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“V/H/S: Viral” is a 2014 anthology horror film directed by Gregg Bishop and Justin Benson. It is the sequel to 2012’s “V/H/S” and 2013’s “V/H/S/2”. The plot of the film doesn’t follow the previous film. A group of teens who are obsessed with making viral videos witness an ice cream truck being chased through their neighborhood and record the chase with cameras to hopefully make it viral and become famous.

The film consists of three short films being played through someone’s phone whenever the ice cream truck passes by that person during the police chase:

“Dante the Great”

An unsuccessful magician named Dante is trying to make ends meet when he comes across a cloak that can make his magic more interesting beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

“Parallel Monsters”

Mainly told in Spanish, this short film centers on a man who builds a machine that opens up a parallel universe very much like his own. He and his parallel self swap universes for a few minutes with some major consequences he may never forget.


A group of skateboarders travel to the Mexican border. They soon skate over a mysterious symbol on the ground and they find themselves in a fight for their own survival against an evil that they have accidentally unleashed.


The film was complete trash! The film was a little too short and none of the shorts were that interesting. “Dante the Great” was mainly a short documentary instead of a found-footage short. In “Bonestorm”, the camera shots weren’t good. The boys had two GoPros on their heads, one towards their faces and the other faced away. The directors could’ve taken the cameras that were facing them and there would’ve been less camera switches. In “Parallel Monsters”, the monsters were lazily created and not scary. Don’t watch this movie, unless you enjoy bad movies. What could’ve made the movie better would be that the boys who were chasing the ice cream truck could get into the truck and watch one of the tapes.

“Dante the Great” could’ve been found-footage like it’s supposed to be instead of a documentary. “Bonestorm” could have less camera switches. “Parallel Monsters” could’ve had more scary monsters in the parallel universe. One thing that also could’ve made the movie interesting would be that the glitch monster from the first film in the short “Tuesday the 17th” could’ve been the one behind the chase and videos going viral


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“V/H/S” is a 2012 anthology horror film directed by Adam Wingard and Ti West. Starring Calvin Reeder and Lane Hughes, the film is mainly about a band of crooks who are hired by their boss to steal a rare v/h/s tape from an old man’s home, but instead, they find a dead body surrounded by horrific tapes.

The film is a collection of five short films that one of the crooks watches with the dead body while the other crooks search the house for the rare v/h/s tape:

“Amateur Night”

Three friends buy a pair of video glasses to make an adult film. They bring back one girl to their hotel room with them, but it is soon revealed that the girl isn’t really “human”.

“Second Honeymoon”

A couple having their second honeymoon in the Grand Canyon are documenting their trip while being stalked by a mysterious killer.

“Tuesday the 17th” 

Four college friends are going to the woods with their new friend. All seems to be going well, then there’s a killer in the woods. Not your average killer. This one only appears as a tracking error on their camera so it can’t be filmed properly.

“The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger”

This short is filmed from an old Skype conversation. A woman is talking to her boyfriend who’s away on business, then she thinks her house is haunted. Soon after, she discovers a mysterious lump on her arm. Is she safe?


It’s Halloween 1998. Four friends dressed as a teddy bear (nanny cam), a Marine, a pirate, and the Unabomber, respectively, are on their way to a Halloween party. But they choose the wrong house. After exploring the empty house, they find some men and a woman in the attic performing an exorcism. Before the friends can try and escape, the house unleashes a deadly poltergeist on everyone.


The film was a good movie, not bad or great, just good. It did reveal some scary monsters that not very many get to see in movies. Some of the shorts were too boring and the movie itself was a little too long. The second short “Second Honeymoon” could’ve had some more action in it to make it more interesting and some more backstory between the couple and the killer. The third short “Tuesday the 17th” was full of cliches, but the only good thing about it was a killer itself. One thing that would’ve made the movie a big twist would be that at the end of the fifth short “10/31/98” the boys could survive and then they could be mentally traumatized and they become the crooks who broke into the house to watch the tapes.


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“V/H/S/2” is a 2013 anthology horror film directed by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett and is the sequel to 2012’s “V/H/S”.

The film  mainly stars Michael Lawrence Lavine and Kelsey Abbott as two private investigators who go searching for a missing college kid and find a collection of v/h/s tapes in his home instead.

The film contains four short films that  one of the investigators watches while the other searches the house for the college kid:

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A man was recently in a car accident and he gets an ocular implant with recording chip in it and he begins seeing spirits in his home. After seeing some weird activity in his home, a woman who can hear the activity but can not see it, gives him a message he may never forget.


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A man biking through the fictional Gold Stone State Park mounts a GoPro camera on his helmet and gets turned into a zombie and we are given a first-person shot of what a zombie does. Contains: bloody images, gore, and violence that’s not for the faint of heart.




