S3, Ep22: Say His Name!

Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyma… Come on, you didn’t really think we were gonna say it right? This week, Hayley and Kayli are getting ready to give some sweets to the sweet as they dive into Candyman 2021. This followup to the original Candyman follows our couple: Tony and Brianna. When the couple learns about the Candyman legend, Tony becomes obsessed. Is this just a harmless boogeyman or does this urban legend hold some water? Tune in to find out if we got a sweet tooth or just a cavity with this version of Candyman!

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Halloween Chronicles 5

Hey ghouls! I hope everyone is having a creepy and scary October so far. I finally put up my Halloween/fall decorations this week, which has definitely helped with the spooky vibes! Thank goodness for that because this week’s books,tv shows and movies were all over the place. I watched 5 movies and finished 1 series and 1 book. Let’s jump into this mess!

There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021)

Rating: 1/5

There’s Someone Inside Your House is your typical teen-slasher flick. We’re in the small town of Osborne, Nebraska where teens are getting picked off one by one because of their dirty little secrets. This is a Netflix original based on a YA book that I haven’t read yet, but I’m planning on it because I have to see if the source material is as terrible as this movie was. I don’t really know where to start with this one. I mean the storyline is very basic and the acting is subpar at best, but that’s most Netflix movies these days. I guess I was just annoyed by the characters. Everyone seemed like a caricature of the person/group they represent. I couldn’t take anyone seriously, especially the killer. This is gonna spoil who the killer is, so skip down if you must. Okay, so the killer is picking people off because of their secrets that range from the benign to straight up dangerous. However, the killer has a whole Nazi memorobillia collection in their home! Like sir, how the hell do you have a leg to stand on? Also, one of the characters that died just had a drug problem. Instead of murking them, why not get them some help? I don’t know how this one got the green light, but I’m hoping that the book isn’t nearly as cartoonish as this movie was. 

VHS 94 (2021)

Rating: 1/5 

VHS 94 is an anthology film following a group of police officers during a drug raid. During this raid, they find 4 different disturbing tapes that these suspects seem to be dealing in. I’m honestly not that confident in this synopsis because I’m not really sure what the main storyline was. Usually the VHS setup plays an important part in bringing the different segments together. This one was just super muddy and confusing. For context, I love anthology horror and I really enjoyed the majority of the VHS franchise (VHS: Viral is just not it). I was super excited to watch the newest installment of the VHS universe and it was the main reason why I kept my Shudder subscription. Unfortunately, I found VHS 94 super boring. I even watched this with my family who likes goofy movies, but none of us were vibing with this one. I hope that the VHS franchise continues, because I have faith that we can do better than that.

The Guilty (2021) 

Rating: 2/5 

The Guilty is a very bland cop thriller following Officer Joe Baylor who is trying to save Emily, a woman who placed a 911 call claiming to have been abducted. The Guilty feels like a podcast for a few reasons: 1. We’re trapped at the police station alongside Joe, 2. Everything that happens in this film is over the phone, and 3. The other people on the phone are never seen. I think this feeling could have really made this movie intriguing if the main character wasn’t such a douche. I was so tired of seeing Joe’s face the entire time. It was hard to empathize with him during the emotional scenes and sometimes his motivations seemed a little muddy. I think this had an interesting premise, just poor execution. I learned that this is actually a remake of the Danish film also named The Guilty , which a lot of people seem to enjoy. I might have to check that one out! Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you love Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Squid Game (2021)

Rating: 4/5

I know I mentioned this one in my last post, but I finally finished it! This show has been hyped up, but I think for good reason. It really is that good! I know some people were lukewarm about the ending, but I think it leaves things open just enough for there to be more seasons or for this to be the definite ending. I think it ends the way most people would expect, but there are a few interesting aspects that I’m hoping will be explored in the future. If this is the ending, I really did enjoy the ride and the games that were played. I would love to see what else comes out of the brain of Hwang Dong-hyuk in the future. Everyone who doesn’t mind violence should check this one out! 

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo (2020)

Rating: 3.5/5

They Never Learn is told in two perspectives at the same school: Scarlett, an English professor and Carly, a freshman. Scarlett likes to kill deserving men in her spare time, while Carly is trying to adjust to her new life at college. I really liked this book! It gave me Dexter vibes when it comes to Scarlett and her storyline was really fun to read (for the most part). The only issue I had was the way her story wrapped up. I feel like things got resolved too easily and too happy, like it was just missing a “And They Lived Happily Ever After” at the end. I also liked Carly’s storyline as well, it was just hard to read sometimes. This book does deal in manners of assault, so make sure you read up on the trigger warnings before going into it. Overall, I really did enjoy this thriller and I think the way the story was told was intriguing. Highly recommend! 

