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The Beach House by R L Stine
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on a re-read? Have they not stood the test of time? After a hit of nostalgia? Or are you new to Point Horror and want to see what its all about?
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It’s 1956 and four kids are hanging out on the beach. Little do they know that a killer has begun to stalk them, one by one. Now, on the same golden sands nearly 40 years later, Ashley, Ross, Lucy and Kip are enjoying the same beach. Until history starts to repeat itself.
Don’t go near the water…
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
We get two Point Horrors with lots of characters for the price of one with the Beach House! One half set in 1956 with Mickey Mouse blankets, swimsuits, Bermuda shorts and Earth Angel playing on the radio and one in present day with MTV blankets, boogie boards, boom boxes and very tight blue spandex trunks and bikinis …. you get the picture!
Basically the gang in both 1956 and present day just want a relaxing holiday on the beach, but what they get is murdered! Oh and Sharks! lol
Yes that’s right! Well most of them anyway! Someone is set on murdering the group of friends in 1956 and questionable goings on echoing the 1956 murders in the present day bear a spooky resemblance to the unsolved mystery! Mind twirls! And in both 1956 and present day there is a Beach House!
A Beach House? Still standing after all those years are you crazy wouldn’t it rot?
Apparently it was one sturdy beach house hiding a secret which one member of the gang has discovered!
Spoiler alert – it may involve time travel oh and a huge closet ….basically this is the Narnia of Point Horror!!!! Yes you heard me right Time Travel in Point Horror!
And with added chapter headings taking the tension to unbearable Point Horror status!
Chapter Headings?! Your kidding right?!
Yes! All this time travelling, murder spree beach holiday book was split into chapters with CHAPTER HEADINGS! Woah I hear you say! This can’t be true! But yes! CHAPTER HEADINGS ROCK! And maybe blew my tiny Point Horror mind a bit! My personal favourite heading was WORRIED ABOUT SHARKS….not your average Point Horror you know!
Dunehampton is the place to be for a whole summer of relaxing on the Beach *cough*
There were SO many characters in this book I’m going to split them into different categories this month…and lets face it the story was told from different point of views and they were all swapping partners like they thought they were on Love Island/TOWIE/Made In Chelsea/Jersey Shore or something?!
So here goes….
First up let’s talk about Maria with her straight silky black hair with bangs and ponytail, dramatic brown eyes and her fun enthusiastic personality she rocked those pink sunglasses. Sometimes quiet and thoughtful she arrived in Dunehampton a week ago and considering she has never gone steady with a boy she soon had two lusting after her. Basically she’s to blame for the whole Buddy turning all murderer by going on a date with Stuart tipping poor Buddy over the edge and then becoming shark food! I actually thought she was TSTL (Too stupid to live) by falling for all of Buddy’s wobbly bottom lip tricks but then turning out to be the some what mind boggling twist at the end (Mary) she was a genuine surprise so she went up in my estimation. Guys she basically survived JAWS!!!
Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom lets talk about Amy “Mouse” with her tight blond curls, small, very thin boyish figure, grey blue eyes tiny button nose she resembled a mouse! A very cute mouse! She was too lazy for suncream, not very good at volleyball (what was that scene all about?!), loves talking to the moon and looking at the clouds and exploring houses! She rocked those pink short shorts and that blue and white flower pattern one piece. I think Amy gave me some of my fave moments…..her and Maria being horrified at a Bikini saying that it must be a french thing and would never catch on. A murderer on the loose? No worries for Amy she strolls around in the dark on the beach all on her lonesome. Best comedy gold was when she was running from Buddy (who she rightly suspected) in fear #sorrynotsorry. I feel she was thrust into the spotlight as Maria became shark food and was a little typical Point Horror girl but I loved her for it
Ronnie was so tall and lanky he resembled a long lanky giraffe when he ran! This is basically the only notes I made about Ronnie! Uh Oh! Was he that forgettable! He was one of the main characters *mind goes blank*. He was always crusin for a brusin and was Amy’s boyfriend…..help!
Stuart ….Mr Rock and Roll. Mr Real Cool Cat. Mr I love Brylcreeme. A friend of Ronnie’s. The Joker. Always snapping his fingers to some tune. Trying to look the tough guy but apparently he was too cute and funny! Look where that got him! Always joking and messing around. He was basically the opposite of Buddy. Being horrible to Buddy and steeling Maria off Buddy got him clobbered on the head with a log and ended up dead! Our typical joker of a Point Horror character with a pink thunderbird convertible and catchy phrases like All Reet and Later Alligator!
