Throughout this entire quarantine there has only been one thing keeping me sane and no, it’s not (just) Prozac: horror movies.
I broke down and got a subscription to Shudder, and it was the best decision I could have made. I finally had access to the movies that I would usually have to *cough cough* “find” on the internet after a half an hour search and probably a few viruses. So I binged. Not in the normal sense of the word, I would only watch like one or two movies a night through the amazing Joe Bob’s Last Drive In show, or by watching a series that I’d been dying (har har) to get to. But this year alone I was able to get in about 52 horror movies (most of which were brand new to me), and it was very enlightening.
I never fully thought that my taste in horror movies were skewed in a certain mainstream direction, but after seeing the breadth of movies that I’ve missed or never really considered watching, I can now see how sheltered I was from a lot of really great (and really terrible) stuff.
And yes, I do take this shit a bit too seriously. Since I was a kid, I’ve been more than a little obsessed with movies, shows, and books. Really, I loved anything that had a good story and phenomenal characters, so I pride myself on trying to whittle down what I like and don’t like, which could be a serious process. Well most of the time. I don’t know if “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama” could ever be part of a serious process, but it’s horror history dammit!!! I also (mostly) enjoyed it and (completely) love Linnea Quigley.
Anyway, in my normal, rambling style, I’m writing all of this to tell you that for the next few months besides my horror-centric stories, this blog is going to filled to brim with horror-centric book and movie reviews (because my cats are getting real sick of me screaming about Hereditary at them), and a new series, which will be profiles on some well-known (and unknown) BIPOC horror characters throughout cinema history!
I might do another series of something else, but I have yet to figure out that something else, so you’ll probably get a few of my (last minute) babbling blog posts peppered in instead.
As always, if anyone has any suggestions about movies or books I should be looking into, please do not be afraid to tell me. I’ve really missed reviewing things lately and have a lot of thoughts (and feelings) about the media I take in, so I’m really excited to share this with you all!!!
In the meantime, I just gotta say, Hereditary is our generation's Rosemary's Baby (with a large dollop of the Shining). Don't @ me.
Stay safe and stay spooky!
Photos Courtesy of Titan Productions and A24