S3, Ep5: What You’ve All Been Waiting For

We know – last week’s episode must have had you all worried for Hayley’s fate but no worries, its all the magic of storytelling. Hayley and Kayli worked hard to produce their first ever audio skit just in time for Halloween night. Join us this episode for a behind the scenes look at what it took to make the skit as well as the inspiration for the story. The girls also have a special Pressed on the Internet topic where Hayley rants for 15 minutes and Kayli listens like the great friend she is.

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Halloween Chronicles 4

Happy Halloween all you ghouls and goblins! I can’t believe how fast this month went by. I’m spending this Halloween watching some spooky movies in my spooky pjs. You know, living the life! I’m excited to fit an extra hour in on this spooky day and spend it getting scared! This past week I finished 3 books and watched 3 movies. Let’s get to it!

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Rating: 3/5

Through the Woods is a graphic novel made up of 5 different stories that depict dread, fear, and loneliness. There’s not a lot I can say about this novel since it’s made up of short stories, but I will tell you the imagery in this is just beautiful! Carroll uses colors in such a wonderful way that it really helps convey the message of each story. I recommend this one just for the visuals alone!

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Rating: 4/5

Before we get into this one, I will say that this book is about sexual assault. So if you are sensitive to that topic, I would strongly suggest that you skip it. The Night Swim is told in two different perspectives, Rachel and Hannah. Rachel hosts a podcast “Guilty or Not Guilty” where she discusses different true crime cases. This season takes Rachel to a small town where a rape trial is currently underway, which she plans on covering in full detail to allow the audience to come to their own conclusion. While Rachel is covering the trail, she receives a letter from a fan of the show, Hannah, asking for Rachel to look into her sister’s case. Hannah claims that her sister was assaulted and murdered, but the case was considered an accidental drowning.

The Night Swim was such a great exploration into the topic of rape culture and sexual assault. The way the story was told with both perspectives and the podcast episodes covering the case, really kept me engaged. I think Goldin did a terrific job portraying such a hard topic. I would recommend this to anyone who is okay with the subject matter.  Also, the audiobook of this is full cast and I highly recommend listening to it!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Rating: 3.5/5

In Burn Our Bodies Down we are following Margo, who has a strained relationship with her mother but yearns for a family. One day, Margo finds a number for her grandmother and embarks on a journey of discovering herself and uncovering her family’s secrets.

I think this book is best experienced blind, which is why I’m being vague. I also recommend reading the book, unless you like listening to someone whining for 10 hours. Anyways, this is the second Rory Power book I’ve read this year and I enjoyed the mystery behind this one much more! In Wilder Girls, I felt like the mystery’s explanation was very heavy handed, but Power’s did a better job this time around. Burn Our Bodies Down was a fun family drama with some horror elements, and I enjoyed the ride. Recommend if you want some spooky farm vibes!

Sleep Tight (2011)

Rating: 2.5/5

Sleep Tight is a Spanish film following an apartment caretaker who loves making people miserable. This movie was a damn trip, but not in the best way. The caretaker’s devious deeds are awful and disturbing to watch unfold, but his motives are never really explained. Maybe that is the scariest thing, knowing that people don’t need a reason to be cruel. But in a movie, I need a little more closure to truly enjoy the ending. If you love creeps, I would definitely recommend this one to you!

Antebellum (2020)

Rating: 2.5/5

I’m not even going to try to tell you what this one is about. I think going into Antebellum without knowing what is going to happen, is the best way to experience this one. I honestly don’t even know how to explain my feelings about it either. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I think it’s because I figured out the twist way before it was revealed, and the whole time I was just waiting for confirmation. I don’t know if I recommend this one or not, but if you have $20 bucks to burn go ahead!

The Frighteners (1996)

Rating: 2/5

The Frighteners is an acid trip of a film. It’s a cheesy movie about a psychic who uses his connections with ghosts to go around town staging hauntings. However, he notices that there’s a new ghost in town killing people and it’s up to our psychic to unravel the mystery. This is more of a background movie rather than a “let’s bust out the popcorn and chill on the couch” movie. I say this because the plot is just a mess, but the characters are messier! If you want some cheese in your life and a messy group of characters, go ahead and pick it up!

Well this was a fun exploration into all things spooky and scary! I hope you found some things to keep you up at night this October. Thanks for reading! Happy Halloween!

S3, Ep4: Spooktacular Times!

Happy Halloween! Since we’re all stuck at home this year for Halloween, Hayley and Kayli decided to spend this last episode of Hallowpressed by talking about some movies they watched this spooky season! Hayley was very disgusted to learn that Kayli’s childhood wasn’t spent watching some of the Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town. So this year, Kayli did just that. Was her childhood lacking or are these classics actually a waste of time? Who’s to know! They also introduce a new segment “Would We Survive” where Hayley and Kayli place themselves in different horror movies and figure out if they have the guts to survive. Stay safe and stay spooky y’all!

