R.I.P.: Update the First + mini review of Hereditary (the movie)

We’re just over two weeks into R.I.P. 13, and I can finally post something about my progress, yay! (My sign up post.)

I’m not 100% sure if the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger counts (I mean, I’d classify it as “supernatural,” but I’m still not sure what the difference is between supernatural, preternatural, and paranormal, so…), but I am going to count it, but only as one thing, because it feels like cheating to count a whole series of five books for a challenge that I only need to read four books for.

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Next, I read Rin Chupeco’s The Girl From the Well which solidly fits into the “horror” category. I really liked this one, and I want to read the sequel, and check out some translated Japanese horror stories at some point. I’m finding that my tastes in horror tends to be classic ghost stories (I’m also a big fan of true/”true” ghost stories), Gothic horror and Japanese stories (particularly ghostly ones).

Now I’m trying really hard to make myself finish The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, but…I’m really not loving this book. I’ve tried to read it a couple of times, and finally got about 50 pages into it earlier this year before giving up. I really want to read it and enjoy it, but it might just not be my thing. I like weird stuff, but I also like to have at least a tiny idea of wtf is going on :/

Will this one end up being my third book?

I have no clue. I’m around 20% into the story and just…bored. And frustrated. I rarely regret only spending a couple bucks on a book (I got this one on sale a while back), but I’m starting to regret this one, and I’m really thinking it might be a DNF.


And then there’s Peril On the Screen.

I usually save all horror-viewing this late in the year for October and my month-long binge, but I had a Redbox code, and the Redbox I use had Hereditary. I couldn’t help myself.

My thoughts on Hereditary are mixed. On one hand, I totally see why it was compared to The Witch. Neither are really scary, both have a sort of central theme of a family drama, and both deal with the occult (albeit in different ways).

I’ll try to keep this non-spoilery and brief.

  • I loved, loved, loved the camera work. Seriously, it was the best part of the movie imo.
  • I was not particularly surprised by anything in the big reveal. That’s the curse of being interested in the occult and watching five billion horror movies, I guess.
  • I didn’t really like or care about anyone in the movie, so what happened to them was just “eh” for me.
  • Nothing really scary happened. I mean, ok, if this were happening to my family, yeah…I’d be a bit freaked out. Mostly pissed off, but definitely a bit freaked. (Then again, if I wanted to contact a spirit, I sure as hell wouldn’t trust someone I didn’t really know to provide me with a way to do it.)
  • It was gory at times, but in a way that…worked. It wasn’t on the level of things like Saw or Hostel, for sure, but it had a few moments that were done pretty well.
  • I laughed my ass off towards the end with a thing that Annie (I think was her name) suddenly started doing after a thing involving fire. I’m trying to be vague here so I don’t spoil anything :/
  • The ending was really weird, but not bad. Just weird. I have completely neutral feelings about it.
  • My feelings about how it kind of makes you think it could be mental illness, or it could be supernatural, and you’re not sure which for much of the film, are mixed at best. On the one hand, I think it works. On the other hand, I am so sick of people with MI being thrown under buses for anything and everything, including horror stories.
  • I liked The Witch way more, but I would totally watch this again if it ever comes to Netflix and I’m bored.
  • This is one I might recommend to fans of things like Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, Rosemary’s Baby (book or movie), The Wicker Man (1973), and maybe The Haunting of Hill House by Shirly Jackson and the movie Orphan.
  • I would also suggest looking up trigger warnings before watching it.

I’d give the movie a 3/5 rating, but this is another one that just didn’t scare me like I’d hoped it would. I think I might have liked it more if I’d liked at least some of the characters, but I was indifferent to them all.

However, it has a nice vibe and I didn’t hate it. I just didn’t like it enough to buy it.


And that’s it for now, I guess. I’m not sure how often I’ll post about R.I.P. from now until it ends, on October 31st. It might be kind of random, it might be weekly. We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you’re participating, tell me about what you’re reading and/or watching, or leave a link to your sign up post so I can check it out 🙂

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