Monday, November 1, 2021

When the Ending Changes Everything

Last month, I binged on all things – books, movies, TV shows - creepy. The results? I yelled at two terrible movies, spent enjoyable chunks of time with solid entertainment, and was blown away by one movie and one book. 

 

Hunter Hunter is my kind of movie: dark, disturbing, tense. I was uneasy the entire time I watched it, gaze riveted to the screen. Until the ending. It was so gory I had to look away over and over. And, yet, the ending absolutely fits the story so well that I can't call it gratuitous. It haunts me to this day. (I don't usually talk trigger warnings, but this ending is not for the faint of heart.)

 

Come With Me by Ronald Malfi is a horror novel for people who don't like horror. In fact, I'd call this more mystery with paranormal elements than anything else. It's atmospheric, creepy, heartbreaking and lovely. Though parts of it felt kind of slow, it still stayed a solid 4 stars for me. Until the ending. When I got there, I gasped then flipped back through the book, re-reading certain moments with fresh eyes. The ending added a whole other layer that had me in tears. It leaped to 5 stars and is easily one of my favorite reads of the year.


***** 

 

How was your October/Halloween? Anything you read/watched that you'd recommend? Are there any endings that haunt you from books/movies/TV shows? What's next for you in November?

19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll have to check out the movie. I've heard of it, but with that glowing review, I'll look for it. And fortunately I can handle most gore.

Patricia said...

Only new thing I watched was the latest season of What We Do In the Shadows. Enjoyed it, too.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'll have to add both to my to-do lists.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hope you enjoy it, Alex! It was one of the best creepy movies I've seen in a long time. And I really only mentioned the gore factor because most of the movie wasn't like the so it took me by surprise.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good that you enjoyed it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hope you get to them sooner rather than later. But believe me, I know how those lists can grow...and grow...and grow.... Hey, they sounds like horror movie - The Never Ending To-Do List, mwahhaha! :o

M.J. Fifield said...

Hunter Hunter sounds like something my significant other would enjoy...and something I'd probably have to watch with my hands over my face or something. I'm a chicken. :)

There's a French movie called Them (there was a US remake, but the original French film is much, much better) that both my SO and I found terrifying. The ending was especially chilling—and it has stayed with us for years.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Maybe try watching it between your fingers. :)

It might be different than what you're referring to, but the movie THEM I'm thinking of is about gift ants. I saw that many, many years ago and so have to watch it again. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

GIANT ants. Not "gift" ants. I don't even want to know what those would be....

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Madeline, I plan to start something new in November and also focus on my fitness.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent, Rachna! Good luck!

emaginette said...

Oh, I'm gonna have to check them out. I love endings that have me rethinking the story. I tend to re-read books like that. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yes! Once you know the ending, it's fun to go back and see all the hints dropped, all the things that have double meanings, etc. It might not be the same as that first time through, with that "gasp!" moment, but it's fun in a different way. :)

Loni Townsend said...

Sounds like you found some good sources of entertainment!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I did! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I've been struggling for entertainment the past two months.

Lee Lowery said...

I watched Midnight Mass. It started out promising, but ended with a gory, senseless mess. And a lot of not-so-subtle social agenda lecturing. I'd like that seven hours of my life back. I'm still debating giving Squid Games a shot. 😆

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You're welcome, Susan! And I hear you. I do tend to read newer books, but I've gone back to watching mostly older movies and TV shows, some of which are new to me.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks for the heads up about Midnight Mass.

I watched two episodes of Squid Game, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I kind of like it...but I kind of don't. I joked to a friend that I'm probably going to have to watch the whole season before I figure it out. :)