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So Many Movies, So Little Time...

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Regular 
Hi folks!

There seems to be an influx of supernatural cinema screenings on at the moment.  You have to wonder why they're not waiting until October, to take advantage of Halloween treats and the spooky season, but their loss is definitely our gain!

A friend of mine has already been to see many of the films currently on offer, a couple of them twice! So let's start with her favourite, Warm Bodies (2013).  This is your basic paranormal romance, sexing up zombies and giving them a similar status t...
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Pale, Floppy Eared Carrot-Munchers

Posted by Andrea Lake on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : Regular 
This week has been full of ups and downs...

One of my uncles died last month and I met up with his closest family (and some of mine too as it happens) at the funeral earlier today.  It was interesting to see their faces as they reiterated that they would see each other again and while I can understand why some people need religion: for many it's a crutch, something watching over us keeping us on the 'right path' or the fantasy story of 'happily in the ever after' - so that life has some meanin...
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Wild Wintry Weather

Posted by Andrea Lake on Friday, February 8, 2013, In : Regular 
I have spent a little time of late getting to grips with Frankenstein, both the literary version by Mary Shelley and the Kenneth Branagh film. 

The wild landscapes described by Shelley are extremely vivid; majestic almost in their appointment.  One can almost see the craggy waves in the sea of ice in Shelley's novel and feel the same sense of peace looking out on that bleak scene.

Exotic landscapes are a feature of Gothic literature but the scenes depicted by Shelley are not so far removed fro...
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A New Haven

Posted by Andrea Lake on Saturday, January 26, 2013, In : Regular 
The final episode of Haven looms like a harbinger of doom, and I while I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the skinwalker and Audrey Parker, I am reluctant to say goodbye to this particular tv programme.  Fortunately, a new season has been promised (yay!) and we viewers have no idea what to expect when that rolls around at the end of this year.

The premise behind the show is that many residents of the town of Haven suffer from 'troubles' or rather are plagued by supernatural event...
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Fearsome Fairy Tales

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Regular 
Okay, so this week I've been looking at Fairy Stories in class and once again, I was the first to admit what I pushover I have always been for fairy tales.  When I was a child I absorbed them all, like a sponge soaking up water.

I don't know what it was about them that fired my imagination.  Hansel and Gretel terrified me - the thought of a parent deliberately leaving two children alone in the woods was more than I could imagine as a child, especially as I was much-loved by my parents.  Little...
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Demented on The Shambles

Posted by Andrea Lake on Monday, January 7, 2013, In : Regular 
It is not every day that feature films are shot on your doorstep, but you will definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for Dementamania due out this year!

This bizarre movie is billed as a thriller and follows the experiences of an office worker who is caught up between his deranged fantasy world and real life, unable to tell the difference between them.

If anyone knows the York area, there is a tiny street called The Shambles which hails from the Tudor period and still exists very much in the...
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Dir: Branagh)

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, November 25, 2012, In : Regular 

I had not watched this particular film until recently.  I've been looking at Mary Shelley's book as part of my coursework and have been fascinated by the comparisons between the book and Shelley's own life.  The story of Frankenstein evolved from a bet between her, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron to come up with a scary story.  If reports are accurate, Byron was so terrified by Shelley's tale that he ran screaming from the room.  The book itself is written in a flowing style, making it ...


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Sometimes I Wish Life Had a Pause Button

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, November 11, 2012, In : Regular 
It has been such a busy month for me.  Becoming a grandparent was probably my scariest moment and in spite of my best efforts my daughter refused to call her daughter Wednesday.  :(  Well, she was born on Halloween, so I thought it was appropriate!

For all the fear and worry, though, sometimes I wish that life had a pause button so I could appreciate those incredible moments for a few seconds or minutes longer.  I know that Adam Sandler didn't really use the remote control to his advantage in ...
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Literature...

Posted by Andrea Lake on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Regular 
As many of you beautiful readers already know, I spend an awful lot of time with books in my hands and I have to believe that this is a good thing.

Books not only educate us, sometimes in a very sophisticated and underhand way, but they also allow us the facility to escape from a life which might be challenging, cruel, or even unfair.  What I do know is, we all have our cross to bear, sometimes it is ill health, sometimes it is poverty, sometimes it is dealing with a whole range of different p...
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The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

Posted by Andrea Lake on Friday, September 28, 2012, In : Regular 
I recently came across The Castle of Otranto, written in 1764 by Horace Walpole.

This book is a classic piece of gothic literature, featuring a lot of the main themes, ghost-like apparitions, maidens in distress, a cruel overlord, churches and cloisters, exotic locations, contracts, rites, hidden birthrights and last but not least, a potential curse visited upon the next generation.

I absolutely loved this literary treasure.  In spite of the age of the book, it proved to be a very easy read and...
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The Hunger Games

Posted by Andrea Lake on Thursday, August 30, 2012, In : Regular 

I've had hold of the The Hunger Games book trilogy for a while now, but never had the opportunity to read them until recently. 

A dear friend managed to pass me on her copies of the Fifty Shades and while Mr Grey certainly does have demons of his own to contend with, these are psychological rather than metaphysical in nature. I'm afraid the Fifty Shades books did not leave a long-lasting impression on me and a friend actually queried if I had read them right? That poses the question, “H...


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Demonic Possession

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Regular 
I was talking with a dear friend of mine the other day about demonic possession, specifically that film... The Devil Inside (which you probably know my opinion of already, if you've been following my blogs for a while.)

Anyway, I got to thinking if there was a way to prove demonic possession existed, then I discovered something really strange on You Tube of all places.  This young girl is exhibiting very strange behaviour and frankly, I don't know how she managed to stay upright at the end of ...
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Golden Oldies

Posted by Andrea Lake on Saturday, July 28, 2012, In : Regular 
I was thinking about keeping the kids entertained over the summer holidays - which let's face it is a nightmare for most parents - and I had a brainwave...  Why not compile a shortlist of films to keep them occupied while dad is engaged on the housework or mum is on facebook?

