Everyone that I speak to at work is completely over the daily grind, and a few things have been said to me in passing over the last few weeks that have left me feeling a bit battle sore. Even the kids are beyond ridiculous at the moment, some of them douching it up to epic proportions and to top it all off, the weather is getting colder by the day as we make our descend to the darkest night of the year, the mid-winter solstice.
To say that I have been having a bit of a 'dark night of the soul' episode lately would be an understatement. I have most definitely not been on my A game, on any front in my life that I can think of, and it has left me feeling as flat as a busted tyre. At every turn I feel like I am facing adversity and despair, so yeah, I was really glad to relish in three days of self indulgence for the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
God Bless the Queen I say, because if this long break hadn't happened when it did I may have gone and booked myself into the nearest mental asylum for a good hard cuddle in a very tight jacket. Yeah, I was really getting that desperate for some quality respite and blurry eyed oblivion. It is amazing how quickly the little things can really build up to create a type of all consuming monster. I read a quote the other day that summed it up perfectly for me -
Time is a funny thing, nothing seemed to change, but suddenly, everything was different.
I have no idea who said it, but that's how things quite often feel for me. It's like suddenly I have entered a new phase of myself, but I have no idea how I got there, or what I did that got me there, but boom - I'm there! That probably makes no sense whatsoever, but I am out of my mind, so there is that.
Anyway, clearly this long weekend is a god send right now and hopefully I will be able to recharge my stupidly broken and flat battery enough to see me through until the end of this semester.
Release Date: 2014
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 107 mins
This New Zealand horror-comedy amused me greatly. First time writer and director Gerard Johnstone demonstrates that a bit of imagination and creativity can really go a long way in horror by delivering an interesting script that is as fresh as it is funny.
Kylie Bucknell has been placed under house arrest and forced to return to her family home to complete her sentence. Her mother is convinced that their home is haunted, which everyone has continually dismissed. However, when Kylie starts to hear and see things for herself, she is no longer sure that her mother is delusional at all.
This is a funny and creepy haunted house movie. There are some genuinely good jump scares to be had (which did actually manage to get me at one point), some ridiculous blood spatter antics and a decent amount of intrigue in the storyline to keep your interest levels up.
FINAL SAY: You cannot punch ectoplasm.
3.5 Chilli Peppers