Saturday, 30 November 2019

My Top 10 Whiskies

  • Johnnie Walker - Black Label deluxe blend
  • Glenfiddich single malt
  • Jack Daniels Tennessee whisky
  • Talisker single malt
  • Johnnie Walker - Red Label blend
  • Whyte and Mackay blend
  • Grants Scotch Whisky
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Jim Beam bourbon
  • Glen Moray single malt

My Top 10 Chicken Dishes

  • Chicken Kiev 
  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Satay Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Chicken in White Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Breast Burger

Friday, 29 November 2019

My Top 10 Soups

  • Broccoli & Stilton
  • Potato & Leek
  • Cream of Tomato
  • Carrot & Coriander
  • Sweet Potato & Carrot
  • Mexican Chilli Bean
  • Country Vegetable
  • Spicy Lentil Soup
  • French Onion
  • Cream of Mushroom

My Top 10 Cheesecake

  • New York Cheesecake
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Baileys Cheesecake
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake
  • Millionaires Cheesecake
  • Rum and Raisin Cheesecake

Thursday, 28 November 2019

My Top 10 Fruits

  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe Melon
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapple

My Favourite Places - Abroad

  • Gran Canaria
  • Barcelona
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Fuerteventura
  • Menorca
  • Crete
  • Marrakesh
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Majorca
  • Fiji
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • LA
  • Lanzarote
  • Belgium
  • Brittany, France
  • Jersey
  • Rhodes
  • Zante
  • Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
  • Arizona
  • Las Vegas

My Top 10 Cocktails

  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Margarita
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Black Russian
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vodka Martini
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Champagne Cocktail
  • Mojito
  • Manhattan

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

My Top 10 Spud Fillings

  • Cheese and Onion
  • Veggie Curry
  • Cheese and Beans
  • Chick Pea Dahl
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Sour Cream and Salsa
  • Feta, garlic and olives
  • Sausage and Cheese
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Cottage cheese and spring onion

My Top 10 Sausages

  • British Pork and Sweet Chilli Sandwiches
  • Cumberland Sausages
  • Cider & Apple Pork Sausages
  • Aberdeen Angus Beef Sausages
  • Quorn Sausages
  • Hot Dog Sausages
  • Beef & Cracked Black Pepper Sausages
  • Sausage wrapped in bacon (pigs in blanket)
  • Chorizo Style Pork Sausages
  • Thick Pork Sausages Lincolnshire

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

My Top 10 Chocolate Cake

  • Triple Chocolate sponge cake
  • Hot chocolate fudge cake
  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Chocolate buttermilk cake
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Malteser Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Black Magic Chocolate Cake

My Top 10 Teas

  • Yorkshire Tea
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Camomile & Honey Tea
  • Lemon & Ginger Tea
  • Green Tea & Lemon
  • Lemon Tea
  • Green Tea & Cranberry
  • Liquorice Tea
  • Nettle Tea
  • Red Berry Tea

Monday, 25 November 2019

My Top 10 Butters

  • Lurpak
  • Anchor
  • Countrylife
  • Kerrygold
  • Yeo Valley
  • Tesco Finest
  • Netherend Farmhouse
  • Rachel's organic
  • Waitrose West Country
  • President

My Top 10 Spices

  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Garam Masala
  • Paprika
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Piri Piri
  • Mixed herbs
  • Sunday, 24 November 2019

    My Top 10 Staffordshire Oatcakes

    • Plain Cheese
    • Cheese and Onion
    • Cheese and Sausage
    • Cheese and Bacon
    • Mushroom, Cheese and Tomato
    • Sausage and Egg
    • Cheese and Beans
    • Cheese and Tomato
    • Sausage, Cheese and Beans
    • Cheese, Mushroom and Veggie Sausage

    My Top 10 Chinese Takeaway

    • Chicken fried rice with curried sauce
    • Chicken chow mein
    • Prawn Crackers
    • Aromatic Crispy Duck
    • Chicken Curry
    • Beef with Black Bean Sauce
    • Sweet and sour chicken cantonese style
    • Lemon Chicken
    • Hong Kong Style Crispy Beef
    • Sweet and sour Chicken Balls

    Saturday, 23 November 2019

    My Top 10 Fast Food

    • Quarter pounder with cheese
    • Chicken nuggets
    • Zinger burger
    • Sausage and egg mcmuffin
    • Donner kebab
    • Cheese and onion pastie
    • Sausage roll
    • Fish and chips
    • Popcorn chicken
    • Chicken burrito

    My Top 10 Noodles

  • Beef in Black Bean noodles
  • Sweet and Sour chicken noodles
  • Spicy vegetable noodles
  • Garlic chicken and sesame noodles
  • Spicy mushroom noodles
  • Thai chicken noodles
  • Firecracker chicken noodles
  • Shredded chilli beef noodles
  • Chicken schezwan noodles
  • Ramen noodle salad
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    My Top 10 Crisp Flavours

    • Cheese & Onion
    • Smoky Bacon 
    • Flamin Hot
    • Sweet Chilli
    • Roast Chicken
    • Mature Cheddar
    • Sour Cream
    • Black Pepper
    • Steak
    • Paprika

    My Top 10 Cakes

    • Cheesecake (mainly New York style)
    • Red Velvet Cupcakes
    • Chocolate Fudge Cake
    • Cherry Bakewell
    • Eton Mess
    • Walnut Buttercream Cake
    • Coffee Cake
    • Battenburg Cake
    • Victoria Sponge with Jam and Buttercream Filling
    • Chocolate Gateaux

