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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Thirty-One

Welcome back to day thirty-one of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List / Hocus Pocus 1993 Review / 2017 / Belle Chaton Blog


Monday, October 30, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Thirty

Welcome back to day thirty of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...


Halloween Film List 2017 / Halloweentown 2 / Belle Chaton Blog

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Life Lessons Wednesday Addams Taught Us

Life Lessons Wednesday Addams Taught Us Petit Belle Chaton Blog

I've recently been thinking about how much I love Wednesday Addams and how she's quite honestly my spirit animal, so here are 11 life lessons she taught us.

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Nine

Welcome back to day twenty-nine of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List / The Haunted Mansion 2003 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's Just A Bunch Of Hocus Pocus

Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
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Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog
Halloween Decorations Belle Chaton Blog

As there are only three days left now until Halloween, I thought I'd do a little post showing you the Halloween decorations that I have this year. Usually, I go a little crazy and buy everything Halloween themed in sight but I haven't really bought that many new items this year, as I already have quite a lot. I used to have them in both my bedroom and the living room but having things like Halloween decorations in the living room is kind of tough these days, with a very excitable dog running around so I just stick to having them in my bedroom now. 

The items I did buy this year are the Caramel Pumpkin Swirl candle from B&M which I've already written a whole post on and I also purchased some Halloween bedding which I really love. One side has stars and moons, broomsticks and cats in witches hats and on the other side it's just completely stars. I tried to ensure that I showed both sides within this post so you get the idea. Believe it or not, it's from Asda and was only £12 and it's still available to buy here: link.
1. Pumpkin and Ghost Candle Holders - Poundland / £1 
2. Pumpkin String Lights - John Lewis / £9
3. Copper Pumpkin - TK Maxx / £9
4. Candles - Yankee Candle, John Lewis and B&M / £4+
5. Large Pumpkin Candle Holder - Wilko / £5

I know some people aren't keen on Halloween decorations but I absolutely adore them and have had mine up since October the 1st! I'll be sad when it's time to take them down again... Even though I'm not doing anything that exciting this Halloween, I'm still pretty excited! All I need to do now is carve my pumpkin and watch Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown.

Are you excited for Halloween? How will you be spending it?



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Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Eight

Welcome back to day twenty-eight of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...
Halloween Film List / Halloweentown 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

Friday, October 27, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Seven

Welcome back to day twenty-seven of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...
Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

The film follows married couple Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) as they end up in a terrible car accident, where they later die. They then find themselves stuck haunting their old home, unable to leave...but it soon gets a whole lot worse when the Deetz family: Delia (Catherine O'Hara), Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the property and move in. The Maitlands find them unbearable to live with so they attempt to haunt them, in the hopes that if they become scared enough they may leave. However, the plan isn't as easy as they initially thought and their efforts soon catch the attention of 'Betelgeuse' (Michael Keaton) who's help always has disastrous consequences. 

Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

I'm sure you can all agree, this is a film that you always hear about and it's usually really great things. For some reason, I had never got round to watching it. I sort of watched it once a few years ago but didn't really give it much concentration so I couldn't even really remember the premise. I recently gave it another go and really enjoyed it!As I've said before Tim Burton's films are pretty hit or miss but I think this is definitely one of the better ones but still not his best. The premise is interesting and has an original take on the afterlife, it also has pretty great casting and the production design is incredible. It's so visually creative, funny and just an all-around charming film.

Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

 However, I can't help but feel like there's a little something missing from this film and I'm not sure what it is. The weirdest thing for me is the film is called Beetlejuice (1988) but he's my least favourite character and he's only in the film for a total of 17.5 minutes overall. Some of the things he says are really funny but I also find him really annoying and the misogynistic things he says are a little unsettling. Maybe I watched it at the wrong time considering what's currently happening in the world of film in Hollywood but some of the things he says and does that are deemed okay, really make you think. Especially the part where he tries to marry a teenage girl...but I guess he's a memorable character and maybe that's what they were going for.

