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Raven's Reviews: Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 Stars

This book masterfully evokes a sense of dread and a touch of '90s nostalgia, compelling you to peer over your shoulder and peek under your bed. As an aficionado of horror fiction, I find the cover art exquisitely evocative of that era, making it a prized display on my bookshelf. It also conjures up memories of the eerie occurrences on the Poltergeist set, leading me to ponder if it served as an inspiration.

I’m inclined to rate this book just shy of five stars because, as a horror narrative, it unfolds at a measured pace rather than the brisk, slasher-style tempo I had envisioned. However, this is not a detriment; it’s simply a matter of setting the right expectations for its gradual build-up, which only accelerates in the final chapters.

In my first foray into this author’s work, I found the unconventional placement of ‘said’ at the start of sentences slightly jarring, as it occasionally disrupted my immersion—a personal quirk, admittedly.

The characters may not be entirely endearing, yet their fates remain compelling to the end. I noticed several parallels between this novel and “The Remaking.”

Overall, this is a commendable read that I’ll be suggesting to my circle of horror enthusiasts.

Triggers: body dismorphia, rituals, torture, cancer, dismemberment.

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy.

I've been doing some "Pairs Well" reviews on TT where I review 2 books at a time that have the same vibe as to avoid book hangover. Here's scary great pair!

Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay

(Releases June 2024, ARC)

The Remaking by Clay Chapman

☑️Reminiscent of the making of Poltergeist with a "cursed set"

☑️Follows the making of a horror movie back in the day with

☑️Duel timeliness

☑️follows a main character who was an actor on the OG and asked to come back for the remake/revamp of the movie

☑️One is a creature feature. The other a ghost story.

☑️Will anyone who worked on the movie make it out alive?

☑️Some of it set in the 80s/90s with all the nostalgia

3.5 ⭐️ For both as they are a bit slow at times. Although, The Remaking has one of the most enticing first few chapters I've ever listened to on Audiobook.

Didn't love the ending of Horror Story or the addition of the screenplay, which is how you have to read those "movie" chapters, but you might be into that!

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