… and now, I’ve done a lot more. With Halloween season nearly at an end I’ve racked up Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Black Sheep (2006), Blood Quantum (2019), The Evil Dead (1981), Hellraiser (1987), Halloween H20 (1998), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) [why yes, I did watch the Halloween series out of chronological order here], Prom Night (1980), Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968), Maximum Overdrive (1986), Ghostbusters (1984), House of 1000 Corpses (2003), Freaky (2020), The Old Dark House (1932), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and last night, Christine (1983).
30 films! I was shooting for 31 horror films in 31 days, and it looks like I’ll easily hit that, as if nothing else I intend to rewatch Halloween (2018) before Halloween Kills.
Once again I won’t detail everything - there are some rewatches, a lot of first time viewings, but I want to shout out Freaky as being my favourite new discovery. I was a big fan of Happy Death Day, from the same director, Christopher Landon, so this was a treat. Hat tip to Polygon/Triple Click’s Maddy Myers for talking about it on a recent podcast. Given the plot hook is a Freaky Friday-style body swap between an adult Vince Vaughn and a teenage girl there was certainly room for a take I had no interest in watching, but she reassured me that this was a good take, and she was right.
Also a kind of shout out to Maximum Overdrive which is maybe not as bad as people suggest - while still not being a great film - but is bonkers and uninhibited in a way only a kinda terrible movie can be. I think it’s actually a shame the experience soured Stephen King on directing.