My favorite thing to do is to make recommendations. If I could give everyone in the world my phone number and have them text me whenever they needed something specific (a date night restaurant in D.C., a Czech new wave film for a casual Saturday night in). I would do it. While I love talking about food and art and fashion and music and anything else under the umbrella of pop culture, I really excel at talking about horror movies. I should have a PhD in talking about horror movies. So I’m putting my knowledge to good use and recommending at least one horror movie a day throughout the month of October. Grab my hand and let me be your guide through some spooky cinema.
THE MOVIE: Hereditary
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Kanopy (In case you don’t know, it’s a free streaming service available through the DC Public Library. Get yourself a library card.)
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Ari Aster is the new popular kid at horror film high school. His first movie Hereditary and his follow up Midsommar have gotten rave reviews and raked in a decent amount of cash. He makes “elevated horror” which means… it’s smart? While Aster’s themes are on the simplistic side, the man knows how to craft a unique, well paced and incredibly well edited film. Hereditary ramps up and pauses in all the right places, taking you through a story of grief and inherited trauma that gets crazier by the second. Also, it’s legit scary! You will be scared. Now turn off the light, pop open a beer and tuck in with me.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Michael Haneke’s, shot for shot American remake of Funny Games is one of my least favorite horror movies of all time. My cousin and I rented it from a Redbox on the Eastern Shore of Maryland back in…. 2008? Anyway, I hated it. I hated how it didn’t make sense, I hated how it was making fun of genre I love, I hated everything about it. But it’s on HBO GO now, so I feel like I need to give it a go. It’s been more than 10 years. I’ve changed, America’s changed, everything is different. Let’s see what happens.