There is a very soft spot in my heart for this next installment to our 31 Nightmares.
Over the Garden Wallis a family-friendly fascet of the horror genre, with drips of mystery & dark fantasy sprinkled in. Ever since its premiere, the miniseries has been a treasured fall season tradition in our home.
I was lucky enough a few years ago to get a physical copy on DVD to what I consider to be a storytelling masterpiece.
The visuals and sort of retro feel to the entire thing stir up some sort of nostalgic emotions in me. I’m not sure why, but every time we get ready to sit down and watch it this time of year and that gorgeous piano theme starts up, my eyes start to well up a bit. Maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of pieces of my own childhood. Maybe it’s the adorable characters. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that my son loves it as much as I do.
Whatever the case is, it is definitely worth seeking out.
Oh yes, and my son wants you all to know this is our favorite song from the series:
Last year, there were a few sleeper mentions I later got questions about. At least once during our madness here we like to mention something most people may not have heard of.
One of my favorites out of those is indeed The Watcher in the Woods.
This is an old one but it is so worth digging for if you can find it. The story is surrealistic almost to a point of science fiction if it weren’t for the heavy horror undertones.
There is no blood or gore in this movie. Every element of horror is purely psychological, and done very well, might I add. Bette Davis is a sort of surprise character and she is fantastic.
Everything about this story sets the tone for all of the atmospheric visuals you’ll see throughout.
If you can unearth this movie somehow (as it can be extremely hard to find) I highly recommend watching this version.
Many parts of our human lives are mysteries. Life itself holds endless questions we’ve yet to unlock. One of those mysteries is that of love. Some of us have stories for days about the countless riddles of our desires.
These were some of thoughts that helped inspire the feelings behind the strange land depicted above.
What was your last mysterious encounter? (Bonus points if it’s a love story!)
Sunshine Hunter opens up on the note of an interesting dramatic comedy. (It reminds me of some great movie or play rather than a book.) Although the core of this story is set in mystery, you’ll find a great deal of humor involved. Our main character, Susan is a fun-loving, independent, strong-willed, young woman all of which are part of her undeniable charm. After a fine taste of some back-story, you come to meet a colorful cast of characters. Each person in this neat little web has intriguing traits of their own. Most readers should find this lovely set of friends and neighbors lovable, relatable, and maybe even water cooler chat.
This book was largely enjoyable for me. I’m not normally a reader of many genres outside of horror but this was well worth the trip. To anyone that may be steered away, I highly recommend giving something new a chance. At first, you may think it’s not for you and then as you read on you find yourself falling head over 3- inch heels in love.
We’re not often told such a treat of a story in a unique first-person narrative style. You’ll find yourself laughing, cheering, maybe even crying…and in shock, all in quick succession. However, you still find yourself engrossed and able to follow. This is a remarkable read. So, what are you waiting for? Go check it out! This first installment of the series is now free on most e-book stores!
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