Chew right through that mystery gristle, my guy! That voracious appetite for horror will only get stronger as Halloween stealthily approaches. You gotta be well fed by the 31st, that’s how you know deep down in your dark soul you did everything you could to put on for the greatest holiday ever. Go on, now. Eat. EAT!!!!!
Day 11: The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Film-making is an art. Independent filmmakers make artsy films. “Borrow the slow pace, carry the low budget…” If my math is correct, that’s double the artys-fartsy. As we know, art is subjective. Every piece ain’t for everybody. This movie certainly is not for everybody.
I watched this with my cousin and he didn’t wait for it to end to look at me and say, “This movie is lame.” While I couldn’t disagree, his opinion couldn’t sway me into agreeing. This movie is slow, it’s in black-and-white and it’s a borderline snoozefest. To someone looking to be entertained, this movie can be painfully boring. However, art shouldn’t be judged just on its entertainment value, it’s deeper than that. Some of the images in this film are still in my head a week later, whether it was a sick and twisted scene or simply beautiful cinematography. For a movie with only a $250,000 budget, there are some great shots made more impressive by the fact that it’s director Nicolas Pesce’s debut. Not to mention, he wrote and edited it as well. I respect filmmakers too much to call this movie wack or trash just because it didn’t move fast or make me jump.
Day 12: Gerald’s Game (2017)
Few hours later, I got the complete opposite side of the coin with Gerald’s Game. Having not read Stephen King’s novel and not knowing what to expect at all, I decided to give this a watch simply because it was new and as Netflix Originals are usually promoted, it was featured on the app’s main page.
Wow! This is a movie. I don’t mean the type you say that about when you leave the theater after a summer blockbuster. I mean, this is an amazingly written, emotional movie. It’s so dialogue driven in the best way. It’s cerebral, it’s emotional, it’s….. just exceptionally well done. I didn’t care to check what critics are saying; I know this movie is good and you should see it. All you have to do is open the app and press play. God bless Netflix.
Day 13: Friday The 13th (1980)
Come on. You knew it was coming, right? A 13th day that happens to fall on a Friday in October… I’d be crazy to turn on a horror movie that’s not Friday The 13th. This is why I’m here; to celebrate horror the right way. Who am I to fuck tradition up?
No need to recap. We know what this is. It started a phenomenon and it’s one of the main reasons I’ll look at you crazy if you make it a thing to stay at an old cabin in the woods. For fuck’s sake, get an Airbnb. Love yourself.
Day 14: They Look Like People (2015)
I have no problem with low budget films. This movie though….. this shit had damn near no budget. I’ve seen iPhone clips with better quality than this. Holy shit. I don’t mean to sound like I’m above watching stuff like this because I’m not. At all. I just couldn’t get jiggy with this shit. If a major studio were to make a movie like this with more, it would be perfectly fine. Props to the makers though. A lack of resources shouldn’t stop you from making what you want.
Day 15: The Possession (2012)
October 15th marked the 36th anniversary of one of my favorite horror movies of all time, The Evil Dead. Since I already watched it for #ScaryMovieADayMonth a few years back, I decided to go with a different Sam Raimi flick to commemorate him in some fashion. Maybe it was the fact that The Possession wasn’t Evil Dead at all that kept me from enjoying myself but I just wanted it to be over after like an hour. The ending got pretty intense but not as intense as the voicemails my pillow was leaving me. It was callin’, bruh. The movie wasn’t horrendous, I don’t think. It’s just …. I had more fun pretending the events in this movie were leading to Jeffrey Dean Morgan becoming Negan in The Walking Dead. I’m assuming that having a possessed daughter will fundamentally change you as a person.
Day 16: Little Evil (2017)
Sometimes you gotta throw on some silly horror comedy to cleanse your palate. Even though I didn’t laugh out loud over 1.5 times or at all for that matter, it was mindless fun. There’s some Edgar Wright-influenced transitions sprinkled in there, that’s always fun. So is realizing Evangeline Lilly ages like wine, which happens whenever she’s on the screen. Overall, it was entertaining enough for me to not feel like I wasted my time. Give it a shot if you’re bored and/or familiar with The Omen.
Day 17: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
I forgot where but I heard from somewhere this was a good found footage so I went for it. I understood that it’s a good movie that happens to be found footage but it turned out to be a decent film that is better because it executes the style really well. Scenes never linger enough to slow down the pace of the movie. The editing and camera angles keep you interested in the story that would otherwise be standard horror storytelling. Regardless, the documentation of an elderly woman battling Alzheimer’s doesn’t need much else to make one feel uneasy and this movie expounds the danger of a forgetful and unpredictable person and more.
Day 18: XX (2017)
I really enjoy anthology horror films. It’s like binge watching a short series. If one short sucks, OH WELL! I didn’t waste 2 hours of my life watching a shitty movie. Luckily, none of the four shorts on here were terrible. There are always standouts in these types of movies but none are deal breakers. If you want adult Goosebumps vibes, pick up an anthology horror. Maybe start with this one. You will enjoy at least one of these tales.
Day 19: Train to Busan (2016)
Ever wonder what a zombie virus spreading in a moving train in South Korea looks like? Look no goddamn further! I found this on a “Top Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix” list and I was transfixed by the concept of such merciless pandemonium. What can you do in that situation? I had to see how fucked the situation was for myself.
This movie is emotionally exhausting. One minute, I’m rooting for a group of people. The next, I’m wishing death on some asshole. The very next, I’m mourning and then furious…and then laughing…and then shocked, and then…. IT’S NON-STOP! Balls to the motherfucking wall! The reason is that this movie somehow makes you care about the characters at an impressive rate. I was very much invested in and worried for these characters evading stampedes of rabid, flesh-eating Koreans in no time. Despite having some B-movie quality special effects, Train to Busan is extremely well-paced and immensely entertaining.
Day 20: Tourist Trap (1979)
If Stephen King praised it, I appraise it. Curiosity takes over me. What about Tourist Trap made this master of horror speak highly of it? I pressed play, ready to be slightly more critical than usual. Twenty minutes in, I acknowledged the creepiness but nothing stood out besides the music, only because it was sampled on “Guilty Conscience” by Eminem Ft. Dr. Dre from The Slim Shady LP. (Ignore my spectacular Hip-Hop IQ, that’s irrelevant right now.)
Forty-five minutes in, my mind was blown. I realized the hot brunette is none other than Tanya Roberts aka Midge Pinciotti from That 70’s Show. (Don’t scoff at me, I went in blind and I’d never seen her in her 20’s.) By the way, why are there hot chicks skinny dipping and sexual content in a rated PG movie? The 70’s were different, man. Wtf? Anyway, by the end, I was pleased with this movie. The score, the still shot of the dark woods with blue backlight, the closing moments… everything felt classically spooky. I don’t know how big this movie was in ’79 or ever, but it was, at least to me, filled with moments as memorable as those in some of the classics of that time. Hey Stephen King, I get it.
Man, oh man. Twenty already. Come to think of it, the majority of those 20 have been releases in the last 5 years. That’s trash. There’s waaaay more I need to explore, especially movies that predate my existence. At this rate, I’ll become a horror film expert. A human en-psycho-pedia, if you will. Yeah….. I’m ready.
Annyeonghi Gyeseyo. (안녕히 계세요) *sets time machine made in Korea to the 70’s and grabs bell bottom jeans *