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: Leaving D.C.
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: I’ve written before about the magic that is Amazon Prime Video’s neverending horror section. They really do have a massive selection of horror flicks that range in quality from fantastic (Hereditary) to questionable (Bad Ben). A couple years ago on Halloween I was surfing through the movie options, trying to find something spooky to watch and, on a whim, I decided to pop D.C. into the search function. What popped up was the homebaked slowburn Leaving D.C. Set in the isolated woods of West Virginia, it follows a former-D.C. political bro who leaves the hustle and bustle of the big city behind to telework from the woods. It’s not an amazing found footage movie, but it was weird enough to leave an impression. It’s also an interesting look at a threat that sounds familiar, haven’t we all claimed that we were going to leave D.C. and never look back? There aren’t a lot of horror movies that use D.C. as a plot point, so you might as well see them all.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: It’s that time of the month where I have to validate paying for a Shudder subscription! I’ve been digging through the new movies and nothing caught my eye faster than Nightmare Cinema. I’m a huge fan of V/H/S (all of them, even the third one) Southbound (which I recommended earlier this month) and any horror anthology I can get my hands on. This one centers around a spooky, possibly abandoned theater and I can’t wait to see what horrors are lurking inside.