Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Accelerated Horror Movie Challenge, Week 3

We're already on Week 3?! At least that means we're closer to Halloween...

31) A film you watch to feel good: Urban Legend (1998). This is total comfort-horror for me. I find myself putting it in the DVD player when I’m home alone way more often than I’d like to admit.

32) A film that reminds you of someone: Dark Corners (2006) always makes me chuckle. It somehow scared the living crap out of my friend, Blythe, and me in high school, and looking back at it now is pure hilarity.

33) A film that reminds you of your past: The Devil’s Advocate (1997). I was obsessed with this movie when I was young, and I have no idea why. I can’t even count how many times I watched it.

34) A film you can quote best: Jaws (1975). This goes way beyond “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” I can probably recite the script from top to bottom.

35) A film with your favorite actor (male): I don’t think I have a favorite actor, but I guess Jaws (1975) would be the closest thing, with great performances from all the male leads. (We did name our dog after Chief Brody, after all.)

36) A film with your favorite actor (female): American Mary (2012). I’ve already mentioned my love for Katherine Isabelle. I mean, just look at my sidebar.

37) A film you used to love but now hate: The Devil's Advocate (1997). No, I don't hate it, but I did watch it so many damn times as a teenager that I have no desire to watch it any time in the foreseeable future. Watching Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino see who can scream louder in every scene is much more tiresome than it used to be.

38) A film you used to hate but now love: Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009). I wrote a scathing review of this movie for my college paper, and now I own it. I’m not going to try to defend it, or even say that I love it, but I get some perverse pleasure out of watching it.

39) A favorite horror film with animals: Oh, I have a lot. Man (or woman) versus animal/wilderness if a favorite subgenre of mine. One of my favorites is actually the indie movie Frozen (2010). I found the making-of doc fascinating; it does a lot with a small budget.

40) A film that no one expected you to like: Deadgirl (2008). I’m surprised I liked this, but I found it enjoyably disturbing.

41) Favorite found footage horror movie: You might know from reading this blog that I'm largely a major hater of found footage horror - but only because the genre has become so over-saturated and formulaic. That being said, there are still a few really well done examples, including Lake Mungo (mentioned elsewhere on this list). However, my favorite is still the one and only Blair Witch Project (1999). Sure, there are annoying parts, but it largely works as both a found footage film and an effectively frightening horror film.

42) Favorite single-location horror movie: The Ruins (2008). I hate to keep mentioning movies more than once, but this really is a major favorite of mine. I'm weirdly a big fan of single-setting horror in general, though, so some other favorites include: Frozen (2010), The Hole (2001), The Killing Room (2009), The Mist (2007), and REC (2007).

43) Your favorite film as a teen: The Craft (1996). I mean, I still love it! But back when I was a teenager, I also totally thought I could be a witch if I just bought my own book of shadows... so that really took my enjoyment of this movie to another level.

44) The most atmospheric horror film you have seen: While I don’t think All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) is quite up to all the hype it was getting for a while, I do think it has great atmosphere. Sometimes I like to watch it alone at night just to soak in all the teenaged hormones and pent-up tension.

45) Favorite documentary horror: Never Sleep Again, The Elm Street Legacy. I love how this doc moves sequentially through every Elm Street movie, and it really gives you some in-depth insider information. I might like this doc better than some of the actual movies!

Next week, stop by for the final installment! I'll reveal the answers to my favorite sci-fi film, a horror film that disappointed me, and more.

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