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: As Above, So Below
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Netflix
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: This movie isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t shot beautifully, the characters aren’t especially memorable and the soundtrack won’t transport you to another world, but it’s incredibly fun. As Above, So Below feels like a movie that was made in 2014, because it is! It’s pre Aster and Eggers. It’s not trying to be more than a fun movie with some good spooks and an interesting story. If you like your horror with a side of mythology, something that’s not just supernatural, but fantastical, you’re going to love As Above, So Below. Think of it as the horror movie Da Vinci Code.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: I ended up watching Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem last night, which I loved despite it’s wall of bad reviews online, so I’m ready to keep the witchy, weirdo magic theme going. The Alchemist Cookbook is on Kanopy (it was on Shudder at one point, but I think I missed it there) and I’m intrigued by the idea of a chemistry student going full black magic. I loved A Dark Song (which features prolonged magic ritual scenes) and I’m hoping this movie will have a similar vibe, although this movie looks much funnier.