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I'm a 26-year-old photography enthusiast working as a healthcare assistant at a mental health rehabilitation unit.

Review – Final Destination 

Director: James Wong

Writer(s): James Wong, Glen Morgan, Jeffrey Reddick

Rating: R

Release Date: March 17, 2000

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This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

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Picturing Mental Health

Whilst mental health isn’t something we at Ready, Steady, Cut! would ordinarily dedicate entire posts to, we collectively feel it appropriate and in our duty as a largely-used online source to both support and encourage breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Have some personal insight from our own photographer and writer at Ready, Steady, Cut!, Manpreet Singh:

Although I’m usually seen gallivanting around this website showcasing my photography, I felt it only appropriate to discuss something which is on everyone’s mind for a change today: mental health. If not for mental health, I’d say it’s very unlikely my passion for photography would even exist. My name is Manpreet Singh, and those who know me well enough know about my encounters with mental health (namely, depression) and those who don’t know me that well probably know of it, too – it’s not something I’m quiet about anymore.

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Review – 28 Days Later

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

This review contains major spoilers.

Everyone loves a good zombie flick. Unless you don’t. And if you don’t, 28 Days Later is one of the ones which makes this a sad state of affairs. Also, this isn’t really a zombie flick – but I’m leaving it within the parameters of one.

Okay. Like with most zombie-style flicks, the introductory plot is pretty basic and to-the-point. Thankfully, though, 28 Days Later has so much more to offer than the average post-apocalyptic picture-show. So, in a nutshell: Animal activists break into a laboratory in order to free some chimpanzees held in captivity. Ignoring the pleas of a present scientist who strongly advises against the idea due to said chimpanzees being infected with a super-contagious Rage Virus, one of the activists lets a chimp free. Said chimp, clearly in an abnormal state, mindlessly attacks one of the activists and infects them with the rage virus, spreading to and initiating a reaction in the activist almost instantly. And from here, things just go from bad to worse – but I guess that’s what you get for monkeying around (and before anyone says it: yes, I know there are significant distinctions between chimps and monkeys. Let me pun in peace.)

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Review – The Cabin in the Woods

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

This review also contains spoilers.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012), directed by Drew Goddard – along with production and script credit to Joss Whedon – initially presents itself with a bog-standard storyline. In a nutshell: a group of 5 teens head to a remote cabin in the woods (whoa, it’s the name of the film!) and find they’re severed of all communications with the outside world as they know it. A door to the basement opens itself up, which leads the group to a bunch of ancient relics as well as a spooky book. Dana (Kristen Connolly) reads a passage from the book which, of course, gives rise to a bunch of murdering zombies. Same old horror tripe under a new yet somehow unoriginal name, right? Wrong.

Now, I should mention that, for the most part, I really don’t care for horror films, with their overused tropes and unimaginative, predictable arrangements – and this is exactly why I enjoyed The Cabin in the Woods so much. The film quickly leaves the generic and dull premise behind as it shoots off into what I perceived as a satirical deconstruction of the stereotypical concept of a horror film; but what makes this even more enjoyable is that it manages to entertain the viewer with a film which is both serious and clever whilst doing this, and thus toying with the horror genre.

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