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: The Autopsy of Jane Doe
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Netflix
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: I watched this movie in my best friend’s kitchen as soon as it hit On Demand. Her house was busy at the time, her mom and dad were cooking, her siblings were coming home and walking around the house. We weren’t in a quiet room with the lights off, but The Autopsy of Jane Doe still managed to send a shiver down my spine. In a genre filled with sequels and remakes, Jane Doe‘s highly unique premise gives it some extra gravitas. It’s clever and interesting, but still filled with fun scares. It’s not cerebral like Under the Skin or Mother! but it’s still has more going on than you average haunt
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!