📽 30-Day Horror Movie Challenge, Days 9 & 10 🎃

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

Day 09 – Your favorite exploitation/grindhouse type film

Exploitation/grindhouse isn’t really my thing. I’m not easily shocked and that might be because my original interest in horror films was due to my interest in movie-making and special effects. Before I really got into watching horror movies, I read a lot of Fangoria magazines. Knowing how the blood and gore are made has lessened the impact for me, and that’s okay. The first time I watched The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) was on my laptop during the early days of internet streaming. It was probably an illegal YouTube upload. After hearing about the movie for years, I wasn’t impressed. But then, a few days later, I was out jogging in my neighborhood, as I often do, and someone, probably intending to trim the palm trees in their backyard, fired up a chain saw… The film had gotten under my skin.

Day 10 – Your favorite psychological horror film

Yes, yes, I know. The Vanishing (1993) is a remake of a Dutch film with the same name and is generally considered better. But I like this one. I have a soft spot for Jeff Bridges, even creepy Jeff Bridges. I haven’t watched it in a few years, but I think it gets a bad rap due to the comparison. (I didn’t realize that it was the same director. Huh.) And honestly, I did not see the ending coming. It’s also a little funny that Sandra Bullock is a below the title credit.