Happy New Year guys and ghouls! Spent the festive season watching a bunch of stuff:
Gremlins – Have to say that the aforementioned subtext never occurred to me, but then I probably have blinkers on when it comes to this film because I love it so much. This was the first time I’d seen it in a while though; went to see it with my wife and son. Son absolutely loved it as I suspected he would, so job done.
Dead of Night – Posted about the first episode of this, The Exorcism, in the 2018 thread. Caught up with the other two surviving episodes, Return Flight and A Woman Sobbing. The former’s not that great and probably miss-able unless you’re a haunted WWII aircraft completist. A Woman Sobbing is much better though, only slightly less effective than the amazing Exorcism. This one finds a frustrated wife and mother hearing a disembodied woman sobbing in her attic. Very feminist and very scary.
Bride of Frankenstein – Re-watched this last Friday. An absolute classic that I can watch endlessly. Son loved it and wife feel asleep.
Hereditary – Best horror of 2018? For me, almost certainly. I saw this at the cinema when it first came out and loved it and watching it at home, knowing what was to come, proved to be a different, but no less terrifying experience. I really liked this film and if 2019 gives us anything approaching the quality of this (looking at you Jordan Peele and Jennifer Kent), I’ll be a happy man.
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Wife got me this for my birthday in December. I love me some Ann Radcliffe. All gothic castles and spooky happenings that turn out to have perfectly rational explanations. Kind of like an 18th century Scooby-Doo.
That’s it. Oh, I’m totally up for casting the net of this thread as wide as we all want to. I think that horror should be as diverse and inclusive a genre as possible so if you think something belongs here, we’ll find a home for it in our blackened hearts…