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Four friends are in Indonesia making a documentary about an Indonesian cult isolated from society and during their interview, the cult unleashes its terrifying truth on everyone living there and the documentarians.



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The title says it all! A group of young friends and teenagers are having a sleepover and they are suddenly abducted by aliens one at a time while a GoPro mounted on their dog records it all.


The film was a major improvement over its predecessor. The shorts were entertaining, have a lot of violence and gore and provide plenty of good scares. It provides the same plot line as its predecessor with it being a bunch of shorts being watched by someone. The plot also doesn’t make sense just like the first movie, but it’s not meant to make sense. The plot is a bunch of short films being played that have no real connection to each other. What could’ve been done to make it more interesting would be that the people who are investigating the home, one or more of the short films could have one of them in it and can reveal some backstory about them and how they got to where they are at the house now.


Alien-Goatdemon-Zombie-Ghost – A Review Of V/H/S/2


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“Circle” is a 2015 science fiction/drama film directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione. The movie stars Michael Nardelli, Julie Benz, Carter Jenkins, and so many more. The film is about fifty random strangers who wake in a dark room arranged in one large circle with no way to escape. They soon learn that every two minutes, one of them is killed by a mysterious device in the middle of the room. They eventually learn that they get to choose who gets to die next by voting, starting up discussions about life and personal values of deciding who is the one person who deserves to live.

Circle’s setting is extremely simplified; taking place in a single room. 50 people are placed into a circle facing each other. In the center of the room is an ominous black orb which stares back into the eyes of the occupants of the room. Around the orb are triangular selectors, one for each occupant of the room. Each contestant of the Circle uses their hand to vote for a person to kill. Each vote is only known to the person who cast the vote. While visually, Circle is nothing special, it’s location allows it to focus on it’s core message and plot.

As the movie progresses, the occupants in the room die out while also discussing the different stereotypes and manners of human interaction. The 50 people cover very significant life topics like: racism, gay marriage, contributing to society, children, pregnant women, religion, immigration, etc… As well as the topics discussed in the movie, the 50 people in the room represent a different type of member of our society such as: an Army man, a pregnant woman, a child, a one-armed man, a Spanish-speaker, a rich man, a minister, an atheist, etc…

While it’s discussions are shallow at best, it’s addressing of the issues is refreshing in movie industry that is obsessed with recreating the old instead of creating something new. Deeper analysis of the movie’s plot reveals commentary about the prejudges of society, mob mentality, fear, mortality, and democracy. One example of this would be the reactionary methods with which the contestants vote with. Instead of using the a logical approach, the contestants reacted to fear tactics and mis-information. The overall feeling seems to echo the 2016 elections.

Overall, the movie is a very simple, creative, and horrific movie. Some characters could be more developed and the ending could have been more anonymous so the watcher doesn’t know who the real winner of the circle was. I liked this movie and recommend it to high school students to teach them valuable lessons they will need to learn in real life.

Wyatt Fortin: 8.5/10

To close, I personally found the movie to be quite refreshing. The movie’s message, while ham-fisted at times, is conversation starting. It’s study of the human condition along with it’s quick pacing allows it to explore a wide range of topics in a short amount of time. It’s simple and good for what the film makers were working with and beats a lot of high budget films that have come out recently in terms of plot and meaningfulness.

Josh Garde: 4 pies out of 2 ducks

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that of which is known to the average viewer, it is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity, it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. It lies between the pit of man’s fear, and the sanity of writers. This is the dimension of hellish imagination- it is the Netflix original series some call, Black Mirror. 

The science fiction program by Charlie Brooker offers a darker, more modern take on a much loved classic, The Twilight Zone. With 3 seasons and counting, Black Mirror has left audiences of all ages speechless; wanting more, more, and more of this unique viewing experience that can only be described as bizarre. However, like most shows, the first season is the most important in order to really get a sense and feel for the overall layout. Each episode stands alone and are not related by plot nor character, the only similarity is the common way in which each problem stems from the innermost realms of the human psyche. Season one tantalizes viewers with scandalous and risqué themes in multiple alternate universes where every person has their memories stored from birth, where a population of adults must live monotonous lives for a chance at false fame, and where a world leader must follow through with degrading terrorist demands. Each episode dances on the edge of reality, just close enough to home so that a real fear lingers- could all of this really happen? Black Mirror encompasses thrills for all; if one dares to watch.