On a more positive note, I am head over heels in love with Winona Ryder and I really loved her as Lydia in this film and because of that, I will definitely always re-watch. Another thing I really liked was spotting the Tim Burton easter eggs throughout, such as the Jack Skellington-esque skull that is seen on top of the Merry-Go-Round in one of the scenes, which would have been five years before the release of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

 If you're a fan of Tim Burton and are yet to see Beetlejuice, definitely give it a watch!
Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

"I, myself, am strange and unusual."

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Six

Welcome back to day twenty-six of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Five

Welcome back to day twenty-five of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List / The Nightmare Before Christmas Review / Belle Chaton Blog

The film follows Jack Skellington - Halloweentown's 'Pumpkin King' as he becomes very bored with the usual annual Halloween routine of scaring people...and then he stumbles upon Christmastown, which is magical and bright and colourful. He feels like he has found a whole new lease of life and he decides that he wants to take over Christmas and he'll do this by kidnapping Santa Claus and doing the job himself.

Halloween Film List / The Nightmare Before Christmas Review / Belle Chaton Blog

It's the same old question - is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or Christmas film? I even asked this very question over on my Twitter and the general consensus was that it's a Christmas film. However, it's gothic and macabre themes make it completely appropriate to watch at Halloween too so I will continue to watch it on both occasions. 

Halloween Film List / The Nightmare Before Christmas Review / Belle Chaton Blog

Because it's called 'Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas' I was always under the assumption that it was completely a Tim Burton film and I always said that it's his best film but during a recent re-watch I realised that although it was produced and the concept and characters came from Burton, it was actually directed by Henry Selick, who also directed Coraline. 

Halloween Film List / The Nightmare Before Christmas Review / Belle Chaton Blog

This has always been and will continue to be one of my favourite films. The stop-motion and attention to detail is just phenomenal and it's crazy to think that one minute of film alone took at least a week to make...but it just wouldn't have been the incredible film it is, if it was just another animation. I also really love the screenplay and how the cliches of both annual holidays were brought to life, without it becoming tiresome or completely cringe-inducing. The universe of the Nightmare Before Christmas is just so breathtakingly wonderful and feels just as magical now, as it did all those years ago when I'd watch it constantly as a child and it could definitely be argued that even after all this time, it's still one of the best stop-motion films to date.
It's also a musical composed by Danny Elfman. I usually find that animation films that double as a musical can be slightly hit or miss but this is incredible and I genuinely love the songs. I was going to list my favourites but there are just too many that are so wonderful and memorable.

People will probably try and tell you that this is a Christmas film but if you're looking for something light-hearted to watch this Halloween, it's definitely acceptable to pop this on!
Halloween Film List / The Nightmare Before Christmas Review / Belle Chaton Blog



"Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!"

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Four

Look who's back, back again. Conor's back, tell your friends. Another guest post for you today and this time, on a nĂ¯che German film, because why not.

Halloween Film List Funny Games 1997 Review Belle Chaton Blog

Today's film is Michael Haneker's 1997 film Funny Games. If you're looking for this online you will also come across a 2007 version also directed by Haneker, but as I'll explain, you'll only want to see the 1997 version as it has so much more ooomf to it.
When I pitched writing this to Sophie she was a bit confused as to why I'd want to write about another 'typical home invasion horror' but oh it's so much more than that. The premise, while may seem like a home invasion horror, is actually a commentary on the Hollywood horror genre and manipulates it to make the audience feel exceptionally unnerved. Focussed on a family vacation, two strangers appear at their door and throughout the course of the film play sadistic games with the family under the promise by sunrise they will all be killed. And while I will try my hardest to avoid spoiling this film, please note that if what I have said so far in any way peaks your interest, please go and watch it now, just so nothing gets even the slightest bit ruined.

