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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.

Check out the past movies here.

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.

Have any questions about the content of the movie? Does The Dog Die and Unconsenting Media are great resources for looking up spoiler free triggers before you watch this film (or any film).

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.

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