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: Mom and Dad
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Hulu
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Since the incredible, atmospheric, inventive film Mandy isn’t available to stream anywhere but Shudder (although, that movie alone is worth the $5.99 a month), I recommend you fill the Nic Cage sized hole in your heart with the taboo defying flick Mom and Dad. Played like a straight horror / action film, Mom and Dad takes a look at what would happen if every parent in the U.S. suddenly tried to murder their children. With Cage in the high octane Dad role and Selma Blair in the cunning Mom role, the movie is filled with laughs, gore and plenty of taboo breaking. It’s weird to watch a parent try and kill their kids! Even as your laughing at the wild stunts, it’s really breaks your heart.
If you’re uncomfortable with heavily implied violence against children (from infants to teens), you might want to skip out on this one. Want to know more about the content of the movie? Does The Dog Die and Unconsenting Media are great resources for looking up spoiler free triggers before you watch this film (or any film).
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: This is where I admit the truth to you and tell you about the project I’ve been planning all October! This weekend, I’m going to start watching every Paranormal Activity film in order. From the first one to the sixth one, and maybe I’ll even try and track down the Japanese exclusive film (Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night). I know these movies are largely dumb, but I love a good haunted house / possession / found footage story. It’s a trifecta of all my favorite subgenres. Plus, I was in high school when the first Paranormal Activity came out and I have pretty fond memories of watch it with friends! Many of the films are available for purchase on weird streaming services I’ve never heard of, but I’m also going to utilize a free trial or two. Anyway, wish me luck!