Thursday, 30 May 2019

Scream, Pretty Peggy

Scream, Pretty Peggy is a 1973 television horror film, directed by Gordon Hessler, and stars Bette Davis, Ted Bessell and Sian Barbara Allen. This is a thriller and not a supernatural film but it certainly doesn't matter because it feels strange. A student named Peggy wants to get a job working as a house keeper, after she answers an ad in college. The house where she works is full of statues, because Jeffrey the artist lives there with his mother, who just doesn't want anyone there. Peggy demands things because she admires the artist, who she's known about for years as it turned out (stalker?) and the creations by the artist are weird. There are mysteries about what's all been going on. Anyway this isn't brilliant and it feels predictable but nice to watch during a rainy evening.
I rate this a 3/10.
Most horrible piece: Well, nothing.
Question: Why did they advertise for staff if they really didn't want outsiders in the house?
Howls ^^   

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Satan's School For Girls (1973)

This low budget horror film was made for television in 1973, called Satan's School For Girls. It was directed by David Lowell Rich and starred Kate Jackson, Pamela Franklin, Cheryl Ladd and Lloyd Bochner.
This feels like a thriller for a while, setting the pace when a girl called Martha is found dead and is thought to have committed suicide but Martha's sister Elizabeth isn't convinced. Elizabeth is the only surviving relative and she goes away to look for what led to Martha's suicide. She visits the Salem Academy for Women and becomes curious when she sees a painting of a frightened woman that resembles her sister. She wants to look for more clues, and one wonders who's hiding in the basement.
The film depict formula of unrealistic traits of women in many horror films, such as investigating creepy places in the dark, standing in a window at night during a thunderstorm, putting trust in everyone in an institution full of weirdos and telling people ones secrets. 
I rate this a 5/10 but that was only because it didn't have much tension and was slow in places.
Creepiest scene: Crazy teacher with the rats..
Howls ^^

Monday, 20 May 2019

The Mad Queen

The scene of the mad Queen in the finale "Game of Thrones" was most stunning. When I first saw that scene, I almost went bananas because it looked as though Daenerys Targaryen was transforming and spread a pair of demonic wings. In fact no, the camera made it look that way because the dragon Drogon was situated right behind her. It revealed to us all that here was a demon queen who just returned from her angry blitzkrieg on Kings Landing.
The new queen of the 7 kingdoms walks on top of a broken stairs overlooking the burned city. Her hairstyle looks so reminiscent of writhing snakes that she appears like a Medusa figure. She then gave a blasting and glorious speech to her army, as a dictator would do, in the ruins of Kings Landing. Daenerys killed perhaps a million citizens but, in her own view, she "liberated them" from a "tyrant". That tyrant was Queen Cersei who was dead under the rubble as Daenerys gave that speech. Despite the bad things Cersei ever did, she tried to protect her city from Daenerys but she'd made the fatal error of underestimating the power of a dragon and it's owner obsessed with the Iron Throne.
 It was then established that Daenerys was seeking world domination. She saw it as "liberating" all people from the world of tyranny. If this means burning cities and killing millions of innocent people as she did with Kings Landing, then Daenerys has got to be the most dangerous woman in the world of Ice and Fire. More dangerous than the Others.
The Night King was immortal, a type of demigod of ice, who was a necromancer, and was filled with anger because he had once been a normal human man who was transformed against his will, thousands of years ago. After his destruction, we had to contend with the next battle boss. The Night King didn't kill as many people as Daenerys had done. Everyone thought it would be the hateful queen Cersei. We were later confronted at the second-to-last episode of "Game of Thrones" with the true antagonist evil:

Daenerys Targaryen.

It came as a shock to everyone because the majority of viewers didn't expect her to do what she did. But there we have it. She was the ultimate baddie, with a massive army backing her, and a devoted dangerous dragon who is like a B-52 Bomber. And after seeing the horrors she inflicted on innocent people in Kings Landing, we see her without remorse and no pity. Her only relative alive, who we all came to know as Jon Snow, plunged a sword into her heart and fulfilled the Nissa Nissa prophesy, sacrifice her for the greater good.
The most mysterious ending of Daenerys happened when her dragon was so upset to find her dead, that he melted the Iron Throne. It was the object of Daenerys' hearts desire: to sit on that throne. Like poetic justice, when dragon fire formed that throne, a dragon destroyed it finally. By the ending of the Iron Throne, means to finish the Targaryen dynasty forever, and an end to the Seven Kingdoms.
The dragon Drogon was named after Daenerys' dead husband, Khal Drogo.
This dragon carried the dead queen off into the mist over the sea, and was never seen again. According to some, Drogon was seen in "The East" but we can guess only as there isn't going to be a Season 9. What will happen to the body of this mad queen? Will Drogon take her back to Vaes Dothrak? Or Asshai when the eggs were first discovered? Or to the ruins of Valyria? I guess that we'll never know the answer to that one.
Howls ^^

GOT Season 8 Episode 6: The Finale

This was the last ever episode of "Game of Thrones." I will post a review but it contains spoilers so don't read on if you've not watched it yet. The episode begins following the destruction of Kings Landing, and Tyrion finds his dead siblings. Daenerys is truly power mad, while saying that she wants to take over the whole world. Things couldn't get worse, until Jon puts an end to her reign of terror. Drogon burns the Iron Throne, and carries the dead queen off across the sea. The Seven Kingdoms become Six, because the north is given independence. Jon is sent to the Nights Watch so he can be reunited with Ghost and the wildlings go back home to the far north. Westeros has two rulers now. One is Sansa the Queen of the North, and the other is Bran the Broken, the King of the 6 Kingdoms. Arya leaves Westeros to start her quest to look for land far West across the Sunset Sea.
What did I make of the finale episode?
It wasn't a bitter sweet ending. It was unsatisfying.
A disappointing end of a great show that lasted almost a decade.
Howls ^^

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Is Westeros stagnant?