Present Day…well the 90’s– June
Ashley…the model who belonged in 17 or sassy magazine…. and wannabe WAG… thin and beautiful with very fine straight silvery blonde hair, high cheekbones, striking green eyes, perfect straight nose and delicate heart shaped lips!
Oh and wants a rich man! aka future WAG!
She literally would flirt with anyone with her pretty face….even the life guard…even Buddy! So there you have it…..all topped off with a confusing love triangle to beat all love triangles….. Ross & Ashley = Together, but Denny likes Ashley, but Ashley likes Brad….I couldn’t keep up! Enough said!
Oh wait….she doesn’t like blue food?! What food is blue?! She hated Kip, loves Chevy Chase, doesn’t like getting wet, but has a hobby of making fun of people.
Shout out to her slightly sexy two piece swim suit which let Stiney get a cheeky reference to Madonna in! *air punch* I actually quite liked Ashley as a Point Horror girl….but I can’t forgive her getting back with Ross after she dumped his ass! UNFORGIVEABLE!
Ross “Matt Dillon” lookalike tanned with straight black hair, heavy eyebrows, dark soulful eyes, intense serious face and a pony tail…he was possessive and controlling with major anger issues, but don’t worry Ashley could calm him down with a kiss….I find this quite disturbing! He got dumped and I laughed! #opppssiieess I mean he didn’t even know what a crumpet was?! His love for orange Day-glo held no bounds. And he didn’t like to be teased. God I hated him!
And not forgetting tough looking townie, Mr Vanilla Ice on a bad day look alike himself…Kip with his diamond stud earring, white narrow shoulders needing that factor 212 suncream and rather protective over his ice cream! The poor children had no ice cream after poor Kip went missing and that’s just pure wrongness! *cries* He’s a baad dude! I loved his creepy Beach House story!
And of course curly auburn hair, enormous blue eyed, freckled Lucy! With her slight lisp that made her sound like a little girl she was #Gonetoosoon….along with Kip she fell victim to the Point Horror extra discarded at the first chance Stiney had!
And classic point horror naming could not go a miss in this Beach House with Denny Drake (the animal!)….tall and muscular with his long wild black hair, big shoulders and beefy perspiring face. He was always jumping out on poor Ashley at every opportunity (he fancied her) and nicknamed Hulk! He was a bit stalkerish! I felt like he was jumping over from another Point Horror and just got muddled up in this story! The Beast! He beat up Ross…although I think he may have deserved it!
Oh I also want to mention the 1956 policeman, deep voiced, Officer Barrett, who with his short topped hair and blue eyes apparently looked like Tab Hunter (below)….do you think he conducted his investigations like this?
Wow! Where to start with this one!
1956 Buddy…. good looking in a clean cut sort of way, brown eyes, very intense, very serious with a scar on his chin that looks like a white snake. A good swimmer who just popped up in the sand beside Maria one day, shy, awkward and clumsy….oh except when killing people! Duh! He wasn’t exactly a million laughs! He didn’t like happy clappy times and had a smile like Howdy Doody and really doesn’t like his feelings hurt! He basically seduced Maria to get in the sea with a towel….watch and learn peeps…watch and learn! All this being said I really think he came out of his shell as the book went on…albeit normally when he was murdering people with a certain glint in his eyes but still! Hot right?! Just me?!
All over a pair of stolen Hawaiian swimming shorts! Was he worried the sea was too cold?! *winks*
Talking about murder…. where did he keep the knife he pulled out on Maria whilst he was in the sea?! He only has Bermuda shorts on! *winces*…..this could have led to a whoooollleeee other type of Point Horror story indeed!
Buddy was Brad Sayles (unsure why we randomly find out his last name) in present day. Tall and good looking, wavy dark hair, shy smile, hard kisser, and with a house maid called Mary *wink*. Basically the same so it was a little bit guessable that he had something to do with the 1956 murders! Oh and he wore blue spandex trunks that were very tight *my burning eyes* and rock t shirts that were too big for him (making up for the excuse of the coldness of the sea? Proving a point? he he he). Living in the posh mansion of Ocean Drive with heated swimming pool and clay tennis court!
Also who was random redhead Sharon? Brads cousin….why was she there?!
On a side note whenever Brad was Buddy I kept thinking of this song and film….
And whenever Buddy was Brad I kept thinking of this song….
The Beach House
With its large redwood structure near the edge of the shore, big sloping ceilings, sliding glass door, wooden stilts jutting out into the ocean and an intriguing decor of blue vinyl couches, rose countertops, bright pale green kitchen and sloping ceilings. The Beach House was a presence on the beach. All this topped with being used for sexy times! And of course a way station built on top of a time warp….you know the usual! Poor Beach House didn’t deserve that explosion!
