Up And Coven Happenings: July 2019

Jeremy: Happy spooky summer, creeps! Right off the bat I wanted to talk about a personal interest of mine: Any and all things related to the Blair Witch franchise! While a majority of you will probably already be groaning from either having to hear me talk about this series for the millionth time, or deem anything related to the Blair Witch property as outdated and overrated, i'll never stop showering every bit of this series with love. Why do I bring this up in 2019? Because we were given a huge announcement last month concerning a new video game in development, simply titled "Blair Witch", to be released on the PC and Xbox One! Set several years after the events of the first film, this first person survival horror adventure follows a former police officer named Ellis, alongside his dog Bullet, in his search for a missing boy believed to be found somewhere in the Black Hills forest. This will be the first Blair Witch video game we've seen since the 2000's trilogy of computer games and, judging by the footage present in its trailer, I can already tell the fear found in the original film is being cranked to the maximum with an added dose of stick figure mayhem. I currently follow the developers, Bloober, on all forms of social media, so definitely give them a follow "here" if you're interested in more news to come as we approach that August 30th, 2019 release date.

Next up, we recently saw the release of the next entry in the Conjuring universe, Annabelle Comes Home. We plan to finally check this one out tomorrow night, with the unfortunate news that it ended up coming to the drive-in paired with Child's Play after we already checked out the latter. That aside, having enjoyed I have high hopes for this film after the success of Annabelle: Creation in 2017, a definite high point for the series so far. While some horror fans have disregarded the series tendency towards an abundance of jump scares, I personally have loved seeing this universe form over the past six years. While i'm not exactly championing something like an Annabelle vs. The Nun crossover, the ups (Conjuring 2, Annabelle Creation) and even the downs (La Llorana, The Nun) still keep me coming back for more.

Last month I talked about taking on the momentous task of reading through Stephen King's entire bibliography for an eventual ranking of them all here on the blog. Since then, i've managed to complete my first book in this endeavor with Cujo, and have moved onto Dreamcatcher on Sara's recommendation. Unlike many of King's works, I have no prior knowledge of this book, so for once I have the pleasure of going in blind. I'll also be checking out the film adaption once finished, a watch that will hopefully prove better than some of his other offerings from the 90's. Stay tuned each month for more on that.

Sara: We are at a bit of a late-start to this month, however, I feel like this summer has had so much to offer in the horror community. There are several horror films currently in theaters: Ma, Child’s Play, Annabelle Comes Home, Midsommar, and yet we still have Crawl, and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged yet to come this month. Jeremy and I had the chance to see Child’s Play at the Ford-Wyoming Drive in Theatre in Detroit with friends, and that movie surprised us to say the least. Typically, we try to pick movies that *might* be bad because going with a big group of friends totally means talking though it. However, it was such a fun flick, and had more gore than we expected. If you haven’t seen Child’s Play yet, 10/10 do recommend.  We also got the chance to see Midsommar and we both absolutely loved it. I already wrote out a few of my thoughts over on my Instagram account, however, we both ended up liking it more over Ari Aster’s previous film Hereditary. Both deal with grief, both are very shocking and graphic, and Aster brings a fresh take to the horror genre that we here at the coven can absolutely appreciate. Personally, I liked the pacing and comic relief better in Midsommar as opposed to Hereditary, and I think the folk-horror theme is really what draws me to this film. I am one hundred percent planning a mini folk-horror festival for next spring and you can bet your spooky asses that this film will be featured. Seriously, go see this movie.

In Netflix news: we started the second season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina this month, and although we are only one episode in, I can safely say that I adore this show just as much as I did the first season. For some reason, we really like watching this show one episode at a time, savoring it. Stranger Things on the other hand, not so much. We started season three on Friday and finished the eight-episode season in one sitting. Both of us really enjoyed this season, more so than season two, which we can appreciate for the introduction of new characters as well as that adorable Steve and Dustin friendship. Season three brought more depth to some characters, decent pacing, an excellent story arch, not to mention some beautiful nods to pop culture in 1985. A very solid (and sad), season that will probably be re-watched before the end of summer.

In more personal news: we are still slowly working away at the apartment, and we managed to finally finish the bathroom and paint the bedroom. We are currently working on the kitchen, but we are getting closer to finishing The Lair and we will have a tour post ready for you creeps once that happens. In the meantime, you can see a couple sneak-peeks over on our Instagram account @FoxyCatCoven, and you can follow us on all of our social media for more spooky-goodness in your feed! Don’t forget to join our Facebook group Coven Creeps, located right on our page. Until next time, keep it creepy, kids!

Coven Recs: 

Memnoch The Devil-Anne Rice
Child's Play (2019)
Midsommar (2019)
The Burning (1981)