Halloween (my favorite non-Christmas holiday) is coming, which means it’s time to watch terrible horror movies for a month straight! Enjoy.
Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
We’ve all seen Adventure Time, right? This show changed entirely the kind of stuff that Cartoon Network produces. It’s weird and magical and different, and after its ridiculous success, Cartoon Network started churning out all these copycat shows with the same type of random humor. It’s great. I’ve seen each episode a few times (especially the earlier seasons), but Adventure Time makes great background noise while I’m writing at my desk. In fact, I’ve got it playing right now! Math.
The Cabin in the Woods
I went into this movie knowing nothing about it, and I’m glad I did. I expected a horror movie, but what I got was something else entirely. The Cabin in the Woods flips the genre on its head, and after watching it, you’ll reconsider the “authenticity” of every horror movie ever made. That might not make sense right now, but it will once you watch it. As a bonus, this movie is genuinely funny, and its smart plot puts it miles beyond other scary flicks. I’d recommend this just so you can enjoy the meta-ness.
The Fourth Kind
This movie says it’s based on a real story of alien abductions that took place in Nome, Alaska, in 2000. To prove its claim, there are “real” clips of actual interviews peppered throughout dramatized renditions of events as the movie plays out. Sorry to spoil the fun, but those “real” interviews and recorded sessions are just as fake as the acted parts, but it’s an interesting concept that adds a dose of authenticity to an otherwise straightforward sci-fi horror film, so long as you can suspend your belief. The Fourth Kind is more dramatic than it is scary, but it has some disturbing bits, so give it a watch if you’re into UFOs and ETs.
I was told this movie is disturbing. That’s true, but what I hate about horror movies is how all the protagonists have to die, the bad guys always get away, and motives are never explained. I just spoiled the whole movie, practically. Sorry. Anyway, The Strangers is about a couple who’s terrorized by a group of masked strangers at their summer home in an inexplicably abandoned neighborhood. There’s plenty of tense moments, but of course, the protagonists are borderline idiots, which inevitably leads to their demise. Interestingly, the movie is based on three real-life stories, which made it a bit more creepy.
The V/H/S series is a lot like Paranormal Activity. It’s found footage, it’s creepy but sometimes cheesy, and it’s got an indie feel. The meta story behind the series makes no sense, but I watch V/H/S for its fun shorts. In both the original and the sequel, a group of people find these abandoned tapes they feel compelled to watch. Each tape acts as a quarter of the movie and are mini-horror stories featuring a unique writer, director, and cast. They’re hit or miss, but they’re fun. I especially like the alien invasion video and the Vice-like documentary of a look into an Asian cult. Anyway, I’d recommend this flick if you like creepy, digestible shorts.