house belonged to an elderly man who had recently passed away.

None of the clothing costumes make him look like a clown. Then Kent discovers an old trunk. Low and behold the trunk has a clown costume in it. Kent puts on the costume and racing back home to make it there in time for his son’s party.

The party was a success, thanks to Kent showing up as a clown. Kent is exhausted and falls asleep in the costume.

When Kent wakes up the next morning he tries to remove the costume but finds that the costume is not coming off – no matter what he does. The clown nose is also stuck on his face and it appears that the wig has some how fused with his own hair.

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Kent tries and tries to get the costume off, but nothing works. His wife was able to remove the nose – leaving him with a huge wound on his face. Even cutting and dying his hair doesn’t help with the wig.

Trying to find some answers as to why he can’t get off the costume, Kent tracks down one of the relatives of the old man who owned the trunk he found in the basement.

Without telling him much, the man’s brother,  Herbert Karlsson (Peter Stormare) tries to drug Kent. When Kent wake up unexpectedly he finds Karlsson trying to kill him. Karlsson tells Kent it’s the only way. Kent was able to escape and takes off hiding from his family.

Not long afterwards Kent finds that he has a craving for blood – inparticular the blood of children.

Not knowing the where abouts of her husband, Meg tracks down Karlsson who tells Meg the truth about the costume. It’s the skin of a demon. He also tells her the history of clowns and how they used their funny costume to capture children and devour them. The demon requires five children before it will disappear.

Now it’s a race against time. Can Meg and Karlsson find Kent before it’s too late? Will the demon be able to eat five children or can he be stopped before that happens? Will Kent ever be able to get the demon clown suit off? To find out the answers you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Clown. Look for it where ever you buy movies.

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I liked the whole idea behind Clown. The backstory about what clowns really are is rather interesting. There were moments the movie was pretty good and other times it was rather slow.

These days most horror movies are just plain dumb. There are no true horror movies anymore, but every now and then one does pop up that can really be scary (especially for those who are truly afraid of horror movies) and can make die hard fans like myself nod with approval. Clown is one such movie. I’m not saying that it can hold it’s own against classics like the original Halloween, original Friday the 13th and the Exorcist, but compared to most horror movies coming out these days, Clown is one of the better ones.

The film does have some grotesque moments and plenty of times something pops out at you, which would make the easily squeamish jump out of their seats.

The special effects were decent and they made the evil clown very terrifying looking.

To be honest, I forgot to look for bonus features (I normally watch bonus features). I was tired the night I watched this film and wanted to get to bed early.

If you are in the market for a fun and scary horror movie, check out Clown. Look for it where movies are sold (or downloaded).

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

 

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

The film stars Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain.

If you have seen the film, Snow White and the Huntsman, staring Kristin Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, this film is in a way a prequel and a sequel to that film.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War starts off with the evil Raveena (Theron) making her way through kingdoms and conquering them to make her queen. We also get to meet her sister Freya (Blunt). Freya is nothing like her sister. She has a kind heart and believes in things like love. In fact, Freya has been having an affair with a Nobleman. She gets pregnant and gives birth to a beautiful baby girl. Freya’s heart is filled with love. She cannot imagine loving anything more than her daughter.

Freya’s world is shattered when her lover murders her baby. The event angers Freya so much that dormant powers that lied inside of her come pouring out of her. Freya has the ability to turn things into ice. Oddly enough, Raveena is not saddened by the child’s death – she is more pleased about Freya’s evil side coming out.

Freya leaves her sister’s kingdom and makes her own kingdom in the North. She also has children taken from their families and brought to her kingdom where she teaches them to be her soldiers (huntsmen).

Two of her finest soldiers, Eric and Sara, grow up and fall in love – even though Freya is against love and teaches the child soldiers that loving is a sin and has no place in her kingdom.

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When Freya finds out about their relationship she puts an immediate end to it, even if it means killing one of them off.

Erica some how survives Freya’s fate for him and is able to escape.