I know this one is uploaded at a weird time, but ya girl has been in a creative slump. I was really excited for this spooky season, but right now I’m not really feeling it. Maybe if I find some better movies, my mood will shift. Wish me luck witches!

Halloween Chronicles 4

What’s up witches! Spooky season is finally here and in full swing! I decided to resurrect Halloween Chronicles this year to dish about all the books, movies and tv shows I’ll be consuming this October. So far, I’ve watched at least one movie every day! I know we’re only 6 days in, but have you ever tried to watch a horror movie every day for 31 days?? It takes a lot out of ya! I haven’t finished a book yet or a single series, but there are a few things I’m looking forward to. So let’s get into it!

Movies

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Rating: 2/5

Little Shop of Horrors is a fun musical following Seymour and his discovery of an alien plant lovingly named Audrey II. Trying to coax it to grow, Seymour finds out that this little plant doesn’t want water, it wants blood! I think this is the first time I’ve seen this musical all the way through and boy did it drag! For context, I am not a musical hater. I love Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and most of the classic Disney movies I grew up on (yes, those are obviously musicals). But Little Shop of Horrors just had sooooo many songs and not enough story. I don’t think the song thing would have irked me as much if most of the songs slapped, but to be honest, a lot of them were boring and hard to listen to. I think we are seriously lacking in the category of horror musicals, make more of these people!

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

Rating: 3/5

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is a South Korean found footage film about a group of “YouTubers” trying to capture ghost activity on a livestream at Gonjiam, a haunted asylum (obviously). I found this hidden gem through PossedbyHorror’s YouTube channel and I’m so happy I did! I know that not everyone loves found footage films, but I am a sucker for this subgenre of horror. I’m not sure what it is, but I feel like these types of movies make me jump more than traditionally filmed horror movies. I mean this one had a few scenes in there that made me cover my eyes! I’m too grown to be doing that! This one does start off a bit slow, but give it a chance to terrorize you.

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

Rating: 2/5

Thir13en Ghosts is an early 2000s horror film about some evil guy trying to capture 13 ghosts to power up some evil machine. Honestly guys, this movie served as a palate cleanser for me after watching Gonjiam and nothing more. I haven’t seen this movie in its entirety before, but I knew that people loved it for its cheese. Boy did it deliver on that! I don’t have much to say about this one, because it really is just a cheesy ass movie about killer ghosts. I think this is best enjoyed as a background movie, as long as you don’t mind ghost titties popping up every so often. 

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

Rating: 3/5

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire is a fun Disney channel movie about some kids setting their mom up on a date with a vampire. I watched this one last year and was craving a comfort watch on my Sunday evening. If you’re watching something spooky every day this month like me, I suggest having some comfort watches sprinkled in there. It makes it easier to want to continue watching horror movies for 31 days. If you want to hear my initial reaction to this movie, you can check out our podcast episode here: https://pressedpodcast.com/2020/10/31/s3-ep4-spooktacular-times/.

Ghost Team (2016)

Rating: 2/5

Ghost Team is about a ragtag gang of amateur ghost hunters filming their first encounter with the paranormal. Okay, I have an issue with this one. Ghost Team is categorized as a horror comedy, but in my opinion it wasn’t funny enough to be a comedy or scary enough to be a horror. This had some great actors in it that I love: Jon Heder, Justin Long, and David Krumholtz to name a few. I usually enjoy the movies that they’re in. Hell, I just rewatched Blades of Glory and laughed more times than I did watching this. I don’t know if I would even recommend this one as a background movie. Overall, it was just a disappointing watch.

TV Shows

I haven’t finished any series yet, but I have been enjoying a few shows! One of them is Midnight Mass. Midnight Mass is about the island of Crockett getting a new pastor who seems to be bringing with him a few surprises. I’m trying to keep it vague because holy shit! I’m only 3 episodes in and I love it! I’m really enjoying where the story is going and I can’t wait to finish it.This is a bit of a slow burn, but if you enjoyed Haunting of Hill House or Haunting of Bly Manor, you should check it out! The other one I’m watching is Squid Game. If you haven’t heard about Squid Game by now, allow me to be your introduction. This South Korean gem follows a few different people who are all competing in childhood games for a big ass lump sum of sweet, sweet moola. But these childhood games have taken a sinister turn. Is the money worth their lives? Y’all need to watch it! I’m only 2 episodes in, but it has me hooked! If you like the concept behind Squid Game, you should also check out Alice in Borderland. Very similar vibes!

