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: Goodnight Mommy
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: If you are looking for torture porn so artfully and exquisitely portrayed that you’re completely surprised to find your mouth is gaped open in shock at the end of the movie, you’ve found the right damn movie. This German film starts out weird and ends even weirder, with its combination of amazing modern architecture, sumptuous wooded shots, creepy twins, gowns made of increasingly soft materials, extreme plastic surgery, patterned wallpaper that makes you feel itchy and so much more. It leaves an imprint on you. Even now I can’t quite remember everything that happens in this movie, but there are some images I’ll never be able to forget.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Years ago when I was but an intern at BYT, I wrote a blurb about Rob Zombie’s Halloween for our horror remake guide. I brushed off Zombie’s version, complaining about the overwrought backstory, etc etc. These days, Zombie’s Halloween has seen a sort of resurgence in certain parts of the Internet. I’ve read enough reviews calling it a masterpiece of genre filmmaking that it’s made me want to go back and give that baby a re-watch. I found the Director’s cut for rent on Amazon Prime and I think I’m going to spend the night diving straight into the mind of a horror master.