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Your Destination

Hey there you spooky cats and kittens! We hope you’re ready to get scary because Hayley and Kayli found an app that is going to take them on a wild ride. “Your Destination” is an app designed to take you somewhere new and all you have to do is have an intention. But what if the intention was “scary”? Would it truly be a terrifying experience? Listen to find out!

Sound Effects: https://www.epidemicsound.com

Music: YouTube Audio Library

Halloween Chronicles 3

Wanna hear something spooky? October is almost over! I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by! I mentioned in my first post that I was planning on reading 13 books this month, and at this point I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of them. Who would’ve known reading 13 books in a month was going to be difficult?? This week I was able to read 2 books and watch 4 movies. So let’s get started!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Rating: 4/5

Lock Every Door follows Jules, who’s having a rough time in good ol’ NYC. The day she was laid off was also the day she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her. Now, she’s staying on a friend’s couch trying to find a job. That’s when she sees a promising ad for an apartment sitter. During the interview, Jules learns that if she is able to follow the rules of the apartment complex for three months, she’ll be paid $12,000. Getting paid that much for just living in an apartment? Doesn’t sound sketchy at all! Jules obviously doesn’t think so, as she decides to take up the position. However, things start getting strange as Jules begins to settle down in the apartment.

This is my third Riley Sager book I’ve read this year and it was a good time! I devoured this book in 2 days! I was just so excited to figure out the mystery of this apartment building alongside Jules. My favorite trope, in both books and movies, occurs in Lock Every Door and that is the main character researching. I love following a character into a library or having them google articles about their new home. It makes me feel like I can put the pieces together like a little detective! An interesting tidbit in this book (that isn’t a spoiler) is the mention of a Blue Moon on Halloween. Now, a Blue Moon is when a Full Moon happens more than once in a month. If you didn’t know, this year in real life there will be a Blue Moon on Halloween! When I saw this being talked about in the book, I flipped out! Like biiiiiitch! What’s going to happen this Blue Moon??? Overall, I highly recommend any of Riley Sager’s books! Each one has been intriguing and a fun time.  

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Rating: 3/5

The Sun Down Motel is told in two separate timelines: one following Viv in 1982 and the other following Carly in 2017. Viv worked the late-night shift at the Sun Down Motel where most of the guests are ghosts rather than paying customers. Then one night, Viv goes missing. She starts her shift at the Sun Down and disappears, leaving her purse and car behind. Having this great mystery hanging over her family for 35 years, Carly decides to try to figure out what happened to her Aunt Viv. The best way for her to do this would be to work the exact same shift Viv worked the night she went missing.

Now, I really don’t know how to feel about this book. For whatever reason, this one didn’t keep me as enthralled as the previous book did and it took me a lot longer to finish it. Also, I figured out everything before the reveals. I don’t know if that is necessarily a bad thing or not. I mean it is cool to have the clues there for you to solve the mystery, but if you figure it out too soon then the book seems to drag. However, this is one of the first books I’ve read in a while where ghosts were actually acknowledged and played a role in the mystery. It was cool that the characters believed one another’s experience, instead of the classic horror trope where no one believes that ghosts could possibly be the reason behind the weirdness. Overall, I did like the Sun Down Motel and enjoyed reading a paranormal story this Halloween season. I recommend it if you’re a fan of true crime.

The Cleansing Hour (2019)

Rating: 1.5/5

The Cleansing Hour is a hot ass mess of a film. It follows two friends, Max and Drew, who decided to create a livestream called “The Cleansing Hour”. Each livestream shows Max performing an exorcism on some poor soul. It turns out it’s all fake, like most things on the internet. Then one day when their “possessed” guest is a no-show, Drew’s fiancé fills in. Then things get real!

Okay. I hated it! This is an interesting concept, I guess? I mean it isn’t original to say the least, but I love possession stories which is why I decided to give it a chance. Here’s my issues with the film: I hated all the characters, the story was a mess, and the ending was predictable. Also, the footage from the livestream looked so bad! They didn’t even have the decency to film their livestream in 1080p. The audacity!  I don’t really have anything positive to say about this film and I don’t think it is worth your time. But if you’re bored and want something cheesy to watch, go for it!

Impetigore (2019)

Rating: 3.5/5

After an inciting event, Maya is forced to return to her home village and uncover her family’s secrets. Okay, I know that is super duper vague but I think this one is best experienced not knowing what’s going to happen. I will not be spoiling it, but I do have some opinions to share!

Impetigore’s opening scene is the best one I’ve seen this spooky season! It was intense, sudden, and just a perfect way to start a horror movie. I will say that the rest of the movie isn’t as strong as the beginning, but that is not to say that I didn’t like this movie. Impetigore was my introduction into Indonesian horror and it was an experience that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to explore more from this director and Indonesian horror in general! Highly recommend!