Books

I haven’t finished any books yet, but come back next time!

I am super excited about this spooky season! We have a lot of creepy things cooking up, so make sure you’re following us on Instagram (@hayleyandkayli) and our YouTube channel (Hayley and Kayli) so you don’t miss any scary surprises! Stay spooky!

S3, Ep21: Norman’s Comeback

Don’t make a noise, don’t move, and don’t breathe! This week, Hayley and Kayli are talking about the fascinating “sequel” of Don’t Breathe 2. This time, Norman traded in his turkey baster for some random kid he found on the street. Unfortunately, good things don’t last long for this guy as once again some bad guys break into his home. This time, they aren’t there for money, they want the child! Dun, dun, duuuuun! Tune in to find out if we like this addition to the Don’t Breathe franchise!

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S3, Ep20: Finally Wrapping Shit Up

“The truth will be your curse.” This week we are finally wrapping shit up with the Fear Street trilogy. This time, we follow Deena as she steps into Sara Fier’s shoes to relive what happened in Union in 1666. As the town descends into blight and chaos, the townspeople find their perfect scapegoat: Sara Fier. Through Sara’s story, Deena is able to discover who truly has their grip on the land but will she be able to stop them or will the curse continue to live on? Listen this week to find out how Hayley and Kayli felt about this trilogy!

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S3, Ep19: Summer Camp Was Killer!

“In Shadyside, the past is never really past.” This week, we’re checking up on our favorite witch, Sara Fier in Fear Street 1978. This time we’re at Camp Nightwing following sisters, Cindy and Ziggy. Camp is usually filled with fun, games, and friendship, but this year it’s all about murder, murder, and more murder! Was this camp slasher a bloody good time, or was it a bit of bore-fest? Listen to find out!

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S3, Ep18: Deena’s Crazy Ass

High school is all fun and games until your ex gets cursed! This week, Hayley and Kayli are discussing the 90s nostalgic galore that is Fear Street Part 1: 1994. Shadyside has been plagued for centuries by killers and tragedies. Some say that Shadyside is cursed by the evil witch Sara Fier, but is that just an urban legend? Deena and her friends find themselves trying to answer this very question. Will this 90s inspired slasher leave you with Goosebumps or make you want to leave Fear Street behind for good? Listen to find out! 

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S3, Ep17: A Not So Quiet Place

Blockbusters are back and John Krasinski waited patiently to unveil A Quiet Place Part II for when theaters returned. Hayley and Kayli braved the close confinements of the movies to bring you their review of this long awaited sequel. Tune in to find out how they felt the second part compared to the first and how they viewed the expanded apocalyptical world where making any noise is life or death.

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S3, Ep16: Anna, Get Your Ass Out the Window!

I’m sure you have heard of Peeping Tom but I would like to introduce you to his female counterpart: Peeping Anna. This week Hayley And Kayli review the novel and new Netflix movie, Woman in the Window. Tune in to find out how well the movie stayed true to its original story and what they thought of the alcoholic, agoraphobic protagonist (Whew!). We’ll give you a hint: It’s giving very much Woman on the Train.

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S3, Ep15: Was It Maud or Was It God?

This week, Hayley and Kayli are looking for the truths of life. Are we living in a simulation? What happens when we die? As you can see this week’s movie, St. Maud, brought some intense conversations about our time here on Earth. The psychological thriller half of this movie had the girls pondering just how far will someone go to feel like they are apart of something greater? The horror half had Hayley and Kayli wondering who the main character was talking to? In the end there was only one question: Was it Maud or was it God?

S3, Ep14: We’re All Sheep and Justice League Was Just Okay.

Hayley and Kayli are back this week with a special episode featuring not one but two movies. That’s right, they suffered through the original Justice League and Zach Snyder’s Justice League just to see what all the hype was about. From Wonder Woman to Batman these girls spare no feelings on what they thought about each superhero and their roles in the film. Tune in to find out which version they thought was the best and listen to your favs rant yet again.