    Thursday, 21 November 2019

    My Top 10 Bread Loaves

    • Crusty white bloomer
    • Poppy seed bloomer
    • Tiger loaf
    • Tiger cheese bloomer
    • Wholemeal seeded loaf
    • Farmhouse white loaf
    • Walnut loaf
    • Multigrain farmhouse
    • Granary loaf
    • Rye bread loaf

    My Top 10 Cereal Bars

  • Cadbury Brunch Bar Chocolate Chip
  • Kellogg's Nutrigrain Breakfast Bakes Chocolate Chip
  • Kellogg's Special K Bar Hazelnut & Almond Bar
  • Nak'd Bar Cashew Cookie
  • Alpen Light Jaffa Cake Bar
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuit Crunchy Chocolate Chip
  • Mr Kipling Orange & Cranberry Oat Bar
  • Go Ahead Fruit Bakes Strawberry
  • Kellogg's Rice Crispies Squares Rocky Road
  • Tracker Chocolate Chip Bar
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    My Top 10 Pies

    • Cheese & Onion Pie
    • Chicken & Mushroom Pie
    • Meat & Potato Pie
    • Cottage Pie
    • Chicken Balti Pie
    • Spinach and Cheese Filo Pie
    • Satay Chicken Pie
    • Chilli Pot Pie
    • Mexican beef and bean Pie
    • Leek, Cheese and Potato Pie

    My Top 10 Buffet Foods

  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Sausage rolls
  • Potato salad
  • Pizza slices
  • Potato Wedges
  • Chicken goujons
  • Garlic bread
  • Cheesy coleslaw
  • Pasta salad
  • Crisps and dips
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2019

    My Top 10 Chocolate Biscuits

  • Milk chocolate digestives
  • Chocolate hobnobs
  • Chocolate fingers
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Double choc crunch cream
  • Chocolate shortbread
  • Double chocolate cookie
  • Chocolate crunch
  • Chocolate dundee
  • Chocolate malted milk
  • My Top 10 Sponge Cakes

  • Victoria sandwich
  • Lemon sponge
  • Chocolate sponge cake
  • Angel layer cake
  • Rainbow sponge
  • Coffee and walnut 
  • Red Velvet
  • White chocolate and strawberry
  • Coffee sponge
  • Vanilla sponge
  • Learning Spanish - Lesson 5

    Lesson 5 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting hard now:
    • Saturday - sábado
    • Winter - invierno
    • English - inglés
    Lesson 4 recap:
    • I want one - Quiero uno
    • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
    • Tomorrow - mañana
    Lesson 3 recap:
    • Good evening - Buenas Noches
    • You're welcome - de nada
    • I'm sorry - lo siento
    Lesson 2 recap:
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    And a recap of Lesson 1 which I also need to remember:
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    Monday, 18 November 2019

    My Top 10 Noodles

    • Beef in Black Bean noodles
    • Sweet and Sour chicken noodles
    • Spicy vegetable noodles
    • Garlic chicken and sesame noodles
    • Spicy mushroom noodles
    • Thai chicken noodles
    • Firecracker chicken noodles
    • Shredded chilli beef noodles
    • Chicken schezwan noodles
    • Ramen noodle salad

    Learning Spanish - Lesson 4

    Lesson 4 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting tricky now:
    • I want one - Quiero uno
    • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
    • Tomorrow - mañana
    Lesson 3 recap:
    • Good evening - Buenas Noches
    • You're welcome - de nada
    • I'm sorry - lo siento
    Lesson 2 recap:
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    And a recap of Lesson 1 which I also need to remember:
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    My Top 10 Cous Cous

    • Moroccan spice
    • Lemon and Coriander
    • Chilli
    • Roasted Vegetables
    • Aromatic Thai
    • Chargrill Vegetables
    • Tomato and Garlic
    • Red Onion
    • Giant cous cous
    • Cous cous and feta

    Sunday, 17 November 2019

    My Top 10 Doughnuts

    • Strawberry Jam Doughnuts
    • Milk Chocolate Ring Doughnuts
    • Lemon Curd Doughnuts
    • Chocolate filled Doughnuts
    • Strawberry Iced Doughnuts
    • Caramel Custard Doughnuts
    • Dairy Cream Doughnuts
    • Mini Sugared Doughnuts
    • Triple Chocolate Doughnuts
    • Blueberry Jam Doughnuts

    Learning Spanish - Lesson 3

    Lesson 3 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting tricky now:
    • Good evening - Buenas Noches
    • You're welcome - de nada
    • I'm sorry - lo siento
    Lesson 2 recap:
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    And a recap of Lesson 1 which I also need to remember:
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    My Top 10 Omelettes

    • Cheese Omelette
    • Spinach, garlic and cream cheese
    • Chilli and Cheese
    • Soy chorizo and Cheddar
    • Mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese
    • Smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, basil pesto
    • Potatoes and fenugreek, Indian-style
    • Sausage herby omelette
    • French omelette
    • Potato omelette

    Saturday, 16 November 2019

    Learning Spanish - Lesson 2

    So Lesson 2 then, and here are my next 3 to learn:
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    And a recap of Lesson 1 which I also need to remember:
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    My Top 10 Cereals

    • Kelloggs Cornflakes
    • Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
    • Weetabix Chocolate Cereal
    • Kelloggs Frosties
    • Kelloggs Rice Crispies
    • Kelloggs Coco Pops
    • Kelloggs Nut Clusters Chocolate Curls
    • Nestle Lion Cereal
    • Kelloggs Krave Chocolate Hazelnut
    • Nestle Honey Shreddies

    My Top 10 Italian food

    • Crespelle ai Funghi e Ricotta - pancakes with cheese and mushrooms
    • Bruschetta
    • Gnocchi
    • Spaghetti Bolognese
    • Lasagne
    • Risotto
    • Pizza Quattro Formaggi
    • Antipasto
    • Ravioli
    • Garlic dough balls

    Friday, 15 November 2019

    Learning Spanish - Lesson 1

    I am setting myself 3 phrases or words per day. Here are my first 3. I have always wanted to learn Spanish - now I am finally doing it.

