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: Southbound
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Kanopy (In case you don’t know, it’s a free streaming service available through the DC Public Library. Get yourself a library card.)
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Let’s mix it up on this leisurely Saturday with one of my favorite horror subgenres, the anthology! These go in and out of style of pretty short cycles, but since I’m a huge fan of short films, I love almost all of them. Southbound definitely feels a lot like the horror anthology V/H/S, but it’s a little more polished (and maybe even a little less bro-y). Because all of the stories take place on roadtrips in the desert, they feel more cohesive. Plus, the sundrenched quality makes everything seem more surreal.
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!