During his time away from Freya is when he helped Snow White defeat the evil Raveena.

Eric learns that Raveena’s magic mirror is in danger of being taken by Freya. It’s imparative that they find the mirror before she does.

With the help of some friends – and someone very unexpected – the group heads out to find the magic mirror before Freya does.

Can the group get to the mirror before Freya? What will Freya do when she finds that Eric is alive. Who is the unexpected person who helps Eric on his quest. And the biggest question of all… is Raveena really dead?

To find out the answers you need to pick up (or download) a copy of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I liked the original film, Snow White and the Huntsman. I am not a fan of Kristin Stewart, but I did enjoy Charlize Theron in the movie. The special effects were amazing too.

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I liked the story in The Huntsman: Winter’s War better. There are plenty of great special effects, but the bulk of them come at the end of the film.

Charlize Theron has the evil queen thing down perfectly. She’s such a beautiful woman but she can really turn herself into a scary “monster.” She can so easily portray pure evil. I’m very impressed. Even some of her facial expressions I found to be terrifying.

Chris Hemsworth was an excellent choice to play the Huntsman and Jessica Chastain surprised me as a fierce warrior.

I’m on the fence with Emily Blunt. Long story… I won’t go into it, but I didn’t have a pleasant experience with her (press junket – different movie).

Overall the film was entertaining. There were some slow moments, but it wasn’t too bad.

The film won’t win any movie awards, but it’s fun to watch.

The film is rated PG-13. There is some partial nudity and violence – plus a creepy looking monkey-like creature with horns that some children might find too intense.

There are some bonus features included.

Blu-ray Disc Exclusives:

  • Two Queens and Two Warriors– The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna.
  • Meet the Dwarfs– Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped.
  • Magic All Around– Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Dressed To Kill– Academy Award®-winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life.
  • Love Conquers All From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way.
  • Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

The Blu-ray disc has both the theatrical version and the extended scene version. I watched the theatrical version for this review.

Did you see the film? What did you think about it?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Wild Life coming to theaters on September 9, 2016 (giveaway ends 9/1/16)

 

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Coming to a theater near you on September 9, 2016 is the new animated film The Wild Life.

From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.  Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.”  No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together.  But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats). Summit Entertainment presents, Studiocanal and nWave Pictures present, in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A. and Illuminata Pictures.

This looks like a fun movie that both children and adults can enjoy together.

Check out this official TV spot for The Wild Life. 

 

Doesn’t it look like a really fun, adventurous film?

I’m also an animal lover and I adore the characters in this film. They are so cute!

The animation in the film is really good too.

If you would like to learn more about this film, you can visit the Official Site. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheWildLife.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you’ll go and see it in theaters when it comes out on September 9, 2016?

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In honor of the film’s release I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes;

  • $25 Visa gift card to see The Wild Life in theaters
  • The Wild Live T-shirt and Coloring Book

*Prizing and samples courtesy of Lionsgate

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 1, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Prizing and samples courtesy of Lionsgate

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Movie Review: Cinderella – If the shoe fits

 

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Cinderella is a classic fairy tale. We all know the story… a young girl who is at the mercy of her evil stepmother and stepsisters gets to live our her fantasy and attend a royal ball where she meets and falls in love the the prince.

Cinderella is one of those stories that has been remade into many movies. Some go along with the classic tale where as others put their own special twist on the story. One of my favorites is Cinderella Story staring Hilary Duff.

This is a new film available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment that takes the story of Cinderella and gives it a more modern twist.

The new film is Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits. It’s available on DVD.

The film stars Sofia Carson, Jennifer Tilly, Thomas Law, Amy Loiuse Wilson and Jazzara Jaslyn. Sofia Carson is best known for her role in the film The Descendants.

In the film, Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits, Carson stars as Tessa. Tessa is at the mercy of her evil stepmother Divine (Tilly) and mean stepsisters, Olympia (Jaslyn) and Athena (Wilson).

