Daily Archives: October 26, 2019

📽 30-Day Horror Movie Challenge, Days 25 & 26 🎃

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

Day 25 – A horror film that you used to hate, but now like wish had been better

I had no answer for “a horror film that you used to hate, but now like.” If I hated a movie, I’m probably not going to watch it again enough to like it. Occasionally, I’ll gain a liking for a movie that I was ambivalent about, but I couldn’t think of a horror movie that was true for. Instead, here’s a movie that I wish was better.

Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy  all starred in Brian Helgeland’s A Knight’s Tale (2001), a film that is in my personal top 10. Their next project together was The Order (2003). All are great actors with range. Helgeland is a solid director and a better writer. He can do comedy, but also dark stuff like the inky-black adaptation of Mystic River. The premise involves a young priest investigating murders linked to an ancient heretical practice. Joining him are a young woman, who was formerly hospitalized after an exorcism, and his friend, an older demon-busting priest. But, this film doesn’t work and I can’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe the tone is wrong, maybe there are too many flashbacks, maybe something happened in the production that led to the mystery being unfocused. Whatever the case, I wish this movie was better than it is.

Day 26 – Your favorite horror film to watch as a child

Horror movies were one of the few things that my parents didn’t want me to watch when I was a kid. If they rented a horror movie, they watched it after my bedtime. (The exception, like in the case of Jaws, was when trimmed versions came on broadcast TV.) But Gremlins (1984), weirdly, had lots of kid-focused merchandise. (My sister and I had a Gremlins tent which we hung out in in the basement.) So my parents thought it was an acceptable movie. And to be clear here, it was okay. My parents were generally pretty good judges of what I could handle, content-wise. While not a full-on horror movie, there are definitely some creepy and gruesome moments in Gremlins. Even as a kid, I enjoyed its dark humor. Trivia: It and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were part of the reason that the MPAA instituted the PG-13 rating.