Halloween Film List Funny Games 1997 Review Belle Chaton Blog

Now playing off the idea that by sunrise that the family will be killed, we as a Westernised society watch the film with the expectation that a character, usually the female will survive and live to tell the tale. I shan't say whether or not it meets this expectation, but throughout the film it toys with this using red herrings to leer our perception in a direction then for the film to take it down an entirely different route and for that I love it.
The main characters are also a commentary on American culture, with the antagonists changing their names from Beavis and Butthead to Tom and Jerry, which not only confuses us the audience, but throws their victims off too. Which when you take into consideration some of the later punishments of the film, and how they pan out, it goes to show how this film truly diverts and toys with expectations in order to gain a strong response from audiences. Hell even the opening credits gives an indication of how much you're going to played as a viewer, allowing your voyeurism and understanding of comfort in cinema to be tested and teased before the antagonists even enters the scene.

Halloween Film List Funny Games 1997 Review Belle Chaton Blog

I shan't say much more than that because I am so worried of saying too much about it. Please go and watch Funny Games, preferably the German version, as the divide between German and Hollywood cinema is a lot stronger and more defined, as opposed to a Hollywood film critiquing the system in which it was created.

Halloween Film List Funny Games 1997 Review Belle Chaton Blog

Where to watch: YouTube / Amazon
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Three

Welcome back to day twenty-three of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List The Boy 2016 Review Petit Belle Chaton

The film follows Greta Evans (Lauren Cohan) as she takes a nannying job for 8-year-old Brahms at Heelshire Manor, which is located in the remote English countryside. Upon her first meeting with Brahms, she realises that he is, in fact, a life-size porcelain doll and Mr And Mrs Heelshire care for him like he's a real child; to help them cope with the loss of their own child, who died 20 years prior. Greta is left with a list of rules that she must abide by when looking after Brahms and is warned that he doesn't like it when the rules aren't followed; but as he's just a doll, she doesn't stick to them and then strange things start to happen, which leads her to believe that maybe Brahms is alive...


Over the years, we've certainly had more than enough horror films that feature creepy dolls. I used to really love them when I was a lot younger but as time has gone on, they have started to feel completely stale; and the plots always go down the same route, of the doll being possessed by some evil spirit who wants to kill as many people as possible and to end it, the doll must be destroyed. Blah, blah, blah - you know the drill.

When I first heard about The Boy (2016) I thought it would follow the same cliche tropes as used in The Conjuring (2013) and Annabelle (2014) but upon seeing the trailer, it actually looked quite interesting so I thought I'd give it a chance.

As I've already said, it's not a new concept at all but even so, I really did enjoy this film. Others haven't been so easily swayed and this film gets a lot of hate and I'm not quite sure why that is because it's so much better than the likes of Annabelle (2014) which relies solely on jump scares and quick cuts. One of the biggest flaws of the horror genre is when films lack in the narrative and don't give us any form of backstory and that's what I liked about this film, that they took the time to do that because that is what will make you actually feel engaged with a film. Without that, you just won't care for any of the characters or the outcome of the film. 

It's directed well, with some really good shots that build up the suspense slowly but effectively. I personally really like this technique but if you're someone who loves films such as Insidious that get really intense incredibly quickly, this may not be the one for you because you may find it a little bit of a slow burner. My favourite thing about this film and what I personally think sets it apart from the other creepy doll films out there is the ending. I'm usually good at guessing what the twists and big reveals will be in films but I really did not see this one coming at all. I've seen that a lot of people have mixed reactions on the ending and say it doesn't make sense. I feel like it does but admittedly, it is probably a bit of a reach. But in saying that, I much prefer this ending than the other cliche routes they could have gone down.

If you're looking to watch a creepy doll film this Halloween, that is a little more original and has more of an edge, give this a go!




"You wouldn't hurt me, would you Brahms?"



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty Two

Welcome back to day twenty-two of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List ParaNorman 2012 Review / Petit Belle Chaton

The film follows 11-year-old Norman Babcock (
Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is kind of an outcast in his town of Blithe Hollow due to his ability to see and talk to the dead. His strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) warns him that a witch's curse that is centuries old, is about to come true and only Norman can stop it. He must push all of his powers to the limit, in an attempt to save all the people of his town...