    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios
    I shall keep repeating these until I know them by heart. Tomorrow its 3 more. :)

    Top 10 songs for a Windy Day

    • She's Like the Wind- Patrick Swayze
    • Candle in the Wind - Elton John
    • Wild is the Wind - Nina Simone
    • Winds of Change - Scorpions
    • Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
    • Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse
    • Tsunami - Manic Street Preachers
    • Electrical Storm - U2
    • Hurricane - 30 seconds to Mars
    • Thunderstruck - ACDC

    My Top 10 Thorntons Individual Chocolates

    • Champagne Truffles
    • Orange Crisp
    • Turkish Delight
    • Coffee Cream
    • Strawberry Dream
    • Brazil Nut
    • Chocolate mousse
    • Salted caramel praline
    • Sicilian Lemon Mousse
    • Raspberry Smoothie

    My Top 10 Mexican

    • Tacos
    • Quesadillas
    • Burritos
    • Enchiladas
    • Frijoles
    • Churros
    • Tostadas
    • Taquitos
    • Chilli
    • Guacamole & Salsa

    Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Things I want to do with My Life

    Things I want to do in my life
    • Write a novel
    • Learn another language fluently
    • Reach my goal weight
    • Pay off my mortgage
    • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
    • Own a place in the sun
    • Set foot on every continent
    • Own an apartment in London
    • Own an apartment in Manchester
    • Ride a horse across a beach
    • Go skiing
    • Learn to cook Sushi
    • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
    • Have no money worries
    • Live abroad for a few months 
    • Go on a round the world trip
    • Own a horse
    • Go the races
    • Go on a theatre break
    • Own a place in Gran Canaria
    • Learn to ride a motorbike
    • Learn to scuba dive
    • Travel the world
    • Be in a play or a film
    • Change career
    • Get a degree
    • Swimming with sea turtles
    • Shark cage experience

    National Days for November - Today is National Pickle Day

    • 13th - World Kindness Day
    • 12th - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    • 11th - Remembrance Day
    • 10th - Forget-me-not Day
    • 9th - World Freedom Day
    • 8th - National Cappuccino Day
    • 7th - National Hug a Bear Day
    • 6th - National Nach Day
    • 5th - Guy Fawkes Day
    • 4th - Use your Common Sense Day
    • 3rd - National Sandwich Day
    • 2nd - All Soul's Day
    • 1st - All Saint's Day

    My Top 10 Old Fashioned Sweets

    • Aniseed balls
    • Humbugs
    • Barley Sticks
    • Butterscotch
    • Chocolate limes
    • Kola cubes
    • Mint imperials
    • Pear drops
    • Sugared almonds
    • Chocolate eclairs

    My Top 10 Jacket Spud Fillings

    • Cheese and Onion
    • Veggie Curry
    • Cheese and Beans
    • Chick Pea Dahl
    • Chilli Con Carne
    • Sour Cream and Salsa
    • Feta, garlic and olives
    • Sausage and Cheese
    • BBQ Chicken
    • Cottage cheese and spring onion

    National Days for November - Today is National Pickle Day

    • 14th - National Pickle Day
    • 13th - World Kindness Day
    • 12th - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    • 11th - Remembrance Day
    • 10th - Forget-me-not Day
    • 9th - World Freedom Day
    • 8th - National Cappuccino Day
    • 7th - National Hug a Bear Day
    • 6th - National Nacho Day
    • 5th - Guy Fawkes Day
    • 4th - Use your Common Sense Day
    • 3rd - National Sandwich Day
    • 2nd - All Soul's Day
    • 1st - All Saint's Day

    Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    Days for November

    • 13th - World Kindness Day
    • 12th - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    • 11th - Remembrance Day
    • 10th - Forget-me-not Day
    • 9th - World Freedom Day
    • 8th - National Cappuccino Day
    • 7th - National Hug a Bear Day
    • 6th - National Nach Day
    • 5th - Guy Fawkes Day
    • 4th - Use your Common Sense Day
    • 3rd - National Sandwich Day
    • 2nd - All Soul's Day
    • 1st - All Saint's Day

    National Days for November - Today is World Kindness Day

    • 13th - World Kindness Day

    It's November - bring on the Fireworks!!

    I love November. Its one of my favourite months. The nights are long and dark, the days are generally short and bleak. Not sounding so appealing.

    Ok, ok, November can be considered a non month really, once you get past the fun and games of Bonfire Night.

    What I love is how its a pause. Everything seems to slow down. The madness of the Christmas month hasn't quite set in. Halloween is done and dusted.

    The weather isn't fit for BBQ's and garden fetes. Its not a month I usually go on holiday in but this year we are which is just wonderful!! . Its a month to slow the pace, recharge, and go for lovely walks in the outdoors, then cosy up in a warm place.

