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 Skin
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: Are you ready to get a little weird? A little desolate? A little avant garde with me? Under the Skin is easily one of the most interesting movies I’ve ever seen. The plot (in which Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who comes to earth to prey on the men of Glasgow, Scotland) unwinds slowly, like an never ending road trip down a windy, isolated road. Very little is explained, very little is said, but the movie plays with the prey vs. predator mentality throughout the film, leading to some scenes that are filled with absolute dread. Also, it’s beautiful. Shockingly, hauntingly beautiful.
If you do watch the film, keep in mind that there is a scene that includes sexual assault. Does The Dog Die? and Unconsenting Media are great resources for looking up spoiler free triggers before you watch this film (or any film).
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: I’m still recovering after watching The Poughkeepsie Tapes last night (man was that a mean little movie, I can’t stop thinking of that crawl scene). So I’ll probably do something a little more fun tonight. I’m between Chopping Mall and Alice Sweet Alice, but I’m leaning toward Chopping Mall, which looks like a great weirdo horror comedy 80’s. I mean look at those robots!