  


When I first heard about ParaNorman (2012) and saw all the promotional images, I immediately thought that it was a Tim Burton film. I mean, I have nothing against Tim Burton films but the ones that have been made in more recent years, aren't anything spectacular so I always feel a huge amount of apprehension, but then I saw that it was in fact made by Laika Studios, who have also made Coraline (2009), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). I've actually seen every film they've made apart from Kubo (which is on my list to watch very soon) and I've really loved every single one of them. What's even more impressive is every film they've made has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Halloween Film List ParaNorman 2012 Review / Petit Belle Chaton

I think after how well received Coraline was, everyone was eager to see how ParaNorman would compare and if the success of Coraline was just a one-off...It wasn't. ParaNorman still has all those ingredients that made Coraline so magical; the incredible stop-motion, insane attention to detail, a beautiful score and pretty aesthetics. The writing style also feels the same, which I love because they always seem to find the perfect balance of having a quite serious narrative but balancing it out with just the right amount of humour, to keep it light-hearted.I've seen that a lot of people aren't completely sold on the story of ParaNorman and much prefer Coraline but I think this raises very important issues that many children will find relatable. Minus all of its gothic themes and roaming zombies, it's a story that shows an endless cycle of being bullied due to something that you can't control and how revenge isn't the best way to deal with things. It also shows how young people deal with loss and how hard the grieving process is. Ultimately, it leaves a message that you should try and accept everyone, you shouldn't ridicule and hurt someone just because they're different.

Halloween Film List ParaNorman 2012 Review / Petit Belle Chaton

Even though it's primarily targeted as a children's film, it does have some mature themes, which wouldn't be great for very young children but as an adult, you'll be able to watch and enjoy without it feeling mind-numbingly juvenile.

I think one of my favourite things about this film is all the movie references throughout, such as Agatha and her 'ruby slippers'; Sheriff Hopkins actually quoting Scooby Doo; Norman's ringtone on his phone being the Halloween theme tune and Neil turning up wearing a Jason mask (Friday the 13th). There are probably many more but these are the ones that I spotted. I really love it when films reference other films and it's so fun trying to spot them while watching. Another reference I loved but isn't a film or tv show but actually the ghost of what appears to be Amelia Earhart, I really loved this little touch because I'm so fascinated by her and her story. Overall, this is definitely a must watch at Halloween! 


Halloween Film List ParaNorman 2012 Review / Petit Belle Chaton

"There's nothing wrong with being scared Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are."
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

10 Events To Attend This Halloween

10 Events To Attend This Halloween 2017

As there is now just a little over a week until Halloween, I thought I'd compile a list of the some of the best events to attend this Halloween, in case you're still stuck for something to do... (As I'm from the UK, all these events will be based here, sorry to all my non-British readers!) 

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-One

Welcome back to day twenty-one of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List Trick 'R' Treat / Petit Belle Chaton

The film consists of five interwoven stories that all occur on Halloween night in Warren Valley, Ohio.




Trick 'R' Treat (2007) is one of my ultimate favourite films to watch around the Halloween time, it has all the ingredients needed for that perfect Halloween film. Directed by Michael Dougherty, this was shockingly his feature film debut. It skipped a theatrical release and went straight to DVD which is probably why this is such an underrated film. 

If you loved Halloween as a child, you'll probably remember how magical that feeling used to be. The crisp October air, the face paint and the dressing up, going trick or treating with your friends, actually believing that maybe, just maybe you'd see something magical like in all those Halloween films you watched. It sounds silly now but there really is nothing more lovely than how the simplest things make children so happy. These days, it's really hard to get into the Halloween spirit. It's like it almost never feels like it's Halloween anymore...However, this film just captures the essence of what makes Halloween so wonderful (aside from all the gore) and if this doesn't get you in the spirit, I don't think anything will...