The Stepford Wives (1975)

Rating: 3/5

Joanna and her family move from the big city of NYC to the quiet town of Stepford. Trying to be neighborly, Joanna and her husband get involved in the community, but things are run a little differently in Stepford. You know what? That’s all I’m going to say about this one! Let’s keep it vague, baby!

This is another film I watched with my family that came out during the year my mom was born. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a 70s movie, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one! Now, I was able to guess what was going on way before anything was revealed. I still had a lot of fun watching it and the ending was a little creepy! Overall, if you don’t mind a slow burn from the 70s, I recommend this one!

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

Rating: 2/5

Phantom of the Megaplex follows Pete Riley, a hard-working teen, who has a job as assistant manager at a movie theater that is supposedly haunted. Oooooo. The night of a huge movie premier, things start going terribly wrong. Almost as if someone was trying to sabotage the premier. Could it be the Phantom?? It’s up to Pete and his siblings to figure it out!

I’ve never seen this movie growing up, but my boyfriend was very excited to re-watch it. I didn’t have as good of a time watching it as he did, and I’ll tell you why. This movie was STRESSFUL! The whole movie is just Pete struggling to keep the Megaplex together. So many disasters kept happening and it was just pure chaos. I can see how little kids could enjoy it. However, there was a secondary plot line in this movie that felt a little weird and slowed the movie down a bit. Basically, we’re following Pete’s mom on a date with her boyfriend. During the date, the topic of marriage comes up and they discuss (in metaphors) about if they should make it official. The secondary plot would’ve bored me as a kid, if we’re being honest. Overall, I don’t think my childhood was lacking because I missed the Phantom of the Megaplex.

Well, October is almost over and I still have a ton of things I want to get to. Will I be able to read and watch everything I have on my list? I guess we’ll see! Keep it spooky y’all!

S3, Ep3: We’re Here for the Boos!

Don’t be scared, but this week’s episode is all about ghosts! That’s right, this episode is all about the history of ghosts and why we may be so open to believing in them. With shows like Ghost Adventures and plenty of ghostly Tik Toks, it can be easy to dismiss these transparent fiends but maybe there is more to it. Also, we decided to take a “trip” to South Korea and learn more about what they find scary by discussing some popular horror movies. So, take your seat, buckle in and let’s get spooky! haunting

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Halloween Chronicles 2

Hey, hey, hey my witches! I know this post is coming a few days late, but I needed to wrap up a few things before I could write up this blog. This week had some ups and downs and some disappointments. I finished 3 books and watched 4 movies, so let’s get into this mama jama!

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Book Rating: 3.5/5 Movie Rating: 2.5/5

I’m Thinking of Ending Things follows a couple on a road trip to the boyfriend’s parents’ house. This is the first time the girlfriend is meeting his parents and should be excited. However, she is thinking of ending things with him. Will this road trip and visit cement the fact that she should cut ties or is there some redeeming quality to staying with her boyfriend, Jake?

I know this doesn’t sound scary, but creepy things definitely take place during and after the trip to Jake’s parents’ house. I have read the book before, probably about 3 years ago. Then I saw it going around booktube and heard Netflix was picking it up to turn it into a film featuring Toni Collette (LOVE HER), so I thought it was a perfect time to reread this one. Let’s start with the book.

Like I said, I’ve already read this book and I remembered how confused the ending left me. This time, I was able to pick up on a lot more and understand the ending a bit better. I also decided to pick up the audiobook because I heard it was creepy, so it was a nice addition to the reread. I will admit, the book wasn’t as creepy or unsettling as I remember from the first time, but I still think it had some solid elements. I love creepy people, and boy was there an abundance in this book, but I also love seclusion. Something about being trapped in the middle of nowhere with a person you don’t really like is just *chef’s kiss*. This book isn’t very long so there isn’t much I can say without spoiling anything, but I do recommend going into this book as blind as possible.

Now, let’s talk about this movie. Man oh man, was I looking forward to watching this. I had such high hopes for it because I remembered how unsettled this book left me when I first came across it. Plus, Toni Collette! I know I already talked about her appearance in this movie, but after watching Hereditary I am always super excited to see her in any film. Unfortunately, this isn’t a true adaptation and I really wish it was. They decided to go the route of “love letter” to the book rather than a play-by-play, which I didn’t have an issue with at first. They do spend a lot more time at Jake’s parents’ house in the movie than they did in the book, but I enjoyed the visit sequence. I thought it was a twisty, fun ride. However, the ending really didn’t do it for me. The ending of the book is dark, eerie, and confusing. While the ending of the movie is bright, musical and still confusing. I don’t think you truly grasp what is going on by just watching the movie, but it does hint at it. With that being said, I do recommend reading the book before watching the movie.

If you don’t mind spending most of the time inside the head of a character or long conversations, I definitely recommend both the book and the movie. But overall, I enjoyed the book much more.

