📽 30-Day Horror Movie Challenge, Days 7 & 8 🎃

What’s this all about? See the first post.

Day 07 – Your favorite supernatural horror film

An interesting side-effect to doing this challenge is watching trailers from different eras. How movies have been marketed over time is much more different than the movies themselves. The trailer for The Haunting (1963) makes it look kind of schlocky. Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, the story may be many things, but it’s certainly not schlocky. Director Robert Wise’s career included not only The Sound of Music, but The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story and also Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He could work with effects and big sets, but his film-making chops shine in this character-driven haunted house picture.

Day 08 – Your favorite anthology

Is there any other genre that does anthology movies as often and as well as horror? I don’t know. Trick ‘r Treat (2007) is especially good. The stories are well interwoven, each offering twists and chills. A hallmark of horror anthologies is that often the “bad guys” get their due, and we’re not let down here. Plus, Sam, the pajama-and-sack clad ghouly that serves as our connecting thread among the stories, is both cute and unnerving. Perfect character design. (I picked this movie last week when planning and noticed today that Castle Macabre and Unleash the Flying Monkeys both picked it too! I hadn’t read their posts at the time of this writing.)