Halloween Film List Trick 'R' Treat / Petit Belle Chaton

As mentioned before, it's an anthology horror that covers five stories; firstly, the couple who end up paying a heavy price for not following holiday traditions; secondly, the school principal who has a secret life as a serial killer; thirdly, a group of teens that play a cruel practical joke that results in awful consequences; fourthly sees a college student planning to lose her virginity; and lastly we follow a grumpy old man as he gets a special trick or treater.

Admittedly, some of the stories feel slightly more underwhelming than others but I guess it's just a subjective thing because the ones I liked less, I've seen other people say were their favourite. Initially, I was kind of apprehensive of a film that has so many different stories going on. I've seen films similar before and they become incredibly messy, very quickly... However, this wasn't like that at all. In fact, I was so shocked how well they managed to blend it all together and also keep it completely consistent throughout the whole film.

Halloween Film List Trick 'R' Treat / Petit Belle Chaton

There's so much that I love about this film but my favourite aspects have to be the beautiful cinematography and the production design, it's attention to detail is just incredible. Ultimately, it's a love letter to Halloween and I would argue that it's one of the best Halloween films to date. It's not Halloween until you've watched this! I've already watched it once this month but definitely want to watch it once more before October is over.

"Eight jack-o-lanterns, eight victims. So we're gonna place these jack-o-lanterns down by the lake as an offering to those who died."

Where to watch: YouTube / Google Play / Amazon

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty

Welcome back to day twenty of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

The film follows the Lambert family: Josh (Patrick Wilson), Renai (Rose Byrne) and their children Dalton (Ty Simkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and baby Kali (Brynn/Madison Bowie) as they have recently moved into a new home. One night, Dalton climbs the ladder in the attic after hearing strange sounds and he falls and hurts his head. The next day, Dalton falls into a coma that cannot even be explained by the doctors. However, his parents believe there must be more to it so they turn to a spiritualist, who warns them that their son is in great danger of having his comatose body taken over by a demon.

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

This film. This bloody film...Let's just say it's been the cause of many sleepless nights for me.

When it comes to the horror genre, more specifically ones that are of the paranormal nature, Insidious (2010) is always one that I see spoken about quite frequently. They usually say it's good but not that scary and I'm always left thinking, are they lying or do they really not find this completely terrifying like I do? And if so, howNow, I'm not a person that gets scared easily by films. When I'm watching them with people, they'll be covering their eyes and usually, I'll laugh. I wasn't even phased by IT (2017) but this just affects me a lot for some reason, it's goosebump-inducing. 

It's not the usual cleverly timed jump scares that makes this film scary, it's the story. Maybe not everyone will find this to be as terrifying as I do but I think it's because it affects me on an almost personal level. Ever since I was a baby, I've always had a major issue with sleeping. It got so bad that until quite recently, I was on sleeping tablets for years. I always had really bad nightmares and weird and intense dreams, that left me feeling more tired when I woke than I had felt before I went to sleep. I guess it's just the fact that I lucid dream a lot...but watching a film that features astral protection when you're someone who does lucid dreams is pretty terrifying. 

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

Directed by 
James Wan, who you may know from his previous works such as Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring and Annabelle. I've watched quite a few of his films and I really enjoy them. Even though he does use jumpscares, they're not used in the most obvious way. There are points where you're just waiting for a jump scare and they just don't come. Instead, he uses clever camera movements and colour to set the mood, as well as having an impressive sound design and the creepiest score to really make the audience feel uneasy and trigger all those goosebumps. 

One of the scenes that terrified me the most is kind of silly but it's where "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" is played and still to this day, I cannot listen to that song. It's even referenced in the first Harry Potter book and even that made me feel on edge. A big fat nope, forever with that song. (I would link it but I don't even want to have to find the video on YouTube, sorry)

If you're looking for a scary film to watch this Halloween, give this a go! It may be only a PG13 but it much more terrifying than most RatedR movies I've seen. 

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton



"It's not the house that is haunted. It's your son."

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