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 Exorcist
THE STREAMING SERVICE: You’re going to have to buy this one.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: We did it! We watched (or are about to watch) 31 movies in 31 days! It sounds easy and dumb, but as you know by now, finding the time to watch a movie a day is difficult. In honor of your / our success (and this excellent holliday), I want you to turn off the lights, pour yourself (or take a puff of) something good and settle in for the perfect D.C. horror movie. The Exorcist isn’t just a top tier horror film, it also takes place right in our city. We’re lucky to be a part of horror history and if you’re feeling especially moved by William Friedkin’s atmospheric and action-packed masterpiece, I recommend you head on over to Georgetown and check out The Exorcist stairs. It’s the District’s most important landmark.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: While I would love to kick back and watch The Exorcist with you, tonight I’m checking into my favorite hotel and spending the night in room 237! That’s right, I’m going to hunker down and watch The Shining. If you’re into narratives about isolation, addiction, family and the horrifying nature of snow, you’re going to love this movie. Stephen King hates this version of his amazing story (read the book! It’s very good), but he’s wrong.
As a fun side note, my dad looks shockingly like Jack Nicholson. So that probably explains how I am the way I am.