Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love (2012)

Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love (2012)

Genre: Animation, Family, Monster High

Rated: TV-Y7

Duration: 46 minutes

This feature focuses on Draculaura‘s sweet 1600 birthday, which so happens to be Valentine’s Day. In this world Valentine’s Day was created just for Draculaura by an ex-boyfriend Kieran ValentineClawd, Draculaura’s current boyfriend, is stressing about what to get his girlfriend for her sweet 1600 birthday.  Toralei doesn’t get invited to the birthday party because of all the mean things she has done in the past so in spite she pretends to be Draculaura and calls up the ex, Valentine, convincing him to transfer to Monster High. And the most drama filled Monster High plot thickens as these two team up. Valentine is a dark soul up to no good when he aims to steal Draculaura’s heart, literally. While the ghouls try to save their best ghoulfriend Toralei does her best to stop them.

My favorite part of this movie is Ghoulia who can’t decide whether to take Slo Mo or Don of the Dead to Draculaura’s birthday party so she decides to do it scientifically creating a program to decide who she should take. However, the program decides that Ghoulia should date Heath Burns, who is absolutely the wrong personality for genius bookworm.

Lessons that we learn, love is a powerful emotion.

New characters: C.A. CupidKieran Valentine, son of the Vampire; and Venus McFlytrap

Dolls releasedSweet 1600

IMDB: 6.8 out of 10 at time of review

Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 at time of review. Available for streaming (rental and purchase). Available for hard copy purchase as a double feature.

Netflix: Available at time of review

Mala’s Rating: 3 out of 5

I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House (2016)

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Genre: Netflix Original, Thriller

Duration: 87 minutes

Rated: TV 14

This movie is not going to be for everyone. If you are not into artistic style movies then this one will not be for you. Though it is listed as a thriller it is slower moving than many of this genre. Personally, it kept my attention as I listened to the narrative wondering what happened to the narrator and how this evolves and connects the words that I heard in the opening monologue. You can equate this movie to living and moving poetry, but not just any poetry due to the subject matter, this movie is very much a Gothic poem about the interaction of the dead and the living. Over all this movie is very circular in the context and simplistic in the context but it does it in such a way that you aren’t sure what you are seeing and hearing at first. I actually replayed the last part of the movie a second time noticing and accepting the simplistic and elegant story telling for the art that it is.

All of the monologues in this movie are eloquently written, hence the poem aspects mentioned already, connecting with the fact that one of the few characters in this movie is an author. The delivery adding to the beauty and ideas painted within the words. There is some beautiful imagery during the opening monologue that quickly grabbed my attention wondering what this movie was truly about.

If you like artistic, avant garde types of movies you will be captivated and appreciate this movie for what it is. If you are into the standard Hollywood movies I wouldn’t waste your time on this movie.

IMDB: 5 out of 10 at time of review

Netflix: Available at item of review

Amazon: Not available.

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5

Friday Night Frights (2013)

Friday Night Frights (2013)

Genre: Animation, Family, Monster High

Rated: TV-Y7

Duration: 46 minutes

Friday Night Frights is the sixth TV special and results in one of my favorite releases of dolls, the Skultimate Roller Maze line.

This feature focuses on the school competition of Skultimate Roller Maze (also known as SKRM) which can be related to roller derby on an obstetrical course. As a former derby girl this puts this movie in one of the highest ranking possible positions.

The ghouls (girls) step up to a new challenge when the  school’s team ends up being short a player, and then a whole team when the boys of the school refuse to play with a girl. They face a lot of resentment and harassment since girls haven’t played the game since Robecca Steam was demolished. Against all odds the girls make it to the SKRM championship. If you want to know if they win you need to watch this great tv special.

In this feature we learn about loyalty to friends, teamwork, being resilient when the world doubts you, and that not all traditions are worth keeping.

Fun phrases for this movie: FrightTube

New Characters in this movie: Robecca Steam, daughter of the Robot;  and Rochelle Goyle, daughter of the Gargoyle.

IMDB: 6.8 out of 10 at time of review

Amazon: 4.3 out of 5 at time of review. Available for streaming (purchase and rental). Hard copy can be purchased as a double feature.

Netflix: Available at time of review

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5

Ghouls Rule (2012)

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Genre: Animation, Family, Monster High

Ever wonder how other cultures, especially monster cultures, view Halloween? Well, you get to learn the Monster High prescriptive in this movie. And the students are terrified of what they call normies, those in this world who are not monsters, because they believe that the normies hunt monsters each Halloween with pitch forks and torches. You know old school monster movie style. This is Frankie’s first Halloween but the magazines she reads show a very different way of celebrating based on candy and fun, not the horror and cautionary tale that the teachers warn about. She discovers information in the school showing that monsters and normies use to celebrate Halloween together dressing in the finest outfits and costumes, eating candy, and dancing the night away. But no one believes her or wants to accept that maybe they should talk to the normies. Especially after the normies pull a Halloween prank on the school. In retaliation the monster decide to do the same and vandalize the normie school which leads them on an adventure to actually get to know some of the normies.

This movie talks about prejudices against others showing that underneath our skin we are all the same and want similar things out of life. Sometimes we forget this and need a reminder just like the people of New Salem and the monsters of Monster High.

What do we learn in this movie? Things are not always as they seem, maybe you should put yourself in the other person’s shoes before judging, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Maybe I am noticing this since I watched this movie close to watching Why do Ghouls fall in Love?, but it seems that there is an emphasis on dating that isn’t needed. In this movie Draculaura pressures Clawdeen to date.

New CharactersLilith Van Hellscream, daughter of the monster hunter mtx3712alg

Phrases: Normies, Critter (which means Twitter), trick-or-treatment, and Cryptplace (MySpace)

Doll’s releasedGhouls Rule

IMDB: 5.7 out of 10 at time of review.

Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 at time of review. Available for streaming (rental and purchase).

Netflix: Available at time of review

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5