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The Ring is unconventionally scary (even 15 years later)

[SPOILER ALERT] For my second “classic” horror movie this Shocktober, I chose The Ring, which I remember as being even scarier than The Blair Witch Project the first time around (it contains the only jump scare that ever made me throw my bag of popcorn into the air). And like The Blair Witch Project, I was wondering how it held up 15 years later. The … Continue reading The Ring is unconventionally scary (even 15 years later)

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The Blair Witch Project doesn’t hold up to repeat viewings

All of the horror movies I’ve watched both for the original Shocktober and for Shocktober Returns have been new to me . . . until now. The Blair Witch Project is my first rewatch. The first and only time I’d seen it before was on opening night in 1999. I had totally bought into its hype as “the scariest movie ever made” (although not as … Continue reading The Blair Witch Project doesn’t hold up to repeat viewings

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The Cabin in the Woods is about as meta as horror gets

[SPOILER ALERT] First things first – don’t make the mistake I did and read the Wikipedia plot summary for The Cabin in the Woods before seeing it. I told myself “I’ll never see this but I’m curious what all the hype is about,” and I regretted that decision as soon as the movie started. Luckily, the twist was revealed within the first 30 minutes. But … Continue reading The Cabin in the Woods is about as meta as horror gets

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Get Out is scary, but not because it’s a horror movie

[SPOILER ALERT] Since I preferred “indie horror” films like The Witch and It Follows to their more mainstream fare last October, Get Out seemed a good place to start with. It certainly had the critical acclaim, and it was billed as something that was more than just a horror film. I definitely agree with that, but to the point that I wonder whether it counts … Continue reading Get Out is scary, but not because it’s a horror movie

Don’t Breathe has too much of what I don’t like about horror

[SPOILER ALERT] In my exploration of the horror genre this month, I made the conscious decision to switch gears. I’d heard good things about Don’t Breathe: I liked the concept – three teens break into a blind man’s house to steal a million dollar cash settlement from the accident that killed his daughter, but he turns out to be a special operations veteran and they … Continue reading Don’t Breathe has too much of what I don’t like about horror

Why Horror is a Hard Sell for Me

Horror movies are not my thing. They weren’t my thing as a kid or a teenager, and they’re not my thing as an adult. I may have seen the genre’s highlights – your Shinings, your Exorcists – but I never sought it out. Last October, I tried to remedy this. The results were mixed at best. But most importantly, I learned what I like and … Continue reading Why Horror is a Hard Sell for Me

Shocktober Returns

I procrastinated quite a bit when it came time to pick my first theme for the new and improved Monday Morning Movie Quarterback (still a terrible name), but then – a procrastinator’s dream come true! – the solution was forced upon me. In honor of October, Halloween, and my brief and not super successful dive into horror last year, I’m going to try again.  Check … Continue reading Shocktober Returns