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Starting tonight, my satanic household will once again be watching one (1) horror or otherwise thematic movie for every night of October.
My poll told me not to get a laserdisc account, so you're all going to suffer through this shit with me here
Night 1: John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” Second viewing. God, I was fucking looking forward to this all year. I simply cannot get over the effects and the direction. Shlock that’s more than shlock, toxic masc posturing that’s so much more than that too. It’s still hilarious to me how this got hyper-panned on release and crawled at the box office, only to do the ultimate critical 180
Also the music is so perfect. Never underestimate the power of two notes
“The Thing” is like “Jaws” except that everyone is the shark
Night 2: “The Fly” (Cronenberg version). Second viewing. I guess we’re kicking things off body horror style so far. This movie is so deliciously gross
We’re about to get baked and watch The Wicker Man for night 3. Yes, the original. I’m terrified
Okay so yeah night 3: The Wicker Man. Second viewing. Pretty high. I think my first time, I did enjoy myself a lot, partly because I understood why I "should" and partly because I actually did. That said, there were some elements of the production design, editing, people's accents, etc., that I wanted to be a lot better than I felt they were. However, this time around I just felt positive, kind of like how I used to look down on deliberately lo fi music but nowadays I tend to get it.
Would I probably like a glossier, slicker, fully-produced version of this film (you know, not with Nic Cage in it... sorry)? Yeah. Would I say you can separate the quirky-ass Magical Mystery Tour costume aesthetics and folk rock soundtrack from this film and still come up with something good? Yeah. Do I think you NEED to take away all of the film's more rustic, low budget qualities? Definitely not. If I ran across this movie at 3 am on TV when I was young, I would have been fucked the hell up
PREEMPTIVE night 4 because we're going to have at least one busy night the next week: "The Blair Witch Project." Sry this has to happen every year. I've now lost track of how many times we've actually watched it; I just know that while the ending gets into some serious pacing problems, overall Blair Witch has no right to feel as "realistic" as it does. I'll always remember how the original viral publicity campaign felt so stupid and overhyped— well, it was, because most horror movies back then couldn't have good publicity campaigns. But I think the movie ultimately developed the influence it would later show not because of the campaign's efficacy but because the movie itself delivered just enough worthwhile moments that I have to question what people meant whenever they claimed they were bored by the whole thing. Really?
Night 5 (still ahead!): “Play Misty For Me.” First viewing. Nnnnot really horror/scary, and I have a number of complaints lol. Nonetheless, a pretty distinctive movie and I feel like there’s a lot of stuff to analyze in it re: how men are socialized to respond to abusive behavior. I did love getting to see Jessica Walter’s breakout performance.
Night 6 (still ahead): "An American Werewolf in Paris." First viewing. Also... might be the first John Landis movie I've actually watched, in terms of him actually directing it? Dunno. Anyway, I know he's a horrible person and I think I probably don't need to re-watch this movie after having seen it once. That said, I completely understand why it's iconic? I don't even mean the makeup/special effects either. The tonal whiplash is weirdly effective, and I liked a lot of central performances. It still lacked a je ne said quoi for me to actually LIKE it in an enduring way, but I think I'm glad I watched it for film buff reasons.
Violence, sexual assault
Re: not seeing any Landis before, jk, I've at least seen the "Thriller" video if that counts as a Landis movie. And then I'm pretty sure I saw the original Blues Brothers and just don't remember it.
Anyway, reminder that John Landis was responsible for the deaths of 3 people, and I guess his kid has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and harassment 🙃 winning family
Night 7: “Dawn of the Dead,” 1978 original, first viewing!
I just don’t care enough about zombie movies for them to ever be a big part of my horror cinema experience. However, after seeing “Night of the Living Dead” some other year and now this one, I think in a weird way I do like Romero’s definitive take on the subgenre... there’s just no reason for any other zombie movies to exist.
This one was really fun, really smart, and maybe not quiiiite my style the way that NotLD is, but like... yeah.
Night 8: “Clue.” As if we could ever leave that one out. I remain in absolute awe of how much business there is for every actor in every shot. Acting/directing goldmine.
Night 9: “The Ring” (US remake). Forgot to update last night. I think the Japanese original and this version each have their advantages, but I like defaulting to this one year after year because of how the cursed video is just so good, and because there are particular shots in the actual film that also really get in my head. This was another early turn-of-the-millennium thing that got overhyped but is still weirdly enjoyable.
Night 10 (forgot to update yesterday): "The Descent." Annual must-have. While I don't think it's an absolutely perfect work of horror, it remains one of the most unique and well-executed in terms of how it builds things up and throws the scares at you. Usually horror movies don't scare me even on a first watch— this one? There's a bit that made me shriek bloody murder when I originally saw it, and I couldn't easily get to sleep that night. Now my reaction's not so intense, but I still adore this lovingly crafted nightmare.
Tonight's installment(s) are coming... soon!
Night 11: “Vertigo.” First viewing, actually. And therefore, I’m still digesting what I think. More to say tomorrow probably!
My thoughts on this one are still half-formed but I have to at least spit out that I am glad I went into this knowing that it's one of David Lynch's favorite movies. The doppelgänger energy is so intense, right down to the Maddie/Ferguson naming joke in Twin Peaks, and basically I felt as if I were watching a bizarro world actually-made-in-the-50s version of Twin Peaks meets Blue Velvet. Kim Novak's performance even made me think about Sheryl Lee.
I don't know if I "liked" this movie, because I can't say that about most Hitchcock, it's always more like "I was entertained and I understood why this thing was influential," but yeah. I have to keep thinking about this for a while
k I'm both behind on updating this AND behind on movies! But night 12 was "What We Do In the Shadows" (several viewings by now, still can't decide if I like the movie or the show more) and night 13 was "The Lost Boys" (second viewing, still absolutely glorious, and the biggest highlight is still sax god Tim Cappello). Intending to catch up with an extra movie or two this weekend.
Night 14: "The Masque of the Red Death" (the 60s Vincent Price movie). I'd never seen this before. I'm not terribly versed in Price's movies and I've only wound up seeing any because of who I'm married to, and he might harm me* for saying that I still don't entirely understand the hype about him other than that he was obviously a lovely guy. THAT SAID, I've never been less than entertained by the Price films I've seen before, and this one was probably my favorite so far. It ticks a number of my occult bullshit boxes and the script is oddly compelling and the inserted Hopfrog plotline is pretty much awesome. I'll probably want to watch this one again.
* consensually. We have fun.
@wicche i still hate you for this take lmao
@infernusgoatus man, what if the Thing were actually Sharknado. Everyone gets possessed and turns into a whirling mass of shark flesh
@wicche The Thing is actually every horror movie monster. There has only ever been one monster and it is the Thing.
@wicche shit I just invented superwholock for horror movies
@infernusgoatus superwholock is cosmic horror
@infernusgoatus go back to playing Call of Cthuty
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