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S3, Ep13: A Deadly Illusion

Here’s a deadly illusion for you: Hayley and Kayli didn’t waste 2 hours watching another Netflix Top 10 movie! This week, we are parsing through Deadly Illusions trying to figure out what was real and what was an iLlUsIoN. This would be a lot easier to do if the movie didn’t feature every overdone trope in the psychological thriller genre. Join us as we talk about some creepy ass relationships and the worst “twist” ending we’ve seen all year. Thanks Netflix!

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S3, Ep12: We Don’t Care A Lot

This week, Hayley and Kayli tackle a girl boss film about elder abuse. That’s right, we’re talking about I Care A Lot. If you’re looking for a movie that defies all reality – this one’s for you! Listen in as Hayley and Kayli try to understand how characters manage to evade death and why this movie features the worst Russian Mob in history.

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S3, Ep11: David Is Guilty

Looks like Hayley and Kayli’s book club finally paid off! Their previous book of the month, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, has been turned into a Netflix limited series. Known for it’s huge plot twist ending this show is undoubtedly one you don’t want to miss. Tune in to find out how the show compared to the original story and listen in on the conspiracy theory the girls have about the so called “good” and “wholesome” David.

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S3, Ep10: Is Loyalty Dead?

Does loyalty in relationships exist anymore? This week, Hayley and Kayli explore the topic of loyalty in relationships through the lens of the film Black Bear. They also discuss this film’s unique two part story structure and try to decipher the author’s message (hint: it’s not easy). Listen in to hear Hayley and Kayli’s thoughts on Aubrey Plaza’s performance and how it compares to her other more traditional roles. This movie was interesting to say the least and the name still has us all confused.

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S3 Ep9: Our Time Vanished

Hayley and Kayli are slowly learning just because a movie is in Netflix’s Top 10, doesn’t mean it’s any good. This week the girls review The Vanished: a tale of two parents in search of their daughter who went missing on a Thanksgiving camping trip. A classic thriller – should be pretty good right? Tune in to find out exactly why Kayli would sell her soul to go back in time. The drama.

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S3, Ep8: A Candy-Coated Revenge Story

This week, Hayley and Kayli grabbed some popcorn and watched Promising Young Woman. This sugary revenge tale follows Cassie, who is haunted by her past and decides to teach some “good guys” a lesson. Is this a “man-hating, girl boss” type of film or is this a dark comedy, thriller masterpiece? Grab your candy of choice, dim the lights and get ready for one hell of a ride!

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S3, Ep7: We Got Soul!

New Year, New Pressed! This month, Hayley and Kayli are talkin about movies! Since we’re still stuck inside for this neverending quarantine, we thought it would be nice to let you know what movies are worth your time. We’re kicking off this month with 2020’s Soul, starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. Is this film a step in the right direction for diversifying animated children’s films or is this a rehash of The Princess and the Frog? Tune in to find out all of the juicy details!

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The Best of 2020

Well, we have made it to 2021! We know everyone is ready to give a middle finger to 2020, but we aren’t done yet. It’s time to discuss the absolute best, the cream of the crop, the *chef’s kiss* of 2020! Hayley and Kayli are excited to share with you their highlights.

Hayley

Last week I ranted about the worst Internet trends of 2020 but to end things on a much-needed better note, I thought I would share my favorites.

Tik Tok

I know exactly what you’re thinking – Didn’t you just say last week you hated Tik Tok or something? That would be halfway correct. I only slandered the ridiculous dances, but I am respectable and give credit where it’s due. Tik Tok has skyrocketed as one of the most used apps of the year and for good reason. There’s something for everyone: cooking, comedy, and even horror. The platform has allowed a space where anyone with a phone can make content and can be seen. I was skeptical at first, mostly because of the amount of young people on it, but I grew to love it and found myself scrolling endlessly.

This You?

Another internet trend I love from 2020 originates from one of the OG apps: Twitter. If you are unfamiliar with this app, you can express your thoughts and emotions in 280 characters or less while also being able to share photos and videos. The best part about this platform are the replies and comments to original posts. The “This You” trend is when one user gives a statement or thought and internet sleuths go searching and find this person said something to contradict themselves in the past. The sleuths then comment and say “This You?” to expose the user and it leads to some pretty funny interactions. See the example below for some clarification:

Twitter also took advantage of this trend to call out BLM bandwagon supporters who previously made comments that contradicted the movement. There’s nothing like exposing hypocrites.

The Mirror Challenge

Creatives everywhere were able to showcase their work during the quarantine as they had much more time on their hands. Once challenge involved taking a large mirror outside to take artsy photos out in nature and posting to social media sites. Not only where these photos beautiful but it was a way for people to connect and share their work.