Tessa has one dream in life – to be famous. She loves to sing and dance. Sometimes she mentally sings and dances in her head just to escape her real life.

Divine wants to take a vacation to the Royal Lagoons Resort, along with her daughters. They bring Tessa along too – but not so she can enjoy a vacation. They bring her along to be at their beck and call.

While the family is vacationing (except Tessa) they learn that the resort is putting together a show called “Cinderella Live.” The show is being put together by good looking, popular singer, Reed West.

Tessa wants to audition because performing is a dream of hers, but her stepmother won’t allow it. Her job is to make sure one of her stepsisters gets the leading role.

While at the resort Tessa befriends a make up artist named Georgie. Georgie keeps encouraging Tessa to try out, but Tessa is reluctant to because she knows how her stepmother will react. That is when Georgie comes up with the idea of putting Tessa in a disguise so that she can audition without her step family knowing it’s her.

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With a little help from Georgie, Tessa is transformed into “Bella Snow.”

As Bella, Tessa was able to let her talent shine. She was so good that the shows producers cast her in the lead role – Cinderella.

Now Tessa has to learn to balance her life as Tessa and her new life as Bella, without anyone knowing.

Things get even more complicated when Tessa falls for Reed (and vice versa).

Will Tessa let everyone know who Bella really is? Or will Tessa continue to live a lie? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits. Look for it wherever DVDs are sold.

There are some bonus features on the DVD worth checking out.

  • Music Videos: The Cinderella Mash & Do You.
  • Style’n Cinderella: Costume designer Wolfgang Ender and the cast of the film discuss the characters signature looks.
  • Get Your Glam On: Carson, hair and makeup artist Marika Collop and costume designer Ender talk about what went on to create Tessa/Bella’s looks.
  • How to Get Loose: A look at the film’s choreography.
  • Deleted Scenes & Gag Reel

This is a family friendly film. I don’t see why children can watch this. Adults can enjoy it too.

There is a lot of singing and dancing in this film, which my husband is not too keen about. The only musical he’ll sit through is West Side Story. He tuned out of the movie from the start.

My teenage son also wasn’t overly keen about the film. He said it was a “girly movie.”

I think ‘tween and teen girls would probably appreciate this film the most.

I enjoyed the film. I thought it was fun and entertaining. I would watch it again if I saw it on television.

Look for Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits where ever DVDs are sold.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Head back to school with Netflix

 

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I know the mere sound of the words make most children cringe – but it’s almost back to school time. In fact, some students will be going back to school in the next couple of weeks. As for my kids, they don’t start back until after Labor Day, so they still have a few more weeks left.

Most kids are clinging to the last remaining days of summer vacation. To help put them (and you!) in the back to school frame of mind, here are some school related movies that can be found on Netflix that you might enjoy.

High School Musical

I know some people think this movie is kind of cheesy – but you can’t deny that it’s not entertaining with some great song and dance numbers. Granted, most kids will not be singing and dancing their way into the first day of school, but maybe it will help to “lesson the pain” of returning to school. LOL!

High School Musical 2 is also available for streaming on Netflix.

Clueless

This comedy is a classic. This is NOT your typical high school. It’s filled with rich, preppy, some what goofy kids whose day is totally ruined if they break a nail.

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16 Candles

This is another classic. I think many of us can relate to crushing on the popular boy (or girl) at school and dreaming of that one magical moment where you can be together.

Mean Girls

Sadly, bullying and mean girls (and guys) is a harsh reality in school. This movie takes a more lighthearted approach to the subject matter.

The Magic School Bus

This is a series of shows meant for the younger crowd. They make education and learning FUN! I wish this was around when I was little. I love this series. Even grown ups can learn from it.

The Magic School Bus is a great way to get your kids back into the learning mindset.

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School for Little Vampires

This is a fun series children will enjoy. Not only can it get them back into the school mindset, it’s also a fun way to get into the mood for Halloween too.