    Yes, November is right up there. Enjoy :)

    My Top 10 Songs for November

    • Morrissey - November Spawned a Monster
    • Guns n Roses - November Rain
    • Wyclef John - Gone Til November
    • Gabrielle Aplin - November
    • Gorillaz - November has Come
    • Drake - November 18th
    • Tom Waits - November
    • Sleeping with Sirens - November
    • M.I.A - Sweet November
    • The Avett Brothers - November Blue

    Things to do in November

    • Fun with Sparklers
    • Fireworks Display
    • Celebrate Bonfire Night
    • Make some treacle toffee
    • Have a bonfire party
    • Wear a poppy for Remembrance Day
    • Go to a Christmas Lights switch on
    • Eat your first mince pie of the year
    • Go to a Christmas market
    • Buy some Christmas presents to be organised
    • Write your Christmas cards
    • Plant daffodil bulbs for spring
    • Plant a magnolia tree
    • Clear the leaves
    • Prepare a vegetable bed
    • Aerate your lawn
    • Net your pond
    • Visit a winter garden
    • Get your wellies on
    • Change your central heating settings
    • Keep air circulating by opening your windows to let fresh air in 
    • Put your thicker tog duvet on the bed
    • Paint your fencing
    • Press some leaves
    • Go for some walks when its clear and crisp
    • Take your dog somewhere new to explore
    • Watch the stunning sunsets - at 4pm! 
    • Enjoy the colours of winter plants like grasses and cornus
    • Light some scented candles to make the home feel warm
    • Organise your kitchen cupboards
    • Make some home made winter warmers like soup
    • Finish any outdoor jobs
    • Clear your guttering
    • Put birdfeed out
    • Go to the cinema
    • Watch X Factor and Strictly
    • Excitingly await I'm a Celebrity 
    • Get some winter sun and go abroad
    • Go watch a gig 
    • Check out Chester Literature Festival
    • Enjoy a hot chocolate
    • Get some exercise ready for the festive season
    • Plant tulips for spring
    • Cut back on the alcohol and smoking for the month or stop altogether

    My Top 10 Mousse

    • Chocolate mousse
    • Lemon mousse
    • Butterscotch mousse
    • Coconut mousse
    • Strawberry cheesecake mousse
    • Coffee mousse
    • White chocolate mousse
    • Raspberry mousse
    • Lemon Cheesecake mousse
    • Chocolate peppermint mousse

    My Top 10 Chocolate Cakes

  • Triple Chocolate sponge cake
  • Hot chocolate fudge cake
  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Chocolate buttermilk cake
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Malteser Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Black Magic Chocolate Cake
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    My Top 10 Milk Tray

    • Salted Caramel Charm
    • Orange Truffle
    • Strawberry Temptation
    • Apple Crunch
    • Fudge Duet
    • Truffle Heart
    • Perfect Praline
    • Surprise Parcel
    • Hazelnut Swirl
    • Caramel Softy

    My Top 10 Spicy Food

  • Dynamite Hot Stagg Chilli
  • Chicken gyoza
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Chicken Katsu Curry
  • Firecracker chicken
  • Hot and spicy pizza
  • Garlic chilli chicken
  • Chinese chicken curry
  • Mexican cajun enchilada
  • Jamaican jerk chicken
  • Monday, 11 November 2019

    My Top 10 Best Beaches

    • Gran Canaria - Maspalomas
    • Fuerteventura - Correlejo
    • Mexico - Riviera Maya
    • Brittany, France - La Baule
    • Fiji - Natadola Beach
    • Lanzarote - Playa Del Carmen
    • Menorca - Arenal del Castell
    • Zante - shipwreck beach - Navagio beach
    • Mexico - Puerto Vallarta - Majahuitas beach
    • California - Coronado Beach

    Thank You - Horror Promotions and Giveaways | Horror Movie Entertainment News and Reviews

    Thank You - Horror Promotions and Giveaways | Horror Movie Entertainment News and Reviews

    Wednesday, 6 November 2019

    Tuesday, 5 November 2019

    My Top 10 Halloween Movies

    Halloween Movies:

    Jeepers Creepers
    Salems Lot
    The Conjuring
    Drag Me to Hell
    The Blair Witch Project
    Fright Night
    Paranormal Activity

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #10 - Paranormal Activity

    10 scary films for Halloween number 10. Paranormal Activity.

    Paranormal Activity was released in 2007. This is a film about the supernatural - not surprising from the title that fact really.

    Its one of those now well known "found footage" style films, where its billed as if its true. What it was and still is as the original, is scary.

    It focuses on a couple - Katie and Micah. Katie feels a presence in their house, and they set up some cameras. They have no idea what they are letting themselves in for.

    At first, it starts slowly - the cameras just picking up a few things. Then things ramp up. Katie is seen standing staring at Micah at the side of the bed, footsteps are found that aren't theirs, It gets really scary then - she gets dragged upstairs, so they start to sleep downstairs.

    Me? I would be out the door, never-mind sleeping downstairs. Micah finds bite marks on Katie's neck, and they try to get help to deal with it.

    Finally, Katie becomes possessed. It ends where she is screaming in a weird voice, and the camera picks up Micah being thrown across the room.

    It doesn't sound scary. Many of the sequels and imitations since haven't been. But this one, the first one, had me petrified.

    There are no big stars in this, no huge budget, yet it delivers what a horror should - scares and fear. Perfect for Halloween.

