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: Annihilation
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: If you like science fiction, mystery, Lovecraft stories from the future, or just want to see a movie unlike anything you’ve seen before, run (do not walk) to your Amazon Prime account. Based on the incredibly book by Jeff VanderMeer (which is also recommended reading), Annihilation follows a group of women scientists (played by Natalie Portamn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny) who are tasked with studying a wild and unearthly area of the country known only as Area X. It’s a weirdo sci-fi horror romp into the very core of your being.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Well, well, well, you need some more content? Tonight I’ll probably be watching Hagazussa, which looks like a dark and gothic tale (it seems to be pretty visually reminiscent of The VVitch or November) about a woman using magic to exact her revenge (it’s on Shudder). Or I might dive into the reality bending weirdness of Coherence (which is on Amazon Prime Video). Either way, I think I’m going to have a good time.