As planned, October was filled with horror from all media: movies, books, tv shows, even a two podcast episodes. I was a guest on the LAMBcast for their Watcha Been Wacthin’ Lately Horror Special, where I talked about the scary and poetic south korean film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003). The Across the Universe Podcast has a new episode out too, a Halloween special with guest Jessica Manzo where we discuss three cult horror movies: The Evil Dead (1981), Videodrome (1983), and Suspiria (1977).
So I watched all these films in October plus a new all-time favourite, Let The Right One In (2008). I also rewatched the british zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead (2003) because frankly, I needed a good night’s sleep.
As for books I didn’t read nearly as much as I intended too, but what I did manage to read was pretty good! I started with The Shining but couldn’t get into it, so decided to pick up a very divisive little book, The Amityville Horror. It was a really fast read and it had my imagination running wild at 3AM, when I finished devouring it. Still, The Exorcist was a huge step up: while I can attest to the effectiveness of Amityville‘s writing style (a succinct day-by-day account of events with a bit too many exclamation points), William P. Blatty’s novel has us gorging all its gory, freakish details in proper prose.
Keeping up with haunted houses and demonic possession (the best kind of horror), I began reading Richard Matheson’s Hell House, which I am currently reading. I’m going to try and finish The Shining next.
October was quite good for tv shows, too. The Fall‘s third season reached its conclusion, and though we’re saying goodbye to Paul Spector – it was nice meeting you, you sadistic necrophiliac transvestite voyeur – it might not be the end of the show. As essential as Spector seems, I sure wouldn’t mind a fresh batch of serial killers to hunt and analise in future seasons.
Conversely, a new horror show has just begun: The Exorcist. For weeks I wasn’t sure about this one, but then I just sat down, binged the first five episodes, and yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Again, for anyone who likes demonic possessions and exorcisms with a side of hot priest (uncomfortable, confusing feelings for even a non-believing catholic here), this is a good one. Oh, and it has nuns doing exorcisms, too.