But one thing I cannot forgive. I simply can’t. EMPTY BOOKSHELVES!!! The horror behind the Point Horror right there!
Fashion Faux Pas
There were lots of Hawaiian style swim trunks that people were running about in!
Also reference to Orange Day Glo Baggies??! Anyone?
And not forgetting those tight spandex shorts! *wolf whistles*
“Buddy hates jokes like that” “He’s so square he’s cubed”
I wouldn’t say that to Buddy if I were you…he will feed you to the sharks!
“When he tries to smile he looks like Howdy Doody”
Who? Well I actually googled it! Brace yourselves….
“I can borrow my Dad’s Thunderbird tonight. We can go to the drive in in style”
AWESOME! 188.8.131.52.1….Thunderbirds are go!
“You have a Thunderbird! What colour?”
“Pink with grey leather seats and convertible!”
“All boys are immature”
“I’ve never seen his parents”
THIS IS POINT HORROR AMY! POINT HORROR! Amy has all the jokes!
“Where are Buddy’s parents? Why haven’t they contacted the police”
Sighs! Points to above!
“My mom isn’t here Buddy said quickly. She had to go….somewhere”
I bet she did! “Somewhere” indeed”
“Here come your parents”
Last page joy *celebrates*
“I’ve always wanted a house with wings”
Awwww I hope Kip’s dream came true…where ever he ended up!
“What am I going to do? She asked the moon What am I going to do?”
Awwww poor Amy never had Siri in 1956…poor thing!
“If it’s too loud your too old”
Rude Ashley! Rude!
“My hair is soaked I must look like little Orphan Annie” “No you don’t you look like Marilyn Monroe”
Buddy knows how to charm the ladies before he murders them! Possibly Billy’s new chat up line?
“Elvis Presley? That’s a stupid name isn’t it? Is he any good”
I like Mr Stines jokes! Although did people really say the phrase he’s really gone?!
“No-one likes to be laughed at”
These characters should have thought of this before laughing at Buddy / Brad! Have they never read Point Horror! Disgusting!
“He’s a crazy murderer”
It took Amy long enough to realise this!
Also I picked up way to many innuendos – why is my mind always in the gutter!
“Salty and thick. She coughed clearing her throat”
“Ashley said kicking off her rubber thongs”
“He’s so big!“
“Ross and I have been playing every morning before it gets too hot”
“Brad says his court is fabulous”
“Let me see your racket”
“You have to see this. I’ve never shown it to anyone else”
Yep this book knocked up a few of the old dead bodies! There were people getting killed and disappearing all over the place in both 1956 and present day! I definitely agree that Point Horror knocked up the body count as the books became more popular!
To sum up (and I hope I have this right!)
2 confirmed dead (Stuart…and eventually Maria/Mary)
3 possibly dead not confirmed (Amy, Ronnie, Buddy / Brad)
2 missing (Lucy, Kip) – sent back to the past!
Like the Beach House at the end of the book – Mind blown! Were there even any characters left?!
Is it scary?
I actually thought the scene when Maria was in the sea and disorientated was actually quite scary! And the sharks! And the fact the Ross was on a par with vile Frank from April Fools!
Did the best friend do it?
Well not the best friend exactly no…but some one that both groups befriended on the beach! I feel this is a warning to teenagers and their holiday romances! Lol
Some Mild Peril?
Sea, Sharks, wooden logs, Buddy, a time travelling closet in a beach house, knives being pulled out of very tight shorts and lots of running, tennis and volleyball! Lots of mild peril! Lots!
Is it any good?
I actually really really enjoyed this one! A few boom boxes aside it didn’t feel that dated and with a time travelling wardrobe / beach house also I liked the premise.
Yes there were a few plot holes (I want to know how Maria managed to get back to present day and ended up working as a servant!) and yes the 1956 part of the story needed more than a few TV and music references (Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom) to feel like the 50’s, but I actually really enjoyed this one.
I feel like this one has stood the test of time and I would like to see this made into a film!
Classic Point Horror absent parents were evident in this book….although how dare they show up to comfort Ashley right on the very last page! Rude!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- What happened to Denny Drake?
- Who was red head Sharon?!
- If no-one ever lived in the Beach House why was it still standing? Who made the repairs over the years?!
- If you has a time travelling Beach House where would you go?
- How did Maria get to the present day?
- What happened to Buddy?
- Were those spandex shorts really too tight?!
I actually couldn’t find that many different The Perfume covers….I love the classic UK cover but that American Point cover is well creepy!
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