The Return by Rachel Harrison

Rating: 2.5/5

The Return follows a group of four friends after a traumatic incident: one of the girls, Julie, goes missing during a hike in a national park. However, two years later she reappears on the porch of her home without any memory of what happened. The girls decide to spend some time together by booking a long weekend at a quaint hotel. Everyone is happy to see Julie, but they can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right.

This book wasn’t one of the 13 books I wanted to read this month, but I saw the audiobook and decided to give it a go. I really had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but the mystery intrigued me enough to finish it. Unfortunately, majority of this book is about the three girls talking about Julie and how weird Julie is being and if they should ask Julie about what happened when she went missing. It was a little draining to get through, if I’m being honest. However, the ending was a trip! I had no idea where this book was going, and the ending really did surprise me. I just don’t think it was enough payoff to trudge through these girls constantly saying, “I love you” and “sorry” to each other. All in all, I liked how weird this book got and would probably pick up another book by this author!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Rating: 4/5

My Best Friend’s Exorcism follows two friends, Abby and Gretchen, from the beginning of their friendship to the time things got really weird their sophomore year of high school. And by weird, I mean one of them may or may not have gotten possessed by a demon. Dun, dun, duuuuun.

This is the second book I’ve read from Hendrix, and I loved it! His writing style is so immersive, other’s might complain that he can be a little too specific, but it really puts you in the mind of the characters you’re following. I’ve been through high school and I know how fragile friendships can be, especially when drama ensues. So, to experience that sensation of such hurt, betrayal, and confusion really just made ya girl feel some type of way! Also, each chapter name is a song from the 80’s and listening to them while I read just enhanced the reading experience for me. I had a good time reading this one, but I didn’t love it as much as I did The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. This one is a little slower as it builds up the friendship between the girls, but I still really enjoyed where the story went. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to relive high school but with a touch of demon possession!

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Rating: 3.5/5

Tigers Are Not Afraid is a dark fairytale about Estrella who has recently found herself orphaned because of the cartels that plague her city. She finds herself joining a group of kids who have also experienced the same loss Estrella has, and together they fight for their survival.

This movie was heartbreaking, but just so endearing. These kids we follow are going through things that no child ever should, but the way they care for each other makes my heart swell. The fairytale aspect of this movie is an interesting one. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie weave fantasy into such a dark tale so beautifully as Tigers Are Not Afraid did. I normally don’t seek out sad movies to watch, but I feel like this one was worth stepping out of my comfort zone. I highly recommend Tigers Are Not Afraid but prepare yourself for some heartbreak.

Spiral (2019)

Rating: 2/5

Spiral follows Malik and Aaron, a gay couple moving into a new home in a small town with Aaron’s daughter in 1995. This is your classic creepy neighbors story, where things get weird fast when the new family starts to get acquainted with the neighborhood.

I saw a lot of comparison to Get Out when reading the reviews for this movie, and I can kind of see the comparison. Malik is the only person of color we see on screen, plus Malik and Aaron are the only gay couple in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this movie just got messy. I think they started out pretty strong with subtle things happening, but there was some stuff that just wasn’t thoroughly explained. This movie does include one of my favorite tropes, which is a character doing research montage. However, the pieces of the puzzle they tried to feed us during this montage didn’t quite fit together. That’s not to say the ending didn’t explain things, it did loud and clear. Just the way we got there, seemed a little rushed. I do think they were trying to accomplish something similar to Get Out when it comes the social commentary aspect, but it came off a little heavy handed. Overall, I don’t think I can recommend this one unless you’re looking for a Get Out wannabe. Oof, that’s coming off a lot harsher than I meant to be but thems my feelings!

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Rating: 2.5/5

This movie a crime noir piece following the story of a sinister preacher who preys on the lives of a widow and her children. That’s it. That’s the movie.

This October, I am watching horror movies with my grandma, mom and brother, which gave me the idea of watching a movie from each year we were born. Doing my research, this movie came up several times as the best horror movie from ’55. I don’t really know how I feel about this movie, to be completely honest. I don’t watch a lot of older movies, so I’m not sure what to compare it to. I think it was an interesting attempt to show the contrast between the corruption of the adults vs the inherent innocence of the children. I liked the preacher character, I thought he was a great mix of charming and unsettling. However, things started to dissolve in terms of the plot towards the end of the movie. It started introducing new characters and following them, rather than wrapping up the story line of the original family we were initially following. It also took me two days to watch this movie because I was just so bored by the concept. Maybe that just speaks to me being an uncultured swine. Who’s to know!

So far, October has been very interesting. I’m excited to broaden my horizon when it comes to the horror genre, but hopefully this week is a little spookier. Keep it spooky, y’all!


S3, Ep2: Happy HalloPRESSED!