    You can check out more of my film reviews over at my page - just click here.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #9 - Fright Night

    10 scary films for Halloween number 9. Fright Night.

    For my top 10, I am referring to the 2011 film, not the old one. That said, the old one is good fun, but this one? Well this one is scary. Its directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Colin Farrell as the vampire.

    Its set in Las Vegas, and the main character is a teenager called Charley. He lives with his mum, played by Toni Collette. A new mysterious neighbour moves in, which is Mr Farrell - Jerry.

    Charley's school friend, Ed, has this conspiracy theory about people going missing in their town. Ed tries to convince Charley that Jerry is a vampire! Charley thinks he is being ridiculous. Ed soon goes missing and unbeknownst to Charley, he is now a vampire too!!

    Charley begins to realise Ed may have been right, and creeps into Jerry's place to investigate. He finds a girl captive there. He tries to rescue her, but once he gets her outside, the sunlight hits her and she turns to ash. Charley, terrified, tracks down Peter Vincent, famed vampire killer. Played by Brit ace David Tennant (Dr Who).

    Peter doesn't think Charley is serious, and dismisses him. Back home, Jerry knows Charley came into his house and comes after them. He can't come inside, but he sets the house on fire instead, with Charley and his mum and girlfriend Amy inside. Amy is played by Imogen Poots - who is one of the stars in 28 weeks later.

    They just manage to escape, and flee in their old banger of a car. Jerry though, is soon on their tale. He is really scary now, and though Colin Farrell is the sexiest vampire I have ever scene (sorry Edward off Twilight fans, its an age thing), he is also bloody scary!!

    Charley's mum manages to slow Jerry down by impaling him with a For Sale sign, but not after he has killed a passing motorist!! He is in his real vampire guise, with the sign sticking out of him as they escape again.

    His mum gets put in hospital, whilst he and Amy go back to try again with Peter Vincent. Ed shows up, in his new vampire guise, and they fight. Charley has no choice but to kill his old friend - either him or Ed. Amy though, gets bitten by Jerry and he takes her.

    Peter finally agrees to help, and he and Charley hatch a plan. They head into the basement, where Jerry's vampire family come for them. The plan works, and Charley kills Jerry by driving a stake through his heart. The vampires turn back to their human form once he is dead including Amy.

    This one is a different sort of scary - fun scary, but full of jumps and scares. As I said, Colin Farrell is the fittest, sexiest vampire of them all. Fabulous fun for Halloween. I love this film!

    If you want more, check out My Film Reviews page - click here.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #8 - Psycho

    10 scary films for Halloween number 8. Psycho.

    Psycho was released in 1960, and is probably one of the most famous horror films out there. Its an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and it really has stood the test of time, being re-covered and referenced ever since. It is a classic.

    This original version stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, who play the main leads - Norman Bates and Marian Crane. We meet Crane when she is having a rendezvous with her lover at a hotel. They discuss lack of money, and she returns to her humdrum office job.

    A customer comes in to pay for a purchase, as she works in a property office. Crane takes the money to deposit it, but never gets to the bank. She instead, runs off with it. After a scare when she has taken a nap at the wheel, and is approached by the police, she goes to a car sales lot and changes her car.

    She drives on, but when the weather gets bad, she pulls in when she sees the Neon sign for "The Bates Motel". Its so off the beaten track that she is the only guest, as she is told by none other than Norman Bates himself.

    To be honest, Perkins is good looking and charming, and you could easily believe he is harmless. He isn't!! He insists they eat together, and they do. Its safe to say, this was their only meal together, as I am quite sure everyone is aware of "that shower scene" and the "screech screech screen" music to accompany the knife slashes!!

    Marion's sister raises the alarm when they realise she is missing, and hires a detective to look for her. He finds the Bates hotel, but his finding is short lived as he is killed too.

    Her lover and her sister, fearing the worst, head off themselves. Puzzled, when they speak to the local sheriff and discover Norman's mother is dead, as the detective had said he was going to speak to her.

    They don't find Marion, but they do find his mother - who is of course, a corpse!! After trying to kill them to, Norman is arrested. It turns out that he takes on the persona of his mother, as he hadn't coped with her taking a lover as a boy and had murdered them as well!!

    Its a brilliant film, with brilliant actors, and yes, the clothes, the cars etc.. do date it, but the plot and the shocks are just as fresh.

    Another brilliant film for Halloween. You can find more over at My Film page - just click here.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #7 - Carrie

    10 scary films for Halloween number 7. Carrie. 

    Carrie is a famous and classic horror film. It a Stephen King book adaptation, along with another of my favourite scary films - Salem's Lot.  I remember watching this for the first time, and though it's clearly an old film - 1976 can you believe, the scares still shock. 

    The portrayal by Sissy Spacek of a young girl - Carrie - growing up with no-one to tell her about life as a woman is so convincing. You feel the emotions with her, and its painful at times and despite knowing all is not going to end well you cant help rooting for a different outcome for her. 

    At 17, Carrie, is an isolated figure - no friends, no boyfriend and no life experience. When she experiences her first period (at 17??) she has no idea what is happening to her, as her obsessively religious mother has told her nothing of life. Walking from the showers, naked and terrified, the other girls taunt her by throwing tampons at her. As Carrie gets more upset, a light bulb explodes. 

