Tuesday, 6 October 2015

{Blog Tour} Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

26133595Daughters unto Devils
by Amy Lukavics
Release Date: October 8th, 2015
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA, Horror
Pages: 240
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US
Sometimes I believe the baby will never stop crying.

Sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner fears she is losing her mind. When her family move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, Amanda hopes she can leave her haunting memories behind: of her sickly Ma giving birth to a terribly afflicted baby; of the cabin fever that claimed Amanda's sanity; of the boy who she has been meeting in secret...

But the Verners arrive on the prairie to find their new home soaked in blood. So much blood. And Amanda has heard stories - about men becoming unhinged and killing their families, about the land being tainted by wickedness. With guilty secrets weighing down on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or within her soul...

Top 10 Horror Films (In No Particular Order)
by Amy Lukavics

The Exorcist- I saw this movie when I was way too young to. It introduced me to a level of terror I hadn't yet known existed- I was literally too scared to move. It didn't help much that when the movie was over, the lamp in my bedroom just so happened to short out, but of course I was certain it was the devil who did it.

Pet Sematary- The Stephen King book that this movie was based off of is, to this day, my favourite horror novel of all time. But I actually saw the movie first, when I was very young. The themes of this story are terrifying on their own; to add a cursed burial ground that raises pets (and people) from the dead just takes the terror that much further.

Alien- This film is just plain artful in its delivery. Everything from the setting to the visuals to the soundtrack work together to create a truly epic horror experience. Ellen Ripley is a hero to us all!

The Others- I saw this when it first came out to theaters, and was blown away by the intensity of the atmosphere. This movie is the definition of chilling. All the actors nailed their performances, and the end twist was quite horrorlicious.

Cabin Fever- This movie is incredibly gruesome, with buckets of blood and an assortment of other crazy things. From the treatment of the title screen to the stomach-turning ending, this movie makes you feel the dirty paranoia around catching a mysterious (and brutal) illness. Effective? I'd say so.

The Babadook- This one lived up to the hype for me- I always tell people that I recommend it to that it's psychological horror done right. I especially love how it doesn't spell things out for the viewer; instead, you are forced to draw your own conclusions as to what exactly is happening in this petrifying tale about a mother and son who are suddenly being stalked by a picture book monster.

The Descent- Like Alien, this movie possesses a setting that is capable of instilling fear on its own. A group of girlfriends get stuck in a complicated and seemingly never-ending system of underground cave tunnels, that also just so happen to be infested with monsters. It's the type of movie where you are gifted with a feeling of immense gratefulness and content once you leave the dark cave of the movie theater, a true indicator of a good, solid horror.

28 Days Later- Never before had zombies been as truly visceral as they are in this movie. They don't just hobble after you, they sprint. They don't just bite, they maul. And while many will argue that 28 Days Later is not a 'true' zombie movie due to its lack of undead subjects, I greatly appreciated the fresh take on a classic horror staple. Even better, the sequel actually holds up to the original fine enough.

It- This wasn't actually a movie, but a mini-series made for TV. Regardless, my child self had never seen anything so scary. A clown that eats kids and causes blood balloons to inflate (and pop) from the bathroom drain? Yeeeah, needless to say, young Amy's heart skipped many beats while watching (and re-watching) this one.

Tremors- Can you say instant classic? This movie is legendary! As an adult re-watching, I can greatly appreciate the funny lines and entertaining effects, but as a child, the notion of monsters that could swallow people or even cars from under the ground was petrifying. The first time I watched it, I had to turn it off for about an hour because the car scene scared me so bad. Of course, I couldn't resist turning it back on as soon as my heart rate slowed back down...

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