As I did last year — see my round-up post — I’ve decide to devote a good part of my media viewings in October to horror (or horror-tinged thrillers), since I had so much fun last time. So yesterday, on October 1, I kicked things off with the current season of American Horror Story, this year subtitled 1984. I haven’t watched the series since the second season, but it was the 80s setting and theme that made me want to come back. I’ve only watched the first episode, but so far, it’s deliciously horrific in that fun cheesy 80s way that I’ve become so familiar with due to all my 80s movie marathons I’ve been doing in recent years (I’m currently in the middle of a 1989 marathon). I’m definitely looking forward to watching more episodes of this.
This past year saw me re-watching a lot of Halloween movies, including the original (released in 1978) and the third one (and also the new one that came out this year, which I enjoyed immensely). Jumping into the 4th is a bit strange since this follows the events of the second one (the 3rd was a spinoff of sorts), and so it refers to things that we didn’t actually learn in the first one (like the family links with Michael, that have been erased with the new film). It was still a fun ride though, and as much as the third one is sorta neat in how weird it is, it’s good to be back in the world of Michael Myers.
Over the past month I did something a bit different from the recent movie marathons I’ve been doing. Instead of focusing on a year or a particular creator, I did an all-out horror fest, mixing movies with TV series (I didn’t necessarily watch all of the episodes yet, but I did for most of them). With 27 titles, it made for the most intense October viewing experience I’ve probably ever had, and it was fun too — I can definitely see myself doing this again next year.
Below, a list of all the horror content I took in throughout the month — you can also find all the posts under the “October 2018” category.
- Ash vs Evil Dead (Season 2)
- Bone Tomahawk
- Castlevania (Season 2)
- Channel Zero (Season 3)
- Down a Dark Hall
- Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch
- Hold the Dark
- Into the Dark: The Body
- It Comes at Night
- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
- Summer of ’84
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- The Endless
- The First Purge
- The Haunting of Hill House
- The Purge (TV series)
- The Purge: Election Year
- The Ritual
After saying goodbye to 1968, I kicked off a run of 1978 movies last night with the original Halloween film. The absolute star of this movie is the fantastic soundtrack by Carpenter — that iconic theme is just as good now as it ever was, and its use really does make it feel like it’s an integral part of the Meyers character. As for the rest of the film, sure, there’s a lot of silliness (why does she keep dropping that damn knife after using it), and the audio dubbing is at times atrocious, but it was pretty fun to watch, and I’m glad I’ve gotten this refresher ahead of the release of the new Halloween film this year, that’s a direct sequel to this (with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role, as well as the actor who played the original Michael Meyers). I really hope the same audio cues show up as well.
Halloween being a big deal in Japan is a new-ish thing, and it’s been growing over the past few years. Pictured, costumed revellers out and about in downtown Shibuya this weekend. Found via this tweet.