My favourite time of the year is finally here!! It’s October, which means Halloween, which means horror. As is tradition, this month Returning Videotapes will be filled with disgusting monsters, creepy ghosts, and all things evil. If this sounds awful to you, don’t worry! There will be safe posts for a good night’s sleep on books and movie premieres (who’s excited for A Star is Born? 🤩).
But overall, yes: it’s about to get dark in here. For the last few years, in every October I’ve indulged in horror movies and tv shows, in reading horror books, and writing about it all on this blog. Because simply put, horror is my favourite genre. I enjoy pretty much every subgenre of it (though I try to keep body horror to a minimum), but my favourite is undoubtedly haunted houses/demonic possessions. Why? They scare me sh*tless.
dir. Tod Browning
dir. Dario Argento
The real reason for loving horror, though – besides, I guess, morbid fascination – is the genre’s technical richness. There’s a specific kind of art that goes into making a horror movie. Its necessity, along with the genre’s inherent subversiveness, makes the best horror films particularly creative, and historically innovative. In the right hands, watching a horror movie is both a thrill ride and a fascinating exercise.
And that’s why we’re here again, celebrating horror films, and books! This year I won’t be reading any books from the genre – though I’ll probably still write a couple of posts on them – but I will certainly watch plenty of movies! In fact I’ve already started, kicking off my October Horror watchlist with Angel Heart (1987), The Thing (1982), and Night of The Living Dead (1968). All great, in case you’re wondering. 👌🏻
If you want to see previous posts from this feature, check out the October Horror category! I share all my horror watchings and thoughts on twitter, too, using the hashtag #OctoberHorror. For now I leave you with some of the (new to me) horror movies I’m trying to watch this month.
🎃 October Horror: 2018 Edition Watchlist 👻