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: Rosemary’s Baby
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: We’ve done a lot of modern horror this month, so I’m excited to mix it up and dive into what is a pretty foundational horror film. Rosemary’s Baby, is a claustrophobic and bleak look at one woman’s life as it quickly unravels. So many horror movies are set in small towns or the countryside, but Rosemary’s Baby really captures how isolating living in a city can be. If you thought apartment buildings couldn’t be scary, think again.
Before you press play, please note that this film was directed by Roman Polanski (who is a rapist) and does include sexual assault. If you don’t want to watch it because of the director / content (and I totally understand that, Rosemary’s Baby is one of my favorite movies, but I struggle with recommending it vs. not recommending), I would instead watch the classic horror flick The Omen, which is also streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a goodie.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: After writing that little blurb about Rosemary’s Baby / The Omen, I’m really in the mood to watch something old school like The Stepford Wives (1975). It might not be a full on, nightmare inducing, horror flick, but the premise is completely unsettling. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie yet.