Stagnant society... 
Maybe not for long.

Many have asked why this world of Planetos is stuck in the Middle Ages. It must be mentioned that Westeros has already got the means to develop better technology but strife and many wars prevented that from going ahead. On our world, China created black powder in the 9th Century and from this, the fire lance was made, and soon other weapons had been invented, while the earliest types of guns appeared from the 15th Century. So in Westeros, and other places,  it isn't gunpowder they have but wildfire. So we can imagine that some bright spark will use the knowledge of wildfire to develop firearms in their future. That world has lost technologies such as Valyrian steel and glass candles. Why hasn't anyone considered making bikes or trains, because they do have wheelchairs for the disabled. It might be that they will, as anyone can guess, because in our own history, the Romans had the knowledge of steam engines but this technology didn't kick off until so many centuries later that started the Industrial Revolution. In our own society we had a stagnating period for thousands of years although the wisdom of high technology sat there in old books, just as it might in that world because the Citadel have a vast and private library.

Howls ^^

Monday, 13 May 2019

GOT Season 8 Episode 5: "The Bells"

This episode called "The Bells" was a total blast. SPOILERS ahead. Don't read if you haven't seen the episode and want to be surprised.
It began with the armies preparing for another war. Meanwhile, Daenerys is grieving the death of Missandei and refuses to eat. It's soon discovered that the "spider" Varys betrayed her, and was executed. Further on, she tries to rekindle any hope of love and desire with Jon Snow but he refuses, because she's his aunt. As soon as she's rejected, the fury inside her becomes increased. The war starts with Drogon setting fire to scorpion weapons, and the armies fight within the city. Tyrion tries to help his brother and sister, by rescuing a captured Jaime and telling him where to depart from the Red Keep. Jaime looks for Cersei. Daenerys uses her dragon to burn down the whole city, and kills anybody, even innocent people that are there. Jon Snow becomes extremely upset and tries to get his army to cease fighting. As dragon fire rages through the streets, Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark make it through and look for their targets. Overall the episode was mad. By the end of watching that, most fans of Daenerys Targaryen will be feeling sick and put off this dangerous character. 
Total feelings: The deaths of all those innocent people in Kings Landing was dreadful. Daenerys is more evil than Cersei.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Part 2 review "The Last of the Starks"

This is an actual review of the episode "The Last of the Starks." I previously mentioned Ghost in my last post "GOT Season 8 Episode 4" but didn't review the episode itself. This post will do just that. After the war, there is a funeral and all of the dead are burned, including those sadly missed. Then there is a feast in the hall, at Winterfell, and things get cosy with Brienne and Jaime, and people have too much to drink. Gendry is legitimised as a Baratheon and made lord of Storms End, which is fantastic but he's rejected by Arya when he proposes to her. She's not the kind of woman to settle down with a family. She heads off with the Hound, towards Kings Landing. Tragically, on the way to Dragonstone, a dragon is killed by a load of scorpion missiles from Euron Greyjoy, magically lurking at sea again as he did teleporting at sea in S7. After the loss of her friend Jorah, her dragon Rhaegal, a large number of her armies dead, she also loses her best friend Missandei. The end scene shows how evil Cersei really is.
Did I like this episode? No I didn't.
Sad howls ^^

Monday, 6 May 2019

GOT Season 8 Episode 4: "The Last of the Starks"

This isn't a typical review of an episode that I've been talking about before. On the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 4, called "The Last of the Starks", I want us all to look at Ghost. Because this episode is probably the most upsetting one, in fact so far since the past few years, because we witnessed a cold dumping of this spirit wolf by his owner, Jon Snow. In previous seasons, Ghost stayed beside Jon, defending him, sitting beside Jon's body after he got stabbed. He is part of Jon in the books in many ways that the same is for the wolves of each of the other Starks. Ghost even helped against the fight in the Great War against the White Walkers. It left Ghost with minor injuries as there is blood on his fur. Ghost never appeared in Season 7, which led to an outcry among fans. Ghost was always in the show before, with Jon, but had only a background appearance in Season 8 with nobody acknowledging him. When Jon discovered his true parentage, and that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen, he changed his feelings towards his family, Daenerys and Ghost. He just walked away from Ghost and told the wildling Tormund to take him. Jon said that Ghost is a direwolf who will never be at home in Winterfell, despite the fact the castle has stone wolves, statues of wolves in the crypts and a direwolf banner. Then a scene went to a sad whimpering Ghost. Jon is out of character now as he's become neglectful of Ghost. The series has become different since the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, got rights to take the rest of the story ahead of the books, because the books are unfinished. The latest series features Ghost as an extra and Jon having no interest in him, not even a hug goodbye. This is a shame. It's shameful. Here's to Ghost! Three cheers to Ghost, the forgotten hero. 
Howls to Ghost!