    Her teacher tries to teach the girls the wrong they have done, by making them pay in exercise in PE. One of them though, Chris, is having none of it, and ends up being slapped by the teacher. She storms off, not caring that she can't go to prom as punishment. Chris persuades Sue to ask her boyfriend Tommy to ask Carrie to the prom. Carrie refuses at first, but after he seems so sincere, she accepts, despite her mother's forbidding. 

    Chris meanwhile, conspires with her boyfriend Billy to seek revenge. Billy (Travolta) slaughters a pig, and he and Chris hoist a bucketful above the stage. Carrie arrives, with Tommy, looking beautiful. Chris though, has rigged the prom king and queen vote, and they are named as the winners. 

    As they take the stage, Sue has sneaked in to make sure Carrie is ok, as she is actually the nice one. She notices a rope, leading from the booth where Chris is hiding. Unfortunately, the teacher sees Sue and mistakenly thinks she is there for no good reason, and escorts her out before she can warn Carrie. 

    Chris pulls the rope, drenching Carrie with blood. Its horrific. The bucket knocks out Tommy. Chris and Billy leave, laughing, as Carrie sees everyone laughing at her, just as her mother warned. She unleashes the full force of her rage. 

    She blocks the exits and turns the hose on the room, knocking them over, using her mind. A fire starts, and everyone inside is killed. Chris and Billy witnessing this, get in their car and try to escape. They see Carrie as she leaves and try to run her over. She flips their car, it explodes and they are killed. 

    Carrie gets home, and showers herself clean. She sobs to her mother, and briefly, her mother softens. Only briefly though, as she then talks of how Carrie was conceived, by rape, after her father got drunk. She stabs an unsuspecting Carrie. Her mother is mad. Carrie, scared, terrified, unleashes her rage once again and all the knives in the kitchen impale her mother like she has been crucified. The house begins to tremble, and falls upon both of them. 

    The ending is the biggest shock. Sue dreams that as the sole survivor of the prom, she is visiting the graves. As she does, a bloody hand shoots from the ground and grabs her, and she wakes up screaming. 

    This is a scary film, and despite it being 1970's when it was released, it is still scary. There have been loads of remakes, and re-tellings of this tale, but this original is still by far the stand-out of them all.

    So there we have it, number 7 of My Films for Halloween. You can check out the others over at My Music page by clicking here.

    Top 10 Foods for Bonfire Night

  • Bangers and mash
  • Hot dogs with fried onions
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Hot chocolate and cream
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Treacle toffee
  • Potato wedges
  • BBQ beans
  • Bonfire herb and cheese tear bread
  • Pizza slices BBQ chicken
  • 10 songs for Bonfire Night

    #1 - Katy Perry - Firework
    #2 - Knife Party - Bonfire
    #3 - Ellie Goulding - Burn
    #4 - Take That - Relight My Fire
    #5 - The Prodigy - Firestarter
    #6 - Crowded House - Catherine Wheels
    #7 - Plan B - Playing with Fire
    #8 - Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly
    #9 - Kasabian - Fire
    #10 - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang

    The best films for Bonfire Night!

    Hoping that all this year's bonfires are safe. But in case you have decided to stay home and not risk it, here is my top 10 of films about fire and fireworks to mark the occasion:

    • Roxanne - Steve Martin at his best
    • Backdraft
    • The Towering Inferno
    • Final Destination 3 - not for the faint hearted !
    • Harry Potter - The Order of the Phoenix - those Weasleys
    • Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The Hunger Games - Catching Fire
    • Carrie
    • The Wicker Man
    • The Dressmaker - I love Winslet's revenge in this! 

    Monday, 4 November 2019

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #6 - The Blair Witch Project

    10 scary films for Halloween number 6. The Blair Witch Project.

    The Blaire Witch Project was released in 1999. It had a massive response back in the day, and was a huge hit. That's because it was proper, and unexpectedly, scary.

    It was ground breaking then, but there have been loads of imitations since, so remember this was the original. Its the first time "found footage" documentary style filming became mainstream, as far as I'm aware anyway.

    So, what's all the fuss about? The film centres on three American students, who decide to make a documentary about the legend of The Blair Witch. Heather, Michael and Josh head out into the Black Hills, to interview locals about the story. The locals tell them spooky tales about hauntings, witches and murderers.

    They head into the woods to further explore the tales. They encounter fisherman who tell them about a girl who went missing, and then they find 'Coffin Rock', scene of a sacrificial murder. They set up camp that night, and start to hear strange cracking noises.

    The following day they head further into the woods, but now they are getting lost, and getting deeper in. They find these weird stick figures dangling in the trees, and strange rock formations on the floor. When they awake the following morning, after hearing the strange noises again, they find their tent surrounded by these weird shapes.

    They realise they are lost, but when they try to locate their position, Michael admits to having lost it, or rather, he kicked it into the river. When their tent starts to shake, they basically leg it - and I would do to! When it gets light, they find the tent ransacked, but mainly Josh's stuff. When he goes missing, Heather and Mike try to find him.

    This is where it gets utterly terrifying. They hear him screaming, but fail to find him. The next morning, Heather finds a bundle. In the bundle is blood and its clearly Josh's shirt. She doesn't tell Michael about this. They are still lost, they can't find Josh, and they are scared. Truly, and convincingly scared. Heather videos herself apologising to everyone, before admitting how scared she is.

    They continue to hear Josh scream, and Mike races to try and find him. They find an abandoned house, and Mike is still charging ahead. Heather, with the camera, tries to keep up, but Mike keeps saying he can hear Josh. He goes upstairs, then into the basement. Just like the story the locals told, she finds Mike facing into the corner, the way the murderer who claimed to be haunted murdered those children. Heather screams, and the camera falls to the floor. Then it goes totally quiet.