In general, the amount of art I’ve seen pop up during 2020 increased and I must say I wasn’t disappointed. It’s nice to see the trend of creativity come back in style.

2020 was definitely one for the books. All we can do is push forward and try to navigate the new year the best we can. I can’t wait to see what internet trends the youths come up with next.

Kayli

Although 2020 was the shittiest of shitty years, I actually enjoyed a lot of things (when it comes to books, movies or tv shows that is). So, for this blog going over the best of the best, I’ve decided to gush a little bit more on my favs. Let’s get started!

Books

2020 was by far the best reading year I’ve had in a long time. I fell back in love with reading and found some really great books! One of them being Confessions by Kanae Minato. This was by far one of the most shocking books I’ve read this year, merely for the fact that at the end of each chapter I gasped out loud like an extra from Pretty Little Liars. This is about a teacher confronting her class about the murder of her young daughter. It’s a short read that was adapted into a movie that I’m super excited to check out. The only thing I will say is that each time a chapter starts, there’s like a recap of what happened previously. That got a little tiring, but it didn’t stop me from being shocked or enjoying the ride.

The next book on my list is When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. Y’all, I devoured this book in one day. I could not put it down! I was so intrigued with the story line and couldn’t wait to figure out how things would end. This one is about a historical black neighborhood that has fallen victim to gentrification. We follow two perspectives, one of them being a young woman who was raised in the neighborhood and the other being a young man who just moved in. The way Cole was able to use gentrification as a horror element was amazing! I will say that Cole is known for her romances and it definitely showed in one spicy scene, but other than that When No One is Watching was a great thriller that I highly recommend!

The last book I will talk about is The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. Ughhhh this book was just so wholesome that even thinking about it now makes my tiny heart swell. We follow Linus Baker who is a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth and is tasked with going to an island that is home to some pretty interesting children. I don’t want to say much more than that because I think it’s a better experience if you don’t know too much going in. This was such a great book that I highly recommend to anyone who needs a little pick me up.

Movies

Since going to the movies is not really an option at the moment, I watched a lot of movies on VOD that were quite surprising! One of them being The Call (2020) on Netflix. This is a foreign, dark fantasy about a woman who goes back to her childhood home and starts receiving some interesting calls. I know that’s pretty fucking vague, but you just have to go into this one without knowing too much in order to enjoy it. I really enjoyed the concept of this one, but the ending was a little shaky for me. Even with that, I still think this one is worth a watch!

Another movie I want to highlight is One Cut of the Dead (2017) on Shudder. This is a foreign, zombie film. Need I say more? Yes? Okay, well this is a zombie movie with a twist. I know that’s not much more but trust me, not knowing what this movie is about was the best way to watch it. I think this was such a creative way to show your classic zombies. So, if you’re a zombie connoisseur, add this to your watchlist to spice it up!  

TV Shows

I didn’t really get hooked to a lot of shows this year. I don’t know if it was quarantine or what, but I just got super bored with any show I started to watch. Except for these two, obviously. The first one is Love on a Spectrum on Netflix. This is a docu-series following a group of people who fall on the autistic spectrum and their journeys to find love. This show was so heartwarming! There’s nothing like watching people fall in love to really hit you in the feels. As someone who doesn’t have any personal experience with autism, it was really great being able to learn more about the spectrum. I highly recommend it!

The next show I’ve fallen into a love-hate relationship with is The Boys on Amazon Prime. The Boys is all about a group of regular-degular people deciding to teach a lesson to the superheroes who are kind of starting to terrorize the city rather than save it. Now, I’m not a huge fan of superheroes. I think the whole genre is a little played out, if I’m being honest. However, I do like it when they switch up the stories a little bit and show a flawed side to our infamous heroes. That’s where I really enjoy The Boys. I think it does a great job showing how human these superheroes can be. I mean everyone has a bad day, right? But it does a little too good of job showing how flawed these heroes are to the point where I absolutely loathe some of them. If my only complaint about a show is that I hate a character that is complete garbage, then I think they’re doing something right.

All in all, I’m ready to throw away 2020 and bring in 2021! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year. Fingers crossed that this year is at least slightly better than the last. Stay Pressed y’all!

The Worst of 2020

This year was full of ups and downs and then more downs and even more downs. As we’re wrapping up 2020, Hayley and Kayli have decided to use the next two blog posts to talk about the worst and best of the year. As you can tell by the title of this blog, get ready for us to rant about some of the not-so-great moments of 2020.

