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: It Comes at Night
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: I’m largely over zombie movies. I have a lot of love for a lot of bad horror subgenres, but I still feel burned out from the big zombie peak in 2009. Remember when every horror movie was a zombie movie? Those were cursed times. It Comes at Night is one of the few new takes on the genre that has entirely won me over. It’s a well acted slow burner that focuses on the trials and tribulations that come with living in a post-Zombie apocalypse world, where the real horror is the fact that life as we know it will never be the same! It’s an atmospheric dream / nightmare.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: I’m taking part in the horror movie that is the Bentzen Ball this weekend (kidding, get your tickets here), but the current plan brewing in my mind is to watch all three Poltergeist movies, plus the remake. Poltergeist was the first movie that really scared me and shook me to my core, and I’ve seen it many times since, but I’ve never explored the two weird sequels. Let’s explore this shadow realm together, shall we?