    This film must have been so low budget as there are no special effects, no luxurious locations, no big stars, and yet its one of the scariest films out there. It gave us something new, something we hadn't seen before, and it was hold your breath and watch behind a cushion time for most of us.

    This is another perfect Halloween watch, just like the others I have mentioned, don't watch it alone!!

    Check out my Halloween choices over at My Films page here.

    Saturday, 2 November 2019

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #5 - Drag Me to Hell

    10 Scary films for Halloween number 5. Drag Me To Hell.

    Drag Me To Hell came out in 2009, but don't worry about it being a few years old, as it will still scare the pants off you!!

    This one is directed by Sam Raimi (he of Evil Dead fame). The film is all about a bank worker Christine, played by Alison Lohman, who is brilliant in this. An old gypsy woman comes into the bank to extend her loan, but given no choice by her boss, as she wants to impress to get a promotion,  Christine has to refuse the woman's request.

    Not impressed by this, the gypsy woman, Mrs Ganush curses Christine. When she leaves work, Ganush is waiting for her in the car park and attacks her. She tears a button off Christine's coat, and reaffirms the curse. Christine later goes to see a fortune teller with her boyfriend (Justin Long - Jeepers Creepers), who tells her he sees spirits haunting her in her home. That night, those spirits do indeed haunt her in some very scary scenes.

    She desperately goes back to the fortune teller, who tells her that being in possession of the button, the cursed item, will draw the Lamia - a demon. He suggests a sacrifice, which Christine does. Her kitten. She even goes to try and find Ganush, but when she gets there, she finds the family having a wake for her death. Ganush is dead.

    Things seem ok, so she goes to her boyfriends parents for dinner. At first, she is charming but then they think she is bonkers as the Lamia scares her with illusions and tricks that they can't see. Back to the fortune teller again, and this time they suggest a seance and the help of a medium with old ties to this demon. It doesn't work. The assistant is possessed, and the medium is killed.

    Christine had just 3 days of being cursed before she is to be dragged to hell. In a last hope, the fortune teller seals the button in an envelope and tells Christine to must gift it to someone else, and in doing so pass on the curse. She tries to give it to her conniving work colleague Stu, but he is so pathetic and grovelling that she cannot do it.

    She decides to find Ganush' grave and curse her with the button. As even after death, the soul lives on. She digs her up, falls into the grave, but manages to put the envelope in her mouth.

    The next day, at the train station with her boyfriend, Clay. He brings out the envelope with the button in it - she had left it in his car - she had got the envelopes mixed up. Terrified, she backs away, falls from the platform into the path of the oncoming train. Before she can meet her end that way, hands come up from the ground and drag her down into hell. Clay is left on the platform holding the cursed button.

    This is such a good, scary film. Another great halloween choice, and one of the most unexpected scares there is. Not predictable, and not dated, just scary. Brilliant.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #4 - Insidious

    10 scary films for Halloween number 4. Insidious.

    Insidious was released in 2010, and since then there has been a second installment, Insidious 2, as a result of the brilliance of the first one.

    Directed by James Wan this is a truly terrifying film, with a proper scary plot line. Its stars Patrick Wilson, who featured in my previous scary film review, The Conjuring. It also stars Rose Byrne, who is off another off my favourite scary films, 28 Weeks Later.

    They play a couple with 2 small sons and a baby girl. Renai (Byrne) and Josh (Wilson) Lambert, the parents, move their family into a new home. Dalton, their son, starts to hear strange creaking sounds up in the loft, but trying to investigate manages to fall off the ladder. He screams, as he sees something in the corner, and his parents come rushing to him.

    Dalton seems ok, so Renai and Josh decide the loft is a no-go zone for the kids to be on the safe side. The next day though, Dalton goes into a coma like state. After three months with no change, the hospital let his parents take him home. Things get much worse once he's back.

    How terrified would you be if you heard noises over your baby monitor? Yep, that's what happens. Absolutely petrifying. The burglar alarm goes off, Renai sees dark figures in the house, and gets attacked by one of them. They abandon the house. I would too -  I was by this point utterly scared.

    They move to another house, and Josh's mother Lorraine joins the family. She has a dream featuring a horrible demon with a vivid evil red face, and he summons Dalton, who is still in a coma. Renai sees more supernatural beings, and its clear whatever wants Dalton is going to come wherever they move to. They decide to call in the experts.

    Elise, the single spookiest character I have ever seen, is hired to investigate. She comes to the house with her assistants, and immediately Elise feels a presence. Elise sees the demon, and her assistant sketches it. Its the same red faced lovely from Lorraine's dream. The demon who wants Dalton.

    The paranormal investigator tries to explain that Dalton is not in a true coma, but rather is somewhere else, leaving only his physical body. He has somehow travelled too far into the astral plane and is trapped there. The longer he is away, the more vulnerable he becomes. Josh isn't buying it, until he realises Dalton has been drawing this demon all along.

    They try a seance next, but when the demon proves too strong, Elise has to stop the spirits coming through Dalton to attack them. Knowing time is of the essence, Elise reveals that she and Lorraine had to do the same thing with Josh as a child. He too was able to astral project, but his demon was a horrible scary old woman.

    Elise persuades Josh to go into the scarily titled "The Further" to go and get his son back, telling him only he can do it. Josh rescues Dalton, but the usually jaunty song "Tiptoe through the Tulips" will now forever fill me with fear - you will know what I mean if you watch it!