Hell breaks loose when the Prime Minister of England is forced to make a life changing decision. The princess is held hostage, and the only demand made by the anonymous kidnapper is that the Prime Minister must perform an illegal sexual act… on live television. As the clock begins to tick down faster and faster and the suspect nowhere to be found, he must choose: the princess or his reputation? Watch as motives and public opinion shape the fate of a politician. Will he save the princess? Is it really his responsibility. Watch episode one of Black Mirror to find out.

Utopia isn’t always what we dream it will be, especially for this odd man and woman in a very dystopian future. Workers (Citizens? Slaves? People?) spend their days in a facility running on treadmills to earn enough points to survive. Entertainment is provided via television, and the girl is finally given the chance, and enough points, to try out for her favorite game show. However, nothing is as it seems in Black Mirror, and her audition turns into the opportunity to either go back to the monotonous mindless drudge she’s been living in her whole life, or become a pornstar. Forget what you thought you knew about the future and delve into this all too possible reality in episode two of Black Mirror.

The human brain can be compared to a supercomputer, what with its ability to store and present information when needed. But like all aspects of a human, it is flawed; memories fade or become twisted and unreliable. Follow a man as he revisits past moments with help from a microchip placed in the brain at birth. The technology is so commonplace in this alternate universe and appears useful in some ways. But with great power, comes great responsibility. And with great technology, comes life-changing mistakes. Some memories are meant to stay hidden and buried forever, what would you do if you could never forget? Is this technology a blessing or a sick and twisted curse? Decide for yourself as you watch episode 3 of Black Mirror.

Black Mirror is rated M for mature. This rating comes from sexual themes, some language, and a creepy vibe overall. The questions and implications that arise from viewing may make some feel uncomfortable, but if one is intrigued by the occasional spine chilling scene, by all means this show is for them. 10/10 recommend this show and all future seasons. Happy Watching!

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Tales of the Peculiar is a companion novel to the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs. Throughout the trilogy Riggs mentions in his story of the book The Tales of the Peculiar which provides the characters, mainly Millard, with useful information for their quest. As of September 2016 Riggs released the book, bringing the fictional novel to life for readers to enjoy. Within this book Riggs tells ten tales which all provide a moral lesson to be learned.


Author Ransom Riggs
Author Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs introduces his stories by giving the readers the illusion that they are interactive and a part of the peculiar universe through Millard, a character in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, advising non-peculiars to not read these tells. Millard also informs the audience that there are secrets weaved into these tales which the peculiars deem to be valuable information.

The Splendid Cannibals:

Within this story Riggs creates a moral underlining of gluttony. He illustrates how wanting to much, to the point of endless un-satisfaction, can only lead to harm. This tale is about peculiars in Swampmuck who, at the beginning, are satisfied by their rustic lifestyle until one day they are provided another option by the help of some splendid cannibals. All in this tale was one of Riggs best.

The Fork-tongued Princess:

In this tale Riggs, through a fantasy world, demonstrates the power and courage it takes for one to give forgiveness. The princess of Frankenbourg was born with peculiarities that set her a part from others, even her own father. She must take a journey that will lead her to her salvation. The tale read as a series of  small scenes however, it was intriguing.

The First Ymbryne:

We are first introduced to Ymbrynes in Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children through the character of Miss Peregrine who provides a safe place for the peculiar children to live. In this short story we get the background of how the fist Ymbryne came to be and how they have evolved to be today. This tale provides a lot of insight for fans of The Tales of the Peculiar.

The Women Who Befriended Ghosts:

Hildy has the ability to talk to ghost and has only befriended ghost her whole life. But one day her ghost sister has to go away for years and she is faced with the problem of befriending living people. Riggs plays with the idea that we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket, in this case Hildy learns that she can have a place in her heart for more than one person whether they are living or not. Had a sad and glumly tone to it but was interesting to say the least.


Zehn’s father, a renown sailor, disappears on a voyage and he made his son promise to look for him if he ever got lost. Zen is faced with the difficulty of self-acceptance as he searches for his father. Was one of my favorites within this book because Riggs wasn’t afraid to write about family and self acceptance.

The Pigeon’s Of Saint Paul’s:

These pigeons are introduced in Hollow City, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children trilogy. The readers get a background of how the building of Saint Paul’s came to be and how the pigeons got deemed the faithful caretakers. This along with The First Ymbryne has the purpose of being informative to the story of the peculiars.

The Girl Who can Tame Nightmares:

In all his other books Riggs has only illustrated the positive side of having abilities however, in this tale he sheds some light on the responsibility placed upon peculiars to not use their peculiarities. This was my least favorite story because it felt like it was all over the place.

The Locust:

We learn that love and vulnerability aren’t negative things through the tale of a father with a cold-heart who has a son with the biggest heart, filled with love, that a person can have. They undergo a long and heart-wrenching adventure that may lead to the thawing of a cold-heart. Had a great moral underlining however, it wasn’t very entertaining.