Casper’s Scare School

Same as above – a fun way to start thinking about school and Halloween.

Leap Frog Let’s Go to School

This is a great educational series for little ones. They have episodes about numbers, letters and more. It’s a really cute series.

If your child wants to cling to the last remnants of summer they might enjoy Bunk’d and Camp Rock (and Camp Rock 2).

Adults might enjoy a little reminiscing of their own with Wet Hot American Summer (camp/end of summer) and 13 Going on 30 (for those of us who wish we could go back in time – and for kids who want to rush adulthood).

These are just a few examples of movies and series to help get your child back in the school frame of mind. As adults, we need to do that too. I’m NOT looking forward to everyone getting up early and fighting for time in the bathroom (we only have one bathroom). Ugh!

The good thing is that I work in the school district, so when the kids are out of school, so am I.

Anyway…

Netflix Beat Bugs

On a side note, Netflix has a new series that your family might be interested in – especially if you are fan of the Beatles (the band – no the insect – LOL). The show is called Beat Bugs.

Family movie night. Car-ride duets. Weekend dance fests. The best moments happen when the family comes together — and much of that happens over music and entertainment. It’s why 40% of families say they routinely watch all sorts of shows together. It’s also why you grow nostalgic for the music your parents loved and eventually want to pass it down to your kids as well.

With the new Netflix original series Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles, your next family sing-along can be “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Thanks to five charming and energetic bug-like creatures (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter), families have the opportunity to come together over kid-friendly storylines and the best damn music ever made — recorded by today’s top artists, including Jennifer Hudson, P!nk, Sia and Eddie Vedder.

The show is really cute and I LOVE that it’s bringing the classic music from the iconic Beatles to a whole new generation. It’s worth checking out.

How do YOU get your child prepared for going back to school? What do YOU do to get yourself prepared for the upcoming school year?

Do you have any favorite school related movies or series that you enjoy? Comment and let me know. I always love to hear from readers.

To learn more about Netflix visit Netflix.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a free membership with my partnership with Netflix. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon – available today on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD

 

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Attention Scooby-Doo and WWE fans – there is a new movie available TODAY (Aug. 9, 2016) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. It’s called Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.

This is not the first time Scooby-Doo and friends have joined forces with WWE wrestlers.

It’s pedal to the metal as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang team up with the superstars of WWE in this hi-octane, all-new original movie! When Scooby and Mystery Inc. visit an off-road racing competition, it’s not long before strange events start to occur. A mysterious phantom racer, known only as Inferno, is causing chaos and determined to sabotage the race. It’s up Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and their new driving partner, The Undertaker, to save the race and solve the mystery. Along with other WWE superstars such as Triple H, Paige and Shamus, it’s time to start your engine and your appetite because Scooby-Doo and WWE are chasing down adventure and laughs just for you!

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks interesting.

Scooby-Doo’s adventures have come a long way since I started to watch the series back in the 70’s (I believe it first aired in 69′). Back then the mysteries involved ghostly lighthouse keepers and people wearing ghost costumes to scare people away. These days their adventures are much more elaborate and feature popular people in sports and music.

I think the newer Scooby-Doo shows/movies are a bit more intense for little ones compared to the older (original) Scooby-Doo. The “Speed Demon” in this film looks a bit scary for very little ones. However, older children are going to LOVE the crazy looking vehicles shown in this film (the hot dog one cracks me up).

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You can always count on Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s sense of humor and crazy misadventures to add plenty of humor into the movie too. It’s the funny things that happen to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy that always attracted me to this series. Not only that, I think hunting for ghosts and monsters, and solving mysteries is a lot of fun.

Look for this film where ever movies are sold.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you’ll check it out? Are you a fan of the Scooby-Doo series?

In honor of the film’s release, I have some fun coloring pages (featuring some of the cool cars in the film) and more. Simply click on the link below to download them and/or print them out for your enjoyment.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sceener copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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