    Josh brings Dalton back, and whilst they should be celebrating, Elise is concerned. She snaps a photo of Josh sending him into a full blown rage. He roars at Elise and murders her, strangling her to death. Renai finds the camera, and sees that the photo is of the twisted dark old woman. Josh has been possessed. Josh speaks "I'm right here" but she is frozen to the spot. The old woman puffs out the candle and it all goes dark.

    I can't remember ever being more scared by a film. This one is not for the faint hearted, it really is a scary film - perfect for Halloween, but don't watch it on your own!!

    You can find more film reviews if that wasn't enough for you over at My Films page - just click here.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #3 - The Conjuring

    10 scary films for halloween number 3. The Conjuring.

    This is quite a recent film. It only came out in 2013. This is also very very scary. It centres on a couple who happen to be paranormal investigators. One of whom is played by Patrick Wilson, who is also the star of another very scary film - Insidious. The other is his wife played by Very Farmiga, who is also the star of a scary film - Orphan.

    They play Ed and Lorraine. It is seriously creepy right from the get go. It starts with them listening to a story about a haunted doll. Now, I am not a doll fan anyway. I find them sinister, and this did not help that phobia at all!!

    This was 1968. In 1971 another couple are moving in to their new house with their family. Weird stuff starts to happen, their dog is found dead. The scariest bit by far is the clap hands game, when someone who is not one of them claps hands! Arggghh!! Behind the pillow time for me.

    The investigators are called in, and they trace it all back to a witch 'Bathsheba'. Loads of scary stuff then ensures - paranormal activity, possession - terrifying. I won't ruin the end for you, but it kind of leaves you hanging.

    This one truly scared me, so is a perfect choice for Halloween scares.  You can see the full list over at My Films page by clicking here.

    10 Scary Film for Halloween #2 - Salems Lot

    Salem's Lot. Even the name sounds sinister. Jerusalem's Lot to give it its full and correct name. Originally a Stephen King book, released in 1975.

    You will know already that Stephen King is the master of horror, and you know that as one of his books, its going to be 1 - scary, and 2 - great. Salem's Lot is quite possibly the best of his scares. 

    This is a classic film and is packed full of scares and jumpy bits. Its based on the book, and was released in 1979. It revolves around Ben Mears, played by David Soul. He returns to the town he grew up in, only to suspect something is wrong.

    What is wrong, is that the town is being turned into vampires! A mysterious new arrival in the town, Mr Straker and his elusive and unseen partner Mr Barlow, open their new antique shop and purchase the town's alleged haunted house. The Marsten House was the scene of Mears being scared as a child. Its no less scary as an adult he soon discovers!!

    Make no mistake, this is one scary, scary film. I feel made all the more so by its aged appearance. Mr Barlow is the ultimate scare - think old school vampires, but the Glicks tap tapping on the window is the single most scary scene ever. Not so much while watching but you just wait until the next time a branch taps on your bedroom window in the night!

    Vampires and gothic horror at its best. James Mason as Straker was an inspired choice, but this is so well written and so utterly scary, that it couldn't fail to give you the spooks. Stephen King, master of horror at his very best here.

    Be warned - if you watch this, you will never hear tapping on the window without remembering the Glicks!! Brilliant choice for Halloween this one.

    10 Scary Films for Halloween #1 - Jeepers Creepers

    So my first choice to kick us of for our 10 Scary Films for Halloween is the now classic Jeepers Creepers. This was released back in 2001, and was billed as an American Horror film.

    Its much better than that though, so don't be put off! This is one of my favourite scary films. Its got all the ingredients to make you watch it, get a bit creeped out, but then watch it again, and again. Its become one of my horror staples.

    Why is it called Jeepers Creepers? It sounds creepy for one thing, but actually its because of the old song by that plays throughout it at poignant points. "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers". Ooh spooky.

    The film focuses on brother and sister, Trish and Darry (played by Gina Phillips and Justin Long). They are driving a class big old American car, with a dodgy stick shift, down huge big empty highways that you only seem to find in the states.

    An old truck harangues them, and has the licence plate "BEATNGU", before charging past them and disappearing into the distance. Just the truck itself, battered looking and scary looks terrifying enough, before we even get to see the driver!

    The siblings come across an old abandoned church, and see the same truck with what looks like a body wrapped in a sheet being pushed down an old pipe into the bowels of the earth. As you do, they sneak back when the truck has gone and after falling into the pipe unintentionally, Darry discovers a really gruesome scene. The ceilings of the underground chamber are lined with the bodies of young people, who have been stitched back together and embalmed. Lovely!!

    Be warned, this film will make you jump and will gross you out to at times. I won't spoil the ending for you, as this is a great film. Not an all time great - but you know what you are getting and its a fab Halloween choice.

    It's makes you jump, is tense, creepy, and has just enough ghoulish factor to appeal to horror fans but with a bit of tongue in cheek dialogue that keeps it pacy and entertaining. Justin Long is convincing as a teenage dufus, with his sister being the smart one. Throw in those long American roads and creepy locations, that scary truck and voila - spooky classic. The creature, whatever it is, is one of the most horrible things I have ever seen!!

    Even after you know the twists and turns when that old song cranks up "Jeepers, Creepers, where'd you get those peepers" you cant help but want to run - or at least hide behind a cushion!!

    Let me know what you think of this one and enjoy. Happy Halloween #1 woooohhh!