Michelle of Castle Macabre and #SomethingWickedFall turned me on to this challenge/tag which originated at Dollar Bin Horror and is being hosted this year by Unleash the Flying Monkeys. I figure this is a perfect accompaniment to #RIPXIV‘s Peril on the Screen.
The list of prompts is here if you want to peek ahead. The rule is pick a horror movie for every prompt and don’t list any movie twice. I’m probably going to update every few days.
Day 01 – A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
This is a hard question because I’m not sure what people expect of me. I’m not sure many people even know that I like horror movies. But if you do know that I like horror movies, you probably know that I don’t care for zombies. Therefore, it might be surprising that I love Night of the Living Dead (1968). I can’t deny George Romero is a heck of a filmmaker. Working on a micro-budget he created an iconic film that laid the groundwork for an entire genre. Duane Jones gives a performance as Ben that should have made him a star. (Available free on Tubi)
Day 02 – The horror film that you relate most to
“Relate” might be the wrong word. Instead I’ll reinterpret the prompt as “is most on-brand for you.” If Guillermo del Toro were to have peeked directly into my brain, he probably couldn’t have come up with a horror movie more me than Crimson Peak (2015). Dreamy, dilapidated old mansion? Check. Creepy ghosts who hold the clues to a murder mystery? Check. Juxtaposition of technology and the supernatural near the turn of the (19th) century? Check. I mean, half of those things showed up in my first novel, Lucinda at the Window, before I had even read or watched much in the gothic genre.