October 02, 2013

Programming Note: Welcome To The Shocktober Halloweenie FrightFest Spooktacular!

A future picture of me 31 days from now.

I couldn't come up with a single clever bit of wordplay to title my month-long detour into horror, so I settled on the longest, most unwieldy thing possible.

Yes that's right, for the month of October I'll be reveling in the Halloween spirit by watching (almost) nothing but movies about ghosts, demons, monsters, psychopaths, and all the things that haunt our collective nightmares.  Jamie actively hates horror movies, so I expect I'll be spending a lot of time this month by my lonesome.  Perhaps I should just turn into the skid and make a point to watch most of these late at night in my darkened apartment.

To be fair I'm not actually going to watch 31 horror movies.  For example, yesterday I watched Best Worst Movie, which is a documentary about the cult favorite Troll 2.  I've also been saving The American Scream, another doc by Michael Stephenson about people who go way overboard turning their homes into giant haunted house attractions for All Hallow's Eve.  There are a few special, non-horror screenings I'm planning on as well, including a sneak preview of Captain Phillips tonight and The Maltese Falcon at the Brattle on Sunday.  I've also got the Brattle Watch-A-Thon in two weeks (please donate here!) and a handful of other off-genre new releases.  I love a good gimmick as much as the next guy, but if you think I'm not going to see Gravity in 3D IMAX this weekend, you're an insane person.

But I'm hoping to make this month a bit more interactive!  I've got more than enough scary shit to fill up the month of October, but please keep sending me your favorites!  You'd be surprised at some of the staples of the genre that I've just never gotten around to, including the majority of films starring Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers.  I plan on doing a lot of live-tweeting as well, so you can follow along at home if you like and snark along with me.  Or, if we're friends outside of the internet, feel free to come over and take in the madness.

After all, terror is always better when it's shared among friends.