Do you find yourself sitting at home, sad, because you have no idea what you’re doing this Halloween? Look no further ghouls and goblins, Hayley and Kayli discuss what Halloween is going to look like during the middle of a pandemic. From CDC Halloween guidelines all the way to Haunted Houses with a side of social distancing, we’re your one stop shop for everything you need to know. The ghouls also give their favorite spooky recommendations and let you know which horror films to look out for this year.

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Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

Illinois becomes only state to ban haunted houses

http://www.driveboohalloween.com/

http://www.reindeermanor.com/dallas-haunted-house-attractions.html

https://www.screamhollow.com/

Halloween Chronicles 1

Hey there, you spooky ghouls and goblins! We have finally reached the best time of the year: Fall! Not only does the weather, usually, get cooler but it is the perfect excuse to devour all things creepy and crawly. This year, I have decided to chronicle my Halloween adventures and share them with you! Hopefully, I’ll be able to put some spooktacular things on your radar. I am going to try to read 13 books and watch all of the creepy movies and tv shows I can get my grubby hands on. Now, I don’t think this has to be said but just to cover my ass: I am NOT a movie critic or professional book reviewer. I just want to share my opinion and feelings about my favorite genre, horror. Let’s get started! This week, I was able to read one book, watch 2 movies, and watch one tv show.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 3.5/5

Before I get started on this review, I just wanted to give you some context. This year, I have made a resolution to finish every book I have started. You see, I’m really good at not finishing things so I wanted to try my hand at actually finishing a book! Wow, a concept! I started this book back in mid-September, but I was soooo not in the mood to read. Which is why I didn’t finish this book until the beginning of October. With that being said, let’s get into my actual thoughts about this book. Spoiler free, of course.

This book is set in 1950s Mexico, where we are following debutante Noemí who has received a very strange letter from her distressed cousin, Catalina. You see, newlywed Catalina has moved out to the middle of nowhere with her new man, but married life isn’t as cracked up as it seems to be. She claims that she is hearing voices and seeing things in her new home, High Place. She also thinks she may be getting poisoned by her new family. With that information, obviously Noemí decides to pay her dear cousin a visit and get to the bottom of this mysterious letter. Upon her arrival, Noemí is immediately concerned about her cousin. Things are definitely not what they seem to be at High Place.

Now, I will not lie to you; this book is a little boring. I don’t know if that is just because I read this during a reading slump or what, but I had such a hard time staying interested. That being said, this book is still very creepy. The atmosphere of High Place is weird, the family is weird, everything is weird. I enjoyed the creepy and weird elements this book had, but it just wasn’t enough to keep my attention. When it comes to Noemí, I really enjoyed her character. She’s young and still trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, which I can relate to. I loved following her and trying to figure out the mystery of High Place. I gave this book a 3.5/5 because I thought it had some great elements. We have a creepy house and a creepy family, but also, we have dreams playing a strong role in the story. I really want to reread this book without taking so long to finish it. I want to give this story the chance it deserves. Overall, I think this is an excellent choice for anyone looking into a slow burn, creepy house story.

Scare Me (2020)

Rating: 3/5

This 2020 Shudder original film stars writer/director Josh Ruben and Aya Cash swapping scary stories in a cabin during a power outage. Now, this was an interesting movie to kick off spooky season and I still don’t really know how I feel about it. This film was more of a commentary on horror than a horror movie. The characters were very aware of the tropes, the storytelling and the types of writers that pervade the horror genre. It was a fun way to explore a genre that I absolutely love. I loved how the stories were told in this film, they were able to morph imagination with reality in a really unique way. However, this movie really dragged. I mean it isn’t the longest horror movie I have seen, but I was definitely counting down the minutes until it was over. I ended up rating this film a 3/5 because it was such a unique take on horror commentary. The characters were a bit much at times and it felt a little long, but the way the stories were told really saved this movie. I recommend this if you are looking for something unique and goofy.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

Rating: 1/5

This sequel follows the first Babysitter film two years later. We are watching Cole try to cope with his experiences in the first film, while everyone tries to convince him it didn’t happen. When he finds out that his parents are planning on taking him to a psychiatric high school (are those actually real?), he decides to ditch school with his crush and go to a party on a houseboat for the weekend. Once he arrives, he realizes that all of the people he defeated 2 years ago have come back from the depths of Hell and they want revenge.

Oof, did I absolutely despise this film! Wow! What a dumpster fire. Okay, let’s back up. So the first film, I actually really liked. I wasn’t expecting to like The Babysitter because it had some actors in it that I thought were kinda annoying. However, I didn’t mind them! I thought it was a fun, quirky movie about a Satanist blood cult. What a fun time! Now, Killer Queen is a different story.