The Boy Who Can Hold Back The Sea:

Riggs incorporates the idea that no matter what there will always be someone for everyone. Fergus has the ability to control tides and due to that he never feels connected with others and he embarks on a journey to live a peaceful life. Had a great ending and was interesting.

The Tale Of Cuthbert:

Cuthbert’s tale is of his acts of kindness towards peculiar animals. He then is faced with some consequences in which he must confront. Was a great end to the book

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The first six books in the series
The first six books in the series

“All the stories are true.” Those are the words Shadowhunter Jace Wayland tells Clary during their first meeting and that statement is what thrusts her into a world of mythic creatures including werewolves, vampires, demons, and more. The Mortal Instruments is a six book series written by Cassandra Clare with the first book coming out in 2007, the third book in 2009, and  the final book in 2014.


The first book in the series, City of Bones, follows Clary and Simon, as they discover Clary’s connection to the shadowhunter world and encounter the rogue shadowhunter, Valentine, who seems to know more about Clary than she knows about herself. City of Ashes continues almost exactly after the events of the first book, with Clary struggling with her relationships with Simon and Jace, despite what she knows about them both, and trying to keep Valentine from achieving his goals. The third book, City of Glass, brings it all to an end. The shadowhunters and Valentine face off in one final battle in which the fate of all shadowhunters and downworlders rests in the balance.


Overall, the books have a solid story and the events flow pretty well. The author does a good job by making the reader want more. Sometimes the book will alternate between two scenes so that he reader can’t skip ahead and risk missing important information. The characters are pretty memorable. Each one is given a personality unique to themselves. You’d have a hard time trying to prove that two characters are exactly the same. From the nerdy and geeky Simon to the sparkly and flamboyant Magnus Bane. Unfortunately, the author does fall short on some aspects. The book relies to much on the scene switching and it can get frustrating being torn from a scene to read about something less interesting. The author also forces Jace and Clary’s relationship onto the reader so much that some characters are outright ignored in order to focus on Clary and Jace. The relationships between characters is important, but when it takes away other characters’ development, it can take away the enjoyment of the book. Overall, the book was a good read and the next three books are something to look forward to. The first 3 books get an overall score of 8/10 and is a good read for anyone who needs a book for class.

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iOS 10 is something you can’t not hear about. It’s scandalous replacement of the pistol with a water gun has proved to be a reason for many not to upgrade.


And that’s petty. It’s a good update.


I’ve been using the iOS 10 beta since late August, and I installed iOS 10 on my phone. When you think about it, there’s lots of small tweaks here and there that I really love – and some that I don’t.


The Good

The very first thing you’ll notice when your phone updates for the first time, is the lock screen; gone is the old way of unlocking your phone, and living is the “press home to open.” I’ve had a 6s Plus since they day it was released, and the TouchID is stupid fast. Before iOS 10, I had to press the home button in an awkward way so I can still see my notifications and reply to them.  Now, when I raise my phone, it wakes up. I can see my notifications and even rest my finger on the fingerprint sensor, and still interact with them.


Speaking of interaction, it’s now much easier to interact with your notifications. Touch hard on them with the 6s or newer, and you’ll jump right into your messages, and sometimes even get context. This is amazingly useful, too, if you just need to pull out your phone really quickly to reply to multiple messages to someone. Between iOS 9 & 10, they’ve really taken the time to get notifications right.


So you’ve unlocked your phone, what’s new? Again, if you have a 6s or newer, you can 3D Touch, with the new ability to share the app and see the widget if it offers one. This is a super quick way to send your friend that game you really want them to play. This works really well with my favorite weather app, “Dark Sky,” which gives minute by minute predictions of if it’s going to rain.


From app to app, you won’t notice much a difference until the apps you love the most decide to update.


As far as the messages app goes, you have to try it to know if you’ll like it. Quite a few of the people you know have probably been sending you messages with lazer effects. I personally like the invisible ink filter, which will force you to wipe away frost from the message; because after a few seconds it reverts back to the frost, it prevents nosy people from looking at your conversations.

The bad

Notifications are sometimes buggy on my iPhone, requiring you to 3D touch on the notification to open it. This, combined with more, just contribues to sadness, as there are still far too many applications that don’t take to using 3D touch. It’s been over a year; all the apps should have updated by now.

Apple released an update to the mobile operating system, but as to the fixes, we still have yet to see much.

As with any update, Apple can’t gauge how well it performs on all devices without the update being installed on millions of devices. Expect a fix, but if you’re concerned about battery life, hold off a little bit.


iOS 10 is a great update, with plenty of new features. If you’re concerned about small bugs, don’t install. Otherwise, It’s a solid A from me.