Thursday, October 22, 2020

31 Halloween Movies - Week 3

Previously: IntroductionWeek 1
, Week 2

It's weird to think that I'm already three weeks into this little project of mine, which actually makes me sad because it means we're already three weeks through October. But I'm trying to think less about that, and more about the fun I'm having watching all of these.

15. The Mummy (1932) - This was the first of many iterations of a mummy coming back to life and then attempting to raise the dead love of his life. Having seen the Brendan Fraser version long before this, it's interesting to note how a simpler, CGI-less version can be just as effective a story. 

16. 28 Days Later - 15 minutes into this movie, I was feeling very stressed out. It's not a zombie movie in the strict sense, since the people are still alive, but I still consider it a spin on the zombie genre. The infected people are fast and come out of nowhere; it was the sudden nature of the threat that made it scary, not in a "jump scare" way, but in more of a sense that the infected could appear at any moment.

17. Evil Dead (2013) - I'm a big fan of the original trilogy, and I've wanted to see this remake for a long time, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. There were some homages to the original that I liked, and at least one scene that I wish they hadn't recreated. And it involved a lot of young adults being stupid, which is par for the course with this particular horror sub-genre. It tried so hard to be serious but it was just as campy as the original.

18. Bit - I happened across a review of this movie recently and decided on a whim to check it out. A small town girl moves to Los Angeles and falls into an all-female group of vampires whose main rule is to never turn men. It's equal parts comedy and horror, with some intersectional LGBTQ themes. It had a Craft/Buffy vibe to it, but was original enough to not be pigeonholed.

19. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - This is one that I'm especially ashamed to have not sat down to watch sooner. This is the classic zombie movie by the zombie mastermind, George Romero. Unlike some of the old Universal movies, this one quickly gets to the point, as the first threat shows up within the first 15 minutes and it escalates from there. It also touches on social issues that again pose the question as to who the real monster is.

20. Dracula (1931) - I resisted watching this. I have seen so many iterations of the Dracula story and I read Bram Stoker's book, and it has never been among my favorites. But I've watched many of the other classic movies already, and so I might as well see this one, too.

21. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Teenagers wander uninvited into a house that isn't theirs, and it turns out a killer with a chainsaw lives there. Much like with Evil Dead earlier in the week, I found myself rolling my eyes at characters' decisions more than being frightened by the threat.