I hated everyone in this movie. They were all so annoying and no one was funny. I don’t think I laughed once! This movie’s plot was simple, basically the exact same thing as the first one, but the way the story was told was so messy. I mean, they tried to do these “flashbacks” for the people that came back from Hell to show why they were a part of this Satanist blood cult. But those were so poorly done, I didn’t know what they were about. I mean I couldn’t tell if it was from the past (like before the first film) or if it was their experiences in Hell. I was confused. Honestly, I don’t understand why people like this film because I was losing brain cells watching it. I can only hope that the rest of October will only go up from here. I rated this a 1/5. I would give it 0 stars if I could. Cole’s 3-piece suit that he wore deserves negative stars.

Halloween Wars

This show is a freaking must! If you love cooking competitions and Halloween, you need to watch Halloween Wars. This Food Network show is about 6 teams composed of a pumpkin carver, surger artist, and cake artist competing for $50,000. Each episode they have to combine their skills to create a horrific Halloween masterpiece. This show is so entertaining to watch! I love the drama, the creations, and the spooky vibes. I highly recommend this show if you want to watch some amazing creations come to life!

Well, this was definitely a very interesting start to October. I can’t wait to dive into some more spooky shit! I hope that y’all have a spooktacular month and for God’s sake please don’t watch The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Save yourself!

S3, Ep1: Back to Our Scheduled Programming

Hayley and Kayli are back! You’re favs give a much needed update and also discuss a few current events. They also mention a few things pressing on their minds and introduce our favorite time of year: Hallowpressed!

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S2, Ep30: BLM: An Important Conversation

This week Hayley and Kayli shift to a more serious tone and talk about the recent developments within the Black Community and the protests across America to fight against police brutality. We know this topic is hard but it is one that needs to be had in order to create a better future for those who have been generationally oppressed. Stay tuned to also hear their thoughts on the Doja Cat and Lana del Rey situations as well as “cancel” culture.

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S2, Ep29: Leave Adele ALONE!

What do Adele, OnlyFans, and Tik Tok all have in common? They’re the topics of this week’s episode! With every day seeming the exact same, thanks to us never leaving the house, we decided to turn our attention to what the Internet had lost their minds on as of late. Like is the mass celebration of Adele’s weight loss fatphobic? Why is OnlyFans so popular? And what is going on with Tik Tok now? Tune in to this week’s Pressed on the Internet!

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S2, Ep28: Scary Stories to Tell During Quarantine

Is it a good idea to talk about creepy things during a time of a worldwide pandemic? Probably not! But that’s not going to stop Hayley and Kayli. This week, the girls decided to find something other than the current state of the world to talk about and naturally they stumbled across something spooky. Kayli found some “creepy” stories about the future, while Hayley found some true crime mysteries that are still unsolved today.

Resources: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/31/18029534/verge-halloween-ghost-story-ai-tech-dystopia https://listverse.com/2019/11/24/mysteries-still-unsolved-2019/

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S2, Ep27: Stir Crazy

Quarantine has us doing things we wouldn’t normally do, but we can’t tell if that’s a bad thing or not. With all of this free time on our hands it’s hard not to fall into the black hole of entertainment: Tik Tok. That’s right, this week Hayley and Kayli have some hot takes on everyone’s favorite time-waster app. We also talk about some reality tv shows we’ve been watching lately, because why not? During this time of quarantine, it can be easy to feel like you are not doing enough. You don’t have to come out of this time having a whole ass business. It’s okay to indulge in some trashy reality tv to escape our current one. The only important thing is to stay safe.

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The Corona Chronicles, Day: Is Anyone Keeping Count?

Well things have definitely taken a turn. Fingers crossed that things don’t end up like the “Walking Dead” or any of those other apocalyptic shows. In this blog, Hayley and Kayli have taken some time out of their stay-at-home schedules to let you know what’s been going on during this quarantine. Hayley talks about the the bright side to quarantine and Kayli talks a little bit about what it’s like dating a health professional during a pandemic. Take care of yourself and your loved ones during this uncertain time. Stay Pressed, but more importantly, stay safe!

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Hayley

I am sick and tired of COVID-19. As I’m sure we all are, but especially for the ones who are unemployed; myself included. We have nothing to do to pass the hours but watch TV, check our social medias, and drink. I know, I know, this sounds like a horribletime but it truly is maddening. The same thing everyday, over and over again. Anyone would go insane. Not only to mention the feeling of being purposeless and without any direction with nothing you can do but apply for the few jobs available competing with everyone else struggling (takes deep breath). With this being said, it is important to look on the bright side:

  1. Enjoy spending quality time with friends/family

It may not look like it now but this is the best time to hang out with your loved ones (in person or via technology) and take advantage of the fact you have an unlimited amount of time with no distractions. It’s almost impossible to cancel plans so no excuses. 

  • Learn a new skill/hobby

I know you may have heard those annoying go-getters tell you there is no excuse not to better yourself during this time but in a way it is true. Craft stores will soon be opened as essential businesses (due to the lack of medial masks) leaving open an array of craft and DIY projects for you to master. You can also take this time to learn a new language or write that book you’ve always been talking about. 