Hayley

This year has been one for the books – full of ups, downs, and cringey Internet trends brought on by quarantining. What’s a better way to wrap up this horrible year than to review my top 3 worst Internet trends of 2020? Since these are trends I might be in the minority here – but I think it’s important to call out some of the shenanigans we endured this year.

Viral Tik Tok Dances

My first nominee goes to the awful Tik Tok dances with basic dance moves, creepy smiling, and a way too many damn moves. I didn’t go one day without seeing the same routine done a million different times to a song I was sick of hearing. My love for Savage by Meg thee Stallion and Say So by Doja Cat quickly flew out the window when I heard them 100 times a day. Tik Tokers even remade dances to songs that ALREADY had dances like The Wobble by V.I.C. 

Just deplorable. 

Until Tomorrow Trend

I pulled this trend out of the depths of my memory because this was how unforgettable and weird this was. People would upload an embarrassing photo of themselves on Instagram and whoever liked it within the 24 hours the image was up was sent a chain-like DM saying they had to do the same thing – or else. 

What in the 2011????

I didn’t realize I would still be threatened by ominous chain-mail via Instagram in 2020 but, hey, I guess that’s on brand for this crazy year. I did enjoy looking at people’s crazy photos but once everyone joined in my feed just flooded with weird old photos and I was no longer entertained.

Push-up challenge

This might have been our lowest point. We “challenged” each other to randomly exercise??

Instagrammers all over the country posted stories of themselves doing a set amount of push-ups while tagging their closest friends to do the same. Why, you ask? I have no clue, the last thing I want to do while browsing Instagram is to be pressured into physical activity. 

I’ll stick to the shot challenge thank you very much. 

We have to give ourselves some slack because this was a strange year so, naturally, we did some strange things. No worries though, next week I will highlight some of the better trends we came up with in 2020 to end things on a better note. 

Stay Pressed!

Kayli

This year I spent a lot of time reading and watching TV, which is why I thought it would be appropriate for me to talk about the worst book, movie, and TV show I got my hands on this year. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but no promises!

The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

I picked up this book for the group read during the Spooky Smart Bitches readathon. I was really excited about this one because of the premise. We are following a family that moves into an apartment complex that is located next to a graveyard. Slowly, all of the residents begin leaving the complex because of some spooky goings-on (cue spooky music here). Now, I looooooove a ghost story. Every time I read a horror book that doesn’t end in a supernatural twist, I am a little disappointed. Even with the supernatural element this book was a dud. I didn’t think it was possible for a ghost scene to be boring, but the Graveyard Apartment proved me wrong! Not only that, but the ending was super bizarre (not in a good way, unfortunately). All in all, I do not recommend this one unless you enjoy boring ass ghost stories!

Knock Knock (2015)

Ughhhhhhhh. This movie was by far the worst thing I watched this year, well tied with The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Knock Knock is about a supposedly happily married man being seduced by two rando women and paying the consequences. My biggest issue with this film is the message. At first it seems like your standard “men are trash, and they’ll cheat on you in a minute” type of film. Then it takes a weird turn where it seems like a job fit for Benson and Stabler, if you catch my drift. There’s also a scene where the husband (who is played by Keanu Reeves) has a five-minute monologue about free pizza. Eli Roth has definitely scarred me for life but not in the way I appreciate! I wouldn’t recommend this movie to my worst enemy, and I have a lot of those.

The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

Okay, let me clarify my feelings about this show before I get cancelled. I don’t think this was the worst show of 2020, but it was a huge disappointment for me. I just watched the Haunting of Hill House this year and absolutely loved it. I put if off for so long because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but boy was I wrong. I was super excited about the Haunting of Bly Manor, but it was just so much slower than Hill House. The twists were pretty obvious, the backstory episodes dragged and the whole season was just so boring and dull. It felt like the whole story revolved around Dani stomping around Bly. Also, it took me so long to finish the show that the ending didn’t have a huge impact for me, but that’s my fault. I think the best way to watch Bly Manor is by not watching Hill House first, or understand that Bly Manor is just a slow, slow, slow burn.

We know that 2020 was rough for a lot of us and our hearts go out to all of you that had a tough year. Not to jinx 2021, but fingers crossed that it’s somewhat better. Stay tuned because next week we’ll be talking about the best of 2020. Stay Pressed!