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: Under the Shadow
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Netflix
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: I saw this movie years ago as a part of an unsuccessful D.C. film festival, and while that festival may be gone, Under the Shadow‘s menacing atmosphere and socio-political intrigue live on! In my opinion, this horror film is being 100% slept on. Set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War, the film follows a mother and her young daughter who decide to stay in the city, despite the increasing levels of violence (i.e. missiles). As less and less people remain in Tehran, the small family becomes more and more convinced they are being haunted by an entity that’s definitely out for blood. Fans of The Babadook should enjoy this gem of a horror movie.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: I’m taking part in the horror movie that is the Bentzen Ball this weekend (kidding, get your tickets here), but the current plan brewing in my mind is to watch all three Poltergeist movies, plus the remake. Poltergeist was the first movie that really scared me and shook me to my core, and I’ve seen it many times since, but I’ve never explored the two weird sequels. Let’s explore this shadow realm together, shall we?