  • Beauty

Now is the time to get your skincare in check and buy/order all those products you’ve seen your favorite YouTuber use. With all the time you have you should be able to find the right combinations for clear, glowing skin. It’s also the time for a little DIY haircut and color. Since you’re stuck inside you can experiement in private and if the results are horrendous, no one will know and your hair will grow back in no time. 

Kayli

You don’t need me to tell you that things are getting scary. Our new reality of masks, gloves and quarantine feels like a nightmare I’ve had before. You know, the one with the zombies? During this time of isolation, people have urged us to stay connected with one another more than ever. At a safe distance, of course. It’s weird to think that not even two months ago, my partner and I were apartment hunting and talking about our future. We were excited to be entering a new stage of our lives together. Now, I’m worried about his safety. When you date a health professional, I think you must come to terms with the fact that they are putting themselves at risk every day. Sure, I wasn’t thinking there would be a pandemic when he first started working at the hospital, but I knew he would be dealing with sick patients. Is it selfish of me to want him to stay home? If he comes over, am I risking everything with a simple hug or a touch of the hand? How does one express affection during a time of quarantine and self-isolation? I didn’t realize how important these little gestures were to me, but I crave them. All I can do is hope that the hospital is doing enough to protect their staff while caring for patients. I know I’m not the only one experiencing this kind of separation from the ones we love. This really sucks. All I can do is hope that things get back to normal soon and I can spend time with the ones I love.

            I don’t want to end things on such a solemn note, so I’ll tell you something funny that happened. Before things shut down, I checked out some books from the library. Now I’ve been watching a lot of booktubers lately and that’s how I get my book recommendations. Basically, if I hear a vague description of a book that sounds interesting to me, I add it to my Goodreads list and take my happy ass to the library. This means, I only go by the word of the booktuber. I don’t read the inside flap about the book because I enjoy jumping in without knowing too much. Now, one of the books I picked up because I thought it was about aliens. To my shock and dismay, the book opens up with a sickness deemed the “Georgia Flu” that ends up wiping out most of the population of the entire planet. Wow, what great timing!! Now, I’m about 200 pages deep and aliens have yet to show up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will somehow swoop in and save me from completely hating this book. We shall see. I hope that y’all are doing well. I know that this can be a scary and uncertain time for a lot of us. I hope that you can find some hope and light during this time. Just know that we’re all in this together *cue High School Musical. * Hang in there y’all.  

S2, Ep26: Ms. Rona Has Entered the Chat

These are strange times we live in, y’all. At first, it was so exciting. Not just a new year, but a new decade! Things were going to change in a big way, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t what any of us had in mind. First came the memes of WW3, now you can’t swipe through an Instagram story without hearing a Coronavirus song! This morning, I woke up at the asscrack of dawn to stand outside of a grocery store for TOILET PAPER. In the midst of all of this chaos, life goes on. With that being said, Hayley and Kayli have some exciting news to share in this week’s podcast! Listen to find out which one of us finally landed a damn job. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” indeed. Stay safe out there y’all!

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2020 Actually Starts in March, Right?

Well, we are officially 3 months into 2020 and oof has it been rough. Everyone was excited to start off the new decade, but has anyone actually stuck with their goals? In this blog post, Hayley reflects on our month of love and recaps her thoughts for one of the episodes found here: https://pressedpodcast.com/2020/02/27/s2-ep25-is-your-bff-actually-your-so/ Kayli catches everyone up to speed on how the new year has been so far. If you’re craving more life updates from us, here’s an episode you may like: https://pressedpodcast.com/2020/01/18/s2-ep21-new-year-new-who/

Hayley

Soul Mate(s)?

As February is behind us, now is a great time to reflect on all that is love. We tend to shine the brightest light on romantic relationships while leaving all the others in the shadows. On one of our most recent episodes, we reviewed one article about how your soul mate could actually be your best friend. In this scenario, all of your “romantic relationships” would be on the side while you and your friend live together for the rest of your lives as the main course. Although I disagree with a majority of this philosophy, I do recognize its awareness in appreciating other relationships. 

Many movies and shows on Netflix (or whoever} focus on romantic relationships and growing up it’s easy to see why we as a society tend to focus more on this type. There is romance, drama, betrayal, and lots and lots of sex. These narratives seem more entertaining and it’s easy to spin different storylines to keep the audience absorbed and entertained. Friendships, on the other hand, seem to be less enthralling and limited to comical conversations and passing talk about boys and life. 

What I would like to shine light on this time is the fact we have done a disservice to friendship and many other “ships”. If you think about it, most of the people you spend your time with before you’re married are your friends and family. At some point in your life you were single and during these times who did you rely on? Who was your comfort when there was no one else? That’s right – it’s all the relationships you probably ignored as soon as you get into a romantic relationship. Of course part of this drift is natural, as most people end up starting families with this person and depend on one another but we should be more thoughtful. Other relationships give us laughter, guidance, and support. The author of the article mentioned your soul mate could be someone unexpected: a friend. Someone you can talk about anything to and have a great connection with without the sexual aspect. I agree maybe we can have different soul mates for different things and we shouldn’t limit it to one person.

