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 VVitch
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: This is the gothic Americana tale to end all gothic Americana tales. Set 1630s New England amid a small enclave of desperate puritans, The VVitch is a masterclass in atmosphere, in pacing and in going all in. There are dense, impenetrable woods, demonic children, suffocating solitude, possessed animals and plenty of the aforementioned witches. Turn off all the lights, light a candle and let this A+ riff on The Crucible lure you into the dark. This is the kind of movie that just feels spooky, until it’s suddenly horrifying.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Because I love you, here’s another sweet recommendation. As a fan of French Extremism, this movie has been on my list forever, but I’m finally doing the damn thing and watching Them (which is streaming with subtitles on Amazon Prime Video). I know it’s not supposed to be as buck wild as Martyrs or High Tension, but I love break in movies like The Strangers, so I’m excited to give it ago. If you have a strong stomach and don’t mind movies that tend to blow through taboos like they’re nothing, give the sub-genre a try.https://youtu.be/yFTbcDRkG1o