There are so many good modern films, and the graphics are fantastic - way beyond much of what we had available when I was growing up.  Still, there have been some amazing films which might just keep your little ones enter...
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Football Nightmares

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Regular 
Like most other pundits in the UK, I have been glued to the television over the past weeks hoping against hope that I would finally see England triumph in the Euro. 

Although I saw flashes of brilliance, for instance Carroll's goal, these were few and far between for our particular team and Spain's dazzling display on pitch showed us just far short of the mark we really were.

I would say, thank goodness that nightmare is over for another 4 years, but we have the Olympics in a few short weeks, ...
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The Talisman - Stephen King and Peter Straub

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Regular 
I have lost count of the number of times I have bought The Talisman in recent years.  I have loaned it out to friends various times and never once got it back!

This tale is extremely engaging.  Who wouldn't be totally horrified by the thought of a 12-year-old boy making his way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on a cross-country journey, unaided by friends or family?  The prepubescent Jack Sawyer is desperate to find a cure for his cancer-riddled mother and slowly makes his way acr...

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Yay! Sky's Been Fixed

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, April 29, 2012, In : Regular 
Well, it has been an incredible couple of weeks here at La Maison Supernatural Supermarket.  I've been quite lost without Sky, but as an apology we've been given the added incentive of six months' worth of movies.  I quite like the sound of that but with life so hectic I haven't had a minute to really enjoy much.

The only film I've managed to watch so far is Resident Evil: Afterlife which was pretty amazing!  Of course, being a fan of the games and genre is par for the course and the graphics ...
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Game of Thrones

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Regular 
I've been a bit lost since my Sky box broke two weeks ago, still, Sky have been very kind and they're rushing out a new card for us by Special Delivery, so fingers never been crossed, I'll be watching Grimm very, very soon. 

To fill in the gap left behind by my beloved television shows (currently Alcatraz and Grimm, with Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle) I've turned to Sky via the xbox.  Who is the genius behind this particular app?  Why didn't they do it sooner?  Anyway, I digress.  One of ...

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What a Week!

Posted by Andrea Lake on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Regular 
Here's hoping the insanity dies down for a bit.

I guess I have been hooked by TWO new series to hit the UK TV scene!  I absolutely love Suits!  This has absolutely nothing to do with the supernatural, but it is brilliant.  It focuses on a minor criminal who was set up to do a drugs drop and instead finds his way to an interview for a law firm as an associate.  The premise is really good and both the associate and his mentor are extremely good looking.  There's even a sexy paralegal so your fel...
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Valentine's Day

Posted by Andrea Lake on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Regular 
What do you have planned for your sweetie?

Well, thanks to my husband's inability to keep a secret, I already know what he's got me!  He ordered me a stunning pair of pink tourmaline heart-shaped earrings and Mrs Brown's Boys - Season 1. I must admit, I love Mrs Brown's Boys (yes, it's a man in a feckin dress - as Brendan O'Carroll says) but it is really funny!

So, other than ordering Twilight: Breaking Dawn - part 1 for myself - any ideas on how I get him to buy me it?  I want vampires and sha...
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Inheritance Circle/Cycle - whatever!

Posted by Andrea Lake on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : Regular 
Well, I finished reading the final instalment from Christopher Paolini's adventures of Eragon, Shadeslayer and Dragon Rider...

Much of it works out as expected, however, my main feelings upon finishing the fourth book were of immense loneliness and sadness.  To say that the series doesn't finish on a particularly high note is an understatement, and I'm an original fantasy reader, in that I believe in happily ever after!

There is more that I would want to say about the book and how it finishes,...
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Still Reading Inheritance Cycle

Posted by Andrea Lake on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Regular 
I must admit, I am still absolutely loving Christopher Paolini's work! 

From my previous post on this subject, I am happy to say I got some aspects right, but I also got a lot of stuff wrong!  I'm not going to go into any details, as I think the books are well worth buying and reading for yourselves!

Eragon has undergone a great many changes since the first book.  He has grown up considerably and has had many challenges to face.  He has also killed many of his fellow men, and feels the weight ...
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Friday 13th

Posted by Andrea Lake on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Regular 
Fear of Friday the 13th is less commonly known as friggatriskaidekaphobia but appears to be one of the most hated days.  I don't know where this superstition came from, or why.  But, I can name a few days that can compete with it...

Valentine's Day - imagine being a member of the Knights Templar who had been marked for assassination on February 14th and finding out about it in time to save yourself but none of your dearest friends?

Any Monday!

The day before pay day!  Yes, because you can guaran...

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Lycans vs Vampires

Posted by Andrea Lake on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Regular 
I honestly don't know which is best.  I've spent a couple of years reading Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series as well as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.  I've watched films from Underworld to Blade and read the entire Dark series by Christine Feehan as well as Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series...

You know what I figured out.  I really don't care.  They're both exceptionally powerful preternatural creatures and if I had to choose to come back as one or the other, I wouldn't care ...
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Why I Created This Website

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Regular 
I always had an unnatural draw towards the supernatural.  My mother was a medium and could sit a person down without knowing them and tell them their life story.  My first brush with the supernatural came at high school when I borrowed Bram Stoker's Dracula from the school library when I was 11 or 12.

I had only read about 50 pages and had terrified myself so much with my fertile imagination that I couldn't sleep.  My mother decided the best thing she could do was desensitise me to horror film...
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New Blog Content Coming Soon

Posted by Andrea Lake on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Regular 
Be patient - this site is new and will be updated frequently.



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