This also takes the pressure of your romantic partner; we always try to force them to check every box off our “list”. This is almost impossible. No matter who you end up with there will always be compromise and sacrifice. As long as they check off your major boxes and you can be your true self around them – what’s the problem? Your significant other may hate your most loved passion, true crime, but you may have a friend who adores it as much as you. Maybe you and your dad have the same hobby, painting, and you bond and connect through this activity. This is where you can fulfill your needs through a variety of “mates”. True crime mates, hobby mates, and so much more; the possibilities are endless.

So the next time you visit family or reconnect with an old friend, remember they might be one of your many soul mates and you should treat them as such. We should shine a light on the all the “mates” and leave nothing in the dark.  

Kayli

I was super excited to start the new year. Not only would it be the start to a new decade, but I was also turning 24. So many big things were coming up and I thought that I would drastically change, that I would become the kicking-ass-and-taking-names adult I needed to be. Now it’s the start of March and I still don’t have a full-time job and I feel even worse than before. Not to be a Debby Downer, but oof is all I can say. If you follow the podcast, you will know that I quit my full-time job because I hated it. It got to the point where I couldn’t even enjoy my weekends anymore because I was already stressed about going back. I saved up some money, talked to my parents and quit without another job lined up. Now, my bank account is asking me to pass the tissues as we cry together. I have had my ups and downs. I have felt super inspired and super not. I have started over so many times that I’ve lost count. I don’t want to give up, but why isn’t anything changing?

All of that to say, I’m starting over again! At the beginning of the year, I made a list of things that I would like to accomplish. Some people might call them goals, but you know, just a list of shit to do. And I think I’m ready to start tackling them. I want to stop being afraid of making a mistake. I’m so concerned that I’ll either make a mistake that will knock me off of my “destined path” or I’ll make a mistake that makes me look like an idiot. What if making a podcast or videos or painting or writing isn’t what I’m supposed to do? What if those things are just distracting me from what I’m supposed to really be doing? But what is anyone really supposed to be doing? Everyone talks about life being too short, about enjoying the little things. Even if the things I enjoy don’t last, I should do them because they make me happy, right?

There’s nothing worse than getting in your own head. I’m afraid that I’ll be so consumed with my self-doubt and fears, that it’ll be 2030 before I know it and I still haven’t started. So, here’s to starting over before it’s too late to change. I hope that 2020 is a great year for all of us. I mean who knows how much longer we have until the Earth decides to evict our asses, so might as well be happy.

S2, Ep25: Is Your BFF Actually Your SO?

We’re all hoping to find our one true love, our soulmate, the person that truly completes us. But are we looking in the wrong places for this mystical match? They always say to date your best friend, but maybe we have it all wrong. This week, Hayley and Kayli find a hot take about this very topic. Maybe our SO isn’t someone we’re romantically or sexually involved with. Maybe it can just be a live-in friend. Maybe it’s just someone we vibe with and not fucks with. Who knows! But why stop at soulmates? Hayley and Kayli decided to spread the love and look into all of their relationships. Love from family and friends count too, right?

Resources for the Show:  https://psychnsex.com/non-romantic-love/ https://goodmenproject.com/gender-sexuality/life-partner-is-not-synonymous-with-romantic-partner-jvinc/

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S2, Ep24: Why Farting is the Key to a Happy Relationship

Happy Valentine’s Day! This month, Hayley and Kayli are in loooooove. That’s right! Pressed in Love is back and the first stop is arguing. With today being the day of love, why not celebrate it by getting into a fight about something that doesn’t reflect how you actually feel? We’ve all been there, right? Where you’re arguing with your SO because of a dirty plate in the sink, but you’re actually feeling undervalued and unappreciated in the relationship. That’s not just us, right? Anyways, this week Hayley and Kayli give us the tea on arguing and how it can actually be beneficial to your relationship.

Resources for the Show:  https://www.bustle.com/p/7-ways-arguing-benefits-your-relationship-according-to-experts-826819 https://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/conflict-resolution/ https://www.thehotline.org/

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S2, Ep23: Getting Ghosted in Corporate America

Have you ever submitted a resume that took you days to perfect, only to never hear anything back? Have you ever left an interview feeling like you nailed that shit, only to get that dreaded, generic rejection email? You are not alone! This week, Hayley and Kayli tackle the issue that has plagued many: applying to jobs! What is the best way to apply to jobs? Are we all applying to jobs wrong? Is networking actually the key to finding the job of your dreams? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!

Resources for the Show:  https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/a-winning-job-search-strategy https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/11-bad-and-outdated-job-hunting-tips-you-should-stop-believing

Books Mentioned: “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles

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