It wasn't booking out, so I didn't book. Made it back in time to get to the cinema just in time for the trailers - if I took the quick option: train to Waterloo, Northern Line to Leicester Square. At least it's quite near the Tube entrance. With nobody at the box office, and queues at every till, I got my ticket from a machine, and made my way upstairs.. all the way upstairs, to the top floor. Thank goodness they have escalators. I'd been able to choose my own seat, and was sat quite central, but a bit away from everyone else. Not hard - there weren't many there.
Was in time for the trailers - none of which looked decent. And so to the film, which opens with something of a spoiler. Don't worry, it doesn't spoil much. I was much more disappointed in the film's first scare, which was a stupid jump scare involving a big, scary dog jumping at a car window. Yes, it makes you jump - but it's a cheap scare, and as someone recently said on YouTube, that's everything that's wrong with modern horror.
I see Sam Raimi is a co-producer - well, he would know what scares. And, to be fair, there are things to like here. There were a few scenes that had me clutching at whatever came to hand, there's obvious tension in trying to creep around a blind man without him hearing you (particularly when he's armed), and the scenes in the dark are well done. However, most of it reminded me of nothing so much as a videogame. Find the money! Get the code! Find the door key! Whoops, here comes the scary blind guy again - avoid! People keep apparently getting killed, then not - and the film makers seem to take real pleasure in confusing us as to who's still alive.
So, unnerving rather than really scary, and one scene that made me gag. Sod IMDB's 7.4 rating - I gave it a 6, and only that high because there were some well shot scenes. Avoid - I can't think of a single audience member that this would appeal to, who couldn't find something better. Waste of another Hallowe'en. Hey, at least I got home early enough to eat and blog.. and there was a terrific busker, playing an instrumental version of Mad World. Which suits my mood - I still haven't definitely heard back about that interview, but I think I've seen the job readvertised..
Tomorrow, I'm back with the Crick Crack Club, who are back in Rich Mix, with the appropriately titled Day of the Dead. Includes the excellent Nell Phoenix and - my favourite - Clare Muireann Murphy.
Wednesday, I'm at a classical concert called Goyescas: Music in the time of Goya, in St. John's Smith Square. I'm going in the company of Kensington Classical Music.
Thursday, I was to go to the much over-advertised free comedy in Hammersmith - called Bonfire Special, and I'd signed up to go with five different groups (just because I can): Free Comedy Nights in Hammersmith Wimbledon and Farringdon, Random London, London Art Comedy & Culture Lovers, London Live Comedy, and London for a Tenner or Less, who advertised the thing no fewer than three times themselves. However, I then got word that it's been cancelled for a private event! So it was ironic that I was considering how many groups I might have to cancel - that's exactly what I ended up doing! Still haven't come up with a plan for that night - we'll see.
Then I'm back to Ireland for the weekend, and we're off to Aida at the University Concert Hall that Saturday. Another thing to remember to print off tickets for - website permitting!
On Monday 7th, I've booked for a talk given by a new group, Org London, whose theme is Digital Dystopias: Orwell's 1984 and the Internet Age. Or I might go to a film - we'll see.
Tuesday 8th, yippee, I'm back with free comedy in Hammersmith! (so far). Only with three groups so far - Free Comedy Nights in Hammersmith Wimbledon and Farringdon, London Live Comedy, and London for a Tenner or Less (just the once).
Wednesday 9th is back with the Man with the Hat, who's taking Let's Do London - for less! to Southwark Playhouse, to see Orca.
Thursday 10th - yes, you guessed it, free comedy in Hammersmith! Think of it as a placeholder. Funnily enough, I'd just booked with London for a Tenner or Less, and only just noticed that Free Comedy Nights in Hammersmith Wimbledon and Farringdon, and London Live Comedy, were also advertising. Again. So I've booked. Again. What the hey, it's free.
Now, on Friday 11th, London Dramatic Arts are off to see King Lear at the Barbican. Haven't seen that since I studied it in school. Well, I'm off to see it too - cheaper, and sat in the very back row! Hopefully, with the maze that the Barbican is, it'll be fairly easy to avoid them.
And I did have something to do on the 12th - or rather, the Man with the Hat did, until hardly anyone booked, so he cancelled! Bah humbug. Might go to the Lord Mayor's show, which is on that day. Or perhaps a film..