Category: Classic Challenge

Reviews of Classic Books

Review of “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Haunting of Hill House Author: Shirley Jackson Release Date: 1959 Pages: 187 Genre: Gothic Fiction, Supernatural, BLURB: First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story…

Movie Review of “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002)

Title: The Count of Monte Cristo  Rating: PG-13 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama Film Production Studio: Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment Run Time: 131 minutes Starring:  Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris… BLURB: A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous “friend”, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his…

Review of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Release Date: December 19, 1843 Pages: 104 Genre: Classic, Fiction, Fantasy, Holiday BLURB: “I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,” said the Spirit. “Look upon me!” The holiday season brings the chance to give, and what better…

Review of “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

Title: Slaughterhouse Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut Release Date: October 6th, 1998 Pages: 215 Genre: Autobiography, war drama BLURB: Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse 5 is…

Review of “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

Title: Slaughterhouse Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut Release Date: October 6th, 1998 Pages: 215 Genre: Autobiography, war drama BLURB: Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous…

Cinema Review of “Dracula” (1931)

Rating: Approved Genre: Fantasy, Horror Film Production Studio: Universal Pictures Run Time: 85 minutes Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners… BLURB: The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. Classic Challenge Cluster (Extra’s) Review by Wendy: If you…

Movie Review of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)

Rating: R  Genre: Action/Horror/Comedy/Romance Film Production Studio: Columbia Pictures Run Time: 128 minutes Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins… BLURB: The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc…

Movie Review of “Pride and Prejudice Zombies” (2016)

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. PG-13      Action/Horror/Comedy/Romance Lionsgate/Screen Gems 108 minutes Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston… Classic Challenge Cluster (Extra’s) Review by Wendy:…

Review of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

Title: Dracula Author: Bram Stoker Release Date: May 26, 1897 Genre: Gothic, Horror Pages: 554 BLURB: DRACULA is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania…

Review of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

Title: Dracula Author: Bram Stoker Release Date: May 26, 1897 Genre: Gothic, Horror Pages: 554 BLURB: DRACULA is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from…

Breakfast in Transylvania

Mamaliga for Dessert or Breakfast; Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula As we are reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, we noticed Jonathan Harker mention several dishes he enjoyed while in Transylvania.  In fact a few times he even made a notation in his journal to get…

Classic Challenge Curriculum

Summer is usually a busy time for most families, and this summer has been especially hectic for ours! My husband is starting a new business while restructuring his current one, I have been out of state helping my parents for over a month; honestly…

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