the list – 2021

Every year, my partner and I make a list of horror movies to watch leading up to Halloween. In the past, I’ve given these list a theme. This year, though, I don’t know if there is much of a theme. For the most part, I think these films are fun.

And that’s really deliberate. Obviously, COVID brings a level of seriousness to every holiday. Last year’s Halloween was fine, but tough. This year feels like we actually have a taste of real life again. I didn’t want the list to feel serious. It should feel fun, especially for a year when it felt like we could finally have some fun again.

What follows are the films that we are watching. Some we have already finished. Others will be finished soon. And there have been some unexpected additions that have come into play. I didn’t expect Netflix to drop as many films as they have. But I should know better.

Anyway, the list is set and below:

  • Psycho Goreman (2020)
  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
  • Becky (2020)
  • The Strangers (2008)
  • Werewolves Within (2021)
  • Wrong Turn (2020)
  • The Hunt (2020)
  • The Conjuring 3 (2021)
  • A Quiet Place Part 2 (2021)
  • Get Out (2017)
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
  • Benny Loves You (2019)

In addition, I would add Midnight Mass (2021) if I allowed television series to come into play. So far, I think Becky has been the biggest surprise. It is brutal and unique in the best ways. I was thoroughly impressed.

The Strangers is a master class in tension. There’s a good ten minutes of that film where it’s hard to breathe. It’s masterful in suspense.

I remember The Hunt getting slammed when it was announced. The politics of the film were questionable to some people who enjoy trolling. But, overall, I think it is a good satire. Everyone gets their share of criticism and it’s a fun ride.

Like I said, we haven’t finished yet. I’ll write if there is anything else that really catches my eyes.

Otherwise, stay safe. Get vaxxed. And watch some scary movies!

ER

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