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: Unsane
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: What do you get when you mix the experimental nature of Steven Soderbergh, an animal-trapped-in-a-cage-esque performance by Claire Foy, a very small / strange cameo by Matt Damon and a single iPhone? You get the wild, weird and surprisingly captivating film Unsane. Foy breaks away from her buttoned up portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown and dives headfirst into the madness of how it feels to be stalked, institutionalized and above all else, not believed. Also, it’s entirely shot on an iPhone, so that’s a thing.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Let’s take a look at what I’ve watched / am watching today. I’m sure most people wouldn’t count this in their 31 for 31 movie list, but I think horror-esque documentaries count, so I kicked off the morning with I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter on HBO. The doc takes a fascinating look at a highly reported case and attempts to breakdown how modern day technology (and society’s view of teenagers) can muddy legal waters.
Want something that’s pure, wonderful fictional horror? As I type this I’m watching the classic sci-fi horror, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and I regret nothing.